So Jeff Flake’s 15-year-old son Tanner has quite the ‘net reputation, having sprinkled posts with all kinds of racist invective, including giving himself this handle in an internet game: ”N-word killer” (though he actually uses the word itself). You can read the original Buzzfeed article about it here. It’s pretty vile stuff, and using the excuse that he’s a teenager is pretty flimsy.
Flake the Elder has apologized for his son’s comments, saying, “This language is unacceptable, anywhere. Needless to say, I’ve already spoken with him about this, he has apologized, and I apologize as well.”
Not enough for some, however. ”Some” being, in this case, the Rev. Jarrett Maupin. Self-declared civil rights figure. More accurately described as race baiter.
Maupin has weighed into the issue (the Republic has a story about it here):
“I saw his apology — I do not accept that apology on my own behalf nor do I accept it on behalf of the community,” Maupin said. “The only way we’re going to get through this is if we have a candid dialogue with him. We need to see some atonement before there can be some reconciliation.”
Of course. Atonement. Because? Well, the good reverend has more to say:
“Unless he’s attending junior neo-Nazi meetings in the East Valley, I’m guessing he picked this up around the dinner table.”
Yep. Flake Junior’s picking up his racism at the table of Flake Senior.
The same Flake Senior that Maupin has defended in the past (here). Against charges of racism. Wherein he attacks Democrats for? What else?
“Attacking Flake’s record is understandable, acceptable and anticipated, but it cannot be the soul and substance of the race for one of Arizona’s Senate seats. Especially if it includes the devious use of racially charged allegations by white Democrat leaders who have yet to muster a serious commitment for or real plan to improve the lives of black Arizonans.”
Hmmm, hmmm, let’s see, “devious use of racially charged allegations,” eh?
Maybe like some the Rev. Maupin’s employed here?
Or maybe like the ones he did in his past, repeatedly making unfounded charges that were race-based?
For those of you newer to the Valley, the Rev. is an Al Sharpton protege, earlier sporting the Sharpton bouffant hairdo and spouting the Sharpton race baiting demagoguery.
And guy who was convicted for lying to the FBI. About former Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon. One of Maupin’s political rivals.
Maupin here is trying once again to somehow make himself relevant.
Good try, Jarrett, but maybe you should spend more time ministering to your flock. And by “flock,” I don’t mean the media.