Ice bucket racism

It was fun  at first.

Someone accepts a challenge to donate to ALS or be douched with a bucket of ice water, and they in turn challenge someone else to do the same thing. Or something.

Then the whole episode is recorded on a smart phone and uploaded to Facebook.

I just checked my Newsfeed. At least one out of every three posts is somebody getting douched.

The crowd-sourced fundraiser has set records, and is still rolling. It doesn’t seem to be slowing down either.

Then, this post caught my eye:
racism

Hence, the title of this post.

ALS primarily affects white men.  Apparently this young woman believes that the charity isn’t worthy, because the victims of the disease are white.

Racism is ugly.  Doesn’t matter if it’s white racism or black racism.

So Confused

Back in the good old days, when I was just a young ‘honkey’, everything seemed so clear.

Now? I don’t know if I am a ‘creepy-ass cracker’(racist pejorative) or a ‘creepy ass-cracker’(homosexual pejorative) or a ‘creepy ass cracker.’(term of endearment?)

This video doesn’t ameliorate my confusion.

The Friday before the State-Auburn game, and other interesting stuff

In today’s racially charged political environment, if any political disagreement with the current occupant of the White House gets characterized by the drive-by’s as racism, what does this button (seen at the demo convention) mean?

 

Other than illustrating the Democrat penchant for shallow-thinking-bumper-sticker politics, does voting for someone because of their race mean the same as not voting for that person for the same reason?

 

This is the World Famous Friday Open Thread. Hubba, hubba, hubba.

WFFOT: disagreeing with the current administration since 2008.

Another one bites the dust

Remember those reports of a 400% increase in the number of threats against President Obama?

Guess what? It was bogus. In a congressional hearing last week, Mark Sullivan, Secret Service Director told a much different version …

“The threats right now … is the same level as it has been for the previous two presidents at this point in their administrations,” Sullivan said.

Rats. Another perfectly good meme debunked.

Top Ten Things to Know about Judge Sonia Sotomayor

sonia sotomayor racist1.)  She is Hispanic

2.)  She is a woman

3.)  She is Puerto Rican

4.)  She is a Latina

5.)  She has a compelling life story.

6.)  She is empathetic.

7.)  She is a Puerto Rican Hispanic woman.

8.)  She has an inspiring life story.

9.)  She is the first Latina to be nominated to the Supreme Court.

10.) Did I mention that she is Hispanic?

*Extra Credit: “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

This is how we lost to the white man

This article originally appeared on NN&V many moons ago. I think it is timely.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, writing in the Atlantic, has penned an article that will leave me in a reflective mood for some time.

It’s about race. It’s about culture. It’s about America. And, it is an honest appraisal of our unfinished business as a uniquely American culture — a frank and unflinching glimpse into the inner ticking of an African-American writer who takes a close look at Bill Cosby and the message (and the messengers) of black self-reliance.

I’ve written several times about growing up in the 60’s Deep South, believing that this experience gives a unique perspective on the subject of racism. But, as I mentioned previously, growing up on the white side of the divide, I really have no idea of what it was like for the blacks, and I want to thank Mr. Coates for granting some much needed perspective.

Here are a three excerpts:
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Black Conservatism

Ta-Nehisi Coates, writing in the Atlantic, has penned an article that will leave me in a reflective mood for some time.

It’s about race. It’s about culture. It’s about America. And, it is an honest appraisal of our unfinished business as a uniquely American culture — a frank and unflinching glimpse into the inner ticking of an African-American writer who takes a close look at Bill Cosby and the message (and the messengers) of black self-reliance.

I’ve written several times about growing up in the 60’s Deep South, believing that this experience gives a unique perspective on the subject of racism. But, as I mentioned previously, growing up on the white side of the divide, I really have no idea of what it was like for the blacks, and I want to thank Mr. Coates for granting some much needed perspective.

Here are a three excerpts:

the liberal notion that blacks are still, after a century of struggle, victims of pervasive discrimination is the ultimate collective buzz-kill. It effectively means that African Americans must, on some level, accept that their children will be “less than” until some point in the future when white racism miraculously abates. That’s not the sort of future that any black person eagerly awaits […]

Part of what drives Cosby’s activism, and reinforces his message, is the rage that lives in all African Americans, a collective feeling of disgrace that borders on self-hatred. As the comedian Chris Rock put it in one of his infamous routines, “Everything white people don’t like about black people, black people really don’t like about black people …

the “organic” black conservative tradition: conservatives who favor hard work and moral reform over protests and government intervention, but whose black-nationalist leanings make them anathema to the Heritage Foundation and Rush Limbaugh. When political strategists argue that the Republican Party is missing a huge chance to court the black community, they are thinking of this mostly male bloc—the old guy in the barbershop, the grizzled Pop Warner coach, the retired Vietnam vet, the drunk uncle at the family reunion. He votes Democratic, not out of any love for abortion rights or progressive taxation, but because he feels—in fact, he knows—that the modern-day GOP draws on the support of people who hate him. This is the audience that flocks to Cosby: culturally conservative black Americans who are convinced that integration, and to some extent the entire liberal dream, robbed them of their natural defenses.

A couple of points: First, the statement that conservative black men “know” that the GOP draws on the support of people who hate them is a straw man argument. Who are these haters and bigots? Being labeled a racist, bigot, homophobe by liberal writers does not make one a racist, bigot, or homophobe. There is no shortage of liberal bloggers and reporters who love nothing more than the opportunity to label a Republican as a racist. Of course, “gotcha” journalism is not the exclusive arena of liberal writers, but this is one area that truly deserves some introspection.

Because, in the end, it’s not so much a matter of the lack of respect, as Mr. Coates asserts, but rather, a lack of trust. Embracing the likes of Farrakhan and the NOI does nothing to build trust. Nor does the embrace of Black Liberation Theology. I do not trust these particular people, or these particular institutions, nor do I have any use for many of the words and ideas they promote.

The excerpts really don’t do justice to this fine essay. Please read it all. Also, in the vodpod sidebar, please take a look at the video featuring Coates and Bill Cosby.

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