Archive for Sunday, October 18, 2009

Activist to protest lawmaker’s video

October 18, 2009


A Topeka activist says he will stage a protest Monday against state Rep. Bill Otto for his “RedNeck Rap” video that the lawmaker posted on YouTube, and which has been criticized as racist.

Sonny Scroggins said the video was distasteful, and said Otto’s reference to opossum as the other dark meat was a reference to President Barack Obama.

Otto, a Republican from the southeast Kansas town of LeRoy, has said that it was meant as a joke about his hillbilly heritage. In the video, he criticizes Obama in a song while wearing a hand-printed hat that reads: “OPOSSUM the other Dark Meat.”

But Scroggins didn’t buy that explanation. “No forward thinking or open-minded citizen believes this lame explanation,” he said.

Scroggins said it’s OK to disagree with politicians, but “conversations between our elected officials on both sides of the aisle should be held in a courteous and respectful manner rather than a rude, uncompromising and antagonistic free-for-all war of words.”

Scroggins will hold his protest at 11 a.m. outside the Statehouse.

Scroggins, a Topeka activist, has launched a number of protests and vigils over the years, and was a leading advocate for Kansas ridding its public pension system of holdings in Sudan.


Scott Drummond 8 years, 8 months ago

Let's hope that he gets some national media attention for the proposition that all Kansans are not ignorant, racist right wingers.

BlackVelvet 8 years, 8 months ago

'tis so funny...when Repubs are in power, Dems make all sorts of ludicrous comments and indeed, some racist commetns...and when Dems are in power, Repubs do the same damn thing. And each side whines and cries like it's the end of the world....everyone needs to just grow up and stop this crap....both sides do it. Don't act like one side is more guilty than the other. They're not. It's equal all the way down the line.

jumpin_catfish 8 years, 8 months ago

“No forward thinking or open-minded citizen believes this lame explanation,” he said.

I do think this guy is a idiot but he has right to say what he wants and let the people decide if he should stay in office. I also think Obama is the worst thing to happen to this country since Jimmy Carter but its not because of his race, its because of his policies.

Liberty275 8 years, 8 months ago

Freedom of speech seems to only exist if the speaker is parroting left-wing tripe.

Boston_Corbett 8 years, 8 months ago

Marion (Marion Lynn) says…"Well, I'm going to download it, re-post it and make money off of it"

Sure, because why wouldn't Maude try to make money off of racism once again?

jaywalker 8 years, 8 months ago

Torn on this. Not sure if this should be brought into a brighter light or just ignored. On the one hand, the activist can only make this more of a story when it's reasonable to believe this clown would fade into obscurity fairly quickly with no more pub. On the other hand, placing pressure on lawmakers to conduct themselves in a significant manner is a righteous endeavor. Pick 'em.

Mark Kostner 8 years, 8 months ago

Opossums and racism?? This is really, really stretching it. It's like answering silliness with ignorance, or vice versa, pick one. We'll see how active the activists are, and who really wants to take off work and school for this protest. I tell you one thing, all this brewhaha has given the legislator his fifteen minutes of fame. I never heard of the guy before. Anyway after we have our tasty possum steak and wash it down with a little moonshine, maybe we can get back to hashing it out on health care, cap and trade, and a few things that actually matter. By the way, I like dark meat, but not Obama--am I racist, too, Mr. Activist Man?

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