Showing posts with label Racism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Racism. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The Courage of Mitch Landrieu


Cities all over America are responding to the needs of their citizens. In New Orleans, under the leadership of Mayor Mitch Landrieu, they're at the forefront of understanding that we need to have a reckoning with the past and look at how racial inequality has robbed Americans of their dignity.
Mitch Landrieu catapulted from progressive philanthropy darling to household name when he ordered the removal of four Confederate monuments in New Orleans while serving as mayor in 2017.
Now, he’s organizing public conversations about race and opportunity while creating a program to help produce elected officials willing to prod their communities toward equity. And on Tuesday, Landrieu will testify remotely at a hearing of the House Natural Resources subcommittee on national parks, forests and public lands about his belief that all of the nation's Confederate monuments should be removed from public land.

The hearing itself carries a weighty name: "Monumental Decisions: A Long Overdue Reckoning With Racist Symbols on Our Public Lands."
But as Landrieu establishes himself as an evangelist of equity, questions loom. Is Landrieu, who has long been supported by good-government groups and other arms of the monied liberal establishment, able to facilitate sweeping change? Or is he merely a voice of those with power seeking to adjust a few things?
"We've been headed towards this moment, this situation, for a long, long time," Landrieu said in an interview from his home in New Orleans. "We, particularly white Americans, have been putting off all but the emergency work needed to wind up anywhere else."
The removal of Confederate symbols is one part of that, but we need to understand that red lining, discrimination, and a lack of economic opportunity are all evils that need to be cured as well. Landrieu gets it, and that means he'll be remembered as a pioneer of how to bring our society out of the dark ages of racism.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Joe Klein is Too Stupid to Recognize Racism in His Midst




Hey, Joe. That's racist!

I have heard the T-bone steak and orange-soda riff a number of times on road trips in recent years. It is always T-bone steaks. Sometimes it’s dog food too. Is it true? Maybe so; there are food-stamp abuses, no doubt. Or maybe it happened once, someone saw it, and the story spread, sprayed into the atmosphere by talk radio. It is now an urban (and rural) legend. The food-stamp stories mix with more purposeful fantasies spread by interest groups, like the National Rifle Association’s constant spew that the government wants to “take away” your guns rather than merely regulate their use. And then there are the immigrant stories: Kostelka heard about a carload of Mexicans stopped by the local police without driver’s licenses or proof of residency. “And they were given a fine and set free,” he said. True, no doubt, but incomplete: fewer would-be immigrants have been crossing the border in recent years, and the Obama Administration has been sending record numbers back home.


The "Welfare Queen" meme runs through American society like shit through a goose--it's as phony as hell, it stinks, and everyone is convinced that it's true no matter what the facts say.





People on welfare are not rich. People who come here to work do so because wealthy business owners know they can get away with hiring cheap labor and get rid of them when they don't need workers. Those that abuse the system and get caught are punished. The Border Patrol works the southern border of the United States in depth, catching untold numbers of immigrants. The vast majority of Americans who use welfare benefits of some kind do so temporarily. The vast majority of people who come here illegally to work are conservative in their social beliefs and don't break the law. It is much, much easier to accumulate stuff, buy things, and live well by having a job. That's true for everybody. When people don't have jobs, they see how stingy welfare really is and get off it as soon as they can. The Obama Administration has been sending illegal immigrants back to where they came from since day one.





The next time Joe Klein is talking with the people who make all of these claims, he should call bullshit on them and call them racist. That's all this is--racism and ignorance, tribal resentment and the mistaken belief that poor people cause all the problems in America. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Clintons Drive Them Crazy




What do you do when an otherwise reasonable adult with a prominent media job loses their ever loving mind?

Well, the pithy response is, he never had his wits about him in the first place. David Frum reveals his inner child here, and you can't fault the man for being racist--with conservatives, that's a feature and not a bug.

And the larger reality is that the Clintons will always drive conservatives around the bend. The Clintons bring out the worst in people who lived through that era and considered themselves Republicans. That whole era was one of such superficial insanity that no one should welcome a return to it, no matter what.

As tired as I am of the Clintons, modern conservatism has gone so far off the deep end that if we were to elect a Democrat to the presidency in 2016 who had never said anything stupid, who saved the lives of a hundred soldiers and a thousand puppies, who had the Medal of Honor, who was named Smith and was from the whitest part of Iowa, and who was gracious and polite, they would still call him a murdering psychopath who fucked animals and ate baboon hearts and wasn't a real American.

They are crazy, all of them, and there's no reasoning with them anymore. Might as well hope for something else.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Heritage Foundation is a Hate Group



Awfully nice of the folks at the Heritage Foundation to firmly establish their ties to the most virulently racist and bigoted elements of American society. It would be a shame if the media forgot to start referring to them as a hate group.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Joe Scarborough, Meet Ted Yoho




Dumbassery abounds:




Speaking at a town hall meeting earlier this month, Florida Republican congressman Ted Yoho promised that he would support possible birther legislation floated by Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), telling the audience that after learning about a potential birther bill from Stockman while attending a Tea Party meeting, he called the congressman and agreed to back it.


Yoho also seemed to embrace the right-wing claim that Obamacare is “racist” because it taxes tanning beds, explaining that if he goes tanning then he will be “disenfranchised because I got taxed because of the color of my skin.”


I had a little fun with [John] Boehner and told him about the sun tanning tax. He goes, ‘I didn’t know it was in there,’ and I said, ‘Yes, it’s a ten percent tax.’ He goes, ‘Well, that’s not that big of a deal.’ I said, ‘It’s a racist tax.’ He goes, ‘You know what, it is.’ I had an Indian doctor in our office the other day, very dark skin, with two non-dark skin people, and I asked this to him, I said, ‘Have you ever been to a tanning booth?’ and he goes, ‘No, no need.’ So therefore it’s a racist tax and I thought I might need to get to a sun tanning booth so I can come out and say I’ve been disenfranchised because I got taxed because of the color of my skin. As crazy as that sounds, that’s what the left does right. By God, if it works for them, it’ll work for us [inaudible].

Seriously. The Brass Balls on these people...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Stop Trying to Make Voter Fraud a Thing




There is no such thing as voter fraud:

Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz (R), one of the nation’s most enthusiastic voter suppressors, released a report on Thursday outlining the results a two-year investigation into possible voter fraud, conducted by the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) at his request. But while Schultz has frequently scared Iowa voters with allegations of thousands of possible non-citizens voting in the state and living people showing up at the polls to cast ballots in the name of dead voters, the investigation revealed found an infinitesimal number of illegal votes cast and zero cases of impersonation at the polls.


Since his election in 2010, Schultz has been a staunch advocate for a strict voter ID law in Iowa, though his efforts to require one have stalled in the Democratic-controlled Iowa Senate. Last year he told supporters that in order to get conservative policies on “abortion, gay marriage, a whole lot of social issues that we care deeply about,” they must “start caring about voter ID and election integrity as well.” Without voter ID, he told them, “you’ll never be able to make a difference in any other issue you care about. Never. Because they will cheat! They’ll cheat.”


It is the obligation of the media to explain why the Republican Party is obsessed with voter fraud. As a primer, let me explain why they don't want people to vote:





When a lot of people vote, they don't vote for Republicans.





This is especially true for anyone who is not old and white and watches Fox News, although, as we have seen, if they are a veteran or if they have a foreign-looking name, there's a good chance someone is going to make an ass of themselves challenging their right to vote.





Is the pursuit of voter fraud simple vote suppression? Absolutely. And it is as racist as hell. You'd think that the media would have a way to tell that story or a moral obligation to try. I'll bet if you tied up voter suppression and put it on a plane that disappeared one day, there'd be more attention paid to it. If it was a blonde, white female that had gone missing, you'd know more about it. Maybe--just maybe--voter suppression needs to have its ass kicked by its own sister-in-law. Then, and only then, will we see some exposure for this issue.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The New $315 Shoe From Nike

The new LeBron James shoe from Nike is a complete and utter disgrace of a product. They're going to sell a shoe that will become a new status symbol, and thus desired by young people, for $315? And no one sees a problem with that? Where did simple values go? Why is this shoe being offered for anything more than fifty bucks? Because I can guarantee you, the cost of making that shoe doesn't even approach fifty dollars; I would be willing to wager that Nike is still getting these from sweatshops and child labor.

How many young kids are going to be robbed of these shoes? How many of them are going to fight to keep them and end up dying or killing someone? How awful.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Mary Thom of New Ulm, Minnesota is a Complete and Utter Bigot


The content of this letter is nothing new. The writer has an axe to grind, and so the letter is sent to newspapers where, given their own politics and inability to filter out bigoted hate speech properly, the woman is given a forum for her hateful views.

I suppose there is a benefit to this. Without the publication of these letters, how would you know who the crazy people are?

But the very idea that someone would get to say "homosexual marriages" are "based on something that is morally rotten so they cannot serve to promote the good health of our society" is to promote the ideas of a world class bigot. That is what is morally reprehensible here; not the fact that gay people want to be married but that some crazy lady in New Ulm, Minnesota would get a place to spread her eliminationist rhetoric.

Mary Thom claims to not be "extreme" but that's what she is--an extremist who wants to destroy homosexuals because they are morally rotten.

What's moral? Hating people? Hating the way they were born? Hating the way they live their lives?

When someone says "we cannot afford to be tolerant" it means that being intolerant is perfectly fine. From that, we see violence, shootings, hate speech and murder. We see people assaulted, killed, attacked, shot, knifed and stoned to death.

Someone let Mary Thom emerge from the swamps of cruelty and viciousness. Her letter should have remained there.