Letters to the Editor

Comments reflect poorly on S.C.

Is it any wonder that the rest of the nation views South Carolinians as being backwoods, ignorant hillbillies stuck back in the days of the Civil War? While the world around us has seen much progression over the past 145 years, South Carolina seems to be determined to rebel against positive change and growth. It seems like every time I turn on the news, there's another story about an S.C. politician making a fool of himself.

The most recent example is Sen. Jake Knotts' "raghead" comment directed toward Rep. Nikki Haley and President Obama. To further show how dim-witted he is, Knotts went on to comment on how proud he is to be labeled a redneck - the definition of which he said was someone who works long hours out in the sun. First of all, Knotts certainly does not exhibit the physique of a man who participates in demanding manual labor. And second, the term "redneck" is not intended to evoke pride in modern-day usage, but to identify the profound, ignorant prejudice that still runs rampant in Southern communities.

Aside from making himself sound like an idiot, Knotts demonstrated publicly the childish nature that seems to be taking over the political circuit. From Rep. Joe Wilson's toddler tattle-like outburst, to Gov. Mark Sanford's affair mirroring the impulsive behavior of a teenage boy, South Carolina has had no shortage of professional, adult, elected officials acting like they belong in the playground yard. And now, Knotts has added himself to this list of imbeciles by engaging in name calling.

Another point that should be made in reviewing Knotts' infraction is the fact that he made a derogatory comment not just toward a fellow politician, but against the president of the United States of America. No matter what someone's views are or what political party they are a member of, it is hideously disrespectful to refer this way to our commander-in-chief. I believe it is downright un-American.

I am ashamed that my state of South Carolina is being represented by so many racist, pious, hypocritical and immoral simpletons. I also find it very sad that these are the people making the decisions that will affect my life and the lives of my children. I don't want my children to grow up being taught to believe that a person's skin color or religious beliefs are grounds for judgment or segregation; our nation should be well past those moronic ideas. Then again, as much of our nation seems to be making valiant strides in the fight for true equality, South Carolina lags behind, refusing to progress and empowering ignorance.