Archive for the ‘Racism’ Category
The Swiss are known for their neutrality, but try and label them racist and they are indeed willing to take sides. Oprah Winfrey, the most vain, self-indulgent human-being outside of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, has learned this lesson the hard way when she causally accused a store clerk in Switzerland of racism due to her level of service.
Here’s Oprah’s BS story:
In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Winfrey recalled a clerk at an upscale Zurich boutique refusing to show her a handbag. Winfrey said she was told she could not afford the $38,000 purse.
‘I’m in a store and the person doesn’t obviously know that I carry the black card and so they make an assessment based upon the way I look and who I am,’ said Winfrey, who earned $77 million in the year ending in June, according to Forbes magazine.
‘I didn’t have anything that said “I have money”: I wasn’t wearing a diamond stud. I didn’t have a pocketbook. I didn’t wear Louboutin shoes. I didn’t have anything,’ said Winfrey on the red carpet.
‘You should be able to go in a store looking like whatever you look like and say “I’d like to see this”. That didn’t happen.’
The store clerk responded:
The Trois Pommes sales assistant said over the weekend that she felt ‘powerless’ and in the grip of a ‘cyclone’ after Winfrey went on TV in America to make the claim.
‘I wasn’t sure what I should present to her when she came in on the afternoon of Saturday, July 20, so I showed her some bags from the Jennifer Aniston collection.
‘I explained to her the bags came in different sizes and materials, like I always do.
‘She looked at a frame behind me. Far above there was the 35,000 Swiss franc crocodile leather bag.
‘I simply told her that it was like the one I held in my hand, only much more expensive, and that I could show her similar bags.
‘It is absolutely not true that I declined to show her the bag on racist grounds. I even asked her if she wanted to look at the bag.
Here’s what really happened:
1) Oprah walks into the store, the clerk didn’t recognize her. This is impossible in Oprah’s mind. Thus, the clerk treating her like any other customer in a rich-peoples’ store was to Oprah the clerk treating her shabbily because she was black.
2) Winfrey said she was told she could not afford the $38,000 purse: These words were never spoken, but to Oprah, the fact that nobody shouted, immediately upon her arrival, “It’s Oprah! Please, look at our most expensive items!” is tantamount to them “telling” her she couldn’t afford it because she’s black, i.e. because racism.
You see, the incident was set in stone in Oprah’s mind within the first 5 seconds of her arrival. After that, the hole was too deep for the Swiss clerk to climb out. Now Oprah says she’s sorry…not for the racism charge, but that she brought it up and we, the great-unwashed, blew it out of proportion.
Perhaps the most hillarious part of the story is this line from Oprah after Swiss tourism officials offered an apology:
‘It’s not an indictment against the country or even that store,’ she continued. ‘It was just one person who didn’t want to offer me the opportunity to see the bag.
‘So no apologies necessary from the country of Switzerland. If somebody makes a mistake in the United States do we apologize in front of the whole country? No!’ (emphasis mine)
The United States…of America? Is that what she’s talking about? Might want to get an opinion on that take from, oh, I don’t know: Trent Lott, Paula Deen, Tracy Morgan, Michael Richards, Mel Gibson, Don Imus, Dr. Laura, Sergio Garcia, Roy Hibbert, Brett Ratner, and Riley Cooper just to name a few.
But I could be wrong. There could be something more sinister at work. Oprah might be lying about the whole thing and have some devious reason for creating a racial kerfuffle. I can’t imagine why, though.
On an unrelated note, did you know she has a new movie coming out this week about a black butler in the White House? Funny that.
They used to say the last refuse of a scoundrel was religion. Samuel Johnson said it was patriotism. But in 21st century America, the last refuse of a scoundrel is “context.” Racist sports analyst Rob Parker, currently on 30 day suspension from ESPN, has essentially doubled-down on his cornball brother statement about Robert Griffin III despite having apologized earlier. Like most who get caught with their foot in their mouth, he blames the listeners for taking him out of context.
“It was just a conversation that’s had in the black community when athletes, or famous entertainers or whatever, push away from their people. And that’s really what it’s about. You saw it with O.J. Simpson, and some other people, where they say, ‘Well I’m not black, I’m O.J.’ So it’s more about that, not about RGIII and what’s going on. It’s more about this thing that we’ve battled for years and why people have pushed away from their people. It’s more about that.”
The only thing RGIII has done to “push away” from “his people” that we know of is he’s become a self-made man; a success. Sadly, this is the standard definition given to an “Uncle Tom” or the newly minted “Cornball Brother.” Is it RGIII’s responsibility now that he’s a millionaire athlete to bring others along with him for the ride? Is setting an example for others to follow not enough? For racists like Rob Parker, it’s the ultimate sin. Parker doesn’t mind black people being rich as long as they act like thugs, marry black girls, support the welfare state and generally make asses of themselves to everyone around them.
“I wasn’t saying that he wasn’t black enough,” Parker said. “And so when people say that…it’s just not true…I was saying these are the conversations that take place once a guy pushes away. So, it was never aimed at him or I was calling him that. I’m saying these are the conversations that take place.”
I don’t know a lot about RGIII’s personal life and whether he’s “pushed away” people he grew up with. Maybe he has…none of my business, but based on my reading of RGIII, the man, I doubt he had many thugs in his life to push away. In short, RGIII has captured the American Dream and that’s what really gets under the skin of men like Parker, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the rest. You can make a lot of money, but as a black man you must bow down to their alter or be labeled accordingly. Down for the struggle? Struggle’s over. RGIII won.
UPDATE: ESPN fires Parker.
So I finally got around to watching this clip of film critic (is that even a real job?) Jake Hamilton interviewing Samuel L. Jackson and refusing to say the “N-word” despite prodding from the star of Django Unchained. Granted, Jackson is being a dick about it, trying to make a white man squirm which is what the N-word is all about for black people. Yet, this pussy Hamilton seems like he wouldn’t say the word unless he was water-boarded.
Words have power if you give them power. If you use the N-word in the context of discussion about the word, there’s nothing wrong with that. Nigger. There, see? No one died. I’m not calling anyone a nigger, I’m talking about the word nigger.
What does the word nigger mean? In its original context it meant “lesser,” “subhuman.” The white man would call a black man a nigger as a way of telling him you are less than me, you’re genetically inferior, a mutant, thus I devalue you. We know that this is not the case in reality. Thus, the black culture rightly adopted the word in order to devalue its evil meaning, but now it’s used as a weapon to blackmail(!) white people into believing that in their hearts they must be racist and thus should give all their money to the government or some such nonsense. Just watch Maxine Waters speak for 10 seconds if you don’t get what I mean.
Non-racist whites need to stop living in fear of the racist label.
But does he really? Here’s his statement:
I blew it and I’m sincerely sorry. I completely understand how the issue of race in sports is a sensitive one and needs to be handled with great care. This past Thursday I failed to do that. I believe the intended topic is a worthy one. Robert’s thoughts about being an African-American quarterback and the impact of his phenomenal success have been discussed in other media outlets, as well as among sports fans, particularly those in the African-American community. The failure was in how I chose to discuss it on First Take, and in doing so, turned a productive conversation into a negative one. I regrettably introduced some points that I never should have and I completely understand the strong response to them, including ESPN’s reaction. Perhaps most importantly, the attention my words have brought to one of the best and brightest stars in all of sports is an unintended and troubling result. Robert Griffin III is a talented athlete who not only can do great things on the field, but off the field handles himself in a way we are all taught – with dignity, respect and pride. I’ve contacted his agent with hopes of apologizing to Robert directly. As I reflect on this and move forward, I will take the time to consider how I can continue to tackle difficult, important topics in a much more thoughtful manner.
Bullshit. His mask slipped and he got caught, so he’s covering his ass in order to save his career, but let’s look at the much deeper problem.
I believe the intended topic is a worthy one.
That’s his problem right there. No, it’s not a worthy topic. It should be a non-issue. When MLK said we should be judged by the content of our character rather than the color of our skin, do people think he was just riffing? just throwing out ideas? If the so-called civil rights activists really meant most of the things they say, RGIII’s race wouldn’t be discussed at all, but the truth of the matter is the goal of these civil rights activists and pundits isn’t equality, it’s race separatism.
The failure was in how I chose to discuss it on First Take, and in doing so, turned a productive conversation into a negative one.
Wrong again. What, pray tell, is productive about focusing on race? Give me one positive that comes out of that?
Bottom line…he’s a racist asshole and ESPN is guilty by association for fostering this dreck in their desire to be “edgy.” But what bothers me more is this both-ways crap. ESPN should either say we’re not going there and cancel that First Take show altogether or go for broke and say this is what we do and if you don’t like it, don’t watch. But like Joe Manchin, they’d rather walk the tightrope. Screw ‘em.
Thus Spat Zarathustra
I’ve never been a fan of the way Bill O’Reilly calls anyone who turns down an invite to his show a coward, but leave it to Jason Whitlock to give it credence:
But it appears I was summoned to testify before Speaker of The Big House Bill O’Reilly, the FOX News entertainer. O’Reilly is fixated on the mistake I made on the Tom Joyner show. O’Reilly spent part of his Tuesday show telling his viewers that I was afraid to come on “The Factor” and discuss my views on the NRA, the Second Amendment and gun culture.
I’m a grown-ass man and it’s 2012. I don’t have to shuffle off to the Big House when summoned. O’Reilly is not Boehner, Pelosi or Obama. He’s a TV entertainer who has spent the weeks after the election crying about the end of “white establishment” America, the end of the days when an upstanding white man felt entitled to summon whomever he wanted whenever he wanted to the Big House to dance.
I don’t dance.
Jason Whitlock doubled-down on his anti-gun comments in a podcast with CNN’s Roland Martin:
“You know, I did not go as far as I’d like to go because my thoughts on the NRA and America’s gun culture — I believe the NRA is the new KKK. And that the arming of so many black youths, uh, and loading up our community with drugs, and then just having an open shooting gallery, is the work of people who obviously don’t have our best interests [at heart].”
Now what do you see in that statement? Yeah, race-baiting, but what else? You know what I see? I see black-on-black racism.
The NRA fights for gun rights and to protect the Second Amendment. That’s what they do. You can disagree with their mission, you can disagree with their tactics (even I disagree with a few), but that’s what they do. Thus, the NRA is very much responsible for the fact that I (and America’s black population) can still go to a gun store, buy a gun (after a waiting period) and use that gun in accordance with local statutes. But what Whitlock is arguing here is that because of this, there is “an open shooting gallery” amongst black youths. In other words, what Whitlock is saying is that African-Americans as a people, as a group, are completely helpless. They cannot make sound decisions on their own and the only thing to stop them from committing heinous acts is a more authoritarian society. Sound good? How’d you like to hear that about whatever racial or ethnic group you consider yourself a part?
No one will bring up this point. Whitlock will be applauded for his concern over the plight of black youths, but what about personal responsibility? Oh that’s right…that was outlawed on November 6th. My bad.
Thus Spat Zarathustra
Race hustlers like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Touré will never be defeated unless Americans get past their fear of being called racists for rightly criticizing people in the black community. I dare say the fear of being called a racist has overtaken the fear of death and public speaking in America. I’m not playing the game anymore.
This is the cherry atop the hypocritical race-pandering sundae known as the Democrat Party.
Under the compromise, Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the current House majority leader will become the Democratic whip, which will be the number two spot in the new Democratic minority.
South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn agreed to end his bid for that spot and instead hold a new, third ranking leadership post that will be created for him. The sources say the title and portfolio for the spot is yet to be determined.
When the Democrats become the minority party in the House they lose the position of Speaker, a shift that left Hoyer and Clyburn jockeying for the House minority whip position.
The deal allows Rep. John Larson of Connecticut to keep his post as Democratic caucus chairman and Rep. Xavier Becerra to remain as the vice chair of the Democratic caucus.
The white guys get to keep the real and important leadership posts and the black guy gets a no-show figurehead post. Everybody wins!
UPDATE: Even more pathetic than we could have imagined. Clyburn given title of “Assistant (to the) Leader.” The House Democrats have become The Office.
Dan Riehl has dug up a video of Shirley Sherrod’s husband Charles, and let’s just say he makes Shirley sound like Ronald Reagan.
Welcome to Obama’s America.
It amazes me how these crypto-fascists keep getting away with this crap.
She said if Breitbart’s site were shut down, “That would be a great thing, because I don’t see how that advances us in this country … at a time when we should be trying to look at how we can make space for all of us in this country, so that we can all live and work together, he’s doing more to divide us.”
Couple this with that UCLA law prof on Journolist who said Fox News should have their broadcasting license taken away (they’re a cable station, they don’t have a broadcast license you idiot!) and you see how we’ve come a long way from the Free Speech Movement in Berkeley.