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            Showing posts with label MLK is Crying Inside.
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            Wednesday, January 7, 2015

            #BlackBrunchNYC, Racist Fox News Hosts, And Drive-By Activism.

            It might come as somewhat of a shock to those of you who've followed this site for a long time, but I no longer watch cable news. What was once an (admitted) obsession of mine is dead. I'm not sure what caused me to stop, or when exactly it happened, but it was likely during the George Zimmerman trial when I finally realized that most of cable news is pure manufactured BS. The goal isn't to inform, it's to enrage enough to not change the channel. The hosts aren't experts, nor are they journalists, nor are they even necessarily bright. They're just people who look reasonably good in front of a camera and can read off a teleprompter without stuttering.

            Fox Business News host Charles Payne was among those who denounced "#blackbrunch" protesters on Sunday who interrupted white restaurant customers to raise awareness about police brutality.

            "Goodness this isn't what Montgomery Bus Boycott or Woolworth sit-ins were about -this is ignorance #blackbrunchnyc," he wrote in a tweet that was retweeted over 600 times.

            Goodness this isn't what Montgomery Bus Boycott or Woolworth sit-ins were about -this is ignorance #blackbrunchnyc pic.twitter.com/ewRbXOi1Sx
            — Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) January 4, 2015

            But the photo Payne shared with his tweet wasn't an image from Sunday's protests at all. Instead, it was a racist meme that's been widely shared on white supremacist websites and other corners of the Internet as far back as 2010.

            The original photo, which was published by the Detroit News, shows a crowd rushing through a door to pick up federal housing assistance forms. At some point, a KFC logo was photoshopped onto the glass doors and the caption "Photograph from the opening of a new KFC in Detroit, 2009" was added to the image.

            Payne's vague responses didn't make clear why he thought the KFC meme was relevant to the discussion. When one Twitter user asked him "So with it being a fried chicken place this has to be parody, right?" Payne replied "Oh god I wish…man do I wish it was."

            Payne did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TPM. But he did tweet that he'd address the incorrect photo Monday on his Fox Business Network show, "Making Money." Curiously, after acknowledging that the KFC image was incorrect, he continued to insist that it depicted a real event and was not photoshopped.
            To be perfectly honest, I thought #BlackBrunchNYC was a pretty silly idea myself. Agitating people who merely wanted to enjoy some mimosas and overpriced French Toast isn't "Fighting The Power", unless the "Power" is high blood sugar. It was in an odd way, a form of bullying: encroaching on the time and space of people who have nothing to do with #BlackLivesMatter and ruining their overpriced breakfast/lunch experience in the process.

            I woulda been more impressed if these folks took a busride down to... say... Bucks County Pennsylvania and interrupted breakfast at a few diners there. Not that woulda taken some balls and made a statement. Interrupting bleeding heart liberals in Manhattan who were likely already down for your cause? Well, that's sorta weak.

            But I digress. Payne coulda easily made a similar point without adding in a stereotypical photo. But you gotta remember who this guy is, and who he works for. You should never trust a black man under the age of 50 that doesn't have a shape-up. Payne is proof of that. He's also proof that self-loathing black conservatives will always have a job, no matter that they say, simply because they're effective proxies/racial force fields for those who employ them.

            If Charles Payne were alive during the Civil Rights Movement, he would accused Rosa Parks of "reverse racism" for not wanting to sit with white riders.

            Question: What did you think of #BlackBrunchNYC? Should Fox News fire Charles Payne for this Negro Nonsense, or promote him?

            Monday, August 11, 2014

            Why I Can Only Get So Angry About The Ferguson Police Shooting.

            [Editor's Note: This is one of my infamous, un-spellchecked, stream of conscious rants. I hope you follow, I understand if you don't. Nothing here should be misconstrued as a lack of sympathy for the victim or his family. If you read it that way, then you may be missing the point. And if you're missing the point to such a wide degree, then please don't comment here.]

            Another young, unarmed black man was over the weekend, in what seems to be a summer full of such incidents.
            A city in the St. Louis metropolitan area has become incredibly tense after local police reportedly shot and killed an unarmed teenager on Saturday afternoon.

            18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by Ferguson police officers during an encounter near the Canfield Green Apartments. According to KMOV, witnesses say Brown was unarmed and had his hands in the air when he was shot multiple times by an officer.

            Eyewitness, Piaget Crenshaw, 19, was waiting for a ride to work when she said she saw the police officer attempting to place Brown in the rear seat of a squad car.

            She then observed the teen, hands in the air, attempt to flee. Several shots were fired at Brown as he ran, Crenshaw said, striking him in the head and chest.

            Crenshaw said police asked and she complied with a request that she turn photos of the scene over to authorities.

            Dorian Johnson said he was walking with Brown in the middle of the street when a police car pulled up. The officer told the teens to use the sidewalk, according to Johnson.

            After an exchange of words, the officer shot Brown even after he raised his hands in the air, Johnson said.

            The officer “shot again, and once my friend felt that shot, he turned around and put his hands in the air,” Johnson told KMOV. “He started to get down and the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots.”

            Almost instantly, the scene of Brown’s death became ground zero for local outrage. Residents posted stark images from the scene to social media, including the below photo with the teenager’s corpse laying facedown in the street.

            The genesis of this was a physical confrontation,” Jon Belmar, chief of the St. Louis County Police Department, said at a Sunday news conference.

            The officer tried to leave his vehicle just before the shooting on Saturday afternoon, but Brown pushed him back into the car, “where he physically assaulted the police officer” and struggled over the officer’s weapon, Belmar said.

            A shot was fired inside the police car, and Brown was eventually shot about 35 feet away from the vehicle, Belmar said, adding few details because he didn’t want to “prejudice” the case.

            Police have not yet revealed what prompted the incident, but have confirmed that it was their officer who fired at Brown. Hundreds of local residents reportedly swarmed the scene, some chanting obscenities at the police.
            Having seen extensive coverage of the incident, I'm not buying the cops story here. This happened in broad daylight and in plain view of dozens, if not hundreds of people. They don't have any reason to lie. If they say the boy turned and had his hands up, then I'm going to believe them. It's not like dozens of black people had the time to congress and corroborate their story. So yeah, the cops shot this kid, even after he had turned and assumed the position. Nothing the police say, or do at this point will change the fact that they took a woman's child for no reason. They were wrong. Period. The cop who did this should face murder charges. Period.

            But I'm sorry if I can't get all that upset about this one. Yes, it's tragic that this boy was shot and killed. But come on, when I'm seeing ...
            Police in Prince George’s County say a 2-year-old girl was killed after being struck by gunfire.

            Police say they were called to the 6900 block of Forest Terrace in Landover, Md. on Sunday and discovered the child. The girl was taken to the hospital where she died. Police say there was a fight between two men at the residence and that one man left and returned to open fire.

            Police say the girl does not appear to have been the target and that they are searching for the suspect, who ran away after the shooting.
            A man was found shot to death inside a Prince George’s County 北京体彩网官方网站 early Thursday morning, and police have ruled it a homicide.

            Police were called to a 北京体彩网官方网站 in the 9900 block of Chessington Way in Mitchellville just after 5:30 a.m. for the report of gunshots. When officers arrived they found a man suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

            Homicide detectives are at the scene investigating. Police say there is no threat to the community.
            A 30-year-old woman charged with fatally stabbing her mother in a Columbia Heights apartment told police that she may have been high on PCP during the attack, after which she tried to take her own life, according to an arrest affidavit filed in court Friday.

            The document says the suspect, Kieva Lynette Hooks, told a police detective that she had been arguing with her mother. She then broke down in tears and said, “I feel bad about what I did to my mom,” the affidavit says.

            Hooks was charged with second-degree murder while armed and ordered held until a preliminary hearing Aug. 11. The body of her mother, Tajuana Lynn Hooks, 54, was found Thursday morning on the floor, next to a couch, in a first-floor apartment in the 1300 block of Columbia Road NW.
            All of those incidents, involving black suspects and black victims, happened this week in the DC area. There were no protests. There was no Al Sharpton.[1] There was no call to action. No marches. No catchy hashtags. No Nancy Grace. Nothing.

            Those people's lives didn't matter to us, because the people who shot them look like us. Their murders were garden variety. Don't get me wrong, I fully understand the visceral reaction to incidents involving police shooting unarmed people, and the media attention that follows such incidents. That outrage is because power was misused by those who should be there to protect us. But bullets don't discriminate. Whether from a cop, an errant driveby, an intruder, or a daughter, the net result is the same. A person senselessly killed.

            So I'm sorry if I'm not pouring out tears for Michael Brown. And I don't say that with any trace of sarcasm. Not when I had a nephew murdered in broad daylight last summer and nobody cared enough to tell the cops who did it, even though they all know. I guess I've just gotten so desensitized to black murder that the circumstances which lead to it don't even phase me anymore. And that bothers me. I hope it bothers you, because the net result is the same. Death. Pointless death. One of these days, we, collectively, will get angry enough as a society to do something about this. I pray we will.

            On a completely unrelated note, what's up with this sh*t? Some negroes in Ferguson said "eff' a peaceful protest . Because Michael Brown would have wanted that.
            Protests over the slaying of a teenage boy reportedly turned violent on Sunday evening in the Missouri city of Ferguson.

            On Saturday afternoon a police officer shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed at the time, setting off a wave of protests. Read our extensive coverage of the incident here.

            Portions of the crowds gathered for a vigil on Sunday have reportedly turned violent. Footage emerged on social media of crowds swarming a QuickTrip convenience store, looting and causing damage. The latest on-scene reports indicate the QuickTrip is now “burning,” and rioters have moved on to other local shops.

            KMOV-TV alleges that protestors also smashed out a window of their live news truck. According to multiple outlets, riot police have been called to the scene.
            Expressing your anger at the police shooting by looting a beauty supply store? Werd?

            The only thing standing between black people reaching our collective excellence is niggers like this.

            Question: What do you think? Why don't we as a collective community find black-on-black shootings as enraging? Is the media's tendency to trump up stories of black-on-white crime or police shootings while damn near ignoring black-on-black shootings a strange Grand Hu$tle that makes us feel like black life is without value? Have I turned into Black Bill O'Reilly or are you also outraged that you aren't more outraged about this latest police shooting? Why is there such a sense of nihilism in the black community regarding garden variety black-on-black crime?

            [1] BTW, I love Al Shapton, so there's no shots fired here.

            Monday, August 4, 2014

            The Most Literal Rap Video Shoot You'll Ever See.

            , The Man, or autotune for this. Personally, I blame Bobby Shmurda, but that's just me.
            Early Saturday morning, a music video shoot at a Bronx bodega turned violent after one member of a rap duo reportedly opened fire on his partner, wounding him in the head, legs, and chest. According to the bodega's owner, the shooting was triggered by an argument over who was the video's star.

            "They were fighting over who's the star, who's better," owner Ali Abdul told the New York Daily News. "They were drunk. They spit at each other then one guy pulled out a gun and shot the other guy five times."

            The gunman, who, as Gothamist notes, never lets go of his drink during the shooting, also repeatedly pistol whipped the 37-year-old victim. The video shows several witnesses casually stepping over the victim as he writhed on the floor in pain. The suspect remains at large; the victim is in critical condition at a local hospital and is expected to survive.
            Here's the video. Do not press play if you're faint of heart.

            Question: What the hell is wrong with these N-words?!?

            Wednesday, April 30, 2014

            Reigning Heisman Trophy Winner Busted For Stealing Crab Legs.

            , so naturally I'm just gonna assume it's real. I mean, seriously, who steal crab legs in the first place? If you're hungry, I could think of a million other foods that would be more nourishing than crab legs. And BTW, school is still in session, so I'm assuming athletes are still getting free meals on campus. If you're that hard up, can't you get some fellow student/fan or some chick/fan to just buy you something? You just won that National Title, dummy. You should be as famous in Tallahassee as the governor.
            Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was issued a citation Tuesday for shoplifting crab legs from Publix, according to multiple sources. Winston, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, is a red-shirt sophomore for the Seminoles.

            "He got an adult civil citation," a trusted source inside Tallahassee Police told Tomahawk Nation. "If he completes the sanctions it will never show up on his record. They commonly give them to juveniles on first criminal offenses. They are now doing it for minor misdemeanors for adults to lower crime rate."

            Winston has had previous run-ins with the law, but no arrests. He was investigated for an alleged rape, but the State Attorney declined to bring charges due to a lack of evidence. In November, the associated press reported that Winston was questioned about his involvement in a long-running BB gun battle, and that a Burger King reported Winston was stealing soda in a ketchup cup.

            The timing of the citation is interesting given that the NCAA recently approved unlimited meals for student athletes.

            Winston was recently voted the quarterback on the Florida State All-Jimbo Fisher team.

            A source inside Florida State's program says that Winston will be fined $30, required to do community service, and will be suspended from the baseball team. The Leon County Sheriff's Office will hold a 2 p.m. press conference concerning Jameis Winston.
            Of course, Publix coulda just given him the crabs legs, but that woulda been an NCAA violation, and would have gotten him in even worse trouble. So yeah, he looked at the two options and chose the lesser evil, I suppose.

            Still, dummy move, especially for a guy who just beat a rape charge a few months ago.

            Jameis might be Famous, but he damn sure ain't Smart.

            Question: Did this dummy (allegedly) steal crab legs because he was hungry, or because he's a dummy?

            Wednesday, April 23, 2014

            The State Of Georgia Now Allows You To Pack Heat At Church. Yes, Church.

            are precisely why I'm keeping my black a$$ close to the Mason/Dixon.
            Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday signed legislation significantly expanding gun rights in the state. The bill, described by the National Rifle Association’s lobbying arm as "the most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation introduced in recent state history," expands the scope of public places where licensed owners are allowed to carry firearms.

            The bill makes several changes to state law. It allows those with a license to carry to bring a gun into a bar without restriction and into some government buildings that don't have certain security measures. It also allows religious leaders to decide whether it's OK for a person with a carry license to bring a gun into their place of worship.

            Democrats resisted the proposal, although they conceded it would pass in the GOP-dominated House of Representatives. They argued that allowing guns in more places will not make society safer and may lead to more deaths.

            Under the bill, school districts would now be able, if they wanted, to allow some employees to carry a firearm under certain conditions. The bill also eliminates the fingerprinting requirement for renewing weapons carry licenses.

            According to the Marietta Daily Journal, the legislation prohibits the state from creating and maintaining a database of licensed weapons carriers and repeals the state-required license for firearms dealers.

            Colin Goddard, who survived the 2007 campus shooting at Virginia Tech, told Georgia Public Broadcasting he's alarmed by a provision that waives criminal prosecution of felons who use illegal firearms in the act of self-defense. “The stand your ground expansion is truly a new type of stand your ground as we know it,” Goddard said. “To expand it in such a way to remove all carrying or possession offenses is really unprecedented.”
            Note to self: next time we're driving to Disneyland, make a detour through Tennessee.

            Question: Just how badly is this going to eventually end? Do any of these "regressive" new laws make logical sense to you?

            Monday, April 7, 2014

            Is Jay-Z A Five Percenter?!? Of Course Not.

            Black people are the fathers and mothers of civilization, white men are the devil, the Christian god is nothing more than a ghost and only a small percentage of people understand the world.

            These are just some of the ­beliefs behind the bling — the gaudy Five Percent Nation ­medallions worn by Jay Z and Carmelo Anthony.

            Last week, all eyes at the Barclays Center weren’t on Jay Z’s better half, Beyoncé — but on the coaster-size golden pendant swinging from the rapper’s neck as the couple sat courtside. Asked once if the group’s symbol — an eight-pointed star with the number 7 in the middle — held any meaning for him, the rapper shrugged, “A little bit.”

            So what exactly do Five Percenters believe?

            The rationale is that the black man is God and created the universe, and is physically stronger and intellectually stronger and more righteous naturally,” says Michael Muhammad Knight, an author of two books on the radical group.

            “Whiteness is weak and wicked and inferior — basically just an errant child who needs to be corrected.”

            Some followers take exception to those who transform their flag into a fashion accessory.

            “Jay Z is not an active member — no one has vouched for him” Saladin Allah, a representative of the group’s upstate region, told The Post. “It was always understood that you don’t wear the ­regalia if you don’t totally subscribe to the life.”
            This story should end with that last paragraph. Anyone with common sense and with at least one cousin who dabbled with all that God Body sh*t in the mid 90's should know Jay-Z is just wearing the necklace because it looks sorta cool (which it does) not because he thinks white folks are the devil. Not the very same white folks he sided with in the Barney's controversy last year. Or the same white folks he sided with to evict black tentants via eminent domain to build a basketball arena in Brooklyn. Or the same white folks he's siding with the sell everything from shoes, to headphones, to lousy watered down domestic beer. So yeah, enough of that dumb sh*t. Jay-Z only worships one master. Hint: it's colored green.

            But this being America and all, expect Conservatives to abandon the concept of critical thinking (and google) run with this one and somehow many it about Obama. Because America.

            Seriously, Jigga Man, take that dumb sh*t off.

            Monday, March 17, 2014

            Would You Publicly Whip Your Teenaged Daughter With A Belt For Twerking On Facebook?!?

            My daughter turns two in a couple of months. She looks and sounds every bit of 3 already. She speaks in full, intelligible sentences, is over the 100th percentile in height and weight, and already has perfected the art of selective listening. She's also cute as a button. So yes, I have sleepless nights wondering what this is all going to look like in about 11-12 years. Namely, how I'm going to juggle the typical father/tweenage daughter dynamic.[1] You still have to maintain some level of authority while allowing a girl to find herself. Push too hard and it's revolt city. Be too passive and she'll walk right over you. It's a precarious balance that some fathers ace, and others don't even bother to navigate.

            So when this video, courtesy of The Uppity Negro landed on my radar, I had to post it. And yeah, I already know. I'm scouring World Star Hip Hop for post fodder. It's that sorta day. Deal with it. Or Beal With It™. The video description says "Bad parenting or is this type of discipline acceptable now a days? Father disciplines his 13-year-old daughter after missing for 3 days messing around with boys & then posts all on facebook." and that's about all the context I have here.

            Warning: This video contains some very offensive imagery and isn't for the weak at heart.

            Well let's get one thing right out of the way: if you're going to publicly flog whip your child, you might want to check to make sure nobody has their i北京体彩网官方网站Phone out before you start whipping your child's ass in the Piney Courts Projects parking lot. So yeah, this guy is prolly going to jail for assault. Dumbass.

            Beyond that, it's clear this sperm donor.... errr, "father" has no authority or control over his daughter. And while it's certainly understandable that he's upset (clearly!) there were probably 1,928 other ways to process and relay his disappointment. And he chose the absolute worst option possible. Great judgement, buddy. Pull out next time.

            I won't add much more here, other than to say this man is wrong assed wrong, and that his daughter is prolly gonna be missing for a week "messing around with boys" next time, and might have a bun in the over upon return. Seriously, if you were that concerned, why didn't you call the cops and get them to issue an Aisha Amber alert? You know, like sensible concerned fathers do?

            Instead, this ass hat is headed to jail and his daughter is one step closer to the pole. #message

            Nice work, breh.

            Bonus: Since I'm already scraping the bottom on the internet barrel for material today, he's another example of Atrocious Black Parenting™ that I meant to post awhile back. This one's rather self-explanatory.[2]

            Question: Add your two cents to this senseless story.

            [1] Other than owning a firearm to ward of... err "vet" potential suitors.

            [2] Is it just me, or do SOME Black people not understand the concept of putting your phone in "landscape" mode instead of "portrait"? Just sayin'.

            Wednesday, September 11, 2013

            GhettoTracker.com: Racist Or Valuable Public Service?!?

            I travel fairly regularly as part of my day job, and often those travels take me to small towns and cities I'm not intimately familiar with. Since I'm the curious type (and often on the road alone), I always find some time to venture beyond my hotel after hours, usually in search of a non-chain restaurant for dinner, or some keepsakes to take back 北京体彩网官方网站 to my kids.[1]

            Since I often know little about these places other than what I dig up on Wikipedia, by Negro Antennae are always up as I'm driving around. The worse possible way to go out is to get jacked by some fools at a stoplight in rural Kansas, so I'm usually very cautious. I know all the usual tell-tale signs of an area where you might wanna be very aware of your surroundings. When you start seeing a bunch of carryout fried chicken places, bail bonds, churches, bootleg cell phone stores, and people openly pushin' weight on the corner, you know you've f*cked around and ended up in the hood'. I'm wise enough to recognize the warning signs and act accordingly. "Act accordingly" usually just means roll up the windows, lock the doors, and find a good parking spot close to said carryout fried chicken place. Again, I'm well versed in this, so I'm know what I'm getting into, and I made it to age 40, so I'm either very lucky or very observant.

            If you're not one blessed with an eye for all things ghetto though, you could accidentally f*ck around and end up on the 11 o'clock news. Thankfully, for tourists, suburbanites, and other's not versed in ghettology, . And it's got a lot of people very upset.
            A service called "Ghetto Tracker" appeared online at the beginning of this week and quickly drew criticism for its racist and classist overtones. Shortly after, the site was renamed "Good Part of Town." Its creator, who would only identify himself as a 30-something-year-old in Tallahassee, told Gawker: "This was originally seriously developed as a travel tool and the name 'Ghetto Tracker' was meant to be something that people would remember."

            The basic premise of Ghetto Tracker/Good Part of Town -- to crowdsource travel advice – actually isn’t so outrageous, but the framing, even without the word "Ghetto" in the name, and the intention -- to label whole geographic areas as "good" or "bad," "safe" and "unsafe" -- make the operation distasteful.

            Yet in the growing field of geo-web applications, incorporating safety judgments into navigational aids is becoming increasingly common. Accusations of reinforcing racist or classist stereotypes could be lobbed at any of those apps. "In any form," writes Emily Badger at The Atlantic Cities, "this idea toes a touchy line between a utilitarian application of open data and a sly wink toward people who just want to steer clear of 'those kinds of neighborhoods.'"

            Microsoft’s Pedestrian Route Production technology, patented in January 2012 – and immediately dubbed "the avoid-ghetto app" by many in the media -- was designed to one day let Windows 北京体彩网官方网站Phone users filter walking routes according to "weather information, crime statistics, [and] demographic information." According to the language of the patent, such filtering is useful because "if it is relatively cold outside, then a pedestrian is far more likely to feel an impact then [sic] if a vehicle equipped with a heating system protected her. Moreover, it can be more dangerous for a pedestrian to enter an unsafe neighborhood then [sic] a person in a vehicle since a pedestrian is more exposed and it is more difficult for her to leave an unsafe neighborhood quickly." It makes sense to keep safety in mind while navigating an unfamiliar area on foot, but letting a computer algorithm divert you from a particular neighborhood on account of statistics is problematic.
            No need to lie, I'm not too happy about a website called "Ghetto Tracker". That's mad insensitive, racist, and pretty damn corny to boot.

            But let's keep it one hunned: racial overtones aside, isn't it actually okay to give people information on areas where they might be somewhat less safe? Not to discourage them from going there (or at least I'd hope not), but simply to give them a heads up on what they're getting into.[2]

            Obviously, you can get stuck up or robbed anywhere. My inlaws live in what many people would consider "The Hood", and I've never had any sort of issues when I've visited or stayed the night over there.[3] My car's been broken into in the lily white presumably safe suburbs where I've spent most of my life more times than I can count though. Again, information is power, but it's not guarantee of future outcome.[4]

            Question: Is "Ghetto Tracker" racist, or merely a way of informing people about what they're getting into? Do you know the telltale signs that you've made a wrong turn and ended up in the hood? Give us your best Ghetto Safari Survival Tips.

            [1] My children have the most awesome sports memorabilia/attire collection ever. And before you ask, yes, I realize I'm buying mostly for me, not them. I already know this.

            [2] Trailer Park/Biker Bar/Klan Rally Tracker™ would be helpful for many of the same reasons, albeit for a far smaller audience.

            [3] Dear Everyone: "Southeast DC" is not a monolith. It's not all called "Anacostia", and it's not all "hood". There are pockets you should generally avoid, but it is an otherwise largely safe section of the city full of honest, hardworking people. And yes, there are million dollar 北京体彩网官方网站s East Of The River. Not everyone over there is poor, nor is everyone over there black.

            [4] An easy way to quickly figure out the racial composition of a city you're visiting for the first time: drive by the courthouse and/or the department of health. Peep the line outside. Process accordingly.

            Wednesday, August 28, 2013

            MLK's Entire "I Have A Dream" Speech.

            Today's the 50th anniversary of the March On Washington. No, I'm not down there on the Mall, I'll just have to watch everything today once I get 北京体彩网官方网站 from my Day Job. I'm sure MLK would have approved. That said, if you've never actually watched the entire "I Have A Dream" speech in its entirety, have a look.

            Question: How far are we as a nation from seeing Dr. King's dream realized?

            Monday, August 19, 2013

            The Absolute Worst Way To Pay Tribute To Trayvon Martin.

            In the months prior to the George Zimmerman trial, Hoodies were omnipresent. Especially online. Millions of people changed their social media avatars to an image of themselves, or Martin, or their kids, of their pets, or MLK (seriously, WTF?) wearing a hoodie. I never really got with this (okay, maybe the day prior to the verdict), because I thought there were far better ways to show solidarity with the Martin family. Namely: registering to vote, and showing my black ass up for jury duty when called. You could throw mentoring/tutoring/coaching kids in there if you're really bad ass. But hey, Drive-By Activism is a lot easier. Change that avatar!

            In the pantheon of "supportive social gestures", I thought wearing a hoodie was pretty lame. But whatever.

            This woman, though, well, she was really dedicated to the cause. So dedicated she quit her damn job. And .
            Last month, when a jury found Zimmerman not guilty in Martin’s death, it wasn’t the end of the story. People young and old, black and white, took to the streets from coast to coast. For Zimmerman, too, much was not resolved; whatever you may think of him, he can’t be happy that he killed a young man on the cusp of adulthood, with dreams and goals and loving parents who presented the most graceful bearing of grief I’ve ever seen.

            I needed to do something. The Monday after the trial ended, I went to my job at a small doctor’s office and made my computer desktop wallpaper (which was not viewable to the public) an image of a hoodie. This image had sprung up on the Internet and social media as an expression of support for the Martin family. It is meant as an acknowledgement that this senseless death had not gone unnoticed.


            Our president asked that we “do some soul-searching.” He let us know that he didn’t have much faith in politicians organizing conversations on race, but he said that he thought that in our families, churches and workplaces we might succeed.

            But that’s not what happened in my case. On Aug. 1, at the end of a long work day, my boss called me into his office. Apparently, during the two weeks since I had selected the hoodie image for my computer desktop, some of my co-workers had complained. They felt that this image, which could be seen only when I logged in or minimized all the windows open on my screen, was inappropriate. My boss, looking distressed, told me that I had to change it.

            There was no room for discussion between him and me or me and them. There would be no way to explain, to anyone who felt frightened or threatened by what I had done, that I wasn’t making some call to arms, or a black-power salute, or in fact trying to express any anger at all. It was merely an image of a piece of clothing worn by a young man who was wrongfully killed. By displaying it, I was simply saying that I was sad.


            So, I went to my computer and composed a letter of resignation. It would be the last document I would ever complete at my workplace of six years. It wasn’t easy, but it also wasn’t hard. Either way, the real problem remained. When everything was said and done, the life of a young man who should have made it 北京体彩网官方网站 safely that night still had been cut short.
            You'll need to read the whole thing to get the full effect. And no, I'm not stupid enough to believe that this incident is the only reason why this woman (Brenda Howard) quit her job. This was probably the tip of the iceberg for both Ms. Howard and her employer, the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back. So no, I'm not buying that whole "I had to speak truth to power so I quit" bull. Miss me with that.

            Jokes aside, I'm wondering why this lady thought it was okay to use company property to make a halfhearted political statement. I didn't understand President Obama's call for people to discuss race in their workplace, because the workplace in an inherently apolitical institution by nature. Just as I wouldn't have wanted to see a colleague with an "I Stand With Zimmerman" screensaver, I understand why some might be offended by the image of the hoodie. And even if they weren't, customers could potentially be offended. The employer was well within his right to ask her to simply remove the image from his computer. And Ms. Howard was well within her right to quit the job, regardless of how silly/trivial the reason.[1]

            Good luck landing a new receptionist job, Ms. Howard. That said, your article is hovering around the magical 5,000 comment mark on The Post right now. I think you've got a bright future somewhere.

            Question: Did this woman make a grand social statement, or just quit her job for no damn reason? Have you ever made a social statement on the job? Is there any good way to discuss political/social/racial issues while at work?

            [1] Wouldn't "wearing a hoodie" to work have been a more impactful social statement, and one that would have been far harder for her employer to prevent?

            Friday, August 16, 2013

            Russell Simmons Culturally Tone Deaf Comedy Jam.

            Black Twitter has been afflutter the past couple of days by a sketch comedy bit called "The Harriett Tubman Sex Tape", which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. In case you've been under a rock, or don't know what Black Twitter is, here it go...

            The fact that Russell Simmons is responsible for that f*ckery didn't help. almost immediately. Of course, this being the internet and all, it's still around. Nothing ever actually "goes away" on the web.
            Russell Simmons is apologizing after coming under fire for a video that appeared on his new All Def Digital YouTube channel.

            The "Harriet Tubman Sex Tape" depicts an actress portraying the famous abolitionist having sex with her "Massa" in order to allow her to run the Underground Railroad. The video has since been taken down. Simmons issued an apology on Globalgrind.com in which he says he was contacted by his "buddies" at the NAACP asking for removal of the video.

            "I'm a very liberal person with thick skin," wrote Simmons. "My first impression of the Harriet Tubman piece was that it was about what one of actors said in the video, that 162 years later, there's still tremendous injustice. And with Harriet Tubman outwitting the slave master? I thought it was politically correct. Silly me. I can now understand why so many people are upset. I have taken down the video. Lastly, I would never condone violence against women in any form, and for all of those I offended, I am sincerely sorry."
            While many are up in arms about the fact that a(n ex-) slave is portayed having consensual relations with a (presumed) slaveowner and taping it, I'm actually not. There's nothing rapey about this video, and I really wish people didn't go there. I also don't have any issue with Harriett Tubman, a beloved historial figure, being used for comedic intents. Nope, my problem is something entirely different altogether.

            This sh*t just wasn't funny. At all. Period.

            That's the first rule of comedy: make people laugh. Nothing here was funny. Nothing.

            I don't consider any topic off limits. In the hands of capable writers and on screen talent, you can take a taboo subject and make it both hilarious and thought provoking. Comedians like Richard Pryor, Dave Chappelle, Patrice O'Neal, and my current favorite Hannibal Burress have all more or less made careers of this. But these no-name, no talent bums in the Simmons' funded sketch had nothing going for them. There's no social commentary. No physical humor. Nothing.

            Still, I don't get all the uproar here. This isn't the first comedy sketch that bombed, nor will it be the last. The fact that the NAACP is involved in this f*ckery, and that rodeo clown incident in the same week says something. Exactly what I'm not sure. But something.

            I'm sorta outraged at all the outrage. You?

            Question: Was this just a poorly conceived comedy skit that went really bad, or a sign of the collapse of Negro civilization?

            Monday, July 15, 2013

            After Trayvon Martin.

            [Editor's Note: This is not spellchecked, and it's also likely incoherent at points. Forgive me. Blame the hands, not the heart.]

            I, like many of you, was devastated to hear the verdict Saturday night. As the jury forewoman read the words "not guilty", my mind numbed. Did I really hear what I thought I'd heard? My wife hit the repeat button on the DVR, and yet again, the verdict, stated so quickly and matter of factly, was still "not guilty". And with that, the whole thing was over. Zimmerman was a free man, one with a bright, lucrative future once his inevitable book and movie option deal materialize. And the Martin family was screwed, left to go on without their child, with feelings of justice denied.

            Like most domesticated Negroes, the thought of going to Best Buy and stealing a few PS3's never crossed my mind. I took my frustations to social media, which is pretty much the 2013 equivalent of rioting. I predicted this would be the medium most used to air their frustrations last week, and (much to the chagrin of media outlets who clearly wanted riots!) was correct. Yesterday, I avoided any form of media (social, print, televised) like the plague. There wasn't anything I needed to hear from anyone to make me feel any better about what had happened.

            Two days after The Verdict, I'm wondering what we, as Americans, have learned from all this. That black life posseses inferently less value in this country北京体彩网官方网站's judicial, educational, and economic systems? I doubt anyone with a functional brain didn't already know this. Did we learn that "it's not what you know, it's what you can prove"? Again, anyone with a decent understanding of the law already knew that. The burden of proof was on the state, not the defense here. And reality is, they simply didn't run a solid enough case. I said so for 4 weeks. The way that the state closed its case gave me some glimmer of hope, but again, if you look at the evidence as submitted via the state, it was clear all along that they simply didn't have enough to convict Zimmerman.

            This, of course, doesn't make Zimmerman innocent of wrongdoing. We all know he wouldn't have profiled a similarly attired white teenager. That he shouldn't have gotten out of his car. That he should have identified himself as a neighborhood watchman. That he shouldn't have engaged Martin at all. That he, by virtue of pulling that trigger, is the reason why Martin is dead. We know all of that.

            I don't know is how to explain this to my children. How to prevent my two sons from meeting the same fate Martin did one rainy Sunday night in Central Florida. I, as a parent, can prepare my kids, teach them to respect autority, explain to them why they need to always be aware that they're being judged by a slightly different set of rules, even when those judging have no recourse for doing so. Just as my father prepared me and my brothers. Just as his father prepared him and his brother.

            They can do all of that, and still end up dead in the grass, because someone assumed something about his based purely on your appearance. And the man responsible can walk and become a millionaire, why I, as a father, would be left feeling every bit as helpless, angry, and hopeless as I'm certain Tracy Martin does today.


            Monday, May 6, 2013

            The Selective Outrage Of Female Rap Fans (aka: Why Does Drake Get A Free Pass?!?)

            "Give away 20 songs to sell one". Personally, I'll just take the 20. [||]

            cRappers might wanna stop giving away so much free music, since ...
            As hip-hop's most unapologetic superstar, Lil Wayne will undoubtedly continue to do what he wants, musically and otherwise, but as of Friday (May 3), he will no longer be able to "Dew" anything for PepsiCo.

            The multinational food and beverage corporation terminated its relationship with perhaps its most popular pitchman of its Mountain Dew soda due to the outcry over his controversial lyric mentioning civil rights martyr Emmett Till.

            "Beat the pu--y up like Emmett Till," Wayne rapped on Future's "Karate Chop (Remix)."

            PepsiCo released an official statement asserting that Weezy's "offensive reference to a revered civil rights icon does not reflect the values of our brand."
            So in the past month, we've seen Rick Ross lose a Reebok deal, and Tyler the Creator and Lil' Weezy lose money from Mountain Dew, all for various reasons. I'd be the last one to hate defend these clowns, but I gotta point out the obvious here: cRap fans sure are selective about what they get pissed off about. I mean, Tyler The Creator uses the word "f*ggot" like it's a personal pronoun. Lil' Wayne's entire catalog is full of bars far more egregious (albeit not as historically offensive) than the Emmett Till punchline. And as for Rick Ross, well, the guy is a former law enforcement officer masquerading as a drug lord. If you're gonna suspend reality to that degree because you really liked "Blowin' Money Fast", then why are you getting so worked up over a line about date rape? Clearly, this is the work of a fiction author. And a fairly prolific one at that. #Bawse

            One guy who seems to have curiously escaped any sort of scrutiny, particularly from female fans, is Drake. Yeah, the bi-racial, child-acting, Canadian Jewish kid who passes himself off as a (sensitive) gangster. On the low, Drake's made some downright misogynist music that would make Too Short clutch his pearls, but he gets away with it, because... hell, I really don't know why to be honest with you.

            Well, okay, actually I do: because unlike any rapper this side of James Todd Smith, dude really, really, really knows how to patronize women without actually coming across as patronizing at all.[1] And he does it in a way that's so insightful and respectful that it hypnotizes them into somehow overlooking the fact that he's calling them b*tches just as frequently as his less-sensitive peers.

            I'm not gonna use this post to run down examples. If you've got the inclination, just start at his (admittedly great) initial mixtape "So Far Gone" and work forward to his current work, best embodied by the song "Good Kush & Alcohol".[2]

            To Drake's (semi) credit, he isn't the biggest offender on this track. Lil' Wayne essentially reduces women to a single orifice, which he'd love to defile with regularity. Future's lousy preschooler hook is shared with Drake's anthemic hook.

            "Long As My B*tches Love Me"

            That's poetry folks. Poetry.

            Question: Before you accuse me of just being a hater, answer the question: how come Drake gets a pass?

            [1] Well, guys can smell the patronage, and it to no end.

            [2] I don't listen to FM radio, but just I'm curious... is there a radio edit for this song? Do they bleep out half the words, or do they do some lazy substitution to dumb down the idiocy?

            Tuesday, April 9, 2013

            Sean Hannity Loves The Blacks. As Long As They're Conservative.

            I've harped on my qualms with "Black Conservatives" here many times. It seems like so many of these guys have some real self-identity issues, and use "Conservatism" as a convenient excuse for explaining away the lack of acceptance they get from other black people. I mean, seriously.

            I actually watched about half of this very special episode of Hannity with my wife last night. There were a bunch of open mouth "did he/she just say that" moments. But one common theme was that very few of these people could talk about substantive examples of how Conservative policies help the black community. Instead, there was a bunch of woe-is-me victimhood, a teaspoon of self loathing, and some blatant "other Negroes just won't accept me" blathering. I really think these people, to a man, experienced some serious bullying during adolescence that now makes them ashamed of their community. This gets manifested in a very perverted mentality in which the Black Conservative is almost slavelike in defending a party which for all intents and purposes depends on race baiting as a winning campaign strategy.

            I've engaged some of the people on this panel online before. When I've done so, I've always respectfully asked for tangible examples of how Conservative policy can help Black America. Instead, you get the usual BS about "the Democratic plantation" and "blacks voting like their parents did" and "free market capitalism", but nothing of substance. Instead they'll point to anecdotal examples of hard work and perseverance like Clarence Thomas and Dr. Carson, as if only black people who are Conservative actually value hard work and education.

            It's almost like a Negro version of Stockholm Syndrome.

            Question: What's up with these people? Do they truly believe in the GOP's policies, or is this some convenient way of not dealing with feelings of being ostracized as a child?

            Tuesday, March 19, 2013

            Chuck E Cheese Brawl.

            Jesus, would Florida just secede already?!?

            Friday, March 1, 2013

            Lil' Poopy And Why Black(ish) People Stay Losin'.

            If you’ve never heard of 9-year-old rapper Lil Poopy, you soon will.

            The Brockton, Mass., boy, born Luie Rivera Jr., refers to himself as a “Coke Boy,” rides (without a seat belt) in a Ferrari and slaps a woman’s bottom, in a raunchy music video that is stirring controversy as it goes viral. The video has also triggered an emergency investigation by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families after local police filed a complaint against the boy’s father, Luis Rivera, alleging child abuse or neglect.

            The family’s attorney denies any wrongdoing by father or son and calls the investigation “racially motivated.”

            “White child actors are depicted in far more serious scenes, including violence and sexual content, and they get awards,” Boston attorney Joseph Krowski, Jr. told ABCNews.com. “A young Hispanic male who raps — he gets an investigation.”

            Krowski calls Lil Poopy an “immense talent” whose “star has been on the rise.” He said the boy has been performing for a couple of years. “Powerful people in the industry have seen him and recognize him to be a great up-and-coming talent,” Krowski said, referring to P Diddy and Poopy’s mentor, rapper French Montana.

            “He’s getting lot of media attention,” the attorney said.

            That attention led a local police officer to check out Lil Poopy’s videos, including one for “Pop That,” an official remix of French Montana’s hit song of the same name, in which Poopy raps, “Coke ain’t a bad word, Coca-Cola/Coke ain’t a bad word/It’s only soda” and slaps an adult woman’s behind. In another video, the boy is in a sexually suggestive situation with a woman on a dance floor as a crowd cheers him on and throws dollar bills at him.

            “It’s a bit much for a 9-year-old. It warrants the attention of the Department of Children and Families,” Brockton police Lt. David Dickinson told the Enterprise News.

            Krowski said the child services investigation was initiated solely because local police found the videos “distasteful.”

            But the attorney said, even if you don’t like the content, “Even 9-year-olds have First Amendment protection.”

            “It’s entertainment, a play on words,” Krowski said. “It’s authentic to that culture.”
            Did this lawyer really try to invoke the First Amendment to justify this coonery?!? Really doe?

            Unless you actually like this song, slip to the 2:29 mark to see the problematic portion of the video.

            Come on my people. We got a Black President. Try hander.

            Monday, December 17, 2012

            Racist Tweets Get Football Player Booted From Team.

            First of all, I'd like to say, Go Redskins! We goin' to the Super Bowl, baybee! #HTTR

            With that formality out of the way, even I'll admit I was a little thrown off (no pun intended) when I flipped to Sunday Night Football and instead saw the President speaking from Newtown.[1] Not because I had an issue with the President pre-empting football, but because I assumed he was speaking earlier (like, at 7pm).

            In any event, I can sorta understand why fans might be a slightly peeved if they wanted to see their team play, only to flip on the TV and see someone they really don't like speaking. The key word here is sorta. Reality is, in the wake of the worst school shooting in US history, pro sports should take a backseat, even if only for 20 minutes.

            For some people, however, that 20 minutes was far too long. Lots of "fans" took to Twitter to voice their dislike. Some less tastefully than others. , their story went viral, and now a football player in Alabama . Pun intended.
            North Alabama football player posted a racist tweet about President Barack Obama tonight in response to NBC pre-empting the 49ers-Patriots game on Sunday Night Football to show Obama's speech at the Newtown memorial for victims of the Sandy Hook shooting.

            Bradley Patterson, an uninvited walk-on long snapper, joined the team in the fourth week of the season, according to a UNA official.

            He is no longer a member of the team, according to a tweet tonight by UNA Athletic Director Mark Linder. The tweet was confirmed to Al.com by a university official.

            Patterson, who goes by the handle 2A_HogOfTheYear, tweeted; "Take that (N-word) off the tv, we wanna watch football!" The accounts has since been closed.
            The school apparently said "Take that idiot off the football team." Good for them. No so much for Mr. Patterson, who was dumb enough to use his name and face on a racist tweet. Do people realize that while you're entitled to your opinion, that opinion can have repercussions? If you really needed to say something so ignorant, so hateful, why not have a dummy account, you dummy?

            Patterson wasn't the only one to use his actual name and face on a racist tweet, DeadSpin has lots of em'. .

            I wonder what these people are thinking. Actually, I know what they're thinking.

            They love watching a n*gger run the football. Running the country北京体彩网官方网站? Not so much.

            Question: Should this fine, upstanding young man have been booted off the team for merely expressing his desire to watch football instead of a memorial speech? Do people think before they tweet? Has social media emboldened people to say dumb crap or has this always been the case?

            [1] Some think this speech was over politicized by the President's mention that he'll "do something" to prevent this from happening again (ie: gun control). I didn't think so. I think he used the moment, in front of a worldwide audience, to speak to a larger audience than just those in that auditorium. I can understand why some might find this a bit uncomfortable. But I think it needed to be said, and he did so in a way that didn't overshadow the event itself. I couldn't be prouder of our POTUS than I was last night. Imagine Mitt Romney doing the same speech. Actually, don't. Please don't.

            Is There Really A Need For A White Student Union?!?

            The founder of a “White Students Union” at Towson University cited Greece’s neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party as a model in an interview explaining his intentions to RT on Friday.

            In the interview, Matthew Heimbach outlined his plans for the organization becoming a positive influence on the school, saying it was “kind of [like] the idea where you have political parties like Golden Dawn, which take care of Greek people first.”

            After winning 18 seats in the Greek parliament for the first time in May, Golden Dawn’s leader, Nikos Michaloliakos, warned that “The time for fear has come for those who betrayed this 北京体彩网官方网站land.” The party has subsequently been accused of engaging violent assaults against immigrants, a practice abetted by Greek police.

            Heimbach obliquely referenced this practice, saying his group engaged in “safety patrols” looking for “people who have perpetrated violent crimes.”

            The group will also bring in guest speakers to discuss “white identity” issues, Heimbach said, and protest policies like affirmative action, which he accused of being discriminatory against white students, and the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he said “sent our jobs overseas to third-world countries like Mexico that undercut our wages and put us out of work.”
            Here's the moving pictures, for those of you who prefer not reading...

            Poor fella. He sees his America disintegrating before his very eyes and feels the need to do something, anything to prevent this atrocity. And in his eyes, there's not a single racist thing about feeling this way. And in a sense, he's correct. In post-racial America, nobody is racist anymore.

            Besides, if you read between the lines here, this guy isn't saying much that differs dramatically from the core principles of the GOP. He's anti-gay. He's anti-immigration. He's anti-affirmative action. He's concerned about America's cultural shift to that of a 3rd world country北京体彩网官方网站. He thinks he's being inclusive, yet almost certainly is clueless that "the blacks, the Jews, and the Hispanics" would be offended by his idea of inclusion. He name-checks Pat Buchanan. He thinks the Founding Fathers built this country北京体彩网官方网站 all on their own, from scratch, without the contributions of anyone else. He thinks multiculturalism is a slippery slope to becoming a 3rd world country北京体彩网官方网站. If he removed all the "pro-White" rhetoric, given his clever way with words and unflappable nature, he'd prolly be the next Newt Gingrich.

            Instead, by spelling out such an ignorant, short sighted vision of a "pro-White" America, he's prolly just gonna find himself with some seriously short odds for future employment.

            Pity this poor young man should he have to interview with a black boss.

            Question: Do Mr. Heimbach's general sentiments vary that much from mainstream Conservatism?!? Does he look and sound like a young Newt or Rush to you?!?

            Wednesday, November 28, 2012

            Fear Of A Black Woman.

            ), but because the moment you attempt to discuss matters of race, lines of communication typically dissolve. And as I've said before, in post-racial Amurrica, .

            But I digress.

            I can't help but watch the way the first Obama term has played out, and not see some strains of clear racism in the way the administration is critiqued. Obama himself merely made a lame (but "stupidly" worded) point about police brutality a month into his term and has been labeled as a race baiter ever since. The Black Panthers have about as much relevance to Black America as a One Direction CD, but they're somehow responsible for the wholesale theft of two elections. And there's poor Eric Holder, the one black guy who's been picked on more than Obama himself Chris Brown Yung Berg Michael Vick.

            But somehow, this pales in comparison to how the opposition has tarred and feathered women of color the past 4 years. Who can forget all the rabble rousing about Michelle-O's alleged (but oddly never disclosed) "Whitey Tape", her trip to Spain, and her silly assertion that kids should actually exercise every now and then? "Wise Latina" Sonya Sotomayor was given the fullblown, [1] during her SCOTUS nomination. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin's nomination was temporarily held up because (well, that wasn't the only reason, but it was up there).

            And then there's .
            With Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham renewing their criticism of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice after she visited Capitol Hill to answer lawmakers' questions about the Benghazi attack, any glimmers of hope that Rice's probable nomination as secretary of state wouldn't spur a political battle have once again dimmed.

            Regardless of the specific criticisms that McCain and Graham have leveled against the administration's Benghazi response, Rice has been their main target: In numerous media appearances, the two senators have called Rice everything from "incompetent" to "not very bright" to "deeply troubling." Even White House press secretary Jay Carney couldn't resist pointing out their "obsession" at Tuesday's press briefing.
            I'll be honest here: I don't really care too much about what happened in Bengazi. Sorry, I just don't. Yes, I mourn the loss of lives at the hands of what appears to have been a premeditated terrorist attack. That sorta goes without saying. But in the grand scheme of things, this really isn't a huge deal. Embassy attacks happen all the time. No, literally, all the time. So what makes this one so special, and so damning to the previously well-regarded Rice's shot at Secretary of State?

            Sorry, I'd love to call this something other than racism/sexism, but I simply can't. McCain and Graham seem to have some strange obsession/hard on with ruining Rice's promotion that have little to do with her sterling qualifications. While I don't think Rice was being 100% transpararent when she (mistakenly IMHO) made the rounds on those Sunday talk shows, I understand why she wouldn't be. It's called National Security for a reason. We don't need to know everything. We never have, we never will. And we certainly don't need to be broadcasting our playbook to the very people who harmed us. Rice's somewhat coy initial response was understandable. The GOP's dogmatic, months long crusade to uncover a conspiracy just isn't.

            Seriously, what are they implying here that Rice is covering up that's so damning? That Obama callously disregarded calls for help? That Obama (and Rice) ordered the attack themselves? That the New Black Panther Party is responsible, but Eric Holder is covering it up for them, just cause they black? Seriously, where's the smoking gun here?

            It's clear to me that there was indeed a premeditated attack on an embassy that was ill prepared to handle such an incident, leading to the death of 4 Americans. It's also clear that given the short advance notice, getting additional help would have been impossible. That's it, and that's all. I'm not saying this couldn't have been avoided. Just that it clearly wasn't. And that's not Rice's fault, unless she's got some amazing Iron Man suit that allows her to fly from Chevy Chase to Syria in 30 minutes. I doubt she has such a suit. Or maybe she does, and that's the coverup.


            Or maybe this is just what it looks like: The GOP using a woman of color as foil (yet again!) to "play to their base". Just ask Lani Guinier, or Jocelyn Elders, or Maxine Waters, or Barbara Lee aor Cynthia McKinney how that feels.

            Good luck, Susan Rice. You'll need it. Apparently being qualified isn't enough anymore.

            Question: Is the GOP's oppostion to Susan Rice's handling of the Benghazi attack legit and genuine, or are they once again "playing to their base"?!?

            [1] Seriously. What. The. F*ck?!?

            Friday, October 26, 2012

            Dear, "Black Conservatives": Romney Doesn't Respect You (Either).

            Yep, it's Silly Season alright. Especially when dumb sh*t like this is , including BET, in swing states like Ohio.
            The 30-second ad is black and white, which would make it stand out even if the content was drab. But it isn't drab. Two young black people, a man and a woman, decry Barack Obama's record on their issues.

            "What has he done as president?" asks the female member of the pair.

            "Cut aid to black colleges," says the male. "Cut aid to black businesses."

            "And his support of gay marriage is a slap in the face to people of faith."

            The ad is paid for by Pivot Point, a PAC that launched earlier this year. It's raised less than $15,000, but that's more than enough to put it on the air in two markets -- the Seattle area, where the PAC managers live, and Cleveland. In both markets, it's playing on BET for next to nothing. I called Dave Shemwell, the scientist who runs the PAC in his spare time.

            "I've been working with a fellow named Wayne Perryman, a local black evangelical pastor in Washington state who's been active in gang outreach and various religious outreach programs," said Shemwell. (The PAC chairman is white.) "Since he's also a Romney supporter, I said I want to reach out into communities that are not Republican. I started talking about jobs, and all the things that people have in common, and he said: You're not going to reach anyone that way."

            So they cut a more personal ad, thinking of what might appeal to black voters who think that "despite being the first African-American president, Barack Obama hasn't done anything to help the African-American community. One of the focus groups on Fox News had a black guy who said: Nobody is even talking to us. And that's the problem. There are people who are exactly like us in their conservative stances, but who we can't get to vote our way."

            The tiny PAC can run a serious number of ads. "The campaigns have not exactly flooded BET," said Shemwell. "We could buy a national ad for $2000 on that network. But we're focusing on Ohio next, because 50,000 votes in that state could be a big deal this year."
            Here's the ad. Try hard not to laugh at the low budget quality, the easily debunkable "facts", or that brotha's unfortunate Lebron James hairline.

            I wonder how much this brotha and sista got paid for this. Given that the PAC has only raised about $15000 total, I'mma take "A Mrs. Winners 3 Piece and some bus tokens for $200, Alex".

            Seriously, though, this sh*t here.... just... ah forget it.

            I did, however, find it intriguing that you can buy a national ad on BET for just $2,000. Guess that explains all those Young Money/CMCB ads everytime I watch 106th And Park Sunday's Best.

            Question: What's up with this ad?!?