Prosecutors in France have accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of “pimping,” in connection with an organized prostitution ring in Lille. Suddenly French Socialists shun him over concerns about women’s rights as opposed to the welcome he received when he returned to France, safe from criminal prosecution for the “alleged” rape of Nafissatou Diallo. French Socialists Shun Dominique Srauss-Kahn after Conspiracy Allegations [Guardian] Read the rest of this entry
When I lived in the Mormon capital, also know as the City of Salt, someone left a tattered copy of “Mormons and Negroes” by Jerald and Sandra Tanner, on my front lawn. I think that the intent was to dissuade me from converting to Mormonism. The person who left that book was unaware that I had already said no to a pair of well-scrubbed Mormon missionaries, (they are always in pairs). Read the rest of this entry
The Pew Research Center study found:
The median wealth of white households is 20 times that of black households and 18 times that of Hispanic households, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of newly available government data from 2009. These lopsided wealth ratios are the largest since the government began publishing such data a quarter century ago and roughly twice the size of the ratios that had prevailed between these three groups for the two decades prior to the Great Recession that ended in 2009 … In 2005, both the stock and housing markets were still rising. Thus, had the base year for these measurements of wealth been closer to the top of these markets in 2006 or 2007, the recorded declines are likely to have been even steeper.[Pew Research Center]
George W. Bush’s second term began in 2005, the Great Recession ended in 2009. When I think of George W. Bush and his ilk or sort (as the Brits say), Francisco Goya’s painting, Saturn Devouring His Sons comes to mind.
To quote Tami Winfrey Harris:. “It’s not that liberals have labeled Harris-Perry HNIC; it is that men like West thought that position was exclusively theirs.”[Racialicious]
I was over the moon (so to speak) when Melissa Harris-Perry announced her upcoming show on MSNBC. Whenever she subbed for Rachel Maddow my attention span increased, (perhaps those guest host gigs were auditions). But I also felt a tug of suspicion so I do agree with Dr. Boyce Watkins (quoted here) on this point only:
In the Black community, leading Democrats have learned the dictator lesson well: If we hijack a few figureheads in the Black community and convince them to always speak in support of our agenda, we don’t actually have to do very much for Black people themselves.
Dr. Watkins would do well to drop the word Democrats from that statement. If you scan the political spectrum you will see that Republicans are guilty as well. What white liberals and conservatives have in common is that they seek people of color (PoC) who won’t rock the boat of white privilege and supremacy too much; a mild tempest is fine, especially when directed at opponents, but they will unleash hell if a storm breaks out and hits too close to home. Here’s an example from Melissa Harris-Perry’s blog at The Nation:
Some members of the white liberal political community are appalled and angry that I suggested racial bias maybe responsible for the President’s declining support among white Americans [The Epistemology of Race Talk @ The Nation]
America sits down to turkey,mashed potatoes and gravy with a little cranberry on the side to celebrate genocide and lies.
Thanksgiving Pray by Williams S. Burroughs
Thanks for the wild turkey and the Passenger Pigeons, destined to be shit out through wholesome American guts
thanks for a Continent to despoil and poison —
thanks for Indians to provide a modicum of challenge and danger —
thanks for vast herds of bison to kill and skin, leaving the carcass to rot —
thanks for bounties on wolves and coyotes —
thanks for the AMERICAN DREAM to vulgarize and falsify until the bare lies shine through —
thanks for the KKK, for nigger-killing lawmen feeling their notches, for decent church-going women with their mean, pinched, bitter, evil faces —
thanks for “Kill a Queer for Christ” stickers —
thanks for laboratory AIDS —
thanks for Prohibition and the War Against Drugs —
thanks for a country where nobody is allowed to mind his own business —
thanks for a nation of finks — yes,
thanks for all the memories… all right, let’s see your arms… you always were a headache and you always were a bore —
thanks for the last and greatest betrayal of the last and greatest of human dreams.