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Race-baiting former Memphis mayor Willie Herenton suffers indignity of losing to white guy in black Memphis district

I got downright giddy typing that headline.  Sugar rush, I tell ya.  Wait…sugar is white, isn’t it?  I must be a racist.

Oh, yeah, the story:

Elsewhere in Tennessee primary results Thursday, Rep. Steve Cohen easily dispatched with former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton in the 9th district Democratic race. Cohen had 79 percent of the vote to 21 percent for Herenton, with 78 percent of precincts reporting.

Cohen, who is white, first won the majority-black Memphis-based district in 2006 and race has been the focus of his two primaries since then. After handily defeating attorney Nikki Tinker in the 2008 contest, this cycle Cohen got the endorsement of President Barack Obama and support from the Congressional Black Caucus (which saw some of its members aid Tinker in 2008).

For those of you who don’t know Herenton’s history, here’s the condensed version:

Willie Herenton (a black man) used to be superintendent of Memphis’ abysmal city school system.  He “resigned” for sexually harrassing a subordinate.  His revenge was to run for mayor of Memphis, a predominantly black city, and won a narrow race (146 votes) in 1991.  His 17-year reign of incompetence and shame ended when he resigned in 2008.  During his reign, the city’s crime, poverty, illegitimacy, and welfare dependency rates skyrocketed, while its school system and academic achievement levels rapidly deteriorated.  Herenton was not well-liked at all, even by the black community.  So how did he keep getting re-elected?  Simple: Vote for me, because my opponent is a cracka.  Worked every time.  Until now.

Congressman Steve Cohen (a white man) represents a racially gerrymandered district in Memphis.  He has now survived two consecutive primaries, both of which saw his black opponents run a campaign of “Why you votin’ for a cracka Jewboy?  Vote for me, ‘cuz my skin is darker!”  Amazingly, Cohen withstood both attacks, and by impressive margins.

Don’t get me wrong: Cohen is a horrible man, a barking moonbat of the highest order.  I take no pleasure in the knowledge that he is an elected official.  But you must indulge me as I take heaping, copious amounts of pleasure in seeing Herenton go down faster than Monica Lewinsky in her presidential kneepads!

August 6, 2010 Posted by | bigotry, Memphis | 5 Comments