Fort Worth City Hall. By Michael Barera, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49416184
The sounds of local yahoos popping off bottle rockets and other such fare ain’t the only “fireworks” going off in the humble city of Fort Worth these last couple days and change. As it turns out, a dude by the name of Mike Steele, who – get this, y’all – sits pretty on the Fort Worth City Council anti-discrimination commission (!) – shared some hideously racist, homophobic, xenophobic, and sexist mess on the Book o’ Faces, as exposed by TCU Associate Professor Emily Farris on the Home of the Blue Birds.
I swear, y’all, ya just can’t make this baby turtlin’ stuff up in this here Era of Late-Stage Capitalism led by Cheeto Benito, the Day-Glo Dotard (with apologies to the makers of the actual paint).
Among the lovely, classy “dank may-mays” shared by this Steele fellow are as follows…
And a Decepticon responsible for reposting that crap.
Actually, I gotta apologize; that’s an insult to Decepticons. Even a Decepticon would likely have more class.
Knowing the difference between “sex” and “gender” should be one of the basic qualifications for serving on an anti-discrimination commission, don’t’cha thank?
“Hur hur hur! Black wimmenz s’pos’d’ta be subserv-ee-ent, so Mee-shell Obammer must’d had a pay-nis!”
In addition, he’s also called for civil war, even going so far as to encourage fellow chuds to “buy ammo”:
He’s either a hamburger short of a Happy Meal, just a plain sociopath, or both. And, sure enough, he blew out even more irony meters with his response.
Surprise, surprise — being anti-LGBT so long as they’re not fruit of your own loins, as if that makes human beings less important.
Lord have mercy.
I love that he mentioned Mayor Price, as she actually threw him under the bus quicker than a dog takes off towards a squirrel:
Not that Mayor Price is an angel, herself. I’d bet she holds the same kind of views near and dear to her own “heart”, but she knows her goose would be
cooked carbonized if she ever fully spilled her beans; after all, she is one of an endangered species in 2019 – a fully-right-wing Republican mayor of a big American city – who has only staved off electora l obliteration by throwing a few progressive plates on her spread, such as an overhaul and expansion of public transit, support of LGBT peoples and general community inclusiveness, and uplift of less-fortunate parts of town, amongst her otherwise Trumpian credentials.
So don’t leave this article thinking that she’s “above it all”, especially given the recent very fishy removal of Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald and the bad behavior of the Fort Worth Police Department, which has even affected me personally in the past. Fort Worth was also the only major Texas city to not join the lawsuit opposing SB4, the state government’s anti-sanctuary-cities bill.
Fort Worthians love to go on about how “fake” Dallas is, and how much more “genuine” Fort Worth is. This is, of course, bull — for the love of Avalar’s heroes, this city of almost a million people — and one that has had a population north of 100,000 since 1920 — has finally decided deep into the 21st century to stop pretending it’s still some “charming small town”.
I speak from experience about the artificiality of the Panther City, given I’ve lived here basically all my life and has faced the ostracism and mistreatment that makes any attempts at labels like “inclusive”, “friendly”, “cosmopolitan”, “caring”, and such a violation of Webster’s’ validity as a dictionary. The fact we have a faux-”moderate” not-so-secret Trumpian mayor attests to the aforementioned. The dysfunction here is real, and I don’t just say this as a guy who was jumped over a $75 motorcycle saddle back in April and subsequently got hit by a car.
The kicker is, city officials have known about this guy’s chuddery for years. No joke, y’all. The Star-Telegram went into quite some depth about the discovery.
According to one of the Star-Telegram articles,
When members [of United Fort Worth] inquired about Steele, they were told he represented a conservative or pro-Trump view point on the commission. He called Steele’s placement on the commission “irresponsible” because the Human Relations Commission was intended to be an unbiased, apolitical group.
The “balance fallacy” is just that — a fallacy. Having a “conservative, pro-Trump voice” on an anti-discrimination commission is like a community of sapient chickens deciding a fox on their village council is a dandy idea. You simply can’t have an effective community and society with people running around with untreated antisocial personality disorder and on some pure evil mess and proud of both, and you can’t have good government with people who hate good government.
These people don’t need to have their speech legally suppressed, of course, but they sure as hell do need to be ostracized, not embraced. Relegate them to the “badly-behaved kiddie” table so the well-behaved kids, as well as the adults, can dine and discuss in peace.
By the way, a side note — for years, I’ve been yellin’ from the mountaintops and tellin’ in the valleys, as a bi guy in the underclass, that the Human Rights Commission, or HRC as they’re more commonly known, is not a trustworthy LGBT organization, as they stand up only for the moneyed, privileged “queer elite class”, and couldn’t give a speck of dirt on a flying rat’s derriére about those of us queers who actually depend on transit passes. Case in point: despite all this garbage that’s reared its ugly head here in Fort Worth, confirming what us on street level already knew, the city scored a perfect freakin’ 100 on their “Scorecard”.
Fort Worth exists in the shadow of Dallas and is one of America’s “forgotten” big cities, but nonetheless, the eyes of the nation must be upon this metropolis, as the best way to expose the roaches roaming the kitchen is to keep the light on and bright.
Squall Winds (Mesonoptic) is a meteorological consultant, activist, broadcaster, merchant, dirty commie, and stylin’ brotha from Fort Worth. He’s dabbling at getting back into doing a show, Swag*inista Radio. He can be found on Twitter, Instagram, and Patreon, and welcomes anyone civilized (read: left-of-center) to join him on Discord. The society project he leads can be found on Twitter, as well, and both he and his project can be found at stormygrove.net.