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Showing posts with label Fabric of Oppression. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fabric of Oppression. Show all posts

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Palin And Nugent: White Privilege At Its Very Worse!

President Obama from a The New Yorker interview for publication on January, 27th.
USA Today...
"There's no doubt that there's some folks who just really dislike me because they don't like the idea of a black president," Obama told The New Yorker in its Jan. 27 publication.
Obama also said "there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I'm a black president."
Sarah Palin on Monday (A day of celebration of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.). Let's be clear and without equivocation, despite hatred on the far-right and among may conservatives  Dr. King has become a beacon of light in US History. is place in our history is set and cannot be taken away via regressivism for many whites (and black conservatives) who want to return the US to the days of Jim Crow.  Before we move-on we think of ten state axiom: "Isms travel in bunches."  Regressivism will each into every fabric of our society and you shroud be able to see signs that the 92% white male GOP is on a path of "difficult" return. The GOP "War on Women" Is pronounced and spreading on a daily basis.  Conservative contempt LGBT people is as obvious as January following December on the Roman Calendar. 

For those who troll around for idiocy, you may twist and interpret the calendar for sake of throwing silliness about, via reversing my comment; December follows January in the Roman Calendar.  If that makes you feel better or allows you to avoid troll silliness to placate your ego.   The salient point conservative elitism and oppression towards major swaths of the population are as real as the Roman calendar.

Even if you did not celebrate MLK Day in any way the central point is you probably did not go out of your way to exhibit overt racism.  Overt racism in may cases directly from a deep inner core of people who have been raised to believe they are superior to another based on culture, race, ethnicity and gender. People who believe such and simply refuse to extrapolate their twists social and psychological deficiencies, simply allowed the day to pass and enjoyed their day off.  If you were scheduled off for the national holiday your did to report to work. I will wager very few MLK and civil rights haters petitioned their bosses to protect MLK day by showing up at work.  Yet, few dared use the day to show the level and scope of their overwhelming ignorance and personal forms of racism. 

We start with one who raises her head with each photo or "attention" opportunity to remind her sycophants she is out there. Sarah Palin shows why the nation is blessed McCain/Palin were not voted into the White House. She slithers around like a camouflaged opportunistic Boa Constrictor lurking to strike. Yet. She strikes without gripping fangs, she strikes with her personal branding handed to the nation via her asinine nomination for the VP slot on the 2008 ticket. And, that branding guarantees income flow for appearances and book deals during the most opportune period (e.g., elections, certain holidays, and major political speeches). 

Here is a example of an opportunist's lurch to snare the minds and psyches of people who actually listen to her.  
The Daily Kos...
"Mr. President, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and all who commit to ending any racial divide, no more playing the race card," Palin wrote on her Facebook page on Monday, the national holiday marking the civil rights icon's birthday.
President Obama has appropriately and very infrequently spoken-out about issues of race when such issue warranted comment for a president of the Unite States. He has never once, spoken his perception of GOP obstruction to his administration and obvious personal hatred from many on the right to his race. He has done so, and he was right in his assessment and equally correct in speaking-out as he moves away form the presidency.

Obama is not a person who allows himself to ramble about sticking his foot in his mouth with zany misstatements. Hence his heavy use of pre-written and teleprompter aided speeches and comments. 

We digress....  The one time he spoke extemporaneous was his comments about "keeping your health coverage." and we posit he may very well have actually believe the law was written as such. President Obama may have made the grievous mistake of failing to completely recognize the extent to which corporate America feeds itself (all corporate major stakeholders) at the expense of customers.  He certainly underestimated the skill and acumen of corporate lawyers who scrub through laws for corporate leverage and advantage. Let me assure you it happens on a daily basis; the very reason corporations employ and retain highly compensated lawyers.  

Nonetheless, Obama has never once attributed GOP obstruction and conservative hatred to issues of his ethnicity. He has now spoken frankly about the fact there are people who are not ready for an African-American as president. He also carefully worded his remarks to touch on the reality some Americans are fond of Obama as president and with some consideration of his ethnicity. 

Let's take a quick look at Palin from an unknown author via via Facebook posting. We deleted references to children from the following anecdotal depiction of one who feels she can counsel Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States of America. 

Sarah Palin (Note: the author was kind in omitting references to "Refudiate" and references to "Paul Revere.")
  • Used the Canadian healthcare system for doctors and medication­.
  • Married, More children who followed in her footsteps.
  • Mayor of Wasilla population 5000.
  • As mayor she appointed a town manager because the job was too hard.
  • The current mayor said that the only busy day was Tuesday when she had to sign 100 checks for the workers.
  • Gave a no bid contract for a $20 million Hockey stadium and as quid pro quo the developer built her a mansion for free.
  • Left Wasilla in 20 million debt.
  • Ran for governor.
  • Won due to the power of the wink and fabricated history.
  • As governor she addressed a group of secessionists that her husband was a member of.
  • They planned to secede from America and saw it as the enemy.
  • Apparently watched the skies to see Putin flying over.
  • Was for a bridge to nowhere before she was against it.
  • Set a state record for ethics violations.
  • Was chosen to be the running mate for John McCain. Destroyed any hopes of McCain winning by destroying any shred of credibilit­y he had. Which was not much to begin with.
  • Quit as governor midterm to help America in other ways.
  • Confided in friends and family that being governor was hard work and boring.
  • Had a book ghost written written with her name on it.
  • The book was proved to be full of inaccuracies and poor me the victim anecdotes.
  • Became rich.
  • Became a critic on all matters Obama.
  • All proved to be irrational and unhinged babbling.
  • Endorsed several politicians in 2010, most lost and the rest were voted out in 2012. So not much value in her endorsements.
  • Became a Fox pundit where she snipes and whines and is as unfair and unbalanced as the rest of these happy campers.
  • Claims to be a patriot but secession will do.
  • Used the million veteran march to showboat and used them as pawns in a petty, partisan petulant, rabble rousing performance in high farce.
And to round it off she race baited the president on MLK day a day about MLK and not a day about her.

A few illustrations of Obama's patience and reticence regarding issues of race before we offer an even more racist and vile example of which we speak.


Palin babbles about the "race card."  We guess, in addition to seeking attention for books sales and personal for -fee appearance, she choices to ignore the overwhelming and disgusting exhibition of racism from people who have issues with Obama as President. "Don't play the race card" comments when we live in a world delineated in the images above validates Palin's lack of intellect and her penchant for leveraging opportunities to provide revenue for her "brand." 

We offer another example......

Mediaite (via YouTube)

MediaMatters on the Network and public forum that supports overt racism and far-right demagoguery.
Nugent made the comment during a January 17 interview with at the 2014 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show), an annual gun industry trade show that draws 60,000 firearms industry professionals. Nugent was representing the Outdoor Channel, which airs his hunting show Ted Nugent Spirit of the Wild. Nugent and Outdoor Channel recently announced a multi-year endorsement deal where Nugent will make "talent appearances on the network's behalf at top consumer and industry trade events." In announcing the deal, Outdoor Channel's CEO said that Nugent "symbolizes everything that is right in our industry."
We will place the person above in true perspective, if you have an additional 3:40 minutes.  Linked; longer HD versions Linked. Of course, the CBS interview and analysis do not touch into issues of race, they are posted to address the mindset of people who earn copious fees, garner attention, and are provided platforms for what can be described only as racist. 

If Nugent's comments above are not clear, recognize people to whom he speaks clearly understand his word choices. Referring to the president of the United States as a "mongrel" places Nugent's remarks in a much darker chasm of the  racism than those spoken by Palin.

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines mongrel as "a dog with parents of different breeds."

Do you find it intriguing fifty plus years from his birth Barack H. Obama is being personally maligned related to race? He is being maligned by people who fit the very paradigm to which the president spoke. They hate that he is president! We posit it is impossible race is not a guiding impetus for hatred from the two right-wing nut cases delineated in this screed. And, the two nut cases are mere tips of an iceberg that people really should admit. 

Someone should remind Nugent of the downfall of one Craig Cobb, renowned white supremacist, who has fallen on tough times since his DNA indicated he is not as pure of race as a personal guiding principle and foundation of his racist paradigm (and preachings).

I often wondered how Craig Cobb allowed himself, in his blissful ignorance, to accept a DNA test.  His ignorance and lack of education guided the white supremacist directly into a trap that he should have known was in his path. The links also includes the rants and raves of a noted black separatist who often also comes across as a racist. 

Here is the DNA "hook" abbreviated segment:

Here is the one minute segment in which the DNA results were broadcast across the globe:

It would be great to see if Ted Nugent would sit for a DNA test? The underlying reason for development of this screed relates to overt exhibitions of "white privilege" and illustration of the "Fabric Of Oppression."  

The Fabric of Oppression

The Circle of Oppression

Since we referenced it above, and if you have read this far, you might find the following evidence of how people grow to adulthood with bigotry and racism emblazoned in their psyches as thoroughly as the ability to speak.

Cycle of Oppression

Both Palin and Nugent via their repeated forays into issues of race exemplify privilege not shared by people have '"conferred privilege' simply as a birthright.  


Thursday, July 4, 2013


I have been known to reference experience and knowledge related to one aspect of my professional background: diversity workshop facilitation and inclusive/interpersonal  management  development. 

The following graphic illustrates the need for conscientiousness and focused efforts to  alleviate vestiges of "oppression". "Oppression" in the minds and psyches of people who are not denizens of the top level of the diagram. The top level is, simply and tragically all in one,  the domain of conferred privilege which without conscious effort tends to osmotic(-ally) evolve to "oppression." Even more simply stated, "If you are part of the top level of the diagram you are granted privilege at birth and there are times when said privilege is packaged with lessons in hatred, contempt and intolerance."
Imagine a world when your young life was infiltrated with all images of "Jesus Christ" as a Caucasian. My layman's knowledge of the Bible left impression the Christ figure was born in a geographic region where features as the depicted below would be treated with scorn, if the prospect of such features was even remotely possible. 

If you did not click the link under the Fabric Of Oppression diagram, click it and see how Forrest Whitaker, Academy Award winning actor, found out about "privilege" and the lack there of.

Now, for the promised treatise.

The following was written by a FaceBook friend, and it echoes each and every point about race based privilege that I labor to impart via writings, lecture, and existentially as part of my personal life "on the daily."

The following will capture the essence of our point. A point that has no relation to an effort to induce "guilt" among any group or person. We at the TPI do not involve in guilt trips. Our mission is to provide information that might induce thought and contemplation by some; those who are not too far gone down the path of sitting in the back seat as "Thelma and Louise" take their last ride.

We are "...from where we came." If we do nothing to question or challenge aspects of our lives handed to us via birth and socialization, and things we personally feel are wrong (or questionable), we are driving towards a cliff.

I’d like to share my thoughts on racism. 

We aren’t racist by choice, at least most aren’t. From the age of understanding we are conditioned toward white. I can’t remember a nursery rhyme or even a learning to read book with a picture or even a thought of a black person. Imagine trying to grow up black in a white-washed world. The same learn to read books, like See Jane Run, were taught in white schools and black schools. We’ve literally been programmed from birth to trust and accept anyone white, and fear and loathe anyone who isn’t.

Now for a few moments lets adjust the color on our lives. Imagine you were a white child and everything in your world were black. The people in every nursery rhyme and the people pictured in every learn to read book were black. Would that have made us proud to be white? Literally everything we learn as we grow was geared toward the black children. Imagine the pain and the anger that would build inside each of us had this been our learning environment. I believe had this been the case, the numbers of prison inmates would be exponentially skewed in the opposite manner that shows today. Whites would far outnumber blacks had the pain of being raised in the opposite occurred.
Our black brothers and sisters were raised in the environment where every break, literally every book was about white people. They in-turn learn that white is special and being black has varying effects, but can be seen in the eyes of everyone. The internal struggle caused by such skewed manner of learning has to have terrible consequences on many lives. This is what a wonderful race of Americans has had to live with. Is it any wonder the prisons show such high percentages of blacks compared to whites????
There’s nothing we as a nation can do about the past, we were raised this way and must accept this. However, the future is ours to change, we must give our young black and white children more to be proud of. Equality means we need to rewrite the nursery rhymes, rewrite the learning to read books, and make the children understand the beautiful color filled world we live in. Please remember EQUALITY = QUALITY ANYTHING LESS IS UNACCEPTABLE!!!
End Facebook treatise.

Really? With all due respect!


Monday, February 18, 2013

Forest Whitaker: Victimized by The Fabric of Oppression



ROUSTED: Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker was stopped and patted down at a Morningside Heights deli when an employee wrongly suspected him of shoplifting.
Pacific Coast News
ROUSTED: Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker was 
 stopped and patted down at a Morningside Heights deli when 
an employee wrongly suspected him of shoplifting.

 Warzer Jaff;
Do you recognize this guy?  He reminds me of an Academy Award winner actor, who appears in a few movies and theatrical performances from time to time. It is probably safe to assume he is a multi-millionaire. While petty shoplifting is a crime of convenience well outside of crime that harms people (either physically, socially, or monetarily), there are shoplifters who pilfer to satisfaction a psychological need, and others who do so for the simple thrill. 

Forrest Whitaker was probably not dress as he appears he last Friday when accosted and detained for suspicion of shoplifting.   We do not know if others have been detained by employees who work at the deli, we have to assume at least one employee must have watched Whitaker's every move upon entering the deli.

Click for larger view the click chart
Have you ever felt you was being watched by a retail store employee?  Have ever heard of profiling, mostly perpetrated by police officers?  Would it surprise you to know most liberal cities in the nation, which happen to have large African-American populations, are fertile fields of profiling. (see chart above)

GAWKER published an entertaining yet poignant piece about the employee detention.  A link related a a patron's perspective on the incident is both telling, and tragic.

No matter the level of accomplishment in our "exceptional" nation, some people suffer under the engulfing umbrella of The Fabric of Oppression
FEB 17, 2013 10:52 AM 
Forest Whitaker Accused of Shoplifting, 
Frisked at Upper West Side Deli
 Molly Fitzpatrick Oscar winner Forest Whitaker was wrongly accused of shoplifting and subjected to a humiliating pat down at a Morningside Heights deli on Friday morning.  
If West Side Story were written today, "Officer Krupke" would contain at least a verse and a half about stop-and-frisk, the NYPD's favorite pastime. But in this case, no cops were called—Whitaker was publicly frisked by a Milano Deli employee, in what seems to be an instance of blatant discrimination.  
Is it possible that the man had just Netflixed The Last King of Scotland and thought the brilliant actor was, in fact, the reprehensible Idi Amin himself? On second thought—nope, just blatant discrimination. Gothamist spoke with a regular deli patron who was present for the incident with Whitaker. She claims to have witnessed previous negative treatment of black customers by the store's employees, as well having heard staff spout "racist crap."  
Classy as always, Whitaker (who came into the store to buy a yogurt—any forensic scientist worth his weight in old-timey fingerprint powder knows that yogurt and crime do not mix) agreed to the employee's request not to involve the authorities out of fear of losing his job. Good luck with that one, buddy.
[Image via Getty]
Whitaker as a member of a minority group is by default suspicious, at least from the perspective of one deli employee. The actors situation is all too common and has deep, deep roots. Those roots are far deeper than pure bias or bigotry (or even racism). He was victimized (albeit it temporarily) by the deeper gamut of oppression.

The Fabric of Oppression
The fabric of oppression is a "systematic phenomenon that creates some groups that are dominant or privileged by it and other groups that are targeted or oppressed by it" (24). Much like the culture of power, it is plausible to be in the dominant group and benefit, but not be aware or behave in a manner that is mean, prejudiced or hateful. In the same way, "one can be part of a targeted group without ever experiencing a hateful act" (24). Another key aspect that although one may belong in a dominant group does not guarantee wealth, power and success, but greatly improves the chances. On the other hand, being part of a targeted group, does not literally translate to failure, but once again increases the chance for it. 
A key aspect of the fabric of oppression is that there is institutionalized oppression. This institutional oppression, which can be legal, illegal or self-perpetuating, is different from internalized oppression. This type of oppression occurs "when an individual takes the external misinformation, stereotypes and negative images" (26). 

It does not matter that Whitaker is an accomplished actor (artist). It does not matter that he via the scope of his financial means, was not shoplifting. What matters was his race and an apparent accepted norm in that deli the black male, is a suspect upon entering the establishment. 

The Fabric of Oppression is much deeper and systemic phenomena in the United States, than one isolated case of false detention.  However, Whitaker and other 'famous' celebrities of color discover that race permeates every aspect of life in America.  It is without doubt the culture of the New York deli is a perfect example of pervasive oppression.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Sensitive Topic: White Privilege and White Guilt..A Mere Exploration

The following article is a cross post from the progressive website posted an article a few days back that relates to issues of race. Before, you click off this diary I can assure you that it could be a read worth of a few minutes.  If you are one who does not care for long reads, go ahead and click off. The Addictinginfo link was posted in a noble effort to generate comments or dialog about a topic that few in the nation will discuss. The topic is not often discussed on the LT ( and I, as a member, am not the most comfortable with the topic. I have been involved in but one dialog related to 'privilege' since joining the site 1.5 years ago. That dialog was with my friend SPIRAL.

The author of the article delves into the topics of: White Privilege and White Guilt. Needless to say but I will say it anyway the article generated two comments.  One comment was written by me and I took 'the fifth' based on a lack of space for proper exploration of the topic.

I am going to post the author's work here (in part) and a link for the article.

Let me first state that I do not believe that any white person in the nation should expend any mental energy on the business of 'white guilt'. Privilege on the other hand is another story.