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Jesse Jackson is right.
In response to the face-off in Arizona between President Obama and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer last week, Jackson said, “Even George Wallace did not put his finger in Dr. King’s face.” And it’s true; he didn’t. Similarly, not even Josef Stalin wrote two autobiographies the way Obama has. And even Genghis Khan didn’t have a Swiss bank account the way Mitt Romney did.
The words desperate, pathetic, and vapid don’t fully describe Lawrence O’Donnell’s recent interview. O’Donnell tried to use murdered civil rights victims, Vietnam vets, homosexuality… and the performer of the Monday Night Football opening theme song, in an attempt to publicly humiliate Cain. Herman Cain must really get under the skin of leftists. The media double standard is obvious, but the drive and enthusiasm O’Donnell displayed trying to humiliate Cain, is not only contemptible, it’s kind of just sad.
I like to understand people who differ with me and occasionally I try to get a few conversations started online, despite the tendency for them to go poorly (conversations in person go much better, people are usually much more considerate). A recent conversation on twitter with a few sociology professors proved to be interesting, yet typical. Hopefully in the future I can post more serious conversations with people who disagree with me.
I began with asking a few basic questions that normally are answered with very broad and vague responses by their comrades. I asked how one can combat “White Privilege,” this almost always is followed up by: we need to talk about it.
Racialist have made a lot of noise regarding this Nivea add. This add has nothing to with race, it has to do with young men using soap. Just because it features a black man doesn’t mean it is a racial statement against all black men. This same add campaign has white models, but I guess they don’t count. Nivea caved to the pressure and issued an apology.
One of the most widely reported and talked about studies in recent years has been that of an MIT/University of Chicago experiment that sought to find racism in employment. The name of the study is titled: “Are Emily and Greg More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal?” The provocative title is very important, as we will discover later, and for goodness sake MIT did it, so it must be bulletproof. The study in their own words does the following:
There is a group of people in America that are creating an illusion of a crisis out of thin air. They are portraying themselves as having a noble cause, but anyone who looks closely enough will see what lies behind their claims. Their fake crisis is fooling people into overlooking a much more serious crisis. If that wasn’t enough, their goals only seem to be based on prejudice and bigotry. So who is this group? You probably guessed it by now, it’s those who think the Tea Party have a secret racist agenda.