For hundreds of years, repetition of the word accompanied atrocities, first at the end of a whip and worse, and later the end of a rope, and still later the threshold of schools and lunch counters, as a means to literally keep black people in their place. It is white privilege that allows someone like Bill Maher not to know, or care, about that difference, and simply view this as a “bad word.” It’s the same white privilege that won’t let him understand that after generations of suffering and struggle, it might not be amusing, to some people, for him to cast the first black president as a stereotypical criminal street thug.
Paula Deen’s sins spring from an even deeper well of white privilege than that. If all she had done was admit to saying the n-word, she’d just be a more honest version of every white person in America, or at least everyone my age and older. Hell, I used it a few paragraphs ago. In her deposition, though, Deen made a distinction between use of the word in a “mean way,” versus acceptable uses, like in jokes, or in relaying conversations between black people. Her attitude seems to be that of a willingness to refrain from using the word out of sensitivity to changing times, not out of an understanding of its inherent evil. It’s an attitude that a lot of white people share, with varying degrees of begrudgement, that they’re doing black people a solid by not using it…
See, to Paula Deen, the slavery part was incidental to her appreciation for that scene. The aesthetic that she enjoyed was centered around her own experience of living in the South. That’s the essence of white privilege, the ability to just adore the crisp “professionalism” of these men and women, without a thought for the price of that comforting visual. She didn’t like the slavery, she just liked the way it looked. This is the same attitude that lets some people defend the Confederate flag with that “Heritage, Not Hate” garbage, as if there is any way of separating the two.
Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher throws down on why what Paula Deen did goes beyond saying “a bad word,” and how unsettling it truly is that she seems unable to appreciate or understand why what she did should rightly be condemned.
An ethnicity does not indicate any sort of defined motive or ties to any possible group or groups and law enforcement has yet to provide any confirmation of the current reporting. Chechen groups also have traditionally focused their ire on Russia rather than targeting the United States. Finally, given their lengthy residence it is difficult to discern what — if any — ties or sympathies the two brothers have to Chechen terrorist groups. The older of the brothers — Tamerlan Tsarnaev — has been in the United States since as early as 1992 as a refugee and in 2002 hoped to box for the United States at the Salt Lake City Olympics.
ThinkProgress' Hayes Brown, reminding everyone that what we think we know is still only speculation,
The person questioned in the hospital was a Saudi national, who was reportedly tackled and held by a bystander after he was seen running from near the scene of the explosion, said a law enforcement source who spoke with someone involved in the FBI’s investigation.
The Saudi man, believed to be a university student in Boston, is cooperating with the FBI and told agents that he was not involved in the explosions, and that he ran only because he was frightened. Investigators did not characterize the man as a suspect. No one had been arrested or charged by late Monday night.
Gee, wonder why a bystander tackled a Saudi man who was nearby versus any other of the hundreds, likely thousands, of spectators in the general vicinity? It couldn’t have anything to do with the demonization of Muslims (and those who “look” Muslim or Middle Eastern) in the U.S., could it?
Speaking just two days after his speech at historically black Howard University in Washington was criticized by some as condescending, Paul said it was important for Republicans to reach out to African-American voters.
“I also do it because I’m a politician,” he said. “I’m self-interested, I want to get more votes, and we’re not doing very well with the African-American voter.”
Paul acknowledged criticism for the speech he gave at Howard University Wednesday, saying, “I think some think a white person is not allowed to talk about black history … which I think is unfair.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. explaining the chilly reception he received at Howard University to The Courier-Journal.
Yes, he did basically blame reverse racism for why an audience at a historically Black college did not welcome his whitesplaining of history.
Ahem… May we have a word, GOP? Maybe you shouldn’t trot out the dude who criticized the Civil Rights Act as intruding on private business to do outreach to Black voters. Just a thought.
Meet Mexican Barbie. I’m going to stop there, because journalist Laura Martinez nails it:
The folks over at Mattel are so smart, that not only they have come up with a Mexican Barbie, but they have given her all the possible tools to go around the U.S. the world undisturbed.
In addition to a “wonderfully bright pink dress with ribbon accents,” Mexican Barbie comes fashionably ready for a fiesta with her Chihuahua friend (we all do.) But that is not all: According to Mattel, this beauty features accessories that “add play value,” including a passport and sticker sheet.
It is not for me to inform you about the “play value” that a passport provides, so go ahead! Play with your Barbie Mexicana and don’t even think of calling her indocumentada. Oh, and she can be yours for only $24.50 on Amazon.com
I’m curious who at Mattel looked at the sketch for this Barbie and said, “You know what? She’s not Mexican enough. I know! Let’s make her legal!”
I’m sure that person exists somewhere in their design department. And that person is awful.