It's a red-letter day in our journalistic career. For the first time in our career, we are being called out in print by a former presidential candidate.
Under the headline "The Eternal Life of a Lie," the would-be president and former state representative begins thusly:
Sometimes when I read allegations and bald-faced lies about me bantered about in the press and on the Internet, I have to laugh out loud and wonder if other people can readily see the obvious untruth in them. Are some people after reading decades of vicious hate-speech against me now ready to believe anything about perhaps the most-hated (or perhaps most feared) man in American politics?
This hated/feared man is David Duke, and he takes umbrage with a portion of "Love in the Time of Leprosy," my recent feature on the lives of Houstonians Jose and Magdalena Ramirez.
In the story, I wrote:
The drug focuses on the cool parts of the body where the leprosy bacilli thrive. José's entire body was ravaged by the bacilli, so he needed a larger dose. His complexion turned black. He was a black man attending LSU at the time when it was a sea of white faces, and one of his classmates was a Grand Dragon of the KKK. (The Grand Dragon was none other than former Louisiana state representative and failed presidential candidate David Duke.)
There was a soapbox in the LSU student union on which students could freely speak their minds about anything they wanted for five minutes at a time. The Grand Dragon made frequent use of the soapbox and the Bible to denigrate blacks and lepers. And here was José -- a (temporary) black man, born of Mexican heritage, a devout Catholic and a sufferer of leprosy. In short, every Klansman's perfect target. José didn't take Duke's taunts lying down, but he didn't exactly best him in debate, either. He could fight with his fists and shout four-letter words, but he didn't yet know how to articulate his thoughts.
Duke does not deny that he made frequent use of the soapbox, but he denies ever speaking out against sufferers of leprosy. "You have to be really anti-David Duke to believe that I have been running around for the last 40 years of my life attacking those unfortunates who suffer from Leprosy," he writes, and calls my words an "insane attack" that "would be laughable if it were not so pathetic."
Ramirez flatly told me that Duke did in fact speak ill of leprosy sufferers.
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Duke also writes that he has never been anti-Catholic per se -- he only opposes "Catholic leaders who work for massive immigration." What's more, he doesn't denigrate blacks, he says. He just speaks out for the "millions of White people in America [who] suffer as victims of Black violent crime" and opposes the politics of firebrands like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Not to mention that Malcolm X clone GOP chairman Michael Steele, whom Duke labels a "radical Black racist." So it's not blacks he doesn't like -- just the ones with power, whether they are on the right or the left.
He further states that he doesn't "consider Mexicans a perfect target" but reiterates his opposition to immigration again. Which, of course, is all the fault of the Jews.
"Radical Jewish organization have been the most powerful advocates of the racial transformation of the United States," he writes, and cites a few examples of groups he claims are plotting to overwhelm the purity of White America with Mexicans and others. What's more, as he points out for probably the 989th time, the Jews control the media, which is lock-step in favor of massive immigration at all times.
And again he says, this is not to denigrate Jews or anything like that. They just want to destroy America is all.