When I think of obnoxiously radical pro-gun trolls who delight in killing rare and spectacular animals for fun while routinely popping off with NRA slogans thinner than the bumpers stickers on which they’re printed, the first name that comes to mind is aging rocker and Vietnam draft-dodger Ted Nugent. Of course. When I think of people who have fought against racism and in support of civil rights more than anyone else, the last person I think of is also Ted Nugent.
But Nugent doesn’t see it that way. In fact, he sees it the opposite way.
This week, Nugent declared himself to be “anti-racist.” Yes, anti-racist. No only that, but he’s so anti-racist that we “would be hard pressed… to find someone who has fought racism more than [he has].” He wasn’t joking, either.
Nugent continued by enumerating all of his black friends, specifically his favorite African American musicians. He praised artists like Bo Diddley and Little Richard for, among other things, their “uppityness.” Cue the Price is Right fail horn. He’s clearly unaware of his ignorance, so it’s important to highlight something which the rest of us know to be true: just because you admire African American musicians doesn’t mean you’ve done more than anyone else to fight racism. Realistically, name-dropping does nothing to fight racism.
From there, Nugent continued by noting “black mobs” in Milwaukee, and he emphasized the black-perpetrated rapes, burglaries and murders in Chicago, including, allegedly, 29 black-on-black shooting deaths. (Predictably, Nugent didn’t say a damn thing about his beloved NRA, which is almost exclusively responsible for making it easier to attain firearms in American while fueling the gun culture. But there you go.)
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Nugent ended his “anti-racist” rant by suggesting that African Americans should be profiled like, yes, attack dogs. [READ MORE]