Racial Divide

If This Is How The Nice Kids Think, Imagine How The Not-So-Nice Ones Feel

From seventh grade on, I attended a Lutheran school in New York City where the students were predominantly White.  Similar feelings seemed to prevail back in the early sixties as they do now, but surprisingly subdued given the era.

Nothing was overt just a keen awareness of the differences.

Upworthy

These aren’t “bad” kids in the video. They don’t intend to be mean or judgmental, and definitely not racist. They’re just average kids, and most of them probably have great parents, just like Mikayla’s. That’s what makes the content of this video so shocking.

 

 

Nugent’s new racist rant: ‘The blacks’ are to blame for their own oppression

Ted Nugent is basically a bigot and a publicity hound.  I get that.

However, there are many outlets that give him a platform to perpetuate his bigotry including Fox News.  Right-wing radio gives him an even wider platform to spew his lies and misinformation about minorities.  I also get that he is pissed off at Barack Obama being elected POTUS.  My reasoning for posting his vitriol is to show that his type of thinking is not unique in our country.  It’s actually wider spread than many realize.

The man has every right to express his feelings but hate speech is hate speech and Nugent,  Limbaugh and their ilk seem to dominate the market on it right now.

Oh, by the way, I have an explicit right to voice my opinion on this issue as well.

See also:  Rush Limbaugh: ‘I Can Now’ Say ‘N—a’ (AUDIO)

The Raw Story

Ex-rocker turned right-wing agitator Ted Nugent called in to Alex Jones’ radio show on Tuesday and unleashed an epic racist tirade, blaming African-Americans for “the black problem” and claiming that all real racism was eliminated from the U.S. in the 1960s.According to Media Matters, the gun and bow-hunting advocate said that African-Americans need to put their “heart and soul into being honest, law-abiding, [and] delivering excellence at every move in your life” and then they’ll be, in his mind, successful.

The “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang” auteur has been on something of a tear since the Zimmerman verdict over the weekend, hurling invective at supporters of Trayvon Martin — including the slain teen’s grieving parents, who he chided for raising a “gangsta wannabe, Skittles hoodie boy.”

On Wednesday, Nugent continued to blame African-Americans for their own oppression, insisting that “(t)he worst racism against blacks is documented and undeniable by blacks” and “The blacks have bought into this lie that somehow they’re oppressed when the President is black, the Attorney General is black, governors are black, senators are black, congressmen are black, mayors are black, Oprah Winfrey, the richest people in the world are black. It is a dirty lie.”

Calling civil rights advocates “race baiters” who are part of a “racist industry” that has supposedly convinced African-Americans that they are helpless and “incapable of independence,” Nugent said African-Americans could “solve the black problem tonight” if only they would put their “heart and soul into being honest, law-abiding, [and] delivering excellence at every move in your life.”

“I would like to reach out to black America,” he continued, “and tell them to absolutely reject the lie of Al ‘Not So’ Sharpton, and Jesse Jackson, and the Black Panthers and Eric Holder and Barack Obama. They are enslaving you and the real shackles on black America, 100 percent of the time come from black America.”

“(R)acism against blacks was gone by the time I started touring the nation in the late [19]60s,” Nugent said, “Nothing of consequence existed to deter or compromise a black American’s dream if they got an alarm clock, if they set it, if they took good care of themselves, they remained clean and sober, if they spoke clearly, and they demanded excellence of themselves and provided excellence to their employers.”

Secret Service Visits Man Who Hung Obama Effigy From Tree As ‘Spooky’ Halloween Decoration

eddie million obama in effigy

Right wing politicians want to take us back decades in terms of individual rights.   They and their constituents want to take us back decades before civil rights legislation, including voting rights.  One of their “dog whistles” to their constituents is “we’re gonna take our country back!”

What this should tell every progressive and forward leaning citizen is that the GOP has put us in a dangerous place.   Not only that, their low-information, nay, crazy supporters are perfect subjects to cling to the GOP perception of dominance.

Just recently a raucous women who was about to be arrested told police “it’s ok, I’m a Republican…”  They honestly think that the GOP has given them their “privileged” status back and placed minorities “where they belong”.

The following article depicts a man hanging the President of The United States in effigy.  However, it’s not the first time during this election season that this has happened.

The Huffington Post

A California man’s Halloween yard decoration earned him a meeting with the Secret Service earlier this week.

In an interview with the Press-Enterprise, Eddie Million of Moreno Valley admitted that his addition of an effigy of President Barack Obama with a noose around its neck was a low point in his attempt to turn his house into a “spooky” scene for a Halloween party.

“I started thinking how bad it looked, and I took it down immediately,” Million told reporters after being questioned by Secret Service agents on Tuesday. “If I had it to do all over again, I absolutely wouldn’t have done it. It was not meant to offend anybody. It was just supposed to be a decoration.”

The episode was initially touched off by complaints from neighbors, which eventually led to local media reports and a visit from police at the beginning of the week. Million said the Secret Service interviewed him and asked for his information, but took no further action.

Inflammatory displays — whatever their actual intents or purposes — have grown increasingly controversial as the nation approaches Election Day. A speech at the Republican National Convention by actor Clint Eastwood to an empty seat that was supposed to represent Obama set off a wave of empty chair “lynching” displays.

Others have been more direct and vitriolic. A yard sign in Aspen, Colo. that read “Kill Obama” recently drew the attention of the Secret Service, who paid the property owner a visit.

Orange Co. GOPer Says Obama-As-Chimp Pic Was Just A Joke Meant For Friends

The problem with those self defined innocuous jokes about Obama or Blacks in general, sent via  email or other media is this:  There is a vile history of denigrating African Americans in this country since the civil war, depicting us as monkeys, savages, and the like.  The perception being that we are stupid and have to be trained to act “human” (not to be confused with “humane”.)

TPM Muckraker

Orange County Republican party official Marilyn Davenport has sort-of apologized for sending out a racist picture of President Obama depicting him as a chimp being held by his chimp parents: “I’m sorry if my email offended anyone. I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth.”

She added: “Again, for those select few who might be truly offended by viewing a copy of an email I sent to a select list of friends and acquaintances, unlike the liberal left when they do the same, I offer my sincere apologies to you–the email was not meant for you.”

Davenport’s message came after the OC Weekly obtained a copy of an e-mail on Friday with a picture of the President photoshopped onto a baby chimp that’s being held by two adult chimps. “Now you know why no birth certificate,” the picture says.

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Here’s Davenport’s full apology e-mail from Saturday — it’s definitely worth a read:

I’m sorry if my email offended anyone. I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth. In no way did I even consider the fact he’s half black when I sent out the email. In fact, the thought never entered my mind until one or two other people tried to make this about race. We all know a double standard applies regarding this president. I received plenty of emails about George Bush that I didn’t particularly like yet there was no ‘cry’ in the media about them. One only has to go to Youtube or Google Images to see a plethora or lampooning videos and pictures of Obama, Bush and other politicians. That being said, I will NOT resign my central committee position over this matter that the average person knows and agrees is much to do about nothing. Again, for those select few who might be truly offended by viewing a copy of an email I sent to a select list of friends and acquaintances, unlike the liberal left when they do the same, I offer my sincere apologies to you–the email was not meant for you. For any of my friends or acquaintances who were the recipients of my email and were truly offended, please call me so I may offer a sincere verbal apology to you.

 

University of Kentucky Police Investigating Sign That Called the POTUS A Racial Epithet

Lexington Herald Leader

University of Kentucky officials are investigating two incidents in which someone hung signs that called President Barack Obama a racial epithet.

On March 15, a professor noticed one such sign hanging on a door to the UK School of Law on South Limestone. He turned it in to campus police, who are investigating, said spokesman Jay Blanton.

Early Thursday morning, third year law student Ches Clark said he found a sign affixed to a bus shelter on South Lime near Maxwelton Court. The sign said “How Do You Spell Nigger? OBAMA.”

The letters looked to be cut out of a menu, glued to another piece of paper and photocopied, Clark said.    Read More…

 

Civil War, 150 Years Later, Still Divides Our Nation

In 2000 when George Bush was “selected” by the SCOTUS to be President of The United States, his supporters kept saying to the detractors who protested The Court’s decision to “move on and get over it…”   I think it’s time to get over this issue as well.  The North won.  It’s time to move on.

AOL News

When National Park Service rangers fired a New Year’s cannon shot at this Civil War battleground to hail the arrival of 2011, they also ushered in the start of a four-year commemoration of the war’s 150th anniversary.

The events include a multitude of battle re-enactments, lecture series, readings, concerts and plays that will be held on the battle fields tended to by the Park Service and in private estates from the shores of the Gulf of Mexico to New York.

But the slate of commemorations is also fraught with political peril. Deep divisions over why the war was fought persist, especially in the South. The debate still roils over slavery’s role as the principal cause of the war. The first commemoration, a private “secession gala” organized by the Sons of Confederate Veterans in Charleston on Dec. 20, did not signal an auspicious start to the upcoming calendar of events.

The date marked the 150th anniversary of the day South Carolina became the first of 11 states to secede. Inside the ballroom, elected officials and others in period costume celebrated the courage of their fore-bearers to stand up for their state’s right to leave the Union. Outside, on the sidewalk, the NAACP led 100 demonstrators who viewed the event as a celebration of a treasonous act against the federal government in order to protect the institution of slavery.    More…