Black Folks, Media Ratchetness & Humanity in Question

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A frame from VH1′s Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta

Let’s face it. As human beings, we are attracted to foolishness. Whether it’s watching some poor schmuck light his farts on fire and burn his ass in the process to seeing disgruntled sports fans duke it out in public for the honor of their teams, people will be watching and cheering.

It shouldn’t be shocking to see that my brothas and sistas, like any other human being, would watch our own engage in outlandish behavior. We call it ratchetness. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise why it’s not as fast to check that kind of entertainment in the media. Sure, there are interviews, conferences, seminars, papers and books, but for the most part, they examine the issue and explain how not to let it get to you.

The movement for more balanced and positive programming is not as cut and dry as it seems. There are black folks who ask and beg until we’re blue in the face for more positive programming. Yet, we’ve ‘got’ to watch shows like The Bad Girls’ Club, Love and Hip-Hop and especially the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

The cast of RHOA with Andy Cohen in the center.

Don’t front. Some of us would prefer to watch that over anything ratchetless. Some of us would listen to Lil Wayne and Rick Ross as opposed to Dead Prez and Mos Def. There’s nothing wrong with that. But some people who cry for more positivity end up seeking negativity instead, sometimes on purpose.

Anyhow, there are black folks who rush to tune in to programming where we are not at our best. Then again, our worst brings in big ratings. We are likely the only people seen on talk shows where (mostly) white men are the hosts, where the subject is either relationships and out-of-wedlock births and black folks are the ones with those problems. We are likely most of the people in reality cop shows, not as cops but as suspects, and the cops are mostly white. And we are most likely the people starting shit on mostly any given reality TV show. In such shows where the racial make-up is mixed, it seems the most passive are whites (but still cray-cray) while black folks fight. In short, human problems become racialized and turned into black pathologies.

I know. It’s painful that it’s the truth. But some brothas and sistas seem to have to watch and talk about it. Is it a symptom of unsuspected internalized racism? Or is it basic human behavior? How many see it as mere lowbrow entertainment? How many take in such programming and apply it as the identity of blackness? How many nonblacks take in those images as indicators to how black people really are? How does it affect not only their thinking but their behaviors toward black folks? And what are the consequences for such thinking?

It’s no secret that such shows illuminate negative stereotypes about black folks. But negative stereotyping black folks is as American as apple pie. The media just helps to move the crusade full speed ahead.

Idiocy comes in all colors, including white. In today’s reality TV show where whites are the main cast, you see them argue, fight and go wild and crazy. And people turn on their televisions to see the drama unfold, curse words yelled and the fists fly. It becomes a hot topic online or at work. However, there’s a little thing called white privilege that absolves them of any collective judgment due a simple fact. They’re white. And white people are individuals, not monoliths like us negroes.

Black folks behaving badly is white racism’s crack. It’s all they need to feel superior and stay in their comfort zones of hate. So, it shouldn’t be too surprising to see them checking out the media for those kinds of images and use them as references as if they’re using the encyclopedia.

Should there be a complete overhaul in today’s media when it comes to the images they produce? Absolutely. Should there be more balance? No question. But will it ever happen? Not as long as racism runs the show.

The Pickaninny Shirt

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The design on the ‘Funny Pickaninny’ t-shirt.

Mz. Nikita gave me the lowdown on a t-shirt made by a woman from Russia. The name of the t-shirt is the ‘Funny Pickaninny T-Shirt” as it appears on the spreadshirt.com website. The image on the t-shirt appears to be a caricature of a someone with apparent African features, with a sign at the bottom right that reads, “Start every day with a smile AND GET IT OVER WITH.” Since with website is an online print shop, the image could appear on a variety of items.

The obvious problem with this image is the name ‘pickaninny’.

The pickaninny (picaninny) is a racist caricature of black children. No different in appearance to the racist image of blacks i.e. big bulging eyes, clown-like red lips, nappy hair, speaking in mock ebonics or racist black vernacular (I is, You is, We is), opoorly dressed or not dressed at all and mostly seen as gleefully stuffing their faces with (stolen) watermelon and chicken. They are often seen as neglected kids, shiftless, dumb, running from alligators and have a disturbing level of sexualization. In short, the pickaninny was the children’s version of the coon.

Little Black Sambo is, perhaps, the most famous known example of the pickaninny caricature.

Pickaninnies are part of American’s history of storytelling. According to Ferris State University’s online Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, the first famous pickaninny was a slave girl named Topsy who appeared in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The character was used to help expose the evils of slavery, and she was used as the end result of it by being poorly dressed and untamable.

Pickaninnes made their way into the imaginations of film making, always as the only representation of how black children are. The most famous, earliest examples are seen in the Our Gang (The Little Rascals) films with characters such as Sunshine Sammy, Farina Pineapple, Stymie and of course, Buckwheat. Some argued that in the series, all children, including the white ones, were buffoons always getting into trouble. However, the antics of the black children were likely seen as definitive of their race.

Allen Hoskins who played ‘Farina’ on the Our Gang (The Little Rascals) series.

The earliest known images of black children on film are traced back to Thomas Edison’s inventions of the kinetoscope and the kinetograph in 1891, the prototypes of early motion picture technology. He experimented using black children as “interesting side effects”. In 1904, he produced Ten Pickaninnies where black children are seen as running and playing. The nameless children were referred to such names as inky kids, black lambs, and bad chillun, among others.

Cartoons were not off limits. The pickaninny caricature was seen as main characters to their own shorts, which would eventually be banned from television. Popular cartoons from Looney Tunes, Hanna Barbara and Disney would end up briefly looking like pickaninnies as wild takes or as a result of some mishap usually from accidents involving dark and black objects such as charcoal or mud or from explosions. The character would emerge with a black face large lips, big eyes and even picky hair.

As a quick side note, the pickaninny was also spotted in the video game world. The game Doki Doki Panic, which would be converted into Super Mario Bros. 2 for the West, is a glaring example.

On the left is Super Mario Bros 2 with Mario holding a turtle shell over his head. On the right is a character from Doki Doki Panic holding what is no doubt a pickaninny/black face item.

The pickaninny shirt that is being sold is haunting example of old racism coming back in full force. Then again, some will argue that the caricature has always been around in some form. However, like racism itself, it has masked itself into a not-so-obvious form of entertainment. Some would say that it has morphed into a new image while retaining the same demeaning stereotypes of black youth. After all, most people today, as they did since day one a couple of centuries ago, think that black children are, by nature, slow and wild. And there’s no need for anyone to use black face to illustrate that racist stereotype. Though, some have still tried.

R.I.P. Rubin “Hurricane” Carter & Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Rubin “Hurricane” Carter

From CNN:

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the middleweight boxing contender who spent 19 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of a triple murder, has died in Toronto, according to Win Wahrer, the director of client services for the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted.
Carter, 76, died of complications from prostate cancer, Wahrer said.

“I always remember spending hours and hours with Rubin talking about the wrongful convictions,” she told CNN. “He was a great mentor and teacher. I felt very fortunate to have those times with him. … He lived a very full life.”

Carter spent 19 years in prison for a triple killing in New Jersey before a federal judge ruled in 1985 that he and John Artis, who was with Carter on the night of the shootings, did not receive fair trials and released them.

Artis was with Carter when he died early Sunday morning, Wahrer said, adding that Carter had lived in Toronto since his release from prison.

Carter told CNN three years ago that prison allowed him to do two things: shed the illusions and anger that spurred his youthful delinquency, and come to the realization that his destiny might lie in fighting for justice. He was a title-seeking prizefighter no more.

But first, he had to scrap his way out of prison.

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The second story is also from CNN:

Gabriel García Márquez, the influential, Nobel Prize-winning author of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and “Love in the Time of Cholera,” has died, his family and officials said.

He was 87.

The literary giant was treated in April for infections and dehydration at a Mexican hospital.

García Márquez, a native of Colombia, is widely credited with helping to popularize “magical realism,” a genre “in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination,” as the Nobel committee described it upon awarding him the prize for literature in 1982.

He was sometimes called the most significant Spanish-language author since Miguel de Cervantes, the 16th-century author of “Don Quixote” and one of the great writers in Western literature. Indeed, Chilean poet Pablo Neruda told Time that “One Hundred Years of Solitude” was “the greatest revelation in the Spanish language since the Don Quixote of Cervantes.”

The author’s cousin, Margarita Marquez, and Colombia’s ambassador to Mexico, José Gabriel Ortiz, confirmed the author’s death to CNN on Thursday.

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Notable Links: 4-18/14

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Industry Expert Says StopRush Has Destroyed Limbaugh’s Business For Good

These activists monitor the Rush Limbaugh Show across the country, enter ads into an online database for public display, then contact advertisers to politely ask them to remove their ads from his show–generally offering up a couple of racist/misogynist quotes direct from El Rushbo as examples of what their brands are being stained with as long as they fail to act.

This process has led to more than 3,100 advertisers requesting their ads not air on Limbaugh’s show and, more importantly, has caused media buyers to proactively opt out of talk radio entirely.

On Monday, the crimson red Oklahoma State University pulled its ads after contact by StopRush volunteers.

Marionville’s Mayor Questioned About Beliefs

Less than a week after taking office, the newly elected Marionville mayor is caught up in a controversy about his beliefs.

These beliefs went unnoticed beyond the local community, until attention was drawn to Marionville after the Jewish center shootings last weekend near Kansas City.

The disagreement about some of the beliefs then-candidate Dan Clevenger espoused about the Jewish faith started before the election. Now, Clevenger’s past association with Frazier Glenn Cross, better known as Glenn Miller, and comments he continues to make are pulling him deeper into hot water. Clevenger also feels he is not being portrayed accurately by the media.

A group of citizens, many of whom backed Clevenger’s opponent in the recent mayoral election, are calling for Clevenger’s ouster.

Marionville Mayor Dan Clevenger wants to make it clear he is no longer friends with the white supremacist Miller.

Cliven Bundy and BLM: 10 things to know

1. Bundy has been fighting BLM for more than 20 years. The rancher hasn’t paid the BLM’s grazing fees since 1993, and a federal judge first ordered him to remove his cattle from the land in 1998. In July, another judge said the BLM could remove his cattle if it was still on public land by the end of August. Bundy says he owes the government more than $300,000 in unpaid fees, but the government says he owes $1 million, plus the cost of the recent round-up. Either way, Bundy tells the Las Vegas Sun that he won’t pay.

2. The Bundy family has owned its ranch since the 1870s. The ranch is only about 160 acres, which isn’t enough space to sustain the hundreds of cattle that Bundy owns. He insists the disputed land around his ranch belongs to the state of Nevada, rather than the federal government, and he says the feds have no authority in the area. He told the Sun the government is trying to sabotage his plans to someday turn the ranch over to his son.

Hank Aaron, Atlanta Braves receive racist hate mail

A few days ago, Aaron, the senior vice president of the Braves, told USA Today: “Sure, this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all of the Republicans with the way he’s treated. We have moved in the right direction, and there have been improvements, but we still have a long ways to go in the country. The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”

That set off a firestorm of mail to the Braves, including a letter from someone named Edward. (USA Today only referred to those who sent letters by their first names.) The letter, which included racial epithets, said: “Hank Aaron is a scumbag piece of s—.”

Conservatives & “Free Stuff” (UPDATE)

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Welfare check

Just as I thought, xPrae is still harping on the Race Grievance Industry (RGI) myth. Abagond and I are still on his mind as the “foot soldiers” of this made-up complex. xPrae is a right winger in the truest sense of the word, believing that all black people should join the conservative side and abandon the Democratic party’s ways, as if we’re democrats to begin with. To him, the left just gives us “free stuff“, and we should stop whining and bitching about white racism which is not a “big problem”, according to him.

As a side note, I said that he believes it’s a non-issue or insignificant, but it’s whatever. xPrae may say how he didn’t mention the “free stuff” comment, but a commenter did. Yet, he did cosign on it. And as for us wanting “revenge“, he needs to show me where I or Abagond ever said that. Otherwise, he is completely out of his mind.

What the hell is this “free stuff” xPrae is talking about? I banned him from being a first-class douche. However, he would probably say that I banned him for being white. I guess his contemptous, self-important, know-more-than-you, typical, white male paternalistic attitude had nothing to do with it. For some reason, conservatives don’t want to look at themselves in the mirror for their own faults, before accusing others of their own. But I digress. He won’t be telling me what he means directly.

I can only assume that this “free stuff” xPrae writes is referring to the welfare system. Right wingers associate welfare with ‘free stuff’ whenever they mention black people. Although they won’t admit it, like xPrae, they latch on to the age old notion that black people are lazy and shiftless. Plus, they believe that it’s a Democratic plan to give black people “free stuff”. Ergo, welfare and the left keep black folks from pulling up their bootstraps.

On the other hand, Republicans abolished slavery, and “made the case for the removal of obstacles.” So, we should thank massa and become a part of his house. Some already did, by the way.

A panel of black conservatives

We need to understand what welfare is and what it’s not. xPrae thinks it’s just out to give “free stuff”. First off, “free stuff” can mean anything. Most conservatives, and some liberals think it can means cars, clothes, jewelry, iphones, etc. Welfare was never established as some government genie granting you your wishes. It’s history shows that it was created to assist poor families while training them to work and earn money.

The Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program started in 1935. It was created by the Social Security Act and administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the New Deal to financially assist low and no income families. Why should there be such a program in the first place? Oh yeah! The Great Depression.

Then came its replacement, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, created under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996 under President Bill Clinton. As its name implies, it provides temporary assistance while helping to get them off assistance by helping them gain permanent employment within a two-year period. So, that being the case, it’s objective is not to let people live the lap of luxury forever. It doesn’t give hand outs, but a leg to stand on. And according to data, it helped significantly, especially among single mothers, gain employment and poverty dropped rapidly during the 1990′s.

Welfare programs only provide so much according to the family in need. The U.S. Welfare System’s website provides the following info:

  • A basic average guideline for the food stamp program will show that an average family of 4 can expect an amount up to $500 per month for food stamps. This figure will greatly vary based on the age of the family members and medical needs. A single person household will show an expected average of up to $200 per month. Again, these figures are averages and not state specific.
  • Cash allowance benefits for financial assistance will also be state regulated and allowances paid will also vary based on different criteria. However, an average expectation can be placed on a family of 4 receiving up to $900 for their TANF allowance. A single person household can expect an average of up to $300.

So, again, I have to ask, what does xPrae mean when he mentions “free stuff”? Food stamps don’t buy anything BUT FOOD! And how on Earth can you buy cars and iphones with income such as this? Seriously!

And while we’re talking about blacks and welfare, maybe xPrae should understand that most people who are on welfare are white. Yet, he seems to link it directly towards blacks whenever he goes on a rant about the imaginary RGI.

Pie chart showing welfare stats by race

xPrae believes black folks should join Republicans because it was Republicans, particularly and presumably Lincoln, a Republican President, who freed the slaves. It’s a soundbite if I ever heard one. But is it true?

Historians pointed out that Lincoln was not too crazy about freeing the slaves. It is evidenced in a letter dated August 22, 1862 to Horace Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune:

“My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union.”

Many seem to think that the Emancipation Proclamation officially freed the slaves. But many have argued that it was a piece of paper just for show, because it only freed slaves where the federal government was powerless. It didn’t free slaves in loyal slave states or in the Confederacy under Union control. In the end, Lincoln, didn’t free any slave. And there is no record of any Republican besides Lincoln that stepped up.

There is no doubt that the Democrats haven’t been too kind to blacks, especially in the South. But Republicans haven’t seen so civil with us either, especially in modern times. xPrae is unsurprisingly selective about this reality about a party he supports. I wonder why? (sarcasm)

Republicans, believing they’re fighting a losing battle in the South, brought forth a doctrine of black stereotypes and covert anti-black racism to advance their political agenda in order to sucker white voters over and over again to vote against their self-interests. (We’ve come to know it as the Southern Strategy.) But as usual, xPrae is doesn’t want to realize that he brought the hype, because the right knows there are a lot of slow-ass, angry white people who can’t think for themselves, let alone think rationally.

Lee Atwater, the man who spoke on what the Southern Strategy was all about

Currently, Republicans are doing everything they can to set up the obstacles they supposedly tried to lift. In states like North Carolina, they’re trying to undermine voting rights, social programs (“free stuff”), the Racial Justice Act and public education, under the leadership of its governor Pat McCrory.

Now, movements, known as Moral Mondays, are devised to fight against the GOP’s push to turn back the clock of progress. And it’s it’s spreading into other Southern states like Georgia and Tennessee. Why?

Because Republicans are trying their damnest to make sure certain people, particularly blacks, no longer have a say in programs they fought so hard to obtain for the goal of obtaining power in government, which is strange considering how Republicans believe in small government. And yet, they’re trying to take it over from top to bottom. This is why they employ scare tactics and dog whistle politics to convince the masses to join their cliche even though they will be treated like two-bit pledges instead of actual members. So, again, why should blacks, or anyone, support such a party only out for the rich and privileged?

xPrae will no doubt throw a hissy fit over this article. He will question how is any of the above racist. But in the end, he and his non-thinking, so-called “think tank” will simply go by faith that he’s still right. This time, I’ve provide sound arguments against his RGI and “free stuff” rhetoric. But xPrae is not interested in the links provided. He will likely act moronic and denounce the info, should he lurk around here, copy and paste this whole article and spend his time taking it apart. I don’t care. You can’t argue with what is fact. And he will try.

If xPrae was as intelligent as he portrays himself to be, he would know that the right kisses asses so that the wealthy can have “free stuff” while they get some dough in return. But it’s not like he has proven to be down to Earth to begin with, a mental illness many conservatives are afflicted with.

UPDATE: I knew it. I called it. xPrae won’t let him being banned from my blog stop him from trying to comment and start up the usual, predictable talk down:

xPrae2

xPrae, you know good and well you’re banned from here. Plus, you know you’re not looking for a conversation, even if you say that’s what you want. And none of us are interested in learning from you. You are STILL banned from here, or do you think you’re too important for boundaries set by simple minded negroes like me? Yes, I used your articles to prove a point or two, and you’re so happy obliging while showcasing your racist, right wing insanity. So, return to your side of the blogosphere, whine about how I’m being unfair while purposely ignoring your futile attempt to demean and insult opposing views, and continue living in your conservative whitewashed fantasy.

R.I.P. Karyn Washington

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Karyn Washington

from Clutch Magazine:

We are sad to report that Karyn Washington, founder of “For Brown Girls” (FBG) and the #DarkSkinRedLip Project has passed away from an apparent suicide. Washington, from the Baltimore area, received kudos from so many black women after launching the #darkskinredlip project after rapper, A$AP Rocky, said red lips on dark girls don’t mix.

Thousands of women posted photos of themselves proudly rocking their red lips.

Washington’s mission behind FBG was to celebrate the beauty of dark skin while combating colorism and promoting self love! FBG was created to celebrate darker shades of brown- to encourage those struggling with accepting having a darker skin complexion to love and embrace the skin they are in.

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Mr. Yunioshi and Lucy

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Mickey Rooney as ‘Mr. Yunioshi’ in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Recently, Hollywood comedian, actor and legend to many, Mickey Rooney passed away at the age of 93. I thought long and hard about posting part of an article about his death on this blog. However, I had reservations about this one. Rooney may be loved in Hollywood and fans alike, but there’s one thing that sours his legacy, in my humble opinion, and that is role in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s playing a racist Asian caricature named Mr. I. Y. Yunioshi.

Rooney’s yellow face role in the movie was incredibly offensive to Asians and Asian Americans. It was released when racism in America was in-your-face and – like today – unapologetic. Rooney has long since defended his role until a few years ago where he expressed some “regrets”. What made him come back to Earth from the planet of white privilege? Who knows?

Hollywood’s liberal definition of “progression” means placing a few people of color (POC) here and there in their films, almost as if they have some sort of color quota to fill. POC are like pegs that are fitted into holes made by Hollywood big wigs. If they fit, then the role is filled no matter how shallow and narrow the holes are. Asian actors only have a few roles, and like we’ve seen with Mickey Rooney, sometimes they don’t want Asians to play Asians. In Hollywood, white people are the pegs that fit in all the holes.

Speaking of white people, Hollywood, Asians and racism, there’s a new film coming soon called Lucy. The title character is played by Scarlett Johansson – of course, it’s gonna be a white woman – who, according to the trailer, is kidnapped by an Asian mob who surgically implants a bag of drugs inside her stomach. She manages to escape due to her ability to use untapped brain power use to the drugs leaking out. She becomes smarter, faster and stronger, almost godlike. And so, she sets out to save the world, or something. Basically, it’s white power versus Asian villainy in a nutshell, another Holly-white fantasy.

White people will flock to the theaters to see Johansson kick ass. White feminists will wet themselves seeing a white woman become a super white woman. And Hollywood will make another several million dollars using a trope that’s been to death and beyond.

Though some people will argue that it is nothing more than “entertaining” and that racism was not intended, the results cancel out all excuses. As Hollywood’s racism will be on the big screen, it will rake in big bucks for the big wigs in Tinsel Town. As long as there is buying power, we will see more abominations where POC are either stereotyped for laughs are demonized for fear, in the name of white entertainment.

Banned: xPraetorius (UPDATE)

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xPraetorius uses a guitar like this one as an avatar.

xPrae, you are no longer welcomed on my blog. You have proven that you have a disrespectful attitude, a detached view of the world and an inflated ego to boot.

Let’s break down why xPrae has been kicked out of this den and why everyone else who’s an anti-racist should beware of him:

1. xPrae considers white racism as a non-issue or too insignificant for us people of color to care. In particular, he considers both me and Abagond to be part of – or rather ringleaders – of something he calls the Race Grievance Industry (RGI). Somehow our blogs are part of a huge insane plot against white people, whom he believes are generally not out to get us, but to help us, by merely discussing racism. Like a typical conservative, he considers us as race baiters, focusing on a problem he declares as insufficient to us. And we should simply shut the hell up and leave white people alone. As far as xPrae is concerned, we and all of our guests who cosign with our articles are the real racists.

2. xPrae’s focus on me and my blog as a proprietor of the RGI, as evidenced in his blog, is disturbing enough. He goes out of his way to write lengthy articles, including screenshots of my posts, just to write extensively how ‘stupid’ they are to him. To that end, they are objectively stupid. He would even post screenshots of exchanges to prove his hollow point.

3. xPrae suffers from a horrible case of white male paternalism. He will see you as a child, ignorant of the “real” world. And seeing as how his ego is bigger than his articles, he sees himself as a white savior swooping down from the sky to rescue you from your anti-racism.

xPrae considers your stories of racism as nonsense, especially if you tie it to the system of white racism. Again, he doesn’t believe that white racism is a big problem. And whatever happened to you is isolated. Nevermind the mounds of research to prove him wrong. They are not as credible as him and his ‘group’.

4. xPrae says that he is part of a “think tank” of writers. In my opinion, I’ve never heard of a think tank worry so much about bloggers, especially an average one such as myself. You would think such a group be more concerned about those with more power and influence, and seeing as how he is an avid racism denier, that would be someone like Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson. I consider his fascination with me as nothing short of annoying and, at most, creepy.

5. Conservatives, for the most part, love to argue about personal responsibility for others. Not so much for them. xPrae is one of those people. He made a choice to comment on my article about the Paula Deen scandal with his usual she’s-not-racist-and-you-sound-stupid responses. To this day, he claims that it was a member of his group, a black woman, not he, a white man. And to this day, I call him a liar.

Nevertheless, he refuses to take any responsibility for it. Yet, xPrae is the kind of guy that would slap you in the face and blame you for having cheeks. I should be held accountable for writing the articles, and it’s not his fault that he has the audacity to troll into the comment section and leave piles of insults he sees as criticisms.

6. xPrae loves to call your opinions on racism ‘crying’ and ‘stupid’ if they point to its existence. In fact, he called me “Brotha Cryin’ Wolf” in one of his posts. So, when he turns on his jerk mode and insults you and your comments, naturally you tell him off. Makes sense. But xPrae would consider that as hostile, abusive and – you guessed it – racist. So, he expects an apology from you, even though it’s like him hitting you, you hit back and he demands that you apologize to him while he avoids any liability.

7. And speaking of apologies, and this is the kicker folks, xPrae is demented enough to want you to give in, say you’re sorry and accept that his point of view is the correct point of view! I’m not kiddin’. Look at the exchange I had with him in this article, and you will see how far his white male paternalism goes! It’s almost as if he’s trying to brainwash me without any detergent.

If you’ve checked out his last blog post dealing with his battle with me, you will see he declared himself a winner. (LOL) But xPrae has shown how well educated in the real world he is – or isn’t. He can enjoy being a legend, or rather an influential think tank of writers, in his own mind, but he’s actually no different than a troll looking for attention. For some reason he wants my attention. But the buck stops here.

xPrae, your borrowed time here is over. Now, stay away from my den!

(He will likely respond on his blog with a long winded article.)

UPDATE: Just as I thought, xPrae isn’t taking his ban too well, as he still felt the need to lash out as seen here:

xPrae

I’m not sure if you can read this, but if you click on it, it becomes larger and clearer. Obviously, he’s upset that I refuse to allow him any more attention. And he will make it known sooner or later in text.

Also, on xPrae’s blog, one of his recent articles is where he bids me adieu. To me, it seemed like he’s moved on too. But I doubt that. He will continue to show you that I’m still in his crosshairs. But I’m not worried about him. What can he do; spam me to death?

Just so xPrae is reading this, let me say that there IS proof to white racism. But you, like a typical troll, would reject it. A lot of info is found in this blog and in the blog links on the left alone. But he sees me as his servant, ready and willing to look for the material he is too lazy to do himself. I will not do for him what he is more than capable of doing himself, but made the choice not to. And like a spoiled brat, he will throw it away because it hates the taste of it. Besides, it was provided in the post about Paula Deen. And what did he do? Exactly. So he can shove that claim right back up his ass.

Notable Links: 4-11/14

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8 Things Mainstream Media Doesn’t Have the Courage to Tell You

4. TV News Dumbed Down for American Viewers

A 2009 survey by the European Journal of Communication compared the U.S. to Denmark, Finland, and the UK in the awareness and reporting of domestic vs. international news, and of ‘hard’ news (politics, public administration, the economy, science, technology) vs. ‘soft’ news (celebrities, human interest, sport and entertainment). The results:

– Americans [are] especially uninformed about international public affairs.
— American respondents also underperformed in relation to domestic-related hard news stories.

– American television reports much less international news than Finnish, Danish and British television;
— American television network newscasts also report much less hard news than Finnish and Danish television.

Surprisingly, the report states that “our sample of American newspapers was more oriented towards hard news than their counterparts in the European countries.” Too bad Americans are reading less newspapers.

5. News Execs among White Male Boomers Who Owe Trillions to Society

The hype about the “self-made man” is fantasy. In the early 1970s, we privileged white males were spirited out of college to waiting jobs in management and finance, technology was inventing new ways for us to make money, tax rates were about to tumble, and visions of bonuses and capital gains danced in our heads.

While we were in school the Defense Department had been preparing the Internet for Microsoft and Apple, the National Science Foundation was funding the Digital Library Initiative research that would be adopted as the Google model, and the National Institute of Health was doing the early laboratory testing for companies like Merck and Pfizer. Government research labs and public universities trained thousands of chemists, physicists, chip designers, programmers, engineers, production line workers, market analysts, testers, troubleshooters, etc., etc.

All we created on our own was a disdainful attitude, like that of Steve Jobs: “We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.”

How Male Trolls, Harassment, Sexism, and Racism Can Dominate Women’s Web Experience

Indeed, a University of Maryland study strongly suggests just how programmatic such abuse is. Those posting with female usernames, researchers were shocked to discover, received 25 times as many malicious messages as those whose designations were masculine or ambiguous. The findings were so alarming that the authors advised parents to instruct their daughters to use sex-neutral monikers online. “Kids can still exercise plenty of creativity and self-expression without divulging their gender,” a well-meaning professor said, effectively accepting that young girls must hide who they are to participate in digital life.

Over the last few months, a number of black women with substantial social media presences conducted an informal experiment of their own. Fed up with the fire hose of animosity aimed at them, Jamie Nesbitt Golden and others adopted masculine Twitter avatars. Golden replaced her photo with that of a hip, bearded, young white man, though she kept her bio and continued to communicate in her own voice. “The number of snarky, condescending tweets dropped off considerably, and discussions on race and gender were less volatile,” Golden wrote, marveling at how simply changing a photo transformed reactions to her. “Once I went back to Black, it was back to business as usual.”

E.C. student hailed as a hero for his quick actions

When East Chicago Central High School football captain and class President Keon Kendall Brown heard an alarming crash just outside his house, the first thing he did was grab his brother and sister and lead them to safety. Keon had volunteered to watch over his siblings, as his mother had been flown to Indianapolis because of complications with a pregnancy.

“My first instinct was to make sure my brother and sister were safe,” Keon said. “When I took them outside, I realized that crash I heard was a car that drove into our home.”

Once Keon took his siblings across the street, he ran back to the car because he noticed a young boy screaming and flailing in the backseat. Keon and his neighbor pulled him to safety.

Black Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: The Case of DeSean Jackson

Shortly before the Eagles sent Jackson packing, NJ.com published a report entitled, “DeSean Jackson’s gang connections troubling to Eagles.” Citing LAPD sources (as if they are objective and without consideration of bias), and fears resulting from the Aaron Hernandez case, Jackson was seen as a liability because of his “gang ties”. “Ever since New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested and charged with first-degree murder last summer, NFL franchises have been reevaluating how closely they needed to watch their players away from the field,” wrote Eliot Shorr-Parks & A.J. Perez in the NJ.com piece. “And what Eagles executives saw in Jackson, a six-year veteran, was apparently a potential blight on the brand and a bad influence in the locker room.”

Never mind the fact that Hernandez’s arrest (paging, due process) is irrelevant, Hernandez’s purported gang ties have been a media creation. Forgot the fact that there has been “no proof Hernandez was in a gang,” ignore the fact “there’s no proof of an NFL gang culture,” it continues to be used as justification for fears about Jackson despite the lack of proof that he has any connection to gangs or criminal activity.

Without actual evidence, the NJ.com indicts Jackson because he is a known friend of known gang members who are known to have allegedly done bad things. Yes, DeSean Jackson’s crime is he befriends people who may or may not be in gangs, who may or may not have committed crimes.

Quick Thoughts: Privileged Satire

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Salon reports that Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, put up a defense when asked about his racist humor a few years ago. So, what does he do? Used the ‘It’s funny’ excuse with an f-bomb on the side.

Reading this, and Lavern Merriweather’s article about satire made it more clear and evident that white liberals in the entertainment biz see society’s ills as punchlines to get a cheap laugh or two from privileged audiences. Some think that simply being nonwhite, non-straight, non-male and non-anything-else is a joke in itself. Usually, they’re the types that can barely think of any other way to make the audience laugh.

But privileged satire, as I call it, is entertainment for the privileged, those who think that being the other living and struggling in this lopsided world is funny, because it’s true. The purpose seems less about thinking and more about being stimulated. The gist of privileged satire is to get people to laugh at the struggles of others for anything that is not their fault. As a result, it doesn’t question their privileged mindset; it merely tickles it.

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