Category Archives: Racism

‘Dear White People’ Director And Star Break Down Why Black People Can’t Be Racist

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Logan Browning and Justin Simien: Black racists who are never racists.

Of course there is no double standard in the eyes of these folks. That irony is as rich as their lack of self-awareness.

From HuffPo: Netflix’s “Dear White People” has been described as a strong modern-day take on race that is both clever and dynamic in its approach.  

The show, directed by Justin Simien, was adapted from his 2014 film of the same name, and is set on the fictional and predominantly white campus of Winchester University. Simien crafted a season filled with diverse portrayals of the black experience ― told through the lens of several students on campus ― that speak to the varied ways people of color are impacted by race.

The show touches themes like interracial relationships, police brutality, the complexities of the n-word and what it can be like to speak out against racism in the face of opposition ― something that feels especially timely. Simien and the show’s star, Logan Browning, stopped by HuffPost Black Voices to discuss myths that often come up in conversations about race and racism.

In the video above (video is at the HuffPo link), watch as Simien and Browning explain why double standards around racism simply don’t exist, like: Why a show titled “Dear Black People” would be offensive, why the n-word is off-limits to white but not black people; Why minority-focused spaces like HuffPost Black Voices exist but HuffPost White Voices does not; and why there’s simply no such thing as reverse racism.

Interesting comments Justin made in an interview via the Daily Beast (from April 2017):

“I’m sure people will feel gratified that they have seen themselves [represented]. I’m sure people will take issue with some of the choices that the characters make, but that’s all, in my opinion, part of doing my job as an artist.

But in a weird way, I feel like subconsciously we made the show for the Trump era. Watching it back now there are certain moments that are so chillingly accurate that I don’t know what part of our brains that came out of. So yeah, we assumed Hillary would be president, but, we also, you know — I think Dave Chappelle said something similar. I know white people so I don’t know that I was ever completely sure that she was going to win. I was just as shocked and crestfallen as most of the rest of us.”

During the Q&A at SXSW, you said you wanted the show to be a “clap back” against Trump’s election. What did you mean by that?

“What I meant was, once I had sort of processed my grief over the result of the election — and I’m sure someone will read this and not agree with me politically or whatever — but I was really going through the stages of grief, like a lot of people. But what made me feel better was, as we were editing the show, I was just like, boy, it felt so good to have something artistically at the ready to respond to the times that we’re in. I didn’t have to go back and write something; we already made it. It was already on deck. I found some comfort in that. And when I say response or “clap back,” Dear White People is not about all the evil things that white people do, it’s just that I think that the show attempts to analyze the hidden forces behind these conflicts. If this had happened and I didn’t have something ready to put out artistically, I would have felt even more empty about what happened. So I was just happy that we decided to speak about political things and racial issues that clearly played a factor in the result.

In his mind, as an “artist” his political opinion has more weight. And, of course, he can never be a racist.

DCG

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Socialist Seattle council member urges Seattle Seahawks to hire Colin Kaepernick

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Sawant’s message to the Seahawks

Don’t hire him because of his football skills, rather it is his SJW skillz that matter.

From MyNorthwest.com: Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant has weighed in on issues from the minimum wage to taxing the rich. But now she’s speaking up on something new — the Seahawks.

Sawant penned a letter Friday to Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll and owner Paul Allen in support of bringing Colin Kaepernick onto the team. “I am writing to convey that Colin Kaepernick would be welcome in Seattle, and to encourage you to take the opportunity to sign him as the Seahawks’ backup quarterback,” Sawant writes.

“I am not a football expert,” she continues. “But everything I have read strongly suggests that the only reason a player with Kaepernick’s skills is still a free agent is because of the backlash against his courageous leadership last year against racism, brutality, and discrimination. If that makes other teams wary of signing him, shame on them. In Seattle, we know our communities will only benefit from his activism as well as his talents on the field.”

As the Seahawks hunt for a backup quarterback, Kaepernick’s name has been among those considered for the job. Without any official word on his chances with the Seattle team, he has already received support of teammates such as Michael Bennett. Kaepernick made headlines last year when he opted to kneel during the national anthem, drawing attention to racial inequality in America.

Sawant’s letter continues, citing social justice issues she is passionate about and relates them to the quarterback. She ends by saying that it would “be a poor message” for the Seahawks to send to young people if Kaepernick was not able to be signed to a team after taking a knee.

The rest of Sawant’s letter reads:

“As you know, Colin Kaepernick has been widely recognized as a leader amongst professional athletes for speaking out on social justice issues that are vital to the lives and livelihoods of regular working people, many of whom are Seahawks fans. His courage in openly and defiantly supporting the Black Lives Matter movement is not without precedent; indeed, it is reminiscent of Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s historic stance for black freedom on the podium of the 1968 Olympic Games, and Muhammad Ali’s refusal to participate in the war in Vietnam.

Around the country, ordinary people, activists, and especially young people, have been inspired by Kaepernick’s opposition to racism, and his broad support of social justice. He has supported Meals on Wheels and other anti-hunger programs, and has spoken out against bigotry and the scapegoating of Muslims. He has provided key support to grassroots social justice organizations, including Silicon Valley De-Bug, Causa Justa/Just Cause, Urban Underground, Black Youth Project 100, Mothers Against Police Brutality, Gathering for Justice, Communities United for Police Reform, and the I Will Not Die Young Campaign.

From the fight for a $15/hour minimum wage, to the struggle for affordable housing, to the movement against police brutality, Seattle’s working people and young people have led the nation in this new era of social movements. I agree wholeheartedly with Michael Bennett that Seattle is the perfect place for Kaepernick. The NFL has an influence on the ideas and attitudes of young people. As you assemble your team, it would be a poor message for you to send to young people that speaking out against racism, police violence, and economic inequality is ‘toxic’ and will be punished rather than applauded.

The working people of Seattle and our youth will be proud to welcome Colin Kaepernick. Please do everything in your power to sign him to the Seahawks. Thank you for your time and consideration.”

DCG

Muhammad Ali was a racist; called white people ‘devils’

When three-time heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali died last June 3 in Phoenix, Arizona, at age 74, the accolades poured in:

  • The media published obituaries rehashing his spectacular boxing career and accomplishments as a “civil rights champion” and “an emblem of strength, eloquence, conscience and courage” who spoke out against racism, war and religious intolerance.
  • Then-POTUS Barack Obama issued a statement saying that Ali had fought for everyone, that he stood with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “when it was hard; spoke out when others wouldn’t. His fight outside the ring would cost him his title and his public standing. It would earn him enemies on the left and the right, make him reviled, and nearly send him to jail. But Ali stood his ground. And his victory helped us get used to the America we recognize today.”

But Ali’s FBI files, obtained by the citizen watchdog group Judicial Watch, paint a very different portrait of the acclaimed boxer and activist.

Judicial Watch reports, May 3, 2017:

“The FBI files present a picture of the late heavyweight champion that is clearly at odds with much of the image portrayed at the time of his death last year. His deep involvement with the Nation of Islam and its racially divisive rhetoric and behavior is part of a record that deserves to be revealed and contradicts Ali’s image as a civil rights icon. The hundreds of pages of documents are related to the FBI’s investigation of Ali for evading the draft and the government’s monitoring of the Nation of Islam, which is described by the agency as an ‘all-Negro, quasi-religious organization which espouses a line of violent hatred of the white race, Government, law and law enforcement.’”

According to FBI records, Muhammad Ali referred to Caucasians as “white devils” and “crackers” and told mosque worshipers that “black women have the best sons and daughters in the world.” Known as Cassius Clay before converting to the Nation of Islam, Ali said blacks want separation not integration because “programs of [racial] integration are useless” and the 1964 Civil Rights Act was a “swindle.”

Consistent with the teachings of the Nation of Islam, Ali said in a mosque delivery that “the so-called Negro is the original man and is superior to the white devil” and that he’d rather be with his own people than “blue-eyed devil white people.” Ali told a Washington D.C. mosque crowd that he preferred “dying outright” or going to jail than going into the Army; and to a Cleveland mosque that the American flag “represented death and destruction” but the “Muslim flag” represents “life and prosperity, justice for all black men.”

In the 1960s, the FBI closely monitored Ali as a “security matter” due to his associations with Nation of Islam leaders Elijah Mohammad and Malcom X. The Nation of Islam followed Mohammad’s bizarre interpretation of the Koran that white people are “white devils” to be destroyed in a coming “War of Armageddon.” In April 1964, Ali’s plans to travel to Muslim countries alarmed the FBI and the agency searched his passport files and recorded that while in Accra, Ghana, Ali said he planned to bring four wives back to the US. According to one of Ali’s ex-wives, Sonji Roi, the Nation of Islam received 80% of the boxer’s earnings while he only got 20%. The FBI records also state that Ali was arrested for assault and battery in July 1960 at his parents’ home in Louisville, Kentucky and that his mother had witnessed the crime.

Judicial Watch had to sue the government to get the decades-old FBI records on Muhammad Ali, noting the irony that Ali’s family is using his name and legacy to launch a national anti-discrimination campaign, “Step into the Ring,” to end racial and religious profiling. Ali’s second wife, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, and son, Muhammad Ali Jr, said their inspiration for the campaign came from their being detained, questioned, harassed, and subjected to “racial and religious profiling” by federal immigration officers at a south Florida airport, when they were returning from a Jamaican Black History month event.

When he died, Muhammad Ali’s net worth was estimated to be $80 million.

Actor-comedian Chris Rock has a net worth of $70 million, but says America is racist and July 4th is “Happy White People’s Day”.

Actor Samuel L. Jackson, with a net worth of $200 million, says America’s police are racist.

Despite being twice elected POTUS, with a net worth of $40 million, Obama told the NAACP that America is still racist because of slavery.

When successful blacks, with multi-million dollars in net worth of which ordinary Americans can only dream, still insist America is racist and white people are devils, what hope is there for racial relations?

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~Eowyn

KSU has Finally Crossed Over to the Dark Side

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For the last seventeen or so years, I have watched with some horror (and not a little disgust) as my former institution of “higher learning” began to slowly slip into the hell of political correctness.

I suppose back then I rather naively thought that KSU would somehow manage to stay above the PC lunacy many colleges and universities have been rapidly descending into over the last two decades. After all, this area of the country is not exactly known as a bastion of liberalism.

Whatever hope I once had for my former university has now evaporated:

Via heatst.com:

College Puts White People in Separate Room For ‘Privilege Workshop’

By Jillian Kay Melchior|1:37 pm, April 18, 2017

When Kennesaw State University held an event last week on privilege and interracial relations, it asked “those who identify as white” to go to one room and “those who identify as people of color” to go to another.

“The goal of the workshop, which was led by an outside expert, was to foster learning and create an environment of understanding and support for one another,” said Kennesaw State University spokeswoman Tammy DeMel. “Attendees were asked to work together and then were invited to join the group with which they identify.”

The April 13 event “is being mischaracterized” as segregation, DeMel added.

The event, a workshop called “Being, Becoming and Fostering Allies: Building Relationships Across Privilege,” was taught by two psychology professors and one grad student from the University of Massachusetts, as well as a Kennesaw State University professor.

In it, students learned about becoming an ally for less privileged people, as well as “the essential roles of self-reflection, cultural humility, and re-engagement after failures.”

Kennesaw State University is the latest to grapple with the implications of separating students by race. In the last academic year, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Michigan, and Concordia University all found themselves facing accusations of segregation after they held events divided by race or focused on one particular racial group.

— Jillian Kay Melchior writes for Heat Street and is a fellow for the Steamboat Institute and the Independent Women’s Forum

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Despite the (weak) protestations to the contrary, does anyone actually believe the true goal of this blatantly racist, bull-squeeze “workshop” is not meant to drive a wedge even deeper between the races?

I have a bridge to sell you if you do.

Had something like this been attempted when I was enrolled there back in the day, most of my fellow students would have pitched a fit.

But that was another time in an America that apparently no-longer exists.

Dave

(H/t: Drudge)

Avoiding making eye contact or asking where someone is from are signs of racism says Oxford University

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From Daily Mail: Avoiding making eye contact with someone or asking where they are originally from have been deemed as racist micro-aggressions in a newsletter issued by Oxford University.  The institution’s Equality and Diversity Unit states these two common behaviours could potentially cause the listener ‘mental ill-health’. 

The Trinity term newsletter claims asking someone where they are ‘originally’ from implies that the questioner does not believe they are British.  The Trinity term newsletter also mentions ‘not speaking directly to people’ and ‘jokes drawing attention to someone’s difference’ as possible forms of everyday racism.

It says people doing these things are often ‘well-meaning’, but insists they are still reinforcing negative stereotypes and making people feel like they ‘do not belong’.

But Professor Frank Furedi, author of What’s Happened To The University, said the advice was ‘Orwellian’ and called on Oxford to ‘wake up to reality’.  He told MailOnline: ‘To go from simply stating someone is racist based on what they say to assume they are unconsciously racist is a very Orwellian turn. Microaggressions empower the accuser to say that it doesn’t matter what you intend by that look, I just know by the look of your eyes you are racist.

‘It is a very insidious way of thinking. Universities used to understand the reality that humans are complex.  It would be nice if Oxford could wake up to reality.’

Oxford University said the advice was part of an attempt to fight discrimination and encourage equality of opportunity. Students at the university recently took part in a campaign called ‘I, too, am Oxford’, to raise awareness of unconscious racism.

At one college, Pembroke, students are advised by their representatives to report ‘macro and microaggressions’ to a welfare officer. She will then deal with the issue by ‘mediation with the other party’ or ‘through the harassment policy’.

Professor Furedi said giving advice on avoiding microaggressions happens at ‘virtually every’ university in the USA, but is fairly new to the UK. The Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Kent University urged British students to resist the trend, adding: ‘A minority of students make it their own cause. ‘But there are usually a lot of people who think it is stupid but they acquiesce to it and eventually the influence of these ideas becomes more prominent.’

An Oxford University spokesman told MailOnline: ‘The Equality and Diversity Unit works with University bodies to ensure that the University’s pursuit of excellence goes hand in hand with freedom from discrimination and equality of opportunity.

‘The newsletter is one way of advising and supporting staff towards achieving these aims.’

The row comes two months after a Cambridge college was accused of ‘cultural misrepresentation’ by students after serving ‘Jamaican stew’ and ‘Tunisian rice’.  Students argued the dishes served at Pembroke College were not authentic to countries they were described to be from, The Sunday Times reported.

The original complainant said: ‘I’m used to as a minority student being constantly invalidated when flagging up specific issues but if people feel their cultures are misrepresented they have the right to address this. Micro-aggressions are a reality of the everyday exist­ence of many people of colour.’

DCG

AP translates Fresno shooter’s ‘Allahu Akbar’ to ‘God is great’

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Change the language all you want, AP. Doesn’t change the facts.

From Fox News: The Fresno shooting suspect accused of killing three people on Tuesday shouted “Allahu Akbar” when he was taken into custody by law enforcement, according to Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer – but the Associated Press made an editorial decision to print the translation of his words from Arabic to English: “God is great.”

The Associated Press tweeted on Tuesday afternoon with their translation, despite almost all other news outlets reporting what suspect Kori Ali Muhammad actually said. Their tweet:

Fresno police say suspect in triple slaying told them he hates white people, shouted “God is great” before killings. https://t.co/rrSOzfEXaB — The Associated Press (@AP) April 18, 2017

The AP responded to Fox News’ request for comment, and said they had deleted the tweet and replaced it with a new one.

The AP acknowledged in their article that Muhammad shouted “God is great” in Arabic. The AP story reads:

Dyer has said Muhammad shouted “God is great!” in Arabic while being arrested and had posted on social media that he dislikes white people. All three victims in Tuesday’s killings were white men, and Muhammad is black.”

The AP is taking heat on Twitter from news outlets, pundits and journalists for the editorializing, with some slamming the AP for downplaying the shooter’s Islamic ties.

DCG

Hate Crime: Black Muslim kills 4 whites in California racist shooting spree

It’s open season on whites in a thoroughly corrupted America where double standards abound.

Paul Joseph Watson reports for InfoWars that on March 23, 2017, a Facebook user named Laura posted this racist incitement to kill white women:

“White women should be hunted and killed then we won’t get white babies who think the(y) own the world!”

But Facebook sees nothing wrong with Laura’s vile comment. Responding to a complaint that Laura’s post is hate-speech, Facebook wrote:

“We reviewed the comment you reported for displaying hate speech and found it doesn’t violate our Community Standards.”

Given the prevailing climate of tolerance for anti-white racism, it shouldn’t surprise us when someone actually acts on Facebook Laura’s and others’ call to kill white people.

Yesterday, April 18, 2017, a black man named Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, did just that in Fresno, California.

In a shooting spree, Muhammad first killed a white motel security guard, 25-year-old Carl Williams, then fired 16 rounds in less than two minutes in downtown Fresno, killing three white men.

Muhammad was arrested shortly afterward. He was already wanted for killing the Motel 6 security guard from last week.

Police say Muhammad had chosen his victims at random and had set out to kill as many white people as he could.

As reported by ABC10 Sacramento:

“Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer says 39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad, who is black, told investigators he decided to kill white people . . . .  Chief Dyer says Muhammad, who shouted ‘God is great’ [‘Allahu Akbar’] in Arabic before the killings, told investigators he wanted to be known as someone who killed many white people . . . .”

According to NY Daily News, during his arrest, Muhammad shouted “Allahu Akbar,” but Police Chief Dyer said the shootings had “nothing to do with terrorism in spite of the statement he made. This is solely based on race.

Muhammad first walked up to a utility truck and shot and killed a 34-year-old white Pacific Gas & Electric Co. employee sitting in the passenger seat. The driver of the truck, who is Latino, sped off to the police department for help. Muhammad then shot at another person and missed. He aimed at a third, killing a 37-year-old white man on the sidewalk as he walked with a bag of groceries in a neighborhood lined with tall trees. The final victim, a 58-year-old white man, was gunned down in the parking lot of a Catholic Charities building. Chief Dyer said Muhammad had approached a vehicle in between shootings, but spared the lives of two Latino women who were in the car with a child.

Dyer said, “These individuals who were chosen today did not do anything to deserve what they got. These were unprovoked attacks by an individual that was intent on carrying out homicides today. He did that.”

At his arrest, Muhammad admitted he was the guy they were looking for. Dyer said Muhammad told officers, “I did it. I shot them.”

On what appeared to be Muhammad’s Facebook page, he repeatedly posted “#LetBlackPeopleGo,” encouraged “black warriors” to “mount up” against “white devils,” and boasted that his “kill rate increases tremendously on the other side”.

Muhammad has a criminal history in Sacramento dating back to 1997 when he was arrested for making criminal threats. He was also previously arrested for cocaine possession and distribution, domestic violence, forgery, false imprisonment and various weapons charges from 1997 to 2004, according to Sacramento County Superior Court records. The records also show that Kori Ali Muhammad had used several names and aliases, including Kori McWallace, Cory Muhammad and Corey Allen Taylor.

Muhammad faces four counts of murder and at least two additional charges of assault with a deadly weapon.

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~Eowyn