Marginal Footnotes


Allen Troubled by Allegations of Past Racism (again)
September 25, 2006, 1:53 pm
Filed under: Elections, Politics, Uncategorized

Salon has a piece today in which only 1 out of 3 of the former classmates alleging that George Allen used racist langauge as a young man are willing to attach his name to the accusations. It seems to me that if you’re going to call someone a racist, you ought to have the personal fortitude to do so without the warm blanket of anonymity. 

Salon’s framing of Allen’s penchant for racism also seems distorted: “Allen has maintained that he never harbored any discriminatory attitudes toward blacks.” In fact it is more like Allen has basically acknowledged, as far as he can, his history of racism and has attempted in various overtly political ways to attone for it, such as his efforts to fund historically black colleges and his legislation to apologize for the lynching of blacks in the South, which emerged from his so-called civil rights pilgrammage.  

But this is truly bizarre, and somewhat hard to believe:

“Shelton played football with Allen in the 1972 and 1973 seasons, according to the team media guides from those years. Shelton remembers Allen’s attitudes about race surfacing early in their relationship. At one point, Shelton says, Allen nicknamed him “Wizard,” after United Klans imperial wizard Robert Shelton. “He asked me if I was related at all,” Shelton remembers. “I knew of that name, and I said absolutely not.” Several former teammates confirmed that Shelton’s team nickname was “Wizard,” though no one contacted by Salon could confirm firsthand knowledge of the handle’s origin. “Everyone called me ‘Wizard’ that knows me from those days,” said Shelton. “My nickname stuck.”

Shelton said he also remembers a disturbing deer hunting trip with Allen on land that was owned by the family of Billy Lanahan, a wide receiver on the team. After they had killed a deer, Shelton said he remembers Allen asking Lanahan where the local black residents lived. Shelton said Allen then drove the three of them to that neighborhood with the severed head of the deer. “He proceeded to take the doe’s head and stuff it into a mailbox,” Shelton said.”

 –mpd

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Why hasn’t the media focused on Jim Webb’s racial history, such as chasing black people around in a pick-up truck.

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