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.
adversity, America, Anita Hill, Bill Clinton, Bill Cosby, black, celebrity, Chris Brown, Clarence Thomas, class, crime, entertainment, feminism, foreign, guest post, Jay-Z, Joel McHale, media, men, Mike Tyson, Mitrice Richardson, music, Nigeria, Paula Jones, politics, privilege, racism, relationships, Rihanna, sexism, Solange, Stacey Dash, stereotypes, white, women
by Lavern Merriweather
Rarely do you have a white male host of some goofy cable show that pokes fun at celebrity gossip and stupid TV antics be the voice of reason. But stranger things have happened.
The other night on E channel’s “The Soup”, comedian Joel McHale who hosts the show mentioned Solange Knowles recent complete and utter moment of ratchetness. He contrasted the attention that story is getting with the amount of attention being paid to the 200 some kidnapped Nigerian girls being held hostage by a psychotic terrorist leader that has boasted on video how many times he and his men have been raping the girls and claiming that they will be forced into marriage. While I hope and pray that isn’t true and that this situation has a positive conclusion, I have to applaud Mr. McHale for his very astute observation.
It seems that the media focusing on the plight of black women in either this country or others depends solely on how moronically we are behaving. They appear to be salivating at the chance to finally find some excuse, no matter how petty, to attack the power couple that is Beyoncé and rapper Jay-Z, who – for the most part – have been a relatively controversy free duo, unlike some people in Hollywierd that seem to welcome happily any opportunity to showcase themselves at their highest level of stupidity.
Sure, the media has tried its damndest to find any reason, regardless of how ridiculous and pointless, to criticize the older Ms. Knowles. However, she wasn’t even involved in the altercation between her husband and his sister-in-law. To his credit, Jay-Z showed a tremendous amount of restraint when Beyoncé’s sister was taking swings at him, something I doubt a lot of grown men would have done, especially ones who are wealthy and being kicked, then spit on.
As for Solange, I have no clue what set her off exactly, but I do feel that her response was tacky and foolish. She was the ultimate in being a hoodrat. And I don’t say that, because I feel that she should care what white people have to say or think about this incident.
As Brotha and many a black folk in the blogworld have said previously, obnoxious acts of asinine behavior comes in all races. Plenty of times, we have seen white women on reality TV, and those who are celebrities, act like childish idiots. Yet, the spotlight almost always falls invariably on black women, particularly when the media can point fingers of disgust and say, “See we were right all along. They are just dumb angry bitches itching for a fight.” Don’t forget these are the same folks who, when given a chance to use black women to selectively demonize a black man, will jump right on it.
In 1991, when Clarence Thomas was about to be appointed to the Supreme Court by then President George H. Bush, some allegations came out that he sexually harassed a former employee named Anita Hill. The white female feminist brigade came out to so-called support Ms. Hill in full force, completely oblivious to the fact that they have spent many decades ignoring issues specific to black women. They rushed with the style of a jet pack strapped to their back to hoist Anita upon their shoulders as the poster woman of sexual harassment – I assume – in an effort to bring enlightenment and awareness to what women have to suffer daily in a hostile, sexually oppressive environment.
Flash forward some years later to when one time governor of Arkansas Bill Clinton was elected president. Mr. Clinton, or “Sweet Slick Willie” as I like to call him, was accused by a hotel employee named Paula Jones of sexual harassment. She claims that Clinton propositioned her by exposing himself and demanding sexual favors. As to be expected, white women’s attitude changed the minute the race did. They not only denounced Ms. Jones as a liar but said that it was just a sour grapes plot by the Republicans to get even for their treatment of Thomas. They never once caught on that their accusations, coupled with their denial, gave much needed fuel to the conservative media’s fire. A double standard was at play.
Around that same time, former boxing champ Mike Tyson better known as “Iron Mike” was embroiled in a rape scandal. A woman named Desiree Washington who was a contestant in a beauty pageant that Tyson attended says he raped her. Once again, the white feminist brigade was supposedly there to rally for her as they circled the wagons. Then, when a member of the Kennedy family named William Kennedy Smith was accused of rape as well, the feminist cries for justice yet again turned to mush. They couldn’t be bothered fighting for the rights of their own when there was a black man to selectively target.
I bring up those two instances to correlate how white people in this case, white women only give a shit when it suits their agenda. I don’t believe that they cared anymore about either Ms. Hill or Ms. Washington than they do about the trash thrown into the streets at New York’s Hell’s Kitchen. It was nothing more than an attempt to further stereotypes and prove their racist mindset valid.
When comedian and beloved TV star Bill Cosby’s son Ennis was brutally gunned down by a white male illegal immigrant from Russia, his own wife Camille blasted the media for disregarding their tragedy, pain and anguish to report on the more salacious tale that Mr. Cosby may have fathered a child out of wedlock with another woman. She even said that the Russian male was taught to hate black people by America. She must have been talking directly about the American media because they do a wonderful job of playing negative racist clichés against people.
“Clueless” star and recent political aficionado, the beautiful Stacey Dash, claimed that her ex-husband, who is white, was physically abusive during their marriage to the point where Ms. Dash had to get a restraining order after they divorced. Now, I have never had to file one, but I would guess that any woman who does, does it because she’s afraid of what her man is capable of. Typical that the same folks, including Negroes, who broke a neck running to protect Rhianna after she was assaulted by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown were nowhere to be found for Stacey.
Even queen mammy Oprah was silent, despite her supposed staunch desire to be a guardian for the beaten pop star. Funny, she doesn’t seem that willing to speak out for Ms. Dash or countless other black women who have been victims, even those at the hands of white males such as Mitrice Richardson who was a young black female that got arrested by some white cops for being belligerent in a restaurant . She was taken to a police station where she was later inexplicably dropped off in one of the city’s worst neighborhoods, an area that she didn’t even live at. Her body was found several weeks later bruised and battered. Although her mother stated that Ms. Richardson was bipolar as well as manic depressive, the cops were not reprimanded in any way. And her story was given the brush off by every major news outlet as well as many local ones. The outcry for Ms. Richardson and many other black females is virtually non-existent when they aren’t famous or when there isn’t a black man available to vilify.
Apparently, most people, some of whom are black, don’t give a rat’s ass. Which is why I am grateful that Mr. McHale so adroitly pointed out the lack of coverage for young black girls in need versus that of a young black woman making a damn fool of herself. Thank you so very much Joel.
“If fascism comes to America, it will not be identified with any “shirt” movement, nor with an “insignia,” but it will probably be “wrapped up in the flag and heralded as a plea for liberty and preservation of the constitution,” wrote in a 1936 issue of The Christian Century. Nobel Laureate recipient Sinclair Lewis put it even more succinctly when he warned, “It [fascism] would come wrapped in the flag and whistling the Star Spangled Banner.”
No one who has followed the rise of the Christian Right in national politics over the course of the past three decades should be surprised by Monday’s Supreme Court decision to grant corporations religious personhood. It was as predictable as Pat Robertson saying something stupid about gay sex. The hyper religious conservatives on the bench of the nation’s high court, all of whom were appointed by Republican presidents, see the federal government as being controlled by ‘secular humanists’ who wish to make war against the purity of the Christian belief system. Like the 89 million Americans who count themselves as evangelicals, they seek total cultural and political domination.
Not only is the Christian Right the most politically agitated and reliable voting bloc of the Republican Party, but it is also emboldened like no other time in their warped history. With recent efforts to legalize discrimination against gay Americans defeated, the Hobby Lobby case against the Affordable Care Act has reenergized the theocratic wing of the GOP base — the wing that is now the party’s fuselage. Throw red meat to their holier than thou rationalizations and they won’t care what big business does to this great nation. They care for one thing – turning America into a theocratic regime. Don’t be fooled by the flag-waving and the obnoxious hyper-masculine jingoistic platitudes; the Christian Right does not love America unconditionally. They love America on the condition that representatives they help get elected are carrying out their political agenda.
There are many complications that will arise from the Supreme Court’s “Hobby Lobby” decision.
The language of “religious liberty” and “free enterprise” are deified in American political culture and discourse. Those words are blinding and disorienting; therefore, they are also concepts that are not critically interrogated.
For example, “religious liberty” and “free enterprise” were used to justify slavery, as well as Jim and Jane Crow. The move towards privatized schools, “urban academies”, and publicly funded religiously based secondary and primary education are the direct heirs of the “freedom academies” that whites used as a means to resist integration and the Black Freedom Struggle in the South and elsewhere.
So, twice a year, the Kochs convene a secret summit of superrich supermen to plot strategy and pledge millions of dollars to their political transformation of America. In June, about 300 of the billionaire brotherhood gathered with Charlie and Dave at the St. Regis Monarch Bay Resort on the Southern California coast. As investigative reporter Lauren Windsor wrote in The Nation, the Koch confab, which bore the heroic title of “American Courage,” took over the entire luxury resort, including its golf course and restaurants, for three days, at the cost of nearly a million bucks—not counting charges for guest rooms.
David Koch provided a keynote talk, modestly titled “Saving America,” and attendees were treated to a feedfest of right-wing boilerplate from a gaggle of GOP congress critters summoned to the summit. The billionaires were especially delighted to hear Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell assure them that he would defend to his last sour breath their right to buy our elections.
Then, reports Windsor, the 300 Koch-headed supermen pledged to do just that, promising to put up $500 million this year to turn the U.S. senate over to Republican control.
The dead bodies of three Israeli youths were found yesterday in the occupied West Bank after over two weeks of uncertainty. The three Israelis–19-year-old Eyal Yifrach and 16-year-olds Naftali Fraenkel and Gilad Shaar–had gone missing June 12th after attending a yeshiva in a West Bank settlement. They were most likely killed by two Palestinian militants.
Israel’s response to the abductions has been to essentially hold every Palestinian responsible for the crimes of a few. In response to the discovery of the bodies, Israel’s policy of collective punishment—a war crime under international law— has continued, with vengeful targeting of the families of the alleged suspects.
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by Lavern Merriweather
On the anniversary of his death, there was a lot of remembrance for the late John F. Kennedy. Many of the news programs and cable outlets did countless tributes. They also focused on his alleged killer, the just-as-late Lee Harvey Oswald. The 8 minute film shot by a man named Abraham Zapruder who just happen to be there that day running his little millimeter camera created an image that has been watched and debated on for decades now. I for one, however, have absolutely no interest or desire to salute the legacy of John or any Kennedy for that matter.
A while ago, I wrote a post criticizing the Kennedys and their volatile relationship with the late Dr. Martin Luther King. And Brotha wrote a post trashing beloved and admired Italian explorer Christopher Columbus. That got me to thinking about how certain white male public figures throughout history who have been glorified, in spite of the dirty little underbelly beneath their surface. It’s like that old saying; if you were to randomly lift up a rock, you’ll be very surprised by what you find under it.
Yet, with a number of celebrated white male denizens of the past, I probably wouldn’t be that shocked at all to find out what just what type of asshole they really were. I always find it exceedingly interesting that a lot of the white people who tell black people to stop living in the past have no qualms whatsoever doing that very thing when they are waxing nostalgic about some revered white male who is famous, not one time ever mentioning how utterly despicable he was. From politicians to aviators, authors to rock stars, white folks, particularly those in the media, love to go back in time wearing the most rose colored of lenses. They never want to see their heroes for who they really were. Mind you, these are the same folks who never let one minute pass to remind us Negroes how messed up and shitty our celebrities are.
Famed flyboy Charles Lindbergh made no secret of his full support for the Nazis, even at one time saying how America should just back out of the war and let them rule over the United States so they could get rid of – in his words – ‘the more inferior blood of the country’. Yeah, guess whose stamp I won’t be buying or using when it’s handed to me at the post office. I’ll just ask for somebody else.
Same thing goes for the aforementioned Columbus. What Brotha didn’t mention was that Columbus also encouraged his men, who were infected, to pass the disease on to the Native women they were having sex with. That way, they could pass whatever they caught on to their men. Talk about your role model!
He’s almost as bad as the white males on the face of Mount Rushmore like Washington and Jefferson who declared all men equal while owning other human beings as cattle. Or one time president Harry Truman who once said that, and I quote, “Any man is a good man as long as he’s not a ni**er or a Chinaman”. Remember, these males were once elected officials making rules and laws that affected a lot of people, many of whom were the very ni**ers and Chinese folks that he claimed were no good.
Speaking of presidents who didn’t have black people’s back, there was one show talking about Kennedy that I did watch. It’s an amazing show called “African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross”, hosted by Louis Gates. On one episode Mr. Gates was having multiple conversations with people that participated in the freedom riders movement. He showed videos of them preparing for the hostility that they would face trying to integrate lunch counters in the South. There were also pictures of some of the sadistic violence that they experienced while in Alabama, as well as other states.
A former staffer of Kennedy’s said that the president didn’t want to send National Guard troops to protect the protesters, even after countless requests and being told many times that they needed outside protection, since most of the law enforcement in those towns was just as dangerous to the safety of the bus travelers as the bolder racists. According to him, despite the fact that Kennedy had been warned of the impending threat, he didn’t want to be bothered. Kennedy felt that those brave souls fighting for change were an annoying nuisance. He had more important things to worry about than a bunch of foolhardy Negroes who should have known better anyway. Kennedy seemed to think that if they did go ahead as planned then they brought it on themselves. Don’t forget that Kennedy is the very same person who appointed his brother Robert as head of the CIA and gave authorization for him to wiretap Dr. King.
There was also the absolutely shameful way he treated performer Sammi Davis Jr. Yet, for some inexplicable reason, many black folks still think of him as some kind of savior like they do with former president Bill Clinton, even while he flat out refused to send troops to war torn African countries such as the Sudan, Darfur, South Africa and Rwanda. He, however, made sure all the white people stuck there had a way out though. Then again, many white presidents have put on a good show for the masses while behaving differently behind closed doors.
Woodrow Wilson thought nothing of having a showing of that D.W Griffith garbage “Birth of a Nation” at the White House. I wonder if Hollyworthless will do a film about how the black help of Wilson’s felt being so extremely disrespected. Doubtful, seeing how even leaders who weren’t worth their weight in dogshit are thought of as exceptional human beings. It really should depend on who you ask. So, I don’t think they’ll be asking anybody that would disagree. Bottom line is they don’t want to know the truth. They would rather be greeted on Fantasy Island by Mr. Roark and Tattoo.
Trolls are part of the online ecosphere. In their offline relationships, research has demonstrated that they are likely to be pathetic and sadistic misanthropes. The Internet gives them a space for validation. Trolling can also be part of a coordinated campaign to disrupt, distract, and disorient one’s political opposition.
Such tactics predate the Internet by thousands of years.
The group “4chan” recently made a concerted effort to disrupt the “feminist” Twitter community through what they labeled as “Operation Lollipop”. 4chan used cyber-racism, sexism, and misogyny to game Twitter, and by doing so, created confusion and exhaustion among the latter’s members.
The most generous read of Operation Lollipop is that it was a type of political performance art designed to expose the gullibility of self-described “Left” and “Progressive” online “activists”.
According to a new book, Sick From Freedom (Oxford University Press), by Jim Downs (Assistant Professor, Connecticut College), emancipation from slavery was also a health crisis for those formerly enslaved. A health crisis that has been largely ignored both by whites at the time and by mostly white historians since then.
At least one quarter of the four million former slaves got sick or died between 1862 and 1870, Downs writes, including at least 60,000 (the actual number is probably two or three times higher, he argues) who perished in a smallpox epidemic that began in Washington and spread through the South as former slaves traveled in search of work — an epidemic that Downs says he is the first to reconstruct as a national event.
The five men whose convictions in the brutal 1989 beating and rape of a female jogger in Central Park were later overturned have agreed to a settlement of about $40 million from New York City to resolve a bitterly fought civil rights lawsuit over their arrests and imprisonment in the sensational crime.
The agreement, reached between the city’s Law Department and the five plaintiffs, would bring to an end an extraordinary legal battle over a crime that came to symbolize a sense of lawlessness in New York, amid reports of “wilding” youths and a marauding “wolf pack” that set its sights on a 28-year-old investment banker who ran in the park many evenings after work.
The confidential deal, disclosed by a person who is not a party in the lawsuit but was told about the proposed settlement, must still be approved by the city comptroller and then by a federal judge.
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by Lavern Merriweather
A while back I wrote a post calling out Dr. Phony – I mean Phil, because he was making excuses for liar Bethany Storro. He had the absolute nerve to defend her despicable actions by saying that she has mental issues. So naturally, that should absolve her of any fault for being a deceitful, weasely asshole.
That got me to thinking about how white womanhood is celebrated in this country to the point where even if a white female turns out to be a lying skank, she still has support. Even if her credibility isn’t all that believable, she will still have white people rallying around her, especially if she accuses a famous black male NBA star of rape. Despite the bullshit some whites in the media spew, they do persecute black male celebrities the minute an accusation is leveled. Not so with white males, even ones who are accused more than once of rape. They still get the benefit of the doubt, unfailingly.
White womanhood is revered as long as there is a black male to demonize. The reverse, however, couldn’t be more different. Any time a black woman accuses a white male or a group of white males of rape she is disregarded and berated from day one. Her story just can’t be true don’t you know, because a white male would never want a lowly, little black woman. Tawana Brawley, Crystal Gale Magnum, Megan Williams and the woman at the center of the Dominique Strauss Kahn case have all been vilified in some form or another by the media powers-that-be. Ms. Brawley was the most vilified, because the accused were “respected” men, and she was just some hoodrat from the ghetto. And according to white folks in the media, there isn’t a black woman alive that isn’t, including our current first lady.
Many white people have gone out of their way to find something to hate about Michelle Obama. Never mind that she is college educated, articulate, a mom, a great dresser and carries herself with the same amount of grace and class as former first ladies. She is black, and therefore, not likable for that reason alone. Even when she is promoting something positive such as health and fitness she might as well be one of those “Love and Hip Hop” fools or the loudmouths from “Real Housewives of Atlanta”, and that is precisely the barometer many whites use to judge her truthfulness, if she says she was raped by a white male.
Interesting that those same folks rushed to believe Desiree Washington, the accuser in the Mike Tyson rape trial. But I feel that was about them wanting to see him go down rather than actually giving a shit about her. It was more about putting away the big, black male brute that, to their thinking, exists in damn near every black male.
This is why I have such an issue with many black women from the blogsphere world that jumped on the white feminazi bandwagon to denigrate Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas. One by the name of Danielle Belton even went so far as to rehash that mess by whining about Thomas’ wife calling Anita Hill after all these years. When I commented that most if not all of the white women pretending to be crusaders on Anita’s behalf were full of shit, another woman said that maybe there motives were less than altruistic. Well gee! You think? Talk about the understatement of the fucking century.
Bottom line: their motives weren’t the LEAST bit altruistic! They didn’t give a damn about Anita and black women who decry daily their disgust. And yet, ‘Becky’ magically somehow believed that she was actually on a black woman’s side for once. Please, you can’t bemoan that Becky doesn’t care one minute, yet hurry to be right there with her every step of the way to selectively attack a black man. And I say ‘selectively’, because I have never seen white female feminist organizations ever target a white man, even the ones who have benefited the most from that old boy network they squawked so much about when this was Thomas.
It seems that for all their big talk, many white females in the feminist organizations are white above everything else. I believe someone on this very website put it best when they said that white women are just white males in training. And no I’m not just talking about the ones named Anne Romney or Laura Bush. Matter of fact, I don’t mean them at all.
I’m talking about the white females like (Gloria?) Steinem who preach one thing while practicing another or pose in lame ass, fake black power pictures with supposed black female friends. The only power Steinem cares about is the one of white womanhood, the kind where the media makes sure that the whole world stops if a pretty, young, thin blond goes missing.
I find it interesting that white women who don’t fit that criteria are very rarely, if ever, talked about though. But at least she has some expectation of believing that it will happen. Me? Not so much. I’d be lucky if they even gave me a mention in a teeny tiny column near the car sales ads. Shit, I think a stolen car will get more press than me, now that I think about it. I’d like to not have to, but I don’t have that luxury, unlike some ladies no matter how much they bemoan otherwise.
I’m sure everyone can recall the infamous words of the late, one-time, vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferarro when she stated that President Barack Obama was lucky to be black. Yeah, I’m sure he was feeling damn lucky with all the snide racist comments made since his getting elected and receiving more death threats than some presidents combined. Whenever a white person makes some asinine thoughtless comment like that, I always go back to privilege. I find it hilarious that many whites, including white females, freely indulge in it while denying its existence.
Sorry, Snow White, but you don’t get to whine about how marginalized you are knowing in the back of your mind that your disappearance will be front page news while mine sits there fighting for space next to a description of a used 2000 Ford Focus.
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.
Just two weeks after the horrific Santa Barbara massacre, we find out there are three more shootings in different parts of the country in less than one week’s time.
There was a shooting in Seattle University where gunman Aaron Ybarra shot three people, murdering one (Paul Lee) and injuring two more. Then, there’s a shooting in Las Vegas by a married couple of white supremacist (Jerad and Amanda Miller) who took the lives of three people, two of them cops, before taking their own lives. And now, we learned of another school shooting at a high school in Oregon.
I would be naive as hell to be shocked that we have gun violence in this country. It was guns that helped blast America’s history of violence since day one. And the bullets just keep on flying.
Why is there so much gun violence? Like Ankhesen Mié stated in her blog, it’s not as simple as a matter of gun control or mental health issues. I never believed that there are simple solutions to problems so unnecessarily complex. But it seems like too many people see the world through one dimensions and believe there is only one way out when all it leads to is a long maze of reasons and solutions.
Of course, there will be people defending their right to bear arms citing the Second Amendment, particularly those of the hard right, while liberals put on a act of concern and offer broken record solutions. And while all of that jibber-jabber is taking place, more shots are fired and more lives are taken. But you can’t expect much else from a gun-toting, first world nation that’s number one with a bullet.