‘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, and that the volunteer was not defending himself as he has claimed, the teen’s family told The Associated Press on Saturday. Sanford police released eight 911 calls late Friday. The neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, tells a dispatcher in the first call that he is following 17-year-old…

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 Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?” Reprehensible, no doubt, and the punishment, though severe, is not unreasonable. That doesn’t excuse the grandstanding by the perpetually indignant, especially when you consider there’s nothing to indicate the teacher, while clearly…

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. It’s a familiar refrain from Minister Limbaugh. Let’s review: “Obama’s America, white kids getting beat up on school buses now. You put your kids on a school bus, you expect safety but in Obama’s America the white kids now get beat up with the black kids cheering,…

Herman Cain and the ‘conservative anti-anti-racism’

Herman Cain, asked Sunday about Rick Perry’s lease of a piece of land that features a rock marking it as “N*****head,” said “I think that it shows a lack of sensitivity for a long time of not taking that word off of that rock and renaming the place.” On Monday, Cain changed his tune. “I really don’t care about that story! They painted over it. End of story.” So what accounts for the reversal? I think Adam Serwer nails it. Cain just ran head first into the brick wall of conservative anti-anti-racism, the attitude on the right that accusations of racism directed…

In defense of a double standard

In the ‘Hot Topics’ segment on “The View” this morning, the ladies discussed a Washington Post story about a rock with the word “Niggerhead” written on it at the gated entrance of a hunting camp leased and frequented by Rick Perry and his father. Host Barbara Walters used the n-word while explaining the story, causing co-host Sherri Shepherd to take offense. Shepherd says she didn’t like the way Barbara Walters said it. However, Shepherd was okay with Whoopi Goldberg, the main host of “The View,” using it. Because Whoopi Goldberg is black. Duh! I can say fag, you can’t. To those who…

The epidemic of conservative victimhood

I endure Helmet Head “interview” so-called therapist and megalomaniac Dr. Laura so you don’t have to. That, and the cheap hathos. Of course she played the victim. Somehow her enemies forced her to say the N-word 11 times in order to limit her free speech. I suppose businesses should be required by the federal government to employ conservatives even when they say stupid and offensive things — the kind of stuff that would cost the normal working slob their job. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech,…

Only a racist who hates kids would call LeBron James arrogant

O’Brien asked James if race played a role in the backlash. “I think so, at times,” James said. “There’s always a race factor.” Racism will always be with us, and so will self-absorbed professional athletes. I fail to see what one has to do with the other in this case. I suspect many of James’ contemporaries were equally disgusted with the televised spectacle that celebrated “The Decision” of a player who’s yet to win a championship. But wait. “The Decision” wasn’t about LeBron James, says LeBron James, whose use of the third person tells you all you need to know about the…

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 his racial victimhood like this – not unless he enjoys it, and if he enjoys it, he’s an asshole! (Especially if he’s white. If he’s white, the scale of his assholedom is almost incalculable). The Tea Partiers and the Glenn Becks of the world are bad in…

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 Panthers think of me, or what some white middle Georgia redneck thinks about black people. If you can’t understand why an elderly black Southerner might not be too fond of whitey, you don’t know history (or choose to ignore it). Let’s not equate that experience with the…

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 important than racial healing, and victimhood trumps all. Sherrod made the mistake of being honest, and she lost her job for it. Her staunchest defenders? Roger and Eloise Spooner, the white couple she allegedly discriminated against. Now the Spooners are being patronized by certain people who feel it’s their…

The selective publishing of Andrew Breitbart

ED. NOTE: It’s incorrect to say Breitbart edited the tape, but he published it without doing any due diligence. Regardless, he’s shown himself to be a true weasel by refusing to accept any responsibility for the initial consequences. His brand of lazy advocacy “journalism” is exposed yet again. Will Hannity, Limbaugh and the rest recant? Doubt it. Here’s the real story: Farmer’s wife says fired USDA official helped save their land By Marcus K. Garner and Christian Boone The Atlanta Journal-Constitution The wife of the white farmer allegedly discriminated against by the USDA’s rural development director for Georgia said Shirley Sherrod “kept…

The male Michele Bachmann

Tea partiers will probably nominate him for the presidency: “But the president has demonstrated that he has a default mechanism in him that breaks down the side of race – on the side that favors the black person.” — Rep. Steve King, (R-Iowa) Speaking of tea party favorites, this GOP candidate from Alabama’s 2nd District advocates armed rebellion in a chat with actors portraying the Founding Fathers. I’m going to assume this ass clown never served in the military.