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Texas Pride is a Rollercoaster Ride

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Watchinlewis-blackg Lewis Black’s already-famous takedown of Rick Perry last Wednesday on The Daily Show with some native Texans was a rollercoaster ride that opened apparently chronic wounds from the “Texas vs. New York” culture wars. Warning: the cursing in that link is not safe for work, or anywhere with a Texas flag nearby.

It all started out well enough; when Black says he’s not a huge fan of politicians, we’re right there with him. Then he replayed Perry’s “Oops” moment for the millionth time, and my friends settled in for some good laughs at the expense of the outgoing guv, who is indeed, as Black says, “the gift who has no idea he keeps on giving.”

We all rolled our eyes at Perry’s hare-brained scheme to steal jobs from other states and guffawed at the fact that our governor pronounces the word “escape” with an x. Somewhere along the line, though, the laughter turned  pensive. It stopped altogether around the time Black pointed his finger at the camera and began addressing the entire state of Texas.

What followed was a brutal reiteration of age-old New York triumphalism culminating in a grand finale of middle fingers, F-bombs and crotch-grabs directed at the entire Lone Star State. Cue the stony silence in a room full of normally rabid Daily Show fans.

Yes, Mr. Black, I’m pretty sure Texas can spell “Bhutanese,” considering that the state of Texas takes the second-highest number of refugees from Bhutan of any state, ahead of New York. And while the ability to order sushi pizza at 8 a.m. may be a benefit of life in the Big Apple (I guess?), I’m not sure most folks are willing to pay $2,000 a month to share a cramped efficiency with five of their hippest friends to access that opportunity. As this recent Slate article points out, even if Perry’s job-grabbing caper  is misguided, Texas does have its perks.

I’m not about to mediate this debate—I’m from Ohio, which apparently exists only during presidential elections, and where the official response to slights against our state is a half-hearted shrug. But the whole thing did make me wonder: proud Texans who are nonetheless embarrassed by Perry, what would you tell Lewis Black about Texas to change his mind?

I’m sure there will plenty of discussion on this subject at tonight’s Rangers game. They’re playing the Yankees, after all.

 

 

  • diverdutch

    I would probably tell him that I, as a proud Texan, left my home state (actually, fled might be more fitting) due to the (what I considered worse than illegal) immigrants from NY in the period when NYC managed to need a bailout and Texas had jobs. I made it easier for someone to find work by leaving mine…

    I would tell him that the attitude of those new immigrants (“We do it better”<–I know, right?) made the "good ole boys" have a serious knee-jerk reaction which turned normally mild mannered KKK types into defiant (Texas) nationalists.

    I would also tell him that I am embarrassed that Texas managed to put two idiots n the governors office, W and Gov. Goodhair. I voted against them each and every time but somehow, the BS hit the fan anyway…

    • clr1390

      Wow, normal Texans!!! I though they were all like Rick Perry. At least the ones with healthcare.??

  • Thomas Coleman

    Bottom line, the Lone Star State is run by a hate group – anti-gay hate group – pure and simple. Ya’ll are always trying to dance around it, without confronting it directly and calling it exactly what it is; not talking about it at all except on rare occasion; making lame excuses for it and changing the subject while it goes on and on and on. A proven hate state it is and continues to be: vile, ugly and pathetic. Nothing anyone says about it can take that distinction away, a ruling party that characterizes GLBTs as Nazis did Jews; from the 2012 Texas Republican Platform – more or less the same for thirty years – sworn to by every statewide elected official in a state full of fear and loathing: “Homosexuality ― We affirm that the practice of homosexuality tears at the fabric of society and contributes to the breakdown of the family unit. Homosexual behavior is contrary to the fundamental, unchanging truths that have been ordained by God, recognized by our country’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable “alternative” lifestyle, in public policy, nor should ‘family’ be redefined to include homosexual ‘couples.’ We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of state of origin.”

  • texasaggie

    Unfortunately there isn’t a whole lot that can be said. His stereotype of Texans was no worse than the stereotypes that Texans have of New Yorkers. We do have a lot of intolerance and outright hate in the Republic (I’m reminded of the time I attended a church service in CS and heard the minister argue that we needed to go out and hang all gays or else God would punish us. Never went back.) And the only minorities that are accepted at A&M are the athletes. One of my best students was an African American woman, and the crap she put up with from the good ol’ boys in class was disgusting.