Vern’s Venting: When Coons Attack

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By Lavern Merriweather:

Raven Symone, the one time adorable TV star moppet, is not one of my favorite people. Her annoying and meandering rebel wild child shtick on ABC’s “The View” has gotten beyond tiresome. Now her irritating, supposedly progressive ‘I speak for everybody and everyone has a voice’ claptrap has reached a new low.

Recently, Democratic nominee Martin O’ Malley was booed then criticized by many black activists for proclaiming that all lives matter not just black lives. When the women on the morning show gabfest tackled this story, Symone immediately defended this idiot and his insulting rhetoric. A white female comedian by the name of Michelle Collins became a voice of reason by explaining to the young nitwit why black people there and across the country were so upset. I agree with Michelle when she stated that O’ Malley was, yet again, appropriating a movement meant to benefit Negroes. Then, he had the nerve to twist the words around, because he can’t stand the idea that compassion for black lives is being deemed a priority by anyone.

Symone wasn’t having it as she whined incessantly that black people don’t own the hardship of police brutality. It didn’t help matters that Raven was cheered on by her equally moronic co-host Nicole Wallace who also believes that it isn’t just black folks worrying about 5-0. Maybe so, but it DAMN sure is the majority. However, to hear those delusional heffas tell it, black people aren’t the only ones suffering in this country. Nor are we the only ones vulnerable to the notion of a tyrannical police state. If that’s the case, then why are the overwhelming majority of crimes committed by the boys in blue mostly against Negroes?

Little Ms. Symone can hide her head in the sand or up her ass all she wants, but the reality is that when it comes to police violence, black people are always first on the list. Apparently some delusional Negroes have to wait until they get their very own personal ‘ni**er moment’ to understand.

I wrote a post about a homeless white man in California named Kelly Thomas who was beaten to death by cops. The two cops responsible only got suspended leave and probation. Now while I sympathize completely with the dead man’s family, his story and the story of any white person victimized by the thin blue line is just a drop in the bucket compared to what black people have endured for decades. A number of people, it seems, Ms. Symone included, think that the protests because of police brutality are a new thing. She needs reminding that terror has been inflicted upon black people by the police for a very, very long time – in a lot of cases way before she, I or even Brotha were born.

Still that doesn’t stop her and many other foolish Negroes from totally disregarding their history with asinine arguments. House Negroes like Symone give a big boost to the assclowns and bigots on Fake Noise who of course also don’t like the treatment of O’ Malley.

Fake Noise host Kennedy of MTV blathered that using the hashtag #blacklivesmatter is divisive and exclusionary. Funny that she doesn’t seem nearly as troubled by the fact that her network is extremely divisive and exclusionary. All that bothers her and many whining ninny white people is that any sense of compassion be directed at black people. So I get especially pissed when some clueless, stupid, arrogant moron wants to downplay black history to make herself more acceptable to her white bosses and audience. This is a slap in the face of black folks who have fought, been jailed and died just so her dumbass can have the right to sit on TV and disrespect them.

It also is an outrage to those black people that keep losing their lives at the hands of police. Days ago a black woman from my hometown of Chicago named Sandra Bland had relocated to Galveston, Texas. She was pulled over by a white male cop for failing to use a turn signal while switching lanes in traffic. Last time I checked, that was neither illegal nor cause for an arrest, but she was stopped anyway. Video evidence from a dashcam shows the trooper being belligerent and obnoxious to her from the start. Ms. Bland even laments about how ridiculous what he’s doing to her is. People from every corner of the globe change lanes without signaling. Hell, some people will cut right in front of you and not care. However, this particular cop felt the need to play some version of Dudley Do Wrong and harass yet another black person for no good reason.

Ms. Bland was later found hanging dead in her cell from what the cops are claiming is a suicide. It should be noted that Ms. Bland was a political activist who ironically organized several protests against police for the murders of Freddie Gray, Mike Brown and Eric Garner. Sadly, her name will be added to the increasing and sordid list of black people dying while in police custody.

As I have said, I am not a conspiracy nut but there is obviously a shitload of bullshit to the cops’ description of what happened. Ms. Bland’s family has already demanded an investigation that will begin soon. Still, I don’t hold much hope that it will do any good or have any progress in making racist cops accountable. They haven’t been forced to face any consequences so far, so I ain’t expecting very much to come of this. We have seen justice for black people denied time and time and time again. Even when it is blatant as hell and caught on video, somehow the cops always manage to elude punishment. Color me not shocked to discover that Sandra Bland was deliberately targeted. The fight ain’t over despite what some dumb black folks seem to imagine. It won’t end until there is finally restitution. When that’s going to occur? I don’t know.

What I do know is that I’ll be damned to see some puissant like Raven Symone benefiting from the hard work and sacrifice of other black folks as she sits in the ivory tower of her white massahs playing the game by the rules of the very same people who have her ass oppressed in the first place.

R.I.P. Sean Price

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From Rolling Stone:

Sean Price, Brooklyn rapper and member of the hip-hop groups Heltah Skeltah, Boot Camp Clik and Random Axe, died Saturday morning at the age of 43. DJ Premier first revealed Price’s death, posting on Instagram, “R.I.P. Ruck… Love and Respect to The Duck Down Family!!! #SeanPrice.” Price’s wife also confirmed the rapper’s death on Facebook, Miss Info reports.

“It is with beyond a heavy heart that Duck Down Music is sadly confirming that Sean Price passed away early this morning in his Brooklyn apartment, Saturday, August 8th, 2015. The cause of death is currently unknown, but it was reported that he died in his sleep. He’s survived by his wife, and his three children,” a rep for Price said in a statement. “Sean’s family and friends are asking for time to grieve and process the news. Further details will be issued when more information is available.”

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Quick Thoughts: White Is Right. Black Is Bad

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This week has been a sour one, if you’ve been following the news, and if you’re a black man. We see the departure of Jon Stewart of the Daily Show and Amy Schumer’s success for her movie “Trainwreck”. Both of them have gotten tremendous praise and admiration, and I’m not mad at them in the least. Then, we heard the usual feel-ggod stories about everyday white folks and the good deeds they’ve done.

But when it comes to black folks, famous blacks in included, it wasn’t the same. This week also saw another black male athlete in trouble, more Cosby woes, Dr. Dre’s domestic violent past and more crime committed by black folks on the evening news and local papers.

The news has always had a bias. White people, especially celebrities, are usually seen as the best thing since sliced bread, while black people are almost always seen as the opposite. This can have a heavy effect on one’s self-esteem.

There haven’t been much fuss about how blacks and whites are seen in the news from this angle. But there have been those who pointed out how black and white victims are treated when it comes to murder, especially at the hands of the police. Still, not too many people have spoken on the media treatment of whites versus blacks. Why do whites mostly receive positive reporting while blacks receive the negative kind? It all points to which people run the media in the first place. Hint: They’re not black folks.

This may sound morbid, but I’m at my wits end. I would love to see a white celebrity in serious trouble. I would love to see a famous white person get arrested. I would love to see white athletes get arrested. I want to see well-known white males get in trouble for rape and domestic violence. And I want to see the media treat them as they would black celebs. But I guess it’s too much to ask. As long as white people rule the media, they get to define which people are basically good and which ones are bad and make money besides.

White Responsibility

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Fellow blogger and owner and operator of the popular blog We Are Respectable Negroes Mr. Chauncey DeVega wrote an article asking for White America to examinine their masculinity as it is ‘toxic’ to society. I won’t go into much detail about as you can check out the entire article here at Alternet.

Basically, the article is asking for White America to start taking responsibility for what’s going on within their boundaries that has a (mostly) detrimental effect on not only others but themselves. While there are comments from those, assuming some were white, that pretty much agreed with what DeVega was trying to tell them, in the most respectful way possible, there have been others who, of course, were infuriated, and didn’t take too kindly of being under the microscope, again assuming they were white.

Some commenters accused the article to be racist against whites. They declared that it was insulting to lump all whites under the same group to be held accountable for the actions of a few extremists with gun fetishes and right-wing idealism. The response overall was, “How dare that Negro tell us what to do and blame us for the bullshit that’s been happening!?”

After blogging for a few years, I’ve learn that when it comes to asking white people to share or take some responsibility for anything directly coming from them whether they’re racist comments to wars, they’re not having any of it. It’s seen as a threat against their image of being basically good.

Here’s the thing though. Not many people calling for white accountability has ever said anything about white people being evil, nor has anyone “blamed the white man” in general. What most people are simply doing is asking for a group of people, the dominant class, to examine there they are in society and take a good hard look at themselves and their actions. You know, kinda like what they do with minorities, only with a much less condescending, overbearing tone without blaming them for practically everything wrong with society.

Another thing one has to consider is that minorities have never averted from their role in holding themselves accountable for what’s going on in their lives. Recently, some black leaders in Baltimore, Maryland called for the black community to take accountability for the recent spike in shootings.

Minorities even take responsibility for the bullshit that isn’t even entirely their fault. When someone blames shit on black people, for instance, some black people believe it and some do whatever it takes to fix the problem. No black person, as far as memory serves, has ever denied the problems of crime, poverty or poor education in the black community. But some are duped to believe that they’re all black problems as they are social problems. Nevertheless you have black folks that will go out of their way to address and fix those issues, because they are important to our livelihood.

When have white folks ever admitted that they have issues, especially the ones that effect the greater part of society, including minority communities, and when have they ever taken responsibility for those issues? I’ll wait.

The main point is that no one is blaming white people for anything. However, when there’s a need to rap about issues directly coming from white folks, there must be a discussion and a plan to take care of those issues, especially if white people end up as victims of their own crap.

Vern’s Venting: The Race Police

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By Lavern Merriweather:

While appearing on “Meet the Press” one Sunday to discuss Republican candidate Donald Trump’s inflammatory comments about Mexicans, Latino activist Maria Hinojosa observed that if this were any other group, those words wouldn’t be tolerated. She, of course, mentioned black folks and I could only seethe then shake my head.

Once again another stupid, selfish, arrogant person of color tries to equate the struggles of Negroes to their own all while being as insulting and offensive as possible.

Did this bitch not hear the statement made by former head of education William Bennett? Sixteen years ago Bennett remarked that the best way to reduce crime in America was for more black women to have abortions. Bennett somehow believes that the less black babies born, the better for the welfare of society. He doesn’t have any explanation for how that’s going to prevent the many mass shootings by white males though or stop the countless number of white male serial killers that are glorified in this country. Yet, even with his disgraceful and moronic comment, some non-black people have deluded themselves into this fantasy that racism against Negroes is finally over and that there are no more white folks in the USA who would dare speak ill of those people from the Dark Continent.

I beg to differ greatly, assholes. And don’t, for one second, expect me to show those fools any sympathy. People of color who are not black can’t keep pretending that bigotry towards black folks is a thing of the past. Keep in mind Bennett didn’t say that shit 150 years which seems to be the unwritten designated precise moment that bigotry towards black people actually came to an end.

Another thing, a radio DJ in Arizona played a Lauryn Hill song then uttered afterwards “no wonder people drag them behind their trucks”. A cruel and thoughtless reference to a black man named James Byrd from Texas who was lured into a truck by white supremacist fuckwads, then tied to a chain behind the truck and dragged for several miles. Mr. Byrd not only died as a result, but the coroner said that he was almost decapitated by the experience. Still that’s not enough for dumbass insensitive idiots who whine that prejudiced laden statements about black people isn’t acceptable in America anymore. They fail to realize that violence, especially by a significant number of officers on the police force, IS accepted in America. In fact, in a lot of cases it’s celebrated, mostly by the nightly cable and local news networks that love to reveal every little personal detail about the deceased as they continue to defend the cops behavior regardless of their wrongdoing and overzealous actions.

Cops are always right, black folks are always wrong but according to Ms. Hinojosa white folks in America are just stepping on eggshells and holding their tongue because some Negroes suddenly entered the room. She obviously also hasn’t heard about the brutal, sadistic killings committed by a white thug named Dylan Roof which were clearly motivated by race. Nine innocent African-Americans were shot and killed by that punk during a church service in Charleston, South Carolina. Despite what some really dumb white folks on Fake Noise (Fox News) would have you imagine, Roof murdered those people because of race not religion and not because he was mentally ill. He was an angry asshole looking to hurt black folks because he felt that we had too much power. That must be the same power that Ms. Hinojosa was talking about. Funny but it didn’t do a damn thing to save their lives from that scumbag.

It’s not just race either. I was watching a video excerpt on YouTube from the ABC morning show “The View” where they were discussing an article in the gay magazine the Advocate. The title was called “Gay is the New Black” meaning that now gay people are the number one target for discrimination in the US since the furor over Negroes has died down. Some pinheads had the gall to agree wholeheartedly with that egotistical tripe by, yet again, attempting to bogart the civil rights movement. One shitbag even complained that Native Americans have had it worse than anyone and that the tribulations of black people pale in comparison. I think that prick, like a number of people of color, love to play Oppression Olympics because they can’t bear the idea of compassion for black people. God forbid that them darkies ever get sympathy or understanding. That would be way too much for certain people in the land of the free. This is why few of a lighter hue want to acknowledge the horrors that black people have encountered for so long. They just hate that any emotion towards black folks beside contempt be expressed at any time. Plus, they must have completely better shit to do when deplorable things happen to black people at the hands of non-blacks.

Rarely do I see or hear groups of other races rushing to denounce the evil conditions that black people face on a daily basis. The death of activist Sandra Bland who was a black woman hasn’t elicited a peep from Latino, Asian or Native American groups. However let a nasty proclamation ripe with prejudice be spoken about them and they expect us to be at their beck and call. It must be quite a bit to ask that they return the favor they demand, because they probably never will. As I have written before, it is NOT the job of black folks to beat up all the schoolyard bullies on the racial playground. We did our part and often times with zero help from the same people bitching that we should have their back when they refuse to have ours. In my lifetime I have watched a number videos documenting the savagery that black people bravely took head on in 1960’s fighting for civil rights. Those videos show black people getting dogs and hoses unleashed on them with nary a sight of anybody who isn’t black undergoing the same trauma. But they feel that they can call on us like we are their own personal superhero?

R.I.P. Roddy Piper

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From the NY Daily News:

Legendary wrestling champion “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has died at the age of 61, World Wrestling Entertainment has confirmed.

The WWE Hall of Famer passed away in his Hollywood, Calif. home of natural causes, TMZ reported.

Piper had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006 but last fall said that he was cancer free.

“WWE is deeply saddened that Roderick Toombs, aka “Rowdy” Roddy Piper – WWE Hall of Famer and Intercontinental Champion – passed away today at the age of 61,” WWE said in a statement. “WWE extends its sincerest condolences to Toombs’ family, friends and fans.”

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Faced With Fatigue

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I’m beyond tired. I’m sick and tired. I’m sick and tired of hearing about another black woman dying in prison. I’m tired of black men dying in the streets. I’m tired of these confederate-loving assholes marching everywhere defending their flag and inciting overt racism. I’m tired of being pissed off at Bill Cosby for being the lowlife that he truly is. I’m tired of trying to prove that black lives truly do matter when the rest of the world keeps saying they don’t for stupid ass reasons. I can’t take anymore, and it’s having a toll on my blogging.

I sometimes feel like I’ve written all I can say about today’s world. I even considered retiring from blogging altogether. I would take short-lived hiatuses only to come back days or even hours later. In truth, I never took time to truly rest from living as a black person on the internet living in America, and most black folks know that just existing in America is a full-time job of survival.

I honestly don’t know what else to write about. I felt like I’ve said all that needed to be said. I feel exhausted talking about racism and what it’s like to be black in America only to have trolls come and make it seem like I’m wrong, crazy, stupid or just being whiny.

I feel burned out. My writing is not like it used to be. The stress of being black in America has finally taken hold, and it’s effecting me greatly. The thought that the chances of a black person’s life will be taken are considerably high in this nation puts a lot into perspective. Even worse is the strong possibility that there will be those who will justify it.

It’s hard to concentrate even as I write this post. I’m literally beyond tired, so tired that I can’t even come up with new articles to write about. Sure, there are plenty of issues going on. But I don’t have the strength to write about them. Maybe what I need is a longer break from blogging. Maybe I don’t need to blog so much – as much as I used to. One thing I can’t take a break from, however, is being black in this country. That’s a job with no vacation time.

I’m too tired to even think of a clever way to end this article.

R.I.P. Bobbi Kristina Brown

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From the Huff Post:

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, died Sunday, according to Entertainment Tonight. She was 22 years old.

Brown was hospitalized on Jan. 31 after she was found unresponsive by her boyfriend Nick Gordon and her friend, Max Lomas, in a bathtub at the couple’s home in Roswell, Georgia.

Multiple outlets reported that Brown had been placed in a medically induced coma and was breathing with the help of a ventilator. Brown was then transported to Emory University Hospital’s neurological department in Atlanta on Feb. 5, before being transferred again in March to Dekalb Medical’s rehab facility in Atlanta.

Things were looking more hopeful for the family in April, when a lawyer for Brown’s father told the press in a statement that the 22-year-old had “opened her eyes,” and went on to say “there has been improvement” in her condition.

However, on June 24, Brown’s aunt Pat Houston announced that Brown’s “condition has continued to deteriorate” and Brown was moved to hospice care. Additionally, the statement went on to say that the Houston family thanks “everyone for their support and prayers. [Bobbi Kristina] is in God’s hands now.”

Authorities are still investigating the circumstances that led the then-21-year-old to become unresponsive.

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Another Mass Shooting By Another Angry White Male

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Another mass shooting by another white male has just occurred at a movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana. John Russell Houser entered into the theater during a showing of “Trainwreck” armed and shot up the place. He injured several people, killing at least two and ended up dead himself. Why did he do it? It turned out he was a tea bagging right winger with a hatred for Obama, women and anything else considered leftist. Raw Story reports:

John Russell Houser, of Phenix City, Alabama, posted frequently across a variety of online forums — from political discussions to message boards for Oldsmobile enthusiasts — where he complained about “moral decay” and media brainwashing.

“America is so sick that I now believe it to be the enemy of the world,” he wrote under the name Rusty Houser in a December 2013 comment on Fellowship of the Minds. “I know next to nothing about Iran, but the little I do know tells me they are far higher morally than this financially failing filth farm.”

The 59-year-old Houser, who told acquaintances that voting was waste of time, was less active on Facebook and Twitter, although he left behind some clues about his beliefs on those social media networks.

“If you don’t think the internet is censored, try reading a newspaper from a country that hates liberals the way I do,” reads his second — and last — Twitter post, from June 2013. The first argues that “Westboro Baptist Church may be the last real church in America [members not brainwashed].”

His Facebook account shows just two likes — the “I hate liberals!” political organization, which uses an avatar that reads “Stand with Rand,” and the Crossroads Irish-American Festival.

Posts on his Facebook page reveals an interest in limiting women’s influence over the church, a hatred for American culture, and complaints about liberals “brainwashing” Americans into hating their own country.

“The bible doesn’t ask me to like what it says, only to obey it,” Houser wrote. “Death comes soon to the financially failing filth farm called the US.”

America, these mass shootings have been occurring more frequently mostly by angry white males. When will you acknowledge that this is a definitely a problem? When will you not individualize this and other mass shootings and face the fact that you have a population of nutjobs with an overwhelming hatred for practically anything not white, not male, not Christian and not straight?

I wouldn’t hold my breath. Apparently, nothing must disrupt white individuality, the concept of the lonely gun-toting bastard that’s never part of a larger crisis or the image of the cosmically good white man. As usual, this will end up as such, and criminality and terrorism will, as usual, be latched on to blacks and Muslims to carry on the white racist narrative. The entire process to protect the image of the white male will process itself through the mainstream as it always does with no progress in the works to stop and re-examine it and the issue of white male violence.

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