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03 October 2010

Unfiltered Thoughts on P**sy-Gate

I don't know if you heard, but it seems like I'm embroiled in a little bit of controversy.

My Facebook status won't put one more Georgian back to work. It won't get a single person out of their car and onto mass transit. And it won't raise our state's SAT scores, improve our high school graduation rate, increase teacher pay or reduce class sizes one bit.


Early Saturday morning, I came across a tweet from the rapper 50 Cent that I thought was particularly funny. I posted that tweet in my status box on the social networking site, Facebook. The tweet read, "If you a man and your over 25 and you don't eat pu**y just kill your self damn it. The world will be a better place. Lol."

I had no idea, at the time, that a 121-character tweet would cause so much trouble.

Dustin Baker, who blogs at Georgia Politico, called my Facebook status "entirely inappropriate" and asked that I apologize. Amy Morton, a political blogger from Macon, strongly suggested that I was spreading hate speech through Facebook. Then the state Democratic Party got involved and issued the following statement:

“This hateful speech has no place in the Democratic Party. Andre should apologize for offending countless Georgia citizens who are already targeted by these types of comments way to often.”

Countless citizens? Really? Countless?

Let's do a little counting, shall we?

The United States Census Bureau estimates that Georgia has a population of 9,829,211.

Let me repeat that:

The Census Bureau says 9,829,211 people live in the state of Georgia.

Those 9,829,211 people don't give a damn about Andre Walker. They don't give a damn about Dustin Baker or Amy Morton either.

I doubt you could find 1,000 folks who both know who we are and care what we think about anything, let alone whether we agree with a tweet posted by a rapper.

So Eric Gray and the Democratic Party can file that statement about "offending countless Georgia citizens" with the Georgia Department of Hyperbole & Exaggerations. It's on the fifth floor of the Sloppy Floyd building in downtown Atlanta. Ask for directions if you get lost.

My Facebook status won't put one more Georgian back to work. It won't get a single person out of their car and onto mass transit. And it won't raise our state's SAT scores, improve our high school graduation rate, increase teacher pay or reduce class sizes one bit.

Neither, by the way, will an apology from me. So I'm not apologizing.

Seriously, what does an apology do? What does it mean?

If I don't say I'm sorry, will you de-friend me on Facebook? Are you going to organize a letter-writing campaign against me? Will you protest in front of my house? Will you go so far as to hold a press conference on the steps of the State Capitol with representatives from Georgia Equality, the Stonewall Democrats and the Human Rights Campaign in attendance?

Come on now. . .don't waste my time or your time either.

Plain and simple, this is a distraction. This distraction gets Democrats off message at a time when Democrats desperately need to stay on message.

Georgians will elect a new governor in thirty days. And the three issues that will decide whether Roy Barnes, Nathan Deal or John Monds become our state's 82nd governor are jobs, education and transportation. That's what this election is about; not the Facebook status of some political blogger.