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On Uncle Tom and White Privilege

Rebloggable by request:

 Anonymous:

Your white. Your uncle tomming your own race.

Meg at Cognitive Dissonance:

Holy shit! I’m white?! </sarcasm>

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Damn, anon. I’m guessing you’re either trolling or willfully ignorant. Just in case you’re willfully ignorant… let’s roll. 

First, I don’t think Uncle Tom means what you think it means. Or, to rephrase, what it originally meant is much different than what you intended. From The New York Times, “Rescuing the Real Uncle Tom,” June 13, 2011:

And yet, driven by a passionate hatred of slavery, [Harriet Beecher Stowe] found time to write “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” which became the most influential novel in American history and a catalyst for radical change both at home and abroad.

Today, of course, the book has a decidedly different reputation, thanks to the popular image of its titular character, Uncle Tom — whose name has become a byword for a spineless sellout, a black man who betrays his race. And we tend to think of the novel itself as an old-fashioned, rather lachrymose affair that features the deaths of an obsequious enslaved black man and his blond, angelic child-friend, Little Eva.

But this view is egregiously inaccurate: the original Uncle Tom was physically strong and morally courageous, an inspiration for blacks and other oppressed people worldwide. In other words, Uncle Tom was anything but an “Uncle Tom.”

At the heart of the book’s progressive appeal was the character of Uncle Tom himself: a muscular, dignified man in his 40s who is notable precisely because he does not betray his race; one reason he passes up a chance to escape from his plantation is that he doesn’t want to put his fellow slaves in danger. And he is finally killed because he refuses to tell his master where two runaway slaves are hiding.

The old fool who became Uncle Tom arose in the stage versions of the book, leading to the term becoming synonymous with a black man who sells out his own race, or, to a lesser extent, a person belonging to a minority group who participates in the oppression of said group.

You following?

I believe you were looking for the term “race traitor,” which is a favorite of Stormfront. *Warning* If you click the Stormfront hyperlinks, they WILL take you to Stormfront, which defines itself as “a community of White Nationalists. There are thousands of organizations promoting the interests, values and heritage of non-Whites. We promote ours.” If you don’t want to read some seriously racist, xenophobic, white-supremacist shit, DO NOT CLICK THOSE TWO LINKS. They’re linked for sourcing purposes.

Back to our discussion.

Now, white people are not oppressed. Sorry if this is a news flash, but it just isn’t so. White folks enjoy a thing called “white privilege” and it’s ever-present. So what the hell is white privilege? From The Persistence of White Privilege by Stephanie Wildman:

The core meaning of privilege encompasses both the individual beneficiary and the systemic nature of the benefit. While privilege serves the individual holder, it is the systemic nature of privilege, [Peggy] McIntosh’s “invisible knapsack” multiplied throughout the group of white people, that supplies its societal force.

Characteristics of the privileged group define the societal norm. From “flesh-colored” bandages or crayons and “nude” hosiery that depict fair skin to standardized testing, individual members of society are judged against characteristics held by the privileged.

Furthermore, privileged group members can rely on this privilege to avoid objecting to oppression or subordination. Those with privilege can afford to look away from mistreatment that does not affect them personally. The conflation of privilege with the societal norm and this option to ignore oppression contribute to the invisibility of that privilege both to its holder and to society.

For more, here’s Peggy McIntosh’s list of 50 daily “benefits” of white privilege. Also, please see Robert Jensen’s essay, “White Privilege Shapes the U.S.”

If this seems detestable to you, anon, I suggest you click the Stormfront links and sign up. As such, I am not betraying anyone by giving a fuck about injustice in the U.S. and abroad, whether that injustice is based upon race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc… In fact, I would argue that by not giving a fuck, you are betraying your own humanity.

But what do I know? I’m apparently just an Uncle Tom.

Cheers,

Meg

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Anonymous asked: Your white. Your uncle tomming your own race.

Holy shit! I’m white?! </sarcasm>

Damn, anon. I’m guessing you’re either trolling or willfully ignorant. Just in case you’re willfully ignorant… let’s roll. 

First, I don’t think Uncle Tom means what you think it means. Or, to rephrase, what it originally meant is much different than what you intended. From The New York Times, “Rescuing the Real Uncle Tom,” June 13, 2011:

And yet, driven by a passionate hatred of slavery, [Harriet Beecher Stowe] found time to write “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” which became the most influential novel in American history and a catalyst for radical change both at home and abroad.

Today, of course, the book has a decidedly different reputation, thanks to the popular image of its titular character, Uncle Tom — whose name has become a byword for a spineless sellout, a black man who betrays his race. And we tend to think of the novel itself as an old-fashioned, rather lachrymose affair that features the deaths of an obsequious enslaved black man and his blond, angelic child-friend, Little Eva.

But this view is egregiously inaccurate: the original Uncle Tom was physically strong and morally courageous, an inspiration for blacks and other oppressed people worldwide. In other words, Uncle Tom was anything but an “Uncle Tom.”

At the heart of the book’s progressive appeal was the character of Uncle Tom himself: a muscular, dignified man in his 40s who is notable precisely because he does not betray his race; one reason he passes up a chance to escape from his plantation is that he doesn’t want to put his fellow slaves in danger. And he is finally killed because he refuses to tell his master where two runaway slaves are hiding.

The old fool who became Uncle Tom arose in the stage versions of the book, leading to the term becoming synonymous with a black man who sells out his own race, or, to a lesser extent, a person belonging to a minority group who participates in the oppression of said group.

You following?

I believe you were looking for the term “race traitor,” which is a favorite of Stormfront. *Warning* If you click the Stormfront hyperlinks, they WILL take you to Stormfront, which defines itself as “a community of White Nationalists. There are thousands of organizations promoting the interests, values and heritage of non-Whites. We promote ours.” If you don’t want to read some seriously racist, xenophobic, white-supremacist shit, DO NOT CLICK THOSE TWO LINKS. They’re linked for sourcing purposes.

Back to our discussion.

Now, white people are not oppressed. Sorry if this is a news flash, but it just isn’t so. White folks enjoy a thing called “white privilege” and it’s ever-present. So what the hell is white privilege? From The Persistence of White Privilege by Stephanie Wildman:

The core meaning of privilege encompasses both the individual beneficiary and the systemic nature of the benefit. While privilege serves the individual holder, it is the systemic nature of privilege, [Peggy] McIntosh’s “invisible knapsack” multiplied throughout the group of white people, that supplies its societal force.

Characteristics of the privileged group define the societal norm. From “flesh-colored” bandages or crayons and “nude” hosiery that depict fair skin to standardized testing, individual members of society are judged against characteristics held by the privileged.

Furthermore, privileged group members can rely on this privilege to avoid objecting to oppression or subordination. Those with privilege can afford to look away from mistreatment that does not affect them personally. The conflation of privilege with the societal norm and this option to ignore oppression contribute to the invisibility of that privilege both to its holder and to society.

For more, here’s Peggy McIntosh’s list of 50 daily “benefits” of white privilege. Also, please see Robert Jensen’s essay, "White Privilege Shapes the U.S."

If this seems detestable to you, anon, I suggest you click the Stormfront links and sign up. As such, I am not betraying anyone by giving a fuck about injustice in the U.S. and abroad, whether that injustice is based upon race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, etc… In fact, I would argue that by not giving a fuck, you are betraying your own humanity. 

But what do I know? I’m apparently just an Uncle Tom.

Cheers,

Meg

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Hanging in the criminal justice department at UW. The title reads: &#8220;What is the sequence of events in the criminal justice system?&#8221; As an undergrad, I&#8217;ve memorized this chart. And it&#8217;s damned hard to follow every branch – especially when every stage has a chance for a subjective decision that can mean the difference between prison or freedom. Is it any wonder so many people, particularly working class people and/or people of color get railroaded? (Taken with Instagram at Arts and Sciences Building)

Hanging in the criminal justice department at UW. The title reads: “What is the sequence of events in the criminal justice system?”

As an undergrad, I’ve memorized this chart. And it’s damned hard to follow every branch – especially when every stage has a chance for a subjective decision that can mean the difference between prison or freedom.

Is it any wonder so many people, particularly working class people and/or people of color get railroaded? (Taken with Instagram at Arts and Sciences Building)

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From Washington Whispers:
Mitt Romney has been increasingly keen to court the Latino vote, which is believed to heavily favor President Obama over the former Massachusetts governor for president. In the latest Latino Decisions poll, Obama held a 43-point lead over Romney.
But the Republican National Committee&#8217;s Hispanic site may not be doing Romney any favors.
RNCLatinos.com features as its main image a stock photo from Shutterstock, which tags the photo with keywords that clearly suggest the kids are Asian, including: &#8220;asia,&#8221; &#8220;asian,&#8221; &#8220;interracial,&#8221; &#8220;japanese,&#8221; and &#8220;thailand.&#8221;


Go home, Sharron Angle. You can&#8217;t make Hispanic kids Asian, even if you really, really want to.

From Washington Whispers:

Mitt Romney has been increasingly keen to court the Latino vote, which is believed to heavily favor President Obama over the former Massachusetts governor for president. In the latest Latino Decisions poll, Obama held a 43-point lead over Romney.

But the Republican National Committee’s Hispanic site may not be doing Romney any favors.

RNCLatinos.com features as its main image a stock photo from Shutterstock, which tags the photo with keywords that clearly suggest the kids are Asian, including: “asia,” “asian,” “interracial,” “japanese,” and “thailand.”

Go home, Sharron Angle. You can’t make Hispanic kids Asian, even if you really, really want to.

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Judge revokes bail for George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin case

A Florida judge on Friday revoked the bail for George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case, saying he had misled the court about his finances, and ordered him to present himself to the court within 48 hours.

Prosecutors alleged that Zimmerman, 28, hid from the court the fact that he had raised $135,000 on a website he set up before he was granted $150,000 bail on April 20. Zimmerman is facing second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Martin, 17, in February.

In a hearing in Sanford, Fla., that Zimmerman did not attend, Judge Kenneth Lester said Zimmerman engaged in a “material falsehood” about his finances. Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda said Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie, led the court to believe they were penniless, which he called a “blatant lie.”

De la Rionda said the Zimmermans spoke in “code” about moving finances around during telephone calls while George Zimmerman was in custody.

Well, then. The court is typically less than amused when you lie, George. Remember that for your trial.

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I swear, College Republican was in my Race and Ethnic Relations class. Professor discusses marginalization of American Indians in advertising, he asks: &#8220;Well, what about Irish Spring soap? And the Fighting Irish at Notre Dame?! That&#8217;s racist, too!&#8221;

And yes, he was 100% serious, and he would not listen or accept any explanation of why that was racist apples and oranges. Because he wasn&#8217;t racist, you see! He was just sick of people forgetting that whites are becoming the minority, so if we stoke minority hatred of whites, they&#8217;ll punish whites! If you persisted, he&#8217;d remind you he was only in this class for a diversity credit, not to debate.

If he passed that class, I feel like we all failed somehow.

I swear, College Republican was in my Race and Ethnic Relations class. Professor discusses marginalization of American Indians in advertising, he asks: “Well, what about Irish Spring soap? And the Fighting Irish at Notre Dame?! That’s racist, too!”

And yes, he was 100% serious, and he would not listen or accept any explanation of why that was racist apples and oranges. Because he wasn’t racist, you see! He was just sick of people forgetting that whites are becoming the minority, so if we stoke minority hatred of whites, they’ll punish whites! If you persisted, he’d remind you he was only in this class for a diversity credit, not to debate.

If he passed that class, I feel like we all failed somehow.

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Lena Dunham and her Girls

I’ve had several folks write in to ask what I think of Lena Dunham’s show, Girls, on HBO. Well, I didn’t want to give an opinion until I watched the show and did a little more research.

So I did. And it’s fucking terrible – and not even in an good way. Dunham was called out by several people of color for the show’s lack of diversity and generally self-indulgent characters. Well, those folks are right – it may as well be called White Wine Problems.

Frankly, I was already over Girls when another writer, Lesley Arfin, tweeted a response to criticism by a Black female writer who wrote she tried to like the show, but she didn’t see herself or even NYC’s multiculturalism represented. At all.

Arfin replied that the biggest problem with the movie Precious is that she didn’t see women like herself represented. I know she meant it as a joke, but fucking really?

After watching the show, I get it. Dunham really means that she writes what she knows. And that’s a world of white privilege. Her characters will never be stopped and frisked for no reason. If they are, it’ll be labeled as ironic and uncomfortable, but haha, who cares? Let’s fuck and listen to indie music because we got some real problems.

Dunham, Arfin, and girls like her were represented in that movie, and many others like it. They were present in the systemic oppression of people of color and the consequences thereof.

Hannah (Dunham’s character) whines when her parents cut her off, and steals the money they leave for the maid. This is supposed to be funny or charming or anything but just sickening. If Hannah were not white, it’s unlikely her parents would have much to cut her off from, seeing as non-white families statistically have a fraction of the net worth of white families. There are a multitude of doors open to Hannah and her ilk simply by virtue of their whiteness, which would never exist for a person of color.

The most maddening part about Hannah is that she just doesn’t want to get a job or look for a job.  Basically, she’s the stereotype the GOP points to when they need to talk about lazy GenY-ers needing to get their funding cut for college, health care, etc.

In light of the show’s obstinate obliviousness to race, gender, and sexuality, maybe it’s considerate that her characters are straight, white, privileged women. After all, any character outside of what Dunham knows is likely to receive the one-dimensional treatment of a writer who sticks with what they know versus venturing outside their comfort zone. This IS the show that put out casting notices seeking “ethnic” women to do accents and play nannies. Because that character is totally new, amirite? Stereotypes are a real time-saver!

And God only knows, there’s enough of that kind of bullshit in the media.

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In Conservative Media, A "Race War" Rages

Essentially, conservatives give no fucks about being called racist any longer because there’s a race war raging.

Seriously.

It’s 2012, and here’s where we sit. From Buzzfeed:

But while Norfolk may be the most high-profile chapter yet in the “race war,” it’s hardly the only one conservatives have highlighted. Over the past four years, the Drudge Report has run dozens of headlines chronicling acts of violence against white victims — often by black youths.

In one particularly memorable Drudge front page last year, the site culled the newswires for articles about “urban” crime that took place over Memorial Day weekend, and then grouped them together. Among the headlines: “Miami ‘war zone’ during urban weekend;” “Rib fest at Rochester beach turns rowdy;” and “Unruly urban crowd shuts down Nashville water park.”

And on September 15, 2009, Drudge led with the headline, “WHITE STUDENT BEATEN ON BUS; CROWD CHEERS.” The story — which showed video of a black teenager in Illinois beating up a white classmate — went viral in the right-wing blogosphere, prompting Rush Limbaugh to weigh in. “In Obama’s America, the white kids now get beat up with the black kids cheering,” Limbaugh declared.

It is an article of faith among many conservatives that Obama has exacerbated nationwide racial tensions. Ward Connerly, a veteran California anti-affirmative action activist and leading black conservative, accused the president of trying to take political advantage of “racial disputes,” rather than diffuse them.

"Obama has been more racial than any white president has ever been in my lifetime," said Connerly, adding, "Candidly, I think that race relations are probably worse now among the average person on the street than they were the day President Obama was elected."

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Wife of NC State Senator says Amendment One is necessary ‘to protect the Caucasian race’

[Chad] Nance paraphrased the remarks, as told to him by those who were present: ‘During the conversation, Ms. Brunstetter said her husband was the architect of Amendment 1, and one of the reasons he wrote it was to protect the Caucasian race. She said Caucasians or whites created this country. We wrote the Constitution. This is about protecting the Constitution. There already is a law on the books against same-sex marriage, but this protects the Constitution from activist judges.’

Nance said he recruited a friend, who works for the Coalition to Protect All North Carolina Families, to witness his interview with Jodie Brunstetter. He said Brunstetter reluctantly acknowledged that she had used the term ‘Caucasian’ and then repeated the statement previously attributed to her, but substituted the pronoun ‘we’ for ‘Caucasian.’ Nance said Brunstetter insisted there was nothing racial about her remarks, but could not explain why she used the term ‘Caucasian.’

Huh. Fancy that. 

That argument sounds familiar… Riiiiight, Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967).

Read more about Jodie Brunstetter’s remarks here.

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I’m a black Jew at a Nazi-Klan rally, and there are some power-abusing corrupt monsters in our federal government that despise me because I have the audacity to speak the truth…

Ted Nugent, justifying remarks which have earned him an investigation from the Secret Service.

Dear Ted Nugent,

Things you are not:

  • Black
  • A Jew

Things you could be:

  • At a Nazi rally
  • At a Klan rally

Things you don’t have:

  • The truth
  • Anything close to it

Things you do have:

  • Audacity
  • People who despise you
  • Lots and lots of angry white male privilege

That should clear up some of the confusion, you unbelievable asshole. 

Cheers!

- Meg

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NO…FUCKING…WAY

Rick Santorum seems to catch himself right before calling President Barack Obama a nigger at about 15 seconds into the video. 

Glen Coco at Vice has the scoop:

This is presidential candidate Rick Santorum (holy shit does that look scary written down) delivering a speech in Janesville, Wisconsin a couple of days ago. And, as you can see in the above video, it seems like he might have been on the verge of calling Obama a “nigger”… Santorum’s rolling out the racist gaffes about once a quarter so far in 2012, after this slip of the tongue back in January. (He was actually saying “blah people”, guys! Duhhh.)

Wow. I’m really not sure how he could walk this back, but honestly, with today’s GOP migrating backwards in time, I’m not sure he needs to walk it back.

And that is so very depressing.

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Wherein the tighty-righty smear machine is tangled in its own racism

Anonymous asked you:
2012-03-27 11:11

Meg, I really need your help. Do you have links to the Trayvon Martin murder concerning the smear back-lash by certain right-wing outlets? A point-by-point dismantling of this blatantly false and blatantly racist “evidence” would be much appreciated for certain people in my social circle. I like how when the media actually reports on cases like this, the right-wingers call it “manufactured sensationalism”.

Meg at Cognitive Dissonance:

Yes.

Yes, I have lots of links, info, and outrage.

First, I’m getting sick of the new meme regarding the media “ignoring” the “black on black” violence. Bernie Goldberg insists if both men were black, we wouldn’t know the name Trayvon Martin. He’s probably right. Why?

BECAUSE GEORGE ZIMMERMAN WOULD HAVE BEEN JAILED. No self-defense claim would have flown.

"What about all the dead black kids killed by other blacks?!" wails Heather Mac Donald of The National Review. I’m paraphrasing. Sort of:

Blacks commit 80 percent of all shootings in the city — as reported by the victims of and witnesses to those shootings — though they are but 23 percent of the population; whites commit 1.4 percent of all shootings, though they are 35 percent of the population. Add Hispanic shootings to the black tally, and you account for 98 percent of all of the city’s gun violence. In New York, as in big cities across the country, the face of violence is overwhelmingly black and Hispanic…

[T]he racial storyline that has been imposed on the shooting does not fairly represent contemporary America. That storyline is not just wrong, it is dangerous, because it only feeds black alienation and anger. Family breakdown, not white racism, is the biggest impediment facing blacks today, producing such casualties as the 18-year-old gangbanger who fatally shot a 34-year-old mother picking up her child from school in Brownsville, Brooklyn, last October. Sharpton and the national media didn’t show up for that killing, just as they don’t for the thousands of other black-on-black killings each year.

Screw examining the systemic explanations — let’s just chide people for the “racial storyline” while claiming “the face of violence is overwhelmingly black and Hispanic” because THAT’S NOT WRONG AT ALL. Perhaps examining the unequal criminal justice system, the incarceration rate of minorities, the efforts expounded by police in investigations dependent upon the race of the victim and perpetrator, and interactions with police in minority neighborhoods can shed some light on these statistics. 

Nah, let’s just throw some numbers out there about scary brown people.

On to the release of Trayvon Martin's suspension from school for traces of marijuana in an empty plastic baggie in his backpack. First, if the police department did indeed leak this information (and they need to get their pipes checked - lots of leaks lately) they may have violated the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act [FERPA]. The information in a student’s educational record, including disciplinary record, is not to be revealed without written permission.

Before any conservative naysayers exclaim: “But Meg! It says on the government’s socialist website with ‘free’ information that they can release the record to law enforcement! What about the weed?!” — the AP is on it, confirming Trayvon Martin has no juvenile record. Oh, and these things called facts show white youths are more likely to abuse drugs than black youths but black students, particularly black male students, are much more likely to be suspended and referred to the juvenile system

Of course, discussion of Trayvon’s maybe drug use fits nicely in with George Zimmerman’s claim he was suspicious and “on drugs or something.” The drug-crazed  brown man is an old canard:

Straight from The New York Times in 1914 — the only way to deal with drugs in the black community is to lock up “irreclaimable” users. As for marijuana:

Brown people are getting your kids hooked. Lock ‘em up. Does any of this ring a bell?

None of the alleged drug use matters, though. Zimmerman is not a cop, even if he aspired to be one. He didn’t observe Martin selling or using drugs. He just thought he was suspicious and up to no good. Neighborhood Watch captains are told to not carry weapons, and call 911 to report crime — not to confront alleged perpetrators because they aren’t police. However, Zimmerman thought differently. From the Miami Herald:

The recent shooting raised troubling questions about whether the homeowners association knew its volunteer was armed with a Kel Tek 9mm semiautomatic handgun. Many residents — black and white — question Zimmerman’s judgment and wonder why he would have engaged the teenager at all.

The answer may lie in police records, which show that 50 suspicious-person reports were called in to police in the past year at Twin Lakes. There were eight burglaries, nine thefts and one other shooting in the year prior to Trayvon’s death…

Since the beginning of the year, Zimmerman made 46 calls to police. His most frequent calls were to report “suspicious persons” — all of whom were black — including a skinny black male, about 7-9 years oldThe Orlando Sentinel reports:

Many of the calls start the same way — Zimmerman mentions the recent rash of burglaries in the area and identifies himself as a member of the neighborhood watch.

"We’ve had a lot of break-ins in our neighborhood recently and I’m on the neighborhood watch," Zimmerman said during one call. "There’s two suspicious characters at the gate of my neighborhood, I’ve never seen them before. I don’t know what they are doing. They are hanging out…loitering."

That day, the “characters” are two black men in a white sedan, Zimmerman tells the dispatchers. An officer is sent to check out the call, but it’s unclear if anything suspicious was uncovered. Another time he calls to report two black teens who match the description of suspects in recent break-in, who his wife saw and identified for police.

One of Zimmerman’s African American neighbors, Ibrahim Rashada, discussed his discomfort with Zimmerman’s zealotry in the Miami Herald:

[Rashada] does not walk around the neighborhood at all. "I fit the stereotype he emailed around," he said… “So I thought, ‘Let me sit in the house. I don’t want anyone chasing me.’” For walks, he goes downtown. [Rashada’s wife] listened to her husband’s rationale, dropped her head, and cried.

Zimmerman’s neighbors expressed frustration with police response and anger at his tactics. However, Zimmerman is not without his defenders:

Problems in the 6-year-old community started during the recession, when foreclosures forced owners to rent out to “low-lifes and gangsters,” said Frank Taaffe, a former neighborhood block captain.

"Just two weeks before this shooting, George called me at my girlfriend’s house to say he saw some black guy doing surveillance at my house, because I had a left a window open," Taaffe said. "He thwarted a potential burglary of my house."

Oh, really? You know this black man was going to burglarize your house? In the neighborhood invaded by “low-lifes and gangsters” no less… Taaffe’s emerged as one of Zimmerman’s primary defenders. There’s a lot of guilt by association and dredging up the supposed past in order to tarnish Treyvon Martin and black men in general. 

You wanna play that game?

Let’s play.

Frank Taaffe said George Zimmerman is just like him and a likable guy. Well, Zimmerman and Taaffe appear to have more in common than a pathological distaste for young black males strolling their neighborhood. Taaffe was arrested for Battery, Felony Trespass, and Domestic Violence. He’s also the respondent in multiple civil cases filed for non-support of children, “repeat violence,” and Domestic Violence from as far back as 1983, and as recently as 2008.

Zimmerman was arrested for domestic violence, resisting an officer with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer, and resisting an officer without violence. His father, a retired judge, insists his son is a good boy. These two men are smearing all people of color as “thugs,” “low-lifes,” and “gangsters.” Again, Trayvon Martin has no arrest record. None. But he’s a “thug.”

Certain elements stand alone. After being told not to pursue Martin by 911 operators, warned not to be armed as a neighborhood watch captain, muttering “these assholes always get away” and a racial slur, instigating a confrontation with an unarmed man, and shooting that unarmed man dead, George Zimmerman is still free and still armed. Witnesses state Zimmerman loudly reassured people it was “self-defense” and set his gun on the ground after shooting Martin. In fact, the lead investigator did not buy Zimmerman’s story, and wanted him charged with manslaughter.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who signed the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law in 2005 said this is not the proper application of the law. Bush said, “Stand your ground means stand your ground. It doesn’t mean chase after somebody who’s turned their back." Like Zimmerman did.

Bush is not the only conservative to speak out. Columnist and commentator George Will said the law, “Tries to codify a right of self-defense that really confers upon citizens the illusion of these, that they have powers exercised by highly-trained police officers. Mr. Zimmerman says he was acting under this self-defense law, but he is said to have been recorded saying he pursued the person. You cannot be in pursuit and acting in self-defense." Like Zimmerman.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. even chimed in and said, “We all know there’s a racial component to this, and when the president highlights it, I don’t think it adds a whole lot. But nobody suggests that the president’s insensitive to the 17-year-old if he’d been white. I think the criticism by our guys was a little off-base.”

But it’s not about race, right? The fake photos originating from neo-Nazi sites, smearing Trayvon Martin’s name, calling him a thug via his alleged Twitter — that’s not about race, it’s perspective. Attempting to link Trayvon Martin and President Obama to the New Black Panthers isn’t about race, either. It’s not about race or politics when conservative site The Washington Free Beacon loudly proclaims “REGISTERED DEM KILLED TRAYVON" and "guns don’t kill people, Dems do." And we should feel sorry for Zimmerman because in many ways, "George has lost his life, too.

No. That would be Trayvon Martin. He’s the one who lost his life. You know, the one armed with Skittles, not a Kel-Tec 9 mm handgun.

Conservative blogger Dan Riehl writes the outrage is the fault of black leaders — not the guy who fired the gun. Seriously: “Said leaders, I use the term loosely, seem only interested in fueling outrage and a mob mentality for political gain. It’s sad to see so many black Americans still falling for it after so many decades. Their minds haven’t been freed, all that’s changed is the owners of the plantation. Too many would be black leaders are too happy to lead them down a path through a cotton field of ignorance and hate ending at the ballot box, before just going on and on with no real end in sight.” Disgusting.

Riehl also claims Obama is leading a “lynch mob” against Zimmerman since the Obama campaign sells hoodies. No word if Mitt Romney is also leading the mob with his fashionable “Believe in America” and logo zip-up and pullover hoodies:

Angry Black Lady rips Riehl (and others) apart on her site, Angry Black Lady Chronicles. And rightly so. Black men are persistently stereotyped as dangerous, hoodie-wearing thugseven though crime rates among black youth have fallen to record lows. Trayvon Martin’s crime appears to be "Walking while black" — a crime Bernie Goldberg or Dan Riehl will never be accused of, thanks to white privilege. Tommy Christopher writes:

This is the essence of the oft-misunderstood term “white privilege,” which is that even the least fortunate among us take for granted things that black people cannot. These don’t feel like privileges, because they’re really not, they are things that ought not be denied to anyone. It doesn’t feel like a privilege to catch a taxicab, or to walk around a store without being constantly watched and shadowed, or not to fear that any encounter with police could escalate to lethality… or to send your child to the store for a snack, confident he’ll return home without being mistaken for an imaginary criminal.

The murder of Trayvon Martin must spark a national conversation and one that must include people of color, for precisely the reasons outlined by Christopher. His fellow Mediaite columnist, Frances Martel, said, “[O]ur broken criminal justice system isn’t a black problem. It’s an American problem.” Until we acknowledge the existence of institutionalized racism, in a system serving liberty and justice for some, and then commit to real reform, Trayvon Martin will not be the last “suspicious person” gunned down for wearing nothing more than dark skin.

I hope this answers your question.

Cheers,

Meg

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In Secret Documents, Anti-Gay Marriage Group Looked To Divide Gays, Blacks

Who’s shocked? National Organization for Marriage (NOM) sought to continue “fanning hostility” and aimed to “sideswipe Obama” by finding “attractive black Democrats” to challenge “white gay marriage advocates” in elections. More on this:

"The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks—two key Democratic constituencies," says an internal report on 2008 and 2009 campaigns, in a section titled the “Not A Civil Right Project.”

"Find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage, develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots," advises the document, which is a road map to the successful campaign against same-sex marriage in California.

The document also targets Hispanic voters, whom conservatives have long hoped would join the backlash against gay rights.

"The Latino vote in America is a key swing vote, and will be so even more so in the future, both because of demographic growth and inherent uncertainty: Will the process of assimilation to the dominant Anglo culture lead Hispanics to abandon traditional family values?" the document asks. "We must interrupt this process of assimilation by making support for marriage a key badge of Latino identity - a symbol of resistance to inappropriate assimilation."

NOM — heartless, homophobic, AND racist! 

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Seriously, Geraldo Rivera. Fuck you and your stupid mustache.

Fuck your kowtowing to the idea that in order for people of color to be safe, they must not wear hoodies, instead of asking why they’re “suspicious persons” for doing so and advocating for addressing racism.

Fuck you for suggesting the hoodie was even a titch at fault in Trayvon’s murder.

Fuck you for your Savior complex on Twitter, claiming “it’s sad” you have to remind people of color about the risks their kids take by simply being a person if color in America. I’m sure they damn well know.

Fuck you for your victim-blaming in this case or in the entire special you did on why American Indians aren’t succeeding. Spoiler alert, folks: Geraldo thinks it’s their collective fault for not wanting to work and for taking government handouts.

Go find a safe to open, you smug, self-righteous prick.

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I believe that George Zimmerman, the overzealous neighborhood watch captain, should be investigated to the fullest extent of the law and if he is criminally liable, he should be prosecuted. But I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies. I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as George Zimmerman was.

Geraldo Rivera, on hoodies sharing the blame for Trayvon Martin’s death.

Are you fucking kidding me? I don’t even know how to address such insensitive idiocy.

You know who’s responsible? The man with a gun. The hoodie didn’t have a gun. Nor did the young man wearing the hoodie. Martin was armed with Skittles.

This is akin to blaming someone’s rape on their clothing. Never mind Geraldo’s tsk-tsking only covers people of color – essentially, white parents can let their kids wear whatever. You won’t get the phone call your child was gunned down like Trayvon Martin.

Read Tommy Christopher’s excellent take on this here: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/when-will-congress-take-action-on-hoodie-control-legislation/

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