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Monday, April 16, 2012

Fear of a Brown Planet



Richard Land:

The head of the Southern Baptist Convention's public policy arm condemns the response of many black leaders to the Trayvon Martin case as "shameful." Some black pastors within the nation's largest Protestant denomination say Richard Land's comments are setting back an effort to broaden the faith's appeal beyond its traditional white, Southern base.

Land says he stands by his assertion that President Barack Obama "poured gasoline on the racialist fires" when he addressed Martin's slaying and that Obama, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton have used the case "to try to gin up the black vote for an African American president who is in deep, deep, deep trouble for re-election."

"I have no doubt, based on the emails I have received, that a vast majority of Southern Baptists agree with me," he said.
I like the way he avoids the hot-button word "racist" by using the neologism "racialist." I also have no doubt he's right:

Americans are deeply divided by race over the killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, with 91 percent of African-Americans saying he was unjustly killed, while just 35 percent of whites thought so, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Thursday.
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The poll also showed a stark racial divide between whites and blacks over whether heavy media coverage of the case had been appropriate. A total of 68 percent of blacks surveyed said they thought the amount of media coverage had been appropriate, while only 24 percent of whites thought it was right.
But the problem is with African-Amerians because, you see, America is "Still the Least Racist Country in the World":

The other issue is black memory. Apparently, most blacks either cannot or refuse to believe that the vast majority of whites are no longer racists. Most Americans were hopeful that the election of a black president — thereby making America the first white society in history to choose a black leader — would finally put to rest the myth of a racist America. More than three years later it seems not to have accomplished a thing. I now suspect that if the president, the vice-president, the entire cabinet, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and all nine justices on the Supreme Court were black, it would have no impact on blacks who believe America is a racist society — or on the left-wing depiction of America as racist.
And no, there's nothing at the link to prove the validity of the article's title, or the assertion made in that quote. Obviously African-Americans in that Reuters survey have been duped by Democrats and their own poor memories, while white Americans see the situation with clear-eyed objectivity. And just to prove how non-racist we are, this was posted to Facebook by Miami-Dade Fire Captain Brian Beckman:
"Listening to Prosecutor Corey blow herself and her staff for five minutes before pre-passing judgment on George Zimmerman," it read.

"The state seeks reelection again, truth aside. I and my coworkers could rewrite the book on whether our urban youths are victims of racist profiling or products of their failed, sh*tbag, ignorant, pathetic, welfare dependent excuses for parents, but like Mrs. Corey, we speak only the truth. They're just misunderstood little church going angels and the ghetto hoodie look doesn't have anything to do with why people wonder if they're about to get jacked by a thug."*
The article goes on to note:

Beckmann responded to questions about the page in a Facebook message, saying, "I am a private citizen and have the same right to freely express an opinion on any subject that anyone else does. I choose not to embellish or alter the facts as your employer chose to do."
Because racism in America is a biased liberal media conspiracy; or something. Anyway, Trayvon Martin died because he was wearing a hoodie.

He really shoulda known better than that.

*that racial profiling can be used to defeat the concept of racial profiling is an argument that should pass without further comment....

4 Comments:

Anonymous JCF said...

To white wingnuts like Land and Prager and this "sh*tbag, ignorant" Capt Beckman, it's black people's fault that whites are racist against black people. "Stop making us hate every last one of you, black people! It's your responsibility!"

I'm not surprised, just saddened.

2:51 AM  
Blogger The Thought Criminal said...

I wonder why they didn't say "outside agitator" somewhere in this.

I very much doubt that only 34% of white Americans think the hunting and murder of Trayvon Martin was unjustified. If that is true then the majority of white Americans are guilty of injustice and stupidity. I don't trust polling to expose reality in that matter.

It is obvious that the American right wants it to be legal to hunt and murder non-white people. This calls for mass mobilization to change laws, including those to break up hate talk radio and TV to require public service and to prohibit lying on them.

5:38 AM  
Blogger alberich said...

Apparently, most blacks either cannot or refuse to believe that the vast majority of whites are no longer racists

"Why do those black people think I am a racist?"

As to the election of Obama (which happened at a time when we were perched, and obviously so, on the precipice of the worst economic downturn to hit the US since the Great Depression) somehow proving that our society is now "post-racial", I always think of this. And of course, in terms of how Obama is treated as if he is some sort of socialist extremist (by the same people who bloviate about how "see, the US elected a black man which means there is no racism") in spite of his reflexively moderate tendencies, I am always reminded of, well, Mars Biatches! (unfortunately this clip doesn't have the intro which is the most relevant portion here).

4:54 PM  
Anonymous drkrick said...

"the myth of a racist America"? The link accompanying that quote must be broken, it doesn't go back to the Onion.

8:21 PM  

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