It must be true: I saw it on CNN with my own eyes. Had I not, I would have taken it for a crude attempt at irony.
The topic was the upcoming recall elections (and preceding turmoil over public employee unions) in Wisconsin. The news network had dredged up a couple of (dimmish) leading lights pro and con and was grilling them about the expressed will of the people or some such thing. The pro-recall/pro-public union side was represented by (surprise, surprise) a local SEIU officer, who shared this gem: "Things were settled here, then these outsiders came and and stirred them up, made things disruptive."
The SEIU officer happened to be African-American and I'd guess her at my age or more. It's hard to suppose she doesn't remember the last time troubles in one city or state were blamed on "disruptive outsiders," but you'd've thought she would have at least read about it in U.S. History class?
4 months ago