Mary Lazich, the sweet lady, the model of congeniality who holds profound respect for everything from woodland critters, to the mighty titans of society, was victimized by the Evil Lena Taylor, who refused to stop bullying a committee attorney. Senator Taylor’s grave crime involved trying to get an answer to a question even after Queen Lazich forbids her from asking this question.
As punishment for Taylor’s incessant need to participate in democracy, Lazich elects to have a hissy fit and storm out of the room, declaring, “I’m the chair. I deserve some respect here.”
Don’t worry folks, the story doesn’t end here…she eventually came back, and because the committee is stacked with drones, it voted to do Lazich’s bidding.
But it does beg the question….why does Mary Lazich think she is so deserving of respect, when just the other day she insulted anyone with a brain by claiming that a bill regarding race based mascots was not about racism or discrimination—but about due process. She then went on to vote for a bill that would allow public schools to continue to demean Native Americans by using grossly drawn caricatures and words like Indians, Savages, Red Raiders, Redmen, etc.
What does due process have to do with any of this, Mary Lazich? Do schools who adopt insulting and racist names deserve a day in court to justify their racism—and in this case, now a mechanism to officially sanction the behavior at a state level?
During the debate, Lena Taylor, the master of disrespect, decided to make everybody squirm by using the word “nigger” 5 times on the Senate floor. (Of course most newspapers reporting this used “n-word” or said she “used an offensive word.”) In her speech, she said, “If it’s not OK to call me a ‘nigger,’ if it’s not OK to call Chinese ‘chinks,’ and it’s not OK to call gay people ‘faggots,’ why is it OK for my brothers and sisters who are Native American to be called ‘redskins,’ ‘Indians’ and ‘savages?’ It’s not OK.”
Maybe Mary Lazich just feels entitled. After all, her people helped slaughter Native Americans. Her people helped conquer and subdue the Native population until there were so few of them that they’re generally statistically insignificant. Her people didn’t conquer niggers, chinks, or faggots—just the Indian savages that got in the way of the white person’s manifest destiny. So why shouldn’t Mary Lazich and her people feel free to culturally appropriate what’s left of the Native population and tell them they should be honored by Mary Lazich and her people’s obscene usage of them? “After all, it’s an HONOR. If they’re too stupid to be honored by our actions, it’s probably best we slaughtered these savages,” thought Mary Lazich.
Ok…I can’t really read Mary Lazich’s mind, which in retrospect, is probably a good thing.