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Well today I figure I'd hop momentarily off the Hobby-Lobby Horse to discuss another of my favorite subjects, how America is now such a wonderful, happy post-Racial nation.  Or rather, how it isn't.

Now we've been shown by Dr. Laura that the N-word is no big thang to say once, twice or even a dozen times.

SCHLESSINGER: Yeah. We've got a black man as president, and we have more complaining about racism than ever. I mean, I think that's hilarious.
Yeah Cuz, I mean - Niggraz be da President now don't they? Yuck. Yuck. Ahem.

So obviously Black People have absolutely no right to complain about the Litany of FUCK I'm about to discuss beyond the Orange Squiggle of House of Hodor.

Because we don't have Racism in America anymore due to the amazing magical mystery that is - Obama! - none of the following has in fact occurred in the last week.  Except for all of it.

First, we didn't have this Georgia off-duty cop who was arrested for calling someone a "Low-Life Nigger" in the midst of a bout of the ye olde - Ultra Road Rage.

A Clayton County, Georgia, police officer has been arrested and placed on administrative leave following a road rage incident where he allegedly tailgated a woman in her car before following her into a parking lot, where he called her a “low life piece of [expletive] n*gger,” and then spit on her.
And he spit on her?  Geez, just what did that dumb Niggras do to make him do that, eh?

Perhaps because she might have been obeying the speed limit just a little bit too well?

“‘Why the [expletive] you going 35 miles per hour on a 45 mile per hour road’,” Griffith said Sheats yelled at her.

After telling him that he could have gone around her, the off-duty police officer exploded in anger.

“‘I couldn’t pass, you low life piece of [expletive] n*gger’ … and (he) spit on me,” Griffith said.

Yeah, perfectly reasonable response to a traffic issue. Happens all the time between White Folk.

And then you have this little bit of guerilla theater art that occurred on C-Span this week in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Oh so, heartening.

“I think it’s time for white pride,” said one caller, who identified himself as “Joe in Ohio.” “We have built this country — Irish, Italians, Germans, Irish, wherever they have come from from Europe. No country in the world has produced what the white man has produced for every culture and race in America.”

“Joe” also complained to host Steve Scully that white men are also under attack by “liberal white women that claim there is a war against women.”

Right all those white women are such Racial Haters for complain about White Men [On the Supreme Court and elsewhere] who just won't let them decide what kind of reproductive medical choices they should have, based on either their religion or financial wealth depending on the direction of the argument, and whether or not they can openly discuss any of this with the medical professional of their choice.

How dare those dirty sluts!  Clearly white people are under a siege!

The call was one of several ugly viewer responses to a segment that was supposed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Another caller, “Thomas from Maryland,” who identified himself as an independent, said he is “much less liberal today” than he was at the time the legislation was implemented.

“I heard some Black call Karl Rove a ‘white boy,’ and I don’t think that’s right,” “Thomas” told Scully. “They’re attacking white people in the big cities and we’re supposed to put up with that kind of stuff and like them and say, ‘Well, come into our neighborhood.’”

And shouldn't all you black boys be much more grateful?
A visibly uncomfortable Scully later took a call from another man in North Carolina who phoned in to support “Joe’s” remarks.

The white man has done more for the Black man in this country,” “Terry” said. “I think the Black man owes the white man a thank you.”

Now I think it goes without saying that Black People clearly owe thanks to each and every one of the White People who were abolitionist against Slavery, who supported and participated in the Underground Railroad, who helped found and form the NAACP, and the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the ACLU, and we're members of the Freedom Riders, who put their lives on the line - some of whom lost their lives - for Voting Rights, and Civil Rights, and Human Rights, and in additional to all those who've stood up against bigots and racists of all stripes, refusing to let certain biased shit just quietly slide right by without comment or confrontation since that time.

Although from another perspective one could argue that all that is exactly what everyone should be expected to do in a country that proclaims to be the "Land of the Free".

Still I don't think that's enough.. I think a something Special is Called For in response to "Terry".

Thanks.... for all the Lynchings, the Jim Crow and the Beatings, the Segregation and special little Drinking Fountains for just little ole' us.  Thanks... for all the Police Shootings, Unjustified Stops, unwarranted drug and gun searches, the incorrect prosecutions and incarcerations using faulty and falsified evidence, all the housing, lending, and job discrimination, and of course for the presumption of being guilty until proven innocent via all the driving, walking, talking and voting while Black.  Clearly we blackies just don't know how good we've had it all this time. No Sirrie.

Because now that all of those particular daggers in our back are finally only about 4/5ths of the way pulled out - THANKS - for leaving that last 1/5th in there so we can take care of that nagging hard to reach itch for "Freedom" we've had for centuries.  It was really growing unbearable, really it was.

From the Heart of my Bottom I say sincerely to "Terry" and "Thomas from Maryland" -  "Thank You, so very much - Fuckhead! - Thank You!"

I mean every White Person in America just has it so hard, since they know exactly what it's like to wonder if the next time they send their child to school they may not come back alive because of a panicked trigger-happy police man [or police man wanna-be], or you might get arrested for trying to get into your own stuck front door since we Niggraz are so naturally suspicious, or if you get into a traffic accident you might get a shotgun blast to the face or take 10 shots to the chest when you try and knock on a neighbors door for help. To have to contend with all of that and then to have to DEAL with somebody, occasionally, maybe, possibly, thinking you just might, perchance, be a BIGOT?

All just because you might walk out your front door and scream "Fucking Nigger Cunt!" at random black people every once in a while?  What's this world coming to?

How ever do White People face the day with such an outrageous burden on their back?

We should be far more appreciative of all the truly awesome lily white people out there, seeing as we all "Violent Animal Fucks" don't cha know? Of course we are, I heard it on the radio. Or on the twitter, whatever.

[Anthony] Cumia had come under fire after a Wednesday night rant he blamed on being attacked by a Black woman while he was taking pictures in Times Square in New York City. He later posted the picture while referring to the unidentified woman a “whore b*tch piece of c*nt.”

The woman, he said, punched him “at least 10 times,” leading to a confrontation between himself and a group of African-American men. Cumia claimed that because he is white, he could not retaliate, and then claimed that groups of “savage violent animal f*cks” had overrun the city.

    It's a jungle out in our cities after midnight. Violent savages own the streets. They all came 2 defend this pig. I had to yell like at dogs

    — Anthony Cumia (@AnthonyCumia) July 2, 2014

    Savage violent animal fucks prey on white people. Easy targets. This CUNT has no clue how lucky she was. She belted me 10 times. I had a gun

    — Anthony Cumia (@AnthonyCumia) July 2, 2014

And lest anyone think this may have been just a single incident a unfortunately personal misunderstanding where Cumia may have simply mispoke this one time in frustation... not precisely.
But as Jezebel reported on Thursday, Cumia has a long history of targeting African-Americans both on The Opie & Anthony Show and his own podcast.

“Most of the blacks here in the United States have less of an attachment to slavery than I have to f*cking Italy,” he once said. “They hear slavery and racism and use it as an excuse to take the path of least resistance which is selling drugs and fucking rolling people for money.”

I am so seriously glad that because of the election of President Barack Obama, or maybe the residue of lead and mercury poisoning in our water-table due to hydraulic fracking, or just generally rampant entitled assholishness that people like this now feel the complete freedom to just LET. FLY. AT. WILL with all of these oh, so quaint and pithy racial ideas.

If not, then we really wouldn't know exactly who the Loudmouth Ignorant Fuckhole Racists really are...

We'd just be walking around staring at each other in paranoia and fear... wondering.

"Is this guy a jackass racist?"  "Does that guy think I'm a racist jackass?"

Now, we know - most of those guys seem to be able to find a way onto TV, or Radio, and definitely the internet.  All the rest of us are cool, right?

At least I hope so.


Originally posted to Vyan on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 07:42 PM PDT.

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  •  I'm pissed off, too. (59+ / 0-)

    One thing that keeps me going is knowing there's people like you speaking up for really important stuff. I believe our voices make a difference. Namaste.

    If you don't like it, attack the message, not the messenger. The former may convince me that I am wrong, but the latter will always convince that I am right.

    by nancyjones on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 07:57:12 PM PDT

  •  This is horrible stuff but we need to hear it (45+ / 0-)

    as a reminder that we still have a long ways to go.

    Still I have hope, outside from my patio, I can see children playing together in the pool. Black, white, and brown. The whole ten years I've lived here (near San Antonio, Texas) there's never been a problem.

    I watch them each day and they give me hope.

    God spare me the Heart to fight them... I'll fight the Pirates forever. -Mother Jones

    by JayRaye on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 08:07:31 PM PDT

    •  This is horrible stuff and the Supreme Corporate (9+ / 0-)

      Court needs to hear it.  Ya know, cause to the conservative majority of SCOTUS, there is no discrimination, racism or bigotry.  

      A word to the wise is sufficient. Republicans need at least a paragraph.

      by d3clark on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 09:02:40 PM PDT

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    •  With every generation we're a little less racist. (2+ / 0-)
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      JayRaye, Onomastic

      It's a painfully slow process, but it's happening.

      I'm a 27 year old white guy. My family moved just before I started first grade, from an entirely white neighborhood to very diverse one. My class was probably half black and I don't think I'd ever met a black person before that. I can remember coming home and asking my parents why "they" were so different. My dad just laughed, it hadn't even occurred to him that it might seem strange to me.  

      He thought about it a bit and told me, "Son, we're all people, their skin is just a little darker. That's all." Being an innocent little kid, with no racist ideology being pumped into me by family, I just rolled with it. Makes perfect sense to me still.

  •  Isn't the fake plumber, Wurzelbacher... (26+ / 0-)

    ... from Ohio? Toledo, I believe.

    Ya gotta wonder.

    I don't know why they hate so much. After 61 winters, I still don't have a real clue. I know the ostensible reasons, the justifications, the "dog whistle" rhetoric. But at the bottom, what is it? I know much of it is a learned behavior, but even many of those people taught to be racists end up not being so.

    So what is it? I believe it's genetic. A certain percentage of people are predisposed to "conservatism", being fearful in general, and tend to be non-empathetic.

    Am I correct?

    "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

    by CanisMaximus on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 08:10:41 PM PDT

    •  I think you're on to something: (9+ / 0-)

      I think there may be a genetic link but I think it is more just insecurity and self-loathing.

      Think about it. If a person has to descend to condescension and hatred, what does that say about how that person feels about themself? To me, it is a created crutch, something that makes them feel artificially better about themselves, even if it something that has nothing to do with nothing except melatonin and the genes they are born with.

      I see much the same thing - though less devastating - with the religious rights and their pronouncements about how holy and "valued" they are. Yeah? Bull shit. You're insecure and needing something, anything, to feel a little better about yourself and look down on others.

      People who are secure in themselves and their inherent dignity, don't need to look down on anyone to feel anything. They're open to changing themselves and their views. They are not threatened by someone "different" and they likely see how "different" people have taught them to see something they did not before - then acted on it.

      I know I am 43, was never racist, but as a very young person I sniggered and didn't want to be around gay people. As I matured into my mid-20s, I wanted to be around both gay men and women, just wanted to hear a different view - and then near instantly realized these were great people, just different. Then again, I wasn't in need of some podium to look down on anyone.

      Blessed are the peacemakers, the poor, the meek and the sick: The "party of Jesus" wouldn't invite him to their convention - fearing his "platform."

      by 4CasandChlo on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 09:09:49 PM PDT

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      •  Always need to look down on someone... (1+ / 0-)
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        I was reading the diary yesterday about all the non-legal ways that many people's white ancestors got into the US, and how there was always the next wave of people to look down on.  But white people eventually mix and melt most of their differences.  People with darker skin stay that way.  

        These thoughts, above in comments, on racism reminded me, unfortunately, of my father.  He was racist, to be sure, probably due to growing up in an all white rural area in the north, then moving to a big city as an adult.  I doubt he would have been stupid enough to say a racist thing to another person's face, but I do remember him rolling down the window of the car and shouting nasty things at men who had beards.  The vitriol and hate was thick.  And I never figured out what was behind that.  He died in 1972.  But if there ever was a man with low self esteem, it was my father.  Sad, really.  He did have some hardships in his life, and his father was an alcoholic, so maybe that explains it.  

        On the other hand, my mom was racist in only the sense of not being raised around people who were different from her ethnic group, she just figured people should stay with their own groups.  But I never heard her say anything hateful, ever.  

        My family now is mixed race, so I've tried to educate myself as much as a white person can about racial issues.  I find myself thinking things that have racist overtones at times, but at least I recognize that in myself, which is the first step toward changing things.  

        Those who deny that racism exists aren't taking that step.

        All Green. All Wet.

        by Andy Cook on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 08:48:55 PM PDT

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    •  Yes you are. It is instilled in them as children. (2+ / 0-)
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      "We know too much to go back and pretend" - Helen Reddy (humble cosmos shaker)

      by ditsylilg on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 09:20:35 PM PDT

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    •  While perhaps tribalism has had a evolutionary (3+ / 0-)
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      benefit to humanity, I still tend to believe much of it is learned. I have never heard of a young child who has to be taught NOT to hate when the parents are not racist. My first encounter with a black girl only resulted in a vague curiousity, but certainly not hatred.

      A German woman living in the US told me of the cutest reaction from her daughter when she first saw a black man. She stared and stared and then finally walked up to him and said "Did you get too much sun?"

      Your statement that some personality characteristics that involve being fearful could be influenced by genetics may be right, but that is a long way from saying that racism is genetic. I tend to be on the fearful side and I do not know whether that is from nature or nurture, but I do not fear people who are different than me. And I have also moved away from the conservative beliefs of my family. And I also have a good amount of empathy, mostly from having dealt with hard times of my own.

      I take the phrase "Bleeding Heart Liberal" as a compliment...

      by Pixie5 on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 10:11:34 PM PDT

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    •  I think there's something to this. (2+ / 0-)
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      white blitz, Onomastic

      Perhaps a certain percentage of the population simple has less capacity for empathy than others; they just can't care too much about others.

      From my totally non-scientific background, with no support other than my experience of 48 summers on this planet, I can understand how people may have evolved to distrust 'others' and have an innate drive to protect their own.

      I think that's a large part of the many problems we have in this country (and on earth); we are a country. We are "our own'. We're in this together, but we act like we have to compete against one another.

    •  You are. (3+ / 0-)
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      mayim, BMScott, white blitz

      Read The Authoritarians by Dr. Robert Altemeyer, and you will recognize these people (available as a free download, but you'll send him a mite if you're able to). Not only is in genetic (in the sense of congenital, not in the sense of inherited), but it is quantifiable: 26%. That is the proportion of the population that, when faced with anything they haven't previously encountered or don't understand, respond with fear, hatred, and take emotional cover in the orders and permissions of likeminded others.

      It doesn't vary from culture to culture, either. We may be able to make racism completely unacceptable in public discourse, but I suspect that the racists will always be with us.

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 08:54:57 AM PDT

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      •  I'll send Altemeyer money for writing lessons. (0+ / 0-)

        He's passionate about what he writes about, but the snarky, amateurish way he goes about it in The Authoritarians is not how you're supposed to present empirical evidence.

        “[Sir Arthur Conan Doyle] created Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson - which proves he was way ahead of his time on gay marriage.” - Bill Maher

        by gardnerhill on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 11:47:40 AM PDT

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        •  Amateurish perhaps, but snarky? (0+ / 0-)

          He was trying to write in a style that would be accessible to lay readers, and while I'll agree that his writing is clumsy, the material, which is the product of 30 years of his research, is  sound. I believe that it has also been published in a more rigorously scientific format, which you might prefer reading.

          "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

          by sidnora on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 03:50:03 PM PDT

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    •  White Privelege (1+ / 0-)
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      Has to be inculcated in every so called "white" person in  the country. Now that the N word is not bandied about so casually as it once was, there has to be other words or concepts- taxes, and welfare queens, and taking jobs from others, didn't get into school I wanted 'cause some "other" had to be admitted, ad nauseum.  And so the resentment simmers and grows. Uppity Blacks have to be put in their place.
      People like Cumia, an entitled little prick, stoke this kind of resentment like Donald Sterling, they just can't help themselves. They are ignorant, of this country's history, namely,this country was built on slave labor. They know nothing of the African American experience in this country.
      As Dave Marsh noted drily on his much missed show, Live from the Land of Hopes and Dreams, racism is a "white" person's issue. Until so called whites decide to stop tolerating it, it will continue.
      (I put white in parentheses because there is no such thing as "white person" anthropologically and since white is a construct of those who designed racism, I just let it go.)

      What do we want? Universal health care! When do we want it? Now!

      by cagernant on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 11:29:49 AM PDT

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    •  It's because there is power to be harnessed (1+ / 0-)
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      from the collective hatred of the Other.

  •  A profound point, Vyan. (41+ / 0-)

    The election of Barack Obama has led to racists voluntarily outing themselves.

    We'd just be walking around staring at each other in paranoia and fear... wondering.
    "Is this guy a jackass racist?"  "Does that guy think I'm a racist jackass?"
    Now, we know

    Thank God, too, for the phenomenal success of Venus and Serena Williams. If not for them I for one would still be thinking of Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert (who called for Serena to be drug tested) as nice, classy people. They too have chosen to show their true colors, so now we know who and what they are.

    Maya Angelou: “There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.”

    by JoanMar on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 08:12:24 PM PDT

  •  Just another week in post racial (34+ / 0-)

    America.  Sigh.

    If you want a silver lining, at least the cop and shock jock got fired, 40 years ago it would have been just another day at the office.

    Progress, or some shit like it, I guess.  Sigh.

    "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

    by Empty Vessel on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 08:12:31 PM PDT

    •  Yeah, someone ought to let C.J. Roberts know. . . (9+ / 0-)

      That there is still vicious racism in the United States which requires all the strength the Voting Rights Act could possibly confer.

      Oh, snap, that's right - he already does know, he just doesn't give a shit.

      Blessed are the peacemakers, the poor, the meek and the sick: The "party of Jesus" wouldn't invite him to their convention - fearing his "platform."

      by 4CasandChlo on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 09:13:22 PM PDT

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    •  Were you amazed, as I was, (0+ / 0-)

      that he thought it was perfectly fine to walk up to some strange woman and take her picture without permission? Like it never crossed his mind that she might object?

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 08:57:06 AM PDT

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      •  Maybe she recognized him and belted him. (1+ / 0-)
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        If I knew I was facing some famously racist shock jock who thought he had the goddamn right to come up to me and start snapping pix, I'd have punched him a lot lower than she did.

        “[Sir Arthur Conan Doyle] created Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson - which proves he was way ahead of his time on gay marriage.” - Bill Maher

        by gardnerhill on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 11:49:10 AM PDT

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        •  Even if he were completely anonymous, (0+ / 0-)

          taking someone's photo without asking their permission is pretty rude.

          "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

          by sidnora on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 03:51:41 PM PDT

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  •  I take heart in the fact that they are (16+ / 0-)

    Stepping out of the shadows. I'm not sure if they just can't help themselves anymore or what, but it brings needed sunlight to something that's been quietly festering since the civil rights movement.

    It's good to lance the boil and clean out the pus.

    I want to live in a world where George Zimmerman offered Trayvon Martin a ride home to get him out of the rain that night. -Bishop G. Brewer

    by the dogs sockpuppet on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 08:21:10 PM PDT

    •  Some of these people went septicemic long ago (4+ / 0-)

      You may lance their boils.  But some of these people are so blood poisoned by their nonsense that they're feverish beyond hope.

      To be on the wrong side of Dick Cheney is to be on the right side of history.

      by mbayrob on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 09:45:55 PM PDT

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      •  I guess I was speaking about the societal benefit (1+ / 0-)
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        Of treating the infection. You are right, individually, they are beyond hope... But by treating I think we are preventing others from picking it up.  Maybe I'm wrong, but I hope not.

        I want to live in a world where George Zimmerman offered Trayvon Martin a ride home to get him out of the rain that night. -Bishop G. Brewer

        by the dogs sockpuppet on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 07:19:41 AM PDT

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    •  Maybe. (2+ / 0-)
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      I dunno. I'm sympathetic to the point that "sunlight is the best disinfectant," but what I worry about is the fact that the sheer visibility of these racist incidents indicates that racism is enjoying a renewed legitimacy, that folks are no longer inclined to hide their racism because they know that they will receive a sympathetic hearing from at least a certain segment of society.

      It seems like a reversal of the expectation, instilled by the Civil Rights movement, that overt expressions of racism were no longer appropriate. You had to use code words, like "welfare queen" or "law and order," to pretend that your implicitly racist actions were governed by race-neutral motivations.

      In many of these incidents that I'm seeing -- such as, for example, the numerous instances of blackface Hallowe'en costumes that circulated on social media last fall -- the person expressing racial hatred did not show remorse for their actions. Several of them doubled down on their racism, justifying their defiance as a means of thumbing their noses at a "politically correct" elitist "liberal" media.

      I'm reminded of the Spike Lee movie Bamboozled, in which a television producer played by Daymon Wayans tries to get himself fired by pitching a minstrel show to his network boss. To his horror, the plan backfires, because the pitch that he put forward in jest was embraced with utter earnestness by the producer, and subsequently, the public.

      The real horror of the film is the sense that simply presenting blackface in a legitimate, public media context was enough to grant legitimacy to the whole enterprise: people who had been watching their language for years all of a sudden let their hair down and let their inner racist fly.

      I wonder if something similar isn't happening with the overt expression of vicious racism in a variety of incidents nationwide. Republicans have deliberately stoked a political atmosphere in which the legitimacy of a black President is questioned, and in which opposition to Pres. Obama's policies is deliberately conflated with opposition to his identity position. Every time one of these incidents happens, sane people react with the requisite horror, but it also emboldens those who have not yet got around to expressing their inner racism.

      Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

      by Dale on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 12:53:51 PM PDT

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  •  The hegemonists got used to being in total control (15+ / 0-)

    between 2002 and 2006, and they're still howling mad that it was yoinked away from them in 2008 when Barack Obama was elected president. They just know that they deserve to be in charge, not these low folks acting above their station -- those crazy-ass women and minorities who think they're equal or something. They have Fox News telling them what they want to hear 24/7, and then they go out into the world and find out that the nobodies didn't get the memo and have something entirely different to say, and they don't. like. that. at. all.

    "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is the first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk. Every state is totalitarian at heart; there are no ends to the cruelty it will go to to protect itself." -- Ian McDonald

    by Geenius at Wrok on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 08:26:03 PM PDT

  •  people like this now feel the complete freedom to (24+ / 0-)

    just LET. FLY. AT. WILL

    Yes, that's my take, too.

    I've never taken the idea that racism is fading seriously, but my kids come from a family with Native Americans in it, and my grandkids are half Latino.

    So I've been watching the xenophobia ramp up in the US for the past 30 years.

    I'm not sure how to assuage the primordial fear which the War-mongers and chickenhawks have activated in a segment of society which is prone to love guns and God and hate Gays and all non-whites.

    I think our society is stretched to it's limits and unless the majority of the still sane figure out a way to tamp down the lunatics, we are in danger of serious social upheaval.

    I can't imagine, really, how the Base of the Republicans is going to take their losing another Presidential cycle.

    I heard the Gun Cultists are STILL at it down on the ranch with Cliven Bundy. How are these morons still running around loose with weapons? Can you imagine the nightly goddamned news if a bunch of ignorant black people with guns showed up and occupied, say, a city block of abandoned buildings and announced they weren't leaving and said they were merely "Sovereign Citizens" asserting their 1st amendment  Right to "peaceably gather" whilst also exercising their 2nd amendment Right to "keep and bear arms".

    The cognitive dissonance on this Bundy business is of gigantic proportions.

    But lets forget all of that nonsense and send some more fucking US Armed Forces to fight in a fucking war started by men who refused to fight in a War, back in their day. Right?

    Remember this?

    "I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization"

    by Angie in WA State on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 08:31:50 PM PDT

  •  Yahbut . . . Scalia ruled that we're post-racial (7+ / 0-)

    He's heard about non-white people and a white man placed him on the Supreme Court, so, you know, he should know all about these things.

    We should just listen to the rich, white judge.

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 08:36:19 PM PDT

  •  Racism seems part of the DNA of too many Americans (21+ / 0-)

    The only hope I have is that racism is more prevalent in older Americans than in younger ones.

    This is a very interesting article in The Atlantic.

    Hidden Racial Anxiety in an Age of Waning Racism

    I was not surprised by white Southerners being more racist but the huge "hidden" racism of born again types and even among Democrats was unexpected.

    The election of Obama has acted as a catalyst for the increase of overt racism.

    Like the pus in a boil racism is coming to the surface and to drain it we need to apply pressure.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 08:36:36 PM PDT

  •  I remember as a white teenager in the mid 90's (11+ / 0-)

    having a conversation with a black friend and trying to convince him that racism had not gone away for good.  He had moved into a 99% white town during the 3rd grade and had never felt like he had directly been a victim of racism.  

    20 years later I still remind him of that conversation, mostly because it is one of the few times where he has to admit that I was 100% correct.   I guess the reason I bring this up is because it is important not to mistake ignorance for stupidity or evil.  They are not necessarily mutually exclusive, but sometimes when the former is eradicated, the latter two will dissipate on their own.

    Except with Dr. Laura.  That evil fossil knows what she is doing.

    Sometimes you just have to open your mouth and say something intelligent.

    by kalspa on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 08:38:54 PM PDT

  •  Listen to the callers I deal with daily! (28+ / 0-)

    I work at Social Security's 800 number. Daily, coworkers transfer calls to me from people who love to use the N Word like the dam is broke.

    I've worked for the agency for over 35 years and I have never heard such blatant racism as I hear today. It's shocking to hear such garbage directed at a President.

  •  It is time for a bit more white pride (8+ / 0-)

    It would be great if these white jerks had enough pride in themselves to stop acting like such racist jackasses.

  •  Yes.....Thank You For Making Me A Slave, Boss (11+ / 0-)

    What century are these goobers living in?  It's over.  You lost the Civil War.  We're not going back.

    Put your "Don't tread on me flags" away.  And....stop the corny dress ups as southern soldiers.  That's the one you lost.  

  •  I'm with.... (8+ / 0-)

    ...ya, Vyan. I live in the Midwest where anti-gay bigotry is alive and well and I still hear racist words like 'darkies' and 'colored' as if its still ok to use them. I do what I can to counter it, and I hope we can move forward as a society someday soon. But I'm not holding my breath......

    "The table is tilted, folks. The game is rigged. And nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care." George Carlin

    by ATFILLINOIS on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 09:07:52 PM PDT

    •  I still remember the day in 1973 in South Boston (2+ / 0-)
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      when I, as an almost ten year old, was amusing myself with an electric piano while the grown-ups argued about forced busing and other politics. I didn't understand the words to one of the songs, and then I really didn't understand the instant uncertain silence around the table when I stuck my head in and asked "what does it mean, that 'tis summer- the darkies are gay"?

      It was a seminal moment, after which my Dad explained a lot about it in the car on the way home and between that and Watergate, my eyes were opened and I became a political creature.

      We are all pupils in the eyes of God.

      by nuclear winter solstice on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 05:43:57 AM PDT

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      •  Kentucky changed the words rather than the song (1+ / 0-)
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        They have too much pride in having a "state song" written by Stephen C. Foster to want to surrender it for something innocuous written by Noah Buddy.

        If it's
        Not your body,
        Then it's
        Not your choice
        And it's
        None of your damn business!

        by TheOtherMaven on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 07:45:14 AM PDT

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  •  At the risk of being called a racist... (5+ / 5-)

    ...I think it behooves us to understand the internalization of inferiority.  Tell folks they are inferior, subhuman over a period of time, and unfortunately they either tend to believe you, or decide and try to prove you wrong.  

    In his quintessential competence, Obama has chosen the second path.  Unfortunately, in his effort to prove that he is as adequate as any white, -- unfortunately, he has chosen to emulate the white man's values.  He has chosen to be whiter than FDR!

    Instead of standing with his black man's wisdom, he has endorsed the white status quo.    

    "Our duty is to the Constitution, not to the criminals in Washington." Paul Craig Roberts

    by dharmasyd on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 09:19:25 PM PDT

  •  On the Philly Main Line (9+ / 0-)

    which is a series of affluent, lily-white communities stretching out from Narberth to Paoli along the old rail route extending out from Philadelphia to the Northwestern suburbs, we have our own special traffic offense.

    When I moved out here from the City I couldn't believe it. Then, within a few years of suburban living, it became too obvious to ignore.

    Can you guess what it is?

    I could guess within a few months of observation.

    If you saw a car pulled over ahead of you, on either side of the road, with flashing red and blue lights behind it, you don't have to look at the driver to check.

    You already knew what color they were.

    That is the reality. In one of the most "liberal" suburban areas of the country.

  •  Southern Man (6+ / 0-)

    If a person was born in the South, raised in the South and is over 45 and White and they claim they have never used the N word, they are a liar and they are the ones no one should trust. Trust the ones who would march with you today and stand up to authority with you and go to jail with you for what is right. A Southerner who says I have used it when I was younger but no longer do because it IS offensive is someone you can believe. A Southerner who says I've never used it, wants some benefit for making the statement and you can bet they probably still use it in private. They are the snakes, the deceivers. They are the exact ones you can't trust. I think I may have told a Southern Secret.

    •  I was raised in the South and (2+ / 0-)
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      am 45 and white.

      I have NEVER used the N word. Never. I can't think of a time that I didn't know that it was filthy and disgusting.

      Why just target Southerners with this blanket statement? Vile racism is everywhere in this country. Not just the south.

      In our criminal justice system, a Republican is presumed innocent until the 2nd Coming. - Gooserock

      by ExpatGirl on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 06:11:47 AM PDT

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      •  The OP did designate white males (0+ / 0-)

        as the target of opprobrium.  Perhaps that is the distinction you wish to seek?

      •  Really (0+ / 0-)

        Were your parents from the South ? You say you were raised in the South but were you BORN in the South ?
        I doubt either question could be answered yes if your statement is true, otherwise I would look long at hard at you because you would be rarer than hens teeth.
        Every middle age white male I have ever known that was born in the South from Southern parents at one time or another in public or private has used that word. The only ones I have ever seen that claimed they haven't ARE liars and there have been no exceptions. I'll go one step further, every Southern Black middle aged male with parents born in the south have used that word and even today use that word in private. Do you remember the name of Richard Pryor's 1976 comedy album ? Richard named it Bicentennial N....r. . I guess you didn't buy that album or refused to speak its name.

  •  This white woman would feel a lot safer if these (3+ / 0-)
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    f*ckers would be rounded up and given anti-psychotic drugs.  I live in a very mixed neighborhood and couldn't imagine living in a predominantly white neighborhood ever again.

    Don't we have some FEMA camps that they can utilize to give these people some time to contemplate how wrong they are?

    I read about the Anthony encounter.  He got even madder as others came to her aid.  I don't know what happened, but I can imagine that he shouted something at her and she came over and gave him a smack.  She shoulda given him a swift kick in the balls.  It probably would have shut him up for a few.

    "We know too much to go back and pretend" - Helen Reddy (humble cosmos shaker)

    by ditsylilg on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 09:31:23 PM PDT

  •  * (12+ / 0-)

    With more coherent diction, this

    “I think it’s time for white pride,” said one caller, who identified himself as “Joe in Ohio.” “We have built this country — Irish, Italians, Germans, Irish, wherever they have come from from Europe. No country in the world has produced what the white man has produced for every culture and race in America.”
    could have been a scene from Gone With the Wind.

    And can I add, please, that though I understand it takes a certain amount of alligator hide to be in politics, I simply do not understand how President Obama has retained his calm determination and stalwartness (or how his family has) given what he has had to bear: I am still livid about Joe Wilson's disrespectful, horrifying behavior at the SoTU and about the fact that he was not publicly censured for it.  Yes, I know he got a "rebuke," but the fact that the GOP refused to go along with it says so much.

    Thank you for this diary, Vyan, which I hated to read, but was am glad you wrote.

    And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

    by noweasels on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 09:55:45 PM PDT

    •  Seconding what you said so well, noweasels. (1+ / 0-)
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      "Built this country" my saggy white ass.

      Without slavery there wouldn't have been an economy. That's what they built American on, the blood, sweat, and anguish of millions.

      There is nothing to be proud about in that. Nothing.


      There is something in us that refuses to be regarded as less than human. We are created for freedom - Archbishop Desmond Tutu

      by Onomastic on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 04:42:57 PM PDT

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  •  Righteous rant. Nt (6+ / 0-)

    While you dream of Utopia, we're here on Earth, getting things done.

    by GoGoGoEverton on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 10:08:19 PM PDT

  •  I just got no fucking words anymore. Ridiculous. (3+ / 0-)
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    if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

    by mrsgoo on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 10:37:40 PM PDT

  •  Glad to see this going viral (14+ / 0-)

    if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

    by mrsgoo on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 10:40:40 PM PDT

  •  The title of this diary makes me think of an old (7+ / 0-)

    Molly Ivins anecdote, as does much of its contents.

    A number of residents of a small Texas town are hanging out at the local diner where they meet to discuss the problems of the world. One guy blurts out, "Rush is right, racism is dead in America. I wonder what the niggers are going to complain about now?"
    As a friend of mine once said, they are too stupid to realize just how stupid they are.

    You might very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment.

    by MikePhoenix on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 10:50:58 PM PDT

  •  Sometimes I get so very discouraged. (3+ / 0-)
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  •  I wonder how many are out that who don't (7+ / 0-)

    find their way onto the radio or tv.

    After Barack Obama was elected I heard some vile stuff, even from some I had considered friends.  Now I look at the white people I encounter and wonder if they are a vile racist (and I'm white).  I never did that before.  The election of a black president certainly opened my eyes.  I feel somewhat foolish for being so naive.

    The GOP will destroy anything they can't own.

    by AnnieR on Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 11:57:24 PM PDT

  •  A righteous, substantive rant! (4+ / 0-)

    I'm really liking your diaries lately; you're definitely on top of your game, Vyan.

    This kind of sh*t makes me burn with shame.

    A couple weeks ago a (racially frenzied white) woman I know who is associated w/ one of my jobs here in Sacramento shared me that once upon a time she and another middle aged racist white lady drove into downtown Oakland to meet some people for dinner. This devoutly Christian woman then proceeded to claim--bald-faced!--that the instant she and her companion stepped out of the car, two black kids ran over to them, pointed guns at them, and told them to leave because, "honkies aren't welcome here."


    Whereupon they scampered back into their car and sped out of town "practically on two wheels!," she said. She "even broke the speed limit!"

    So, at this point I'd been listening this gal's Obama Derangement Syndrome in all its lurid manifestations for a few harrowing weeks without, due to work restraints, giving her much pushback about it--but at this, I burst out laughing. What she didn't know is that Oakland is my hometown, I was born and raised there, and there are white people every fucking where in that city. Nobody cares. Liar. (No I didn't say it.)

    To my further amusement she went on to say that they'd gone out of their way to wear beige on their trip into Oakland so as to avoid drawing attention to themselves for--ahem--wearing the wrong gang colors. You have to picture twin Laura Bushes here, lol. "I don't know what we did wrong," she fake wept. I nearly wept too.

    Anyway, I am sorry for them and for all of the shit you have to put up with from us.

    God bless our tinfoil hearts.

    by aitchdee on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 02:24:07 AM PDT

  •  First I facepalmed (3+ / 0-)
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    then I sighed because it was so, so true...

    ''The guarding of military and diplomatic secrets at the expense of informed representative government provides no real security for our Republic.'' - Justice Hugo L. Black of the Supreme Court

    by geekydee on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 03:28:07 AM PDT

  •  My response to "Joe in Ohio" (3+ / 0-)
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    It doesn't matter what the "white man has produced for every culture and race in America".

    What have YOU produced?

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 03:43:46 AM PDT

  •  Electing a black President has awaken the nasty (7+ / 0-)

    giant underbelly of racism.  I hear it all the time.  The President is "black" therefore racism is over. Riiight. So, one guy becomes the President and somehow 45 million persons of African descent are no longer the subject of racism?  Poof!  Well, that makes sense never.  Using the same logic Oprah is a billionaire so I suppose it is now easier for "black" folks to get a loan.

    Jackie Robinson played for the Dodgers.  That didn't end racism.  Joe Louis became the Heavyweight Champion.  That didn't end racism.  Ruth J. Simmons became the president of an Ivy League school.  It didn't end racism in America.  There are many African American firsts that didn't end racism.  Ask Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice.  Look we banned slavery, became a birth-right nation and made sure former male slaves and their male descendents could vote.  It didn't end racism.  Instead it lead to the creation of a hate group and a new chapter of our ugly race history, Jim/Jane Crow.  

    I will tell you what electing a "black" President has done for America.  It has made us all aware of the fact that racism is alive and well in America.  Racists who harbor ill feeling toward minorities for whatever reason, and their apologists who believe the stereotypes, this is too much for them.  Instead of spewing their hateful rhetoric in the privacy of their on homes they find themselves slipping and stating their anti-Democratic, anti-American, wrongheaded/thinking views aloud.  To them I say,"No, you can't say the n-word. Get over it.  Yes, racism is real.  No, my pointing out your colorful language does not make me a racist.  And yes, there will be many more "black" presidents, Latinos and women ...lots of women."

  •  I'm not much of a conspiracy person, but (2+ / 0-)

    I'm convinced that a lot of this I'm reading about here, and that I've seen in my life, has not only the blessing, but the help of powerful people in government.

    One example I'm thinking about here is the list of "politically correct" terms the gov. released a few years ago.  One thing I noticed right away was that some of them seemed odd, and pretty much ALL of them pointed out the differences between people rather than the opposite, which they were "supposed" to do.

    And then, too, we have the justices, among many others, who loudly proclaim there IS no racism.  Yeah.  Uh huh.

    Let's face it.  Divide and conquer is one of the oldest forms of warfare used by the human race.  Theoretically, if they have us all divided up into sides and fighting one another, we're not going to notice when they have their hands in the cookie jar, or when they're building up to pass repressive laws that we would otherwise complain about very loudly.  

    The bad part about all this is that so far, it's working -- for THEM, not us.

  •  as a white man i am (1+ / 0-)
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    ashamed when i hear things like spoken on the radio broadcast above, in this day.
    i remember, as a child growing up way down south,  thinking how racism was so unfair...   and never would have guessed, i mean surely to god with martin luther king jr,  and civil rights movement, and really 50 years of education and cultural appreciation and whites realizing we are all the same race, the human race... all of this would have ended by now.
    i just don't live in that world and it's plain hard to realize that racism is still here. i know it is, it's just hard to figure.

  •  Thanks Vyan. (2+ / 0-)
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    I saw this diary last night but couldn't bring myself to read it.

    I literally hate these people. Ironically, what I hate about them is their hate.

    Why in God's name did they put those callers on the air?

    In our criminal justice system, a Republican is presumed innocent until the 2nd Coming. - Gooserock

    by ExpatGirl on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 06:23:11 AM PDT

  •  Note to Dr. Laura (1+ / 0-)
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    SCHLESSINGER: Yeah. We've got a black man as president, and we have more complaining about racism than ever. I mean, I think that's hilarious.
    Maybe you hear more complaining about racism because there is more racism. Check out the teabag folks screaming about the black president. Where were doing in 1964? Back when they had teeth?

    And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

    by Pale Jenova on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 07:28:16 AM PDT

  •  Seen this ranting phenom at the Dollar Store? (3+ / 0-)
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    by otto on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 08:09:02 AM PDT

    •  Jeez, what prompted this? (1+ / 0-)
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      Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

      by Betty Pinson on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 09:40:10 AM PDT

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      •  Apparently (1+ / 0-)
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        The story goes that the guy was sitting in his car, and the kids and mom walked by when he started it.  

        There was loud music playing, and her kids were startled.  It was no big deal, but she went off.

        did you notice where she talked about having stripped for the cops?


        by otto on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 09:46:04 AM PDT

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        •  Yeah, that was odd (1+ / 0-)
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          I dont get being upset by random events like this. If someone's car stereo is loud, just leave. Go in the store or drive away. Unless they're parked outside your house blasting music, let it go. I just don't see the point in confronting someone about it.

          Same with road rage. I've taught my kids that if they see someone driving crazy on the highway, slow down and change lanes, call the cops.

          Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

          by Betty Pinson on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 10:11:31 AM PDT

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  •  We've always had a core of angry (1+ / 0-)
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    racists in the country, but right now these incidents appear a bit more brazen....not that they're any more or less frequent than in years past, but there is a sense of desperation among the aggrieved angry racist crowd.

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    by khyber900 on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 08:21:16 AM PDT

  •  Caribbean Fest shooting comments (0+ / 0-)

    I am very concerned with the openly racist comments I see. No more dog whistles, no more Reagan's “young buck”, no just flat out racism.

    Here are some of the comments about the Caribbean Fest shooting in Houston made on Texas media outlets. Who moderates these boards?

    Once upon a time. I saw a raCOON stumble into a large gathering of other raCOONS and start shooting other raCOONs,but for some reason or another the media refused to mention that a raCOON was the shooter,and the general population just assumed it was a possum.
    Note to self: Never attend a black gathering.
    I was with a crowd of probably 10 thousand or more in the Woodlands yesterday evening - I wonder why no violence broke out? A couple of hundred on the south side get together and shootings occur. What is the difference?
    Round up the usual BLACK suspects and their BLACK friends.

    “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” - Winston Chuchill

    by se portland on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 09:06:40 AM PDT

  •  MCPs have the same mentality (1+ / 0-)
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    Not intending to hijack the diary, but sexism is becoming just as fashionable these days. To paraphrase First Lady Roselyn Carter, Republican messaging tends to make people feel comfortable with their prejudices.

    2016 is a long way off, but the war on women is ramping up already.

    Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

    by Betty Pinson on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 09:34:26 AM PDT

  •  asdf (0+ / 1-)
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    I mean every White Person in America just has it so hard, since they know exactly what it's like to wonder if the next time they send their child to school they may not come back alive because of a panicked trigger-happy police man [or police man wanna-be], or you might get arrested for trying to get into your own stuck front door since we Niggraz are so naturally suspicious, or if you get into a traffic accident you might get a shotgun blast to the face or take 10 shots to the chest when you try and knock on a neighbors door for help. To have to contend with all of that and then to have to DEAL with somebody, occasionally, maybe, possibly, thinking you just might, perchance, be a BIGOT?

    All just because you might walk out your front door and scream "Fucking Nigger Cunt!" at random black people every once in a while?  What's this world coming to?

    That's right. It takes a tremendous internal struggle for every white person to resist the temptation to do that. And for your everyday "standard white american" it's too much to expect.
  •  Here's what gives me hope. (2+ / 0-)
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    My white cousin just married a white man who has five biracial children. My uncle, who is as conservative as can be, suddenly had to deal with the reality of black grandkids. I would have loved to have been able to read his mind as he processed that. But he did it. His need to protect and praise his family overcame his racism, and now he's glowing with pride over how wonderful it is to have these lovely kids. And if any cop tries to arrest one of those boys, he will have a very angry, white, Christian business owner to contend with.

    Fifteen percent of new marriages are now multiracial. This is happening all over the nation. It will make a difference. I don't understand why Conservatives only care about things that affect them personally, but I'm not above making the most of it.

    "The Democrats are the lesser evil and that has to count for something. Good and evil aren't binary states. All of us are both good and evil. Being less evil is the trajectory of morality." --SC

    by tb92 on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 10:17:11 AM PDT

  •  No wisdom or information offered... (1+ / 0-)
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    but I just had to say thank you for this. The stories are horrifying. Your response gives hope.

  •  Instead of 40 Acres and a Mule (0+ / 0-)

    Freed slaves and their descendants got 40 lashes and these fools. When is the Democratic party going to wake up and destroy the party that enables these dumber than pig shit low-lifes and stop fucking accommodating it?!?

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 03:35:08 PM PDT

  •  The past few weeks make me want to either move (0+ / 0-)

    to Canada, or get my courage up and run for office. Because I can't stand these old racist white men screwing up my country anymore. (and I'm a not young white woman)

    Republicans: They care about you until you are born.

    by adigal on Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 04:32:20 PM PDT

  •  Keeping a list of who's naughty and nice (1+ / 0-)
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    Some civic minded person with the spare disk space should start keeping a list of all the psychos and schmucks who work together tirelessly to turn our America into their Fourth Reich. Keep them by category. If ever a true reform era comes we want to be able to make sure that those who purveyed hate and intolerance as old values worth resurrecting are not forgotten. We want to be able to point them out and shame them for their despicable contribution to the Meaning of America.

  •  White woman here (1+ / 0-)
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    and to this, um , Anthony Cumia "person," well, I have two words: "Abner Louima."  The horror of what happened to that man.  And it would never, ever have happened to a white man.  And this is New York fucking City, one of the more "progressive" places in the country.  And then there was that black man pulled behind a truck in Texas where they removed his clothes to maximize the pain.  I can't wrap my head around this brutally and this asshole Cumia utters this stupidity?  

  •  Just another story (0+ / 0-)

    I was born in 1953 in Japan. My biological mother was Japanese. My biological father a black serviceman. The typical Japanese, especially at the time, was a lot more racist than Americans are/were. First memory was watching the Japanese kids at the orphanage singing the "telephone" song while I was excluded. I was adopted and migrated to the state when I was about 3, so I would have been 2-3 years old at the time. After being adopted, the next memories are of playing by myself in the military housing area.

    My adoptive father was a married black army officer, and they were divorced shortly after we had flown to the states. My adoptive father (from here on referenced as my father, since he raised me) was from a small town in North Carolina. His brother worked for the Pentagon, and one of his uncles was a federal judge. Not stupid people, in fact I consider them smart, and I have a 138 IQ. His mother lived on Main street, but the street was divided downtown. The other end of Main street was where the white people lived and where a small college was located. Pretty and picturesque. Our end had the sawmill, and where all the blacks lived.

    I spent a fair amount of time living w/ his mother and sister, and played w/ the poor black kids. Their accents were so extreme that I couldn't understand what they were saying, but we had fun anyhow.

     He remarried, and we were relocated to Germany when I was about four. My first real friend was Phillip Kelty. His mother was french, and his father was American Irish. I was always welcome at his house, and his parents always treated me just like anyone else.

    There was only one other black family in the military housing area. We socialized w/ them of course, but their kid, who was about my age, was kind of nerdy so we didn't hang out together. Of course, I was well aware that blacks and whites didn't look alike but didn't attribute any special significance to it because everyone was SUPPOSED to look different. Skin color was no different to me than hair color. There was no significant difference in behavior to me at that point.

    My first crush was a little red haired girl. I was crushed when Phillip and I both stole kisses from her, and she told us she like Phillip better than me because I was darker. It didn't affect the relationship that Phillip and I had as we were steadfast friends. In fact I was a little embarrassed when we started Kindergarten, because we ended up in different classes, and he had to be dragged off literally crying and kicking. Keep in mind that Phillip and I had no other friends.

    The woman that my father married, my new mother, brought her son to the new family. He was almost 2 years older than me, which is a huge time span at that age, and he resented both me and my father because of the perceived loss of his mothers attention. He's the whitest black man I've ever seen. By physical appearance he'd  easily be mistaken for being Italian or Jewish. I was small for my age, and he was tall for his. There was a white kid in the housing area that could have been his brother. I'd guess the kid was around 11 or twelve, but about the same size as my brother.

     The kid may have been getting some ribbing from his peer group, because he hated my brother, even though they didn't hang in the same circles. He ended up beating my brother w/ a belt. Buckle end of course because it does more damage. No particular reason, and of course he was calling him "nigger" this and that during the entire process. Keep in mind that my brother was about 7 at the time. I was 5 and small for my age, so I hauled ass before he started on me too.

     This is when I first heard the word nigger, and my father tried to soften if for me when I asked him what it meant and why the kid acted the way he did. Also keep in mind that I was bright and extremely observant. I discovered that I could read in Kindergarten, and had finished reading 4 sets of encyclopedias, plus an abridged dictionary before we left Germany in 1960, which would have made me 7 when we left. Just before we left me, my brother and some white kid played "Tarzan". I was told that I was to be Cheetah, because I was the darkest.

    When we got back to the states, our family drove down to North Carolina, and stopped at a Howard Johnsons to take a rest break and get something to eat. A young black family that spoke and acted like anyone else in the middle class. We were refused service because we were black.

    Skipping through the years we lived in Cleveland, where my father was in charge of an office full of white women. Even though he was an officer, apparently it wasn't a good idea to have him supervising white men.

    When he retired after being passed over for promotion (pushing paper in an office full of civilian women isn't a good thing if you're in the military), he bought his first and last house in Virginia. My father settled in Virginia in the tidewater area as my mother was from Norfolk, and we were close enough to North Carolina to take road trips to visit my fathers family.

    He was red lined where I had my first experience living in an all black neighborhood, and I met the first person that looked like me. Black father and Japanese mother. Most of the people in the neighborhood were ex-military, and spoke and acted like anyone else, but the elementary school was 100% black. I ended up in my mothers class, which was the "smart" class, where I met a new friend who had an IQ just two points below mine. We would compete in various areas to prove who was smarter. One was who could read "The Agony and the Ecstacy" in a single setting w/ the best reading comprehension, which I won BTW. I never noticed that blacks were not as smart as other people.

    Junior high, middle school to the rest of you, was at Jefferson Davis junior high. We were the rebels. Imagine that. My best friend at the time was a white kid who was in my one or more of my classes. We visited each others homes, and his parents were great. I was just another one of his friends to them, and they treated me like a real person.

    I went on to high school at Bethel high school. You could probably tell by the name that it also was a primarily white school, although there were more blacks there than at Jeff Davis. This is where I started learning more about the negative side of black/white relationships and bigotry. This was just a few years after the civil rights movement, which earned us some additional animosity from the bigots.

     I floated through school. Didn't study, didn't do homework. I enjoyed math and science and even joined the math club and physics club. I was completely disappointed as they were strictly social clubs. I was more interested in gaining more knowledge about those subjects, as the college prep courses were boring and moved a lot slower than I liked. Didn't see the point of English, although I enjoyed creative writing, and took it as an elective all three years. I'd fallen into the habit of falling asleep in trig and geometry classes as soon as I sat down, but managed to keep a solid high "B" average.

     in my junior year I took math analysis, but a friend and I were pretty disruptive, and again I didn't study or do homework. I didn't think much of the teacher, and apparently he thought the same of me as he failed me, although technically I'd passed the course. I suspect that he may have been racist. I would think that if a teacher thought a student was performing way below their potential they should have some interest in finding out why. When I confronted him about the fact that my GPA was a passing grade he used the fact that I didn't do homework as justification for failing me even though we weren't graded on it. I didn't care as I had no plans to go to college. I didn't take math in my senior year since I didn't need it to graduate. Just didn't and still don't care for a structured classroom environment. Just too slow a pace for my tastes.

     In high school I became a jock rather than a nerd when I joined the wrestling team in my sophomore year. Even though I was a short skinny kid I was always athletic and a generalist. You get a lot more respect as a jock vs a nerd. Plus athletics was always more of a challenge for me vs academics. I've always been of the opinion that if something was too easy, it wasn't worth my time. Someone else could do the easy stuff.

    I was hoping for a wrestling scholarship because I thoroughly enjoyed the competition. I had talent, but not enough experience, but by my senior year I was ranked 3rd in our district. In my weight class, in our district, the kids ranked first and second took 1st and 2nd place in state. I expected to do well in state, as I'd pinned the kid who took first multiple times during a practice session, although he did the same to me. I think he pinned me one time more than I pinned him. I was vastly superior to him on takedowns. I might have been the best takedown artist in the state. Never saw anyone better. I should have beaten the guy that took second. I suckered him nicely into a 3/4 nelson, and would have pinned him given just a little more time, but the ref stopped the action after some 20 seconds, calling it a potentially dangerous move. Unfortunately, I caught the flu shortly before tournament time, which blew my chances of a wrestling scholarship.

    Senior year I ended up having the highest SAT score in the school, which was a bit of an embarrassment to the school, as I didn't study and was doing a lot of sleeping in class. I was a bit disappointed that I didn't score higher. A cousin in Norfolk told me that she was proud of me. I told her that it wasn't a big deal, then she told me that I had the highest SAT score in the district. When I read the paper, sure enough I'd out scored everyone in the tri-city area, which IMO was a damning statement regarding the quality of the education system in general if I scored that high when I had been learning by osmosis. Because of the fact that not one teacher or counselor pinged on me for failing to do better I was even more set on not going to college.

    Not sure if any of you are familiar w/ "the dozens". A traditional african american "game". Two players insult each other, the one that demonstrates anger loses. One purpose is to desensitize an individual to insults. Hellova a game huh? Not only a game, but survival training.

    IMO, the early '70s were the beginnings of the problems we're seeing now. Massive layoffs in order to increase profit margins. How could people not understand that the people losing their jobs were the same people that were buying their goods and services? The use of credit in US households started around 1969 and steadily increased until around 2009. A steep rise in mortgages in the late '60s. The 70's recession, '73-'75 should have been a clue we were going the wrong way. Robert Reich says late '70s, but I could see the signs earlier, which is one reason I had no plans to go to college. Overuse of antibiotics should have been a no brainer. High rise tenements were awful. How did anyone think that it was possible to integrate poor people into mainstream society by isolating them and reinforcing questionable/bad behavior by shoving them into cramped overcrowded conditions and forgetting about them? We knew then that overcrowding leads to stress, and stress leads to aggression. Blacks were demonstrating for jobs during the civil rights movement in the mid '60s, and the decent jobs are still rarely available if you're black. It's no wonder that a lot of African Americans have just given up. I'm smart, but not that smart comparatively. If I could see the trends, others should have also. My plan in the mid '70s was to try and get out of the rat race, get 5 acres and try to be as self sufficient as possible. My wife, not wanting to live in the country put the kibosh on that.

    I ended up getting a full scholarship to the first african american college in the united states. I thought it was pretty stupid, as all they had to do was look at my GPA to see that it was unlikely that I'd apply myself. The only class that I actually attended on a regular basis was gym. I tried to at least show up for tests, but it's hard to keep track if you don't go to class once in awhile.

    I partied a bit too much the night before the placement tests, and ended up in math 102, which you might imagine was way beneath me. I managed to show up for tests for awhile. It was a bit amusing because the other students didn't know who I was. I normally finish tests way ahead of everyone else, so I'd walk in take the test and 15 minutes later walk out. I declared myself as a physics major because I enjoyed it, but the first time I attended the class they were having a lab doing the coefficient of friction thing, and I just turned around, went back to my room and never went back. I had then resolved to at least take exams. First one was history, but I couldn't remember the professors name or the room number so I just went back to the room and lived on campus until they eventually kicked me out. The point I'm trying to make here is that no one cared at all about a nominally black kid w/ talent wasting their potential.

    I joined the military eventually to force myself to stick to a 9-5. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Air Force, but racism is rife in the military, although the Air Force may be the best of the lot. After I got out in '79 my wife and I moved to the Florida panhandle where a friend of a friend was starting up a little company and needed someone that knew electronics and could program. I was a bit surprised when I was told about "the voice of the Klan". There was a phone number that you could call and listen to a recording where some wingnut go on and on w/ his racist rants. It was hard to get offended as the rhetoric was so stupid is was funny. However, it told me something about the locale, as at the time what he was saying was against FCC regulations, and it should have been easy to shut it down, but apparently no one cared. In '81 I was shocked when what some people consider the last of the old school lynchings occurred on Mobile Alabama. You know, the old "strange fruit" routine. Some old ex Klan hoo ha was pissed that a black man was acquitted in some trial, don't remember what the charge was but you can Google it, and pick some poor random young black man and left him hanging from a tree.

    I could go on and on, but post racist society my ass. Racism is still alive and well, just not as overt as it used to be.

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