Vern’s Venting: Tamika Huston Should Have Married Ray Rice


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Tamika Huston, a 24 year-old woman from Spartanburg, South Carolina who went missing and was murdered in 2004

By Lavern Merrweather:

The media has finally taken a break of their wallowing in the misery that is black males to focus attention on yet another pretty, young white woman that has gone missing. Does anybody else, beside me, see the glaring hypocrisy of my statement?

White people, particularly white males, play a very good game and put on a tremendous show of disgust when a black male is guilty or accused of doing something heinous to a black woman. Funny, but they sure as shit don’t seem to give a rat’s ass about black women any other time. You know how I know that? Because I NEVER see them spending even a third of time on the plight of a missing black woman as they do on females like Natalie Holloway, Lisa Stebic, Stacey Peterson, Elizabeth Smart, Jaycee Duggard, the three women locked in the house of horrors with monster Ariel Castro and the Russian model/new mom from New York married to a plastic surgeon.

Tamika Huston was a 24 year-old woman from Spartanburg, South Carolina that went missing ten years ago whose body was subsequently found later deceased. Tamika disappeared before many of the white women I mentioned; yet she was not giving the same amount of concern or airtime. She was, in all likelihood, forgotten as soon as she was mentioned, if she was even mentioned at all, which I doubt.

I certainly don’t recall her getting the same round-the-clock coverage as this 19 year-old college student from Philadelphia named Hannah Graham. Hannah’s face and name, as well as date and time of location and when she was last seen, has been plastered on media screens during several different broadcasts. It’s the typical route the media takes when the victim of interest is young white and reasonably attractive enough to warrant it. I had to look up the info on Tamika Houston, and that’s only because noted author and commentator Michael Eric Dyson spoke of her during the promotion of his book about Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Dyson so accurately stated that while he doesn’t begrudge Natalie’s mom Beth Twitty taking full advantage of the media’s resources to help her find her daughter, Tamika had been missing prior to Natalie, and neither she nor her parents got that much air time.

Matter of fact, a missing black female’s sister and aunt were schedule to speak on the MSNBC network program hosted by Nancy Grace when she said a producer called and scrapped their interview at the last minute. Why you ask? Because a pretty young white female named Stacy married to a cop and went missing around the same time. You don’t need to be Miss Cleo to guess which story of a missing woman got first priority from Nancy and her staff.

That’s why, along with the reasons that Brotha has so truthfully claimed about the white male dominated media, I have serious reservations going along with their obviously hypocritical and false sermonizing about defending the honor of a black woman.

The media’s racist fake pathology of protecting black females was also evident when Rihanna was attacked by then boyfriend Chris Brown after a Grammy party in 2009. I didn’t buy their load of bullshit then, and I damn sure don’t now with Ray’s wife Janay. If Janay had vanished off the face of the Earth without a trace, they wouldn’t give two shits about her. They would treat her just like they treat every black woman when something horrible happens and there is no national platform to play holier-than on or selectively target a black man. They pretend that it’s a crusade when it’s really nothing more than a bunch of arrogant, bigoted biased pricks doing a very poor job of disguising their racism as morality.

I find it almost sickeningly humorous that a full-of-it jackass like Donny Duetsch can proclaim this is a moral country as he and fellow denizens of the media are less than vocal about the white males they continue to glorify, despite any type of criminal or just plain wrong behavior. The worst part about it is that he spewed his barrage of nonsense on the MSNBC show “Morning Joe” hosted by Joe Scarborough. Scarborough is a former politician who quit his position after a dead female intern was found in his office. I certainly didn’t hear the ‘protect women at all costs’ group currently on a rampage towards black males speaking ill of Mr. Scarborough, despite his possible involvement in a relationship with this young woman and her untimely death. It’s like that old saying, “Cat’s rule and dog’s drool,” only you replace the word ‘cat’ with ‘white males’ and replace ‘dogs’ and ‘drool’ with ‘black males suffer the consequences of the media’s moral wrath’ over an issue that they have no qualms changing their opinion and mindset about when it’s one of their own that is guilty.

As I have said before, it would be one thing if white males could say that they can’t criticize each other, because they would never do anything like that. They know that’s too impossible a proposition. So, rather than take their own lumps and face the music they play when it’s a black male, they are hushed, as if ignoring their problem makes it less of one or nonexistent.

Hate to burst your little bubble, but that does nothing but continues you on your own destructive path. Not one black person is denying what Ray Rice did was wrong, but at least we are seeing it and your hatred of him for it as exactly what it is. We acknowledge the rotten apples in our barrels. I’m not sure I can say the same for you.

I read a great quote by a lady on this very website. She wrote that white people live in a hall of mirrors inside of an echo chamber. I agree completely. I also think that they should take a long, cold, hard look at one of them for once in their life.

Notable Links: 9-26/14


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Eric Holder To Resign As Attorney General

Columbus police arrest 3 in rape, shooting, burning of woman

The Real Reason We Are Bombing Syria

President Obama Criticized For ‘Latte Salute’ While Stepping Off Marine One

Video: Alaska CBS Reporter Says, ‘F*%k It, I Quit’ Live on Air Over Pot Legalization

Why Does the Media Think a Black Butt Only Looks Good in White Skin?

Truly Shocking Video: Cop Shoots Black Man for No Apparent Reason

Hundreds of High Schoolers Walk Out to Protest Conservative Takeover of History Standards

Grisly murder ignored: How we failed Angelia Mangum and Tjhisha Ball

Sh*t People Say to Native Americans

Meet the 11-Year-Old Who Could Change Ferguson and Possibly the World

Watch: Pregnant Woman Thrown to the Ground Belly-First by NYPD Officer

Grand Jury: No Indictment for Cops in John Crawford III Wal-Mart Shooting

Here’s Some History Behind That ‘Angry Black Woman’ Riff the NY Times Tossed Around

Vern’s Venting: Where Is Everybody?


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Adrian Peterson

By Lavern Merriweather:

This is a question I feel like needs answering any time there is an uproar over the actions of a famous, well-known black male. In this case, it’s about Minnesota Vikings stand-out Adrian Peterson who is being tried in the white-led media for crimes against human decency, because he took a tree switch to his son. Peterson was suspended after pictures of his little 4 year-old son surfaced with scratches from the instrument that Adrian used.

I have a shitload of feelings on this story but the main being where do these holier-than’s get off thinking they can tell a grown man how to discipline his son? Although I had an issue with some of the bruises, it’s not as if the child had severe marks on him or broken bones. Abuse is abuse and it doesn’t equal in any way shape or form discipline.

A number of self-righteous house Negroes like CNN correspondent Charles Taylor and advocate Stacey Patton once again played house slave for their massah bosses by throwing a fellow Negro under the bus. They were quick to criticize Mr. Peterson as if the boy was lying in a coma in the hospital near death. It wasn’t even hardly that physical traumatic. Yet, of course because this is a black male at the center of it, it’s being treated as such, even by the very same people that make pariahs of young black boys like Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown.

See, it is easy for the pathology of white arrogance mixed with hypocrisy to turn on a fucking dime, The same young black males that you demonize when it suits you, you now pretend to want to protect. Maybe I’m missing something here, because I don’t remember any Negroes rushing to speak out about former assistant coach at the famed Penn State School Jerry Sandusky.

Sandusky, as everybody should know by now, was arrested and convicted on several counts of lewd sexual behavior with minors, as witnessed by one of his co-workers at the college Mark McQueery who stated that he saw Sandusky taking a shower with a minor. That is extremely horrific, disgusting and illegal, and I, for one, am very grateful that the pervert finally got caught. I say ‘finally’, because Sandusky had accusations in 1999 and 2002 yet nothing was done about it. There were certainly no black folks around to give grief to Sandusky like they are with Peterson. Which leads me to believe that this is more about looking good for your white employers than it is about actually giving a damn about defending children from abuse.

While I am fully aware of the fact that sexual abuse is different than physical abuse, that doesn’t change them staying silent when it’s a white man. The reason I am coming down much harder on black folks and not their white counterparts is because of this wussy ass outdated mentality that we shouldn’t speak of white people’s ills. I say FUCK THAT! If you are as concerned as you claim, then everybody that is guilty should be feeling your wrath right about now. Still, that never happens; black folks are always tight lipped when a white person does wrong.

Years ago, a white Irish women named Marilyn Toogood wasn’t being too good to her 4 year-old daughter when she was captured on video yanking the girl harshly by her arm, then angrily slapping the little girl on the head. Ms. Toogood was discovered to be part of a group of roaming grifters that had been investigated numerous times for abuse towards children, said to be both physical and sexual.

Not only was there no outcry from black people, but a moronic black female columnist from the Chicago Sun-Times actually had the nerve to suggest that this white woman was getting criticized because she was poor, Irish and talked with a lisp. How about she was getting raked through the verbal mud because she was on tape beating the shit out of a child that she outweighed by about 75 pounds!?

I, like many other people, didn’t see what happened when Mr. Peterson gave his son a whooping, but I seriously doubt it was anywhere near the brutality that this white woman was inflicting. On top of that, if this were cover boy Tom Brady or the penis made from gold quarterback Aaron Rogers, I also doubt Negroes would be so bold to speak of it.

Another thing that burns my butt is those black people mentioning slavery in regards to this situation. OMG! Listen carefully people, I understand that slavery was a despicable, cruel, evil and wretched act to which we are still feeling the effects, but damn! Can’t a flat tire just be a flat tire sometimes with black folks? Everything in our pathology doesn’t always link directly back to slavery, including taking a switch to the backside of your son.

Since these high-minded Negroes, as I like to call them, are so damn troubled by what Mr. Peterson did, why aren’t they offering solutions instead of the usual criticism and targeting another black person selectively routine. They didn’t say squat about what Adrian should do in the future when his son steps out of pocket again. They also seem to be forgetting that he gave his son a spanking because his son had done something unacceptable to one of his other kids. I haven’t heard one argument from them about those kids who absolutely need a belt on their ass because nothing else is working.

However, because this is a black male, the expectation is for a bunch of pious black pundits, scholars and those in the media to hurry with the pitchfork and torches, something that DIDN’T happen when a 9 year-old black boy was put in handcuffs by a white male cop who proceeded to fling him to the ground when the little boy attempted to stand up. The cop later claimed that his was ‘afraid’ for his safety despite being three times this boy’s size and appearing as if he was capable of whooping a man his own age’s size. But he chose instead to bully to a child that he could have easily just given a ticket or fine for not wearing his helmet.

So, let me see if I have this perfectly straight, black folks will speak out on behalf of a child being giving a lesson in his behavior from his own father as long as they don’t agree. Yet, if a black child is being physically assaulted by a white male drunk on power who sees black life or black people as either the enemy or expendable, that’s very acceptable to them. I guess the pious crowd thinks God is wrong too, because he said, and I quote, “Spare the rod and spoil the child”.

It’s really not my place, or theirs, to determine if Mr. Peterson crossed the line, especially when they have had ample opportunity to speak out before and chose not to. They should spend less time with the all the phony moral grandstanding and more time working on their lack of consistency.

White Folks Love Guns


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The argument I may get from the usual suspects will be that I can’t talk about white people since I’m not white. Therefore, doing so would mean I’m being judgmental or more precisely, a racist, race baiter or liberal. If I was indeed white, the response would still be vehement in the name of white honor. But in the aftermath of the media upheaval over the Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, and any other black NFL player who have been spotted for being accused of domestic violence and the usual outcry from white feminists that followed, as expected, there are a few violent, gun-related incidents I think society, including White America, need to be just as outraged over and start asking themselves what they can do to make some changes.

You may wanna get comfortable, because this will be a long one.

In Deltona, Florida, a man, Frederick Wenzel IV, was upset because he had to move back home to live with his parents. He got drunk as hell and was possessed by the NRA demon. He grabbed an AK-47 rifle and started firing wherever he felt like it. Luckily, no one was hurt, and he was arrested and slapped with multiple charges, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Imagine the surprise I didn’t feel when I heard how he was arrested instead of shot by police. I don’t think a “What if” scenario that imagines a color reversal is needed as we all know what would happen.

In another part of the country, in Corpus Christi, Texas, Sammuel Tooney went on a shooting rampage in an RV park that killed three people and injured one child. It was reported that he intended to murder the people since he had a long-standing beef with them.

Some people will use the “mentally ill” excuse, but we see too many cases like the next one not to accept it as a case of a few lonely, crazed nuts out to destroy everyone and themselves.

In Bell, Florida, a convicted felon and grandfather of six, one of them being a baby, Don Spirit fatally shot and killed his grandchildren, his daughter and himself. It’s unknown why he did it. But reports say that he had a lengthy criminal record which included accidentally shooting and killing his 8 year-old son and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Pathetically, there are other cases of trigger happy white men who’s gun appreciation have endangered and cost lives. A father in Florida gave a gun to his suicidal son. A man in Missouri shot at a fleeing car after a Craigslist sale got screwed up. And a “survivalist” in Pennsylvania opened fire at a deadly ambush against cops at a state police barracks. Remember, these are just a FEW cases.

Has anyone noticed how most of these notable acts of violence happened in the South? Not that it makes a difference, but it’s not entirely surprising seeing as how it is virtually red with strong conservative values, one of which relies on the Second Amendment’s right to own guns. The only thing is that it is ‘acceptable’ if you’re a white male, especially with the crime and violence we Negroes cause, threatening the existence of the so-called “superior” white race.

A gun rights advocate wearing a bulletproof vest brandishing a firearm in Nashville named Leonard Embody was spotted by news outside a Metro school as a way of making a statement that “guns aren’t dangerous”. Apparently, he suffers from short-term memory or long-term stupidity as he seems ignorant of the long list of school shootings in this country alone. However, Embody is not alone. Open Carry marches seem to be a trend with white gun owners. One group even had the nerve to walk in a predominantly black neighborhood in Virginia. I guess they had a free pass with a black member among them.

I haven’t heard anyone discuss the incessant need for white folks to want to possess guns, not to mention an urge to carry them out in public as if they were fanny packs. It seems like white people seem awfully fearful about what “could happen”, and I speculate that menaces in black skin are at the top of their list. I doubt that these and other incidents of violence by white folks even register in their minds that white people are the biggest threat to white people. The killers and loons reported in local and national news are individuals who simply lost it in the white gaze. To white (male) gun owners, they may even be comrades or in a more outrageous sense, heroes.

Two black males were murdered by the police that are in the national spotlight as of now. One was John Crawford, who held a toy gun in a Wal-Mart store and was shot because…well, you know. Cameron Tillman who was 14 years-old, was the latest prey to be hunted by cops as he was the victim of being another young, black male suspect. Even though the reports say there was a scuffle with police in the latter case, there are no reports that state Tillman was armed. It’s hard to say if they were killed by white officers. Regardless, their lives was terminated due to the distorted vision of whiteness that sees black men as the eternal enemy.

Nevertheless, in most cop and vigilante shootings involving black people, the victims were unarmed. Yet, they scared the shit outta white people. Unfortunately, those white people were packing, and didn’t hold back pulling the trigger. This is a part of what it means to be black in America, you are more threatening WITHOUT a gun than a white person WITH a gun. 

Vern’s Venting: Murder Is Not Self-Defense


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Renisha McBride (left). Theodore Wafer (right).

By Lavern Merriweather:

A verdict has been rendered in the supposed self-defense case of homeowner Theo Wafer who shot and killed motorist Renisha McBride. Thankfully, unlike in the Zimmerman trial, or travesty as I call it, the prosecution did their job the right way, and Wafer was convicted on all counts, including second degree murder.

While it’s shameful that another young black life had to be taken for justice to finally be served, I’m very grateful that we had a smart jury this time, as well as an extremely competent prosecution team who showed the defendant’s bullshit reasoning for what it was. I believe that Wafer, himself, created his own undoing, and the jury pool obviously saw through his load of garbage. He told the court that he was in ‘fear’ for his life when he heard Ms. McBride banging on the door at four in the morning. Yet, he told police that he was actually angry and didn’t want to be less of a man and cower in his home.

Here’s the part where I would normally write ‘What the fuck’ in capital letters’ but you all know by now how I operate. So, it seems redundant. If this asshole was so damn in fear, why did he even open his door in the first place? That is the $64,000 question that he couldn’t answer, nor could he speak to why if he thought she was breaking in he grabbed a LOADED shotgun, instead of doing what most rational and intelligent people who are truly afraid do, and that’s call law enforcement.

For his attorney to say that the walls were shaking and the floor vibrating because Renisha was banging her hand so hard, I have to ask: What the fuck were they saying, that she magically turned into She-Hulk? Only a violent act of nature could compel that kind of force on a house, not an ordinary human being. His lawyer also had the nerve to say that he believed ‘they’ were going to get in. Who the fuck is they exactly? It was only ONE person standing at his door which he could clearly see, because he said that it was a screen door and that he could see her. So, how the hell did this prick come up with this idea that they were after him when he was fully aware by his own admission that it was a single person at his home and not multiple people?

There are, of course, the voices on Facebook and Twitter from the Fake Noise crowd pissed that a decent hard-working civil white male, who unlike the darkie that he murdered, is a productive member of society and that he was just trying to protect himself and his home from the Negro horde about to break in and invade his castle. Those same group of stupids never seem to acknowledge anything that remotely resembles the truth. How in the hell could this jag-off be protecting his house when nobody was trying to break in?

McBride wasn’t out for jewels or money; she was looking for help after she crashed her car. Wafer is thinking way too much of himself, because if she were to be out robbing, she’d have probably picked someone with a better home and more wealth. Seriously, this jackass looks like he doesn’t have two nickels to rub together, and he’s got the gall to be worried about getting robbed?

Sadly this is not an unusual or rare situation. However, because the right verdict was rendered, hopefully it sends a clear message that the vicious taking of a black life will be taken seriously, which is the same as in the case of Jonathan Ferrell, a standout football player at the University of Texas.

Jonathan Ferrell

Mr. Ferrell, like Ms. McBride, had crashed his vehicle into a tree and was injured. Also, like Ms. McBride, he sought help from nearby residents by banging on the door. Unfortunately, he was met with the same fate as Ms. McBride.  Mr. Ferrell was shot several times by a white police officer named Randall Kendrick and died on his way to the hospital.

I hate to say that I’m outraged about these and a few other senseless killings more for my own personal selfish edification than anything else. I have been in two different car accidents and it angers me to no end that rather than being seen with compassion, I’d be looked at as a threat to whoever’s home I stumbled upon in desperation. Then again, if you are black, you aren’t afforded the mindset of being human or being a victim that needs help. You are always the bad guy 24/7 even if it’s your own fucking house that you are entering.

Noted author, commentator and host of several wonderful shows on PBS Henry Louis Gates was very rudely reminded of how black life is seen by white homeowners and police when he tried to enter his own place through the window. Apparently Mr. Gates, who is a college professor, forgot the keys to his front door. A friend who had taken a trip with him was helping him climb into a window when a neighbor called the cops, saying later that she assumed he was a burglar breaking in, a story that I refuse to buy with a 4 dollar bill.

The arrest of Henry Louis Gates

I mean please! She must have saw Mr. Gates coming in and out of his house multiple times. So, she knew damn good and well he lived there. Her tale rings about as true as that prick Mr. Wafer’s.

Bottom line, this nosy old bat spied on two black males going into a home in an unorthodox way. Had someone actually been breaking in I doubt Miss Rush-A-Dial would have given a damn about what was happening.

When the cops arrived, they walked into Mr. Gates home, uninvited, and treated him as if he were a criminal. For those of you who still want to harp on the fact that Mr. Gates got belligerent with those pinheads, I say so what? He is in his own damn home and some strangers came in unwanted and unwelcome. You don’t just step into a tax-paying man’s house like you own the place and get pissed when he cops an attitude. Guess what fools, it’s HIS house! He can behave however the fuck he wants and if anything, the cops were the ones breaking in.

President Obama rightfully criticized the main cop who wrongfully handcuffed Mr. Gates as acting ‘stupidly’. Of course, I would have used some other choice words, cause you all know how I do. However, he is the leader of the free world and took some unfair flack for what he said, also for the beer summit at the White House that followed.

But contrary to what some black folks seem to think, he can’t solve a problem that he did nothing to create. This isn’t Obama’s fault. it’s the fault of the dominant society that shuts out any voice of reason calling them on their bullshit and bigotry. Good luck wrestling with that logic. Meanwhile, I will make sure to be extra prepared whenever I get into a vehicle. I prefer to not be an example that black life is as expendable as certain folks in America seem to think.

Vern’s Venting: A Black Woman’s Son


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Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael Brown, a black teen murdered by white cop Darren Wilson

By Lavern Merriweather:

There has been a lot of talk from media pundits, black church leaders and black folks from the blog world saying that our president Mr. Obama should address what has happened in Ferguson, Missouri. Yet, another young black life has been taken by some asshole white cop that obviously sees black folks as expendable. They believe some strong, decisive words from the current leader in chief will bring about change to Ferguson and the nation. And I say that’s the biggest load of bullshit I have ever heard!

I am just about done with stupid black people as well as stupid white people expecting Obama to be captain Save-A-Negro. He should not be expected to solve a problem that not only did he not create but that has been around long before he was even born. The only reason I think black folks are saying this is because we have a beige man in office. I doubt highly that either Hillary Clinton, Al Gore or secretary of state John Kerry would have to worry about anyone making such a demand of them.

I want to know where the hell all the damn feminists are? White women, who claim that they are supposedly about protecting and defending the rights of all women voices, go conveniently silent when a tragedy like this occurs. I saw the interview on “Good Morning America” with Mike’s mother and was distraught at how gut-wrenching it was to see her try and stay calm, despite the cold blooded murder of her son. She showed a lot of grace and class as well as restraint, because it must be so hard for her trying not to lose her shit at the entire police force in that small town.

Typical that black women who have had to bury their fathers, sons, brothers, cousins, etc. do so without one word of comfort or condolence from the white female dominated feminist brigade. They called themselves ‘being there’ for Anita Hill, Desiree Washington, and the black women who protested the misogyny in rap lyrics even while white males in the entertainment field make and distribute putrid filth that put the ‘miss’ in misogyny. White women are right there for black women when the target is a black male, yet they are nowhere to be found when a white male is the cause of the chaos. Mike Brown is just one name in a long sordid sad list of young male black bodies left by the wayside, in his case, literally considering that he lay dying in the street for four hours before there was any type of assistance provided.

I guess the feminist crowd is too busy schmoozing rich white men from ‘Hollywhite’ to get another contribution under the table. Damn right I said it! Many white, female, fueled, so-called feminist organizations are funded by white males in ‘Hollyweird’. That’s precisely why they never take them to task for their rampant and often times sickening glee in showcasing depraved images of violence towards women. Now, they are quiet when violence towards black people particularly young males rears its ugly head once more.

The feminist gang must be oblivious to the fact that killing a male who is obviously a woman’s son will cause her immense grief. Apparently, they only care to step in when it’s a case of black-on-black outrage. If a black woman has an issue with a black man, they are ready willing and able to jump in with both guns blazing. But put a white male in the middle of that equation, especially one that represents the ultimate line of protection for them against the darkie horde, and Marlee Maitlin could hear a pin drop!

It’s not a secret that white women, for years, have stood right by their male companions who have made life unbearable for those of color. That includes the ones who pretend to be on women of color’s side, even as they ignore our plight or whatever indignities we face on a daily basis.

And don’t kid yourself in thinking that because we all share a vagina that we should also share a point of view, especially when the only lens they are willing to look through is one that suits their interest and theirs alone. If it wasn’t for the constant badgering, I might slightly agree with the Obama-should-speak-out-about-the-death-of-Mike-Brown’ crowd. However, I feel that he isn’t the only person or group that has to take their lumps for not being vocal enough in the wake of this brutality, particularly since he isn’t the one going around proclaiming himself to be an ally but does everything to prove the opposite.

After watching a TV special on PBS about the historic run of Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm to become not only the first woman president but first black female president at that, I saw clearly where white women’s loyalties lie. Judging from how then-head of the America’s most well-known feminist group Bella Azbug treated Miss Chisholm, it doesn’t surprise me at all. What does bother me is that nobody, including black women, are holding white women’s feet to the fire for not practicing what they love to preach or being criticized for their lack of involvement when it’s a black woman that isn’t in direct conflict with a black man. You may say that they don’t care, because they have never cared.

Well okay. Then, don’t keep putting on this fucking dog and pony show making believe that your words are anything but empty rhetoric. You don’t get to continuously play hero for everyone even as you happily disregard those not deemed worthy of your concern. I could probably list a hundred examples from black women that truly shows just how seriously many white women take their own blatherings of sisterhood. If you say that you are about all women, then live up to the standards that you have set, or shut the fuck up! We all have more important things to do than listen to you say one thing while you behave in a completely different manner.

Notable Links: 9-19/14


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5 People Who Aren’t Helping Race Relations in 2014

Spare the Rod: What Charles Barkley gets wrong about corporal punishment and black culture.

When All the Angels Are White

There’s no rationalization for corporal punishment: Why Adrian Peterson’s apologists are wrong


Second trial set for Detroit cop who killed 7-year-old during raid

Remember #BringBackOurGirls? This Is What Has Happened In The 5 Months Since

Scotland rejects independence with No vote set for victory

Cops Beat & Kidnap 12-yo Girl in Front of her Home, Claiming She was a Prostitute

Video: Lupita Nyong’o’s Sesame Street appearance is a must watch

Vogue Magazine Just Realized Big Butts Are a ‘Thing’ and Credits White People

9 Things Everyone Needs to Stop Saying to Black Women Immediately

When Black Men Mess Up, Do We All Feel the Shame?

4 Black People Receive the MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant

Local Wis. GOP Candidate Withdraws From Race Over Racist, Homophobic Social Media Messages

Welcome to Hispanic Heritage Month 2014

Dad to be charged with murder in death of 5 kids

Darrell Issa tweet spams entire Constitution, gets schooled by John Dingell on how to use Twitter

Koch-linked group harassing Iowa farmers group for endorsing Democrat

Philadelphia Gay Couple Allegedly Attacked By ‘Well-Dressed’ Straight Mob In Hate Crime

Open Mic Night: Law Enforcement Reform

R.I.P. Buster Jones


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Buster Jones

From Variety:

Buster Jones, an actor on Hanna-Barbera’s “Super Friends” cartoon, which ran on ABC on Saturday mornings fr0m 1973-76, died on Sept. 16 in North Hollywood, Calif. He was 71.

He is probably best known from his role as Black Vulcan in “Super Friends” (the 1980-2 version, which was the fifth incarnation of the series).

The actor also played Blaster in “The Transformers,” Doc in “G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero” and Winston Zeddemore in “The Real Ghostbusters” (subbing in for Arsenio Hall) and later in “Extreme Ghostbusters.”

While “Super Friends” featured the superheroes of the DC comicbook world, Jones’ character Black Vulcan was a creation of Hanna-Barbera.

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The Media’s Veiled Black Problem


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I can’t hold my tongue any longer. I need to say something about this. And I know I’m not the only one who notices this. But before I start, I want to first set something straight. I do not condone the actions of the people who have been making the rounds in the mainstream news media, and those who excuse them. In other words, domestic violence, child abuse or stupidity of any kind does not sit well with me at all. So, for anyone who thinks I’m making excuses, keep it moving.

Even since TMZ released the infamous footage of former NFL player Ray Rice sock and manhandled his wife like a titled punching bag, the media has, all of a sudden, became very talkative about domestic violence. It’s reminiscent of what happened with Chris Brown and O.J. Simpson. The news is working around the clock to talk about Rice, the NFL and domestic violence.

In no time, Adrian Peterson, another NFL player, made headlines for being accused of child abuse. There was a warrant out for his arrest, and now, his team suspended him indefinitely from playing in any future games. I bet some of you saw that coming.

Yes, there is a serious problem with domestic and child abuse in this nation. However, the media has seemingly heightened their surveillance for any and all bad behaviors committed by black males in the mainstream spot light. In the past week or so, the radar is focused on the NFL. And since two-thirds of the players are black males, it’s safe to presume there will be more cases of violence ready to be picked by news outlets in the disguise of being concerned for social problems rendered into black pathologies with the help of excess attention, imagery and commentary, mostly from white woman who are against it.

It seems too coincidental that the Ray Rice video was released right when black folks were being pummeled, choked and shot to death by police.  When black people were outraged over a string – A STRING of police brutalities and murders, that horrific footage, which has been around since early this year, became public. Now, the American media is up in arms that a black football player not only clobbered his wife, but that the NFL give him a light punishment. Why wasn’t it – the video – released then?

So, it should be understood why some people will suspect that the latest chapter in ‘blacks behaving badly’ will help influence public opinion that black men being shot and killed rightfully deserve it and help strengthen an already embedded belief that black women deserve to get their asses whooped. This is going by speculation alone. But given this nation’s history and obsession with race, it’s a damn good one.

Thanks to co-blogger Lavern Merriweather, I understand better and are more keen to spot the corporate media’s hypocrisy when it comes to social ills. Recently, Federal Judge Mark Fuller was arrested for beating his wife in a hotel. Oklahoma police officer Daniel Holtzclaw is accused of raping a total of eight black women during his career. Tony Stewart is in trouble for running down Kevin Ward, Jr. That Archie Bunker incarnate Rush Limbaugh made a stupid-ass comment about rape. And where is the demonization of Oscar Pistorius who’s pension for gun and domestic violence is noted? Is there a witchhunt for prominent and(or) famous white males and their violence to find and burn at the stake? And are the accused white men punished the same way as black males on the same level as they are?

There is indeed a problem of sexism and misogyny. Let’s do something about it! But it’s wrong to turn it into a black problem. If we are convinced that only black men are this violent, and there are some, make no mistake, but are silent when white men do the same thing, it’s strikes a blow for racism against sexism. If you do think it is a black problem, check out the MLB’s record on domestic violence and let that sink in!

Black men are not more violent than any other human being. But alas, watching corporate media would make you think differently. Let’s keep it 100. Black violence is newsworthy and trendy, and if the suspects are famous, it must be reported and circulated which will bring up conversations on why people are violent with the use of black male and black female images, mugshots included. They don’t have to ask “Why are black folks violent”. Sometimes all it takes is an image to connect the dots. And if reported long enough, the subtly racist point is made. Black skin equals brutality.

If you haven’t already, don’t expect the news media to change any time soon, especially with white males at the helm. Sad to say, but you can almost count on any media outlet controlled by whites to be for whites. Black people, black males especially, will always be a collective of brutes that must be put away while white males will be individuals with problems that need to be fixed.

Let me say this once again. Of course, we should focus on domestic violence in our community. Hell yes, we should focus on child abuse. And you’re damn right, we need to confront and tackle the problem of violence in general. But are only we pulling this shit all the time? Fuck no!

Again, no one’s excusing bad behavior. But if the media was so concerned with domestic violence, child abuse and the like, where are the plethora of white faces and where’s the anger over their bullshit? Nah, instead what we see are black faces more often than white faces. It’s sad that some people care more about looking good than actually being good. Black people hold each other accountable all the time. What’s their excuse?

They have none. There is nothing sensible that can explain this double standard, because it’s anything but. It’s no wonder why most of us don’t trust them. The media will turn white stupidity into an individual problem while turning black stupidity into a raving pathology. White people, with their mainstream media, will get disappointed with those individual whites. While the same media will try to make black people collectively feel ashamed of themselves for problems that’s hitting all of us, regardless of color.

Vern’s Venting: The Black Chauffeur


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Morgan Freeman (front) with Jessica Tandy (back) in Driving Miss Daisy

By Lavern Merriweather:

A while back, I wrote a scathing post about late film critic Roger Ebert. It was about the fact that as much as he pretended to be so liberal, he, like a lot of like-minded white folks, was anything but. There are several examples I could use to support my mindset, but one I hated the most is the whole ‘black’ whatever description for a character.

Case in point, look at the Oscar winning film “Driving Miss Daisy” starring noted actress Jessica Tandy who won an award for best actress with Morgan Freeman as her sometimes chocolate lover/driver hired by the other star of the film Dan Akroyd playing her son. I noticed that Ebert, like every white male who reviewed the movie whenever they described Ms. Tandy’s character of Miss Daisy, were practically writing novels with all the adjectives that they used for her. Yet, when it came to Mr. Freeman, he was written as nothing more than the black chauffeur. They might as well have said that it was a great, starring triumphant for the beloved Ms. Tandy and some black guy next to her. Despite their supposed love affair with Morgan Freeman in his breakthrough 1987 role as the pimp Fast Black in the movie “Street Smart” when he played a subordinate, he became just another random Negro, being the loving always long suffering nursemaid to a white woman who, from all purposes, seemed perfectly capable of taking care of herself.

My big stinking problem with the film’s ridiculous “Song of the South” view on race relations aside, my main gripe here is with white male film critics. The ones who supposedly speak so highly of talented actors from other races, yet don’t want to see anyone that resembles them upended by said POCs. They forever want to be the star/ hero/ love interest.

Even as they pretend to think so much of us darkies, their real feelings are reflected in how they mention us in their columns or magazine articles. Most of the time, it’s with obvious reluctance, as if they would really enjoy this picture, if there wasn’t one of them colored people in it. They seem to not want our presence ever period. And don’t dare be a Will Smith, Wesley Snipes, Denzel Washington. Be any black male star, and they will go out of their way to find something wrong with the picture, all while praising the same subject matter or performance when it’s a white male.

There have been countless dogs starring white males such as Adam Sandler and Jim Carrey. Yet, it’s almost without fail the films of black men that are just the absolute worst. I have seen some of the movies they are so damn quick to criticize, and most of them aren’t that bad. The only bad thing is the biased perspective coming from the person reviewing the film.

Speaking of Mr. Smith, the few times I do see him get praised for his performances is when he is playing a subordinate or subservient like in the Matt Damon movie “Legend of Bagger Vance”, which I still don’t get. Just what the hell his character was supposed to be, besides a well-worn stereotype that is making most white male movie critics giddy with delight? Or when he was starring as their ultimate thrill of emasculation for a black male, a homosexual. It seems that being a caricature, which makes them feel the most comfortable, is the one time they can tolerate a black face on screen.

Will Smith and Matt Damon in The Legend of Bagger Vance

That must be why it’s still so much easier to find work and get praise as a black actor/actress, if you are playing a white person’s servant. Or in the case of Mr. Freeman a driver, obviously since he is too old to play the pimp role. He fits right into the magical Negro. I’m surprised they didn’t find a way to make him a great-great descendant of Uncle Remus from the banned Disney film, seeing how that’s basically what he is portraying only in a slightly less overt and offensive way.

As I have stated previously, I get that the past for black folks is a most hard pill to swallow. But why is it that those same folks i.e. white people who keep telling us to get over it have NO qualms about waxing nostalgic for a bygone era when it paints them in an inaccurately pleasant light?

When the breakdancing craze took off in the mid 80’s, Hollywood attempted to capitalize with several hit movies. Famed movie critic Gene Siskel of the Ebert and Siskel duo was not too pleased. He lamented that the advent of black urban faces in an inner city setting listening to hip-hop music would leave white teens out in the cold, obviously oblivious to the many years of white films that focused on the lives of teenagers with nary a black face in the bunch. Yet, because Siskel and other white males felt slighted, or as he put it, “There was no one that his kids could relate to,” that meant those films were lacking.

He didn’t seem to have a problem with the lily white dance flick “Footloose” starring a very young Kevin Bacon. Hell, even the break dancer in that movie was a white guy. Then again, that’s how most white males, particularly ones that have a voice in the media, operate. If it doesn’t pertain to them or reflect some aspect of their lives, then they ain’t interested. Thankfully, he and the rest of them didn’t determine the box office dollar, seeing how some of those pictures, a few spawning sequels, became smash hits despite his objections.

I recall an interview with comic legend Eddie Murphy. He opined that even as the critics were tearing down his films and performances, somebody had to be watching his pictures, because he was still getting work. And we all know fully well that the executives in Hollywhite aren’t about promoting black culture or stories any more than the white male critics enjoy watching them. So, Mr. Murphy must have a point, because I’m certain that the higher ups who greenlight his movies aren’t his friends. In fact, far from it. He, like Richard Pryor and Sidney Poitier before him, had to work twice as hard to be hired.

That’s why it really burns my butt that white men are usually the final say in regards to what films do well and which ones don’t. Lucky for me that I don’t listen to white male critics, especially since I know the place where it comes from. And that’s one where we are still at the back of the bus, eating in the kitchen, serving their drinks or playing insignificant drivers for their mommas.


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