The Republicans Are Really Proud of Their New Special Black Friends.

If you close your eyes, you'd never know they were Black.

“Sure, we’re Black, but we’re not angry Blacks like Obama.”

 

Geraldo Rivera, hack “journalist” and one of the world’s most useless human beings took to Twitter to unleash his righteous rage upon the NAACP for not joining in on the celebration after the elections of Tim Scott in South Carolina to the Senate and in Utah, Mia Love became the first Black Republican woman elected to the House. Rivera sniped on Twitter, “The NAACP refuses to embrace the success of Republicans Senator Tim Scott and Rep elect Mia Love because though black they are not victims.”

This is obviously a REALLY BIG DEAL for the G.O.P. as they can’t stop talking about how superbad it is that they have finally voted for a Black man to the Senate and a Black woman to the House.  Democrats are a little less hyped because they have done this for decades.

It’s less impressive when you consider Scott won with 88 percent of the White vote, but only 10 percent of the Black vote. White South Carolina voters believe and trust Scott will represent their interests while Black South Carolina voters disbelieve and distrust Scott will represent theirs. We don’t have a similar breakdown for Love, but in Utah? Take a wild guess.

If there’s a reason I should take any special pride in Scott and Love’s personal triumphs nobody has explained what it is.  Aren’t Republicans supposed to be the party that says race is no big thing?   Well, let’s be gracious in defeat and extend congratulations to the GOP’s token Black friends and particularly Love who becomes the first Black Republican woman elected only 45 years after Shirley Chisholm did the same thing for the Democrats.

I’m long past getting hyped over putting Black faces in formerly White places. Once elected what a Black politician does next matters more than being the first. The ascendancy of Black conservatives in South Carolina and Utah may be a cause for celebration in conservative circles but it’s no big deal for Black Americans whom are not conservatives.

Love had her high-profile moment at the 2012 Republican National Convention but it didn’t spark an exodus from the Democratic Party by African-Americans and remarks like these won’t either.

She told the Desert News in 2012 that if elected, she would join the Congressional Black Caucus and “try to take that thing apart from the inside out.” She accused black Democrats of “demagoguery,” saying, “They sit there and ignite emotions and ignite racism when there isn’t [any]. They use their positions to instill fear. Hope and change is turned into fear and blame.”

Racism is only a problem today, she told Newsweek, as long as people allow themselves to be victims. “I’m no victim. I’m perfectly comfortable in my skin. My parents always told me, In order for people to see you as an equal, you need to act as an equal and be an equal, not make excuses for what you look like. I’m proud of having the skin color I have. It’s a feature I’m not ashamed of.”

“I’m a much bigger asshole than you are!”

Going by The World According to Mia the only reason a Michael Brown or Eric Gardner or Trayvon Martin became victims isn’t because they were Black but because they allowed themselves to be victims. If only they had realized that before they were killed they might still be alive!

I’m sure Love will be a credit to the race she doesn’t believe matters and to all the Republicans who will trot her out, squeeze in tight, cheese for camera, point to her as the only Black Congressional representative and squeal with glee, “See! We got one! Look at how diverse we are”

Forget Love’s race. Forget her gender. Close your eyes and listen to her words and she sounds the same as Allen West, Tim Scott, Gary Franks and J.C. Watts did when it was their turn to be the Black Special Friend of the White Republican Party.

I really don’t know enough about Love yet to decide one way or another. What I do know doesn’t give me any cause to believe she gives a shit about issues of importance to me or will be any different from every other Black Republican before her.

My heroes have always been more like Martin and Malcolm, and not Clarence and Condoleezza. I don’t have a problem with Black conservatives whom have a functional spine and speak their mind and not simply parrot the party line. I have a huge problem when they bring nothing new to the table and are only about their personal advancement.

A true Black hero has a love for Black people and I don’t get that vibe from these two.  I won’t say Love is an Aunt Jemima, but it’s clear she’s no Angela Davis.

Mitt meets all the Black people who voted for him in 2012.

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Rabbit Season, Duck Season, Trayvon Season

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“So George, what’s the first thing you’re going to do now that you’re free?”
“Going hunting. Again.”

“Fucking punks. These assholes always get away.”  ~ George “The Hunter” Zimmerman

The fix was in.   We knew it would end this way.  It always ends this way.  Black people crying and the killers of Black people smiling triumphantly.    One is vindicated and the other is vilified.  Same as it ever was.

The last time I felt like this was in April 1992 when another jury with no Blacks on it found the four cops who beat up Rodney King not guilty.  America betrayed me then too.

Whenever we are in danger of forgetting  America reminds its Black sons and daughters exactly how cheap their lives are.   Just the same way it did for Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell and Oscar Grant and Rodney King.    With a slap on the wrist, a victorious acquittal and a big gob of spit right in the face of every one that hoped maybe this time would be the time when justice prevailed and someone would pay for killing a young Black man the way they didn’t pay for Diallo, Bell, Grant, and King.

It wouldn’t be George Zimmerman.  He walked out of the courtroom “not guilty” on all charges as a free man.   He even got the gun back he used to shoot Trayvon Martin.

Tomorrow George Zimmerman can go hunting for another Trayvon Martin. And now he has the blessings of the American justice system to do so.

No surprise. As my older brother said, “It’s a commentary on the value of a Black kid’s life.”

Six women, five White and one Hispanic, sat in the courtroom looking at Sybrina Fulton, Travyon’s mother and they concluded,  “Your son didn’t matter.  His life didn’t matter.”   They gave Gladys Zimmerman back her son George.   Sybrina Fulton can go to the cemetery if she wants to see her son.

“Today, justice failed Trayvon Martin and his family,” said Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP. “We call immediately for the Justice Department to conduct an investigation into the civil rights violations committed against Trayvon Martin. This case has re-energized the movement to end racial profiling in the United States.”

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He’s got a hoodie and he’s Black! Shoot first and ask no questions later.

“It seems that Trayvon Martin was tried and found guilty of his own death”   MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry said and indeed he was.

Blackness is a crime.  Punishable by death.   Travyon was guilty of being Black.  And he’s dead.  I’d like to cry about it.  I’d like to drink myself into numbness.

But I’m not crying and I’m not drinking. I couldn’t be more sober. “American Justice?” That’s an oxymoron.

I don’t believe there will be widespread rioting or acts of violence.  There will be some, but not that much and not that bad.   While idiots were predicting mass insurrections and the blood of innocent Whites flowing in the gutters, I never believed it.   That was just wishful thinking by racists.    We are angry and we are hurt, but we are not savages.   We will not fall into the traps laid by hateful bastards like Geraldo Rivera and the Fox News cabal who can’t to chortle and say, “We told you so.  We told you those niggers would go crazy if Zimmerman walked.”

There was no Twitter, no Facebook, no Instagram, no social media in which to curse, rage and vent.    Most people are slow to anger and while there is plenty of anger, the emotion I detect most is hurt.   Hurt that yet again America reminds its Black children it is an inattentive, cold and cruel parent that does not love us as we love it and places no value or worth on our lives.    This is not a White thing.   There are plenty of pissed-off people about this abortion of “justice” and it crosses over all race lines.   No, this is an American thing and that separateness, that feeling of unequal protection and that we remain a problem to be solved and not a loyal and trusted citizen to be embraced.

I am ashamed of my country.   I don’t feel like an American.   I feel like an alien in a hostile world that doesn’t understand me and hates me and all that I love.   I wonder if there’s somewhere better than this?   Or does my skin color trump my very humanity everywhere on this wretched planet as it does everywhere in this wretched country? It’s been a while, some 21 years since the Los Angeles riots that I felt this way.   It has been over two decades since last I felt this sort of acidic and withering contempt for America and a legal system that rubber stamps the hunting and killing of unarmed teenagers.

This jury did not see Travyon as a human being with the right to live like a human being.  To them Trayvon was a disease and Zimmerman was the lethal cure.   Now he’s free to “cure” more dangerous Black teenagers.

There will be more Trayvon Martins. And now there will be more George Zimmermans to kill more Trayvon Martins.   Rabbit season.  Duck season.  Nigger season.

I have a son.  My brother has two sons.  My sister has a son.  My sister-in-law has two sons.  That’s six young Black men and any of them could be lined up in the crosshairs of the next vigilante, wannabee cop.   Black parents always have to give their sons (as well as our daughters “the Talk.”   Not the one about the birds and the bees, but about the cops or the gangs and how to avoid ending up a tragic statistic.

Now we have to add to it.   Now we have to tell our kids how to avoid the wannabee cops, the vigilantes, the bigots like Zimmerman and his whole lousy hateful family who target Black youth.

It’s not enough to keep our sons away from the raging racists like the entire Zimmerman Clan.   We must also find a way to bring back as many of those young Black men involved in gangs and crime.   We must become proactive in keeping them out of the prison-industrial complex and trying to mentor and aid those locked in it and those coming out of it.

We ignore them at our own peril.    There isn’t much comfort to find on this darkest of days, but I take a small bit from this post by Roderick Belin I came across on Twitter.

Black boys matter to their families: their parents and loved ones. Black boys matter to those of us who do not seek to profit off them but who love them for their sheer powerful presence. Black boys matter because they are created in the image of God – because they are fearfully and wonderfully made. Black boys matter because they are brilliant, strong, beautiful, powerful and have universe-altering contributions to make to the world. Those who hate Black boys know this and fear Black boys today just as Pharaoh feared and sought to deal wisely with the Hebrew boys millennia ago. But, we are wise too. We are strong. We are strategic. We love. And, because we love, God is on our side.

Love your Black sons. Love and protect them. You must.   America will not.

“Find out just what the people will submit to and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”

Frederick Douglass (1817? – 1895)

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PLEASE consider signing the NAACP’s petition to have the Justice Department file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.

A Different Kind of “Media Bias”

Geraldo Rivera is best at being the worst.

As part of the National Association of Black Journalists media watchdog committee, I was given the task of coming up with nominees for this year’s Thumbs Down award for statements from the mainstream media that reflected a lack of racial sensitivity, bias, racism and just plain ignorance.

It wasn’t hard to come up with candidates and especially since the Trayvon Martin case has sent so many conservatives into full-blown ranting and raving mode.  Here are my four nominees for the Worst of the Worst and what they said that earned them a spot on my list.  Only one of my choices were submitted to the NABJ board for consideration, but then there’s no shortage of journalists committing high crimes against racial diversity and the profession every day.

Geraldo Rivera: FOX News host: “I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly not to let their children go out wearing hoodies. I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as much as George Zimmerman was. Trayvon Martin, God bless him, an innocent kid, a wonderful kid, a box of Skittles in his hands. He didn’t deserve to die. But I bet you money, if he didn’t have that hoodie on, that nutty neighborhood watch guy wouldn’t have responded in that violent and aggressive way,”

"No, I'm NOT related Peter Griffin."

Phil Griffin, MSNBC President:I’m sorry, I don’t care about journalists. … I want fair-minded, smart people who understand the world and can interpret it,” he said. “If they’re journalists, great. This notion that you somehow you have to have done something to earn so-called journalists’ credentials? Stop.”

"Hi, I'm Liz Trotta, and nobody knows who I am."

Liz Trotta, FOX News Contributor: “my favorite anchorman of all time” Lester Holt to cover the story with Tamron Hall, where they “had to agree to telling their experiences as a black person, how the cops would follow them, how security and police would follow them.” “Why do you involve your black reporters and anchors in this kind of framework that can only hurt their credibility?”

New York magazine pulled this image, but the mistake was publishing it in the first place.

New York magazine:  “Obama’s Gay Marriage Evolution Watch: Day 468” (02/27/12)

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Guns Don’t Kill (But Hoodies Do?)

President Obama was asked about the Trayvon Martin shooting.  He replied cautiously but he didn’t duck the question

President Barack Obama said Friday that “every aspect” of the death of Trayvon Martin, the black teenager shot in Florida last month, must be investigated.

“My main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin: If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” Obama said. “I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves, and we’re going to get to the bottom of what happened.”

Asked by NBC’s Mike Viqueira to comment on the Martin case, which has prompted national outrage after the shooter evaded arrest for claiming he shot the unarmed teen out of self-defense, Obama said, “Obviously, this is a tragedy. I can only imagine what these parents are going through. And when I think about this boy, I think about my own kids.”

He added, “I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and that everybody pulls together – federal, state, and local – to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened.”

“All of us have to do some soul-searching to do figure out how something like this happens,” Obama told reporters.

The president’s remark were measured, thoughtful and sympathetic to the Martin family.  He hit all the right notes which would be slightly offset by the tone-deaf and brain-dead remarks of Geraldo Rivera, the Fox News personality (you couldn’t call him a “journalist”) who despite nobody having asked for his opinion declared wearing a hoodie killed Trayvon as much as Zimmerman’s bullets did.

When you see a kid walking down the street, particularly dark-skinned kid like my son Cruz — who I constantly yelled at when he was going out wearing a damn hoodie or those pants around his ankles. “Take that hood off!” People look at you and what’s the instant identification, what’s the instant association? It’s those crime scene surveillance tapes. Every time you see someone stickin’ up a 7-11, the kid’s wearing a hoodie. Every time you see a mugging on a surveillance camera or they get the old lady in the alcove, it’s a kid wearing a hoodie. You have to recognize that this whole stylizing yourself as a “gangsta”… You’re gonna be a gangsta wanna? Well, people are going to perceive you as a menace. That’s what happens. It is an instant reflexive action.

Oh, shut up, you miserable HACK.

Rivera takes blaming the victim to an absurd new low.  If only Tracy Martin had dressed his son better before allowing him to leave home, why he still might be alive according to Rivera’s perverse logic.

Then the equally swinish Newt Gingrich got in on the act to criticize the president for saying if he had a son, that son would look like Trayvon.

“It’s not a question of who that young man looked like. Any young American of any ethnic background should be safe, period. We should all be horrified no matter what the ethnic background,” Gingrich said. “Is the President suggesting that if it had been a white who had been shot that would be ok because it didn’t look like him?”

Earlier in the day Gingrich told reporters that he thought the case should be investigated and suggested the shooter was at fault.

“That’s just nonsense dividing this country up. It is a tragedy this young man was shot,” Gingrich continued on Hannity’s show. “It would have been a tragedy if he had been Puerto Rican or Cuban or if he had been white or if he had been Asian-American of if he’d been a Native American. At some point we ought to talk about being Americans. When things go wrong to an American. It is sad for all Americans. Trying to turn it into a racial issue is fundamentally wrong. I really find it appalling.”

This definitely is a racial issue and it is definitely was a case of someone who didn’t look White suffering the consequences because a bully and punk with a gun didn’t like those kind of people in his neighborhood.  Why can’t Gingrich figure that out if he’s supposed to be a smart guy?

Probably because he’s not and this is way outside of the right-wing comfort zone.  They like their Black teenagers as predators, not victims.  Fox News was slow on their coverage about Trayvon Martin and now they’re chasing the story trying to catch up.  But this is not the kind of subject the Right has comfort with.  If only Zimmerman had been a cop.  Fox would have no problem rationalizing this all way as a justified shooting.

Minus that angle, people who historically have shown indifference and hostility towards Blacks now have to try to show they can be sympathetic instead. Could they look any more awkwardly inept trying to?

Why do Geraldo and Newt say stupid shit?  For the same reason a dog licks his own balls: Because they can.

The hoodie is not the problem. The perception of the hoodie is.