politicalprof

politicalprof:

kohenari:

NBC pre-empted the first quarter of tonight’s 49ers-Patriots game to show President Obama’s speech at the Newtown memorial for victims of the Sandy Hook shooting. As you might expect, many football fans didn’t take kindly to this.

I’m not posting any of the tweets here; if you haven’t seen them and have an interest in the names and faces of the dregs of humanity, you can go see for yourself how unabashed racism, love of guns, love of televised sports, and hatred of government all mix together.

It’s interesting to see how many of these people have already deleted their Twitter accounts; I suppose they’ll just stick to being racist morons offline from now on. Even more interesting, though, are the geniuses who have kept their accounts and are defending themselves: “Hey, I was just making a joke.” Or, “I always talk like this about everyone.” Or, “People take everything too seriously.” Or, “I’m on the news!”

Of course, if there weren’t a ton of racist morons out there, I’m not sure what I’d write about

Politicalprof: this is incredibly hard to read, but it is a real part of America …

kohenari

Sweet, Sweet Nectar

kohenari:

In response to my post about the Confederate States of America going for Romney, some Romney/Ryan Tumblr bloggers rushed in to point out how offended they are and how there’s no such thing as racism anymore.

First there was this one, short and to-the-point:

Nothing but a race baiter…

Then this one:

wow, this person does realize that the confederate states existed a long time ago right? they’re long gone. stupid liberals and their race-baiting, i can’t stand it.

Then this one:

Maybe because the CSA actually had to do with traditionalism, a booming economy, citizen’s rights, and state’s rights?

And then this one:

Anybody want to mention the fact that the Confederacy was made up of Democrats. History people, learn it.

And then almost certainly the best possible one:

I support the CSA (I don’t think the main issue was slavery btw) I feel like it was a good thing that our founding fathers would have supported. I think democrats have changed a lot, they were decent for a long time then something happened and they all became a bunch of commies

Until I saw this one:

Don’t forget the KKK was started by the Democrats. They went after black and white Republicans to start.

So thank you, my GOP friends; you’ve made my point so much more eloquently than I ever could have done.

apsies
My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people, not all of them, but most of them, who are still basing their decision on race. Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists. And the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin. And that’s despicable.
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Colin Powell’s former chief of staff (via apsies)
invisiblelad

So, Obama is being called “aggressive” and “angry”, but last time Romney was “confident” and “assertive”

invisiblelad:

lostnewyorker:

midnightstorm6593:

Fucking saw that coming.

not really all that surprised 

The codes and stereotypically racialized differences in the way our culture describes white vs. black behavior is telling …and incredibly predictable. The text book I’m using points this out using articles on hurricane Katrina. White survivors were “foraging”, black ones were “looting”. It sometimes amazes me how completely race is injected into our understandings. 

gov
election:

kileyrae:

2012 GOP: “Empty chair lynchings.”

At least two recent incidents in which empty chairs were hung from trees by rope have critics decrying what they say are racially offensive displays meant to symbolize the “lynching” of President Barack Obama.
In Austin, Texas, a homeowner hung an empty folding chair from a tree branch in front of his house and later attached an American flag to it. He reportedly told a Democratic political blogger who inquired about it: “You can take [your concerns] and go straight to hell and take Obama with you.”


Insidious, dangerous, disgusting and racist.  Would that the party’s leaders address this instead of letting it fester.  But how can they confront a problem if they don’t see it exists?
— inothernews

election:

kileyrae:

2012 GOP: “Empty chair lynchings.”

At least two recent incidents in which empty chairs were hung from trees by rope have critics decrying what they say are racially offensive displays meant to symbolize the “lynching” of President Barack Obama.

In Austin, Texas, a homeowner hung an empty folding chair from a tree branch in front of his house and later attached an American flag to it. He reportedly told a Democratic political blogger who inquired about it: “You can take [your concerns] and go straight to hell and take Obama with you.”

Insidious, dangerous, disgusting and racist.  Would that the party’s leaders address this instead of letting it fester.  But how can they confront a problem if they don’t see it exists?

— inothernews

inothernews

Hank Williams Jr has become the second musician in as many weeks to accuse Barack Obama of plotting to destroy the United States. Just days after Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine claimed Obama had “staged” this month’s shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, Williams offered his own polemic against the US president, falsely accusing him of being a Muslim.

The son of Hank Williams made his remarks during a recent performance at the Iowa State Fair. As the crowd chanted “USA! USA!”, Williams Jr grabbed the microphone, Metromix Des Moines reported, declaring: “We’ve got a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the US and we hate him!” The comments were reportedly met with “loud and enthusiastic” cheers.

Williams, 63, lost his job at ESPN after comparing Obama to Adolf Hitler last October. He later apologised, calling it an “extreme … analogy”. “I have always respected the office of the president,” he said. When contacted this weekend, a spokesperson from Obama’s Iowa campaign office told Metromix: “That type of absurd nonsense doesn’t really deserve a response.”

The Guardian, “Hank Williams Jr.: Obama Is a ‘Muslim President Who Hates the U.S.’”

Yay racist, ignorant backwater trash.

(via inothernews)

soupisnotameal
You start out in 1954 by saying “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968, you can’t say “nigger” — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like “forced busing,” “states’ rights,” and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now that you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things, and a byproduct of them is that blacks get hurt worse than whites.

Lee Atwater, a head republican strategist, in an anonymous interview in 1981. He is admitting that republicans use coded-language to appeal to the racists in their base. Because, as he always said, “people vote their fears.”

Lee, who would eventually become the head of the Republican National Committee, helped Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush win their Presidential elections by teaching them to use overtly-racist tactics.

When the N-word became taboo, Republicans began referring to black people in less-direct ways, with terms like “welfare queens.” They learned how to say the N-word, without saying the N-word.

Sadly, this still continues today. As seen in Newt Gingrich’s claim that Obama is a “food stamp President” and Rick Santorum’s assertion that he doesn’t “want to make black people’s lives better by giving them someone else’s money.”

(via thesoapboxschtick)

soupisnotameal
You start out in 1954 by saying “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968, you can’t say “nigger” — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like “forced busing,” “states’ rights,” and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now that you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things, and a byproduct of them is that blacks get hurt worse than whites.

Lee Atwater, a head republican strategist, in an anonymous interview in 1981. He is admitting that republicans use coded-language to appeal to the racists in their base. Because, as he always said, “people vote their fears.”

Lee, who would eventually become the head of the Republican National Committee, helped Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush win their Presidential elections by teaching them to use overtly-racist tactics.

When the N-word became taboo, Republicans began referring to black people in less-direct ways, with terms like “welfare queens.” They learned how to say the N-word, without saying the N-word.

Sadly, this still continues today. As seen in Newt Gingrich’s claim that Obama is a “food stamp President” and Rick Santorum’s assertion that he doesn’t “want to make black people’s lives better by giving them someone else’s money.”

(via thesoapboxschtick)

kohenari

kohenari:

It seems that racist fans of The Hunger Games are also very bad at reading comprehension, expressing their outrage via Twitter over the fact that two characters — who are both described as having “dark brown skin” in the book — were portrayed by black actors in the film.

I read some of the tweets last night (Jamelle Bouie retweeted a bunch of them and there’s a Tumblr blog dedicated to finding and publishing them); they made my stomach churn. Prior to seeing these tweets, I didn’t have anything at all to say about The Hunger Games: I haven’t read the books, I haven’t seen the movie, and doing either of these things isn’t at the top of my list.

But, of course, now I have a comment:

In all honesty, I’m not at all surprised by the sentiment, as I have a pretty good idea that we’re not living in the post-racial paradise of (some of) our dreams and, as an educator, I know that reading comprehension is sorely lacking in this country.

But I really am shocked that people want to tweet their racism and stupidity out to the universe. I continue to long for the day when racist idiots keep their idiocy to themselves as I really believe that’s the first step in doing away with the idiocy altogether. As the philosopher Richard Rorty once wrote, “what people cannot say in public becomes, eventually, what they cannot say even in private, and then, still later, what they cannot even believe in their hearts.”[1]

Apparently, we’ve still got a very long way to go even to get to that point.

[1] Richard Rorty, “What Can You Expect From Anti-Foundationalist Philosophers?: A Reply to Lynn Baker,” 78 Virginia Law Review (April 1992), 725-726.

matthewkeys

Zimmerman’s attorney: Alleged shooter ‘surprised’ by outrage over teen’s death

producermatthew:

The attorney representing a Florida man accused of shooting an unarmed teenager says his client is surprised by the national attention the incident has received.

In a television interview, Zimmerman’s attorney said his client was attacked by 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February and believes Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law applied to the situation.

A friend, who appears in the same interview, said the choice that night came down to his own life or that of Martin.

“At that point, either George or Trayvon was going to die,” the attorney told ABC News.

In 911 tapes from the incident released last week, an emergency dispatcher could be heard asking the Sanford, Florida resident not to pursue the teen. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain, allegedly ignored this advice, triggering a possible confrontation with the teen that left Martin dead.

The incident has sparked national outrage, with some civil rights groups calling for Zimmerman’s arrest.

Zimmerman has not been charged with a crime. 

The interview with Zimmerman’s attorney and friend is scheduled to air on Sunday’s broadcast of ABC World News.

[Some information from @JakeBeckman on Twitter]

feedmerevolution

For those who think blacks in America are imagining racism or blowing things out of proportion:

feedmerevolution:

Fact: Black youths arrested for drug possession are 48 times more likely to wind up in prison than white youths arrested for the same crime under the same circumstances.

Source: “Young White Offenders get lighter treatment,” 2000. The Tennessean. April 26: 8A.

Fact: Black and Latino men are three times more likely than white men to be stopped by the police and have their cars searched – even though white men are four times more likely to have weapons or drugs.

Source: Matthew R. Durose, Erica L. Schmitt and Patrick A. Langan, Contacts Between Police and the Public: Findings from the 2002 National Survey. U.S. Department of Justice, (Bureau of Justice Statistics), April 2005.

Fact: White men with a criminal record are more likely to be called back for a job interview than black men with no record, even when their education and experience are the same.

Source: Pager, Devah. 2003. “The Mark of a Criminal Record.” American Journal of Sociology. Volume 108: 5, March: 937-75.

Fact: Students of colour are far less likely to be put in honours courses even after you take test scores and grades into account.

Source: Gordon, Rebecca. 1998. Education and Race. Oakland: Applied Research Center: 48-9; Fischer, Claude S. et al., 1996. Inequality by Design: Cracking the Bell Curve Myth. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press: 163; Steinhorn, Leonard and Barabara Diggs-Brown, 1999. By the Color of Our Skin: The Illusion of Integration and the Reality of Race. NY: Dutton: 95-6.

Fact: Students of colour are more than twice as likely to be suspended or expelled from school even though they are not much more likely to break school rules than whites.

Source: Skiba, Russell J. et al., The Color of Discipline: Sources of Racial and Gender Disproportionality in School Punishment. Indiana Education Policy Center, Policy Research Report SRS1, June 2000; U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System: Youth 2003, Online Comprehensive Results, 2004.

seriouslyamerica

seriouslyamerica:

ladyatheist:

You talk about this kind of thing a lot on here so I figured it would be of interest. Most kids at my school talk a lot like these girls and I think it’s a really good example of the racism in highschools that stays with people when they enter the adult world.

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While I don’t approve of the death threats, I’m very glad that something was actually done about this. We need to start showing people that there are consequences for your actions. You put out a racist ass video for the whole world to see, please believe there is going to be some push-back.

If you watch the video, take particular notice at around the 6 minute mark. That’s when they start to talk about their two Black friends. The girl closest to the camera takes particular care to note that he’s “so black that if it was dark outside you couldn’t see him” and that he “makes fun of his race” all the time. The other girl mentions a Jamaican girl they know who “doesn’t consider herself Black”. They both go on to note how “white” both of them act. This is the problem with tokenism. These two Black children befriended these white girls, and now they’re being used to justify their racism. You want to know why Black people side-eye the hell out of white people who claim they have Black “friends” or want to be our “friends”? There you go.

I’m fucking loving the non-apology apologies. The first girl almost had it right. Almost. She fucked up when she said “I’m not a racist person” and “I don’t see someone for their skin color only and hate them”. Yes she is and yes she does. Just because she doesn’t like what she did, that doesn’t mean she can now deny it.

The second “apology” was just all fucked up. For one, the second girl’s mother wrote it. Her mother wasn’t the one in the video, therefore she’s not the one who should be writing an apology. If she really wants her daughter to learn something, she needs to stop babying her and let her take full responsibility for her actions. That includes issuing an apology herself. Of course near the end came the whole “we’re not like that, we know all types of different people” excuse. I am so sick of hearing that bullshit every time someone does something racist.

Also, in both apologies they say “we weren’t raised like that” and “I don’t know where this came from”. I’m smelling major bullshit there. A 14 minute racist rant doesn’t come from nowhere. That is learned behavior. When someone utters the sentence “there are n***ers who are ignorant fucks who are doing nothing with their life”, you know for a fact that they have been thinking this way for a very long time. Both of those families need to get together and do some soul searching because something has gone terribly wrong.

Wow I just hate everything.

abokononist-deactivated20120714

somepolitics:

sinidentidades:

Seattle cop caught threatening to make up evidence

A Seattle police officer has been caught on tape telling a recently arrested young African American man that he was going to make up evidence against him.

Josh Lawson and Christopher Franklin were arrested at gunpoint in November of 2010 after police spotted them several blocks away from where an assault had been reported. Neither man was charged with any crime after their arrest, and they have sued the city for excessive force and wrongful arrest.

Both men allegedly suffered facial bruises after being kicked and thrown on the pavement as the police officers arrested them. While Lawson and Franklin were being taken to the police department, one of the officers also said he was going to make up evidence against them, an audio recording obtained KOMO 4 News revealed.

“Well, you’re going to jail for robbery that’s all,” the officer said.

“For robbery?” Franklin asked.

“Yeah, I’m gonna make stuff up,” the officer responded.

Seattle Police Sergeant Sean Whitcomb told KOMO 4 News that the comment was inappropriate, but that the department’s had investigated the complaint and exonerated the officer.

Fucking pig.