Dude’s viral post: yes, I am racist – but I’m not evil, I’m just primed for change

In an essay gone viral that reminds me a lot of Peggy McIntosh’s legendary ownership statement about white privilege, Jeff Cook explains that racism was incorporated into the Wheaties he eat for breakfast every day in white suburban America. But, he says, this involuntary programming makes him not evil, but definitely ready for change.

It’s a great essay, full of keen insights into both the writer’s mind and the society in which we live. Well worth the read. Here’s an excerpt:

Jeff Cook and Family
Source: beyondtheglasswall blog

I lived a life marked by opportunity and forgiveness; and while I may not have always had “much,” I have always had the benefit of the doubt.
It is okay for me to admit this. It doesn’t make me evil. It makes me ready for change. This admission took two things: research and honesty. Over the last couple of years, I have read, watched, listened to and participated in countless discussions on the topic coming from a broad range of sources. Through this process I was able to realize the aforementioned realities. Which is great for me, but for purposes of this post, let’s unpack them a little.

I am uncomfortable with racial inequalities that exist in my country.

I live my life day in and day out and only rarely am I forced to confront these realities. Certainly the media, social and otherwise, shine a light on the issue, but that is not what I mean. Reading a powerful blog post or an inspiring tweet does not constitute confronting anything. What I mean is that when I get pulled over, shop in a store, go for a job interview, meet a new person for the first time, etc… I expect to be judged by who I am.

Yes, I am tattooed and bearded so I’m sure that on occasion someone generalizes about me, but I don’t worry about it because I know that once they get to know me they will move beyond those judgements. And I assume that they will eventually get to know me, because even with their judgement, they will give me the benefit of the doubt. I live my life benefiting from other people’s glass walls. That is simply not true for people of color. They are forced to confront it every single day. Perhaps not in an overtly bigoted and hateful way (although I’m sure that happens too), but in the “deficit of the doubt.”

I live my life benefiting from other people’s glass walls. That is simply not true for people of color….

Read full essay

Wonderful and damning indictments point to Clintons racism, destruction of American people & economy

girl confronts Hillary over racist statements
Source: YouTube via newsmax.com
My Hillary-supporting friends think I’m nuts for talking about how the Clintons have helped to destroy life for millions of Americans. In the process, they’ve helped destroy our economy and take “liberal” out of the Democratic Party’s philosophy. They’re a 2-man wrecking team. The not exactly-amusing (’cause it’s too real) post The Problem With Hillary, Chez, Is I Don’t Vote Republican gives “25 pretty good reasons why we Democrats don’t vote for Republicans,” and asks the darn good question: “…why would we vote for Hillary Clinton, the Rockefeller Republican who exemplifies every one of those 25 statements?

This list of 15 Ways Bill Clinton’s White House Failed America and the World is even better – it gives more details and background. I especially like the part where it talks about Bill Clinton’s attack on Sista Souljah:

Political smears: Sistah Souljah. Clinton was highly regarded by African Americans during the 1992 election cycle for his ability to articulate how racism impacted their communities. However, when it mattered most, he dropped the ball on race when it was completely unnecessary. It started when he blasted hop-hop artist Sistah Souljah over her comments in a Washington Post article about the Los Angeles riots, which were sparked by the acquittal of several Los Angeles policemen who beat truck driver Rodney King. “If black people kill black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?” she said.

Souljah claims she was misquoted. However, a few weeks later, both she and Clinton spoke at Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition conference in Washington. Clinton used his appearance to criticize her statements, saying, “We can’t get anywhere in this country pointing the finger at one another across racial lines.” He compared her remarks to former KKK wizard David Duke.

As Matt Bai wrote for Yahoo, Clinton was not going to lose black votes by calling the rapper out. Black people were (and still are) hyper loyal to the Democratic Party. But since Clinton is being reflective about his presidency, perhaps he needs to go back to 1992 and rethink why he used his time at the Rainbow Coalition to appeal to a segment of white voters who may have wanted to see him distance himself from Rev. Jackson, still a key leader in the Democratic Party at the time.

If you read the full Washington Post coverage and listen to some of Sistah Souljah’s commentary on white supremacy, you’ll see she makes some valuable points about anti-blackness and structural racism that are worth considering. But Clinton chose not to delve into that. Instead, he preferred to sell a sistah out and play the saxophone on the Arsenio Hall show.

Newsmax tells the story of the moments between when Ashley confronted Hillary at a fundraiser and Secret Service officers escorted her out of the room. She’s the girl who asked the Secretary why she called black people “super-predators” and helped institute today’s system of mass incarceration.

Activist Ashley Williams confronted Hillary Clinton at a private fundraiser this week, and asked her to apologize for calling black youths “superpredators” in a 1996 speech.

After paying $500 to attend the event in Charleston, Williams silently unfurled a fabric sign that had Hillary Clinton’s infamous quote from her January 25, 1996, speech on policing in Keene, New Hampshire: “We have to bring them to heel.”

“I’m not a superpredator, Hillary Clinton,” the young Black Lives Matter activist said Wednesday night, according to Salon. “Can you apologize to black people for mass incarceration?” she asked the Democratic presidential front-runner.

Clinton, who was on the microphone, read aloud her old words that were printed on the sign. “Can I talk? And maybe you can listen to what I say,” said Clinton. “Okay, you want to hear the facts, or you want to just talk?”

“I know that you called black youth ‘superpredators,'” Williams responded. “Please explain for the record. Please explain it to us. You owe black people an apology.”

After she was escorted out by Secret Service agents, Williams told The Huffington Post she wanted Clinton to “confront her own words. We did this because we wanted to make sure that black people are paying attention to her record, and we want to know what Hillary we are getting,” she explained.

“Hillary Clinton has a pattern of throwing the black community under the bus when it serves her politically,” Williams said in a statement prior to the confrontation.

Salon reports on the incident:

“I’ll tell you what, if you will give me a chance to talk, I’ll approach your subject — you know what, nobody’s ever asked me that before,” Clinton said, as Williams was physically removed by a white security guard.

Video: Hillary Clinton’s record of racist alliances and real damage to black families

Hillary Clinton's Black History record
Source: YouTube Video Hillary Clinton in Black History
Very informative and disturbing video shows the positions Hillary Clinton has taken on issues that severely impact black communities. Or as curator Jeanette Johnson-Jing puts it: A summary of Hillary Clinton’s role in the recent history of African Americans… One viewer commented:

This is a most powerful piece. Before I knew it, the tears began rolling: they have to be “brought to heel”: the repetition and visuals… OMG!?

Sometimes I ask myself why black people would support this woman … it seems such a mystery in light of all that she and her husband have done to hurt the community. I guess the Clintons with their pretty talk and powerful rhetoric have convinced black and brown supporters to play blame the victim with them – as if doing so were a game rather than the destruction of hopes, dreams, lives and families.

Harry Belafonte endorses Sen. Sanders and asks America to:

…consider and reconsider what it is that Bernie Sanders offers. He offers us a chance to declare unequivocally that there is an America – there is a group of citizens – with a deep caring for where our nation goes and what it does in the process of going.

Amen, Mr. Belafonte

Hat tip to Norm Batchelor for the video find.

Racist Coke ad meant to shame indigenous Mexicans pulled & sanctions sought against company

Coke ad
Screen shot of coke commercial by Coca-Cola Mexico. Posted by Latino Rebels on YouTube
Coca-Cola Mexico has not only been motivated to pull an ad promotiong colonialism and their unhealthy soft drinks, but indigenous rights and health activists in one of the most obese nations in the world also want the Mexican government to sanction the company for promoting the racist concept that indigenous culture is something shameful and outmoded that needs to be replaced. The ad’s activity takes place in the Totontepec Villa of Morelos, a Mixe community in Oaxaca, México. Nation of Change writes:

…Pablo and other activists said the ad “reproduced and reinforced stereotypes of indigenous people as culturally and racially subordinate,” according to a report in The Guardian, which reported that they have asked the government to sanction the soft drink giant.

The Alliance for Food Health has filed an official complaint with the National Council to Prevent Discrimination. Mexico is one of the most obese nations on the planet and a top consumer of soda—although the nation’s soda tax has seen some progress in reducing sales…

“Fifty years ago, cases of diabetes type 2 in our indigenous communities were rare,” says one person, speaking in the Mixe language. “Now they begin to be an epidemic. In order to remain united, we must preserve our dignity, our health, and our culture. In Oaxaca, we drink tejare, tea and clean water.”

La Alianza por Salud Alimentaria put out a video contesting the main propaganda points in Coca-Cola’s ad. En su video, Salud Alimentaria responde a las alegaciones racistas implícitas en la propaganda de Coca-Cola:

And a COSMOPOLIS video gives a point by point analysis of why indigenous health and rights organizations consider Coca-Cola’s ad to be, “…an attack on the dignity of the indigenous people and a strategy to degrade their state of health.” Y “>COSMOPOLIS brinda un análises de porque organizaciones abogando por los derechos y salud de la gente indígena consideran la publicidad de Coca-Cola a ser un “…ataque a la dignidad de los indígenas y contribuye en empeorar su estado de salud.”

Here’s the original video, in which lively and modern looking white youth descend on Totontepec Villa to liberate it from its native cultural traditions.

Texto en Español, extraído de MSN-NOTICIAS

Un grupo de jóvenes llega a Totontepec Villa de Morelos, una comunidad mixe de Oaxaca, México. Es un anuncio de Coca Cola, y como es típico en la publicidad de esta multinacional, sus protagonistas exudan alegría. Tienen una misión: llevar “un mensaje muy especial” a los indígenas de ese pueblo, situado a 160 kilómetros de la capital oaxaqueña, en el sur del país.

Los jóvenes, todos ellos blancos y bién parecidos, traen con ellos hieleras con refrescos de la marca y trozos de madera. Y construyen un árbol de Navidad con tablas rojas en el centro del poblado, y distribuyen las bebidas gaseosas como (algo que) reparte felicidad. Sin embargo, no todos están contentos con la publicidad.

Grupos que defienden los derechos de los consumidores y profesionales de la salud pusieron el grito en el cielo y exigieron al gobierno mexicano prohibir el anuncio. Las asociaciones de consumidores de México dicen que el anuncio de Coca Cola contribuye al deterioro de la salud de los indígenas.

Concretamente, la Alianza por la Salud Alimentaria, un ente que agrupa a organizaciones “preocupadas por la epidemia de sobrepeso y obesidad en México”, tal como se describe en su página web, se dirigió la petición al Consejo Nacional para Prevenir la Discriminación (Conapred).

El organismo argumenta que la publicidad ataca la dignidad de los indígenas y contribuye al deterioro de su salud. Es que México tiene uno de los mayores índices de sobrepeso y obesidad del mundo, y eso afecta particularmente a su población indígena. Y lo mismo ocurre con la diabetes.

¿Romper con prejuicios?

Además, la publicidad “es indignante para los indígenas”, dice Diana Turner, vocera de El Poder del Consumidor, una de las asociaciones que conforman la Alianza. Se refiere a que los jóvenes son todos blancos y llegan con unos cuantos refrescos y unas luces a ayudar a la comunidad indígena.

El objetivo de la publicidad, sin embargo, es animar a la gente a “romper con los prejuicios”. Así lo dice. También señala que “el 81,6% de los indígenas mexicanos se han sentido rechazados por hablar otra lengua”. Así que los jóvenes construyen el árbol de Navidad con unas luces en las que se lee: “Tökmuk n’ijyyumtat”. “Permanezcamos unidos”, dice que significa en lengua Mixe.

“Tú también rompe con un prejuicio y compártelo usando #AbreTuCorazón”, pide el anuncio. “Cada vez que lo hagas, encenderás una luz en el árbol de Coca Cola”.

El anuncio ya no se puede encontrar en el canal de YouTube de la compañía. Lo retiró el martes por la noche, después de que estallara la noticia. Sin embargo, sigue circulando en internet, compartido por terceros. Y las críticas se han multiplicado en otra red social, Twitter.

“Coca Cola está trabajando en una branding colonial en México con su campaña racista y exenta de tacto #AbreTuCorazon”, dice un usuario. Y otro se pregunta: “¿Por qué no muestras a gente de Oaxaca llevando su cultura a otros países?”. Las asociaciones de consumidores de México dicen que el anuncio de Coca Cola contribuye al deterioro de la salud de los indígenas.

Google maps search for N***** House returned: the White House

google maps search for n**** House yields White HouseIt’s an embarrassment to the search giant that Google Maps produced highly inappropriate racist results, even though it happened because racist terms are often shared on the internet. A Wired reporter explains:

It was discovered that when searching for “n***a house” and “n***a king,” Maps returned a surprising location: the White House. A search for “slut’s house” led to an Indiana women’s dorm. Initially, you may have suspected this to be the work of a lone vandal, or even a coordinated campaign. But Google Maps gave racist, degrading results not because it was compromised, but because the internet itself is racist and degrading … It … means that if enough people online refer to a specific place using vile epithets, even one of the most recognizable landmarks in the United States can be reduced to racist garbage.

Google got plenty of egg plastered on its face. Executives apologized and removed the offensive results, but some feel they shouldn’t be let off the hook too easily. LovelyTi makes good points:

One Google VP offered an apology:

Following the PR nightmare of the racist Google Maps search for “n—- house” that landed users at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Google has issued an official apology. A blog post by vice president of Engineering and Product Management Jen Fitzpatrick begins, “This week, we had some problems with Google Maps, which was displaying results for certain offensive search queries. Like many of you, we were deeply upset by this issue, and we are fixing it now. We apologize this has taken some time to resolve, and want to share more about what we are doing to correct the problem.”

But after two days, there was still no glowing news to share about Google’s reaction to the White House gaffe:

…Google Maps users were alarmed by the the very disturbing discovery that searching the racial slur “n—- king” directed them to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, or as it’s more commonly known, the White House. The same results were achieved with a search for “n—- house.” If anyone needed proof of the ongoing existence of racism in the United States, there are now literally directions for it.
Following this overt display of racism, poor taste, and all around foolishness, Google announced that they were “temporarily disabling editing on Map Maker” as they “continue[d] to work towards making the moderation system more robust.” A spokesperson for the tech company stated, “Some inappropriate results are surfacing in Google Maps that should not be, and we apologize for any offense this may have caused. Our teams are working to fix this issue quickly.”

Unfortunately, the issue does not appear to have been fully resolved quite yet, as a current search of “n—- house” still zooms in on the presidential residence.

Seems to be corrected now, though. When I tried the search myself at 2:30 am on May 25 no objectionable results turned up.

Footballer Striker has harsh words for SAE Frat

SAE Frat gets closedU of Oklahama footballer Striker posted a furious Snapchat rebuttal to SAE fraternity’s racist chant.

Politics USA posted this transcript:

“You’re the same mother f*ckers telling us racism don’t exist… f*ck you phony-ass, fraud-ass b*tches. I’m so mother f*cking fierce right now, SAE you’ve f*cked it up for all white fraternities. The same mother f*ckers sitting out here giving us hugs … telling us you really love us. F*ck you!”

Kmart’s Joe Boxer ad may be in poor taste. Is it also racist?

Joe Boxer xmas commercial
Katie McDonough of Salon dislikes Kmart’s Joe Boxer male underwear ad #showyourjoe because it’s too overtly sexual for her taste, and she wonders about metal testicles. The booty shaking didn’t bother me – most popular musicals have way more spice in their dance routines.

When I watched the 1 minute commercial, what I noticed was that the only dude with speaking lines and the guy with the most shakes, was the single Black man out of a field of 6. Naturally, I asked myself – is this commercial racist? I’d love to know what you think.

Secret’s out: Twitterverse sports fans hate Latinos

Marc Anthony sings God Bless America during the seventh inning stretch at Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in New York City

Marc Anthony sings God Bless America during the seventh inning stretch at Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in New York CityLatino superstar and Puerto Rican native, Marc Anthony, sings God Bless America @ New York All-Star game & racists go nuts on Twitter. Bonker animals. Public Shaming quips:

Look at this 100% American grammy award winning recording artist sing ‘God Bless AMERICA’ at the Queens All-Star baseball game. Absolutely disgusting. And the All-Star game was at Citi Field in NYC borough of Queens too! We can’t let this happen in Queens, the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world!

This comes on the heels of another explosive racist attack on an American singer of Latino background – who just happened to be an 11 year old child: Sebastian de la Cruz, a San Antonio, TX, US, native of Mexican descent. Sebastian rocked the Star Spangled Banner when the scheduled singer couldn’t make it to game three of the NBA Finals, wowing the crowd with his angelic voice.

One of the proudest moments in this young American’s life was marred by a Twitterverse response worthy of a gaggle of Ku Klux Klanners. But, David Knowles of the New York Daily News points out, the amazing young man did not allow bigots to steal away his pride, self-confidence or even his sense of compassion:

The sight of de la Cruz, who wore a silver and black mariachi outfit while singing the anthem, sparked a vicious backlash on social networking sites like Twitter.

“Can’t believe they had the nerve to have a beaner singing the national anthem of America #smh,” wrote Twitter user who goes by the handle The Great White.

“There’s a little Mexican kid singing the national anthem … What has the world come to?” tweeted Dustin White.

De la Cruz, who was raised in San Antonio, was filling in for country singer Darius Rucker, who canceled at the last minute. When he got word of the social media backlash against him, however, the 5th-grader showed even more remarkable poise.

The fifth-grader demonstrated maturity beyond his years when he dismissed the hatred. ‘With the racist remarks, it was just people — how they were raised.’ My father and my mama told me you should never judge people by how they look,” Sebastien told KENS-5

Racist Mountain Dew goat series commercial pulled

Racist Mountain Dew commercial

Racist Mountain Dew commercialFriend of a friend Sandi Baronvonsassypants Snipe summed this disgusting series of Mountain Dew commercial up much better than I can:

Uggg. I could go on and on about the many fuckeries this commercial promotes but then I would just cry.

Our mutual friend @bryanalexander posted this on Facebook with this note, “Here’s the full Mountain Dew goat commercial series. #3 is the killer. Wow.” And yeah, I found it not only racist, but quite unsettling.

What do you think?