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Tag Archives: Race matters
“Blame deep-seated racism if Obama loses,” argues Sun-Times woman Deborah Douglas, who seems stuck in a pre-civil-rights movement past.
Pssst! I have a not-so-secret to tell you: America is no place for uppity black folks. At least that’s what I’ve been finding out lately.
Does she really think a white guy could have beat Hillary in the primary? Or, for that matter, that she’d be where she is if she were white?
The question arises, inevitably, in our race-preferential society, which has raised victimhood to an art form and laid guilt on non-black people — the younger, the more susceptible.
For more on this, see Coloring the News: How Crusading for Diversity Has Corrupted American Journalism, by William McGowan, a 2001 book.
In this piece, Douglas refers to “grass-chewing Southerners” who call blacks “uppity” and to herself as “a nappy-headed black woman.”
O. would be “way ahead if 40 percent of white Americans didn’t have negative views of African Americans,” she writes. “The Great American Gut Check won’t give Obama a break,” however, citing the recent
AP-Stanford University poll that validates what [she has] suspected: If Barack Obama doesn’t win in November, we can blame racism.
Yes, the poll:
“There are a lot fewer bigots than there were 50 years ago, but that doesn’t mean there’s only a few bigots,” said Stanford political scientist Paul Sniderman who helped analyze the exhaustive survey.
That might be so, by why did the study only address how the prejudices of whites are impacting the campaign while totally ignoring how racist feelings by blacks are entering the equation?
My point exactly. What white candidate could count on 78% of the black vote in S. Carolina, for instance, as he did in the recent primary? Works both ways.
See Dennis Byrne for comments on same subject, including:
The poll finds that nine percent of all respondents said that Obama being the first black president would make them less likely to vote for him. Yes, this is wrong. But if you bother to read the survey’s next line, you find that another nine percent said that Obama being the first black president would make them more likely to vote for him.
The lady missed that point.
“Half of her staff really wants Sarah Palin on,” an insider explains. “Oprah’s website is getting tons of requests to put her on, but Oprah and a couple of her top people are adamantly against it because of Obama.”
Oprah, it’s gonna be bad for business if you diss her!!
Part one, sports:
Just heard a Fox Chi sports commentator pay a compliment to White Sox pitchers, saying Sox had “a lights-out filthy rotation,” which the most avid fan of even ten years ago — not to mention 65, when my day began with feverish turn to Trib sports page gathered up from the porch to see how Sox did — would have made neither hide nor hair of.
Lights-out used to mean dumb. Filthy was no compliment at all. Rotation might be the spin on a fast ball.
Not now. A lights-out performance is when you punch someone’s lights out, knock him or them out, make a big splash, succeed admirably. Filthy is a pitch that is near impossible to hit. Rotation means your four or five starting pitchers.
Part two, politics:
The mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick, shoved a subpoena server, yelling, “Get the f— off my family’s porch,” the subpoena server, Sheriff’s Detective Brian White, testified.
White also said Kilpatrick berated his partner, Investigator JoAnn Kinney, and told her she should be ashamed of herself for being a black woman and working on this case, an apparent reference to the conspiracy, perjury, misconduct in office and obstruction of justice charges against the mayor. He added that the mayor asked her how she could work with a white man and a man named White.
Wait. Aren’t there black men named White? And whites named Kilpatrick, for that matter? But that’s not the point. I would like to know when the mayor does his sensitivity training so as to expunge such racial references from his vocabulary.
To sum up, was his performance on this occasion both lights-out and filthy in the old meanings? And when does he rotate out of office?
Here he is:
Here are Spanish b-ballers preparing for Beijing:
No offence was intended by the players or the Spanish federation of Funny Guys and Gals Who Play Sports, say the perps. The first is an ad for a sponsor. The second is a team web site foto.
These Spanish people are equal-opportunity offenders. They called black soccer players monkeys in Madrid in 2004, and the coach made cracks about a mixed-race French player (and got fined). Called him “that black shit” in a pep talk to his team. (Very appealing guy the s. player, as in this video.)
Am finding it tres amusing myself, something maybe to puncture, if slightly, the international cocoon of correctitude and restoring maybe the “sticks and stones may break my bones” attitude of old.
I should be shunned along with you and the low-life Spanish athletes.Seeing the photos, all I could think of was “The good old days, when we could be stupid and get stupid-back-at-us, and no one cut anyone’s head off because of a cartoon. Skin was thicker in those ancient times when your saying “Stix and stones, etc.” was a kid’s national anthem.
Hoo boy, am I dumb. When Mary Mitchell called for more cops in black gangsters’ neighborhoods — “on the South Side where most of the shootings have occurred” — I simply asked, rhetorically, To do what? Can they get aggressive, or is that what causes riots (smaller things have caused riots), as Mitchell said, agreeing with Daley?
“[T]he mayor is right about one thing,” she wrote.
Community activists would have gone berserk had Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis ordered police to stop every white T-shirt, cap-cocked-to-the-side, medallion swinging, pants-sagging black and brown youth in and around the Taste.
“You have to be cautious. You can’t just send a hundred policemen and — say if it’s Gang X African-Americans — and start grabbing every African-American [in the area]. You’d have a full-scale riot,” the mayor said on Tuesday.
Had police harassed even one person who fit the profile of a gang-banger and that person turned out to be a harmless suburban kid in hip-hop gear, well, you can imagine the outcry.
No, what they do was not her point, to go by today’s “Weis wants a new SOS REVIVE DISBANDED UNIT? | Meets with aldermen after Taste violence,” in which the issue is switching cops from white non-gang wards to black (and hispanic) gang wards:
“[Weis is] doing a statistical analysis of crime and crime patterns with an eye toward realigning beats and districts,” said Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd).
Ald. Freddrenna Lyle (6th) said Weis “agreed there needs to be some kind of re-evaluation because it hasn’t been done in 25 years and everything has changed since then.” But she’s not holding her breath.
“Every superintendent we’ve had has said they’d look at it — and it still hasn’t happened. You’ve got to [be willing to] make some people mad,” Lyle said.
“Some people” indeed. Lyle meant white people living in non-gang wards, of course. It’s a matter of moving cops around. That’s what Mitchell was talking about.
It would have been nice to read her saying that more clearly, but she preferred tip-toeing on the subject. Even race-based columnists have their sensitivities.
Rev. Jesse Jackson is a locker-room mouth from a way back. In 1969, hearing from a reporter that he’d been a priest, he guffawed. “You wanted some pussy!”
“I wanted to get married,” the reporter said.
“I know,” he said, laughing.
This was in a Loop hotel room, shortly after he had delivered a stemwinder to the Association of Chicago Priests in a ballroom downstairs, predicting (inaccurately) the departure from ministry of Chicago’s four black priests.
A bodyguard had opened the door for the reporter, who had followed Jesse up to his room after the headline-making speech. Two others were with Jesse, who was stripped to the waist and eating a banana. All three were suitably amused.
Yesterday Rev. Jesse said unwittingly on camera that he’d “like to perform an orchiectomy” on Obama for “talking down” to blacks by urging personal responsibility for what happens to them — doing a Cosby, you might say, if not as memorably.
Chi Trib boldly quotes Rev. J’s cutting remark:
“I want to cut his nuts out,” Jackson added [to his whispered criticism], gesturing as if grabbing part of the male anatomy and then pulling.
Kudos to writers John McCormick and Monique Garcia and the Trib copy desk for giving us the true facts of the matter, though their “part of the male anatomy” might have been better stated as “crotch,” as Mike Royko once wrote, wondering why baseball players were always pulling on theirs. Why? Maybe to straighten out the cup?
Red meat today for angry blacks and guilty whites in Chi Trib’s hard copy p-1 headline story, “The transplant gap keeps more blacks waiting for kidneys,” by Deborah Shelton.
The story is another in a line of “makes me want to holler” items that regularly feed black resentment and white-liberal anguish, recounting in excruciating, montonous detail what’s wrong with organ transplantation in this country as regards racial disparity.
Read it and weep, whether from anger or guilt or ennui compounded with disgust at colorized journalism meant to feed the race-complaint machine — rather plant, like Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors” : “Feeeeeed me!”
At least in the Metro section’s page-one story about bicycle messengers with its bike-messenger viewpoint lede, we read also about drivers and pedestrians’ complaints about cyclist’s recklessness and flouting of traffic rules. In this kidney-transplant story, on the other hand, we get almost all quotes and notations in support of What a Damn Shame This Is.
African-Americans account for 37 percent of people receiving dialysis but make up only 19 percent of the transplant population, according to the United States Renal Data System, a government database.
This is news? Over– and under-representation of blacks in bad (as incarceration) and good (academic achievement) has been trumpeted with indignation, but never going beyond that and white American responsibility for it all. Or is it propaganda?
Responsibility, thy color is white, is the message. If you’re black, step back from responsibility, for this and a dozen other bad situations. A very bad message for all concerned.
The poorer you are, the more conspicuous is your consumption. Blacks and Latins are generally poorer than whites. So:
An African American family with the same income, family size, and other demographics as a white family will spend about 25 percent more of its income on jewelry, cars, personal care, and apparel. For the average black family, making about $40,000 a year, that amounts to $1,900 more a year than for a comparable white family. To make up the difference, African Americans spend much less on education, health care, entertainment, and home furnishings. (The same is true of Latinos.)
Two U. of Chicago economists and another from U. of Pennsylvania researched the matter. The conspicuous consumption part they got from Thorstein Veblen, who coined the term. The idea is to prove you’re prosperous, so you can hold your head up in the world.
So preachers of the good life to blacks and Latins might zero in on bling and say forget it, go for the gold of upward mobility through delayed satisfaction.
But what about that “same income, family size, and other demographics” that seems to make it racial or race-cultural or historically determined race-cultural or something else? I do not know, but Virginia Postrel takes a crack at it at The Atlantic-dot-com.
By Jim Bowman | |
Mary Mitchell asks about Northwestern U. students objecting to denial of honorary degree to Rev. Jeremiah Wright,
what kind of education would these black students be getting if they stood by and did nothing while the university engages in what looks like a grave injustice[?]
Being students at a highly rated school offering great opportunities for personal and professional advancement, they would be doing very nicely, especially if they also quit their self-segregating organization, “For Members Only, the Black Student Alliance” and concentrated on being assimilated into the greater society eager to have them if only to remove guilt feelings.
They have the chance to make the “gift of innocence” to whites, as Shelby Steele puts it, but instead they muck around in black woundedness and protest.
They might also learn to ditch this bromidic phrase, applied to America’s most famous black preacher and quoted seriously by Mitchell as aider and abettor of their foolish course
“What is happening is they are demonizing a black man,”