Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mr. President

Perhaps the double murder at Jackson State in Mississippi on May 14, 1970 was preordained. In an attempt to escape racial discrimination and racist harassment, the teacher's college was obliged to move its campus to a predominantly African American neighborhood. But the new venue they chose was the unfortunately named Lynch Street.

On the heels of Kent State (which had occurred ten days earlier), heavily armed Mississippi policemen, hearing reports of rioting on the campus that started when a female student had been hit by a car driven by a white man, massed on the campus and confronted student protesters. When the carnage was over, investigators found over 160 bullet holes. Two young African American men, 21 year-old husband and father Phillip Lafayette Gibbs and 17 year-old James Earl Green, were dead.

For at least 20 minutes, ambulances weren't called for the dead and wounded students because Mississippi patrolmen wanted to pick up their shell casings. Meanwhile, the inevitable Three Stooges coverup had already begun, with Jackson city officials actually claiming that Mississippi police never fired a shot (the only others who could've with that degree of firepower were the Mississippi National Guard, which had guns but no ammo). Even Erik Prince, in the wake of the Nisour Sq. shooting that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead, wasn't so stupid as to claim total non-involvement.

To this day, we have to be reminded about Jackson State. People can't even seem to reference the mini massacre without recalling Kent State. Obviously, this is because all four of the Kent State victims were white.

Despite Richard Nixon forming a commission of Campus Unrest, not a single arrest or conviction was made for the two murders and injuries.

President Barack Obama turns 49 today and was only eight year old when the Jackson State shootings took place. But he's had more than enough time to acquaint himself with this, one of the last examples of race-based executions in American history.

In the wake of the Shirley Sherrod fiasco, two years after the Rev. Wright fiasco, over a year after the James O'Keefe/ACORN fiasco and one year after the Prof. Henry Louis Gates fiasco, it would be easy to imagine African Americans, especially those who'd voted for the President, to feel some sticker shock.

About the most vociferous defense that Obama made on behalf of his people was when he called the Cambridge Massachusetts Police Dept. "stupid" for arresting a black man on the door step of his own home (which they were). But even then, the President adopted a more conciliatory tone and even invited Gates and the white officer who'd stupidly arrested him for contempt of cop at the White House for a very carefully choreographed beer.

If it angers liberals that Barack Obama has forsaken them save for a videotaped message he'd audaciously made for Netroots in Las Vegas telling them not "to give up the fight", imagine how it must anger African Americans who have seen literally thousands of their own people get thrown under the wheels of a bus to appease racist right wingers who will never be appeased no matter what.

Perhaps it's unfair to judge how Obama would've responded to Jackson State if he'd been president instead of Richard Nixon. But given his dismal track record for civil rights, which paved the way for his election to the presidency, it's all too easy to imagine Obama clucking his tongue and calling the Jackson, MS PD "stupid" for killing two innocent African Americans.

Maybe he would've called them over to the White House two days later for a Pearl Beer and to publicly apologize for calling them stupid and angering the Dixiecrats with his uppity reaction. Because bipartisanship, even futile overtures to that end, is far better than justice even when innocents are murdered.

Mouth-breathing wingnuts, their eyes wider than clay pigeons, will tell you this is the same Barack Obama who is a Socialist, black power separatist who's assembled a group of black thugs to take the place of the Secret Service and to trample white opposition.

This is the same Barack Obama who, starting with his own aunt, in reality has deported more immigrants in his brief time in the White House than George W. Bush in his eight. In fact, if you look at W's centrist, conciliatory track record on immigration, Bushie looks like a bleeding heart liberal compared to Obama.

Barack Obama has been much more of a colossal failure than current history seems willing to judge him. Granted, he had many handicaps facing him, with many more fully-developed crises already in midseason form than Kennedy had awaiting him in early 1961.

But some of Obama's first reversals as President, starting with not closing Gitmo and not releasing the pictures and videos of US soldiers torturing detainees, were but the first couple of signs to come of what would prove to be one of the most abominable track records on human rights in recent memory.

And the betrayal to his own people started on the campaign trail.

So, yeah, maybe it's unfair to judge what Obama would've done about Jackson State if he was president. But do any of us reasonably think that a federal investigation would've resulted and that the Civil Rights movement would've gotten a much-needed boost when those involved with the massacre would've been brought to justice?

Or would Obama had clucked his tongue and pronounced the whole thing as a unfortunate misunderstanding that could be solved over a beer?


At August 4, 2010 at 6:32 PM, Anonymous It's all dying said...

What those mouth-breathing wingnuts don't realize is that they are the new niggers too.

When your factory closes because the machinery is being shipped to China, you're like a black man in the 1870s who wasn't needed to pick cotton any more, you red-faced white fcukers. When you can't make payments on that house you "refinanced" (i.e. "went deeper into debt on" so you could buy that SUV or take the vacation you "deserved" but couldn't afford on your shit salary) you're no different than a welfare family getting kicked out of its apartment in the projects, cracker-ass. When you're old and sick and you want some Social Security money or Medicare to keep you alive for a few more years, and "austerity measures" mean you can get sick and starve and die, all your years of Republiscum rhetoric won't save you from being as dead as a coon in the ghettos.

Good luck with the world you wanted, white bastards! (I know none of them will ever read this. Just sputtering for your benefit, J.P. I don't care to make my mind recoil by trolling any of their filthy sites.)

At August 5, 2010 at 11:23 AM, Anonymous Lynne said...

Oh look.....another knee-grow that thinks he's blacker than black, blue black, afro pick and dashiki black and is all about the "people"....LOL, you simpletons are really annoying.You want the affirmation from Mr. Charlie that you project onto President Obama. Its really quite sad, but crabs do what they do.

At August 5, 2010 at 11:37 AM, Blogger Jeff said...

I'm a white male 60-year old Bronx N.Y. native living in N.C. I agree wholeheartedly with the writer of the comment above. However I think his comment might've been more persuasive to more people had he left out the antiwhite rhetoric. No matter. I can understand his being scornful of white people and can imagine what experiences might have contributed to his feeling that way. Racist behavior by whites makes me angry too, and not only because it's wrong. It reflects badly on all white people. It helps the common enemies of all average Americans to keep us all down. As the commenter says, regardless of our race, we Americans who aren't rich and privileged are in the same mess together. We should be smart enough to understand that. We cannot afford to be fighting each other. That's exactly what the Republican thieves and racists would have us do. Divide and conquer is a time-honored Republican/conservative tactic. We need to quit helping them do so. The sooner we all get that, the better off we'll all be.

At August 5, 2010 at 2:02 PM, Anonymous itgurl_29 said...

I see you got your ass handed to you by the eloquent and knowledgeable sister and brothers over at Wee See You.

You deserved it,because this article is some twisted white liberal racist crap.

I'm a black woman and I am in tuned to what's going on. And because of that, I can see when the tea baggers are insulting me because of my race and I can see when white liberals are insulting me because of my race. Don't think that just because you vote Democratic that black folks are going to let you talk to us like we're stupid or try to tear down this President and diminish all the positive things he's done.

At August 5, 2010 at 2:13 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

"I see you got your ass handed to you by the eloquent and knowledgeable sister and brothers over at Wee See You."

Oh, really? I don't recall having my white, racist ass handed back to me because after the first visit to your noxious, criminally stupid website, I never bothered going back to defend myself.

I hardly think slinging ad hominems (resulting in the [yawn] usual retaliatory charges of racism) qualifies as "knowledgeable". Nor does being black and having a Jerry Springer audience member attitude guarantee you even an iota of credibility.

But only a reactionary idiot like you would claim that, 1) a person can be both liberal and a racist, which is practically a contradiction in terms, and 2) labeling as a racist someone who calls Obama on not adequately serving the interests of his fellow African Americans.

Then again, considering the general attitude from the mosh pit of a blog you came from, it's abundantly obvious that you and your ilk don't benefit from the common sense that God invested in the flea, so begone, sister, and talk to my hand from now on. Or one of its most prominent fingers, at least.

(By the way, I have two biracial sons.)

At August 5, 2010 at 2:46 PM, Anonymous Alexander2 said...

I didn't call you a racist. I called you a fauxgressive, and your facebook friends, Jane Hamsher, David Sirota, Pam Spaulding, etc. certainly verify my initial assumption.

You wrote a garbage piece suggesting that President Obama is weak on civil rights, especially the civil rights of African Americans. Your essential claim is that he has been a failure on this issue and, therefore, blacks should turn against him.

I provided you a list of civil rights accomplishments from this monthly alone. Facts, not name calling. You chose not to engage.

This week, the president signed the Fair Sentencing Act.

This month the Justice Department under Eric Holder has prosecuted numerous cases involving:

a) crossburnings
b) housing discrimination
c) murders of black men in New Orleans
d) hate crimes involving African Americans
e) discrimination in mortgage lending

All of these cases are a matter of public record and can be found at the DOJ site. The accomplishments this month alone are outstanding.

Moreover, the President has reinvigorated the Civil Rights Division at DOJ.

Your attempt was to divide black supporters by distorting the president's record. The Jackson State theme was twisted and insulting.

Your suggestion that being liberal and racist are somehow contradictory is both mind blowing and eye opening.

Finally, none of us care if you hate the president with all your heart. Just leave us out of it. African Americans can and will speak for ourselves.

At August 5, 2010 at 7:05 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Leave you out of it? Well, by linking to me (and reproducing most of what I posted, without my permission nor my knowledge), you dragged me in to your, frankly, militant and racist site.

Obama's civil rights record can only be viewed as a triumph if you were to ignore the other things, the things I brought up. He is a coward and other black people have said the same thing. But the assumption that I ought to shut up about Obama unless I sing his praises simply because I'm not black is, once again, more than a touch militant and racist. I never heard of your chickenshit site before one of your readers linked to me. I get enough traffic at my site without the help from folks like you because I tell it like it is.

Note that I've rejected the most defamatory comments because they're not even worth reading much less sharing with the world. Yours is borderline tolerable. But automatically using the "R" word to someone who criticizes one guy who happens to be black is tiresome, predictable and not based so much in reason as in racism.

If any of you worked for this administration and if Glenn Beck or any prominent right winger accused you of racism, you can bet your shiny ass you'd be fired by your man without any chance for appeal.

Your man is a craven coward and whatever he's done for civil rights he's taken away in other ways and I've already mentioned specific instances, which have still not been acknowledged by your people.

Now please begone. You and your ilk tire me. Anyone who knows anything about me knows I'm not a racist. If you'd bothered reading more than just two posts, you'd know that.

Goodbye and please try to refrain from calling me names and supporting (or condemning) people based on the color of their skin.

At August 6, 2010 at 2:04 AM, Blogger Stan B. said...

Having been a member of a minority for the first, and last, fifty four years of my life, my racism meter is well adjusted and highly attuned- it has no off button. Sadly, I can often predict exactly how white folk will think and react well before they even form the thoughts and commit to action. That aint saying all that much, and it sure don't make me unique- I wish it weren't true and I rejoice when I am, in fact, wrong.

Racism is just as rampant these days, just much more nuanced- that's certainly not a major revelation, though I'm never surprised by the rightwing wingnuts who troll this comment section with their semilucid rants. Their knee jerk reactions well beyond predictable.

Obama promised a lot, and other than the occasional speech has delivered little. Hell, you could even find things Nixon did to be "proud of." Obama has betrayed those that believed in him, regardless of color. Yes, I allowed myself to be swept up in his Change mantra (despite being familiar with his congressional voting record), hoping beyond "Hope."

But like every white face ever allowed to walk in that office, he's bought and paid for,- that's the only way you get in. Does any adult need be reminded of that?

Make no doubt, if it's anything that ticks the hell outta me it's the "I don't see race" contingent- I see it every damn day, every second I breathe, everywhere I go. But only a fool thinks everyone their shade a friend, blinding themselves to those (admittedly select) few whose beliefs, aspirations and yes, actions, are well beyond the confines of a color.


Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home

All Time Classics

  • Our Worse Half: The 25 Most Embarrassing States.
  • The Missing Security Tapes From the World Trade Center.
  • It's a Blunderful Life.
  • The Civil War II
  • Sweet Jesus, I Hate America
  • Top Ten Conservative Books
  • I Am Mr. Ed
  • Glenn Beck: Racist, Hate Monger, Comedian
  • The Ten Worst Music Videos of all Time
  • Assclowns of the Week

  • Links to the first 33 Assclowns of the Week.
  • Links to Assclowns of the Week 38-63.
  • #104: Make Racism Great Again Also Labor Day edition
  • #103: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Toilet edition
  • #102: Orange is the New Fat edition
  • #101: Electoral College Dropouts edition
  • #100: Centennial of Silliness edition
  • #99: Dr. Strangehate edition
  • #98: Get Bentghazi edition
  • #97: SNAPping Your Fingers at the Poor edition
  • #96: Treat or Treat, Kiss My Ass edition
  • #95: Monumental Stupidity double-sized edition
  • #94: House of 'Tards edition
  • #93: You Da Bomb! edition.
  • #92: Akin to a Fool edition.
  • #91: Aurora Moronealis edition.
  • #90: Keep Your Gubmint Hands Off My High Pre'mums and Deductibles! edition.
  • #89: Occupy the Catbird Seat/Thanksgiving edition.
  • #88: Heil Hitler edition.
  • #87: Let Sleeping Elephants Lie edition.
  • #86: the Maniacs edition.
  • #85: The Top 50 Assclowns of 2010 edition.
  • #(19)84: Midterm Madness edition.
  • #83: Spill, Baby, Spill! edition.
  • #82: Leave Corporations Alone, They’re People! edition.
  • #81: Hatin' on Haiti edition.
  • #80: Don't Get Your Panties in a Twist edition.
  • #79: Top 50 Assclowns of 2009 edition.
  • #78: Nattering Nabobs of Negativism edition.
  • #77: ...And Justice For Once edition.
  • #76: Reading Tea Leaves/Labor Day edition.
  • #75: Diamond Jubilee/Inaugural Edition
  • #74: Dropping the Crystal Ball Edition
  • #73: The Twelve Assclowns of Christmas Edition
  • #72: Trick or Treat Election Day Edition
  • #71: Grand Theft Autocrats Edition
  • #70: Soulless Corporations and the Politicians Who Love Them Edition
  • Paul Ryan's Top Ten Conditions on Running for the Speakership
  • Top 10 Reasons Why Mitt Romney Won't Run for President in 2016
  • Top 10 Results of the NYPD's Work Slowdown
  • Top 10 Secret Service Security Breaches
  • Top 10 LA Radio Shows That Are Rated Higher Than Rush Limbaugh's
  • Top 10 Reasons Operation American Spring Went Flat
  • Top Ten Facts of the MH370 Air Disaster
  • Top 10 Tips for GOP Congressmen Running Against Women
  • Top 10 Signs Walmart's Mistreating its Workers
  • Top 10 Diversions John McCain Found During Syria Hearing
  • Top 10 George Zimmerman Excuses for Speeding.
  • Top 10 Reasons Paula Deen Got Fired by the Food Network
  • Top Ten Ways Pope Francis is Deviating From Convention
  • Top 10 Reasons For the Pope's Resignation
  • Top 10 Emails Hacked From the Bush Family's Email Accounts
  • Top 10 Lies Told by Mitt Romney at the 2nd Debate.
  • Top 10 Examples of How Hard the Campaign Trail is on Ann D. Romney.
  • Top 10 Ways to Tell The Boston Red Sox Are Finished.
  • Top 10 Things Mitt May be Hiding in His Tax Returns.
  • Top 10 Events at the Romney Olympics.
  • Mitt Romney's Top 10 Wild & Crazy Moments.
  • Top Ten Reasons Why Dick Cheney Got a Heart Transplant.
  • Top 10 Facts About Tonight's New England/Denver Game.
  • My Top 10 Resolutions.
  • Top 10 Rejected Slogans of the Romney Campaign.
  • Top 10 Reasons Herman Cain Suspended His Campaign.
  • Top 10 Trending Topics on Twitter During #OWS Eviction.
  • Top 10 Herman Cain Pickup Lines.
  • Top 10 Changes Since Anthony Weiner Decided to Resign.
  • Top 10 Inaccuracies re bin Laden's Death.
  • Top 10 Ways to Prevent a TSA Patdown.
  • Top Ten Things Not to Say When You're Pulled Over.
  • Top 10 Reasons Why Donald Trump Bowed Out of the Presidential Race.
  • Top 10 Ways Evangelicals Will Prepare for the Rapture II.
  • Top 10 Revelations in Today's Parliament Inquiry into News Corp.
  • Top 10 Reasons Why There Was No Vote on the Debt Ceiling Last Night.
  • Top 10 Revelations in Dick Cheney's Upcoming Memoir.
  • Top Ten Ways Americans Will Observe the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.
  • Top Ten Advances in Women's Rights in Saudi Arabia.
  • Top Ten Inaccuracies in Bill O'Reilly's Book About Lincoln.
  • Top Ten Suggestions From the Cat Food Commission.
  • Top Ten Worst Moments in George W. Bush's Presidency.
  • Top Ten Facts in George W. Bush's Memoir.
  • Top Ten Reasons Terry Jones Postponed His Koran Burning
  • Top 10 Causes for Dick Cheney's Congestive Heart Failure
  • Top Ten Ways That Jan Brewer Will Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
  • Top Ten Demands in Sarah Palin's Contract
  • Top Ten Whoppers in Karl Rove's New Book
  • Top 10 Items Left Behind in Rush Limbaugh's Apartment
  • Top Ten Things Barack Obama said to Rush Limbaugh in the Hospital
  • Top Ten Bizarre Promos Offered by the New Jersey Nets
  • Top 10 Bush Executive Orders Labor Wants President Obama to Repeal
  • George W. Bush's Top Ten Lesser Achievements
  • Empire Of The Senseless.
  • Conservative Values for an Unsaved World.
  • Esquire's Charles Pierce.
  • Brilliant @ Breakfast.
  • The Burning Platform.
  • The Rant.
  • Mock, Paper, Scissors.
  • James Petras.
  • Towle Road.
  • Avedon's Sideshow (the new site).
  • At Largely, Larisa Alexandrovna's place.
  • The Daily Howler.
  • The DCist.
  • Greg Palast.
  • Jon Swift. RIP, Al.
  • God is For Suckers.
  • Hullabaloo, Digby's place.
  • The Rude Pundit.
  • Driftglass.
  • Newshounds.
  • William Grigg, a great find.
  • Brad Blog.
  • Down With Tyranny!, Howie Klein's blog.
  • Wayne's World. Party time! Excellent!
  • Busted Knuckles, aka Ornery Bastard.
  • Mills River Progressive.
  • Right Wing Watch.
  • Earthbond Misfit.
  • Anosognosia.
  • Echidne of the Snakes.
  • They Gave Us a Republic.
  • The Gawker.
  • Outtake Online, Emmy-winner Charlotte Robinson's site.
  • The artist formerly known as Politits. The politics are still liberal.
  • Skippy, the Bush Kangaroo
  • No More Mr. Nice Blog.
  • Head On Radio Network, Bob Kincaid.
  • Spocko's Brain.
  • Pandagon.
  • Slackivist.
  • WTF Is It Now?
  • No Blood For Hubris.
  • Lydia Cornell, a very smart and accomplished lady.
  • Roger Ailes (the good one.)
  • BlondeSense.
  • The Smirking Chimp.
  • Hammer of the Blogs.
  • Vast Left Wing Conspiracy.
  • Argville.
  • Existentialist Cowboy.
  • The Progressive.
  • The Nation.
  • Mother Jones.
  • Vanity Fair.
  • Citizens For Legitimate Government.
  • News Finder.
  • Indy Media Center.
  • Lexis News.
  • Military Religious Freedom.
  • McClatchy Newspapers.
  • The New Yorker.
  • Bloggingheads TV, political vlogging.
  • Find, the next-best thing to Nexis.
  • Altweeklies, for the news you won't get just anywhere.
  • The Smirking Chimp
  • Don Emmerich's Peace Blog
  • Wikileaks.
  • The Peoples' Voice.
  • CIA World Fact Book.
  • IP address locator.
  • Tom Tomorrow's hilarious strip.
  • Babelfish, an instant, online translator. I love to translate Ann Coulter's site into German.
  • Newsmeat: Find out who's donating to whom.
  • Wikipedia.
  • Uncyclopedia.
  • Icasualties
  • Free Press
  • YouTube
  • The Bone Bridge.
  • Powered by Blogger