Archive for the 'Prejudice & Bigotry' Category

OH YES, WE CERTAINLY CAN SEE THE PROBLEM…

September 25th, 2016

Note, in the group above, the number of people standing but not placing their hand over their heart and the number of people who do place their hand over their heart but do not remove their caps, and then there are the people standing but not paying attention to the song. A little more than […]

DO A GOOD DEED: ADOPT A SAD, CONFUSED XBAT…!

September 24th, 2016

An XBAT is a Xenophobic Bigoted Anonymous Troll. Since I began following Rodney Axson’s story on The Plain Dealer‘s website I’ve identified several of these particularly odious creatures and now follow them with the intent of injecting a bit of sanity into their ravings. I am a rabid defender of free speech as guaranteed under […]

IN MIKE DIKTA’S WORLD, THERE WOULD BE NO USA…

September 24th, 2016

So, here’s a core fail of all the people who subscribe to the whole America, Love It Or Leave It philosophy: if the founders had followed that advice we all would still be bowing and curtsying to Queen Elizabeth as our rightful sovereign. The United States of America, as so perfectly demonstrated by The Son’s […]

TIME PUTS COLIN KAEPERNICK ON THE COVER…

September 24th, 2016

I’ll have to wait until I can buy a newsstand copy next week to read the story, but Colin Kaepernick taking-a-knee cover is already big news as evidenced by the headlines this morning: Colin Kaepernick Protest So Big, It Deserved Cover… Says Time Mag; Ray Lewis Hates on Colin Kaepernick Getting Time Magazine Cover; Colin […]

RESPECT IS NOT GIVEN, RESPECT IS EARNED…

September 23rd, 2016

Matt Taibbi in Colin Kaepernick and Forcing Love of the Flag writes: You can insist all you want that people pledge allegiance to the flag, but it seems like the more important thing would be making all Americans want to do so, and we’re a long way from that. You can’t regulate people’s feelings. Reading […]

FOR RAZORBACK, DEPLORABLE AND COL KURTZ…

September 22nd, 2016

This is for Razorback, Deplorable, Col Kurtz* and the rest of the cowardly bigots frightened by strong Americans standing up by taking a knee for justice. Here are the panels leading up to today’s: 160919, 160920 and 160921. [Update on 25 Sept @ 0531: here are the panels that follow the above—160923 and 160924.] *Col […]

EVERYONE HAS A PRICE, BUSINESS DEPENDS ON IT…

September 21st, 2016

I have no problem with sponsors pulling funds from athletes (or anyone for that matter) when the bought puppet fails, or outright refuses, to dance as instructed. That’s just business. Corporations never give money to anyone without expecting a return on their investment, to do so would simply be naive if not stupid. All of […]

TRACKING KAEPERNICK’S TAKE-A-KNEE MOVEMENT…

September 20th, 2016

Despite any media hopes that Colin Kaepernick’s Take-A-Knee protest movement might quietly go away, Lindsay Gibbs at ThinkProgress suggests that that isn’t going to happen anytime soon. In Tracking the Kaepernick Effect: The anthem protests are spreading, A movement has begun, she writes: On Monday night, hours after video of another unarmed black man being […]

WHEN OFFENSIVE COMMENTS DISAPPEAR…

September 20th, 2016

On 17 September, the anonymous (and based on his long history of comments) bigoted xenophobe Col Kurtz left the above comment and I left the response immediately below. This morning, responding to another anonymous troll on the same story, I noticed that Kurtz’s comment (and my response) have been taken down. I can only hope […]

TO TAKE A KNEE WE ALL NEED TO FIRST STAND UP…

September 17th, 2016

Woody Allen famously said that 80 percent of success is showing up. In this moment for our nation, I can’t think of any action more important than that espoused by the group: Showing Up For Racial Justice: [A] national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and […]

ANOTHER BLACK CHILD IS MURDERED BY POLICE…

September 16th, 2016

The scene above from the Scandal episode The Lawn Chair, aired on 5 March of last year is, of course, fiction. Like all good fiction, however, the writers take us closer to reality than we often like to go, and that is what good writers must do. In the real world we would never see […]

I WISH THAT THIS HEADLINE SURPRISED ME…

September 14th, 2016

Brunswick football player accused of makingracist remarks promoted to team captain? Denise Zarrella, a reporter at television station WOIO in Cleveland posts: Brunswick City Schools Superintendent Mike Mayell says he won’t be saying anything more right now about claims of racist remarks and threats being made against Brunswick High School Senior and football player, Rodney […]

WHAT KAEPERNICK AND AXSON HELP US TO SEE…

September 14th, 2016

Sometimes the wealthy and privileged have to take an action to shine a bright light on those who aren’t. If there had not been a Colin Kaepernick, there might not have been a Rodney Axson and an important conversation might have died before a syllable escaped our collective lips. I live in the greatest country […]

TAKING A KNEE ON MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL…

September 13th, 2016

So, where are the fans tearing up their season tickets or using their official NFL jerseys to clean their cars in protest over Colin Kaepernick’s taking a knee? Where are the true lovers of the game demanding that anyone daring to protest at a gawd-damned American tradition be arrested for disrespecting the Star Spangled Banner […]

RODNEY AXSON IS MY NEWEST HERO…

September 12th, 2016

I wondered how much time might pass before the take-a-knee movement started by Colin Kaepernick reached a Friday night, high school football game. I take great pride in a young man playing for a team one suburb over from where I live in Northeast Ohio. A week ago this past Friday, Rodney Axson took a […]

THAT’S OUR RIGHTS, …NOT THEIR RIGHTS…

September 9th, 2016

Christian Christensen, writing in Welcome to Your Local NFL Stadium: Home of the Sensitive and Easily Offended: Given the norms of behavior in the stands, the brouhaha over Colin Kaepernick’s dignified protest seems like championship hypocrisy. for Moyers & Company, explains: A new NFL season starts tonight, and I’m going to let you in on […]

OK, TAKING A KNEE IS NOW A MOVEMENT…

September 9th, 2016

As I have been hoping, and doing my small part to encourage, San Francisco Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest of first sitting out and then taking a knee during the singing of the Star Spangled Banner as part of the pregame ritual at NFL games is about to make the leap to a national movement. Writing […]

CAN’T MOVE A PROTEST…? MOVE THE PROTESTED…

September 8th, 2016

The saga of Colin Kaepernick continues with the decision by the owners of the Washington Spirits—Washington’s National Women’s Soccer League team—to move the singing of the Star Spangled Banner so that Olympic gold medalist and Seattle Reign midfielder/winger Megan Rapinoe could not take a knee a second time in protest of inequality and xenophobia in […]

TAKING A KNEE FOR THE AMERICAN WAY…

September 5th, 2016

[Update @ 0614: To the names Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid and Megan Rapinoe we can now add Nate Boyer. Kaepernick explains taking the knee. We [Kaepernick and Reid] were talking to [Nate Boyer, the former Army Green Beret and long-snapper] about how can we get the message back on track and not take away from […]

YES, YOU CAN FIGHT RACISM SITTING DOWN…

September 4th, 2016

Rosemary Bunt wrote this week’s guest column for the North Royalton Post on the topic of San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick under the unfortunate headline: You can’t fight racism sitting down. (I’m sure this was a copyeditor’s, and not Bunt’s, choice of words.) I replied: Good morning Ms. Bunt, I would remind you of […]

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