Notable Links: 8-8/14: DELUXE EDITION

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MAN GUILTY OF MURDER IN MICHIGAN PORCH SHOOTING

A suburban Detroit man who insisted he killed an unarmed woman on his porch in self-defense was convicted of second-degree murder Thursday after the jury rejected his tearful claim that he fired through a screen door in the wee hours because he feared his life was at risk.

No one knows why Renisha McBride ended up at the Dearborn Heights home of Theodore Wafer last Nov. 2, although prosecutors speculated that the 19-year-old woman may have been confused and seeking help, hours after she had crashed her car blocks away. An autopsy found she was extremely drunk.

White police officers arrested for murdering daughter’s black boyfriend

Two Tulsa, Oklahoma police officers were arrested Tuesday night in connection with a deadly shooting.

Shannon Kepler, 54, and his wife Gina Kepler, 48, were taken into custody regarding the death of 19-year-old Jeremy Lake, a black teen who was dating their daughter.

Meet ‘The Best Technology Reviewer On The Planet,’ Who Is Only 20 Years Old

Marques Brownlee is just 20 years old, but there’s arguably no one better on the internet when it comes to explaining new technologies to the average consumer. Even former Google VP Vic Gundotra called him “the best technology reviewer on the planet right now.”

YouTubers have taken notice of the young man: Brownlee’s YouTube channel “MKBHD” has more than 1.5 million subscribers and nearly 130 million total views on his 640-plus videos.

Study: White People Support Harsher Criminal Laws If They Think More Black People Are Arrested

To reach their conclusions, Hetey and Eberhardt conducted two experiments involving white subjects. In the first, white people were asked to watch one of two videos containing mug shots. In one video, 25 percent of the mug shots were pictures of black men, while in the other video, 45 percent of the mug shots depicted African American males. After watching the video, the subjects were then asked whether they would sign a petition calling for one of California’s strict sentencing laws to be eased.

The result: “Over half of the participants who’d seen the mug shots with fewer black men signed the petition, whereas only 27 percent of people who viewed the mug shots containing a higher percentage of black inmates agreed to sign.”

15 Things Americans Would Know if There Were a “Liberal Media”

1. Where the jobs went.

Outsourcing (or offshoring) is a bigger contributor to unemployment in the U.S. than laziness.

Since 2000, U.S. multinationals have cut 2.9 million jobs here while increasing employment overseas by 2.4 million. This is likely just the tip of the iceberg as multinational corporations account for only about 20 percent of the labor force.

When was the last time you saw a front-page headline about outsourcing?

2. Upward wealth redistribution and/or inequality.

In 2010, 20 percent of the people held approximately 88 percent of the net worth in the U.S. The top one percent alone held 35 percent of all net worth.

The bottom 80 percent of people held only 12 percent of net worth in 2010. In 1983, the bottom 80 percent held 18 percent of net worth.

These statistics are not Democrat or Republican. They are widely available to reporters. Why aren’t they discussed in the “liberal” media?

Teenagers in U.S. Prisons: It’s Time to End the Savagery and Neglect

When Inmate H, a teenager serving time at New York’s Rikers Island, fell asleep during a class, a female corrections officer wrapped metal handcuffs around her fist and hit him in the ribcage to rouse him. The tactic worked – Inmate H woke abruptly and shouted an obscenity at the officer. For this, he was: dragged into the corridor; punched in the eye; kicked in the face, head and back repeatedly by multiple officers; kicked in the mouth; and pepper-sprayed directly into the eyes. While the horror show was unfolding, two teachers inside the classroom reported that they heard the young prisoner screaming out, crying for his mother.

Joan Rivers has more terrible things to say about Palestinians: “You deserve to be dead”

Just as Rivers made headlines a few weeks ago for ranting about how the Palestinians “started it” to TMZ cameramen, she again shouted her opinions at them yesterday when confronted at the Los Angeles Airport. “When you declare war, you declare war. They started it. We now don’t count who’s dead. You’re dead, you deserve to be dead,” she yelled, offering no sympathy for the civilians who have died in Gaza, including children. “At least the ones who were killed, were the ones with very low IQs,” she said.

Lou Dobbs: Obama should have noted white Ebola victims “were in Africa caring for thousands of black people”

During a Wednesday edition of his little-watched Fox Business show, noted xenophobe Lou Dobbs decided to engage in one of the conservative movement’s favorite activities of the Obama era: projecting their own obsession with his race onto the president.

While this is always a bad idea, Dobbs’ move was, this time, especially ill-considered, considering it came in the midst of what was supposed to be a discussion of Obama’s much-hyped Africa summit.

Noting that Obama was asked about the experimental anti-Ebola drug that was reportedly used to save two American missionaries, Dobbs complained that the question “implicitly” challenged why the drug was used to help two white people instead of the many black Africans stricken with the virus.

Vern’s Venting: 1842

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By Lavern Merriweather

When news broke that “Scandal” star Columbus Short physically assaulted his wife, many in the blogworld and media were ready to attack. Brotha even wrote a post where not-at-all-funny ‘comedian’ D.L. Hughley called himself coming to Short’s rescue by attacking his wife and calling her a gold digger. He then proceeded to criticize black women in general while berating the female host who subsequently gave up trying to control his obnoxious and vile outburst. Brotha took Hughley to task and rightfully so for being such an ignorant, irritating asshole and fool. However in the comments section when he mentioned that Mr. Short shouldn’t be sold short, because there are white males guilty of domestic violence as well, a person commented that we, unlike white people, should be critical of our black celebrities when they do wrong, that we shouldn’t be like white people. Well, when you engage in the same type of hypocrisy and double standards, then you ARE being just like white people.

I have had many arguments with other Negroes over the issue of protecting black people that are famous even when they do bad unforgivable shit. I would understand their theory a lot more if they or white people in the media that usually lead these pitchfork and torch brigades could say, “Hey, we don’t attack white males or white people because they never commit any criminal acts”. The problem is they can’t say that because it would be impossible. So, my feeling is if you are so dogged and determined to face the issue of any serious subject such as domestic violence or child abuse or sexual harassment, then stop being so damn picky about who you vilify!

If it sounds like I am writing this with a tinge of outrage myself, the answer is hell yeah! I am! That’s because I don’t like hypocrites, I don’t like hypocrisy, and I especially don’t like either one when I know it comes from a completely racist standpoint. Even more so, I really don’t like that the main group of people who should be pissed off about the many times blatant double standards instead would rather go right along with it, as if this were 1842 and we were still slaves worrying about making ‘massah’ mad. I really don’t give a shit who I upset. There needs to be a shitload more speaking of truth to power from black folks, instead of this cowering in the corner bullshit hoping that we don’t get on white people’s nerves by telling them how utterly full of it they are. Not to play Oppression Olympics, but anytime another race has had it with white people’s selective sermonizing, they call them out quick, fast and in a fucking hurry.

When former Chicago Cubs player Rafael Palmeiro was suspected of using steroids and cheating, Hispanic people were tripping over themselves to defend him. Same thing goes for Arab-American citizens after 9/11. Not because they wanted to praise wrongdoing. Far from it. They just wanted white people to acknowledge that often times they are in an unsuitable position when it comes to judging people of color. I have no clue if Mr. Palmeiro cheated or not. That’s irrelevant at this point. I do know he would have gotten treated a lot worse by the media had his brothers in brown not stood up for him so soon the same way Barry Bonds was attacked by white males in the media who have yet to show even a third of that anger towards white males known for a fact to be guilty like Mark McGuire and Lance Armstrong.

Rafael Palmeiro

There is also a distinct holier-than mentality for black male politicians we don’t see with white men. Former mayor of Washington Marion Barry was berated continuously by fellow black people such as comedians and shock jocks, oblivious to the fact that the same white males demonizing him as well had long-term memory loss for whatever disgraceful behavior was being committed by white males at the time. Now, we have the mayor of Toronto, Canada Rob Ford who has given late night hosts and stand-up fools so much material that he should be on the Writer’s Guild payroll. Yet instead of targeting him and hating on him with their snide words, they are taking the typical route of staying silent when it’s a white male.

Before anyone complains to me that Ford is in a different country and has nothing to do with American politics, this isn’t just about his politics. This is about how he behaves as an elected official and a human being. Those same folks who held Mr. Barry up to a standard of how he conducted himself are being very lenient with Mr. Ford. That can’t be for any other reason than race. However, that seems to sit just fine with many black people. They obviously need a reminder of what decade this is.

We do not, and I mean DO NOT have to tiptoe or walk on eggshells when it comes to white folks who behave badly, especially when same-said black people claim that was their reason for going after other black people. If that’s the case, then they have an extremely shitty way of proving their point. Most of the times I don’t think they even have one. I feel that it’s nothing more than their inability to give like they get to the dominant society. If that sounds like I’m playing tit-for-tat, then so damn what? It doesn’t change the fact that there are various white males and females doing the same thing that they are so adamant on criticizing black folks for. And they are extremely silent about it when it’s a white person, leading me to believe that we don’t want a dialogue on certain important issues. Black people just want to play follow the leader and go along to get along.

Vern’s Venting: Credit To His Race

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NBA legend Michael Jordan

By Lavern Merriweather

Several years back, Mike North, a sports host on the radio station the Score in Chicago, was commenting on black male athletes, namely Michael Jordan and how many in the media along with other black folks feel that because he is a wealthy black man, he should be more philanthropic to the black community. While I feel that giving back and contributing financially or otherwise is an admirable trait, I think Mr. North made a valid point. I agree with him when he said that just because a black person, especially an athlete, is rich, it’s not really his responsibility to support other Negroes. Charity is a choice and it shouldn’t be guilted upon someone, nor should they be harassed endlessly about it.

Mr. North also pointed out that nobody was telling famed 49ers quarterback Steve Young to help out poor white people in Appalachia. They also didn’t tell Andre Agassi to donate money and resources to white people in trailer parks. Yet, for some reason, if a black person is independently wealthy, he or she is expected to open their wallets to help those of the same hue. That’s a crock!

If Michael wants to give of himself to his former area, more power to him. But it shouldn’t be demanded of him, particularly by a group of people that he probably can’t stand anyway. These are the very same jag-offs who continuously made snide petty comments about his personal life and called him arrogant at every turn, which according to sportswriter Richard Lapchick is code for ‘uppity nigger’.

The media speaks a lot in code when it comes to black men who have made good. My guess would be that they are jealous as hell of seeing someone who is supposed to be beneath them being a shitload more successful, also the reason why I think that they feel they can lecture a grown-ass man what he should be doing with his money, including wasting much of it on gambling. I don’t know if Michael has a problem or not, but I do know that if he does, that’s his situation to deal with. It’s none of their damn business. Unless like Pete Rose he was betting on his own sport which far as I know he never did.

Still, they look for any lame ridiculous reason to complain, even as they pretend to like him and think highly of him. And if it’s not bitching like the bitches, they are it’s trying to create conflict where there is none. After former Detroit Piston player and notorious bad boy Dennis Rodman joined the Chicago Bulls, the media went into a freaking frenzy. For a very long time they tried in vain to pit Michael and Dennis against one another in one of the most offensive and sickening cases of divide and conquer I have ever witnessed. White males in the media would ruminate constantly about how much Michael just ‘hated’ Dennis despite the fact that he never said anything to indicate that strong a feeling about his teammate. The only thing I ever heard Michael say was that although some of the stuff that Dennis did got on his nerves, he still felt Dennis was a good player and valuable contribution to the team. They would even go so far as to portray Dennis as the ‘bad’ Negro while Michael was the ‘good’ Negro, the same virgin/whore bullshit ploy they use to keep woman in check.

Dennis Rodman

Funny, but the white male media wasn’t being so fucking admiring when Michael’s father was brutally murdered in 1993 while he was taking a nap in the Lexus that Michael brought for him. His father was viciously gunned down by two thugs that robbed him then stole his car. Many in the media and public didn’t bother to wait for all the details to come out before they began speculating that Michael’s gambling lifestyle had something to do with his dad’s death. Turns out it didn’t have SHIT to do with why his father was killed! That was just the assumption made by a lot of thoughtless insensitive assholes who felt that they could completely disrespect him in the face of such a horrible personal tragedy.

Some in the local Chicago media even kept harping on how much alcohol Michael’s dad had in his system when that had absolutely nothing to do with why his father died. However, they insisted on yacking about that part of the story or being judgmental about what he did with his own money on his own time. Instead of compassion or sympathy, a black man’s emotional pain became fodder for mean-spirited idiots.

There was one moment after the Bulls won the championship on father’s day where Michael was on the floor holding the ball crying. His grief should have stayed personal and not shared with the viewers. But since he is black and male, his anguish shouldn’t be respected any more than his privacy.

I am grateful though that the term ‘role model’ isn’t being uttered with the same frequency as it used to be. Maybe that’s because thanks to modern day technology, it’s a lot easier for those who despise arrogant, whiny and yes racist pinheads in the media to call them on their bullshit with taps on a keyboard. Email and websites such as Facebook and Twitter have made it quicker to air grievances with those who believe their opinion to be superior to everyone else’s. I prefer to remind them in a not-so-nice way that many white male athletes…hell, white male celebrities period are often guilty of the same offenses as the black males they criticize. Is that to say that I don’t think that black men should ever be held in any way accountable for the wrong that they do? Of course not. I just feel that if you are going to throw stones then you damn well better not live in a glass house. After all doesn’t the bible say judge not lest ye be judge, a lesson many white males in the entire media should take time to learn?

Worse than that are fellow black men in the media that rush to concur with whatever hypocritical rationale white males spew. Stephen A. Smith is one such person that if I never see another of his stupid, vapid, self-hating, “You sho is right, boss” nonsense columns, I will be one happy woman. Fortunately, he’s not the final say when it comes to black sportswriters. Some actually do have the balls to tell their white male colleagues just how racist and full of it the term ‘role model’ is. It’s well past time that we keep allowing those who look down on us to determine who is or isn’t a productive member of society and what they should or shouldn’t be doing with their hard earned money.

Vern’s Venting: Cop Killers

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By Lavern Merriweather

There is a wise old saying that goes, “Those who forget their history are doomed to repeat it”. That is a moniker that should be required to be hung at every police station in America, seeing how they have instant amnesia and keep doing the same destructive, brutal, sadistic bullshit over and over while the high minded Negro crowd sit in complete oblivion to their evil predatory behavior and blame all the ills of black society on Lil Wayne.

It’s not Lil Wayne’s fault, dumbasses. There are so many problems between black people and cops. It’s the cops themselves. They never seem to learn a damn thing from the last time they acted like thuggish assholes. Yet, to hear the high minded crowd tell it, cops are our ‘friends’ and just want to help. Okay, stupid. I’ll put that shit on your tombstone when your so-called friend decides to plug your ass with lead 50 times.

The latest incident in a very long list of cops making themselves an enemy to black folks happened a few weeks ago in New York City. A black man named Eric Garner who was selling cigarettes individually was soon approached by some of New York’s lowest. Instead of the slap on the wrist warning that a lot of white males get, the cops argued with him then started a physical altercation where one of the punks grabbed him by the neck in a chokehold. Mr. Garner, who had asthma, was violently restrained as several cops had him on the ground with their knee as he screamed that he couldn’t breathe. Paramedics were called. Yet, when they got there, rather than come to his aid, a female respondent stood over him yacking in his ear expecting a nearly unconscious man to speak to her silly ass. Once again we have a scenario where cops believe that brute force is needed when dealing with a Negro.

Three frames of the fatal confrontation between Eric Garner and the NYPD

Just last month, a thug with a badge who works for the California Highway patrol beat up a black female who is a grandmother named Marlene Pinnock for nothing more than crossing a median on the freeway in a vicious attack that was filmed in a now viral video. As grateful as I am that this heinous behavior is being filmed and giving new eyes to what many black people see every day, it doesn’t seem to do shit to stop the gang of thugs that call themselves ‘law enforcement’. Yeah, more like enforcers, because they are the guard dogs that arrogant white politicians like Rudy Giuliani and current mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg use to assure good white citizens all across the country that they are safe from the darkie horde.

I remember years ago during an interview of actor James Woods claiming that New York was a ‘paradise’ when Giuliani was in office. I gather that to mean that since he kept his goon hand strong when it came to Negroes, that white people could feel that much safer. Except for that day on Sept. 11 2001, which I suspect many white people will find an excuse to blame on black folks too, seeing how we already get blamed for whatever trauma and terror the cops inflict on us.

Don’t believe me? Just read some of the tweets by fellow boys in blue after the murder of Eric Garner. And yes, I said murder, because I am calling it like I see it. A number of officers wrote that Garner was a “fat fuck who probably died because he had a heart attack from being so overweight”. They also said that if he had just not resisted and submitted, he’d still be alive. How about if you stupid motherfuckers had of left him the fuck alone when he wasn’t doing anything wrong, he’d still be alive! But of course that’s not the world we live in. Apparently, any altercation with a cop and a black person that leaves the civilian dead was their own undoing. Let’s try reversing those roles and see if the cop gets blamed for being an overzealous dick harassing innocent citizens because his punk ass didn’t have shit else better to do, something that I have heard many a cop say to a black person.

Facebook messages from people commenting on the Eric Garner murder.

I even had a cop tell me that! When I snapped that if he actually did have something better to do, he’d being doing it, I was attitude arrested and taken to a police station. If you don’t know what an attitude arrest is, then you must read a book written by the great Norm Stamper that reveals a lot of the sneaky underhanded, and of course racist, shit cops do. Mr. Stamper was a cop for 24 years and at one time was even chief of police in Philadelphia. So if anyone would know it’d be him.

Another wonderful book about the evil that cops do is “Varieties of Police Behavior” written by James Q. Wilson. As much as I’d like to sing their praises, they aren’t really telling me or any other black person in the USA what we don’t already know, and that is cops will look for any reason to use and abuse their power when it comes to black people. It seems that they have decided to revamp the Jim Crow laws to make them acceptable for a new modern era.

Another example out of the millions I don’t have time to share is the time of the horrific attack on the black militia MOVE group in Philadelphia in 1989 where Mayor Willie Goode, feeling pressure from neighbors and an ever growing threat to government officials on their person from an angry group of well stocked Negroes, forged a plan to completely annihilate the house that they were dwelling in. A large package of highly dangerous explosives was dropped on the roof and caused an explosion. It started a blaze which damaged many nearby homes. One of the residents, a boy named Birdie Africa, whose real name was Michael, managed to escape with a grown woman named Ramona. Michael was exceedingly close to the fire and had already suffered several burns. One of the cops went to assist him and thus saved his live which he testified at a hearing to determine if the city’s actions were justifiable. Days later after his harrowing account, the words ‘n**ger lover’ were scrawled on his locker, and he subsequently quit to find work as a cop in another town.

That right there points to what I and many other blacks have been saying all along. Cops have an extremely racist agenda…Hell, the most racist one, because they can act out their aggressions and bigotry with impunity all in the name of doing a good day’s work in an effort to serve and protect to make the public feel safe. Except for those you have to keep those good folks of the public protected from, eh Officer “friendly”?

Quick Thoughts: Sleeping With the Enemy

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Frazier Glenn Miller

I can’t believe I missed this topic as a suggestion to write about. It’s definitely worth looking at.

A few months ago, Ku Klux Klan leader Frazier Glenn Miller, the same dude responsible for the horrific murder of three people at a Jewish community center that was all over the news earlier this year, was busted having sex with a prostitute in the back seat of a car. The part that really set police off was that the prostitute is a black male! Let it sink in a bit.

At first, it seems nothing short of boggling that a leader of a hate group as notorious as the KKK would be knocking boots with a black man. After all, his group thrives on their white supremacist loathing of blacks and gays. Yet, the prostitute is both, and apparently, Miller has homosexual desires.

One could look at this as a mode of conquest through sexual activities. Maybe Miller saw this prostitute as his inferior, and wanted to show how superior white men are through the use of his dick. And this campaign of its caliber is traced back to – you guessed it – slavery. So, it’s hard for anyone to argue that the past is the past when white supremacy still thrives, especially when it comes to coitus.

But I have a feeling it won’t fly well with his comrades. To know that your leader is sleeping with the enemy is a sure fire way to destroy your faith. And I doubt prison hate groups like the Aryan Brotherhood will sympathize with the plight of their homosexual fallen hero who has a thing for negro males.

Vern’s Venting: Falling On the Grenade

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The two posters for the movie Couples Retreat. Notice the difference.

By Lavern Merriweather

When MCA Universal released a romantic comedy a few years ago called “Couples Retreat” starring Vince Vaughn and Malin Akerman, it was a colossal failure. About the only thing from the movie that got people’s attention was the controversy surrounding it.

Some bigot that handles marketing for the studio thought it was a good idea to put the lone token black couple of Kali Hawk and Faison Love far in the back for the film’s poster. Then, when the same poster was distributed worldwide, they were both removed altogether while the other film stars such as Kristin Davis, Jon Favreau, Kristin Bell and Jason Bateman remained intact. Kali Hawk tried to soften the rightfully deserved criticism that the movie company was getting by saying that her and Faison’s characters weren’t really that integral to the film. This is typical protecting Negro mindset, even while you are being disrespected, you still defend your white massahs bosses.

I find it interesting that Ms. Hawk felt the need to service the interests of a group of people that just treated her like crap, as opposed to calling them out for being the pathetic assholes that they were. The film was done, and it wasn’t like they could fire her. So, she had nothing to lose. And if she never got another gig after speaking her mind, well then, more the better for her self-esteem. But she’s not the only one drunk on the Hollyweird Kool-Aid of prejudice.

During the 80’s when the hit TV show on NBC called “Facts of Life” first premiered, the lone black token female at an all- girls school named Tootie played by actress Kim Fields used to ride around all the time on roller skates. In an interview when she was much younger Ms. Fields attempted to justify that ridiculous practice by saying that maybe it was because she was shorter than the other girls, and that’s why the producer had her do that. I’m inclined to give Kim a pass on that one, because she was only 11 when she first started, and she probably had no clue what was really going on.

Kim Fields as “Tootie” from The Facts of Life

Let’s get real here. They had her in roller skates looking like a ninny as a way of “othering”. That’s when they make a black person look as foolish as possible to make absolutely sure that they are seen as different. And forget about ever having another girl of color on the show to balance things out even if there were about 20 girls on the show when it first came on. She’s the lone wolf. So, let’s turn her into a complete chump.

If that sounds harsh, then so is the reality. This ain’t new. It’s, in fact, a tried and true tactic that many white producers and writers have been using for decades. The troubling part about it is how quickly many black actors and actresses are willing to go along just to save face or a job. Fortunately, in her case a new production staff was hired and the lady who replaced the old group said that the main thing she did when she got there was have Kim take those darn skates off. She said that it was a ridiculous concept stating. Who in the hell does that anyway? Who indeed miss?

Then, we have the most notorious incident in 1993 of Ted Danson doing blackface at a Friars Club roast for then girlfriend comedian Whoopi Goldberg. Many of the attendees at the dinner were shocked at seeing the way Mr. Danson was done up, as were many in the public after hearing about it, since it wasn’t a taped event. When Ted began to catch hell for the whole debacle, Whoopi came to his defense by saying that it was all her idea. Whoopi said that she came up with the premise because according to her she was tired of the letters they were getting that started with “Dear n**ger lover”.

Ted Danson in blackface

While I can certainly understand her being pissed at the dickweeds who were sending hateful letters to her and Ted, that to me didn’t seem like the right way to go about addressing her grievance, particularly since none of the people she was supposed to be answering were even there. The only people she ended up upsetting were friends and fans of hers. And some in the black community were not buying it.

Black shock jock Tom Joyner seemed to believe that the only reason she stood up for Ted is because, as he put it, “Ted was knocking boots ‘gorilla style’ and she just didn’t give a damn”. I can’t say for sure if that’s the case or if it made the situation justifiable. It was a mistake, and that’s something we all make, but it appears that Whoopi didn’t learn from hers.

Once, a vile, despicable, angry, misogynist and very racist rant from actor Mel Gibson was recorded by his baby momma and leaked to the public. Whoopi, yet again, came to a white man’s defense! Except in his case, they weren’t a couple, and he said many ruthless heinous words that anyone would be insane to defend him. That’s not just falling on a grenade. That’s falling on a sword!

Whoopi was trounced, and rightfully so, for her comments, then tried to save face by saying that Mel was really sweet to her kids when he came over to play with them. Yes, and I’m sure that prick Bull Connor used to play fetch with puppies in the park. That doesn’t give Gibson a free pass from taking heat like he should have for the deplorable things that he said.

During an interview recently on TMZ, or as I like to call it KKK headquarters, talk show host Arsenio Hall was asked about the new hiring of a black actress on that nightmare “Saturday Night Live”. He had the nerve to say that producer Lorne Michaels wasn’t doing it out of harassment. Arsenio said that maybe he felt it was the right time. Okay. If that’s the case, then why did he wait until after he was berated for not having enough diversity to bring on a black woman? If Michaels truly gave a shit about his show not being lily white for the rest of the night, he would have brought more people of color on long before. I mean damn! The show’s been on for what, three decades now? And I could probably count on one hand the number of people of color they have employed. It’s one thing to put your own neck on the line for your superiors. It’s quite another when you do it for a group of people that aren’t even worth fighting for.

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Real Thought: Men Are Sluts…No Really, They Are

Thinking about even the most sexually explicit situations one can think of, when you think of the phrase “running a train” (when a group of people who are usually friends all have sex with one person), you think of sexually charged, indifferent guys who are all scraping for a chance with a woman. Be it her consent or not, which is really horrible to even think about, they’re all willing to engage in the event.

Going deeper, men are willing to drug, deceive and even force women to have sex with them. Men are also willing to pay to have sex with women. Even if it’s just a tease from an erotic dancer, majority of the customers are men. The porn industry’s best customer are and let’s get the drum rolling here: MEN!

Yes even with this all in consideration it is women who are labeled whores. It is women are who “slut shamed” and given many names they never asked for such as thot, bust down, and whatever new term they could think of provided by yours truly, MEN. For exploring their sexuality or not inviting intruders in at all, women are blamed for men’s actions.

Lucy: Why I’m Tired of Seeing White People on the Big Screen

Lucy is about what humankind could be — it’s about possibilities. As Lucy’s brainpower grows stronger and the volume of knowledge she is able to access increases, she delivers monologues about how little humans understand about death, existence, and the universe, mediating on time and history. The film likes to think of itself as reimagining everything that we think we know about humanity, and presents to us their vision of what the most evolved woman on earth looks like:

A blonde white woman.

See, I just can’t get right with that.

Co-Screenwriter of ‘Noah’ Explains Why There Are No Black People Or POC In The Film

Well, in a new interview on the website The High Calling (HERE) the co-screenwriter of the film Ari Handel, who wrote Noah with Aronofsky, was asked about the lack of diversity and addressed by saying:

“From the beginning, we were concerned about casting, the issue of race. What we realized is that this story is functioning at the level of myth, and as a mythical story, the race of the individuals doesn’t matter. They’re supposed to be stand-ins for all people. Either you end up with a Bennetton ad or the crew of the Starship Enterprise.”

He goes on to say:

“You either try to put everything in there, which just calls attention to it, or you just say, “Let’s make that not a factor, because we’re trying to deal with everyman.” Looking at this story through that kind of lens is the same as saying, “Would the ark float and is it big enough to get all the species in there?” That’s irrelevant to the questions because the questions are operating on a different plane than that; they’re operating on the mythical plane.”

The Media’s Pro-Israel Bias: Why Does TV News Look Like a Netanyahu Ad?

In years of reporting from and about Israel, I’ve followed the frequently robust debate in its press about whether Netanyahu really wants a peace deal, about the growing power of right-wing members inside the Israeli cabinet opposed to a Palestinian state, about the creeping air of permanence to the occupation.

So it has been all the more striking to discover a far narrower discourse in Washington and the notoriously pro-Israel mainstream media in the US at a time when difficult questions are more important than ever. John Kerry, the US secretary of state, and a crop of foreign leaders have ratcheted up warnings that the door for the two-state solution is closing, in no small part because of Israel’s actions. But still the difficult questions go unasked.

Bill O’Reilly Pretends the Blatant Racial Injustice of the Drug War Doesn’t Exist

O’Reilly expressed his opinion on legalization by saying, “It damages the children more than anyone, and poor second.” Drawing the distinction between “the children” and “the poor” supports an implicit understanding that some children are more worthy of concern and protection than others. O’Reilly even boldly asserted, “The left is basically saying…it’s blacks. You’re trapping the blacks. Because in certain ghetto neighborhoods, it’s part of the culture – nine-year-old boys and girls who are smoking it. And they don’t like that. They don’t want those kids to be targeted by the cops.”

What is O’Reilly saying? That nine-year-olds from “the ghetto” should be targeted by cops? Furthermore, black youth – the group most associated in our national consciousness as constituting the children of “the ghetto” – use illegal drugs less frequently overall than white youth. And we must all be alarmed and ashamed when we hear yet another “ghetto” culture argument enter our policy conversations. This language reflects a long history of demonizing and criminalizing marginalized communities – particularly those of color – through racially biased narratives about drugs.

Are only black men violent to women?

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Ray Rice, running back for Baltimore Ravens

When social problems have been colorized or racialized for so long, it can be hard on the targeted group to address that problem without being thrown into the negative stereotype. Even though it must be confronted, the group fears of collective judgments. And so, very little is said and even less gets done about it.

Where am I going with this? Recently NFL’s Ray Rice, a running back for the Baltimore Ravens was fined and put on a two-game suspension for a domestic assault incident involving his wife, then-fiance Janay Palmer. Ray Rice a black male football player.

What he did was wrong, but it gets worse. ESPN’s “First Take” reporter Stephen A. Smith, also a black male, spoke on Rice’s defense stating that it was Palmer who provoked Rice which resulted in her getting beat up. Smith apologized, but it was insincere. And even though his ass is suspended as well, he and Rice did way more damage than many people think.

Black men in America are burdened with the stigma of being prone to violence. We see and hear about it all the time in news reports and in entertainment media. Somewhere at this moment, a black man assaulted, stabbed or murdered someone, and the local news is rushing to get the quick story.

Boxing legend Mike Tyson is known for his violent behavior in and out of the ring

However, there is an added spice to this recipe. Black men are also seen as brutes towards women, especially white women. More precisely, we are seen as animalistic savages yearning for some punany, and we don’t care how we get it. We simple want it by any means, including rape. The black male rapist is a popular stereotype in this country’s imagination.

In recent years, there is yet another variation of the violent black male, the kind that hates, beats up and murders women seemingly without reason. It has been rejuvenated since the infamous beating of pop singer Rihanna by rapper Chris Brown whose violent outbursts are treats for tabloid media outlets. Black male celebrities and athletes who beat up their girlfriends and wives are spotted under the radars of celebrity news and are given exclusive spotlights to the viewing public.

With the situation with Ray Rice and Stephen Smith making the rounds, a few men have spoke out against Rice’s “slap on the wrist”, the NFL’s nonchalant and supportive attitude and Smith’s jackassery. So far, most of the men are white males in the mainstrean like Keith Olbermann, Mitch Alborn, and Mike Lupica. And while it’s good there are men speaking out against domestic violence and the system that could care less, it’s disheartening to see that there haven’t been one brotha that said a word about this and how foul it is, or so it seems.

Damn! Are we the only ones really that messed up that we would beat up women? Are we the only ones that pathetic to think that somehow it’s cool and even funny when looking at numerous videos that highlight ratchetness? Are we the only cats who beat up women – especially black women?

You see, black people face a quandary. Violence has become classified as a “black problem” in the mainstream, and so many of us want to disprove that it’s our responsibility alone. Yet, we know we have the problem of violence in some of our communities, like everywhere else. So many of us have that fear of repercussions from the greater society that we try to keep our skeletons in our closet. But with the news being so heavily focused on black criminals, the closet has more than a few holes in it.

When it comes to how we treat black women, it’s especially wrong, but not limited to just us. If black men beat, rape or murder black women, most black folks don’t come to the aid of the victim. Instead, we do what the rest of society does, protect the males involved while ignoring and even condemning the women. We conclude that somehow, she was the cause of her own ass whooping, and in the end, we give the men a free pass because his reputation of being a “good guy” far exceeds his misogyny. No wonder why the domestic violence against black women is at the rate it is!

Do we seem to have this same cry for this problem whenever famous white men beat up their women? It doesn’t seem like it. There was nary a word made when Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen and Robert Downy Jr, just to name a few, were caught in their brutal misogyny and charged for it. If this is a social problem, why does it only seem that way when a famous black man is the perpetrator?

The face of domestic violence – once again – has a black male’s face. I tell myself that this is a social issue and not a black issue. After all, white men are all but innocent of their cruel treatment of women. So, if there must be a conversation about violence against women that pundits want, lets talk and do something about it, and that goes for us black folks as well.

Video: The Definition of a Black Man

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In a world where our media is controlled by white males, and where we get our information and programming from television, it’s plain as day that we’re indoctrinated with negative stereotype after negative stereotype of black men. The same is true for black women as well. Racism can dwell in any institution, and the media is no exception at all.

Of course, the excuse will lay the blame solely on us for our behaviors and for allowing our youth to take in the crap they produce. It’s the same argument drug dealers use. They only supply the drugs. It was their customers’ decision to buy them.

This spoken-word video takes shots at the mainstream media and their race to continue the stereotype factory going. This is why co-blogger Lavern Merriweather’s articles are directed at the racist double standards and constant minstrelization when it comes to black people, especially celebrities. That is why there must be a front to hold the media accountable. And that is why, most of all, we need to create our own media without giving in to the always present white racial frame of mind.

Quick Thoughts: Detroit’s Water Situation

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Detroit, an American city once called the “Motor City” is a shell of its former self. Thanks to Economic fuck-ups and typical politics that can only be described as ‘barbaric’, the city of Motown has become a Third-World hell hole. And now, it faces yet another crisis in the form of outstanding water bills.

It seems that since Detroit’s poor, lower-class citizens have been behind in paying their water bills. As a result, many residents are faced with the possibility of having their water shut off unless they somehow pay up. The drawback is that Detroit is in such economic distress that the poor struggle just to make it to through the week. It’s become so bad that the United Nations may have to step in as many deem this as a human rights crisis.

But, as we all know, some people see Detroit as a lost cause due to the decades long influx of black residents who – as expected – are blamed by racist putzes for the city’s poverty and crime. Of course, the fact that racism was a primary player in its economic down turn is unheard of to those dicks. Though, some on the more liberal side are more sympathetic, like the ones who represent PETA and see it as a perfect opportunity to capitalize off the struggle to promote their vegan campaign.

There seems to be a little hope. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is said to prolong the water shut-offs for a while longer until a humane resolution is reached. He stated that it hurts the reputation of the city. Oh, You think? Mayor Duggan must have missed the memo that the entire world already knows.

So, what will become of Detroit and its people when this crisis continues to unravel Detroit’s image of capitalistic corruption? What will it take for Detroit’s poor residents to get back on their feet? Sooner or later, something’s got to give, and shutting off the water is no solution.

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