Thursday, January 18, 2018

When racism goes viral.

Image result for jersey student alabama racist images       I am not sure why people are acting surprised and shocked by the racist and offensive rant posted by a University of Alabama sorority girl. Being ignorant and racist has become normalized in 2018, so when a supposedly educated young woman decides to post her racist diatribe on social media, you have to understand why she thought that she would not suffer the consequences for her actions. 

"We do not waste water...because of the poor people in Syria. We don't waste water. I love how I act like I love black people because I (expletive) hate (n-word) so that's really interesting but I just saved the (expletive) (n-word) by shutting that water off."

In a second video, Barber addressed the growing backlash and apparent threats to turn her into her sorority officials. "(N-word) (n-word) (n-word). I don't care if it's Martin Luther King Day. I'm in the south now (expletive) so everybody can (expletive) off. I'm from New Jersey so I can say (n-word) as much as I want."  [Source]

Little Ms. Racist New Jersey has been expelled from school, and now she is back home in New Jersey feeling just terrible about her actions. (She only "feels terrible" because her rant went viral.)
But just think about all her friends who were in the room with her. Or. for that matter. others who hold similar views but are just good as hiding them from the rest of them.There are many more where this sorority girl came from. In Utah, for instance,  another racist college student posted a "Happy Nigger Day" lynching photo. 

This is the age of trump, and racism has become the norm. Racists now feel emboldened to let their racism flag flow. It's just a matter of time when we will see or hear one of these types of rants and shrug our collective shoulders. Kind of like we do with our racist in chief now. 

This is his kind of America. This is what he meant when he said that he wanted to "Make America Great Again."  He, and others like him, are sick of political correctness. They want to hate with impunity.   

*Pic from theroot.com 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Open thread Wednesday.

MORE DISCLAIMERSIt's open thread Wednesday y'all, and I need your thoughts on trump's alleged porn star jones.

Do you believe all the salacious details about Mr. trump and the porn star?

And if it's all true, does it even matter?

Does the fact that the White House possibly lied about Mr. trump's relationship with Ms. Daniels upset you more than the fact that he allegedly paid her to go away before the 2016 elections? 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

When silence and amnesia is complicity.

TWEET ME“Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated.”
Kofi Annan

Today the Homeland Security Secretary declared that she didn't know that Norway was a white country, and that she heard others (and the president saying) "tough" things when trump made his "shithole" remarks, but not  trump himself say "shithole". 

She actually said this to a group of senators in Washington before the Senate Judiciary Committee, obviously with no f***s to give because she is with team trump. These people lie so much that they trotted a doctor out there today to add an inch to trump's height and lie about his actual weight. All so that he could not be classified as obese. He is one pound under being obese based on what they told us. (His stomach alone weighs 239 pounds. Give me a break!)   

Anyway, I still don't understand why people who have careers and lives to live go out and constantly lie for this man. Or why they put themselves out there to be ridiculed and embarrassed while he runs off and hides.     

Thank goodness for folks like Corey Booker, who called out the latest trump flunky, Kirstjen Nielsen, for the cowardly liar that she is.

“Why am I, frankly, seething with anger? … You’re under oath. You and others in that room suddenly cannot remember?” Booker said. “The idea that the commander in chief of this country can, with broad brushes, talk about certain nations and thus cast a shadow over the millions of Americans who are from those communities, and that you could even say in your testimony that Norwegians were preferences because they are so hard-working.”

“I didn’t say―,” Nielsen began.

“Excuse me,” the senator interrupted, his voice rising. “Let me finish.”

Booker, who may be eyeing a 2020 presidential run, said tens of millions of Americans are worried about the racism coming out of the White House and asked Nielsen why she wasn’t doing more to stem an uptick in white supremacist violence in the country. He cited quotes by Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi and Elie Wiesel about the dangers of staying quiet in the face of bigotry and hatred before turning back to Nielsen.

“Your silence and your amnesia is complicity,” Booker told her." {Source}

There has been a lot of "silence" in this country when it comes to racism coming out of  the White House lately. So far we have a couple of senators and a high ranking cabinet member willing to lie rather than call out the president for his racist rhetoric.

They all deserve each other. 


 

Monday, January 15, 2018

"We the people, in order to form a more perfect union", elected Donald Trump?

TWEET ME It's Martin Luther King Day in America, a day when Americans pretend that they are really working to make this a more perfect union, and that all is at least becoming right with issues of race. It's a time when we hope that the nasty scab left by deep cut of racism--- a cut that was made from the very start by our original sin of slavery--- will continue to heal, and when we hope that in time we won't even notice that it's there.

But then we look around and realize that we elected Donald trump, and much to the dismay of good people of conscience, he tore away at that scab, to the delight of many of his supporters and others in this country. Others who never believed that the cut was that bad, or that it was ever there in the first place. And so, it has become startlingly clear, that our union is a much longer way from becoming perfect than we first thought.   

With each passing day Mr. trump reveals more of his true colors, much to the delight of his followers. For the rest of us, though, at least those who didn't see it coming, it's frightening. Some Republican elected leaders, to their everlasting shame, have made a mockery of everything that this country is supposed to stand for by hitching their wagons to this man. History, as we have seen in the past, will not be kind to them.

The latest episode in this profile of cowardice comes from two republican senators who were present in the room when Mr. trump made his "shithole" comment  about African countries and Haiti.  Just hours after saying that they don't recall him saying it,  they are now saying that he did not say it at all, and shame on Dick Durbin for saying that he did. They are forgetting, of course, that Mr. trump himself bragged to his friends about saying it, and that the fallout from him saying those words would actually help him with his base.  They are also forgetting that various people in the room, including republican senators, confirmed that he did in fact make those reprehensible comments.

Last night the president said that he was the "least racist person" that journalists ever interviewed,  and in essence this was not a big deal. (So he is a racist, just a lessor of a racist than others. Wouldn't a normal person just say that I am not a racist at all? Why say you are the east of all racists? ) Memo to Mr. trump: If you have to tell us that you are not a racist, it's a pretty good bet that you are one.

The scary part for Americans on this day that they celebrate the birth of Dr. King is this: Donald trump won because he is a racist; not despite of it. Give Tom Cotton and David Perdue credit, they know their base. History might not be kind to them, but for now they will be just fine.

 America, on the other hand, will not. 

Happy MLK Day.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

CAPTION SATURDAY.

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I need a caption for this pic.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

He is who we thought he was.

I suspect that the country of my origin is a "shithole" in the mind of America's racist in chief. The man clearly has an issue with black and brown people---- especially those from Third World countries. He said as much to a room full of elected politicians, when he declared that he did not want people immigrating to this country from Central America, Haiti, and Africa.

"The comments came as senators huddled in the Oval Office with the president to discuss a path forward on an immigration deal. Trump questioned why the United States would want people from nations such as Haiti while he was being briefed on changes to the visa lottery system.
According to the aide, when the group came to discussing immigration from Africa, Trump asked why America would want immigrants from "all these shithole countries" and that the U.S. should have more people coming in from places like Norway. Thursday's meeting came one day after Trump met with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the White House. " [Source]

Give the man credit, he knows what his base wants to hear. I have said it a million times, and it is worth repeating: Donald trump became president because he was willing to play to white fears of the browning of America. His victory had nothing to do with "economic anxiety".

The funny part of all this is watching folks in the majority population do their best Captain Renault impression. They are of course shocked to hear racist things come from the mouth of their president, and they are all embarrassed that they elected such a man. Give me a break! Clearly enough of them thought he would make a god president. Even with knowledge of his racist past.

The "shithole" country that I grew up in made me who I am, and I met and was influenced by some of the greatest people on earth. I did not grow up in a "hut" as the president believes, and I suspect that I had more of the creature comforts that life has to offer than most Americans.

I wish someone would educate the president about the black immigrants that come to this country from African countries and other countries that he considers shitholes. Black immigrants in this country, for instance, earn an average of 30% more than native blacks. These people tend to be educated, hard working, and they value their family and their freedom more than the typical American. And yet, our racist in chief chooses to denigrate and disparage them. 

The irony of course is that he married an immigrant, and she herself might have come to this country illegally. But she looks more Norwegian than African so I guess she gets a pass.

The saddest part of all of this is that all those elected leaders who were present when he made his disgusting remarks chose to do and say nothing. To top it off the White House is doubling down on the president's statements because they think it will play well for them politically.

Mia Love is a republican congresswoman from Utah, and she happens to be of Haitian decent. She issued a statement about trump's racist comments.



 
Ms. Love, like the rest of us, knows that he will not apologize, and that weeks (or maybe even days) from now, we will be talking about the next equally outrageous or racist thing that he said. But I get it. She has hitched her wagon to the political party that supports this cretin, and as a result she has to show that that she has at least a shred of decency and can stand up to a man who insulted her family and her ancestors. 

There will be more written statements of outrage, but nothing will change. America is stuck with this racist for at least the next three years, and we will try to stick our heads in the sand and pretend that this didn't happen.

Sadly, we can't to that. This is all too real.





 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

OPEN THREAD WEDNESDAY.

MORE DISCLAIMERSIt's open thread Wednesday folks, and I need your thoughts on a few things.

Why do you think the trump administration opened up offshore drilling in every coastal state except Florida? I have an idea.   

The president wants stronger libel laws because he says that folks shouldn't be able to just lie on people.

Do you think the fact that he lied about the former president's birthplace for 8 years qualifies him to make such a declaration?

Will president trump sit down with Mr. Mueller? 

Should Oprah run for president in 2020?

Did the president hoodwink the workers from Carrier now that we know that 200 more of them are going to lose their jobs? 

Why did the president tell a flat out lie about news anchors sending him letters of congratulations about his meeting with congress yesterday?

Thoughts?

 

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Head- scratching racism.

Tonight my racism chase takes me to Kansas, Ohio, and in the boardroom of a corporation that does business here in America.

Since it's the state closest to me, I will start in Ohio. This is where a basketball team decided that it was cool to have racist unis and compete in a public league.

"A boys basketball team has been kicked out of a Cincinnati-area recreational hoops league for wearing uniforms bearing a sexually suggestive team name on the front and racially objectionable names on the back.

Four weeks into the Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League’s season, parents of players on a team from West Clermont, Ohio, saw that the team from Kings Mills, Ohio, against whom their children were playing was named “The Wet Dream Team.” They also noticed that the names on the backs of the high-school-aged boys’ jerseys included phrases like “Knee Grow” and “Coon.”
Tony Rue, a parent of a West Clermont player, highlighted the eyebrow-raising jerseys in a lengthy Facebook post asking how such attire, and such a team name, was deemed appropriate for a league that hosts players from grades two through 12.

“By no means are we perfect parents or assume our teenage boys are innocent and don’t speak of things like this, but I could never imagine allowing my teenage son to represent his school and league in this manner, let alone representing our family with such filth,” Rue wrote. “[…] There is enough hate, bullying, and aggressive behavior in the world that these kids, parents, and schools shouldn’t have to deal with bigotry and lewd innuendos on jerseys and in team names in a school district represented recreational basketball league. This isn’t a typo, this isn’t a mistake, these are ideas that were thought of, discussed, agreed upon by adults and kids alike, printed on uniforms, social media accounts registered and manned and no one thought this was a bad idea or inappropriate?”

“It was so blatant that it had to be fake,” Rue later told Chris Mayhew of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Sadly it wasn’t.”

So Rue raised a flag with a rep for the youth league, wondering how this team was being allowed to play with stuff like this written on its uniforms.

“I think he called people above him, and about midway through the second quarter, he came and got the refs’ attention and told him the game was over,” Rue told Karin Johnson of Cincinnati NBC affiliate WLWT-TV. “It was called. We weren’t going to be a part of it.”
And now, the “Wet Dream Team” won’t be, either.

“CPYBL was developed to provide the best possible basketball experience for the youth of our communities and their families and has always been committed to bringing a positive experience to all of our members,” wrote Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League spokesman Ben Goodyear in a statement to the Enquirer. “Based on the information that we received, the actions and conduct of the team in question did not comply with our stated mission and expected standards and that team has, therefore, been dismissed from our league.”

They’ve also been “restricted from any further use of district facilities,” according to a spokesperson for the Kings Local School District, who emphasized that this team of students and the league in which they were playing isn’t affiliated with the district itself.

“Kings Local Schools strongly condemns any type of hateful and racist commentary,” wrote spokesperson Dawn Gould. “This behavior is in no way welcome or tolerated in our schools and community.”

The team’s coach, Walt Gill, apologized “to anyone that was offended by the jerseys” in a statement to WLWT. He noted that the team “offered to cover them up or change,” but that the league still chose to eject the team, “and we have accepted that decision.”
The incident has drawn the attention of the Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP, which wants to have a chat with the people in charge of the rec league.

“This is a teachable moment for [the teen players] to understand how these words are hurtful,” Cincinnati NAACP first vice president Joe Mallory told Cincinnati Fox affiliate WXIX-TV. “They’re inflammatory, and they’re divisive to the entire community. […] It’s everybody’s problem. It’s everybody’s business that when these things happen we all stand up and speak out on it.” [Source]

This is 2018, right? And we are still having "teachable moments" about race?

Next, I will go Kansas, and after you read this story, you will see why Dorothy dreamed about getting out.

"Put this in your pipe and smoke it: A Kansas lawmaker thinks marijuana should be illegal because he said black people are genetically unable to handle its effects.

State Rep. Steve Alford (R) spoke out on Saturday against legalizing pot using the type of racist “logic” commonly heard when “Reefer Madness” was considered a serious documentary.
“What you really need to do is go back in the ’30s, when they outlawed all types of drugs in Kansas [and] across the United States,” Alford said, according to the Garden City Telegram. “One of the reasons why, I hate to say it, was that the African-Americans, they were basically users and they basically responded the worst off to those drugs just because of their character makeup, their genetics and that.”

 Kansas is one of the few states that still hasn’t legalized some form of medical marijuana, according to the Associated Press.

The Telegram pointed out that Alford’s comments appeared to be based on the theories of Harry Anslinger, the founding commissioner of what was then called the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, which was behind the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937.

Some of the very racist and hysterically anti-cannabis quotes attributed to the agency include these whoppers:
  • “Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”
  • “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.”
  • “Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.”
Although Alford, who represents a district in western Kansas, stood by his remarks when questioned after the meeting, he was unable to cite a specific source for his so-called science to the Telegram. However, he admitted he shouldn’t have singled out African-Americans.

“There are certain groups of people, their genetics, the way their makeup is, the chemicals will affect them differently,” Alford insisted. “What I should have said was drugs affect people differently, instead of being more specific.”

On Monday, Alford denied that his remarks were racist to AP: “To me, that’s neutral. Basically, I got called a racist, which I’m really not, and it’s just the way people — the interpretation of people. To me, I’m trying to look at what’s really the best for Kansas.”

Carl Brewer, a Democratic candidate for governor, said Alford’s comments were inappropriate for a politician in 2018." [Source] 

Finally, we all know about H&M's monkey issue by now. [See image above]

What would possess a company to make such a tone-deaf decision?

And yet, we see it time and time again with companies like this.

"We understand that many people are upset about the image. We, who work at H&M, can only agree. We are deeply sorry that the picture was taken, and we also regret the actual print,” H&M said. “Therefore, we have not only removed the image from our channels, but also the garment from our product offering globally.”


The company continued, “It is obvious that our routines have not been followed properly. This is without any doubt. We will thoroughly investigate why this happened to prevent this type of mistake from happening again.”

I will tell you how to "prevent" this type of stuff from happening again: Put people of color in actual decision making positions. 

Monday, January 08, 2018

The "stable genius" says that he is fine. We just want a doctor to say for sure.

TWEET MEIf Mr. "stable genius" wants to impress me and the rest of America about the state of his mind, he will have the folks at Walter Reed conduct a psychiatric exam along with his physical at the end of this week.   

I never thought that it would come to this, but I now truly believe that this guy(trump)is suffering from some serous issues when it comes to his brain. I mean let's just be honest. If you have to tell us that you are a genius and that you have the greatest mind ever, you might just have a problem. Having our president defending his mental capacity on a daily basis makes us us all nervous. And if the people who voted for him are going to be honest with themselves, they would say the same thing.

Just think, the man is comparing his mental capacity to that of  Ronald Reagan . The same Ronald Reagan who suffered from Alzheimer's. That alone should have us all questioning his mental stability. Of all the presidents he could have mentioned, he chose to mention the one that was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. That ought to tell us about his lucidity. 

We all should consider the words of Dr. Brandy Lee:

"Donald Trump is “showing a lot of signs” of dangerous mental impairment and may be a threat to the survival of American society, a leading Yale psychiatrist has claimed.

In an exclusive interview with The Independent, Yale University’s Dr Bandy Lee said she had seen a “marked surge” in violence among her own patients since the day of Mr Trump’s election, blaming his strong rhetoric.

The lecturer, a former Harvard research fellow and chief resident at Massachusetts general hospital, was defending experts at an event she organised after they called the President “dangerous” and “delusional”.

The claim led one Republican politician to accuse them of “throwing ethical standards out the window because they cannot accept the election results”'.[Source]

We can accept the "election results." We just cannot accept the thought of a crazy person running the country for the next  three years.


Sunday, January 07, 2018

CAPTION SUNDAY.

Image result for trump camp david image fire and fury

I need a caption for this pic.

Example: Mike Pence's thoughts. *Any day now*

Friday, January 05, 2018

The KKK president.

Image result for klansman mage    I am not sure what all the fuss is about this Michael Wolff book about Mr. trump.

I mean let's face it, everything in the book only confirms what those of us with half of a brain already knew about the man.

Still, what  I found most fascinating was the revelation about his views when it comes to the Klan.
(We already know how the Klan feels about him.)

"After a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump privately rationalized why someone would join the KKK, suggesting the racist group doesn’t believe what it used to, a book published this week with insider details on the Trump White House claims.

In Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, author Michael Wolff wrote that when Trump finally addressed the August 2017 rally—saying “racism is evil” and that the KKK and other groups that cause violence around it “are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans”—it was “a reluctant mini-grovel,” and the president “was clearly reading forced lines.” 

After his KKK remarks, Trump got on Marine One and spewed his actual beliefs while traveling.

"Privately, he kept trying to rationalize why someone would be a member of the KKK—that is, they might not actually believe what the KKK believed, and the KKK probably does not believe what it used to believe," Wolff wrote. "And, anyway, who really knows what the KKK believes now? In fact, he said, his own father was accused of being involved with the KKK—not true. (In fact, yes, true.)."As Wolff notes, Trump’s father, Fred Trump, was arrested after a KKK riot in Queens, New York, in 1927." [Source]

"There are good people on both sides'", says the president. 

Now we know why he feels this way. 

*Pic from dailymail.co.uk.