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Showing posts with label US racism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label US racism. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

An Unpopular Reality: US Racism

We will start this post with a reminder of how some people deal in race and promulgate utter racism. The recent professional tennis Open loss for Serena Williams is for another post. What follows is yet another example of manifest racism with obvious origins in nefarious, deviate example conservative minds.

As you know Serena Williams loss her Finals match to Haitian/Japanese Naomi Osaka. Well, have a look at what is not very different than many pics of Brack Obam and his family as he served as the nation's 44th President.

Ugly depiction eh?

Well, allow for a bit more ugly straight out of conservative America.

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Before you seek to find a remedy in Photoshop or think in terms of Democrat Party subterfuge, here is a link to Yelp in the local market.

Glenda Rollman ("Welfare Queen")
14450 Rollman Road
Shawneetown, IL 62984 
Phone: Show Number 

Glenda Rollman is a privately held company in Shawneetown, IL and is a Single Location business.

Categorized under Cash Grains (Unclassified). Our records show it was established in 2002 and incorporated in Illinois. Current estimates show this company has an annual revenue of 108034 and employs a staff of approximately 1.


To think, we have people who actually will stand on camera or write a sentence denying the racist inner of the GOP and vast numbers of its supporters and members.


Monday, April 16, 2018

Starbucks Exposed? There's More?

A couple of days ago. African-American men handcuffed and removed from a Starbucks store after a 911 call from store employees. The two men were waiting for an associated who happened to be white. The racism is obvious and one should wonder how the employees would have handled the matter had the white associate been seated with the two black men.

I have read reports the manager of the Starbucks store left the company. If the employee actually did leave the company, I wonder if the employee wasn't terminated with an agreement related to promulgation of a voluntary resignation?

Kevin Johnson, CEO Starbucks, has appeared publicly with what amounts to a standard and increasingly common "apology: regarding the overt racism at the Philadelphia store.  The company also published a written apology. 
Don't these corporate statements all read similarly?

As muck goes we should know other Starbucks stores would be exposed.

Activist Shaun King and others are commenting on a video published earlier today. The store manager in the Starbucks video doesn't seem to have answers. She seems most ready and willing to avoid the 'preferred restroom bust, via typical behavior blacks and Latino's face on a daily basis. 

Starbucks, Starbucks, where forth art thou?


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Quick Hit: Social Cancers Grow As We Move Through Trumpism (Offensive VIdeo)

Haley Barber New Jersey resident who has been expelled from an Alabama university.  

There are times when we need not add verbiage to help illustrate growing racism and hatred in the United States. What follows is one such case.

If the following piece, including two videos, doesn't offend you as an existential reality, you really should check your social barometer.  If you find the video to your liking, you are, in fact, an appreciative racist.

You will notice she exhorted and celebrity being in the South.

Proud New Jersey resident at home with Alabama racism.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Quick Hit: "An Email For The Times"

For those who see site headlines and immediately avoid the headlines which indicate issues of race.  

If the racist is going to use the word "Nigger" (even if cloaked with special characters, the racist should learn to spell the word.  

Need to say more? StumbleUpon

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Dove Soap Brand Joins In Perpetuating Growing Racism

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Dove Soap, a Unilever brand, joins a growing list of entities which have taken actions (via an advertisement) to return the United United States to a state of racism like that of the 1800s through the mid-1960s. 

Dove's Unilever USA web page excerpts
... Dove is committed to helping all women realize their personal beauty potential by creating products that deliver real care. Dove believes that beauty should be for everyone, because when you look and feel your best, you feel better about yourself.
Our mission

Dove® is rooted in listening to women. The Campaign for Real Beauty was launched in 2004 after a major global study – The Real Truth About Beauty - revealed that only 2% of women around the world would describe themselves as beautiful. This sparked a global conversation about the need for a wider definition of beauty. 

New Dove global research reveals that beauty anxiety persists among women and girls. Most women are unable to recognize their own beauty, which can greatly impact their self-esteem and confidence. Only 4% of women around the world currently consider themselves beautiful. Further, when girls feel bad about their looks more than 60% (age 15 to 17) avoid normal daily activities such as attending school, going to the doctor, or even giving their opinion. 

In response, Dove evolved the campaign and launched the Dove Self-Esteem Project in 2006 to help ensure the next generation of women grow up to be free from misconstrued beauty stereotypes and the burden of self-doubt. Together with experts and key partners (in the U.S., Dove supports the work of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., Girls, Inc., and Boys & Girls Clubs of America) Dove has created self-esteem building educational programs and activities that encourage, inspire and motivate girls around the world to reach their full potential. 

We have reached more than 19 million girls so far with this programming. Together, our efforts have moved the needle in a positive direction. But there is more to be done.
Peruse the following Dove Facebook image very closely.

If you continue to feel that the US is a post-racial nation which socially moved from the 1950s, you are either naive or you simply refuse to accept reality.

Racism isn't only manifest via preferential hiring which is a conduit to such an ad. It isn't solely the domain of growing numbers of white supremacist, Nazis, and so-called white nationalists and it certainly isn't restricted to people working to deny access for people of color. It spans the social gamut from inert bias through over examples of utter racism as depicted in the Dove ad.  Diverse staffing and promotion could serve as first-line barriers to such ads.

The ad exemplifies how racism works (in organizations which refuse to hire people of color or when people of color are hired many (too many) rarely earn promotions which place them in positions to view ads as the one pictured above.

How is the Dove advertisement any different than ads from an era when racism was commonplace and probably considered humorous?

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There is no difference. Actually, there is a difference.  The Dove advertisement was developed and posted to Facebook in 2017.

The advertisement also exemplifies the level of white nationalism and utter racism which accompanies other examples of overt racism which seems to proliferate over the past nine years.

Let's revisit the Dove web page verbiage for a bit:
...helping all women realize their persoal beauty potential by creating products that deliver real care. 
... Most women are unable to recognize their own beauty, which can greatly impact their self-esteem and confidence. Only 4% of women around the world currently consider themselves beautiful. Further, when girls feel bad about their looks more than 60% (age 15 to 17) avoid normal daily activities such as attending school, going to the doctor, or even giving their 

... Dove has created self-esteem building educational programs and activities that encourage, inspire and motivate girls around the world to reach their full potential.
Really Dove?

It should be noted, Dove has issued an apology for the advertisement. 

An apology is OK, but when Dove has reached into the racist bucket before, the nascent apology seems perfunctory.

Really Dove?

Actually the Dove advertisement is a modern day manifestation of national institutional racism practiced since the advent of radio and TV.  The following three minute video adroitly captures and addresses the roots of the Dove mindset.

Well, the video actually is a great response to Dove, while created for a purpose well outside the scope of the company's advertisement campaign.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Audacity Of The Racist Charlottesville Organizer And His Terrorist Car Murderer

James Alex Fields Jr. in a mugshot released by the Charlottesville, Va., police department.
CreditCharlottesville Police Department, via Reuters

He told his mother he was going to the rally. (Aug. 12)
 (..a Trump rally)

Within hours  the organizer of the racist protest, local blogger Jason Kessler, spoke about the terrorist (car) killing via killing his brethren:
Jason Kessler said in an interview Saturday evening that whoever drove a car into a group of counter-protesters "did the wrong thing." 
He also claimed he was saddened people were hurt: "SADDEN?"

Photo published for Jason Kessler

Today he decided to address the racist gathering via a personal appearance. These people really do not understand the scope and full measure of abhorrence of their ideology by some Americans. They are truly people who suffer from chronic "White Privilege."


What privilege manifest in a person that drives them out for a public gathering after sponsoring a protest at which one was killed and dozens were injured?  An event which garnered hundreds of seething racists armed for a confrontation like a pack of home made armed militia?  

A person privileged in his state of racism buoyed by a president who still has come forth with outright and total condemnation. He felt comfortable taking his racism to a platform with cameras to say "he was saddened?"

The death victim and a report from the nation's top white supremacist website and publication. 

The Victim

The Murder before his neo-nazi haircut

Media Matters
After praising Trump's statement on Charlottesville, a neo-Nazi website celebrates murder of counterprotester Heather Heyer 
Hate website The Daily Stormer says victim was "the definition of uselessness" and that "most people are glad she is dead"
And A US President Who Won't Speak out


The Daily GOP Ignominious: Your GOP President And His Absence Of Condemnation

Is this your white supremacist's army?  

You may not share their zeal for supremacy over others (minorities, women, and Jews), but when you cast that GOP vote, rest assured you are wallowing in their pig pen.

Now, recall that old adage about the Pig Pen
When you wallow with a Pig in his pen, he loves you,
You hane lowered yourself to his pen, AND NOW YOU STINK.
Also, note your president hasn't spoken out in direct opposition to the white supremacists/anti-Semites. The informed American should wonder maybe even out loud, Trump won't speak out based on reflections of his family. Link.

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In case you are inclined to work to separate your vote from these people, know that the GOP is about racists acts of voter suppression and district gerrymandering to mitigate minority vote impact on elections. Those are racists acts. 

The absence of condemnation is outright approval.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A Paradigm (Even If Conferred) Worthy Of Discarding: White Privilege

I only post special posts regarding race and America's evolving reach back to times of old. Yes, anti-Black racism experienced, a short respite in the late 1960s and very early 1970s.

As we moved through the 1970s, I assert, a resurgence of racism, white supremacy, bigotry and all forms of their social deficiencies. A resurgence directly attributable to political strategy, political policy and political operatives who leveraged America's 75% white citizenry as a field of "wins": for Americans who bought and incorporated Kevin Phillips's (Nixon), and Lee Atwater's (Reagan) Southern Strategy. The net-net of the strategy was solid GOP voting blocs (southern states, rural denizens, most western states, and millions who would resent human equality even within their own a metaphor).  

The Kevin Phillips strategy is as real and productive a political strategy as tax cuts are integral to any and all GOP political platforms.  While tax cuts served the party via appearing to all (especially the nation's wealthy), the psychological effects of a fully incorporated southern strategy (ideology) involves deep rooted assimilation of racial bias, bigotry, and racism. Assimilation which is reinforced via family units, friend associations and, yes, school environments. Ideology requires one major conduit: human senses as paths to a mental repository which guides behavior.   While no a psychologist, I suggest we suffer from the successful paradigm developed  by, and nurtured via,  the GOP. 

The GOP taps into that repository (paradigm). But human beings are not robots, the usefulness of the paradigm doesn't just sit on a shelf for application as elections approach.  For some the paradigm feeds another consideration which reaches across all aspects of Americana:  White Privilege.

White privilege isn't a topic which is easy to explore. A major reason for the reticence in approaching the topic is the broad scope and depths of its fissures. From obvious disparate treatment of black police stops (New York City Stop & Frisk).....

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...through the equally serious reality of the GOP Southern Strategy. Another example of the conferred nature of white privilege manifest in the less visible, but economically deleterious home mortgage lending discrimination of a few years back.

Justice Department Reaches $21 Million Settlement to Resolve ..


Merrill Lynch agrees to $160 million racial bias settlement - Aug. 28 ...

When industry giants practice race based discrimination as a matter of policy (albeit unwritten policy) it is impossible to overlook the privilege you may derive simply based on your birth. You may not seek privilege, you may even abhor privilege, but rest assured your skin color offers a privilege which millions upon millions across the globe do not share.

There are some, very few, who are witnessing a changing society and taking a stand uncommon to most.  It should be noted if you are male, you also have certain conferred privileges regardless of your race.

Bev Collier

One important way that I can use my privilege as a white person to help eliminate racism is not to walk away or ignore a conversation or experience regarding race that places me out of my comfort zone. A few that things I have learned:
1) It is important to listen to what people of color are trying to say and to believe them when they share their experiences with racism. Their stories are their reality and only they know what it is like being a person of color in this country.

2) Avoid responses that diminish their struggles. Leave off the "but ifs" and assuming that if they had acted in a certain way they could have avoided the experience. Take off the privileged white lens and try to understand what it must be like to be victims of racism every day!

3) Hold that knee-jerk defensive reaction when I feel offended. Be quiet and listen!

4) Reflect on my own words and actions, learn from the experience, and change the err of my ways.
5) Be willing to make mistakes. Risk putting your thoughts and feelings out there to be challenged by those who are most effected by racism.
6) Don't expect people of color to teach me about racism! I should already know!
7) Don't expect people of color to soothe my wounds when my tender white feelings are hurt.
8) Understand that people of color get tired of dealing with racism and don't always want to talk about it. They desire to live their lives and find peace and joy in their daily lives. I need to talk more to white folks about racism!
~ Bev Collier

If you need more....


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Growing US White Supremacy

We recognize US racism is a topic many of our readers avoid reading or read reluctantly but life in America is changing and many are practicing an avoidance demeanor which will bring us back to our past (internationally).

We persevere! 

It is a fact there were many many across the span of humankind who may have taken the position of: "Sssshhh, if we draw attention, they will turn on us."
 David Himbara former Rwandan head of state 
"When they came for Umuhoza Ingabire, I did not speak out; I was not a Hutu." 
Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. 
Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Socialist. 
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—  
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—  
Because I was not a Jew. 
—and there was no one left to speak for me.
And, life has a tendency to repeat itself, if we allow such.

The Independent UK
Well known white supremacist and Charles Barkley's choice to interact with one of the nation's most overt white supremacists.

Short version.

More: the full interaction.

Since the video was the central impetus for this blog post, we will move to end with a few newsworthy items.

Google Chrome extension replaces 'alt-right' with 'white supremacy' HUFFPO Google Chrome via @blackvoices

Donald Trump has unleashed a white crime wave — via @slate via @bi_contributors

It also seeps into the national psyche and, yes it is growing like a field of weeds. 

In closing, we published this piece on yesterday. link.

Monday, June 5, 2017

America The Beautiful (UPDATE)

That growing national threat.

UPDATE: We published the following piece a few days ago. While tooling around on Twitter this morning I ran across yet another reminder of Racism's growing grip on the US (and internationally).

The Independent UK

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If you have read this far into this piece, you may by now wonder why I chose the to title the piece as I have. The sad truth is when we post pieces with the words "race", "white supremacy", "African-American" or "Latino" in the title, the piece receives reads to a far lesser degree. While the fewer readers dynamic isn't; racist by any means, it is hard to avoid the conclusion many potential readers do not care about issues of race, ethnicity, and frankly, have a lesser concern about white supremacy.

Alas, I digress.

How about a look and listen to the killer of the type white men above? As you consider the human garbage who speaks English and carries a history of white supremacy, think in terms of the word "deplorables."

Many new sources have published pieces regarding growing US white supremacy. While the list of publishers and agencies is long, I have linked to two pieces which read as detailed as one needs to understand the growing danger. Link I, Link II

Did you know the US has a new national museum in Washington DC? The African-American Museum opened a few years ago and reports have the museum attendance at the museum is brisk. You have to know such an opportunity to lay filth on yet another national museum was too irresistible for an American rascist to resist.
Do you know anyone who loves the sport of Basketball? Professional basketball or college basketball; it really doesn't matter. Yes, many love the sport and an equal number have strong preferences for their NBA heroes. The last I check LeBron James was one of the top performers in the NBA and one of the most revered (and loved) among its predominantly black team players. 

Well, it seems someone int he Los Angeles area felt compelled to show the extent to which US racism manifests and proliferates.
America The Beautiful.


Monday, May 1, 2017

Trump: Dissolving Into An Embarrassing Empty Presidential Suit (Interviews From Hell)

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I believe it safe to state: " No American President has ever exhibited such classless behavior on camera and while in the Oval Office."

The full 23-minute interview.

Last Saturday night while the most Americans took part in watching the Washington Correspondents Dinner, Trump delivered one of the most pathetic rally performances in US History. Since you probably have a perspective on the Dinner event and Trump's pathetic rally we will focus a couple of pieces of feedback regarding Trump's Harrisburg, PA. event. 

Reagan Era Republican official David Gergen on Trump's rally performance

From a Saturday night disgust fest to a Sunday morning interview to this morning and a journey into US racism, bigotry and signaling to White Americans.

Talking Point Memo

Trump Knows Jack about Andrew Jackson. SAD!

I see this morning President Trump isn’t sure why the Civil War happened. In line with your standard Trumpian militant ignorance, he assumes that since he isn’t sure what happened that “people” aren’t sure either. In fact, they haven’t even asked the question. “People don’t ask that question, but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?” As I’ve noted, President Trump is not only wildly ignorant. But, utterly unaware of the scope of his ignorance, he assumes everyone else is as ignorant as he is and frequently preens with new learnings that either everyone knew or in other cases are just completely wrong.

But I want to zero in on Trump’s comments about Andrew Jackson and the Civil War. Under Steve Bannon’s tutelage, Trump has embraced Jackson as the “nationalist” progenitor of his presidency. But here he shows he doesn’t know the first thing about Jackson. And the ignorance is of more than historians’ concern.

Here’s what Trump said in an interview with Salena Zito.
“I mean had Andrew Jackson been a little bit later you wouldn’t have had the Civil War. He was a very tough person, but he had a big heart. He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War, he said, ‘There’s no reason for this.'”
Pundits are noting that Jackson left the White House in 1837 and died in 1845, 24 and 16 years before the outbreak of the Civil War. But the Civil War actually wasn’t so far from Jackson’s own time, indeed during the years of his own presidency. The final months of Jackson’s first term as president saw what historians refer to as the Nullification Crisis. In critical ways, it was a dry run for the Civil War. The notional trigger of the crisis was a tariff law which was generally opposed in the Southern states. But the real issue was the authority of the national government, whether states or groups of states could block federal laws or even secede from the union, and ultimately the security of slavery.

The originator of these doctrines and driver of the crisis was one of the great political stars of the early 19th century, John C. Calhoun of South Carolina. At first an ardent nationalist, Calhoun had drifted in an increasingly sectional direction and had developed a series of theories which held that states could ‘nullify’ federal laws and in fact secede from the Union. South Carolina’s decision to nullify the tariff law triggered the crisis. But that crisis reverberated throughout the country and provoked divisions in all the Southern states which anticipated on critical fronts the debates over the Civil War.

Trump imagines that Jackson, despite being a “very tough person” would have worked things out because he was “really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War, he said, ‘There’s no reason for this.'”

Well, not exactly.

Jackson tended to personalize political conflict. But the Nullification Crisis cut to the core of one of his central beliefs: the inviolability of the federal union. Today we hear ‘nationalism’ used as a byword for xenophobia, racism and militarism. Jackson had his mix of each. But Jackson thought the crisis, what Calhoun was doing could not have been more important. He actually wanted to march an army down to South Carolina and hang Calhoun. To the extent Jackson knew about the Civil War and was “really angry” about it, he was really angry at the Southern planter aristocrats who would later start the Civil War. He was ready to go to war in 1832-33 to vindicate the union and popular democracy – two concepts that to him were basically inseparable. In other words, if we take Trump’s comments on their own terms he’s completely wrong. Jackson thought the issue couldn’t be more important and he was ready to go to war and crush the nullifiers.

We should note here that for Jackson, one of the key elements of ‘nationalism’ was his belief that popular democracy spoke most clearly when the nation spoke as a nation, not as separate polities in individual states.

The crisis was eventually resolved when South Carolina backed down and this resolution was helped along with a de facto compromise tied to tariff reduction. But the crisis spurred lengthy and fractious debates in Southern legislatures which mirrored the key questions that were to roil the country for the next quarter century. Slavery and its security in a country where the population of the non-slave holding states was growing more rapidly than the Southern ones was always a looming issue, even though support or opposition to slavery as such only came up at the margins of the debate.

What also came out of those debates was the growing salience of key aspects of Calhoun’s thought for many Southern political elites. Specifically how political minorities, in reality elite political or sectional minorities, could protect themselves and their property in an increasingly democratic polity. I don’t want to get too deep into it but Calhoun was developing a theory of what called ‘concurrent majorities’ in which different groups in society would need to sign off, as it were, on major government actions. So for instance, sure there’s democracy. But we Southerners or we planters don’t just get thrown into the national vote count. We’re a distinct group and on big decisions, we need to sign off as a group. Or we’ll leave. For Calhoun, the key groups were Southern whites and more specifically slaveholders.

Most of the key players in this period had died or passed from the political stage by 1861. But not all of them. The Jacksonians who were most vociferous in their support of Jackson’s unionism tended to be staunch unionists when the South thrust the country into Civil War in 1861, even in a number of cases where they were Southerners or from border states. The Blair family of Maryland is a noteworthy example.

I mention all this to note that the issues raised by the Nullification Crisis were not wholly alien to ones that roil American politics today: particularly, whether groups that lose out in democratic politics need to or get special rights to protect themselves against democratic majorities. I would argue this basic question is again at the center of our politics – majorities versus groups who want protections from democracy, whether this is aggressive gerrymandering, voter suppression or the voices we now here so frequently that it’s just not fair that California, for instance, has so many people.

Jackson’s historical reputation has taken quite a beating in recent years and for some very good reasons. He was a slaveholder. He presided over the expulsion of Indian tribes from the Southeast in his second term. He was a convinced racist, though this did not greatly distinguish him from the great majority of white Americans at the time, certainly for white Southerners. He has also become known for his militarism. But this is an incomplete picture. Most of the public image of Jackson today, at least in the public arena is driven by the writing of Walter Russell Meade, whose grasp of the man and the period is, I would argue, rather thin and presentist. It’s this Jackson – militarist, unilateralist, authoritarian and nationalist that Bannon is in love with and through Bannon has become Trump’s favorite President.

But history is complex. There’s another dimension to Jackson – one rooted in his devotion to the federal union above all else and his belief in popular democracy (albeit one in which only white men were included) both of which he rightly saw threatened by what Calhoun and his supporters represented.

Trump’s claim in this interview that the Civil War didn’t need to happen and could have been worked out is rooted in Southern pro-slavery revisionism (and its descendent, contemporary neo-Confederacy) and more recently in the intellectuals who were and are the seedbed of what we now call the alt-right. Both Jackson and Calhoun were slaveholders. But slavery and Southern sectionalism were Calhoun’s guidestars. The crisis of the early 1830s was his effort to draw a line, a bastardized constitutional line to protect slavery and Southern power in what he accurately believed was an inevitable conflict. On this front, in addition to his narrow misunderstanding of Jackson’s feelings ‘about the Civil War’, Trump is far more in the Calhounite tradition than the Jacksonian one. Indeed, it’s from the descendants of Calhounism that Trump draws his greatest political punch.


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