White Privilege

Discussion in 'Politics' started by dbphoenix, Aug 23, 2014.

  1. dbphoenix


    This kind of white privilege is a willful blindness, along with a passionate embrace of exactly the kind of aggrievement and victimhood that white people often claim to resent in others. It’s found in Sarah Palin and Sean Hannity, of course, but also among people like hipster über-troll Gavin McInnes, the co-founder of Vice, who wrote a piece not long ago explaining that racism, sexism and homophobia do not actually exist. But I’m not principally talking about Republican ideologues and their hardcore supporters, who have built their power and influence on thinly veiled racism over the past 40 years and barely even bother denying it. There is a much larger population of white Americans, I believe, who feel troubled by what they saw in Ferguson but are unable or unwilling to face the fact that it reflects a recurring historical pattern that has obviously not been exorcised, a pattern of power, privilege and domination in which they are complicit.
    #11     Aug 24, 2014
  2. #12     Aug 24, 2014
  3. Lucrum


    How is it almost all books are supposedly "best sellers"?
    I find it hard to believe all these books are the best in sales. Shouldn't some of them be nearly best sellers or not so good sellers?

    It's like golf balls ads. They're ALL the longest and straightest. I mean, c'mon!
    #13     Aug 24, 2014
  4. Lucrum


    FUCK bleeding heart girly man liberals and their feigned outrage
    #14     Aug 24, 2014

  5. Because they live in the real world, not liberal fantasy land.
    #15     Aug 24, 2014
  6. dbphoenix


    So negroes live in the real world and white kids live in a liberal fantasy land.

    I'll go with that.
    #16     Aug 24, 2014
  7. fhl


    #17     Aug 25, 2014
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  8. dbphoenix


    . . . the right has been clutching its pearls about a resurgence of Black Panthers for some time, with Fox News leading the way with hours of scare stories over the past few years. Just last week, they were hyping a Facebook entry by someone who claimed the Black Panthers were moving into Ferguson:


    That didn’t happen, obviously. But 30 members of the open-carry group the Huey P. Newton gun club did march in the streets of Dallas earlier this week, armed with AR-15s, shotguns and rifles, chanting about Black Power. One of the marchers by the name of Drew X, with the New Black Panther Party, was quoted as saying, “If they don’t get these people under control with this police brutality and this abuse, this gonna be an international crisis.”

    And this has the right wing very confused. A quick look around the Internet finds some perfunctory commentary supporting the group’s right to bear arms, but eventually people are pointing out the fact that one cannot be a “felon” and own guns. Finally they get down and dirty with assertions that the demonstrators must be bloods and crips and start whining that African-Americans are racist for mentioning that people of color are particularly at risk from police abuse. And then there are the hilarious jokes like this one: “If black people could get some marksmanship training it would really cut down on the number of innocents killed by stray bullets in certain neighborhoods.”

    There’s a reason for this confusion and it goes to one of the fundamental reasons why these gun proliferation proponents are so passionate in their desire to be armed at all times. Let’s just say it isn’t fear of the federal government. In this Daily Beast piece Cliff Schecter points out that the NRA has been strangely silent on events in Ferguson the last couple of weeks. He speculated that it’s because the NRA has not traditionally been, shall we say, energized by urban protests. If you look at the speech NRA president Wayne LaPierre delivered to his convention a couple of months back, active resistance to the cops isn’t particularly high on their agenda. They see themselves as vigilante replacements for the police they apparently believe are too inept to keep them safe from certain elements:

    We don’t trust government, because government itself has proven unworthy of our trust. We trust ourselves and we trust what we know in our hearts to be right. We trust our freedom. In this uncertain world, surrounded by lies and corruption everywhere you look, there is no greater freedom than the right to survive and protect our families with all the rifles, shotguns, and handguns we want. We know in the world that surrounds us there are terrorists and there are home invaders, drug cartels, carjackers, knockout gamers, and rapers, and haters, and campus killers, airport killers, shopping mall killers and killers who scheme to destroy our country with massive storms of violence against our power grids or vicious waves of chemicals or disease that could collapse our society that sustains us all.​

    The descriptive language doesn’t leave much doubt about whom they’re so afraid of, does it? Let’s just say that very few of those killers are likely to be big Toby Keith fans. Indeed, the picture that paints is of armed civilians in communities all over the country shooting and killing a whole bunch of people they think the police are failing to protect us from. It’s possible they truly believe that this will result in fewer Michael Browns being shot down by police, although it’s hard to see how that would be true. But one thing we can be absolutely sure of is that there will be a lot more Trayvon Martins.

    Heather Digby Parton
    #18     Aug 25, 2014
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  9. Lucrum


    Heather Digby Parton is full of shit. As are most of the bat shit crazy lunatic leftist "authors" you love to quote.
    #19     Aug 25, 2014
  10. Lucrum


    #20     Aug 25, 2014