‘How can you claim self-defense and you are the aggressor?’

That question begets another: How do police fail to file charges when an unarmed teen is shot for apparently no other reason than his appearance? SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Calls made to police show that a black teenager was terrified as he tried to get away from the white neighborhood watch volunteer who shot him, … Continue reading ‘How can you claim self-defense and you are the aggressor?’

This post may require counseling

Fresh Loaf’s Gwynedd Stuart expresses some sympathy for Luis Rivera, the obviously contrite Gwinnett County math teacher forced to resign for crafting some rather ignorant word problems. Rivera’s 20-question homework assignment used slave beatings and picking cotton to link lessons about ex-slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass to math computation. One of the problems read: “If … Continue reading This post may require counseling

Is Rick Perry a racist?

So now Rick Perry is to blame for the “unconscionable, racially stereotypical attack” launched against Herman Cain? Rush Limbaugh’s words, not mine. Apparently the Texas governor can’t handle an “independent, self-reliant conservative black.” Related articles Naturally Rick Perry Is Now Accusing The Romney Campaign Of Leaking The Cain Harassment Story (businessinsider.com)

Professional race baiter decries ‘unconscionable racially charged attack’

Rush Limbaugh has become the Bizarro Farrakhan, seeing racism at every turn. The only victims, of course, are whites and Herman Cain. “Politico and the mainstream media has launched an unconscionable, racially stereotypical attack on an independent, self-reliant conservative black because for him that behavior is not allowed,” Limbaugh said today on his radio show. … Continue reading Professional race baiter decries ‘unconscionable racially charged attack’

A white liberal scolds a black president for being too white

(link) That sentence alone should indicate we’ve made substantial progress on race, though, as fearful whites scurry to play to victim, we’ve got a long way to go. But not as far as either side wants us to believe. Matt Tabbi, surprisingly, cuts through the bullshit: Your average person doesn’t spending hours a day pondering … Continue reading A white liberal scolds a black president for being too white

As the Sherrod story winds down, conversations about race should continue

The Shirley Sherrod story is about over. The president has apologized, Sherrod was offered a new job with the FDA and Andrew Breitbart has been exposed as a weasel. But I’m troubled by this contention that all racism is the same. It’s not. Racism, without power, is irrelevant. It doesn’t matter what the New Black … Continue reading As the Sherrod story winds down, conversations about race should continue

Some shameful shit

Shirley Sherrod’s story is one about redemption, about how she overcame her own prejudices and helped a white south Georgia couple keep their family farm. A lot of people don’t want you to know that. They are determined to hide their own racism by insisting that those they are bigoted against are the real racists. Partisan agendas are more … Continue reading Some shameful shit