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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:53 pm    Post subject: Racism in America Reply with quote

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The other stuff on the site is good too but I suppose some people like Angela and Unmask et al will not approve because maybe they are inhumane humans?

I haven't had a look at that site yet, but I would like to point out that, whatever their failings in other fields, neither Angela nor UnMask are racists. UnMask's grandchildren are biracial. And they both are friends with me.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 2:03 pm    Post subject: OccupyDemocrats site Reply with quote

The site does not only post racial stuff but Trump stuff too and that is the other stuff on the site I was referring too if you look at my post...They will not be amused let alone approve of it...LOL super grin
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:32 pm    Post subject: Racism in America Reply with quote

In the book I'm currently reading, "The Sympathizer" by Viêt Thanh Nguyên (a very good book, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner, I'll review it more thoroughly when I'm finished with it), I found this very interesting and insightful comment on how the arrival of a flood of Asians impacted on the US:

We threatened the sanctity and symmetry of a white and black America whose yin and yang racial politics left no room for any other color, particularly that of pathetic little yellow-skinned people pickpocketing the American purse. We were strange aliens...

I never thought about it in those terms, but the guy has a point.

I suppose it is different in Australia, where the Aborigene problem has nowhere near the scope of the Black problem in the US - at least I don't think so.

Now of course we have the Muslim problem on top of it, but that's a slightly different matter.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 12:49 am    Post subject: Obama's confidence affected by right-wing press Reply with quote

Obama: Fox News ‘Vilified’ Me

President Barack Obama said in an interview published Wednesday that the way conservative media “vilified” him affected his confidence. “In 2008, I was never subjected to the kind of concentrated vilification of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, the whole conservative-media ecosystem, and so as a consequence, even for my first two years as a senator I was polling at 70 percent,” he said in comments to The Atlantic. His comments were included in the “My President Was Black” cover story, with interview excerpts released Tuesday and Wednesday. Just weeks before he’s due to hand over control of the White House, the outgoing president opened up about the personal toll the media had on him. Toward the end of the 2008 race, he said, certain news outlets began portraying to voters “some image of me as trying to take away their stuff and give it to black people, and coddle criminals.” That depiction was “deployed in full force” once he took office, he said, “and it had an impact in terms of how a large portion of white voters would see me.” Even now, he said, many Trump supporters “are responding to a fictional character named Barack Obama who they see on Fox News or who they hear about through Rush Limbaugh.”

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:26 pm    Post subject: Police are killing les armed black men Reply with quote

Aren't we thrilled to know!!!!

Police Killings of Unarmed Black Men Dropped by More Than Half in 2016
By Max Kutner

The number of unarmed black men shot and killed by police in the U.S. last year was less than half the total for 2015, according to one database, suggesting that due to nationwide protests, better training or other factors, what the media has called “a national crisis” could be abating.

Police used fatal force on 16 unarmed black men in 2016, according to a Washington Post database. That is down from the 36 unarmed black men police had killed in 2015. Police used fatal force on one unarmed black woman in 2016 and two in 2015.

Members of law enforcement and analysts who monitor the field say any unjustified officer-involved killing of a person is tragic, but they argue that the national outrage over the deaths of unarmed black men seems disproportionate to the diminishing number of such incidents. “Police shootings of unarmed black men is not a national crisis,” says Heather Mac Donald, the author of The War on Cops and a fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank. “We have been having a discussion for the last 20 years of phantom police racism in order to not talk about a far more difficult and uncomfortable reality, and that is the wildly disproportionate levels of black-on-black crime.”

Citing FBI data, Mac Donald points out that 900 more black men were murdered by offenders of all races in 2015 than in 2014, and that the overall number of black homicide victims in 2015 was around 7,000—higher than that for other demographics. (The FBI has not yet released the 2016 data.)

Read more at Newsweek: http://www.newsweek.com/police-killings-unarmed-black-men-538542
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:06 am    Post subject: Racist Dairy Queen Store Closed Reply with quote


Racist Dairy Queen Store Closed
Tess Koman Wed, Jan 11 9:12 AM PST
From Cosmopolitan

Deianeira Ford, a biracial 21-year-old woman from Zion, Illinois, visited a local Dairy Queen with her two small children last Wednesday. When her $5 order was wrong, she asked for a refund to which the store’s owner Jim Crichton responded by allegedly verbally assaulting Ford and her children, the Washington Post reports.

In a post that’s since been deleted by Facebook (though it’s unclear exactly why), Ford detailed the alleged incident. After giving her back the $5, Crichton “called me and my children n******; he said I can go back to where I came from," Ford wrote. "He took out his flip phone and he said he would take a picture and put it on Facebook because he wants to show the world what kind of n****** he has to deal with. Then he shut the window and walked away,” she told the Post.

She also said her 3-year-old daughter who’s “a little sponge” asked her “Mommy, we n******?” When she asked for his name to file a report, he reportedly replied he was “Bill Clinton then said better yet I’m Donald Trump."

Ford then called the police from the Dairy Queen parking lot. The responding officer wrote later in a report Crichton “proudly admitted” to using the slur and said he “would be happy to go to jail over the issue,” according to the Chicago Tribune. He also said he was “‘fed up with black people.’” The officer noted Crichton used the N-word “freely to describe black people” in the store.

When contacted by the News-Sun the next day, Crichton denied the accusations. "It's 99 percent lies,” he said. “Her order was confusing, and I told her, 'Here's your money back. This is so far blown out of proportion.”

Two days after the alleged incident, the official Dairy Queen Facebook account informed those who’d complained on behalf of Ford that the Zion Dairy Queen location had “been closed until further notice.” In a more recent Facebook update, Ford wrote Crichton had his license revoked and subsequently lost his franchise.

Ford’s attorney continues to meet with people who’ve allegedly been treated similarly by Crichton, though no one has pressed charges officially yet. Black Lives Matter protestors and other local activists have been organized in front of the Dairy Queen since Saturday.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:34 am    Post subject: The token Black Reply with quote


The New York Times Magazine
I Know How It Feels to Be Someone’s ‘Token.’ I’m Sure Ben Carson Does, Too.
JAN. 10, 2017

“The best people.” This refrain rang throughout Donald Trump’s
presidential campaign; at times, it seemed to be his justification for
being in the race at all. He wasn’t a politician — he was a
businessman. He had never run a government, but he ran a company, and
running a company is, at bottom, easy: You get the best people. The pitch
worked, and Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United
States of America. In the meantime, he has been stocking his cabinet with
what he promises are the best people.

Even without thinking too hard about what “best” means — best for
whom? to do what? — it’s still instructive to see who made the cut.
The two people who will be perched on Trump’s shoulders, his chief of
staff Reince Priebus and his chief strategist Steve Bannon, are white men.
The top layer of his cabinet — the attorney general, as well as the
secretaries of state, Treasury and defense — is made up of white men. In
fact, if you print out a chart with the faces of Trump’s picks on it,
the first thing you’re likely to notice about it is that his cabinet
consists almost entirely of white men. And the second thing you’re
likely to notice is Dr. Ben Carson.

His is a conspicuous face. It’s black, for one, which makes it, in this
cabinet, unique. It’s also famous: Carson is one of the best-known
medical doctors of our time and mounted a presidential run of his own. But
Carson’s face seems to be in the wrong place. The retired neurosurgeon
won’t be running, say, Health and Human Services; he’ll manage the
Department of Housing and Urban Development. His inclusion is conspicuous
for another reason too: Shortly after the election, Carson’s friend and
adviser Armstrong Williams said that Carson wouldn’t take a cabinet
position, because he had no governing experience. “The last thing he
would want to do,” Williams said, “was take a position that could
cripple the presidency.” It seems very unlikely that a retired
neurosurgeon with no governing experience is one of “the best people”
to handle city planning and housing policies. So why is he there?

Carson certainly looks like what people might call a token: Someone
admitted into a space dominated by one group mostly to feign inclusivity
toward others. It feels unkind to actually call him that: It’s rude,
messy and dismissive of Carson’s agency and ability. Still, this
administration stands to be mighty white and male, and its few women and
people of color, tend to appear in roles that feel like afterthoughts or
stereotypes. It’s almost funny in its clumsiness. Nikki Haley, who has
virtually no foreign-policy experience but is the child of Indian
immigrants, will be ambassador to the United Nations. A black man will
oversee housing projects. As of late December, Politico was reporting that
Trump’s staff was “scrambling” to find a Hispanic candidate to head
the Department of Agriculture. These appointees may be as accomplished and
well qualified as anyone else in Trump’s cabinet. But the stagecraft and
typecasting of their appointments are definitely what you might call
tokenism, writ large and on full, public display.

One October Trump rally featured a prominent ‘Blacks for Trump’ sign
that was held up by an elderly white woman.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order 10925, which
expanded on President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s order, signed 20 years
earlier, which banned racial discrimination in the federal government and
defense industries. Kennedy ordered that government contractors “take
affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and that
employees are treated during employment, without regard to their race,
creed, color or national origin.” Three years later, the Civil Rights
Act of 1964 extended that action to women. The Civil Rights Act of 1968
banned housing discrimination. By the decade’s end there was, at least
in theory, a commitment to include everyone in American life — an
admission that per federal law, if only per federal law, women and brown
people were full citizens.

One response was violence. Where violence was ineffective or unacceptable,
other forms of resistance had to suffice. Schools integrated
spasmodically, often kicking and screaming in court. Workplaces often
didn’t. Many white homeowners and landlords refused to sell or rent to
families of color. In 1973 in New York, President Richard Nixon’s
Department of Justice sued Donald Trump and his father for refusing to
rent to black people. That the Trumps objected and denied this reflected
not just their legal situation but a growing social consensus that things
like naked racism and sexism were untoward — things few people wanted to
be accused of or forced to defend.

But institutions throughout the nation also found it difficult to stop
doing them. This is the world that brought us modern American tokenism,
both as a word and as a practice. People concluded that it was easier to
fake inclusion than truly include women and people of color. The easiest
course was to find one person who could serve as a stand-in, to appear in
a classroom or a workplace to signal that everyone was getting a fair shot
— not only when that was untrue, but because it was untrue and needed

Tokenism is, above all, a form of misdirection. It’s the smiling Muslim
kid on the school brochure, the black editorial assistant in the all-white
newsroom, the telegenic woman serving as a campaign spokeswoman. By the
mid-1990s, television and film had mastered this, too, dutifully checking
off boxes with actors of color whose purpose was mainly to be seen. These
were minor, disposable mascots who played to stereotypes, provided shallow
comic relief or merely died first to show that others were in danger —
the obnoxious gay best friend, the asexual Asian bookworm, the West Indian
nanny. This type of character became such an established trope that the
adult cartoon “South Park” featured an African-American child actually
named Token. At tokenism’s cheapest and laziest, a mascot isn’t even
necessary. People counter accusations of racism by pointing to their close
but unidentified black friends. One October Trump rally featured a
prominent “Blacks for Trump” sign that was held up by an elderly white

In politics, complaints about tokenism come from both sides. Those on the
left accuse the right of using well-placed tokens to create the false
impression of a diverse, dynamic movement that both values and is
supported by women and people of color. Those on the right accuse the left
of valuing diversity over quality, ticking off racial boxes instead of
insisting on merit. The defining difference between these analyses is
obvious. In one, the suggestion is that people other than white men are
qualified to do important jobs and too seldom get the chance; in the
other, the suggestion is that they often lack merit but are rewarded

How do you know when you’re being used as an excuse?

Last month on the Fox News program “Hannity,” the Trump adviser Newt
Gingrich hailed what he saw as Trump’s dedication to the quality of
cabinet appointments over arbitrary diversity. “This is what leads him
to Jim Mattis,” Gingrich said. “This is what leads him to Rick Perry.
I mean, he’s going to look for the best to come in. It’s a piece of
what Trumpism is, as opposed to liberalism, which would look for the right
token, surrogate, even if they were incompetent.” But just one week
later, Gingrich changed his tune. “There has to be more Hispanics in the
administration,” he told Politico, which later reported that Trump’s
search to fill that Department of Agriculture slot was extending even to
people who were “part-Latino and have no experience in agriculture.”

Many white kids grow up learning that they can be anything: an astronaut,
an inventor, the president. Many minorities of a certain age and place,
kids who grew up before the possibility of a black president, were bused
up Route 295 to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore on elementary-school
field trips, treated to speeches by a renowned neurosurgeon and taught
that if they went to class, kept their heads in books and got good grades,
they, too, could one day be like Ben Carson.

I was one of those kids. This winter, while home for the holidays, I
searched for his autobiography “Gifted Hands,” and found it resting on
a shelf in my childhood bedroom; “The Big Picture,” another of his
books, was propped next to it, with my little brother’s name scrawled

A unique sort of sadness stirs within me when I watch Carson now. He is,
in many ways, the best of us. Yet in the end, he’s just a tool for
someone else. I recognize myself in him. My scholastic, athletic and
professional careers have always taken me through white-dominated spaces
in which I’m often alone and often the first. I’ve been called a token
more times than I can count; I’ve been one more times than I cared to.

A token is always chosen, and there is a steady, throbbing angst that
comes with being chosen over and over again, always knowing that, on some
level, my abilities may be ancillary to my appearance. How do you know
when you’re being used as an excuse? How can you tell the difference
between a new employer who is making earnest steps toward diversity and
one who is just trying to cover himself? What about the times when you
know it’s the latter but want the spot, or need it, or tell yourself
that being successful in it will crack the door wider for the next person?
How do you prove that you belong? Can you?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 7:03 pm    Post subject: David Duke to Trump: "We did it!" Reply with quote

White Supremacist Leader Congratulates Trump: ‘We Did It!’

White supremacist leader David Duke has congratulated Donald Trump on his inauguration. “We did it!” he wrote on Twitter. “Congratulation [sic] Donald J. Trump President of the United States of America!” he wrote. Duke, a former Imperial Wizard for the Ku Klux Klan, was very vocal in supporting Trump throughout his campaign. In a series of tweets during the inauguration on Friday, Duke praised Trump for “declaring war” on the agenda of the “Jewish establishment” and said he would “return dignity to the white working class.” “Hail Prez Trump! America First! Save USA borders not foreign. Make nations (((Israel)))? pay own defense! NO to (((Neocon))) warmongers!” he wrote. Duke’s support for Trump prompted a minor scandal during the presidential campaign, when Trump appeared to hesitate before denouncing the former KKK leader as a “bad person.”

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:40 pm    Post subject: SNL on 'Casual White Supremacy' Reply with quote


Aziz Ansari Lays Into Donald Trump Supporters’ ‘Casual White Supremacy’ on SNL
‘Saturday Night Live’ host Aziz Ansari opened his monologue this week with a denunciation of Donald Trump and a call to action for those who oppose him.
Matt Wilstein
01.21.17 11:21 PM ET

After giving New Yorkers a taste of his Donald Trump impression on the eve of the inauguration during the “We Stand United” rally Thursday, Alec Baldwin must have decided he needed Saturday night off. Instead, Beck Bennett’s shirtless Vladimir Putin opened Saturday Night Live this week.

In a broadcast from RT, Putin told Americans, “Yesterday we made Donald Trump the 45th president of the United States,” adding, “Hooray! We did it, huh?”

But without Baldwin present, it was up to host Aziz Ansari to deliver the night’s most pointed message to America’s new president. And Ansari just might have been the perfect Saturday Night Live host to kick off the Donald Trump era. Not only is he remarkably the show’s first ever host of South Asian descent, but he is also one of Trump’s harshest and and hilarious comedian critics. It’s too bad his excellent Bobby Jindal impression is no longer relevant.

“I can't believe this. I'm here hosting Saturday Night Live… the day after Trump's inauguration,” Ansari said at the top of his monologue. “Pretty cool to know though he's probably at home right now watching a brown guy make fun of him though, right?”

“Crazy couple of days, man,” he continued. “Yesterday, Trump was inaugurated. Today an entire gender protested against him. Wow.” But Ansari also warned against “demonizing” everyone who voted for Trump. They’re not all “dumb racist, misogynist, homophobes,” he reasoned.

“Don't judge them,” he said. “Some people have different political priorities. Some people voted for him with reservations. I'm sure a lot of people voted for Trump the same way a lot of people listen to Chris Brown, where it’s like, hey, man, I'm just here for the tunes, I don't know about that other stuff.”

“If you think about it, Donald Trump is basically the Chris Brown of politics,” he said, “and ‘Make America Great Again’ is his ‘These Hoes Ain't Loyal.’” But as long as we “treat each other with respect and remember that ultimately we are all Americans,” Ansari said everything will be “fine.”

The “problem” with that, he said, is the relatively small group of people who “have gotten way too fired up about the Trump thing for the wrong reasons. These people that, as soon as Trump won they're like, ‘We don't have to pretend like we're not racist anymore! We don't have to pretend anymore! We can be racist again, wooo!'” To those people, he had a message: “Please go back to pretending. You've got to go back to pretending.”

"I know it's been a rough couple of years. Obama, Empire, Hamilton,” Ansari said. “Star Wars movies where the only white characters are storm troopers. I get it. It's been rough. But you've got to stop. You know who I'm talking about. This new lowercase kkk movement, this casual white supremacy.”

To those who see a person of color and say stuff like, “Trump won, go back to Africa” or “Trump won, go back to Mexico,” Ansari said, “I ain't moving, OK?”

After briefly addressing Islamophobia, Ansari called on Trump to make “a real speech denouncing the lowercase kkk.” He said, “Don't tweet about me being lame or the show. Write a real speech, because these people are out there and it’s pissing people off.”

Trump’s refusal to address these issues is even making him miss George W. Bush, who delivered a message about Islam being a religion of peace after 9/11. “Sixteen years ago, I was certain this dude was a dildo,” he said of Bush “Now I'm sitting there like, he guided us with his eloquence!”

Ending on a serious note, Ansari said, “I know there are a lot of people that are worried now. This is a weird time. If you're excited about Trump, great. He's president. Let's hope he does a great job. If you're scared about Trump and you're very worried, you're going to be OK, too. Because if you look at our history, change doesn't come from presidents. Change comes from large groups of angry people. And if day one is any indication, you are part of the largest group of angry people I have ever seen.”
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:44 am    Post subject: Stunningly Racist Novel Is How Bannon Explains The World Reply with quote

This Stunningly Racist French Novel Is How Steve Bannon Explains The World

"The Camp of the Saints" tells a grotesque tale about a migrant invasion to destroy Western civilization

Stephen Bannon, President Donald Trump’s chief strategist and the driving force behind the administration’s controversial ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, has a favorite metaphor he uses to describe the largest refugee crisis in human history.

“It’s been almost a Camp of the Saints-type invasion into Central and then Western and Northern Europe,” he said in October 2015.

“The whole thing in Europe is all about immigration,” he said in January 2016. “It’s a global issue today — this kind of global Camp of the Saints.”

“It’s not a migration,” he said later that January. “It’s really an invasion. I call it the Camp of the Saints.”

“When we first started talking about this a year ago,” he said in April 2016, “we called it the Camp of the Saints. ... I mean, this is Camp of the Saints, isn’t it?”

Bannon has agitated for a host of anti-immigrant measures. In his previous role as executive chairman of the right-wing news site Breitbart — which he called a “platform for the alt-right,” the online movement of white nationalists — he made anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim news a focus.

But the top Trump aide’s repeated references to The Camp of the Saints, an obscure 1973 novel by French author Jean Raspail, reveal even more about how he understands the world. The book is a cult favorite on the far right, yet it’s never found a wider audience. There’s a good reason for that: It’s breathtakingly racist.

“[This book is] racist in the literal sense of the term. It uses race as the main characterization of characters,” said Cécile Alduy, professor of French at Stanford University and an expert on the contemporary French far right. “It describes the takeover of Europe by waves of immigrants that wash ashore like the plague.”

The book, she said, “reframes everything as the fight to death between races.”

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