Etan's Anti-War Speech
Etan Thomas's September 2005 speech at an anti-war rally in D.C. was roundly celebrated at the time, with left-winger sportswriter and Friend of Etan Dave Zirin being moved to compare Etan to Jesse Owens, Babe Didrikson, Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Curt Flood, Muhammad Ali and others. Back then, the transcript went all over the Internets, including onto True Hoop.
But I had never seen the video. There it is, above. Etan talks about HMOs, prescription drugs, the death penalty, corporate mergers and the bird of democracy, calls some policemen "pigs" and, in the driving theme of the speech, has the following vision:
I'd like to take some of these cats on a field trip. I want to get a big yellow buses with no air conditioning and no seat belts and round up Bill O'reilly, Pat Buchanan, Trent Lott, Sean Hannity, Dick Cheney, Jeb Bush, Bush Junior and Bush Senior, John Ashcroft, Giuliani, Ed Gillespie, Katherine Harris, that litttle bow-tied Tucker Carlson and any other right wing conservative republicans i can think of [pause for cheers] and take them all on a trip to the hood. Not to do no 30-minute documentary. I mean, I want to drop them off and leave them there. Let them become one with the other side of the tracks.
Regardless of what you think about Etan's opinions, I judge him a pretty effective public speaker. He pulls off seven-plus minutes of compelling YouTubeness much better than I do, that's for sure. And even though this footage is nearly two years old, its presence on YouTube seems to be a new development, so I think this virtually demands a Tom Knott column tomorrow. And yes, I saw this on Scott Van Pelt Style. It's been that kind of day.
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