Category Archives: Racism
Democratic Congressman Bobby Rush of Illinois was reportedly removed from the House floor after wearing a “hoodie” and sunglasses in protest of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida.
“Racial profiling has to stop,” Congressman Rush said as he peeled off his suit jacket to reveal a hoodie underneath, at which point he pulled the hood over his head and replaced his glasses with sunglasses. “Just because someone wears a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum.”
The Congressman then began citing passages from the Bible about the need “to do justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” and about being “sent … to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and to recover the sight to the blind and to set the oppressed free …. I urge all men who hear these words to heed these lessons.”
Republican Tea Party Congressman Gregg Harper of Mississippi, who was presiding over the chamber at the moment, repeatedly hammered the gavel and tried to interrupt Rush, but he kept talking with a louder voice.
“May God bless Trayvon Martin’s soul, his family,” Congressman Rush shouted. He was still yelling as he was escorted off the floor by the House Sergeant at Arms.
Harper said Rush was removed for having violated House rules by wearing a hoodie and then felt the need to remind those in the chamber of the rules.
“Clause 5 of Rule 17 prohibits the wearing of hats in the chamber when the House is in session,” Harper said after Rush had been taken out. “The chair finds that the donning of a hood is not consistent with this rule. Members need to remove their hoods or leave the floor.”
Congressman Rush made a clear statement that the clothes do not “make the man”, while Harper demonstrated something entirely different. The entire Democratic Caucus needs to show up on the floor of the House in hoodies and sun glasses, and force someone like Harper to have hundreds of members of Congress escorted from the floor.
Well done Congressman Rush, very well done.
According to news reports Richard Cebull, Montana’s chief federal judge, has admitted to forwarding an email comparing African-Americans to dogs and implying that President Barack Obama’s mother had sex with animals.
Cebull’s email, obtained by the Great Falls Tribune, reads: “Normally I don’t send or forward a lot of these, but even by my standards, it was a bit touching. I want all of my friends to feel what I felt when I read this. Hope it touches your heart like it did mine.”
A joke then follows: “A little boy said to his mother; ‘Mommy, how come I’m black and you’re white?’ His mother replied, ‘Don’t even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you’re lucky you don’t bark!’”
Reportedly Cebull then forwarded the offensive email from his official court account to six “old buddies,” who then forwarded to others.
In an interview with the Tribune, Cebull maintained he did not send the email because it was racist, but because it was ‘anti-Obama.’
“The only reason I can explain it to you is I am not a fan of our president, but this goes beyond not being a fan,” Cebull said. He agreed the email was racist, but said he personally was not.
“This is a private thing that was, to say the least, very poor judgment on my part,” he said.
Poor Judge Cebull, this isn’t a case of just “very poor judgment” it’s another in a long line of overt uber-conservative racism. The e-mail wasn’t critical of the President’s policies it was a slap at his race, and at his mother, and it’s beneath the office of a federal judge. You’re not some high school or college student making a mistake, you’re a federal judge sending racist emails about the President of the United States.
Cebull’s ability to rule on cases involving African-Americans is now seriously in question, and defense attorneys should begin reviewing their client’s cases to see if there was a chance rulings were made based, in any way, on race and should begin appealing those cases. Additionally, Cebull’s ability to rule on future cases involving African-Americans can now be called into question. Cebull has demonstrated his lack of judgment, and he needs to step down.
As if comparing the First Lady to the Grinch and calling her “Mrs. YoMoma” wasn’t enough Republican Tea Party (GOTP) Speaker of the Kansas House of Representative, Mike O’Neal has sent another e-mail where he says he’s praying for the death of President Obama.
In the latest e-mail, “Speaker” O’Neal forwarded Psalm 109, which reads: “May his days be few; may another seize his position…” and continues:
May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.
May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes.
May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.
May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children.
O’Neal wrote: “At last — I can honestly voice a Biblical prayer for our president! Look it up — it is word for word! Let us all bow our heads and pray. Brothers and Sisters, can I get an AMEN? AMEN!!!!!!”
O’Neal needs to be forced from office by the Republican Tea Party members of the Kansas State House of Representatives; if his first e-mail didn’t make it clear this one certainly does, he’s a racist, and he’s a moron – of course neither of those is a disqualifier in today’s conservative circles, but they should be. Of course in the white bread world of Kansas this is just all in good fun; the Secret Service should arrest him on suspicion of threatening the President of the United States, or for inciting the same. He’s a disgrace, and Republican leaders should jump in line to denounce this yahoo.
According to the Huffington Post, Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal apologized Thursday for forwarding an email referring to First Lady Michelle Obama as “Mrs. YoMama” and comparing her to the Grinch, and yes, he’s a republican.
In his “holiday” e-mail, O’Neal’s subject line read, “Twins separated at birth?” including side-by-side pictures of Michelle Obama and the Grinch with similarly windswept hair;the forwarded part of the email reads, “I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing Mrs. YoMama a wonderful, long Hawaii Christmas vacation — at our expense, of course.”
But wait, O’Neal didn’t just stop there, he forwarded the email to House Republicans and added the text, “Sorry, just had to forward the latest holiday message! I’ve had worse hair days but this is pretty funny.”
Well, isn’t that so seventh grade of the “Speaker”; he has since said he was sorry to those he offended.
OK, when are one of these people going to simply say, “I apologize, I was wrong, there’s no excuse,” instead of “I’m sorry to anyone I might have offended”? The “Speaker” screwed up and he needs to be man enough to admit that and sincerely apologize, not issue a generic apology.
Yeah, that’s true, political cartoons are “part of American culture”, but so is racism, and this smacks of pictures of the President with a bone through his nose, and watermelons in front of the White House; a funny picture of hair being blown everywhere is one thing, adding the phrase “YoMama” to it makes it a racist caricature and “Speaker” O’Neal should step down. Perhaps that’s the kind of humor the “Speaker” is used to down at the local pub, but adult people – especially leaders – in polite society don’t think its funny; time to grow up Mr. “Speaker.
The Huffington Post’s reporting Jules Manson, a failed Tea Party candidate for local office in California, has called for the assassination of President Obama and his family.
In his post Manson referred to the president as a “monkey.” Then it got much worse.
“Assassinate the f—– n—– and his monkey children,” Manson commented on his own post, according to a screen shot uploaded by Facebook group “Americans Against the Tea Party” and relayed by Your Black Politics blog.
Manson, an avid Ron Paul supporter and libertarian, also writes that he’s since been visited by the Secret Service, with whom he says he cooperated fully as he “was hiding nothing.”
According to the New York Daily News, Manson, who lost his 2011 bid for a City Council seat in Carson, Calif. with only 4 percent of the vote, has also posted pictures of Obama dressed as Hitler from his Facebook account.
The Daily News reported it was unable to reach Manson at the phone number listed for his residence in a Carson trailer park. Really, a trailer park? Wow, that’s type casting; yes sir, Manson’s just one more member of the Tea Party demonstrating how “non-racist” the organization is.
The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that another Tea Party group, this time from in Kansas, is in hot water trying to defend its depiction of the President as a skunk. The group claims its depiction of President Obama as a skunk is satire, not racism as the leader of a civil rights group alleges.
The Hutchinson-based Patriot Freedom Alliance says on its website that like the president, the skunk is “half black, half white, and almost everything it does stinks.”
Oh yeah, absolutely nothing racist about that depiction at all, it’s just some good ol’ boy fun that’s all boy.
The Hutchinson News reports local NAACP president Darrell Pope sees no humor in the depiction, which he calls a blatant statement of racism.
A local tea party supporter Chuck Sankey says former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has been the target of worse insults than what’s on the website.
And what exactly would those be Chucky? Notice he doesn’t outline any, just throws out the generic commentary; and even, for the sake of the argument, if that was true, how does it justify portraying one’s group as racists?
“It’s satire is what it is,” said Thomas Hymer, Hutchinson, who maintains the website, http://patriotfreedomalliance.org/default.aspx “Satire in a politically incorrect form,” he said.
Darrell Pope, president of the Hutchinson branch of the NAACP, said he sees no humor in it and called it “a blatant statement of racism.”
“It’s intended to be malicious,” Pope said.
Tea Party supporters can tout Herman Cain all they want, Pope said, but the skunk posting is “a statement of what they’re all about.”
The national NAACP previously has urged Tea Party leaders across the country to denounce any signs of racism.
Regarding the reference to half-black, half-white, Sankey said, “Isn’t that the truth? What’s wrong with the truth?”
Obama’s mother was a white American, and his father was a black African.
“It may be offensive to some, of course, but in humor there is always an element of truth,” said Sankey, saying he is neither racist nor bigoted but is concerned about the direction the country is going.
If people are offended by it, Sankey said, his advice is: “Don’t look at it.”
Well heck Sankey, why not just depict the president as a zebra, then you’ll get your racist hit about him being half black and half white as well as attack his African roots, oh but wait, you won’t be able to nail the whole stinky stud huh? Sankey’s a good ol’ boy racist as is the group for posting the picture.
What this really shows is the blatant racism that is the undercurrent behind the predominantly – like 98% – white bread Tea Party movement. This isn’t the first Tea Party group to use this kind of “humor”. In October a Loudon County, VA GOTP mailer went out complete with a picture of President Obama with a bullet hole in his head; and last spring an Orange County, CA Republican Party mailer portrayed the President as a monkey, and earlier had put out a picture of the White House with a watermelon patch in front of it.
There’s definitely a pattern here; while you can excuse one example as not being symptomatic, when you have a second and now a third you begin to see a certain modus operandi behind some Tea Party conservatives in the Republican Party today, and when others within the Tea Party fail to denounce these kind of postings and mailers then they give tacit approval, they become guilty by association. If it looks like a duck wearing a white sheet, and it quacks like a duck wearing a white sheet, then it’s a duck wearing a white sheet!
Ah yes, it’s all in fun, an image of the president of the United states with a bullet hole through his head is a barrel of laughs, or at least it is to the Loudoun County, Va., Republican Tea Party (GOTP) Committee.
The message, with the subject line “Halloween 2011,” invited “supporters” to a community parade where “we are going to vanquish the zombies with clear thinking conservative principles and a truckload of Republican candy.” It also features a caricature of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a jack-o-lantern, and cartoons of zombies; the not-so-funny email was swiftly condemned by both conservative and liberal groups today for featuring the image
Interestingly enough the email was first reported by the blog Too Conservative, which said the group had gone “way too far” and should be reported to the U.S. Secret Service.
Mark Sell, chairman of the Loudoun County Republican Committee however disagrees, and attempted to explain away the email as a “light-hearted attempt to inject satire humor into the Halloween holiday.”
“Apparently, some individuals have interpreted an image of Barack Obama that appeared within the email as intending to portray the President as a victim of a violent crime. Nothing could be further from the truth,” Sell said in a statement. “We deeply and sincerely apologize to the President and anyone who viewed the image if that was the impression that was left.”
So, if the image wasn’t meant to show the President as “a victim of a violent crime” then what was it supposed to be portraying, the President as an unfortunate victim of a tragic hunting accident with Dick Cheney?
No one seems to be buying the explanation however, at least with no one with any brains, and the Virginia GOTP Chairman Pat Mullins called the image “disgusting” and condemned its use “in the strongest possible terms.”
“We are in the process of contacting those responsible for the image to demand that they cease using it and immediately issue an apology,” Mullins said.
A Republican National Committee spokesman said the type of imagery in the Loudoun County GOTP email “has no place in politics.”
The Secret Service told ABC News the agency is aware of the incident but offered no further details. No doubt the agents are doubled over with laughter at the “light-hearted attempt to inject satire humor into the Halloween holiday”.
Problem is the Loudon County GOTP Committee has shown its colors, and they are racist all the way through; yes, I said racist. When you show an image of the first Black President with a bullet hole through his head and you’re the GOTP committee of a Virginia county what else is there? It isn’t humorous, it’s vulgar and racist.
Morgan Freeman, Oscar-winning actor, film director and aviator has reportedly said exactly what he thinks of the Tea Party. During an interview with British TV he was asked about his opinion regarding the political movement in America, and specifically about his belief that the right wing movement’s anti-Obama stance is rooted in racism.
When asked whether Obama’s presidency has made racism in the United States better or worse, Freeman frankly answered that he believes the President’s time in office has made it worse, as he has become a target of the right’s aggression.
“Their stated policy, publicly stated, is to do whatever it takes to see to it that Obama only serves one term,” the actor said. “What’s, what does that, what underlines that? ‘Screw the country. We’re going to whatever we do to get this black man, we can, we’re going to do whatever we can to get this black man outta here.’”
Freeman further said the group’s rise has shown the hate still lingering in America.
“Well, it just shows the weak, dark, underside of America,” he said. “We’re supposed to be better than that. We really are. That’s, that’s why all those people were in tears when Obama was elected president. “Ah, look at what we are. Look at how, this is America.” You know? And then it just sort of started turning because these people surfaced like stirring up muddy water.”
Now I know the conservative Tea Party members will claim the group’s not racist, but when people perceive a threat then they’re going to label you. Racist signs have been seen at Tea Party rallies, and racial epithets have been screamed at Black members of Congress; and let’s not forget that jocular moment at the convention earlier this summer with the Obama impersonator. If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.
Funny how during the GOTP debates you don’t see a lot of color in the audience, all you see is a sea of white faces; but that doesn’t mean the GOTP is racist – it just means that only white people feel comfortable there. When the only color to be seen is Hermann Cain then you’ve got a race issue.