Archive for the 'Prejudice & Bigotry' Category

WE MUST BE CAREFULLY TAUGHT…

December 15th, 2015

Or, as Cable sang to us…

HOW DID THE HOPEY-CHANGEY STUFF WORK OUT…?

December 14th, 2015

Ta-Nehisi Coates, writing in Hope and the Historian for The Atlantic, concludes: I think that a writer wedded to “hope” is ultimately divorced from “truth.” Two creeds can’t occupy the same place at the same time. If your writing must be hopeful, then there’s only room for the kind of evidence which verifies your premise. […]

WHAT TO BELIEVE—YOUR EYES OR POLICE WORDS?

December 2nd, 2015

Are we expected to believe that the Cleveland police—responding to the call that someone with a gun was near the children’s swings—were looking for a gunman to still be there when they arrived? Responding to the call and driving to the site, Officer Frank Garmback, in a letter (first public statement) says the call said […]

ALL FORESTS MATTER…! RIGHT…?

November 1st, 2015

HAPPY VOTING WHITE PEOPLE, II…

October 8th, 2015

Something weird is going on with Comedy Central videos that is making them start to autoplay. I’m researching this, but for now, I’m taking down this video. Previously…

MYTH BUSTING THE FIREWATER FAIRY TALE…

October 5th, 2015

I first heard the myth of Native Americans having no natural resistance to alcohol when I was a senior in high school; and I heard the story from a Vietnam veteran and former Marine who was also an Indian (I use that term advisedly, having spoken with Dennis Banks once). To my uneducated mind, the […]

BERNIE ON GUNS, VIOLENCE AND POLICE…

October 3rd, 2015

Alan Yuhas, writing in Bernie Sanders thrills Boston with call to fight racism and reform gun law for The Guardian, reports: Bernie Sanders decried “an institutional racism that allows and continues to allow unarmed African Americans to be killed by police” on Saturday night, as he preached to a huge crowd in Boston that welcomed […]

PROFIT FROM SLAVERY IS ILL-GOTTEN GAIN…

September 29th, 2015

MacArthur fellow genius Ta-Nehisi Coates set the bar for the discussion of reparations in 2014 when The Atlantic published his cover story: The Case for Reparations. On the eve of his first official visit to former British colony Jamaica, British Prime Minister David Cameron faces calls for his government to pay billion in reparations to […]

THE IMPORTANCE OF NECESSARY TROUBLE

September 29th, 2015

Senator Ted Kennedy served the people of Massachusetts for nearly half a century. He also served the people of the United States and the world. After a thankfully brief flirtation with Republican Scott Brown, voters in Massachusetts found a worthy successor to Kennedy in Elizabeth Warren. Sunday Senator Warren spoke at the Edward M. Kennedy […]

BERNIE AND TA-NEHISI ON AMERICAN PRISONS…

September 23rd, 2015

Yesterday I finished reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration (the paper version, The Atlantic is my sole magazine subscription these days) and then this morning I find Bernie Sanders’ We Must End For-Profit Prisons. Bernie: The United States is experiencing a major human tragedy. We have more people in […]

TA-NEHISI COATES ON BEN CARSON…

September 22nd, 2015

Yesterday presidential candidate Ben Carson was asked if he could ever support a Muslim president. Carson, channeling a significant portion of the American electorate, said that he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation.” This proclamation is presently receiving the rebuke that it deserves, though it could stand for […]

LARRY LOVES BERNIE…

September 22nd, 2015

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SHAPING A BEAUTIFUL ARGUMENT ON INNOCENCE…

September 21st, 2015

On 2 June, 1964, Robert Penn Warren sat down to talk with Malcolm X about Black Muslims leader’s thoughts on the civil rights movement and the oppression and racism imposed on blacks by the white race for his book: Who Speaks For The Negro? For the boy who grew up in semi-rural southeastern Ohio in […]

SHAME ON IRVING TEXAS, SHAME…! SHAME…!

September 18th, 2015

Jessica Glenza and Nicky Woolf writing for The Guardian in Texas schoolboy arrested over clock to visit Obama as authorities defend action lede: A 14-year-old Texas boy who was arrested after bringing a homemade clock to school has accepted an invitation to visit the White House as school and city officials insisted they made the […]

JULIAN BOND: 1940-2015…

August 16th, 2015

MILITARIZED POLICE HOPE ACOUSTIC CANNON’S SHRIEK WILL DROWN OUT BLACK LIVES MATTER

August 15th, 2015

So, images crowds of protesters engulfed in clouds of tear gas result in uncomfortable images of militarized police earning their Michael Brown Bonus. Sound waves, however, are invisible and military contractor LRAD is cashing in on that fact with police forces across America. Lee Fang, writing in Acoustic Cannon Sales to Police Surge After Black […]

THIS BETTER BE THE LAST BONUS HE EVER GETS…

August 15th, 2015

Every time I think that we’ve seen the last stupid police officer, that we’re turning a corner on institutional racism in America, along comes another clueless cop to burst my bubble. This is the reason why we need Black Lives Matter, because to people like Todd J Bakula, Black lives are just a way to […]

THIS IS REQUIRED READING…

August 9th, 2015

I’ve been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates. The language of Between The World And Me, like Coates’ journey, is visceral, eloquent and beautifully redemptive. And it’s examination of the hazards and hopes of black male life is as profound as it […]

UPDATE: BOY SCOUTS OUTSOURCING PREJUDICE…

July 30th, 2015

I wrote on Tuesday that the latest move by the Boy Scouts of America national organization was nothing but a legal-team-inspired exercise in butt covering. Brad Hoylman, writing in The Boy Scouts won’t discriminate against gay men — but their affiliates will for The Guardian agrees: Segregation is at its most insidious when it is […]

BOY SCOUTS COVERS BUTT, CHANGES NOTHING…

July 28th, 2015

Three years ago I returned my Eagle Medal to the Boy Scouts of America in protest over the organizations dishonorable stance against gay scouts and scout leaders. Two years ago the ban on gay scouts was lifted and yesterday, the national organization announced that the Boys Scouts of America would no longer ban gay leaders. […]

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