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'This is not a race thing'
By BRET "THE HIT MAN" HART -- For the Calgary Sun

  Faarooq (to Vince McMahon) on Raw: "Is this your idea of a multi-racial organization? ... are you a racist?"
 To Vince's denial, Faarooq continues, "Then you won't mind if I buy that house next to you. Right? Then you won't mind if my little boy visits your daughter. Right? ...
 "Right here in the WWF, just like I thought all along, there's racism. See, my eyes don't see in color. My eyes see in black and white. And you're going to tell me to leave this country? This country was built on the back of a black man. All of my ancestors paid the price to live here in this country.
 "And I tell you another thing. As far as I'm concerned, black people are the original natives of this country. I see it now, we're good enough to pick up after you. We're good enough to wash your cars. We're good enough to eat the slop behind you. But, you can't come out here and face me like a man. Bret Hart, we're gonna settle this, right now. Get your butt out here."
 This all started when Degeneration X trashed the NOD's locker room in a pathetic, desperate attempt to frame the Hart Foundation. They left graffiti that said, "Canada rules," "Harts rule", "Don't cross the border" -- and in case that wasn't blatant enough, they planted a Canadian flag in the midst of the rubble.
 Besides all the obvious things wrong with this, the biggest one is that The Hart Foundation had nothing to do with it! Or maybe that is the only thing right about this! It's obvious Degeneration X is so sure they can't beat The Hart Foundation fair and square that they needed to turn the Nation of Domination against us to do their dirty work.
 Shawn fanned the fire. "Wait a minute. I knew Bret Hart was a lot of things, but I didn't know he was a racist ... Now the Heartbreak Kid feels the need to be the World Wrestling Federation champion. The WWF needs a champion who sees no color, sees no race, sees nothing. And there's nothing to represent the World Wrestling Federation as a man. As an honest religious man, that knows no creed, no religion, no color."
 Shawn, that rules you out! Honest? Religious? A man? Give me a break. The part about "sees nothing" is accurate, though. The next week, on Raw, Shawn showed his true colors: "How dare you blame Degeneration X, for your actions?" (How dare I? Because it's true!) "Now everybody knows the Grand Wizard there, Bret Hart, is racist to the core. (Everybody knows that is ridiculous!) You saw what he did to the Nation's locker room. (No one saw The Hart Foundation do anything because we didn't!).
 "Degeneration X agrees with the Nation. This country was built on the sweat and the brow of a black man ...
 "But the Grand Wizard, Bret Hart, and the rest of his KKK buddies, don't believe that. Faarooq, it was the Hart Foundation, all along. Bret Hart is in denial and he's always in denial because he's concerned about his image."
 Shawn's boy toy, Triple-H, added, "Oh yeah! And what an image that is, Hitman, with your little leather jacket, I heard your first choice for your outfits was, white sheets and white hoods."
 Shawn leads and Hunter follows. What a jerk.
 Faarooq: "Hart Foundation, it all started with a boat ride. But, it's gonna end with a black fist right on the side of your face! Now we are challenging you to a match next week, right here. And if you got the guts, like you all say you do, then you'll accept a challenge.
 All of that is hitting below the belt -- the WWF World Championship belt. I will not undermine the dignity of the WWF World Heavyweight Championship by even responding. Dignity is something Degeneration X and the NOD have forgotten about. If you give them enough rope ... they'll hang themselves worse than the KKK ever could.
 The Hitman still does his talking in the ring. Actions speak louder than words -- especially when the words are all lies. Faarooq, The Hart Foundation accepts your challenge and will meet you on Raw this Monday!
 This is not a race thing. I accept your challenge on behalf of the Hart Foundation because I want you to understand that I come from a country where there is no racial prejudice. We don't hate black people, brown people, yellow people ... In Canada, we love people for what they are inside. And that's the basic truth.
 You know that America is riddled with racial prejudice and you don't have to pick an argument with me to get me to agree! Your problem, Faarooq, is you can't see when somebody's messing with you. You know and I know that Shawn Michaels and his boy toy, Triple-H, are the ones responsible for all the problems between you and me. I'll tell you where it's leading. It's leading to Montreal. It's leading to Survivor Series -- just eight days away!
 Every time I turn around, I've got Shawn Michaels in my face or jumping me from behind. I'm back where I was a long time ago, complaining about Shawn Michaels. The fact of the matter is, after the Survivor Series, I won't have to worry about it anymore, 'cause I know in that one single match, that no matter what happens, I'll finally get my hands around his little scrawny neck. And that truly is going be the end of Shawn Michaels!
 In Canada I'll be backed 100% and, Shawn Michaels, you won't be able to run across that border fast enough, 'cause you will be executed once and for all.
 Survivor Series is Nov. 9 on Viewers Choice.

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