One of my favorite websites is the Southern Poverty Law Center. The site is an invaluable tool in keeping up to date with hate groups and right-wing lunatics. Some of its content can be quite disconcerting but I like getting my information from an agency that is dedicated to informing the public of the extremist within our midst. The cable news networks only gives you sound bites and lacks a thorough analysis of just how serious the threats are. It was reported yesterday that the number of hate groups and militias have grown by 244% during the last year. Is there any wonder why?
Commentators like Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and Rush Limbaugh use demagoguery to play on people’s fears instead of their reasoning abilities. The health care debate is a perfect example of this. The Right uses words like government takeover, socialism, and fascism. The absurdity of it all is that Socialism and Fascism have absolutely nothing to do with one another. Glen Beck even goes as far to say that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is setting up concentration camps to imprison ordinary law abiding citizens. It doesn’t take much to appeal to the stupidity of the American public.
I think that Americans of all political persuasions have a right to be concerned about the state of the union. The soaring deficits, high unemployment, and the two ongoing wars are enough to give us all pause. The problem is how we manifest those concerns. Those of us on the Left and Moderates look to responsible legislation and leadership to steer us in the right direction. Those on the extreme Right are displaying actions that the Homeland Security Department’s report of last year warned us about. The changing demographics of our country is nothing to be feared. It should be embraced as the principles that this country was founded upon. Hating someone or a group of people is just plain wrong and anti-American.
I am really getting sick and tired of hearing how Barack Obama is the first black president. I never heard of the first 43 presidents being referred to as white presidents. The truth of the matter is that President Obama has already cut taxes for 95% of Americans and gets no credit for it. He has almost single handedly prevented the second great depression. He is about to bring our troops home from Iraq. But the party of no that he is bailing out continues to paint him as the anti-Christ. It’s enough to make me want to pull my dick out and piss on the haters.
There is something called the truth! And Americans need to start recognizing just what that is. You cannot blame Obama for the mess that he has inherited. He is doing his best to rectify the situation. If you want to join a hate group because of what your people did, then be my guest. This current president like Martin Luther King, Jr. will lead us to the promised land. If, only given the chance. What will you hate then?
Click here for an interactive map of hate groups in the U.S.
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Happy birthday Media Matters! Keep giving them hell!
Let’s be perfectly honest here. To hear any white person in this country call a minority a racist is at best, a fool, or at worse, just a dumb son of a bitch. When I hear people like Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich refer to Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor as a racist, they fall into the latter category. Like the unicorn, reverse racism is a fairy tale and simply does not exist. To his credit, Gingrich is backing away from but not apologizing for his remarks. There is a distinct difference between racism and having the power to oppress minorities and me standing on the corner yelling “fuck whitey” while the world keeps on moving around me.
My argument is strictly based on the history of this country and in the words of the Washington Post’s Joel Achenbach:
“Looks like the familiar ‘African Americans can be racists too’ theme is popping up again. It’s probably a good time to address our functional definition of ‘racism.’ Is it merely taking positions that favor ones own ethnic subculture? Is it supporting or not supporting a candidate/potential employee/potential in-law because of skin color? In that case, I would suppose that ‘racism’ can be generic among all ethnicities.
“But the history between Caucasian-Americans and African-Americans has, of course, been a bit more complicated than that. In this history, ‘racism’ has been used as a justification for the oppression of African-Americans. I’m talking about segregation, vote-suppression, lynchings, anti-miscegenation laws, ‘sunset’ laws, and various forms of codified discrimination in housing, employment, travel, etc. This oppression is what is commonly regarded as ‘racism.’ And this oppression was never visited upon Caucasian-Americans.
“So, can African-Americans be ‘racists?’ Yes, if you deny the last 300 years of oppression of African-Americans.”
And we cannot ignore that history as much as one side would like to. The whole concept of reverse racism/discrimination was born during the Reagan years along with his welfare queen and Affirmative Action being reduced to a code word, “quotas.” When you control the narrative and the tools to disseminate the ideas, you can pretty much get people to believe what you want them to believe. The George Carlin joke about how stupid the average American is comes to mind.
What we can be (minorities) is prejudiced. They are equally repugnant but being prejudiced does not carry the same power as racism. One is a systemic practice to oppress while the other is an ignorant attitude. The dictionary defines prejudice as:
||an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.
||any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable.
||unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, esp. of a hostile nature, regarding a racial, religious, or national group.
||such attitudes considered collectively: The war against prejudice is never-ending.
||damage or injury; detriment: a law that operated to the prejudice of the majority.
|–verb (used with object)
||to affect with a prejudice, either favorable or unfavorable: His honesty and sincerity prejudiced us in his favor.
||without prejudice, Law. without dismissing, damaging, or otherwise affecting a legal interest or demand.
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