What are your thoughts on the final edition of the Presidential Debate? Sound off below!
I’ll make this quick.
I know, I know. Donald Trump, your hero, idol and white messenger, tells is like it is. He speaks his mind. That’s your reason for voting for him next month. That’s your ONLY reason why you’re voting for him.
I get it. All that other shit like foreign policy, the economy, the environment, etc. ain’t that important. He’s a rich white male who simply tells it like it is which means he hates and fears the same people you do. He knows your language of trepidation. And you’re swooned by his “charm”.
By the way, trepidation is a synonym for fear in case you’re wondering.
The internet news has kept a close eye on Trump’s quotes and actions that would make average viewers and readers conclude that he has a personality equivalent to a vulture. But that’s why you love him though. You’re attracted to such an…ahem…human being. To you, he’s the definition of a man’s man.
I could cite examples to his bigotry. I could bring up his fear of Islam. I can even mention his sexism. But to you, those are his good qualities. To you, this is what’s being a man is all about:
“I like Trump because Trump is not a politician; he talks like a guy. And, ladies out there, this is what guys talk about when you’re not around. So if you’re offended by it, grow up. And by the way, this is what you guys talk about over white wine when you have your brunches, so take it easy with your phony outrage. This is the way the world works. It’s not a big thing.”
Yes, this is but one comment from an actor millennials haven’t heard about. But don’t kid around. The lot of you share his opinion. You don’t see it as a big thing either.
Human beings with hearts and brains know that it’s a very big thing. They know are not acting like they’re outraged. THEY ARE OUTRAGED! One of the Presidential candidates just bragged about committing what’s considered sexual assault. I know it. You know it. And He knows it. And your continuous support speaks volumes about your morality and sanity, or lack thereof.
Do any of you have daughters, mothers, sisters, female relatives and friends? If so, how would you feel if Trump were to try grabbing their genitals? Would you still back him up in November?
If you have to think about it, you’ve given the answer and revealed how pathetic your stupid ass is.
The buzz about The Birth of a Nation, the movie about Nat Turner’s slave rebellion and actor Nate Parker’s project has been active for almost a year since news first broke out about it. People have anticipated a film about a revolt against slavery that was named after another much earlier film that depicted the rise of the Ku Klux Klan. The first movie was released in 1915 was popular among white movie goers showcasing racist stereotypes of African Americans. Despite that, it is still considered an important piece of film history to this day.
But just like the original film, it’s modern incarnation is not without controversy, especially surrounding the producer. Several weeks before its release, past sexual assault allegations have surfaced. Parker, along with his friend and co-author Jean McGianni Celestin while students at Penn State, went to trial for rape accusations, but was ultimately acquitted two years later. Sadly, in 2012 Parker’s accuser committed suicide. And despite news of her death reached Parker, he generally doesn’t seem fazed enough to apologize.
The resurfacing of Parker’s rape accusations has become a side-story whenever Birth of a Nation is discussed, usually praised. Movie fans and critics alike contend that it’s a must see film. For Black Americans, it’s a changing of the norm. There are no white saviors to step in and save black folks and even though it’s another film based on slavery, the slaves rise up against oppression. Why not see it?
Even though Parker’s moral character has come into questioning since news surfaced about his allegations from the past and his current reactions toward them, not all black people are on board with the movie hype. Some expressed anger towards his indifference and victimhood, disappointed that one of their brightest stars is sounding more and more like an unfeeling douche bag unwilling to do anything to tackle the issue responsibly.
But like anyone else, there are black people who blindly support such people, because their art and talents are more prominent than their misdeeds and crimes. Men like Woody Allen, Roman Polanski, Mel Gibson, Robert Downy, Jr., Charlie Sheen, former-President Bill Clinton and Presidential-hopeful Donald Trump are still beloved, adored and praised among many people. Their great accomplishments have largely overshadowed their most heinous sins.
Black people are like anyone else. Some of us still show support for icons through thick and thin. We still love Bill Cosby, Mike Tyson, Afrikaa Bambataa, R. Kelly, Chris Brown and even O.J. Simpson. (Well, maybe not quite O.J. Simpson.) Part of that is due to the history, past and contemporary, of racial hoaxes which resulted in the lynching of scores of black men in the South. It’s made many of us suspicious of accusations of violence against black men, especially if the victim and accuser is white. Nate Parker’s victim was reportedly a white female. News about his rape accusation surfaced weeks before the release of the movie. So, many black folks theorize a racist conspiracy against a famous black man who produced an anti-slavery film to bring him down.
But there’s another depressing side to this. Nate Parker was a rising icon among the black community. We saw him an innovator or revolutionary of sorts. Black people see the successes and failures of individual black people as successes and failures of the entire race. When some of us hear of Parker’s rape accusation, we felt disappointed. And his attitude towards it when being interviewed is rubbing salt into the wound. Watching a famous black leader of any kind fall slowly but surely is upsetting and even embarrassing. We fought so hard to smash racial stereotypes about us only to have someone, a famous someone, become that stereotype. And we fear that that individual will make things hard for the rest of us.
Nate Parker is becoming the stereotype we want to erase. His accusation of raping a white woman is bad enough. His responses to it are even worse. Will it be enough to affect the film’s status as a powerhouse or his reputation as a budding producer? Probably. Nevertheless, the culture of toxic masculinity must be addressed. If not, men will continue to get away with murder – in some cases literally – and more women will suffer for the sake of male power.
This shit continues undisturbed with no signs of slowing down or stopping. At this point, claiming that being black in America is hazardous to your health is an accurate observation, not an overexaggeration.
Raw Story reports:
Dash cam video released by the Tulsa Police Department on Monday showed 40-year-old Terence Crutcher with his hands above his head moments before he was shot and killed by one of the officers at the scene.
At a press conference on Monday, Chief Chuck Jordan explained that the video was “very disturbing — very difficult to watch.”
The video shows multiple police cruisers approach Crutcher’s vehicle, which appears to be broken down in the middle of the road. Crutcher is seen with his hands in the air. Both hands appear to be empty.
Pastor Rodney Goss of Morning Star Baptist Church, who was able to view the dash cam video as well as video from other department vehicles, said that all views showed Crutcher’s hands in the air.
Goss also denied claims made by a police spokesperson that suggested Crutcher was shot because he refused to obey commands.
Already, cops are trying to justify the shooting. Of course they would. They must save their own necks before admitting to any wrongdoing or gross incompetence.
“It was not apparent at any angle from any point that he lunged, came toward, aggressively attacked, or made any sudden movements that would have been considered a threat or life-threatening toward the officer,” Goss told Tulsa World.
The officer who pulled the trigger was later identified as Betty Shelby. She was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
It must be police procedure or something. How many other similar incidents have we seen where the officer in question was placed on paid administrative leave which means that they still get paid after murdering someone who posed no threat?
Like with any and all cop killings, the same old story will repeat itself like a bad rerun of a terrible show. It’s so recurrent that we know what to expect from the police, the “justice system” and political and social media commentaries. This was another edition of cops killing unarmed black people. So, the moment we heard about the news, we knew police was going to try to spin the incident in favor of the suspected cop who will be tried and probably freed or given a minimal sentence. Of course, if this is picked up by the mainstream media, especially of the conservative variety, they will do their best to uncover as much information about the victim as possible, such as his legal records, and will work hard to paint him as a criminal who deserved to die. And of course, black-on-black crime will be thrown into the mix.
Welcome to America where being black is a crime, and not too many people gives a fuck and are seemingly proud of it.
Lena Durham, best known as the creator, writer and star of the HBO series Girls and considered to be one of Hollywood’s biggest feminists, caused a media frenzy and internet firestorm for comments illustrating her internal conversation with herself pertaining to NFL star Odell Beckham Jr. during the MET gala in May. She seated next to him during the event. During a recent conversation with another Hollywood feminist Amy Schumer, she said the following:
I was sitting next to Odell Beckham Jr., and it was so amazing because it was like he looked at me and he determined I was not the shape of a woman by his standards. He was like, ‘That’s a marshmallow. That’s a child. That’s a dog.’ It wasn’t mean — he just seemed confused. The vibe was very much like, ‘Do I want to f— it? Is it wearing a … yep, it’s wearing a tuxedo. I’m going to go back to my cell phone.’ It was like we were forced to be together, and he literally was scrolling Instagram rather than have to look at a woman in a bow tie. I was like, ‘This should be called the Metropolitan Museum of Getting Rejected by Athletes.’
And it gets better, folks.
After her chat was broadcast all over the news, social media had to say something. Durham would apologize…Well, not really:
I owe Odell Beckham Jr an apology. Despite my moments of bravado, I struggle at industry events (and in life) with the sense that I don’t rep a certain standard of beauty and so when I show up to the Met Ball surrounded by models and swan-like actresses it’s hard not to feel like a sack of flaming garbage. This felt especially intense with a handsome athlete as my dinner companion and a bunch of women I was sure he’d rather be seated with. But I went ahead and projected these insecurities and made totally narcissistic assumptions about what he was thinking, then presented those assumptions as facts. I feel terrible about it. Because after listening to lots of valid criticism, I see how unfair it is to ascribe misogynistic thoughts to someone I don’t know AT ALL. Like, we have never met, I have no idea the kind of day he’s having or what his truth is. But most importantly, I would never intentionally contribute to a long and often violent history of the over-sexualization of black male bodies- as well as false accusations by white women towards black men. I’m so sorry, particularly to OBJ, who has every right to be on his cell phone. The fact is I don’t know about his state of mind (I don’t know a lot of things) and I shouldn’t have acted like I did. Much love and thanks, Lena.
Okay, let’s examine this train wreck piece by piece.
First, Durham opened with bashing her appearance. (She wore a tuxedo at the time.) Then, she projected that onto Beckham assuming that she didn’t look like the kind of woman he would want. Obviously, she had some kind of momentary attraction to Beckham which is harmless. But instead, she made it seem like it was all about him and what he thought about her.
Second, Durham made Beckham sound like a complete condescending idiot by – one again – making assumptions as to what he’s thinking about her after he supposedly took a brief glimpse at her, “That’s a marshmallow. That’s a child. That’s a dog.’ It wasn’t mean — he just seemed confused.”. Of course, the possibility can’t be because Beckham simply wasn’t interested in her. He probably didn’t even know who she was. Maybe he was shy. Who knows what was going on in his mind? Apparently, she thinks she does.
Third, Durham painted Beckham as kind of a sexual deviant. “Do I want to f— it?” If you’re reminded of the black rapist stereotype and how it lead to hundreds of lynchings, you’re not alone. But most of what’s said so far appears to be projection. She may really want him more than he wants her. Again, there’s nothing wrong with that, but the context in which it was said reduced Beckham to a racist caricature.
Fourth, Durham’s portrayal of Beckham not wanting her has the earmarks of the constant push for make white women the standard for beauty. She wasn’t noticed by a black man. So, she got disappointed.
Fifth, Durham’s apology was anything but. She proceeds to blame Beckham for her thoughts while self-depreciating herself. “Despite my moments of bravado, I struggle at industry events (and in life) with the sense that I don’t rep a certain standard of beauty and so when I show up to the Met Ball surrounded by models and swan-like actresses it’s hard not to feel like a sack of flaming garbage. This felt especially intense with a handsome athlete as my dinner companion and a bunch of women I was sure he’d rather be seated with. But I went ahead and projected these insecurities and made totally narcissistic assumptions about what he was thinking, then presented those assumptions as facts.” In other words, she made herself the victim of a black man for her own thoughts, because he wasn’t into her.
Already, people have declared Durham’s latest volume of disturbance (She confessed to molesting her own sister when they were little.) as an example of white feminism. Hell, some claim she is white feminism. Some claim that the term itself is recent, but the racist campaign to uplift white women as the epitome of beauty, elegance and purity and protect them from the onslaught of black males who, according to the stereotype, hunger for white vaginae has existed for at least 100 years. Nothing’s new.
Tell me if you’ve heard something like this before.
A white person reports that he, she or someone she knows who’s also white is a victim of a crime, usually one that involves violence. This person tells the police that the suspect is black. There’s immediately a search for this black suspect as well as an investigation as to whether or not the person’s story is authentic.
In time, police conclude – with evidence – that there was no black criminal. However, in some cases, a crime actually did occur, but it was committed by the person who made the report in the first place. And this person came up with the nonexistent black suspect to get away with it, because of the prevalent criminal black male stereotype that society doesn’t want to get rid of, the overblown fear of black-on-white crime and its pathological denial of its race problem.
Well, it happened again. US Uncut reports:
Courtney Chancellor called campus police at around 8:30pm, reporting that while she was delivering food for sandwich chain Jimmy John’s, a young 6 foot tall black man with facial hair and an upper arm tattoo “flashed a gun near Wolpers Hall and demanded money.”
Authorities initially sent out security alerts to students, faculty, staff, and local news outlets, encouraging thousands of people to be on the lookout for the fictional black man.
When MUPD reviewed evidence from nearby surveillance cameras and confronted Chancellor – who is not a student at the campus – she confessed to falsely claiming a robbery…
…It is currently unknown why Chancellor faked the robbery, or why she chose to describe her attacker as a black stereotype. She has since been arrested for filing a false report.
There have been cases where no crime was committed. Yet, there have been white people who knowingly chose to make one up and blame it on a black man that never existed or has blamed an actual black man for a crime he didn’t commit despite the devastating effect it will have on that man and black people in general. Emmett Till anyone?
People are flawed. We’re not perfect. We weren’t meant to be. But some people can’t or won’t admit their mistakes. Some people of the more delusional variety don’t believe they have any inadequacies. And then we have the assholes who won’t acknowledge their faults or misdeeds but delight in explaining what other people’s are.
Enter Bill O’Reilly who has a long history of chastising the black community using racist stereotypes he cites as ‘truths’ is the target of a sexual harassment allegation by former Fox News anchor Andrea Tantaros. Remember, this came off the heels of numerous sexual assault allegations against their former boss and CEO Roger Ailes who was forced to resign.
You also have to think back to the time O’Reilly was accused of sexual harassment in 2004. Back then Andrea Mackris, a Fox producer, accused O’Reilly of making lewd and threatening comments during their conversations. So, this ain’t the first time the conservative commentator expressed his freakiness.
And yet, according to O’Reilly, Black Lives Matter is dangerous to Americans.
At this point, Fox News, the media arm for the Republican party and megaphone for conservative views is becoming more dangerous for women to work. You begin to wonder who’s next to be revealed as a sexual predator working in Rupert Murdock’s Right wing media empire.
In other sad-ass news about famous people’s fuckery, guess who’s in trouble for the millionth time? If you’ve guessed Chris Brown, you’re right. The troubled R & B singer got arrested for allegedly pulling a gun on a beauty pageant model (Baylee Curran) during one of his rage-fueled moments. As usual, Brown claims he’s the true victim. He took to Instagram to vent about being held up in his home while cursing the bejesus out of the police.
As you know, Chris Brown has had legal troubles ever since that infamous night in 2009. (You know what happened.) and most of those troubles stem from his violent temper. When you think about it, it’s not all that surprising given that he came from an abusive home Hurt people hurt people. He witnessed violence growing up and grew up becoming violent.
It’s gotten to where you start predicting Chris Brown’s downfall, something will happen that neither he nor his celebrity status can never recover from. But I honestly fear an event so severe that it will land him in the same sinking boat as O.J. Simpson.
That’s why Brown desperately needs help. He needs help in the worst way possible. The help he’s getting obviously hasn’t helped much, at least in the public’s eye. It’s time for a serious change. That is, if he wants it. And so far, it doesn’t look like he does.
And while we’re at it, The Blaze’s Tomi Lahren needs help as well. Or rather, she and the population of fools that erroneously interpret any stance, vocally or physically, against any form of racism against blacks as hatred against white people need serious help, especially in reading comprehension skills.
After 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick protested against the National Anthem, the blonde bubbleheaded Becky proceeded to accused him of (drumroll) blaming white people.
But did he? Not according to The Breakfast Club‘s host Charlamagne the God who stated that he heard and read Kaepernick’s entire interview and stressed that he never mentioned ‘white people’ once.
I haven’t heard nor watched the interview, but I’ve read articles with excerpts from the interview. And not one has mentioned nor implied that white people are to blame.
The transcript is located here, and as I’m reading it…nope, no white people blaming.
So, Ms. Lahren, YOU ARE A LIAR!
No, worse than that. You’re an Ann Coulter clone!
You don’t know anything about what’s going on in the world, and you apparently put forth zero effort in learning them. And yet, you speak with such passion and anger that you appear to believe that your views are objective. To put it simply, you’re an angry, thoughtless white woman, a perfect soldier for the male conservative order.
I know that the title of this article says that there’s more. But I’m honestly tapped out. Famous people and their fuckery can get on your nerves.
I’m sickened at the levels people sink to tear someone to pieces for hate sake. But I’m not surprised as that’s how this country does certain people who’s only ‘sins’ were not being born with white skin, a dick or a preference for the opposite sex, among other things. And in the cyber age, the attacks can come from lowly punks hiding behind computers and smart devices which can lead to real world pain and misery.
The Ghostbusters actress was targeted and harassed viciously online on Twitter by racist, misogynist trolls led by the urgings of alt-right ‘journalist’ and self-proclaimed ‘professional troll’ Milo Yiannopoulos who, among others, seemingly hated the all-female remake the most, and centered most of the hate towards Jones out of all the actors and personnel of the film for one obvious reason. I’ll let you guess what that is.
They did everything within the power of the social media site to dehumanize her, even posting doctored tweets to try to ruin her image. Even though many people saw through that, the damage was done.
Jones left Twitter, but returned shortly after. And the site permanently banned Yiannopoulos. But the trolls apparently still wanted to bring down the actress to satisfy their evilness. (Yes, I call it evil.)
Jones’ website was hacked. Nude photos, personal info were exposured. It was severe enough to shut down the site altogether.
No one should have to deal with this. Leslie Jones doesn’t deserve this. She did nothing wrong. She did nothing wrong to anyone. She’s a talented, admired black actress who starred in a re-imagined version of a beloved movie. And that was the reason racist dickheads want to bury her online through the use of misogynoir, the type of hatred directed at black women.
I honestly don’t have the words necessary to convey my feelings or thoughts on this latest attack on a talented black actress. Sure, you can say that this is just the internet and not reality. But being attacked on the internet can do real world harm. This shows that, without a shadow of a doubt, that racism and sexism are still serious contemporary problems.
For those who argue about the freedom to say whatever they want, you can save your breath, because with freedoms comes responsibility. And if you abuse your freedoms by being a total prick, expect consequences to follow, one way or another. And in the end, you will only have yourself to blame.
White privilege exists. There’s mounds of examples and evidence to prove that it. And yet, there are people, mostly white, who will deny it with a straight face. The need to deny that white privilege exists is as powerful as the urgency to proclaim that racism is no longer a problem in America. Even if and when evidence is presented, they will still rebuff until veins start popping. Yours and theirs. And yet, they would rather believe in the existence of Bigfoot, the Lock Ness Monster and angels.
The most obvious case of white privilege comes from a big story involving athletes at the Olympics, particularly one named Ryan Lochte who competed in the swimming event. Several days ago, Lochte reported that he and his friends, also swimmers, had been robbed at gunpoint by faceless men who spoke in a foreign language. Since the Olympics took place in Rio this year, people jumped to conclusions that the robbers were natives of the city. So, that meant that the suspects were likely men of color.
Only an investigation by Brazilian police concluded that the robbery was a lie. Lochte was actually involved with an altercation with a security guard after he damaged property at a petrol station. He has ‘apologized’ after the revelation came out and, along with the other swimmers involved, will face a disciplinary committee. But they already sparked (yet another) fiery conversation about white male privilege, especially comparing reactions between this and how they treated Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas who was vilified for not “showing proper patriotism” during the National Anthem while Lochte and his thugs were “just kids who were having fun and made a mistake“.
Never mind that those dudes were grown-ass men. A 12 year-old black child with a toy gun is viewed more as an adult while white men who vandalized property were “just kids”.
So, to any trolls lurking around this blog, tell me how this is anything but a full-on case of white privilege. Better yet, tell me how we need to “wait for more evidence”. Go ahead, I dare ya.
Tell me how we need to wait for until we know the whole story about the cop who ran down a little girl with his motorcycle and then murdered the girl’s father when he got upset and tried to help. Luckily, I heard that the girl is expected to survive. But not much is known about the incident. And I’m still searching for more about it.
But if anyone has more info, that’s NOT excerpted from a right wing news site vilifying the victims, please feel free to share it.
In news pertaining to white racists gone wild, a drunk white woman in a bikini was caught on video screaming racist obscenities at a group of black folks yelling, among several things, that Dr. Martin Luther King was a slut. (I guess it’s true that alcohol reveals one’s true self after all.) A white supremacist stabs a black man to supposedly defend police from the likes of Black Lives Matter. (Guess who he supports in the upcoming Presidential election. Go on. Guess.) And White Lives Matter activists protested outside the headquarters of the NAACP, Confederate flags in tow.
Yes, folks. We know white people loathe black folks enough to risk everything for the mere sake of letting the world know how much they hate black people one way or another. Whether it’s being caught on camera, sending a barrage of hate tweets and(or) leaving status messages which contain racist memes with the n-word appearing at least once usually grunting about how much they hate President Obama, in the age of social media, there are white folks who will vent their rage to the world even if it costs them their jobs, careers, families, friends and their very lives.
Black girl magic is in full effect during the 2016 Summer Olympics as several queens won the gold.
We had Michelle Carter who won the gold medal in shot put, Simone Biles who became the first black gymnast to the world all-around title, Simone Manuel who became the first black woman to win a gold medal in swimming and Gabby Douglas who went gold in the women’s team all-around. Wow!
I, personally, am not going to worry about the haters. This is a monumental moment for black women everywhere. And I – for one – think we should be damn proud of their accomplishments.
We also must acknowledge other black athletes who dominated the games, especially in events most people don’t associate black people with. We have Daryl D. Homer who won the silver medal in fencing. And we have Rafaela Silva who won the gold medal in women’s judo.
When individual black people make moves and succeed, we share the feeling of success. We feel like we all have succeeded. When one of us makes history in a positive way, we feel we are one step closer out of the abyss of oppression and that we’re proving our haters wrong.”See? We’re not as bad as you think.”
But some people would prefer to ignore black achievements for something else. Anything else. Such was the case with NBC when it overshadowed Simone Manuel’s historical win in favor of taped footage of the Russian Olympic team. Naturally, the internet – Deadspin in particular – wasn’t going to let the media giant get away with it and clapped back.
By now, you should know that the Western media is not immune to racism in America. This is but one example of white supremacy. But there’s another, one that reminds us how being a white male is to be immune to harsh consequences for his actions, no matter how devastating.
You all remember the Brock Turner case? A former Stanford University student was arrested for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman after a campus party, but was given only six months in jail. Well, something similar happened with another student thanks to another lenient judge.
In Boulder, Colorado, former University of Colorado student Austin Wilkerson was arrested for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman after a St. Patrick’s Day party. Judge Patrick Butler sentenced Wilkerson to two years on work or school release and 20 years probation. He will spend his nights in jail and must register as a sex offender. The initial sentence is usually four to 12 years in prison.
Both Wilkerson and Turner are white males.
As expected, and rightfully so, this sparked outrage from the community of Boulder City and social media. The story gained national attention from mainstream and internet news outlets.
It doesn’t take much to theorize how drastically different the outcome would be if Wilkerson was black. Hell, if he was black and innocent, but still accused of rape, he would still be railroaded straight to prison. Don’t believe me? Ask Brian Banks.
In more news that will further make you distrust the American “justice” system, everyone’s witnessing the unrest in Milwaukee after an black man was gunned down by police during a traffic stop. Police said that the victim and another man ran from police. The victim was armed and was threatening the cops before he was murdered. The other man was arrested.
After news broke out about the incident, protesters gathered. The police responded, in some time later, fires broke out.
We all know the score. There will be folks that will defend the cop. The news media will dig up the victim’s past. In this case, it’s almost a certainty as the man was strapped with a gun. And the topics that will be purposely ignored are the conditions black people in the city face daily. Why a young black male would need to carry a gun will be answered with talks of a black criminal culture and the need for more cops to patrol black communities, never mentioning solutions to address the overlooked systematic racism that goes on in Milwaukee. Such is needed to maintain white supremacy as recently evidenced in Baltimore.
A recent report by the Department of Justice on the activities of the Baltimore Police Department revealed what the city’s black residents have known all along, that the policing in black communities was brewing with racism.
Of course, on the flip side, Baltimore’s rich white residents were treated with respect by cops. Imagine that.
The racism is on full display. But as you know, there will always be those that will deny and even defend it.