Yesterday, two very prominent black pastors in the D.C. area filed suit against Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association. In their lawsuit, filed in D.C. Superior Court, accusations are made that the organizations knowingly deceive their black, and minority, consumers regarding the health risks of sugar-sweetened beverages. These drinks are the cause of black communities high rate of disease, diabetes and stroke, they argue.
“The government’s insistence, in this instance, that Mr. McConney’s charge not be resolved in any fashion short of his incarceration, is unprecedented, and entirely based on his status as a black male,” Smith told NJ.com in a statement.
The final three weeks should have been an anxious but happy time for a Hillary Clinton team on the cusp of making history.
Her odds of victory, according to most prediction experts, sit north of 80 percent, and she has solidified modest but durable leads over Donald Trump in most battleground states.
But Clinton’s final sprint has become a joyless, nail-gnawing slog through Trump Tower’s moat of mudslinging — and the day-to-day worries of WikiLeaks’ dump of internal emails from campaign chairman John Podesta’s hacked account is taking a toll.
If you want weapons-grade lies, denial, and victimhood, here it is. “Stolen emails”, “hacked”, “illegal”, “Russian psy-ops” and “Trump’s self-immolation” all make appearances, but there’s nary a word about the unsavory and unlawful activities that the emails and Trump’s accusations reveal. The last sentences of the article is the most telling: “But I’m really starting to understand where she’s coming from. I’m starting to hate some of the people doing these things to her.”
Furious San Francisco 49ers fans have started burning Colin Kaepernick jerseys after he refused to stand for the national anthem as part of a racial protest.
One fan even played The Star-Spangled Banner as he set light to the Number 7 shirt, watching with his hand on his chest as it burned.
Another, who uploaded a video to Instagram under the handle Nate3914, called the $19million-per-year athlete an ‘ignorant son of a b****.’
During the off-season Colin Kaepernick converted to Islam. Colin Kaepernick is also engaged to Black Lives Matter activist and hip-hop radio personality DJ Nessa Diab. Black Lives Matter as an activist group is synonymous with promotion of authentic Islam.
Amid growing Islamophobia in the west, Pakistan has voiced deep concerns at what it called a “sharp rise in hate speech, discriminatory acts and social hostility against Muslims”, particularly in the countries where they are in minority.
On Tuesday, a state Senate committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on a bill that would prevent the DMV from suspending licenses because of an inability to pay or failure to show up in court to contest tickets.
“I find it astonishing when people decide to yell outside,” Shapiro remarked, as a mob of protesters attempted to drown out his voice with chants, screams, and high-pitched yelling. “The attempt to shut down open debate is the mark of ideological fascists,” said Shapiro, calling the riotous action the “hall of fame of stupidity.”
Twitter is a digital medium; no one can reach out from the screen and upset someone’s coffee onto their lap. For that very reason, claims about “violence,” “attack,” or “threat” may be entirely metaphorical, yet potent, especially when the target is not Cool.
Please, it doesn’t need to make sense. It just needs to make a member of a favoured identity group feel better.
Family values groups can expect the same treatment [as Israelis] as a matter of course. Mozilla developer and executive Brendan Eich was fired after an IRS employee leaked to gay lobbyists the fact that he had given money to a marriage defense group. It will sound something like this: “‘Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech,’ Baker said.”
There was no significant outcry from within the high tech industry at the Orwellian justification. More.
Reality check: Increasingly, if you are not in high tech or a ‘crat or an adult dependent, you don’t count. You better not express opinions about what they do or expect their identity group power plays to make sense.
See also: Astroturf: Fake social media consensus harms politics A surge of popularity or concern may in reality be manufactured at a few terminals for pay or promotion.
Decision time for Facebook: Censor or no? Guess what they’ll choose to censor and what not.
In Coates’s view, no one has agency. The young black shooter doesn’t have to think too hard about what he might do because ‘the galaxy was playing with loaded dice.’ What’s alarming, though no doubt comforting to his white readership, is that in this analysis whites aren’t individual actors either. When an irritable white woman leaving an Upper West Side cinema pushes the young, ‘dawdling’ Samori and impatiently screams, ‘Come on!’ Coates, who is a tall, imposingly built man, erupts:
There was the reaction of any parent when a stranger lays a hand on the body of his or her child. And there was my own insecurity in my ability to protect your black body … I was only aware that someone had invoked their right over the body of my son. I turned and spoke to this woman, and my words were hot with all of the moment and all of my history. She shrunk back, shocked. A white man standing nearby spoke up in her defence. I experienced this as his attempt to rescue the damsel from the beast. He had made no such attempt on behalf of my son. And he was now supported by other white people in the assembling crowd. The man came closer. He grew louder. I pushed him away. He said: ‘I could have you arrested!’ I did not care. I told him this, and the desire to do much more was hot in my throat.
Coates sees this woman not as a morally fallible person with her own neuroses, but as a force of nature, she is ‘the comet’ in his scheme. It doesn’t occur to him that she may not be an avatar of white supremacy but just a nasty person who would have been as likely to push a blonde child or a Chinese one. Coates doesn’t realise that his disproportionate reaction – ‘my words were hot with all of the moment and all of my history’ – is bound to be seen as objectionable to those ‘standing nearby’. And it doesn’t strike him that as long as black people have to be handled with infantilising care – for fear of dredging up barely submerged ancestral pain – we’ll never be equal or free.
This scene comes late in the book, and it’s the first, worst and only negative thing we actually see white people do to Coates or his family. More.
Reality check: It is fundamental to much modern philosophy (though not to Chatterton’s, apparently) that people do not have agency, do not make choices.
That fact helps explain Daycare U, where adult helplessness and acting out, far from an embarrassment, are an asset. Just as in Huxley’s Brave New World.
Mmmm… “Cultural Appropriation” with a tangy mango salsa!
“But, food is appropriated when people from the dominant culture – in the case of the US, white folks – start to fetishize or commercialize it, and when they hoard access to that particular food.
When a dominant culture reduces another community to it’s cuisine, subsumes histories and stories into menu items – when people think culture can seemingly be understood with a bite of food, that’s where it gets problematic.
It’s also harmful when the dominant culture controls the economic and material resources to produce that food for their own consumption and profit.
Here are some dining behaviors that are culturally appropriative when it comes to food.”
After Barack Obama’s two successful presidential elections, liberal and supposedly far more inclusive Democrats declared themselves the only party that looks like the new multiracial America. Republicans, in contrast, were written off as mostly old white fogies — has-beens bitterly clinging to their fading prior privilege.
The campaign has exploded that myth too. The Republican field is far more diverse, although the candidates see their ethnicity as incidental rather than essential, in bumper-sticker fashion, to their personas. The candidates include the young (44-year-old Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal and Marco Rubio), the ethnically diverse (Cruz, Jindal Rubio and Ben Carson), and successful outsiders who do not have political backgrounds (Carson, Trump, Carly Fiorina).
In contrast, the Democrat candidates appear far older, are all white, and are all political has-beens. Multimillionaire Hillary Clinton alone boasts of her female status (in a way her Republican counterpart, Fiorina, does not). But Hillary is neither young nor a fresh outsider. She represents half of a tired Clinton dynasty, whose old-boy network of Wall Street/Washington insider, big-money politics goes back well into the last century. More.
But how much do facts really matter these days, to the hundred million Americans on means-tested benefits?
The myth of the old, angry white male Republican is surely a way of saying, We want government to look after us and those guys don’t want to pay for that! It isn’t fair! We’ll elect people who make those bastards pay for [insert allegation here]. The main thing is, make them pay.
The local Republican voter could be a sole support mom who runs a hairdressing shop and doesn’t appreciate being told that she “didn’t build that.”
Too bad. She must be a bitch if she claims she rose by hard work, right? So she has punishment coming too.
One knew “white privilege”- that myth that all people of fairer complexions magically have it better than others- would work itself in at some point:
But Lyubansky explains that the use of the term nowadays is not as simple as that: “With the greater visibility and growing acceptance of people who identify as transgender, the word ‘trans’ has largely evolved to refer to those whose gender identity is different than the one assigned to them at birth, which is sometimes described as feeling/believing/knowing that they are one kind of person” stuck in another kind of person’s body.
“This description … makes sense when describing both trans men and trans women, meaning that it fits equally well regardless of direction. Applying this concept to race makes little sense to me. ‘Trans’ refers to a lack of fit between biology and identity, but there is no biology involved in race.”
Lyubansky says the use of the word “transracial” in regards to Dolezal “is logically flawed and socially problematic in that it ignores the oppression of both those who are transgender and those who have had to live with real racial discrimination.”
Just as quickly as some on Twitter promoted the concept of Dolezal as transracial, others used the social media platform to critique the utilization of the term in a way that minimized and disenfranchised the transgender community.
“This kind of racial fluidity may be something many of us wish existed, but it doesn’t,” says Lyubansky. “It’s a choice available to relatively few and … allows a white person to enjoy all of the privileges (group acceptance, social accolades, academic prestige) without actually having to overcome the experience of prejudice and discrimination.”
Now perhaps Lyubansky is pointing out Dolezal’s white liberal delusions of racial grandeur but if not, perhaps he would like to see the world as it actually is. It might blow his mind.
There is quite a bit to say about this topic and Rachel Dolezal but let’s start here: when individualism was trumped for the mob, when moral and cultural relativism were seen as proper modes of personal and communal conduct, when identity politics were seen as more important than actual issues that mattered, it is because some want truth to become irrelevant.
I debated even posting this, but I decided that it was in the best interests of an informed public that I do so as it raises serious issues.
Oh, who am I kidding? It’s porn disguised as art, which because of who made it, makes it news. Really, it’s one of the most salacious attempts to reset the “15-minutes of fame” egg-timer that I have ever seen.
Having said that, it’s not good enough to be porn, but not quite weird enough to be a full-fledged performance art piece either. It’s just pathetic and dumb and the product of a diseased mind that under today’s lowered, no – make that obliterated standards, passes as some kind of social commentary or maybe even the raising of awareness. It does neither. Keep in mind that this woman almost certainly received college credit for this porn film too as the whole mattress dragging thing was also her college project that she needed to graduate.
The real fun begins in the comments section (just overlook the cruder remarks) which is at 2,600+ and growing, where if you are patient, you can find all kind of interesting information about her allegation that never really made the newspapers. Somehow she didn’t bother to report, or to make public her allegations, until she found out that her accused rapist was getting married. Which kind of explains why even her own university, with their relaxed standards of evidence, blew off her accusation as baseless.
According to left-wing thinking, disputes over right and wrong are best determined not by examining facts and evidence but by studying the relative power of the parties involved.
This explains why leftists generally side with poor Palestinians over wealthy Israel, regardless of the history of their conflict, which overwhelmingly demonstrates Palestinian hostility. It also explains why leftists were so delighted with Julia Gillard’s absurd misogyny speech in 2012. To them, it wasn’t a venal exercise in political distraction; rather, it was a powerless woman (who just happened to be Prime Minister at the time) putting powerful male Tony Abbott in his place.
It’s all more than a little ridiculous, because arguments become subject to change depending on the identities of those in conflict. Gillard’s speech resonated with the left because she was denouncing a white western male. If she’d been addressing an impoverished Papua New Guinean tribesman, however, regardless of how he viewed women, Gillard would be seen as the more privileged of the two and therefore wrong…