Posts tagged racism
Posts tagged racism
This is to be found in a front yard in Rochester, Minnesota
The couple who created this tasteful anti-Obama display insists there’s nothing racist going on here at all and of course I believe them, because there’s no racial connotations in nooses whatsoever. Black people were never, oh… lynched or anything, now were they?
The next person who even starts to say that the right wing’s virulent anti-Obama sentiments have nothing to do with race should be soundly trounced.
This image of a child begging in Mexico created a furor when posted on Facebook, led to a police investigation, and the child has now been removed from her parents and is in an orphanage. People are horrified that she might be the victim of exploitation. But why this child? When there are literally thousands of children just like her begging in the streets every day?
Take another look at the picture. I realize her face is obscured, but there are still some details you can’t miss.
Blonde hair and light skin.
Of course I’m sure it’s meaningless and that her European appearance is just a coincidence. The person who posted the photograph on Facebook and was terrified that she was a kidnapping victim probably worries like that about all children in the streets… right? Right?
Oh, so I guess “It’s the White House for a reason” is a thing now. Alex Zeagler’s is my favorite: “on the off chance this is racist, don’t worry ‘coz it’s not offensive.”
That reason is because, you know, it’s a house that is white.
So what was all that about the opposition to Obama having nothing to do with racism and how we live in a post-racial society? Because it’s getting very fuzzy right now.
Also, I think all of the people who posted those comments would look better if they put their robes and hoods back on.
Rep. Loy Mauch. Do I even need to name the party to which the man belongs? And sadly, Mauch also has this to say about a man who once did his party proud:
I would like to thank this newspaper’s editorialist for publishing the tribute to Abraham Lincoln as well as his second inaugural address so that the readers can see for themselves what a fake this neurotic Northern war criminal truly was.
Congratulations to this illustrious member of the GOP for pounding another nail in the coffin of what was, a long time ago, a party worthy of respect which gave us some fine statesmen.
Now, of course, it’s the party of Romney, Ryan, Akin, Mauch, and other foul buffoons too numerous to mention. You know, the Republicans might be onto something in their condemnation of the theory of evolution after all… at least when it comes to themselves.
United States History for Christian Schools, 3rd ed., Bob Jones University Press, 2001 (via itswalky)
Bob Jones University is a Christian school. Did I miss when lying stopped being a sin for Christians?
Who cares about that silly lynching and the burning of black homes and businesses? None of that is important. Think of all the immoral movies the Klan prevented people from seeing!
I can’t wait to read their section on Nazi Germany where they talk about the great things Hitler did for the German economy.
LAPD Officers Punch Skateboarder in the Face for Skating Outside Home
A 20-year-old Venice man and his family are calling for justice, claiming police pinned him to the ground and beat him after he was already subdued.
KTLA spoke to Ronald Weekley Jr., who was jailed for resisting arrest, moments after he was released on Monday morning.
Weekley said he was skateboarding in front of his home Saturday afternoon when Los Angeles police officers detained him and threw him to the ground.
“I turned around to two cops running directly at me and throwing me on the ground, putting my arms behind my back and tying my legs to my arms and telling me I was resisting arrest,” Weekly recalled.
The family provided KTLA with a video of the incident, which shows four officers surrounding Weekly as he lies prone on the ground.
There is a point on the video where an officer can be seen punching Weekley in the head with his fist.
Police claim that Weekley was resisting arrest, but he maintains he couldn’t have done anything to fight back, even if he wanted to.
“With four police officers on me like they are the video, there’s nothing I could do,” he said. “When the officers were striking me in the face, I could do nothing but scream for help.”
Weekley says he suffered a broken nose, a broken cheekbone and a concussion.
“It’s embarrassing, it hurts,” he said, fighting back tears. “I didn’t do anything. All I did was get on my skateboard.”
Authorities say Weekley was wanted on three outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrants.
His father, Ron Weekley Sr., said those warrants were for violating curfew several years ago, and they were not the probable cause for the stop.
He said the arresting officer told him that he stopped his son because he was riding his skateboard on the wrong side of the street.
“In terms of this stop it’s quite immaterial that Ron had warrants for curfew two or three years ago,” Weekley Sr. said.
The family says that they believe Weekley was racially profiled and they’re demanding justice, as well as changes within the police department.
“We want the chief of police to not only do an investigation, but we want him to train his officers better because they work in ethnic communities,” Weekley Sr. said.
Knowing L.A. like I do, I am sad to say this does not even surprise me. Racism is so institutionalized that I am not sure the police department has a clue that it’s wrong.
Country music singer and incendiary conservative Hank Williams, Jr. is once again saying controversial things about President Obama. Des Moines Register reporter Joe Lawler writes Williams told a crowd at the Iowa State Fair Friday that the president isn’t a Christian and that he “hates” America.
“We’ve got a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the US and we hate him!” Williams yelled to the crowd.
The line was met with “loud and enthusiastic” cheers, Lawler writes.
If ever there was an argument against allowing the children of celebrities to speak, this would be it. What a useless, racist idiot this man is!
1. Dinosaurs and humans probably hung out: “Bible-believing Christians cannot accept any evolutionary interpretation. Dinosaurs and humans were definitely on the earth at the same time and may have even lived side by side within the past few thousand years.”—Life Science, 3rd ed., Bob Jones University Press, 2007
2. Dragons were totally real: “[Is] it possible that a fire-breathing animal really existed? Today some scientists are saying yes. They have found large chambers in certain dinosaur skulls…The large skull chambers could have contained special chemical-producing glands. When the animal forced the chemicals out of its mouth or nose, these substances may have combined and produced fire and smoke.”—Life Science, 3rd ed., Bob Jones University Press, 2007
3. “God used the Trail of Tears to bring many Indians to Christ.”—America: Land That I Love, Teacher ed., A Beka Book, 1994
4. Africa needs religion: “Africa is a continent with many needs. It is still in need of the gospel…Only about ten percent of Africans can read and write. In some areas the mission schools have been shut down by Communists who have taken over the government.”—Old World History and Geography in Christian Perspective, 3rd ed., A Beka Book, 2004
5. Slave masters were nice guys: “A few slave holders were undeniably cruel. Examples of slaves beaten to death were not common, neither were they unknown. The majority of slave holders treated their slaves well.”—United States History for Christian Schools, 2nd ed., Bob Jones University Press, 1991
6. The KKK was A-OK: “[The Ku Klux] Klan in some areas of the country tried to be a means of reform, fighting the decline in morality and using the symbol of the cross. Klan targets were bootleggers, wife-beaters, and immoral movies. In some communities it achieved a certain respectability as it worked with politicians.”—United States History for Christian Schools, 3rd ed., Bob Jones University Press, 2001
7. The Great Depression wasn’t as bad as the liberals made it sound: “Perhaps the best known work of propaganda to come from the Depression was John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath…Other forms of propaganda included rumors of mortgage foreclosures, mass evictions, and hunger riots and exaggerated statistics representing the number of unemployed and homeless people in America.”—United States History: Heritage of Freedom, 2nd ed., A Beka Book, 1996
8. SCOTUS enslaved fetuses: “Ignoring 3,500 years of Judeo-Christian civilization, religion, morality, and law, the Burger Court held that an unborn child was not a living person but rather the “property” of the mother (much like slaves were considered property in the 1857 case of Dred Scott v. Sandford).”—American Government in Christian Perspective, 2nd ed., A Beka Book, 1997
9. The Red Scare isn’t over yet: “It is no wonder that Satan hates the family and has hurled his venom against it in the form of Communism.”— American Government in Christian Perspective, 2nd ed., A Beka Book, 1997
10. Mark Twain and Emily Dickinson were a couple of hacks: “[Mark] Twain’s outlook was both self-centered and ultimately hopeless…Twain’s skepticism was clearly not the honest questioning of a seeker of truth but the deliberate defiance of a confessed rebel.”—Elements of Literature for Christian Schools, Bob Jones University, 2001
“Several of [Emily Dickinson’s] poems show a presumptuous attitude concerning her eternal destiny and a veiled disrespect for authority in general. Throughout her life she viewed salvation as a gamble, not a certainty. Although she did view the Bible as a source of poetic inspiration, she never accepted it as an inerrant guide to life.”—Elements of Literature for Christian Schools, Bob Jones University, 2001
11. Abstract algebra is too dang complicated: “Unlike the ‘modern math’ theorists, who believe that mathematics is a creation of man and thus arbitrary and relative, A Beka Book teaches that the laws of mathematics are a creation of God and thus absolute…A Beka Book provides attractive, legible, and workable traditional mathematics texts that are not burdened with modern theories such as set theory.”—ABeka.com
12. Gay people “have no more claims to special rights than child molesters or rapists.”—Teacher’s Resource Guide to Current Events for Christian Schools, 1998-1999, Bob Jones University Press, 1998
13. “Global environmentalists have said and written enough to leave no doubt that their goal is to destroy the prosperous economies of the world’s richest nations.”—Economics: Work and Prosperity in Christian Perspective, 2nd ed., A Beka Book, 1999
14. Globalization is a precursor to rapture: “But instead of this world unification ushering in an age of prosperity and peace, as most globalists believe it will, it will be a time of unimaginable human suffering as recorded in God’s Word. The Anti-christ will tightly regulate who may buy and sell.”—Economics: Work and Prosperity in Christian Perspective, 2nd ed., A Beka Book, 1999
- Deanna Pan (Mother Jones)
A Republican congressional candidate accused his opponent (THIS man) of pretending to be black.
What he said was,
“[w]e could be like Steven Horsford who’s not doing anything with [the African-American] community and, you know, pretend we’re black and maybe try to get some votes if that’s where it is.”
He’s not really accusing a black man of pretending to be black. No, it’s much worse. He’s saying ‘we’ as in ‘we white guys could pretend to be black if it means getting the black vote’; he’s accusing black people of voting on candidates simply because they’re black and not on, y’know, their political merits or what have you. That’s much worse an accusation, in my opinion, than what TP is implying.
Reblogging for kiokushitaka’s brilliant commentary.
We can already agree that she is one of the most caustic people out there, who leaves a foul trail of intolerance and hate every time she opens her mouth, or expresses her opinions.
Once again she has not failed to live up to her reputation.
Thanks for another heaping helping of racism, Ann. You never fail to live down to our expectations.
I’m a prison abolitionist for a lot of reasons. But even if you don’t go as far as me, I’m not sure how you can be ok with a profit-motivated prison system.
“Officials in Lauderdale County, Mississippi, have operated “a school-to-prison pipeline” that violates the constitutional rights of juveniles by incarcerating them for alleged school disciplinary infractions, some as minor as defiance, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday. “Students most affected by this system are African-American children and children with disabilities,” the Justice Department said.”
I recently signed the petition to demand justice for the twelve-year-old who was tasered by a police officer while in a Victoria’s Secret with her mother. Will you join me?
Twelve-year-old Dejamon Baker was tasered in the stomach and chest by a police officer when the officer came to arrest her mother for unpaid traffic violations.
“It was stuck in there so she had to keep on pulling trying to pull it out,” Dejamon said, referring to the burn left from the taser in her chest. She has a similar wound on her stomach.
The police officer claims that Dejamon attempted to become physically involved, but Dejamon maintains that she was just crying. Regardless, firing a taser at a twelve-year-old girl is a reactionary, unnecessarily violent, potentially lethal act.
This necessitates a full investigation. Will you join me in demanding justice for Dejamon?
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — An adviser to Puerto Rico’s most powerful female lawmaker faced calls to resign on Wednesday after she sent a tweet to President Barack Obama urging him to buy the first lady a double-banana sundae and take her to Kenya.
Heidi Wys sent the tweet last week shortly after Obama tweeted that Michelle Obama’s birthday was coming up.
“Who cares?” Wys wrote in response. “Take her to Burger King, buy her a sundae with double banana, take her to your homeland, Kenya!”
That tweet and several other tweets Wys sent earlier about Obama were still publicly visible on her Twitter account Wednesday afternoon.
Wys is the main adviser to House of Representatives President Jenniffer Gonzalez and has earned $630,000 since 2008 for her services as an administrative consultant, according to records with the Comptroller’s Office.
Several legislators are demanding that Wys step down or that Gonzalez ask for her resignation.
“How is it that Puerto Rico `does it better’ if the government pays an employee who is discriminating against the president of the United States?” said Sen. Juan Eugenio Hernandez, alluding to Puerto Rico’s tourism slogan.
“It is a racist comment from a person who must have great hatred within,” he said. “This is placing the name of Puerto Ricans across the world in a very precarious situation.”
Overall, Obama is very popular in Puerto Rico, where he traveled to last year in a rare visit by a U.S. president. Residents of the U.S. territory cannot participate in the general presidential elections but they can vote in the primaries. Puerto Rico has a representative in the House, called a Resident Commissioner, who has limited voting power. The island has no representation in the Senate.
[…] For [Mitt] Romney and his ilk, it is axiomatic that God’s blessings are manifest in the world through the distribution of wealth. Had God not favored Europeans, He would never have allowed them to expropriate the vast bulk of the Earth’s bounty. They have prospered because their ways are righteous – or, in more modern, secular terms, they possess a superior “culture.”
For the Mormon American multimillionaire, human destiny and divine will are revealed in macroeconomic data. “As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000 dollars, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality,” Romney told a room full of other wealthy – and, therefore, blessed – people at Jerusalem’s King David Hotel. Romney recognized in those stark 20 to 1 ratios “the power of at least culture and a few other things,” including “the hand of providence.”
Palestinian poverty flows, not from Israeli military conquest, but from the conquered people’s cultural – and, presumably, moral – inferiority, and God’s consequent disapproval. Israeli suppression of Palestinian political, economic and, yes, cultural life, is irrelevant. Two cultures have clashed in Palestine, and one has been found to be 20 times as productive as the other. Enough said.
White South Africa regarded its wealth as prima facie evidence of cultural superiority. The fact that the land, minerals and labor on which that wealth was built belonged to Black people simply proved that Blacks lacked a “culture” adequate to manage those resources. Moreover, White Power was in the best interest of Black South Africans who, the apartheid regime was proud to proclaim, had a higher per capita income than Blacks elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa. Thus, white cultural superiority could be beneficial to nearby Blacks, under controlled conditions that did not pollute the precious European cultural environment.
In 1973, Edward Botha, information officer for the South African embassy in Washington, assured Americans that his country’s Blacks were content with their situation. “Black people in South Africa own more automobiles than the Russian people do,” said Botha – a material accomplishment that Mitt Romney would surely associate with profound cultural and moral progress. But sadly, the poor Russians, possessing so few cars, retained little culture to speak of.
White U.S. southerners also insisted, during slavery and Jim Crow, that “their” Negroes were the best off in the worldbecause of their exposure to white folks’ religion and way of life. Left to their own devices, however, Black folks’ innate cultural inferiority – depravity! – would do them in. Blacks’ freedom of movement and expression must be contained, for their own good.
White liberals also believed in the Culture Demon. In the 1950s and early 60s, it was considered politically correct to describe African Americans as “culturally deprived” – meaning, Blacks are disadvantaged by lack of exposure to white culture. Power has nothing to do with it.
The 20 to 1 disparity between Israeli and Palestinian per capita income matches the wealth gap between American Blacks and whites (app. $5,000 vs. $100,000 for median Black and white households). The fact that such numbers do not provoke general shock and calls for reparations is proof enough that most whites view the disparity as more a natural phenomenon than evidence of cumulative injustice. Daniel Patrick Moynihan spoke for white folks of the past, present and future when he posited, in 1965, that a Black “culture of poverty” is what keeps Black people poor – not pervasive white racism. [++]
There’s nothing suspicious about the cops’ story that a left-handed man with his arms handcuffed behind his back shot himself in the right temple. No, nothing at all.