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The People's Court - Racial Discrimination

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Fans concerned about “Animorphs” cover model
March 30, 2011

Animorphs is a science fiction series of books for young adult readers, which was written by K.A. Applegate and published by Scholastic Inc. from 1996 to 2001. In May 2011, the series will be reprinted and re-released for a new generation, with two major changes. The book series’ trademark pop culture references will be changed to appeal to young readers, and the covers will be reissued with lenticular graphics–and new cover models representing the series’ five teen heroes.

On March 18th, Scholastic’s official website relaunched with new content, including images of the new cover models for the series. That same day, fans who grew up with the original series expressed concerns about the depiction of Animorphs‘s two characters of color, Marco and Cassie. They felt the model for the character of Marco did not represent the character as depicted in the original series.


In the original series, Marco is written as a Hispanic teen with “long brown hair and a dark complexion,” and the series’ book covers and promotional art reflected this description, where he would be depicted as having darker features than the series’ three white characters, Jake, Rachel, and Tobias.

In comparison, fans claim that the new cover model for Marco has lighter skin and lighter hair. Because the appearance of cover models influences how readers imagine characters, fans are advocating that Marco be depicted with a model who is clearly a person of color.


http://www.racebending.com/v4/current-diversity-highlights/fans-concerned-about-animorphs-cover-model/


Asian American community reaches out to Warner Bros. about AKIRA

On Tuesday, March 29th, Racebending.com and several Asian American community organizations voiced concerns about the casting process for AKIRA and other upcoming Warner Bros. productions including adaptations of Death Note and All You Need is Kill. The organizations are requesting a meeting with the studio and these productions.

Last week, the Asian American community was appalled to see entertainment media outlets report that all of the actors currently being considered for lead roles in AKIRA are white.

A letter Racebending.com sent to Warner Bros. Pictures Group President Jeff Robinov was signed with support from several Asian American community organizations:

* Asian Pacific American Media Coalition (a coalition that includes organizations like the Japanese American Citizens League and East West Players)
* Asian American Justice Center
* Media Action Network for Asian Americans
* National Korean American Service & Education Consortium
* Organization for Chinese Americans – Greater Los Angeles
* Taiwanese American Citizens League.

In addition, the following organizations recently voiced their support of their letter:

* Korean Resource Center in Los Angeles
* Korean American Resource & Cultural Center in Chicago

A similar letter was also sent to the office of Thomas Tull, chairman and CEO of Legendary Pictures.

The letter points out that in the United States, Asian Americans represent over 15 million media consumers and that the community will have an spending power of $700 billion by AKIRA’s projected release date in 2013. Warner Bros. has reached out to the Asian American community and has cast Asian Americans in supporting roles in films, and will be releasing the third installment of New Line Cinema’s Harold and Kumar series, a franchise created before New Line Cinema’s merger with Warner Bros. in 2008. Even so, over the past decade, Warner Bros. has rarely produced films starring American actors of Asian descent in a first-billed roles.

Because Asian Americans are present in every major city in the United States, there is no need to change the ethnicity of the main characters while resetting this story to Manhattan. One out of ten Manhattan residents are Asian American and at 41% of the population, Asian Americans are the largest racial group in Lower Manhattan. Casting white actors for Asian lead characters will reinforce a glass ceiling and reduce opportunities for Asian American actors. [Click here to read the full letter]

“Actors like Robert Pattison and Andrew Garfield have the privilege of playing iconic white characters that Asian American actors would never be considered for,” said Racebending.com co-founder Marissa Lee. “When white actors are also asked to play iconic Asian characters, Asian American actors lose their shot at starring in anything.”

http://www.racebending.com/v4/featured/asian-american-community-reaches-out-to-warner-bros-about-akira/


Johnny Depp turns down Pancho Villa role?


March 30, 2011

Back in 2009, Johnny Depp was announced for the role of Mexican revolutionary general Pancho Villa in Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman With Six Fingers. In late February 2011 it was rumored that Depp had dropped out of the project, citing scheduling conflicts. Depp would later discuss his ambivalence about the project while promoting Rango in March 2011.

“Well, that’s really a project that I think is a little bit up in the air, you know. [Director Emir] Kusturica is an old friend, and certainly a filmmaker that I admire greatly. From the first second that we spoke about it, I always had a bit of a problem. My dilemma is just the fact that it’s Pancho Villa. It is Pancho Villa, and it’s one of the great heroes of Mexico. And for me, I feel like it should be played by a Mexican, and not some, you know –not some mutt from Kentucky, you know what I mean? I think I still feel very strongly about that. And so yeah, it’s sort of floating at the moment.” - Johnny Depp

Whether or not Depp will be taking on the role of Pancho Villa is still uncertain.

Mexican American actors still face barriers in breaking into Hollywood. A 2006 UCLA study for the Chicano Studies Research Center found that in 2005, only 5.2% of casting breakdowns requested Latino actors and only 1.2% of lead roles went to Latino actors. On the practice of “brownface” –the practice of non-Latinos playing Latinos–filmmaker Moctesuma Esparza recently said, “It says that [Hollywood] thinks we don’t have the talent to play ourselves.”

We hope that Seven Friends of Pancho Villa will be an opportunity for Hollywood to introduce new Mexican American acting talent to moviegoers.

Last year, Depp drew ire from Native American communities when he was cast to play the role of Tonto in Disney’s remake of The Lone Ranger (2012).


The Tonto character has a complicated history. Although Canadian Mohawk First Nations actor Jay Silverheels played Tonto from 1949 to 1957, rather than a white actor in redface, the character was depicted as speaking stunted English and as a diminished sidekick to the Lone Ranger.

According to Johnny Depp: A Biography by Michael Blitz and Louise Krasniewicz, Depp’s great-grandmother Minnie Wells and maternal grandfather Walter Wells were Cherokee. On his casting as Tonto, Depp told Entertainment Weekly:

“I always felt Native Americans were badly portrayed in Hollywood films over the decades,” he says. “It’s a real opportunity for me to give a salute to them. Tonto was a sidekick in all the Lone Ranger series. [This film] is a very different approach to that partnership. And a funny one I think.”

In an editorial in the Santa Fe New Mexican, Harlan McKosato, who is optimistic about the movie, pointed out Depp referred to Native Americans as “them” instead of “us.”

While Depp has been fortunate to portray a wide variety of characters, including several white leading characters like Ed Wood, Ichabod Crane, and J.M. Barrie, many other Native Americans actors who have not received similar opportunities, are not able to portray white characters, and are limited to auditioning for the small pool of available roles for Native Americans. This is important to remember when critiquing Hollywood’s preference to continually cast “big name” stars to play characters of color.

The Lone Ranger is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, who also cast Jake Gyllenhaal in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time(2010), a movie about Persians with no Persian American actors.


http://www.racebending.com/v4/history/johnny-depp-turns-down-pancho-villa-role/
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Study: racist language common among white college students


Given the proliferation of “ghetto” and “gangsta” parties, blackface and racist “satirical” student newspaper articles lately, the results of this study come as no great surprise.

From The Associated Press:
A University of Dayton sociologist who analyzed journals kept by 626 white college students found the students behaved substantially differently when they were in the company of other whites than when they were with other races.

Part of the culture?
When the students, who were asked to record their interactions with other people, were alone with other white students, racial stereotypes and racist language were surprisingly common, researcher Leslie Picca found. One student reported hearing the “n-word” among white students 27 times in a single day.

The results suggest white students have little sense of shame about racial insults and stereotyping and treat them as simply a part of the culture.

“This is a new generation who grew up watching ‘The Cosby Show,”’ Picca said. “They have the belief that racism isn’t a problem anymore so the words they use and the jokes they tell aren’t racist.”

Picca said she found it “heartbreaking” to see so many well-educated students perpetuating the stereotypes.

http://www.racialicious.com/2007/02/02/study-racist-language-common-among-white-college-students/


http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/04/racist_radio_show.html

Radio Host Mocks Hmong Community With Racist Cover Song

Talk about poor judgement. According to Angry Asian Man, on March 22 the Dave Ryan Show in Minneapolis played a racist song about the Hmong community. Apparently it was sung by one of the hosts, Steve-O, and set to the tune of Eric Claption’s “Tears in Heaven.” Understandably, Minneapolis Hmong community — which numbers over 40,000 in the Minneapolis- St. Paul area — is outraged. To know why, just read these lyrics:

No room for a couch
‘Cause we sleep on the floor
One big group of Vangs Hmong family of twenty-four
Kids work in St. Paul
Hang out at the mall
‘Cause I know they dwell so well
Thirty Hmongs in a house

Hmongs get pregnant early
First baby at 16
Seven kids by 23
Over the hill by 30
Like sardines they live
Packed in a two-room house with the kids
But you know they age quite well
They be Hmongs.

The Minnesota chapter of Asian American Journalists Association sent a letter to KDWB-FM. And the response was not an apology, but instead:

Our listeners understand that The Dave Ryan in the Morning show is a comedy show meant to entertain, and that much of its content is parody. While we’ve received positive feedback from many Hmong listeners who let us know that they found the song in questions very humorous, we apologize to anyone we may have inadvertently offended, as this was never our intent.

As this story goes national, producers at The Dave Ryan Show hopefully won’t be laughing for too long.



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Teacher under fire after staging mock auction of black students during Civil War lesson

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Teacher under fire after staging mock auction of black students during Civil War lesson

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Taking offence where none was meant. Clever, clever indeed.
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GOP official sent out a racist photo of Obama whose picture was placed on a chimp

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Hollywood's racist war against non-whites continues as the non-white population grows




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Actress Brie Larson, the female lead in the remake.




Where’s the Diversity in “21 Jump Street” Film?
April 21, 2011

It’s 2011 and Hollywood is reviving popular franchises from 20 years ago, including 21 Jump Street.

In the 1987 television series21 Jump Street, a unit of youthful-looking cops worked undercover in schools and colleges to fight crime. Vietnamese American actor Dustin Nguyen (Officer Harry Truman “H.T.” Ioki) and African American actors Holly Robinson Peete (Officer Judith “Judy” Hoffs) and Steven Williams (Captain Adam Fuller) starred alongside then unknown actor Johnny Depp (Officer Tom Hanson) and Peter DeLuise (Officer Doug Penhall.)

In Columbia Pictures’ remake–set to release on March 16th, 2012–Channing Tatum stars as Tom Hanson and Jonah Hill stars as Officer Penhall. Captain Fuller will be played by Ice Cube. But thus far, no African American actress or Asian American actor has been added to the lead cast of Columbia Pictures’s 21 Jump Street (2012).

Although the original 21 Jump Street TV show’s lone female lead, Officer Judy Hoffs, was played by black actress Holly Robinson Peete, the character of Judy Hoffs appears to be absent in the remake. No black actresses have been cast in lead roles in the film, and her character is not in the leaked script. As Blackvoices.com pointed out, there are several established young black actresses who could have played the role or similar roles.


Between 1987 and 1991, Holly Robinson Peete starred in 98 episodes of 21 Jump Street, more than any other lead actor on the show. (Robinson Peete also sang the show’s theme song.) Given the lack of available opportunities for African American women in Hollywood, 21 Jump Street would have been an excellent opportunity to feature a woman of color in a lead role. Instead, the lead female character in the film is now a high school student named “Molly,” and has been cast with a white actress, Brie Larson.

“With the lack of lead roles afforded to black actresses, this would be a great opportunity for someone to be highlighted in a big studio film.” – Wilson Morales, Blackvoices.com


The character Officer H.T. Ioki, originated by Dustin Nguyen, has not been cast and does not appear to be in the adaptation, although the leaked script included the character in two small scenes. In the early 1990s, the character of Officer Ioki was a groundbreaking representation of a Vietnamese American character on mainstream television


“[Dustin Nguyen] was unique at that time. It was a role that simply presented an Asian American male as a nonstereotypical Asian, and a role that wasn’t emasculated. His career, by and large, has been one of roles that more or less defied stereotypes.” - Glen Mimura, professor of film and media studies at UC Irvine

The leaked script, which is likely an early draft, does call for some actors of color, but aside from the Police Captain and some of the bit-role police officers, the roles are either stereotypical (e.g. Mexican gangsters, Indian science geek) or non-speaking roles. These roles are not comparable to the major roles Dustin Nguyen and Holly Robinson Peete played in the television series.

Given the diversity in the original series, the absence of characters of color in the remake is jarring, especially since American high schools and police forces are far more diverse now than it back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Even if the production has chosen to remove the two minority Jump Street officers from the story, there was certainly an opportunity to cast actors of color as other lead characters in the film, such as the students in the Los Angeles Unified School District high school that the Hanson-Penhall duo will be infiltrating. (In 2009, only 9% of LAUSD students were white.)

It’s discouraging that actors of color had a better chance of starring on 21 Jump Street twenty years ago than they do today. Maybe the actors for these roles will be cast in coming weeks before the film goes into production? Fingers crossed. In the mean time, here’s the current line up on the film’s IMDB page.


http://www.racebending.com/v4/history/wheres-the-diversity-in-21-jump-street-film/
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Hollywood's racist war against non-whites continues as the non-white population grows




Holly Robinson Peete in 21 Jump Street




Actress Brie Larson, the female lead in the remake.




Where’s the Diversity in “21 Jump Street” Film?
April 21, 2011

It’s 2011 and Hollywood is reviving popular franchises from 20 years ago, including 21 Jump Street.

In the 1987 television series21 Jump Street, a unit of youthful-looking cops worked undercover in schools and colleges to fight crime. Vietnamese American actor Dustin Nguyen (Officer Harry Truman “H.T.” Ioki) and African American actors Holly Robinson Peete (Officer Judith “Judy” Hoffs) and Steven Williams (Captain Adam Fuller) starred alongside then unknown actor Johnny Depp (Officer Tom Hanson) and Peter DeLuise (Officer Doug Penhall.)

In Columbia Pictures’ remake–set to release on March 16th, 2012–Channing Tatum stars as Tom Hanson and Jonah Hill stars as Officer Penhall. Captain Fuller will be played by Ice Cube. But thus far, no African American actress or Asian American actor has been added to the lead cast of Columbia Pictures’s 21 Jump Street (2012).

Although the original 21 Jump Street TV show’s lone female lead, Officer Judy Hoffs, was played by black actress Holly Robinson Peete, the character of Judy Hoffs appears to be absent in the remake. No black actresses have been cast in lead roles in the film, and her character is not in the leaked script. As Blackvoices.com pointed out, there are several established young black actresses who could have played the role or similar roles.


Between 1987 and 1991, Holly Robinson Peete starred in 98 episodes of 21 Jump Street, more than any other lead actor on the show. (Robinson Peete also sang the show’s theme song.) Given the lack of available opportunities for African American women in Hollywood, 21 Jump Street would have been an excellent opportunity to feature a woman of color in a lead role. Instead, the lead female character in the film is now a high school student named “Molly,” and has been cast with a white actress, Brie Larson.

“With the lack of lead roles afforded to black actresses, this would be a great opportunity for someone to be highlighted in a big studio film.” – Wilson Morales, Blackvoices.com


The character Officer H.T. Ioki, originated by Dustin Nguyen, has not been cast and does not appear to be in the adaptation, although the leaked script included the character in two small scenes. In the early 1990s, the character of Officer Ioki was a groundbreaking representation of a Vietnamese American character on mainstream television


“[Dustin Nguyen] was unique at that time. It was a role that simply presented an Asian American male as a nonstereotypical Asian, and a role that wasn’t emasculated. His career, by and large, has been one of roles that more or less defied stereotypes.” - Glen Mimura, professor of film and media studies at UC Irvine

The leaked script, which is likely an early draft, does call for some actors of color, but aside from the Police Captain and some of the bit-role police officers, the roles are either stereotypical (e.g. Mexican gangsters, Indian science geek) or non-speaking roles. These roles are not comparable to the major roles Dustin Nguyen and Holly Robinson Peete played in the television series.

Given the diversity in the original series, the absence of characters of color in the remake is jarring, especially since American high schools and police forces are far more diverse now than it back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Even if the production has chosen to remove the two minority Jump Street officers from the story, there was certainly an opportunity to cast actors of color as other lead characters in the film, such as the students in the Los Angeles Unified School District high school that the Hanson-Penhall duo will be infiltrating. (In 2009, only 9% of LAUSD students were white.)

It’s discouraging that actors of color had a better chance of starring on 21 Jump Street twenty years ago than they do today. Maybe the actors for these roles will be cast in coming weeks before the film goes into production? Fingers crossed. In the mean time, here’s the current line up on the film’s IMDB page.


http://www.racebending.com/v4/history/wheres-the-diversity-in-21-jump-street-film/


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Relax, shinto-male. By 2042, Caucasians will be the minority in this country, and because of that, much of what you're posting about will decrease significantly. At least, I hope.
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What I love is the fact how ignorant most Americans are about the fact that Democrats were the ones that supported slavery in America, Jim Crow Laws after the Civil War, and the Klan. Don't believe me? Then maybe you should go do some reading. All the State governors that left the Union in 1861 were Democrats. Republicans, yes, the OTHER morons in office now, were the ones that supported it's abolishment. The Ku Klux Klan owes it's existence to money provided by Democrat political leaders in both the north and south during Reconstruction. Still don't believe me? that's more reading you should do. Touted as a benign organization to aide southern Civil War Veterans, The Ku Klux Klan turned from that road, to one of hatred and murder thanks to political and financial wrangling of it's corrupt leadership and the Democrats who wanted to instill fear in the black population of America. "Every Person Has A Price?" Ring a bell?

I'm not as young as some folks on here(I'm 30), it pains me to watch you having good education taken away by the government, only to have it replaced with the left-wing-controlled media of today/ They defund schools, libraries, and local theaters to dumb you folks down. It's not the just the Democrats, the Republicans are just as much to blame. Racism is a direct result of that. Africans weren't the only slaves in this country.

"WOW! He didn't just say that! Did he?"

I most certainly did. Read "White Cargo" or "White Slaves, Black Masters," and you'll see that in this country, shoot, in ANY country, slavery affects everyone. So does racism. Did you know in the Barbary Coast, Ireland, and Sicily, Muslims conquered and enslaved whites and blacks, then forced white male slaves to undergo forced castration? If you were born a pure white child in those areas, at those times, the black masters would put you, a child, to death instantly. The black slaves weren't required to do this. Sicily's population was once a blond haired, blue-eyed people. However, the Muslims raped the women so much, and killed almost the ENTIRE male population off, to forever change their genetic code, now they are dark-haired and dark-eyed.

Ever heard of an "Indentured Servant?" An indentured servant was a person who worked for another person whom they owed a debt. And would NEVER get out from under it. they were often set up in very dirty housing and forced to do whatever the debtor wanted them to.

The root word for "Slave" is Slav, because it was automatically assumed, way back, that your slave was a slavic person. Slavs were the most enslaved people in history and they are white. Don't believe me again? Geez, I figured you to be smarter than this. Go Do Some Reading!

The Left and Right use race to divide us and are quickly shutting the voices of those white slaves in this, and every country, up. They want to portray the black as the only race of people EVER to have been enslaved. Shoot, lots of blacks Helped the American and European slavers quite enthusiastically due to tribal warfare. Many of those slaver crews Employed black slave hunters to help them. Your high School, and sadly, many college history books don't address these facts.

Yes, they use race to divide us so we Won't find out the truth. Martin Luther King, Jr. is turning in his grave. He knew that racial equality was going to be a Long, Hard Road out of Hell, and he was ready for that journey, or else he wouldn't have done what he did. The old hatreds are being constantly stoked by keeping the people ignorant. Keeping them ignorant, keeping them divided, all to conquer them and keep you slaves to their whims. Evil can take any form, and will, to survive. it can take the form of Hitler, Stalin, Chairman Mao, or your Best Friend. It can wine you and dine you and give you all kinds of false things, but the one thing it will NEVER give you is True Freedom.

Evil hates Education, it hates Freedom of Thought, the Right to Bear Arms, Freedom of Speech, Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. It hates, hates, HATES all the Good Things in Life. It will do WHATEVER it needs to do to take those things away from you and others. just look at Cold War Russia, or China as it is today. Did you know that work conditions in China are so bad the workers are KILLING THEMSELVES at work? Is that what you want? To never be able to speak your mind? To get arrested for speaking out against an evil government? You want to know what it's like to have to work in Master's Field? To not be able to defend yourself from the criminals who WILL get their hands on guns, REGARDLESS of any Gun Control Laws (have you ever noticed the cities with the strictest gun control laws are the ones with the Highest crime rates? Washington D.C. is a perfect example)?

Racism in America is only as bad as the government makes it out to be. It's up to YOU to make sure such ideas are eventually wiped out. but to do so while taking away people's rights to free speech, thought, etc., will only make YOU look as bad as the racists shouting their hate speech.

Let'em talk, let the Klan and Black Panthers and La Rasa, and whoever else, make fools out of themselves. All while you enjoy being able to hang out with whoever you choose. Following Racism, manufactured or real, will only kill your freedom.
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http://www.timwise.org/2011/05/trump-card-white-denial-racial-resentment-and-the-art-of-the-heel/



Trump Card: White Denial, Racial Resentment and the Art of the Heel


There is no one in the world more creative than a white person trying to deny their racism, after having said or done something incredibly racist.

Whether it’s the Orange County California Republican activist who recently sent around the e-mail with the picture of the Obamas portrayed as chimpanzees, or the folks who show up to Tea Party rallies with signs picturing the president as an African witch doctor with a bone through his nose, no one ever wants to admit the obvious: that they are knuckle-dragging, pathetic bigots. In the case of the above-mentioned Republican activist, she relied on the old stand-by defense; namely, that she has black friends. Of course, she can’t name any of them, because she’s lying; and more to the point, this isn’t a defense to a charge of racism. It would be like a heterosexual man using sexist slurs in the workplace, or pinching female co-workers on the ass, and then insisting that he wasn’t sexist because after all, he has a wife.

It all reminds me of my senior year of college, when two crosses were burned on our campus. After the first, which was burned when a previously all-white fraternity had offered a bid to a black student, many whites denied that the act had been racist because it had only been a “two-foot cross.” After the second, the perpetrators insisted they had just been throwing wood randomly into a bonfire, when a few pieces “accidentally landed in a cross-like position.” Although the horizontal bar of the cross had an MLK Jr. Boulevard sign attached to it, that was just a coincidence, they insisted.

But the most recent award for a “White Man Doing Racist Shit and then Lying About it” has to go to Donald Trump. Although Trump insists that he is possibly the “least racist” person on the planet, and that he actually gets along good with “the blacks,” whatever the hell that’s supposed to mean, his actions suggest otherwise. Putting aside the testimony of a former colleague of Trump’s, who has noted that the Donald once said that laziness was a “trait in blacks” (an accusation Trump never denied at the time it was made), his recent rants indicate a definite willingness to push buttons of white racial anxiety and resentment for political gain.

First, Trump jumped on the birther bandwagon, suggesting that President Obama may not have been born in the U.S. This, despite the fact that state officials in Hawaii had long verified that he was born there, and the fact that the Honolulu newspaper had printed a birth announcement a few days after Obama was born. To believe the president wasn’t born there would require a belief that his mother had purposely concocted a conspiracy to place a phony birth announcement: an act that would have made no sense unless we believe that she somehow knew, even in 1961, that her son — her black son — was going to run for president one day and would need the cover of “natural born” citizenship. What makes birtherism racist is simple: it has been part of a larger narrative that has attempted to “other” Barack Obama, as a secret Muslim, a foreigner, an “anti-colonial” African (in Dinesh D’Souza’s terms), and as someone who doesn’t view America the way the rest of us (read: white people) do. No white president has ever had their citizenship questioned in this way, nor would they. To believe that he would have faced this kind of attack had his name been O’Malley instead of Obama, just because some whack-a-doodle fabricated a phony birth certificate suggesting that O’Malley had been born in Ireland, rather than, say, South Boston, is to believe in unicorns and pixie dust.

Now, with the birth certificate thing settled among remotely sane people, Trump has switched gears, casting doubt on Barack Obama’s academic performance and suggesting he didn’t deserve to get into the Ivy League schools he attended; namely, Columbia and Harvard Law. Although this plays directly into the long-running narrative so common on the white right for the past forty years, to the effect that black folks are getting things they don’t deserve because of racial favoritism, Trump insists it has nothing to do with race. Of course not. Neither could it possibly be about race that Trump would question Obama in this way, despite never having raised the issue of academic merit with any white president or politician, like, for instance, George W. Bush, who was a mediocre student (at best) in prep school and Yale, and actually bragged about his piss-poor performance to Yale students when he gave the commencement address there after becoming president.

Oh, and let’s not forget that Little Lord Fountleroy gave money to the McCain/Palin campaign, despite the fact that John McCain graduated sixth from the bottom of his class at the Naval Academy and was only admitted to Annapolis in the first place because his daddy was an admiral; and that Sarah Palin barely graduated at all, bouncing around at five schools before finally getting her degree. So for Trump to now pose as the protector of academic standards seems a bit disingenuous, to say the least, and by disingenuous I mean really, really racist.

By suggesting Obama might not have deserved to be in the Ivy League (despite that whole Magna Cum Laude thing at Harvard Law, which is not awarded, after all, by pulling names out of a hat), Trump has descended into the pit most commonly occupied by Pat Buchanan, who has never met a successful person of color who he thought earned their position. It isn’t that Trump is a racist in the classic sense. He might be, but that isn’t the point: it’s that he, like far too many white Americans seems to buy into a narrative that people of color are getting things for which they aren’t qualified: slots in good colleges, positions on the Supreme Court, or even the presidency itself. Rush Limbaugh, for instance, insists that Obama only won because he was black and that a combination of racially-motivated African Americans and guilt-ridden white liberals voted for him on that basis. It’s the political extension of what Rush said back in 2003, when he argued that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Donovan McNabb, wasn’t very talented, but got a free pass from the media because sportswriters were so desirous of seeing a black quarterback succeed. That a guy whose only physical exercise in 20 years had been washing down oxycontin with water would deign to weigh in on who was and was not a talented football player was precious to say the least.

This white resentment is the modern manifestation of racism: it isn’t necessarily the old-school bigotry to which the nation was accustomed back in the day; rather, it’s the kind that views black and brown folks as taking things that are rightfully ours, as whites. So the brown-skinned immigrants are taking “our” jobs; the black and brown welfare cheats are taking “our” tax dollars; the affirmative action beneficiaries are taking “our” kids’ slots at Princeton, or for that matter, the state university down the road. We are entitled to these things, says the narrative; we earned them. But they didn’t.

Never mind that according to a Century Foundation study from a few years back, for every student of color who benefitted at all from affirmative action at a selective college there are two whites with lower scores and grades than the average, but who were admitted anyway because of family connections or parental alumni status.

Never mind that even when job applicants are equally qualified in terms of experience and education, applicants with white-sounding names are 50 percent more likely than those with black-sounding names to get a callback for an interview.

Never mind that white male job applicants with criminal records are more likely to get called back for an interview than black men without one, even when all other qualifications are indistinguishable.

Never mind that African Americans with college degrees are twice as likely as their white counterparts to be out of work, Latinos with degrees about fifty percent more likely than comparable whites to be out of work, and Asian Americans with degrees about 35 percent more likely than similar whites to be unemployed.

Never mind that corporations run by white folks receive far more taxpayer largesse (in the form of subsidies and specialized tax breaks) than all poor folks combined, let alone the poor of color.

Never mind that General Electric paid less in taxes last year than undocumented immigrants, despite record profits.

And never mind that Richie Rich, who was set up in business by his father and inherited tens of millions of dollars from his daddy to help him build his own fortune, thinks he is somehow qualified to pontificate on the extent to which others may or may not have earned what they have — which really is the textbook definition of irony, and by irony, I mean balls.

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Trump Card: White Denial, Racial Resentment and the Art of the Heel


There is no one in the world more creative than a white person trying to deny their racism, after having said or done something incredibly racist.

Whether it’s the Orange County California Republican activist who recently sent around the e-mail with the picture of the Obamas portrayed as chimpanzees, or the folks who show up to Tea Party rallies with signs picturing the president as an African witch doctor with a bone through his nose, no one ever wants to admit the obvious: that they are knuckle-dragging, pathetic bigots. In the case of the above-mentioned Republican activist, she relied on the old stand-by defense; namely, that she has black friends. Of course, she can’t name any of them, because she’s lying; and more to the point, this isn’t a defense to a charge of racism. It would be like a heterosexual man using sexist slurs in the workplace, or pinching female co-workers on the ass, and then insisting that he wasn’t sexist because after all, he has a wife.

It all reminds me of my senior year of college, when two crosses were burned on our campus. After the first, which was burned when a previously all-white fraternity had offered a bid to a black student, many whites denied that the act had been racist because it had only been a “two-foot cross.” After the second, the perpetrators insisted they had just been throwing wood randomly into a bonfire, when a few pieces “accidentally landed in a cross-like position.” Although the horizontal bar of the cross had an MLK Jr. Boulevard sign attached to it, that was just a coincidence, they insisted.

But the most recent award for a “White Man Doing Racist Shit and then Lying About it” has to go to Donald Trump. Although Trump insists that he is possibly the “least racist” person on the planet, and that he actually gets along good with “the blacks,” whatever the hell that’s supposed to mean, his actions suggest otherwise. Putting aside the testimony of a former colleague of Trump’s, who has noted that the Donald once said that laziness was a “trait in blacks” (an accusation Trump never denied at the time it was made), his recent rants indicate a definite willingness to push buttons of white racial anxiety and resentment for political gain.

First, Trump jumped on the birther bandwagon, suggesting that President Obama may not have been born in the U.S. This, despite the fact that state officials in Hawaii had long verified that he was born there, and the fact that the Honolulu newspaper had printed a birth announcement a few days after Obama was born. To believe the president wasn’t born there would require a belief that his mother had purposely concocted a conspiracy to place a phony birth announcement: an act that would have made no sense unless we believe that she somehow knew, even in 1961, that her son — her black son — was going to run for president one day and would need the cover of “natural born” citizenship. What makes birtherism racist is simple: it has been part of a larger narrative that has attempted to “other” Barack Obama, as a secret Muslim, a foreigner, an “anti-colonial” African (in Dinesh D’Souza’s terms), and as someone who doesn’t view America the way the rest of us (read: white people) do. No white president has ever had their citizenship questioned in this way, nor would they. To believe that he would have faced this kind of attack had his name been O’Malley instead of Obama, just because some whack-a-doodle fabricated a phony birth certificate suggesting that O’Malley had been born in Ireland, rather than, say, South Boston, is to believe in unicorns and pixie dust.

Now, with the birth certificate thing settled among remotely sane people, Trump has switched gears, casting doubt on Barack Obama’s academic performance and suggesting he didn’t deserve to get into the Ivy League schools he attended; namely, Columbia and Harvard Law. Although this plays directly into the long-running narrative so common on the white right for the past forty years, to the effect that black folks are getting things they don’t deserve because of racial favoritism, Trump insists it has nothing to do with race. Of course not. Neither could it possibly be about race that Trump would question Obama in this way, despite never having raised the issue of academic merit with any white president or politician, like, for instance, George W. Bush, who was a mediocre student (at best) in prep school and Yale, and actually bragged about his piss-poor performance to Yale students when he gave the commencement address there after becoming president.

Oh, and let’s not forget that Little Lord Fountleroy gave money to the McCain/Palin campaign, despite the fact that John McCain graduated sixth from the bottom of his class at the Naval Academy and was only admitted to Annapolis in the first place because his daddy was an admiral; and that Sarah Palin barely graduated at all, bouncing around at five schools before finally getting her degree. So for Trump to now pose as the protector of academic standards seems a bit disingenuous, to say the least, and by disingenuous I mean really, really racist.

By suggesting Obama might not have deserved to be in the Ivy League (despite that whole Magna Cum Laude thing at Harvard Law, which is not awarded, after all, by pulling names out of a hat), Trump has descended into the pit most commonly occupied by Pat Buchanan, who has never met a successful person of color who he thought earned their position. It isn’t that Trump is a racist in the classic sense. He might be, but that isn’t the point: it’s that he, like far too many white Americans seems to buy into a narrative that people of color are getting things for which they aren’t qualified: slots in good colleges, positions on the Supreme Court, or even the presidency itself. Rush Limbaugh, for instance, insists that Obama only won because he was black and that a combination of racially-motivated African Americans and guilt-ridden white liberals voted for him on that basis. It’s the political extension of what Rush said back in 2003, when he argued that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Donovan McNabb, wasn’t very talented, but got a free pass from the media because sportswriters were so desirous of seeing a black quarterback succeed. That a guy whose only physical exercise in 20 years had been washing down oxycontin with water would deign to weigh in on who was and was not a talented football player was precious to say the least.

This white resentment is the modern manifestation of racism: it isn’t necessarily the old-school bigotry to which the nation was accustomed back in the day; rather, it’s the kind that views black and brown folks as taking things that are rightfully ours, as whites. So the brown-skinned immigrants are taking “our” jobs; the black and brown welfare cheats are taking “our” tax dollars; the affirmative action beneficiaries are taking “our” kids’ slots at Princeton, or for that matter, the state university down the road. We are entitled to these things, says the narrative; we earned them. But they didn’t.

Never mind that according to a Century Foundation study from a few years back, for every student of color who benefitted at all from affirmative action at a selective college there are two whites with lower scores and grades than the average, but who were admitted anyway because of family connections or parental alumni status.

Never mind that even when job applicants are equally qualified in terms of experience and education, applicants with white-sounding names are 50 percent more likely than those with black-sounding names to get a callback for an interview.

Never mind that white male job applicants with criminal records are more likely to get called back for an interview than black men without one, even when all other qualifications are indistinguishable.

Never mind that African Americans with college degrees are twice as likely as their white counterparts to be out of work, Latinos with degrees about fifty percent more likely than comparable whites to be out of work, and Asian Americans with degrees about 35 percent more likely than similar whites to be unemployed.

Never mind that corporations run by white folks receive far more taxpayer largesse (in the form of subsidies and specialized tax breaks) than all poor folks combined, let alone the poor of color.

Never mind that General Electric paid less in taxes last year than undocumented immigrants, despite record profits.

And never mind that Richie Rich, who was set up in business by his father and inherited tens of millions of dollars from his daddy to help him build his own fortune, thinks he is somehow qualified to pontificate on the extent to which others may or may not have earned what they have — which really is the textbook definition of irony, and by irony, I mean balls.



How is that a trump card? Racism is Racism. No matter which way you look at it, it's still the same. And I'll say it again, Martin Luther King Jr. is turning in his grave. Rosa Parks is weeping in heaven. Racism is drummed up largely by the media. If you let folks alone, we'd get over this a lot easier. And it doesn't matter where you go, you're going to find at least ONE racist person at that location. you just won't change some people. However, a few bad eggs shouldn't spoil the whole bunch. And everyone, no matter who they are, has a little racism in them. Something that makes you pause, at the very least. don't deny it, or else you'd be lying to yourself. I have gay friends, black friends, white friends, indian friends, asian friends, and friends that i can't place their race, but i simply don't care because they are my FRIENDS. Yes, blacks sometimes get the raw end of the deal still today, but isn't that largely the fault of hip-hop? Which portrays blacks as ho-pimpin' gangstas? And hell, blacks are racist against other blacks, ever hear of an "Uncle Tom?" I got a black friend that's married to a white friend that's constantly being called that by his family and friends...all because he married a white woman, votes conservative, and has a college education. I mean, WTF people?

Yes we should remember what happened, but NO we shouldn't let that shape our opinions of each other...if we weren't so afriad of each other, we'd actually get to KNOW each other. the government keeps the ignorant on the welfare check and that pisses taxpayers off. So friggin sorry if most of those individuals getting the welfare are black, that's not MY fault...look at your WONDERFUL leaders in office for that answer. And I'm so friggin sorry that most of those folks that on businesses are white, again that's not MY fault, it's the fault of our government and it's corruption, which bends public opinion, which divides us even further.

Please do some reading of the post FIRST, before you go on a rant. I hate racism as much as anyone, it's a horrible ideal, but it's out there and THE PEOPLE need to decide when it's over and done with, NOT the government. Mommy isn't going to hold your hand when your an adult, and you have to become a real adult to end it in YOU.
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TABLE 21

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PERCENT DISTRIBUTION OF TANF ADULT RECIPIENTS BY ETHNICITY/RACE
OCTOBER 2007- SEPTEMBER 2008


http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/character/FY2008/tab21.htm

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Donald Trump's history of racism







Things aren't looking too good for Donald Trump these days. After being recently embarrassed by President Barack Obama, who released his birth certificate despite Trump's claims it was missing, there has been renewed interest in Trump's companies racist renting history.

NEW YORK -- Donald Trump’s vehement questioning regarding President Obama's place of birth has provoked charges of racism, with a number of public figures from Whoopi Goldberg to Jesse Jackson accusing the real estate magnate of employing crude and unfair stereotypes.

But Trump has been called out several times for racial insensitivity by former co-workers and civil rights activists. In 1991, Trump was accused of making racial slurs against black people in a book written by John R. O'Donnell, former president of Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino, called “Trumped!" O'Donnell wrote that Trump once said, in reference to a black accountant at Trump Plaza, “laziness is a trait in blacks.” He also told O’Donnell: “Black guys counting my money! I hate it."

Yet the most damaging episode in the saga of Trump's fractured relationship with the black community came in 1973, when his family's real-estate company, Trump Management Corporation, was sued by the Justice Department for alleged racial discrimination.

The case alleged that the Trump Management Corporation had discriminated against blacks who wished to rent apartments in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. The government charged the corporation with quoting different rental terms and conditions to blacks and whites and lying to blacks that apartments were not available, according to reports of the lawsuit.

Two years later, Trump Management settled the case, promising not to discriminate against blacks, Puerto Ricans and other minorities. As part of the agreement, Trump was required to send its list of vacancies in its 15,000 apartments to a civil-rights group, giving them first priority in providing applicants for certain apartments, according to a contemperaneous New York Times account.

But the company didn’t sufficiently fulfill its promise, because three years later, the Justice Department charged Trump Management with continuing to discriminate against blacks through such tactics as telling them that apartments were not available.

But the problem persisted, prompting New York City’s human rights commission to regularly dispatch investigators to search for examples of discriminatory rental practices in Trump-owned buildings.

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Why are you so obsessed with racism, Mr. Cut And Paste? What's your ethnicity, shinto-male?
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