Hubert Humphrey was one of the unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Movement because he worked within the system instead of manning the barricades. But he was the main Senate sponsor of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the man who gave an awesome speech at the 1948 Democratic convention that led to the Dixiecrats bolting and eventually to Truman's victory:
To those who say that this civil-rights program is an infringement on states’ rights, I say this: The time has arrived in America for the Democratic Party to get out of the shadow of states' rights and to walk forthrightly into the bright sunshine of human rights.
Here's an audio clip of the speech:
Now that I've given you some much needed uplift, here's the story that would have made Hubert weep:
Students at a high school in Red Wing, Minnesota brought school spirit to new lows with a "Wigger Wednesday" dress-up day tradition, according to a lawsuit filed against the school district.
Quera Pruitt, a Red Wing high school alumna, is suing the school district and administrators over creating a hostile and racist educational environment.
Here's what happened: Students during the 2008 and 2009 homecoming celebrations wore "oversized sports jerseys, low-slung pants, baseball bats cocked to the side and 'doo rags' on their heads," according to the suit. About 60 or 70 students took what was supposed to be "tropical day" and turned it into "wigger day," the suit claims. To the unfamiliar, and as the case points out, the term "wigger" is a derogatory term for a white person who emulates African-American culture.
"'Wigger Day' is the same thing as 'nigger day,' " Pruitt's lawyer, Joshua Williams, told TPM. "That's what my client feels, and that's what I feel."
At least they could have called it "wigra day." For the young'uns out there: nigra was the word that segregationists such as Mississippi Senator James Eastland used when they were trying to be polite.
This story provides an answer to a question Dr. A has asked me more than once: "How can the state of Humphrey, Mondale and Wellstone have produced Michelle Bachmann?"
Bigots don't respect Minnesota nice.