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It’s just racism

It is actually pretty simple. Without getting overly anecdotal, and to put in very simple words, what President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday was racist.

I’m pretty comfortable in saying most of America has not experienced racism, as to the effect of it being directed at oneself. Racism is where someone is discriminated upon by someone of another race because that person thinks thinks their race is superior. It’s that racism that was directed toward four congresswomen by our president of the United States of America.

If you haven’t seen or heard, the specific tweet which inferred the congresswomen said in full, “So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how…”

I could make a list of everything that’s wrong with that tweet, but I guarantee racist would be at the top of it. In so many words, the president said “go back from (where) you came” which would tell someone that they are not wanted in a free country in which they live. And from the long history of decades, centuries where American’s have heard that same phrase, it was because someone of another race thought they were superior enough to say they belong in this country more so than them.

I know when I have heard that phrase, directed at me, in general, or someone like me, the first thought that pops in my head is racist “WHITES ONLY” signs made infamous in the Jim Crow era, where the mindset of America was to treat people of color as second class citizens. While that’s what I think of, some people think worse. Some people hear more hate speech after that, some people see attacks after that, and to some that “go back to where you came from” could have been the last thing they heard before they were murdered because of their race.

Who knows what other images of racism horrified Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib when they heard that from our commander in chief. All of whom, by the way, come from America and popular cities of New York, Minneapolis, Boston and Detroit respectively. So in another inept fallacy, the president has labeled their government (his government) a complete and total catastrophe, broken and corrupt.

So here we are later in the week where President Trump is disavowing a chant of “send her back” said by thousands of supporters at a recent campaign event in North Carolina. Unfortunately we couldn’t get the same disavowal of his own comments. So can we assume he knows better? Or at least he was told better?

But then again just moments after chant the president started telling his audience to “tell them to leave”. Lesson unlearned. And if not unlearned then disingenuous after the fact.

The chant has been blasted by both sides of the aisle. Even Republican leaders and some in Trump’s own White House have spoke out against the chant. And just to be clear, several of them have called on the president urging him to disavow, clarify and apologize for the comments in the original tweet. But, clearly we aren’t getting any of that. Which makes this attitude against the chant at his rally worthless, seemingly making him stand by his initial statement of “go back to where you came from”.

It’s blatant racism. And to be honest, to not speak out against it kind of makes you complicit.

 

Another NBA owner apologizing for racist comments?

mark cubanYes, a second team owner in the National Basketball Association has found himself apologizing for making comments that could be racist, or at least insensitive. The Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban spoke in an interview Wednesday with Inc. Magazine at a business conference in Nashville. He was talking on a range of topics which included his take on the scandal that his fellow NBA owner Donald Sterling found himself. Continue reading Another NBA owner apologizing for racist comments?

America’s newest supervillain?

sterlingIs Donald Sterling America’s newest super-villain? Well he’s at least the newest face of racism in America. The National Basketball’s Association commissioner Adam Silver handed down the punishment to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in the wake of publicized comments he made in regards to African-Americans.

In addition to a lifetime ban from the NBA, Sterling is also being fined $2.5 million and possibly forced to sell the franchise.

Quite a steep penalty to pay, but according to, not only public outcry, but also to the delight of several vocal NBA players, this maximum punishment handed down is just about right. And unfortunately, even though it seems harsh, this super-villain, like all the others, may just have the last laugh.

The tape that was released just a couple of days ago, had Sterling verbally upset over his girlfriend associating with African-Americans. Sterling’s girlfriend, who herself is half-black, took a picture and posted it on Instagram of herself and NBA legend Magic Johnson.

Sterling was heard on the tape saying, “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” Sterling continued, “You can sleep with [black people]. You can bring them in, you can do whatever you want. The little I ask is you is not to promote it on that…and not to bring them to my games.”

The tape also goes into Sterling’s feelings on NBA owners, his feelings on holocaust and other disparaging remarks on various other athlete’s and friends of his girlfriend, who appeared on her Instagram account.

Whatever kind of convoluted relationship Sterling had with his girlfriend, Commissioner Adam Silver made sure that he, nor anyone else involved with the NBA, doesn’t have the same. Sterling is immediately barred from attending any NBA practices or games, including the Clippers playoff run this year. He is also not welcome in any Clippers office or facility, team meeting, business or player personnel decision. Sterling is not allowed in any league business at all.

But the rain on Sterling’s parade pretty much ends there. And the fact is, that’s probably just a little drizzle to him.

The lifetime ban and the $2.5 million fine, while probably warranted, is probably just a show. This is America and you have the right to say whatever you want, but as long as it’s not illegal to be a racist, no one can do anything about it but disagree with you and distance themselves, which is essentially what the NBA is doing. It’s their league, they can ban him and fine him whatever they want. But does that really matter to an old multi-millionaire who’s probably not gonna change and attend many basketball games any more anyway? And Not for nothin’ but Sterling will still come out on top after he’s forced to sale the team, netting him half a billion dollars in the process. That’s not losing.

Zimmerman trial star witness puts America on trial

rachel jeantelGeorge Zimmerman is on trial for 2nd Degree Murder for the death of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old boy, who the state says was pursued and eventually killed by the neighborhood watchman in February of last year.

Thursday, was the second and final day of the prosecution’s star witness, Rachel Jeantel. She was the female friend of Trayvon who he was speaking with on the telephone that fateful night when he was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida.

When Jeantel was called to the stand to testify, no one could imagine that she would become the internet sensation across Twitter, Facebook and several other social networking sites, being the talk of the nation. But that talk is what is dividing America. It’s that talk that could decide the outcome of this trial. Not just if jurors believe her testimony, but if they can believe in what she represents.

The testimony of Jeantel provided some colorful moments to say the least. If it wasn’t the way she presented herself in this nationally televised court case, or the back and forth between her and the defense attorney cross-examining her with the judge giving them both warnings, or even the vernacular she was using; all of which are contributing to her being the most talked about witness of any highly publicized trial we’ve seen since Cato Kaelin.

Some people are surprised that she admitted to lying about why she didn’t attend the funeral, while others are surprised that she admitted to regularly calling white people and black people crackers and n-word respectively, and even others are more surprised she admitted that she can’t even read cursive.

Meanwhile, it becomes increasing unbearable to watch young Rachel Jeantel on the stand. But is it unbearable because she’s describing the events of the death of a dear friend, or is it because she’s describing anything at all?

So in comes the backlash. Calling her racist, disrespectful, and uneducated. And those are more of the kinder ways of putting many comments we’ve seen over the past two days in relation to Rachel Jeantel. Many are mocking not just her, but the prosecution for making her the star witness. It’s going from if we believe her to if she’s believable.

It’s becoming divisive with one side seeing a young black girl being hostile, offensive and abrasive and the other side seeing a nervous and scared teenager in an unfamiliar setting to her. But nonetheless our opinions were formed. People amazed at this young lady and even more stunned at what’s being said about her. So are they ugly comments, or is it an ugly truth?

Not for nothin’ but if you’re ashamed or embarrassed, be ashamed or embarrassed because she represents America. As irregular as she may seem, Rachel Jeantel represents a new normal in America. She is not unlike many teens we see these days in a culture where outlandish and outspoken behavior is amplified through popular reality television stars.

Not saying that all of our youth are at a point of no return, but ask any inner-city educator to see if any of this sounds familiar. So if you’re shocked and in awe and the nature of a 19-year-old Florida girl, be in shock and in awe of yourself for doing your part in letting it get this far.

America’s Big Pink Elephant Is Back

Eric Holder: a nation of cowards
Eric Holder: "a nation of cowards"

Well its there, its in the room, in the way, no way around it, and you can’t ignore it.  You can pretend it isn’t there, but you have to ask yourself, do big pink elephants really exist?  Well in this case, they probably do.  The big pink elephant we’re talking about is racism in America.  The topic reared its head twice this week, which was two more reminders to America that there’s a topic has to be talked about, but no one really wants to, and others constantly ignore.

That specific question was touched on by the recently confirmed Attorney General Eric Holder.  Holder, the nation’s first African-American elected in that position, stirred up much talk on the sensitive subject.  He was speaking to Department of Justice employees at a Black History Month Event.  The highly publicized comment of his, “a nation of cowards,” was said in the reference that Americans are afraid of the topic of race saying that talking about the “off-limits” subjects risk embarrassment and questionable characterizations.

But yet to further crumble your cookie, we have another incident that tugged on the elephants trunk.  A New York Post cartoon that sat out to satirize two of this weeks water-cooler topics, the shooting of a wild chimpanzee and the signing of the economic stimulus bill.  The cartoon that depicted two police officers, after shooting a chimpanzee dead, had one saying “they’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”  The outrage spawned by the cartoon has raised a variety of comments from funny, outrageous, to lame and of course racist.  Many relating the depiction of the monkey to that of President Barack Obama, and naturally drawing to racist conclusions, considering the racial association of African-Americans and primates.  People would argue both sides, “the monkey isn’t referring to Obama, but to lawmakers who wrote the bill,” to “on the danger scale of 1 to 10 the chimp cartoon scored a 9.”

Not for nothin’, but these two issues are forcing Americans touch on the issues of racism in America.  And with our president being the first African-American president and other African-Americans in prominent positions such as Attorney General and head of the Republican National Committee, this issue may make us take it head on.  But are we ready for it? 

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