The Study of Perpetual Victimhood

There are a few people in the United States, sometimes known as "community leaders" who have set themselves up as professional victims of society's injustice, whether real or imaginary.  Their leadership positions are made more secure if they can convince their malleable followers that times are tough and all of society's problems result from white racism and a lack of federal funding.
Get that chip off your shoulder and just play the cards you were dealt.
Too many people believe that black people can't succeed without the government's help, but those who do, or tell others they can, must be vilified as "Uncle Toms."*
Yeah, sure, everybody's a victim. Stop your whining.
Recently I observed President and Mrs. Barack H. Obama on television at the dedication of the Martin Luther King memorial in Washington, DC, singing We Shall Overcome (Someday) and I was struck by the unmitigated gall exhibited by this couple.  He's the President of the United States, yet he still whimpers about overcoming ... someday.

It's never enough.  No matter how many years of "affirmative action" the country endures, no matter how many hiring quotas, preferences and special privileges are lavished upon blacks — based entirely on skin color — it's never enough.  No matter how many black millionaires there are, it's never enough.  The so-called black "community leaders" still hope to "overcome someday".


Shakedown, white guilt, several generations, quotas, racial preferences.

Background, overview and recap articles:


Victimhood Addiction.  The Orwellian disintegration of language has created the impression that there is something ennobling or virtuous in being a victim.  Martyrs are virtuous and noble, but victims are just as likely to be bad as good.  That is a relatively minor concern.  Much more serious is crowning whole classes of people as "victims" and insisting that this notional victimhood entitles them to special consideration from society.  The evil this creates dwarfs any imagined harm done to these groups of people.  Indeed, every great evil of our time has been done in the name of that horrific monstrosity "social justice" on behalf of presumed groups of victims.

Racism: The Ineradicable Sin?  For today's radical Left, which now has virtually uncontested control of the Democratic Party, racism is the universal and unforgiveable sin.  It is also considered a sin that so permeates society that it is ineradicable except by a societal revolution — one that completely rearranges what is deemed an inherently oppressive hierarchy continually contaminated by microaggressions passed down from tyrannical generation to generation.

Half a Century of Blaming White Racism for Black America's Problems.  For half a century, the federal government has pursued a disastrous strategy in addressing the problems of black Americans.  They were designated a victim class, and enormous sums of money were expended on incentives to perpetuate that status.  The welfare state has perpetuated multi-generational pathologies, while the encouragement of victimology and the blame placed on white racism have poisoned race relations instead of healing them.  It's fair to say the United States government began its long and catastrophic commitment to this approach fifty years ago today (or yesterday):  February 29, 1968.  On that day, the Kerner Commission (officially the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders) delivered its report (official summary; full 400-plus pages), and white racism was officially blamed for the problems of black America.

A Letter To White America.  [Scroll down]  Blacks themselves have made race the major issue in America over the past half century.  And, they are the ones that have insisted that their academic failures be advertised to the maximum extent.  They have done this in order to extract more money, more jobs, higher positions and continued leverage over the white power structure.  Victimization is their strategy.  Therefore, when one writes about the academic failures of black children, he is simply acknowledging that which blacks insisted be put in the public arena.  Blacks complain that their all-black schools are segregated, and therefore, inferior, and that that is the reason for their underachievement.  However, they still make this claim when the teachers are well paid and have advanced degrees, the school facilities are upscale, and the per-pupil money is above that in the white schools.  In addition, blacks insist that the teachers and administrators in predominately black schools "look like the children."  In other words, in one breath they complain about segregation, and in the next breath they insist on it.

Here are 1,366 well sourced examples of Barack Obama's lies, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, hypocrisy, waste, etc..  [#40] The Obama administration accused fire and police departments in Jacksonville, Florida, New York City, and Dayton, Ohio of "racial discrimination" because they required potential firefighters and police officers to take a written test. [...] [#84] In 2012, the Obama administration accused Pepsico of "race discrimination" because it used criminal background checks to screen out job applicants. [...] [#213] In June 2013, the Obama administration filed lawsuits against Dollar General and BMW for using criminal background checks to screen employees.  The Obama administration claimed that such background checks were "racist." [...] [#318] In March 2012, Obama's Justice Department blocked Texas's voter ID law, claiming that it was "racist." [...] [#536] In January 2014, it was reported that the Obama administration had accused lenders in the auto industry of "racism."  However, the auto industry does not report or keep track of the race of the people whom it lends money too, and the Obama administration's accusation of "racism" was based on guessing the races of the people who had borrowed money. [...] [#551] Obama's Justice Department blocked Texas's voter ID law, claiming that it was "racist." [...] [#712] In May 2014, it was reported that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau had stopped conducting employee evaluations because they were "racist."  The agency's new policy would pay all employees as if they had received the highest score.


Timely news and commentary:


Man Shoots Burglar, Family Predictably Cries Foul.  What is it about family that makes it so you can be absolutely convinced that despite them engaging in a criminal act, they're still somehow angels?  I ask because it seems that no matter what the circumstances, when someone gets shot, the family will invariably step up and pontificate on just why that person shouldn't have been killed.  In this case, a man killed in an Iowa store burglary is as pure as the driven snow or something.  Well, maybe not.  The family at least admits he was in the wrong for stealing, but they still think he shouldn't be dead.

The Racism of the Alleged Affronted.  At the Consortium of Higher Education for LGBT Resource Professionals, one learns that at an upcoming webinar, "queer and trans people of color are welcome to join and engage in or observe the space.  However, we do want to provide a content warning that in these spaces we hope white folks will process our thoughts and behaviors in a learning environment so we can address them and discuss and [sic] tactics of decentering whiteness." [...] Under the social justice rubric, being born white makes one evil, plain and simple.  In fact, according to Dr. Kathy Obear, one can either be a good white ally or a bad one.  Thus, everything is seen through the prism of race.

Only Uncle Tom Celebrates July 4th?  American leftists cannot restrain themselves from throwing stink-bombs at all things wholesome and good.  July 4th, my wife Mary read two articles in which black writers scolded blacks for celebrating Independence Day.  They claim that us blacks have nothing to celebrate because we were not free in 1776.  Why are leftists so hellbent on instilling in me and my fellow blacks a belief that America is not our country?  America has repented of her sins long ago.  The Civil War was fought to liberate blacks from slavery.  White abolitionists broke the law by teaching blacks to read. [...] My point is that American history is replete with godly whites who helped blacks; sometimes risking everything.  And yet, leftists have successfully sold blacks their lie that any success achieved by blacks is in spite of racist white America.  Blacks are only 12% of the population.  Much of black wealth in America is the result of white help and patronage.

Montreal jazz festival cancels controversial show after criticism.  The Montreal International Jazz Festival has cancelled the remaining presentations of a show that has been criticized because it features a white woman singing songs composed by black slaves.  The festival said Wednesday [7/4/2018] it was apologizing to anyone who was hurt by the decision to put on the shows.

The Toxic Race-Mongering of the Left.  The current status quo serves the short-sighted power aims of the worst of the Democratic party, that is the far left, too well for them to abandon it.  Scream racism at every disagreement and you might convince meaning-seeking millennials that leftism provides them a cogent moral framework, you might scare blacks out of noticing that they are thriving under Donald Trump's policies, you might convince women that Trump's boorish words are somehow worse than Bill Clinton's actions.  But the long-term costs of these political gains are great.  The constant cries of racism have kept race at the center of the American political discussion long after most Americans would happily let the subject go.

How quickly can a bully become a victim?
Black female leaders criticize Pelosi, Schumer for 'failure to protect' Waters.  Black female leaders and allies expressed their "deep disappointment" with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for their "recent failure to protect" Rep. Maxine Waters "from unwarranted attacks from the Trump administration and others in the GOP."  "We write to share our profound indignation and deep disappointment over your recent failure to protect Congresswoman Waters from unwarranted attacks from the Trump Administration and others in the GOP," the women wrote in a letter sent Tuesday [7/3/2018].  "That failure was further compounded by your decision to unfairly deride her as being 'uncivil' and 'un-American.'"

SPLC Keeps Denying.  Black-on-White Violence Keeps Happening.  Think of the odds:  every day, for years, the Southern Poverty Law Center has been cranking out studies, talking points, and direct mail to show how black people are victims of relentless white racism, all the time, everywhere, and that explains everything.  Just a few days ago, the SPLC declared that black-on-white violence is the "biggest lie" because everyone knows the real problem is white-on-black violence.  But what crazy luck:  The more the SPLC says black criminality is a myth, the more it just keeps happening.

Proof that Dems' unfair race baiting doesn't add up.  In the wake of Roseanne's awful, racist tweet comparing former Barack Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett to an ape, Jarrett took part in a special town hall on race on MSNBC.  In it, she blamed President Donald Trump for the star's racist joke.  While sitting next to Al Sharpton, a man who made his name through racist hoaxes, Jarrett repeated what has become a favorite narrative of the political left — that the United States, at its core, is fundamentally racist.

Portland bakery fires employees for denying black woman service after closing.  Two employees of a bakery in Northeast Portland were fired earlier this month for denying a black woman service because the business had closed.  "Back To Eden Bakery" released several public apologies and statements following the incident, before letting the employees go.  In one Facebook post, the bakery's co-owner wrote, "We are doing business in a gentrified neighborhood in a racist city within a racist state of a racist country."

Portland bakery fires two employees for refusing service to a black customer after closing time.  [Scroll down]  In my opinion, there is an inescapable presumption behind this firing: ordinary rules do not apply to black people.  Failure to realize that any demand from a black person must be immediately complied with, no matter the rules that apply to all other people, is a firing offense, it looks like to me.  It is more than a little surprising to see a business labelling its neighbors and presumably customers "racists," but who knows?  Maybe in Portlandia, people prefer to give their business to those who abuse them as the worst thing a person can be these days, a racist.

Disney/ABC Should Merge with Starbucks and the NFL.  Disney/ABC, Starbucks, and the NFL should merge, as they are this week's prime example of how to drive away customers while engaged in absurd CEO virtue signaling.

Roseanne Barr escapes burning at the stake — for now — but loses her hit show, talent agency, and career.  The mostly unspoken rules of contemporary American society hold that African Americans cannot be insulted in ways that Caucasians and some other minorities can be.  This is mostly a legacy of slavery and the official discrimination that followed under Jim Crow laws passed by Democrat-controlled governmental units in the post-Civil War South.

How to Fail Racial Sensitivity Training.  In most schools, it begins with an invitation to have a "Courageous Conversation" about race.  Within a few minutes, the white teachers learn they must be courageous enough to admit their own racism and how it is responsible for so much black dysfunction in America.  Tip for the soon to be enlightened 177,000:  If you want to keep your job and think you are not racist, don't let anyone know about it, or you will meet the same fate as the teachers who said the same thing in their seminars.  They get fired.  So there is no conversation — just monologue.  This is too bad, because as your average befuddled white guy, there are so many questions I want to ask, yet so few answers.

Starbucks' Atonement for "Unconscious Bias" Will Not Work.  Corporate executives today know that to keep their jobs and avoid boycotts they must persuade employees to shed supposedly unconscious race and gender biases lurking within their souls.  And though the remedy, known universally as "diversity," promotes teamwork, in practice it constitutes soft totalitarianism, resting on the guiding assumption that to be white and/or male is to be guilty until proven innocent.  Even the appearance of unfairness to nonwhite and female employees, customers and shareholders must be averted.  The justification for this policy is that human prejudices are so ingrained that we're usually not aware of them.  Thus, companies have set up bureaucracies and hired outside consultants who specialize in eradicating "unconscious biases." Company officials, whether enthusiastically or fearfully, routinely weave this principle into hiring, promotion, contracting, advertising and other aspects of company operations.

Starbucks to tell staff 'prejudice is deeply rooted' at anti-bias training.  Starbucks has not offered an estimate of what it will lose in sales during the afternoon closing, but the Philadelphia incident reportedly had a noticeable negative effect on consumer approval. [...] But anti-bias training experts are divided over the efficacy of a single seminar in correcting racial and gender biases.

Will Starbucks become America's largest chain of homeless shelters?  At one level incidents like the one at the Philadelphia Starbucks are minor affairs that are ginned up into major crises by the left-wing outrage machine.  On the other hand, Starbucks' decision throw open its doors to non-customers to use as public gathering places shows just how far things can go when a company decides that placating social justice warriors is more important than satisfying customers.

Actresses: We were wrongfully arrested after using restaurant bathroom.  Three actresses in Atlanta claim they were wrongfully arrested after using the bathroom at a restaurant.  The women — Erica Walker, Brittany Marie Lucio and Asia'h Sharrell Epperson — called on the district attorney Tuesday to investigate an incident at Houston's restaurant where an officer removed them from the restroom, news station WXIA-TV reported.

If you see something, say something (unless you see black).  There has been a spate of articles recently about white people calling the police against black people who were apparently doing nothing wrong, like sleeping in a common room in Yale, attempting to urinate in Starbucks, shopping at Nordstrom Rack, and playing on a golf course.  The idea behind these articles is that white people are racist. [...] A few points to make about this:  [#1] The liberal media rarely report the whole story about these events.  Specifically, they often exclude key facts, such as the suspicious behavior that made people call the police.  [#2] These stories are cherrypicked.  We see the ones reported where the black people have committed no crimes.  There are never, ever stories of the times black people are arrested for crimes after someone phones in a "suspicious person" report.  What percentage of suspicious persons reports end up being valid?  The [New York] Times doesn't want to know; it just wants more stories of stereotypes.  [#3] Liberals insist that citizens be disarmed because the police will protect them.  Now they are saying citizens shouldn't call the police.

Ex-congressman says he's 'given up on America' after sentenced for 3rd conviction.  A former Democratic congressman from Chicago, heading to prison for the third time, says he has "given up on America" and plans to move to Africa after he serves his latest sentence.  At his sentencing Thursday [5/10/2018], Mel Reynolds, 66, got six months in prison for failing to file tax returns on more than $400,000 he received for consulting work.  He also received a scolding from federal Judge Robert Gettleman, who told the Harvard graduate he could recall thinking to himself in the early 1990s that Reynolds had tremendous promise.

South Carolina woman's claims of being harassed by 'white cop' are questioned as new footage emerges.  A South Carolina woman who said being pulled over for speeding by a "white cop" was a "traumatic experience" is having her story questioned after police body camera footage from the incident showed a less intense series of events unfolding.  Dawn Hilton-Williams, in a Facebook Live video on April 27, accused a Brunswick County Sheriff's Office sergeant of racism after she was ordered to sign a summons asking her to appear in court or pre-pay a traffic ticket.  The officer said he clocked her going 70 mph in a stretch of rural Route 58 in Virginia that has a 55 mph limit.

McKinney council member who accused officer of racial profiling in traffic stop says he won't resign.  McKinney City Council member La'Shadion Shemwell said in a Facebook Live video Thursday night [5/10/2018] that he will not resign after he accused a police officer of racial profiling when he was pulled over for speeding earlier this week.  Shemwell said after the traffic stop that he had been pulled over for "being black with dreadlocks."

McKinney Council Member Says He Was Arrested For Racial, Political Reasons.  A McKinney City Council Member claims racial profiling and political retribution were behind his arrest during traffic stop.  La'Shadion Shemwell says he wasn't speeding when he was stopped for speeding by McKinney Police on Highway 5 around 6:45 p.m.  Tuesday [5/8/2018].  Shemwell is black and an activist against police brutality.

The Semantic Whoredom of the Left.  [Scroll down]  I realized it wasn't just their etymology that was faulty but that these people had in fact built themselves an entirely new language, with words that are in common use [...] voided of their signification and filled with meanings they were never meant to have, meanings that can only be understood if you share the basic assumptions of leftist liberals. [...] There are a few hundred other words that have similarly been beaten until they lose all self-respect and now are passed from mouth to mouth in leftist circles as a sad parody of the words they used to be.  Possibly the most common of those is "racist."

Calling police on black women at golf course is latest example of 'White Fear Weaponized'.  We can now add golfing to the list of normal activities that black people dare not do without inciting irrational fear.  Last weekend, police were summoned to the Grandview Golf Club in York, Pennsylvania, when a group of golfers — all white men — called the police on five black women golfers after accusing them of slow play.

Camille Cosby Compares Husband to Emmett Till and Blames Media.  Camille Cosby, the wife of the disgraced comedian Bill Cosby, disparaged the media, Mr. Cosby's accusers and his prosecutors in a caustic statement released Thursday [5/3/2018], her first public comments since Mr. Cosby was convicted of sexual assault last week.  She called for a criminal investigation of the Montgomery County district attorney and repeatedly suggested that Mr. Cosby was targeted because of his race.  In a three-page release, Mrs. Cosby explicitly blamed the media for Mr. Cosby's fate in court, citing what she called a "frenzied, relentless demonization of him and unquestioning acceptance of accusers' allegations without any attendant proof."  She went on to say, "Bill Cosby was labeled as guilty because the media and accusers said so."

The Editor says...
No, Bill Cosby is guilty because a jury said so — after deliberating upon a volume of evidence.  Good bye, Bill.

Whatever the Left Touches it Ruins.  The left has poisoned race relations.  America is the least racist multiracial society in the world.  On a daily basis, Americans of every race and ethnicity get along superbly.  But the black left and the white left constantly poison young minds with hate-filled diatribes against whites, "white privilege," "systemic racism," black dorms, black graduations, lies about the events in Ferguson, Missouri, and the like.

Singer Halsey stirs debate over hotels offering only 'white people shampoo'.  Black women face "high levels of anxiety" about their hair more often than white women, according to a 2016 "Good Hair" study by the Perception Institute. Hair texture, density and thickness, among other things, are common topics of discussion among women of color.  There are charts that determine how curly or coarse one's hair is and dedicated aisles in stores now that contain "ethnic" hair products.  But these products are not found in hotels.

The Editor says...
Is shampoo a civil right now?  The hotels supply the same shampoo to everyone.  If it's not your favorite brand, that's your problem.  You are not being denied access to shampoo.  If your hair has special needs, bring your own stinkin' shampoo.

Leftist Propaganda Thwarts Unity.  The Americans who listen to the Washington Post, the New York Times, and all the networks are being systematically lied to. [...] Around 3,500 blacks were shot in Chicago, called Chiraq by black Chicagoans, last year, but that's rarely mentioned in the news.  On the other hand, the MSM had wall-to-wall coverage when a white police officer shot a black thug in self-defense.  Note that both Obama and his black attorney general agreed that the shooting was justified and that that wasn't given wall-to-wall media coverage.  Because of this sort of "reporting," many Americans think the real problem in America isn't out-of-control crime in black neighborhoods in Democrat-run cities, but that the police are out hunting innocent blacks on a regular basis.

Baltimore police chief attends hip-hop show, apologizes for '200 years' of abuse by cops.  Music lovers arrived at Baltimore Soundstage on Wednesday night [4/18/2018] to hear the tunes of hip-hop group Eric B. & Rakim, but soon found themselves listening to an apology for corrupt policing.  "I want to take about 20 seconds to apologize for all the things that the police have done dating back 200 years," Commissioner De Sousa said in a video posted online by Baltimore Fishbowl.  "Two-hundred years ago, all the way to civil rights.  All the way to the '80s where crack was prevalent in the cities and it affected disproportionately African-American men.  All the way to the '90s.  All the way to the 2000s when we had zero tolerance."

Berkeley coffee shop abruptly closes amid racism controversy.  A coffee shop in Berkeley, the Elmwood Cafe, has closed overnight without warning.  The abrupt closure comes after a famous comedian alleged that a racist incident happened to him at the cafe similar to the recent arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia Starbucks.  On Monday [4/16/2018], famous East Bay comedian W. Kamau Bell recalled on CNN how he says he experienced racism there.

Overview and recap of the Starbucks story:

Was the Starbucks Incident a Setup?  I think what happened at the Starbucks in Philly doesn't pass the sniff test.  Two black men went in, sat down, and apparently went unnoticed for a period of time until one got up and asked to use the restroom.  When told it was only for customers, he declined the opportunity to purchase something and returned to his associate at their table.  After another unspecified period of time elapsed, the manager, a woman named Holly, asked them to either purchase something or leave.  They said they were waiting for someone, did not want to buy anything, and wouldn't leave.  More time passed, the option was again proffered, and the double-refusal was again the response.  That's when Holly called "the man."  The "screws" arrived and made the same offer as Holly, three times.  And just as many times, it was refused.  As they were slipping on the cuffs to take them to the "big house," the ever-elusive "friend" magically appeared.  You get the picture:  it was a setup.  Why wouldn't the "friend" just buy a cup of Joe so they could all sit down and chant, "No justice, no peace"?  How did he already know not to?  How did he know to soldier on for the cause?  It was a win-win for the unprivileged.  Getting arrested was the goal, but if they weren't arrested when the friend came in, it would validate the claim that white people are treated better than blacks.

Racial Immunity.  Two black dudes went into a Starbucks, refused to order anything, and demanded to jointly use the bathroom.  Per policy, they were asked to leave, and when they wouldn't, the cops were called.  As a result of public outcry ("public" defined in this case as bored leftists looking to jack off on outrage), Starbucks' CEO closed all stores for a day of "diversity and tolerance training," and a new nationwide policy was enacted to ensure that one needn't have to order food or drinks to claim a table at Starbucks, and the bathrooms are now open to all, from the homeless to the [sodomites].  The black dudes were violating Starbucks' (then) policy, but no matter.  Let them do as they please, and don't call the cops.

Fear of the Left:  The Most Powerful Force in America Today.  In the recent case of a Philadelphia Starbucks manager who asked two black men to purchase something before giving them the code to the restroom, Starbucks immediately appeased the left-wing mob.  The company didn't wait until any facts came out; it simply abandoned the manager and announced it would close every U.S. store one day in May to educate all Starbucks employees about "unconscious bias."

Starbucks boots Anti-Defamation League from its self-vaunted 'diversity' program.  The premise was bad, given that the whole thing was triggered by the incident in Philadelphia where two black men opted to go to a Starbucks, sat at a table for hours without ordering so much as a two-dollar cup of coffee, took up table space from paying customers, refused to leave when asked, and then hollered racism when the manager called the cops.  Normal people order some coffee if they want to use the premises.  These guys thought they were special.  But Starbucks decided that it was the bad guy, and it's atoning for its wicked racism by forcing its line employees (such an easy target) to sit through re-education camp, supposedly for all their racist tendencies after one of them got caught following the rules.  Even the black employees will be forced to do it.

Black Coffee:  The Starbucks Story Is Trash.  Two black men walk into a Starbucks — a leftist company that is unlikely to encourage old-fashioned racism — in Philadelphia, a multi-racial city where a Starbucks would be serving people of all colors all day every day without incident.  But these two jokers, according to their own version of events, refused to follow the store rules and make a purchase.  They were asked to leave by the manager, Holly, a "social justice feminist."  When they refused, she called the police and calmly reported, "I have two gentlemen in my cafe that are refusing to make a purchase or leave."  The police arrived and likewise asked the guys to leave and they refused to obey the police. [...] The usual puerile race-mongers showed up to protest and call for boycotts.  The usual puling apologies, firings and Soviet-style re-education followed.

The War On Standards Reaches Coffee Houses.  A Starbucks store is not a public space.  If you aren't going to purchase anything, you have no business being in the store for an extended period of time.  And if a non-purchaser refuses to comply with a request to leave, the best way to enforce the policy is to call the police.  What's the alternative, bouncers?  It's a sad commentary that anyone would even contemplate using Starbucks as a free meeting-ground.  When I meet people at Starbucks, I always purchase something even though I don't drink coffee.  It would never occur to me not to.  Only a strong sense of entitlement, not to mention bad manners, would lead anyone to think he can occupy the store for an extended period of time without paying.

Starbucks goes into full blown surrender mode.  I have worked as a restaurant manager in years past, and as a bartender even longer.  I have had to ask some customers to leave (usually for being loud, obscene, or loitering) establishments a few times.  I have even had to call police a few times when they refused.  On almost every occasion, the people I asked to leave were White.  And those that refused to leave when police told them they must were arrested.  These two men were asked to leave.  They refused, that is why the police were called.  Apparently when the police arrived, the men verbally abused them, and still refused to leave.  Had they left, there would have been no arrest, period.

Eric Holder to Help Starbucks Train Employees For 'Racial Bias Education Day'.  On Tuesday [4/17/2018], Starbucks announced it will be closing 8,000 stores on May 29 so 175,000 employees can attend a training program that will address implicit bias, promote inclusion and help prevent discrimination, NBC reports.  Eric Holder was tapped as one of the 'experts' to assist with training the employees.  That's all you need to know.

Black man demands free Starbucks coffee as 'reparations' — white barista immediately complies.  "I heard ya'll was racist, so I came to get my free coffee," Sharpe says in the video to the white barista taking his order. [...] "That's what I'm talking about!  This is justice," Sharpe says sarcastically.  "This is justice.  This is what I'm talking about."  The barista went onto to offer his choice of milk and flavoring.

Fake Starbucks coupons circulate online promising free coffee for black customers.  Fake Starbucks coupons have begun circulating on social media in the wake of protests over the arrests of two black men who had asked to use a Starbucks restroom.  The coupons, which feature images of Starbucks beverages, the brand's iconic color green and bar codes, appear to offer "people of color" or "African-American heritage" free drinks.  "This is completely false and in no way associated with Starbucks," a Starbucks spokeswoman told CNBC.

Philadelphia Starbucks Arrest Cues Racist Whines.  A couple of thinks here:  (1) Some of the cops at the arrest were black.  (2) All of the patrons protesting the arrest were white.  (3) A woman's voice is heard saying "she said the restrooms were for paying customers.  (4) Are people required to ask permission to use the restroom at Starbucks?  Not that I patronize Starbucks, but, [...] I don't ask to use the restroom.  Not since I graduated high school anyway.  All of this leads to the absurdity of the whole chain shutting down on May 29 for a company wide  re-education   brainwashing  "racial-bias education" training.

Reminder:
Hardly a Stir When Starbucks Denied a Cop.  In 2015, an unnamed Philadelphia police sergeant entered a downtown Philadelphia Starbucks and asked to use the restroom.  He might have been the one who would have responded if that Starbucks were being robbed or its employees or customers were assaulted.  He was told in no uncertain terms that he could not and should find a restroom down the street.

Update:
Black men arrested at Starbucks settle for $1 each, and a promise of $200K for young entrepreneurs program.  Two black men arrested for sitting at a Philadelphia Starbucks without ordering anything settled with the city Wednesday [5/2/2018] for a symbolic $1 each and a promise from officials to set up a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs.  The men and their lawyer told The Associated Press the settlement was an effort to make sure something positive came out of the incident.  "We thought long and hard about it and we feel like this is the best way to see that change that we want to see," said Donte Robinson, one of those arrested.

Remember when Starbucks just served over-priced, burnt coffee?  If you are in the mood for a high-priced cup of coffee that tastes burnt[,] you'll have to go somewhere other than Starbucks during a three-hour period Tuesday afternoon.  More than 8,000 shops are shuttering for anti-bias training[,] an ill-conceived attempt to restore Starbucks' tarnished liberal image.

Starbucks Baristas Reflect on the Company's Anti-Cop Propaganda Disguised as 'Anti-Bias Training'.  On Tuesday, Starbucks closed their stores across the nation to hold an "anti-bias" training after Donte Robinson and Rashon Nelson, two black men, were arrested for loitering at a Philadelphia store without buying anything.  Multiple Baristas who attended the training told Philadelphia Magazine that the company beat around the bush when discussing racial issues.  "I was really disappointed when I walked out of there because I was expecting so much more," an 18-year-old black woman, pseudonym Tina, said.  According to the woman, Baristas were given a 68-page guide where they were asked to respond to writing prompts with various scenarios.  "It felt like we were off task the entire time because we didn't reflect on the situation itself," the woman said, referring to the incident involving Robinson and Nelson.  "The training materials focused a lot on police brutality, which had nothing to do with the incident that happened."

Starbucks Anti-Bias Training "Missed the Mark Completely," Say Two Philly Baristas.  All eyes were on Starbucks again on Tuesday [5/29/2018] as the corporation shut down 8,000 stores to conduct anti-bias training following the public uproar over a white Starbucks manager calling the police on two black men who were waiting in a store in Philadelphia in April.  Starbucks billed Tuesday's training as "one step" in addressing racial bias, and national reports have called the company's move an "important start."  But for two Philadelphia Starbucks employees I talked to, the training merely "targeted" people of color and exacerbated racial tensions.

Perhaps to offset the cost of running all those de facto homeless shelters...
Starbucks raises its coffee prices 10-20 cents across the U.S..  The price of your morning jolt of caffeine just got a little more grande.  Starbucks has raised the price of its brewed coffee 10 cents to 20 cents at most of its company-owned stores in the U.S. The price for a 12-ounce drink, for example, is now $1.95 to $2.15.  The increase, which differs by market, went into effect Tuesday [6/5/2018].

Who could not have seen this coming?
Starbucks provides weak sales outlook, will close 150 stores.  The Seattle-based company said Tuesday [6/19/2018] it would close 150 underperforming stores in "densely penetrated markets" and slow its rate of store growth.  Starbucks traditionally closes about 50 underperforming locations annually.  Starbucks said it expects same-store sales to grow 1% in its third fiscal quarter of 2017.  Analysts had expected same-store sales to grow 3% in that period.

Starbucks provides weak sales outlook, will close 150 stores.  Starbucks posted its worst day of trading in nearly one year on Wednesday [6/20/2018], hours after the coffeehouse chain said it would close dozens of stores and provided a weak sales forecast.  The Seattle-based company said Tuesday it would close 150 underperforming stores in "densely penetrated markets" and slow its rate of store growth. [...] Starbucks' stock closed down more than 9% on Wednesday, marking the company's largest single-day percentage decline since July 2017.  The company was the worst performer on both the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq 100.

Starbucks burned by social-justice appeasement as growth stalls, stock plunges.  Starbucks may have appeased progressives with its social-justice workshops and open-bathroom policy, but such moves have failed to caffeinate the company's bottom line.  The coffee giant's stock took a tumble Wednesday [6/20/2018] after CEO Kevin Johnson announced that Starbucks would close 150 company-owned stores next year instead of the expected 50, with an emphasis on underperforming shops in densely populated urban areas, and lowered growth projections.  Mr. Johnson acknowledged that the decision to shut down 8,000 U.S. stores on May 29 for anti-bias training, driven by the high-profile arrests of two black men in Philadelphia, played a role in the company's sluggish second-quarter performance.

Ignorance: The Greatest Threat to Black Americans.  Democrats refuse to hold blacks accountable for anything — black on black crime, epidemic school dropouts, out of wedlock births, and generational poverty.  Insidiously, Democrats have totally relieved blacks of all responsibility for their lives.  Democrats have tripled down on teaching black youths that everything wrong is the fault of "white privilege," systematic, cultural, and economic white racism in America.  Deadbeat, lazy blacks are quick to embrace the Democrats' its-all-whitey's-fault narrative.

The Battle of Woke Island.  [Scroll down]  In the world of the campus, one's status and moral authority increases with the number of victim groups in which one claims membership.  This is the postmodern dogma of "intersectionality" that promotes solipsism at the personal level and division at the social level, that forbids the "cultural appropriation" of one victim group's tastes, symbols, language, and commodities by another group, and requires members of the victimizer group — cis-gendered white males — to recognize, confess, and atone for their "privilege."

'Black Panther' Mirage Proves Obama Set Race Relations Back Decades.  America's regression, our backwards strides away from [Martin Luther] King's dream, all began with Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and a media so desperate to protect him that every criticism leveled at The One was labeled racism.  Everything was about race.

A Tale of Black Racism.  The Philly media, like the media elsewhere, makes much of gentrification.  Philadelphians are forever hearing about what a social evil it is. [...] Constantly propagating notions such as white supremacy, white privilege, gentrification, and others, the media creates a kind of toxic intellectual air.  Unhappy people breathe it in, and the result is all sorts of mad beliefs.  It is as if being white guaranteed a middle-class existence.  It is as if being black meant that personal failure is not even a possibility; in place of it there is always some white discrimination or other.

Bigotry of Bigotries; All Is Bigotry.  Anyway Ferguson recently convened a conference at Stanford's Hoover Institution, a conservative think tank.  No one much cared about what was discussed and debated.  For those who believe in diversity uber alles, a conference on history and public policy must be judged by the number of representatives from different oppressed groups. [...] The New York Times was appalled at the lack of diversity.  It blared out the shrill headline... there were no women at the conference.  Which means, to Times readers, that the whole thing was an exercise in bigotry.  You need not know anything else.

This brave sixth grader recorded her teacher's ugly rant about Trump and minorities and told her story.  A Georgia middle school teacher's rant about President Trump forced the school district to respond to an "extremely unfortunate" incident that was brought to light by a student.  The Henry County school district responded to an audio recording of sixth grade teacher Johnetta Benton which was captured by one of her students at Hampton Middle School.  Josie Orihuela began recording the audio once Benton began her lecture as she was introducing a video to celebrate Black History Month.  The teacher reportedly gave students a 15-minute monologue about how "America has never been great for minorities," taking a jab at Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again."  [Video clip]

Sixth-grade teacher delivers 15-minute rant claiming Trump's MAGA slogan is a call to bring segregation back.  A sixth-grade teacher has delivered a shocking classroom rant claiming that President Donald Trump wants a return to segregation and accused white students of being the progeny of 'European' mass murderers.  Student Josie Orihuela recorded the incident last month at Hampton Middle School near Atlanta, where social studies teacher Johnetta Benton was delivering a lesson for Black History Month.  Josie began recording just after Benton turned off a film the class was watching and pronounced that that 'Make America Great Again' could be a precursor to 'trying to bring back segregation,' the student told Fox News.

Trump Census Citizenship Question Helps Black Americans.  After the Commerce Department decided to ask if people filling out the census are citizens, the crazed racial Left mobilized and called the change the return of Jim Crow.  The change to the Census was a plot against minorities.  To them, Jim Crow keeps returning again and again.  His return has more sequels than Rocky.  Jim Crow first came back as Voter ID.  Jim Crow returned as keeping voter rolls clean.  Then Jim Crow rode into town, again, when Kansas sought to ensure that only citizens are registering to vote.  Jim Crow also appeared when the federal Election Assistance Commission allowed Alabama and Georgia to change a federal voter registration form to ensure that only citizens were registering to vote.  Jim Crow is also on the loose in Indiana, because that state compares Indiana voter rolls with other states via the interstate cross check program, to make sure people aren't registered twice.  Jim Crow is on the loose everywhere, it seems.  Anytime honest elections are promoted, Jim Crow appears.

Racism charges fly over indictment of NFL's Bennett despite liberal prosecutor, black victim.  Allegations of racism have erupted over the indictment Friday [3/23/2018] of NFL star Michael Bennett, even though he's being prosecuted by a liberal, Soros-backed district attorney for a crime against a black victim.

Deep-Freezing the Truth at Penn.  The diversity imperative demands dissimulation and evasion.  The academic-achievement gap, the behavioral differences that produce socioeconomic disparities, and the ubiquity of racial preferences must all be suppressed in public discourse, since they undercut the narrative that white racism is the driving force in American society.  This dissimulation was on display last week at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, when Dean Ted Ruger announced that law professor Amy Wax would no longer teach mandatory first-year law courses at the school. [...] Wax was deemed a "white supremacist" for suggesting that not all cultures were equal in preparing people for participation in a modern economy.

Before anything was known about the perpetrator or his motives...
Black Caucus members call for action on Austin bombings.  Congressional Black Caucus members want the bombings in Austin, Texas, to be classified as "terrorist attacks" — and are calling on officials to determine whether they are "ideologically or racially motivated."  While the two young men injured in the most recent blast are both white, all of the other victims have been either black or Hispanic.

The Editor says...
Do they really believe the cops weren't already working on those questions?

The Age of Expert Ignorance.  In 2015, a police officer was 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black man than an unarmed black man was to be killed by a police officer.  Black men have constituted 42 percent of all cop-killers over the past decade, even though they are only 6 percent of the population.

Ga. parents furious after 7-year-old, 'the only white girl in her class,' cast to play supremacist.  A Georgia school district is investigating after a 7-year-old student, "the only white girl in her class," according to her father, was cast to play a segregationist in a school play.  In a video of the play, 7-year-old Anastasia Bertram, playing the part of a segregationist, yelled at a group of black children to "go away, you don't belong here!"  She then marched with a sign that read, "Go home," on one side and "Cursed is the man who integrates" on the other, ABC-affiliated WSB-TV reported.

Two Opposing Black Views of America.  [Scroll down]  He went on to recount horrific incidences of racial injustice: a black boy sharing an elevator with a white girl igniting a race riot, black inventions stolen, and black businesses destroyed.  These events happened in the 1920s.  And yet the passion with which my friend reported them was as if they had happened yesterday.  My friend's anger at America is as if eight years of Obama never happened and Oprah is not worth three billion dollars.  He believes that police routinely murder young black men.  He believes that America's evil white power structure labors 24-7, scheming to undermine blacks economically and culturally.  In his circles of black academia, his erroneous beliefs are deemed inarguably true.  His colleagues think any black who doesn't subscribe to these obvious truths is either an idiot or an Uncle Tom.

9/11 and Parkland:  When Systems Fail.  Black Lives Matter and the LGBT movements now have more power than our churches, businesses, and all other traditional institutions.  The rest of us are expected to cower and submit before the leftist dictates of the new American culture and to dispense with the values once held dear.  Victimhood rules.  If one is not a victim, then he or she is an oppressor.  That is how it is.

Enemies Of The People.  The black NYU undergraduate who got two cafeteria workers fired because she took the menu as an act of racist aggression hardly qualifies as a commissar sending dissenters to the gulag.  But that incident is certainly on the spectrum.  Imagine that:  two people are out of a job now, and have their careers tainted by accusations of racism, simply because they were trying to show sensitivity to black students, but one black student was offended, and the gutless university administration preferred to sack those workers than to be accused by anybody of complicity in their horrible racist act of serving ribs and collard greens. [...] Note well:  the people running the cafeteria had consulted black co-workers about what they should serve to honor black history.  But they hadn't asked the right kind of black people, apparently.

'Stop blaming white people' sign causes stir N.J. post office.  The United States Postal Service said it is investigating a racial sign put up outside its Flemington location.  USPS Postal Inspector Greg Kliemisch said Friday afternoon [3/2/2018] the sign, which read "March is national stop blaming white people month!  Accept responsibility for your own bad choices.  Hug a white person!," was put up sometime Thursday.  It was taken down in the afternoon by employees, he said.

Black Panther:  Not Even A Decent Movie — But An Ominous Warning For White America.  It's nothing more than a $350 million ($200 million for production with $150 million from Disney to market the movie) exercise in wish fulfillment for Ryan Coogler, the 31-year-old black director.  But according to movie review website Rotten Tomatoes, Black Panther is not just a good film — but the greatest movie of all time!  What's going on?  This is only Coogler's third film.  His first was Fruitvale Station, about Oscar Grant, the black youth shot by a police officer while riding BART in Coogler's hometown of Oakland CA.  Coogler went to great lengths to portray the criminal Grant as an innocent victim.  This eerily similar to the way BART officials refuse to release CCTV footage of crimes committed on the transit system so as not to "create a high level of racially insensitive commentary toward the district... and create a racial bias in the riders against minorities on the trains."

Patton
Unarmed White Teachers Are At Risk Of Rape And Murder By Their Black And Latino Students.  Stacey Patton (left) is an "assistant professor of multimedia journalism" at Morgan State University, an "urban" black college in Maryland.  Patton has a Ph.D. in African-American History, and I don't even know where to put the share quotes there.  She's the author of Spare The Kids:  Why Whupping Children Won't Save Black America, which deals with "black America's relationship with corporal punishment", I. E. horrific rates of child beating, which is apparently the fault of white people and nothing to do with a low-IQ, high crime rate population having to deal with low IQ, high crime rate children.  As Steve Sailer notes [elsewhere], she's been given op-ed space in the Washington Post to say that teachers should be unarmed, because armed teachers may kill black and Latino students. [...] But teachers aren't safe from kids of color.  Take the late Colleen Ritzer, for example.


Texas city removes popular gorilla statue for being 'racially insensitive'.  The City of Corsicana, Texas, this week removed a popular gorilla statue from its cage in a community park playground after people complained it was racially insensitive.  A makeshift memorial cropped up Tuesday at the empty cage in Community Park, where "Dobby" the gorilla stood for the past 19 years.  A Facebook page called "In Memory Of Dobby" reached more than 1,100 supporters, and a petition on Change.org calling for the statue to be returned fetched more than 2,300 signatures.  A candlelight vigil took place Wednesday night and a protester sat inside the cage, vowing to remain until the statue was returned, a local CBS affiliate reported.

The Editor says...
It's a statue of a gorilla in a cage.  How is that racially insensitive?  Is an actual gorilla in a cage also racially insensitive?  Now, if the gorilla depicted in the statue was wearing saggy pants with his underwear showing, a big black hoodie in July, and big gold chains around his neck, and he had a mouthful of gold "grill," and a straight razor in his shoe, I could see where the complaints might have some merit.

The Labyrinth of Oppressions.  There are a few common denominators to all these paradoxes that overwhelm the daily news.  One, people are people, unique individuals, not monolithic cut-outs of classes, races, or religions.  Two, in comparative global terms, it is hard for anyone to be oppressed in a free-wheeling, rich, and leisured 21st-century America.  The efforts to appear so can hinge on the embarrassing.  Three, when movements, such as the identity politics core of progressivism, rely on shared oppressions, and when the categories of the oppressed in many demographic groups outnumber the available oppressors, we should expect a confused competition of grievances.  Four, victimhood cannot serve as the basis of a viable political movement.

Fired cooks at NYU demonstrate the impossibility of culinary commemoration of Black History Month.  Two people who work to prepare food for students at New York University have lost their jobs for serving a meal featuring food and beverages believed to be stereotypically associated with black cuisine. [...] The only safe course for anyone associated with preparing food for a population that includes any blacks would seem to be to ignore Black History Month.  Would that lead to protests?  That works for me, but it no doubt would be considered racist as well by those with a need to be offended.  So we are left with a full descent into rule by dining hall commissars who must approve every menu.  You can count on that to produce cuisine that will both taste bad and be boring.

Anita Hill [is] a Poor Choice to Lead Commission on Sexual Harassment.  The many recent allegations of sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood have brought down powerful men — most notably Harvey Weinstein — and prompted industry executives to seek ways to combat the rampant problem.  One such effort to was to form the Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, a panel spearheaded by Hollywood executives to devise a strategy to confront "the broad culture of abuse and power disparity" in the industry.  This is a laudable move that could very well make Hollywood a safer and more welcoming place for women.  But there's just one problem:  the woman tasked with leading the commission — Anita Hill — has a history of defending sexual assault.

Harvard Law Grad:  Armed Teachers Would Shoot Black Students.  A Harvard law grad argued Thursday [2/22/2018] that armed teachers would shoot black students.  Elie Mystal, who graduated and practiced law with a Harvard University law degree, made the case for why armed teachers would shoot black students, reported The College Fix.  He published the argument on Above the Law, a law blog he edits.  Mystal argued that arming teachers would be pricey, not dissuade potential shooters, and "directly result in students of color being shot to death at school."

New York University issues public apology for 'racially insensitive' meal served during Black History Month.  New York University has issued a public apology and fired their director of food service after students pointed out the watermelon-flavoured water and collard greens the school was serving during Black History Month were racially insensitive.  College of Arts and Science sophomore Nia Harris noticed the offensive meal when she walked into Weinstein Passport Dining Hall — before alerting the deans of the school and NYU's President Hamilton of the insensitive and "stereotypical" meal.

Clarence Thomas:  "At some point, we're going to be fatigued with everybody being the victim".  Originally omitted from the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, America's second African-American Supreme Court Justice rarely speaks in public, but when he does, it's meaningful.  Justice Clarence Thomas, appearing on a panel at the Library of Congress, reminisced about his grandfather's great strength and personal integrity in never seeing himself as a victim.  Thomas lamented the current culture of victimhood and predicted that "At some point, we're going to be fatigued with everybody being the victim."

Sen. Menendez: 'Chain Migration' Is 'Cruel' To Descendants Of Slaves.  "Chain migration" refers to immigration policy that allows the extended families of immigrants to join them in the United States.  According to Menendez, who is fresh off of a corruption trial, the term is "cruel" and "obscene."  "I find it obscene, the phrase 'chain migration,'" Menendez told CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer.  "It is incredibly cruel to those whose ancestors were brought to this country in chains in slavery."  "It is a dehumanizing element of what is, in essence, family reunification, which has been the core of American immigration principal for over a century," Menendez continued, "the belief that when we have families together, that ultimately they strengthen not only themselves and help each other but they help build communities and help build our nation."

This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things.  NBC News Black, because news has a race now, posted an interview with one of the actors in the movie proclaiming the movie, set in a fictional African country, "will prove to the colonialists that if they had not interfered with Africa, we'd be so far advanced."  Not to be outdone in the stupid, none other than the New York Times declared, "Part of the emotional and visual appeal of "Black Panther" lies in the fact that Wakanda has never been colonized."  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the movie or the comic books on which it is based, Wakanda is a fictional African country, which would make not only colonization difficult, but a vacation fairly unlikely as well.  Oh, and the character was created by two Jewish men, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

Patrisse Cullors:  Nearly Six Years Ago Trayvon Martin Was Murdered 'In Cold Blood'.  Patrisse Cullors is one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, a movement which began after unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman nearly six years ago.  Today, NBC News has published a piece by Cullors which repeats some false claims about Martin's death, foremost among them that he was murdered in "cold blood."

How Progressives Use Race as a Weapon Against Our Country.  [T]o believe the Democratic Party platform one has to believe that the historic Civil Rights movement, which led to the Civil Rights Acts was an abject failure and achieved nothing.  Such extreme condemnations originate, and are intended, as attacks on America itself — on the American idea and its achievements.  This is the meaning of the nationwide protests of the national anthem, and the attempt by the California NAACP to delegitimize and replace it as "racist," and by the numerous attempts to destroy monuments to Thomas Jefferson and other American Founders, as though their legacy was not one of freedom but oppression.  The curricula of American schools originally designed to educate the citizens of a democracy are increasingly devoted to the doctrine that whites are racists, that America oppresses "people of color," and that "whiteness" is a socio-political "construct" which must be abolished.  As one Texas State college student, echoing Obama, wrote in his school paper, "White DNA is an abomination."  Nor is this a view confined to students and their teachers, but rather one with broad currency among the nation's intellectual elites.  According to the winner of the 2016 National Book Award, Ta-Nehisi Coates, "white America's progress, or rather the progress of those Americans who believe they are white, was built on looting and violence."  In a 2017 book on Obama's presidency, Coates declared:  "white supremacy [is] so foundational to this country that it [will] not be defeated in my lifetime, my child's lifetime, or perhaps ever."  Ta-Nehisi Coates is the nation's most celebrated and awarded black author.

Parents of slain Pizza Hut robber angry that victim used a gun against him.  Self-defense is regarded as a right deriving from natural law.  But that offers no justification to the parents of Michael Grace, Jr. of Charlotte, NC, who was shot to death while attempting to rob a Pizza Hut. [...] I may be an extremist, but it seems to me that if one decides to commit a crime, the victims should have more rights than the perpetrator, especially the right to defend themselves from the presumption of violence that accompanies a robbery, home invasion, or other property crime.

Sadly, Another Black History Month.  Blacks are only 12% of the U.S. population.  Therefore, black millionaires and billionaires like Oprah, Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Kaepernick, and countless others confirm my point; white America made these blacks extremely wealthy.  And yet, sadly, most millennial blacks believe the Left's lie that their opportunities for success are limited.  They believe white cops murder black men on sight.  They believe white America is obsessed with conceiving dirty tricks to keep blacks down.  It is interesting that the American Left, which includes the NAACP and Congressional Black Caucus, despises and seeks to destroy successful blacks who bear witness to the greatness of America.  I am talking about blacks like the world-renowned retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, businessman extraordinaire Herman Cain, and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.  Without lowered standards or special concessions due to their skin-color, these blacks achieved success the old fashion way.  They earned it.

Libs Ruin Everything:  Now Notre Dame's Nickname, 'The Fighting Irish', Is Being Regarded As 'Racist'.  It's impossible to be racist against white people, except when faking offence is politically expedient.  How many times have you heard people say it's impossible to be racist against white people?  That 'reverse racism' as some call it isn't 'a thing' because racism requires some kind of an oppressive power structure [...] So, aside from the ever-moving goalposts of the perpetually offended, we've got no basis of explaining how this can suddenly qualify as racism.  You'd think there is suddenly a right not to be offended.

Class Warfare and Platitudes:  Joe Kennedy's Democratic SOTU Response Rife With Overtures to Aggrieved.  Rep. Joseph "Joe" Kennedy III (D-MA) delivered the Democratic response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday in Fall River, Massachusetts.  The speech, rife with appeals to equality and "who we are," sought to unite the economic struggle of working class Americans to the identity politics battles of the Democratic Party, including Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, and the "transgender" movement.

Mom Sues Walmart to End Policy of Locking Up, 'Segregating' Beauty Products.  A Perris mother is taking legal action over what she claims is discrimination against African-Americans by Walmart over their policy of locking up certain products.  Essie Grundy told reporters at a news conference Friday she has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the retail giant after asking for assistance to buy a 49-cent comb, which was among several products secured in a glass casing at the Perris store.

The Editor says...
If you don't like the way the store is run, your only recourse is to take your business elsewhere.  Perhaps there are items locked up in transparent cases because that merchandise is most likely to vanish from the store!

Racism Is Not Why Blacks Underperform in School.  Despite what [Jaylen] Brown and civil rights leaders say, not all research supports this conclusion.  One preeminent study by John Ogbu, "Black American Students in an Affluent Suburb:  A Study of Academic Disengagement," concluded that the education gap between whites and blacks has more to do with community forces than economic status or racism.  These community forces, which include the ways minorities interpret and respond to school, as well as beliefs and behaviors within the minoirty community regarding education, work against blacks succeeding in the educational system.  Ogbu found that this is something that does not affect other minorities in the same way or to the same degree as blacks, if at all.  While all minorities express some level of mistrust in white Americans, blacks are more concerned about how they're treated by the teachers than they are with the teachers' ability to provide them with an education that will make them productive citizens.  One is purely subjective, the other is objective.

Why All the Anti-Monkey Hate Speech?  Regarding monkeys, it has always been our political stance that they are absolutely adorable, especially when you dress them up in cute little costumes and try to make them look human.  That's why we don't understand why, in the current year of 2018, after all the wars we've fought both on the battlefield and in the streets, everyone thinks it's a bad thing when you compare people to monkeys.  This was most graphically and noxiously illustrated last week when the international clothing retailer H&M was found guilty of first-degree racism by the International Tribunal of Outraged Social Media Users after it featured an ad with a five-year-old black boy wearing a green hoodie that bore the message THE COOLEST MONKEY IN THE JUNGLE.  Would they have preferred if they called him the least cool monkey in the jungle?  Why is everyone hatin' on monkeys, anyway?  This is not who we are. [...] In South Africa, members of Julius "Kill the Boer" Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters Party rampaged through at least a half-dozen H&M stores, smashing and trashing everything in their path in what we will presume was an attempt to prove that African people don't act like monkeys.

How to Get Kicked Off YouTube.  Not to worry, all you lovers of racial venom.  YouTube still has plenty of material to satisfy even your most vitriolic yearnings.  Want to use the world's largest video platform to watch a Nobel Peace Prize-winner sing about killing white people?  No, it's not Barack Obama, but Nelson Mandela, leading a group of black people in a solemn vow to kill the whiteys. [...] Ditto for Oprah telling us old white people have to die before white racism disappears.  Or how about step-by-step instruction on how black people can rob Asian people in their homes? [...] These and thousands of other videos make YouTube a favorite place to spread black hostility, hate, and violence — you know, the same kind that is easy to find every day on NPR, MSNBC, CNN, and whatever else we are calling the conglomeration of reporters and public officials hopelessly devoted to spreading the greatest lie of our generation:  the hoax of black victimization.

Planned Parenthood kills 1,000 times as many blacks as cops do.  According to Black Genocide, Planned Parenthood situates 78 percent of its abortion clinics in minority neighborhoods.  It's almost as if Planned Parenthood is targeting black and brown babies.  And perhaps it is.  Margaret Sanger, the founder of PP, shockingly said, "Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated."  She created the Negro Project to sterilize unwitting black women and others she considered undesirable.  Her motto was grotesque as well as Hitler-esque:  "More children from the fit, less from the unfit."

Professors claim farmers' markets cultivate racism: 'Habits of white people are normalized'.  Two professors from San Diego State University claim in a new book that farmers' markets in urban areas are weed-like "white spaces" responsible for oppression.  Pascale Joassart-Marcelli and Fernando J Bosco are part of an anthology released this month titled "Just Green Enough."  The work, published by Routledge, claims there is a correlation between the "whiteness of farmers' markets" and gentrification.  "Farmers' markets are often white spaces where the food consumption habits of white people are normalized," the SDSU professors write, the education watchdog Campus Reform reported Wednesday [12/27/2017].

Man, those trees are mean!
California city promises to remove 50-foot-tall 'racist' trees planted in the 1960s that separate a historically black neighborhood from a golf course.  A row of 'racist' trees standing between an African-American neighborhood and a city golf course will be removed, local officials in Palm Springs, California, told neighborhood residents.  On Sunday [12/17/2017], Palm Springs Mayor Robert Moon told residents of the historically black Crossley Tract neighborhood that the city would remove the line of tamarisk trees and a chain link fence that runs between the neighborhood and the Tahquitz Creek Golf Course, reports the Desert Sun.  The decision to remove the trees and fence comes after neighborhood residents complained that the 50-foot tall tamarisk trees — an invasive species that blocks views of both the golf course and the San Jacinto mountains — have been lowering property values for decades.

That's Problematic? Not My Problem.  The world of The Problematics is a deeply unhappy place where people constantly have 99 problems, all of them imaginary.  Where whatever you do — no matter how pure your intentions — they're going to find a problem with it.  As many longtime leftists are finding out to their bewilderment, there's always going to be someone standing behind them and shouting in their ear that you can never be too "not racist," "not sexist" and "not homophobic" enough for them.  And even more chillingly, there's someone standing behind those people, too, watching their every movie and jotting down their ideological missteps on a little clipboard.  It's a bottomless pit of purity-spiraling.

Boston Professor Proclaims 'Jingle Bells' a 'Racist' Song.  A professor at Boston University has proclaimed Christmas carol favorite "Jingle Bells" to be a "racist song" and is urging people to shun the jaunty tune.  Kyna Hamill, a theater history professor at Boston University, recently told the Boston Globe that the venerable Christmas song has a "secret" racist past that has been "systematically" hidden from Americans as they celebrate the Christmas season.  "The history of the song has remained hidden behind its local and season affection," Hamill told the paper.  She continued saying the song's "blackface and racist origins have been subtly and systematically removed from its history."

CNN Gloats, Screams, And Laughs At Black Woman Who Lost Her Job In Trump Administration.  An all-female CNN segment on Wednesday [12/13/2017] laughed, gloated, and even screamed in mockery at the news that a female African-American member of the Trump administration lost her job.  CNN political commentator Angela Rye gloated and screamed at the news that Omarosa Manigault-Newman, director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison, was let go from her position.  CNN host Brooke Baldwin, CNN political analyst April Ryan, and regular CNN guest Symone Sanders all joined in what was a public display of complete classlessness as the group all laughed.

The Editor says...
One cannot enjoy the position of an un-fireable sacred cow in a do-nothing job and expect to play the victim card upon termination.

Court: Gibson's Bakery lawsuit against Oberlin College can continue in full.  The short version is that three Oberlin students were arrested for shoplifting at Gibson's bakery.  Oberlin students claimed racial profiling, and mounted protests and a boycott supported by college student groups, administrators and faculty.  The boycott continued even after police released data showing there was no racial profiling in shoplifting arrests at the bakery, and the three students pled guilty.

Oberlin College lashes out at Gibson's Bakery, portrays itself as victim.  For over a year we have been covering an incident at Gibson's Bakery in Oberlin, Ohio, close to Oberlin College.  The incident involved charges of racial profiling against the Bakery after three black Oberlin students were arrested for shoplifting.  When one of the employees, Allyn Gibson, attempted to stop them, a scuffle broke out.  The reaction from Oberlin student activists was to make claims of racial profiling, as we documented in our first post on the incident in November 2016[.]

Lawsuits, Protests, And Cries Of Racism At Oberlin After Black Students Arrested For Stealing, Assaulting White Shopkeeper.  A small business in Oberlin, Ohio, popular with denizens of Oberlin College is facing accusations of racism and protests after three black students were arrested November 2016 for assaulting a white shopkeeper and stealing bottles of wine.  After being labeled as a "racist establishment," by a senior dean at the college, the family owned business, Gibson's Bakery, says it has no choice but to sue the college and Meredith Raimondo, vice president and dean of students, for slander, the Associated Press reported.

Racial dispute at beloved bakery roils liberal college town.  The dispute, which began in November 2016 with the arrest of three black Oberlin students who tried stealing wine from Gibson's, is now a lawsuit in which the exasperated bakery owners accuse the college and a top dean of slandering Gibson's as a "racist establishment" and taking steps to destroy the family's livelihood.

Philadelphia Committee Passes Bill Forcing Store Owners to Remove Bullet-Proof Glass Because it's Offensive.  What's more important, protecting the dignity of customers who shop in local liquor stores, or the innocent employees and store owners who come in every day, knowing that the only thing that ensures they will go home alive, is the bullet-proof glass between them and the criminal element who enters their store?  Well, according to one Philadelphia councilwoman, it's the dignity of the customers.  Philadelphia's Public Health and Human Services Committee passed a bill Monday [12/4/2017] to ban shop owners from protecting themselves with bulletproof plexiglass.

Why The Left Hates Thanksgiving.  Why is it so hard for the left to be thankful?  The answer is as easy as pumpkin pie.  The left is a movement built on resentment.  And resentment and gratitude are opposing emotions.  That is why the left really hates Thanksgiving.  The revisionist autopsies of American history and the guides to sensitively calling your uncle a racist are about substituting resentment for thankfulness.  Whether it's a family getting together once a year, the Pilgrims and the Indian tribesmen breaking bread or the White House press corps being asked to talk about the good things in their lives, a moment of thankfulness has to be ruined with resentment.  Resentment is the force that gives the left meaning.

DACA Illegal Aliens Stage Thanksgiving Holiday Hunger Strike.  Illegal aliens shielded from deportation under the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are staging a hunger strike in the days leading up to Thanksgiving Day.  The group of illegal aliens from New Jersey have promised to not eat until Thanksgiving, according to WNYC, while they lobby Republican members of Congress to pass an amnesty for the nearly 800,000 DACA recipients in the U.S.

How Obama Brought Back Muslim Slavery of Black People.  Slavery was always one of Barack Obama's favorite subjects.  It was a favorite subject because it provided him with countless opportunities for tearing down America.  When called upon to disavow the racist, anti-Semitic and anti-American rants of his mentor, he instead denounced the Constitution as "stained by this nation's original sin of slavery."  At the funeral of the Dallas police officers murdered by a member of the racist hate group he supported, he once again invoked this original sin even while he was justifying Black Lives Matter's bigotry and violence.  At Hillary's DNC convention, Michelle Obama claimed that the White House had been "built by slaves".  The unifying theme was that America's racist past made its origins, including their constitutional restraints on his power, illegitimate.  A Constitution tainted by slavery should not be able to inhibit the actions of the nation's first black president.  His wife had a special moral authority over the White House because it had been built by slaves.  Slavery gave the Obamas a unique moral claim on power.  But Barack Obama and his ancestors had never been slaves.  They might have been slave owners and sellers.  And America's first black president unquestionably helped bring Muslim slavery back to Libya.

Portland police reportedly scrap gang database over fear of labels.  Authorities in Portland, Ore., are reportedly scrapping their database of suspected gang members out of fear that these labels will most negatively affect minorities.  Portland police, next month, will end its two-decade-old practice of designating people as gang members or associates following the pressure from the community, The Oregonian reported.  Activists have been trying to abolish the database and gang designations for years, claiming they disproportionately affect minority communities.

Is the Star Spangled Banner Racist?  The objective genius writers and editors at Salon.com — supported by a lecturer in the Department of African American studies at the University of Maryland who really should know better — are busy parroting the latest far-left Only Black Lives Matter non-historians who have recently discovered pro-slavery references in what is now being claimed to be a racist National Anthem.  And they'd be right, too, except that's not what Francis Scott Key was writing about.  Not at all.  Salon might be forgiven for not knowing this, but Professor Jason Nichols really should (and possibly does) know better.

PhD: Small desks cause 'hostile' environment for fat students.  Heather Brown interviewed 13 fat women in college, finding that "classroom design and furniture," especially "too-small desks," not only make fat women feel "unwanted," but also perpetuate "thin privilege and fat hatred."  Brown argues that colleges "must make attempts to alleviate the damage a hostile physical environment causes to fat women learners," suggesting renovating classrooms with "differently sized chairs and tables."

We must let go of the grudges from slavery.  The greatest threat to a healthy black culture and consciousness today is an inability to see beyond slaveholding.  When we carry resentments in our hearts over generations, these resentments hurt us.  Dwelling on slaveholding creates a desire to get back at others, to lash out.  One feels entitled to destroy institutions due to the original sin of slavery.

The 6 Big Ways Liberals Are Destroying America's Culture.  [#3] Victimhood:  Only in America do people get so excited about the idea of being a victim that they will even fake hate crimes against themselves to get that status.  [...] Only in America do we have to come up with things like white privilege and institutional racism because there's not enough real racism happening to allow liberal minorities to feel like victims.  There was a time in America when people wanted to feel strong, capable and able to handle their own problems instead of being victims.  There still are people like that today and they're called conservatives.

If Corn Pops are racist, what about Cocoa Puffs or Count Chocula?  Kellogg's has apologized after a member of the Social Justice Breakfast Brigade complained about racially insensitive artwork on a package of Corn Pops.  The artwork included cartoon characters shaped like corn kernels frolicking about in a shopping mall.  All but one of the kernels was yellow.  The lone brown kernel was working as a janitor. [...] The notion that a major American company was forced to apologize after somebody got their flakes frosted by a cartoon corn kernel demonstrates just how perpetually offended and overly sensitive we've become.

Culturally Appropriate This, Social Justice Jerks.  The latest fake outrage has to do with Moana, the charming Hawaiian Disney princess.  Some little girls whose ancestors did not come from that island paradise would like to dress up as this spunky heroine, and this is officially the worst thing ever, according to the blindingly white girls who run Cosmopolitan. [...] These ultra-white girls from Manhattan have taken it upon themselves to speak up for the Hawaiian people and demand we not allow our children to commit the hate crime of pretending to be something they aren't, which is sort of the point of Halloween but whatevs.

Prof:  Algebra, geometry perpetuate white privilege.  Gutierrez worries that algebra and geometry perpetuate privilege because "emphasizing terms like Pythagorean theorem and pi" give the impression that math "was largely developed by Greeks and other Europeans."  She also worries that evaluations of math skills can perpetuate discrimination against minorities, especially if they do worse than their white counterparts.

Professor Claims Math, Algebra And Geometry Promote 'White Privilege'.  A University of Illinois math professor believes that algebra and geometry perpetuate "white privilege" because Greek terms give Caucasians unearned credit for the subject.  But that isn't the professor's only complaint.  She also believes that evaluations for math proficiency perpetuates discrimination against minority students, if they do worse than their white counterparts.  Rochelle Gutierrez argues in a newly published math education book for teachers that they must be aware of the identity politics surrounding the subject of mathematics.

The Left's Sirens Are Already Hinting Our Culture Wars Will End In Another Civil War.  Is there anything left in American public life that isn't an occasion for political rancor and division?  NFL games are now nothing more than crude pieces of political theater.  On Sunday [10/8/2017] even Vice President Mike Pence got in on the act, showing up to a Colts-49ers game then leaving after a few players knelt during the national anthem.  Next day was Columbus Day, which the cities of Los Angeles and Austin decided this year to replace with "Indigenous Peoples' Day," because Christopher Columbus is apparently the new Robert E. Lee.  And it's only Tuesday.  It should be obvious by now that our culture wars will henceforth be constant and unending; the next battle could be triggered by almost anything.

Minnesota is Ground Zero in the Left's efforts to brainwash young people.  [Scroll down]  Teachers in Edina take the ideas of Freire, Lenin, and Ayers seriously.  At Edina's Highlands Elementary, teachers indoctrinate five-year-olds in order to radicalize them and encourage them to become activists obsessed with race.  The school district's "unrelenting focus on skin color is the leading edge of a larger ideological campaign to shape students' attitudes and beliefs on a range of controversial issues — most importantly, the familiar litany of 'race, class, gender,'" [Katherine] Kersten writes.  While this is happening "ordinary students are too often falling through the cracks and gifted education is languishing."  Edina embraces something called the All for All plan.  Its "fundamental premise is that white racism — not socio-economic factors like family breakdown — is the primary cause of the achievement gap."

America Divided: It Starts With the Democratic Party.  While [President] Trump and his fiery brand of populism grab all the headlines, the most powerful ideology in America remains identity politics.  It permeates our culture and fuels our national obsession with diversity, understood as the proportional representation in all realms of life of the various "communities" that have gained recognition:  African-Americans, women, Hispanics, LGBTQs, Asians, and, if the Census Bureau has its way, MENAs — Middle Easterners and North Africans.  Conspicuously absent from the list, of course, are whites, Christians, and men — three of the most numerous groups in America.  Via the doctrines of affirmative action and disparate impact, identity politics has reshaped our laws and our legal system.  It has weakened our commitment to meritocracy and equal treatment under the law as a result of its single-minded focus on equalizing group outcomes.  It has replaced post-modernism and watered-down Marxism as the unofficial creed of our institutions of higher learning.  And it has taught all Americans that prejudice in all its forms — including merely in speech — is the one unforgivable sin.  The fundamental division in America, according to the identitarians, is between the oppressed and their oppressors.

ESPN host compares Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to a slave owner.  On the same day that Jemele Hill was suspended from ESPN for tweeting about politics, another network personality, Michael Wilbon, compared Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to a slave owner.  Mr. Wilbon, co-host of "Pardon the Interruption," took issue with Mr. Jones' stance that players who do not stand for the national anthem before football games will not play.  "And the word that comes to my mind — and I don't care who doesn't like me using it — is plantation," Mr. Wilbon said on Monday's [10/9/2017] show.

Berkeley Students Protest Exam, Demand 'Take Home Essay' Because White Privilege And Stuff.  A video has surfaced on YouTube showing students at the University of California, Berkeley protesting an exam, and demanding a "take-home essay with significant time to prepare."  The reason?  "Our well-beings are being put on the line because of our emotional, mental, and physical stress that [Berkeley] is compounding with what is already going on in our every day lives," according to one of the students in the video.

Police: 'Noose' found in Michigan State dorm was a shoelace.  An item found on a stairwell door handle in a Michigan State University residence hall and initially believed to be a noose was, in fact, a shoelace, MSU police say.  MSU President Lou Anna Simon released a statement Wednesday morning [10/4/2017] condemning what appeared to be an instance of racial intimidation and saying, in part, that "No Spartan should ever feel targeted based on their race, or other ways in which they identify."  By Wednesday afternoon, after further investigation, the university offered a different account of what had happened.

Puerto Rico Enters the 'Great American Victim Derby'.  Seems like everyone's a victim in the USA these days, from college "snowflakes" who can't abide someone with views unlike theirs within miles of their campuses to allegedly assaulted women wearing sexually explicit hats to multi-millionaire football players who are sure there's something wrong but can't always remember what it is (other than Donald Trump).  The latest of the many entries in this "Great American Victim Derby" is Puerto Rico — or at least a significant part of the island's leadership.  Who will win this derby?  It's anybody's guess, but the thing about playing the victim game is that even — perhaps especially — when you do win, you're even more likely to continue to be a victim and play some more.  Victimhood is self-perpetuating [...]

Ivy League Black Students Group:  There Are Too Many African And Caribbean Students Here.  Identity politics is a nasty thing.  Everyone who isn't a progressive knows this.  At Cornell University, that slice of politics is rearing its ugly head, with the school's black students group demanding that more African American students be enrolled.  They're concerned that there are too many Caribbean and African students.  To start, their letter to the administration prefaces with the usual 'there's white supremacy everywhere' angle.

There Are No Oppressed People in America.  Never before have so many claimed to be so oppressed and mistreated over so little as Americans in 2017.  We have men who have gotten extraordinarily wealthy and famous playing a game who protest the flag of the nation that put them not just in America's wealthiest 1%, not just in the global 1%, but in the historical 1% of everyone who has ever lived.  We have pampered college students at expensive private schools having hissy fits because someone they disagree with is allowed to speak at an event on campus they're not even required to attend.  We're told Hispanic Americans are oppressed because foreign Latinos who came to this country illegally when they knew the penalty was deportation are not universally being allowed to get away with their crime.  We have feminists who think they're oppressed because some guy "mansplained" something to them by finally giving his opinion after listening to them blather on for 10 minutes.

Blacks, Crime, and the Bended Knee.  Whites comprise about 75 percent of America's population and they have had just about enough of the offensive accusations, protests, and moral outrage directed at them.  Yes, blacks were brought here centuries ago as slaves, but America did not originate slavery nor do we still practice slavery, as do parts of Africa and Muslim nations today.  In fact, America fought a civil war to end slavery.  It's been over 150 years since the Emancipation Proclamation, thus, the fate of today's blacks rests not upon yesterday's slaveholders, but upon today's failed black leadership who have intentionally kept America's blacks on an imaginary plantation through the indoctrination of victimhood.

Rep. John Lewis Wants To 'Take A Bullwhip' To People So They Care About Civil Rights.  Democratic Rep. John Lewis said Thursday [9/21/w2017] he sometimes feels like "taking a bullwhip" to people in order to make them care about civil rights. [...] Lewis added that young people must become "fighters" and "warriors" for the cause of civil rights.  Activists "just need to be radical" and "extreme" in order to fight racism in the United States, Lewis opined.

Kneeling as psychodrama therapy for the rich, black, and guilty.  The otiose craze for wealthy black people and their "supporters" to disrespect the American flag by kneeling in public — momentarily play-acting tragedy and grief in front of a TV camera — is psychodrama psychotherapy for the guilt they richly deserve to feel.  The histrionic fad started by Colin Kaepernick that has infected athletes, entertainers, and politicians like Representative Sheila Jackson Lee is expiation for the unconscious guilt these privileged people have earned for their heartless betrayal of black Americans.  Kaepernick's phony first plotline, that the worst problem for black people is the police, engenders defensive anxiety in its sheer stinking falsehood.  The big, deadly lie that white racism is to blame for all the problems of black Americans and that black people remain helpless victims in 2017 is so patently false.  As with all delusional systems, its maintenance causes rage and anxiety when challenged.

5 Problems With The NFL's National Anthem Protest.  [Problem #1]  Vague and Unclear Protest Goals:  One of the keys to a good protest is to have a clear goal.  If the discussions on Sunday [9/24/2017] were any indication, nobody is entirely clear what is being protested when athletes kneel during the national anthem.  CNN said yesterday's display was about opposition to Trump: [...] The opening paragraph in the Los Angeles Times story on the protests said they were about "the relentless vortex of controversy that surrounds President Trump, as players from London to New England to Carson knelt or linked arms Sunday while others stayed in the locker room during the national anthem."  Later the story said the protests during the national anthem were meant to "draw attention to racism and social injustice."  The national anthem protests began last year, before Donald Trump was elected the first time, when then-professional quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee for a variety of reasons.

Obama's promises for presidential center may not be enough this time for African-Americans.  Now that [Barack H.] Obama is about to build his presidential center in Woodlawn's Jackson Park, some residents are wary of his ability to transform neighborhoods without doing harm to longtime residents who could end up displaced by gentrification.  A nasty fight over a community benefits agreement with the Obama Foundation has exposed an unexpected rift between the former president and some of the South Side residents who helped lift him to prominence.  Not everyone on the South Side, it seems, thinks Obama did enough for black folks during his eight years as president.  And as he prepares to build a presidential center that will pay tribute to his legacy, some South Siders are calling him out for what they consider broken promises.

Race Realism.  Three generations ago our rulers decided that the reason blacks were so far behind whites was culture.  They set about changing the laws, creating programs to address past sins, modifying institutions to accommodate blacks and lecturing whites about the sinfulness of racism.  The last black to be the victim of Jim Crow, for example, is 75 years old this year.  We are reaching the point where no living person was the victim of legal segregation.  The majority of blacks now have never experienced real racism. [...] [N]o black under the age of 50 has had their race used as an impediment to their success.  In fact, being black is now an enormous asset for a black person with anything on the ball.  The demand for competent blacks far exceeds the supply and prices have responded accordingly.  Despite all this, the achievement gap between blacks and whites remains unchanged in measurable areas like education and household wealth.

Apology, apology, who's got an apology?  ESPN, the sports network, is part of Disney entertainment enterprises, and last week one of its "anchors," a $1.98 cent [sic] word for "announcer," or "reader," had to be disciplined by the network for telling her semi-vast following that "Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/other white supremacists."  She said it in a tweet, naturally, the preferred communication of those unable to speak words of more than one syllable.  She offended a lot of people, or at least some people.  How could she not?  Taking offense is the great American pastime.  Ms. Hill is, of course, entitled to her opinion, however ill-informed by liberal group-think, but she should have known that even as a commentator, entitled to pop off about whatever pops into her mind, she should beware of making a fool of herself.

Woman freaks out over Hobby Lobby's raw cotton display.  A Texas woman has been getting ridiculed online for being "too sensitive" after she blasted the arts-and-crafts chain Hobby Lobby for selling faux raw cotton stalks — which she found offensive.  "This decor is WRONG on SO many levels," Daniell Rider posted on Facebook this past Thursday [9/14/2017], along with a photo of the phony textile plants.  "There is nothing decorative about raw cotton... A commodity which was gained at the expense of African-American slaves," she said.

The Editor says...
Wow — I had no idea that cotton was still being harvested by slaves!  I guess Daniell Rider will have to toss out all of her clothes and linens that contain cotton.

Hillary's Anti-Presidential Campaign.  Hillary Clinton spent a third of her miserable adult life trying to get into the White House.  Now the nation's failed Harridan-in-Chief is determined to spend her remaining years blaming everyone, from Matt Lauer to the Electoral College, for having to live out the rest of her life in flat broke poverty in the eleven rooms of her Georgian Colonial mansion (and the neighboring mansion in their cul-de-sac too).  Current 'blamees' include the FBI, millions of white people, sexism, the Russians, Russian sexism, Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein, Joe Biden, Matt Lauer and the Electoral College. [...] Hillary was America's First Crybully:  the malicious professional victim, the abuser who claims to be the abused, the black nationalist thug throwing cinderblocks at police while shrieking, "Hands up, don't shoot" and the leftist campus protesters screaming how afraid they are while they terrorize speakers.  What Happened is Hillary's crybullying text.  It's an attack posing as victimhood.

Trump, racism, and the media's obsession.  If it weren't for their sick obsession with race, the national media would have next to nothing to talk about.  The October issue of The Atlantic magazine features a long essay by Ta-Nehisi Coates on President Trump being "The First White President," a lament about the shame Americans should feel in electing a white man after a black one.  It's been heralded by Coates' media peers as a "blockbuster" and something to "admire," since it goes on and on about racism and nothing else.  Legitimate reasons voters had for choosing Trump are legion (the suffocating politically-correct culture, immigration, Hillary Clinton's laugh) but Coates chalked up the entire 2016 outcome to white racists and Trump's whole agenda to bigotry.

"Sambogate".  Move over, Muhammad; you're no longer the only sacred icon that can't be drawn as a cartoon.  Black people are now on the small and exclusive list of things that will spark an instantaneous jihad if sketched by an artist.  And the ground zero for black cartoon proscription?  Chicago, a city in which blacks are so sacred, they compete with one another on a daily basis for martyrdom.

The Editor says...
The article above is about the PC over-reaction to this cartoon.

Discarded Banana Peel Causes Racial Hysteria at Ole Miss.  There is a raging controversy within the University of Mississippi's Greek Life community regarding race relations and bananas.  A Greek Life leader accidentally sparked mass hysteria after he placed a banana peel on a tree in the woods — because he could not find a trash can.  The Daily Mississippian reports that three black students found the banana peel — and were apparently triggered by what they saw.

Banana
Greek Life retreat cancelled after banana peel found in tree.  A Greek Life retreat at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) was promptly cancelled this weekend after a banana peel was found hanging in a tree.  A student said he threw the peel because he could not find a garbage can, but the incident made some students uneasy, so the school "felt it was imperative to provide space immediately to students affected by this incident."


USA Today redefines 'racist' so it applies to pretty much everyone.  Racism is a serious thing.  Racism is a horrible thing.  Racism deserves to be treated as a serious, horrible thing.  Those who are truly racist need to be called out as such, held accountable for their awful attitudes and never allowed to turn their attitudes into action that can hurt anyone.  But we're in danger of losing our seriousness on the subject of racism, and it's precisely because the media and the left are more interested in using the issue as a wedge, even to the point where they're goading supposed Republicans into signing on with this foolishness.  If everyone is a racist, then racism is meaningless.

Politically correct and intellectually intolerable.  You only need to read a few recent news stories to get the gist of it, but what drove me over the edge was a story from last week that three Portland, Oregon, elementary schools were having their names changed because they "offended" some students and families.  The schools were named after Patrick Lynch, a man who generously had donated land to the local school district in the late 1800s and whose name had thus been memorialized in Lynch Wood Elementary School, Lynch Meadows Elementary School and Lynch View Elementary School.  So what was the problem?  Patrick Lynch's patronym happens to also be the word used for public executions by a mob, especially when done out of racial animus.

Muslim woman granted $85G after suing California police for removing her hijab.  A Muslim woman was awarded $85,000 by the city of Long Beach Tuesday [8/8/2017] after she sued the city's police for removing her hijab against her will during an arrest in May 2015.  Kirsty Powell, an African-American Muslim, filed the lawsuit in 2016, causing the Long Beach Police Department to change its policy regarding inmates wearing head scarves due to their religion, according to The Los Angeles Times.  Police originally banned inmates from wearing head scarves.

NFL Source:  Kaepernick Turned Down At Least 1 Contract To Play Up The Race Card.  Colin Kaepernick is still a free agent, and an NFL inside source told The Daily Caller Monday that the former 49ers quarterback has no one but himself to blame.

Check your 'cognitive privilege,' all you smart people!  Progressives, crazed with identifying new forms of oppression attached to the currently fashionable catchword "privilege," have finally embraced the stupid as a victim class.  Hey, let's celebrate stupidity!  Just ponder for a moment all the potential grand marshals for the inevitable Stupidity Day Parade in New York City once the stupid are organized into a grievance-powered pressure group.

She was a historic first lady, but Michelle Obama says some never saw past 'my skin color'.  The moderator lauded Michelle Obama for her achievements over the past eight years and touched on the former first lady's plans, but Tuesday's conversation also veered into uncomfortable territory.  It was Obama's largest public appearance since the 2016 election — speaking in front of more than 8,000 people at the Women's Foundation of Colorado's 30th anniversary celebration — and she touched on personal attacks that she faced again and again.  Many had the same theme.  "The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut," Obama said, according to the Denver Post.  "Knowing that after eight years of working really hard for this country, there are still people who won't see me for what I am because of my skin color."

The Editor says...
The Obamas got into the White House because of the perceived novelty of their skin color and the vigorous support of the news media for that reason alone.  Michelle Obama has no extraordinary qualifications for public office, as far as I can tell, and her husband has even less.  There are few things more insufferable than listening to one of the wealthiest people in the world grousing about how tough her life is, and about what a victim she will always be.  Michelle Obama never has to go to work, lock her doors, or drive a car ever again, yet she apparently never misses an opportunity to tell the press what a victim she is.

Seattle Councilman:  Cleaning Poop Off Sidewalks Is Racist.  A Seattle, Wash., councilman implied that a new effort to clean excrement off the side walk outside the local courthouse could be racist Tuesday.  The crime and smell of urine and excrement have gotten so bad outside a King County courthouse that two judges are scrambling to find ways to fix the situation, reports the Seattle Times.  King County councilmember Larry Gossett isn't a fan of one solution to power wash the feces from the sidewalks to tamp down on the smell.  Power washing the sidewalks is too reminiscent of civil rights activists being hosed down, he said.

Projection:
MSNBC Host Joy Reid:  Republican Party Is Built on 'Victimhood,' 'Resentment'.  MSNBC's Joy Reid said on Thursday [7/13/2017] that President Donald Trump can make Republicans "literally accept anything."  Appearing as a guest on "All In With Chris Hayes," Reid explained that Trump saw trends in the GOP and took advantage of it.  "This is a Republican Party that's been built on resentment and a sense of victimhood, a sense of persecution — almost a persecution complex — for more than 40 years, almost 50 years, going back to the dawn of the Civil Rights movement when they felt persecuted by the world," Reid said.

A piece of hateful plastic
Stray Piece of Plastic Wrap Investigated as Hate Crime.  Libs are getting desperate in their search for racism against someone other than whites: [...] Now even stray pieces of rubbish count as racist if they have knots in them, on the grounds that nooses have knots, and as we all know, only black people were ever hanged.


MSNBC Contributor:  Hillary Lost Because Obama Is Black.  MSNBC contributor Wendy Sherman believes that Hillary Clinton may have lost the election because it was too hard for America to elect the first female president directly after the first black president.  Sherman was on a panel at the Aspen Ideas Festival discussing modern political technology when she segued into the bizarre comment.

Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice Says She's a Victim of Racism and Sexism.  Former national security adviser and UN ambassador Susan Rice refuses to go quietly into retirement, even though she remains one of the most controversial figures of the Obama Administration.  Now, thanks to a glowing profile in New York Magazine, we know that despite Susan Rice's very public shortcomings (whatever happened to that dastardly filmmaker who spurred violence across the Middle East, anyway?), she believes any criticism of her tenure is at least partly the result of racism and sexism.

Indiana mom sues principal, teacher after son "forced" to recite Pledge of Allegiance.  An Indiana mom filed a lawsuit on Friday [6/9/2017] against an elementary school teacher and principal for allegedly forcing her son to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  Jamie Porter said her son's first grade teacher removed the boy from class when he refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance back in March, according to Fox 59.  The lawsuit, filed by the ACLU on behalf of the family, alleged that the boy refused to recite it because he was "protesting" the government.  "He was doing it to protest the government of the United States, as it was racist, greedy and does not care about people," the lawsuit stated.

The Editor says...
Elementary school kids should stand and sit when they are told without regard to their parents' political views, or their own.  Moreover, those who do not vote should not protest against the government.  What does a first-grader know about government greed anyway?

ACLU: U.S. Exiting Paris Climate Accord Is 'An Assault on Communities of Color'.  Pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord is racist, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) declared in response to President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the climate deal President Barack Obama unilaterally committed the U.S. to without the Senate's approval.  "Pulling out of the Paris Agreement would be a massive step back for racial justice, and an assault on communities of color across the U.S.," ACLU warned in a Twitter post Thursday [6/1/2017].  "Climate change doesn't affect us all equally," it states, claiming "Black and brown people are more likely to live near coal plants."

Newtonian Physics is Oppressive to Marginalized People.  A feminist scholar has published a paper claiming that Newtonian physics is oppressive and that we must use "quantum feminisms" to make the science more intersectional.  In a paper for The Minnesota Review, culture and gender-studies researcher Whitney Stark argues that Newton's understanding of physics is oppressive because it has "separated beings" based on their "binary and absolute differences" — a structure that she calls "hierarchical and exploitative" — and the same kind of system is "embedded in many structures of classification," making it "part of the apparatus that enables oppression."

Portland Burrito Shop Forced to Close After Getting Hounded for 'Stealing From Mexico'.  Kali Wilgus and Liz "LC" Connelly, owners of Portland pop-up shop Kooks Burritos, just wanted to make and sell some really great burritos.  So when they were on a trip to Puerto Nuevo, Mexico, they "picked the brains" of the local tortilla ladies and brought those recipes back to the States. [...] Whelp, apparently this interview sparked an Internet [furor], which ended in Kooks Burritos shutting down and the two white women who owned it scrubbing social media of the business' existence.

The Inconvenient Truth Behind The Net Neutrality Movement.  The most immediate issue with net neutrality is the fact that many of the groups supporting it are purportedly concerned with social issues which are totally unrelated.  One such organization is the protest movement Color of Change.  Color of Change’s website states that their mission is “design campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold black people back.”  However, the group has increasingly begun to focus on advocating for net neutrality, a cause which does not appear to be related to their mission statement in any obvious manner.  Color of Change claims that changes the FCC plans to make to net neutrality rules will “devastate black communities” without bothering to explain exactly how this might happen.

Federal Prosecutor Says DOJ's New Focus On Drug Crimes Will Target People Wearing 'Heavy Gold And Chains'.  A federal prosecutor said Thursday [5/25/2017] that the Department of Justice's efforts under Jeff Sessions to aggressively prosecute drug crimes will target people wearing "heavy gold and chains."  The attorney general gave a speech in Memphis where he touted his recent charging memo that rolls back former Attorney General Eric Holder's policy to not charge many drug offenders with mandatory minimums.

Oregon Leftists Circulate List of Restaurants Engaging in 'Cultural Appropriation'.  Talk to anyone who has tried to run a business and ask them how hard it is.  I can speak from experience when I tell you that it isn't easy.  Long hours, sleepless nights, and concerns you never even thought about as an employee are the norm.  Add in the fact that you get paid last, which can mean some very lean times, and the challenges of owning a business become rather obvious.  Now, you may also have to consider the idea that Social Justice Warriors think you have the wrong DNA for your line of work, because they're horrible.

1 + 1 = You're a Racist.  Piper Harron is an unhappy-looking black woman whose mood would be greatly improved if white male math professors would just 'fess up to their unearned privilege and quit their jobs.  She is currently a "temporary assistant professor" in mathematics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and I think we can all agree that this is the first time any of us has ever heard of that school.  Piper holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Princeton University, which sounds impressive until you take into account the mathematical fact that a study from Princeton reveals that blacks are given a handicap of 230 SAT points compared to whites when it comes to admissions standards.  On her resume, she makes the startling and mathematically improbable claim that during her eleven years of collegiate studies, she not only "survived external and internalized misogyny," she also suffered the horrors of "external and internalized racism."  What are the odds?

Social-Justice Math Class: 'Math Has Been Used as a Dehumanizing Tool'.  A new online course instructs math teachers how to incorporate social-justice ideology into their lessons by discussing how mathematics has historically been used to oppress people.  The class — titled "Teaching Social Justice Through Secondary Mathematics" — was developed by Teach for America and is being offered through edX, according to an article in Campus Reform.  "Do you ask students to think deeply about global and local social justice issues within your mathematics classroom?" the course overview asks.  "This education and teacher training course will help you blend secondary math instruction with topics such as inequity, poverty, and privilege to transform students into global thinkers and mathematicians."

Teachers Instructed to Use Math to Indoctrinate Kids in Social Justice.  There are some subjects one thinks would be immune from the input of social justice warriors.  While social studies are ripe for their meddling — as are literature and even science these days — a subject like math should be resistant to their tampering.  Well, one would think that.  Unfortunately, a report at Campus Reform shows that such an assumption would be wrong.

North Carolina high school confiscates every yearbook, claiming white female student's 'build that wall' quote is 'inappropriate'.  A North Carolina high school has confiscated all its senior yearbooks and is reprinting them because it believes a white female student's 'build that wall' quote was inappropriate.  Richmond Early College High School is a predominantly white public school in Hamlet, North Carolina, with 214 students.  Its staff recalled its senior yearbooks this week after a screenshot of one female student's photograph and quote appeared on social media, sparking accusations from critics that the state is 'racist'.

Obama Describes White House Life as 'A Very Nice Prison'.  Former President Barack Obama bluntly likened living in the White House to incarceration during an environmental summit in Milan, Italy on Tuesday [5/9/2017].  Former White House chef Sam Kass had wondered, "Everyone wants to know about what you miss about the White House.  I'm curious to know about what you don't miss."  "The hardest thing about being the President of the United States is it is unique in its isolation," Obama said.  "You live in what's called 'the bubble.'  And it is a very nice prison."

ESPN SportsCenter 6 Co-Host Michael Smith:  Every City in America Is Racist.  ESPN's determination to dig its own grave continues to move at high speed.  On Tuesday [5/2/2017], SC6 (short for SportsCenter&Nbsp;6) co-host Michael Smith intensely overreacted to the racist actions of a small contingent fans at a Major League Baseball game at Boston's Fenway Park, using what they did to tag every city in America as "racist."

ESPN Michael Smith:  All Cities in US are Racist.  After racist Boston chowder-heads threw a bag of peanuts with a racial slut at Orioles' player Andrew Jones, ESPN and black racist Michael Smith says all cities in America are racist or something.  I guess that means San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Chicago and New York are also racist cities eh Michael?  And ESPN wonders why they continue to lose viewers.  They axed 100 dirtbags a few days ago.  Why wasn't Michael Smith the racist one of them?

Therapeutic Universities and Soft Despotism.  [Scroll down]  Identity politics programs also find such offices to be useful allies for reinforcing their ideological agendas. Identity politics is predicated on victimhood, and victimhood generates demands for compensatory programs and services.  Minority students and women presumably are being psychologically wounded by racism and sexism, and thus should have services that apply therapeutic balm to their psychic wounds.  Given the rarity these days of legal or violent expressions of sexism or racism, victims must look to psychological effects like "low self-esteem" or subjective perceptions of "microagressions" as evidence of "unconscious racism" and other occult biases.  The therapeutic services offered by the university validate this victim narrative, as do sexual harassment policies, "hate speech" codes, and other policies all backed up by badly written federal and state laws.

Student Union Wants to Ban Clapping and Cheering Because it Excludes Deaf People.  Britain's largest national student union has told attendees of its annual conference they would face "consequences" for cheering and clapping because these forms of expression exclude deaf people.  The National Union of Students (NUS), which includes most university student unions, held a two-day conference on Tuesday [4/25/2017].  During the conference, audience members were repeatedly warned that they must stop whooping and expressing support for a speaker because it has "serious impact" on the accessibility of the conference, The Daily Telegraph reported.

White, female student 'glares' at peers, gets reported as bias incident.  Gone are the days when saying something that hurts another's feelings is a bias incident.  Now just looking at someone funny can get you reported to the campus Thought Police.  It happened at the University of Wisconsin Madison, where an unnamed "white, female student" was reported to the university's bias incident reporting system.  Her crime?  Glaring at two female peers.

The Truth For Young Americans:  You Are Not A Victim.  Oh no, someone called you a name!  You think you're disadvantaged because of an "ism."  It's not fair that you got into a nasty conflict with someone else and came out on the short end of the stick.  You're a victim!  You need someone to pity you so people will show up and fix your problems!  This is going to be hard for some of you to hear, but that's loser talk. [...] Why?  It's a mentality.  If you wait for someone else to solve your problems, you're usually in for a long wait.  Even if you do get help, you probably won't like the help you get.

Choosing to Live in a Tiny House Deemed 'Poverty Appropriation'.  According to an article in the "intersectional" blog The Establishment, people who don't have to live in tiny houses living in tiny houses is a "troubling" example of "poverty appropriation."  In an article titled "The Troubling Trendiness of Poverty Appropriation," July Westhale explains that she grew up in poverty in a small immigrant town in California, where she lived in a small house because she had to — and that she's finding herself getting a little offended by people who are living in small houses because they want to.

The Greatest Threat to America Isn't Islam — It's the Left.  The left has found the great weakness of conservatives:  their conscience and decency.  When someone accuses them of being racist or some other form of evil, their reflex is to apologize and appease.  The more conservatives placate and soothe, the louder the left screams racism — because it works.  The cultural decay of our civilization will continue until conservatives choose to stand up and say "enough."

Hillary Clinton is Trying Really Hard to Make You Think She's Okay.  In the wake of her loss, she seems unable to process that voters just simply didn't like her, has embraced her celebrity side, and doubled down on her claim that she lost because she was a woman. [...] She's hammered away at claims that she couldn't have won the presidential election because of internalized prejudice, patriarchal tendencies and all-out bigotry, but seems to forget her campaign outspent Trump by more than $300 million, and couldn't even lock down Florida.

Irvine woman sues Albertsons after clerk wrongly assumes she's on food stamps.  An African-American woman filed a civil rights lawsuit Monday, April 10, against Albertsons and its parent company, Safeway, alleging that its managers took no steps to correct or apologize for the actions of a checkout clerk at an Irvine store who incorrectly assumed the woman was on food stamps.  Jenna Watkinson, a spokeswoman for Safeway, said company officials have not seen the lawsuit and "do not comment on pending litigation."  "However, any time we interact with a customer, our goal is to ensure that they are treated with the utmost respect and courtesy," she said Wednesday.

PETA Says Milk is a 'Symbol of White Supremacy'.  PETA's shenanigans vary from the absurd to the downright offensive.  From likening rape survivors to pigs and cows, to calling Pokémon a form of animal cruelty, PETA's efforts to "save the animals" always make the headlines — and with good reason:  they're completely absurd.  The animal rights group today released a new video to cry over milk, equating the nutritious drink with Nazism.

Now Milk Is Racist.  At this point in the Left's descent into absolute madness, I honestly cannot tell you whether this article is parody or on the level.

Latina University Student Calls On White Students To Pay For Her Spring Break.  A Latina student at Pitzer University emailed fellow students asking "white allies" to donate to her spring break trip, accusing fellow white students of the "genocide and enslavement of our ppl."  "We are hoping ppl are willing to support us in our ventures out to queer [as f***] oakland & some national parks to find some spaceeee to breatheee," said Pitzer University student Leandra Vargas, who identifies with they/them pronouns, in an email obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The Hate Group That Tracks Down 'Hate Groups'.  SPLC contends that from 2000 to 2012, the number of hate groups in the U.S. increased by 67% — a surge allegedly "fueled by anger and fear over the nation's ailing economy, an influx of non-white immigrants, and the diminishing white majority, as symbolized by the election of the nation's first African-American president" (Barack Obama).  And America's racists, by SPLC's calculus, are almost all conservatives — as evidenced by the caption featured in the "Hatewatch" section of SPLC's website:  "Hatewatch monitors and exposes the activities of the American radical right."  The radical left gets no mention at all.  SPLC's "hate group" counts have been shown to be devoid of legitimacy a number of times.  Laird Wilcox — a researcher specializing in the study of political fringe movements — reports that many SPLC-designated "hate groups" are untraceable, due either to their inactivity or nonexistence.

Permanent February.  The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened on September 24, 2016. [...] The museum is a stone's throw from the Washington Monument and an even shorter throw from the National Museum of American History.  As I looked at the two museums, I thought of a word:  apartheid.

How the Southern Poverty Law Center Faked an Islamophobia Crisis.  [Scroll down]  But the bad news, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, is that anti-Muslim hate groups shot up from only 34 in 2015 to 101 in 2016. [...] The SPLC decided to count 45 chapters of Act for America as separate groups.  How do you get a sudden rise from 34 to 101 hate groups?  It helps to suddenly add 45 chapters of one group.  Act for America isn't a hate group.  It's also just as obviously not 45 groups.  And it didn't come into existence last year.  Act for America was only listed as one group in the 2015 list.  It shot up to 45 now.  The SPLC this year listed the Los Angeles chapter of Act for America as a separate group.  But the chapter has been around for quite a few years.  Furthermore Act for America boasts not 45, but 1,000 chapters across the country.  Why list just 45 of them?  Look at it from the SPLC's perspective.  Next year, it can add 200 chapters and claim that anti-Muslim hate groups once again tripled.  And then it can do the same thing again the year after that.

College Writing Center Declares American Grammar A 'Racist,' 'Unjust Language Structure'.  An "antiracist" poster in a college writing center insists American grammar is "racist" and an "unjust language structure," promising to prioritize rhetoric over "grammatical 'correctness.'"  The poster, written by the director, staff, and tutors of the University of Washington, Tacoma's Writing Center, states "racism is the normal condition of things," declaring that it permeates rules, systems, expectations, in courses, school and society.  "Linguistic and writing research has shown clearly for many decades that there is no inherent 'standard' of English," proclaims the writing center's statement.

Wisconsin students group demands free tuition for black students.  The student government at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said on Wednesday [2/15/2017] that black students should be offered free tuition and housing because blacks were legally barred from education during slavery and university remains out of reach for black students today.  The Associated Students of Madison said in a resolution that suburban high school students are over-represented.  The group said consideration of ACT and SAT scores in applications upholds "white supremacy" because it restricts opportunities for the poor.  The college has proposed measures aimed at improving diversity.

Transgender illegal alien SJW of color asks US to 'gofundme'.  Catalina Velasquez is an illegal alien from Colombia who also says he is a woman.  Catalina claims that if he is deported to his native Colombia, he will be killed for pretending to be a woman.  There are 47 million people in Colombia.  All 47 million know what he looks like and are sworn to kill him.  Colombia is over 440,000 square miles in size.  Catalina knows that if he sets foot in any of those 440,000 square miles, there will always be one of those 47 million people who have sworn to kill him just waiting for him.  Therefore, he says he is entitled to stay in America.

Jogger suspect's sister thinks he was framed because he's black.  The sister of Karina Vetrano's accused killer said Monday [2/6/2017] that her sibling was framed — and that he was only arrested because he's black.  "I think the cops framed him because he's a black person.  They couldn't find anyone else to pin this on, so they pinned it on my brother," Theresa Forbes, 36, told reporters.  Forbes's half-brother, Chanel Lewis, 20, was charged Sunday with murdering the Queens jogger in August based on DNA evidence and two videotaped confessions, authorities and law-enforcement sources have said.

Trump and Obama's Legacy of Racism.  [Scroll down]  Let's look at a few examples, starting with the easiest, the Department of Justice.  For eight years, the two attorneys general have crusaded to let the world know there are too many black people in prison for no reason what so ever — other than white racism.  Too many arrested.  Too many prosecuted.  Too many convicted.  Too many sent away for too long.  And once let out, too many return too soon.  They call it Criminal Justice Reform — and it is all about white racism and racist police.  From the president on down, they say the only reason more black people are arrested than white people is that racist white police pick on black people in black neighborhoods.  And if they pulled the cops out of black neighborhoods and put them in white hoods, the crime numbers would flip and white people would be arrested wildly out of proportion.

Black History (aka Demonize White America) Month.  Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' rise from nothing is an extraordinary American tale.  The NAACP and so-called civil rights community should hold Justice Thomas up high as a shining example to black youths of what can be achieved via education, hard work, right choices, and self-reliance.  Remarkably, Justice Thomas is despised by the NAACP and fellow Leftists for exposing the benefits of embracing Myers' tried and true virtues.  Renowned black retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson and black businessman extraordinaire Herman Cain are hated by the NAACP for the same reasons.  They do not view themselves as victims nor do they hate whites and America.  Both Carson and Cain love their country and tout the benefits of self-reliance, education, and hard work.

Implicit Bias Gets an Explicit Debunking.  There are legions of people who take the notion of implicit bias very, very seriously.  Hillary Clinton thought it could explain why cops shoot black suspects.  Diversity trainers make piles of money "revealing" unconscious bias and explaining how it allegedly influences hiring and other workplace decisions.  Universities beat students over the head with the notion that they are racist whether they like it or not.  To some, it's a key explanation for persistent racial disparities in education, housing, employment, and law enforcement — and a justification for cultural retraining.  There's no way to show that you're immune to implicit bias, because you are by definition unaware of your own subconscious.  Indeed, even if you do well on the IAT [Implicit Association Test], take it again and you might flunk.  I've taken the test at different times on different days and achieved wildly different results.  Is my mind that malleable, or is the test mostly a game, a Ouija board of the mind conjuring up the ghosts of our own bigotry?

Obama: 'We Cannot Deny the Legacy of Racism' in Justice System.  President Barack Obama is finishing his term with a lengthy essay on criminal justice reform in the Harvard Law Review, arguing that Americans should recognize systemic racism in the system.  "[W]e cannot deny the legacy of racism that continues to drive inequality in how the justice system is experienced by so many Americans," Obama wrote in his 56 page essay.  Obama cited studies from the NAACP showing that African-Americans and Hispanics were more likely to be stopped by law enforcement officials and suffer stricter penalties in court.

Glover: History of America About 'Annexation' and 'Violence'.  Actor and political activist Danny Glover challenged the United States to figure out ways to rectify the violence committed against people of color, describing America's history as one of "annexation" and "violence."

Parting Regrets from the LOSer's Presidency.  With legal slavery and segregation gone forever, it was necessary for race grievance industrialists to concoct a new narrative of oppression.  Add a pound of white guilt and a pinch of victimology, and a maudlin mythos called the Legacy Of Slavery (LOS) was concocted.  Since the 1960s, the indefinable yet ever worsening LOS has been the go-to justification for black privilege and the pandemically deadly transfer of responsibility away from black people for the crimes they commit.  The great thing about the LOS is that because it harkens back so far no one has a clue what it means.  LOS pertains not to civil rights, but to the most basic human rights.  Anyone who won't face the reality of LOS must be turning a blind eye to the scourge of slavery.  The Obamas, Holder, Lynch, and others make up the first LOSers presidency.  Michelle Obama was hopeless and unable to be proud of America until Barack's nomination meant that something could finally be done about LOS.  At the Democrats' recent loss, LOS is back, and hope is gone again!

Michelle Obama ready for anonymity after 'painful' election.  Michelle Obama is looking forward to getting her "anonymity" back.  The first lady complained in an interview that aired Monday night with Oprah Winfrey on CBS that her biggest sacrifice while Barack Obama served as president was giving up her ability to be anonymous.  But soon, she believes, that'll change.  "You know, there's nowhere I can go in the world and just sit at a table and have a cup of coffee and watch the world," Obama said in what is expected to be her final sit-down interview.

'Students of color' conference at University of California reportedly dissolves into a fight over who is most oppressed.  First question:  Are there actually students at UC who have no color at all?  Are they transparent?  This arrogation of the concept of color as being limited to designated victim groups is disturbing to me.  Nobody ever calls me a "person of color" even though my skin has a distinct pinkish cast to it.

Stop Blaming Hillary Clinton's Loss on Racism.  Only in the fever swamp imagination of the race-obsessed Left can a white man beat a white woman and the reason is racism.  Yet that is emerging for some as the explanation for 2016.  The campaign wasn't about Obama's policies, or Hillary's corruption, or Trump's massive celebrity.  It wasn't about the threat of Islamic terror or the declining prospects of the white working class.  It was about white supremacy.  How do we know?  Well, according to the Huffington Post, liberal icon Ta-Nehisi Coates explained it "perfectly" to The Daily Show's Trevor Noah. [...]

Michelle Obama Feels Hopeless.  During his time in office, Barack Obama doubled the national debt, made economic conditions far worse for black Americans, and has allowed race relations to deteriorate to the point where the nation is more divided than at any point since the eve of the Civil War.  Suddenly, Ms. Obama is not feeling so hopeful, but it has nothing to do with the financial and cultural wreckage her floppy-eared mate has bequeathed unto America.  She recently sat down with billionaire Oprah Winfrey, whose cousin says she lied about growing up impoverished and who has blossomed into a hideously spoiled diva who never stops [grousing] about the nation that made her a billionaire.  Miss Obama, upset that she and her family can no longer milk America's racist white taxpayers to the tune of $85 million to go on lavish vacations that fairly pulsate with bling, this whiny recipient of affirmative action programs that discriminate against white students with higher grades is suddenly kvetching from yet another Hawaii vacation that "we are feeling what not having hope feels like."

John Conyers now claiming the electoral college is rooted in slavery.  When the Democrats lose, they hate anything that they think contributes to their loss and once again they've taken aim at the electoral college after Trump beat the pantsuit off of Hillary a month ago.  Today John Conyers held a forum on the Future of the Electoral College where he proceeded to argue for the abolition of the electoral college by claiming it is rooted in slavery.  [Video clip]

Donald Trump's Win Wasn't About Racism.  Already, liberals are trying to push the narrative that Donald Trump's win was propelled by racist Americans.  "This is a candidate who ran on a clearly racist message, attracting people with clearly racist views.  And he won," wrote Vox's German Lopez.  "This was a white-lash against a changing country," said CNN's Van Jones.  "It was white-lash against a black president in part." [...] But the facts show otherwise.  "Trump performed stronger among black and Hispanic voters than Mitt Romney did as the Republican nominee in 2012, according to NBC exit polls," NBC News reported.

The Democrat Media Complex Will Never Understand What Happened Tuesday Night.  [Scroll down]  When discussing voters beyond the coastal bubbles, MSM Clinton apologists focus solely on race.  The economic situations of any white voters in flyover states are left at the door as the pundits rush headlong to the only explanation they've really known for 8 years when confronted by the reality that not everyone thinks the same as they do.  They see only ethnic and racial voting blocs, not people.  If they do spend a moment contemplating the people of middle America as individuals, then the "white privilege" subroutine of their "Racism!" programming kicks in, quickly mollifying any internal conflict that may have been brought on by the brief introduction of evidence contrary to the narrative.

Southern Poverty Law Center Facing 'New Reality,' Calls Trump Advisers 'Far-Right Extremists'.  The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an organization that has been praised by Obama's Justice Department for combating "domestic extremism" and designates groups on a "Hate Map" including some controversial listings of conservative groups, reacted Wednesday [11/9/2016] to the news of President-elect Donald Trump's win calling it a "new reality."  "Today, we're facing a new reality — a president-elect who has denigrated people because of their race, their religion, their ethnicity, their gender, and more," SPLC President Richard Cohen wrote.  "Our mission is to hold Donald Trump to what he is saying now — that he will be a president for all Americans and that he will work to bind the wounds of division, wounds that his own words have caused."

'Whitelash Against a Black President': Van Jones Blows Up Over Election Results.  CNN's Van Jones had a pretty grim take (to put it mildly) on the results showing a likely Donald Trump presidency.  "People have talked about a miracle.  I'm hearing about a nightmare," he said.  "It's hard to be a parent tonight for a lot of us.  You tell your kids, 'Don't be a bully.'  You tell your kids, 'Don't be a bigot.'  You tell your kids, 'Do your homework and be prepared.'  And then you have this outcome and you have people putting children to bed tonight and they're afraid of breakfast.  They're afraid of 'How do I explain this to my children?'"  He said that there are Muslims and immigrant families out there who are "terrified tonight."

The Editor says...
If there had been any backlash against Obama just because he's black, he never would have been elected in the first place — or re-elected.

Thug Got Killed Robbing a Pizza Hut, Mom Wants Self-Defending Employee Charged With a Crime.  Last month, Michael Grace Jr. stormed a Pizza Hut restaurant in October and demanded money with a handgun pointed.  Things didn't quite work out for him as one of the employees had his own handgun and shot the would-be robber in the head killing him.  Police recovered a gun and pronounced Grace dead at the scene.  It's as clear-cut a case of self-defense as you will ever hear about.  The super liberal Washington Post feels like this extremely justified shooting is really more proof that America is racist against black people and highlighted Grace's mother who wants this employee charged with a crime for killing her thug son.

The New Anti-Racist Racists.  The SPLC was founded in 1971, ostensibly to fight for civil rights among other good causes.  By the end of its first decade it was targeting the KKK and other racist organisations.  So far so good.  But like many a campaigning organisation, they experienced the happy blow of basically winning their argument.  By the 1990s, there were mercifully few racist groups in America going about unchallenged.  When a member of the KKK cropped up everybody in civil society pretty much understood that here was a bad person who should not be given a free pass.  But there is an odd trait in campaigning groups that is well known.  Once they have achieved their objective, they continue.  Why is this so?  Usually it is because there are people with salaries at stake, pensions, perks and more.  Campaigning for a particular thing or against a particular thing has become their way of life and their means of earning.  And so they find a way to continue.  For some years, the SPLC staggered around in such a manner, as pointless and purposeless an organisation as could be imagined.

You Knew It Was Coming:  Hurricane Matthew Amnesty.  Never missing an opportunity to offer illegal immigrants reprieve, the Obama administration has repeatedly used inclement weather, a virus, natural disasters and tainted water in a U.S. city to extend the perk in the last few years.  This month the administration announced yet another special amnesty for victims of Hurricane Matthew. [...] The government is calling it "immigration relief" that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, including natural disasters such as Hurricane Matthew.  Among the relief measures that will be available are work permits, "change of nonimmigrant status or extension of nonimmigrant stay" for those in the U.S. illegally and forgiveness for immigrants who blew off deportation court hearings.

Racist cupcakes!
Cupcake shop owner defends Oreo cake that triggered claim of 'implied racism'.  An Oregon bakery has been accused of racism over its Mr President cupcake.  The controversial pastry comes from Fat Cupcake, a bakery with locations in Portland and Oregon City.  It's described as an Oreo cookie baked inside white cake with cookies and cream buttercream frosting.  A Yelp review from 10 September first noted an issue with the cupcake's name.  "Very troubling," Don P wrote on the restaurant reviewing site.  "They were serving a cupcake called the 'Mr President' that had an Oreo cookie inside.  When I tried to point out the racism implied, they claimed that 'our current president loves Oreos.'"


Hey, Racebaiters: What If You're Not As Oppressed As You Think?  The ongoing "state violence" of police officers gunning down unarmed black males has created a "human rights crisis."  It's part of America's legacy of "racial terrorism," according to a United Nations panel.  The panel decided that the United States government owes reparations to its black population.  The panel failed to explain why hordes of blacks haven't fled white oppression to the continental safe space called Africa.  The truth is:  Black Americans enjoy a higher standard of living than any black population group anywhere on earth.  And they always have.

Making Justice Clarence Thomas Invisible.  Disgraced accused serial rapist Bill Cosby is favorably mentioned.  So is philandering adulterer, golfer Tiger Woods.  One imagines a whole wing of the new Smithsonian African American museum is dedicated to Barack Obama:  the worst, most polarizing president ever to hold the office.  Why then in our "post-racial" age, is a black Supreme Court Justice — one of the two ever to serve on the nation's highest court — treated like a modern-day Ralph Ellison "Invisible Man"? [...] To add further insult to injury, the only tangential reference to Justice Thomas is a political smear:  a pin-back button reading "I Believe Anita Hill."  (Now ironically a race and gender anti-discrimination professor at Brandeis University, Ms. Hill famously accused the jurist of unsubstantiated sexual harassment at his 1991 Senate confirmation hearing.)  So, between references to Ms. Hill, Mr. Cosby and Mr. Woods, a rogue's gallery of the morally dubious are well-represented.  (In fact, at the casual glance this ultramodern structure of sterile glass and oppressively ornate bronze mesh could easily be mistaken for a three tiered prison, an inverse step pyramid or a cubist slave ship.)  Opened on the Washington mall on September 24, 2016, this 19 Smithsonian housing 37,000 objects is a 379,000 square foot eyesore.  Within, ample space has been lovingly dedicated to violent quasi-terrorist anarchist organizations like the Black Panthers and Black Lives Matter.  Yet, among 12 exhibitions, a person most central to both American history — and specifically the black experience — is wrongly marginalized and negated.

Ted Cruz's Letter to Smithsonian Asking for Inclusion of Justice Clarence Thomas Has Bipartisan Support.  When it opened in September, the National Museum of African American History & Culture failed to include an African American in one of the most important federal branches — Justice Clarence Thomas. [...] Monday [12/19/2016], Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), wrote the Smithsonian, asking them to include an accurate depiction of Justice Thomas' legacy.

Resolution Introduced to Include Clarence Thomas in African American History and Culture Museum.  Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas) introduced a resolution on Monday evening in the Senate calling on the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture to recognize Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.  Thomas is only featured in a sizable display about Anita Hill, who became famous while accusing Thomas of sexual harassment during Thomas' confirmation hearings.  The resolution calls on the museum to place Thomas in a prominent location in the museum.

Clarence Thomas snubbed by Smithsonian's new African American history museum.  Of the 112 justices appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court since its inception, only two have been black — and the second one apparently isn't worth consideration, as far as the new National Museum of African American History and Culture is concerned.  The Smithsonian museum still has "no plans" to include in its exhibitions a reference to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, one of the high court's conservative stalwarts who celebrates his 25th anniversary on the bench this year.

Smithsonian on Why Clarence Thomas is Not in New African American Museum: 'We Cannot Tell Every Story'.  The new Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture's tagline is "powerful moments in African American history, culture, and community." However, the museum — with a $540 million price tag funded 50 percent by U.S. taxpayers and with a collection of more than 36,000 artifacts and 100,000 people represented — doesn't include many prominent blacks, including Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Edward Brooke, a Republican who became the first African American to be elected to the U.S. Senate by popular vote in 1966.

The Editor says...
The museum only has room for agitprop that shows how tough every black life is, and how only Big Government can help.

Obama: Visiting black history museum can help heal racial division.  President Obama said Friday [9/23/2016] that he hopes the opening of the African American History and Culture Museum on the National Mall will help people deal with the racial turmoil embroiling Charlotte, N.C., and Tulsa, Okla., and other cities besieged by violence after deadly confrontations involving the police.  "The timing of this is fascinating because in so many ways, it is the best of times but in many ways, these are also troubled times," Obama said Friday during a White House reception honoring the celebrities, politicians and advocates who donated to the museum's creation.  "History does not always move in a straight line and without vigilance, we can go backwards and as well as forward," Obama said.

The Editor says...
Nice try, but history doesn't move at all.  History is a chronological record of the world's major events, and time only goes in one direction.  Mr. Obama is apparently trying to have his followers believe that they can all lapse back into slavery if they aren't loyal to the Democrats.

Update:
Smithsonian's Response to Lawmakers' Criticism of Clarence Thomas Museum Omission:  We Added A Caption For Anita Hill.  In response to a letter from lawmakers demanding to know why Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is not included in the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian responded that it has added a caption to Anita Hill's representation in the museum.  The caption reads:  "Anita Hill accused a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas, of sexual harassment.  Her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee provoked serious debates on sexual harassment, race loyalty, and gender roles.  Thomas denied the allegations and went on to be confirmed by the Senate, becoming the second African American to serve on the Supreme Court."

America's Versailles Set.  Take the case of Colin Kaepernick, the back-up quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers who makes $19 million a year (or about $20,000 per minute of regular season play).  He has been cited by National Football League officials in the past for his use of the N-word, yet he refuses to stand for the pregame singing of the national anthem because he believes that his country is racist and does not warrant his respect.  His stunt gained a lot of publicity and he now sees himself as a man of the revolutionary barricades.  A number of other NFL athletes, as well as those in other sports, have likewise refused to stand for the national anthem to express solidarity with what they see as modern versions of the oppressed peasantry.  But Kaepernick and his peers make more in one month than many Americans make in an entire lifetime.

Statistics: Twice as many white people were killed by police this year so far.  Almost twice as many white people were killed by police this year so far, than black people, yet the mainstream media and their Black Lives Matter propagandists on social media are trying to convince everyone that cops are "hunting" black people and that there is an "institutional white supremacy" problem in law enforcement.  NO.  There's an ignorance and crime problem in America, largely in black communities.  Please understand that black men are only 6% of the U.S. population but commit 50% of the murders.  That's about a 1000% more on average crime rate than whites.  1000 percent.

Will The National Mall's New Museum Tell The Real Civil Rights Story?  [Scroll down]  It remains to be seen how large a role this progressive influence will have on the museum's message, programming, and ethos.  Did the federal government just build a monument to warmed-over anti-Americanism, disguised as near-holy history, with some video clips of Aretha Franklin and Jackie Robinson sprinkled in?  Will Colin Kaepernick, Angela Davis, or Ta Nehisi-Coates be the first speaker to hold forth in the museum's Oprah Winfrey Theater? [...] A photo of Anita Hill holds one wall, opposite a Public Enemy display.  Her former good friend Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who was the second African American to serve on the court, has no place of honor here.  But perhaps the larger story is that the museum, astonishingly, offers no major items related to Martin Luther King, Jr.  This is likely because King's children have often demanded large licensing fees for the use of King's likeness, documents, display of his Nobel Peace Prize, etc.  The King children have regularly litigated over such disputes, and have even sued each other.

Obamas tour new African-American history museum.  The first family on Thursday [9/15/2016] took a private tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which is set to open to the public next week.

The Editor says...
From what I've seen, the museum is a place for the easily-aggrieved to wallow in their downtrodden status, even though they're several generations removed from slavery -- or, in many cases, even the second-class status of black citizens in the early 20th century.  Visitors like Oprah Winfrey, Michael Jordan and Michelle Obama probably leave the museum singing "We Shall Overcome Someday."

'Religious freedom,' 'liberty' just 'code words' for intolerance, U.S. Civil Rights chairman says.  The chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights said that "religious freedom" and "religious liberty" have become merely "code words" for intolerance, "Christian supremacy" and committing every form of identity-politics sin, and thus they must yield before anti-discrimination laws.  The remarks, released Thursday [9/8/2016] in a report on "Peaceful Coexistence:  Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles with Civil Liberties," is the latest example of an increasingly hostile reception in liberal circles to one of the six specified rights at the core of the First Amendment — the "free exercise" of religion.

Cosby Lawyers Blame Sexual Assault Allegations on Racism.  Lawyers for Bill Cosby claim racism is fueling the sexual assault allegations against him.  "Mr. Cosby is no stranger to discrimination and racial hatred," his lawyers said in a statement.  They took special aim at lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents over 30 of Cosby's alleged victims.  "When the media repeats her accusations — with no evidence, no trial and no jury — we are moved backwards as a country and away from the America that our civil rights leaders sacrificed so much to create."  His legal team says Allred is using racial bias to gin up a case against Cosby.

NAACP Lawsuit:  Judges in Alabama Courts are All White.  A civil rights group is challenging Alabama's practice of electing appellate judges by statewide vote, saying it has resulted in all-white courts in a state where one of every four people is African-American.

Charles Barkley: 'Brainwashed' Blacks, Not Whites, Are Keeping Blacks Down.  In light of 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick's outrageous accusation that the United States is a country that oppresses people of color, it's worth noting that NBA legend Charles Barkley gave an interview recently to a local Philadelphia radio station in which he stated that "unintelligent," "brainwashed" African-Americans, not whites or cops, are the ones keeping successful blacks down.

Leftist Latino Group Crowns USDA "Federal Agency of the Year" for Cultural Transformation.  [Scroll down]  To get a clearer idea of LULAC's radical agenda[,] back in the 1990s one its officials accused a Mexican fast-food eatery of a hate crime for using a Chihuahua in a commercial.  LULAC claimed that "Mexican Americans are treated like dogs, they have to work like dogs, and now they're being portrayed as dogs."  Nevertheless, Obama's first attorney general, Eric Holder, professed solidarity with LULAC and publicly chanted the group's socialist mission statement — in both English and Spanish — at a LULAC powwow in which he bragged about the DOJ filing more civil rights cases than in any previous period in the nation's history.

$114M Quarterback Sits Out the National Anthem to Protest Black Oppression.  Controversy arose over the weekend when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sparked outrage by remaining seated on the bench during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the beginning of Friday night's loss to the Green Bay Packers.  Why did he sit out the national anthem, while the rest of his teammates and coaches stood?  Well, it wasn't because he was conserving energy for the game.  Instead, by sitting he was taking a stand against America's white supremacy.  After the game Kaepernick, the half-black adopted son of white parents (his real father was "out of the picture" before he was even born to a destitute white mother), told NFL.com, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. [...]"

NFL quarterback sits during national anthem, calls America racist.  If you can't play, enter the political fray.  That could be the only possible explanation for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sitting in protest of the national anthem.  Kaepernick has dominated headlines in the past year for a massive regression in his production, now stuck fighting for a job with Blaine Gabbart.  No serious analyst expects the 49ers to be competitive, despite Kaepernick leading the Niners to the Super Bowl during the 2012 season.  But this time, he's making headlines on purpose for reasons other than football.

NFL quarterback refuses to honor National Anthem because America 'oppresses people of color'.  The 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick says that he refused to stand up during the National Anthem because America is racist. [...] Apparently he's been protesting the oppression of people of color by refusing to play well for a long time too!

Manufactured Grievance:  You are right that the number of depressed and confused men driven to enter the ladies' room is practically zero as a percentage of American men (gay or straight), but that's not the point.  You are right that good studies show police are less likely to shoot and kill black men than other men, but those facts don't matter.  You are right that America is a good country, but again you don't get it.  The point is to elevate the perceived victimhood of all minorities through the girls' bathroom issue, of black Americans by making "all lives" a slur, of successful women by converting reasonable and humane abortion restrictions into a century-reversing threat to their livelihood.

Ole Miss band to look away from 'Dixie' beginning this fall.  "Old times there are not forgotten" proclaim the lyrics to the Southern anthem "Dixie."  But the University of Mississippi, whose athletic traditions were once overlaid with Confederate symbolism, is ready to forget the song.  Athletics Director Ross Bjork said Friday [8/19/2016] that he asked the university's marching band, known as the "Pride of the South," to create a new pregame show that excludes all the variations of Dixie it has traditionally played.

White-on-Black Violence Is Everywhere, Says AP.  There are a million stories in the big city.  With a million ways to tell each one.  So when the University of Chicago told reporters that a new poll shows that 62 percent of young black people are more afraid of violence from "white extremists" than from ISIS, the world's largest news organization had a choice:
  [#1]  It could produce a story scorning such a transparently false idea.  Maybe even remind their readers that white people are 25-50 times more likely to be the victim of black violence than vice versa.  Though many already know that from personal experience.  Or,
  [#2]  It could perpetuate the greatest hoax of our generation:  The myth of black victimization — that black people are relentless victims of relentless white racism all the time, everywhere, that explains everything.  Especially why cops are always picking on black people for no reason what so ever.
Don't laugh:  it's called "Critical Race Theory".

'Don't tread on me' shirts and hats could be officially declared RACIST by the government — even though the symbol is an icon of the American Revolution.  The United States workplace discrimination watchdog is considering if employees wearing clothing with a Gadsden flag logo are racial harassing African Americans.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is reportedly investigating the issue surrounding the 'Don't Tread On Me' snake logo after an African American employee of a federal agency complained they were racially harassed when a co-worker wore a cap showing the symbol.

Is the Gadsden flag racist?  The "Don't Tread on Me" Flag just got trod upon — by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  The EEOC is investigating whether the Revolutionary War-era Gadsden Flag could be considered a racist symbol in the workplace.  In recent years, the yellow flag with its coiled snake has also become a symbol of the Tea Party.  "Whatever historic origins and meaning of the symbol, it also has since been sometimes interpreted to convey racially-tinged messages in some contexts," the EEOC report states.

Police union's 'Black Labs Matter' dog photo is called insulting to Black Lives Matter cause.  A San Francisco police officers' union has published a photo of two dogs in its monthly newspaper that critics say belittles the Black Lives Matter movement.  The photo has also raised questions about if the force is serious about repairing its relationship with people of color in the community.

What A Horrible Country.  My takeaway from the Democratic National Convention so far is that we're a sexist, racist, homophobic country full of monsters hunting young black men, sex traffickers, and greedy people [...] The "Mothers of the Movement" speeches were the most exploitive thing I've seen this year.  The speakers were mothers of people who either committed suicide (Sandra Bland), were killed by someone they were attacking (Trayvon Martin), or killed by some random guy (Jordan Davis), not the #BlackLivesMatter "victims" of police they were billed as.  Nothing Hillary, or any politician, could do would have saved any of them.  Having Michael Brown's mother up there was a direct slap in the face of police and the concept of law and order.  He ripped off a liquor store and attacked a cop, trying to take away his gun for reasons we can only assume weren't friendly.  He was killed because of his violence against an innocent man.  You can argue he didn't deserve to die, but his actions earned it.

The Scientific Method Is Racist.  The social justice warriors at Brown University are describing an "analysis tool" that has come to be known as critical theory.  When refined to address racial issues (primarily African-American), its name is critical race theory (CRT).  The theoretical framework of CRT was developed in the mid- to late 1980s to better understand black oppression in the United States.  Its major themes now include white privilege and micro-aggression.  It is taught in nearly every grievance department in the country (women's studies, African-American studies, Hispanic studies, and ethnic studies).  The white privilege theme was first introduced in a 1988 paper by Peggy McIntosh.  Ms. McIntosh suggested that issues involving Band-Aid color and free hotel shampoo, rather than education deficiencies and a breakdown in the family structure, are impediments to black progress in America.  Offshoots of CRT have been developed for other marginalized groups.

Blacks with college experience more likely to say they faced discrimination.  A majority of black Americans say that at some point in their lives they've experienced discrimination or were treated unfairly because of their race or ethnicity, but blacks who have attended college are more likely than those without any college experience to say so, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey.  About eight-in-ten blacks with at least some college experience (81%) say they've faced discrimination or been treated unfairly because of their race or ethnicity, compared with 59% of blacks who have never attended college.

African Methodist Episcopal Church:  Global Warming Hurts Black People.  One of the nation's largest and oldest black churches, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, is warning black people about the dangers of climate change.  The Guardian reported Sunday [7/24/2016] that the AME church "passed its first resolution in its 200-year history devoted to climate change, calling for a swift transition to renewable energy" at the church's general conference in Philadelphia.  "We can move away from the dirty fuels that make us sick and shift toward safe, clean energy like wind and solar that help make every breath our neighbors and families take a healthy one," the resolution stated according to the Guardian.

Controversial headline
Image of the Day:  You know what else is racist?  The truth.  A newspaper in Memphis came under fire last week for its coverage of the assassination of five police officers in Dallas.  What specifically had locals in such high dudgeon was the headline emblazoned across the front page.  Protesters who congregated outside the offices of the paper, The Commercial Appeal, were so outraged that a simple correction was deemed sufficient.  Instead, the publication's editor offered up a nearly 1,000-word mea culpa.  So what did the headline say?  This:  [Image]


Black Lives Matter Accuse Pokemon Go of Inherent Racism.  No, Seriously.  There are three respects in which Pokemon Go is regarded as racist by those in the know in the BLM movement.  The first respect, is that it's much safer to play Pokemon Go, which requires you to walk around your own neighborhood; if you're white and living in your own neighborhood.  Second, if you're black and you play Pokemon in Beverly Hills, chances are the police are going to stop you, question you and see what you're REALLY up to.  The third respect in which Pokemon Go is racist is that you can set yourself up as a white Avatar, hunting down and collecting — or shooting — the black monsters in your own neighborhood.  Yes, LIke Jar Jar Binks before them, large eyed Pokemon Go characters [...] are all really just stand ins for black people.

Indicted politician says she's being 'persecuted' because she's black.  A Florida congresswoman indicted on fraud charges is telling supporters she's being "persecuted" by federal authorities because she's black.

Media Ignore the Tsunami of Black Violence against Cops.  The shootings in Dallas did not make much of a difference.  Not to the reporters explaining the protest and the reason behind the assassination of five police officers.  The reason for the demonstration was simple and beyond pushback:  White cops shoot black people all over the country, all the time, for no reason whatsoever.  Everybody knows that.  So sad.  Some took it to the next level:  The head of a black group called Dallas Action said the killings were a wake up call to let people know how cops are picking on black people.  All the time.  For no reason whatsoever.  The local Fox reporter in Dallas took the comments in stride, quickly changing the topic to all the pretty lights on nearby police cars.  Not one reporter at any point even hinted at how black violence is wildly out of proportion.

Are Blacks Disproportionately Involved in Police Shootings?  What was the racial breakdown of those who were shot by police in 2015?  The largest number, 494, almost exactly half, were white.  258 were black, 172 were Hispanic, and the remaining 66 were either "other" or unknown.  (Interestingly, Asians are rarely shot by police officers.)  The 258 blacks represent 26% of the total.  That is about double the percentage of blacks in the American population.  Is that prima facie evidence of racism on the part of law enforcement?  Of course not.  It is common knowledge that blacks have an unusually high rate of contact with the police, both as victims and as perpetrators.  In 2012-2013, the Department of Justice found that blacks were the perpetrators of 24% of all violent crimes where the race of the perpetrator was known (in 7.8% of violent crimes, it was unknown).

Law prof: microaggressions can be evidence of discrimination.  An article in an academic law journal claims that microaggressions have such pernicious effects that they can even rise to the level of illegal harassment.  Boston University School of Law professor Ronald Wheeler lists several examples, such as asking a married man if his wife was with him, asking a gay man which bars he frequents, or asking "how may I help you, sir?"

Why police were called to a South Jersey third-grade class party.  On June 16, police were called to an unlikely scene:  an end-of-the-year class party at the William P. Tatem Elementary School in Collingswood.  A third grader had made a comment about the brownies being served to the class.  After another student exclaimed that the remark was "racist," the school called the Collingswood Police Department, according to the mother of the boy who made the comment.  The police officer spoke to the student, who is 9, said the boy's mother, Stacy dos Santos, and local authorities.  Dos Santos said that the school overreacted and that her son made a comment about snacks, not skin color.  "He said they were talking about brownies. ... Who exactly did he offend?" dos Santos said.

The Editor says...
Do the schools bring in the police whenever racially sensitive comments are made?  Don't the cops have plenty of other things to do?

Need a reason to support global warmism?  OK, how about 'fossil fuels are racist'?  A notorious social activist and author claimed the reason governments don't take global warming seriously is because the fossil fuel industry benefits from "institutional racism."  Author and anti-capitalist activist Naomi Klein wrote in an editorial published by Australian newspaper The Saturday Paper that politicians don't discuss global warming because they are part of racist and bigoted governmental institutions that allow fossil fuel industry to exploit blacks and Latinos.

Pool rules poster 'Racist' Pool Safety Poster Brings Red Cross Apology.  A Red Cross Hospital signboard that carried a "super racist" message about swim safety guidelines for children prompted an apology from the hospital on Tuesday [6/27/2016].  The dialogue opened on Twitter after a photo circulated of the poster in Fort Morgan, Colorado.  The poster, which has since been taken down, read at the top:  "Be Cool, Follow the Rules." Below the heading were depictions of children playing.  The white children were labeled as behaving "cool" while children of color were depicted as misbehaving, or "not cool," for breaking pool safety rules.

Red Cross apologizes for 'super racist' pool safety poster that shows black children misbehaving while white kids obey the rules.  A Red Cross sign designed to teach children how to behave in a swimming pool has instead been blasted for being 'super racist'.  The poster — entitled 'Be Cool, Follow the Rules' — was spotted in two pools in Colorado and showed children playing in a pool with signs pointing to the 'cool' and 'not cool' children, indicating who were acting correctly.  But the majority of the 'not cool' kids were black, causing one bemused tweeter to open a dialogue with the organisation about what message they were trying to send out.


Image of the Day:  Your challenge is to find the 'super racism'.  Not just garden-variety racism, mind you.  It's super racism.  That is the term critics are using in reference to a well-intentioned safety poster put out by the American Red Cross.

The Editor says...
Go to a public pool (for example, in McKinney, Texas) and see who the disruptive, disorderly, rude and inconsiderate people are.  Apparently a depiction of the truth is racist, but an inversion of the truth would be acceptable.  Yes the Red Cross made a big mistake — when they apologized!

Congressional Democrats Clueless on Gun Bills.  Congressional Democrats emerged from the Capitol building Thursday afternoon [6/23/2016] from their 25-hour long "sit-in" in the House of Representatives sleepy but satisfied with what they'd accomplished.  They may not have secured a vote on gun control legislation they were demanding in the wake of the Orlando terror attack, but they had grabbed headlines across the media that portrayed the their gun control ploy as a historic civil rights crusade.  To the tune of "We Shall Overcome," members of the Democratic caucus sang outside the Capitol:  "We shall pass a bill, some day."

Grossly Misleading Claims About Black Teens Being "Vastly More Likely to be Killed by Police than Whites Even After Adjusting for Crime Rates".  If you look at offender data and assume that 92 percent of murders are committed by males, you find that young black males were about 8 times more likely to commit murders than similarly aged white males.  However, a lot of murders occur where the offender isn't identified and that this problem is greater for gang related murders.  To try to deal with this, we have made some calculations using victim data.  Adjusting the data by the rate that blacks and whites kill members of their own and other races, young black males were 9 times more likely to commit murders than similarly aged white males.

This study found race matters in police shootings, but the results may surprise you.  [Scroll down]  It's the third time researchers at Washington State — Lois James, Stephen M. James and Bryan J. Vila — have set up simulations to monitor the differing reactions of police when confronted by white or black suspects.  And all three times, they found that officers took significantly more time to fire their weapons if the subject was black, according to their latest report, "The Reverse Racism Effect," to be published in the journal Criminology & Public Policy.

America Has The World's Most Predatory "Victims".  Any non-liberal white man who disagrees with a non-conservative black or Hispanic person is immediately presumed to be racist.  Decent people are incessantly called "racists" just for disagreeing with liberal policies.  We're told black Americans are such victims that they must be helped out with Affirmative Action.  But who's really getting victimized when the son of a white cop is passed over for the son of a black CEO purely because of the color of his skin?  It has gotten so bad that illegal aliens, who broke the law KNOWING that the penalty for it is deportation, are now considered to be victims.  Enforcing the law against illegal aliens?  We're not supposed to do that because they're a protected victim class that has to be allowed to break the law with impunity.

Is It Time for the Country To Voluntarily Segregate?  [Scroll down]  This analogy is tame compared to what is actually happening in the "Black Community," particularly on college campuses.  Everything perceived to be wrong (of which very little is) in the black college community is someone else's fault.  No matter what the transgression, perpetrated on or by blacks on campus, it is someone else's fault.  You have probably heard of or seen the video of the black femaleSan Francisco State University student who attacked a white guy because he had dreadlocks.  It was a completely unprovoked attack — all because, according to the girl, dreadlocks are reserved for blacks only.  Rather than just rightfully claim the girl was in the wrong, the University's Black Student Union excused her attack and blamed it on an overall racist environment and general vilification of black women in America.

Microaggressions: All Racism, All the Time.  It almost sounds like a statement of the obvious to say that an obsession with racism — or with microaggressions — feeds paranoia and thus in the process creates the sickness of over-sensitivity.  Thus it's no surprise that City Journal (among others) has called the whole show a "farce, and a fad".  It's crystal clear that microaggression theory feeds off an already infantile sense of victimhood.  Moreover, our society — with the help of mollycoddled academics — has become ill with victimhood.  So much so that the social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has said that to be a fully-fledged victim is to reach the "height of this culture".

Love Finds a Way in Oakland.  This month, Oakland's City Council voted 5-3 to adopt "Love Life" as the city's motto. [...] "Love Life" is the brainchild of Donald Lacy, whose daughter LoEshe — the name means "Love Life" in Nigerian — was killed near McClymonds High School in 1997.  The 16-year-old died in the sort of senseless random gang-turf shooting that has taken too many young black lives in Oakland. [...] Enter racial politics.  Because Schaaf and some motto foes are white, while McElhaney and some other supporters are black, "Love Life" fans suggested that opponents lacked empathy for victims of street violence.

Sanders's comment on white people and poverty creates social media stir.  Bernie Sanders stumbled on a question at Sunday's [3/6/2016] debate over whether white Americans can empathize with blacks, stating that white people don't know what it's like to be poor.

The Editor says...
This presumes that all blacks are poor and all others are not.  This is typical Democrat reasoning:  everybody who isn't white is a victim, and their only hope is to elect a wealthy white Democrat as president.

A Million People Were In Prison Before We Called It Mass Incarceration.  October's cover of The Atlantic carries a headline that, even a decade ago, you probably never would've seen:  "The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration."  The 20,000-word article attached to it, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, covers the remarkable growth in the United States' prison population and its outsize impact on black individuals, families and communities.  That Coates's piece employs the phrase "mass incarceration" 17 times is telling.  The term has become ubiquitous in conversations about prison in the United States.  But 10 years ago, barely anybody put the two words next to each other to talk about what the phrase has come to represent for many:  everything that's wrong with the American justice system.

Far More People Claim Alien Abduction Than KKK Membership.  While there is a lot of present concern over the Klan, the group is in reality incredibly small and irrelevant.  According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the KKK only boasts about 3,000 members.  To put this in perspective, far more people believe they have been abducted by aliens than claim allegiance to the Klan.  Hundreds of thousands of Americans believe they have been taken by extraterrestrials.  One support group for alien abductees says it receives 1500 reports per year of involuntary UFO contact.

Black Lives Matter leader explains why 'all lives matter' is a racial slur.  "'All lives matter is a new racial slur," Marissa J. Johnson, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Seattle, said on Bret Baier's "Voter Revolt" special.  "White Americans have created the conditions that require a phrase like 'Black Lives Matter.'"  "Do you know how horrific it is to grow up as a child in a world that so hates you?" she asked Fox interviewer John Roberts, who is white.  "That you have to literally say to other people, 'My life matters,' and they're like, 'Well everybody's life matters,' while you're literally being gunned down in the street, while you're being rounded up and mass incarcerated and forced into prison slavery."

Black student group releases list of demands at UC Davis.  A student group supporting the black community at the University of California, Davis, came out with a list of demands on Monday [2/22/2016] for the university's chancellor.  The group, known as Black Under Attack, also led a march on campus, with approximately 200 students participating.  The group's demands comes one week after a black female student was the victim of an alleged hate crime on campus.

Widely Held Beliefs That Are Either Untrue or Meaningless, Part 2.  A pillar of contemporary leftism is the notion of "white privilege."  Given that a generation of high school and college students are being taught that a great number of "unearned privileges" accrue to white Americans — the charge of white privilege demands rational inquiry.  The assertion turns out to be largely meaningless.  And more significantly, it does great harm to blacks. [...] So, then why all this left-wing talk about white privilege?  The major reason is in order to portray blacks as victims.  This achieves two huge goals for the left, one political, the other philosophical.  The political goal is to ensure that blacks continue to view America as racist.  The left knows that the only way to retain political power in America is to perpetuate the belief among black Americans that their primary problem is white racism.  Only then will blacks continue to regard the left and the Democrats as indispensable.

Racial gaps found in Wake County student arrests, suspensions.  The Wake County school board will discuss Tuesday [2/16/2016] racial disparities in student arrest and suspension rates in North Carolina's largest school system.  The work session agenda includes a report showing that the odds of being arrested for fighting are 1.67 times higher for Wake's black students as compared to other students.  The report also shows that the odds of being arrested for theft are 1.7 times for black students as compared to other students.  Additionally, black students accounted for 69 percent of the referrals made by school resource officers to the adult criminal justice system, juvenile petitions, teen court, and other restorative programs.

The Editor says...
None of that should be construed as conclusive evidence that blacks are being treated unfairly.

Bernie Sanders confronted by supporters demanding slavery reparations as he courts the black vote.  Bernie Sanders was repeatedly pressed to endorse reparations tonight by his own supporters at a 'Black America' community forum.  'I know you're scared to say 'black,' I know you're scared to say 'reparations,' panelist Felicia Perry said, then told him, 'Can you please talk specifically about black people and reparations?'  Sanders replied, 'You and I may have a disagreement on this,' but 'it's not just black.  This is Latinos.  There are areas of America, more rural areas where its whites, OK?  As he talked about income inequality and poverty in the 'African-American community an audience member interrupted to urge him to use the term 'black.'  'I've said 'black' 50 times.  That's the 51st,' Sanders declared.

Lawmaker Wants Select Committee on 'Excessive Use of Police Force' on Minorities.  Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) wants the House to create a select committee to investigate "the unjustified use of lethal and excessive force by police officers against African-Americans."  Earlier this month Rep. Rush introduced a resolution that would create a select panel similar to the one reviewing the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi in 2012.  "This past year alone we have seen 7 different incidents of the unjustified use of lethal and excessive force by police officers against African-Americans," the resolution says.  "It is the will of the Congress that a select committee be formed to investigate these patterns of excessive use of force in communities of color."

Christians, Conservatives, Men, and White People Are Not Responsible For Your Problems.  Today, people will not shut up about their problems.  They want to let you know about every issue they have, every "microaggression" and every time they're offended.  It's a bottomless sea of discontent.  Worse yet, our generation of complainers never seems to blame themselves for their own problems.  Instead they've picked out a group of designated fall guys that it's always okay to blame for every problem they have:  Christians, conservatives, men or white people.

The Myth of Wanton Police Shootings Collapses under the Weight of Facts.  In a project titled "The Counted," the Guardian is tracking killings by police in the United States and has compiled a comprehensive list for the year 2015.  The tracker was motivated by much-discussed but poorly founded concern about excessive use of police force particularly against blacks.  In December, police killed 92 people — 21 blacks, 40 whites, 17 Hispanics/Latinos, five Asians/Pacific Islanders, and nine of unknown race.  Fourteen were unarmed, including five blacks.  Those who were unarmed reportedly still posed other types of threats to officers.  These threats included physical violence and ramming officers with a vehicle.  Most of these reports are based largely on the accounts of eyewitnesses and the officers involved and so might not include all relevant details, such as results from ongoing police investigations.  But the available facts fail to support the claim, made most prominently by the movement Black Lives Matter, that police systematically target unarmed black men.  Of note among those who were killed is, however, the prevalence of mental illness.

New York village votes to keep logo criticized as racist.  Folks in a central New York village want to keep the community's official logo, which appears to show a white man choking a Native American, even though critics call it racist.  In a non-binding vote Monday night [1/11/2016], residents of Whitesboro — a village of about 3,700 in Oneida County — voted 157-55 to not change their current seal.  The Whitesboro website says the emblem dates to the early 1900s and depicts a friendly wrestling match between village founder Hugh White and an Oneida Indian.

Is the Left Even on America's Side Anymore?  [Scroll down]  Black Lives Matter is a movement built on the fiction that police have declared open season on innocent black Americans.  According to progressive fictions, police are the agents of a "white supremacist society" — a claim alone that should make one wary of the sanity of those who advance it.  The facts belie the very basis of the claim that African Americans are being indiscriminately gunned down by police:  African-American males, accounting for 6 percent of the population are responsible for more than 40 percent of violent crimes.  But a Washington Post report on all 980 police shootings of 2015 reveals that only 4 percent of fatal police shootings involved white officers and black victims, while in "three-quarters of the incidents, cops were either under attack themselves or defending civilians," or, as Michael Walsh observed in the New York Post, police officers were "in other words, doing their jobs."

Obama and the Insanity of the Liberal Mind.  Obama, Holder, Jarrett and the gang would have us believe that we are a country of racists.  Ignoring the fact that Americans elected an African-American to the highest office in the land twice, this gang of angry black folks is fueling the flames of hate — at the expense of African-Americans.  Obama's divisiveness has set the civil rights movement back decades as Black Lives Matters groups protest violently, police across the country are paralyzed while crime rises, and everyone who does not agree that we are a racist country is labeled, well racist.

15 Stats That Destroy Liberal Narratives.  "Consider, for example, that in 1958 a mere 4 percent of Americans approved of interracial marriage.  By 2013, that number had grown to 87 percent.  In 2012 these once-taboo unions hit an all-time high.  Ku Klux Klan membership has shrunk drastically from millions a century ago to fewer than 5,000 today.  The Black Panthers are essentially extinct.  While plenty of other hate groups have attempted to fill the void, they have always operated on the margins of society.  Black politicians are now common — President Obama's percentage of the white vote was almost perfectly in line with that received by other recent Democrats, all of whom were white.  Granted, these statistics offer but a snapshot of American society, but the more one looks, the more a trend emerges.  America is a lot of things; racist isn't one of them."

No, Tamir Rice Was Not "Open Carrying," You Race-Baiting Liars.  I'm just as sick of the Tamir Rice case as the next guy, but it's also my job to debunk lies and information on firearms and firearms laws, so I've been sucked back into this story at least one more time to debunk a pair of idiotic articles written by out-of-their depth leftist writers who allege that Tamir Rice was "just open carrying."

NAACP calls for civil disobedience in Cleveland after Tamir Rice ruling.  Civil rights activists in Cleveland have invited like-minded people to their city to protest the prosecutor's decision not to bring murder charges against the two police officers responsible for the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.  As tensions mounted Wednesday, the NAACP's Cleveland Branch joined a coalition of groups — which includes the Cleveland Renaissance Movement, Black People in Progress and Nation of Islam — to outline their demands for the City of Cleveland: [...]

Tamir Rice gun
One of These Is The Toy Gun Tamir Rice Was Holding: Prosecutors.  A photo released today [12/28/2015] by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office shows what it says is a real gun next to the replica gun 12-year-old Tamir Rice had the day he was shot dead by a Cleveland, Ohio, police officer.  Prosecutors said in a report released today [12/28/2015] that the gun Tamir was carrying — at the top and right — was "functionally identical" to the real one pictured at the bottom left.  The report came in the wake of a grand jury's decision today to not indict officer Timothy Loehmann or his partner, Frank Garmback, in connection with Rice's death.  Rice had that toy gun when he was shot dead by Lohemann on a Cleveland playground in November 2014.

Photo source:  Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Office.

Students at Lena Dunham's college offended by lack of fried chicken.  Students at an ultra-liberal Ohio college are in an uproar over the fried chicken, sushi and Vietnamese sandwiches served in the school cafeterias, complaining the dishes are "insensitive" and "culturally inappropriate."  Gastronomically correct students at Oberlin College — alma mater of Lena Dunham — are filling the school newspaper with complaints and demanding meetings with campus dining officials and even the college president.

The Editor says...
If the school serves fried chicken, it's culturally insensitive.  If they don't serve fried chicken, it's discriminatory.  If the cast of a movie is 100 percent black, it's an "exploitation" film.  If the cast is zero percent black, it's racist.  I don't know if you've noticed this, but every TV commercial these days includes at least one black actor — usually front and center, or in the dominant/heroic role.  (Notice that in advertisements for fried chicken restaurants, all the customers are white.)  Again, if everybody in a TV commercial is black, that's wonderful, but if nobody in the commercial is black, that's exclusionary!

Students demand college rename 'Lynch' building because of racial overtones.  Protesters at a Pennsylvania college are demanding that the school rename a building called Lynch Memorial Hall because of the racial overtones of the word "lynch."  The group of students at Lebanon Valley College submitted a list of demands to the administrators, including nixing the name of the building devoted to the college's former president, Clyde A. Lynch.

The Editor says...
What if Loretta Lynch was invited to speak there?  Would the protesters insist that she change her name first?

University Students Comforted with 'Counseling' after Seeing Confederate Flag on Laptop.  University students in Massachusetts who were upset by an image of a Confederate flag sticker on another student's laptop were offered counseling services at Framingham State University.  The offer came after the university's "chief diversity and inclusion officer," Sean Huddleston, described the display of the small Confederate flag sticker as a "bias incident."

At last, the one day of the year when black federal employees can't be fired for any reason!
Black U.S. leaders call for Abolition Day holiday.  A group of black U.S. lawmakers and other prominent figures on Tuesday [11/24/2015] called on the federal government to declare a national holiday to mark Abolition Day, the official end to the nation's use of slavery.  Members of the Congressional Black Caucus as well as a federal appeals judge and the NAACP released a petition asking for the holiday to fall on Dec. 6, which this year marks the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th Amendment.

The Real Story about Deceit in Racial Crime Numbers.  When you ask, white people and black people report using cocaine in about the same amount.  But when you test, black people are six times more likely to use cocaine.  And lie about it.

Sticks and Stones.  The door has swung open and now we can see what's really in there. [...] In fact, I'm even having trouble figuring out what their problem is.  One kid says he's against white privilege, but his family, which is all black, is solidly part of that famous and much maligned 1%.  So if a black man can earn millions of dollars a year in Middle America, what's his son so mad about?  What privilege can he possibly gain from disrupting a major college campus?

The coming campus revolution.  We may be seeing the beginnings of a full-blown campus revolution.  Not a revolution based on actual oppression, but a revolution stemming from perceived oppression and a desire to attain victimhood status.  The seeds of the revolution sprouted in full force this week, with protests at Yale and the University of Missouri.  At Mizzou, students began protesting alleged incidents of racism.  In addition to whatever true allegations there might be, false ones have contributed to the mass hysteria, as when Mizzou's student president was forced to retract a Facebook post informing students that the Ku Klux Klan was on campus.

There are those who think blacks can get away with anything.
7 passengers kicked off Spirit Airlines flight at LAX; some claim racial discrimination.  Seven passengers were booted from a Spirit Airlines flight at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday night [11/2/2015], and one of them says they were discriminated against because they were black.  The onboard commotion began about 7:15 p.m. when an African American couple raised concerns about an overbooked seat on Flight 868 to Dallas, said Officer Rob Pedregon, an airport police spokesman.

Community Organizing America.  The modern art of a community organizer seems fairly simple.  The proverbial agitator identifies a particular aggrieved racial, ethnic, gender, or class group that believes equality of opportunity must guarantee equality of result.  Then he "organizes" the victims by claiming that their ostensible failure to obtain parity can only be due to systematic racism, sexism, and bias by the supposed callous establishment majority (usually emblemized as callous white, male, heterosexual Christians).  Myth is useful (e.g., "hands up, don't shoot" or "one in four women on campus suffer sexual assault").  Next he mounts a shrill campaign to demand "fairness" and "equality" [...]

In Qatar Speech, Michelle Obama Complains About Growing Up as a Girl in America.  Michelle Obama went to Qatar to give a speech on girls education.  There, the first lady of the United States complained about growing up as a girl in America.  "[B]ack when I was a girl, even though I was bright and curious and I had plenty of opinions of my own, people were often more interested in hearing what my brother had to say.  And my parents didn't have much money; neither of them had a university degree.  So when I got to school, I sometimes encountered teachers who assumed that a girl like me wouldn't be a good student.  I was even told that I would never be admitted to a prestigious university, so I shouldn't even bother to apply," Obama said at the Qatar National Convention Center in Doha.

The Editor says...
Boo hoo.  I can hardly go on with my day, now that I've heard what a tough life Michelle Obama has had.

US high court grapples with racism in jury selection.  Timothy Foster has spent nearly 30 years on Georgia's death row.  On Monday [11/1/2015], his lawyer will speak before the Supreme Court to fight for his life, pointing to endemic racism in US jury selection and the death penalty.

More evidence that many so-called "journalists" are really political activists:
Texas university dean is undermined by dashcam video, police chief says.  A journalism professor's who claims she was stopped in a suburban street for 'walking while black' has been undermined by a dashcam video, a police chief says.  Dorothy Bland, the Dean of The University of North Texas' School of Journalism, says she was 'racially profiled' when cops stopped her while exercising in her 'golf-course community' of Corinth, Texas, on October 24.

College Dean Accuses Officers Of Stopping Her For 'walking While Black' But Dashcam Shows She Lied.  Dorothy Bland, dean of the journalism school at the University of North Texas, is used to taking a walk at daybreak.  That's what she was doing when she says... THIS happened!

Too Many Black People in Prison — And Other Fairy Tales.  The great and powerful Leo Strine figured it all out:  Too many black people are spending too much time in prison. [...] In Strine's world, either lots and lots of black people are in jail for no reason.  Or lots and lots of white people belong in jail, but get away with murder — and burglary and assault and shootings and stealing cars and lots of other crimes.  The solution to the both scenarios is easy enough:  Rustle up the victims, videos, witnesses, police reports, 911 calls and other evidence so Strine can free the wrongly imprisoned and imprison the unjustly free.  If racist cops, judges and juries are not doing their jobs, at least produce a few dozen victims.  They should be easy to find.  But they are not.  Because they do not exist.

Black Lives Matter asks state Dems for 'reparations'.  The case for reparations is typically made as a form of economic compensation to descendants of slaves.  These days, some racial activists also make the case for reparations as compensation for systemic discrimination in law enforcement.

The Cult of Victims.  We change people's character by teaching them that "victimhood" is a way to get attention and moral status.  Our ancestors never would have accomplished much if they'd labeled themselves victims.  They crossed oceans and the prairie knowing that many people on the journey would die.  Some of them really did end up being victims.  But they were proud of striving, not proud of being victimized.  They accomplished far more because of it.

Victimology, African Americans, and Islam.  [Scroll down]  At the moment, two notorious wars of words come to mind; the American "Black Lives Matter" (aka BLM) complaint domestically and the quarrels at home and abroad about terror, violence, and Islamic culture.  While the goals may vary, these rhetorical conflicts have much in common.  Black America and Islam are united by grievance, the perception, in both cases, that the plaintiffs are victims; preyed upon or handicapped by race, religion, politics, oppression, bigotry, history, or all of the above.  Indeed, in both cases, general and sweeping indictments of "majority" cultures are used to justify a litany of social pathologies that run the spectrum from poverty, illiteracy, addiction, crime, on to terrorism.  Violence is the mastic that joins both Islamist and black American cultures.

Woman Asks 'White Friends' to Pay for Her Therapy to Deal with Stress from Racism.  A 29-year-old Thai-Cambodian woman has launched a fundraiser asking her "white friends" to pay for her therapy — claiming that they owe it to her because stress caused by racism is why she needs it in the first place.  Rinna Rem is from the Portland, Ore., area and suffers from a chronic illness that affects the heart and connective tissues called "Marfan syndrome."  According to Rem, the condition is much worse for her because of all of the racism.

General Hospital Star Slams Viola Davis' Emmys Speech: "She Has Never Been Discriminated Against"General Hospital star Nancy Lee Grahn was not a fan of Viola Davis' speech at the Emmys on Sunday night [9/20/2015] — and now she's facing intense backlash because of it.  Davis made Emmys history by being the first black woman to win the award for Best Lead Actress in a Drama.  In her speech, the How to Get Away with Murder star quoted Harriet Tubman and observed, "The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is simply opportunity.  You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there." [...] Davis' remarks were met with enthusiastic applause from the crowd inside the Microsoft Theater, but Grahn slammed them on Twitter.

Infiltrating the #BlackLivesMatter Cult.  [Scroll down]  Many of these people are what Karl Marx might have called an American version of the Lumpenproletariat.  They are so hopelessly inept at life that they need to explain away their failures.  Their list of scapegoats is long.  They blame imaginary systemic racial discrimination, markets, white people, police, corporations, Republicans, insufficiently generous welfare programs, and whatever else trickles down day to day from their intellectual betters in the academy.  They need something to believe in.  They need something to explain why their lives [stink].  They hate America, and they want to burn it down.  These are Obama's people.  They're the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's people.  They're Minister Louis Farrakhan's people.

The Weariness of the Whiners.  Brandon Marshall, the New York Jets wide receiver and occasional sports commentator, charges that the National Football League is racist.  He alleges that the league favors white players over black athletes like him, especially white marquee quarterbacks.  Aside from the fact that Marshall recently signed a three-year contract for $27 million — and, for example, African-American lineman Marcell Dareus just concluded a contract extension with the Buffalo Bills for six years at $100 million — examine Marshall's whimper in light of the demography of the National Football League.  Currently, African-Americans comprise about 12% of the population.  Yet they make up about 67% of the current meritocratic, but allegedly racist NFL roster.  In the quota parlance of affirmative action engineering, they are "overrepresented" in one of America's most prestigious and compensated industries at over five times their percentages in the general population.

Black Man Suffers Another Racist Beating — in Whole Foods?  Another black man is the victim of another racist beating — for no reason whatsoever.  Or so the media would have us believe.  This time in Oakland.  And we know that because of what the CBS affiliate called an "unprovoked violent beatdown" was witnessed by one of the world's top authorities on black victimization, Dr. Zoe Marks.  And she is spreading this story around the globe. [...] ["]The 'witness' in the video is a social justice warrior that has one of those dubious doctorates in 'African studies' degrees and ties to look for racism where none is present.  Everyone involved in this situation is black.  A customer, the cashier, the manager and the security guard — are all black.["]  Except for Dr. Marks.  She is white.

Black Man Kills Two White People for — Wait for It — Racism.  Vester Flanagan murdered two local television news employees today and posted a homemade video of the crime.  He was a black man.  The reason he chose to kill the two white people?  Racism.  I know you're shocked.  Reading statements made by WDBJ station management tells of a volatile man who sought out things in which to find offense. [...] Perhaps the weatherman said to "watch for black clouds tomorrow" or the station did a news report on "black holes."  For someone constantly looking for offense, it is easily found.  Especially for certain blacks in America who have been trained to believe that EVERY failure in their life is due to racism of white people.  Flanagan was no different.

Murder Most Foul.  There are people whose lives are so empty that anger is their oxygen.  F/W seems to have been in that camp, perhaps psychotically so, but is not the #BlackLivesMatter (and before them Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton) business model of seeing racism behind every tree and under every rock and in phrases like "the most qualified person should get the job" designed to foment just such anger?

More about Vester Lee Flanagan II a/k/a Bryce Williams.

Specifics matter for Black Lives Matter movement.  For the past year, the Black Lives Matter movement that emerged after the killings of Eric Garner in Staten Island and Michael Brown in Ferguson wrestled with the same question the protesters of Occupy Wall Street never did answer before fizzling out:  What, exactly, do they want?  This week, the activists who never miss an opportunity to decry police abuse, real or perceived, moved importantly from cataloging a long train of abuses to detailing a 10-point action plan.  In that platform, some good, overdue ideas are undercut by utterly unrealistic aspirations and policy ideas that would harm the very people they aim to protect.

University of Wisconsin Director: Police Use Our "Stealing" as Excuse To "Arrest Us".  Jaw dropping, then again, maybe not-so-much.  This is a continuation of a several year effort (Black Lives Matter) to claim the police are to blame for their efforts to stop unlawful behavior.  [Video clip]

Black women 'humiliated' after getting kicked off Napa Valley Wine Train.  What started as a joyous ride through wine county Saturday afternoon turned into a "humiliating" experience for 11 African American women, who said they were booted off the Napa Valley Wine Train for laughing and talking too loud.  Accounts and pictures of the episode have been spreading across social media, spawning the hashtag #LaughingWhileBlack while the women involved have questioned whether they would have been treated differently if they were not African American.

The Editor says...
If you act like civilized people, you will be treated as such.  If you can't enjoy each other's company without screeching and cackling disruptively, you may find others don't condone your behavior, especially on privately-owned transportation venues.  It's not about being black.  It is about acting like an adult in public.

Ten Things You Didn't Know Were Racist.  [#5] Lunch bags look racist.  Elliot Bronstein of the Seattle Office for Civil Rights sent a memo to the public-affairs office banning the term "brown bag" as in brown-bag lunches.  [#6] Complimenting America as open and fair is racially hurtful.  "I believe the most qualified person should get the job" is officially listed as a micro-aggression that the University of California wants eliminated from its classrooms.  Also banned are "America is the land of opportunity," and "America is a melting pot," because some students may regard those ideas as controversial.

University Ban on Saggy Pants Declared Racist.  Henderson State University in Arkansas is being accused of racism for posting a sign on campus telling students not to wear saggy pants.  The whole argument here, of course, is that saggy pants are associated with black culture, and therefore banning them is due to a racist hatred of that culture.  After all, it's not like the university should be able to expect students to cover their butts on campus.

The Tragic and Complete Collapse of Racial Relations.  Ta-Nehisi Coates writes that he has no affinity with the firemen and police who were incinerated on 911, given his grievances over endemic racism and the inability of blacks to gain parity with the majority due to systematic exclusion, formerly overt, today insidious.  Currently, blacks make up about 12% of the population.  The president of the United States, the present (and former) attorney general of the United States, the secretary of Transportation, the secretary of Homeland Security, the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the head of NASA are African American.  Twenty-one percent of the Postal Service employees are African-American; seventeen percent of the entire federal work force is black.  Seventy-eight percent of the NBA are African-American.  Sixty-seven percent of NFL players are black.  Sixteen percent of the teams have African-American head coaches; twenty-four percent of the teams have black general managers.  Has the definition of diversity become that overrepresentation in some areas (the Left's word, not mine) of African-Americans, based on percentages in the general population, is still diversity, while underrepresentation of blacks in the physics department at Caltech is proof of endemic racism?  Or does a physics professor enjoy more perks and money than a NFL general manager?

Academic Fascism.  Faculty leaders of the University of California consider certain statements racism and feel they should not be used in class.  They call it micro-aggression.  To them, micro-aggressive racist statements are:  "America is the land of opportunity."  That is seen as perpetuating the myth of meritocracy.  "There is only one race, the human race."  Such a statement is seen as denying the individual as a racial/cultural being.  "I believe the most qualified person should get the job."  That's "racist" because it gives the impression that "people of color are given extra unfair benefits because of their race."  These expressions don't exhaust the list of micro-aggressions.

Camera Saves Cop from Racial Hostility — Again.  To the list of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Sam Dubose and the millions of other martyrs to white crime and violence, Garnet Coleman wants to add one more name:  His.  "He talked to me a like a child," Coleman said during the hearing.  "He was so rude and nasty.  When he found out I was a legislator he became more rude and nasty.  What I'm saying is that he treated me like a boy.  I want to be very clear about it."  This is familiar territory for Coleman, who gets lots of awards for accusing lots of people of racism.  But the cop's dash camera recorded a different story.  One that must interrupt, however briefly, Coleman's installation in the Black Victims Hall of Fame.

Black Skin Privilege: To Be Above the Law.  It is true that black Americans are not treated equally by the nation's police forces — far too often they are treated better than members of other races because police are quite properly terrified of being accused of race-based discrimination.  This preferential race-based treatment of African-Americans fuels violence and social media-driven reigns of terror.  It encourages today's race-baiting lynch mobs that troll the Internet to satisfy their unquenchable desire to be offended and outraged.  When the cranks and low-rent bigots of the so-called Black Lives Matter movement target an enemy, they get plenty of support from the media, and in many cases, from politicians.  Black liberation theology and critical race theory no doubt helped the nation get to this unfortunate place.

Disastrous Consequences of Lib Indoctrination from the 60s to Obama.  Due to black youths believing America is against them and cops routinely murder them, black mob attacks, rapes, and murders of innocent whites are on the rise.  Black looters feel entitled.  Social justice gives them the right to recoup what whitey/America stole from them.

Why White People Will Always Be Racists.  Now that South Carolina has taken down the Confederate flag flying on statehouse grounds, MSNBC is drumming the five whose state flags incorporate "Confederate themes." [...] They continue to prove liberals are never satisfied.  We fought the Civil War.  We ratified the Fourteenth Amendment.  We have the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  The civil-rights movement was a success.  Now, we have South Carolina pulling down the Confederate flag.  But it's still not enough.

The Declaration of Codependence.  You'd think the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage that advocates so desperately wanted would have brought about some semblance of closure or calm, at least temporarily, to those who celebrated it.  You'd be wrong.  Victimhood, which people used to fight against, is now a coveted position in society.  When that status is lifted, even in a way progressive advocates want, the threat of losing that sought-after position is met with a desperate scramble of reclamation.

Fiddling Away the Future.  In the wake of the Charleston murders, some people promote the false narrative that it's white racists who are the interracial murderers.  That's nonsense.  FBI crime victimization surveys show that blacks commit 80 percent of all interracial violent crime.  The bottom line is that even if white people were to become angels tomorrow, it would do nothing for the problems plaguing a large segment of the black community.  Illegitimacy, family breakdown, crime and fraudulent education are devastating problems, but they are not civil rights problems.  There is little or nothing that government or white people can do to solve these problems.  The solution lies with black people.

The Progressive Timeline.  Race is the most obvious big social issue which has been totally controlled by Progressives.  Since the 1950's, the Left has had a free hand in trying to[ ]make the races get along.  They even control the definition of "getting along."  Despite this, the last few years has been a non-stop campaign to "fix" race, as well as a cynical effort to cause a race war.  After the church shooting, every member of the Cult was out in the streets claiming nothing has changed since the last time a white guy killed a bunch of black people, which was fifty years ago.  Normal people would look at the near total absence of white on black crime in the South, relative to the bad old days, as an amazing development.  To the Left, this has not happened and it is still 1955.

The Last Thing the Left Wants is Racial Healing.  While the media was all abuzz over Obama using the "n" word, I was outraged over him accusing my country of being a nation filled with racists.  Folks, our president actually said racism is in our DNA and is passed on from generation to generation.  Dude, you're a black man whom white folks — because blacks are only 12% of the population — made leader of the free world two times.  Stop it with the "blacks are victims" nonsense.  Millennial blacks have never or rarely experience bona-fide racism.  So why are Obama and his fellow Leftists hell-bent on instilling racial paranoia and resentment against whites in millennial blacks?  The answer is simple:  this is how Democrats keep their monopoly of the black vote.  Instill in blacks that America is eternally racist and voting for Democrats is the only way to keep the haters which are the majority at bay.

Black Americans now see race relations as nation's most important problem.  While only 3 percent of black Americans ranked race relations as the most important problem facing the U.S. when asked at the beginning of 2014, by the end of the calendar year, that number had reached 15 percent and, halfway through 2015, remains at 13 percent, according to pollsters at Gallup.

NY Teacher Exam Thrown Out For Being Discriminatory.  At first glance, the city's second Liberal Arts and Science Test (LAST-2) seems fairly innocuous.  Unlike the unfair literacy tests of Jim Crow, LAST-2 was given to every teaching candidate in New York, and it was simply a test to make sure that teachers had a basic high school-level understanding of both the liberal arts and the sciences. [...] Nevertheless, this apparently neutral subject matter contained an insidious kernel of racism, because Hispanic and black applicants had a passage rate only 54 to 75 percent of the passage rate for whites.

Jimmy Carter: White Americans cling to 'feelings of superiority' toward minorities.  Former President Jimmy Carter told AARP Bulletin during a recent interview that many Americans hold "feelings of superiority" toward minorities.  Mr. Carter spoke on a range of subjects with the magazine, including campaign spending and lobbyists, but he made a point to say that the U.S. still is lacking in terms of safeguarding civil rights.  "The recent publicity about mistreatment of black people in the judicial and police realm has been a reminder that the dreams of the civil rights movement have not been realized. [...] Many Americans still have racist tendencies or feelings of superiority to people of color," Mr. Carter told AARP Bulletin, The Hill reported Thursday [6/4/2015].

The Editor says...
I guess I don't know what "the dreams of the civil rights movement" are or were.  I thought the civil rights movement was about blacks being required to sit in the back of the city bus, being confined to their own neighborhoods, and being badgered at the polls.  All that was eliminated decades ago, but President Carter seems to thing that nothing has improved since 1960.

Ills Of Blacks Due To Government, Not Racism.  Hustlers and people with little understanding want us to believe that today's black problems are the continuing result of a legacy of slavery, poverty and racial discrimination.  The fact is that most of the social pathology seen in poor black neighborhoods is entirely new in black history.

Further Racial Rancor from the FLOTUS.  [Scroll down]  Well, this year racial raconteur Michelle is ramping up the agitation rhetoric to a whole new level.  For instance, after visiting the New Museum in New York to talk about drinking more water, dropping in on the Terracotta Warriors Museum in China, frequenting the Metropolitan Museum of Art where, as honorary guest, she cut the ribbon for the opening of the Anna Wintour Costume Center and, in time, one day being memorialized in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, Michelle — who, by the way, is black — felt it was fitting to plant a seed in the heads African-American school children about being unwelcome at museums. [...] To rectify rampant gallery bias, Michelle challenged color-blind curators to grant children from minority communities free access to America's museums, because nothing screams long-overdue reparations like a free pass to the MOMA.

Black Leaders Showing Signs of Frustration With Mayor de Blasio.  Dozens of black ministers, justice reform advocates and civil rights activists and four black members of Congress gathered last Monday at Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem to discuss a delicate matter:  What to do about Mayor Bill de Blasio.  Over the course of the morning meeting, attendees voiced a series of concerns:  Mr. de Blasio, some complained, seems to have lost his appetite for criminal justice reform. [...] Other participants grumbled that Mr. de Blasio and his staff have simply not done enough to communicate with black community leaders on issues like affordable housing.

The Editor says...
Why did this meeting about local government take place in a church?  Don't they have conference rooms at the City Hall?

Robert Woodson: If All Whites Moved Out of USA, How Would It Solve Inner-City Problems?  The solution to poverty begins in the neighborhoods and the people affected by it, says Robert Woodson, the founder and president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise.  "You always have to begin with a solution in mind," Woodson told CSPAN Tuesday morning in a discussion on poverty.  "I tell people, what is your solution?  If all whites tomorrow were to move to Canada and Europe, tell me how it would affect the black on black crime rate, how would it it affect the out-of-wedlock births, how would it affect the spread of AIDS?  How would it affect those issues?" he asked.

The Return of Obama's Hoax-Spreading Bitter Half.  At Tuskegee, FLOTUS traded her affable TV persona for the divisive social justice complainer we all came to know and loathe during her husband's first presidential campaign.  Obama's resurrected bitter half inspired the graduates by complaining about people complaining about her.  She complained about the "sting" of "daily slights" throughout her life and her poor, beleaguered husband's.  And then she complained.  And complained.  And complained some more.  She clucked at the "folks" (read: white folks) who allegedly "crossed the street in fear of their safety" at the sight of the Obamas.  She called out unnamed "clerks who kept a close eye on us in all those department stores."  She decried the racist "people at formal events who assumed we were the 'help.'"  (Funny, the only time I recall this happening in the Obama White House was when Valerie Jarrett mistook four-star Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli, who is white, for her waiter.  But I digress.)

One of the most pampered women in America complains about how tough her life is:
Michelle Obama Tells Black Grads That White People Make Life Tough.  Michelle Obama has made numerous racially-charged statements in the past, but none so atrocious as her commencement speech at Alabama's Tuskegee University on Saturday [5/9/2015].  The historically black school welcomed the First Lady's obscene comments, cheering as she implied over and over again that they will always judged by the color of their skin by their white colleagues.

Michelle Obama: Blacks have been 'frustrated and invisible' for 'decades'.  First Lady Michelle Obama urged students at Tuskegee University, a historically black university in Alabama, to remain involved in civic life during a time of tension regarding race relations across the country.  At the school's commencement address, the First Lady listed scenarios in which African-Americans feel they encounter systemic discrimination, such as "nagging worries that you're going to get stopped or pulled over for absolutely no reason."  She said those feelings are "real," but disengaging is not an option.  "I want to be very clear that those feelings are not an excuse to just throw up our hands and give up.  Not an excuse.  They are not an excuse to lose hope.  To succumb to feelings of despair and anger only means that in the end, we lose," Obama said.

The Editor says...
Her husband the President is black, the black Attorney General was just replaced with another black AG, the head of Homeland Security is black, etc., yet Michelle still looks forward to the day when the shtruggle will be over and blacks will be free to walk the shtreets.

The Four Horsemen of the Education Apocalypse.  America watches in horror as ravaging mobs of young, mostly black, people tear through American towns burning cars and businesses, looting and vandalizing, screaming obscenities and mindless chants.  Our president blames slavery — gone now for over 150 years, blacks blame the cops, journalists blame poverty, but so far no one has blamed the educational system.  If you spend between 12 and 16 years telling kids:
  •   that they are victims of gross unfairness,
  •   that they have no hope unless somebody else fixes things for them,
  •   that the system is rigged against them,
then you shouldn't be astounded when they blow up.

Professor: If You Read To Your Kids, You're 'Unfairly Disadvantaging' Others.  According to a professor at the University of Warwick in England, parents who read to their kids should be thinking about how they're "unfairly disadvantaging other people's children" by doing so.  In an interview with ABC Radio last week, philosopher and professor Adam Swift said that since "bedtime stories activities ... do indeed foster and produce ... [desired] familial relationship goods," he wouldn't want to ban them, but that parents who "engage in bedtime-stories activities" should definitely at least feel kinda bad about it sometimes.

Social Justice Sociologist Denounces "Bedtime Reading Privilege".  The difference between a lunatic and a liberal egalitarian sociologist is that the latter has tenure and visiting professorships at Harvard.  As the frontier of social justice continually expands, like a balloon filled with stale toxic gases, it has become time to investigate the privilege enjoyed by children whose parents read to them at night, instead of smoking crack over their beds.

Michelle Obama: Museums Don't Make Young Minorities Feel Welcome.  Are art museums welcoming enough to minorities?  While it's probably a question that never occurred to you since, if you are so inclined, you simply pay the admission and enter, it it apparently a pressing issue to some people.  One of those people to whom this though has occurred is first lady Michelle Obama.  At the opening of the new $420 million Whitney Museum in New York City, the first lady spoke of a "feeling of not belonging" in museums when she was a growing up on the south side of Chicago.

The Editor says...
A visit to a museum of art or natural history is an occasion where one is expected to "act white."  Silence, orderliness, decorum, and a quiet, contemplative atmosphere are expected.  Loud music, larceny, drinking, smoking, sleeping, eating, cursing, spitting on the floor, groping, screeching and cackling are discouraged.  It's a museum, after all, not the city bus.  So it's true that certain people do not belong in a museum.  You wouldn't like the museum anyhow, if you have a compulsive need to have an interactive video screen in your face at every waking moment.  Being welcome everywhere you go is not a right.

The very next day, this article hit the news wires:
Guggenheim accused of racism after high school kids are booted.  The Upper East Side museum banned a Brooklyn high school for life after its students were deemed too rowdy on a recent visit — a move that some call discipline and others discrimination.  A group of about 80 kids from Downtown Brooklyn's Science Skills Center HS were kicked out after just 20 minutes after a student allegedly spat off the museum's swirling rotunda lobby and another threw a penny off its winding walkway.  The coin was rumored to have hit a security guard.  It was only a handful of troublemakers, but the whole group of ninth- and 10-graders got the boot, with the museum forcing them to wait outside for an hour for their bus to arrive.

Banning Unruly Students from an Art Museum is Now Deemed Racist.  Guggenheim museum accused of racism after 'banning mostly-black high school for life' because kids 'spat and threw pennies from a staircase.'  It's better to let the kids do their wilding in the museum, and risk a multi-million dollar painting being ruined, than to be charged with racism.

Contra the First Lady, America's Museums Aren't Institutionally Racist.  The dedication of New York City's new Whitney Museum — a $420 million, nine-story behemoth, under construction in Manhattan's meatpacking district for the past five years — was an occasion for celebration.  Leave it to an Obama to employ the occasion for racial scolding.

Dem lawmaker: Unrest comes from 'affluent' trying to keep control.  Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said Thursday [4/30/2015] that the riots and blight in West Baltimore are a result of "the affluent" using the justice system to keep "control" over the poor and working classes.  "Excessive police force and staggering unemployment work together because what we've done in the United States is that we've said that the affluent part of our society is going to demand more tax breaks, more wealth, more privilege, leaving less for the less fortunate," he said during an interview on CNN's "New Day."

Four cases, four different stories.  Four times in three years, three white police officers (and one Hispanic watch captain, rebranded as 'white' by the Paper of Record) were accused of tracking down and killing black men on purpose, a recurring theme of an epidemic of violence, recalling the worst of Jim Crow.  But it turned out that the four cases were all very different, with the assumed role of race in each instance ranging from low or nonexistent to shockingly high.

Army Soldiers Sit Through 'White Privilege' Presentation — and the Backlash Isn't Pretty.  The U.S. Army is investigating an unauthorized diversity training presentation on "white privilege" shown to hundreds of Georgia soldiers, USA Today reported [4/3/2015], citing an Army spokeswoman.  The Equal Opportunity training presentation was shown to about 400 soldiers of the 67th Signal Battalion at Fort Gordon on Thursday, according to Captain Lindsay Roman.  The portion of the program involved a slide projected on a screen entitled "The Luxury of Obliviousness," which listed elements of "white privilege."

Feds Consider Puerto Ricans Disabled Because They Speak Spanish.  The Social Security Administration (SSA) approved disability benefits for hundreds of Puerto Ricans because they do not speak English, despite the fact that Puerto Rico is a predominantly Spanish-speaking territory.  According to a new audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the agency is misapplying rules that are intended to provide financial assistance to individuals who are illiterate or cannot speak English in the United States.  Under the rules, Puerto Ricans are allowed to receive disability benefits for their inability to speak English as well.

Native Hawaiians Arrested in Protests of Massive Telescope.  After days of blockading the road to prevent construction machinery from reaching the summit, thirty-one out of about 300 protesters against the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) in the Mauna Kea Conservation District on the Big Island of Hawaii were arrested by the Hawaii Police Department and officers of the Department of Land and Natural Resources. [...] Native Hawaiian protestors hope to reach the Supreme Court and worry that beginning construction before the courts reach resolution will cause irreparable harm to the environment and to Native Hawaiian ancestral graves and sacred places.

Strains of 'Dixie' brings complaint at WBTV.  Management held meetings this week in the WBTV newsroom to address staff concerns about racial sensitivity.  On Wednesday morning [3/11/2015], a photographer was heard whistling in the newsroom the folk tune "Dixie," whose origins date to the blackface minstrel shows of the 1850s before becoming an anthem for Southern forces in the Civil War.  Several African American staffers were in earshot.  On Thursday, two meetings were held with staffers and WBTV general manager Nick Simonette and news director Dennis Milligan.  "We wanted the staff to know that we don't tolerate things in the workplace that make people uncomfortable," Milligan said.

If You're Reading This, You're Racist.  There is nothing too petty for progressives to racialize. [...] Sweden's birdwatchers have already gotten in trouble for racially insensitive names like the Hottentot bird.  Meanwhile diversity promoters in American birdwatching claim that minorities won't join because they're afraid of being attacked by militias and the KKK.  National Park Service Deputy Director Mickey Fearn had claimed that black people don't want to visit national parks because of slavery and lynchings.  He also suggested that national parks should check their white privilege because, "Preserving wild places is a white concept, going back to Rome."

Obama: 'We're the Slaves Who Built the White House'.  President Obama, speaking today [3/7/2015] in Selma on the 50th anniversary of the historical Bloody Sunday march:  [Video clip]

Threats to Voting Rights Remain, Selma Gathering Is Told.  [Eric] Holder spoke at ceremonies before veterans of the civil rights era and ordinary citizens who gathered here [3/8/2015] for a commemorative march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to mark the 50th anniversary of a violent confrontation between the police and protesters that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act.  "It has been clear in recent years that fair and free access to the franchise is still, in some areas, under siege," said Mr. Holder, speaking at Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church.

Celebrating Grievance In Obama's Most-Racial America.  A community organizer becomes President. [...] But what happens when you elect a professional grievance advocate whose entire purpose was, and is, to promote grievance?  It is an impossible task to remove the issues of their ideological profession.  Even when you give such an ideologue everything they demand, the ideologue will only change the construct of the grievance.  In essence you cannot fill a void that refuses to be filled.

Perpetual Grievance: "queer theory" linked with illegal immigration.  The average illegal alien might be puzzled to see his situation analyzed under the rubric of "queer theory."  That confusion would only mean that he has not spent enough time in university circles, where such pairings spring naturally from the all-consuming campaign to magnify victimhood and denounce the American status quo.

Proper English Grammar Is Now Racist.  It seems like not a day goes by without my reading about some new absurdity.  I ran across an article written by some left-wing lunatic who purports to be an English teacher and who is part of what she calls the "social justice movement".  She writes for a blog called Everyday Feminist.  She claims that demanding that everyone speak proper English grammar is "grammar snobbery" and is oppressive and racist.  Why is it oppressive and racist?  Because the dictionary was written by a white supremacist, heteropatriarchal system.

Trigonometry is racist.  There is nothing that happens in these United States that will not be impugned as secret racism.  Nothing.

ACLU: Banning Obscene Rap at Parade Is Racist.  In an attempt to keep the upcoming annual Mardi Gras parade family-friendly, the St. Martinville, LA police have asked participants to refrain from playing rap music with vulgar lyrics. [...] In an increasingly coarse culture created by the ACLU's destruction of minimal public decency standards, it would be no wonder that nothing could possibly be considered offensive, even at an event where hundreds of children are present.

Manufacturing Outrage.  The most disgraceful use of this strategy has been the deliberate stoking of black rage against whites.  Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown became martyrs not perpetrators.  Al Sharpton was anointed healer-in-chief and Obama's point man on race (the arsonist becomes the fire department chief — such are the perversions Barack Obama has inflicted on America).  Barack Obama has fanned the flames by comments such as "racism is deeply rooted in American society" and his Attorney General Eric Holder has race-baited throughout his tenure, routinely claiming civil rights violations at the height of the strife triggered by the deaths of Martin and Brown — and routinely being frustrated by the facts.  Joe Biden told a black audience that "Republicans are "going to put y'all back in chains." [...] And so it has been throughout Obama's presidency.  He has never missed an opportunity to manufacture outrage.

Obama's Political Prayer.  [Scroll down]  He was scolding us in advance, not for what we had done but for what it was clear to him, in his wisdom, that we were thinking about doing.  Yet if his goal had been merely to rub out all rage and bitterness against ISIS as if it were a cigarette butt to be casually flipped to the ground and squashed by the presidential foot, he wouldn't have achieved half the offensiveness he actually managed.  For the president had no interest in claiming his own share in the guilt of the Inquisitors; his goal was to demonstrate his long heritage of victimhood and show off his moral superiority.  He explained that the Inquisition had led via slavery right to Jim Crow; and where Jim Crow is concerned, he embodies all suffering victims (not that he actually has any ancestors who were slaves).

Obama to host 'Selma' screening at WH.  President Obama is hosting the cast and crew of "Selma" for a screening of the movie at the White House on Friday [1/16/2015].  The film about the landmark 1965 voting rights march stars David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., and received an Academy Award nod for Best Picture when nominations were announced Thursday.  But Oyelowo was shut out of the Oscars' Best Actor category, which many critics called a "snub."  Others noted that Oscar nominees in every top acting category were white.

The Editor says...
A nomination is now a civil right, I suppose.

Night Thoughts.  Now and then, I think back to why I rejected the Left, many years ago — when I was in college.  One of the reasons was, they always kept the racial pot boiling.  They would never let the pot cool off.  It seemed to me they did not want racial harmony.  They preferred strife, regarding it as more "authentic" or something.  Harmony was for Toms.

To progressive politicians the Blue Line is the enemy.  The seeds of dissent planted along the path to anarchy is called "Racial Profiling".  Google "Racial Profiling" to see for yourself how hatred of the Blue Line originally came to North America, and indeed elsewhere.  It is racial profiling whose so called statistics are incessantly reported by a propaganda press that manage to convince whole communities that police deliberately pull young blacks off the roads for traffic infractions because of their skin colour.

America Is Among Least Racist Countries In The World.  With all the recent race clanging on MSNBC and other cable news networks, now's probably a good time to remind everyone that America is among the least racist countries in the world.  I know this statement will be shocking news to regular viewers of "PoliticsNation," but it also has the quality of being true.

Twice elected, first black president sees U.S. still mired in racism.  More than 132 million Americans invested their vote to elect — and reelect — Barack Obama as the nation's first black president.  But that president now says he's convinced the country remains mired in racism.

Ferguson in Black and White.  "We're talking about the exception here," contended Giuliani, regarding the shooting in Ferguson.  The real issue is "the fact that 93 percent of (murdered) blacks in America are killed by other blacks," Giuliani asserted.  "I would like to see the attention paid to that, that you are paying to this."  About the complaint of heavy police presence in black communities, Giuliani said "white police officers wouldn't be there if you weren't killing each other 70 to 75 percent of the time."

The death of this de facto martyr was mostly his own fault.
Blame only the man who tragically decided to resist.  Eric Garner was a career petty criminal who'd experienced dozens of arrests, but had learned nothing from them.  He was on the street July 17, selling untaxed cigarettes one at a time — which, as inconsequential as it seems, happens to be a crime.  Yet another arrest was under way when, suddenly, Garner balked.  "This ends here," he shouted — as it turned out, tragically prophetic words — as he began struggling with the arresting officer.  Again, this was a bad decision.  Garner suffered from a range of medical ailments — advanced diabetes, plus heart disease and asthma so severe that either malady might have killed him, it was said at the time.  Still, he fought — and at one point during the struggle, a cop wrapped his arm around Garner's neck.

The last stand of the old line civil rights establishment: Ferguson as Selma.  We are still feeling the effects of Selma today.  And now, the old-line civil rights establishment is attempting to channel Selma into Ferguson.  We have the marches, the demonstrations[,] the attempt to cast the police as the villains, oppressing the black citizens.  We're told, against all the facts[,] that the cops shoot innocent, and defenseless young black men.  They're stopped (and frisked) by the police, just as 50 years ago a young black man would get stopped, and beaten, for walking in the wrong part of town, or drinking from the wrong fountain, or sitting in the front of the bus.  The black leadership in this country wants to "go back to the future" and tell us that nothing has changed.  America is still rotten, still evil, still oppressing its poor.  It is the sole rational for their existence, to perpetuate the big lie.

Please Don't Take Away My Oppression!.  As one egregious incident of racial oppression after another turns out to be imaginary — the Duke lacrosse players didn't rape Crystal Magnum, George Zimmerman didn't murder Trayvon Martin, Darren Wilson didn't murder Michael Brown — the purveyors of the racism narrative are getting desperate. [...] America is the least racist multi-cultural society since the Roman empire.  There's really never been anywhere on earth where so many different peoples live together so well.  The trouble that besets us is not white against black, and it's not black against white either.  It's the left against liberty.

Is Obama locked in a victim mentality?  True victims can't surge out of anything, because they are hostage to forces outside their control.  They await justice and restitution.  They don't, ultimately, see themselves as able to stamp out poverty; they see themselves as the rightful recipients of food stamps.  They don't, ultimately, see themselves as able to take control of their health; they see themselves as the rightful recipients of free health insurance.  They don't, ultimately, see themselves as someone worth hiring and worthy of investing themselves with education and training; they see themselves as worthy of 99 weeks of unemployment checks.

The Fairytale of the Victimhood.  [Scroll down]  This point of view is bolstered by journalists who write things such as "80 percent of the traffic violations in this town are waged against Black people" while neglecting to tell you that 90 percent of the town's population is Black.  Or when they report that "2/3 of all suspensions are of Black children" while neglecting to mention that the school might be 78 percent black and 22 percent Hispanic.  The reality is that in many of the inner city public schools, there are little to no white children to suspend.  There is no mention of personal responsibility, familial responsibility or objectivity.  Such is the culture of victim-hood.

Forget Slavery: Too Uncle Tom Even for Conservatives?  Is racism alive and well in America?  Absolutely, on both sides.  People have a variety of prejudices.  Is racial prejudice in America prevalent enough to stop anyone from achieving?  No.  The Bible says "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he."  Wow, what a powerful truth, able to empower or destroy you.  If you see yourself as a victim, you are.  But, if you see yourself powerful and free, you are.

Brown Revealed to Have Charged Wilson; MSNBC Declares the Word Charge to Be Racist.  The grand jury found that Darren Wilson was justified in shooting Michael Brown in part because forensic evidence and eyewitness accounts reveal that the oversized maniac was charging him. Liberals respond as you might expect:  by barking that the word charge is racist.

Get Ready for the Super Bowl of Outrage in Ferguson.  Many of those on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., have legitimate concerns about police conduct and the possibility of wrongful force regarding Officer Darren Wilson's fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.  Unfortunately, Ferguson also has become a huge electromagnet for professional protesters who bounce from one focus of fury to the next.

Judge Rejects the 'Disparate Impact' Fraud.  Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, who is on the American left's short list for replacing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, was informed by Judge Richard J. Leon that his effort to find housing discrimination where none existed amounted to "wishful thinking on steroids."  Perez sought to apply the policy of "disparate impact" to housing.  Judicial Watch explains this contemptible concept.  "Under the theory of 'disparate impact,' a defendant can be held liable for discrimination for a race-neutral policy that statistically disadvantages a specific minority group even if that negative 'impact' was neither foreseen nor intended," they write.  "In such cases, defendants can be forced to pay for harm caused not by their own actions, but by economic and statistical realities, even if beyond their control."  Leon wasn't buying it.

NAACP: Tillis won because of voter law, not policies.  Republican state House Speaker Thom Tillis was elected to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday not because North Carolinians support his policies but because of changes to state voting laws that affected who cast ballots, the NAACP said Thursday [11/6/2014].  Tillis defeated Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan 49 to 47 percent, or about 48,500 votes out of almost 2.9 million votes cast statewide, according to unofficial results.

Rangel to CNN: Southern GOP Still Believes in Slavery, Wins Through Racism.  Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) is doubling down on his belief that southern Republicans still believe in slavery and think the Confederates won the Civil War, implying that the Democrats' major senatorial losses came as a result of racism.  Rangel made the initial comments last week at a rally for incumbent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Ebola and American Racism.  "It's really interesting how when Ebola was common in Africa, nobody cared about it, but now that it's common in white countries, there is a vaccine and a cure."  The student who said this to me is a good student.  He is intelligent, hard-working, courteous, and curious about the world.  We were conversing on an American university campus in mid-October 2014, during the worst Ebola outbreak in history.  I responded to this student, "Ebola has never been common in Africa.  The death toll is in the thousands, not the millions.  Ebola is not common in white countries.  There is no vaccine.  There is no cure.  There are lots of incurable diseases that strike lots of white people."

Multiculturalism Kills.  On Anderson Cooper 360 last week CNN's Ebola expert David Quammen — Yale grad, Rhodes scholar — struck the perfect multicultural note.  With the fury of a Puritan divine, he scolded those who want to ban commercial travel to West Africa.  "How dare we turn our backs on Liberia," said Quammen, "given the fact that this is a country that was founded in the 1820s, 1830s because of American slavery.  We have a responsibility to stay connected to them and help them see this through."  Quammen was merely saying out loud what the multiculturalists in the Obama administration, the president included, have been thinking: America has become rich by oppressing the people of color.  We owe them, even at the cost of American dollars and American lives.  In the empty-headed patois of the movement, we must "check our privilege."

Philadelphia Mayor: Young Black Men Are Not Responsible For Their Actions.  Michael Nutter is the mayor of Philadelphia and... well, a nutter, which is Brit-slang for a crazy person.  Hey, at least he has that "truth in labeling" thing going for him. He penned a piece for the Huffington Post today in which he "exposes" myths that are keeping young black men from succeeding.  Not only doesn't he disprove any myths, he essentially says that black men are not responsible for their own actions and their only saving grace is massive government intervention.  Like I said: a nutter.  I think it's safe to assume that the Honorable Mr. Nutter is not a member of the GOP based on his premise that a racist society is keeping black men down and the only fixes are more spending by the government.

Teddy Bears and Anti-White Ethnic Studies.  The California school district of El Rancho is dropping its geography requirement and replacing geography with an ethnic studies requirement.  As nearly everyone understands by now, ethnic studies programs amount to government-funded racial polarization. [...] As one brave teacher described the ethnic studies program he was part of:  "The basic theme of the curriculum was that Mexican-Americans were and continue to be victims of a racist American society driven by the interests of middle and upper-class whites."  These programs are problem enough already, and now a legitimate educational subject is being pushed aside in favor of ethnic separatism.

Teaching American Students They're Victims Is A Grave Disservice.  Goddard College's recent decision to have its students addressed from prison by a convicted cop killer is just one of many unbelievably irresponsible self-indulgences by "educators" in our schools and colleges.  Such "educators" teach minorities born with an incredibly valuable windfall gain — American citizenship — that they are victims who have a grievance against people today who have done nothing to them, because of what other people did in other times.  If those individuals who feel aggrieved could sell their American citizenship to eager buyers from around the world and leave, everybody would probably be better off.

Duncan Family Plays the Race Card After Ebola Patient Zero Dies.  Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who lied on his exit forms and brought Ebola to the United States, died today.  It took less than half a day for his family to come out and blame racism for Duncan's death.

Poll: Majority of Blacks Believe There Would Be Ebola Cure if Outbreak Originated in US or Europe.  Nearly six in ten black Americans (59 percent) believe that there would already be a cure for the deadly Ebola virus had it originated in Europe or America.  A YouGov/Economist poll also found that 62 percent of Americans think "more would have been done" to combat Ebola had it not originated in West Africa.

In Ferguson, and elsewhere, the media clings to predetermined conclusions.  Some examples:  Ferguson's population is two-thirds black, but five of its six city council members are white, as is its mayor.  Conclusion:  this racial composition must be the product of racism.  Never mind that blacks barely turn out to vote and field practically no candidates.  Never mind that the mayor ran for a second term unopposed.  Is there a record of Ferguson's supposed white power structure suppressing the black vote?  None has been alleged.  Did the rioters even know who their mayor and city council representatives were?  The press didn't bother to ask.  But this "problem" is disturbingly widespread, in the media's eyes.

Are bird-watchers racist?  In Colorful World of Birding Has Conspicuous Lack of People of Color, author Martha Hamilton engages in hand-wringing and navel-gazing over the relative lack of "people of color" (as opposed to the colorless majority) out looking for exotic avian life. [...] The horror!  If people do not do every recreational activity in exactly the same proportions, we are suffering from racism.  For some reason, people who claim to "celebrate diversity" want every group to behave exactly the same.  And we know who is at fault.

The Daily Caller Presents The Alphabet Of Racism: The Letter 'E'.  Ending racism is racist, declared Justice Sonia Sotomayor in a dissenting opinion after the Supreme Court ruled the feds can't force the state of Michigan to engage in racial discrimination.  Michigan had passed a proposal mandating race-neutral state policy, which effectively banned affirmative action in that state.  But Sotomayor complained Michigan's decision to ban a racist policy was itself racist, because it "changed the basic rules of the political process in that State in a manner that uniquely disadvantaged racial minorities."  If you or a loved one talked about Barack Obama's lack of experience as a presidential candidate (and you're white), you're almost certainly racist, because "experienced" is apparently a racial code word.

The concept is simple:  If you don't pay your water bill, the city turns off your service.
NAACP Legal Defense Fund: Detroit Water Service Shutoffs Were Racially Motivated.  After a class action lawsuit filed against the city of Detroit, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund says that recent water shutoffs to Detroit residents were racially motivated.  Veronica Joice with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund says, "That (the shutoffs are) being done in a discriminatory fashion; and they should at least take a look at whether there's a better way to do this that doesn't affect the most vulnerable citizens — the majority of whom are African American here in Detroit."

Federal complaint says N.C. hog farms hurt minorities.  A federal complaint says North Carolina's regulation of hog farms discriminates against minorities who, disproportionately, endure strong odors and contaminated water.  Three groups filed a complaint Wednesday that asks the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate what they say are violations of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Washington and Lee University to remove Confederate flags following protests.  Washington and Lee University expressed regret Tuesday for the school's past ownership of slaves and promised to remove Confederate flags from the main chamber of its Lee Chapel after a group of black students protested that the historic Virginia school was unwelcoming to minorities.  President Kenneth P. Ruscio's announcement was a surprising move for the small, private liberal arts college in Lexington, which has long celebrated its Southern heritage.  Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee served as the university's president after the Civil War, his crypt is beneath the chapel, and the school has gingerly addressed its ties to the Confederacy and its having profited from the possession and sale of slaves.

NJ man sues Benjamin Moore over 'racially offensive' paint names.  A New Jersey man named Clinton Tucker is suing former employer Benjamin Moore, claiming discrimination regarding the paint company's colors "clinton brown" and "tucker chocolate."  Tucker, who identifies himself as an African-American man in the lawsuit filed in Essex County court in Newark, said he was hired in June 2011 in the digital marketing department but quickly found himself being discriminated against, according to a write-up of the filing on CourthouseNews.com.  Tucker is seeking damages for discrimination, retaliation and a hostile work environment, according to the suit.

Fired Black Employee Sues Paint Company Over Racist Paint Names.  A black man in New Jersey has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, Benjamin Moore Paints, which he says named one of its paint colors after him and then fired him when he complained.  Clinton Tucker, who managed online sales for Benjamin Moore, which is owned by the conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, said that he was bothered by the names of several of the company's paint colors, "Clinton Brown," "Tucker Chocolate," and "Confederate Red."

The Editor says...
The minute you let the perpetually offended whiners take control of the dictionary and allow them to delete every word they find offensive, you open the door to Newspeak, as Orwell predicted in 1984.

Government Agency Scraps Employee Ratings To Avoid 'Discrimination'.  One government agency has decided that the results of employee ratings are too discriminatory, and eliminated the process entirely.  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced on Monday [5/26/2014] that it will now award all employees the highest rating regardless of performance reviews.  The CFPB, which oversees transactions in the financial sector for the federal government, decided to no longer conduct employee reviews because there were just too many apparent "significant disparities" between the races, ages, and locations of its employees.  According to American Banker, this new policy is set to cost over $5 million dollars, as it will now pay employees as if they received the highest evaluation score.

The Editor says...
In other words, this is five million dollars that will be spent to appease the perpetually offended ("I didn't get a raise because I'm black!") and lower everyone's standards to rock bottom.

Attorney general says racial equality threatened in subtle ways.  Attorney General Eric Holder said on Saturday while public utterances of bigotry are roundly condemned in the United States racial discrimination persists in more subtle ways.

Michelle Obama tells students 'by some measures our schools are as segregated' as they were back then.  Segregation by force of law is no longer legally acceptable in America, but de facto segregation still plagues our schools and neighborhoods, First Lady Michelle Obama told a group of graduating students Friday night [5/16/2014].  The First Lady was expected to use the speech to celebrate about diversity in America.  Instead, she took racism head on, telling the Topeka, Kansas, seniors, 'by some measures, our schools are as segregated as they were back when Dr. King gave his final speech.'

Michelle Obama warns of resurgent school segregation.  In her prepared remarks, the first lady praised the legacy of that decision, Brown v. Board of Education, noting the diversity of the crowd before her.  But she also warned that the specter of school segregation is returning as people of different races cluster in separate communities, urging the graduates to continue striving for inclusion and mutual understanding.

The Editor says...
People of different races congregate together (for example, on Sunday morning) because they choose to, not because the government tells them to.  Voluntary segregation is also known as "freedom of association," and only leftist troublemakers like Mr. and Mrs. Obama think it is something to be eliminated.

What a non-minority won't dare say about racism, bigotry.  An email is floating around with comments allegedly from an unnamed Canadian:  "Only in America ...could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when they have a black President, a black Attorney General and roughly 20% of the federal workforce is black while only 10% of the population is black, 40+% of all federal entitlements goes to black Americans — 3X the rate that go to whites, 5X the rate that go to Hispanics!"  Don't know who said it but it rings true.

Obama EPA Chief Regina McCarthy: Pollution holds African-Americans back.  Regina "Gina" McCarthy, President Obama's chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, has essentially called pollution a force of racism in the US, saying that pollution is "holding back millions of African-Americans."  McCarthy made even more strange comments at an April 24 appearance at Clark Atlanta University sponsored by the Hip Hop Caucus, [...] The EPA chief, who was appointed by Obama in July of last year, claimed that black students are the "most vulnerable to climate change" and they should become "champion climate justice advocates."  Turning pollution into an excuse to throw the race card, McCarthy claimed that stopping pollution is all about "equity" and that minorities have been "overburdened by pollution and environmental health hazards for far too long."

Black students disciplined at higher rates than whites at Wichita-area schools.  Black students at schools in Wichita and surrounding districts are disciplined at higher rates than their white peers, a trend that mirrors racial disparities throughout the country, according to the most comprehensive survey of school civil rights data in nearly 15 years.  The findings, part of an expansive survey of America's public schools by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, shows that black students are more likely than whites to be suspended or expelled at middle and high schools in Wichita and most area districts.

Update:
Thugs Run L.A. Classrooms, Thanks To Obama Suspension Ban.  As we predicted, the Obama regime's anti-suspension policy is backfiring.  Los Angeles teachers complain unsuspended violent kids are intimidating them and effectively ruling their classrooms.

DOJ to spend $4.75M studying race.  The Justice Department will spend $4.75 million to create a center to collect racial data on police stops, searches and arrests in an effort to shine a light on a perceived bias against minorities. [...] In a video statement issued Monday afternoon [4/28/2014], Holder pointed to a recent study finding that roughly half of all black men in the United States are arrested at least once by age 23.  The same study found that black men were six times more likely to be arrested than white men in 2012.

Holder, Justice Department to collect police data to evaluate racial bias.  The Department of Justice will begin collecting law-enforcement data on stops, searches and arrests made in some U.S. cities to evaluate racial discrimination, Attorney General Eric Holder said in a video statement Monday [4/28/2014].  Mr. Holder said this initiative, funded by a $4.75 million federal grant, will help level the playing field for men of color and improve the relationship between African-Americans and the law-enforcement community.  Half of African-American men have been arrested at least once by age 23, and overall, black men were six times more likely to be imprisoned than white men in 2012, Mr. Holder said.

The Editor says...
If blacks are "six times more likely to be imprisoned than white men" it's either the result of a nationwide conspiracy that involves every cop, every District Attorney, every judge and every jury in the country, or it could be because, on a per capita basis, blacks commit six time as much crime as whites.  (Sources:  [1] [2] [3] [4] )  Mystery solved.  Where do I collect the $4.75 million dollars?

The Paranoid Madness of the Democratic Party.  The Democrat may no longer believe in God, the Constitution or even motherhood and apple pie, but he devoutly believes that somewhere out there Republicans are sitting in a sealed room and plotting to bring back the 50s.  And if not the 50s, then at least the early 60s.  The left accuses the right of being deeply paranoid.  Meanwhile the left is convinced that every Republican sneeze is a racial putdown of America's first black president since Bill Clinton.

Boehner blasts Eric Holder for claiming he and Obama are treated differently because they are black.  House Speaker John Boehner blasted Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday for suggesting that Republicans only attack him because he's black.  'There is no issue of race here,' he told a reporter during his weekly press briefing on Capitol Hill.  Holder went off-script Wednesday during a speech to Al Sharpton's National Action Network, slammed Republicans for consistently attacking him and Barack Obama because they are the first African-Americans to hold their jobs.  'What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?' he said, alluding to his status as the only African-American ever to hold that post.

Teacher 'White Privilege Conference': Whites Are Never Cured of Racism.  More details are emerging about what was presented at the "White Privilege Conference" held in Madison, Wisconsin, where tax money was spent to train teachers how to annihilate "white privilege" and "white supremacy" in American schools.  One session insisted that whites can never be cured of their permanent racist attitudes.

Preacher blames city's black violence on slavery.  Curiously, the [Wilmington, Delaware] city council was instrumental in killing a $250 million deal to privatize the Port of Wilmington last year.  The Port is losing $8 million a year but city officials and union leaders convinced the state to stop the deal because building a new port would somehow kill jobs.  And without jobs, there is violence.  As the city made its way to what would be record numbers for shootings — 154 shot and 18 dead are the final numbers for the 2013 — the city council found a new excuse in December.  It passed a resolution declaring that black violence in Wilmington was the result of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder brought on by slavery.

More about black violent crime.

The Big Topic on Campus: Racial 'Microaggressions'.  A tone-deaf inquiry into an Asian-American's ethnic origin.  Cringe-inducing praise for how articulate a black student is.  An unwanted conversation about a Latino's ability to speak English without an accent.  This is not exactly the language of traditional racism, but in an avalanche of blogs, student discourse, campus theater and academic papers, they all reflect the murky terrain of the social justice word dujour — microaggressions — used to describe the subtle ways that racial, ethnic, gender and other stereotypes can play out painfully in an increasingly diverse culture.

Black preschoolers more likely to face suspension.  The racial disparities in American education, from access to high-level classes and experienced teachers to discipline, were highlighted in a report released Friday [3/21/2014] by the Education Department's civil rights arm.

Thousands of preschool kids getting suspended.  Data to be released Friday by the Education Department's civil rights arm finds that black children represent about 18 percent of children enrolled in preschool programs in schools, but almost half of the students suspended more than once.

The Editor says...
Maybe the little bastards (in the literal sense) are getting suspended for misbehavior because they live in godless, fatherless households, usually with an assortment of half-siblings and a mother who uses the television as a babysitter and only has additional kids because it increases her welfare payments.  Prove me wrong.

Dartmouth Caves to Student Threats.  [Scroll down]  The initial student letter called for greater diversity in the faculty and post-doctoral program as well as an increase in enrollment for Black, Latino, and Native American students to 10 percent of the student population each.  The anonymous students also demanded that all students be required to take classes on "social justice" and "marginalization," that gender-neutral housing be available for all students, and that restrictions on the use of the term "illegal immigrants" be imposed.  In response to the demands for racial quotas, Dartmouth plans to allocate $1 million to hire faculty "who bring diverse perspectives to campus."  Another $30 million will also be spent to bring in more minorities for the post-doctorate program.

Finding Hate in All the Wrong Places.  Against my better judgment I took a look at the recent update of the despicable Southern Poverty Law Center's "hate map."  One of the groups I hadn't noticed before, listed as "anti-LGBT," was the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM).  I was unfamiliar with it so I looked it up; maybe it was a kook outfit like the Westboro "Baptist" "Church."  After all, just because the SPLC calls something a "hate group" doesn't mean it's not.  You won't be surprised to learn that C-FAM is a mainstream conservative group, devoted to keeping an eye on the antics of the U.N. and related transnational activist groups.

College to award annual Trayvon Martin Award for Social Justice.  The Providence College Black Studies Program e-mailed students, faculty, and administrators Tuesday to renew an award called the Trayvon Martin Award for Social Justice.  The award honors those who have shown leadership and commitment to "challenging and eliminating racism" and "empowering others to seek social justice," said the e-mail obtained by The Daily Caller.

Students unhappy about U-M's racial climate.  University of Michigan students plan to hold an all-night protest starting Tuesday over what they call low minority enrollment and inclusion on campus as school officials move forward with plans to boost racial diversity and increase black enrollment.

Student forced to apologize for emailing pic of Obama kicking a door, because RACISM.  [Scroll down]  What happened next is almost unbelievable:  Another student issued a formal complaint against Farnan for committing a "micro-aggression."  For those not up-to-date on the PC lexicon, "micro-aggression" is the latest phrase of choice for leftist radicals seeking to blame racism for common annoyances suffered by people of all races.  Minority activists at the University of Michigan, for example, have insisted that trivial slights, such as "Having your opinion second-guessed in a group assignment," are micro-aggressions that betray the campus as a hostile place for students of color.

Obsessive-Compulsive Racism and the Black Guilt Complex.  [Scroll down]  There are at least two other subtexts of the black guilt complex besides the ten-foot pole phenomenon evidenced by Joe.  There is guilt over black criminality and the collapse of the black family and the fact that some of the more prominent aspects of black popular culture are obscene, vulgar, and tedious.  And there is guilt over the African-American studies race grievance industry, which has abducted the minds of many gifted black people who would otherwise have done something useful with their lives.

The Politics of Race: "Perpetual Victimhood".  [Y]oung Trayvon Martin — although flagrantly brandished as an icon for civil rights — was an ordinary youth, evidently troubled and in need of care and guidance, like many other youths.  Here is some of what was revealed about Martin:  a photo in which he shows his gold teeth to the camera while pointing upwards his middle fingers; suspension from his school less than a month before his encounter with Zimmerman; texts and photos of firearms associated to Martin and a "U gotta gun?" text sent from his phone eight days before his death; texts referring to marijuana and photos that show him blowing smoke; texts and a video that suggest his involvement in organized fights.

A Challenge to Our Beliefs.  What do low-income whites in England and ghetto blacks in the United States have in common?  It cannot be simply low incomes, because children from other groups in the same low-income brackets outperform whites in England and outperform blacks in America.  What low-income whites in England and ghetto blacks in the United States have in common is a generations-long indoctrination in victimhood.  The political left in both countries has, for more than half a century, maintained a steady and loud drumbeat of claims that the deck is stacked against those at the bottom.  The American left uses race and the British left uses class, but the British left has been at it longer.

Blacks and Obama.  Obama's electoral success further confirms what I've often held:  The civil rights struggle in America is over, and it's won.  At one time, black Americans did not have the constitutional guarantees enjoyed by white Americans; now we do.  The fact that the civil rights struggle is over and won does not mean that there are not major problems confronting many members of the black community, but they are not civil rights problems and have little or nothing to do with racial discrimination.

No, Oprah, America isn't racist.  Oprah's pronouncement produced another "huh?" moment for me, considering the fact that it was millions of Americans that gave their colorblind eyes to her show for a quarter-century, famous enough to be interviewed by the BBC.  As communism wound down in the Soviet Union, President Reagan was asked whether he still considered it an evil empire.  "You are talking about another time, another era," he replied.  Oprah is still living in that other time and era in which people separated themselves from one another primarily on the basis of race — a real time to be sure — but one that is, for the most part, not our reality today.  That's especially so at the highest levels of politics and entertainment.

Oprah: Generations 'marinated' in racism will need to die out for discrimination to end across the world.  Oprah Winfrey has said racism is still a problem around the world and the only way for it to end is for generations of racists to die out. [...] The 59-year-old added that President Obama was treated with disrespect because of the color of his skin and said she feels fortunate to have been born after segregation ended in the U.S.

The war against achievement.  A friend recently sent me a link to an inspiring video about an upbeat young black man who was born without arms.  It showed him going to work — unlike the record number of people living on government payments for "disabilities" that are far less serious, if not fictitious. [...] The vision on which the all-encompassing and all-controlling welfare state was built is a vision of widespread helplessness, requiring ever more expanding big government.  Our "compassionate" statists would probably have wanted to take this young man without arms, early on, and put him in some government institution.  But to celebrate him in the mainstream media today would undermine a whole ideological vision of the world — and of the vast government bureaucracies built on that vision.

Black Mob Violence and Denial.  [Scroll down]  Here is a homework assignment.  Find a cop, active or retired.  Ask them the following question:  When you stop a black person in a car or on the street or in a home or anywhere in the course of your duties, how often do they say "You are only doing this because I am black"?

A Shocking Number.  It is an irony of history that waving the bloody shirt has in the Age of Obama become the Democrats' primary mode of discourse.  Oppose the Affordable Care Act?  Racism.  Like the Second Amendment?  Racism.  Black Barbie is on sale for half off, but white Barbie is full price?  Racism.  Black holes sucking the energy out of your quadrant?  Why single out the black ones?  Racism!  Waving the bloody shirt is not only about making an emotional appeal — it's a strategy for distraction.

The Bad Fruits of Race Hustling.  Some people try to explain how Asians and Asian Americans are able to succeed so well in education and in the economy by some special characteristics that they have.  But their success may also be due to what they do not have — namely "leaders" who tell them that the deck is so stacked against them that they cannot rise, at least not without depending on these "leaders."  Such leaders are like the people who said that the laws of aerodynamics showed that the bumblebee cannot fly.  Those who have believed these "leaders" have in fact stayed grounded, unlike the bumblebees.

Does Aaron Alexis Represent A New Breed of Killer?  Although many hoped that the election of Barack Obama would ameliorate black discontent, those paying attention were less optimistic.  In his 1995 memoir, Dreams from My Father, Obama reveled in his own grievances, all of them either false or trivial.  Friendly Obama biographer David Remnick conceded that many of those slights were "novelistic contrivances," but if Obama "darkens the canvas" or "heightens whatever opportunity arises" to score a racial point, he did so, according to Remnick, "obviously" because he was going "after an emotional truth."

The Bad News Is Wrong.  Half a century ago, life was brutally oppressive for blacks in the South.  Today the South is the most attractive place for black Americans to live.

MLK Anniversary Speaker Compares Supreme Court Justices to KKK.  Melanie Campbell, the president of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, said though black Americans are not threatened by biting dogs and KKK members in white hoods, the "dogs are still biting in other ways" and there is still "racism and inequality."

We HAD A Dream.  If Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, he'd cheer the great strides African-Americans have made since his 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech.  So why are his heirs so angry?  Hearing their down-in-the-mouth speeches commemorating the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington, you'd think there'd been little progress in equality and living standards for blacks.  Last Saturday's celebration quickly turned into a grievance-fest.

A Discussion On Race, Crime And The Inconvenient Facts.  The racial victimhood industry demonstrably cares little about the facts, for example, in cases such as Martin-Zimmerman. [...] It took zero lag-time after the original Trayvon Martin incident for race baiters such as Al Sharpton to accuse our country of engendering a climate of racist danger for black citizens.  This qualifies as anti-American slander of the first magnitude because the facts are to the contrary — if anyone still cares to know them.

Instead of celebrating progress, the blacks engage in a massive celebration of self-pity.
Thousands gather on Mall for March on Washington anniversary.  Tens of thousands of people descended on the national Mall on Saturday [8/24/2013] to rally for a litany of civil rights issues in an event organizers billed as a continuation of the March on Washington 50 years ago.

The Left's Faux Martyr.  The Left has a new martyr.  Rosanell Eaton is a 92-year-old black woman with a compelling story about the harm done to vulnerable people, especially members of minority groups, by North Carolina's new voter-ID law.  But none of it holds up.  Rosanell Eaton isn't a martyr at all, in fact.

Students go back to school with 'Trayvon Martin dialogues'.  Middle and high school students in San Diego, California will be encouraged to vent their frustration that the world lacks justice when they return to school and participate in the "Trayvon Martin dialogues" this fall. [...] The sponsors of San Diego's Trayvon Martin dialogues, however, believe the resolution of the case has produced in teenagers "feelings of fear, anger, and skepticism that they will live in a just society," according to The College Fix.

Racial Warfare.  Two months ago, President Obama declared again, that the War on Terror is over. [...] But there's one conflict that will truly never end, or more precisely, will never be allowed to end:  the perceived war of American racism.  In this conflict even though, for all intents and purposes, a kind of peace was reached years ago through constitutional amendments and numerous legislative acts, the battle rages in the hearts and minds of too many Americans.

Dem Lawmakers: Tighter Border Security Means More Illegal Immigrant Deaths.  Texas Democratic Congressmen Rubén Hinojosa and Beto O'Rourke are pushing back against efforts to further secure the U.S.-Mexico border, arguing that more migrants would die while illegally crossing the border into America.

'Justice for Trayvon' Protests Draw Small Crowds; Nation Moves On.  Nationwide rallies against the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin drew small crowds, a sign that Americans had largely accepted the verdict and that race relations are not nearly as frayed as Al Sharpton's National Action Network had sought to indicate.  The flagship rally in New York only drew a crowd of "hundreds," while a rally in Newport News, Virginia struggled to draw two dozen.

Birth of a Racist.  Use of racism to implement an agenda or get one's way, has been building over years.  This isn't news to any of you.  Anytime you fire someone who is a minority, you must have documentation backing up your non-racist justifications.  Even if you have pages and testimony to bolster your decision, you still could be confronted with an unpleasant lawsuit identifying you as a "discriminator."  Even though we are supposed to be a color-blind, post-racial society, groups and individuals force us to think about race all the time.

Cummings: 'I cross the street' when white women walk toward me.  Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, has been a member of Congress for almost two decades.  Yet when he is walking down the street in Washington, D.C., at night and white women walk toward him, he says "I cross the street" to avoid making them uncomfortable.

Obama Continues Racial Zimmerman Narrative While Hispanics Targeted.  Barack Obama continued to promote the evidence-free narrative that Trayvon Martin was racially profiled by Hispanic George Zimmerman in remarks made Friday.  The President said, "few African-American men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed."

Let this be a lesson to us all:
The Election of a Black President has Meant Nothing.  The greatest hope most Americans — including Republicans — had when Barack Obama was elected president was that the election of a black person as the country's president would reduce, if not come close to eliminating, the racial tensions that have plagued America for generations.  This has not happened.  The election, and even the re-election, of a black man as president, in a country that is 87 percent non-black — a first in human history — has had no impact on what are called "racial tensions."

PC sentiment is the real injustice.  Do you remember when O.J. Simpson was let go after killing two people?  If you questioned that verdict, or the racial makeup of the jury — you were a racist.  Now a jury lets off a "white Hispanic," and if you're not out on the street complaining about it — you're a racist.

NAACP president Ben Jealous: These are 'times of great peril'.  Today's opening speeches of the NAACP's national convention in Orlando have become a rallying cry for action in Trayvon Martin's name.  NAACP president and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous told hundreds of attendees that although these are times of great possibility, they are also "times of great peril."  "We feel it every time we see one of our young sons... walk out the door and pull his hoodie up," said Jealous.

The Editor says...
The rebuttal to Mr. Jealous has already been written by Jack Coleman:  "Then again, your teenage son, regardless of skin hue, is likely to live a longer, healthier life if he manages to avoid suspensions from school, dabbling in drugs, getting caught with jewelry and a burglary tool hidden in his backpack, and aspiring to gangstahood."

Black English and a Bad Saint Bernard.  If you ever want to get out of your neighborhood McDonald's or Walmart, it helps to speak English.  For a variety of reasons, whether we like it or not, speaking only Spanish in the United States seems less of an impediment to at least a modestly successful life than speaking "Black English." [...] But when so many young blacks refuse to speak English because they don't want to "seem white," it is difficult for whites to respond by saying "OK, you're hired."

Companies Sued For Trying To Avoid Hiring Convicts.  In 1963, the great civil rights leader Martin Luther King said it was his hope that black Americans would no longer be judged on their color of their skin, but on the content of their character.  Fifty years later, the Obama administration's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says King got it wrong.  The EEOC launched two lawsuits against private companies this week over their use of criminal background checks, claiming that in rejecting applicants with proven criminal records, they somehow discriminated against minorities under a disparate impact clause in their guidelines.

Employment Checks Fuel Race Complaints.  In complaints filed in federal courts in Illinois and South Carolina, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said two companies discount retailer Dollar General Corp. and a U.S. unit of German auto maker BMW AG generally barred potential employees based on the criminal checks, when they should have reviewed each applicant.  The commission said the policies had the effect of discriminating against black applicants.  The suits underscore increasing government scrutiny of criminal and credit checks, which are widely used to screen job applicants.

The War on Pot Is Both Insanely Racist and Insanely Expensive, New Report Says.  Across the United States — north, east, south, west — blacks are more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession.  That's the conclusion of a new ACLU report that compares arrest data from 945 counties across the country.

The Editor says...
That doesn't necessarily prove unfair enforcement.  Maybe blacks like marijuana more than whites.

Louisiana legislator claimed Obamacare opposition is motivated by race.  Karen Carter Peterson, who also chairs the Louisiana Democratic Party, claimed Monday that opposition to Obamacare is 'about the race of this African-American president.'  'It's not about how many federal dollars we can receive.  It's not about that,' she told her fellow lawmakers.  'You ready?  It's about race.  No, nobody wants to talk about that.  It's about the race of this African-American president.'

The Editor says...
The Democratic Party platform is discussed on another page.  The primary goal of this particular Democrat, Ms. Peterson, seems to be the acquisition of federal dollars, as if federal dollars can be obtained at no cost.  The veneer of racism and perpetual victimhood doesn't help, either.

Louisiana Democratic Party chief says ObamaCare critics motivated by race.  The head of the Louisiana Democratic Party said on the floor of the state Senate this week that opponents of the federal health care overhaul are motivated by President Obama's race — a remark that drew the scorn of state Republicans who now want her to apologize.  State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, who is also chairwoman of the state Democratic Party, repeatedly invoked race as she railed against ObamaCare critics.

Obama's Black lie to Black Graduates.  While delivering the commencement speech at historically black Morehouse College, President Obama predictably utilized "victimology 101" to access the inner victim that presumably exists inside all black Americans.  He disingenuously reminded the all-male graduates, "As an African American, you have to work twice as hard as anyone else if you want to get by."  Unsurprisingly, this underhanded insinuation that racism is so pervasive that no amount of individual effort will overcome it received a thunderous ovation, even though this recycled notion has the legitimacy of a three-dollar bill.

Don't be afraid to call evil by its name.  There is always someone, somewhere looking for a reason to be offended.  Jesse Jackson has fashioned a lucrative career out of being perpetually peeved.  It works if you know how to play the game.  And one of the reasons it works is that too many people who ought to know better allow themselves to be characterized as racists, xenophobes, homophobes, anti-Semites; it's a long list.

A doctor is accused of mass murder, so naturally he plays the race card.
Defense Attorney: Prosecution of Gosnell is 'Elitist, Racist'.  Defense lawyer Jack McMahon delivered his closing argument on behalf of abortionist Kermit Gosnell on Monday, [4/29/2013] accusing prosecutors of "manipulating" the case to engage in an essentially "racist" prosecution of the man charged with four counts of first-degree murder, killing babies born alive during abortions by snipping their spinal cords with surgical scissors.

Boom: Gosnell Attorney Says Doctor Targeted Because He's Black.  In a move displaying the desperation the defense must feel, Kermit Gosnell's attorney blamed his prosecution on racism in his closing arguments today repeating the charge he made during opening arguments.

Study: Black students suspended more often than others.  Black students are suspended more than three times as often as their white classmates, twice as often as their Latino classmates and more than 10 times as often as their Asian classmates in middle and high schools nationwide, a new study shows.  The average American secondary student has an 11% chance of being suspended in a single school year, according to the study from the University of California-Los Angeles Civil Rights project.  However, if that student is black, the odds of suspension jump to 24%.

The Editor says...
These statistics are not surprising at all.  Asian students are taught at home in their two parent households to behave themselves.  If teachers weren't afraid to discipline black students, the percentage of black students suspended would be a lot higher.  Statistics like these are intended to portray blacks as victims, but the main cause of this problem is fatherlessness, not irrational prejudice.  It also doesn't help to have racial opportinists like Jesse Jackson drumming up self-pity by having crowds of young people chant, "I am somebody! when in most cases that's not true.  Many of the same people who get suspended in school go on to prison later in life — for the same reasons:  Fatherlessness, godlessness, peer pressure, and years of faulty decision making.

White and Wrong in Philly.  [Robert] Huber's article contains mostly tepid examples of whites' negative experiences with blacks and primarily black neighborhoods, such as a Philadelphia resident whose grill was stolen from her backyard but "blames herself" for not fencing it in.  Its tone is basically apologetic, absolving a drug dealer of responsibility because he was just "trying to get by" and describing the US' racial history as "horrible and daunting."  Yet this wasn't good enough for Mayor Michael Nutter and his comrades.  They still want Huber silenced.

Mayor Nutter Threatens Magazine with Criminal Charges for "White in Philly" Story.  Philly's Mayor Nutter is living up to his name.  And more troublingly his language quite clearly summons up the censorship used in countries such as Canada and the UK to suppress freedom of speech.  This isn't about the content of the article.  That's not even the point now.  It's about the mayor of a major city threatening a magazine without the usual Freedom of the Press types having much to say about it.

The Philadelphia Inquisition.  If Girard [College] is a monument to the city's racial progress, that makes it an odd place for the city government to launch a racial inquisition — an investigation of Philadelphia magazine for the crime of journalism.

The Power of Being "Offended" in Order to Shut Down Political Debate.  Progressives are increasingly claiming to be offended whenever those on the right disagree with their left-wing positions.  It doesn't matter what the issue is; the left will divert a legitimate political debate into an accusation that the right disagrees with them because they are full of hate towards them.

King of Fearmongers.  Cofounded in 1971 by Morris S. Dees Jr. and Joseph Levin Jr. (who is now general counsel), the SPLC [Southern Poverty Law Center] started out fighting legal battles against lingering segregation in the South.  More recently — and more lucratively, its critics say — it has transformed itself into an all-purpose antihate crusader, labeling 1,007 different organizations across America at last count as "anti-gay," "white nationalist," "anti-Muslim," "anti-immigrant," or just plain hateful (one SPLC category is "general hate").

All the president's (white) men.  Who'd have thought that the first African-American president would become the target of ... the Congressional Black Caucus?  In a letter to President Obama, caucus Chairwoman Marcia Fudge complained, "You have moved forward with new Cabinet appointments and yet, to date, none of them have been African-American."

Is the South Still Racist?  At issue in Shelby County v. Holder was whether some states in the American South, unlike many states in the North, must still submit any change in voting practices to the Justice Department for approval, as required by one section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted, the practical enforcement of this provision is mainly directed at Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.

Samuel Betances: Race Hustler on the Dole.  The Obama administration would have you believe trimming federal fat will cause a calamity.  Here's a suggestion — stop giving federal money to Samuel Betances.  Betances is the top-shelf race hustler who receives your hard-earned tax dollars to go inside federal agencies in Washington, D.C., and teach government workers that America is a racist country.  Judicial Watch obtained records of one of his looney talks at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  It contained a creepy call and response that would have made the Symbionese Liberation Army proud.

Midtown teacher includes questions about slavery in elementary school math homework.  A furor over slavery has erupted at a Midtown elementary school, after a teacher handed out math homework that include questions asking kids to tally the killing and beating of slaves.  The shocking questions were given to at least one class of 9-year-olds at PS 59 in Manhattan — which included the kids of United Nations personnel.  The inflammatory queries were only uncovered after a student teacher was asked to hand them out to a second class.

Why Do We Still Have "Black History Month"?  Black History Month diametrically opposes the thrust of Dr. King's dream — but it helps to drag us into the sort of internal division that our current rulers love to exploit.

Obama to add 'taxation without representation' plates to limo this weekend.  "President Obama has lived in the District now for four years and has seen firsthand how patently unfair it is for working families in D.C. to work hard, raise children and pay taxes without having a vote in Congress," the White House said in a statement.  "Attaching these plates to the presidential vehicles demonstrates the president's commitment to the principle of full representation for the people of the District of Columbia and his willingness to fight for voting rights, home rule and budget autonomy for the District."

The Editor says...
My congresswoman doesn't appear to agree with me about anything; so in effect, I have no representative in Washington.  But that doesn't make it more difficult for me "to work hard, raise children and pay taxes".

Public School Teaches "White Privilege" Class.  A school district in Wisconsin said they will review a high school diversity class that exposed students to radical leftist thinkers and promoted a critical race theory that alleges white people are oppressors.  The "American Diversity" class was taught to students at Delavan-Darien High School in Wisconsin, Fox News has learned.  "They're teaching white guilt," one parent told Fox News.  "They're dividing the students.  They're saying to non-whites, 'You have been oppressed and you're still being oppressed.'"

20 Ways America Has Begun to Reap What It Has Sown.  [#9]  We celebrate victimhood; then we're surprised to see people faking hate crimes.

Obama's Struggle.  On the campaign trail, Michelle Obama often employs the word "struggle."  It was actually Mrs. Obama's peculiar pronunciation — "shtruggle" — that first drew my attention to the frequency of her usage.  At the 2012 Democratic National Convention, her speech referred to some form of "struggle" nine times.

If PB&J is racist, then we're toast.  Quite a few eyebrows were raised by a Portland, Oregon, report that found traces of racism in the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  The study is aimed at uprooting the subtle ways schools foist majority viewpoints on minority students.  Its authors decided that telling children a PB&J sandwich is the quintessential American kids lunch sends a message of inferiority to students whose families hail from places where peanut butter and jelly comes on a pita or corn husk.  Extreme multicultural hoo-haw.  Yet Portland spent $526,000 to get that feedback.

Translation:  "Historically black college" means "all-black college."
Historically black colleges get $228 million in federal funds, including 15 schools in Alabama.  The U.S. Department of Education announced today [9/18/2012] that 97 historically black colleges will receive $227.9 million in federal funds as part of its annual Strengthening Historically Black Colleges and Universities grants.  Miles College President George French said there's a sense of relief after efforts to decrease federal funding across the board in the Department of Education.  "We're happy the funding levels were restored," said French.  "This is the second year we had to fight for funding.  It's still lower."

Where Does That Thirty Percent Come From?  A technician at my wife's office has made it well known up and down the corridors that she would file a "racial discrimination" suit if she were ever laid off for any reason.  Most offices have one of these.

Principal Sees Racism in Peanut Butter.  An Oregon grade school principal suggested in a newspaper interview that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches might be racially and culturally offensive.

Now Racist: Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches.  Via Twitchy with the sarcasm and such, a Portland educator wants you to ponder all the ethnonormative assumptions packed into your PB&J.  By the way, the Portland Tribune isn't snarky about this — they give this idiot the Bold Hero Slant.

NAACP Furthers the Mission of the KKK.  The mission of the KKK is to stifle black liberation via intimidation, which is exactly what the modern black civil rights coalition continues to do to blacks.  Both organizations despise self-starting, self-reliant, and free-thinking blacks.  The primary mission of the black civil rights coalition (NAACP/CBC) and the Democratic Party is to keep black Americans believing themselves eternal victims of an eternally racist white America.  Many blacks have been successfully indoctrinated into believing that every problem in the black community is the result of white oppression.

Thoughts on Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman.  [#1] For liberals, it is always 1962, and we are always in Mississippi. ... [#2] This incident, whatever you think of it, has nothing to do with the Civil Rights template.  The neighborhood where the incident happened is multiracial, only about 50% white.  The man who shot Martin, George Zimmerman, is a Hispanic who has African-American relatives and may himself be partly black.  He appears to be something of a nut, obsessively calling 911.  He evidently thinks that he is a some kind of neighborhood watchman, but he has no official capacity of any sort and is unknown to the national neighborhood watch organization.  Whatever he did, he did on his own, and not as part of some sort of movement or political faction.

MSNBC Guest: Would A White President Get Heckled?  "This is just so unprecedented and outrageous, that you have to ask the question, would the right-wing president be doing this if we had a white president there?", MSNBC guest and Democratic strategist Julian Epstein said on the channel this afternoon [6/15/2012].

The Editor says...
This hypersensitivity to race is the left's all-purpose weapon.  If you didn't vote for Obama, you're a racist.  If you oppose socialized medicine, you're a racist.  If you express a preference for some other candidate in the 2012 election, you're a racist.  And between now and the election, if you exhibit the slightest disagreement with Obama, or if you interrupt him when he's speaking, you're definitely a racist.  This can only lead to one long-lasting result:  Obama will be the last black president for decades to come, because the American people are sick of having the race card thrown out every time Obama's fragile ego is hurt.

What About the Kids Who Behave?  The Obama administration is waving around a new study showing that black school kids are "suspended, expelled, and arrested in school" at higher rates than white kids.  According to the report, which looked at 72,000 schools, black students comprise just 18% of those enrolled yet account for 46% of those suspended more than once and 39% of all expulsions. ... The data were compiled by the Education Department's civil rights office, which probably thinks that it's doing black people a favor by highlighting these racial disparities and pressuring schools to reduce black suspension rates.  No thought, it seems, was given to whether this course of action helps or harms those black kids who are in school to learn and not act up.

The Big Hoax.  The biggest hoax of the past two generations is still going strong — namely, the hoax that statistical differences in outcomes for different groups are due to the way other people treat those groups.  The latest example of this hoax is the joint crusade of the Department of Education and the Department of Justice against schools that discipline black males more often than other students. ... If black males get punished more often than Asian American females, does that mean that it is somebody else's fault?  That it is impossible that black males are behaving differently from Asian American females?  Nobody in his right mind believes that.  But that is the unspoken premise, without which the punishment statistics prove nothing about "equity."

The race card is a joker.  When I watch MSNBC and read plenty of liberal commentary online, I get the distinct feeling that I am not living in 21st century America, but in some imagined past where racism is still an all-pervasive, all-powerful bogeyman. ... MSNBC's white anchors seem to think they know more about race and racism than I do.  Their obsessed daily rants insist that almost everything the Republicans do is really about sending messages to white people about black people.

Black History Month: The Left's Favorite Time of the Year.  Alas, another Black History Month... or as the left likes to view it, their annual "Opportunity To Exploit Race Month."  It is the month in which liberals attempt to convince us that race relations in America have progressed very little since the days of police unleashing dogs on civil rights activists.  Rather than presenting a balanced, honest look at black history, leftist schoolteachers and the media say America is still racist and whites should feel eternally guilty.

Internet Access Is Not a Human Right.  Over the past few years, courts and parliaments in countries like France and Estonia have pronounced Internet access a human right.  But that argument, however well meaning, misses a larger point:  technology is an enabler of rights, not a right itself.  There is a high bar for something to be considered a human right.  Loosely put, it must be among the things we as humans need in order to lead healthy, meaningful lives, like freedom from torture or freedom of conscience.

Victimology and the Phony 'Digital Divide'.  [Scroll down]  Liberals want designated victim groups to be on a moral pedestal, immune from any criticism, while they blame "society" for their problems in life.  Black people are allowed to describe white people's motives, attitudes, behavior, and institutions, but non-blacks are not allowed to return the favor.  There is hypocrisy inherent in this rule of multicultural etiquette. ... There is an extraordinary sense of entitlement present in this attitude, which reserves for minorities the right to be seen as perpetual victims, while no one else is allowed to offer criticism of their never-ending state of victimhood.

'Internet access not a human right,' says 'Father of the Internet'.  "Internet access is not a human right," wrote Vinton Cerf in an OpEd in the New York Times on Thursday.  Cerf is a prominent computer scientist who worked on the DARPA project that gave rise to the Internet, and is revered as the "Father of the Internet."  Cerf, who wrote the piece in response to the United Nation's drive towards declaring Internet access a human right, is Google's Chief Internet Evangelist.  He argued that "technology is an enabler of rights, not a right itself."

There is a Martin Luther King Boulevard in every big city, and they're all dangerous places.
Quote of the day.  Instead of complaining about people avoiding a ghetto, how about fixing up the ghetto?  There is no sane reason for ghettos to exist.  School integration became the law of the land 57 years ago.  The end of job discrimination against blacks became the law 46 years ago.  Affirmative action came into being 40 years ago.  Trillions have been spent on programs designed to help the poor get out of poverty, or at least ease the pain.  And yet no one in their right mind would drive down any Martin Luther King Boulevard after dark?

Similarly...
Obama's Mean Streets: Crime wave on Obama Way, Barack Obama Boulevard.  A battery assault was reported to have occurred at 6:54 p.m. on the evening of February 22 in the 1600 block of Broadway Avenue, aka Obama Way, in Seaside, Calif.  The alleged assault comes on the heels of two reported thefts along Delmar Boulevard, aka Barack Obama Boulevard, in St. Louis, Mo.

Urban streets named for MLK still struggle.  A walk down the 6-mile city street named for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. yields plenty of images that would surely unsettle the civil rights leader:  shuttered storefronts, open-air drug markets and a glut of pawn shops, quickie check-cashing providers and liquor stores.

Beating the Racism Card.  For too long, too many blacks have wallowed in their own private sumps of self-pity, collapsing into whimpers every time somebody mentions blackmail, blackouts, or black markets.  It's a pathetic epilogue to the heroism and grandeur of the civil rights movement.  It's past time this adolescent posturing was put aside. ... The black grievance-hunters are no better than the Dixiecrats of old, using the same methods to keep Americans on edge, in fear, and overcome with anxiety.  Using racism for political gain is a cheap and coarse tactic no matter who is involved.  It needs to be ended.

Guinness: Samuel L. Jackson highest grossing actor of all time.  Samuel L. Jackson's movies have made more than $7.4 billion — making him the highest-grossing actor of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

5 Reasons Black Americans Should Give Up On The Democratic Party.  [Scroll down]  The only thing any Democrat has to do is claim that his opponent is a racist and he's got 90 percent of the black vote locked up.  On the other hand, Republicans have absolutely no reason to pursue black voters because no matter what they do, they believe they're going to be branded as racist, and their opponents will collect 90% of the black vote.  Until black Americans start giving some indications that their votes are up for grabs, they will continue to be ignored by both parties.

Sorry, Your "Race Card" is Expired, Over-Limit, and Declined!.  Some black elected officials have been making some remarkable public statements.  The fact of the matter is that the race card is played because historically it worked.  Shouting "racist" ended the debate and sent the opposition scurrying for cover, despite the accusation being entirely unfounded.

Trumping the Race Card.  What does racial prejudice have to do with the debt ceiling debate?  For the average person the answer to this question isn't obvious.  But according to Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, it is the most salient factor that's shaping the debate.  Last Friday the congresswoman delivered a stunning speech on the House floor where she spuriously implied that Republican opposition to raising the debt limit stemmed from their virulent racism.

Woman says TSA hair search amounts to racial profiling.  An African-American woman is accusing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of racial profiling because her hair was searched at an airport security checkpoint.

Illinois commission would probe racial discrimination [against blacks].  The call for the commission stems from a report that showed blacks are disproportionately incarcerated for low-level, non-violent drug crimes than whites.

The Editor says...
In my opinion, the creation of this commission is itself an act of discrimination.

The End of an Idea — Why Affirmative Action Should Stop.  Is there a color-coded graph somewhere that says the darker one is, the more consideration one is due?  Apparently not — given that most East Asians and Arabs are not usually extended affirmative action status.  OK, but do third-generation affluent Japanese-Americans qualify for preferences on the rationale that their parents as children were interned in camps in the American West; or fifth-generation Chinese because their great-great-grandparents were treated horribly while building the transcontinental railroad?

This material came from akdart.comStatists and the Racial 'Health Gap'.  I often speculate that deep in the bowels of the Obama administration there exists an obscure office charged with inventing egalitarian schemes to increase American dependency on government.  Ignore the high-sounding "fairness" and "equality" rhetoric.  The President's minions just cannot stop pushing, even boldly lying until the last vestiges of limited government and individual initiative are history.

If this is the worst mistreatment you can complain about, then your life must be fairly comfortable.
Minorities hit hardest by iPhone tracking technology.  Friday on MSNBC's daytime programming, host Thomas Roberts explained that in the wake of revelations the iPhone tracks your movements with its operating software, minorities, specifically blacks and Latinos are most vulnerable, since they use their cell phones more than whites according to a Nielsen study.

Abusing the Voting Rights Act.  When the Voting Rights Act was enacted in 1965, Section 5 was supposed to be a temporary, emergency provision.  It prohibits certain jurisdictions from implementing any change in their voting laws unless those changes are pre-cleared by the Justice Department or approved by a three-judge panel in federal court in Washington.  This 45-year-old "emergency" provision has been renewed four separate times, most recently in 2006.  That renewal gave the section 25 years of new life, despite a complete lack of evidence that the type of systematic discrimination that led to its initial passage still exists.

Delaware Supreme Court overturns cinema ruling.  The Delaware Supreme Court overturned a decision by the state Human Relations Commission that the manager of a Dover cinema was racist when he used a "condescending tone" in telling a crowd of largely black patrons viewing a Tyler Perry movie to silence their cell phones and remain quiet.

At Least One Black American Dreads Black History Month.  Throughout American history, white folks, and mostly Christians (there's that dirty C-word which the left despises) suffered, sacrificed, and died to help set blacks free and move them forward.  And yet, Sharpton and company use Black History Month to promote the image that every black achievement was made "in spite of" white America.

Black Man's Burden: Those Who Make Them Victims.  Jesse Jackson once told an interviewer that when hearing footsteps behind him while walking down a street at night, he is relieved if he turns to see the sound is coming from white feet.  Michelle Obama, when asked whether she worried about the safety of her then-presidential candidate husband, said, "I don't lose sleep over it, because the realities are that, you know, as a black man, you know, Barack can get shot going to the gas station."  She probably didn't mean a gas station in Beverly Hills.

Dim Bulb: National Community Reinvestment Coalition.  The median FICO score in America is 723.  Insisting borrowers have a respectable credit history isn't racist.  In fact, giving huge loans to people with poor credit is why taxpayers have spent more than $100 billion bailing out Fannie Mae.

Taxpayer Dollars Being Used to Fight for Homeless People Living in Illegally Parked Vehicles.  The taxpayer-funded Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) is suing the city over its efforts to bar homeless people from illegally living in campers, trailers, and cars on the streets of the city's Venice neighborhood.  Some homeless people say they're being targeted because of who they are.  "Stop the haters," said one protest sign carried by a homeless man in Venice during a protest march in December.

Blacks Have Separated Themselves from America.  For some reason, a majority of blacks don't choose to participate in the American dream of unity and the founding principles.  They are on a conflicting mission, one that does not fit into the American dream.  Their mission is the Obama message of social justice, the Sharpton message, the Congressional Black Caucus message, the reparations message, the affirmative action message, or whatever it is they are hearing from the Marxist left.  Race has become a worse divider of America than it was, under the victim mentality indoctrinated into the black population.  That is why disagreement with the Marxist black political agenda earns you a racist tag.  It doesn't have to be this way.
This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart
The Modern Left (Unmasked).  The left embraces "social justice," a concept in which the State — not the individual, guided by the Constitution or any god — is the ultimate authority to determine the best interest of its wards. ... For social justice to apply, though, there must be victims.  The left draws from a pool of "victims" suffering ostensible injustices based upon class, race, the environment, gender, and diversity/multiculturalism.

The Victim in Chief.  In treating most communication as a means of stating how he feels about what someone else has done, Obama is not merely demonstrating his own personality.  He is embodying the character and reflexes cultivated today in academia, the traditional media, and in politics.  In exactly his present form, he is the ideal of our cultural elite.  Sadly, that elite doesn't know any longer how to speak to Iranians in the tones of liberty, empirical confidence, and moral courage.  Its expertise now lies in reducing all questions to matters of hate speech and victimhood.

Crazed Democrats in Virginia attack opponents, throw signs.  This video depicts two men unleashing a string of racial epithets at members of Americans for Prosperity, who took the video.  While flailing arms and shouting, the two also start yanking signs off of private property and throwing them aside, while saying, "This is public space.  I pay taxpayer dollars while y'all to spread racism and bigotry."

The Party of the Rich.  At this moment, two of [the Democratic Party's] leaders from a supposedly disadvantaged minority are about to be tried for ethical transgressions (read: thievery) even Congress couldn't sweep under the rug.  Never mind that these transgressions mostly exploit the very minority these people purport to represent.  It's part of the game.  Convince minorities they should act like victims.  Extort guilt payments from the majority and keep the change.  Meanwhile, nothing improves for the minority because it would interrupt the system.

Never-Ending Racial Hostility.  This, as compared to the nation I saw in the 1950s, is not a racist country.  The time has come to stop being intimidated by racial rhetoric and guilt for the past.  The generations upon whose shoulders the guilt rests have since passed into the mists of history.  Those alive today, black and white, are the ones who made the enormous advances in civil rights possible.  It is a matter of immense pride and accomplishment.  Do not allow others to take it away from you.

We Have Overcome.  Benjamin Hooks lived to see the promise of the movement he helped lead, even if he wouldn't have admitted it.

Race and Politics:  Part II.  No dogma has caused more mischief — and, in some countries, tragedies — than the notion that there is something strange and wrong when some groups are "over-represented" or "under-represented" in some occupations or institutions.  This dogma is so widely accepted, and so deeply entrenched, that no one asks for evidence and no speck of evidence is offered.  Moreover, tons of evidence to the contrary are ignored.

More Lies Exposed in 'Phantom N-Word Tale'.  We all know the story by now.  Rep. Andre Carson (D-In) says that he and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga) were assaulted with racial slurs by Tea Party protesters as they walked down the step of the Cannon office building and headed to the Capitol on March 20th.  Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo) also told reporters that he heard the 'N-word' as he was walking a few yards behind Rep. Lewis.  "It was like a chorus", Rep. Cleaver said.  Only problem is:  Rep. Cleaver wasn't there.

The Ongoing Melodrama of Victims and Oppressors.  In Obama's world, there exists a simple zero-sum melodrama of victims and oppressors.

Opposed to Obamacare?  Then You Must Be a Racist.  As the ever-tolerant [Frank] Rich reasons:  "The conjunction of a black President and a female speaker of the House — topped off by a wise Latina on the Supreme Court and a powerful gay congressional committee chairman — would sow fears of disenfranchisement among a dwindling and threatened minority in the country no matter what policies were in play."  So that's it.  It's just a bunch of scared, white males who would yelp about anything this gang came up with.

The next move of the Alinsky left.  [Scroll down]  Why did these congresspeople, including Emmanuel Cleaver (the alleged "spitee", who actually walked too close to a protester shouting "kill the bill" and got sprayed), Barney Frank, and Nancy Pelosi deliberately march into the demonstration and confront the Tea Partiers?  After all, wasn't it Nancy herself who said she was "frightened" by these supposedly violent people?  Is it possible that they wanted to provoke a reaction from the crowd to be used by the media to demonize the Tea Party movement (i.e., "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it")?  Is it also possible that when there was nothing sufficiently provoked by the lawmakers' confrontation, they decided to fabricate it?  I believe their previous record of untruthfulness supports this hypothesis.

Left Playing the Hate Game.  In reality, this kind of commentary is nothing new.  We see it every time conservatives have any political momentum whatsoever.  The idea is that by shouting "racist," these liberal columnists can make their opponents shut up.  But this is a very angry and polarized political climate.

Black Congressmen Under Investigation?  Must Be Racism!  If Democrats did not peddle victimology and faux moral superiority, their status would be reduced to that of a fringe party, and they would end up having to get in line for a statist bailout of their own.  In 2009, only if one refuses to examine reality can race be depicted as a major societal problem.

There can be no peace in the land of the easily offended.
Mixed reaction on MARTA's 'yellow line' rebranding.  MARTA's decision to brand its train line into Doraville "yellow" has stirred quiet debate among some within Atlanta's growing Asian-American community.

Libs Scold Black Conservatives.  The liberal media celebrates black achievement only when it comes from an I made it in spite of America's racism point of view.  Blacks who proclaim, "I achieved because America is the greatest land of opportunity on the planet for all who choose to go for it" are vilified by the media, branded Uncle Toms and traitors to their race.  The Left's message is clear.  To be authentically black and faithful to their race, blacks must not achieve on their own.  They must view themselves as eternal victims and reserve at least a minimal resentment against white America.

The Racism Trap Defined.  Unfortunately, after King's assassination, black liberation theologians (like James H. Cone) and Black Panthers, Black Muslims and other splinter groups hijacked Dr. King's movement and turned it upside down and inside out, adopting the vengeance/violence model.  Even after the post-King-assassination wholesale riots and killing sprees ended, these groups adopted socialist revolutionary tactics (those designed by Alinsky and others), which have perpetuated the battle, turned racism into a black on white sin more than the other way around, and have demanded more and more and more as just retribution and penance for the sin of white racism in the past.

Mexican flag has no place in an immigration march.  I understand the feelings of the tens of thousands of people who marched on the National Mall yesterday in pursuit of immigration reform and, in particular, paths to citizenship for millions of undocumented workers.  I understand their desire to live without fear of arrest, to simply do an honest day's work and to see their children thrive.  I understand that our immigration system is haplessly dysfunctional and that major reforms are needed.  What I don't understand is the claim by some at the march that those here illegally are somehow victims.

The Real Problem With ACORN.  [Scroll down]  Eventually I soured on welfare in a number of ways.  Even with the women it was doing no good.  They had no sense of self-sufficiency.  It was just a sophisticated form of begging.  They would develop a sense of entitlement so that "getting ahead" simply meant making more and more strident demands on more and more people.

Obama, Abortion and the Promise of Racial Equality.  Prior to the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States, many people believed (or feared) that racism remained so widespread in America that no African-American could be elected to national office.  That hypothesis has been falsified.  It is not that our country is free of racists (or anti-Semites, or anti-Catholics, or other bigots).  Racist views, however, have been stigmatized and people holding such views have been marginalized.  The overwhelming majority of whites today are prepared to vote for a black candidate for any office.

Of Race, Gender and Justice.  Judge Sotomayor's offensive words are a reflection of her much greater body of work as an ethnic activist and judge.  Identity politics is at the core of who this woman is.  And let me be clear here, I am not talking about the understandable pride in one's ancestry or ethnic roots, which is both common and natural in a country as diverse and pluralistic as ours.  Identity politics involves a sense of grievance against the majority, a feeling that racism permeates American society and its institutions, and the belief that members of one's own group are victims in a perpetual power struggle with the majority.

Race Talk for "African-Americans".  Race talk often portrays black Americans as downtrodden and deserving of white people's help and sympathy.  That vision is an insult of major proportions.  As a group, black Americans have made some of the greatest gains, over the highest hurdles, in the shortest span of time than any other racial group in mankind's history. ... It was a black American, Gen. Colin Powell, appointed Joint Chief of Staff in October 1989, who headed the world's mightiest military and later became U.S. Secretary of State, and was succeeded by Condoleezza Rice, another black American.  Black Americans are among the world's most famous personalities and a few are among the richest.  Most blacks are not poor but middle class.

The Obama We Knew But Denied:  [Scroll down slowly]  We saw a perfect glimpse of this condescending prejudice from Rev. Jeremiah Wright, when he spoke to the NAACP on the differences between white children and black children.  Wright declared that black children simply could not learn in the same rigid type of environment in which white children thrived.  "Their brains are wired differently," he proclaimed.  This is simply a way of saying, "Black children can't succeed" in a white world with the same standards of achievement for all.  This prejudiced attitude is the foundation of affirmative action, whether in education or employment.  Whatever standards cannot be met by the disadvantaged group must be waived out of deceptive "niceness."  This is the insidious prejudice that has all-but destroyed our nation's public schools.

No sacrifice too great for Michelle Obama.  The First Lady has once again uttered words that reveal her self-absorbed interior life.  Speaking in Copenhagen, she referred to her trip as a "sacrifice." ... There is a victim mentality at work here.  Life is unfair.  This is a woman who sees herself put-upon by life, the victim of forces beyond her control.  And she lives in the White House!

Paterson Whines:  'Racism!'  Gov. Paterson has played the race card.  The state's first black governor yesterday [8/21/2009] blamed his political woes — and those of President Obama — on a white-dominated media that he accused of taking part in an "orchestrated" attack campaign.  "We're not in the post-racial period," Paterson said in a freewheeling interview on the liberal talk-radio station WWRL.  "My feeling is it's being orchestrated, it's a game, and people who pay attention know that."

N.Y. Gov. Paterson blames unpopularity on his skin.  New York's Democratic Gov. David Paterson has figured out why his popularity there has declined from the heady days when the lieutenant governor succeeded sex scandal-plagued fellow Democrat Eliot Spitzer.  Paterson told a radio interviewer today it's because he's black and there aren't enough black media outlets to counter the white ones.  He also suggested the same racist forces will soon take after President Barack Obama.

Promoting Racial Paranoia.  Henry Louis Gates Jr. has threatened to make a documentary on "racial profiling" in the wake of his highly publicized arrest for disorderly conduct on July 16.  It's going to be a very long film, given the Harvard professor's exceedingly expansive definition of what counts as biased policing.  Unfortunately, Pres. Barack Obama's take on police work is no more reality-based than Gates's.

Cries of reverse discrimination build to a chorus.  A black president tabs a Latina for the Supreme Court.  She had made a ruling against white firefighters.  That ruling gets reversed by her prospective high-court colleagues.  It was pretty easy to guess what would come up in her confirmation hearings.  America, it seems, isn't over race after all.  Rather, now the race card is being dealt in every direction.

Stinging Remarks on Race From Attorney General.  The United States is "a nation of cowards" when it comes to race relations, the country's newly minted attorney general said today [2/18/2009].  In remarks made during a speech to honor Black History Month, Eric Holder said the country remains "voluntarily socially segregated," making head-turning comments that could spark fierce dialogue and the ire of some conservatives.

Why should a journalist's race matter?  With so many other things to worry about, and with the whole world able to see that racial identity is no longer a barrier to even the most powerful position in American life, you might think the press would finally be ready to abandon its unhealthy preoccupation with the color of skin — especially the skin within its own ranks.  Alas, no.

Blacks should reflect on conservatism.  When I talk with other blacks about their view of the GOP, they see a party that harms African-Americans.  I see a party of personal responsibility, values and smaller government that acts to make all people self-reliant — a goal of our nation's finest black leaders, too.

Whites Can't Make Blacks Happy.  One of the creepy things about our "need to have a conversation about race" is the assumption that whites can somehow make blacks feel better, or be happier, or be more self-accepting.  Nobody has the power to do that, except what individuals do for themselves, one person at a time. … Far too many black people don't feel good about themselves, and are constantly looking for answers from somebody else.  That quest for the impossible has been turned into an accusation against the invisible but all-powerful white racist establishment.

Michelle Obama: Perpetual Victim.  Her husband has been lauded as the Messiah; benefited from the most fawning coverage bestowed on a presidential candidate, at least since JFK; is running in the most Democrat-favorable electoral environment, at least since Watergate; has raised more funds than any presidential candidate ever; has become a worldwide celebrity; and is spending an unprecedented amount of money running negative ads about his opponent. ... Yet in her world, they're still "underdogs."

Perpetual Victimization for Perpetual War.  Perpetual victimization is the worst thing that can be done to someone.  It means conceptually depriving them of their free will and treating their every action as a reaction.  Yet perpetual victimization is at the heart of Western liberalism, it is the very same premise that once promoted eugenics against the poor and throughout the 20th century has promoted and sought to keep minorities helpless and victimized, rather than self-empowered.

The Wright Cost of Anger:  Here's the "victicrat" mindset:  Kids having difficulty performing well on standardized tests?  Blame "cultural bias."  Get pulled over by a cop?  DWB — driving while black.  A disproportionate number of blacks in prison?  A racist criminal justice system that "targets" blacks for prosecution and imprisonment.  Katrina?  As Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., put it, "ethnic cleansing by inaction."  Difficulty qualifying for a loan?  Blame banks' devious plan to prevent blacks from getting "access to capital."

Angela Davis:  Prisons perpetuate oppression of minorities.  After the inauguration of the first black president, America is now on the precipice of changes that were never before possible, 1960s radical turned academic Angela Davis told a crowd of hundreds at the University of New Hampshire last night.  The vestiges of slavery, colonization and exploitation remain rife throughout America, as is evidenced by the over-representation of minorities in prison, Davis said.

Watermelon Art at California Fair Said to Be Racist.  Colusa County officials are defending their display at the California State Fair after a black couple complained that a caricature of a smiling watermelon seed was racist.  The "Waldo Watermelon Seed" drawing was removed this week after the couple said the image evoked negative stereotypes about blacks.

Frustration and Optimism in New Orleans.  [Scroll down]  "I think it's bad," said Merline Kimble, 59, a music promoter from the Treme neighborhood who recently returned to New Orleans.  "For people who want to come home, rent is more expensive, utilities are more expensive, everything's more expensive.  Nobody's doing anything to get people home."

The Editor says...
Billions of dollars have been spent on New Orleans since hurricane Katrina, and yet there are people who say "nobody's doing anything."

Could Obama's rise signal the end of black victimology?  Victimology, in the view of black writer John McWhorter, is the theory that (1) African-Americans are continuing victims of racism and discrimination, and (2) their progress consequently depends chiefly on acts of repentant benevolence by whites — in the extreme case, reparations for slavery.  Jesse Jackson is the best-known victimologist, but far from the only one.  They all must experience acute ambivalence as they view Senator Obama.

Why Stupid Is as Stupid Does.  Jesse Jackson, Rainbow-Push Coalition, and the rest of the industry of outrage that make a living off of spreading such a victimhood mentality in their communities have been doing it for years.  To be very honest its one of the reasons newly immigrated blacks from Africa or the Caribbean have a very hard time fitting in to such communities.  As immigrants they see the opportunities in front of them as blessings and they cannot comprehend why some domestic, multi-generational black Americans won't seize them.  Victimhood is a state of mind first and foremost.  Overcoming the barriers that keeps one down is exceedingly liberating.  But on Chicago's south side, fellow African Americans make large sums of money convincing some that they must remain angry, suspicious, and sadly — victims.

For America's Scholars Of Race, An Obama Dilemma.  What bothers Brown University economist Glenn Loury is that Obama's election would fundamentally change the rules of race in America, yet that victory would come with the overwhelming assent of black people who have no idea that is what they are agreeing to.  "They're voting for the end of affirmative action and they don't even know it," said Loury, who is black.  "They're voting for the end of race and they don't even know it."

The Editor says...
In other words, black activists don't want racism to go away.  They thrive on it.  By claiming to be victims of other people's racism, they have an open-ended excuse for their own shortcomings.  That's what perpetual victimhood is all about.

Talking Back to a Black Man:  A few weeks ago, I was listening to a radio talk show when a black man called in to take Barack Obama to task for suggesting that black men were sloughing off their responsibility as fathers.  The caller didn't deny recent data that indicated that 80% of black babies were being born to unwed mothers.  Instead, he said that this dire situation wasn't the fault of irresponsible young men and women, but, instead, was the logical result of rampant racism in our country.

An Enduring Crisis for the Black Family:  In 1965, a young assistant secretary of labor named Daniel Patrick Moynihan stumbled upon data that showed a rise in the number of black single mothers.  As Moynihan wrote in a now-famous report for the Johnson administration, especially troubling was that the growth in illegitimacy, as it was universally called then, coincided with a decline in black male unemployment. ... Unfortunately, those warnings were as prescient as they were reviled.  Civil rights leaders, worried about reviving racist myths about black promiscuity, objected to what they viewed as blaming the victim.  Feminists were inclined to look on the "strong black women" raising their children without men as a symbol of female autonomy.

NAACP head:  Obama win won't solve racial injustice in U.S.  The chairman of the NAACP says racial disparity will remain an issue in America whether or not Barack Obama is elected as the nation's first black president.

Obviously the NAACP will never be satisfied, no matter what happens.  This page is dedicated to people who can never be content -- people who always need someone else to blame for their troubles.  The NAACP has figured out how to keep this discontent churned up and turn it into a business.

Obama:  Too Little, Too Late.  [In] "Dreams from My Father", [Obama] describes in vivid detail his first meeting with [Jeremiah] Wright, whom he quotes as warning him:  "Life's not safe for a black man in this country, Barack.  Never has been.  Probably never will be."  Apparently these words didn't set off warning lights.  To the contrary, the young, Ivy-League educated Obama, who had been raised in Hawaii by his white grandparents and attended prep school there, seemed to be seeking a vicarious sense of victimhood in Wright's church.

Jeremiah Wright's Wider Toll:  Through my work with the Illinois governor's task force on human services reform and its efforts to reduce welfare dependency, I have encountered misguided community "leaders" like Wright who tell their followers, for example, that the job market is stacked against them and that the jobs that are available aren't good enough — that they are entitled to more.  The underlying message:  You can't win because of who you are, regardless of what you do.

The Rev and the Global Victims' Club:  The saddest aspect of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's tirades is neither his dishonest charges, nor his egocentric claim to speak for all black churches, nor even the harm he's done to the dreams of his best-known parishioner.  The sorrow and the pity of it all is that the Chicago pastor, who's reveling in his 15 minutes of fame, is only one of many demagogues in all races and creeds who foster cults of victimization around the globe.  And nothing is more certain to keep those at the bottom down than self-appointed messiahs who assure them they'll always be victims.

More information about Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

A Report from the White Community:  I did not spend a moment today thinking about how to keep the black man down.  Just another day.  I can't remember ever getting a memo about, or an invitation to a strategy meeting on keeping the corporation white.  So stop telling me everything is my fault. … I am aware that racism still exists.  It is a sad part of the human condition.  But it is no longer institutional in America and to the extent it exists, it runs both ways.

Blacks, Banks and "Institutional Racism":  In today's online information age, don't many borrowers apply for and obtain loans either online or via telephone, with the loan officer completely unaware of one's race? … Don't at least some white borrowers pay interest rates as high, if not higher, than those paid by blacks?

House Majority Whip:  Climate Change Hurts Blacks More.  Climate change is no longer just an environmental issue.  It's now an issue of race, according to global warming activists and policy makers.  "It is critical our community be an integral and active part of the debate because African-Americans are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change economically, socially and through our health and well-being," House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., said July 29.

Cultural Affirmative Action:  In a way, I prefer the old, overt affirmative action.  While it was government-sanctioned discrimination, at least it was, in some measure, more honest than our cultural affirmative action.  There is such a thing.  It's when people in the market and media privilege others — sometimes unconsciously — based upon the latter's identification with a "victim group."

Black Reparations:  The Ultimate Prize.  In the years much closer to slavery than we now live, blacks founded and ran their own towns, owned and prospered on millions of dollars worth of land, formed so many successful businesses that it necessitated formation of the National Negro Business League, directed their own schools and colleges — all of this long before the 1950s.  Yet now, according to the custodians of the race, the "residue" of the slave experience pierces so deeply into the psyches and immediate lives of blacks, that only more monetary resources from whites can heal the wounds and finally eliminate what these worthies are calling the "lingering negative effects" of slavery.

What does Obama's victory mean?  Today, if black Americans' gross domestic product were measured separately, it would be the 16th-richest country in the world.  Nearly 80 percent of blacks live above the poverty level, contrasted with 65 percent 40 years ago.  The greater percentage of blacks live either middle-class or better lives.  The employment rate for married black men equals the employment rate for married white men.  The average black woman with a college degree makes more money than the average white woman with a college degree.  The highest percentage of blacks in American history — 46 percent — own their homes.

Racial Hoaxes and the NAACP:  The major problems confronting a large segment of the black community have little or nothing to do with racism -- problems such as unprecedented illegitimacy, family breakdown, fraudulent education, crime and rampant social pathology. If white people became angels tomorrow, it would do nothing to solve problems that can only be solved by blacks.

America's Newest 'Victims':  There's a new class of victims in America:  former NFL players. … There's no doubt that many former players are physical wrecks.  But should we feel sorry for them?  After all, many players reveled in the fact that they could punish their bodies week after week and continue to play.  Noticeably absent from this debate is any discussion about the personal responsibility these players bear for their post-career conditions.

Blacks must drop victimhood and reclaim dignity.  When restaurants, laundries, hotels, theaters, groceries, and clothing stores were legally segregated, black people opened and ran their own.  Such successes provided jobs and strength to black economic well-being.  They also gave black people that gratifying sense of an interdependent community with people working to help each other.  During legal segregation, white racists destroyed some of these economically independent communities.  To their credit, our ancestors did not accept victimhood.  They fought back as individuals and as a people.  Most refused to become passive victims of the system.

At Last!  People for whom indignation is a way of life — and there seem to be an increasing number of such people — repeatedly have outbursts of outrage whenever the police fire a lot of shots at some criminal.

Pay Up, Honky.  "Black people, wake up!" shouts the ad running in local black newspapers.  "Do not spend your money with Kohl's Department Stores or T-Mobile Wireless … Help us prove their racist stereotypes wrong."  From the hyperbolic tone, you'd think the companies had installed whites-only drinking fountains.  But the outrage stems from something a bit more pedestrian.  Black newspapers are crying discrimination because the two companies don't spend enough money with … black newspapers.

Misstep in a Liberal Minefield:  For decades, liberals, believing that "self-esteem" is a universal entitlement that is endangered by nearly universal insensitivity, have striven to make everybody exquisitely sensitive to slights.  Liberals have become industrialists as an indignation industry has burgeoned.  It writes campus speech codes, infests corporations with "sensitivity training" workshops and "consciousness-raising" retreats, and generally enforces the new right to pass through this vale of tears without tears or even being peeved.

Step Down Off the Slave Auction Block.  What if a long line of whites showed up at every black-owned business in America.  What if they had qualified credentials and demanded to be hired, promoted and loved?  What if the black owner refused to fire one of his tried and true black employees just to make room for the white applicant and to have equal representation of all races in the workplace?

America's Unhappiest Millionaire:  Michelle Obama's gospel of misery.  By her husband's logic, Michelle Obama must be a heavily armed xenophobic religious zealot, because boy is she bitter.  [A] C-SPAN video of a speech delivered by Mrs. Obama in North Carolina last Friday [5/2/2008] is characteristic of her peculiar recent performances on the stump.  It is an hour-long talk to supporters who just want something to cheer about, and who get some opportunities at the outset, but then find themselves treated to a profoundly and relentlessly negative vision of American life.

Modern Liberals, Whine Connoisseurs.  Michelle Obama whines about the burdens of paying for piano lessons and summer camp for the kids, and the paying off the student loans for her two Ivy League degrees.  "The salaries don't keep up with the cost of paying off the debt," she complained when the Obamas cleared half a million a year … Barack Obama understands the language of victimhood and uses it effectively.  And victimhood has become a central tenant of modern liberalism.

Hillary's Hurdles:  Dubious Donors.  Asian-American groups don't like the increased scrutiny that Hillary Clinton's mysterious Chinese dishwasher donors are getting. … In the wake of eye-opening investigations by The Post and the Los Angeles Times of more dubious foreign funny money flowing into Hill's coffers, ethnic-grievance groups are stepping forward to condemn these stories as examples of "negligent journalism."  Yep:  The newspapers are guilty of "negligence" because they actually broke news instead of covering it up.

Self Sabotage Preventing More Black Entrepreneurs.  During a recent speaking engagement at a DC high school, I talked about the importance of cultivating an entrepreneurial spirit. … Nearly every student in the audience was black.  Their response was heartbreaking.  One student after another told me that the white people would prevent them from becoming successful entrepreneurs.  These kids were only teenagers, and they had already given up.

It's a vast white wing conspiracy.
Nagin Suspects a Plot To Keep Blacks Away.  New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin has suggested that the slow recovery and rebuilding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina — which has prevented many black former residents from returning — is part of a plan to change the racial makeup and political leadership of his and other cities.

Left Off Debate List, New Orleans Sees Politics at Play.  When presidential debates are in the news, it is usually because of something a candidate says.  But the omission of New Orleans this week from the roster of four cities that will hold the 2008 debates raised the question of whether politics was behind the site-selection process.

The Editor says...
After Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, the people of New Orleans quickly came to expect politicians to pander to them at every opportunity.  It's getting old.

Hip hop:  Popular culture is white culture.  This isn't because of some anti-minority agenda.  This isn't because TV and music executives aren't part of the community.  It's because there are more white people than black people.  Therefore, there is more advertising money in appealing to the pop culture sensibilities of white people.

Ammunition for poverty pimps:  Since President Johnson's War on Poverty, controlling for inflation, the nation has spent $9 trillion on about 80 anti-poverty programs.  To put that figure in perspective, last year's U.S. GDP was $11 trillion; $9 trillion exceeds the GDP of any nation except the U.S.  Hurricanes Katrina and Rita uncovered the result of the War on Poverty — dependency and self-destructive behavior.

The Offensiveness of Taking Offense.  Whether it's an off-color joke or colorful commentary, it's now hard to make anything but the most plain vanilla statements without offending somebody. … Screaming "That's offensive!" is nothing but a ploy. … They just don't happen to like what you're saying.

Seattle's Culture of Victimology and the Shooting of Jews.  How could it happen?  In Seattle, of all places, a city of moderation and diversity?  On Friday, July 28, a man barged into the offices of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.  It is alleged that, armed with two handguns, Naveed Afzal Haq, 30, killed one woman and wounded five others.

Discriminating against the 'brown coin'.  In the renewed debate over whether to rid our currency of the penny, it's awfully conspicuous that the coin being targeted for elimination is the one coin that's a different color from the rest.  More precisely, it's the coin that's "copper" amid a sea of "silver" ones — that is, the brown coin amid a sea of white coins.  It also happens to be the coin paying tribute to the president who freed the brown people, in contrast to the white coins, which sport presidents who were slaveholders.



"Master" and "slave" computer labels unacceptable, officials say.  Los Angeles officials have asked that manufacturers, suppliers and contractors stop using the terms "master" and "slave" on computer equipment, saying such terms are unacceptable and offensive.

J-K Flip-Flop

 Editor's Note:   The senselessness we know as Political Correctness will thrive as long as there are spineless politicians who dignify and legitimize absurd complaints by failing to ignore them.  This is exactly the kind of nonsense for which California is famous.  How will it help anyone to remove the words master and slave from computer equipment, or from the dictionary?  How else could you explain the operation of a J-K flip-flop? (See diagram above.)

Loran diagram - Click to enlarge
And another thing...
The words "Master" and "Slave" were originally used to describe the operation of the Loran navigation system.  (Now the "Slave" stations are called "Secondary" stations.)

If one computer component is the slave of another, should we feel sorry for it and try to set it free?  (What if the computer is shackled by a Master padlock?)



The Essence of Liberalism:  Embracing Life's Losers.  The rhetoric of today's left shows that they see society divided between the privileged and the powerless, the favored and the unfortunate, victors and victims.  Liberals feel an irresistible instinct to take sides with the less fortunate.  While the right wants to reward beneficial choices and discourage destructive directions, the left seeks to eliminate or reduce the impact of the disadvantages that result from bad decisions.

The politics of disparity:  Class warriors incessantly complain of the expanding gap between "rich" and "poor," by which they mean the rich are getting richer at the expense of the poor.  In fact, all boats rise with the tide — the poor are getting richer, too.  Unfortunately, too many Americans believe the lie because of its constant repetition in the media and in our public schools.

Wal-Mart Imagemaker Quits Amid PR Flap.  In the [Los Angeles] Sentinel interview, Young was asked about whether he was concerned Wal-Mart causes smaller, mom-and-pop stores to close.  "Well, I think they should; they ran the 'mom and pop' stores out of my neighborhood," the paper quoted Young as saying.  "But you see, those are the people who have been overcharging us, selling us stale bread and bad meat and wilted vegetables.  And they sold out and moved to Florida.  I think they've ripped off our communities enough.  First it was Jews, then it was Koreans and now it's Arabs; very few black people own these stores."

Black Unemployment Drops Under Bush.  Anybody keeping up with the African-American unemployment rate would know that it is at one of its lowest levels ever. … Currently, black unemployment is 9.4%, which is significantly lower than the 10% it averaged in the Clinton years.

For L.A. homeless: a gym, movies, and hair salon.  The city opens a $17 million shelter Monday [4/18/2005] amid controversy that funds would have been better spent on affordable housing.

[What's more affordable than "free?"]

The race card — 2005.  The Democratic Party continues to play the race card for political gain.  Remember the claims by John Kerry and others of one million black voters disenfranchised in Florida during the 2000 presidential election?  Peter Kirsanow, a black attorney and member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, says the commission's six-month investigation failed to find any evidence of black voter "intimidation."  "Not one person was intimidated," says Kirsanow, "[or] had their vote stolen.  There was no disenfranchisement … no truth to any of those allegations."

Opportunity is not black or white.  Race matters only to those who want to continue to keep the nation divided.  Some individual Americans may from time to time stand in your way, but America does not.  America is defined by its ideals, not by its limitations.

Hurricane Katrina, the race card, and the welfare state.  Maybe someday one of the news anchors will ask one of the so-called civil rights leaders the following question:  Doesn't the demand for race-based preferences, set-asides, private sector anti-discrimination laws, social welfare programs, and social "safety net" programs all conspire to say one thing — "You are not responsible"?

Victims.  The problem is the government gives of the excess fruits of some people's labors to others who do no labor at all.  Food stamps, housing, and welfare — all are given away.  Why work when the government will give you your basic needs?  In this circumstance, when hard times come people are not prepared to deal with them.  So yes, government failed, but its failure is its active role in the slow, steady decline of its citizen's sense of personal responsibility and accountability.

We're all victims.  Critics have noticed that nobody is responsible for anything anymore, since almost everyone is a victim.  Here are the top 10 victim stories of 2005.

Michael Jackson & the Race Card—  Don't leave home without it.  It works.  Just ask O.J. Simpson.

A few words about O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson:  Before the cuffs went on, Simpson and Jackson couldn't have found black America with a road map.  The jock had ensconced himself in chichi Brentwood where he was said to have built a world in which about the only thing black was the busboys at the four-star restaurants.  The moonwalker had — one of his top aides told me this once — peeled his skin the color of bones and carved himself a nose that would not be out of place on Tinker Bell, because his African features were abhorrent to him.  Yet, to listen to Jackson's brother Jermaine and Simpson's lawyer Johnnie Cochran, during their respective trials, they were some combination of Emmett Till, Rosa Parks and Kunta Kinte, targeted for the color of their skin, not the content of their criminal files.

Do poor blacks need to hear "millions more" excuses?  Am I suggesting that blacks in America today do not have to contend with the burden of racism?  Of course I am not.  What I do claim is that the most damaging racism in our community is what it hears from its own leaders.  It is the message that black citizens cannot and should not be treated as free and personally responsible individuals.

'Aunt Jemima' Sues After Council Meeting Ban.  An activist arrested after disrupting a City Council meeting dressed in an Aunt Jemima costume and banned from attending meetings until the end of March has filed a lawsuit claiming her rights were violated.  Jackie Brown filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to have the ban declared unconstitutional as well as unspecified damages and attorneys fees, The Florida Times-Union reported Monday [2/13/2006].

Intolerable.  [John] Banzhaf's action followed an appellate court ruling that will allow Native American groups to challenge the Washington football team's trademark on "Redskins."  The federal Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has already ruled that the word Redskins is racially derogatory and offensive.

Black Activist Decries Civil Rights Apologists.  The Senate apology for lynching perpetuates the "Posture of the Victim".

Responsible voting:  Since 90 percent of the black vote goes to Democrats, it is especially important for Democrats to scare blacks, in order to get a large turnout.  Charges of "racism" have been used for this purpose in the past but it is hard to make that stick against an administration with the first black Secretary of State and the first black National Security Adviser in the White House.  The ploy this time is to claim that Republicans are trying to "suppress" the black vote "again."  Senator Kerry has stooped to this, despite the fact that many of the voting booth problems in Florida in 2000 occurred in precincts controlled by election officials who were Democrats.

Fables Democrats tell themselves:  The U.S. Civil Rights Commission began investigating charges of voter disenfranchisement in 2001.  They investigated every tale of roadblocks, intimidation and registration anomalies.  They found not a single African American who had been harassed, intimidated or prevented from voting at any polling place in Florida.

The oldest fraud:  Election frauds are nothing new and neither are political frauds in general.  The oldest fraud is the belief that the political left is the party of the poor and the downtrodden.  The election results in California are only the latest evidence to give the lie to that belief.  The most affluent counties were where Kerry had his strongest support.

Victimhood:  Rhetoric or reality?  If you listened to the rhetoric of black politicians and civil rights leaders, dating back to the Reagan years, you would have been convinced that surely by now black Americans would be back on the plantation.  According to them, President Reagan, and later Presidents Bush I and II, would turn back the clock on civil rights. … We can now recognize this rhetoric as the political equivalent of the "rope-a-dope."

Five reasons to fear the Democratic party:  Reason #3 - The Professional Grievance-Mongers.  The ethnic shakedown artists who have sued over every slight and hyped every faked claim of a hate crime are America-bashing enablers of the worst sort — and they are the heart and soul of the Democratic Party.

Conservatives, liberals and blacks:  According to a Washington Times story (July 14, 2004), Democratic hopeful Sen. John Kerry, in a speech about education to a predominantly black audience, said that there are more blacks in prison than in college.  "That's unacceptable, but it's not their fault," he said.  Do you think Kerry would also say that white inmates are faultless?  Aside from Kerry being factually wrong about the black prison population vs. the black college population, his vision differs little from one that holds that blacks are a rudderless, victimized people who cannot control their destiny and whose best hope depends upon the benevolence of white people.

Understanding Income Inequality in the United States:  The top fifth of U.S. households (with incomes above $84,000) remain perennial targets of class-warfare enmity.  These families, however, perform a third of all labor in the economy.  They contain the best educated and most productive workers, and they provide a disproportionate share of the investment needed to create jobs and spur economic growth.  Nearly all are married-couple families, many with two or more earners.  Far from shirking the tax burden, these families pay 82.5 percent of total federal income taxes and two-thirds of federal taxes overall.  By contrast, the bottom quintile pays 1.1 percent of total federal taxes.

The grand fallacy  The grand fallacy of our times is that various groups would be equally represented in institutions and occupations if it were not for discrimination.  This preconception has undermined, if not destroyed, the crucial centuries-old legal principle that the burden of proof is on the accuser.

The Great Black Church-burning Hoax:  Responding to the reported wave of southern black church burnings, President Clinton proclaimed that "Racial hostility is the driving force" behind the church burnings and said, "I want to ask every citizen in America to say we … we are not slipping back to those dark days."  Okay, Mr. President, I'll say it. I'll say it because this "epidemic of hatred" is a fraud.  A myth.  A deliberate hoax.

Crime Study Doesn't Show Racism.  In [a recent] report, the Sentencing Project, an advocacy group that favors alternatives to prison, estimates that on any given day 32 percent of black men ages 20 to 29 are serving a criminal sentence.  That's 827,400 young black men.  But what most of the news stories didn't tell you was that the majority were not behind bars but on probation or parole.

Obama:  Tilting at Racial Windmills.  Simply put, black offenders do not receive stiffer penalties than white offenders for equivalent crimes — not today, and not at any time in recent decades.  The most exhaustive, best designed study of this matter — a three-year analysis of more than 11,000 convicted criminals in California — found that the severity of offenders' sentences depended heavily on such factors as prior criminal records, the seriousness of the crimes, and whether guns were used in the commission of those crimes.  Race was found to have no effect whatsoever.

Victimhood: The Status Of Underdog Is Vastly Overrated.  Domestic policy has been skewed too much in favor of the unsuccessful.  I sometimes wonder why I bother working, saving, investing and doing the things that help people get ahead when the government goes to great lengths to help those who do not do those things.



The Bill Cosby Subsection:

[DELETED]


For English, please press '1'.  Two politicians in Maryland are now in trouble for stating the obvious:  People who work in customer service should speak English.  And out-of-control multiculturalism is to blame for the failure to preserve America's common language.  The professional victims are up in arms as usual — demanding apologies, whining to the press and clamoring for government subsidies to nurse their hurt feelings.

Work pays!  Those for whom indignation is a way of life often inform us of the fact that families or households in the top 10 or 20 percent in income make far more money than people in the bottom 10 or 20 percent in income.  What they almost never inform us of are how much money they are talking about and how many people in these different brackets actually work.

Mayors' Claims of Growing Hunger Appear Wildly Exaggerated.  The US Conference of Mayors has released its annual report on hunger and homelessness in America.  The mayors have released a similar report each year since 1987.  The report measures "hunger" by the number of persons using food banks or soup kitchens.  The Conference of Mayors has reported that the number of persons using food banks or soup kitchens in major cities has increased substantially in each of the past 16 years, and it is expected that a similar increase will be reported this year.  The mayors' hunger reports, however, are vague.  They do not give the number of persons using food banks or soup kitchens.  Instead, they merely report the rate of increase in use compared to the prior year.

Racism Charge Is A Clunker:  Once the numbers are cooked and disparate impact is shown, the heavy legal burden of disproving racial discrimination falls on the defendant.  (For that, blame the 1991 Civil Rights Act — one of the most disastrous bipartisan legacies of former President George Herbert Walker Bush.)

White guilt, black exploitation:  Few Americans have heard of the National Slave Memorial Act (HR 196) that proposes to erect a National Slave Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Liberal segregationist in the schools:  The spirit of George Wallace is alive and well — among left-wing zealots in some of America's most "progressive" taxpayer-funded schools.  In Oberlin, Ohio, local school board president Tony Marshall argues that only black high school teachers should teach "black history."

Children's Nursery Rhyme Triggers Racial Discrimination Lawsuit:  A Southwest Airlines flight attendant's use of a popular children's rhyme - "Eenie, meenie, minie, moe" - has resulted in a federal racial discrimination lawsuit against the airline filed by two African American women asking for unspecified financial damages.

 Update:   Southwest Airlines Cleared in Race Discrimination Lawsuit.  A federal jury has decided that a Southwest Airlines flight attendant did not discriminate against two black passengers when she used a nursery rhyme to get passengers to pick their seats.

Black-casualty myth shattered:  In fact, it is whites who serve on the front-lines in disproportionate numbers.

Death Penalty by the Numbers:  Inasmuch as black murderers commit about half of all homicides in the United States, the numbers make it clear that the death penalty is imposed with disproportionate severity not on blacks, but on whites.

Republicans and Civil Rights:  In the 26 major civil rights votes after 1933, a majority of Democrats opposed civil rights legislation in over 80 percent of the votes.  By contrast, the Republican majority favored civil rights in over 96 percent of the votes.

Family Secrets:  [T]oday's unprecedented illegitimacy and weak family structure has nothing to do with discrimination and slavery.  It's explained better by promiscuity and irresponsibility, and as such it's not a civil rights problem.

Truth:  If ever a black woman should have screamed "black liberation" with a southern accent, that woman would have been [Oseola] McCarty.  But she did not.  What she did do was save her money for seventy-eight years.  Year after year, she washed clothes day and night.  She saved what she could.  She did not marry.  She did not have children out of wedlock.  And at the end of her days, Ms. McCarty gave all of her life savings, $150,000, to create a scholarship for black students.

Black students allegedly behind racist graffiti:  Three African-American students at the University of Mississippi have been accused of writing racist graffiti on doors outside rooms of two other black students in the Kincannon residence hall on the Oxford campus.

Hate crime hoax at Ole Miss:  A terrible racial incident took place at Trent Lott's alma mater last month.  But you won't hear about it from Dan Rather or Time magazine or The Washington Post or the NAACP.  That's because what happened at the University of Mississippi in the early morning hours of Nov. 6 has all the markings of a fake hate crime:  An apparent racial hoax committed by black students against black students, but blamed on whites — until the suspects were nabbed last week.

Anti-Muslim attack called bogus.  A Muslim student who said a masked gunman assaulted her after he wrote anti-Islamic slurs in a women's restroom at Elmhurst College was arrested Friday after an investigation concluded the attack never happened.  A week after the case roiled the small college, Elmhurst Police Chief Steven Neubauer said Safia Jilani, 19, of Oak Brook had been booked on a felony charge of filing a false police report, which is punishable by 1 to 3 years in prison.

Sob Your Way Into College:  Many of the freshmen entering California's public university system this fall will owe their college opportunity not so much to great test scores but to hard-luck stories, such as surviving a shooting, dealing with the death of a close relative or growing up in a single-parent household.  Conservative civil rights activists suspect that this post-"affirmative action" admissions policy is little more than an end-run around the voter-passed prohibition against racial preferences.

Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams:  Grace Under Fire.  For over 30 years, Thomas Sowell, currently with the Hoover Institution, and Walter Williams, chairman of the economics department at George Mason University, led the charge against the "victicrat" mindset.  Through decades of weekly columns, books, speeches and lectures before often-hostile crowds, they long argued that racism cannot be blamed for poverty, crime, illegitimacy, and under-performing schools.

The Friends of James Ujaama:  In the name of "African American Unity," the political friends of James Ujaama refuse to believe he is anything other than a benign minority community activist under attack by a biased government.  This self-serving love of racial demagoguery is blind, dumb and dangerous.

Naming Names in "Africa-America":  The so-called "slave names" that so many blacks began repudiating in the 1960s, were neither given to them by slaveowners nor were they usually the slaveowners' family names.  They were names chosen despite prohibitions, in order to symbolize family ties that were often stronger than those in today's ghettoes.

Cronyism 101:  The Perks of Being "Disadvantaged".  The "Disadvantaged Business Enterprise" program, run by the U.S. Department of Transportation and adopted by states and cities across the country, is one of the most atrociously corrupt government endeavors in existence.  Opportunists of all colors have used the racial set-aside law to win billions of dollars worth of federal contracts for themselves and their friends under the guise of being "victims."

A Usable Black History:  A better, more usable history would be one that gives greater emphasis to black successes in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. That kind of history inspires, instead of breeding victimhood.

Black History Month:  What is called Black History Month might more accurately be called "the sins of white people" month.  The "sins" of any branch of the human race are virtually inexhaustible, but the history of blacks in America includes a lot more than the sins of white people, which are put front and center each February.

Remembering to color inside the lines:  A new book by a black writer takes sharp and refreshing exception to the notion that nurturing victimhood is the route to success.  His title, "The Envy of the World:  On Being a Black Man in America," is ironic, but it suggests a direction away from the victim mentality.  Ellis Cose, the author, acknowledges the paradoxes of being black, but seeks to inspire in a new way, looking ahead at black potential rather than nurturing grievances over slavery and the oppression of the past.

History vs. Hogwash:  From time to time someone tells me that I would not have been able to do this or that without affirmative action.  But everything that I have done was done by other blacks before me — and therefore long before the civil rights revolution of the 1960s or affirmative action.

A New Strategy for Racial Quotas:  "Comprehensive Review".  If your father beats your mother up or abandons her, or you've made a few suicide attempts, you're moved up a notch or two over the more academically qualified students who are short on familial pathology.

Race and Entitlement:  At a recent meeting in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, a who's who of leftist minorities, seven representatives from both communities took to attacking a pair of their favorite boogiemen, the judicial and political systems.

Harvard Prof, Involved in Political Flap, Labeled "Intellectual Lightweight":  Cornel West, the Harvard professor and author at the center of a racial controversy at the prestigious school, is being criticized for his contributions to academia by both the political left and right.  Author David Horowitz said West is "an incredible intellectual lightweight" who has only achieved success by playing racial politics.

"African American" Blackmailers Come to Harvard:  At a meeting in October, the new Harvard President reportedly urged Professor Cornel West to help combat Harvard's rampant grade inflation, singling out his so-called "Introduction to Afro-American Studies" as a prime example of the problem.  Oops!


"There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs and the hardships of the Negro race before the public.  Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays.  Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs."

Booker T. Washington   (1865 - 1915)    


Back to the top of this page
Back to the Home page

Bookmark and Share

Custom counter developed in-house

Document location http://akdart.com/aff3.html
Updated July 16, 2018.

©2018 by Andrew K. Dart