If President Obama can express his horror over a U.S. soldier shooting down innocent men women and children in Kabul, Afghanistan, why isn’t he equally horrified over a vigilante shooting down an innocent teenager in Sanford, Florida?
If President Obama can offer his apologies to Afghan President Karzai and promise an investigation into the killings over there, why can’t he offer his condolences to Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, the parents of Trayvon Martin and promise the Justice Department will investigate his killing if the Florida officials fail to act?
If President Obama can offer his support to Sandra Fluke when she is denounced by Rush Limbaugh, why can’t he offer his support to parents of Black male teenagers for but the grace of God could suffer a similar fate as Trayvon?
If President Obama can invite British Prime Minister David Cameron to join him to watch a NCAA Tournament basketball game, largely dominated by young Black men, why can’t he make it equally clear acial profiling and “walking while Black” will not be tolerated by his Administration?
If President Obama can denounce acts of terror and brutality against innocents abroad, he can do likewise when the innocents live in America. If he’s appalled by acts of cruelty and brutality far from home, he should be equally appalled when it happens close to home.
Unlike Samuel L. Jackson, I didn’t vote for Barack Obama because he was Black and I certainly wasn’t expecting him to “act like a nigger.”. I voted for him because he was a better choice than John McCain. I’ll vote for him again because he’s still a better choice than Romney or Santorum.
But if Obama can’t find his voice when the innocent blood spilled is of a young Black teenager instead of a young White woman then he’s as shallow and as useless as any Republican seeking to replace him. I already know Mitt Romney doesn’t give a shit about Black folks. I can’t accept President Obama proving he doesn’t either.
There was both simple decency and possible political gain to the president lending his involvement in the Sandra Fluke situation. If he can find his spine then he can find it once again now because Trayvon Martin’s spilled blood is every bit as much of a national outrage. There’s no obvious political gain to the president by speaking out. It’s only the moral thing for him to do as a man who holds a position of prominence and leadership.
But will he?
Some will say, “Hey, back up off of Obama.” This isn’t remotely the same thing as what happened in Afghanistan. That was premeditated murder and this is probably an unfortunate accident. Taking on a gasbag like Rush Limbaugh is a good deal. The president can’t go around commenting every time a Black kid gets shot and killed.
Who’s asking him to?
If Obama spoke up every time a Black kid was gunned down, he’d be making sad speeches every damn day. But if an injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere, it isn’t expecting to much for the president to make it clear this kind of tragedy does not escape his notice. Obama invoked his daughters, Sasha and Malia in his show of sympathy for Sandra Fluke. There are millions of families with sons whom they love and for whose futures they fear for just as much as the president fears for his own daughters.
Those families are just as deserving as Fluke’s parents that the president shares their concerns.
Wearing a hoody when it’s raining is nothing to die for. Eating Skittles isn’t a crime punishable by death. Walking while Black shouldn’t mean an unnatural death and a early grave.
Pick up the phone, Mr. President. Make that call to Trayvon’s parents. I bet they would like to hear from you and they need to know you care as much about their dead son as you do about a living law student. I happen to think a young man who was robbed off his future by an idiot with a gun is as important as a young woman whose future has been made by an idiot with a microphone.
- march thirty one: poetry for justice- In Recognition of #TrayvonMartin Blog-In Day (marchthirtyone.wordpress.com)
- Re-Nigging on the Promises: #Justice4Trayvon (theobamacrat.com)
- Re-Nigging on the Promises: #Justice4Trayvon (crunkfeministcollective.wordpress.com)
- poetry for justice: In Recognition of #TrayvonMartin Blog-In Day (lifestyle30.wordpress.com)
- Trayvon Martin: When “Suspicion” Leads to (Wrongful) Death (decadentdiva.wordpress.com)
The right-wing icon and supposed “comedian” or “entertainer” a.k.a. The Talking Asshole, Rush Limbaugh is at it again.
LIMBAUGH: What does it say about the college coed Susan Fluke [sic], who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex.
She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We’re the pimps.
The johns, that’s right. We would be the johns — no!
We’re not the johns. Well — yeah, that’s right. Pimp’s not the right word.
OK, so, she’s not a slut. She’s round-heeled. I take it back.
The definition of the slang term “round heels” is: Promiscuous. It is meant to suggest that the girl -or guy- in question tips backwards easily i.e. is ready for sexual intercourse in the missionary position.
So who is Sandra (not Susan) Fluke? What has she done to incur the Wrath of Rush?
Just a college student who decided to go before her elected officials and testify why contraception is important.
Fluke, a third-year student at Georgetown University Law School, was a witness at an unofficial hearing of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee last week, convened by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), as a response to an earlier all-male panel hearing held by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (The committee’s chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), had not allowed Fluke to testify at the original hearing, saying she was not qualified to do so.)
Fluke explained at the hearing that as a student at a Jesuit campus that does not provide contraception, birth control costs can be as high as $3,000 during the time that she is in law school. She expressed opposition to a bill sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), which would allow employers to avoid providing contraception for religious reasons.
“These exceptions don’t accomplish their well-intended goals, because when you let university administrators or other employers, rather than women and their doctors, dictate whose medical needs are legitimate and whose aren’t, a woman’s health takes a back seat to a bureaucracy focused on policing her body,” Fluke had said.
On his show Wednesday, Limbaugh suggested that the reason Fluke cannot afford birth control methods is because she is having too much sex.
“Can you imagine if you’re her parents how proud of Sandra Fluke you would be? Your daughter goes up to a congressional hearing conducted by the Botox-filled Nancy Pelosi and testifies she’s having so much sex she can’t afford her own birth control pills and she agrees that Obama should provide them, or the Pope,” he said, according to a transcript of his show.
“Well, I guess now we know why Bill Clinton went to Georgetown and why Hillary went to Wellesley,” he continued. “All the sex going on at Georgetown. Sandra Fluke. So much sex going on, they can’t afford birth control pills.”
As someone who is blessed with enough brains to not listen to Rush Limbaugh, the fact that he is saying something stupid, sexist and imbecilic is not newsworthy. That’s like dogs chasing cats.
I do know Limbaugh, like Beck and Coulter and O’Reilly and the rest of that motley crew say things for effect as much as because they actually believe the smack they’re running. However, usually it’s directed at someone who can fight back or should expect that kind of treatment. President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and most of the targets of Rush’s wrath know it goes with the territory.
But despite testifying before the House Democrats, Sandra Fluke is not a public figure and there’s only word to describe what Limbaugh is for going after her in such a way.
He’s a bully. Nothing more. Nothing less.
And he’s not backing off his scorning of Sandra Fluke. He’s escalating it.
…on his radio show today, Limbaugh showed no remorse and instead reveled in the attention. Referring to Fluke, Limbaugh demanded that women post sex tapes online if they use insurance-covered birth control:
LIMBAUGH: So Miss Fluke, and the rest of you Feminazis, here’s the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex. We want something for it. We want you post the videos online so we can all watch.
Limbaugh also said he found the outrage over his remarks “absolutely hilarious.” He again completely misrepresented Fluke’s testimony, saying, she “went before a Congressional committee and said she’s having so much sex she’s going broke buying contraceptives and wants us to buy them.” In fact, Fluke testimony was about a friend — who is gay — and needed contraception for medical reasons, but was denied coverage by Georgetown, a Catholic university.
He went on to say, “I will buy all of the women at Georgetown University as much Aspirin to put between their knees as they want” — a reference to Rick Santorum-backer Foster Friess’ home-spun idea of birth control.
Rush revels in being talked about and to the extent I’m furthering his goal, I regret it.
However, my problem with Rush has never really been with the stupid and vile shit he spits out over the airwaves. My problem is with the people who continue to listen to and lap up that vile shit.
I have no doubt someone who condemns Rush publicly is tuning in and laughing their ass off listening to Rush call a college student a “slut” and a “prostitute.”
Rush Limbaugh is not the problem. He’s just a pimp working his hustle. It’s Rush Limbaugh’s listeners that are the problem. They keep the fat bastard wealthy and able to buy all the Viagra and Thailand ladyboys he wants.
What’s their problem? Don’t they have any shame?
- Rush Limbaugh Calls Birth Control Advocate a Whore [Dicks] (jezebel.com)
- Limbaugh Calls Student Denied Spot At Contraception Hearing A ‘Slut’ (thinkprogress.org)
- Contraception Controversy Continues: Meet Sandra Fluke (abcnews.go.com)