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Tag: Racism

HuffPo writer misses her own piece's grand irony

Posted by – 2/12/10

I really think it must be a slow news week. The entire country, it seems, is all in a tizzy about John Mayer’s use of the word ‘nigger’ in a Playboy article. When I read fellow Nashvillian Molly Secours’s latest Huffington Post article in which she takes Mayer to task, I honestly thought it was satire. It had to be, right? How else can a writer launch into a diatribe in which she heaps coals on the heads of all white people for being racist?

In an attempt to be subtle, I suppose, she begins her piece with a rather superior rumination on young pretty women. It’s the first of many confidently declared prejudices in an article laced with gleeful snobbery.

Yesterday I was musing about the unconscious arrogance of pretty young women who believe they will enjoy the world of privilege and power afforded to them by beauty — forever. It seems all it takes is a 40th birthday to notice the expiration date on the ‘all access pass.’

Not unlike wealthy men who cannot conceive of operating in the world without the limitless advantages of the double platinum American Express — until it is revoked.

Wow. Bold, Molly. Bold. I wonder what has caused her to live with such a classist mentality? Let’s boil this one down: “Racism is awful, and also I group people into easy stereotypes and ridicule them for the thoughts I assume are running through their heads.” It staggers the imagination.

Suffice it to say Mayer’s words were symptomatic and indicative of white arrogance.

I suppose Secours feels she can be so bold in her declarations of white arrogance because she’s white. (Maybe she’s revealing her own racial proclivities? One has to wonder.) She apparently holds to the notion that one cannot be racist about their own race. Sane people argue, on the other hand, that making sweeping derogatory statements about a group of people because of their race is the very definition of racism. Being a member of the group in question provides no exemption. The baseless comment is ignorant regardless.

Perhaps she’s speaking specifically of one person and his tendency toward racial slurs? Not even close. Without wasting time, she ropes all whites in together as racists.

Mayer is exhibit ‘A’ when illustrating that racism resides within all white people. No exception. Sorry. Whether you are a hip, young liberal white guy who has played music with famous black musicians or a guy working at a factory in a rural Kentucky.

Mayer is just another white man of privilege who has not wrestled with the harsher realities still facing many black and brown folks or the arrogance depicted by his words. I doubt he has struggled with his identity as a white man of privilege and how his own behaviors have unconsciously contributed to reinforcing white supremacy.

So due to a major social faux pas in which John Mayer played a bit too familiar with a culturally charged word, this silly writer responds with a literary garbage heap that has become home to some of her most cherished prejudices. So forward thinking.

If we need further evidence that Ms. Secours does not live in reality, we need look only to her bio.

In 2000, she presented an intervention to the United Nations in Santiago, Chile, proposing that the U.S. “repudiate the official histories and language(s) that maintain the hegemonic and unearned privileges accorded to those who are identified as “white”.

Important to elect white mayor for "White Agenda"

Posted by – 8/29/09

Just caught wind of this simply incredible memo, apparently floating around Knoxville in case current mayor Bill Haslam leaves his post to take the Governorship:

A memo circulating in Knoxville’s political back rooms this week talks explicitly about the importance of electing a white mayor, should Haslam leave office, who could advocate for “a white agenda [that] would better enable us to have our interests respected by and our influence realized in any administration.”

“With the ‘White Mayor first’ approach there is an unstated assumption that having a white mayor in Knoxville is equal to having a white social, economic and political agenda or at least someone in office who would be sensitive to that agenda if not a full promoter of that agenda,” reads the memo, distributed and written at least in part by Knoxville-based political strategist Aaron Trupeau.

Of course, if you pay attention to the news at all, you know this isn’t happening in Knoxville. Given the ridiculousness of something like this happening, you were probably suspicious from the start. I’ll give: it’s Atlanta. And it’s not a memo purporting to advance the white agenda. It’s a memo that suggests Atlanta needs a black mayor so that he can push a “black agenda.” And just as you were no doubt disgusted at the overtly racist underpinnings of the “white agenda” memo above, I can only hope you are equally as appalled at the real memo.

The Christian Science Monitor, from which the altered memo above was taken, has more on this, and the article delves a bit more into the obvious outrage that would explode on the national news were the memo to actually read as I’ve printed it above.

Let’s quit pretending that we’re living in some post-racial utopia. Clearly we have a long way to go, and it’s not going to be solved by reverse racism either.

Update: Bill Whittle does a masterful job in doing what I attempted to do above:

Neo-Nazis. Greaaaat.

Posted by – 10/28/08

The best thing we can do for these fine upstanding youths is let them think about what they’ve done for a very long, long time.

This is where we don't need to go

Posted by – 9/9/08

Barack has

…a pair of lips so large he could float half of Cuba to the shores of Miami (and probably would.)

Booooo. That’s what Adam LaDuca, the former executive director of the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans wrote on his facebook profile. “Former” because he just had to resign due to the remark. Whoops. Sorry buddy, but we don’t need that kind of “support.” Don’t stoop to the same level.

The Problem

Posted by – 6/15/08

Think I’m crazy? I’ve been talking about what a problem it is for America when people are far more interested in making history with the first black president or first woman president than with electing someone that is actually qualified and will do the best things for America. Cue lights:

“I don’t necessarily like his policies; I don’t like much that he advocates, but for the first time in my life, history thrusts me to really seriously think about it,” Williams said. (CNN)

Armstrong Williams, are you completely insane? If you’d vote for someone, especially someone that doesn’t hold the same values or ambitions, strictly due to the color of your skin, you are narrow minded. You, sir, are a racist.