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The Lufkin Daily News says: Kinky Friedman may not be a racist, but he's certainly perpetuating a stereotype — the one that Texans are backwoods rednecks who don't care that what they say is offensive to others

The Lufkin Daily News says: Kinky Friedman may not be a racist, but he's certainly perpetuating a stereotype — the one that Texans are backwoods rednecks who don't care that what they say is offensive to others

Friedman has offered a lot more jokes about Texas' problems than solutions to them during his campaign to be our next governor. Whether he wanted to be a breath of fresh air in Texas politics, or he just wanted to get some cheap publicity to further his career as a humorist, it's clear he has no future as a leader.

The Lufkin Daily News says: Kinky Friedman may not be a racist, but he's certainly perpetuating a stereotype — the one that Texans are backwoods rednecks who don't care that what they say is offensive to others

EDITORIAL: Kinky Friedman
Humorist's gubernatorial campaign looking more like cheap publicity stunt

The Lufkin Daily News

Friday, September 22, 2006

Kinky Friedman's novelty act is over. It's just hard to think of him as funny anymore.

Friedman has offered a lot more jokes about Texas' problems than solutions to them during his campaign to be our next governor. Whether he wanted to be a breath of fresh air in Texas politics, or he just wanted to get some cheap publicity to further his career as a humorist, it's clear he has no future as a leader.

In fact, Friedman's shtick has only done harm to Texas. He's in the news this week for having uttered a racially offensive remark a year ago, when asked on CNBC what he'd do with sexual predators. His answer: "Throw them in prison and throw away the key and make them listen to a Negro talking to himself."

Friedman, at the time, was given the chance to retract what he said; instead, he called "Negro" "a charming word." What's more, his campaign this week brushed aside criticism of his CNBC appearance.

"Texans who know anything about Kinky know that he's not a racist, and they're going to see through all of this political correctness very soon. This is what they've got? Bring it on. Texans can see right through," Friedman's spokeswoman, Laura Stromberg, told the Associated Press on Wednesday.

Of course, it hasn't been too long since Friedman called Hurricane Katrina evacuees in Texas "crackheads and thugs." That didn't go over well, either, considering most of the Katrina evacuees were black.

Friedman may not be a racist, but he's certainly perpetuating a stereotype — the one that Texans are backwoods rednecks who don't care that what they say is offensive to others.

He told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Tuesday that anybody who is offended by his comments should vote for one of the other candidates.

"If I've got to lie to people, sweep the truth under the rug and worry about offending people, I'm not going to be very effective," he said.

We agree. Texans shouldn't have to cringe every time their governor — or even a popular gubernatorial candidate — steps to the microphone.





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