Tuesday, August 16, 2005


Willie F. Wilson, Will You Please Go NOW?!?

There's some significant chatter on the left blogo about Rev. Willie Wilson's recent preaching about gays and lesbians in the black community and what it all MEANS in terms of the slicing and dicing of the great Democratic coalition and pitting groups against each other and OH MY GOD!!!

PEOPLE!!! Willie Wilson is an old-fashioned insane lunatic and a liar and most likely a serious pervert. While I firmly believe in the importance of paying attention to the issues of various parts of one's coalition, I believe even more strongly in being able to dismiss a raving nutjob who says raving nutjob things, because otherwise his raving nutjobism is going to highjack the discussion, and get the attention he craves, and trust me, he's just not worth it.

So I'll post once on this topic, and then we will send The Most Reverend Willie F. Wilson to bed.

Here's what he said (bizarrely reminiscent of Sen. Tom "Oklahoma is being taken over by teenage lesbians" Coburn):

"Women falling down on another woman, strapping yourself up with something, it ain't real. That thing ain't got no feeling in it. It ain't natural. Anytime somebody got to slap some grease on your behind and stick something in you, it's something wrong with that. Your butt ain't made for that."

"No wonder your behind is bleeding. You can't make no connection with a screw and another screw. The Bible says God made them male and female."

And then here's what else he said:

"The situation is so grave that it should be declared a national emergency."

"Our girls, some as young as 10 and 11 years of age, are engaging in same sex relations," Wilson writes, citing as evidence an incident in an unnamed "local school" where girls were "asked to report to the gymnasium" so school officials could "decipher how many girls were involved in same sex relations." Those who were, he writes, outnumbered those who had not been "by a 10 to 1 count."

Okay, first of all, this bullshit can only go so far among African Americans, who know how many skeletons we have in our own personal closets (and those of our family members) and how dangerous it is to go talking publicly about what's in other people's if you want to have your own closet closed. It's a lesson Henry Hyde might have could learned.

And, as others have noted, the GOP is still far too connected with the Trent Lotts of the world to be taken seriously as a viable option for the vast majority of blacks. The 1964 Civil Rights Act lost the South for the Democrats for generations? Well the resulting backlash lost blacks for Republicans for just as long.

But forget all that. Perhaps the breakup that the GOP and its henchmen are salivating over is nigh. Fine. Doesn't matter. The only appropriate response to Rev. Willie Wilson is to expose his lies, because that will help destroy his credibility, whatever he actually had on this issue, and then stop listening to him altogether.

Thanks for the Washington City Paper for taking care of that:

"My son in high school last year, trying to go to the prom, he said, 'Dad, I ain't got nobody to take to the prom because all the girls in my class are gay. And ain't but two of them straight and both of them ugly." —the Rev. Willie F. Wilson, July 3

Wilson’s above comments, made during a sermon graphically excoriating gay sex in the black community, have already been criticized as intolerant by gay-rights activists and political figures. Students at D.C.’s School Without Walls (SWW) have another complaint: They go to class with Wilson’s only son currently in high school, and they say the story isn’t true. Not only does SWW’s student body appear to be largely heterosexual, but Hamani Wilson didn’t need a date to prom—he’s been dating a classmate, Janeese Lewis, for the past year.

Read the whole thing, it's excellent.

Final thought: far be it for me to say, but shouldn't The Most Reverend Willie F. Wilson be a little bit more concerned that his ELEVENTH GRADE SON, one who goes to "a magnet school for some of D.C.'s most academically accomplished and progressive students" is using phrases like "I ain't got nobody to take to the prom" and "ain't but two of them straight and both of them ugly"!!!???!!!

Repeat after me: "Both of them ARE ugly"!

Don't he know? You got to wait til you're done with COLLEGE to start talkin' like that in front of your FATHER.

UPDATE! I did not mean to imply above that Rev. Wilson and Armstrong Williams were somehow connected, just that it seems like most right-wingers who denounce others' morals inevitably have something they'd rather not have revealed. In Rev. Wilson's case, I think the fact that the fact that he is a liar (and thus will be going to Hell), is skeleton enough. But one never knows what else might be out there...

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