Change that diaper, Mr. Cooksey.
From The Baton Rouge Advocate: U.S. Rep. John Cooksey, R-Monroe, told a network of Louisiana radio stations Monday that someone ‘wearing a diaper on his head’ should expect to be interrogated in the investigation of terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and New York City.
Here’s the full quote: “If I see someone (who) comes in that’s got a diaper on his head and a fan belt wrapped around the diaper on his head, that guy needs to be pulled over.”
A diaper? Did I read that correctly? Let me look again.
Holy crap. A United States Representative actually said that.
Time to unwrap the poison pen.
I fired off this letter to the un-distinguished gentleman:
Rep. John Cooksey
113 Cannon House Office Building
20 September 2001
Dear Rep. Cooksey,
I read your remarks regarding racial profiling today in The Baton Rouge Advocate:
“If I see someone (who) comes in that’s got a diaper on his head and a fan belt wrapped around the diaper on his head, that guy needs to be pulled over.”
These remarks are not the remarks of someone who is worthy of a position in our government. Your remarks, sir, are ignorant, disgusting, and racist. I expect much more from a member of congress.
We Americans turn to you, our elected leaders, to provide leadership and guidance, especially during times such as these, when our democracy is threatened, and our population is frightened and confused.
A great leader once said,