Friday, July 14, 2006

You Just Don't Get It, Do You?

From In 1998, three Texas men attacked a 49-year-old African-American named James Byrd. They cut his throat, chained him to the back of a pickup truck, then dragged him along a road for several miles. Byrd was alive for at least part of the ordeal; a forensic pathologist said that Byrd lived until he hit a culvert and his arm and head were severed. His attackers dragged what was left of his body for at least an additional mile.

Gruesome? Yes, but it's apparently no worse than what happened to Ken Lay.

The former Enron chairman died of a heart attack at his vacation home in Aspen, Colo., last week. At a memorial service in Houston Wednesday -- with former President George H.W. Bush in attendance -- a local pastor likened Lay's prosecution in Enron's collapse to the attack on Byrd. 'Ken Lay was neither black nor poor, as James Byrd was,' said the Rev. William Lawson, pastor emeritus of the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church. 'But I'm angry because Ken was the victim of a lynching.'"

Actually, there are probably a lot of people who would have enjoyed seeing Ken Lay dragged to his death behind a pickup....but see, that didn't actually happen, because Ken Lay was rich, beyotch. But for other rich Republicans, Lay's trial --and conviction--for crimes that ruined the lives of hundreds of thousands was equivalent to being tortured to death.

John Edwards' "Two Americas" theory is begining to look more and more plausible every day.


Richard said...

By dying, I'd say Ken Lay got off easy, all right. The comparison made at his service was absurd and out of touch with reality.

Mike MacLean said...

Thanks for the post JD

The only difference between Lay and a scumbag with a gun is that the scumbag confronts his victims eye-to-eye and is only able to ruin one life at a time. The world is better off.

Kim Mizar-Stem said...

You are in dangerous territory - that story bashed both Repubs and organized religion - I am in "ugly retort overload"!!!! So much to say - - my brain may explode!

JD Rhoades said...

Kim: Bring. It. On.

Stephen Blackmoore said...

Cage match!!!

catalyst said...

that story bashed both Repubs and organized religion

And the problem is?

Kim Mizar-Stem said...

No problem - -I love it - -I could go on and on and on about how on the mark you are!!! Believe me, we are on the same side on this one!! I just had so many ugly things to add and not nearly enough space!

Julia said...

That pisses me off! How dare they compare Lay's problems with being lynched?

That site will tell you about lynching.

Being lynched is not being villanized for your behavior.

If he wasn't killed, mained, burned, or had his genital removed while still alive, it doesn't count as a lynching. Not even close.