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The Washington Post Wants Us To ‘Stop Talking About’ Black Teens Who Got Into Ivy League Colleges (Thanks Courtney H.)

While media outlets across the country lit up with news of the rare achievement by 17-year-olds Avery Coffey and Kwesi Enin, who were both accepted to multiple Ivy League universities, Strauss argued it’s time to move on already, because we don’t know if they applied to Stanford.

Her beef? Apparently, while Ivy League institutions are some of the most selective schools in the nation, they aren’t picky enough for Strauss, who believes that universities should stop talking up the bona fides of the students who are admitted, and instead share the qualifications of those they reject.

While Strauss encourages those who were rejected by Harvard, Yale, and the rest of the Ivy League intuitions to “take heart” (and insinuating that Coffey and Enin didn’t really deserve to be admitted), I’ll continue to bask in the excellence of the young men’s achievements.

Colbert Logic

While The Colbert Report may indeed be satire, that’s really neither a defense nor a source of clarity. The discussion and critical engagement with this particular sketch (and the decontextualized tweet) should not be a referendum on whether “it’s satire or not” whereupon checking the satire box leads one directly to Go, skipping “is it racial/racist” square. Instead, we must ask, was it good satire? This is not about intent, but rather about its effectiveness as satire?

According to Lisa Guerrero, satire is “a form of literature, performance, or visual art that ridicules human folly as a means of social criticism in an effort to foment change and/or to serve as an admonition.” In this context, we can see how the recent sketch fits: Colbert sought to highlight the injustice and acceptance of racism evidenced by the nation’s #1 sport – national pastime 2.0 – having a team within the nation’s capital named for a violent and white supremacist racial slur. To illustrate this “folly,” to ridicule the normalization of this slur, and to mock owner Dan Snyder’s creation of “Original Americans Foundation,” Colbert imagined the creation of another organization.

Despite its racist name, its inclusion of a disparaging slur, the absurdity and hypocrisy of starting an organization seeped in anti-Asian stereotypes, it too would “provide meaningful and measurable resources that provide genuine opportunities.” By Dr. Guerrero’s definition, Colbert sought to highlight the injustices associated with Snyder and his franchise by creating a legible parallel. That is, by highlighting the absurdity and unacceptability of his imaginary organization, we would see all that is wrong with Snyder. Change…admonition . . .drop the mic.

Broadway Success of ‘Aladdin’ Underscores Need for Arab Actors

While the show boasts one of the most racially diverse casts in Broadway history, it’s unclear if any of those actors are actually of Middle Eastern descent. In an email to the Huffington Post, a Disney rep explained that the cast’s ethnic breakdown can neither be confirmed nor denied because of the company’s adherence to the policy known as “colorblind casting.” Like it or not, ethnicity is left out of the casting process.

“Legally, the company is not allowed to ask potential employees about their ethnic background at any point during the hiring process,” the representative wrote. “We encourage actors of all cultural backgrounds to audition for our shows and are fiercely proud of our talented and diverse cast.”

But the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s national president Samer Khalaf says that the organization has been getting complaints from actors who say that they’ve been frustrated with the process.

Greediest family on earth: Proof Koch brothers have just one political principle

I know this because in Koch Industries’ weird, official screed against Obamacare, issued on the day Healthcare.gov first launched, its human resources director Dale Gibbens boasted, “For years, Koch Industries has worked to provide reasonably priced health care benefits.”

This is not something the Koch brothers consider a threat to the Republic, apparently. Perhaps deep down, or in the abstract, they think the government should not be subsidizing this healthcare and are simply following the rules of the road as set by others. That was the line they took when explaining why they participated in a temporary Obamacare program for early retirees. “Once laws or programs are enacted we will not place ourselves or our employees at a disadvantage by turning our back on incentives offered to our competitors.”

Yet despite the fact that employer-sponsored health insurance resembles Obamacare in many ways, the Koch network is not actively trying to repeal ERISA — the law that regulates employer-sponsored health plans — or to repeal the tax expenditure that allows them to advantageously provide the benefits they claim they’re working so hard to maintain.

R.I.P. Frankie Knuckles

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Frankie Knuckles, the Godfather of House

from Davey D’s Hip-Hop Corner

I’m at a loss words as I’m just getting word that House Music pioneer Frankie Knuckles has passed away..Man this hurts my heart. Known as the Godfather of House, Knuckles who was originally from the Bronx, New York moved to Chicago in the late 70s (1977) and started deejaying at a club called the Warehouse.

It was here that Knuckles introduced a style of deejaying accompanied with emerging uptempo soulful disco. This is not to be confused with the John Travolta/Bee Gees sound popularized in the movie ‘Saturday Night Fever‘ that led to the infamous slogan ‘disco sucks‘ and ironically a disastrous Disco Demolition Night by a notorious rock jock Steve Dahl in Chicago at Comiskey Park. The outcome of that event led to record companies abandoning disco and dance oriented music. The music being pushed by Knuckles survived and prospered.

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Editorial: The Logical Conclusions of White Noah

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Russell Crowe as Noah

Mallory Ortberg wrote a satirical commentary on the inner-workings of Hollywood casting, and how whiteness is humorously interjected into the movie Noah.

This is half of the entire article. You can read the rest here. We begin with a young man pitching an idea to a bunch of Hollywood suits:

YOUNG MAN [Nervously]: So I know biblical epics with fantastical elements are back in a big way right now, and I was thinking of a Moses adaptation–

SUIT #1: Like the Ten Commandments. Love it. Young Heston. Bringing the rifles down from the mountain, yelling at the Statue of Liberty. “I am the Lord your God, you shall keep your hands off me, you damn dirty apes.” I can see it already.

YOUNG MAN: Where he’s a dark-skinned man with an African wife. Which is, um, actually true to the text–

SUIT #2: Can I just stop you and say that I love where you’re going with this, but I’m thinking more of a Chris Pine for this part?

SUIT #3: And what if Chris Pine can fly?

SUIT #2: EXACTLY. And everything he touches turns to gold.

SUIT #1: Can I just interrupt for a second? Is anyone doing Noah right now? What about the dark-skinned Moses movie, but it’s about Noah and we get a Russell Crowe type?

SUIT #3: Love it.

SUIT #2: Love it. And one of the kids from Harry Potter. And someone who looks like a young Christian Slater, but isn’t.

SUIT #1: “White Noah.” I love it. Let’s make it happen.

WHITE NOAH

EXT. DAY. The downpour is just beginning. WHITE NOAH stands in front of a BOAT (think Patek Phillipe ads) surrounded by his family.

NOAH’S WIFE [shouting to be heard over the deluge]: BUT WHITE NOAH
HOW ON EARTH ARE WE GOING TO SURVIVE THIS FLOOD

WHITE NOAH: IT’S GOING TO BE OKAY.
I TOOK SAILING LESSONS AT THE YACHT CLUB.

EXT. DAY. Shoot of THE ARK floating on top of a drowned world.

WHITE NOAH [O/S]: OH MY GOD!
WHERE ARE MY SPERRYS?

EXT. DAY. The FLOODWATERS have begun to recede, revealing a land absolutely littered with water-logged corpses. The only survivors in the entire world are WHITE NOAH, his wife, his three sons and their wives. The full realization of what has happened finally strikes WHITE NOAH.

WHITE NOAH: oh my god
who are we going to keep out of the Yacht Club now?

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Notable Links: 3-28/14

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‘Colbert Report’ tweet stirs up anger

On Wednesday’s Colbert Report, the satirist made fun of Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s recently announced Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation. Snyder created the charity “to provide resources that offer genuine opportunities for Tribal communities,” according to a press release, but Colbert mocked it as an attempt at positive PR for the NFL team and its controversial name, which many consider to be racist.

Playing off of Wednesday’s segment, the verified Twitter account for The Colbert Show, which is often written in the persona of the blowhard TV-host character Colbert portrays, posted this tweet on Thursday to its 1 million followers:

I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.— The Colbert Report (@ColbertReport) March 27, 2014

“Ching-Chong Ding-Dong” is a reference to a satirical Asian caricature Colbert has assumed on the show in the past, including a January 2011 segment attacking Rush Limbaugh. It was also part of Wednesday’s segment about the Redskins.

After outrage erupted on the social network, the tweet was deleted, but not before the #CancelColbert hashtag started trending.

White Women in American Pop Culture

The Sandra Bullock vehicle Blind Side is another example of the white woman as a central, racialized figure in a movie. As you may recall, the movie is based on the true story of a white woman who adopts an African American boy who comes from a poor family. I wrote about this moviewhen it came out last year and noted that it’s a version of the “white savior film” that many sociologists have studied. The film was a huge hit at the box office (grossing approximately$255 million dollars) and earned Sandra Bullock an Academy Award for Best Actress. It also seems to have prompted something of a life-imitating-art moment for Bullock who, shortly after the film – and her marriage – ended, adopted an African American child.

The entire premise of the film Blind Side rests on the race and gender of the lead character; there’s no story here without the central fact that this is a white woman adopting a black child. Imagine a Tyler Perry production where Janet Jackson is the playing the lead and she takes in a poor, African American child. It might get produced (by Perry and maybe Oprah) but it’s not going to do $255 million at the box office and Ms. Jackson (lovely as she is) is not getting an Oscar nod. The whiteness of the lead female character is the sine qua non of the Blind Side.

How Did Victor White III Die in the Backseat of a Police Car?

The night Victor White Sr.’s son died in the backseat of a cop car in New Iberia, Louisiana, he called the local sheriff’s station to figure out where his boy was.

“I asked them if he’d been apprehended, and they told me no,” he said to me. It wasn’t until the following morning, March 3, that Victor Sr. found out his son, Victor White III, had been arrested and died while in police custody. But he didn’t receive the news from the New Iberia Sheriff’s Department—he got the call from his son Leonard, who also lives in New Iberia and had been questioned that morning by police in connection with the death of his brother.

Immediately, of course, Victor Sr. made the two-hour drive from his home in Alexandria down to New Iberia to find out what the hell was going on. But the cops refused to tell him anything about the circumstances surrounding his 22-year-old son’s death, citing an ongoing investigation by the state police. At that point, Victor Sr. had no idea his son’s death was caused by a gunshot to the back while he was still in handcuffs in the backseat of a patrol car. Every official he talked to was cagey.

In Film Series ‘Little Brother,’ Black Boys Open Up About Love

Is that why “Little Brother” only features boys in the 9 to 13 age range?

That’s part of it. Also, we don’t see them. In the media we see black teens but you gotta get there first, right? And I knew that around age 10, something was happening to black boys—and we weren’t seeing anything on it. It’s popular to hear that when young black boys enter the 4th grade that’s when “they” start planning how many prison beds to account for. I don’t know who said that but what I do know is that Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu has said that the 4th grade is when boys emotionally drop out of school. Also, as you’re approaching the teen years and puberty, it’s a very special time and I thought that it would be cool to learn about when boys learn about their emotional, nurturing sides. Our approach is very direct. We focus on their emotional side, love, their love lives and what they project them to be. They teach us a lot.

The interviews are refreshingly intimate. Tell me more about the questions you asked them and why.

I wanted to know, what they thought they’d grow up to be. Were they planning on getting married or starting a family? If they were or were not born into traditional nuclear families, what did they think their own family was supposed to look like?

And what did you find?

These young black boys still carry very idealistic beliefs. They’re going to be grown men with partners and they’re going to have children—many children! They’re going to have a good life, be financially stable, have a good job and be alive. They haven’t projected anything other than that—and they include God in that plan.

Quick Thoughts: Overwhelmed

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Have you ever been slammed with so much negativity at one period in time that it drives you into depression? I have, more times than I care to count. Although, my personal life is running smooth, negativity from outside creeps up to attack you. This form of negativity is something – I think – comes from being part of the ‘other’ in this nation. And the bad vibes coming in are due to the echo chamber of mainstream society.

As I’ve said before in one article, I am not the most cheerful blogger. So, I understand completely if you want to discontinue following me. That notice will always stand. As a side note, I hate using the word ‘following’. It makes me sound like a cult leader or something, but you know what I mean. Anyway, if you want to leave, it’s cool. But if you want to stay, please know that this won’t be the last time you see this wolf extraordinarily depressed.

I usually get into depression mode whenever so much bad press sweeps in. I shouldn’t feel this way, I know. I understand that it’s a trick to lure you into a false since of insecurity, not to mention that it internalizes society’s hatred of what you are. Yet, I still can’t prevent such a reaction to occur, nor can I figure out why I allow it to happen.

Those of you who follow me (Ugh!) on Twitter know some of my tweets have been, shall we say, dismal. Let’s just say that I do that to cope and vent my colossal frustrations. Also, if you choose not to follow me there as well, it’s still okay. But like here, if you want to continue, prepare yourself for some tweets that are melancholy, to say the least.

As always, I will be okay. This will pass, until something or several things happen. This wolf will carry on like he always do, even with a 2,000 ton load on his mind.

Editorial: 10 Poverty Myths, Busted

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Paul Ryan’s infamous comment

All the hype going around Paul Ryan’s racially coded message about the supposed ‘laziness’ of inner city men (you know who he means) and how he tried and failed to clarify his comment only to reveal that he’s more of a prick than we thought, it has prompt articles to put his right wing elitism in check.  One of them is an article at Mother Jones by Erika Eichelberger through a commenter named Verveina that debunks the top ten poverty myths that conservatives and liberals latch on to as excuses not to do a damn thing for the struggling working class.

1. Single moms are the problem. Only 9 percent of low-income, urban moms have been single throughout their child’s first five years. Thirty-five percent were married to, or in a relationship with, the child’s father for that entire time.*

2. Absent dads are the problem. Sixty percent of low-income dads see at least one of their children daily. Another 16 percent see their children weekly.*

3. Black dads are the problem. Among men who don’t live with their children, black fathers are more likely than white or Hispanic dads to have a daily presence in their kids’ lives.

4. Poor people are lazy. In 2004, there was at least one adult with a job in 60 percent of families on food stamps that had both kids and a nondisabled, working-age adult.

5. If you’re not officially poor, you’re doing okay. The federal poverty line for a family of two parents and two children in 2012 was $23,283. Basic needs cost at least twice that in 615 of America’s cities and regions.

6. Go to college, get out of poverty. In 2012, about 1.1 million people who made less than $25,000 a year, worked full time, and were heads of household had a bachelor’s degree.**

7. We’re winning the war on poverty. The number of households with children living on less than $2 a day per person has grown 160 percent since 1996, to 1.65 million families in 2011.

8. The days of old ladies eating cat food are over. The share of elderly single women living in extreme poverty jumped 31 percent from 2011 to 2012.

9. The homeless are drunk street people. One in 45 kids in the United States experiences homelessness each year. In New York City alone, 22,000 children are homeless.

10. Handouts are bankrupting us. In 2012, total welfare funding was 0.47 percent of the federal budget.

*Source: Analysis by Dr. Laura Tach at Cornell University.

Many upper class people have no idea what it’s like to work for little. Some are born into the high lifestyle, and are spoon-fed myths about poor people and meritocracy while living in their six to seven-figure homes in gated communities, sheltered from the harshness of poverty. Since they have power and privilege, they have more of a say in government. Some of them happen to be politicians themselves. And so, not only is poverty largely ignored, but it has gotten worse with the rich getting richer, even through underhanded criminal methods.

So, why is it when you help the poor, it’s considered a ‘handout’, but when you help the rich, it’s called a ‘bailout’? Is this economic Darwinism we’re seeing? Considering how the government has yet to punish the wealthy penny-pinching crooks that dumped the economy in the toilet seeing as how they’re “too big”, I guess you’re more likely to land in jail stealing $3.00 than $200 million.

The White Man March? Pffft…

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Poster for the White Man March

I told myself I wasn’t going to bother dealing with this. I saw it as a non-issue. I saw it as a tired-ass joke. And besides, many people have already weighed in on the laughing stock known as the White Man March.

In case you haven’t heard, and no one would blame you, a white guy named Kyle Hunt who started this “movement” on behalf of the white male, presumably a burdened group in today’s world where diversity is threatening their existence. I’m not making this up, ya’ll! Hunt organized a march for all white men to (I guess) fight against the oppression and genocide on March 15.

From what I’ve heard, only tens of people participated. I dunno which is funnier: the fact there are actually white people who believed and marched along with this clown or that it only attracted a mere handful. Either way, people around the world have split their sides hearing about this nonexistent movement. The punchline is more than obvious as illustrated by Twitter’s humorous reactions under the hashtag #whitemanmarchprotestsigns.

White people feeling they are now under the boot of subservience is not news. A recent study reveals they believe they are experiencing racism more than blacks. It makes ya wonder what they consider as “racism”.

Some white people think that if you work as a waiter and a black customer doesn’t leave you a tip, that’s racist. Some whites think that not being accepted into that one college they desperately want to get in is racist. I’ll go even further. You have rich white men equate being criticized about their ever-expanding wealth is the same about getting lynched. Really!

Kyle Hunt, organizer behind the White Man March

As for Kyle Hunt, his 83 followers worldwide and their alternate reality view of the world, nice try. Some obvious racists think that the movement succeeded. Although, they never fully explained how exactly. Then again, white supremacists hate being wrong, even though 99% of the time, they are.

Ladies and gentlemen, I see white racists, race realists and all other white haters crying and whining about being collectively downtrodden as douchebags who are begging to be oppressed, not because they want to know how it feels to be the “other”, but because they are rebels without a legitimate cause or a clue. After all, they think Jews are a race, not those who practice a religion.

They hate anyone who’s not straight, white, male and Christian, and I use the last category loosely. They want people to feel sorry for them, because their lives suck. They believe the rest of the world is after the extinction of white genes. That’s why they’re obsessed with crime stats. They are their so-called “causes”. They give them an excuse to consider themselves and their people as victims.

This dude Kyle Hunt was probably a victim of something in the past. And like so many with the same reasoning, have transformed his victimization into a global calamity against the white race which ended up creating jokes and memes by those who are members of groups who are actually struggling from a little known problem we like to call ‘systematic white racism’.

Just a few tweets in response to the White Man March

Notable Links: 3-20/14

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How to Stop Putin in His Tracks

This crisis began, after all, when Putin took notice that Ukraine—which he and every other Russian leader in history have regarded as deeply tied to Russia—was drifting into the West’s orbit. Then-President Viktor Yanukovych had taken steps toward an affiliation with the European Union. Putin feared, correctly, that this development could wreck his plans for a “Eurasian Union” (which he saw as the basis for a revived Russian empire), and so he offered Yanukovych $15 billion in exchange for backing out of the Western league. Yanukovych took the bribe. Demonstrations broke out in Kiev, prompting crackdowns, prompting a widening of the protests … and the rest, we all know.

Lawrence Freedman, the pre-eminent scholar of strategy, has a long blog post in Wednesday’s War on the Rocks, noting that the “basic challenge of crisis management is to protect core interests while avoiding major war.” Part of this challenge, he adds, involves “a sense of knowing when to exercise restraints and respect limits,” as well as “a grasp of what the adversary needs to enable it to de-escalate or at least to desist from further escalation.”

NYC Inmate ‘Baked to Death’ in Cell

The medical examiner’s office said an autopsy was inconclusive and that more tests were needed to determine Murdough’s exact cause of death. But the officials, all with detailed knowledge of the case, say initial indications from the autopsy and investigation point to extreme dehydration or heat stroke.

The department said it had addressed two contributing factors an outside consultant identified as causing the excess heat. It also said temperature checks immediately after the death revealed that several cells nearby were over 80 degrees.

Murdough was arrested Feb. 7 on a misdemeanor trespassing charge for sleeping in an enclosed stairwell on the roof of a public housing building in Harlem and sent to Rikers after being unable to post a $2,500 bail, court records show. He was found dead in his cell in a special unit for inmates with mental illnesses a week later, in the early hours of Feb. 15, the officials said.

Advocates for mentally ill inmates say Murdough’s death represents the failure of the city’s justice system on almost every level: by arresting him instead of finding him help, by setting bail at a prohibitive $2,500 and by not supervising him closely in what is supposed to be a special observation unit for inmates with mental illnesses.

“He was a very lovely, caring guy,” said Murdough’s 75-year-old mother, Alma Murdough, adding that her son had bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and that she had not seen him in about three years.

Open thread for night owls: An innocent man’s first days of freedom after 30 years imprisoned

I can’t imagine what it would be like to serve 30 years for a crime I didn’t commit. Not just locked-up, but locked-up because prosecutors withheld exculpatory evidence, because the lawyers were inexperienced, because the convicting jury was all white, because a witness lied. Not just locked up, but held on death row, suffering the torture of decades of solitary confinement, waiting for the executioner to ply his trade. Just going on living, separated from kin and friends, would become a burden. Staying sane would be miraculous.

Somehow, Glenn Ford, a black Louisianan just three years younger than I, managed to do so. Arrested, railroaded, convicted, incarcerated and sentenced to die because of lies and prosecutorial misconduct. His dogged attorneys finally pried him out of the hands of the state last week. Exonerated and freed after 362 months’ incarceration, 348 of them behind bars at one of the nation’s foulest prisons, Ford has joined a world that is far different than the one he left when Ronald Reagan had not yet begun his second term.

How to be an ally: What Piers Morgan can learn from W. Kamau Bell

The media’s mess-ups have been rightly criticized by the transgender community and its allies, but the response has been a mixed bag: Morgan responded to the outcry especially poorly, claiming to be a victim of “cisphobia.” Couric, to her credit, acknowledged the criticism and clarified the offending segment — though she did not explicitly apologize for it. Grantland apologized for its errors. Leto only vaguely acknowledged the trans community in his follow-up acceptance speech at the Oscars.

Though Bell was admittedly ignorant regarding transgender issues prior to his San Francisco experience — and aired problematic representations of transgender issues on “Totally Biased” — unlike some of the aforementioned figures in the media, he is actively trying to learn from past mistakes. “I think that ultimately, if these people want to be allies, you really have to be willing to be corrected. And that’s the thing. It’s not always fun to be corrected and it’s also really helpful if you want to be a part of the discussion,” said Bell, who added that he’s not “trying to be the leader of the conversation.”

This is an approach that the rest of the media, even the well-intentioned, would benefit from. “I think that’s what happened with Jared Leto,” said Bell. “There was a sense, you felt like, when somebody challenged him on it he was like, ‘No, no, no. I know.’ For me, that’s the place I want to be clear about. I will lead a race discussion because I feel pretty solid about that, but if there’s a transgender person in the room, I’d like to pass the mic to them.”

Vern’s Venting: Big Bad Wolf

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by Lavern Merriweather

Brotha’s moniker name notwithstanding, I titled this post that because of a very disturbing trend I am seeing in the media, painting black males as scary, dangerous brutes even when they aren’t doing shit wrong.

When it comes to black folks, white people love to blow shit right out of proportion, and they have a good time doing it. I previously wrote a post about the racist fueled outrage from a lot of white folks after Seattle Seahawks player Richard Sherman gave an angry pre-Superbowl rant. Now, another black male is coming under fire for nothing more than exercising his right to express himself.

Recently, during an interview with Entertainment reporter Sam Rubin, actor Samuel Jackson gave him grief for confusing him with fellow actor Laurence Fishburne. Rubin had referred to the Superbowl commercial that Fishburne did, believing that Jackson was the actual star. Jackson took him to task saying that all black male movie stars don’t look alike, which is true. However, according to tabloid crap show “Inside Edition” Jackson went ‘ballistic’.

Although I have a few daggers for Jackson, all he did was correct Sam Rubin, which he had every right to do. And for those rushing to defend Rubin he should have done his homework better if he didn’t want to get criticized, even going so far as to complain that he wasn’t sure what Mr. Jackson expected of him. How about getting his name right stupid ass!

It seems that we are in an era where it has become perfectly acceptable to judge black males as harbingers of danger. A while back Kanye’s baby momma Kim Kardashian had a nasty run-in with some punk who called her a ni**er lover. She phoned Kanye and told him about it. He then proceeded to go where she was to confront that idiot and wound up punching him in the face.

The media, of course, tried to spin the story making Kanye look like the villain, despite this little pissant being racist and insulting him. That tells me that regardless of age or economic status, black males are always seen as threatening, even when they are not the ones at fault.

I watched with bated breath the verdict in the so-called ‘Loud Music’ trial. I was disgusted and sadden to see that once again the morons and fools of the Florida judicial system let another lowlife thug get away with taking the life of a young black male, with the notion from many in the media that even though Michael Dunn was the one who precipitated an altercation with Jordan Davis and his friends, he somehow had a right to feel in fear for his life. This is the same load of horseshit rhetoric that freed asshole and murderer George Zimmerman. It obviously doesn’t matter to the self-defense folks that the shooters in both cases were the only ones carrying firearms. (They were also the only ones starting trouble in the first fucking place!) When you are the one holding the gun, then you pose a much greater menace than the person you are supposedly so damn afraid of, especially if the other person is unarmed.

And how in the hell was this asshole defending himself when Dunn verbally challenge the young men in the car. If that jag-off was so terrified, then why he did mouth off to those kids? Because he heard them calling him derogatory names. People who create conflicts, verbal or otherwise, are not at all in fear. It’s like a commenter on CNN said, if he was so worried about his safety, he should have rolled up his damn windows and shut the hell up. Instead, he was being a shit starter who apparently was very confident that because of the apathy this country has toward young black males, he would get the exact same end result that Zimmerman got.

There has been an outcry for the head of the Florida’s district attorney’s office to be fired. But the problem with that is this disgraceful outcome isn’t relegated to Florida alone. This type of travesty has existed for a very long time. Only now, we sit on our asses with our heads up it thinking that analyzing the problem and discussing it to death will change anything.

I find it cruelly ironic that some of the very same high-minded Negroes who whine excessively about rap music, themselves, are the main ones decrying this verdict. To me, they are no better than Dunn is, because they help set a precedent that says that if we don’t agree with those thug Negroes and their lifestyle, music or pretty much anything thing about them, then we have a right to react. And if that means violence, then so be it.

We already have wealthy black males being criticized for practicing the very right that white people in America pretend to hold so fucking dear, the right to say whatever the hell is on your mind and damn anybody who doesn’t like it. Well, it looks like that if some white people don’t like it. They can warp the mentality of this country back to 1932, a time when white males could put a black male in his place, by any means necessary.

The really messed up thing about this whole matter is being a black parent and having to explain to your child why he seems to have a target on his back. Young black males should not have to walk around looking over their shoulder, nor should they have to apologize because stuffy ass, old fart white males in the sports media get offended whenever they look at somebody cock-eyed. I for one am done trying to make sense of the behavior of those who already have a predisposed mindset of who is or isn’t a terrifying person up to no good.

They try and rationalize or justify their thuggery while bemoaning someone else’s, whether or not it even truly existed to begin with. That is the power of privilege. I can claim concern for my person being potentially assaulted, even as I provoke trouble, when I had no business doing so.

Now, that I think of it, that isn’t just privilege; it’s upholding a longstanding tradition of making it perfectly clear who holds all the power. Dunn had the nerve to piss and moan that having a black person on the jury would make it bias while he uses every ounce of racial bias to defend his crime. He has done everything he could to make himself more palpable to the Fake Noise Sarah Palin crowd, while bitching about how his rights have been infringed upon.

The only person who didn’t have any rights that night was Jordan Davis, and apparently, he still doesn’t. That’s because of people like Dunn. Spare me the poor-white-guy-doesn’t-have-any-say-anymore crap. You obviously do when it comes to blatantly getting away with cold-blooded murder.

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