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Felix Macacawitz Assumes All Black Men Play Sports (UPDATE: And Asians Don’t)


The idiocy and racial stereotyping continue from the same guy who introduced a North African ethnic/racial slur (“macaca”) to the American vocabulary.

NBC 4’s reporter-anchor Craig Melvin is a tall African-American. Which apparently led to this exchange with former Sen. George Allen, according to Melvin’s Twitter account Tuesday night:

For the 2nd time in 5 months, fmr. gov. and sen candidate George Allen asks me,”what position did you play?” I did not a play a sport.”

And we’re off!

Sure, Allen issued a lame non-apology apology (“If I offended…Grew up in fball family found sports banter good way to connect”) for his ignorance (yeah, right, EVERY black man plays sports; right Felix!), but the bottom line is that he just doesn’t “get it” when it comes to racial issues. At best, he’s a clueless doofus who can only speak in sports metaphors and calling people “patriots” or whatever. At worst, he’s a racist. Either way, he shouldn’t be back in the “wounded sea slug” Senate he hated so much.

Update by Miles: From ThinkProgress’ Lee Fang:

[L]ast year, I attended an event featuring Allen at the Heritage Foundation. After speaking once with the senator during the question and answer period, I again raised my hand for a second question. For some reason, possibly because I was the only minority in an all-white audience, Allen dismissed my second question by asking if I understood what an “at-bat” meant. … In Allen’s worldview, every tall African American is a sports player, but Asian Americans have never heard of baseball.

  • … is that the GOP would once again push him into the spotlight. Everyone knows George Allen is a racist who idealizes the Confederate south. It’s not even a controversial statement. This latest episode barely registers because George Allen making repeated racially insensitive comments is a dog bites man story.

    I mean, the guy grew up in Chicago & Los Angeles and walks around chewin’ tobaccy and wearin’ designer cowboy boots and sportin’ a goofy adopted Southern accent. As The New Republic’s Ryan Lizza began his devastating piece on Allen in 2006, “Senator George Allen is the only person in Virginia who wears cowboy boots.”

  • Va Breeze

    (like SNL’s “Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead”)

  • George Jefferson Davis

    This is hilarious. George Allen is everyone’s slightly racist grandpa sitting in his chair in the corner.

    Reminds me of this entire MacGruber arc:

  • Via Twitter’s @SimonMaloy:


    I’m speechless.


  • Virginia’s answer to Sarah Palin.

    We’ll show those Alaskans — they DO NOT have a lock on stupid.

  • aznew

    If this little dramedy hasn’t thrown fear into the RPV, it should. Not because it will hurt Allen too directly — it comes across as more comical and sad than directly damaging, to me, especially this far out form the election — but because of what it reveals about Allen and how his candidacy will be treated.

    These incidents don’t seem to me to be the result of mendacity or hatred on Allen’s part (unlike some of his earlier episodes), but rather seem to speak to a lack of self-awareness on Allen’s part that prevents him from distinguishing between and correcting for the deep-seated emotional and experiential stereotypes that he carries (and truth be told, many of us carry on some level), and the reality of which he should intellectually be aware.

    Consequently, there is simply no way we won’t see more of this sort of gaffe out of Allen in the months ahead, no matter how hard he tries to avoid it. What’s more, thanks to his history, he won’t find many people giving him the benefit of the doubt when they occur, even when the gaffes are more ambiguous ones, like what Mr. Fang describes.

    Does the GOP really want to be on pins and needles for the next 19 months wondering what will come out of Allen’s mouth and how it will be interpreted?

    One could almost argue that the further he got from the “macaca incident” without another gaffe, perhaps he could escape its shadow at least as far as the broader Virginia electorate is concerned, no matter how often Lowell reminds us of it here.

    So, were I a Republican strategist, I would not be worried about “macaca” hurting me too much — it is simply the background noise of any campaign that the candidate could ignore or  It would take something else to bring that kind of argument back to the forefront. I would be worried about Allen’s greatest enemy in this race … George Allen, himself.

  • NWVirginian

    This same thing happened to Levar Stoney when, as a Governor’s Fellow, the group went to DC to visit with Allen and John Warner.

    It’s Levar’s story to tell so I’ll let him tell it if he wants – but Allen said the exact same thing to him and then later brought out a football, threw it to him, and insisted on having his picture taken with the football standing next to the only black guy in the group.

  • Johnny Longtorso