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Here, reposted in it's entirety, is the email I just got from the… 
21st-Feb-2006 12:23 pm
Here, reposted in it's entirety, is the email I just got from the brother I hate dislike intensely:
From: "My Racist Piece-Of-Shit Brother" <microcephalicdicklessasshole@iembarrassjesus.com>
To: "'Jude Bennett'" <jude@thedigitalghost.com.com>
Subject: FW: Bush Fails To Prevent East Coast Blizzard
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2006 08:29:02 -0600

Bush Fails To Prevent East Coast Blizzard - Minorities Hit Hardest , NBC 02/17/06

As President Bush and his staff sit comfortably in the White House, the snow continued to pile up on the many poor and African American victims in the D.C. area who could not afford to get out of town or to safety in Florida. Crucial supplies of blankets, hot cocoa, popcorn, gold jewelry, plasma TVs, Colt 45 and dark rum - so essential to surviving the stress of any major snowstorm - lay in stores undelivered.

"Where is the government? I need my sidewalk shoveled so I can get out to buy my danged lottery tickets!" said one D.C. resident from his living room. "Why are we wasting money in Iraq when we could be spending it here on me?"

Progressive blogs blasted the President for his inaction. "We find the timing terribly suspicious - just as the Domestic Spying hearings kick into high gear, what happens? A major northeast Blizzard. Why now?" wrote one blogger.

Hearings into the Blizzards' effect on hearings are almost a certainty. Howard Dean has suggested he will call for an investigation once his new medications kick in and John Kerry took a break from his winter ski vacation in Aspen to call for new legislation outlawing snowstorms. "The Republican Congress has dropped the ball once again. I have always been a staunch supporter of anti-snow legislation, except for certain locations where I ski. Snow has no business on our roads and the President and Congress know that."

Calls for impeachment over "SnowGate" as some are calling it already are mounting as deeply as the snow itself, and what will be discovered underneath will prove to have a truly chilling effect on the Republicans, as the inevitable thaw proceeds.

This just in ........

More breaking news...... Jesse Jackson wants an investigation as to why snow is ALWAYS white.

It is reported that Dick Cheney has stock in Tru-Value Hardware. Do you have any idea how many SNOW SHOVELS they sold today to the unsuspecting consumer?

The American people will demand to know why FEMA has been so late in reacting to this storm. THEY KNEW IT WAS COMING! And yet they failed to have crews in place to fix the electricity as soon as it went off. It just shows that Bush and the Republicans just don't care about the people in the northeast. The Senate needs to investigate this with administration personnel under oath.

We speculate that the great junior senator from N.Y. has opened the doors of her Long Island mansion to all of the heatless poor of her neighborhood and is busy baking cookies for them while her husband applies body heat to the nearly frozen teen-aged girls.
Here, reposted in its entirety and copied to every member of my family, all of his coworkers (it was sent from his work email) and friends, is my response:
To: "'Jude Bennett'" <jude@thedigitalghost.com.com>
From: "My Racist Piece-Of-Shit Brother" <microcephalicdicklessasshole@iembarrassjesus.com>
Subject: FW: Bush Fails To Prevent East Coast Blizzard
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2006 08:47:29 -0400

Please do not send me this kind of bullshit, I do not find this sort of blatantly racist tripe amusing in any way. As a matter of fact, it only serves to make me feel shame that I share bloodlines with anyone that would find it interesting or funny in any way. Racism is evil, lame attempts at disguising it as humor is both disgusting and excuseless. If this is what passes as interesting or funny to you, that's fine - I'm not responsible for whatever trash fills anyone else's mind - but I want no part of this, none at all.
Let the shitstorm begin. Bring it ON, motherfucker. I've been waiting on and oportunity like this for years. When it comes to racism, I will absolutely not be complacent. If anyone sets out about defending this nonsense, I will put them on blast AND flood their inboxes with Goatse.

Edit #1: The Replies

Me: It is not so much a matter of pissing me off as I wanted you and everyone to know that I do not tolerate racism, and I'm horrified by anyone that does. You can live however you choose and think whatever you want, that's fine and I support your right to do that - but I don't appreciate this any more than you would appreciate me forwarding gay rights issues on to you. I believe in free speech and am anti-censorship. That was my point, nothing more and nothing less. This is precisely the kind of thing that keeps me at such a distance from you, the fact that this sort of thing doesn't phase you when it makes my skin crawl.

On a lighter note, happy birthday.

Reply from oldest brother: Today is his birthday, while you might not have liked his stab at humor,
using your tone, and replying to everyone was in very poor taste. I
despise hidden agendas, if you have an issue with him, e-mail him
directly, or better yet pick up a phone and call him. You are a bigger
man that this!

My reply to oldest brother: Nice. Have whatever issue you want with my methodology, but I'm noting your absence of issue with the content of the original forward in your reply. Perhaps you found it just as awful as I did and emailed him privately admonishing him, perhaps you're complacent about racism or even found it amusing - I don't know. The purpose of replying to everyone was to have it known that I do not support this kind of crap and to call it out for the drivel that it is, should I be chosen in the future for a similar mail-out by anyone in that list. Being complacent about racism is what helps perpetuate it, and I will not be complacent about it. There is no hidden agenda, I was completely forthright in stating my position.
My question for you is this - did you find nothing objectionable about the original email or just my response to it?

20th-Feb-2006 05:32 pm (UTC)
dude. you don't send him penis enlarging offers, he shouldn't send you racist propaganda. sure, you're both deficient - he doesn't have a dick, you don't have your head up your ass - but it's not like you can't respect each other's disabilities.
20th-Feb-2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
This is the brother who never had anything to do with his children while they were growing up, least of all provide for them financially or spend any kind of time with them - yet when I came out, he said he'd 'kill me or any of my faggot friends if any of us ever laid a hand on my kids - if you know what I mean'.

Add to this the fact that immediately after my grandmother's funeral, the family went to my aunt's house. While looking at a photo album, I'd found a picture at of a friend of mine from Nigeria. When I said aloud that I missed her and wondered where she might be now, he laughed and said loudly to everyone in the room "Who cares, unless it's hanging from a tree by a rope!" That was the point when I got up and left the house. I haven't seen him since and have no plans to ever again.
20th-Feb-2006 06:11 pm (UTC) - :)
i was being facetious. he sounded horrible even before that story. why on earth is he emailing YOU that kind of crap?
20th-Feb-2006 06:12 pm (UTC) - Re: :)
I'd say that he's missing a sensitivity chip, but that would be a spectacular understatement.
20th-Feb-2006 06:15 pm (UTC) - Re: :)
inconceivable... to quote Vizini. that kind of thing is just stunning. he sounds mentally disabled on some level. not being facetious about that, nor is it any excuse.
20th-Feb-2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
They can't even get the facts right in their crap--NY's junior senator lives in Westchester, not Long Island.
20th-Feb-2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
See my reply to the above comment.
20th-Feb-2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
Wait... he sent that original "Colt 45 and dark rum" email to his coworkers? I would expect some opf his coworkers to reply to him in "reply all" mode just to let coworkers know they do not, in any form, accept that kind of sentiment, and in the future, would he please refrain from ever again sending them political propaganda.

Again... I can't believe he is stupid enough to cycle this ignorance around, unless he works with a bunch of racists.

20th-Feb-2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
i JUST caught that. his COWORKERS? holy SHIT.

*pets Jude* wow. i can't believe you have to put up with that. also, Jude, your older brother can kiss my ass.
20th-Feb-2006 09:40 pm (UTC)
I don't put up with it, that's the thing. And as far as my oldest brother goes, amplify that by about 50 and add some "I'M THE HEAD OF THIS DAMN FAMILY!" bullying and you have the reply I got from my father, not that I expected less:

Dad replied:
Well, well, well........now aren't we acting like a sensible adult sending this kind of silly junk to a whole bunch of people. I am speaking as the */HEAD/* of this damn family telling you if you have an issue with another member, take it up with that member and don't involve a bunch of other people who don't need and most likely don't give a shit what you think!!!! I've told you before, and I'll repeat again.....if you'll look in the upper right hand corner of your keyboard, you'll find a key that reads d-e-l-e-t-e. That key is there to get rid of anything that you find offensive or that does not meet with your approval and high standard of ethics. However..... since you were offended by a piece of satire please don't go out and burn down a Starbucks or Wal-Mart like some extremists do over a cartoon.

The *HEAD HONCHO* of the family.....let it be written.....let it be done!!!!!!

I replied this to him:
Does the first line of your reply apply only to me or to the racist junk that started it all? I *did *take it up with him, the purpose of replying to all was to let it be known that if you're not going to call out racism then you are part of the problem by being complacent about it. I /DO/ delete the things that serve no interest or point for me, this was an opportunity to call out something that is blatantly wrong. This wasn't satire for the sake of cynicism, this was blatant racism - calling it satire doesn't make it so. Burning down Starbucks & Walmart? Why the cheap shots, is there some point there I'm missing?

Here's another point for you - I don't give a shit about your politics either, but you don't see ME sending YOU things I know you're going to take a moral objection to, now do I? The difference here is I can agree to disagree about politics, but I draw the line at racism. I could easily send you tons of emails, PAC ads, newsletters and such in support of gay rights - *but I don't*. I could send you ten times the cartoons and points of satire that mock the Bush administration - *but I don't.* Why? It is a measure of respect, a respect you and I declared for one another many years ago that we wouldn't flaunt such things in one another's faces. I've held true to my part of that agreement and didn't write letters to the editor of the newspaper about gay rights and politics while I was still living at home because you asked me not to, and I believe I've still held true to that respect.

I do have a high standard of ethics, you as my father should be proud of that. It would have been nice if somewhere in your reply you would have at least offered me some sense of understanding for my feelings about racism, and at the very least addressed the issue, but you only want to jump my shit for speaking my mind. Taking into very serious account everything you've said here, you come off as defending this 'satire' as you call it. You admonish me for speaking my mind against racist propaganda, but you have nothing to say on the subject yourself. I'll ask you just like I asked Mark when he emailed me earlier in a tone similar to yours: Did you find nothing objectionable about the original email or just my response to it?

The ironic thing is I've gotten an apology already and smoothed things over with the brother that sent the original email that got this all started.
20th-Feb-2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
Hope he apologized to his coworkers too.

"As head of this family..." that is funny.
20th-Feb-2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
Can you believe it?

"Hey, gather 'round the water cooler, gang, I gotta good Ghetto joke for you!

How ignorant can you get? And how unprofessional, is that? Wouldn't Human Resources be on his ass for that?

A friend of mine works for SBC and she had a single off-colored thing she sent - well, meant to send - to a friend/coworker of hers, and accidentally sent it to someone else. It was stupid, juvenile, and a dumb thing to to, but pretty harmless and not racist or attacking any one in particular, just calling her friend a word that they called one another, that some may find offensive - she was wrong to do it, and it got in the hands of a coworker, and she was written up and given a very stern warning. She was prepared to lose her job over it, but didn't.

And this guy's like, "Hey, everyone, check this out!" What a shit-for-brains.

20th-Feb-2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
Sometimes that Reply To All button just owns.
20th-Feb-2006 11:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah - tell me about it!
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