Posts filed under ‘Racism’
Americans think of Mexico and Mexicans as a nation of wannabe braceros, itching to cross the border to suck the tit of the American welfare state.
Think again Americans! They’re movin’ on up and getting things done:
Barring an unlikely court upset, the new year in Mexico will bring a national tax of one peso per liter — roughly 10 percent — on sugar-sweetened beverages and 8 percent on junk food. The legislation came about through a strong push by the Nutritional Health Alliance of 22 NGOs and networks representing some 650 nonprofits and grass-roots organizations, and an alignment of interests among President Enrique Peña Nieto, advisers in the Hacienda y Crédito Público (the rough equivalent of the I.R.S.), and members of the opposition parties.
The powerful Mexican soda and junk food industries were hardly asleep at the wheel this fall, and fear of losing their advertisers appears to have led major TV stations to refuse to run commercials advocating the tax. But several factors motivated Mexico’s president and legislature, including the fact that among populous nations, Mexico recently passed the United States to become the world’s most obese. Beyond that, there’s an increasing awareness that Mexico’s accelerating public health crisis could hurt its economy, and that only prevention would make practical the universal, single-payer health care system instituted last year.
Also critical to the new law was an agreement reached by the three major political parties, called “Pact for Mexico,” which essentially committed them all to not blocking anything that a majority wanted; specifically, if the party in office and one of the other two major parties wanted to pass one of 95 reforms necessary for the country to progress the third party would not resist. In other words, the nation’s future trumped partisan interests.
This is despicably ironic coming from the party that has run on yikes-there’s-a-black-guy-in-the-White-House for the last five years.
“Southern pride,” not racism that is:
Racism is so embedded in conservative/southern culture — and it has been for so long — they can’t see the forest for the trees.
This is how insane the Tea Party wing — the wing currently in control — of the Republican party has become:
As we reported earlier, a protest that started at the World War II Memorial [on Sunday] ended up in front of the White House, where protesters piled up barricades that had been used to keep people out of the memorial during the government shutdown. Police, some in riot gear, were called in, and while news reports showed some of the confrontation, raw Youtube video of the protest reveals members of the crowd heckling the officers, calling them “brown shirts,” the “Gestapo,” the “Stasi,” and opining that the unit “looks like something out of Kenya.”
I can’t find a copy of the video anywhere on YouTube but you can view it here.
Anyway, wow. The hate these people have for that black guy Obama is driving them insane. They’re completely irrational.
I’ve got to start keeping track of the infrastructure failures that are occurring all across the United States; everything from water main breaks to computer glitches. I read about them here and there almost every day. They seem small on their own but together, they add up.
Our country is falling apart. Literally. The thing is, the failures aren’t happening in areas where rich white people live so we aren’t hearing about them.
Case in point. This is an emergency:
Power Outage Shuts Down Food Stamp Program In 17 States
SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – Food stamp recipients in 17 states lost access to the electronic system used by stores to verify their benefits on Saturday, leaving many unable to buy groceries, the company that manages the system said.
People enrolled in the government food assistance program use plastic vouchers similar to debit cards. Starting at about 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT), some of those cards stopped working, Xerox spokesman Kevin Lightfoot said.
A power outage that started the problem was fixed within 20 minutes, Lightfoot said, but shoppers continued to run into difficulties throughout the day. By early evening, the problem still had not been fixed.
States States experiencing problems included Alabama, California, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois,Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio,Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia, Lightfoot said.
My food bank-volunteer-self knows this is going to hurt so many people in so many ways. The ripple effect will be tremendous lest it’s fixed tonight. Get that “electronic system” up and running ASAP! Oh, wait, the government’s shut down. Shi*t.
She’s blond and beautiful. Otherwise, we’d never have heard of her:
Condolences to her friends and family.
This would be Fox’s Greta Van Sustern yesterday, implying that only liberal African-Americans were invited to attend Sunday’s March on Washington marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.s’ “I Have a Dream” speech:
And this would be an article that appears on Fox News’ website:
This is just fu*king pitiful: A 93-year-old man goes to today’s March on Washington and carries the same sign he carried during the 1963 march and it’s just as relevant today as it was 50 years ago.
Shame on us!
This is awful.
Damn you Republican Supreme Court “justices!”
The March on Washington happened on August 28, 1963,
and oh my god, I can’t believe we’re going to have to do it again 50 years later.
Here’s a little slice of what African-Americans are up against every day in the good ol’ U.S. of A., not to mention fighting anew for the right to vote, thanks to George W. Bush’s Supreme Court and the Republican party:
These are the three guys who have been arrested for the murder of Australian basketball player Christopher Lane:
The guy on the right is white.
This is how DrudgeReport is showing the suspects this afternoon:
You go Colin!
With Gov. Pat McCrory in the audience, former Secretary of State Colin Powell took aim at North Carolina’s new voting law Thursday, saying it hurts the Republican Party, punishes minority voters and makes it more difficult for everyone to vote.
“I want to see policies that encourage every American to vote, not make it more difficult to vote,” said Powell, a Republican, at the CEO Forum in Raleigh.
“It immediately turns off a voting block the Republican Party needs,” Powell continued. “These kinds of actions do not build on the base. It just turns people away.”
Zap! and he’s exactly right but the crazy wing of the party is in control now so here we are.
Behold the prison industrial complex in the United States. We’re No. 1 folks!
(We think of China as having a lot of people in prison right? Political prisoners mostly. Check out where they fall on this graph.)
See a much larger version here.
Ugh. From the New Empire Knights of the Ku Klux Klan
I am proud to announce that the Realm of Kentucky is hosting a Cross Lighting in the Louisa/Yatesville area. One of our members owns around 10 acres and has been nice enough to host the event. The event will be open to members, family of members and people who have met local leaders that are interested in joining.
The event will be held September 14, 2013, which falls on a Saturday. We do not expect trouble since the event is held on private property. There will be tons of food, fun and of course, the Cross Lighting. We are placing the Cross on a hill on the property which should be seen from a very far distance!
Yeah, as in seen by African-Americans neighborhoods and they better be scared and they better not act the fu*k up because we’re the boss and they need to know their place. I.e., terrorism.
As if the Treyvon Martin murder didn’t send enough chills through the African-American community…
Thank God this guy wasn’t killed:
Lying in a hospital bed the night after he was shot by Escambia County sheriff’s deputies in his own front yard, Roy Middleton only had one question: Why?
Middleton, 60, of the 200 block of Shadow Lawn Lane in Warrington, was shot in the leg about 2:42 a.m. Saturday while trying to retrieve a cigarette from his mother’s car in the driveway of their home.
A neighbor saw someone reaching into the car and called 911. While he was looking into the vehicle, deputies arrived in response to the burglary call.
Middleton said he was bent over in the car searching the interior for a loose cigarette when he heard a voice order him to, “Get your hands where I can see them.”
He said he initially thought it was a neighbor joking with him, but when he turned his head he saw deputies standing halfway down his driveway.
He said he backed out of the vehicle with his hands raised, but when he turned to face the deputies, they immediately opened fire.
“It was like a firing squad,” he said. “Bullets were flying everywhere.”
A teenage girl who said she witnessed a portion of the incident said she never saw Middleton provoke the deputies.“He wasn’t belligerent or anything,“ she said.
When you’re black in America you don’t have to throw in belligerence in order to get shot. The being-black part is enough.
BANKING WHILE BLACK IN AMERICA
AUSTIN — Police say a man was shot and killed by a detective under the bridge near Shoal Creek and 35th Street Friday.
It happened after officers say the man tried to enter a bank that was closed for an armed robbery investigation.
Around 8:19 a.m., just minutes after opening for business, a white male wearing an oxygen mask and carrying a weapon walked into the Benchmark Bank on North Lamar demanding money.
The man ran off with the cash, and Austin detectives arrived to investigate.
Hours later, police were still on the scene when they say a black male walked up to the bank and tried to open the locked doors.
“The suspect walked away for a minute and then came back to the front door. He attempted to open the door again,” said Assistant Police Chief Brian Manley.
Manley says a bank manager stepped outside to try and speak with the man, and “the individual identified himself in a manner in which the bank manager recognized was not an accurate identification.”
The manager told a detective inside that there was someone suspicious trying to get in, and police say the detective spoke with the man for a few minutes outside.
Why was he “suspicious?” Merely because he was black?
Manley says that’s when “the individual, for unknown reasons, got up and took off running.”
Can you blame him?
The detective chased after him, and police say they started fighting underneath the Shoal Creek Bridge several hundred feet away from the bank.
“During the struggle, the detective discharged his weapon, and the suspect is deceased as a result,” said Manley.
Police confirm the man shot and killed by the detective is not the same man who robbed the bank earlier on Friday.
This is one amazing woman and I can only imagine how sick and tired she is of having to say this:
July 15th, 2013 – 92 year-old Moral Monday arresstee and Civil Rights Veteran Rosa Nell Eaton speaks at the 11th Wave Moral Monday rally at the North Carolina General Assembly.
Wow. This is interesting:
A day after juror B37 from the George Zimmerman trial appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 for an interview, four of her fellow jurors from the trial released a public statement, reports the Associated Press:
The four jurors issued a brief statement on court stationary saying that the opinions expressed by Juror B37 to CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday night are not representative of their views.
“The opinions of Juror B37, expressed on the Anderson Cooper show were her own, and not in any way representative of the jurors listed below,” said the statement, signed by Jurors B51, B76, E6 and E40.
Juror B37 said the actions of Zimmerman and 17-year-old Trayvon Martin both led to the teenager’s fatal shooting last year, but that Zimmerman didn’t actually break the law.
The four other jurors said in their statement that Martin’s death weighed on them.
“Serving on this jury has been a highly emotional and physically draining experience for each of us,” the statement said. “The death of a teenager weighed heavily on our hearts but in the end we did what the law required us to do.”
From students at the Howard University College of Medicine:
The continuing insistence by the right that hoodies are the uniform of criminals is so unbelievably ridiculous. Heck, I have a couple hoodies myself and they’re my favorite go-to piece of clothing when it’s a little chilly outside. Geezus.
Oh my f*cking God. The hubris and the insane ideation about being victimized here is unbelievable.
Their son is still alive!
Read the article — if you can stand it – here.
Think racial profiling is exaggerated? Watch this:
Robert Zimmerman Jr., who has maintained an active social media presence and served as the def facto spokesperson for the Zimmerman family during his brother’s trial, appeared on several media outlets Sunday to discuss George’s controversial acquittal.
In an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, Zimmerman said it would be a long time before George’s life returned to normal.
“He is still processing the reality or notion of being a free man, of having what the judge described as no further business before the court,” Zimmerman said of his brother’s post-trial mental state.
In multiple interviews on Sunday, Zimmerman also said that George and his family will always feel threatened by certain “groups” who might seek out “vigilante” justice in Martin’s name.
“There are factions, there are groups, there are people that would want to take the law into their own hands as they perceive it, or be vigilante’s in some sense,” he told Morgan.
Read that last sentence again. The irony is unbelievable. The Zimmerman family is (apparently) asking for sympathy? Give me a break. What we have here is nothing less than the penultimate definition of karma.
The verdict in the George Zimmerman case is in:
Oh my God.
Couple that with the Supreme Court striking down the Voting Rights Act, being an African-American in the United States tonight must be scary as hell.
Check out how Oakland, California television station KTVU identified the pilots of the Asiana airliner that crashed in San Francisco last weekend.
Get it? Captain Some Thing Wrong. We Too Low. Etc.
This is how excited conservatives are about people of color not being able to vote:
Texas to Move Quickly on Voter Laws and Maps
Within two hours of the Supreme Court’s decision on the Voting Rights Act, Greg Abbott, the attorney general for the state of Texas, announced that a voter identification law that was blocked last year by the Justice Department would go into effect.
“With today’s decision, the state’s voter ID law will take effect immediately,” he said in a statement. “Redistricting maps passed by the legislature may also take effect without approval from the federal government.”
In March 2012, the Justice Department objected to Texas’ voter identification law, finding that under certain data sets “Hispanic registered voters are more than twice as likely as non-Hispanic registered voters to lack such identification,” and that the locations and hours of license offices made it difficult for many Hispanics to attain that identification.
Here we go! Back to 1963.
This map shows the outcome of the 1964 presidential election (Johnson (D) v. Goldwater (R)).
The results of that election are what raised suspicions about conservatives tampering with voting rights in the red states shown, as well it should have. We were supposed to believe a majority of voters in that band of red southern states voted for Barry Goldwater? Really?
It turned out that yes they had because African-Americans there had been disenfranchised. (Arizona voting for Goldwater is more plausible because Goldwater was from there.)
Thus, the Voting Rights Act, which conservatives on the Supreme Court gutted today, was signed into law in August, 1965.
Guess we’d better get used to seeing more maps like this.
This depressing thing happened today:
The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced unless Congress comes up with a new way of determining which states and localities require federal monitoring of elections.
The justices said in 5-4 vote that the law Congress most recently renewed in 2006 relies on 40-year-old data that does not reflect racial progress and changes in U.S. society.
The court did not strike down the advance approval requirement of the law that has been used, mainly in the South, to open up polling places to minority voters in the nearly half century since it was first enacted in 1965. But the justices did say lawmakers must update the formula for determining which parts of the country must seek Washington’s approval, in advance, for election changes.
Chief Justice John Roberts said for the conservative majority that Congress “may draft another formula based on current conditions.”
John Roberts must be having a great day. The thing he’s been dreaming about for 30 years has happened:
Here’s a shorter version of what Roberts ruled: Hey, the black guy won so we don’t need this stinkin’ provision anymore. I declare racism officially over.
SECOND UPDATE: The Food Network has fired Paula Deen. Wow.
Too vague and generic for me. And she’s acting like she’s the victim.
UPDATE: Weird. The video was up for (only) about 45 minutes but the Deen camp just took it down. Buzzfeed has it here.
I hadn’t really given a whole lot of thought to the news coming out of the discrimination lawsuit filed against Food Network star Paula Deen, though I’d kept abreast of developments in general. I knew Deen seemed to be digging herself a deeper and deeper hole as she “clarified” statements she made in a deposition and that she was beginning to look like a stereotypical southern racist at heart, while simultaneously pretending not to be and hoping we’d believe her.
Now, Josh Marshall over at Talking Points Memo is out with a very important point:
I must say. I love Paula Deen’s defense. It has the benefit of being both ridiculous and perhaps something her critics could actually agree about. According to the Wall Street Journal, “A representative for Paula Deen says that the 66-year-old celebrity chef used the “N-word” because she has roots in another era.” Or as you might translate this, ‘Look, she’s on the old side and pretty racist.’ Which sounds about right and sort of like the criticism rather than the defense.
Another thing it made me think about though is that these days, in 2013, if you’re in your 60s, you really didn’t grow up in the ‘Old South’. More like you grew up in the Civil Rights Era. Paula Deen was born in 1947. So she was 8 or 9 during the Montgomery bus boycott, sixteen for the March on Washington and twenty-one when Martin Luther King was assassinated.
It’s worth remembering how ingrained these words were for whites from the South from a certain era, not only for people who were fierce opponents of civil rights but even from some of their greatest advocates. The words signal the mental world of Jim Crow.
It would seem Paula Deen wasn’t paying attention during the Civil Rights Era because her mind was already made up and it’s been stuck “in another era” ever since.
More Republican party “rebranding:”
A county Republican Party chairman in central Illinois called a black female congressional candidate the “love child” of the Democratic party; a “street walker” whose “pimps” are party leaders; and suggested that after the election, she will be “working for some law firm that needs to meet their quota for minority hires.”
And it’s a Republican candidate he’s talking about.
Montgomery County GOP Chairman Jim Allen wrote the comments in an email to a Republican website, regarding Erika Harold. She is the former Miss America and Harvard Law grad who is seeking the Republican nomination for the 13th Congressional District, which stretches from Champaign to the Metro East.
Apparently it doesn’t matter how light-skinned an African-American woman is, or whether she went to Harvard Law School (for freakin’ God’s sake); if she has a drop of “African blood” in her, she’s illegitimate and a hooker who won’t amount to anything more than being a potted plant at some office to make it look like it cares about diversity.
The racism and hate runs so deep. It’s as if it’s in their DNA.