Well, it seems that just one day after I named him my Man of the Year, the Toronto (Red) Star goes and takes another shot at the mayor of this city, Rob Fucking Ford, by breaking the news that his mother-in-law called the cops on Christmas “to report that the mayor had been drinking and was taking his children to Florida against the wishes of his wife, Renata.” Something tells me that the Star won’t start receiving any mayoral press releases till after the next municipal election…
Of course, most of the commentors on this piece spoke out either against the mayor or in defense of the paper, although a few Ford supporters chimed in, like this guy:
I hafta say, I was confused by his “lily white” comment. No shit that most Torontonians aren’t white–this is the most ethnically diverse city in the known universe! Unless this is some old-timey expression that I’ve never heard before. So I decided to google it, which led to some shocking results…
Mind you, the first result was for a flower shop in Kitchener, but the second led me to this Wikipedia entry for something called the Lily-White Movement. Here are a coupla choice excepts, for those who can’t be arsed to click the link:
“The term Lily-White Movement is generally attributed to Texas Republican leader Norris Wright Cuney who used the term in an 1888 Republican convention to describe efforts by white conservatives to oust blacks from positions of Texas party leadership and incite riots to divide the party.”
“This movement is largely credited with driving blacks out of the Republican party during the early 20th century, setting the stage for their eventual support of the Democrats.”
Oh boy. So what you’re saying is that most of us aren’t turn-of-the-century racists–and as a result, we have no idea what’s going on? Erm, okay. I guess if 1967 was the summer of love, ’65 musta been the summer of racial bigotry. Now, excuse me while I go read the Sun’s coverage for a laugh. Wait, I don’t actually see anything about this in their Toronto & GTA section. No wonder there’s these whackjobs sullying up The Star!