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Calling All Racists: It’s Poetry Contest Time!

By Hatewatch Staff on June 30, 2010 - 4:48 pm, Posted in Anti-Black, Patriot

Sharpen your pencil and summon your muse, it’s time for the annual “Redneck Poetry Contest.”

Redneck poetry entry formThat’s right. The call has gone out for the best redneck rhymin’ around. And according to the entry form received by the Hatewatch staff, the winning poet will take home a “brand new wood-fired deep-fry cooker suitable for everything from turkeys to [T]winkies.”

But before you start, a word of warning: If last year’s winner is any indication, the competition will be stiff. That charming entry pulled off the hat trick by smearing blacks and Latinos and threatening castration — an incredible feat achieved in only 28 words. Here’s the winning entry:

“In Texas we’re flooded with Beaners

“That’re no good even for cleaners

“They’re nothin’ but lackies

“And worse than the blackies

“So now we cut off their wieners!”

The entry form offers little information about the organizer. But it asks would-be poets to send their entries to one Bob Livingston at P.O. Box 3623, Hueytown, Ala., 35023. That address provides an interesting glimpse of the possible organizer and some of the favorite conspiracy theories and topics of the antigovernment “Patriot” movement. The listed post office box is also offered as a means to contact Personal Liberty Digest, a website where someone identified as Bob Livingston has warned that vaccines are useless and dangerous and has written about the Bilderberg Group, a favorite target for the Patriot movement and other far-right conspiracy theorists.

“These are the New World Order folks,” Liberty Digest’s Livingston writes.

Responding to requests for comment, a woman who identified herself as a representative of Livingston said he was out of town and not available for comment. The Personal Liberty Digest website describes Livingston as “an ultra-conservative American who has been writing a newsletter for 41 years. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects.”

That quest for truth apparently led him to author the book, How to Survive the Collapse of Civilization, a tome that has been hawked via an E-mail from the right-wing WorldNetDaily news site. That E-mail warns that terrorists could attack the U.S. power grid with an electromagnetic pulse device that “could throw America into the dark ages in a split second.” As the book’s name implies, techniques to survive a terrorist attack, a “global epidemic” and social unrest are offered.

The book’s author also apparently edits “The Bob Livingston Letter,” a “privately circulated” newsletter that offers, according to its website, “secret health and investment strategies — long used by the wealthy, but CENSORED by the government.”

A 2006 issue offered a yearly subscription to the newsletter containing these great secrets for $65 or $6 for a single issue — although the website shows the standard rate for a yearly subscription is now only $59. The same Hueytown post office box as that used for the poetry contest is offered as an address for the 2006 issue. And it appears that post office box is still the address offered in a 2010 issue.

At the bottom of the 2006 issue’s front page is an interesting mission statement of sorts: “Since 1969, we have been reaching out to awaken sleeping Christians to the glorious gospel of grace. God has blessed us. He has shown us his kingdom. Therefore we have a Christian responsibility to help others see the kingdom of God.”

There’s no mention how honoring poets threatening the castration of Latinos fits into the gospel.

  • Paen

    Please don’t put all Rednecks in the same category because not all of these folks are raving bigots.For example both Woodie Guthry and Hunter S.Thompson were Rednecks.

  • American Wetback

    Where Dr. Seuss when you need him. i hope more inbred white folk stop taking vaccines. just by their racial purity they are more susceptible to desease than the rest of humanity.
    {I looked in the mirror and what did i see? someone who looked like just like me. I looked in their’ mirror and i could not see, the mirror was clouded with hatred for me. I thought I might be mistaken, but it wasn’t a dream, it was all too real and it was not the American dream.

  • Veronica

    I think it would be awesome if I could get a group of people with me to send in poems about America (from catholic poets or poets of color). “Let America Be America Again” is a prime example.

    OK, OK; I’m just kidding. I wouldn’t actually want to incite these folks or give them credibility they don’t deserve… but still… It’s a funny response in my mind.

  • beholder

    My mind ain’t grate
    But I sure can hate.

  • Carter

    My Heaven’s, if the undercurrent is set around male genitalia – don’t expect the competition to be stiff.

  • Jeronimus

    Make my word a crime
    I will cry out louder
    silence my voice,
    I will find another
    make my voice a crime
    I will create another

    Hunt me down
    I will find new places to hide
    lock me away

    You cannot silence me
    you cannot stop me
    for I, and my kind, are forever.

  • Ghigau

    The author of that poem is one syllable short of a limerick.

  • daemonesslisa

    There’s lots of verses about castration. Violent verses in general; those are the only parts of the bible that these people read. If they can read, of course.