Because it's so much easier out here than I'm letting on,...
Sunday, August 31, 2014
When you're powerless and outnumbered, is it worth it to speak up, even if you're right?
"The people most likely to be sensitive to evidence—and therefore most worth listening to—often disagree with the consensus of the people around them on factual matters. We ought provisionally to regard people who frequently act as dissidents, heretics, and pariahs in their own political group as being more committed to speaking the truth than people who usually or always agree with the consensus."
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Looking at his photo, Willis L. Krumholz looks like a nice young man - and I'm sure he is - but, when it comes to the black experience, he's out of his league:
"The Democrats offer blacks top-down redistributive solutions that seem to assume blacks can’t make it without the government, although these offer blacks nothing more than a permanent position in the underclass, and a permanent position in the grievance wing of the Democrat Party. Conservatives offer blacks something so much better: Prosperity. That’s the fruition of King’s dream."
First, Mr. Krumholz ignores reparations as "the fruition of King’s dream," when it most definitely was an integral part of King’s plan. One can only assume Young Master Krumholz rolls that in with "top-down redistributive solutions" when, in truth, it's simple justice - as blacks, and King, saw it. Is Mr. Krumholz a supporter of King's dream or not? He tells us of a "fruition" blacks have never seen nor heard King mention before.
Also, he makes no mention of the insidious curse of colorblind racism. I'm sure he's comfortable with the idea that men in hoods are mostly comical now, as am I, but the schemes average whites use to pervert Civil Rights laws and black history (twisting King's message of "character" to only reflect on the supposed defects of black culture and not white's long history of murder, rape, terror, and theft, being the most surreal) these are ignored as common to humanity in general, when they are nothing of the kind. Society continues. Interlopers in the New World are the exception.
Unfortunately, lies are not. Notice Mr. Krumholz says Democrats have taught blacks to "assume blacks can’t make it without the government," while completely ignoring the possibility blacks have figured out, by utilizing government, we can attain our aims while outnumbered 6 to 1 by whites. Allowing that blacks have political agency, beyond white's current era of extreme partisanship, seems beyond Mr. Krumholz's imagination.
The term "grievance wing" speaks to an odd thing to assume:
That blacks would be happy while aggrieved for centuries.
Mr. Krumholz doesn't acknowledge what a psychological bind that expectation puts one in. Is mere "prosperity" King's dream?
noun 1. the state of being prosperous."a long period of prosperity" 2. synonyms: 3. success, profitability, affluence, wealth, opulence, luxury, the good life,milk and honey, (good) fortune, ease, plenty, comfort, security, well-being"she deserves all the prosperity she now enjoys" 4.
Really, Mr. Krumholz? Did King not fight for a just society? A place where we can all be comfortable and proud? Or was it all filthy lucre?
I sincerely don't think King meant what Mr. Krumholz thinks he meant,...
Jon Stewart Knows More About Race Than Liberals Or Conservatives Probably Ever Will Try To Understand
TMR hears the FOX News view a lot these days - in San Francisco!
Can't fool me - this is a man with a LOT of black friends - caps emphasis mine:
"Some Fox News hosts have claimed that Ferguson protesters were playing the 'race card' and that is was unclear if the Brown shooting was 'about race.' One of these panelists said, 'You know who talks about race? Racists!'
This isn’t all just about one man killed in one town. It’s about how people of color, no matter their socioeconomic standing, face obstacles in this country with surprising GRACE.
'I guarantee you that every person of color in this country has faced an indignity from the ridiculous to the grotesque to the sometimes fatal at some point in their, I am going to say LAST COUPLE OF HOURS because of their skin color.
'Race is there; it exists. You’re tired of hearing about it? Imagine how fucking exhausting it is LIVING it.'”
Thank you, Jon Stewart:
It was like you were looking right through the screen at my life,...
It's like feeding these two and deciding they're whole
"One of the points we make in our paper is that even if these people have their most basic material needs met, they may be deprived in other important ways. A reliance on in-kind transfers can leave people virtually excluded from the cash economy and with little agency to address unexpected needs. We describe this in our paper as a state of purgatory,..."
Friday, August 29, 2014
Who in the world does this woman think she is?
"The problem is I'm black."
"The problem is I'm black."
Getting accosted by Happy McWhiteCop for picking up your child from preschool,...
"No matter what — I could be the nicest guy in the world, talk with respect, I can be working, taking care of my kids, doing everything the model citizen is supposed to do — and I still get that type of treatment."
Uh-oh, the numbers are in, and it looks like the plight of these modern day racists is clear - and unchanged:
"Even on fiscal matters — traditionally the party’s strongest issue set — Republicans hold only slight advantages that do not come close to outweighing their negative attributes."
Yes, Sir, a little bit of old fashioned racism - while denying (to the folks you're doing it to) that's what you're doing - will do that,...
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner,...
Since colorblind racism has been one of the main topics around here, it's nice to see it's parameters described in print:
"The right seems well on its way to aligning with the reemergence of a 21st century form of lynching, even while furiously insisting that they are totally post-racial."
And they'll never win another vote until they recognize it,...
Sure, point at the cops, point at anyone, it doesn't really matter - just don't check yourself
The pull-yourself-up and stop-playing-the-victim crowd tell themselves blacks vote as they do because they've been brainwashed, by the Democrats, to ignore the obvious reason:
"Racial stereotyping remains ubiquitous, and that the challenge is not a small number of twisted white supremacists but something infinitely more subtle and complex: People who believe in equality but who act in ways that perpetuate bias and inequality."
You know, like the colorblind racists:
Talkin' about the Dem "plantation,..."
How do you explain the centuries-long exploitation of blacks by white Americans?
The easy answers that appealed to whites - but held no resonance for blacks - will no longer do:
Research on white racial socialization is beginning to emerge within the field of racial socialization that makes it clear that many white people share my experience. In particular, the research suggests that for fear of perpetuating racial misunderstandings, being seen as a racist, making children feel badly, or simply not knowing what to say, many white parents tend to believe that there is never a right time to initiate a conversation about race. They talk to their children about race if it becomes relevant in their lives (mostly in negative contexts). Otherwise, they tell their children that people are all the same and that they should not see race.
While white parents' intention is to convey to their children the belief that race shouldn't matter, the message their children receive is that race, in fact, doesn't matter. The intent and aim are noble, but in order for race not to matter in the long run, we have to acknowledge that, currently, it does matter a great deal. If white parents want their children to contribute to what researchers Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer describe as a "racially just America" in which race does not unjustly influence one's life opportunities, their children will need to learn awareness and skills that they cannot acquire through silence and omission.
Starting with voting for black reparations,...
Considering whites outnumber us 6 to 1, this could also show how generous we are - and how stingy whites still are (long after the Civil War) while claiming otherwise:
"According to the study, the pool that black Americans call “friends” are more diverse than that of their white peers,…"
Few whites talk about black friends. They talk about one special black person, or experience, and pretend it constitutes familiarity with the whole. That leaves room to ponder what must be an amazing lack of intimacy - and knowledge - in white lives, compared to blacks.
White supremacy's even stunting white's personal growth?
How can it not, huh? How could it not,...
The death of white supremacy will not be fun - for white supremacists
Warning members of the Republican Party it's getting yanked around by it's interlopers has been a frustrating and fruitless endeavour, and their latest scheme to use libertarians as a wedge for young voters (best exemplified by Rand Paul's trips to Berkeley and Howard Universities after (racistly) trying to manipulate the hispanic vote, shut government, defeat ObamaCare, !BENGHAZI!, etc.) is equally worthy of words of caution. So - for the billionth time - here they are again:
Colorblind is a confession you can't see
Culture Beats Politics.
It's time to get your head out of the sand
If you haven't seen Alan I. Abramowitz's essay, "False Hope: Why Libertarians Won’t Help Republicans Win the Youth Vote," then be prepared to understand why false hope is worse than none at all:
"The Republican Party has a major problem with young voters. According to national exit polls, the GOP has lost the under-30 vote by a wide margin in every election since 2004. In 2012, Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney by a whopping 23 percentage points among 18-29 year olds. Romney’s deficit among young voters was responsible for his entire margin of defeat in the national popular vote. Based on the exit poll results, Romney actually won more votes than Obama among voters who were 30 years of age and older."
"Check out TMR: The brother knows,...something."
Read the whole thing if you must, but if you're here already, then you know what it says:
"An analysis of data from the 2012 American National Election Study raises serious doubts about the claim that a candidate with libertarian views would have strong appeal to younger voters. In fact, the data indicate that younger voters tend to hold relatively liberal views on social welfare as well as cultural issues."
White and black together, but as criminals
Culture Beats Politics.
The Right is over two decades too late
Hip-Hop is America's culture now (It's music is Rap) and it's a culture that thoroughly resists the history, and imperatives, of the culture that birthed it. This will not change. We can not hear you. We will not hear you. Until the Republican Party gets back to it's roots, as "the sheet anchor of the colored man's political hopes and the ark of his safety" - not a source of our irritation - they'll get nowhere.
"One of the most important reasons why the libertarian philosophy holds little appeal for most younger voters is that a disproportionate share of voters under the age of 30 are nonwhite. According to the 2012 ANES, nonwhites made up 40% of voters under the age of 30 compared with 25% of voters age 30 and older. Moreover, the nonwhite share of younger voters is almost certain to increase over the next several election cycles based on the racial composition of the age cohorts that will be entering the electorate in the future.
The libertarian philosophy of limited government holds very little appeal to nonwhite voters in general, and it holds even less appeal to younger nonwhite voters. Only 4% of nonwhite voters under the age of 30 were classified as libertarians compared with 23% of white voters under the age of 30. In contrast, 69% of younger nonwhite voters were classified as consistent or moderate liberals compared with 49% of younger white voters. These results suggest that the limited appeal of libertarian ideas to younger voters is likely to diminish further over time as the nonwhite share of this age group continues to grow."
"White Christmas" already has a re-mix
Culture beats politics.
Bamboozled is a 2000 satirical film written and directed by Spike Lee about a modern televised minstrel show featuring black actors donning blackface makeup and the violent fall-out from the show's success.
And it's because your "leaders" don't know this - no matter what color they are - they will never realize as anything of the kind,....
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Knowing what I know about whites, now, I wouldn't have done it either
The president was right:
There's no reason to show whites a respect they'll never return.
And that goes for flipping the bird at them during the campaign,...
If slavery's such a non-issue, why'd Dave Chappelle do so much on it's evil?
I can't escape white supremacists day-to-day, but I don't have to talk to them everywhere, so I'm choosing not to:
"The way someone responds to other people's pain and mistreatment—including the systemic mistreatment of entire groups of people—is a perfectly fine way to decide whether he or she is someone you like or want to continue to interact with,...
White supremacy is dying, but as it does, it's embers are becoming too hot to touch - especially for whites:
They've been bad neighbors, bad citizens, bad Americans, and bad friends.
Now, especially, niggas better know who's-who,...
Now, especially, niggas better know who's-who,...