Gut Rumbles

July 11, 2004

understand my upbringing

I was raised by a long line of Kentucky hillbillies. My grandfather once made moonshine so that he could sell it and buy shoes for his 5 children to wear to school. I see no evil in what my grandfather did. I knew him well and a more honest, fair man you'll NEVER find on the face of this planet.

My dad was the youngest section foreman ever to achieve that position in the Harlan County coal mines. He was 23 years old when he was promoted, and he worked with rough cobs in that hole. He did well and earned their respect.

I remember seeing my father come home from the mine looking as black as any African American I've ever seen. Coal dust was a part of life in Harlan County back then. My daddy wore it proudly because it put groceries on the table and clothes on my back.

I was taught to achieve. I was taught to read and write. I was given the tools I needed in this world by MY PARENTS, who wanted the best for me and my brother.

"Given?" No, that's the wrong word. I had a work ethic and a sense of responsibility HAMMERED into my head. Second best didn't mean shit to my father and he always set the bar high. Mama was always there, but she expected the best you could do, too. My parents taught both me and my brother to do well in life.

I played football on a championship team that lost a total of three games in three years. I was the youngest General Foreman ever to achieve that rank at the plant where I worked. I was making more money than my father was when he died.

I suppose that he was proud of me, but I'll never know for sure because he never told me. My brother is a high-octane litigator, feared far and wide in courtrooms all over the counrty. For a couple of hillbilly boys, we both did well.

So, when you want to call me a "virulent racist," just stop a moment and think. I grew up poor and didn't KNOW that I was poor until I hit high school. The first steak I ever ate I bought with my own money and cooked for myself. I was 20 years old at the time. What black people call "soul food" today was a staple at my house. Cornbread and pinto beans ("miner's strawberries,") according to my dad, and fried fatback (salt bacon) was a delicacy. We ate a lot of potatoes and leftover stew.

I got a college degree. The first person on EITHER SIDE of the family to actually graduate from college. I'm still proud of that. I did it, and I worked two jobs the entire time I was in school.

I'll never use the N-word again. That just distracts people from the real meat of the matter. You can start from the base roots and make something of yourself if you are bound and determined to do it. Or, you can sit on your ass and whine about the curve balls life throws you.

Those who sit on their ass and whine deserve the N-word. They don't have to live that way.

You want a really obscene word? Try "choice."


Hell yes Rob. Hell yes.

Posted by: King Steve on July 12, 2004 12:31 AM

Now fatback/ hamhocks and pinto beans are OK, but you boys haven't lived until you try hamhocks and sourkraut. Damn, now there is food from heaven. Also, when we were young, my brothers and I used to fight for the marrow from the soup bones. Spread on bread with salt, ah heaven. It's lucky are arteries didn't clog up on the spot

Posted by: AndyJ on July 12, 2004 02:59 AM

You don't understand, Rob. It isn't your use of the word "nigger" that makes you a racist. It's your conservativism.

Posted by: GORDON on July 12, 2004 03:55 AM

So this guy won't use the N-word again. But instead he will use "N-word" when he means that... LOL.

Poor guy has to resort to all this subterfuge because of those motherfucking liberals. The real racists!! Why are liberals so racist? Why can't they be nice people like "conservatives".

By the way, I resisted this earlier, but I can't resist now... so what if your daughter's a lesbian... at least she's not dating a "N". That would have been something to be "ashamed" of...

Posted by: LOL on July 12, 2004 04:07 AM

Oh by the way, if you guys are believing Christians, I hope you realize that you guys are all going to hell for those Klan picnics, and for driving blacks out of your county "then".

You really are. Believe it.

Posted by: LOL on July 12, 2004 04:11 AM


Spoken like a true liberal asshat racist. Thanks for exposing your true colors. YOU are the ones who divide people into different camps; black vs. white, rich vs. poor, old vs. young, etc. I have many friends who are appalled by affirmative action, which you libs support, and is, in fact, racist. I didn't want to say those friends are black, but hey, there it is.

The KKK would love the libs and democrats today for the wonderful job they are doing at keeping the black community poor and under educated by supporting the policies they do such as no school vouchers and affirmative action, just to name two. Then you fuckers have the nerveóthe fucking NERVE to call us RACISTS?!?

I have news for you, LOL. You fuckers are going to be the ones roasting in hell for what you are doing right now, not I, or anyone else. You make me sick.

Posted by: Anthony L. on July 12, 2004 06:24 AM

I fuck my own children too bad I have been tracked down and I will be slaughtered in my own home infront of them. My death will be a painful one.

Posted by: LOL on July 12, 2004 09:34 AM

Hey Anthony, you are correct you are sick.

Posted by: James Old Guy on July 12, 2004 10:48 AM

Racism is a funny thing: Once you accuse someone of it, there is really no defense. What do you say... I have many friends that are black? That's a bit cliche.

That is why people like to throw it around so recklessly. Want to know something? EVERYONE is racist. EVERYONE is being discriminated against. Racism is human nature.

And saying nigger does not make you racist. Your BEHAVIOR does.

Posted by: Yogimus on July 12, 2004 11:07 AM

What really shows that you are racist is saying that you want to curb eugenic infanticide, give people more of a choice about how to educate their children (which most blacks support), make it easyer for big corporations to employ lots of people, and execute people who murder blacks. Those are all just code for "I'm a klansman".

Posted by: Dave Munger on July 12, 2004 03:33 PM

"Choice"? Obscene how? Honest curiousity here, but in the context of the post, I don't see the connection. Had you been talking about abortion I could see how you might choose to describe 'choice' as obscene (not saying I'd agree or disagree, only that the context would make more sense).

Would you mind elaborating?

Posted by: Jason Bontrager on July 12, 2004 04:47 PM

"You can start from the base roots and make something of yourself if you are bound and determined to do it. Or, you can sit on your ass and whine about the curve balls life throws you."
I think Rob just about said it all with that statement! It doesn't matter what color your skin is, if you blow your chance in life by not even trying and then whine about it, you deserve what you get!

Posted by: Michele on July 12, 2004 05:02 PM
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