As you’ve probably heard by now, Jesse Helms has died. Since I don’t want to speak ill of the dead, I’ll let his words speak for themseelves.
From a fundraising mailer:
“Your tax dollars are being used to pay for grade-school classes that teach our children that CANNIBALISM, WIFE-SWAPPING and MURDER of infants and the elderly are acceptable behavior.”
In reaction to a protest from Mexicans during a visit to Mexico:
“All Latins are volatile people. Hence, I was not surprised at the volatile reaction.”
On the University of North Carolina (UNC):
“The University of Negroes and Communists”
“Homosexuals are weak, morally sick wretches.”
Responding to a student vigil at Duke University after MLK’s assasination:
“They should ask their parents if it would be all right for their son or daughter to marry a Negro.”
In response to criticism of a fictional character from his newspaper column that many thought was offensive:
“To rob the Negro of his reputation of thinking through a problem in his own fashion is about the same as trying to pretend that he doesn’t have a natural instinct for rhythm and for singing and dancing.”
Jesse, I can’t say that I will miss you. In the afterlife, I hope you are able to gain the wisdom you lacked in this life.