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Showing posts with label bigotry and racism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bigotry and racism. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Conservatives Acting Badly: The Daily Pool Cop, 92 Year Old Beaten, Harasser Guy






According to Ebony dot com, the latest example of guard the pool against anything black has been terminated.

I have posted a few Facebook posts and a couple of additional reminders of just how far we have come (as a nation) since Donald Trump announced his run for office. It is time to do it again.

After the pool guard racist piece, you will find an embed about a 92-year-old Mexican man bricked to within a nanosecond of his life. You will also find an embed about a high-end baby boomer who enacts policing against a woman wearing a Puerto Rico tee-shirt. Yes, he said, "go back to your country". What does that say about the obvious Trump supporter?

First. the pool cop.



UPDATE:




The 92-year old beating victim.





The Park Cop who doesn't know Puerto Rico is part of the US.

Image may contain: 1 person, closeupTimothy Trybus


UPDATE: Since this man left his white hood and robe at home, he has been arrested and charged with a hate crime. 

When white people intervene, it makes a difference...albeit it temporary.




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Monday, October 14, 2013

GOP Tea Party, Confederate Flag, Cruz and Palin, and Bill Moyer's Nails The Shutdown

   

Bill Moyers comments on the Government shutdown.  

We have embedded a seven minute video of the full Moyer's essay.  Before Moyers are taking an opportunity to keyboard a few words and thoughts about the shutdown. 

Our position on the shutdown has been consistent, the shutdown is the (desired) outcome of seditious acts from uber wealthy Americans via the US Congress (specifically the tea party infested House).  Many authors have written about Koch sponsored PACs and possible direct contributions to republican representatives since the election of the nation's 44th president.  Within, weeks of his taking office the nation was exposed to a full fledged obstructionist movement the Koch brothers and Dick Armey referred to as the Tea Party. It took little to no time for Fox News to jump on the Tea Party bandwagon with full promotion and free (newsroom) advertisements of Tea Party rallies.

The Tea Party movement worked according to plan. If the movement 'fathers' could turn significant numbers of voters against the president and the democratic agenda from the president, the nation would effectively move even farther to the right. A nation that is moderately right of Center is a breeding ground for plutocracy and oligarchy on the backs of  LIVs (low information voters) and fertile ground bigots and racists. Big business money flowed, uber wealthy conservatives pooled huge sums of money and funneled contributions to conservative political campaigns, and avowed racist moved their wretched social views across the gullible minds of most who subscribed to the tea party. It does'nt take much for racist to move the mindsets of people who are bigots, and it takes even less effort to influence and soil the minds of the nation's conservatives and their 92% white GOP. The prospect for those who would seek to acquire a grip on our federal government via mind altering social dogma and hatred of a president must consider LIVs a veritable field of dreams. When in US history have you observed so many white older Americans sitting in lawn and folding chairs in protest.

I will ever forget this image.



But, there is one problem.....



No Taxes, No welfare, No Food stamps, No government, No society and I am certain not one plutocrat will assist these people in vital (municipal and social) services. In some cases services may include feeding the elderly and unemployed.  It also means children from poor families have opportunity for two meals while in head start and school programs. It may also mean aid to the disabled.

Other signs and memes come to mind. Over this past weekend a alleged "conservative veterans" group and other tea party LIVs held a protests outside the White House. The event was bill as a Million Man Veterans protest; it drew in the hundreds and was laced with significant levels of racism and sedition. Take a quick look and listen...

 

Weekend protest video via Progressive Populist Dot Org.
In the video below, as the riot police show up, you can hear shouts of “gestapo”, “brown shirts”, and “stasi” coming from the raucous crowd. And then they laughed at them and chanted, “shame on you!”

Then there was the moment when someone clearly says, “looks like something out of Kenya.” 
To see more of the infantile behavior of these Tea Partiers, watch the video below and SHARE, so that every time they want to claim that their protests are always civil and respectful, you can direct them to this video.
http://youtu.be/pxEMfAfO-n4
How about a Washington Post gallery of protest images.
         


We ask that you keep in mind, these people are not protesting against cuts to food aid for children. They are not protesting the impact of the shutdown on food inspections. They are also not protesting other dire consequences of the GOP Congressional shutdown of the US government. No, because protest organizers need a place for the important critical visuals associated with the protests. Hence, the appearance of two noted anarchists (Palin and Cruz) at a the World War II Memorial. Cruz has the gall to show his face, when he led the charge towards the shutdown. Palin,,,, well no additional comment.

Let's spend a minute with a protest organizer who is an obvious bigot and we suspect also a racist.

CNN...http://www.cnn.com/video/dat........  

Freedom Watch's Larry Klayman makes some provocative comments to a group at the WWII Memorial. Don Lemon has more.

Did you notice the any diversity in the clip beyond one woman?
I suggest the comments from Klayman and the theme of the protest verges on sedition.
Multiple media and many internet based bloggers and internet Op-Ed writers have documented Koch brothers involvement in financial support in opposition to the ACA. History has archived Koch brother support for the tea party back to 2009. Actually, the Kochs have worked to fund anti-democratic  policies from the right since the late 1990s.  It is impossible to believe the Kochs would not find a great deal of satisfaction with the current federal government shutdown. The stumbling GOP as operatives for US plutocrats and the leadership of Ted Cruz started the movement to shut down  the government in early summer. The GOP has used "Shut it down" mantra regarding the Obama Administration as far back as 2010.
Mike Pence: http://youtu.be/qCOxivXKNO0 
More Pence with "Shut it down" placards in the audience: http://youtu.be/bRL6qlU3KFM 
McConnell, Mike Lee and others ..."Shut it down."
Despite the seditious circus over this past weekend, and the clear fact te GOP (and its money backers) have finally secured the government shutdown they have so long relished high information voters/people know the truth. 
We will now turn this piece over to one of the nation's most high information purveyors of information: Bill Moyers.
“When the president refused to buckle to this extortion, they threw their tantrum,” Bill says. “Like the die-hards of the racist South a century and a half ago, who would destroy the union before giving up their slaves, so would these people burn down the place, sink the ship.” He goes on to tell us where the “reckless ambition” of the Republicans could lead us.  
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/let-s-call-the-shutdown-what-it-is-secession-by-another-means
"High Information" only takes an open mind. One does not have to be an intellectual. Of course, one has to be free of bondage of bias, bigotry and racism. Unfortunately, millions have bought into the GOP Southern Paradigm and have become fodder for uber wealth plutocrats.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"Our Political Nature," The Book. Understanding The Depths Of A Problem Can Lead to Alleviation!


" The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." John Kenneth Galbraith, economist. 

There are books and there are books. We realize the book reference via Alternet.org and posted below is strictly for high information readers. It is truly a book for the ages. I should not assume that non-high information readers will not read the book. Yet, I feel comfortable in my posit, "I DOUBT IT." 

The book deals with a topic that seems hands-off in the United States. After a brief period of racial tolerance and the appearance of a degree of inclusivity, it is obvious elements in the nation wish to return to a time long past. Their desire to "GET THEIR COUNTRY BACK," is no surprise. It was expected as an outcrop of years of Republican 'tinkering' with race based politics. Some who read the TPI know my thoughts on the erosion of race relations in the United States. I think the erosion is directly attributable to US GOP Presidents and their party starting as far back as Richard Nixon. Audio links in the excerpts below are bit hard to discern. These are recently released audio that clearly show the deep level of ethnic, religious and social animus at the highest level in the GOP (during that period). Ronald Reagan's comments on the tapes, provide validation of the GOP commitment to "all things" Nixon.

In a June 13, 1973 conversation with secretary Rose Mary Woods, Nixon discussed the entertainment at an upcoming event. Johnny Mann and Debbie Reynolds are in. What about Danny Kaye, Nixon asks, "and not because of his ideology." Kaye, a singer and comedian, was born David Kaminsky to Ukrainian Jewish immigrants in 1913 (pictured at right via Wikimedia Commons). Woods starts to say, "Well they were going to try to get him but…" And Nixon cuts in: "He's Jewish?" Woods ignores him, continuing, "I don't know what happened whether—" Nixon interjects again: "He's Jewish." Woods explains, "They had to check him out with the Russians."
In an April 18, 1973 phone call with Spiro Agnew, Nixon said Jews were holding American foreign policy "hostage to Jewish emigration from the Soviet Union." He added, "Some of the Jews picket can raise hell, but the American people are not going to let them destroy our foreign policy — never!" This was a subject to which Nixon repeatedly returned.
The bigoted mixes with the banal. In an April 14, 1973 phone call, the president tells his wife he'll be working late on a speech, so he'll miss dinner. He asks about a garden tour she did with children. "You know it's funny, the little black kids are so uncommunicative, aren't they? Good golly," Nixon said. Pat Nixon (pictured at left, via Associated Press) replies, "Yeah but these were better than most, did you know that? They're all dressed up and everything." Nixon was surprised. He had a tougher time with black kids: "They didn't react, though." The first lady explains, "Well, with you they were a little different." At her event, "They were better, you know."
Ronald Reagan as the King of race relations reversal and facilitator of social inequity among all citizens literally showed it was "OK to be a bigot." From bigotry, racism is the very next state of social deterioration.  The eroded state of race relations we experience today is strategically metastasized by the political party on the Right.

The book represents a deep, deep review of conservatism as a social phenomenon. 

Why Racist People Tend to Be Conservative

Tribal evolution explains how we're divided along party lines, according to the new book "Our Political Nature."
Photo Credit: Prometheus Books
              Excerpt
              EthnocentrIsm vs. XenophIlIa
Glenn Beck has been called a leader of the ultraconservative opposition to President Obama, and a voice of the far-right Tea Party movement. During the depth of the Great Recession, in 2009, Beck was quickly rising to a position of national prominence, despite—and because of—his extremely controversial statements. In July 2009, for example, Beck declared: “Everything that is getting pushed through Congress” is “driven by President Obama’s thinking on . . . reparations [for slavery],” and is conceived of as a way to “settle old racial scores.” Beck also asserted that a “deep-seated hatred for white people” drives President Obama.
Examining Beck’s political psyche is a fruitful exercise because his bigger-than-life personality magnifies the traits that interest us on his end of the spectrum. But do Beck’s statements characterize a typical position of the Tea Party or of the far right in general?


In 2009, 2.8 million viewers tuned in to Beck’s television program. Moreover, Beck’s live shows and merchandise business have earned $35 million in a single year. Considering that Beck is essentially selling political ideas, it’s fair to say that his ideological orientation carries substantial currency among a particular segment of the US spectrum.
               Excerpt
               Racial Threat and Distorted Demographic Perceptions
Just as a majority of white Americans show implicit levels of anti-black ethnocentrism, over half of all Americans greatly overestimate the proportions of blacks in the population. They also have similarly distorted perceptions of other minority groups. In 1990, the average American believed that the country was 32 percent black, 21 percent Hispanic, and 18 percent Jewish (even though the actual figures then were 12 percent, 10 percent, and 2 percent). 
White Americans who give even higher estimates for the proportion of black America also tend to (1) mistakenly believe that the average African American has an equally good or better income, job, housing, healthcare, and education than the average white American, and (2) take conservative positions against affirmative action and against food stamps for the poor in general. These right-wing perceptions and policy preferences reflect a view that minority groups constitute a demographic threat and a competitive drain on the in-group’s resources.
If we do not at least try to understand the roots of a problem, the problem will grow in breadth and scope.

Reading sources: 
Alternet Dot Org

The Atlantic Wire


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Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Fabric of Oppression!



The time have come for people to work at reversing increasing and instances of bigotry and racism spreading through every fabric of the nation.

Eric Smith blesses us with a timely and relevant screed!  Images added by The Pardu and linked to sources via  click ing the the image.

Eric Smith
The beauty of our time and yes there is beauty in our time in spite of all the prevailing ugliness is that while there are those who would divide us along the lines of race by way of racially oppressive laws and practices, that there are still many more who are uniting across racial lines in a shared hatred of the injustice inherent in all racist laws & practices; serving as a stirring reminder that our common humanity will ultimately prevail over all barriers erected out of human fear, bigotry, and ignorance.

The same is equally true of oppression based on gender, sexual orientation, and religious Faith. All across America people of every race, gender, sexual orientation, and Faith, are uniting as one people in a concerted effort to collectively turn back the clouds of darkness and forever shine the light of equality & justice upon this great and noble land. 

Let us never never lose sight of that fact and let us never lose faith in the inherent goodness of humankind; that our love of beauty and all things good and decent will ultimately overcome and forever conquer those forces of darkness that continue to slow our march towards progress; towards creating the just nation and world of our dreams.
It matters not if we see it, if our children see it, or our grandchildren see it. What only matters is that our united front against injustice remains united; that we never allow personal despair to cause us to fragment and to give up just because final victory does not seem near at hand. 

Final victory over racism, sexism, homophobia, and religious intolerance may neither be near at hand nor as close as we wish but make no mistake, it is far closer than we think. Our coming together across racial, gender, and sexual orientation lines is proof of that and as such there is nothing wrong with acknowledging our fellow warriors in arms with a nod of the head, a smile, and two words which should be foremost in our hearts "thank you." Thank you for being there for me and thank all of us for being there for each other.


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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Adam Carolla and California. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsome Get Heated Over Minorities

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Fox News and its chief demagogue is at it again. As I closed my day yesterday on matters of O'Reilly, I did not think I would commence the next day with said bigot.  Actually, O'Reilly is far more of a racist than  bigot.  

A bigot might have recognized the racism associated with the following broadcast (radio) interaction and simply wrote it off as within their socially degenerate paradigm. O'Reilly via his producers found the interaction an opportunity to opine on a race related matter.  And  to do so with a great deal of racial stereotypical perpetuation, to feed the psyches of his viewers.

I have no knowledge of Carolla and after viewing the following video, I can only assume two points.  First, I do not know of the racist as I am not a resident of California ( I assume he is a resident of the state). Second, I avoid people who appeal to the less intellectually gifted of listeners (since his show is a radio).  

Rush Limbaugh is another example of race baiting to attract an audience (and receive opulent levels of compensation).

Carolla and Newsome shared a broadcast stage recently.  How about an excerpt from the interaction with video segments to follow?

Carolla entraps Newsome...
"Think about it, Adam," challenged Newsom. "Half of African Americans in the state of California, and roughly half of Latino families, have no access to a checking account or an ATM."And that's when things got hairy. 
"What's wrong with them?" asked Carolla. "I want to know why those two groups don't have access. Are they flawed?" 
Newsom quickly attempted to steer the conversation elsewhere. "I don't want to have a sociological debate," he said. 
"I want to know why [Blacks and Latinos] are struggling," Carolla continued. "Do Asians have this problem? Why do so many [Blacks and Latinos]? Blacks have been here longer than we have. What about Asians--they were put in internment camps. Are they at the check cashing places?"

The Lt. Governor of California attempted to avoid a deep socio/economic discussion. I assume he wanted to avoid such a discussion based on his knowledge of issues related to economic deprivation that affects minorities on a disproportional basis.  Carolla as does Limbaugh, was not about to pass-up an opportunity to satiate a form of 'privilege'. I am certain the majority of his listeners feel own by birth.  "Privilege"?

Yes, "privilege" conferred via birthright (race and ethnicity), and if not challenged leads to bias, bigotry and racism.  

Carolla knows exactly why some in America are less socioeconomically fortunate than others.  He assumes the 'privilege' of jumping on a peripheral point for his viewership. He did so with complete ability to cast his inferred biases, while ignoring that millions of white Americans suffer from the same economic ailments  Yet, to the privileged  they need not hear that, need not say that and need not accept such.  They can point to the African-American and Latino communities while neatly boxing their biases in a box, I label "racism". They can point over there, look down their noses, and feel I am a better human being than those people.

Before the video segments, let me say those same listeners will fall victim to their paradigm via refusal to hire the African American or Latino. thus, we have a 360 degree "Cluster F _ _ _" that perpetuates as surely as the 24 hour clock. 


The Adam Corolla Show
Excerpt
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom enters the studio, and Adam talks to him about his background in the wine industry. Adam then rants about the fundamental problems of government not having competition, and he makes suggestions for speeding the city up. Gavin also responds to tough questions about police priorities, film productions staying in California, and the DROP program. As the show wraps up, the guys discuss the illusion of unemployment, problems with homelessness, and what issues politicians need to focus on most.


Carolla and his point to his audience made and neatly folded into their social paradigm: that box labelled racism.  

Fox News and O'Reilly would never miss such an opportunity to showcase the racist Corolla while throwing darts at the Lt. Governor at Gavin Newsome.  Of course, the O'Reilly show feeds the "label box" viewers in his  audience.  A very large Mitt Romney voting 47% of voters audience.

O'Reilly and Carolla http://youtu.be/Boijt5OBdy8





For those who will leave comments (here) about finding such abhorrent and not part of your conservative beliefs systems, do not fiend innocence.  You are existentially part of the 'universal' belief system that would lead to the election of people who do not find Carolla, O'Reilly nor Limbaugh reprehensible. Thus, you are part of the problem as you are not actively involved in challenging such racists. I find the "black conservative"  particularly contemptible in their lack of voice.   In other words your silence and your votes to the political Right, crosses plains in the Venn diagram that includes these people.  

If you share the views of these people, then celebrate their existence and their opportunity to feed your paradigm.  Also, accept that each of these three (at least two of them) are paid at obscene levels to propagandize to your paradigm.  

Additional link: Huffington Post


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Sunday, May 20, 2012

UCLA Medical Center.... overt racism and insensitivity; not the Tea Party this time! (VIDEO)


Often we think of Los Angeles and the State of California as an American Island of Diversity and Tolerance. A place so free of the trappings of racism, there are only rare cases that warrant public dialog.  Sure, Northern California has its  share of white supremacists just as does every state in the nation (not sure about Hawaii). Southern California is so outside the commonly accepted NON-post racial US as any state; with possible the only rival state is a close second: New York State. Of course we are periodically reminded of the following incidents from the state.


NBC Los Angeles News 4
The O.C (Orange County) Weekly obtained a copy of an email sent by Marilyn Davenport, a Southern California Tea Party activist and member of the central committee of the Orange County Republican Party. 
The email titled, “Now you know why no birth certificate," was sent to a small number of fellow conservatives and had an image attached of Obama’s face photoshopped on to the youngest member of an apparent family of apes. Davenport claimed the attached picture was just a “joke” and only meant to be viewed by a small number of people.


For the most part we are exposed to less such overt cases of racism out of the Southern California. Before I write farther, the following has nothing to do with a blanket indictment of a geographic region of the nation and its preponderance of progressive people, ideals, and principles.  The following story really drives home the deep-roots of racism and insensitivity embedded in the nation. When a story such as the following emanates from one of the nation's higher institutions of learning, the nation's state of race is clearly illustrated for the world to witness.


No matter the level of accomplishment. No matter the level of overwhelming intellect and contributions to humanity, African-Americans are all to often reminded of 'their place' in our society.  Hollywood's current highest earning Producer-Director, Tyler Perry, was not long ago profiled just outside his Atlanta, GA studio. ABC News April 2, 2012.  An even more illustrative example raised its ugly head during a GOP Presidential Debate ( in South Carolina). Fox New's Juan Williams asked Gingrich about his comments related to African-American high school kids and working as janitors.  The next day a member of a Gingrich audience loudly thanked Newt for "putting Williams in his place".  Despite my disdain for Williams and his Fox News conservatism, I do not feel at his age and levfelof journalistic professionalism, he has as PLACE.


We are awaiting the first high-prohile high-earning professional athlete to fall victim to Arizona's Immigration Law; it will happen. One can only hope it does not end in a severe beating or death from one of the states less tolerant (bigoted) police officers or state troopers.  Every state has ample numbers of such people. 


A horrendous case of such racism and "in-your-face" white-privilege is ongoing at the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA), of all universities across the nation.




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Monday, May 7, 2012

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Sean Hannity invites misogynist friend to speak on his show

Does this man think he is so affiliated with Fox News's Sean Hannity the Hoodie cold not cause him problems if he walks to buy snacks at Seven Eleven?  Fox News loves people like this man.  Juan Williams secured a Fox News Contract for showing his racism for Bill O'Reilly. Read below.

Fox News and their evening 'entertainers' never cease to amaze.  Their number two demagogue, Sean Hannity,  has again stepped into the spotlight and exposed himself for what he is:  an over compensated Right-wing bigoted mouthpiece with "in-your-face-tendencies.  His latest  example of complete Un-American actions: an invite to sit with a known sexist and bigot who cloaks himself under the robe of a "pastor".


The Raw Story has published a piece about a recent guest on the Hannity Show.  The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is an outspoken Tea Party activist (member), and an obvious draconian misogynist believer in "women should remain barefoot, have babies and live in the kitchen".

If can stand it give a few minutes of wallowing in the gutter and listen to this 'clown's' oratory. 




Needless to say, his reference to Sandra Fluke is an obvious 'ditto' of Rush Limbaugh's misogyny.  The Pastor is so out of place as an orator one must wonder about his veracity as a thinking person.  


Peterson is a rare breed who is so Jurassic Era he boldly declares women should not have the right to vote. Is it possible this man actual preaches to congregations of a real church vs. one of those rented hotel meeting rooms?  Does he have women who come to hear his deliver his form of misogynistic demagoguery?


The Raw Story....
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a Fox News contributor, tea party activist and personal friend of Sean Hannity’s said in a sermon recently published to YouTube that America’s greatest mistake was allowing women the right to vote, adding that back in “the good old days, men knew that women are crazy and they knew how to deal with them.” 
In the video, published to YouTube in March, Peterson explains that he believes women simply can’t handle “anything,” and that in his experience, “You walk up to them with a issue, they freak out right away. They go nuts. They get mad. They get upset, just like that. They have no patience because it’s not in their nature. They don’t have love. They don’t have love.”
The sickness continues.  Peterson is obviously one-step from either a lobotomy or he should be a customer of an industry that produces arm-restraint jackets.
.......so I’m going to tell the truth.”  
That “truth,” it would seem, isn’t just about liberal women, or even women in general. Peterson made headlines in January after telling a Huffington Post reporter that he would like to see black people put “back on the plantation so they would understand the ethic of working… They need a good hard education on what it is to work.” On his website, Peterson has published an open letter to Attorney General Eric Holder that advocates the arrest of New Black Panthers members 
In another post, he explains what he calls “the end of one-sided defense,” in which Peterson insists that men should re-take the right to physically strike women. “While I certainly do not sanction men attacking women, neither is it right for men to allow themselves to be beaten by a woman,” he wrote. “It’s time for men to re-assert their right to self defense.”

Peterson is so deficient in cognitive acuity I am going to draw my contributions to this screed to a close ad refer you to the Raw Story piece.


The Raw Story Linked


While the black community is not nearly as monolithic as some think, people such as Peterson seem to be about their work for purpose of money.  


One last question. Did the writer for The Raw Story say that this man is a personal friend of Sean Hannity?


I must add this point.  Do you realize that your vote for the GOP validates every word out of the mouth of one so outside the (sanity) box people he should have a standing and readily applicable restraining order while in  his presence?  He is proof positive of my consistent refrain regarding GOP regressionism


.....And the Band Plays On.....
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Saturday, May 5, 2012

GOP Operative, Grenell, 'constructively' banished

 The legal term is "constructive discharge" and a Violation of Title Seven EEO Laws.

The resignation....
I have decided to resign from the Romney campaign as the Foreign Policy and National Security Spokesman. While I welcomed the challenge to confront President Obama’s foreign policy failures and weak leadership on the world stage, my ability to speak clearly and forcefully on the issues has been greatly diminished by the hyper-partisan discussion of personal issues that sometimes comes from a presidential campaign. I want to thank Governor Romney for his belief in me and my abilities and his clear message to me that being openly gay was a non-issue for him and his team. -Richard Grenell.
After watching the first major campaign issue out of the Romney Campaign, consideration of what happen is clouded and moving towards cloud saturation comparable to that of a tornado.



First, a visit with Jon Stewart



Did Grenell quit due to reaction to right-wing bigotry and non-support from the Romney camp? A very viable option based on what all know of the current GOP, unfortunate:  bigotry, sexism, homophobia and a fair amount of racism exudes. Did Grinnell's salty and crass past catch-up after years of abrasive actions.

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Friday, March 16, 2012

On The Subject of Racism......

Mr.Tim Wise

Posted with permission from Mr. Benjamin T. Moore, Jr.  accompanied by a most eloquent speech about a sensitive topic: Mr. Tim Wise - on White Privilege.

I am going to add a preamble to this work. First, there is no such thing as a quick read on such a critical and sensitive topic.  I hope Mr. Moore and author of the visual piece, Mr. Wise, does not mind my joining them in delivering a critical message that focuses on racism. Think about this as you read. People who harbor racist beliefs generally also harbor other 'bad character."  Sexism is not far beyond.

Know that when I post articles here that so directly address lingering racism in America, my site statistics show me that those articles are read less than other articles. I also notice a much higher incidence of reading such pieces by people from other countries. 


As Atty. General Eric Holder stated not long after his appointment by President Barack Obama. Holder commented about people in America not having the 'courage' to undertake very necessary dialogue about race in America. He received major scorn for million in America and not all came from people who call themselves conservative, or people who hate the very day Barack Obama was elected president. No, many people who considered themselves progressive did not seem to care for Holder's remarks. 

Mr. Moore introduces his piece with a story that is probably common in some form among any African-American who has shared interacting space with white people. Many instances are so subtle the 'privilege' is impossible to immediately discern; other instances are blatant and ugly. Let me share a couple of stories. Thus, I hope my friend Benjamin T. Moore Jr. does not mind sharing this space and this piece. 

I often tell about as a very young boy, under age 5, entering the "Colored Entrance" of an SS Kresge Store in Deep southern Arkansas. My Mom took me shopping with here that Saturday, and all was beautiful.  After entering the store, Mom went about her shopping and I, as any young one left even slightly unattended or unobserved, wonder over to a water fountain. The fountain was accompanied by a small set of steps which denoted the apparatus as obvious for children (Or the extremely short in statue). Of course the fountain had a grey sign white lettering very visibly posted above  No, I could not read it. Many many years alter I realized what that sign must have stated.
My fountain did not even have a fountain for "COLORED" to drink.

I did what young kids do as I discerned that I could climb the three steps. I climbed the steps an activated the fountain and, "Yes, I TOOK A FRIGGIN DRINK." My memory after that point is gone. No I was not bludgeoned or even called a a vile word, and told to get away from there. (Bet you thought the worse!). No, my Mom must have observed my manual dexterity and rescued me from the potential ravages she would have reaped via my innocence and blissful ignorance. I was taken immediately out of the store, I guess, and our shopping day was over.
As a young volunteer member of the US Air Force stationed in the Great State of Mississippi during the Viet Nam Era, I was given a harsh reality. Our flight lieutenant call all black airmen together for a meeting. During the quick meeting he informed us that we could not attend the squadron's Christmas party. His reason for the US Air Force segregation? "...the owner of the downtown establishments did not allow Blacks in his bldg". Many years alter I had an epiphany. I now feel that the owner of that establishment was not the culprit. I strongly feel that segregation emanated up my chain of command.

The topic as presented by Mr. Moore and Mr. Wise, is for those who care enough about our world to work as centuries against those who wish to return to a time of 'conferred white privilege'.  As may be inclined to move away from this piece and never to view Mr. Wise's video, understand that people like Mr. Moore, myself and Wise could spend our time on other issues.  There is no effort here at 'levying 'guilt'. We like you react to our environment, and there are people in our environment who want life as it existed over 50 years ago. I should mention before I turn this work over to Mr. Moore, women had best keep an eye on their well-being.  

"When they came for the blacks, I did not speak out, as I was not black...."


On The Subject of Racism......


 


When I was in the 5th Grade, a little white boy with whom I'd been friends asked me from out of the blue, "if you had it to do over again, would you come back white?" My response best as I can recall went something like "HELL NO!" Needless to say, he was taken aback because he didn't expect that type of response. In his mind I was laboring under an extreme disadvantage. A defect in my birth which could only be rectified in my next life.
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Sunday, July 10, 2011

OOOPs ....Our 'Dirty Little Psyche' Is Showing

Well, it appears that we have but another case of "Oops, I let my paradigm show, got a few people with the same paradigm caught-up, and now I am busted", mentality from what some refer to as 'social conservatives'.  I call them: bigots and racist.

As states, Bachmann's handlers say that she only signed the '14 Vows' part of the document. How un-presidential is it to have your team read the mere four pages of the entire document before affixing your signature?  Now, factor-in that the slavery reference was one of the very first bulleted items of the 'bigoted scroll' (sub-notes).  It becomes gallingly clear that Bachmann, Santorum and any one associated with the document, is a mere bigot in the very least.

And, there is the Tea Party full exposed (AGAIN).  Bachmann is a declared leader of the group of modern day "John Birchers.   Why not just simply come out of the closet and declare as a bigot, thus reaching into that growing segment of the population that shares in the bigotry. 

Be back in a few........

Conservative ‘marriage pledge’ group apologizes for slavery reference

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A socially conservative group has apologized for including a passage about slavery in a pledge it asked the Republican candidates to sign as a prerequisite for the group’s endorsement in the presidential race.
Rep. Michele Bachmann had been the first GOP hopeful to sign “The Marriage Vow,” which included in the introduction a section that lamented that “the Institution of Marriage in America is in great crisis.”
One piece of evidence it offered was the claim that a black person born into slavery “was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American president.”

The suggestion that African American babies may have somehow been better off under slavery touched off sharp criticism from liberals and commentators, who noted that U.S. slaves had been forbidden from marrying and were often sold at auction and separated from their family members.

On Saturday, in a note forwarded to reporters by the Bachmann campaign, the group, the Family Leader, apologized for the reference.

“After careful deliberation and wise insight and input from valued colleagues we deeply respect, we agree that the statement referencing children born into slavery can be misconstrued,” said Julie Summa, a spokeswoman for the Family Leader. “We sincerely apologize for any negative feelings this has caused, and have removed the language from the vow.”

The primary goal of the document was to affirm “that ALL of us must work to strengthen and support families and marriages between one woman and one man,” the statement said.

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum also signed the pledge, which garnered headlines not only for the slavery passage but also because of its suggestion that homosexuality was not innate and may be a public health hazard. It also condemned pornography and demanded that signatories reject Sharia law.

Earlier Saturday, Bachmann spokeswoman Alice Stewart said that the Minnesota congresswoman had only endorsed the 14-point “candidate vow,” which did not include the slavery passage.

However, the entire document was only four pages, including two pages of footnotes, and the slavery section was the first bullet point within the preamble.

The Family Leader is led by Bob Vander Plaats, an unsuccessful GOP candidate for governor in Iowa and a prominent Christian conservative leader in the state.

End Vows Apology

OK, so the apology is out there and the group has apologized for securing the signatures of Bachmann and Santorum. I suggest that is the only reason for the apology. They drew willing public figures into their bigotry and racism and now, once busted, they feel sorry for their actions.  I posit that not one member of that group sincerely feels they misspoke or mis-wrote.

As with one of my favorite movies, "Cool Hand-Luke", " What we have her is typical of the GOP and an indictment of any who closely affiliate"..  It is overwhelming evidence that the Tea Party (via its leaders)continues to show their undercurrent  of bigotry and it is intriguing that not one member of the political RIGHT has spoken out against the document.

As I close, I noticed that CNN's Candy Crowley had Santorum sitting with her in what I hope was an interviewed. CNN has, in many, cases turn into a FOX News 'facilitate campaign talk' type interviews. (I must say that Ali Velshi certainly does not fit that mold. When it is time to 'cell-em out, Velshi does just that (BOTH RIGHT AND LEFT). If Crowley did not ask about the 'The marriage Vows' document, it was a telling omission. I will await todays news re-runs and wrap-ups to see if she ventured into the latest example of Right-Wing, Tea Party, social conservative bigotry and racism.
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