Some are not bothering to pretend the GOP isn’t the party of white men.Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is warning Republicans that the strategy of relying on “angry white guys” is eventually going to doom his party.
This week, the Republican Party, which is reportedly 92 percent white, has struggled to find minority speakers to take the stage at their convention. While former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, former Democratic Rep. Arthur Davis and Utah congressional candidate Mia Love all performed well, they were speaking to a crowd of overwhelmingly white faces. In fact, only 2 percent of Republican delegates are black.
Graham told the The Washington Post that it’s just a matter of time before changing demographics catch up with his party.
“The demographics race we’re losing badly [sic],” the senior senator from South Carolina explained. “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”
Two attendees were ejected from Republican National Convention on Tuesday for throwing nuts at a black CNN camerawoman. The individuals told her “this is how we feed animals” as they threw the nuts, multiple witness said. In a statement, convention officials said the attendees had “exhibited deplorable behaviour”.
I wonder what Mia Love and Condi Rice have to say about this?
“No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that I was born and raised.”
With that comment to a crowd in Michigan, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney officially embraced the “birther” movement and touched off a firestorm of protest across the airwaves and internet.
Of course, those protesting didn’t include his live audience or the extremists on the right. Nor, given Romney’s embrace of Donald Trump, should we be surprised by this joke-that’s-not-a-joke. Ari Melber of The Nation put it succinctly: “Jokes can be more revealing than talking points.”
New York has the oldest and one of the largest populations of Caribbean Americans in the country. Every year West Indians from all over to world come to New York City on Labor Day to celebrate our rich history and culture. Things can get out of hand, but mostly it is just a gathering of hundreds of thousands of folks enjoying themselves. That many people in one place often stirs up white panic, even though St. Patrick’s Day parades can get just as or even more raucous. The police have been at the forefront of this anti-black phobia and attribute every crime committed by a black or Hispanic person to the parade. Last year they went too far and to many’s surprise they got punished for it. This year perhaps the Big Apple’s “Finest” can leave their bigotry at home and actually work to serve and protect the West Indian members of New York City.
Nearly 20 employees of the New York Police Department have faced discipline in connection with the posting of racist or derogatory comments on a Facebook page about revelers at the 2011 West Indian American Day Parade, a heavily policed annual celebration in Brooklyn on Labor Day weekend.The comments referred to “savages” and “animals,” and one poster wrote, “Let them kill each other.” The Facebook page, titled “No More West Indian Day Detail,” elicited comments from more than 150 people, many of whose names matched those of police officers.
The department’s chief spokesman, Paul J. Browne, said 17 people had since been disciplined; four of those are officers facing pending departmental trials on charges of “conduct prejudicial to the good order of the Police Department,” he said. Mr. Browne said that seven had received the department’s lowest level of punishment, the equivalent of a reprimand. Six others received what is known as a command discipline — a punishment that sometimes entails a loss of up to 10 vacation days.
Country clubs are still a bastion of white male power. Rand Paul, a senator from Kentucky who favors banning parts of the historic 1960’s Civil Rights legislation, celebrated of his electoral win at the private, all white Bowling Green Country Club. Although I am not a fan of most of Condoleeza’s policies, since she has left public office she has made some cogent commentary on racism She is also pro-choice, so right-wing nut jobs who say she should have been Vice President are just lip service to cover their psychotic Obama Derangement Syndrome. Congratulations to Ms. and her role as a reluctant pioneer. I hope she doesn’t get mistaken for the help too many times!
Condoleezza Rice, the first female African-American Secretary of State, made more history on Aug. 20 as she was named as one of the first two women members of the Masters Golf Club at Augusta National in Augusta, Ga.
According to the Associated Press, Rice, a 57-year-old Stanford University political science professor and former Secretary of State of the United States of America, and South Carolina financier Darla Moore, once considered the richest woman in the banking industry, were both named simultaneously as the Masters Golf Club’s newest members, breaking the club’s 80-year history of female discrimination.
Forbes is a magazine for wealthy white business people. Even though they are not as blatantly racist as National Review they have come up with some extremely biased doozies like If I was a Poor Black Kid, which inspired a furious backlash and great memes. Forbes doubled down with this mess from a whiny white guy who assumes his inability to reach impoverished black children is because they are all criminally ignorant and not really poor.
Their latest dip into the pool of white elitism is an insult the Olympians of the Caribbean, Africa and Africans Americans athletes by retreading the racially biased pseudobiology that held away in America and Europe after slavery and only began to die after the Holocaust. Scientific racism never seems to completely die out and John Entine one of the most vocal proponent contents that blacks are simply better for running. This nonsense seems even more ridiculous due to the availably of DNA analysis. 70% African Americans have white ancestry and about 15% have Native American ancestry. Those few whose genetic contributions that hail completely from Africa are an admixture of numerous ethnic groups. Caribbean people are more mixed with the aboriginal people of the islands, the shortage of white women in the West Indies and the white colonial aristocracy’s tendency to breed their own “stock.” After emancipation some of the South Asian indentured servants married black natives.
Most Jamaicans simply consider themselves Jamaicans. Colorism may be an issue but race isn’t I have Jamaican maternal linage that is white, South Asian and African. You can look at a pictures of the Olympic team and see the variation. Why do racists like you deny the fact that the average person of a different race can be more similar genetically than two people of the same race? Why do racists deny that Africa has the greatest genetic variation on the planet and skin color varies throughout the continent?
Black people have made headway in “traditionally white” sports like golf, fencing, tennis swimming, diving, water polo and gymnastics, how does this racist twaddle explain that? Individual, genetics, opportunity, resources and hard work make a good athlete. This post started as a comment on this fact that this racist tripe still gets publicized as fact. My post was magically removed. I posted it again lets see if it is jettisoned into the ozone again by the author of this trash. Come on, John Entine, put scientific racism in the dustbin of history next to eugenics where it belongs. For more detailed discussion on how wrong this Entine character is check out Resurrecting Racism: The attack on black people using phony science.
This is a great piece on the politics of black hair by Dr. Neal Lester. Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy. I have been natural for years because I live in town were hair dressers are stuck in the 1950’s. My hair dropped out because the small town hair dressers used a ridiculously strong perm on my hair over 10 years ago. The older member of my upper middle class family squawk about my hair every time they see me offer to get it breaded (which I gladly accept) or to perm it, which I flatly reject. When it was I child I begged to wear afro puffs and finally got permission in 7th grade. even when I finally got was allowed to get a perm in high school I would let out grow out because Ultra Sheen scalp burns we no joke and I want to look like Chaka Khan, which disturbed my mother to no end. I reallt hope that the current natural hair movement doesn’t go the way of my afro puffs and women can wear their hair anyway they want without criticism within and outside the black community.
African American women slaves covered their hair with bandannas or used axle grease, greasy dishwater, or lye to temporarily straighten their curly hair. An 1894 minstrel song by African American Gussie Davis, “When They Straighten All the Colored People’s Hair,” proclaimed that heaven would be the place where straight hair, even for black folks, would prevail. Some sources allege that slave women felt ashamed of their non-straight, non-flowing hair when compared with the mistresses’ or the little white children’s they were grooming. In the 1960s, some black women embraced the Afro as a symbol of political resistance and saw activist Angela Davis and Davis’ bold Afro as the embodiment of black power. Davis later lamented her disappointment that her politics had been reduced to a hairstyle, a hairstyle that in the 1980s and 1990s became a fad among black youngsters who saw the Afro and the Afro pick as more fashion than political statement.Continue Reading.
I am reblogging this great article from my good G+ friend T. F. Chatterton:
The reports of Black women hating on Gabby Douglas’s hair have been greatly exaggerated. Articles claiming that Black women have fixated on Gabby’s hair have sparked the usual discussion about White beauty norms, hair politics, and internalized racism. But is it reallyBlack women who are obsessed with Gabby Douglas’ hair, or the media?
The idea that sisters are paying “more attention to her hair than her gold medals” is exactly the image of dysfunctional, belligerent Black women that the media loves. In the understandable rush to defend Gabby from critics, we’ve overlooked that this narrative is being pushed by racist, sexist media that can’t be trusted to report accurately on Black women’s opinions on just about anything. There’s very little evidence that hair is a priority when it comes to Black women’s feelings about Gabby Douglas.
This story can be traced back to one blog post quoting all of three disparaging comments, that Jezebel slapped a few more tweets on as proof of a trend. Everyone from NPR to the LA times has since weighed in, all seemingly basing their analysis on the Jezebel piece and a small sample of tweets. Outlets have specifically searched for negative tweets about Gabby, probably overlooking many more celebratory comments. We should question whether the coverage reflects an actual trend, or confirmation bias creating a news story out of a few isolated fools being mean on the internet. It’s possible that the real viral story here is the original piece and the media furor it’s spawned. Read More
Shari Archibald’s black handbag sat at her feet on the sidewalk in front of her Bronx home on a recent summer night. The two male officers crouched over her leather bag and rooted around inside, elbow-deep. he pulled out a tray of foil-covered pills, Ms. Archibald recalled.“What’s this?” the officer said, examining the pill packaging stamped “drospirenone/ethinylestradiol.”
“Birth control,” Ms. Archibald replied. Crystal Pope said she and some female friends had been patted down by officers who said they were searching for a male rapist.
The laws governing street stops are blind to gender. Male officers are permitted to frisk a woman if they reasonably suspect that she may be armed with a dangerous weapon that could be used to harm them. A frisk can escalate into a field search if officers feel a suspicious bulge while patting down the woman’s outer layer of clothing or the outline of her purse.
Last year, New York City police officers stopped 46,784 women, frisking nearly 16,000. Guns were found in 59 cases, according to an analysis of police statistics.
FOX NEWS or as I like to call them FAUX NEWS has a long history of representing blacks as lazy, violent and un-American. From Glen Beck’s exclamation that President Obama hates whites to their publicizing that the same four black men that comprise the New Black Panthers as a major threat to America to employing black commentators that spred hate and suspicion about people of color FAUX NEWS in a neo-nazi’s best friend. One of my favorite FAUX NEWS Uncle Tom’s ia Reverend Jessie Lee Paterson who actually thanked whites for slavery on the Sean Hannity radio show! Now they have gone after Gabby Douglas inferring that the outfit that she wore during her gold medal performances were deliberately non-patriotic.
Black FAUX NEWS guest commentator David Webb, remarking on the fact that Olympic gold medal winner Gabby Douglas wasn’t outfitted in American flag-themed attire when competing or standing on the podium:
What’s wrong with showing pride? What we’re seeing is this kind of soft anti-American feeling, that Americans can’t show our exceptionalism. And frankly, if they are offended about us showing our exceptionalism, then they have that right and I don’t care. And neither do most Americans. That’s a fact.
Blonde haired, FAUX NEWS barbie, Alisyn Camerota insisted that 16 year old Douglas “used her prerogative” in wearing a hot pink outfit during her gold winning performance.FAUX NEWS neglected to mention that fellow American competitor and white woman, Aly Reisman wore the same outfit and the individual gymnasts have no say it what they wear in olympic competition. What’s especially crazy about all this is that after Gabby Douglas won the gold medal in the women’s gymnastics all-around, she stood waving up at the crowd clad in a red, white, and blue jacket with USA written on the back. Later during the medal ceremony she wore a gray jacket with an American flag patch on the shoulder, stood atop the podium, and listened to “The Star-Spangled Banner” as an American flag was hoisted up above her.