My man Corei Taylor inspired this post today… check out his rendition as well. Let me know what you think…
Black Music Month!!!!
Conservative/Republican/Tea Party members will try to find ANYTHING to be outraged over. This is another in a long line of made up controversies that right wing media has manufactured. Let’s be clear, I don’t care for a lot of the music porported by the right wing media. Some of it I find highly offensive and racist but that never seems to be an issue with them being invited to a Republican Whitehouse or Hannity’s show. Likewise, the President’s choice of vistors doesn’t have to be ok’d by a constantly nagging and perpetually inane right wing media. And its time the media stop being led around by the nose as the right-wing media manufactures another nothing story. After Van Jones, Sherrod, NPR, Planned Parenthood, ACORN, Black Panthers, birthers, deathers, Donald Trump and the like, you would think they would learn.
Common has been an advocate of Obama’s since his presidential campaign. Get a life. And listen to some good music while you’re at it… Check the lyrics.
Updated: Common performs at The White House…
- After White House Invite, Conservatives Get Tough on Soft Rapper | The Nation (bruceturnerjr5.wordpress.com)
- Ari Melber: After White House Invite, Conservatives Get Tough on Soft Rapper (huffingtonpost.com)
- Conservatives upset over rapper Common’s White House invite (cbsnews.com)
- Fox News & Palin Attack White House Poetry Event & Rapper – Common – As “Vile” (jackandjillpolitics.com)
Again, the N-word is not necessary for racism to exist…
Obama: Affirmative Action Figure
“Obama had horrendous grades! He only got into Harvard via affirmative action! Good white students have tried to get into Harvard, and they were bounced, but the Negro who wasn’t even trying got in!”
Now, a lot of you with common sense probably thought, “Um … if Obama got in with affirmative action and became the president, isn’t that the best advertisement for affirmative action ever?” Sure. That is, if you cared about the historical context for affirmative action in the first place. Other people don’t agree. They look at affirmative action as yet another way to cater to minorities — you know, like white women, who are the biggest beneficiaries of affirmative action.
It’s not really necessary for me to explain how this particular talking point works. It’s been explained ad nauseam by many. Even the way Trump explains why he was so interested in seeing the president’s birth certificate is a classic game of “Look at the other! He might not be from here! His real certificate might say he’s a Muslim!”
And God forbid that it says that, because of course, when you’re born into the world, you’re forced to keep the religion (even super-evil religions like Islam) of your parents. What? That’s not how it works? Oh. Let’s move on.
Relations With “the Blacks”
We all shook our heads and did a collective “Really?” when Trump bragged about his great relationship with “the blacks.” This statement was immediately followed by Trump’s commentary about how it’s “frightening” that so many blacks support Obama.
“The blacks” went full swing on him for this, but one group wasn’t upset at all — the white Americans who have thought or perhaps even talked out loud about the blacks: “That doesn’t make him racist. I mean, come on! You’re going to attack Trump for a simple slip of the tongue? This is what’s wrong with the liberals and their political correctness. White people can’t say anything!”
And voilà. Support for Trump stays amazingly high within conservative circles, while the media, which are largely responsible for his rise in the GOP ranks, act flabbergasted by his popularity. We aren’t postracial, no matter how much everyone says we’ve gotten past our race issues or denies the racist language of so many in the GOP — including Trump. Perhaps there should be some rephrasing: The folks who have gotten past race are largely the same folks who didn’t have to deal with it in the first place. Privilege has its, well, privileges.
Jesse Jackson recently came out and said that the Birther nonsense is racial code. Is it really code when anyone who’s paying attention can plainly see it? The media are so afraid of playing the “race card” that when something is actually about race, they stand impotent.
It’s this failure to call Trump and others like him on what they’re doing that keeps Trump looking like a contender within the GOP presidential-nominee race. And if Trump isn’t aware of the code he’s dropping, he’s more ignorant than we could ever imagine.
Many people, myself included, are full of rage after the president’s birth certificate press conference and the crowing from Trump that immediately followed. I’ve had friends shed tears over the overt racism seen in Trump’s messaging and its delivery through the mainstream media. Some people have asked, “What do we do now?”
I think the answer is simple: We hold the media responsible. Rage without action equals complacency. We can’t allow this type of backward messaging to go unchallenged. We can’t be afraid of the race card because, for millions and millions, it’s not a card. It’s their life.
To allow the silencing of real issues out of discomfort or fear is unacceptable. Not calling out racism doesn’t make the act less racist. It makes an entire race of people less American. – Elon James White
There are times when inspiring words are needed… King always fits the bill.
The fact that this is even a headline on a major news website shows the power that Whites, as a whole, wield on the American psyche and the American narrative. But we never talk about that. The fact that you have an article actually arguing the merits of this point of view I find utterly ridiculous. A supremely powerful majority who views themselves as an oppressed minority? Really!!?? And a major network that gives this point of view voice!? Are we always to be fair and balanced… You have got to be kidding me.
There is a such thing as a “legitimate” argument. Just because you MAKE and argument doesn’t make the argument a legitimate one. I could “argue” that the President was born in Kenya. I could make that argument…and Mike Huckabee has…but does that mean his argument is accurate or legitimate or truthful or righteous in any way? Whites as an oppressed minority? Seriously!? Is the NAACP racist too? Has the Tea Party no racist overtones!?
The article relays these bullet points as evidence:
• A recent Public Religion Research Institute poll found 44% of Americans surveyed identify discrimination against whites as being just as big as bigotry aimed at blacks and other minorities. The poll found 61% of those identifying with the Tea Party held that view, as did 56% of Republicans and 57% of white evangelicals.
• More colleges are offering courses in “Whiteness Studies” as white Americans cope with becoming what one commentator calls a “dispossessed majority group.”
• A Texas group recently formed the “Former Majority Association for Equality” to offer college scholarships to needy white men. Colby Bohannan, the group’s president, says white men don’t have scholarship options available to minorities. “White males are definitely not a majority” anymore, he says.
• U.S. Census Bureau projections that whites will become a minority by 2050 are fueling fears that whiteness no longer represents the norm. This fear has been compounded by the recent recession, which hit whites hard.
You have this perception out there that whites are no longer in control or the majority.
–Charles Gallagher, sociologist
• Conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh argued in a radio show that Republicans are an “oppressed minority” in need of a “civil rights movement” because its members willingly sit in the “back of the bus” and “are afraid of the fire hoses and the dogs.”
• Fox talk-show host Glenn Beck led a march on Washington (attended primarily by white people) to “restore honor,” and once called President Obama a racist with a “deep-seated hatred for white people and white culture.” He later said he regretted making that comment.
This is exactly why you need a definition of racism/white supremacy. A definition of truth. Not one brought forth by the majority to usurp or confuse the illness that is racism/white supremacy. There also needs to be a dichotomy drawn between what would better be called prejudice and what should be called racism/white supremacy. To confuse the two words or to make them indistinguishable allows for a white majority to claim racial oppression and minority status (when the facts and reality point to no such thing) while they continue to control every industry and station.