Some formerly anonymous dude from Wisconsin kneeled Tuesday in solidarity with the overpaid NFL players who have been disrespecting the flag and the country.
Sheila Jackson Lee got onto one knee Monday night after calling President Trump a racist and suggesting he was “dishonoring” peoples’ mothers by referring to Colin Kaepernick using the term “son of a bitch” which, uh, usually isn’t taken quite so literally.
I suppose this is what Trump gets for failing to immediately call out Nazis protesting in Charlottesville, Virginia and saying there were some good people among them, evidence of which I have yet to see. And yet, it does not follow that every time Trump criticizes people, some of whom happen to be black, that he is “dog whistling” to racists or doing something racist himself.
Rather, Democrats are beside themselves with glee at the opportunity Trump has given them to continue their project, begun under Obama, of dividing the country along racial lines in order to stir up their own base, express their own resentments, and just feel so damn good about themselves.
Hillary Clinton Monday charged Trump with attacking people because of their race. It’s just contemptible, but no less so than so many other things she says and does.
I think it’s deeply troubling that the president would be attacking black athletes for expressing their opinions, peacefully. Protest a part of the American way of life. And it’s something that I’m very proud of, whether I agree or disagree. I think peaceful protest is part of what has helped us make progress, learn more, be a better country over time, and I just couldn’t help thinking that, he has attacked these black athletes for peacefully protesting, but he doesn’t really attack white supremacists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klaners, or Vladimir Putin, who interfered in our election. And I think it’s all part of his political calculation. And I really think that’s bad for the country. He wants to set people against each other. He wants to divide us.
No, it’s Hillary who wants to divide us. She is a bitter, old, angry woman who will spend the rest of her life trying to prove that she deserved what she has probably assumed she deserved since college – to be America’s first female president.
There will eventually be a woman president. Thankfully, it won’t be her.
President Obama today made a big deal of awarding Medals of Valor to law enforcement officers who have performed acts of heroism.
Right, the same Obama who is making their lives impossible by throwing in with the #blacklivesmatter crowd and suggesting that police racism is endemic and offending officers will be prosecuted. The result being that officers have pulled back and more black lives are being ended.
FBI Director James Comey, who seems to operate independently of the White House, thank God, attributed the increase to the “Ferguson effect,” a reference of course to the justified 2014 homicide by a police officer of a young black man who tried to take his gun from him, presumably to kill him with it.
When the officer was exonerated in November, Obama empathized with the misplaced outrage in the black community. “There are Americans who agree with (the decision), and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed, even angry,” Obama said. “It’s an understandable reaction.”
And so the murder rate went up in the first quarter of 2015 and has not declined. A report issued last week showed that murder rates have soared this year in major cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas and Las Vegas.
Have a look at this nonsense from today, if you can bare it.
President Obama Thursday appeared at the White House to mourn the killing of nine African Americans in South Carolina in a apparently racially motivated mass murder, using the tragedy to call for Americans to change the way they think about guns.
“I have had to make statement like this too many times. Communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this too many times,” Obama said. “We don’t have all the facts. But we do know that once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun.”
Obama all but admitted that gun control measures were not likely to pass anytime soon, charging that “the politics in this town” probably prevents it. But he also appeared to acknowledge that the “politics” reflected thinking in the country, implicitly criticizing Americans for not attaining the same enlightened state on the issue as other “advanced” countries.
“Let’s be clear. At some point we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries,” Obama said. “It doesn’t happen in other places with this type of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it . . . At some point, it’s going to be important for the American people to come to grips with it and for us to be able to shift how we think about gun violence collectively,” he said.
Obama addressed the racial aspect of the murders, noting the killing had occurred in an historic black church and has saying the killing “raises questions about a dark part of our history.”
But he also said there was an “outpouring of unity” across races in Charleston which “indicates the degree to which those old vestiges of hatred can be overcome.”
And with that, Obama jetted out to California for two days of fundraising.
So I will say a couple of things about this, from First Lady Michelle Obama’s commencement speech Saturday at Tuskagee University. First, here are her remarks. Or you can watch the video below.
The road ahead is not going to be easy. It never is, especially for folks like you and me. Because while we’ve come so far, the truth is that those age-old problems are stubborn and they haven’t fully gone away. So there will be times, just like for those Airmen, when you feel like folks look right past you, or they see just a fraction of who you really are.
The world won’t always see you in those caps and gowns. They won’t know how hard you worked and how much you sacrificed to make it to this day — the countless hours you spent studying to get this diploma, the multiple jobs you worked to pay for school, the times you had to drive home and take care of your grandma, the evenings you gave up to volunteer at a food bank or organize a campus fundraiser. They don’t know that part of you.
Instead they will make assumptions about who they think you are based on their limited notion of the world. And my husband and I know how frustrating that experience can be. We’ve both felt the sting of those daily slights throughout our entire lives — the folks who crossed the street in fear of their safety; the clerks who kept a close eye on us in all those department stores; the people at formal events who assumed we were the “help” — and those who have questioned our intelligence, our honesty, even our love of this country.
And I know that these little indignities are obviously nothing compared to what folks across the country are dealing with every single day — those nagging worries that you’re going to get stopped or pulled over for absolutely no reason; the fear that your job application will be overlooked because of the way your name sounds; the agony of sending your kids to schools that may no longer be separate, but are far from equal; the realization that no matter how far you rise in life, how hard you work to be a good person, a good parent, a good citizen — for some folks, it will never be enough. (Applause.)
And all of that is going to be a heavy burden to carry. It can feel isolating. It can make you feel like your life somehow doesn’t matter — that you’re like the invisible man that Tuskegee grad Ralph Ellison wrote about all those years ago. And as we’ve seen over the past few years, those feelings are real. They’re rooted in decades of structural challenges that have made too many folks feel frustrated and invisible. And those feelings are playing out in communities like Baltimore and Ferguson and so many others across this country. (Applause.)
But, graduates, today, I want to be very clear that those feelings are not an excuse to just throw up our hands and give up. (Applause.) Not an excuse. They are not an excuse to lose hope. To succumb to feelings of despair and anger only means that in the end, we lose.
But here’s the thing — our history provides us with a better story, a better blueprint for how we can win. It teaches us that when we pull ourselves out of those lowest emotional depths, and we channel our frustrations into studying and organizing and banding together — then we can build ourselves and our communities up. We can take on those deep-rooted problems, and together — together — we can overcome anything that stands in our way.
I don’t frankly agree with some of the other commenters I’ve seen on the right, who have made snide points to the effect of, “Poor Mrs. Obama, with her wonderful lifestyle, still complaining.”
People can have beautiful lives and still feel the sting of racism, and certainly have experienced it on the way up. It carves out wounds that never heal, even when you become first lady of the United States.
It’s clear here is that Mrs. Obama, who also last week talked about the alienation black children feel in museums, has decided to jettison the nonracial, less-controversial public image created for her just before and after the Obamas entered the White House in 2008.
Fine. My concern here is that both of the Obamas seem to now be making race a very large focus on their agenda. And this can end up being dangerously divisive.
This country has come a long way on race. Though it took long enough, we have dealt with our racial differences in a far more successful and noble fashion than almost any other society with racial divides. I’m still waiting for the first non-white leader of a European nation, for example.
That there continue to be racial problems is without question. But this is not the chief issue holding African Americans back from their place as full economic and social equals with everyone else in their country.
The main problem used to be white oppression. Now the main problem is from within the black community. A problem, that, in my view, is stoked by liberal economic, social, and cultural policies.
Without sacrificing the things that are sublime about black culture, African Americans need to become more integrated into the general culture. Not that there’s so much that’s great about the general culture these days, but still it has to happen. But the change, abetted by better government policies designed to lift all, has to come from within.
To the extent the Obamas are going to be flagging race on a constant basis, we are going to become more divided. I know this is not their intent. But it will be the result. And it will do nothing to solve the deep, entrenched problems of the inner city.
We need, instead, a message of togetherness.
Now if that doesn’t send a chill down your spine, even after hearing it many times, nothing will.
What if there were a federal program devoted mainly to white people? What would everyone say about that?
I’m sorry to be the tarantula in the sleeping bag here, but I’m not too excited about President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, or its expansion into the private sector with a new corollary group that will run on corporate donations. And not because I don’t think the goals are worthy.
Obama’s desire to help black and Latino youths is tremendously laudable. Solving the problems of disadvantaged youths and the culture they must inhabit is one of the great issues of our time. But this is not the way to go about it.
Appearing in the Bronx Monday, Obama announced that that program, which seeks to remove obstacles from the paths of young men of color – unless they’re Asian – would be his life’s work. Starting now.
From his remarks:
This will remain a mission for me and for Michelle not just for the rest of my presidency, but for the rest of my life. (Applause.) And the reason is simple . . . we see ourselves in these young men.
I grew up without a dad. I grew up lost sometimes and adrift, not having a sense of a clear path. And the only difference between me and a lot of other young men in this neighborhood and all across the country is that I grew up in an environment that was a little more forgiving.
The My Brother’s Keeper initiative, you’ll remember, was started soon after Obama saw himself in Trayvon Martin. But a president has to step outside himself, because he and the government have purview over us all.
I do not believe that a government, or a president, should be focused on one race or creed over another. All people are equally deserving of whatever government policies are designed to help the poor.
I do understand that there are strategies for combatting poverty that are particular to the black or Hispanic communities. But when government emphasizes the plight of one group over another, based on the color of their skin, it puts us on a slippery slope toward racial divide. Which is exactly where Obama, with his constant focus on race – and his alliance with all the race-baiting canaries in the coal mine of oppression – has placed us.
This has become a time of racial tension. I’m not sure it had to be that way.
I might be supportive of certain color-blind initiatives to help the poor. If within that there are particular policies tailored to one group or another, fine. That’s not a technicality. It’s a crucial distinction.
What Obama has done is launch race-based governing. It’s a dangerous precedent, even if in pursuit of a worthy goal.
The White House claims that this new private entity will operate in some alternate universe from the president, where corporate donors drop money into the program out of unadulterated altruism and the White House is unaffected by the knowledge that the Wendell Wilkie Widget Works Corporation donated $5 million to Obama’s dearest cause and now wants widget safety standards slightly reduced.
Maybe the Obamas will ask the Clintons for some advice on how this is all going to work.
Saying it can’t just be left to the police to “do the dirty work of containing the problems,” President Obama today said change must come to minority communities, implicitly acknowledging that the root of the deadly confrontations that crop up between police and African Americans lies in the communities themselves.
Now, I would disagree with his solutions to these problems. But I give the president credit, unlike the race baiters who descend on episodic violence to promote anger and hatred, for understanding that this is not simply about police racism, but about a societal problem that leads inevitably to conflict between the police and minorities.
Obama spoke during a Rose Garden press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Abe. He lamentably undermined his message on the need for change by proclaiming a police discrimination “crisis.” But he also spoke eloquently about the problems within the dangerous places where cops must patrol:
Without making any excuses for criminal activities that take place in these communities, what we also know is that if you have impoverished communities that have been stripped away of opportunity, where children are born into abject poverty; they’ve got parents — often because of substance-abuse problems or incarceration or lack of education themselves — can’t do right by their kids; if it’s more likely that those kids end up in jail or dead, than they go to college.
In communities where there are no fathers who can provide guidance to young men; communities where there’s no investment, and manufacturing has been stripped away; and drugs have flooded the community, and the drug industry ends up being the primary employer for a whole lot of folks — in those environments, if we think that we’re just going to send the police to do the dirty work of containing the problems that arise there without as a nation and as a society saying what can we do to change those communities, to help lift up those communities and give those kids opportunity, then we’re not going to solve this problem.
And we’ll go through the same cycles of periodic conflicts between the police and communities and the occasional riots in the streets, and everybody will feign concern until it goes away, and then we go about our business as usual.
Obama, of course, sees government as playing a major role in the solution, touting things like “early education,” a tens of billions of dollars new childcare program of little benefit. He wants “investments” in massive “job training” programs, which don’t get real bang for the buck.
But he also has some ideas a conservative could consider.
We’re going to have to think about what can we do . . . to make sure that we’re reforming our criminal justice system so it’s not just a pipeline from schools to prisons; so that we’re not rendering men in these communities unemployable because of a felony record for a nonviolent drug offense.
Now that’s an idea. There are some conservatives, in the libertarian spirit, who would just legalize drugs altogether. Short of that, ensuring that someone’s life is not ruined because of a minor offense that plenty of protected kids at college routinely commit may be a point of agreement between Obama and the right.
And Obama admits that the “massive investments in urban communities” he wants aren’t coming out of Congress. So he knows he’ll have to find other pathways that, though they may not involve reducing government, don’t include expanding it.
If we really want to solve the problem, if our society really wanted to solve the problem, we could. It’s just it would require everybody saying this is important, this is significant — and that we don’t just pay attention to these communities when a CVS burns, and we don’t just pay attention when a young man gets shot or has his spine snapped. We’re paying attention all the time because we consider those kids our kids, and we think they’re important. And they shouldn’t be living in poverty and violence.
It is important. It is significant. It’s the future of our country. Now if Obama would stop demonizing conservatives at every turn, maybe he could make progress with them trying to solve the problem. If he really wants to.
President Obama today termed the issue of racially motivated police brutality a crisis, one he said has been going on for some time and is now being fully uncovered though the use of social media and video cameras.
Obama, who spoke in the Rose Garden during a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Abe, of course took a moment or two to condemn the Baltimore rioters, calling them a “handful of cimrinals and thugs who tore up the place” but who shouldn’t detract from those who peacefully protested.
He said those who felt there is a crisis are only catching onto something that’s been going on for some time.
“We as a country have to do some soul searching,” Obama said.
Well, we do. But not in the way Obama thinks.
While any kind of police brutality or discrimination is reprehensible, and while it does happen, the central problem here is the constant, destructive interaction between minority youth with law enforcement. The root of this is liberal social policies and mores that have helped keep too many African Americans confined to the underclass and bred the destruction of values like responsibility and family cohesion.
Three quarters of African American babies are born out of wedlock. And government policy and the prevailing societal ethic supports it.
Maybe Obama should think twice before inviting Beyonce, the butt-grinding chanteuse of songs like “Bow Down Bitches,” to the White House.
Without fathers, these kids are at a disadvantage from their arrival in the delivery room. And then they’re bombarded with our crass, ugly culture and sent to dysfunctional schools while their parents are supported by government programs and benefits.
How are they going to seize control of their lives when this is the environment provided them?
Some do. But the society we’ve become since the 1960s is making it very hard. So yeah, we need to do some soul searching.
But Obama wants to focus on the police. He said:
Since Ferguson and the task force that we put together, we have seen too many instances of what appears to be police officers interacting with individuals – primarily African American, often poor – in ways that raise troubling questions. And it comes it up, it seems like, once a week now, or once every couple of weeks . . .
This has been a slow-rolling crisis. This has been going on for a long time. This is not new, and we shouldn’t pretend that its new. The good news is that, perhaps there’s some newfound awareness – because of social media and video cameras and so forth – that there are problems and challenges when it comes to how policing and our laws are applied in certain communities, and we have a to pay attention to it and respond.
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