Anything black is hated, feared and just plain unwanted. The (white) liberal mindset is that we are all human beings and that color doesn’t or shouldn’t be show when certain people’s vision operates. But we all know that’s bullshit as a person’s skin color is part of their identity which should not be denied, and that we’re almost 500 years too late for those of mostly European descent to tell us coloreds something their people should’ve thought of since day one, but have chosen generation after generation to, instead, maintain their false, twisted sense of superiority.
Yet, they will deny up and down that racism exists, at least against people of color. Yet, they will cry at the top of their lungs there is racism against whites. The privileged are the first to cry foul whenever their world shakes, even if it’s a slight tremor, but can not and will not completely see or understand the worlds of others crashing by the power structure they’ve nurtured.
Such is true with a lesbian couple in Ohio where a slight mistake damaged their privileged microcosm. Jennifer Cramblett and her partner Amanda Zincon wanted a child. For obvious reasons, they can’t reproduce a child by themselves. So, they went to a sperm bank. One of them got impregnated and delivered a daughter two years ago.
Now, they’re upset, because the child they have is biracial. You see, the couple got sperm from a black sperm donor, but they really wanted a white one. But since their child has Afro-blood, according to Cramblett, the “mistake has created a lot of difficulties for them…in an all white community.” She says her family and apparently the folks in her neck of the woods are not all too keen with nonwhites and diversity. However, Cramblett – as expected – claims she, herself, isn’t racist.
I know what some of you are thinking. You spotted the double talk in Cramblett’s misery. She’s not racist, BUT her community and family are. She’s not racist, BUT she really wanted a pure-blooded white baby.
Before you get riled up and crucify her, calm down, take a deep breath and think with me. First off, we know that white racism is when you prefer whiteness over anything and everything else. Cramblett grew up to value whiteness instinctively surrounded by white people with white ethics. But now, she worries that since her child is half-black, her white euphoria is interrupted.
Which brings me to the second point. Cramblett appears to be not only concerned about her world crashing down, but also the welfare of her child. Is it more so with the former and not the latter? Who truly knows. But she has to realize, sooner or later, that if her community will have a fit over a half-black child in their environment, are they worth giving a damn about? If she knows they won’t accept her daughter, why the hell does she care?
I understand that being around people all or most of your life can have an effect on you, especially if they are loving and kind people. The problem is that Cramblett’s community is, according to her, intolerant about anything that’s not white. In other words, you are loved and welcome by those people, if you come with white skin. The insidious part about Whiteness is where European physical features are placed over humanity itself. A little girl was brought into the world, and she has to pay the price for not coming in the Caucasian variety. Illogical and cruel, but America’s hooked on that shit as if it was ecstasy.
Perhaps, this will be a lesson for the lesbian couple. Maybe then they will get a better understanding of what it’s like to be ostracized because of what you are. Apparently, their neighborhood accepts homosexuality, but when it comes to blackness, it’s still a major problem for them. And even if the little girl doesn’t come into contact with their bigotry, she’s still going to deal with it in these United States. Jennifer Cramblett and Amanda Zincon are both faced with a tough road ahead. But it won’t be as hard on them as it will be for their daughter.
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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.
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By Lavern Merriweather
I’m just going to come out and say it. Joan Rivers is an asshole. I was going to start this post with a cute little quip, but screw that. There is no two ways to put it.
Recently, ‘creature of the swamp’ Rivers was asked if there would ever be a gay president. And the D-list no talent responded by saying that we already have a gay president because Michelle Obama, wife of President Barack Obama, is a pre-op tranny. Remember. This is the same dumbass that made a terrible joke several months ago about the girls who were held hostage by despicable thug Ariel Castro at his house of horrors in Cleveland Ohio. When Rivers took heat for that and deservedly so, she blew a gasket.
Rivers whined that it’s only a joke and that everybody should just calm the hell down. Well, we would Joan, if moronic people like you weren’t running around possessing more mouth capacity than brain capacity and getting pissed, because somebody called you on your undeserved privilege to the point where you get defensive about your unchecked arrogance and stupidity.
Rivers is now trying to take the contrite road by saying that she actually admires Michelle. Then, sang her praises. Much as I would like to believe Rivers is really taking a moment of self-reflection and truly realizing how much of a jackass she was being, I ain’t buying it. Not because I am that cynical or jaded, but because a lot of white people in the media, especially comedians, like to play the C-YA game. What’s really funny is that these people always usually figure it out after the fact.
What’s funny is that who even cares anymore what that gargoyle looking, bitter, worthless old bat Rivers thinks? She looks like she drinks formaldehyde to make her face look that hideous. And she has the nerve to say someone else might possibly be a she-male? For those of you who say it’s petty and childish that I would talk about Joan’s face or that we should make this a teachable moment, I saw tough shit.
Here’s the thing. It’s NOT my job to raise grown folks. Rivers is older than me. Hell, she’s older than dirt, which ain’t too far off by the way. So, she’s knows good and well what she’s doing. It doesn’t shock or surprise me that Michelle, unlike many of the other first ladies, is getting almost as many cruel malicious jabs as her husband. Don’t tell me for one – even half a second that it’s about anything besides race. I may have been born at night, but it sure as shit wasn’t last night.
I am very aware that some in this country believe that any cry of racism from Negroes when it comes to the Obamas is going to be viewed as black people being overly sensitive, that we have no reason to feel that the disrespect being shown to Obama or his wife is automatically about race. Why, of course, where would black folks ever get that idea, that the first non-white male who is elected president would ever have to face the same issue that African-Americans have been facing since we got here? In that case, I will pack all of my belongings right this minute and move to Scotland in hopes of seeing ‘Nessie’ up close and personal.
Let’s get real here. Michelle is being terrorized by obnoxious little shits because the mindset by the white media elite that all black people are men is not only being challenged but threatened. And as we all know whenever white people feel the slightest twinge of fear from Negroes, they go hog wild.
A year ago, Rivers also got into some hot water when she referred to Michelle as Blackie O., which she claims was just a play on words trying to simulate the nickname given to John Kennedy’s wife Jacqueline when she was called Jackie O.
First off, Jackie Kennedy was only called that after John died, and she married a rich Greek tycoon named Aristotle Onassis. It was meant to symbolize her name so that made perfect sense. Calling Michelle ‘Blackie’ is nothing but thinly veiled racist bullshit.
Rivers then went on the Howard Stern to lament how much it sucks that white folks like herself have to cowtow to the Negro-in-chief and not be so quick with bigoted insults. Yeah, it’s must be so rough to be white in a predominantly white society and finally have to give respect and dignity to those lowly darkies. Aww, poor baby Joan do you need a hug?
Then, we have Anthony Cumia of the Sirius XM ‘Anthony and Opie’ show. Cumia was recently fired from his show for going on a racist twitter rant fest. Cumia claimed that he was recently in New York on the street trying to take pictures when a black woman wandered into the frame. Always the innocent victim, Cumia says that he politely asked her to move but she started arguing with him. After that he says the altercation became physical with the woman punching him in the face.
I have no clue if any of his story is true. White people, as I have mentioned in another post, are notorious for padding their tales, particularly when it involves a nasty run-in with a Negro. So, the jury is way out on whether Cumia is telling the truth.
And polite? That’s laughable. Most white male shock jocks are about as polite as a prowling shark that hasn’t eaten in 8 days. I went on a few websites to see the comments from listeners upon hearing that their beloved ‘Ant’ had been removed from the airwaves and was pleasantly surprised. Sure, there were some that defended Anthony, even going so far as to say his rant wasn’t prejudice. While others called him on it and said that we have no way of knowing if the story was true since we were only getting one side of it. There were, after all, no police reports, and Cumia himself didn’t even call the cops. If somebody accosted me on the street and I was a semi-famous celebrity, you bet your sweet ass there would be blue lights flashing in every direction. If he was so outraged about what happened, then why didn’t he get the police involved instead of taking his anger to social media where he is more likely to find allies?
I can sum that up in that it sounds like a horseshit fabrication. Remember, Cumia and his kind create personas. Then, they create controversy and what better way than for a white person to say that a black person did it. Seeing how that term fans white flames hotter than any other rationale, I’m just very grateful a lot of people, judging from what I read, didn’t take the bait.
A few tried to justify Cumia’s rage and blame his bosses for denying his right to freedom of speech. As one person on the website put it, freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom from the consequence of your actions. BRAVO! They put that about as well as any smart thinking human being could have. Calling a certain group of people ‘savages’ is old-age white folks code. He might as well said those heathen n*ggers.
The Anthony Cumias and Joan Rivers of the world are all the same and cut from the same cloth. So, as public Enemy once so adroitly put it you can’t trust shit that they say.
It has taken a long time, far too long, but politicians seem finally to have realized how catastrophically expensive it is for the United States to lock up more people than any other country on the planet. Although most had cared little about how much it would cost their districts when they embraced harsh mandatory minimum sentences, or eliminated the possibility of parole, or further criminalized the public health problems of addiction and mental illness, apparently the economic chickens have now come home to roost.
And, of course, as anyone at all close to the everyday and real workings of our nation’s criminal justice system knows, the costs of mass incarceration are not merely monetary. Yes, it costs billions of dollars to have confined more than 2.4 million people to 1,719 state prisons, 102 federal prisons, 2,259 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,283 local jails and 79 Indian Country jails — as well as in military prisons, immigration detention facilities, civil commitment centers, and prisons in the U.S. territories by 2011. But as important, this level of incarceration has devastated the children, the neighborhoods, the lifetime livelihoods, and even the very health, of the imprisoned themselves.
The harassment and poor treatment of the refugee families and children in Murrieta, California by Tea Party militia hooligans and thug nativists is embarrassing. I am not bewildered, although I will confess to being disgusted, by how those who wrap themselves in the flag of American Exceptionalism and tired bromides that “America is the greatest country on Earth!” do not understand that a truly great country offers aid and comfort to those in need.
The 24/7 news media is a circus. The Right-wing echo chamber is the center ring, and is in many ways, the greatest show on Earth. As I wrote here regarding D’Souza’s propaganda piece “America”, and have mentioned many times elsewhere, there is a special role to be played by black and brown people in the Right-wing’s human zoo and freak show.
Black Americans (and other people of color) are loathed by conservatives because conservatism and racism are one in the same thing in the post civil rights era. Black Americans are loved by conservatives when they can be used as part of a political blackface routine or passion play, acting as human proof that white conservatives are not racists because they have a “best black friend” who can vouch for them.
It’s been an amazing year: the Orange star covered Time magazine, “I got to meet the president, I have an Emmy nomination and I can afford to redecorate my apartment. I have a publicist who connected this call. Everything is different,” she says in amazement.
“My whole life has changed. People recognize me wherever I go. Nothing is the same it was last year,” Cox adds. The actress had just gotten off the phone with her mom, whom she hopes to take as her Emmys date (she first asks when, exactly, the ceremony is).
And Cox credits Jodie Foster, who directed her emotional flashback sequence in season one where her character comes out as transgendered, with her guest-actress nomination (in a comedy).
Let’s make this clear: Palestine has no navy, army or air force; this is not a war, this genocide!
The people of Palestine have been suffering for many years but lets start at 1948 when the British, the United Nations and the Zionist Movement decided to split Palestine and allow the Jewish population to occupy their country through a white supremacist settler model of colonial domination. Did they ask Palestine if this was OK? Of course not. This sparked the Arab/Israeli war and by 1949, Israelis made up 30 percent of the population but occupied 75 percent of the land. As a result, Israel has functioned as a military outpost for U.S. imperialism which has exploited and dominated the middle east for decades. It is important to state that the USA was engaged in warfare with the Soviet Union (Cold War) to combat the idea that communism would suppress the freedom of mankind and ultimately the world would sink into a dark abyss. So the USA fought the soviets for “freedom” while supporting the Israelis in their enslavement of the Palestinians? We could spend days on all the contradictions within the imperialistic countries.
For the last 50 years, the Republican Party has been on the forefront of policy and ideas that have been detrimental to African Americans, including the painting of black women as “Welfare Queens,” school zoning laws, mandatory minimums for victimless crimes, and a number of others. In contrast, Democrats have often combatted these initiatives and championed efforts like increases in minimum wage, increased access to healthcare, and more investment in public schools. As a result, the vast majority of African Americans are registered Democrats. In a number of Southern states, the Democratic Party is almost entirely black. As a result, what often occurs in conversations about race is that terms like “Democrat” and “liberal” get thrown around when they are not even really relevant. For example, when Crystal Wright of conservativeblackchick.com called out her fellow Republicans for embracing people like Cliven Bundy, a number of people who typically eat up anything that she says accused her of sounding “like a liberal.” People of this school of thought ignore an array of nuances. First of all, white supremacy and racism existed before either the Republican or Democratic Party. Secondly, there are issues that both parties have not addressed in any meaningful way. Also, being a Democrat does not foreclose the capacity for white supremacist thinking. Finally, pushing back against white supremacy does not automatically signal an allegiance to the Democratic Party.
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by Lavern Merriweather
For a group of people that supposedly love the gays so damn much, so-called liberal white folks sure have a funny ass way of showing it. Recently, a college player by the name of Michael Sam came out as gay saying that he wants to change the face of the NFL. Even while pretending to sing Mr. Sam praises the same way they did for Jason Collins, it is very evident that the white media elite is doing it in the most reluctant way imaginable.
They love their racism more than they love a cause that they put on a good show to care about. So, don’t kid yourself when they claim to be cheerleaders for Mr. Sam or Mr. Collins or even NBA player John Amechi. White people in the media only give a shit about gays because it’s a predominantly white community. And it’s the only real place where they feel even a slight sense of discrimination. That’s not to say that gay white people have it just as rough as gay people of color. Far from it. In fact, much of the hostility those who are gay and POC get is from white people who should be on their side.
I remember one commenter on another website saying he overheard a snobby, older, white male queen say that he wouldn’t go to a certain gay pride parade. Apparently he felt that it had become too ‘ghetto’. That must be a code word for “there were too many darkies in attendance”. So, that ruined it for him.
I have also read several complaints on the message boards from black people who said that they were treated rudely at many gay pride rallies, something that doesn’t surprise me in the least. Yet, somehow magically in the eyes of the white liberal media, we are always painted as the bad guy. Not one day passes over the issue of gay rights where some bleeding heart hypocrite will bitch and whine about those evil black preachers. How interesting that despite the tyrannical cabal of black church folks keeping poor gay whitey down, white people that are gay flourish both economically and socially.
Being gay and black is seen as wrong, particularly by those very same whites who preach a fondness for gay people. I was watching a hatchetjob tabloid show called “Hollywood Scandals” where they completely and utterly berated the late and great Whitney Houston for an alleged romance with her female friend Robin. They had the nerve to state that Whitney was targeted with gay rumors so much because she never came right out and confirmed or denied it.
HORSESHIT! They hated her because she was a Negress that didn’t know her place well enough and had to be reminded of it in the most hateful malicious way ever. She shouldn’t have had to explain to those gossipy assholes her relationship with that woman at all whatsoever. It was none of their business and they have never spent one second using rumors of homosexuality to trash and malign a white person.
A few months ago, the head of the popular show “Duck Dynasty” clan Phil Robertson made some very hash comments condemning the gay lifestyle. As usual, the warriors of whiteness in the media gave him a proverbial slap on the wrist.
Asshole in charge and host of “TMZ” Harvey Levin had the absolute gall to defend Robertson’s rhetoric by saying that he has freedom of speech. It’s a far cry from what Levin said when San Francisco 49ers running back Chris Culver remarked that he and other players would never want a gay man in their locker room or on their team. Culver is black so it’s not shocking that he gets criticized by white people who put their whiteness above all else. What Culver said is no more prejudiced that what Robertson said. But because one is considered inferior, he’s not allowed to say anything that would appear discriminatory to whites.
The rush to beat up on any black person not down with the gays is more about teaching Negroes that we can’t say anything to make black folks feel dominant in any way to white people. It’s why white male celebrities can say vicious, stupid and vile things about gay people but the media will be damned if they utter one little peep that’s negative. Black males who come out are deluding themselves if they think any criticism they face is predominantly based on being a homosexual. They hate you because of your skin color, not who you are fucking in the back seat of your Lincoln Navigator.
I also believe that they will get hostility because their revelation flies in the face of the lily white media’s scary black man mindset. Black men can’t be a homosexual and a thug at the same damn time. So, they resent the fact that he will be presented in a way that can’t be anything else but non-threatening.
Seeing how a lot of white males in this country view gay men as naturally weak by default, and by weak I mean he has a delicate feminine personality, it clashes greatly with the ideal that he’s a ni**ger who is prone to violence from birth. Not according to their logic. If he is gay too and not being able to lump him in with those other Negro athletes always up to no good, that must just piss them off to no end.
What I don’t get is how so many black people, especially women ,still believe that the white gay population is an ally to us whatsoever, particularly when they are continuously complaining themselves to the contrary. Do I really need to go there again with the arrogant, racist and self-righteous rant of that little shit Dan Savage?
If you have to keep telling another group of people how thoughtless and selfish their behavior is, it’s because they don’t give a rat’s ass about your feelings. As much as a black man who comes out likes to think that the hierarchy will accept him once they realize he’s not a sexual menace to their daughters, it’s pure absolute bullshit. Black male athletes whether gay or straight are very much the same in the eyes of the media, certainly if they are ever charged with a crime. If Mr. Sam gets a DUI or is accused of something really heinous, he won’t get cut any more slack than a black man who isn’t gay. Trust me when I say that any show of support he gets from white people will remain very, very temporary. To white males in the public and media he is just another n-word, not an f-word.
After only one day Fox News has already eliminated coverage of the Tea Party Cop Killers in Las Vegas who went on a murderous rampage Sunday. On Monday, Fox’s primetime programs (Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly, and Sean Hannity) were silent on the subject except for four sentences on Kelly’s show.
On Tuesday morning’s edition of Fox & Friends, the curvy couch potatoes failed to mention Jerad Miller and his wife Amanda. Later, on Happening Now, Fox ignored the story entirely. Outnumbered also declined to report on the Millers, despite having guest co-host “doctor” Keith Ablow who has psychoanalyzed every criminal, politician, and other public figure this century (without ever examining, or even meeting, any of them).
Fox has replaced the Sunday massacre with older stories about the Bergdahl prisoner swap, the Veterans Administration, and Hillary Clinton’s book release and presidential aspirations. The producers and editors at Fox News have never been shy about reporting acts of alleged terrorism, even before any evidence has emerged. But for this story they have refused to even refer to the crime as terrorism.
There are some obvious reasons why Fox would skew their reporting and ultimately remove this story from their news coverage. And all of them represent biases that are a long-standing part of what can be called the Fox News Creed: Racism, Guns, Anti-Government, and Tea Party.
“I may have the genetic coding that I’m inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that — and I look at the homosexual issue the same way,” Perry said.
According to CNN affiliate KPIX, some people in the pro-Perry audience gasped when they heard the governor’s remarks.
Perry’s address to the Commonwealth of California Club was mostly focused on economic issues. The Texas governor is in California as part of a trip to try to bring jobs and business to the Lone Star State.
Calling for tougher gun laws and more access to mental healthcare has become drone-speak. It’s what we say…because it seems like the righteous and intelligent thing to say. The problem runs much more deeply than mental health. And access to guns. As Thomas keeps stating, we need to address the issues of fear, sex, race, and anger.
We live in an angry, bitter society where “no” has become a dirty, offensive word on all levels. Men don’t accept “no” from women (and sometimes, vice versa). Customers don’t accept “no” from companies. Students don’t accept “no” from teachers, and kids don’t accept “no” from parents. It’s reached a point where we hesitate to even say it, because doing so can now get us hurt. Say it and the other person immediately looks for a way to “fight back,” because they feel you’ve robbed them of something they’re entitled to, you’ve hurt them, and now they are victim deserving of justice.
No law or medicine is going to fix this particular problem.
I auditioned for Devious Maids and I wanted the part so bad. I honestly thought, what a clever idea. And, I hear those concerns about perpetuating stereotypes. But, the reality is that a lot of Latinos in America do have a lot of these jobs. I think the way that Devious Maids is portraying it; they have a lot more going on than has been portrayed in films and TV in the past. Also, I think, one of the main characters is actually a lawyer and she is undercover trying to exonerate her son or trying to get her son out of jail or something. Although, I do understand those concerns but I think it is a great thing to show this side of us, a postive side. But, I also expect Latinos to be shown in another way. In like, the lawyer, the doctor, the professional, the one who has help instead of being the help. I also want to see those roles come to life. I think they are showing strong women who work hard and that there is nothing wrong with these jobs. So yes, I don’t have a problem with that.
The same thing goes for Orange is the New Black. People might ask: what do you think about Latinas being portrayed like this or people of color being portrayed like this? I go: it’s true, but this is just a side of us, just like it is a side of white folks or black folks. It is just a story being told. Now, after this, I certainly expect [different roles] — I’ve been seeing a lot more women of color in comedy and in other things coming out.
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The half-hour, single-camera comedy is set in 1990s Orlando and follows the misadventures of 12-year-old Eddie and his Taiwanese immigrant family, who experience culture shock when they move from Washington DC to Florida. The show is based on the memoirs of celebrity chef Eddie Huang, whose voice you may recognize providing the narration in the trailer, Wonder Years-style.
Excited to see young Hudson in his debut, and you know I’m ride or die for Randall Park in anything, but I’m actually pretty excited to Constance Wu as Mrs. Huang, who looks like she steals the show.
It looks like Fresh Off the Boat is on ABC’s schedule as a midseason replacement. This is not necessarily a bad thing. But we probably won’t be seeing it until the beginning of 2015. Looking forward to it.
Researchers have clearly established the contours of the pipeline. During the 2011 school year, more than 3 million public school students were suspended and over 100,000 expelled. These students were overwhelmingly black. According to the Department of Education, black students are suspended and expelled at three times the rate of white students. Save for American Indians, no other racial group experiences such outsized racial disproportionality in exclusionary discipline. Indeed, the federal government has said that the racial disparity in punishment levels can’t be explained by differences in kids behavior alone. Importantly, just one of those suspension can double the likelihood that students will drop out of school, and increase the likelihood that students end up in prison. A disproportionate number of students of color are even arrested at school as a form of punishment.
But while the racial disparity is clear, the reasons for it are not. What institutional forces set a child down this path? At least part of the answer seems to be the inadvertent, perverse incentives of the special education system. Frustrated educators—desperate for help in schools that don’t have the kinds of interventions Ford-Morthel had available at Cox—are instead using inherently subjective and fuzzy disability classifications to gain access to sorely needed resources. Special education classifications open the door to new tools for engaging the most challenging students, but in the process, they may also be putting those children on a path to prison.
Despite many news programs featuring African-American women as on-air hosts—Joy Reid of MSNBC’s The Reid Report, Robin Roberts on ABC’s Good Morning America, Gwen Ifill anchoring PBS Newshour and Michel Martin helming NPR’s Tell Me More, to name a few—there are still far too few people of color, particularly black women, in executive, editorial and production positions who have the decision-making authority to promote stories in ways that reflect the concerns of our communities.
It’s been more than two generations since a wave of largely independent black public-affairs programs, like Say Brother, Black Journal and Inside Bedford-Stuyvesant, emerged in the era after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. As Devorah Heitner explains in her book, Black Power TV, “An emerging sense that representation was a right, not a privilege, structured media activism in this era.” Now, some are again looking at independent black media as an alternative.
Activists are joining our camp in Washington, DC to protest the new net discrimination rules. We will be there until the next public meeting at the FCC to make sure that the proposed rules protect net neutrality, instead of taking the agency off track and ending net neutrality. The encampment adds to the great work done by numerous organizations like Fight for the Future and Free Press online which resulted in more than one million people writing the FCC urging net neutrality and thousands of phone calls demanding withdrawal of Wheeler’s proposal.
This negative response is bigger than anything the FCC expected. But in order for us to be successful, we need activists to come out and be a part of the action in DC or create one at an FCC office close to home. We are at a crucial turning point and more people getting involved will make a tremendous difference.
From the first moments, we found that the encampment was having an impact. Before a single protester had even shown up at the FCC’s doorstep, we got a call from Chairman Tom Wheeler’s office asking what we were doing, what our message was, how long we were staying and saying they may be interested in meeting with us. That’s particularly interesting, since even with more than 1 million net neutrality signatures to the FCC last month, Chairman Wheeler wouldn’t meet with us.
America will never be the same again.
It was history in the making, but the selection was a sanitized history – and the kiss gave it a heart. After all, Michael Sam doesn’t scream “gay”. He is the kind of “straight-acting” man who dresses masculinely and carries himself like any other macho straight dude. For those struggling to accept that gay people exist, watching the draft was, at worst, intellectually challenging. Watching the kiss was, apparently, a struggle as well.
Those kinds of detractors, the kind who don’t want to talk about gay athletes, claim that sports – particularly at the professional level – are only about winning and losing. They couldn’t be further from the truth. Sports are about sportsmanship and camaraderie, hard work and determination. They’re also about social justice and equal opportunity. Victory and defeat are merely byproducts.