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  • Don't Self-Flagellate About White Privilege. Do Something!

    01/24/2015 10:53:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | January 20, 2015 | Professor Merrill Cole
    It's not about being a good person because racism makes you feel bad. At a recent Black Lives Matter rally, I saw a middle-aged woman come nervously to the microphone. She began to speak about her white privilege. While she chided herself for past wrongs and oversights, she said next to nothing about the events that called the rally forth: the police killings of innocent black women and men, and the failure of the justice system to hold the killers accountable. Perhaps she didn't address these issues because she feared that in doing so, she would come across as a...
  • Cornell graduate: 'White privilege' let me rebound from heroin arrest, earn degree

    01/23/2015 9:08:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Post-Standard ^ | January 23, 2015 | Ben Axelson
    Keri Lynn Blakinger after 2010 arrest.Keri Blakinger was arrested in December 2010 in possession of $50,000 worth of heroin. At age 26, the Cornell class of 2011 senior was suspended from the university and agreed to a plea deal with a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence. 21 months later, she was released, quickly hired at the Ithaca Times, and readmitted to Cornell. Last month, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in English, according to The Ithaca Voice. In a column for the Washington Post, she attributes her incredible rebound to one thing: White privilege. In an excerpt from her column, she describes...
  • 8 Arguments Used to Blame Black People for Their Own Oppression — and How to Counteract Them

    01/18/2015 5:48:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 107 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | January 15, 2015 | Nick Chiles
    Black people are too intent on holding on to wrongdoings from the past. Therefore, they keep blaming someone else for their problems.The list of wrongs done to Black people throughout their history in the U.S. that are still resonating in their lives today is extensive and extremely disturbing. As a result of hundreds of years of subjugation in an oppressive, racist system, Black households have one-tenth the wealth of white households in this country. While the Civil Rights Era enabled African-Americans to make great advances in the past 40 years — achieving high school, college and post-graduate degrees at accelerating...
  • Oscars: Acting Nominees All White

    01/15/2015 9:14:36 AM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 81 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | January 15, 2015 | Tatiana Siegel
    For only the second time in nearly two decades, the 20 Academy Awards acting nominations went to a group made up entirely of white actors and actresses.
  • Azealia Banks Wants To Kill White People With Her Inborn Witch Powers

    01/13/2015 1:16:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller's DC Trawler Blog ^ | January 12, 2015 | Jim Treacher, blogger
    WARNING: THE FOLLOWING POST CONTAINS CONTENT THAT MAY TRIGGER ANYONE WHO IS OFFENDED BY RACIAL SLURS AND ENJOYS MUSIC.If you don’t know who Azealia Banks is, there are only two explanations: 1.You’re a racist.2.Just kidding, that was it. She’s a rapper/singer/whatever who’s less known for her music than for her feuds, or “beefs,” with more popular and/or talented artists. She picks fights with people like Iggy Azalea, Eminem, Lady Gaga, and then a bunch of other people you’ve never heard of because of #1 above. Banks has been forced to do this for publicity purposes, because her music sounds like...
  • Lamar on Ferguson: “When we don’t have respect for ourselves, how do we expect them to respect us?”

    01/10/2015 10:35:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Consequence of Sound ^ | January 10, 2015 | Michelle Geslani
    With one of 2015’s most anticipated albums, Kendrick Lamar is the focus of this week’s issue of Billboard. In the magazine’s cover story, the Compton MC weighed in on a number of topics, music related and not, including Ferguson, the stunning untitled track he debuted on The Colbert Report, and his thoughts on Iggy Azalea. Check out some choice excerpts below and the full Billboard interview here. When asked about the controversial death of Michael Brown, Kendrick spoke candidly, saying that although it should never have happened, change must also come from within communities like Ferguson: “I wish somebody would...
  • Catholic Theologians Protest ‘Deep-Seated Racism’ Of US, Compare Eric Garner To Christ

    01/10/2015 7:54:39 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | January 9, 2015 | F. Peter Brown
    Catholic Theologians Protest ‘Deep-Seated Racism’ Of US, Compare Eric Garner To Christ A "statement of commitment to racial justice." More than 400 Catholic theologians signed a statement protesting the “deep-seated racism” of the US and compared Eric Garner to Jesus Christ. Written by St. Louis University Professor of Theological Ethics Dr. Tobias Winright, it is called a “statement of commitment to racial justice.” Advertisement-content continues below What prompted the writing of the statement was the killing of blacks by police officers. The statement reads: The killings of Black [sic] men, women and children—including but not limited to Rekia Boyd, Eric...
  • Perspective: The roots of rage

    01/09/2015 8:13:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times / The Washington Post ^ | November 28, 2014 | Professor Carol Anderson
    When we look back on what happened in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014, it will be easy to think of it as yet one more episode of black rage ignited by yet another police killing of an unarmed African-American male. But that has it precisely backward. What we've actually seen is the latest outbreak of white rage. Sure, it is cloaked in the niceties of law and order, but it is rage nonetheless. Protests and looting naturally capture attention. But the real rage smolders in meetings where officials redraw precincts to dilute African-American voting strength or seek to slash the government...
  • Liberal Arab Complains Congress Is Too White

    01/08/2015 8:01:05 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 53 replies
    Downtrend ^ | January 8, 2015 | Brian Anderson
    Two universal truths in the liberal universe are: #1 lefties hate democracy when it works against their wacko agenda and #2 white white men are to blame for everything. Proving these truths brilliantly, Arab American comic Dean Obeidallah wrote an extended bitch-fest for The Daily Beast complaining how the democratic process has cursed us with too many white people (and men) in Congress. The Unbearable Whiteness Of Congress starts with the fact that the newly sworn in Congress is the most diverse in history, but that’s not good enough for Obeidallah because in liberal land the will of the people...
  • Hating Whitey’s Brunch

    01/07/2015 12:03:07 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | January 7, 2015 | Matthew Vadum
    Taking a page from the Ku Klux Klan, Black leftists are now trying to bring about social change by terrorizing people as they get together for Sunday brunch. This past weekend, “Black Brunch” organizers and their followers stormed upscale eateries in New York City and Oakland, Calif., reading out the names of black criminals killed by the police and shrieking that whites had no right to be there. They accused whites of committing “genocide.” This is what the Left does. Left-wingers politicize everything. Now they’re getting in the faces of people when they get together to enjoy brunch. If Barack...
  • The Revolutionary Gun Clubs Patrolling the Black Neighborhoods of Dallas

    01/05/2015 10:43:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    Vice Magazine ^ | January 5, 2015 | Aaron Lake Smith
    On a warm fall day in South Dallas, ten revolutionaries dressed in kaffiyehs and ski masks jog the perimeter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park bellowing "No more pigs in our community!" Military discipline is in full effect as the joggers respond to two former Army Rangers in desert-camo brimmed hats with cries of "Sir, yes, sir!" The Huey P. Newton Gun Club is holding its regular Saturday fitness-training and self-defense class. Men in Che fatigues run with weight bags and roll around on the grass, knife-fighting one another with dull machetes. "I used to salute the [expletive] flag!"...
  • 10 Rational Fears Many Black People Have Living Under White Supremacy (NOT Satire)

    01/02/2015 7:24:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 106 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | January 2, 2015 | Nick Chiles
    For Black people in the U.S. and around the world, there are devastating wages to be paid for living in a world dominated by white supremacy. There are also many painful realizations that you must face, rational fears that you will likely possess at some point in your life. Here are some of them: That You Will Be Unjustly Charged by the Police There are more than 2.3 million people currently in prison in the United States — and more than 840,000 of them are African-American men. The life blood of the criminal industrial complex is the plea bargain, which...
  • Shouting While Black: What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?

    12/30/2014 3:22:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 30, 2014 | Goldie Taylor
    A photo of a young white woman screaming in an NYPD officer’s face makes me wonder what he’d do if I did that. I think I’d better not.In recent months, thousands of people from all walks of life have flooded the streets of our cities. No matter what you believe about these protests, there is beauty in watching diverse groups of people—black and white, alike—come together in the name of racial equality. Yes, some people have been inconvenienced by traffic delays or annoyed by supportive athletes. But even they should see the marches as expressions of our best and highest...
  • No difference between Black War on our police “soldiers” and Nazis: they lie and attack the weak

    12/30/2014 9:14:53 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/30/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Like the Nazis, who, where actually a small percentage of Germans, the “soldiers” of the Black War on our police represent the sentiments and beliefs of a considerably larger segment of African American. Barack Obama Eric Holder Al Sharpton and Comrade Bill de Blasio have done so much to poison race relations in America that this is undeniable. In their aims attitude and ultimate goals the soldiers of the Black War on our police and the Nazis are very similar. Both regularly use(d) lies and propaganda to promote their message. Both attack(ed) weak and defenseless targets like elderly people and...
  • Why Hillary Clinton doesn’t need to win the white working class (Paul can read minds!)

    12/29/2014 5:40:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Washington Post's Plum Line Blog ^ | December 29, 2014 | Paul Waldman
    Few questions in American political debate recur with the regularity of this one: Can Democrats win the white working class? As soon as it’s time to start contemplating the next election, commentators begin to ask this question, demanding of Democrats that they explain why this time will be different and they’ll be able to win over those white voters. I’m going to argue that Democrats don’t have to win the white working class, so they shouldn’t worry themselves too much about it. But first, here’s the latest example of the genre, in today’s Wall Street Journal, which gets a little...
  • Azealia Banks Continues to Bash America For Impeding Advancement of Blacks

    12/29/2014 5:07:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Just Jared ^ | December 27, 2014
    Azealia Banks is still bothered by America’s history with slavery and took to Twitter to let everyone know about it! The 23-year-old rapper believed that America owed money to blacks for putting them into slavery and stopping them from being successful in society. “I don’t know why all the white people on my Twitter are saying I’m “playing the victim” cause I’m not… I really just want my [expletive] money,” the 23-year-old rapper tweeted on Saturday (December 27). Azealia decided to voice her opinion after she stirred up some controversy by saying that she wanted to find descendants of slave...
  • Racism is the law (Worse than you think)

    12/29/2014 4:23:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Long Island Newday ^ | December 29, 2014 | Robert Koehler
    Smoke and fire, sirens blaring, horns honking, a sudden hail of bullets. This is what passes for the American dialogue on race and justice. It's hidden until it explodes. "By 10 p.m.," the Wall Street Journal informed us, "a St. Louis County Police squad car burned just down the street from the Ferguson Police Department, with spare ammunition 'cooking off' or exploding in the car." Those who want to shake their heads in disgust can do so. American institutional racism conceals itself so neatly from those who prefer not to see it and, of course, aren't victimized by it. And...
  • “Hands up I HATE you!” look who leads the country in hate crimes – sorry media it isn’t Whites

    12/29/2014 8:39:14 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 50 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/29/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The FBI has released its latest statistics on Hate Crimes in America and the numbers will certainly be ignored by the media. The first statistic that jumps off the page when reviewing the Bureau’s Uniform Crime Report Hate Crime Statistics, 2013 is that claims that America is a hate filled nation are wishful thinking lies. The total number of “hate crimes” reported nationwide in 2013 was, at 5928, not even 6000! For a population of approximately 315 million people this number is low enough to support a claim that Hate Crimes don’t happen in our polyglot nation. Nevertheless, of course...
  • Azealia Banks Wants to Track Down Descendants of Slave Traders, Make Them Pay Reparations

    12/27/2014 8:49:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 140 replies
    Just Jared ^ | December 26, 2014
    Azealia Banks is ready to end her music career to take on a new mission – tracking down the descendants of slave traders and making them pay reparations. The 23-year-old rapper revealed her new passion after posting an article about the DeWolf family, who traded slaves from 1769 through 1820. “I wonder where the descendants of the ‘DeWolf’ family are today. they should all have their houses burned and their finances seized,” Azealia tweeted. “This generation of young black kids needs to make a CONCERTED effort to seek out living descendants of major slave trading families. They Owe us Money.”(continued)
  • The landmine in labeling someone ‘black’

    12/25/2014 8:26:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 25, 2014 | Esther J. Cepeda
    Baltimore — More than 500 protesters marched from Empowerment Temple Church on Primrose Avenue north on Reisterstown Road to Reisterstown Road Plaza for "Black Lives Matter Sunday." On Reisterstown Road, near the entrance to the shopping center, the protesters formed a circle and many laid down to stage a die-in to show solidarity with Michael Brown.CHICAGO — Everyone understands that words matter. Observers of my writing know that I hopscotch my way through racial and ethnic labels quite a bit, using the conventions of my source materials whenever possible so as to not tinge my point with an easily misperceived...
  • New York Group That Called For ‘Dead Cops’ Was The ‘Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee’

    12/24/2014 10:25:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 23, 2014 | Alex Griswold, media reporter
    The New York City group that called for “dead cops” in a widely circulated video is most likely– no joke — the Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee (TMOC). In a piece outing “The Monsters Who Screamed For Dead Cops,” The Daily Beast’s Jacob Siegel cites a “web of circumstantial ties” to the group. The man who shot the disturbing video — showing marchers chanting, “What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want them? Now!” — told Siegel that he saw the group marching with signs reading “No Cops, No Prison.” Siegel produces evidence from Instagram that the TMOC marched...
  • Radical Educators Urge Teaching History ‘White Men Killing Unarmed Black Boys With No Consequence’

    12/22/2014 7:04:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 22, 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Doing its part to contribute to the racial divisiveness ripping through the country, radical, social justice educator group Rethinking Schools has posted on its website an article that instructs how to teach the United States history of “white men killing unarmed black boys and men with little to no consequence.” Renee Watson’s article “Happening Yesterday, Happened Tomorrow,” is subtitled, “Teaching the ongoing murders of black men.” Rethinking Schools’ website states the piece is “especially urgent given the decision of the grand jury not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, and the national protests in...
  • Watch: Muslims in France

    12/21/2014 7:21:21 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 17 replies
    Liveleak.com, CBN News.com ^ | Sep-14-2014 | unknown
    Not much to say here. Shocking! Muslims in France soon all Europe!
  • Census: Whites become 'minority' in 2044, Hispanic population twice blacks'

    12/17/2014 7:54:12 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 15, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    New population projections released by the U.S. Census Bureau show that whites will become a “minority” by 2044, replaced by a “majority” of minority groups, mostly blacks and Hispanics.The new projections, analyzed in a Brookings Institution report, show the huge rise of Hispanics, projected to make up 25.1 percent of the U.S. population in 2044, double African-Americans.According to the analysis, the white will make up 49.7 percent of the country in 2044, minorities the rest. What’s more, by 2060, whites will account for just 44 percent of the country.Brookings attributed the shift to a “majority minority nation” this way:— The...
  • Trayvon Martin's mom: Whites don't get it

    12/13/2014 5:08:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 116 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel's TV Guy Blog ^ | December 13, 2014 | Hal Boedeker
    Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, says whites do not understand the protests about the deaths of young black men. CNN's Anderson Cooper cited polls that reveal white people do not view the issue the same way as black people. "It's not happening to them, so they don't quite get it," Fulton told Cooper in an interview that aired Friday on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360." "They don't quite understand. They think that it's a small group of African-Americans that's complaining: 'Oh, what are they complaining about now?'" Cooper asked: "You hear that from people?" "Oh yeah," Fulton said. "The...
  • The Unbearable Whiteness of Protesting (Your White Guilt is Bringing Me Down)

    12/10/2014 8:02:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 10, 2014 | Rawiya Kameir and Judnick Mayard
    White people and nonblack people of color have the luxury of treating these cases as injustices. For them, it is moralistic. For us, it's about survival. A conversation about race.JUDNICK: I feel like this is just an extension of the our “favorite” iMessage topic but in the light of the recent grand jury events with Mike Brown and Eric Garner (not to mention the promise of more to come with Tamir Rice and the others they’ve shot to death) I’ve been reminding friends that they do not have to answer to white people about their feelings. RAWIYA: Unlike many people,...
  • Black man who stabbed white Jewish man killed by white/Hispanic cops; no Jewish rioting

    12/10/2014 7:20:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/10/2014 | Ethel C. Fenig
    A few hours after demonstrators in their ongoing Black Lives Matter protest unsuccessfully attempted to disrupt a professional basketball game in Brooklyn attended by the British Prince William and his wife Kate, a black man with a large knife entered a synagogue/study hall a few miles away, yelling, "Kill the Jews!"  The large building complex in Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood is the headquarters of a large religious Jewish movement renowned for its outreach to Jews around the world and is open all day, all night for those who want to study and/or pray. Carrying out his threat, he slashed...
  • The White Conversation on Race

    12/09/2014 3:07:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Color Lines - News For Action ^ | December 9, 2014 | Carla Murphy
    With the national uproar surrounding the unpunished police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, some white Americans say they are rethinking the lack of diversity in their lives—and the work they need to do to help create social change that lasts. Take Philadelphia artist Katherine Fritz. In her attempt to understand events in Ferguson, she stumbled upon a 2013 national survey finding that white American social circles tend to be 91 percent white. Intrigued, she tested this finding in her own life. A self-described liberal who uses the term “micro-aggressions,” she was surprised to find that her social circle...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Bizarre Country Music Video Is Tone-Deaf

    12/09/2014 2:14:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | December 9, 2014 | Lincoln Mitchell
    On its surface, the recently released music video produced by the PAC Stand with Hillary, not quite a formal part of Hillary Clinton’s not quite announced campaign for the Democratic nomination in 2016, is little more than further evidence of the difficulty Hillary Clinton may encounter turning a sterling resume and impressive intellect into a strong campaign. Frank Bruni, writing in Sunday’s New York Times, suggests that the video “positions [Hillary Clinton] first and foremost as all woman. The references are incessant,” and is part of an effort by Clinton strategists to position their candidate as the woman’s candidate. Leaving...
  • White Lone Star College Student Doesn't Want to Learn About White Privilege

    12/07/2014 1:22:43 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 110 replies
    Houston Press ^ | Dec. 4 2014 | Michael Barajas
    The concept of white privilege remains controversial in the same way people still argue about climate change. A small, increasingly-fringe faction might argue that it doesn't exist at all. Another broad, more conservative group might concede that it does, technically, exist, but still disagree about what it means, whether it's important and what, if anything, we can do about it. Still, many others would argue that acknowledging and working to understand it is an important step toward fixing the problem -- in the case of white privilege, the problem being compounded, inter-generational inequality that, although sometimes subtle, is still present...
  • Landrieu and the myth of the southern realignment

    12/07/2014 6:17:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 7, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    With Mary Landrieu exiting the Senate, the usual rounds of finger pointing and recriminations have already begun. In the eyes of her supporters, the reasons are numerous and obvious. It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the unpopularity of the President or the issues she espoused. No, the only reason that a Republican will occupy that seat next year is that the South is full of hateful, bigoted, stars and bars waving racists and homophobes. This, they will claim, is the result of an ongoing process which began simmering after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,...
  • Blacks using Ferguson to wage race war? White immigrants tell terrifying tales of hate crimes

    12/07/2014 5:55:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 7, 2014 | Gina Loudon
    Riots in Ferguson, MissouriFERGUSON, Missouri – Burned buildings, looted businesses and riots here may be getting the bulk of the media’s attention, but at least one group is warning the racial violence is just beginning, with black rage turning viciously against white immigrants. Within days of the death of black teenager Michael Brown at the hands of a local policeman, leftist activists from outside of Ferguson set up a protest campaign office in the besieged city. Almost immediately, what started as “peaceful protests” escalated into rampant looting. The local state senator, a black Democrat, took to the airwaves demanding justice....
  • Ivy League professor: whites 'ready to commit race suicide'

    12/05/2014 9:10:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | December 4, 2014 | Maggie Lit
    •Prof. Russell Rickford says capitalism and white supremacy are responsible for the police brutality toward brown, black, and poor people. •The professor claims 'dead black bodies in the street is a sacrifice America makes to the gods of white supremacy.' An assistant professor at Cornell University (CU) told white students they must commit race suicide and reject the inherent privilege of their skin color to move past the events in Ferguson. Russell Rickford, an assistant professor specializing in black radical tradition and black political culture after WWII, discussed the events surrounding Ferguson, Mo. to a packed auditorium of students on...
  • Liberal writers wrestle with Ferguson facts

    12/02/2014 4:28:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | December 1, 2014 | Neo-Neocon
    Stumbling across the truth, but picking themselves up and carrying on.John McWhorter’s Time essay on Ferguson demonstrates his graceful way with words, and his struggle to fight the truth about Ferguson. The only bit of truth that survived McWhorter’s preferred narrative is this: "I’m not sure that what happened to Michael Brown — and the indictment that did not happen to Officer Darren Wilson — is going to be useful as a rallying cry about police brutality and racism in America." McWhorter recognizes that, yet it is instructive to see the mental gymnastics he performs in order to stay with...
  • Can Clinton Win Back the White Working Class?

    12/02/2014 1:42:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    National Journal ^ | November 30, 2014 | Alex Roarty
    A measly 34 percent of this group backed House Democratic candidates in 2014, creating a gap that could sunder the party's 2016 hopes.Hillary Clinton's support of deferred deportation of millions of undocumented workers might help the Democratic Party's putative presidential nominee win over Latinos in 2016. But among the voters most responsible for the Democrats' midterm wipeout this year, it could very well make things worse—and therein lies Clinton's dilemma. Support for Democrats among white, working-class voters was especially sparse this year: A measly 34 percent of them backed Democratic House candidates, exit polls found, while they fled in almost...
  • Ferguson's Despair and the Devastation of White Privilege

    11/30/2014 9:21:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | November 30, 2014 | Heather Ann Thompson
    All day people gathered, waiting, daring to hope, that maybe this time black lives would matter. Minutes passed. Then hours. And, as darkness descended on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, the now enormous crowd continued to wait patiently -- trying its best to remain optimistic. Perhaps, despite so many decades of history, black people really could find justice in the American legal system. That such a faith still flickered was, itself, remarkable. Everyone standing outside of the Ferguson police station awaiting news on whether the grand jury would indict police officer Darren Wilson well remembered what happened on February 26,...
  • How Far Down Do You Define Deviancy in Ferguson?

    11/29/2014 7:54:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    PJ Media's Spengler ^ | November 26, 2014 | David P. Goldman
    The late Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s celebrated phrase “defining deviancy down” first appeared in a 1993 essay in The American Scholar. “I proffer the thesis,” wrote Moynihan, “that, over the past generation…the amount of deviant behavior in American society has increased beyond the levels the community can ‘afford to recognize’ and that, accordingly, we have been re-defining deviancy so as to exempt much conduct previously stigmatized.” What used to be a civil rights movement has drawn a bright line behind the late Michael Brown, whose guilt in two violent felonies (robbing a convenience store while assaulting a store clerk, and assaulting...
  • SALLY KOHN: What white people need to know, and do, after Ferguson

    11/28/2014 12:51:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    The Washington Post's PostEverything Blog ^ | November 28, 2014 | Sally Kohn
    <p>Benefiting from white privilege is automatic. Defending white privilege is a choice.</p> <p>In the days before the grand jury’s decision in Ferguson, when Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon decided to impose a pre-emptive state of emergency, a white relative posted on my Facebook page, “Better to be prepared for the worse, than to have racially charged riot. [sic] At that point, no one cares what your political view points are, who you married or what God you pray too, only that you are White and you are Wrong.” This essay is for my cousin and every other white person who is well meaning but somehow feels hopelessly polarized in a racially polarized debate. It doesn’t have to be that way.</p>
  • Why Ferguson Should Matter to Asian-Americans

    11/27/2014 5:05:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | November 26, 2014 | Jack Linshi
    Ferguson isn’t simply black versus white. A peculiar Vine floated around social media Monday evening following the grand jury announcement in Ferguson, Mo. The short video shows an Asian-American shopkeeper standing in his looted store, with a hands-in-his-pockets matter-of-factness and a sad slump to his facial expression. “Are you okay, sir?” an off-screen cameraman asks. “Yes,” the storeowner says, dejectedly. The clip is only a few seconds, but it highlights the question of where Asian-Americans stand in the black and white palette often used to paint incidents like Ferguson. In the story of a white cop’s killing of a black...
  • Clavell Jackson: People of Color, Women Can’t Afford to Be Average

    11/27/2014 9:59:02 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    EURWeb ^ | November 27, 2014 | Clavell Jackson
    *I have previously written several articles about how most Americans are pretty clueless. The results of the last elections showed that. A lot of Americans stayed home, and people from states that depend heavily on government programs, such as food stamps, welfare and social security, elected Republicans — the very people who have said they plan to slash these programs. MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, the architect of Obamacare, caught flak for referring to American voters as stupid, but he is right. Bill Maher, who is known for his biting comedy, recently ran a video montage showing all the times...
  • Gallup: Obama Approval Plunges with Working-Class Whites to 27 Percent

    11/26/2014 7:52:06 PM PST · by Nachum · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/26/14 | Wynton Hall
    A new Gallup poll finds that President Barack Obama´s approval rating with working-class white Americans has fallen to just 27 percent, a record-low for his presidency. Among whites who´ve graduated college, Obama´s approval stands at 41%, also a new low in the Gallup poll. (Graph) Perhaps most troubling of all for Obama: Gallup´s data only extended to the end of October, well before the recent racially-charged riots broke out in Ferguson, Missouri, and protests across the country. "About two-thirds of adult whites have not graduated from college, making working-class whites a particularly important group politically because of its sheer size,"
  • The Vanishing White Democrat

    11/19/2014 8:59:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 11/19/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    It wasn’t all that long ago that the Democrats were predicting the end of the Republican Party. With the rise of Obama, James Carville began peddling a new book “40 More Years” promising that the Dems would rule for generations. Just this year Carville predicted that the Republican Party would become extinct if it lost to Hillary Clinton. But it was the Democratic Party that was going extinct in Carville’s own backyard. Republicans began winning Senate seats in Louisiana for the first time in a century in just the last ten years. If Landrieu loses, then both of the Louisiana’s...
  • A racial state of emergency: How we prepare for devastation in Ferguson

    11/19/2014 4:25:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Salon ^ | November 19, 2014 | Professor Brittney Cooper, Rutgers
    As we await the inevitable in Ferguson, here's one way for black folks to find joy -- and galvanize the movement. A state of emergency has been declared in Ferguson, Missouri, while a nation awaits a grand jury decision concerning the indictment of Michael Brown’s killer. That hundreds of thousands of dollars in new military equipment has been purchased by the police in anticipation of the decision suggests that Officer Darren Wilson will get away with his crimes. Ferguson activists have been actively preparing themselves for the inevitable for weeks now, but as young preacher and activist Nyle Fort remarked,...
  • American Whites a Minority by 2050

    11/18/2014 1:28:32 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 55 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 18 November 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    If current worldwide demographic trends continue, whites are seriously an endangered race. A new baby boom of Hispanic, Asian and black children will make whites a minority in the USA by 2050. White birth rates in America are falling, while immigrants and minorities are having more children. The population surge does not derive directly from immigration, but rather from immigrants alreday in the USA having children. This is in the new book Diversity Explosion by Brookings Institution demographer William Frey. The book contains highly detailed charts and maps showing how falling white birth-rates and rising minority birth-rates will change...
  • Why Democrats Can’t Win Over White Working-Class Voters

    11/15/2014 8:28:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Slate ^ | November 14, 2014 | Jamelle Bouie
    The party’s economic populism doesn’t reach that far.The Democratic Party styles itself a fighter for the working class. But a substantial part of that class—the white part—wants nothing to do with it. If we count the white working class as whites without college degrees, then congressional Democrats lost them by 30 points in last week’s elections, contributing to losses in states as diverse as Iowa, Maine, Colorado, North Carolina, and Florida. But then none of this is new. Democrats lost working class whites by a similar margin in 2010, with almost identical results: A wipeout of Senate seats, House districts,...
  • Chris Parker goes toe-to-toe with Tea Party (Compares to KKK and the John Birch Society)

    11/14/2014 2:28:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Scarlet & Black, The Grinnell College Newspaper ^ | November 14, 2014 | Jon Sundby
    Chris Parker, a political science professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, spoke at Grinnell on Tuesday, Nov. 11, about his recent book “Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America.” Parker’s talk revolved around the rise and identity of the Tea Party within the American political system, with a particular emphasis on the psychology behind the movement. Besides the unique and relevant nature of his book, Parker was invited to speak at Grinnell given his connections with the College. Fourteen years ago, Parker received a fellowship through the Consortium for Faculty Diversity in Liberal...
  • Dissecting the Nativist Victory in Oregon (There's that N-word)

    11/13/2014 9:49:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Institute for Research & Education on Human Rights ^ | November 13, 2014 | Devin Burghart, vice-president
    Despite the valiant efforts of unions, immigrant rights and progressive groups, nativists successfully led an effort to repeal hard-fought legislation to provide driver cards to undocumented immigrants in Oregon. IREHR examines the behind-the-scenes political committees, uncovers the network of anti-immigrant and Tea Party groups in the state, and follows the money to find out how nativists were victorious in Oregon. We also look at what the nativist victory portends for national immigration reform in 2015 and beyond.Dissecting the Nativist Victory in Oregon In last Tuesday’s general election, Oregon voters rejected a bi-partisan law that would have allowed undocumented immigrants to...
  • The Republican Obsession With 'Restoring' America

    11/13/2014 7:59:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 13, 2014 | Peter Beinart
    Why so many conservatives have nostalgia for an era that wasn't all that golden. Next January, just in time for a potential presidential bid, Marco Rubio will publish a book. It’s called American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone.Call me a killjoy, but I don’t think Senator Rubio can make good on his subtitle. Creating “economic opportunity for everyone” is hard enough in a country of 316 million. Restoring it is a metaphysical impossibility. To restore something, it must have existed before. And never in its history has America offered “economic opportunity for everyone,” not even in the Edenic days...
  • The Demise of the White Democratic Voter

    11/13/2014 12:53:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 11, 2014 | Thomas B. Edsall
    It has not escaped the notice of political analysts that 72 percent of whites without college degrees — a rough proxy for what we used to call the white working class — believe that “the U.S. economic system generally favors the wealthy.” Or that on Nov. 4, these same men and women voted for Republican House candidates 64-34. Similarly, the overwhelmingly white electorates of Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota voted decisively in referendums to raise the minimum wage while simultaneously voting for Republicans, whose party has adamantly rejected legislation to raise the minimum wage. There is an ongoing debate...
  • St. Louis rolls out new program to hire minority police officers

    11/08/2014 6:33:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    KPLR-TV ^ | November 8, 2014 | Shirley Washington
    St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is working in collaboration with the NAACP St. Louis Branch, the St. Louis Public Safety Department, and the Ethical Society of Police to recruit more minority police officers to the force. The City has been working on the initiative for months. However, the tragic shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on, August 9, 2014, gave the plan a greater sense of urgency. Tonight on The Pulse of St. Louis, learn the qualifications needed to become a St. Louis police officer and how to help improve the relationship between law enforcement...