R.I.H. — Jesse Helms
Homophobic, treatment racist Republican Jesse Helms was buried today. The five-term North Carolina senator — whose entire career was devoted to oppressing women and minorities — did the nation a huge favor by dying on the Fourth of July.
Among his many bigoted atrocities, case Sen. Helms opposed funding for AIDS research, including the Ryan White CARE Act. According to Helms: “There is not one single case of AIDS in this country that cannot be traced in origin to sodomy.” Ryan White, an Indiana teen who suffered from hemophilia, died of AIDS at the age of 18 after contracting HIV from a contaminated blood treatment.
Few people in government relished needless cruelty as much as Sen. Helms, so a little grave dancing is warranted. What better way to celebrate the death of such a petty, vindictive asshole than by remembering the day ACT UP put a giant condom on his house?
By the way, R.I.H. = Rot In Hell.