Monday, August 03, 2015

How "toxic white masculinity" hurts America.

Image result for hannity duck dynasty images     The Field Negro education series continues.

Tonight we will read the words of my friend Chauncey Devega. Chauncey has his own blog  (love the name), but I first caught this piece that he wrote over at Salon online magazine.

"Dear White America,
 
I am your friend. I have written several letters of this type to you before. It pains me to have to do so again. What I am going to share in this letter may be commonsense for many white brothers and sisters. Other White Americans may be surprised. Because our society is so segregated, people of color often do not have many opportunities to talk with white people in a direct way regarding our sincere worries about the problems in your community. I hope that this open letter can be part of a broader conversation in that regard.

When a person suffers from chronic pain they often find ways to compensate for it. Some people self-medicate with drugs or alcohol. Others develop the mental discipline necessary to compartmentalize their physical suffering. Others cocoon themselves in a bubble of denial. Because I am your friend, I am going to be honest with you. White America is suffering from a type of cancer. It is hurting you; it is killing your children; it is damaging families; it hurls shrapnel in many directions, maiming and otherwise bringing an end to the lives of those people who are unfortunate enough to be in its blast radius. If you want the truth, this is it: toxic white masculinity, and the backward right-wing politics which nurture and protect it, are hurting millions of you every year.

I know that is hard to digest. But, because I care about you White America, I am obligated to tell you the truth, even at the risk of your discomfort.

For many of you, the very idea that there is such a thing as toxic white masculinity is both surprising and enraging. Denial and anger are a very normal reaction when an uncomfortable truth is called to account. But it is the truth. Toxic white masculinity is a fear of the world changing to the disadvantage of white men, and where what too many white men take as natural rights are actually going to be exposed as unfair advantages, advantages which were gifted by a lottery of genetics and fortune of birth, as opposed to earned merit.

Toxic white masculinity defaults to violence as a means of maintaining social and political control. It clings to guns as a symbol of “real” male identity. It fears women as equals; it lashes out at non-whites who are somehow “stealing” white men’s jobs and power. Toxic white masculinity sees “liberals,” “progressives,” “social justice,” and “feminism” as enemies — out of a fear that “white masculinity” will somehow be made obsolete or extinct. The dream worlds and paranoid fantasies of angry white men are distractions that look to some type of Other as the preeminent threat to America’s safety and security. The reality is of course, very different.

In reality, right-wing domestic terrorists and mass shooters are the number one threat to America’s safety and security since September 11, 2001.

White men are approximately 31 percent of the United States population. And yet, white men are nearly 63 percent of those people who commit mass shootings. Such behavior, among any other group, would be considered pathological and a public health crisis.

Dylann Roof turned his toxic white racist masculinity on a black church in Charleston. And John Houser — a white, right-wing, conservative, Christian fundamentalist, an anti-feminist, woman-hating Nazi sympathizer — directed his rage towards a movie theater in Lafayette last month, where he killed three people and wounded eight others.

Because I am your friend White America, I will share another truth with you: While the mainstream news media will run away from subjects that make you uncomfortable, it is no coincidence that “Trainwreck,” a movie written by a white Jewish feminist comedian, was the target of John Houser’s lethal actions. It was not “mental illness” which made John Houser shoot those people in Lafayette, although such a claim is a common deflection that prevents a serious discussion of white masculinity and mass shootings. One can be “mentally ill” separate and apart from their violent impulses. No, it was extreme right-wing politics and toxic white masculinity that drove Houser to kill.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. The killing and abuse of women by men in the United States — the vast majority of it committed within the same “racial” group — is so common that it is rarely deemed to be newsworthy by the mainstream news media. This is a disgusting national embarrassment.
Toxic white masculinity is a complex problem. And you cannot fix it unless you also confront how toxic white masculinity is nurtured and encouraged by your news media and political representatives. While I do not think that you are a victim of your news media and political parties, you have nonetheless been done a disservice by them.

Fox News is your mouthpiece: 92 percent of its prime time viewing audience is white. Fox is the most popular cable news network in the United States. Millions of people watch it on a daily basis. Fox News is part of a propaganda machine that consists of the Internet, radio, and social media. This has created an alternate reality for many White Americans where down is up and up is down, so to speak. Researchers have shown that the right-wing media actually makes its public less knowledgeable about empirical reality and current events than those people who do not watch or listen to it.

The white identity politics, grievance mongering, conspiracies, paranoid thinking, eliminationist rhetoric about liberals and progressives, hostility to women, rage against immigrants, anxiety about those who are not “Christian”, and mainstreaming of white supremacy and white racial resentment, are the fuel for toxic white masculinity. The right-wing media gins up and encourages such sentiments because it is dependent on them for viewers and ad revenue.

The Republican Party, meanwhile, is America’s most prominent white identity organization. Since the end of the civil rights movement, the modern GOP has fused together conservatism and racism as its name brand. In the Age of Obama, the Republican Party has found itself increasingly dysfunctional as its politics are seemingly unable to evolve beyond “hate the black guy in the White House and anything that he proposes,” however reasonable. In many ways — the fetishistic embrace of guns, hostility to women’s rights, Islamophobia, symbolic and overt racism against black people — the policies and talking points of the contemporary Republican Party are toxic white masculinity as a campaign platform. Together with the alternate reality created by the right-wing media, the Republican Party has become so radicalized, breaking many of the standing norms of consensus politics in modern American politics, that it no longer functions as a responsible political organization.

White America, you have been confused, misled, and lied to by your primary political party and media. This is hurting you in many ways.

The American economy is broken. Wealth and income inequality are severe. The psychological wages of being White in America may still exist, but they are not translating into the material wealth they once did in the not so recent past. For example, there are more White Americans on welfare and other types of public aid than any other group. White Americans also receive a disproportionate percentage of public assistance dollars. As Robert Putnam details in his new book ”Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis,” the life opportunities and upward mobility of White America are increasingly imperiled. The abuse of prescription drugs, as well as illegal narcotics such as heroine and methamphetamines, is a severe problem for White America. The sum total of these and other troubles have left white folks – white men especially – less hopeful and feeling more insecure and angry about their future." [More]

Chauncey wrote all that to tell you, my white male friends, that the days of John Wayne are long gone.

It's time that you all got in touch with your sensitive and cerebral side. This might be a bit tough for some of you, but I think you can do it.

*Pic from Salon.com


 

Sunday, August 02, 2015

The city of robotly love. Not!

Hitchhiking Robot I am sorry to hear about the Canadian robot who met an unfortunate end while here in the "city of brotherly love"(That's him in an AP file photo. He is looking much worse these days)

Here in Philly we can be tough like that.  I wonder if Meek Mill's peeps had something to do with that. The Philly rapper and his crew have no love for anything from Canada these days. 

I am not sure what those Canadians were thinking when they tried to get little hitchBOT to hitchhike across America all by its lonesome.  Newsflash: America is not Canada . (hitchBot made it all the way across Canada in 26 days. Nice folks those Canadians.) And Philly is certainly not like the rest of America. Heck even the white folks here are hardcore.

True story: A white bum approached me once in Center City and asked me for some money. I told him that I only had some change and he stared me down for a few seconds before telling me to go f*** myself.  All I could do was laugh. Everybody in this town thinks that they are Rocky or some shit.  Heck we booed Santa Claus for crying out loud. And if that wasn't enough we pelted his big St. Nick behind with snowballs  just for good measure. So why did these clueless Canadians think that a robot could just hitchhike through our town unscathed?

 "The robot bounced around the Boston area and was briefly taken to sea. One day, it took in a Red Sox game, checking off one of the items on the bucket list created for it. But hitchBOT never made it off the East Coast.

The creators were sent an image of the vandalized robot Saturday but couldn't track its location because the battery is dead. They said they don't know who destroyed it or why.
 
The robot was designed to be a talking travel companion and could toss out factoids and carry limited conversation. A GPS in the robot tracked its location, and a camera randomly snapped photos about every 20 minutes to document its travels."
 
How sweet.
 
I would imagine poor hitchBot's last conversation went something like this:
 
Hi, I am hitchBOT.
 
You're what? Hitchbutt?
 
I am a travel companion and I am pleased to meet you.
 
Yo, you're not real, son.
 
What's in this  jawn anway? Any money in this bitch?
 
Hi, I am hitchBO..... *smash*
 
Shut the fuck up! You're not real! Now hitchBot that shit.
 
Thankfully, the Pope will be here soon.  That's really a good thing,  because these mean spirited Philadelphians could really use some prayers. 
 
Francis seems like a cool dude. He will pray for us all.   
 
I just hope that we show him more love that we did our little non-human friend from Canada.
 
hitchBOT @hitchBOT
"My trip must come to an end for now, but my love for humans will never fade. Thanks friends: "
 
 
hitchBOT, if I see the pope I will ask him to pray for you, too.
 
 
     



Saturday, August 01, 2015

CAPTION SATURDAY.



I need a caption for this pic.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Incident at the beach.

If we are all trying to learn from each other and improve race relations in America, let's have a civil discussion in the comments section about the following incident:

"Chicago’s Oak Street Beach is a popular summer destination, but for one mother, it turned out to be a lesson in racism for her young children.

Raquel Bolton posted a video on Facebook that shows a white woman calling her and her two children the n-word after her children, ages 4 and 8, accidentally splashed the woman.

Bolton explained what happened on Facebook:

While at the beach #oakstreetbeach this lady called us the N Word three times in front of my children all because they splashed water on her. I asked her to stop yelling at the kids and said I'll call the police. She walked in my face twice yes I could've reacted but I didn't. Yes I thought this lady was going to spit or put hands on me first because that's how angry she was....here's

On the video, the irate white woman rattles off the n-word several times and even questions Bolton's education.

"Of course you haven't graduated and you don't know the Constitution of the United States and what it says," the woman states.

"Of what? That you could just walk around calling somebody a n--ger?" Bolton asks.

The woman responds, "Yes, it's called free speech in America. Right to free speech. Look it up."

It didn't take long for Internet sleuths to figure out the identity of the white woman. According to The Frisky, Angelle Marie Massion is the irate woman in the video. Massion's Internet footprint led the women's site to her blog. But what's even more interesting is the fact that Massion seems to have a history of incidents involving racist outbursts. In 2006 she was reportedly arrested in an incident involving harassing students at Northwestern, with police saying that she yelled racial slurs at officers, according to the Daily Northwestern.
 
'It's times like these when having a cellphone readily available is a good thing. Especially when it puts people's racism on blast for the world to see."' [Source]

I have my own views about Ms. Massion, and this might surprise you, but in a way I actually feel sorry for her. She seems like a rather pathetic individual.  Somehow, though, these particular types of individuals always seem to be the most racist: Miserable human beings who made nothing of their lives so they lash out in the only way that they know how.  

Good for Ms. Bolton for not making an already bad situation worse. I am glad she showed  some restraint and was able to capture her ignorant beach buddy on video for all the world to see.

*In my best John QuiƱones voice*  What would  you have done in this situation?


Thursday, July 30, 2015

The defenders in the house.

Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 1.28.25 PMSometimes the house Negroes among us are worse than the very racists who we like to call out from time to time.

I am thinking of Whoopi Goldberg and her side-kick , Raven Symone. These two modern day Aunt Jemimas found it necessary to get on television and defend Ellisabeth Hasselbeck after her clueless and ignorant statements about Sandra Bland.

 "There are times, I’m sure, someone has, in the history of this land, used a cigarette against a police officer."

Huh????

Now you will notice that I didn't say that what she (Hasselbeck) said was racist. Because, honestly, I don't know if she is a racist or not.  She might be just that stupid. But what I do know is that Whoopi, Raven, and yours truly, cannot say that she is not  a racist. This is what kills me about people like Whoopi Goldberg and other apologists for white folks who they think they know.

I mean not every incident of racism is as obvious as this, or this, or this. Sometimes racism is not so obvious. Your side-kick of seven years on a talk show who you might think you know, could be the one who goes home every evening and calls you all kind of N words before she goes to bed.

"Somehow, it’s no longer OK to pose a question that will give you an answer in order to best understand what’s going on,” Goldberg said, after playing the clip. “We’ve been friends for about seven, eight years and she has not asked me to pick any cotton.”

Of course not. "Picking cotton" is for field Negroes.






 



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Cecil is dead, and so is Samuel.

Image result for cecil the lion imagesI have been hearing and reading a lot about Cecil the lion, but not much about Samuel the man.

This is not surprising, since animals have always been a little higher in the American pecking order than black males. 

I tweeted about this earlier, and I was only half joking when I wrote that maybe we should start an organization called PETN (People for the ethical treatment of Negroes). I mean if only we could be as outraged over the killings of humans as we are the killing of poor Cecil(And, for the record, it's not only black males who are catching the business from law enforcement.)

Anyway, props to the prosecutor in Cincinnati for charging  Ray Tensing with murder in the shooting death of  Samuel DuBose. And you have to wonder, after seeing this latest killing and the murder of Walter Scott, just how much of these  types of incidents went unreported before body cameras and cell phone videos became a thing.

"I've been doing this for over 30 years. This is the most asinine act I've ever seen a police officer make -- totally unwarranted," said Deters. "It's an absolute tragedy in the year 2015 that anyone would behave in this manner. It was senseless."
Image result for samuel duboseThe prosecutor, who said he was shocked when he first saw the video, was adamant DuBose, who is black, had not acted aggressively toward Tensing, who is white.
"People want to believe that Mr. DuBose had done something violent towards the officer -- he did not. He did not at all. I feel so sorry for his family and what they lost, and I feel sorry for the community, too," Deters said. [Source]
Nope. The killing of Cecil was an "asinine act". The killing of Samuel DuBose, on the other hand, was something far more sinister.  


*Pics from cnn.com


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Queen City waits for a videotape.

Photo published for Sam Dubose, Ray Tensing: UC police officer said motorist was dragging..."What's with all this "Black Lives Matter crap? Don't all lives matter?

You Negroes kill me with this stuff. " ~Typical person from the majority population~

Of course all lives matter. But we don't have to keep reminding our American brothers and sisters about the white ones. They seem to be quite aware of that reality. The black ones, on the other hand, not so much.

Tonight my racism chase takes me to the city that gave us the "Big Red Machine".

It first started with a police officers report of a traffic stop and confrontation.

CINCINNATI - A white University of Cincinnati police officer said an unarmed black motorist was dragging him with his car and he feared he would be run over when he fired a single shot that killed the driver, according to the police incident report released Thursday.

That was the first statement by UC officer Ray Tensing to be made public about his shooting of Sam Dubose, 43, after a traffic stop in Mount Auburn on Sunday. Another UC officer backed up Tensing's account.

Tensing's radio call, also released Thursday, includes the officer shouting with alarm:
"Shots fired! Shots fired! ... We need a medic now!"

Then he clarifies for dispatch that the medic is not for him.

No, I'm not injured. I almost got run over by the car.  He took off on me."
Gasping for breath, Tensing says:

"I discharged one round. (Pause). Struck the male in the head."

Another UC officer responding to the scene, Phillip Kidd, said he witnessed Dubose's 1998 Honda Accord dragging Tensing and Tensing firing one shot, according to the incident report. Another responding officer, David Lindenschmidt, apparently did not contribute to the report.

"It was unclear how much of this incident OIT Lindenschmidt witnessed," the report said.

The officer who filed the report, Eric Weibel, said he observed Tensing after the incident and wrote:

"I could see that the back of his pants and shirt looked as if he had been dragged over a rough surface." He said Tensing, 26, complained of pain in his left arm.

Weibel said he was patrolling the East Campus about 6:29 p.m. when he heard Tensing cry out on the radio.

Weibel wrote. Weibel said he drove south on Vine to Thill street and located Tensing and Dubose a block away at Rice and Valencia streets.

"Officer Tensing stated he was almost run over by the driver of the Honda Accord and was forced to shoot the driver with his service weapon (Sig Sauer P320). Officer Tensing stated that he fired a single shot," Weibel wrote. "The vehicle came to a final stop at the corner of Rice Street and Valencia Street. From outside the vehicle I could see a black male motionless with a gunshot wound to his head." [Source]

"Oh yes, that "motionless" black male. We have been seeing a lot of that lately.

Fortunately, in this case, there was a body camera recording the actions of Officer Tensing.

Oh wait....we can't go to the videotape just yet. Apparently  it is "so bad" that the city of Cincinnati is bracing for bad things if the citizens of that city ever actually see it.

"Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said he's seen the unreleased footage from a University of Cincinnati officer's body camera during last week's fatal shooting and "it's not good."
"The video is not good," Blackwell said. "I think the city manager has said that also publicly. I'll leave it there."

I know you would like us to "leave it there" Mr. Blackwell, but we can't.  

Oh and while we are lamenting the tragic death of Sam Dubose. Let's not forget what happened to yet another woman who died in police custody, recently.

"Circle Bear was jailed on a bond violation at the Brown County Jail in Aberdeen. On Sunday, July 6, she was found unresponsive in a holding cell.

According to KELO, Circle Bear was taken to a nearby hospital where she died later that same day.
Witnesses said that when Circle Bear was transferred to the holding cell, she told guards that she was in excruciating pain. Jail personnel reportedly told her to “quit faking” and “knock it off” before lifting her partway off the floor and dragging her to the cell where she was later found unconscious.

According to Manning, “I recently learned about Sarah Lee Circle Bear while attending a family ceremonial gathering. A relative set out a memorial chair for Sarah, a tradition of the Dakota and Lakota people. Sarah’s story was shared, and the circle prayed for her and her family for four days.”
The 24-year-old left behind two infant sons, ages one and two.

Circle Bear’s family said that they await autopsy and toxicology reports." [Source]


As you can probably tell from her name, this latest victim of state brutality and ultimate killing is Native American. 

May she, like Sandra Bland, rest in peace.
 



   





  

Monday, July 27, 2015

Studying the " empirical reality of racism in the United States."

"It's all the same thing, man. People don't understand that songs like "Fuck that Police" are 400 years in the making. It's a constant racism that affects black people in this country that's never stopped." ~ Ice Cube!~

The Field Negro education series continues.

I think that the following article/interview from The New York Times is timely:

"This is the next installment in a series of interviews on race that I am conducting for The Stone. This week’s conversation is with Joe Feagin, a sociologist, and a leading researcher of racism in the United States for more than 40 years. He teaches at Texas A & M University and is the author of more than 60 books, including the forthcoming “How Blacks Built America: Labor, Culture, Freedom, and Democracy.”

George Yancy: To what extent does your work as a sociologist overlap or pertain to what we might concern ourselves with as philosophers?
 
Joe Feagin: I have been deeply concerned with issues of social and moral philosophy since college. I majored in philosophy as an undergraduate and then went to Harvard Divinity School, where I worked with philosopher-theologians in social ethics, European theology and comparative religions. I studied with Paul Tillich, Richard R. Niebuhr, Arthur Darby Nock and others. When I switched to doctoral work in sociology at Harvard, I studied with the theoreticians Talcott Parsons, George Homans, Robert Bellah, Charles Tilly and Gordon Allport. Allport and his young colleague Tom Pettigrew got me seriously interested in studying racial-ethnic theory in social science as well as the empirical reality of racism in the United States. During this decade (the 1960s) I was also greatly influenced by major African-American social analysts of racism, like W.E.B. Du Bois, Stokely Carmichael and Charles Hamilton. More recently, my work has been used by philosophers of race including Lewis Gordon, Charles Mills, Linda Alcoff, Tommy Curry — and yourself.
 
G. Y.: In your book “The White Racial Frame,” you argue for a new paradigm that will help to explain the nature of racism. What is that new paradigm and what does it reveal about race in America?
 
J.F.: To understand well the realities of American racism, one must adopt an analytical perspective focused on the what, why and who of the systemic white racism that is central and foundational to this society. Most mainstream social scientists dealing with racism issues have relied heavily on inadequate analytical concepts like prejudice, bias, stereotyping and intolerance. Such concepts are often useful, but were long ago crafted by white social scientists focusing on individual racial and ethnic issues, not on society’s systemic racism. To fully understand racism in the United States, one has to go to the centuries-old counter-system tradition of African-American analysts and other analysts of color who have done the most sustained and penetrating analyses of institutional and systemic racism.
 
G.Y.: So, are you suggesting that racial prejudices are only half the story? Does the question of the systemic nature of racism make white people complicit regardless of racial prejudices?
 
J.F.: Prejudice is much less than half the story. Because prejudice is only one part of the larger white racial frame that is central to rationalizing and maintaining systemic racism, one can be less racially prejudiced and still operate out of many other aspects of that dominant frame.That white racial frame includes not only racist prejudices and stereotypes of conventional analyses, but also racist ideologies, narratives, images and emotions, as well as individual and group inclinations to discriminate shaped by the other features. Additionally, all whites, no matter what their racial prejudices and other racial framings entail, benefit from many racial privileges routinely granted by this country’s major institutions to whites.
 
G.Y.: The N.A.A.C.P. called the murder of nine African-Americans in the historic Emanuel A.M.E. Baptist Church in Charleston, S.C., an “act of racial terrorism”? Do you think that definition is correct?
 
J.F.: According to media reports, the alleged murderer Dylann Roof has aggressively expressed numerous ideas, narratives, symbols and emotions from an openly white supremacist version of that old white racial frame. The N.A.A.C.P. terminology is justified, given that the oldest terrorist group still active on the planet is the Ku Klux Klan. We must also emphasize the larger societal context of recurring white supremacist actions, which implicates white Americans more generally. Mainstream media commentators and politicians have mostly missed the critical point that much serious anti-black and pro-white framing proclaimed by supremacist groups is still shared, publicly or privately, by many other whites. The latter include many whites horrified at what these white terrorist groups have recently done.
 
G.Y.: I realize that this question would take more space than we have here, but what specific insights about race can you share after four decades of research?
 
J.F.: Let me mention just two. First, I have learned much about how this country’s racial oppression became well institutionalized and thoroughly systemic over many generations, including how it has been rationalized and maintained for centuries by the broad white racist framing just mentioned. Another key insight is about how long this country’s timeline of racial oppression actually is. Most whites, and many others, do not understand that about 80 percent of this country’s four centuries have involved extreme racialized slavery and extreme Jim Crow legal segregation.
 
As a result, major racial inequalities have been deeply institutionalized over about 20 generations. One key feature of systemic racism is how it has been socially reproduced by individuals, groups and institutions for generations. Most whites think racial inequalities reflect differences they see as real — superior work ethic, greater intelligence, or other meritorious abilities of whites. Social science research is clear that white-black inequalities today are substantially the result of a majority of whites socially inheriting unjust enrichments (money, land, home equities, social capital, etc.) from numerous previous white generations — the majority of whom benefited from the racialized slavery system and/or the de jure (Jim Crow) and de facto overt racial oppression that followed slavery for nearly a century, indeed until the late 1960s.
 
G.Y.: What then are we to make of the concept of American meritocracy and the Horatio Alger narrative — the rags to riches narrative?
 
J.F.: These are often just convenient social fictions, not societal realities. For centuries they have been circulated to justify why whites as a group have superior socioeconomic and power positions in American society. In the white frame’s pro-white subframe whites are said to be the hardest-working and most meritorious group. Yet the sociologist Nancy DiTomaso has found in many interviews with whites that a substantial majority have used networks of white acquaintances, friends and family to find most jobs over their lifetimes. They have mostly avoided real market competition and secured good jobs using racially segregated networks, not just on their “merit.” Not one interviewee [out of approximately 150 to 200] expressed seeing anything wrong with their use of this widespread system of white favoritism, which involves “social capital” passed along numerous white generations.
 
G.Y.: Can we talk about race in America without inevitably talking about racism?
 
J.F.: No, we cannot. In its modern racialized sense the term “race” was created by white American and European analysts in the 17th and 18th centuries in order to explain how they, as “good Christians,” could so extensively and brutally oppress, initially, indigenous and African Americans. There was no well-developed American hierarchy of “races,” a key feature of systemic racism, before white Europeans and white Americans made that the societal reality in the Americas by means of the Atlantic slave trade and the genocidal theft of indigenous peoples’ lands. Whites were soon framed as the virtuous and “superior race,” while those oppressed were dehumanized as the “inferior races.” [More]
 
*Pic from poligrafi.com
 
 
 
 
 
 





Sunday, July 26, 2015

Legitimizing racism and the end of journalism.

Patrickjbuchanan.JPGWelcome back Pat Buchanan;  the poster boy for your racist xenophobic American.

And shame on Chuck Todd and NBC for bringing him back. This is just what we need in this current political climate; more ignorant and unenlightened thoughts from Richard Nixon's former inside man.

This is what John Amato, writing for Crooks And Liars, had to say about the aforementioned Mr. Buchanan:

"Buchanan has repeatedly defended Adolf Hitler and once labeled him "an individual of great courage." He claimed "in a way, both sides were right" during the Civil War. He declined to disavow the idea that minorities have inferior genes. He defended a school's ban on interracial dating. He opined that "this has been a country built, basically, by white folks" and falsely claimed only "white males" died at Gettysburg and Normandy. He once claimed "conservatives are the niggers of the Nixon administration" and urged President Nixon not to visit Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow because King was "one of the most divisive men in contemporary history."

Wow!

Anyway, speaking of Adolf Hitler, it seems that yet another right- wing politician thought that it was cool to  refer to a time in our history when Adolf Hitler was committing atrocities in Europe, while talking about the policies of the president of the United States.

"Hyperbolic analogies to Nazis or the Holocaust are hardly a new feature of American political rhetoric, but Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee got weirdly specific about concentration-camp crematoriums yesterday when denouncing the Obama Administration's nuclear deal with Iran. In a Breitbart interview, Huckabee declared, "This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. It is so naive that he would trust the Iranians. By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven."' [Source]

What is it with these guys and their love affair with all things Nazi?

And Huckabee in particular seems to be enamored with the whole Nazi thing.

He does it, for instance,  here, and here, and here.

Anyway, I know that Mike Huckabee is a "religious" man, so I am going to give him a quote from a book that I know he reads:   "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he".

Pic from Wikipedia















Saturday, July 25, 2015

CAPTION SATURDAY.



I need a caption for this pic.


*Pic from gawker.com

Friday, July 24, 2015

Rebranding "white privilege."

After hearing about the liberal golden boy, Jon Stewart, having an epic meltdown towards a black writer after he (the writer) called him on his "white privilege",  I thought of an interesting article written by a Hispanic writer that I read a couple of days ago about the subject.

I like to educate and inform, so I thought that I would share it with you.

"Marketing is everything.

For example, witness the well-documented phenomenon of many Americans despising Obamacare while still liking the Affordable Care Act (FYI: They are the same damn thing).

Or consider the worst branding decision of all time: "global warming". As we all know, climate deniers just scoff and say, "Then why was it so cold this winter?" Such idiotic assertions are easier to dismiss with a new and improved term (i.e., "climate change").

We are seeing the same pushback, the same dismissal of reality with the phrase "white privilege." Now, for those who are unclear about this concept, white privilege refers to societal privileges that benefit white people beyond what is commonly experienced by non-white people. We can nitpick this definition, but that would be a whole other article.

The problem with white privilege is that the concept is painfully easy to refute. I'm not talking about right-wingers who insist that racism is dead or that white people are actually the disadvantaged class in America. There's just no reaching those people.

No, I'm referring to white individuals who hear the word "privilege" thrown at them and interpret it as an individual attack rather than as a societal fact. Their reply is frequently, "There's nothing privileged about my life."

Indeed, as the wealth gap increases, plenty of white people are being left behind. And many of those struggling individuals come from ethnicities that endured their own struggles in the past (and occasionally, in the present). Under such circumstances, it's galling -- even ludicrous -- to be told that you are privileged.

And what have good liberals done when confronted with this response? We stammer that privileges are often invisible, or that white people are less likely to be harassed by the cops, or that we're not implying white people have had everything handed to them on a silver platter.

That's all true of course. But it's also true that if you're explaining, you're losing.

And that's why we need to drop the whole thing -- not the concept, mind you, which is crucial to our understanding of racial inequalities and American culture itself. We need to rebrand.

This has been pointed out before, but so far we have failed to come up with a good alternative.
So let's begin the discussion in earnest. Let's make it a real goal to replace the needlessly confrontational term "white privilege."

I'll get it started. How about "white advantage"? It's still racially loaded, but the idea of "advantage" is much easier to accept than "privilege."

Hey, just take it as a first draft. I'm sure working together, we can come up with something better.
Because we really need to." [Source]

You could call it white edge, or white lead for all I care. As long as there is an acknowledgement that it exists, that is fine with me.

The thing is, though, no matter what you call it some folks will never acknowledge its existence. It's deeper than just packaging or "marketing" the phrase in the right way to have the discussion. I suspect that if we call it something else and try to have a discussion about it we will meet with the same obstacles to a better understanding of each other when certain folks are confronted with the reality of their societal status.

"Producers at “The Daily Show” said on Friday that the argument between Mr. Stewart and Mr. Cenac went well beyond the usual disagreements that can flare up in preparing the show.
 
Steve Bodow, an executive producer, acknowledged in an interview that there were “blind spots” at the program when Mr. Cenac worked there, “and I’m sure there still are now,” he said." 
 
Hmmm, racial "blind spots". That must be what you get when you are unaware of your  "white privilege", or "advantage", or whatever you want to call it.
 
Sorry Mr. Cubias, it doesn't matter how you package the food, if you don't change the ingredients that go into it the taste will still be the same.