Another Day, Another Person Alleges Sen. Allen Used The "N-Word"
Christopher Taylor, an anthropology professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, told the New York Times yesterday that in the early 1980s, he heard Sen. George Allen (R-VA) use the "N-word" to describe black Americans.
Taylor, who is white and was then a graduate student at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, said the term came up in a conversation about turtles in a pond near Allen’s property.
According to Taylor, Allen said that “around here” only the black Americans — whom he referred to by the epithet — “eat ‘em.” Taylor told the Times that he was “kind of taken aback” by Allen’s language because it was their first meeting. “Most of us are antiracist,” Taylor said.
By itself, it has all the makings of a he-said/he-said tale.
But Taylor's story is hardly an isolated one when it comes to Senator "Good Ol' Boy."
It comes just a day after three former teammates of Allen's at the University of Virginia told the liberal online journal Salon that Allen "repeatedly used" the "N-word" and demonstrated racist attitudes toward black Americans during the early 1970s.
As JABBS noted last week, Allen tried to shrug off questionably racist things on his resume to NBC's Tim Russert, suggesting those were "rebellious, anti-establishment" things he did as "a kid" -- even though such episodes occurred well after Allen turned 40. (Click here to read a partial list of events.)
Will more stories be revealed as we get closer to election day? And will Virginians simply accept Allen's denials of wrongdoing as either fictional accounts by one-time friends, or "rebellious, anti-establishment" things he did "as a kid" of 25, 32 or 41?
Come clean, Sen. Allen. Things can only get worse.