Tulsa Masacre 2012

You know, there’s something about Oklahoma.  I’ve only been there once and I have no intentions on ever going there again. There is a spirit that lingers over Oklahoma; it is oppressive and smothering.  Perhaps it is a result of the staggering racial violence that has taken place on Oklahoma grounds.  Perhaps it is because white Oklahoma attempted to erase this history from its history books.  Whatever the reason the result is real – an oppressive spirit that can zap the joy out of people who are sensitive to it.  (For those who don’t know the history of Black Wallstreet – Google it)  In a nutshell:  WWI-era white racist came back from the war poor and tired.  They saw the prosperity of Greenwood and decided that “niggers” could not live better than whites.  Then it was the same ‘ole story that we’ve heard so many times that we could write the script in our sleep.  A black man was accused of touching a white woman, smiling at a white woman or something.  What ever it was the charges were trumped up.  A mob mentality ensued ending in a literal war against the residents of Greenwood.  White racists used crop dusters to fire bomb Greenwood, they went in on foot and massacred the residents.  The governor, who knew what was going on, did not send in the National Guard until basically the town had been destroyed.  Compensation and acknowledgement of this government-sanctioned massacre did not occur until the 1990′s!

Fast forward to the present.  Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32 thought it was their right to, once again, massacre African American men.  On Friday, April 6, 2012 – these two demonic racists – drove up and down the streets of a predominately African American neighborhood in Tulsa, shot and killed 3 random men who happened to be out walking.  They wounded another two.  The executed are: Dannaer Fields, 49, Bobby Clark, 54, and William Allen, 31.  The press has not released the names of the two who are wounded.  Unlike with Trayvon Martin, the local police did the right thing and arrested these two hoodlums even though Oklahoma does have the stupid stand your ground law.  Will the mainstream media pick this up?  Will we finally get to have an honest dialogue about racism that isn’t the surface crap that Soledad O’Brien tends to create?  My money says, “NO”.

It is my belief that the election of President Obama has led to an increase in racial violence and police brutality.  White males feel threatened by the reality that their days of being the majority are quickly coming to an end.  What people of color must do is take a lesson from South Africa where white men have always been in the minority but some how still held all of the power.  We must be very deliberate in making sure that our children are well-educated and ready to take on the careers of the future.  Otherwise America will surely slip further into the economic territory similar to a developing nation.

American Police Allow the Execution of African American Men

I cried again tonight as I learned that two men of color, one African American and one Latino, Terrence Williams and Felipe Santos, appear to have been executed and are at least  missing for the past 8-9 years.  The main suspect, a cop named Steve Calkins.  Why is it that white people have so little regard for the humanness of people of color?  Why is it that no matter what continent they land, they seem to believe that they have the right to rule over and decimate the ingenious culture?  Why?

TRAYVON MARTIN-Justice and Other Insurmountable Goals

I knew that it wouldn’t be long before the media found some kind of “dirt” on Trayvon Martin and decided that is was relevant to the case.  Fortunately, we have the 911 tapes that irradiate any attempt to brush off Trayvon as some wayward gangsta apprentice out to make a name for himself and poor little Zimmerman just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

THE STORY

For those who haven’t been paying attention, here is a quick summary.  Trayvon Martin and his dad were visiting friends and/or family members in a gated community.  During the half-time of the evening basketball game, Trayvon walked to the local convenience store to purchase snacks.  On his way back to the house, armed with a cell phone, Skittles, and an iced tea, he was spotted by George Zimmerman.  Zimmerman has been reported as being the neighborhood watch (some reports say he was self-appointed).  Zimmerman, for the nearly 48th time in a 24-month period, calls the police to report “suspicious behavior”.  According to the 911 tapes, Zimmerman watches Trayvon walk home while talking on his cell phone.  Zimmerman tells the police that Trayvon appears to be on drugs.  (A toxicology report came back negative.)  Zimmerman leaves his car and follows Trayvon.  The police dispatcher asks him not to and Zimmerman says “okay”.  Between the ‘okay’ and Trayvon hanging up with his girlfriend, Zimmerman comes in contact with Trayvon and the end result is that Trayvon Martin is dead.

The 911 tapes reveal that Zimmerman did not witness Trayvon doing anything wrong. (not that “doing something wrong” would give Zimmerman the right to kill)  They reveal that Zimmerman has already prosecuted Trayvon in his own mind.  Additionally, enhancements of the audio reveals that Zimmerman probably called Trayvon a F’ ing Coon.  Zimmerman told the police it was self defense.  The lead homicide investigator says he didn’t really believe Zimmerman and wanted to arrest him for at least manslaughter.  That investigator’s decision was over-ridden by higher ups.  Zimmerman was allowed to leave the scene, go home with his gun, and wash his clothes.  Meanwhile Trayvon lay in a morgue for 3 days as a John Doe while his parents try and find out what happened to him.

I want Zimmerman arrested.  I want the tapes thoroughly enhanced and played for a jury.  If he did indeed said coon, I want him tried and convicted of a hate crime.

INSURMOUNTABLE GOALS

Only a few in the mainstream media have touched on the real issue here.  While we all grieve that a young life was taken before it really began – the sad fact is that it will happen again, and again, and again.  Why?  Because systematic, institutionalized racism will allow white men to believe that they can kill black men with impunity.  Instituationlized racism allows teachers to kill the dreams of our kids while their still in elementary school. Institutionalized racism will allow the police to devalue the life of an African American and taking another man’s “word for it”.  Institutionalized racism will kill African American men and women far too close to their prime because the stress of dealing with racism on a daily basis wears them down to the bone.

WHEN ARE WE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THAT?!?

The other night I watched MSNBC interview this mealy-mouthed reporter from an Orlando newspaper.  She wrote an article stating that Trayvon Martin was on suspension from school because a plastic bag was found in his backpack that might have once contained marijuana.  The reporter dismissed the accusation that the article was put out by the Sanford police department to try and paint Trayvon as a gangsta apprentice deserving to get shot.  She said that the suspension was “irrelevant to the case”.  When asked then why was it printed – she had no answer.

THE REAL CONVERSATION

Racism school suspensionWhen the press released that Trayvon has been suspended they neglected to mention that a recent study ,conducted by UCLA, the University of Colorado, and the National Education Policy Center, illuminates the fact that African American boys and girls get suspended twice as often for the SAME OFFENSE.  For instance, the study shows that 30% of African American students caught using a cell phone were suspended vs. 17% of white offenders.  Moreover, white students were usually suspended for easily documented offenses; vandalism, cheating, etc.  While most African Americans were suspended for subjective offenses; e.g. being disrespectful, being loud, etc.  One of the final points of this study eradicates the myth that children of color are suspended more often because they misbehave more often.

Why is this okay?  Why is it okay for teachers to disproportionately render harsh punitive actions against children of color while letting their white counter parts off with a slap on the wrist?  Where is the outrage?  Where are the protests?  Is it because no one has died because of this?  Or have they?

KILL THEM BEFORE THEY LIVE

If we as a people, we as a country, we as a community, fought for the seemingly small things, those small everyday incidences of racism; then perhaps Trayvon Martin would still be with us today.  If we fought for our kids the way we fight for a promotion, perhaps more of our kids would graduate from high school and more importantly from college.  What must it do to the self-esteem of our children to always be seen as a suspect?!?

According to the U.S. Justice Department and the FBI, arrests and/or detainment of youths of color for drug related offenses is significantly higher than that of whites. (Most African Americans are incarcerated for non-violent drug offenses)  African American youth make up 17% of all American youth, yet they made up 47% of arrests and/or detainments for drug possesion in 2005; even though, according to the Juvenile Department of Justice, the amount of drug use among children of color is the same as it is among white youth.  However, the punitive penalties for the drug use is disproportionately aimed at children of color.Racism in the juvenile justice system

If we as a people, we as a country, we as a community, demanded that the justice system end it’s systematic discrimination against our kids, perhaps Trayvon would be with us today.  The widely-held belief among white folks that racism, bias, discrimination is an anomaly perpetrated by some nut job (George Zimmerman) and that normal folks judge by the contents of their character is patently false.  And as long as we, people of color, walk on egg shells, live in denial, and allow 60% of America to believe in a lie, there will be 100 more Trayvon Martin’s shot dead in the street, guilty of walking while being Black.

UPDATE:

Zimmerman’s father is a local supreme court judge (may be retired) and his mother works for the judicial system also.  Is this the reason why Zimmerman has been allowed to murder (by all accounts) with impunity?
THE ARREST

 

SOME SOURCES

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/van-jones/are-blacks-a-criminal-rac_b_8398.html

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-lausd-data-20120306,0,5809582.story

http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/10/black_students_suspended_from_schools_for_minor_infractions_more_often_than_whites_says_a_new_report.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/14/education/14suspend.html

One Voice Can Turn Into Thousands: Get the Bigots Off the Air

We do have the power to bring about change. WE elected the first president/leader of African decent of a westernized country! And now it’s time to STOP THE HATE. THE URBAN REVOLUTION’S purpose is to help change the way people of color are portrayed in all forms of media and thus how they are treated in every day life. A prosperous future of the United States is intrinsically tied to an equitable distribution of wealth and knowledge among ALL Americans. To this end, what we can do today – is to systematically eliminate the HATE from our airwaves. Enemy #1 Rush Limbaugh.

To strengthen our resolve, Black Kos helped remind me of what we have already accomplished.  Let’s take a look at what we were able to do with the help of organizations like:  ColorofChange, Media Matters, the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Strategies for the Limbaugh Fight – Can We Get Him Off the Air?

boycott rushMilt over at Please Cut the Crap makes a very good point about how we attempt to cut off Limbaugh at the knees.  We want to make sure when we talk to advertisers that it is NOT about conservative commentary, but more about racist, sexist, hateful remarks that spew from Limbaugh’s trap on a daily basis.  This is not a one-time phenomenon.  This is who he is and what he is doing is spreading hate.  Please Cut the Crap allows for folks to re-blog his blog and so here it is in it’s entirety.

 

The attempt to bring down Rush Limbaugh isn’t just about Sandra Fluke, and it’s not about one time and one victim. It most certainly is not about two words. Just as importantly, it’s not about simply shutting up someone we disagree with, as should be clear based on the fact that 90% of all talk radio on the air is right wing talk, and we’re only going after Limbaugh.

This movement will probably fail in its ultimate goal of getting Limbaugh off the air, because the economics of radio make such a thing damned near impossible. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. The airwaves belong to us, not the huge corporations who hold the licenses to use them, and it’s about damn time we started demanding at least some semblance of decent behavior.

That said, it makes me nervous when anyone, even people on our side of the fence, uses advertiser pressure to attempt to shut someone up, even someone as odious as Rush Limbaugh. We also have to be careful how we ask advertisers to withdraw their support. Keep in mind, a lot of these same advertisers also advertise on progressive radio shows, as well. That’s one reason we have to stop referring to our actions as a “boycott.”  when you threaten to stop supporting a Limbaugh advertiser, you might also technically be threatening to stop supporting a Stephanie Miller or Randi Rhodes advertiser, as well. Plus, if you’re not judicious enough to make sure the advertiser knows these actions have nothing to do with Limbaugh’s ideology, it is possible to encourage that advertiser, and many others, to withdraw support for all political talk radio, to prevent offending anyone at all.

I know a lot of progressives seem to have been programmed to think outrage is a motivator for most people, but I assure you, it’s not. We’ve had 32 years of political domination by an ideology shared by, at most, a quarter of the population. At some point, we have to figure out that what we’re doing simply isn’t working.

To do this right, you’ll have to point out that Rush Limbaugh goes way beyond just being a typical right winger and a Republican shill. You’ll have to show advertisers that what they are buying is something akin to a hatefest. To do this, you’ll need ammunition. Luckily, this blog is a helper. Here are some of Limbaugh’s most famous statements and tirades. Let advertisers know, this is what they’re supporting when the pay for ads on Limbaugh’s program.

And here’s a special challenge to those folks on both the left and right who feel the need to claim “both sides do the same.” If you can find a similar list from left-leaning talk hosts, either on radio or tv, please present them. I’d love to see them.

Here are Rush Limbaugh’s greatest hits:

On Race:

“Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?”

“The NAACP should have riot rehearsal. They should get a liquor store and practice robberies.”

“They’re 12 percent of the population. Who the hell cares?”

When Carol Moseley-Braun (D-IL) was in the U.S. Senate, the first black woman ever elected to that body, Limbaugh would play the “Movin’ On Up” theme song from TV’s Jeffersons when he mentioned her. Limbaugh sometimes still uses mock dialect — substituting “ax” for “ask”– when discussing black leaders. Source (for all four quotes above)

“Sorry to say this, I don’t think (Donovan McNabb) been that good from the get-go,” Limbaugh said. “I think what we’ve had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn’t deserve. The defense carried this team.” Source

“Look, let me put it to you this way: the NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons,” Limbaugh stated. “There, I said it.” Source

“So you go into Darfur and you go into South Africa, you get rid of the white government there. You put sanctions on them. You stand behind Nelson Mandela — who was bankrolled by communists for a time, had the support of certain communist leaders. You go to Ethiopia. You do the same thing.”  Source

“You can’t criticize the little black man-child (Democratic candidate Barack Obama). You just can’t do it, ’cause it’s just not right. It’s not fair. He’s such a victim.” Source

“And don’t forget, Sherrod Brown is black. There’s a racial component here, too. And now, the newspaper that I’m reading all this from is The New York Times, and they, of course, don’t mention that.” (As we all now know, Sherrod Brown isn’t black) Source

“We are being told that we have to hope he succeeds, that we have to bend over, grab the ankles, bend over forward, backward, whichever, because his father was black, because this is the first black president.” Source

On his TV show in 1992, after Spike Lee suggested that black schoolchildren get a day off from school to see his film Malcolm X: “Spike, if you’re going to do that, let’s complete the education experience. You should tell them that they should loot the theater, and then blow it up on their way out.” Source

(After reading a report of black students assaulting a white student on a bus, in an incident that police reported was not racially motivated): “In Obama’s America, the white kids now get beat up with the black kids cheering, ‘Right on, right on, right on.’” Source

To a black caller who disagreed with him: “Take that bone out of your nose and call me back.” Source

On Women:

“Colleges have been chickified. Men aren’t showing up in as many numbers as they used to…This is what we have done to boys and men. The feminists / feminazis have been working for years to this end: advance women by diminishing men.” Source

“The definition of a misogynist is a man who hates women almost as much as women hate women. That’s what a misogynist is. Did you know that…A misogynist is a guy who hates women almost as much as women hate women.” Source

“Feminism is about victimization. Don’t forget Undeniable Truth of Life Number 24. Feminism was established to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream.” Source

“My cat comes to me when she wants to be fed. I have learned this. I accept it for what it is. Many people in my position would think my cat’s coming to me because she loves me. Well, she likes me, and she is attached, but she comes to me when she wants to be fed. And after I feed her…she’s off to wherever she wants to be in the house, until the next time she gets hungry. She’s smart enough to know she can’t feed herself. She’s actually a very smart cat. She gets loved. She gets adoration. She gets petted. She gets fed. And she doesn’t have to do anything for it, which is why I say this cat’s taught me more about women, than anything my whole life.”Source

On Fox & riends, defending his selection as a Miss America judge, 02/03/2010: “I’m a huge supporter of women. What I’m not is a supporter of liberalism. Feminism is what I oppose. Feminism has led women astray. I love the women’s movement — especially when walking behind it.” Source

“I wonder: Why is it that Anthony Weiner turns out to be the kind of guy he is? How does that happen?…What kinda women has Anthony Weiner been around his whole life?He has been around a bunch of these kinds of women who have been attacking testosterone, who have been attacking traditional male roles. He’s been around women to whom the idea of a real guy is some metrosexual. Is it any wonder, ladies and gentlemen?…Hollywood is working on four or five (it might even be six) sitcoms about how men have basically just been just beaten down to pantywaist, Milquetoast wimps – and they’re comedies. It’s in vogue to make fun of weak, worthless, wimp sissies. That’s who the men are in these upcoming shows. Now, how do these men turn out that way? Who makes them that way? ‘Cause that’s not their natural state. I mean, you look at Weiner. We cannot blame what happened to Weiner on testosterone. We’re looking at a guy here who is kiddie whipped…somebody here who’s been hanging around these kind of women — and he’s doing anything he can to break out. He’s doing everything he can to step out and get away from their control. This, to Anthony Weiner, is being a guy. He’s not allowed to be a guy hanging around a bunch of liberal women.” Source

“Female politicians get a pass on every aspect of their appearance. You would never have stories about how some female politican’s fat… There are plenty of lard-ass women in politics, and they get a total pass on it.”  Source

“I’ll tell you, you women. Why don’t you just make it official, put on some burkas and I’ll guaran-damn-tee you nobody’ll touch you. You put on a burka, and everybody’ll leave you alone if that’s what you want.” Source

Other interesting quotes:

Referred to soldiers who support the withdrawal of troops from Iraq as “phony soldiers.” Source

Discussing an ad by VoteVets.org featuring Iraq war veteran Brian McGough: “He discusses his service in Iraq, the wounds he suffered there, and he says to me in this ad, ‘Until you have the guts to call me a ‘phony soldier’ to my face, stop telling lies about my service.’ You know, this is such a blatant use of a valiant combat veteran, lying to him about what I said, then strapping those lies to his belt, sending him out via the media in a TV ad to walk into as many people as he can walk into.” Source

On Haiti Earthquake relief: “Besides, we’ve already donated to Haiti. It’s called the U.S. income tax.”  (…)  ”This will play right into Obama’s hands. He’s humanitarian, compassionate. They’ll use this to burnish their, shall we say, ‘credibility’ with the black community — in the both light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country. It’s made-to-order for them. That’s why he couldn’t wait to get out there, could not wait to get out there.” Source

On Michael J Fox advertisement of Claire McCaskill in 2008: “He is exaggerating the effects of the disease. He’s moving all around and shaking and it’s purely an act. … This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox. Either he didn’t take his medication or he’s acting.”Source

On Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal: “This is no different than what happens at the Skull and Bones initiation…I’m talking about people having a good time, these people, you ever heard of emotional release? You ever heard of the need to blow some steam off?”Source

The Lorax, Fox News, Lou Dobbs and President Obama

Obama and the Lorax conspiracy

Wow...Really?

Folks you cannot make this stuff up.  Lou Dobbs postulates that The Lorax movie, based on the best selling book by author Dr. Seuss, is a left-wing conspiracy between President Barack Obama and his Hollywood friends.  That’s right, a book originally published 41 years ago in 1971, when President Obama was 9 years-old, is a conspiracy by our president to forward his “radical environmentalism”-esque agenda.  Wow – does the right-wing really believe half the crap they say, or are they just running their mouthes because they like the sound of their voices?

SIDENOTE:  Dr. Seuss, born Theodor Seuss Geisel, was not only a political satirist he was also an outspoken progressive.

Religion and Politics: What would Jesus Do?

President Obama & Family @ Christ the Redeemer Statue - Brazil

President Barack Obama is a Christian.  But, better than that, he stands for Christian values. Anyone can call themselves a Christian, but everyone who thumps a Bible and shouts hallelujah is NOT necessarily a Christian.  Matthew 7:15 warns us to “watch out for false prophets” and further explains that, “by their fruit you will recognize them”.  In other words judge by actions and results.

PRESERVING THE EARTH

According to an AP article, Former Senator Rick Santorum espouses that Obama is engaged in a “phony theology, not a theology based on the Bible.”  Sentorum describes Obama as a “radical environmentalist”.  And I guess that today’s version of a journalist is someone who just repeats what a person says.  They’re obviously in no way responsible for letting their readers know that what the person said is a lie.  So, let’s see what the Bible says about environmentalism.

Who’s Planet is it?

First off, as a Christian we must admit that this planet belongs to the Lord and we are merely stewards of it.  Deuteronomy 10:14 reads, “Go,” the LORD said to me, “and lead the people on their way, so that they may enter and possess the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.”   Psalms 24:1-2 reads: “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;..”  One can give only what one owns.

How does God Want us to Treat the Planet?

Stewardship is defined by Dictionary.com as: the responsible overseeing and protection of something considered worth caring for and preserving.  So God gave us stewardship over the earth and by definition that means to protect and preserve it.  Genesis 1:15 reads: “…The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it…”  One can assume that he meant us not to just take care of the Garden of Eden but the whole planet!  Not only that, nature is a reflection of God.  Romans 1:10 reads, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made…”

What Will Happen to Those who Destroy the Planet?

Santorum is sadly mistaken and has decided to believe the disinformation of the Republican party, instead of the information that is in the Book that he claims to hold so dear.  In Revelations 11:18 the Word reads: “…The time has come for judging the dead,
and for rewarding your servants the prophets…and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”    That’s right God said he WILL DESTROY THOSE WHO DESTROY THE EARTH!

Summary:  God is environmentalist and will destroy those who destroy the earth.

THE SAFETY NET & ENTITLEMENTS

Republicans are real big on individual responsibility. (Except when it comes to women’s health, then they want to dictate.  But that’s another post for another time.)  They don’t believe in social responsibility nor the notion that government should help individuals.  If it weren’t for government mandates, African Americans would still be subject to forced labor camps, overt discrimination, and no ability to have a say in this nation’s affairs.  However, let’s see what the Bible says about this subject.  Both Willard Mitt Romney and Santorum have boasted of their religious creds; so lets see if they’re aligned with the Word.

Even a creaster (someone who only goes to church on Christmas and Easter ;D) could knock this one out of the park.  I’m going to give one of my favorites.  Matthew 25:35-40 reads, “…For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’… ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’…  So, Jesus says that helping out those less fortunate is equivalent to helping Him out.  Somehow the Republicans have decided that financial wealth is evidence of a persons moral superiority and God’s grace.  Of course if they believe that, then they must believe the opposite.  That financial struggles is evidence of moral issues and God’s punishment.  Neither premise is necessarily true or false.  But what is true is that God expects us to look after those in need.

I challenge all progressive Christians to call out those who are perverting God’s Word.  There are those out there looking for something to believe in and it does our community no good to allow Republicans to usurp Christianity and turn it into this dogmatic, legalistic, paternalistic corruption of the truth!

 

 

 

FACT: Fox News Audience Overwhelmingly Racist

MinistryofTruth over at the Daily Kos brought this to my attention.  I can’t imagine how it must feel to grow up thinking that you’re better than everyone else simply because of the color or your skin.  Then you reach adulthood and your less than mediocre life doesn’t resemble the American dream in the least.  You realize that there are people of color living better than you and the problem is that you don’t understand how that could be.  You look around for answers and find out that affirmative action, reverse discrimination, and quotas are the reason.  Except the rest of us know that those aren’t the reasons.  First because there isn’t anymore affirmative action, never was reverse discrimination and quotas ended decades ago (though the quotas were always excruciatingly low).  The true reason is that you’re just not that bright. Your ability to think critically is severely lacking. But undeserved privilege is a bitch; if your of average intelligence or above, it can work.  But if your not…well this is what you tend to do and think (these are all in response to the news of Whitney Houston’s death)

Racist Fox Viewers chime in on Houston

Houston "typical of the black gene pool"

Fox News racist viewers still the least informed

Racist Fox news viewers comment on Whitney Houston

How many times can you say nigger

UPDATE: I decided that I will keep adding evidence of the Racism that is rampant.

As suspected, low intelligence in childhood corresponded with racism in adulthood. But the factor that explained the relationship between these two variables was political: When researchers included social conservatism in the analysis, those ideologies accounted for much of the link between brains and bias.

Nonetheless, there is reason to believe that strict right-wing ideology might appeal to those who have trouble grasping the complexity of the world.

It’s Hard to See Racism When You’re White

This is the tagline of a new non-profit called Un-Fair.  This nascent non-profit is endeavoring to lessen racism through education.  The Urban Revolution applauds its efforts.  It is the tagline, however, that is the impetus for this post.

The Cancerous Mole

Just like a spy who has infiltrated and gained trust among the enemy’s ranks, racism has embedded itself so deeply in to the psyche’s of Americans that it is going to take a major and conscious exorcism to erase its effects. A study conducted by professors at NYU and the University of Melbourne concluded what African Americans already know; your name can prevent you from getting a promotion. This study was published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Some of you might be thinking that in the age of Barack Obama, this cannot be the case. But to African Americans and probably to other people of color racism has not diminished one iota in the age of Obama. If anything it’s gotten worse.

In essence, what this study reveals is that if you do not name your child some European version of the Biblical names, then your chances for an office on the top floor have diminished substantially. One commenter on the article suggested that parents should heed this warning. In order for people of color to obtain the promotions that they have earned they must forego their heritage and adopt the heritage of Europeans. And if we continue to do that (how many Asians do you know called Mary or Sue) will that help eliminate racism? Of course not. In apartheid South Africa the indigenous people were not allowed to give their babies indigenous names. Is this the suggestion of the privileged class?

I Am Rubber You are Glue

I don’t mean to be flippant but the vitriol spewing from the right these days is as sound as the juvenile statement above. White males who want to be president of the United States of America, (an America that is basically 30% persons of color), have decided that race baiting would be an effective course towards their nomination and eventual presidency. Romney’s persistent use of the phrase, “entitlement society” harkens back to the Reagan era mantra of the “welfare queen”. His pandering to the moderates, “my dad marched with Martin Luther King” (a lie) is despicable. Newt’s statements have been labeled dog whistles, but they are not. The statements are overt racism: “food-stamp president”… “Black people have lost the desire to perform a day’s work… Black people rely on food stamps provided to them by white taxpayers. “…Newt is so racist and thus so unfit to be president that I could spend the whole blog discussing his many racist statements but I won’t. Then there’s the self-described Christian, Santorum. Santorum may call himself a Christian, he may have accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, but he does not THINK nor ACT like a Christian. Firstly, Jesus wasn’t a racist and Santorum is; proven by his statement, “I don’t want to make Black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money…”. I’m not going to even get into Ron Paul’s history of racism because he will never get the nomination. But the fact that his old racist a$$ thinks he should be president speaks to the notion of white privilege.

Now, if any progressive or person of color brings up the fact that the lot of GOP candidates is racist. We get the, “they’re playing the race card argument”. The implication is that it is better not to bring up race, after all we wouldn’t want people of color to adopt a victim’s mentality. That whole argument is inherently racist. Only the privileged class could assume to know more about my reality than I know! Only the privileged class could believe that I am so stupid that I don’t realize that I live in a racist society so, “better not say anything lest she starts to believe that she’s a victim”.

ACCEPTED BY THE GOP ESTABLISHMENT

The Republican Tea Baggers can try and distance themselves all they want, but we know the truth. At CPAC the GOP allowed organizations like VDare, who was sponsored by ProEnglish, to have a legitimized voice. CPAC thought it would be a good idea to have a panel regarding the dangers of multiculturalism. That’s definitely a big-tent topic. Peter Brimelow (a name says a lot about a person) argues that his organization is not a White Nationalist group (euphemism for white supremacist), however the points that he makes further confirm that he does believe that America should be a Christian-white-male-dominated society. He argues that the reason white people are afraid of black people is because black people commit most of the crimes. [paraphrased] ProEnglish, as the names suggests, is an organization dedicated to making English the National Official Language thereby eradicating bilingual teaching in public schools, government documents printed in multiple languages, etc. It’s hard to see racism when you’re white.

I WILL NOT SHUT UP

The reason why racism hasn’t improved as much as it should have in these past 40 years is because we the people and the media buy the “race card” and the “victim’s mentality” argument.  When people of color label someone or some statement as racist – we’re called racist in return. (rubber/glue)  As if any person of color in the U.S. has enough power to rule over the privileged class.  President Barack Obama doesn’t even have that much power!  The solution from the right – name my child Bill and keep my mouth shut when someone promotes racists thoughts and behavior.  NO,  I will NOT.  I will not shut up and I will name my child a name that comes from the continent of his/her ancestors.  Period.  And the privileged class can do what they want with it.