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Desc:RIP Tom Laughlin. Before there was On Deadly Ground, there was Billy Jack.
Category:Classic Movies, Business
Tags:racism, Native Americans, ice cream, Billy Jack, tom laughlin
Submitted:baleen
Date:12/16/13
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MagickPoultry
My hometown newspaper had a phone-line you could call with comments about local issues and they'd print some of the calls in an "Off the Cuff" column every few days. One time I called them and recounted witnessing this exact scene at the grocery store (as if I were Billy Jack), complete with his speech and culminating with "and I just go BERSERK!" and they printed the whole thing.
baleen
Please tell me you have copy and you can post it.
Also, hi, how are you.

Old_Zircon
That is beautiful.

MagickPoultry
Of course I saved clippings of my Off the Cuff chronicles! Here is the one in question, exactly as they transcribed and printed it:

"You'd think racism had all but disappeared in America and Oklahoma today, but you'd be wrong. The other day, my good friend and his daughter, who are Native American, went into the grocery store to buy some groceries. A few tough guys were rough with them and started harassing them because of their ethnicity. They poured flour on them in order to make them white. Then I arrived. Now, I want you to know, that I try. They tell me I need to control my violent temper and be passive and non-violent. And I try, I really try. But when I see people whom I love so degraded and a little girl who's so special to us that we call her God's little gift of sunshine, and I think of the number of years she'll have to carry in her memory the savagery of this idiotic moment of those hoods, I just go berserk. Then, after it's all over, it's me who the police arrest. Tell me, where is the justice?"

Interestingly, this is not the most absurd thing they ever printed. That honor would either go to (1) the long-running saga of elderly people being attacked by various types of animals in ditches without being helped by any passersby, (2) the debate between three "cemetery caretakers" (only two of which were me) about God, the afterlife, and ghosts, or, lastly, (3) the rash of grave desecrations and animal mutilations (think "crucified squirrels" and the like) at the hands of unidentified Satanists and/or "punk kids."

baleen
I.... Love you.

dairyqueenlatifah
You're amazing.

You should make a blog with scans. I'd fund it.

mashedtater
all yours all of them

MagickPoultry
Scanning would be a pain, since my clippings are glued into a spiral notebook somewhat haphazardly, but if you guys really are interested, I'll transcribe some of them and post them here at this newly created blog:

http://magickpoultry.blogspot.com/

baleen
Holy shit dude, this deserves national attention.

ashtar.
Here.

dairyqueenlatifah
Aw man, he died? My dad must be sad as fuck right now. Billy Jack was his childhood hero.

I remember the time he made me watch this movie with him. The moment "One Tin Soldier" started playing I thought I was in for it...and well, for all it's corniness, I actually ended up really enjoying the movie.
Oscar Wildcat
The sequel is even better. He goes on a friggin' vision quest and everything. God bless the 70's.

Bort
You'll be pleased to know "Billy Jack" IS the sequel -- the first movie was "Born Losers", where Billy Jack saves a town from motorcycle thugs. Tom Laughlin made "Born Losers" as a crowd pleaser to rake in enough cash for "Billy Jack", which of course allowed him to fund two more sequels.

Enjoy
What a Hollywood wet dream. Make up a racist scene and rage over it.
Oscar Wildcat
I know, I know. I felt the same way when I watched Inglourious Basterds. And you?

baleen
Just the other day a fucked up guy was outside of Fred Meyer telling ever black person he saw that they were niggers. He did not seem high or insane. He said a bunch of other horrible things. He harassed this black woman getting into a car with a baby and asked her if she was going to have more nigger babies. This actually happened. It was horrible. I yelled at him to shut the fuck up. I wish I was Billy Jack. I would have beat him up.

Bort
Oh make no mistake, actual real-world racially-motivated violence could get way worse than this: blowing up churches, murdering civil rights workers, that kind of thing.

Old_Zircon
"white people" tag needed
memedumpster
He died!? Noooooo.
Bort
Hey, that's Orin from "Parks and Recreation"!
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