Monday, September 30, 2013
Too many babies are dying in Fresno County, and an increase in the black infant mortality rate is so alarming that community leaders plan to release a report on infant deaths Friday at a Children’s Summit in Clovis.
Infant mortality is an indicator of the health of a community, and from Fresno County’s rates, “it’s glaringly obvious something is not right,”...
Although the essay is considered a subcultural phenomenon, it represents a localized synthesis of Marx and Freud, and thus presages the New Left movement and the birth of the counterculture in the United States. Probably the most prominent academic exponent of the New Left in the US was Herbert Marcuse. The essay is also very prescient because it anticipates the pejorative use of the word wigger in contemporary society to refer to white people who emulate the manner of speech, the fashion styles, or other aspects of the expressive culture of African Americans.
I wrote about this already. Nobody cares - they like to buy the lie. Which just tells me, if there's white people around, I'll never live a normal life:
Interestingly, the particularities of France’s differing and hierarchical relationship between it’s ‘colonial subjects’, with Africans being treated as the most inferior, are also brought to light. Where African-American individuals and culture were celebrated and marveled at with great interest - a perverse fascination of sorts, and where individuals of Caribbean territories were given French citizenship - but not full equality, Africans were mostly denied such privileges and were dehumanized and stigmatized as backward black savages.
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa has the largest racial disparity in the country of arrests in marijuana possession, with blacks being more than eight times as likely to be arrested than whites, even though whites use marijuana at about the same rate, a national American Civil Liberties Union study has found.The report is based on data collected from the FBI and U.S. Census Bureau. It found that on average nationally in 2010, a black person was 3.7 times as likely to be arrested for marijuana as a white person. And in some individual counties nationally, blacks were more than 10, 15, and even 20 times as likely to be arrested.
In 1959, after being compelled by the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Topeka Board of Education to stop maintaining separate “but equal” public schools, the Confederate Daughters of America (CDA) in Jacksonville, Fla. exacted revenge. They led a successful drive to name a public high school after none other than Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).
Spiteful and childish move, amirite? I bet you’re thinking it didn’t take long to correct that little work of malice. Well, you’d be wrong. Because to this day, students in Jacksonville continue to graduate from Forrest High.
Sure, over the years, there have been various attempts to have the name changed. After all, Forrest, a Tennessee native, had no relationship with Jacksonville. In fact, he never even visited the town. The CDA just looked around for the worst example of a white guy they could find, and there, like a shimmering star, was Nathan Bedford Forrest.
VanLandingham hatched a scheme to short-circuit Kennard’s efforts by having conservative black educators “call on Clyde Kennard and persuade him that it was in the best interest of all concerned that he withdraw and desist from filing an application for admission to Mississippi Southern College.” Kennard, however, refused to change his mind.
Everyone has to ask themselves why there are not more black managers in this country and why the likes of Brian Deane have to go abroad (to Sarpsborg 08 in Norway) to get a chance.I've spoken to other black players who want to coach and they feel the same, that attitudes here are archaic.
Another paragon of purity has a slip of the tongue:
Robert Benmosche, the CEO of insurance giant AIG, was widely criticized last week after comparing reactions to the bonuses his company's employees received in 2009 to a lynch mob.
...Between 1882 and 1968, nearly 200 anti-lynching bills were introduced in Congress. Only three of those bills managed to pass the House of Representatives. None were approved by the Senate. No anti-lynching laws were ever signed into law. In acknowledgment of its failure to pass anti-lynching legislation in the 1950s, the Senate formally apologized in 2005. Last week, Benmosche issued an apology of his own after the uproar over his remarks.
Good guy, bad climate,...
I think that one is not burdened by America's terrible racial history, and I think when people say to me, 'You're different. You're not angry,' in some ways it also feels that I'm being made complicit for something that I don't want to be complicit in. Because in some ways they're saying, 'You're one of the good ones.' And I think to say that is to somehow ignore the reality of American history. So for example, people will say, 'Oh, you're so easy to get along with.' And they'll tell me some story of some African-American woman they knew who just wasn't like me. Which I find quite absurd.
To start from a place of madness, one color over another, was madness enough. Next came being incarcerated and having to negotiate his freedom. As a criminal. In an edifice built with the wealth of his ancestors, utilizing laws that made that happen.
I love the quizzical look on his face.
It's not easy to negotiate with crazy.
A study released this morning by Arizona College in Tucson shows that having a single black friend is probably cooler than three or even four white friends. Director of the study, Dr. Bradley Parming, PhD, spoke to reporters via phone late Wednesday afternoon.
Dr. Parming was reluctant to speculate about his results, saying that he preferred to stick to statements supported by his research.
And, good lord, they don't like it,...
Why Do White People Always Think They're Right? This Is Why (And The Fact They're A 300 Mil. Strong Gang)
For us, just hating White folks is not easy either. If I just hated their guts, how many academy awards would I need to win to just function. I need their money to live. Most of what I buy to survive, food, clothes, rent, utilities, gas, whatever I pay to them. White people that hate me can easily navigate and live well in their world.
On the plus side, attitudes are changing!
"I’m going to repeat verbatim what I heard two white girls leaving student assembly say when we finished discussing this. ‘I don’t know why they’re complaining so much about needing their own space. They have those BLSU meetings in that basement every week.’ I’m sorry I need more than an hour a week in a cold basement to be myself at Hamilton."
"Unfortunately, I don’t think we have moved on as much as we like to think and there are still people who suffer from racial harassment out there.
As we began our discussing with each other, roundtable style, each white person in the room got to share about the racial experiences they've had in life. Now, I'm not going to share their responses out of respect to the vulnerability they showed, but I did notice a common trend among them all. When asked about their racial experiences, they also mentioned a time where THEY felt like a minority.I found this very intriguing, because they each communicated about a time when they were the only person of their race in a situation and how they felt like a minority. So, for me this begged the question, "About how many hours out the day do you feel like a minority?" Some answered, "just that time" or something close to that. Then I asked the 5 black panelists the same question, "About how many hours out of the day do you feel like a minority?" With a chuckle, each said something to the effect of "when isn't there a time?"
White People Are Experts On What I Should Care About - What Should They Care About? Anything They Like,...
I guess we can call this the Glenn Reynolds Argument:
“We truly believed that the white kids were all “just American” and that if the black kids would just act like us, they could be too. We didn’t see the problem as our racism, we saw the problem as the culture of black people.
If this is starting to sound familiar, it is because this is still the dominant cultural belief among middle-class white folks in the US. And it is still wrong.”
Bullshit - white people are never wrong about blacks - they know everything,...
Running across the article below reminds me of the last election, when my white "friends" said they didn't need my vote - because (surprise) that's what friends say.
Mitt Romney was going to win in a landslide - Glenn Reynolds told them so - and everybody knows Glenn's politically savvier than me:
That Romney experience talked me out of voting. Nobody white cared. Now I might start voting Democrat just to twist the knife.
I'm testing out what it must feel like to be white.
You know, just saying any ol' crazy thing and fuck the rest,...