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Showing posts with label judicial system. Show all posts
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Don Lemon Steps Up Behind O'Reilly (And Claims It!) Part II: Racism, "Black on Black Crime" and White Privilege


As we started this set of screeds with Part I, we stated our primary issues were, Bill O'Reilly's Fox News racist diatribe in response to President Obama's press conference a week ago. A secondary, yet ever more important, reason for Part I was Don Lemon's, CNN News, out of whack judgment in following someone like Bill O'Reilly down any path that leads to contemplation and comment of the African-American community. 

Bill O'Reilly's criticism of black community "Doesn't go far enough. " Don Lemon.


O'Reilly's purpose was clear and concerted.  Lemon's purpose clouded, misguided and very poorly delivered (timing and setting).  As stated in Part I, the Right has turned the words "Black on black crime" into a very audible dog whistle  Every time the discussion of the heinous killings across the nation pop-up, we hear someone the Right yelp about "black on black crime."  I have heard such in the aftermath of the Colorado theater mass killing.  Relevance please? 

O'Reilly mentioned the dog whistle and promptly rampaged into a number of disparaging specious remarks about the black community.

Many of his remarks were groundless and accompanied by obvious visible hatred of President Obama. Lemon via his comments "Did not go far enough" folded his agreement with O'Reilly into his self anointed and shallow rage against some in the Black community. The vast majority of African-Americans also hold 'sagging pants" and use of the "N" word in contempt. Does Lemon believe that his ratings garnering rant will affect change more readily than action oriented efforts by key movers and shakers in the black community?
We offer a series of short videos that truly capture effective and productive dialog regarding the impetus for O'Reilly's rant and Lemon's ill-advised magnetizing to O'Reilly.  

We have taken a few clips from the Tim Wise web site linked above. The links are from a recent segment on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show. While Wise shared the stage with four very notable panelist, we are going to focus on Wise for a couple of reasons. He is white and he is very effective at delivering messages that many people find tough hard to stomach language.

Black on Black crime anyone?

Two minutes of The Ed Show

Now let's drill deeper.

Twenty-three (23) seconds of pure truism from someone not of the black community: Tim Wise.



Tim Wise on Melissa Harris-Perry show July 20, 2013. We provide three excerpts from the segment.  The entire segment can be located on MSNBC.com. or Tim Wise Dot Org.


Full Clip 

Black on Black crime




What follows embodies the reason it was important for the president to speak on the judicial system, speak of recent murders of young black men, and speak about stereotypical reactions from whites and the need to grow beyond such. 



The race problem in the United States is not a problem born from African-Americans.  O'Reilly's deflection is as useless as Lemons efforts to reach into communities he, frankly, cannot reach.  

Others have spoken out against US racism. One very noted activist is a person not commonly associated with US racism and its oppressive impact on the Black Community. As we consider the person,  one can hardly criticize his liberalism one conservatism nor can anyone question his intellect. We offer Albert Einstein.

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Albert Einstein 
“As for the Negroes this country still has a heavy debt to discharge for all the troubles and disabilities it has laid on the Negro's shoulders; for all that his fellow-citizens have done and to some extent are still doing to him. To the Negro and his wonderful songs and choirs we owe the finest contribution in the realm of art which America has so far given to the world. And this great gift we owe, not to those whose names are engraved on this ‘Wall of Fame’ but to children of the people, blossoming namelessly as the lilies of the field.” [5]


“There is ... a somber point in the social outlook of Americans ... Their sense of equality and human dignity is mainly limited to men of white skins. Even among these there are prejudices of which I as a Jew am dearly conscious; but they are unimportant in comparison with the attitude of ‘Whites’ toward their fellow-citizens of darker complexion, particularly toward Negroes. ... The more I feel an American, the more this situation pains me. I can escape the feeling of complicity in it only by speaking out.” 

Racism is America’s greatest disease” and “Racism is a disease of the white man.” 

Sources:
Jones, Ronald. "The Human Genome, American Societies, “The Clinical Epidemiology of Pathological Antisocial Thinking”, and Albert Einstein" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Atlanta Hilton, Charlotte, NC, . 2009-12-02

Of course, any reference to white America and the "Negro" would fall on O'Reilly's deft ears. 

A reminder for DOn Lemon about Bill O'Reilly. If a mind would take a person to the following how can an intelligent being find any reason to align on any reason. 

We hope that Lemon and anyone of rational mind who would opt for more direct attempts at interventions. It does not take a genius to know that going on national (and international) television with messages (such as Lemon's) might have more impact if spoken directly to perpetrators of their perceived ills within the black community.  Lemon's audience is not predominately black and he and his managers know that as fact.

The questions remain, what was the point? What was the point of connecting with Fox New's Bill O'Reilly? What was the point of Lemon's delivering such a shallow message to an audience that will not share his sentiments with perpetrators of sagging pants? I will wager not one of Lemon's predominately white audience will counsel anyone in the black community on use of the "N" word.

Lemon would have been much better off dealing with false mantra related to "black on black" crime.
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