Florida congresswoman makes an idiotic claim

Concerning the idiotic claim by a Florida congresswoman that Gen. John Kelly’s characterization of her as an “empty barrel” was a racist comment, I have a story to share.

Back in 1985 when I was a first-year teacher in San Francisco’s public school system, I co-taught with a veteran African-American female teacher who often scolded her loud or disruptive students with the quote, “The empty wagon makes the most noise.”

This congresswoman might as well have claimed that President Abraham Lincoln was a racist. Or that Susan B. Anthony was a sexist. Or that Harry Truman was an elitist. Or that Groucho Marx was a Marxist.

Mark Kanae Smith

Wailuku

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