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:

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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.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

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:

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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.

R.I.P. Ultimate Warrior (Jim Hellwig)

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Jim Hellwig a.k.a. the Ultimate Warrior

From ABC News:

The Ultimate Warrior, one of professional wrestling’s biggest superstars, has died at 54, just days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, WWE officials confirmed in a statement.

“WWE is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of one of the most iconic WWE Superstars ever, The Ultimate Warrior,” a statement reads.

Warrior – who was born James Brian Hellwig – began his career in 1987. He defeated Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI to become WWE Champion.

The Hall of Fame induction marked his return to WWE after an 18-year absence. During his Hall of Fame speech, he announced that he signed a new multi-year deal with WWE, serving as an official ambassador.

The wrestler was known for his intricate face-paint, bulging muscles and frenzied speeches, sprinting to the ring and shaking the ropes before his matches.

During Monday’s episode of WWE Raw, he slipped on his mask, embracing his character a final time, his words full of heart and poignancy.

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Vern’s Venting: Satire, My Ass

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by Lavern Merriweather

Anybody who knows me knows that I have a hard time believing in white entertainers or performers who try to wrap their racism up in a pretty bow of satire. Many a white performer has tried, and often times failed, to disguise their hatred as either humor or artistic expression. That also goes for filmmakers and TV producers, particularly Marc Cherry of “Desperate Housewives”, the popular ABC dramedy that ran for 7 seasons on that network.

One storyline that especially got on my nerves revolved around noted character and actress Alfre Woodard and her two sons on the show. Not only was her plotline woefully out of place, but she was the ultimate mammy. It’s no coincidence that they picked a woman who was not as pretty, thin and youthful looking as her Botoxed-up counterparts. On top of that, they gave her a ‘troubled’ offspring that had to be kept chained in the basement like a wild beast.

Well, her crazy unbalanced son really loved ice cream so much so that he jeopardized his family’s secret and his own freedom to get some. He then goes and breaks into the house of Gabrielle and Carlos Solis. When Gabrielle catches him in her house, she’s naturally terrified and bolts out of the room to get away, where she then falls down the stairs, causing her to miscarry the baby she was pregnant with. Now, it’s bad enough that Marc Cherry, a gay man, sees nothing wrong with painting a young black male as the neighborhood predator. But to then turn around and have him tackled as he tries to flee by town hero Mike Delfino, where he is arrested as the whole group of cast regulars who are lily white, by the way, looks on while he rides away in a squad car is really pushing it.

There is only so much bullshit I will buy before I start calling people on it, and I wouldn’t buy that mess with a $6 bill. When Cherry was criticized, and rightfully so, he pulled out the old get-out-of-racism-free-card standard by calling it ‘satire’. What a crock of shit. That wasn’t satire, asshole. That was you letting your true colors about Negroes come to light.

Marc Cherry

Many white males in show business have long harbored racist feelings that they use their industry to slyly vent. And Cherry seems to be no exception. Remember, this is the same network that employed “NYPD Blue” producer David Milch who was revealed to have said that he thought black people were dogs, among other things. I will paraphrase long time TV judge Judith Sheindlin by saying, don’t pee in my glass and call it lemonade.

Some filmmakers such as Jim Jarmusch and Quentin Tarantino are extremely bold about their dislike of black folks. So, we should not be surprised by Cherry. He is just as much a part of that old boy Hollyweird mindset as anyone else, homosexual or not. Maybe, he’s even more so. White liberals in Hollywhite have a very long standing tradition of hiding behind their so-called liberal agenda, which judging from the look of things is the same one as the people they pretend to always disagree with. White gay folks are still white folks and still just as capable of letting their true colors show through clever writing while justifying their bigotry with a lame as hell routine response that has been used to death.

Not to be left out, unfunny putz and former Time contributor Joel Stein wrote a scathing piece, mainly about how he hated that his former New York co-op was being taken over by “rotten dotheads” [his words not mine]. Stein seems to especially hate the over spicy food and culture change that comes with people of Indian descent. When those same folks that he talked shit about weren’t too pleased with his sense of humor, Stein got defensive. He just couldn’t wrap his pseudo liberal little brain on how the people he so maliciously trashed would take it personally.

Yeah, who’d have thunk it Joel?! I can’t imagine why a group of people you said such nasty things about wouldn’t get your obvious joke. Maybe that’s because the same words and statements that you attempt to call satire/humor have been uttered before and in a less comical capacity you know by the same bigots that you adamantly say don’t reflect you.

Joel Stein

What I find hilarious is that you can say that with a straight face. Wrapping racism in a different package doesn’t change its meaning or yours. The minute you start spewing the very same hateful rhetoric as those who you claim to oppose, then what the hell makes you any less prejudice? It’s like that old saying if it swims, walks and quacks like a duck, well, you know the rest.

I wonder how funny Mr. Cherry would find it if I or any person of color stood on stage making disparaging comments about gay people. You think he would be as quick to defend my position where I to use it to mock white people like him. I’m not Jean Grey from the X-Men, but I have a sneaky suspicion that would never happen. Know why? Because like Stein, Jarmusch, Milch and Tarantino, Marc Cherry lives in a world of arrogance created by privilege, a world that is supposed to let him get away with showcasing black people in the most negative way possible while not having to apologize, particularly when you can find a patronizing excuse meant to condone your dick behavior.

Honestly if they are just trying to be funny, then why stoop to using trashy, low-class racist humor? That right there tells me this isn’t about jokes or satire. It’s about what type of people they really are, stupid pricks too full of it to come out and admit what they truly feel. Well guess what chuckles, that whole satire rhetoric isn’t fooling anyone anyway. You need to do a lot better than that to convince me.

Vern’s Venting: Escalating the Situation

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A frame from the infamous video of cops assaulting a van filled with a mom and her children.

by Lavern Merriweather

Several weeks ago on the ABC tabloid show “Inside Edition”, I was watching a story about a mom who was driving with her kids when she got pulled over for speeding. During the traffic stop, things got out of hand to the point where not only did she argue with the cops, but so did her teen son. Then she tried to flee the sheriffs not once or twice, but three times. The last time she put her car into gear and took off, one of the deputies opened fire on her minivan. Keep in mind this woman has 5 kids all of whom were with her that could have easily been either hit or killed by a flying bullet.

It came as no shock to me whatsoever that the woman involved was black while the arresting officers were white. That’s not to say that cops don’t do horrible shit to white people. Just recently in my hometown of Chicago, a cop got suspended, and a lady is now suing because he shoved her so hard into a metal bench that her face got busted up, with a really ugly picture to go along with her assault proving what a punkass that cop truly is. However, more times than not, in cases of police brutality on the message boards, there will be the requisite folks who claim that she brought this all on herself by trying to run and that she is just some pathetic hoodrat crackhead who put her own children in harm’s way.

To those people I say, wait just a minute! I can’t fully attack this woman’s actions, because I wasn’t there. However, I am aware that when cops are dealing with black folks, they have a tendency to react as if they just caught the world’s most notorious serial killer, which is ironic considering that most of them turn out to be white males who will never have to expect even half that kind of treatment.

We have seen this pattern play out before. So, let’s not be so quick to make this mom the bad guy in this scenario. Sure she bolted, but maybe that’s because she was worried about becoming another statistic, shot in the back Sopranos style, shot while holding nothing more than a harmless cell phone and shot while sleeping on grandma’s couch shot while walking her dog or shot while enjoying a family barbecue at her house. Those incidents, and more, have all befallen black people with little or absolutely NO jail time or reprimand for the cops responsible. Those assholes don’t even get so much as a damn fine for talking the life of an innocent black person. It has gotten to the point where if I see a news story about a cop’s life being taken I say, congrats to the shooter.

Sound harsh right? Well guess what, I don’t give a fuck. Cops see black life, as well as black skin, as the enemy. Therefore, if the enemy is looked at as expendable, then so be it, a mentality that is obviously shared with many white people in the greater public. Even a lowlife prick that is not a cop and has no authority whatsoever can take a young black life and get away with it while having many in the dominant society calling it self-defense.

Whenever I ask those people, how the hell is it self-defense when you start a conflict in the first place and use violent force, because you are getting your ass handed to you, they say nothing. That’s because it’s a bullshit point, and they know it. But because they still believe it is 1842 and that the darkies had better be kept in their place by any means necessary, they will justify it. So, who cares if some bleep-bleep takes several shots at a car full of minors right, right? He was the one in real danger.

They justify a thug with a badge harassing and attacking a then-9 year-old boy because he wasn’t wearing a helmet while riding his bike. Apparently to this asswipe, just asking the boy where his mom was and taking the matter up with her was way too taxing for this sonofabitch. So he, instead, chose to tangle with a child as if he weren’t expecting to control the entire altercation. And for those who try and defend that punk, I tell them it is a cop’s responsibility, not the civilian’s, to maintain a level head and keep control of things without letting it go that far. Still, try as I might, the cop crusaders will always find some bullshit excuse to rationalize or justify bad cop behavior that, if it were anyone else, would get them arrested and rightfully so.

By now, I’m sure that everyone has seen the video of the two cop scumbags putting handcuffs on a 5 year-old, supposedly because her teacher was frustrated with the way she kept acting out. Somebody seriously needs to remind Miss Thang that if handling people under the age of ten is too damn difficult for her, then she should look for employment elsewhere pronto. That also goes for the female cop who felt the incessant desire to body slam a 80 year-old woman into the pavement causing a head injury, because she was in a parking lot threatening store shoppers, completely oblivious to the fact that this woman had a cane and Alzheimer’s. Well, that shit don’t matter if she’s black then. She’s a criminal who needs a can of whoop ass opened on her.

There are even some black folks who will speak out for cops, like when a teen girl was getting arrested for of all things jaywalking. The girl’s cousin, who was there, also attempted to physically interfere with what the cop was doing. So, he punched her in the face. Now, I admit Negroes who don’t look where they are going and just walk out into the street devil may care irk the hell out of me. But to not only try and arrest somebody for something so petty, but allow the moment to get so ridiculously out of hand is nobody’s fault but the cop himself. Unfortunately, that’s the way it is with a lot of cops, including black cops, who actually believe that their blue covers their black.

Guess again, stupid ass. It won’t protect you anymore than it protects the rest of us, which is not at all. Cops don’t serve and protect black people; they protect the interest of many whites and many white politicians. The mantra is, “I don’t care how you do it but keep those Negroes firmly at the gate.” Same as the barbarians, because to them that’s all we are. It should stand to reason that if a child is treated like a criminal for nothing, then an adult will certainly get zero respect.

I can’t rightly speculate whether or not what this woman did was the right thing. I do feel, however, that what the cop did wasn’t the right thing at all. He did it solely because he understands that in a country where certain people have no value, he can fire on them at will and not face any consequences. That is why it saddens me so much that the people who reciprocate against the cops do.

The Satire Argument

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Satire, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary, is a way of using humor to show that someone or something is foolish, weak, bad, etc. It is humor that shows the weaknesses or bad qualities of a person, government, society, etc. Satire is usually used as motivations or plot devices for stories in literary and film media, mostly used to get a few laughs in and to make people think and talk at the same time.

When satire misses it mark in any narrative, intentional or purposeful, and becomes neither funny nor thought-provoking, it shows up as an insult that mostly only privileged people fun hilarious. The satire argument is when people defend such offensive jokes in the mainstream, claiming it be “just satire”.

The American mainstream media factory continuously manufactures and distributes entertainment in the name of satire. The only concern is that most of the factory workers, and their bosses, are straight white males from the left. As such, most mainstream comedies are modeled for their amusement. What we find out there when we go to the movies or turn on the TV are stories and sketches that are supposed to mock society’s isms and phobias. However, a good chuck of those turn being part of the “other” into a punchline that seems never get old.

Take Seth MacFarlane’s animation empire on Fox. He has made a fortune in producing three animated sitcoms: Family Guy, American Dad and The Cleveland Show. All three shows are among Fox’s most popular programs. And all three rely heavily on MacFarlane’s brand of dark, blue-collar humor of fart jokes. gruesome violence and cutaway gags.

However, most of MacFarlane’s projects never tire on using white liberal humor that makes fun of anyone that is not straight, white and male. While some may argue that the real target for ridicule is aimed at American society, especially how white people think and act, the laughs are mostly aimed towards those who fit outside that exclusive box for straight, white American males only. Beyond that are jokes about women, people of color, foreigners, non-Christians and gays o’plenty.

Recently on Twitter, we saw Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report tried to poke fun at the current controversy surrounding Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins and his creation a foundation for Native Americans while still maintaining the name for his football team. But Colbert’s attempt at satire took a wrong turn when he tweeted about creating a foundation for Asian Americans called the “Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.” Activist Suey Park caught wind of this, and a firestorm was ignited by the hashtag #cancelcolbert.

Stephen Colbert and the tweet that started it all

The controversy surrounding Colbert, Park and skit and tweets inbetween has still being debated with people talking sides on who’s the most wrong. Some will say that all parties involved got it wrong. But this attempt of satire, no matter how screwed up it is, has definitely got people talking, especially with how to approach social issues with a sense of humor.

Satire is hard to achieve, and without a doubt, you have to be clever as hell to get people laughing and thinking at the same time. It can’t simply be dismissed as “just” satire. White liberals in mainstream circuits use racism as a punchline for their comedy routines. But can bringing laughter to society’s problems really spark any hope of change? Is it supposed to invoke change? On the contrary, it seems to help desensitize an already insensitive public. And that’s no laughing matter.

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