Category Archives: Race

Seattle’s mayor had a plan to do away with single-family homes

Did you know that single-family homes are a root cause of America’s racial and economic injustice?

That’s what Seattle’s socialist mayor Ed Murray thinks.

Murray’s housing task force, the 28-member Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Advisory Committee, drafted a plan to do away with the city’s single-family zoning in the name of liberals’ favorite cause, “social justice.”

A reporter for Seattle Times obtained a copy of the draft.

Seattle mayor Ed Murray and housing advisory committee

Danny Westneat reports for Seattle Times, July 7, 2015:

I got my hands on the draft policy ideas that Mayor Ed Murray’s advisory committee on housing is working on. And they are some of the most sweeping changes in the way Seattle lives and grows ever proposed around here.

Most dramatically, the committee is considering a recommendation to do away with single-family zoning….

We can still be a city for everyone, but only if we give up our outdated ideal of every family living in their own home on a 5,000 square foot lot,” a draft letter from the committee co-chairs reads.

The draft report notes that “Seattle (single-family) zoning has roots in racial and class exclusion and remains among the largest obstacles to realizing the city’s goals for equity and affordability.”

The committee of citizen volunteers voted 19-3 to recommend replacing single-family zoning with a “lower density residential zone” that would allow duplexes, triplexes, rooming houses and more backyard cottages and mother-in-law units in areas now dominated by single houses on lots with a yards. It’s unclear how much of the city this would include.

Later, the committee co-chairs issued a statement saying the group “has no intention of recommending the elimination of all single family zones in the city.” But the draft report suggests the committee was considering exactly that.

“In fact, (the committee) recommends we abandon the term ‘single family zone,’ ” the draft reads.

An overview letter calls for higher density essentially everywhere in the city.

“More 6-story buildings where there were 4 stories before, more 7-story buildings where there were 6-stories before, and more multifamily housing of all types in areas currently zoned for less density inside (neighborhoods designated as) Urban Villages,” the letter says.

The draft says the changes are necessary because “we are currently confronted by the reality of more dollars chasing a limited supply of housing than ever before in our history.”

Reacting to Seattle Times‘ report on the draft, Faith Pettis and David Wertheimer, the co-chairs of the HALA, wrote this an email to the reporter, Danny Westneat :

“My co-chair and I are very disappointed that you and The Seattle Times have chosen to undermine the efforts of the HALA, a citizen advisory group, by prematurely releasing an unapproved draft of our report.”

The committee had a July 13 deadline to submit its final report. The scheduled meeting of the advisory committee that day was not open to the public. But then communist party meetings are never open to the public. /sarc

In the end, thanks to Seattle Times‘ article, Ed Murray’s housing advisory committee backed away from its proposal to do away with single-family zoning in Seattle. Instead, the committee recommends a code change that permits “smaller, efficient dwellings to be built on existing Single Family lots if an owner chooses to do so.” Read more here.

For the HALA advisory committee’s final report, click here. For the names and identities of the committee’s 28 members, click here.

Wikipedia says mayor Ed Murray, 60, is a Democrat, Irish Catholic, “gay,” with a spouse named Michael Shiosaki.

~Éowyn

Obama to NAACP: America is still racist because of slavery

On July 25, 2015, I published a post, “Obama calls for banning of American Revolution flag,” using an article from Washington Weekly News (WWN) as my source. That article, with no author, claimed that in his speech to the NAACP convention on July 21, 2015, Obama called for the Confederate and the Gadsden flags to be banned. From the WWN article:

In a 45-minute speech, Obama called for reducing or eliminating mandatory minimum sentences, reviewing the use of the solitary confinement and banning of Confederate and Tea Party Flags on public property, among other things.

“Any system that allows us to turn a blind-eye to hopelessness and despair, that’s not a justice system, that’s an injustice system,” Obama said Tuesday. “Justice is not only the absence of oppression, it’s the absence of racist, divisive symbols in our public discourse.”

The Gadsden flag — a yellow flag with a rattlesnake above the words “Don’t Tread On Me” — is the symbol of the American Revolution for Independence. The contemporary Tea Party movement adopted that flag as their banner.

Gadsden flag I regret to inform our readers that that is not true.

While Washington Weekly News, by all indications, is a legitimate news site, that article carried a dateline of “Washington (ONN).” I should have known that ONN is the satirical Onion News Network that publishes entirely made-up pseudo news that are believable precisely because they are plausible.

In this case, given the anti-Confederate flag hysteria stirred up by the media and the Left, it is entirely plausible that Obama would propose that both the Confederate flag as well as the Gadsden flag be banned. But it is not true.

Please accept my apology.

I am grateful to a reader, Stosh64, who brought the hoax to my attention.

However, what Obama actually said in his speech to the NAACP bears our attention because he still insists that America is racist (albeit a more subtle racism), that Blacks in America are treated unfairly by the legal system and others, and that their lower achievements are due to the “legacy” of slavery (even though slavery ended 152 years ago).

Note: On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation — an executive order that, in a single stroke, changed the legal status, as recognized by the U.S. government, of 3 million slaves in designated areas of the Confederacy from “slave” to “free.” By June 1865, the Union Army controlled all of the Confederacy and had liberated all of the designated slaves.

Not once in his speech did Obama place the responsibility of Blacks’ life circumstances (low educational achievements, unemployment, crime, imprisonment, broken families) on Blacks themselves. And his solution for their problems is more spending, more welfare and bigger government, now called “investments in our communities.”

Booker T. Washington

Here are quotes from Obama’s NAACP speech, from the White House’s transcript:

“We made progress, but our work is not done.  By just about every measure, the life chances for black and Hispanic youth still lag far behind those of their white peers.  Our kids, America’s children, so often are isolated, without hope, less likely to graduate from high school, less likely to earn a college degree, less likely to be employed, less likely to have health insurance, less likely to own a home.

Part of this is a legacy of hundreds of years of slavery and segregation, and structural inequalities that compounded over generations.  (Applause.)  It did not happen by accident.  (Applause.)  Partly it’s a result of continuing, if sometimes more subtle, bigotry — whether in who gets called back for a job interview, or who gets suspended from school, or what neighborhood you are able to rent an apartment in….

There’s a long history of inequity in the criminal justice system in America…. [In too many cases, our criminal justice system ends up being a pipeline from underfunded, inadequate schools to overcrowded jails…..  African Americans and Latinos make up 30 percent of our population; they make up 60 percent of our inmates.  About one in every 35 African American men, one in every 88 Latino men is serving time right now.  Among white men, that number is one in 214.

The bottom line is that in too many places, black boys and black men, Latino boys and Latino men experience being treated differently under the law.  (Applause.) …A growing body of research shows that people of color are more likely to be stopped, frisked, questioned, charged, detained.  African Americans are more likely to be arrested.  They are more likely to be sentenced to more time for the same crime.  (Applause.)  And one of the consequences of this is, around one million fathers are behind bars.  Around one in nine African American kids has a parent in prison.

…we have to stand up to those who are determined to slash investments in our communities at any cost — cutting preschool programs, cutting job-training programs, cutting affordable housing programs, cutting community policing programs.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke

See also:

~Éowyn

Obama badmouths Americans to foreign media, calling us crazy

The president of the United States is both head of government and head of state, unlike parliamentary systems where those offices are held by separate individuals. In the UK as an example, the prime minister as head of government is in charge of administering the affairs of government; the queen is head of state who, theoretically, does not actually rule or interfere with government and politics. But as head of state, she is the symbolic and ceremonial representative of the entire country.

So what does it say about a head of state who bashes his own country and people before foreigners? Whatever your age, do you remember an American president who had criticized Americans to foreigners?

Obama began his presidency with an “apologizing for America” world tour, an example of which was what he said to a crowd of some 2,000 French and German students on April 3, 2009, in Strasbourg, France, in which he called America arrogant, “dismissive” and “derisive” of Europe. You can hear and see for yourself by watching the news video on the Telegraph site (click here). Obama said:

“In America, there is a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.”

The Telegraph‘s Toby Harnden observed at the time that Obama’s remarks in Strasbourg “went further than any United States president in history in criticising his own country’s action while standing on foreign soil.”

But what Obama recently said in an interview with the UK’s British Broadcasting Center (BBC) on July 24, 2015, ahead of his trip to East Africa, went beyond apologizing for America’s past deeds to bashing the American people today.

Obama BBC interview Julu 24, 2015

In an interview that ranged across international politics and foreign policy to domestic (within the U.S.) affairs, this is what a sitting American president said to a foreign media (from the BBC’s transcript of the interview).

BBC reporter Jon Sopel asked Obama about his “legacy” and “unfinished business.” Obama began, ominously, by rejecting Sopel’s characterization of him as a lame-duck “dead man walking” president in his last term of office. Instead Obama said he still has “a pretty long list” of things he wants to do. Top on his to-do list is gun control. Obama said:

“the issue of guns…is an area where if you ask me where has been the one area where I feel that I’ve been most frustrated and most stymied it is the fact that the United States of America is the one advanced nation on earth in which we do not have sufficient common-sense, gun-safety laws. Even in the face of repeated mass killings.

And you know, if you look at the number of Americans killed since 9/11 by terrorism, it’s less than 100. If you look at the number that have been killed by gun violence, it’s in the tens of thousands. And for us not to be able to resolve that issue has been something that is distressing. But it is not something that I intend to stop working on in the remaining 18 months.

Yes, you got it right: the President of the United States of America just called all Americans who believe in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution lacking in “common sense.”

The Cambridge English Dictionary defines “common sense” as “the basic level of practical knowledge and judgment that we all need to help us live in a reasonable and safe way.” The legal dictionary further defines “common sense” with the following synonyms:

acumen, astuteness, balanced judgment, calmness, clear thinking, composure, experienced view, good judgment, good sense, intuition, judgment, level-headedness, logic, mental poise, native reason, natural sagacity, ordinary judgment, ordinary sense, plain sense, plausibility, practical discernment, practical knowledge, practicality, presence of mind, prudence, rational faculty, rationality, reason, resourcefulness, sagacity, sapience, savoir faire, sensibleness, sobriety, solidity, sound sense, sound understanding, unbiased impulse, understanding, unemotional consideration, worldly wisdom

All of which means that to Obama, who is president of all Americans, millions of Americans are muddled in their thinking, over emotional, impractical, imprudent, unreasonable, unwise, senseless, illogical, biased, and just plain irrational. The thesaurus tells us that another word or synonym for “irrational” is crazy.

H/t FOTM’s maziel and Sean Gibbons of Punching Bag Media.

See also “Black Sheriff David Clarke: Second Amendment is about freedom”.

~Éowyn

San Diegans sign petition for “White Privilege Tax”

Mark Dice strikes again, this time with another fake petition, asking passersby in San Diego, CA, to sign a petition for a “white privilege tax” — a 1% tax on the income of “white” Caucasian Americans. The revenue from this special tax would be “redistributed” to “minority communities” to advance the cause of social justice.

By my count, 4 blacks, one Puerto Rican, and one Asian signed the petition.

signers of white privilege tax petition

Only one person, a non-white male at the 3:10 mark in the video, balked at the petition, calling it “terrible.” A savvy black couple (at the 6:03 mark) caught on that the petition is a joke.

It’s a mark of how low-information and downright stupid some San Diegans are that (a) no one asked Dice how “white” or Caucasian would be defined; and after so many of Dice’s videos, they (b) don’t recognize him; and (c) fall for his phony petitions every time.

H/t FOTM’s maziel

See also:

~Éowyn

Feds Spend $125,000 Studying Sexist Adjectives

are you serious

FreeBeacon: The federal government is spending $125,000 to study adjectives that could be perceived as sexist or racist. The National Science Foundation (NSF) tasked the University of Kansas with conducting the study last year.

The proposed research predicts that stereotypes activate different standards of judgments for members of different groups; therefore, evaluations (adjectives) mean different things depending on the person described,” according to the grant for the study.

“For example, in a masculine work domain where women are stereotyped as less competent, ‘good’ for a woman may mean something objectively less good than ‘good’ for a man,” it said.

The project will examine letters of recommendation to see whether letters for women and minorities are “influenced by gender and racial stereotypes” that affect chances of admission into graduate school. “In everyday life, we often are asked to provide assessments or evaluations of others’ abilities,” the grant said. “Stereotypes can subtly shape these evaluations and judgments, even among those who view themselves as non-prejudiced.”

“This can be very consequential in certain contexts; for example, hiring and admissions decisions can be based in part on the evaluative language used in letters of recommendation, and the language used may be influenced by gender and racial stereotypes,” the grant continued. “Further, audiences may also interpret this language with reference to those negative stereotypes about women and ethnic minorities.”

The NSF project said it has major implications for “understanding bias in real world, evaluative settings.”

“Understanding how and when stereotyping can occur in evaluative contexts is a critical step towards reducing bias, prejudice, and discrimination,” the grant said.

Dr. Biernat

Dr. Biernat

Dr. Monica Biernat, a psychology professor at the University of Kansas, is leading the study. Biernat previously received $505,001 from the NSF, as well as $7,029 from the agency for a trip to Warsaw in 2006 for the “European Social Cognition Network.”

The prior NSF projects included “a meta-analysis” of stereotyping and judgments and the hypothesis that stereotypes “exert a wide-ranging influence on social life in that they pervade our language, our interpretations of what others say and do, our decisions about others, and our thoughts about ourselves.”

The latest project on stereotypes has cost $125,000. Biernat told the Washington Free Beacon that she would likely apply for additional funding in 2016, though “that by no means guarantees I’ll get it,” she said.

Aside from the adjective “good,” Biernat provided other examples from her research of the effects of stereotypes. “Because of shifting standards, a female chief of staff may be described as highly competent, a hit from a female softball player may generate more enthusiasm than the same hit from a male, and a Black student may receive more praise than a White student for an identical transcript,” she wrote in Volume 45 of Advances in Experimental Social Psychology. “In each case, the target is being judged relative to lower expectations or standards for their group.”

Biernat also suggested that men should think about using words such as “aggressive” when describing a woman. “This practice may be less practical in the kinds of social judgments we render as part of everyday social discourse—judging a female driver as ‘aggressive,’ a mediocre Black student as ‘really smart,’ or a father who walks his kids to school as a ‘great’ parent,” she wrote.

“But in these cases, awareness, education, and conscious self-correction may be important tools (‘I called her aggressive; would I have used the same label for a man?’),” Biernat continued. “This would of course require ability and motivation to correct on the part of the evaluator.”

DCG

Ethnic studies projected costs pegged at $73 million for LAUSD

are you serious

SCPR.org: The Los Angeles Unified School District is looking at a bill of $73 million to cover course development, textbooks and teacher training in ethnic studies, a new high school graduation requirement approved last year.

LAUSD’s school board ushered in the mandatory coursework in November, believing the rollout would cost an estimated $4 million.

Officials later clarified that the original figure was the cost to pull together a pilot program of 30 schools. A draft report from an advisory Ethnic Studies Committee released this week concludes that sum wouldn’t even cover textbooks for the trial run.

A major portion of the latest $73 million estimate is needed for teaching staff. “We figured we are going to have to add at least one teacher per school site, and that’s an ongoing cost,” said Angel Barrett, the district’s executive director of curriculum and instruction and among the committee’s members.

The committee, which includes administrators, teachers and scholars, recommended postponing the ethnic studies requirement so that it takes effect for the Class of 2022 rather than the Class of 2019. The delay would give high schools three more years to train and recruit the 250 teachers needed to implement the new requirement.

The ethnic studies report, released Thursday, comes out as the school board takes up a looming problem with the college preparation graduation requirements known as A-G coursework. Starting with the Class of 2017, students must pass the slate of college prep courses that are required to qualify for entry into the University of California and Cal State University systems.

The district estimates about 45 percent of sophomores are still not on track to meet the A-G mandate.

The A-G requirement is criticized by some who say it will hold back students who otherwise would meet the state’s graduation qualifications. The ethnic studies requirement got the green light before the latest district estimate that many students may fail to graduate on time.

Ethnic studies explores race and racism as “powerful social and cultural forces,” according to a University of California at Berkeley definition adopted by LAUSD. Students can meet the graduation requirement by taking African-American history, Mexican American literature or similar classes.

Manuel Criollo

Manuel Criollo

“We think this builds a young person’s sense of self and empathy in others,” said Manuel Criollo with Community Rights Campaign who advocated for the new course requirement at the school board’s November meeting.

EL Rancho Unified in Pico Rivera was the first district in the state to require students to take classes in ethnic studies, catching the attention of ethnic studies advocates and school administrators around California.

San Francisco Unified pledged to offer ethnic studies at every high school less than a month after LAUSD required it for graduation.

Tamar Galatzan was the only LAUSD board member to oppose the ethnic studies requirement, voicing concerns at the November meeting about its financial impact and whether the added requirement would pack students’ schedules too tightly.

“I believe we should work these issues out first,” Galatzan said last fall. Galatzan lost her bid for re-election in Tuesday’s runoff.

From the Community Rights Campaign web site:

“We are told the only solution to the symptoms of urban neglect—drugs, violence, joblessness—is more prisons, more police, and more punitive and discriminatory laws to lock more people up. A racist re-enslavement complex and rising police state are enveloping entire Black, Latino, immigrant, and low-income schools, communities, and individual lives—and tracking them into prison cells. 

The Community Rights Campaign is organizing in L.A. high schools and among L.A.’s 500,000 low-income bus riders to build campaigns to push back the growing police/prison state and push forward an expanded social welfare state; push back the police/prisons/punishment approach to organizing society and push foward (sic) a resources/reparations/ redistribution approach.

We organize high school students in Take Action after school clubs to stop the school-to-prison pipeline and the schools-as-jails culture in favor of building a positive, empowered learning environment. We also seek to build broad coalitions to defeat local and state initiatives (such as Prop 6 and Prop 9 on the 2008 ballot) and police state programs (such as regional gang-databases) that criminalize our communities.  Real public safety will be achieved only by challenging the Prison/Police State — not allying with it.”

Some of their “demands”:

  • Schools, Not Pre-Prisons! Decriminalize tardiness, truancy and all student behavior issues.
  • Cut funding for Police and Sheriffs
  • End to the ICE Raids, Amnesty Now!
  • End the racist “War on Drugs”
  • Defeat and overturn reactionary “tough on crime” laws

End ICE raids and amnesty now? Well I hope they include these stories in their ethnic studies class. Maybe the the story of Kate Steinle will build a young person’s sense of empathy in others.

DCG

“Liberalism is a Mental Disorder” quote-of-the-day

psy·cho·sis

A severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality.

liberalism is a mental disorder

See also “Planned Parenthood accepts donations earmarked for aborting black babies” and “Planned Parenthood sells body parts of aborted human babies“.

abortion of blacks

~Éowyn