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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

"Stop it"

With those words, President-elect Trump took care of people like Radix Journal (who took credit for the flyer, above), and  put them in their place.  And as for these students:

A few students from Abilene Christian University saw the end of their college careers after a tasteless joke spread like wildfire across social media.

The Snapchat video showed a young, white female student posing in blackface, wearing baggy clothing and a pair of red, over-sized lips.

According to an article on Daily Mail, the student turned to the camera and said "I am a strong, black woman" while others laughed in the background. The video was also captioned with, "this is why black lives matter exists."

(And don't you love that a Texas newspaper is quoting a London newspaper about an incident in Abilene, Texas?  Ain't technology grand????)

I'm guessing we shouldn't shame those students, because, well....white people are so sensitive, ya know.  And I'm sure the people in the Rust Belt who are frustrated aren't to blame for this, right?  I mean, it's not their fault they acted out of pique.  But why are we talking about this, when we can be examining the entrails of the Trump Transition Team, and interpreting the smoke signals not coming out of the chimney of the Sistine Chapel?

Besides, Trump has tchotchkes to show us.  Surely all of that is more important.....? 


Blogger rustypickup said...

A few weeks before the election flyers promoting white supremacy were distributed in two neighborhoods in our upstate NY town. The community responded by forming an organization to respond and oppose these actions. The school superintendent, the teachers union and town supervisor (our equivalent of mayor and Republican by the way) came out in support of the organization and issued public statements condemning the flyers. Our town, which has not elected a Democrat since the 1920's went for Hillary by 15 points. The day after the election flyers were distributed in our neighborhood (which has Asian, Indian, Mexican, black and mixed families)and another, with more this past weekend. The town next to us, with large Jewish population has had the same flyers appear. This election has emboldened our worst selves. It has also stirred something else. Monday 30 people were expected to attend the anti hate group meeting, 90 showed up. It will be worse before it will be better, but I also think there is stirring a new activism. Person after person says, we can't wait for the next election.

6:12 PM  
Blogger Rmj said...

It's the protests that give me hope.

6:30 PM  
Blogger rustypickup said...

And just so I don't sound like a Pollyanna, the Republican candidate for our NY representative seat, that counts a gerrmandered district of our suburban Rochester town and the exurbs and rural areas to the south, said during an interview on our local public radio station that Obama was encouraging blacks to kill whites and that the neighborhood he grew up in within Rochester was so dangerous that bullets were flying and you needed an armored car to enter. (A local reporter then visited the house he grew up in. Owned by a nice Mexican immigrant family, and no it wasn't dangerous at all in the neighborhood, other than being poor like much of the city). He won by a very comfortable margin.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Rmj said...

You'll never lose by telling people who scary the "other" is.
Especially white people.

9:10 PM  

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