"Before Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) began his town hall Saturday morning,
he instructed his aides to play a tape. It was, he explained, a voicemail he had received earlier in the week, shortly after he had delivered a speech on the House floor to become the first member of Congress to call for President Donald Trump to be impeached."
"Hey, Al Green, I've got an impeachment for ya—it's gonna be yours," said a man's voice. "Actually we're gonna give you a short trial before we hang your nigger ass."
A murmur went up in the audience of 80 or so Houston-area constituents who had packed into a church hall in the city's southwest corner. Green played another voicemail, which warned, "try it, and we'll rinse out you fucking niggers, you'll be hanging from a tree."
Not saying those phone calls were from Texans. But having spent many years in the state--they sound like some Texans, the ones that fly confederate flags from their trucks.
Overall, Texans can be great. But too much of a hate streak in the state now.
I am sure it was always there, gurgling just below the surface, but now people feel emboldened to be racist assholes. Maybe because they helped put the chief racist asshole in charge.
Oh, and a big cross-burning in the news in the south today. Long live slavery!
And speaking of racist assholes, how about that Sheriff Clarke for Homeland Security. Could this reality show performance become anymore surrealistic?
But for a different Al Green, listen:
Al Green. Let's Stay Together '93