10 thoughts on “Paul Butler Says What’s On His Mind

  1. Brad July 9, 2015 / 10:58 am

    He couldn’t be more right. It’s like honoring the Nazi flag. I know that’s a little strong but the Confederate flag represents slavery (breaking up families, torture, rape), Jim Crow, lynchings and so forth. Why would anyone honor that. They fought on behalf of an evil cause.

    • Brooks D. Simpson July 9, 2015 / 11:16 am

      I found a shorter version … the monologue added little to the point under discussion.

  2. Laqueesha July 9, 2015 / 12:47 pm

    If somebody’s ancestors were bad and did bad things, I do not respect that. It’s not like respecting ancestors, regardless of whether or not they deserve it, is a mandatory and compulsory thing.

  3. Chunk July 9, 2015 / 2:45 pm

    “I have no respect for your ancestors. As far as your ancestors are concerned, I shouldn’t be a law professor at Georgetown; I should be a slave. That’s why they fought that war. I don’t understand what it means to be proud of a legacy of terrorism and violence. Last week at this time, I was in Israel. The idea that a German would say, you know, that thing we did called the Holocaust, that was wrong, but I respect the courage of my Nazi ancestors — that wouldn’t happen. The reason people can say what you said in the United States is because, again, black life just doesn’t matter to a lot of people.”

    His point is exactly right, however his conclusion — “black life just doesn’t matter to a lot of people” — is a non sequitur.

    PS: I came in from The Root. You have a very clean site.

    • David Navarro July 12, 2015 / 11:55 am

      We agree eye to eye. His response was a great antidote to the euphemistic “heritage not hate” rhetoric we constantly hear from neo-Confederates but I totally disagree with the nonsensical idea that ‘black lives don’t matter in the US’. This is simply not true and we would do a great to race relations by not reproducing myths established from victim mentality.

  4. Chunk July 12, 2015 / 1:28 pm

    Not quite “eye to eye,” because “myths established from victim mentality” is a non sequitur too.

    • David Navarro July 12, 2015 / 3:07 pm

      English is not my mother tongue so I may use wrong expressions but the bottom-line remains: ‘Black lives don’t matter’ is simply a false assertion.

  5. Billy B July 12, 2015 / 5:41 pm

    The video was so unfair. Even comparing Nazis to Confederates is wrong. Nazis made soap out of Jews, and killed them because they wanted the Jewish genes wiped from the planet.

    Confederates never dd that. this professor should have been fired for two reasons. First for being on MSNBC and and then comparing Confederates to outright murderers.

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