I was just reading that Antiracism activist and author, Paul Kivel describes the institutionalization of racism as the uneven and unfair distribution of power, privilege, land and material goods favoring white people.
They say that what you do unto others will be done unto you. Now, trust me…I have compassion for the people currently effected by the oil spill. People are losing their livelihoods and some have lost their lives. However, I just have to say that I just see an irony in this mess. A very, very sad irony. Jefferson Parish officials refused to help people suffering during Katrina and now, parts of the parish are in need.
“And despite constant warnings from Jefferson Parish officials about oil approaching Grand Isle late last week, the boats needed to stop it weren’t around when they were needed. As a result, oil washed up on beaches and authorities in Jefferson “commandeered” shrimp boats from BP in order to get booms out to the passes near the island.” source
One of the most compelling during the Katrina disaster came from two white paramedics from San Francisco who were among those trapped in the city after the hurricane. They were turned away on a bridge by Jefferson Parish police:
“”The police commander came across the street to address our group. He told us he had a solution: we should walk to the Pontchartrain Expressway and cross the greater New Orleans Bridge to the south side of the Mississippi, where the police had buses lined up to take us out of the city…We organized ourselves, and the 200 of us set off for the bridge with great excitement and hope. As we marched past the convention center, many locals saw our determined and optimistic group, and asked where we were headed. We told them about the great news. Families immediately grabbed their few belongings, and quickly, our numbers doubled and then doubled again. Babies in strollers now joined us, as did people using crutches, elderly clasping walkers and other people in wheelchairs. We marched the two to three miles to the freeway and up the steep incline to the bridge…
As we approached the bridge, armed sheriffs formed a line across the foot of the bridge. Before we were close enough to speak, they began firing their weapons over our heads. This sent the crowd fleeing in various directions. As the crowd scattered and dissipated, a few of us inched forward and managed to engage some of the sheriffs in conversation. We told them of our conversation with the police commander and the commander’s assurances. The sheriffs informed us that there were no buses waiting. The commander had lied to us to get us to move. We questioned why we couldn’t cross the bridge anyway, especially as there was little traffic on the six-lane highway. They responded that the West Bank was not going to become New Orleans, and there would be no Superdomes in their city…All day long, we saw other families, individuals and groups make the same trip up the incline in an attempt to cross the bridge, only to be turned away—some chased away with gunfire, others simply told no, others verbally berated and humiliated. Thousands of New Orleaners were prevented and prohibited from self-evacuating the city on foot. (Bradshaw and Slonsky 2005)”
When questioned about these incidents later, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff confirmed that his office closed the bridge, explaining that his Parish did not have the resources to care for thousands of needy people.” source
I wonder what the citizens of Jefferson Parish thought about the events on that bridge back then? I wonder what they think about the responsiblity of all of us to care for the needy now?
By now most of you have heard about the new bill that Arizona is taking heat for that bans some ethnic studies courses.
Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, already under fire for approving the nation’s toughest illegal immigration law, has again run afoul of liberal activists, signing a bill Wednesday that targets ethnic studies programs in schools that critics say unfairly demean white Americans.
The law, which takes effect Dec. 31, would prohibit courses that promote resentment toward one race; that are designed for students of one race; that promote ethnic solidarity “instead of treating students as individuals;” and that encourage “the overthrow of the United States government.”
The proposal was the brainchild of Tom Horne, Arizona state superintendent of public instruction, who has long battled with the Tucson Unified School District over its Mexican-American studies program, contending that it promotes “ethnic chauvinism” through the use of textbooks such as “Oppressed America” and at least one guest speaker who said, “Republicans hate Latinos.” – source
As a HBCU grad who loved all of the African American studies classes I had, I was disturbed by the language in this bill. The measure prohibits classes that advocate ethnic solidarity or that promote resentment toward a certain ethnic group. I feel that legally, some of the points in the law would be very hard to define. CNN did a great job of bringing this out.
What do you think? Would your African American studies class be banned under this bill? What is wrong with ethnic solidarity? Couldn’t one argue that American history as it is traditionally taught could easily promote resentment toward a certain ethnic group (ie. “Cowboys and Indians”)?
Ok, maybe a lot more than a smidge. Arian Campo-Flores of Newsweek reports in an article posted today, that people who approve of the Tea Party movement tend to have more racist attitudes. This lil tidbit is very telling: ” Only 35 percent of those who strongly approve of the Tea Party agreed that blacks are hard-working, compared to 55 percent of those who strongly disapprove of the Tea Party.” Wow…only 55% of blacks are hard-working. I’m sure that percentage is up from when…1965?? Oh yeah, we were only hard working pre-1865. With emancipation our productivity went way down. I wonder why…hmmm.
So a new poll by researchers at the University of Washington caught my eye. The findings are sure to fan the flames further. “People who approve of the Tea Party, more than those who don’t approve, have more racist attitudes,” says Christopher Parker, a University of Washington professor who directed the survey. “And not only that, but more homophobic and xenophobic attitudes.” For instance, respondents were asked whether they agreed with various characterizations of different racial groups. Only 35 percent of those who strongly approve of the Tea Party agreed that blacks are hard-working, compared to 55 percent of those who strongly disapprove of the Tea Party. On whether blacks were intelligent, 45 percent of the Tea Party supporters agreed, compared to 59 percent of the Tea Party opponents. And on the issue of whether blacks were trustworthy, 41 percent of the Tea Party supporters agreed, compared to 57 percent of the Tea Party opponents.
The survey, which included about 1,000 respondents in six battleground states (like Michigan and Nevada) and California, found similar margins on questions regarding Latinos. And Tea Party supporters were far more likely than opponents to say that immigrants take jobs from people living here (59 percent agreed with that statement), that immigration from foreign countries should be decreased (53 percent agreed), and that undocumented immigrants in the U.S. should be deported immediately (45 percent agreed).
More fuel for the unproductive divisions that are the legacy of sexism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, etc in America. I’ll have to see how Fox and Right Wing pundits spin these numbers.
In 2005, Tiger Woods told a shocking and moving story of being victimized as a child because of his race. In an interview for a book written by Charles Barkley and in an interview with Barbara Walters, Woods said he was abused by a group of kids on his first day of kindergarten because of his skin color. Kids are cruel sometimes, but the story is outrageous.
“I became aware of my racial identity on my first day of school, on my first day of kindergarten,” Woods said in the interview. “A group of sixth graders tied me to a tree, spray-painted the word ‘n****r’ on me, and threw rocks at me. That was my first day of school. And the teacher really didn’t do much of anything.”
Well apparently, his kindergarten teacher doesn’t agree with his version of his first day of school, according to TMZ.com. Ms. Maureen Decker doesn’t remember the incident and this story has brought out the former principal at the time as well. He says the same.
Why is this coming out now (Apparently Decker aired her opinion about the story in the media previously)? Because the media needs as many women as possible to come out of the woodwork with drama and lies that relate to Tiger during this slow news cycle. Drama sells. If I see this mess on CNN masquerading as real news, I’ll be mad.
There are tons of examples of school yard racism that really happen and scar kids for life. He’s an ass if he made this up for sympathy.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Political correctness, be damned! All of the racists and bigots out there need to just take it back to 1960 and call the President the N-Word! I’m tired of the re-directing. Stop coming up with random titles and false charges to apply to this man. You are mad because the President of the United States is a Black man. Period. You are afraid. You are outraged that a Black person has that much power. You are a closeted racist and you know who you are. You are so bold and you are so sure you’re right, why do you hide your true feelings?
LiveScience.com – Americans have some extreme views of President Obama, with a new survey revealing 40 percent of adults believe he is a socialist, and about a quarter of survey participants thinking the president is a racist, anti-American and even doing things Hitler did.
The whammy: 14 percent of Americans say President Barack Obama may be the Antichrist. When split by political party, 24 percent of Republicans and 6 percent of Democrats viewed the nation’s leader in this way.
The results come from a Harris Poll involving 2,320 adults who were surveyed online between March 1 and March 8 by Harris Interactive, a market research firm. Respondents were selected from among those who agreed to participate in Harris Interactive surveys. The results were then weighted to reflect the composition of the U.S. adult population. [Infographic Compares Views]
Here’s the percentage breakdown of respondents’ views of President Obama:
- 38 percent say he wants to take away Americans’ right to own guns.
- 32 percent say he is a Muslim.
- 29 percent think he wants to turn over the sovereignty of the United States to a one world government.
- 29 percent think he has done many things that are unconstitutional.
- 27 percent say he resents America’s heritage.
- 27 percent say he does what Wall Street and the bankers tell him to do.
- 25 percent say he was not born in the United States and so is not eligible to be president.
- 25 percent say he is a domestic enemy that the U.S. Constitutions speaks of.
- 23 percent say he is a racist.
- 23 percent say he is anti-American.
- 23 percent say he wants to use an economic collapse or terrorist attack as an excuse to take dictatorial powers.
- 20 percent say he is doing many of the things that Hitler did.
When broken out by political party, results showed some stark differences. For instance, the majority of Republicans believed the president is a Muslim and a socialist, while around 40 percent believe he is a racist, someone who resents American heritage and “wants terrorists to win.”
Hitler? Really? Where is this sentiment coming from? Why do people hold these false, extreme beliefs? Because in politically correct, “post-racial” America you can’t just say, “I don’t like the President because he’s a nigger and I don’t like/trust/serve/deal with niggers!”. Say it. Start saying it pundits! Start saying Fox News! Start saying it Tea Party members! Join those who are very open with their racist views and don’t hide behind politics. Be honest and stop this ridiculous posturing. You go around calling the President and Congress liars and crooks but you yourself hide your real intentions. Trust me, your fellow Americans would prefer to know who they are REALLY dealing with and hearing from.
I would much rather know that you’re a bigot than have you smile in my face or be dishonest about it. Go ahead, call a spade a spade.
At the NMAI, I found out that you can’t bring protest signs into Smithsonian buildings when a female protester was stopped by security at the door and told she had to leave her signs outside. Was she shocked? Yes. Was it funny? Yes. When we left the museum there were at least 20 signs outside. A security guard had to go out and move them (photos below). Duh! It’s a government building. You can’t just set up a mini protest outside the door.
At the urging of the friend I was with, we wondered up to the Capitol where a few hundred people had gathered to protest the health care bill (and democracy in my opinion). I can sum up what I saw very simply: Mob Mentality. One of the craziest things was a guy selling 2nd US Revolution flags. I asked him what the flag meant if he had a website. He told me it was for the 2nd Revolution and he gave me his card. I really wonder if he’s just making money off the fringe element in the Right or if he’s serious. Here are my other observations:
I’ve created a gallery of some of my health care reform bill protester photos below:
I went down to the National Mall on Saturday and witnessed the Health Care Bill Protesters first hand (posting photos soon). They were in rare form, but thank God no one spit on me or called me “nigger”. I was spared, apparently. Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Barney Frank, and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver were not as lucky.
Salon.com: On Saturday, as a small group of protesters jammed the Capitol and the streets around it, the movement’s origins in white resistance to the Civil Rights Movement was impossible to ignore. Here’s only what the mainstream media is reporting, ignoring what I’m seeing on Twitter and left wing blogs:
- Civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis was taunted by tea partiers who chanted “nigger” at least 15 times, according to the Associated Press (we are not cleaning up language and using “the N-word” here because it’s really important to understand what was said.) First reported on The Hill blog (no hotbed of left-wing fervor), the stories of Lewis being called “nigger” were confirmed by Lewis spokeswoman Brenda Jones and Democratic Rep. Andre Carson, who was walking with Lewis. “It was like going into the time machine with John Lewis,” said Carson, a former police officer. “He said it reminded him of another time.”
- Another Congressional Black Caucus leader, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, was spat upon by protesters. The culprit was arrested, but Cleaver declined to press charges.
- House Majority Whip James Clybourn told reporters: “I heard people saying things today that I have not heard since March 15, 1960, when I was marching to try to get off the back of the bus.”
- There were many reports that Rep. Barney Frank was called a “faggot” by protesters, but the one I saw personally was by CNN’s Dana Bash, who seemed rattled by the tea party fury. Frank told AP: “It’s a mob mentality that doesn’t work politically.”
- Meanwhile, a brick came through the window at Rep. Louise Slaughter’s Niagara Falls office on Saturday (the day she argued for her “Slaughter solution” to pass health care reform, though it was rejected by other Democrats on the House Rules Committee).
On Thursday MSNBC’s “Hardball” host Chris Matthews grilled tea party Astroturf leader Tim Phillips of Americans for Prosperity about supporters who taunted a man with Parkinson’s disease at a tea party gathering in Ohio last week.
That video of the guy with Parkinson’s is HORRIBLE. These Health Care Bill Protesters and Tea Party members should be ashamed of themselves. Everyone has a right to protest and let their voice be heard, but racial slurs, spitting on people and mocking the sick is mob mentality. How is Fox News going to spin this? I’m sure they will find a way.
Shoppers at a southern New Jersey Walmart store were shocked Sunday night when a voice came over the retailer’s public-address system announcing: “Attention, Walmart customers: All black people, leave the store now”. The male voice who delivered the announcement has yet to be identified. Since the racist announcement was made the store has vowed to change its access to the system. Not all of the phones are in the view of security cameras, and some are accessible to the public.
Other than just having a lax policy regarding the PA system extension and access to phones on the job, Walmart should not be faulted for the actions of some crazy employee or random shopper. This is a prank. Racist overtones, yes I see them.
There are tons of things that people could be up in arms about with regard to the way Walmart does business. If you’re still mad about this incident that happened Sunday, perhaps you would consider re-directing your attention to things like this:
If you are African-American and not at all surprised by this story, please signify by commenting below. I guess that should be a lesson to us. Put your passengers on notice so that if you get pulled over by a racist cop you’ll have the audio evidence recorded on someone’s phone. Smart Phones as a Black Liberation tool against racial profiling, imagine that.
Huffington Post – Passengers got an unusual answer when they asked a Chicago police officer why they’d been pulled over Tuesday night.
“Because you’re f***ing black,” the cop told them.
The officer’s lengthy, profanity-riddled tirade was recorded by one of the passengers’ cell phones, and obtained by WGN-TV.
Now, police superintendent Jody Weis is looking in to the incident. From the Chicago Tribune’s report:
“The manner in which the officer and subject interacted was unacceptable,” Police Supt. Jody Weis said in a prepared statement. “Officers are trained and expected to deal with these situations in a professional manner, free of unnecessary sarcasm.”The driver was ultimately issued three tickets, for a seat belt violation, no insurance, and driving with a suspended license. He told WGN that he did not contest the tickets, but was surprised and offended by the officer’s rant.
The officer, whose name has not been released, has been placed on desk duty while the investigation takes place.
For some reason I really appreciate that the driver isn’t contesting the tickets. He’s not trying to act like he wasn’t in error. You know some of you guys would have played that a little different. LOL. Get out of “ticket” free card.