Showing posts with label Race. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Race. Show all posts

Monday, December 22, 2014

Good Luck Selling This Inside Baseball Crap

Honestly, the new editor of The New Republic isn't even trying to escape the magazine's horrible past:

In 1974, Martin Peretz, a 35-year-old social studies lecturer at Harvard College, bought The New Republic. He pledged to leave things as they were and to keep then-editor Gilbert Harrison “for a minimum of three years,” as Harrison told the Times. Sooner than that, however, Peretz installed himself as editor, resignations followed, and much of the staff was replaced by his former students. They would go on to dominate the masthead for the rest of the century.

A decade into Peretz’s tenure, Michael Straight, the owner-editor after World War II and son of the magazine’s first financial backer, wrote a letter to The New York Review of Books announcing “the spirit which Croly created and which Gilbert Harrison maintained in recent years was shattered.” Peretz, who stood accused of endorsing Israel’s 1985 bombing of Beirut, rightly ridiculed this appeal to constancy. “What spirit of The New Republic exactly would they be violating?” he replied to the letters page. “The magazine has had a long and complicated history.” Last year Peretz was the one complaining, writing in aWall Street Journal op-ed that the current owner, Chris Hughes, is “not from the world of Herbert Croly.” A survey of the many deaths and rebirths of The New Republic shows, if anything, that its most important survival skill has been to attract new champions from beyond its inner sanctum.

Note here that Snyder ignores the fact that Marty Peretz was all for the genocide of the Palestinian people and hated African-Americans to virtually the same extent; he was a race baiting crank given to fits of nostalgia for a time when you could actually say monstrous things in public and not be held accountable for them. He brought in Andrew Sullivan and helped mainstream things like The Bell Curve and the woefully inconsiderate contrarianism of Michael Kinsley. Real progressives haven't read TNR in decades, except with scorn and derision.

Peretz all but destroyed the magazine; Franklin Foer was well on his way to restoring it to some measure of respectability, albeit one centered around centrism and a more genteel version of taking the kneecaps out of real Democrats. The Chris Hughes/Gabe Snyder era will be the Buzzfeedification of the magazine along bro-centric lines. Do they have an ideology beyond clickbait?

Good luck making money with these inconvenient stories about how things were. People still aren't going to read it so why bring up the past? There's no getting past the Peretz years and no amount of denying the fact that the magazine was already destroyed is going to buy time for this debacle in the making.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Shameless and Nameless

What is happening in Ferguson, Missouri is a shameless attempt to escape accountability. The evidence from the Grand Jury proceeding will show, and I'm guessing here, that Michael Brown was just culpable enough in his own execution to justify letting Darren Wilson escape justice.

Was this an example of really bad police work? At the local level, absolutely. Was this an example as to how unarmed black males are executed on a regular basis in this country? Yep, Will anyone be held accountable? Nope.

There's no telling what will happen. Maybe everything and maybe nothing. But we have lost another opportunity to talk about race and class in a way that fixes the problems. We have another example on our hands as to how the tribes will stay divided and how the rule of law benefits whites.

Name names. Shame those who fail to police this country appropriately. Let the jurors be ready to explain themselves. Let the country decide whose country this is at the end of the day. It never belonged to anyone who didn't already have most of the guns.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

This is Why the Democrats Lost on Tuesday

Your newly segregated America:

Brad Paisley:

"Accidental racist" Brad Paisley, one-half of the Country Music Award's hosting duo on ABC last night, tried to make a joke about Black-ish, the show that would have normally aired during the time slot. Shockingly, it didn't land!

"If any of you tuned in to ABC tonight expecting to see the new show Black-ish—yeah, this ain't it. In the mean time, I hope you're all enjoying...white-ish." Haha? Kacey Musgraves and that one woman from Nashville were not laughing.

Paisley is the nervous spokesman for a people beset on all sides by things that are popular and black. Country music isn't one of them, of course. Under their breath, you could hear the collective gasp of a people afraid of losing their job because of their hatred for the President of the United States of America. The sickening thing is, these people consider themselves the only real "Americans" left in the country. Their ignorance only makes them more popular with a rapidly dying population.

Anthony From San Diego:

The caller, who gave his name as Anthony from San Diego, California, identified himself as a Republican and started out talking about the direction he thinks the new GOP majority in Congress should take.

"I would just like to say, that the Republicans — and I'm a Republican — please do not overreach," the caller began. "I know they're going to overreach but I'm telling you, if you advocate for the repeal of Obamacare and you get too extreme, then Hillary Clinton will be elected president in 2016."

"This is about race," he added. "The Republicans hate that nigger Obama."

Well, someone finally spoke truth to power. William F. Buckley, your seat at the table has been ready all week--too bad you're not around to vocalize Anthony's salt-of-the-Earth missive and turn it into something genteel enough to repeat at breakfast with the Rotary Club.

Oh, and who could forget the fight to restore Colonel Reb?

A Mississippi heritage group has launched a proposed ballot measure which would amend the state's constitution to recognize Christianity as the official religion of the state and English as the official language of the state.

The 12-part measure would also establish "Confederate Heritage Month," which would provide a curriculum base for school children to learn about "Mississippi's Confederate history, heritage, achievements, and prominent people," the initiative reads.

The initiative has been endorsed by former Miss America and Mississippian Susan Akin, Mississippi author Julie Hawkins and former state Rep. Mark DuVall, who tried and failed to pass legislation while he was in office in 2011 that would have allowed the restoration of Colonel Reb as Ole Miss' mascot.

America is segregated by those who are trying to live their lives and those who hate the President because he's black. The apathy of the former empowers the latter.

Race is a social construct, by the way, and does not exist. But, you know, the Army will let you self-identify as a Negro so it's all good. The rebranding of the Republican Party continues in the same direction it was always headed. All we need now are white sheets and torches.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Howard Dean Was Right

Did you know that there are at least ten Senate races that are still too close to call? And that Election Day is tomorrow?

How'd that sneak up on everyone?

How is it that this race isn't a referendum on race relations? It should be. The Republican Party has coddled racism since the First Inaugural. Why do they support policies that blatantly keep minorities from voting? Why do they believe in rewarding people who question the birthplace and religion of the President of the United States? Why do they support policies that cripple our economy through obstructionism in the Congress? They should be answering those questions every day.

Nate Silver believes that the Senate will flip Republican, and I wouldn't be surprised to see that happen. It is very hard to unseat incumbents, but it's even harder to elect a Democrat in a Red State. We are, effectively, looking at a terrible Senate cycle and that's what gets almost no coverage. The Senate map this year makes it almost impossible for Democrats to hold the Senate by winning in Republican-controlled states that went for Romney and McCain the last time around (North Carolina being the exception, among others).

Presidents always take a beating in mid-term elections--that's nothing new. But when you add in the crappiness of the map we're looking at and the inability of the media to properly identify craziness, well, you end up with Ted Cruz making threats BEFORE he's won anything.

In a last-minute gift to Democrats on the eve of the midterm elections, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has announced his plan to push for Senate Republicans to declare a rightist war against Democrats if the GOP wins control of the Senate. Set aside the campaign pitches of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Colorado Senate candidate Rep. Cory Gardner (R), Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst (R), Georgia GOP Senate candidate David Perdue and Alaska GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan, who promise to end gridlock in Washington and govern for "all of the people." Cruz says they are all wrong. Cruz wants a political war against Democrats. Cruz is the real voice of what will happen if Republicans take control of the Senate.

Oh, that's comforting.But this is all posturing. Ted Cruz doesn't care about governance. He cares about television appearances and the money that rolls in when he does something stupid that costs someone else politically or otherwise. He should be the face of the Republican Party right now. The Democrats ran on what this time? Not sucking? Being not that friendly with Obama?

Senator Michal Bennet was handed the stink bomb of 2014 and so I look forward to people blaming him (well, I would but he is a non-presence in the race and nobody knows who he is). I would fire the head of the DNC and get rid of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and I would go back to a 50 state strategy (or a 48 state strategy and just write off Mississippi and Alabama).

The title of this post says it all. Howard Dean was right and he paid the price for it. He was destroyed by Rahm Emanuel for being right about everything that has gone wrong in this country. We should ask Dean to come back and run things. We won't, but we should. Maybe, after tomorrow, we make the next race about how these people are incapable of governing and are besotted with lunatics.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Can't Get More Racist Than This

That's a page from a major American Newspaper, my friends. That is not an image from some podunk racist blog or or

That's from the Boston Herald and it's racist as hell.

Straight up, no doubt about it, no arguing it. That's racist.

Good luck making that demonstration of mind-numbingly bad judgment disappear, you hacks.

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...

Monday, May 12, 2014

That Went Well

Now that Donald Sterling has had a chance to tell his side of the story, everything is now perfectly fine and he will not face any more accusations of being insensitive about race issues in America:

In an exclusive interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Sterling spoke publicly for the first time since a controversial audio recording of him sparked a firestorm and put his ownership of the Clippers in jeopardy.

He repeatedly apologized and denied accusations that he's racist, claiming he'd been "baited" into making what he called "terrible" remarks. But while he defended himself for much of the interview, he went on the offensive when Johnson's name came up.

Sterling, 80, slammed the former Los Angeles Lakers player's character and his battle with HIV, saying Johnson hasn't done anything to help others.

"What kind of a guy goes to every city, has sex with every girl, then he catches HIV? Is that someone we want to respect and tell our kids about?" Sterling asked. "I think he should be ashamed of himself. I think he should go into the background. But what does he do for the black people? He doesn't do anything."

As you can see, Sterling is getting great advice from the sycophants who tell him how wonderful he is all day long. This fantastic public relations advice probably costs him more money than most people make in a decade. My only hope is that Sterling will keep giving interviews so that everyone can see just how far this stellar disaster control advice will take him.

I mean, the kids are learning a lot from this man, aren't they? Sterling had days and days to think about what he said and that's what he said. You couldn't come up with anything else? 

I mean, oh, damn. That's what I said when I saw this story. Damn.

What else can you say? The man's insane.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Baltimore Crabs

I will solve your problem for you:

Every team has a defining moment during the season. For the Los Angeles Clippers, that moment is likely Tuesday night. With the series against their cross-state rival the Golden State Warriors knotted at two games, a loss will be tough to recover from. A win would keep them on track to reach their first NBA finals in team history. The game also marks a defining moment for the Clippers organization—it will be the first time the Clippers play at the Staples Center since their owner, Donald Sterling, was exposed as a racist. Depending on how NBA Commissioner Adam Silver handles his first major crisis, the Sterling scandal could be either the beginning of the end of the Clippers or the final step on their ascendancy to the throne of Los Angeles basketball.

Why save the Clippers? Contracting the National Basketball Association by one team would not be a fatal move; it would eliminate the stain of the controversy, and it would allow the remaining teams in the league to hold a lottery draft for the 12-20 players whose rights (D-league, injured, or otherwise) are held by the Clippers. It would drive Donald Sterling from the league and leave his empire in shambles, effectively demonstrating that anyone who doesn't clean up their act can be removed from the fraternity of owners. And it would make this issue go away--the franchise death penalty has a way of doing that.

Might I humbly suggest putting a professional basketball team in Baltimore, Maryland?  Call them the Baltimore Crabs or the Maryland Mayhem. The area already has the Bay Area Shuckers and many people spend the bulk of their vacation time or their free time reminiscing about the Baltimore Pearls. Baltimore would be a heck of a town for pro basketball. All anyone would have to do is build an arena for it to happen. Why the hell not?

UPDATE: Donald Sterling has been banned for life. The NBA has decided to force him to sell the team. I still think they need to help the Lakers franchise and remove the Clippers from the Los Angeles market. Moving the Clippers back to San Diego makes sense, but so does relocating the team to Baltimore.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Not Even Sean Hannity Will Defend Cliven Bundy

Kudos to Sean Hannity. When faced with the economic ruin that an onslaught of boycotts and withdrawn advertising would render to the dying Fox News machine, he folded up like a trailer park in a tornado and ran for the hills.

His inability to reconcile with the racism and the need to always decry the government is yet another reason why the people who actually profit from spreading fear and racism throughout American society have to find more subtle messengers and people who are more savvy than Hannity.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Fear of a Black Planet in the Suburbs

Chief Keef is a young fellow with a lot of money and a lifestyle that appears to be driving the wealthy people around him crazy. The article goes on to add this:

They say that in the year-plus that Chief Keef — an 18-year-old whose real name is Keith Cozart — has been a presence at the house, their quality of life has deteriorated. Fans have flocked to the address, sometimes shouting obscenities from their cars. Noisy parties and the roar of ATVs have disturbed the neighbors' peace, while open marijuana smoking has unsettled their sense of propriety.

Meanwhile, Cozart's reputed ties to Chicago street gangs have made nearby residents so nervous that they follow his social media accounts to see if trouble might be brewing.

They were particularly alarmed to see a photo Cozart posted before the nonfatal shooting this week that showed him and a companion holding guns in what appears to be the bathroom of the Northfield house.

"We all knew that something bad was going to happen at that house, but I still can't believe it is happening in my neighborhood," said one neighbor, who, like the other residents interviewed, asked that her name be withheld out of concern for retaliation.

Northfield's top officials declined to comment, citing the ongoing police investigation into the shooting, but last summer Police Chief William Lustig acknowledged the complaints stemming from the house.

In other words, this is a first world problem brought on by the fact that when you live in a place like Northfield, Illinois, you had better conform to local community standards and behave. Unless, of course, you're one of the hundreds of 18 year-olds arrested year in and year out in that same group of communities for doing exactly what the young black man is alleged to be doing (or, um, worse).

Here's everything you need to know about what happens when you drive through Northfield, Illinois. First, the demographics:

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 5,389 people, 2,155 households, and 1,532 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,822.4 people per square mile (702.9/km²). There were 2,241 housing units at an average density of 757.9 per square mile (292.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 92.48% White, 0.52% African American, 0.04% Native American, 5.57% Asian, 0.43% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic orLatino of any race were 1.67% of the population.

The 2010 Northfield, Illinois annual police report, detailing who gets stopped for what and why when they drive in town:

Bear in mind, the community has a population of approximately 28 African Americans (that number has probably changed a bit) and folks from that demographic were stopped 170 times in a year? Somebody does not like outsiders.

What I see when I look at this data is that each of the 28 African Americans who live in Northfield can expect to be stopped 6 times in a year (assuming they don't stop people who drive through the small community of about 5,400 people). If you're white, you can expect that you might be stopped 1.8 times a year--a pretty significant difference.

Now, that's a cursory look at data for one year--but it speaks volumes to the attitude of the police in the community. Outsiders beware.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Hating People is Un-American

The last time I checked, hating people was not a Christian or American attribute. The kinds of hate espoused by Phil Robertson are inherently un-American and go against the teachings of Jesus. Hating people puts you at odds with the Price of Peace.

Robertson and his ilk hide behind items found largely in the Old Testament. Where are his slaves? His extra wives? His sacrificial goats?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Megyn Kelly and the Fox News Brand

You can and you should read this article as a mash note to Fox News and their attempt to rebrand themselves. It fairly reeks of bias and favoritism, presenting Kelly as a "supermodel" who is "responsibly" leading the charge against the Affordable Care Act (which is working, thank you very much).

The network, long defined by the flickering image of an overweight white male who spews lies and garbage (but not Santa Claus, of course), has figured out that it can win by pushing Megyn Kelly out there as a figure that will make it harder to show how the network has embraced race baiting and hating anything about government that succeeds. A key component of that is to separate her from the "opinion" hosts and set her apart so that she can succeed with a gentler brand of racism. Her gender, and her appearance, are all that matters:

“It’s like working on a supermodel every day — a brilliant supermodel,” says makeup artist Maureen Walsh, as she air-brushes Kelly’s skin from milky white to Technicolor. 

The small makeup room is hot from the blow dryer. Pen in hand, Kelly, a former corporate lawyer, reads an article headlined “For Democrats in 2014, the Web site is still the problem,” her eyes zipping over text as Maureen smudges heavy plum-colored eye shadow on her lids. 

Kelly asks a nearby hairstylist to dial a phone number. “So you see Greta’s lead?” she says into the phone, her eyes on a muted TV. Greta Van Susteren’s topic is, whose botched rollout has coincided with Kelly’s prime-time debut. Later that evening, in the third hour of Fox’s extended prime-time lineup, “The Kelly File” will lead with the headline it has flashed almost every night for the past two weeks: “OBAMACARE FALLOUT.” 

In its first 30 seconds the show will quote Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.): “I think the current administration has taken lying to a new level.” 

Her in-person guest Andrew Napolitano, Fox’s senior judicial analyst, will ask rhetorically: Could the president’s implementation of the law “lead to impeachment?”

This is a fluff piece from the Style section of the Washington Post, but it might as well read as a paid piece of advertising. Where is that specific disclosure? Who insisted on allowing Fox News to be able to present itself in such a positive light? Who is the editor who allowed it to land with such a heavy thud? It is heavy on inside baseball politics and overloads on FAIL. As of yesterday, this article has already been overtaken by events. It doesn't even begin to deal with the fact that the Republican strategy of opposing Obamacare has failed and likely won't win them any votes. And these people certainly don't want you to know that their efforts may be responsible for the fact that far too many Americans have been scared away from signing up for Obamacare and are losing money each day because of that.

Which doesn't change the fact that the Washington Post is absolutely guilty of allowing a news organization to carefully cultivate Kelly as the future personality of a brand that doesn't even pretend to be tolerant of women and their issues. Obamacare is a women's issue--millions of women now have access to health care and contraception care at an affordable rate. You wouldn't know that because, well, I'll let the article explain it to you better than I could:

This is Megyn Kelly, responsibly and aggressively covering the nation’s biggest ongoing news story.

Except for the fact that Obamacare is working, and that Kelly is merely the face of an operation dedicated to lying, and that nobody cares anymore, sure. That's all true.

Someone needs to express some embarrassment over the bias and the tone of this piece before the day is out. Wow.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

We Have Plenty of Nuts


“The last thing you want at a rally critical of the president is for some nut to be waving a confederate flag. Embracing the confederacy is bad history and bad politics.”

How about a nut who stands in front of the White House without a care in the world?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Endless Debate

You can count on one hand the number of people who have made a reasonable defense of maintaining Native American names for sports teams. Rick Reilly is not one of them.

Reilly is an inherently dumb analyst who doesn't do nuance or reasonable. He spouts off things like this in the middle of and endless stream of self-serving bullshit:
[...] even though an Annenberg Public Policy Center poll found that 90 percent of Native Americans were not offended by the Redskins name, and even though linguists say the "redskins" word was first used by Native Americans themselves, and even though nobody on the Blackfeet side of my wife's family has ever had someone insult them with the word "redskin," it doesn't matter. There's no stopping a wave of PC-ness when it gets rolling.
Polls can be skewed to demonstrate whatever the people paying for that poll want it to say. Reilly's attempt to personalize the debate is ridiculous because Native Americans are distributed throughout different regions. What might be acceptable for a tribe in Montana is vastly different from something know to a tribe that originated in a different part of the country. Cultural differences and linguistic differences are vast when it comes to Native Americans so the etymology of the term doesn't apply. It is not politically correct to object to the use of Native American terms for sports teams. It is, in point of fact, a demeaning act of cultural insensitivity. This is precisely because the Native Americans were not celebrated, elevated or triumphant, ever. They were removed, subjugated, and allowed to die off in massive numbers. When you adopt their names and images and use them to celebrate sports teams, all you are doing is relegating them to the status of mascot.

In the case of the Redskins, they use a racial term, not a tribal name or term, as their mascot. That's why the Seminoles in Florida have no problem with Florida State's use of the name and why the debate is far more nuanced than people realize.

I'm not able to add anything new here but I will say this--it's about money. Culture and other considerations need not apply. Money talks. The Redskins are too valuable for the franchise to survive a name change. There is too much wrapped up in merchandising and marketing to even consider a change. The Redskins franchise is worth over a billion dollars, depending on who you believe, and that is why you won't see a change until if affects the bottom line. No one cares about right or wrong when you're talking about a billionaire's plaything.

No amount of arguing or logic will change the monetary considerations that are driving this debate. Rick Reilly has made an attempt to subvert the racism in this case and he has failed to make a dent in the logic of changing the name. If it wasn't for the money, the name would have changed long ago.