Notable Links: 9-13/13

NAACP + KKK = Nothing Accomplished

What drew me to the story was the leader of the KKK in that area, James Abarr.  When asked the recent attacks on black men in that area, coupled with KKK “literature” being circulated, Abarr started talking some mess about agreeing that it sounded like hate crimes, and how it was wrong, and how his group was nonviolent and just wanted more white babies, and sure…he’d join the NAACP.  He’d pay the $30 fee and even make a $20 donation.  And he made a point to mention he wasn’t aware of the true extent of the KKK’s history, and he didn’t actually know what all went down back in the day.

*blink*  Negro, please.

I’m not going to bother delving into Klan history.  This post isn’t about the past; it’s about the present and the future.  “I don’t know/I wasn’t aware” is not a believable answer from white folks.  I’m not buying it.  It’s a lie like any other, like countless others, and I’m not paying for this one today or any day from hereon out.

TV Host Julies Chen Says She Was Pressured Into Eyelid Surgery

Julie Chen, the host of CBS’ “The Talk”, recently revealed that she had eyelid surgery to appear “less Asian.” At the urging of an agent, and after feeling pressure inside of local television newsrooms to appear more relatable, Chen got plastic surgery.

Reading For National Dialogue on Race Day

50 Years after the March On Washington for Jobs and Freedom: How Far Have we Progressed as a Nation in Achieving Dr. King’s Dream of Multicultural and Multiracial Democracy?

The jerks got away with it! 5 years after economic collapse, they’re still smiling

The financial crisis featured a group of self-styled innovators who thought they devised perfect financial instruments that would only yield big returns and never any losses (in reality they did devise that, only it’s called “the United States government”). The mathematical analysts, known as “quants,” decided you could take mortgages of any quality, package thousands of them into a bond, and sell it all over the world. The structure of the bond (called a collateralized debt obligation, or CDO), with junior investors taking losses first, and risk spread over thousands of mortgages, promised complete safety, said the quants. Banks even boxed up the riskier lower tranches of the CDO and created new “CDO-squared” products from them, magically making them ultra-safe. The credit rating agencies tasked with quality control believed them, mainly because they were paid to believe them; they derived their income from the very banks who issued the financial products, and had incentives to stamp on a triple-A rating and keep the machines rolling.

Richard Dawkins defends “mild pedophilia,” says it does not cause “lasting harm.”

“I am very conscious that you can’t condemn people of an earlier era by the standards of ours. Just as we don’t look back at the 18th and 19th centuries and condemn people for racism in the same way as we would condemn a modern person for racism, I look back a few decades to my childhood and see things like caning, like mild pedophilia, and can’t find it in me to condemn it by the same standards as I or anyone would today,” he said.

Plus, he added, though his other classmates also experienced abuse at the hands of this teacher, “I don’t think he did any of us lasting harm.”

Child welfare experts responded to Dawkins’ remarks with outrage — and concern over their effect on survivors of abuse.


3 thoughts on “Notable Links: 9-13/13

  1. the kkk and naacp smh. one of the klan leaders said ““I like it because you wear robes, and get out and light crosses, and have secret handshakes,” Abarr said, according to the Star-Tribune. “I like being in the Klan — I sort of like it that people think I’m some sort of outlaw.” translation: I like to play dress up and light things on fire I get off on seeing things on fire, ooh and we have this cool secret handshake that we do, I can’t show u because its a secret shh. Oh and I like feeling like an outlaw like jesse james I like being looked at and feared because in my regular life i’m a nobody.

    That is crazy that Julie chen felt she had to change her appearance to appease whites. That person that told her that needs to sit down, so I guess everybody has to look the same to be relatable. since when does it matter that a dam newsanchor is relatable or not I see them and I don’t care just get to the story of the day. who the fk turns off the tv and is like u know I can’t watch this boring news because the person telling it ,doesn’t look like me.

    That Richard guy is probably a molester himself, so he making excuses and downplaying it. people have gone crazy or turned to drugs and alcohol to deal with being sexually abused. Then he had to go and basically say the past is the past lets not judge them by our standards of today. smh. then when he said this “Just as we don’t look back at the 18th and 19th centuries and condemn people for racism in the same way as we would condemn a modern person for racism” idk who the he11 he talks to but I still don’t give an f what century it was if somebody hurt others they are just as bad as the ones that do the same today. Oh what just because we have laws for it now, now we are supposed to look at the ones that did the same in the past as ignorant or oh they just didn’t know, ok what kind of inhumane person do u have to be to not understand what is right or wrong but u gotta have everything written out for u to tell u what is right or wrong, do u even have a conscience.

  2. I agree with this post. The problem is not the klan but us. We are the ones who are destroying our own communities and it is up to us to help fix the problems in the Black Community.

    And this country is going downhill from within not outward. Americans are the ones destroying their own country. I hope you aren’t offended by anything I wrote

  3. Fuck Richard Dawkins. That is all. As an atheist, I find him and those of his ilk to be embarrassing, racist, and dogmatic. They replaced one God with the God of capitalism, nationalism, and imperial science. I’m not surprised that this guy would defend pedophilia. That bullshit seems to come up a lot online, especially on places like Reddit. I’m wondering where the hell it’s coming from.

    Also, how are “Americans” destroying a country which never belonged to them in the first place? Fuck outta here.

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