What “Make America Great Again” Really Means

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Krystal Lake, a black female employee of Home Depot in Staten Island made headlines recently for a photograph that shows her wearing a hat that reads “America Was Never Great”. The hat is a counter response to the Donald Trump campaign and his slogan “Make America Great Again”. Predictably, the photo generated a lot of hate from supporters of Trump, including death threats against Lake.

Ever since his political rise in his bid for the White House, Trump has garnered a massive following. The main – if not only – reason why so many people look up to someone like Trump, a billionaire man-child with racist, misogynistic and Islamophobic views, is because he “tells it like it is”. To these poor fools, being a hateful douche with no fucks given is what being a real American is all about, but only if it’s a straight white male.

Donald Trump and any other white male – and white female – can say how much nonwhites and non-Christians are a threat to (white) American society, and you would have a following of white people praising their words. However, a person of color, a non-Christian or white people who criticize America is branded as problems by the hypocritical right. Apparently, freedom of speech only applies to irate white people.

Trump is not known for having ideas, good or otherwise, about how to strengthen the economy, how to improve foreign relations, how to help the environment or other vital issues. And from the looks of it, most of his supporters seem even more clueless if not careless. To them, whiteness is more imperative to preserve, and Trump is their Great White Hope.

Which leads me to believe that circus known as the Trump campaign truly doesn’t want to “make America great”. They want it so that whiteness not only matters above everything and everyone else but that it’s also untouchable. They want a world where white people can be the only people on top and be hateful and fearful all they want without being bothered by little things like morality, common sense, conscience or political correctness. In other words, they want infinite freedom that borders on total anarchy for white America.

This is all just speculation, but it appears to be what the movement wants. They want people of color to be subordinate to them systematically and out of their way. They want women to shut up and look pretty. They want a society where there are no Muslims. Anything else they hate, they want that too.

The “greatness” they want doesn’t apply to the entire American population. It only applies to white men. And to hell with the rest of the nation.

Vern’s Venting: Whiteness Will NOT Be Mocked

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By Lavern Merriweather:

At this year’s Cannes film festival, a French comedian named Laurent Lafitte made a disparaging comment about noted director Woody Allen. In reference to sex abuse allegations of his adopted daughter Dylan that have recently resurfaced, Lafitte made a rape joke. He even compared Allen to the other kiddie rapist director Roman Polanski.

Well, his daring, unflinching humor upset actress Blake Lively, the star of Allen’s latest movie. Blake berated Mr. Lafitte for being tasteless and said his joke was offensive.

Now, I have a whole host of reasons why I think that Blake can seriously shove it up her perfectly tone ass.

The main one is that Allen is a public figure and has been one for some time. So, he is fair game. On top of that, the guy’s behavior is just flat out weird and creepy, no matter how many people want to be his apologist.

Although Allen’s non-biological daughter has persisted in accusations that he molested her when she was a child, there are those who continue to defend him. On one website, a bunch of idiots were protecting Allen by saying that he and Mia, his ex-lover, had separate homes and rarely ever saw each other.

Here’s the thing. I get that New York is a huge city, that there are miles people have to travel to see one another. However, Mia and Woody were a long time couple, maybe not in the traditional sense, but you can’t be with another human being and not at some point spend a lot of time together. White people who make such stupid excuses are doing it, because they hate to believe that a beloved white celebrity can also be a despicable sack of shit. I say too fucking bad.

White folks had NO problem calling the late Michael Jackson a pervert every chance they could get. They fail to mention that both families of the accusers had very questionable credibility, something white people love to focus on whenever a white celebrity is charged with a heinous crime. I can’t think of anything more heinous than betraying the trust of a minor who imagined you as not only a parent but a guardian against bad things in the world. Yet, when forced to consider that type of behavior from a fellow white male, the same folks demonizing black people want to turn tail and run or they get butthurt when a comedian ridicules someone that they hold in high esteem.

Instead of attacking this French man, maybe Blake should take a long hard look at who she is supporting. I don’t recall any white person getting so damn up in arms when white and black people were taking countless cheap shots at Michael. Aren’t white people the very ones lecturing everybody else not white about freedom of speech? How comedy is supposed to be funny, not safe and that they should get a thicker skin because it’s just a joke? I have heard that rhetoric spewed by white people so many times it has become a go-to doctrine. Yet, when a semi-famous white woman doesn’t like a joke made at the expense of somebody she admires or appreciates, she demands that the rules white folks made be changed.

Sorry sweetie, you can’t have it both ways. You don’t get to preach to black folks or anybody else what you yourself ain’t practicing.

See, this is why when white people are insensitive dicks that feel they can say whatever and the rest of us should just tolerate it, I quickly call bullshit. Freedom of speech doesn’t mean you get to be a complete asswipe, and it damn sure don’t mean that you don’t have to adhere to the same discourse that you expect from others. Mr. Lafitte has every right to target whomever he damn well pleases.

Which brings me to the other instance of white people being able to dish it out yet not take it themselves.

Actor Marlon Wayans was on Huffpost Live to promote his film parody 50 Shades of Black when he made a snide comment about biker Lance Armstrong and his cheating. The female host’s face immediately became indignant, and she hurriedly made a point about Armstrong having cancer. After getting rudely interrupted, Marlon complained by uttering “Did you just cut me off?”

Okay, first off, what the fuck does that sneaky ass scumbag having a potentially fatal disease have to do with anything? Perhaps this fool damaging his system with performance enhancing drugs was what made him susceptible to cancer in the first place. Still, we are told to overlook his lying, using and destroying those around him reputations because of his cancer? That’s complete and utter bullshit!

It flies in the face of white folks and their so-called crusade against baseball player Barry Bonds. Once again, when a black male is at the center of an allegation or controversy, it’s acceptable to berate and poke fun at them. But when it’s a white person, particularly a white male, we are required to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear.

I’ll bet cash money that if Marlon had made a joke about another black man, the host would have laughed and thought it was funny. Of course, that is how white people in the media operate. As long as we are vilifying each other, it’s absolutely fine. However, if either a black person or white person steps out of line and goes against script, then the claws of whiteness come out.

And that brings me to another example of white privilege denying the same guidelines that they have set.

New host of the Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” Trevor Noah is getting flak from Fake Noise eye candy Megyn Kelly because he made some not-so-polite comments after her interview with presidential candidate Donald Trump. Noah said that her queries of Trump were lame and not hard hitting.

I haven’t seen the interview, nor do I want to. So, I will have to take his word for it. But as a typical white female sucking on her white daddy’s dick to stay employed, I can guess Kelly would never bite the hand that feeds.

This is why I didn’t buy all that righteous outrage once Trump insulted her when she moderated the Republican debate the first time. I’m like, “Bitch please, you work for one of the most sexist, sleazy networks on TV, but Trump is a misogynist jerk?” Methinks the lady doth protest too much, as did Blake Lively.

Sometimes in life one’s words have a tendency to come back and bite them on their rear. And they should.

I – for one – think that if Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, Mike Tyson, Mr. Bonds, Bill Cosby, Kobe Bryant and whichever black man who is the new donkey of the week can be chastised, then so can white males. The problem is that we as black folks never take these assholes to task. So, they think that they can keep telling us what is what and we won’t push back.

Screw that!

I want to see more white males with their feet held to the fire. Then maybe, just maybe, they will realize that they are no less vulnerable than those that they like to take jabs at.

R.I.P. Sam Greenlee

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From the Chicago Tribune:

Even into his so-called golden years, the writer Sam Greenlee was outspoken about the curious fate of his 1973 film “The Spook Who Sat by the Door.” A Chicago native, Greenlee, 83, died from natural causes early Monday morning at his home.

“The Spook Who Sat by the Door” was Greenlee’s one feature film (he was writer and producer), adapted from his 1969 novel of the same name, which was an underground classic inspired, in part, by Greenlee’s own experience as the rare black man working for the Foreign Service from the late 1950s through the mid-’60s, stationed in Iraq, Pakistan and Greece before returning to Chicago.

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R.I.P. Alan Young

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From the L.A. Times

Alan Young, the amiable comedic actor who became a TV icon in the early 1960s starring opposite a talking horse named Mister Ed, died Thursday. He was 96.

Young, whose later career included doing the voices for Scrooge McDuck and other cartoon characters, died of natural causes at the Motion Picture & Television Home, the Motion Picture & Television Fund confirmed on Friday. He lived at the retirement community for more than four years and died with his children by his side.

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The Privilege of Individuality

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Several years ago in 2007 at the Miss Teen USA Pageant, contestant then-18 year-old Miss South Carolina Caitlin Upton became a name many people would remember for a long time, but not for reasons she’d like.

Actress Aimee Teagarden asked, “Recent polls have shown a fifth of Americans can’t locate the U.S. on a world map. Why do you think this is?” What would come as a response would instantly be some of the most painful 35 seconds of Upton’s young life:

“I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some, uh, people out there in our nation don’t have maps and, uh, I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and, I believe that they should, our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S., uh, or, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future (for our children).”

Of course in the digital age, Upton’s response became viral. It became a Youtube sensation overnight. Because she fumbled her answer, a lot of people thought she was a dumb blonde from a dumbass state. I mean South Carolina doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to smarts.

People were quick to label the poor girl as an airhead. It didn’t register that Upton was nervous as hell on that stage. You would be too if you were in front of a large audience AND being broadcast on national television. So understandably, she choked. She didn’t put her words together like she wanted to, and it ended up making her sound stupid.

I felt sorry for Upton. She was young and to be embarrassed internationally would drive anyone, especially a teenager to deep sadness. She made a mistake, and she shouldn’t have to be remembered for that.

Upton’s response may have shamed the state of South Carolina. But did it shame white women or white people in general?

Many people saw Upton’s blunder as an individual error. Only she and she alone messed up and took responsibility for it. Over time, it became clear to folks that she was indeed under a lot of nervous pressure.

But what if she was a woman of color?

People of color would be collectively humiliated. The explanation that she her nervousness caused her flub would not fly as much as individual nonwhites are almost never given distinctiveness from the group collective of dysfunction. No, we’re supposed to be more than human. And yet, we are never seen as totally human or normally human.

As a black person, you’re an unwilling representative to every one else. Your reputation is expanded to the reputation of the entire black race. You are not an individual, but a member of the collective. A piece of the monolith. Your actions, thoughts and words are interpreted as speaking for all blacks everywhere. When it comes to other black folks, if you succeed, we feel that we all succeed. But if you fail, we think we’re “pushed back” in terms of progress.

However, your blackness is constricted to moral, social, political and economic inferiority in a white supremacist nation. Your only positives are mostly seen on the court or on the field as “god-given talents” that came with your African features. Other than that, violence, rape, assault and dishonesty are what blackness is all about.

And many black folks try their damnest not to become negative stereotypes or convince nonblacks, especially whites, that black people are more civilized than many people think. Sure, we have our share of idiots, but we are not a monolith based on those idiots. It’s taxing trying to convince others of that fact not just for the sake of our image, but to survive in a living hell.

TV talk show host Wendy Williams after a brawl – well, another brawl – took place on the Real Housewives of Atlanta apologized to her audience on behalf of black people while expressing her embarrassment of being a black woman. Some people may shake their heads to a remark deemed Uncle Tom-ish. But Williams is one of many blacks, even the most liberal ones, who goes through this whenever members of our people act out in public, because they know that we are constantly judged harshly and unfairly.

Black people, people of color and Muslims are not afforded the privilege of individuality, especially if it steps outside society’s racist norms often laced in hate. But white people have that privilege whenever something goes down no matter how devastating it is. Whether it’s a mass shooting or a holocaust, whether it’s hanging a noose somewhere or a nuclear disaster, whether it’s child molestation of today or the sins of their ancestors, white folks are still considered individuals.

South African Judge: Rape Is a Part of Black Culture

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Racism doesn’t end when even the government says so. Despite the fall of apartheid in South Africa, the haunting demons of prejudice and racism can still walk among its citizens, especially those in positions of power.

Such is the case with South African judge Mabel Jansen who recently made headlines after her facebook comments during what appears to be an interview surfaced. Jansen’s racist mindset was on full display when she says that rape, as well as murder, is not only part of black culture, but that black people take pleasure in it.

In her conversation she typed the following:

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Since the revelation of her Facebook comments, Jansen tried to defend herself on Twitter saying that the comments were “taken out of context”. She has been put on leave and is under investigation. There is currently an online petition to have her removed from the bench.

To say that her comments are offensive would almost be an understatement. Anyone shocked by such comments haven’t been paying attention to the last hundred years of white supremacist history.

Jansen’s comments are a white racist conviction that black people – black men rather – love to rape and kill. Most racists believe in this myth so much that they obsess over black criminal behavior whenever and wherever it occurs. They particularly love when when the victims are white. That way, they can advertise the unsubstantiated and racially paranoid warning that a massive swarm of black demons are out to annihilate the white race.

In Jansen’s case, black men love to rape – gang rape – their own babies, daughters and mothers and will eventually move on to white women next. She also believes that they also think that killing each other is “no biggy”. And, of course, she concludes that that is the truth about black culture.

A white racist’s “truth” is always based on narcissistic falsehoods on how nonwhites are inferior to him or her.

Even though, Jansen admits that “white people have a lot to account for”, somehow black people are way worse!

Okay, I get it. We do have problems with rape and violence in our communities. Not once have I heard any black person anywhere deny that. But to confine it as part of our culture, and only our culture, is not just racist, but also erroneous and problematic.

Just because there are black folks who have murdered and raped doesn’t conclude that black people are a race of murderers and rapists, especially if those criminals are a minority. Judging an entire group based on a few malcontents, is an idiot’s move to hate others. And creating and magnifying reasons to hate others is nothing short of insane and villainous.

If racists care so much about the white race, then they should be doing something about their own problems of rape and murder. What about white men who rape babies, daughters, mothers and pets!? What about the white men who kill white people? Jansen can not say that white intraracial crime doesn’t exist in South Africa or anywhere else in the world. And she definitely can’t claim that white interracial crime isn’t an issue.

But something tells me Jansen is one of those racists who will turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the crimes of white people. She seems too focused on the pathologies of the black community in her jurisdiction to be bothered by the reality that those same pathologies are found in every community in the world, especially her own.

R.I.P. William Schallert

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From CNN:

William Schallert, a familiar face in television and film thanks to roles on “The Patty Duke Show,” “Star Trek,” and many more, died on Sunday at age 93, his son said.

The veteran character actor died in Pacific Palisades, California, Edwin Schallert confirmed. No details related to cause of death were provided.

Fans across generations mourned his death, noting that it came just a month after the passing of his television daughter, Patty Duke. Schallert’s role as patriarch Martin Lane on the popular 1960s show was among his most memorable, landing him on TV Guide’s 2004 list of 50 Greatest TV Dads and setting the stage for a career playing authority figures.

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TV is NOT the best reference for race

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When I was little, I watched a lot of TV as any regular kid would. I especially liked to watch cartoons. My parents told me not to watch too much television. I didn’t know why, but as I grew, I understood what they meant. They didn’t want me to start believing what the set was telling and showing me. Of course, they meant when it comes to animated programming out of the fear that I may imitate what’s being broadcast, but I’m proud to say that to this day, I’ve never dropped an anvil on some guy’s head.

Now, I start to question and criticize the media’s contents, especially when it comes to race representations. My co-blogger Lavern Merriweather has written examples of media hypocrisy, especially when it comes to news reporting. There have been studies conducted and articles and books written that closely examines how the media presents nonwhites, non-Christians, women, the poor and youth. And all point to the fact that the vast media machine is incredibly biased against said groups.

Yet, you have people that have evidently missed the lesson about TV and have considered it as an oracle of information to process.

Tell me if you’ve heard this before. Someone comes up to tell you about how awful or inferior black folks are. And in the middle of their rant, they say something along the lines of “Look at the news!” They may even cite reality TV, music videos, or some program which showcases black people in a less-than-flattering way.

One has to wonder if such people ever saw actual black people in real life or if they have but chose to believe what the TV shows them instead to satisfy their prejudices.

Most people who would cite TV as a source of how black people behave are usually too lazy or too ignorant to do any actual research. If they weren’t, they would learn that the news overreports black crime while it underreports white crime. Most newsrooms are owned, operated and ran by mostly white people from upper and middle-class backgrounds.

Reality TV is NOT real! Yet, there are grown people that thinks it is. Black people on these shows do not represent the majority of the entire black race! A lot of shows cast individual black folks that they hope would generate high ratings, and usually those black folks are the ones that they hope will cause friction among his or her cast mates. (If not, they, the behind-the-scenes crew will devise ways in which there will be trouble.) If something was to go down because of that black individual, it will be shown for the world to see for the sake of ratings.

Bottom line. There are people you don’t see in these and other types of programming that make decisions as to who to present on TV, how to present them and to whom they want to present them to. The evidence is in the closing credits.

The Western media is ran by wealthy white males. So, a bias is definitely a certainty. And since TV is almost a religion in these parts, there will be citizens who will ingest the gospel.

Nothing about this blog post is new or profound. Yet, one of the microaggressions black people have to deal with is this fallacy that television is a mirror to the black community. Most black people are not violent, unintelligent criminals too lazy to work. That’s the reality. You won’t find that truth much on television, but to a lot of misguided souls, who needs reality when you can have reality TV?

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