May 1, 2014

Wingnuttery and racists the last gasp of a dying Right

Isn't just a pain when your local, beloved "folk hero" turns out to be a vile, hate-spewing racist?

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


Dang nabbit — there I was all gearing up for a tour of the intercontinental assorted wingnuttery of the Right this week, a perfect grand slam, when Gerry Adams was hauled in for questioning over the murder of an alleged “informer” in 1972. Gerry Adams, the proud Irish freedom fighter and peaceful Sinn Fein memb- ah, who am I kidding? He’ll probably wriggle out of it.

Back to the wingnuts. In the United States, the big story over the past two weeks has been the rise and fall of a Nevada rancher named Cliven Bundy, who set a new record for being first a hero, and then a liability for the US Right. Bundy — the surname was surely a warning — is a cattle rancher who grazes his herds on federally owned land in Nevada. Twenty years ago he stopped paying fees (which he had paid for years) after some rule changes. The US government’s Bureau of Land Management pursued him through court judgments in their favour for two decades — Bundy making money off the cattle all the way through — before eventually moving in to confiscate the herds.

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10 thoughts on “Wingnuttery and racists the last gasp of a dying Right

  1. Tyger Tyger

    Below is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s “defence” of Donald Sterling as reported on

    ‘Sterling is the “latest in a long line of rich white celebrities to come out of the racist closet,” Abdul-Jabbar writes, [on] noting disgraced celebrity chef Paula Deen and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy.

    “Racists deserve to be paraded around the modern town square of the television screen so that the rest of us who believe in the American ideals of equality can be reminded that racism is still a disease that we haven’t yet licked,” he continues. “What bothers me about this whole Donald Sterling affair isn’t just his racism. I’m bothered that everyone acts as if it’s a huge surprise…

    “He was discriminating against black and Hispanic families for years, preventing them from getting housing,” Abdul-Jabbar says. “It was public record. We did nothing. Suddenly he says he doesn’t want his girlfriend posing with Magic Johnson on Instagram and we bring out the torches and rope. Shouldn’t we have all called for his resignation back then?”

    “Let’s use this tawdry incident to remind ourselves of the old saying: ‘Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.’ Instead of being content to punish Sterling and go back to sleep, we need to be inspired to vigilantly seek out, expose, and eliminate racism at its first signs,” he added.’

    What gives, Guy? The Abdul-Jabbar slur is a sloppy, gratuitous reference in an otherwise excellent article.
    Mind you, not sure how “decidedly non-racist” are “socially conservative Labour voters” in the UK either. However, unlike the Abdul-Jabbar reference, that’s merely you expressing an opinion, not a statement of seeming “fact”.

  2. zut alors

    ‘… since duties include wanting to have sex with Nigel Farage occasionally, the job counts as having unique prerequisites that cannot be locally sourced.’

    Delicious, Guy.

    I’m still puzzling over Donald Sterling’s gracious open-mindedness in affiliating with an Asian. Apparently her shade of off-white is ok.

  3. rhwombat

    zut: (1) She’s a possession, and (2) the Charles ‘Bell Curve’ Murray defence of racism inherent in the Southern Policy of the Party of Nixon is to postulate that Asians are super-whites, so we can’t call them (the racists) racist.

  4. JennyWren

    I read that his girlfriend was actually half Mexican and half black which makes even less sense. But hey she’s pretty

  5. Ken Lambert

    Guy is making a meal out of rightist nutters. Not that leftists don’t grossify the threat of far right loonies in order to shore up support for themselves.

    His reference to Gerry Adams reminds me of that other famous Anglophobe Irish freedom fighter Mr Éamon de Valera.

    In May 1945, he personally visited the German Embassy in Dublin to deliver his nation’s condolences on the death of Adolph Hitler.

  6. Slomo

    Guy, apart from getting it wrong on Kareem as pointed out by Tyger, your reporting of the Donald Sterling story is very sloppy and wrong on a number of points. The team is not ‘on the market’ but signs sre that the other NBA owners will force Sterling to sell. And the suggestion that the NBA only banned (and fined) Sterling because players threatened a boycott is a ridiculous simplification..and also just wrong. The NBA was always going to act and the (potential) boycott story didn’t break until after Silver announced his penalties. I hope the other elements of this story were written with more care.

  7. Guy Rundle


    oh god, yr making a meal of it – the teams going to be sold. the boycott threat was private before it was public pushing the nba to act.

    i rserve the right to simplify stories about us sports ownership

    wrong girlfriend

  8. max steinman

    Apparently he’s making a 700 million dollar profit from the sale, sounds like a pretty sweet punishment to me.

  9. Chris Hartwell

    Ego thing Max – “Don’t matter how much money you have, you’re not allowed to play in our sandpit anymore.”

    Although at 80-odd years of age, it’s arguable how much longer he’ll have to enjoy that money in any case, especially if his female is significantly younger. You know, the whole dying in bed thing. Preferably someone else’s bed.

  10. Tyger Tyger

    de Valera “Anglophobe”?! He didn’t show much fear of the English when he fought them in the streets of Dublin or when he was initially sentenced to death then imprisoned for doing so. That he hated their guts as an Irish patriot goes without saying and hardly needs explaining to anyone who knows their history.

    BTW, Guy, sloppy journalism is sloppy journalism, be it in regard to U.S sports or any other topic. It’s a credibility thing.

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