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Saturday, October 31, 2015

LaLaurie House - A Real American Horror Story

This is real story about real people in the real Lalaurie House, hinted at on "American Horror Story: Coven" And I warn you, it is horrible.

"It was the neighbors on Royal Street who first began to suspect something was not quite right in the Lalaurie house. There were whispered conversations about how the Lalaurie slaves seemed to come and go quite often. Parlor maids would be replaced with no explanation or the stable boy was suddenly just disappear... never to be seen again.

Then, one day a neighbor was climbing her own stairs when she heard a scream and saw Madame Lalaurie chasing a little girl..."
Chauncey DeVega

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Feeling Rebloggy
Happy Birthday to Dr. Joe Medicine Crow, the last living Plains Indian War Chief and World War II veteran. He turned 102 years old on Tuesday (10 27 2015)
Chief Dr Joe Medicine Crow at 102
He's been here for Little Big Horn, WWII, and the War in Iraq
That seems like 10 lifetimes to me
Born October 27, 1913 near Lodge Grass, Montana, Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow is the last living person with a direct oral history from a participant of the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876.His grandfather, White Man Runs Him was a scout with General Custer and died in 1925 when Medicine Crow was 11 years old. Dr. Medicine Crow’s grandparents lived before the United States Government sent Indians to a reservation in 1884. 
 from The Greatest Generation Foundation

"We're still here." 
                                                   Video from 2009-ish? Not Sure



- I can't vouch for the language or the imagery OR the website.
However,  I was glad to learn more about him.
At your own risk--->

Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween, White Folks, Black Face, and The Black Twitter Detective Agency

In America, it has been clearly established that blackface is something that’s at best in bad taste and at worst an act of unflinching racism. So, by participating in the act, people are admitting that they don’t care who they offend or what symbols of oppression they perpetuate. Which is why Halloween is one of the most frustrating holidays for black Americans.

David Dennis
When white liberals and people of color who are a little too understanding finally take "bad taste" off  the table, maybe the hard-core, overtly racist, mostly white idiots will be shamed into hiding their racism on Halloween just like they do at the office, church, or any other place that might wind up being diversely populated.

Or maybe not.

I swear, the majority of people don't begin to understand a thing until it hits their wallet.

So how do we make black face at Halloween hit the wallet? Oh wait. I know. Take photos. Find out where they work. Then you ask the company they work for what kind of business they run when they hire low-lifes like the person in the photo you just e-mailed them.

Black Twitter has proven this effective again and again and again.

So if you find yourself confronted by black face, smile, introduce yourself, and get their names when they introduce themselves back. Then get that cell phone camera out and feed the photo to the Black Twitter Investigating Agency.

Bing. Bang. Boom.  A percentage of the time there will be no more job.

This doesn't have to be 100% effective for the word to spread through the cowardly, anti-black racist population. I tend to think that a 25% effectiveness rate --no more than 33%-- will put the dumb@$$es off black face for good.

Give it a shot. If it doesn't work? We'll try something else next year. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015


Ben Fields
"An attorney for the South Carolina officer fired for slamming a student to the ground and tossing her several feet says his client's actions were "justified and lawful."

Video of the arrest sparked widespread outrage and questions about what role police should play in schools.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott suspended Deputy Ben Fields after the incident, and fired him Wednesday."


    Apparently "refusing to participate" is refusing to give up a cell phone and leave the classroom.

    The ability to call a Resource Officer for such nonsense is ridiculous. The teacher needs to be reprimanded as well. 

    But the "Resource Officer" has been fired, which is right and correct. (You can tell that this was done reluctantly if you watch the right  newscast. Protest and exposure WORKED this time.)

    Apparently "Resource Officers" were put into schools after Columbine. There supposed to be there for safety of the children from other children and adults with guns and such. If you wouldn't call 911, apparently you shouldn't call the "Resource Officer" either.

    Niya Kenny can actually sing a different song, than most of us. She can sing, "I fought the law and I won" and it'll be true.

    One video is below. Multiple are available at this link

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015





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    Apparently, there's this new thing in school since I was a kid.  There's a person called a "Resource Officer" running around loose in schools now. And apparently the "Resource Officer" comes when the teacher thinks he or she needs physical assistance in the classroom.

    In the link below, within the cell phone video, there are images of this "Resource Officer" throwing this black girl around. All you can really see is her legs flying in the air. Niya Kenny, a classmate, took the video while loudly protesting this girls abuse. And she was arrested for her trouble.

    Niya Kenny of Spring Valley High School in South Carolina

    And all this came to pass because a teacher said this girl "wasn’t participating in class, [and] when the teacher asked her to leave but she refused."

    My first question was what does this "not participating" mean? And why would a teacher be able to call a "Resource Officer" to handle that? Has this teacher, a black male, missed what's been happening black people in the news?

    But the thing I'm stuck on is a teacher being able to call anybody at all because of "not participating," much less anybody called an "officer."

    What is "not participating?

    Is it a refusal to answer questions?

    Is it a refusal to speak when spoken to?

    What the heck is "not participating?" 

    Whatever it is, it doesn't sound "officer" worthy.  And I'm supposed to think the conservatives aren't stone crazy when they talk about teachers being able to carry guns in school to protect students (ala Sandy Hook)?  I'd sooner have the entire student body strapped.

    So was the teacher's maneuver meant to communicate  'how dare you defy me in THE SLIGHTEST WAY?'  It kinda sounds like it, doesn't it?  "Not participating" I hope this teacher is not Ben Carson's psychological twin. 
    I hope the teacher has a better story than what we've heard so far.  And maybe he does. Then again, maybe the Resource Officer is the only one that's extra stupid.    

    However what makes this story even more interesting is the following comment a woman made on "Resource Officers" in general:

    "I had to take a school here in Richardson TX to task for sending an officer to escort my daughter out of class.

    The teacher, a 25 year old, 6'4 white guy decided he should call the resource officer to remove my daughter from class instead of simply writing her up for her cell phone going off in class (while it was on the charging station he provided against district policy).

    My daughter called me as she was being escorted out and I had the pleasure of hearing the white officer curse my 13 year old daughter out. The reason the teacher did this, he didn't want a confrontation to start in his class so he called the officer.

    I have witnessed teachers call resource officers for stupid things like this in at least 3 states I have lived in . The reality is that officers are only to be called in for things such as fights or criminal offenses. Teachers know this, principles know this, and the districts know. We were able to get the officer removed from resources duty, but parents I encourage you to read the district policies and stay on their asses. They are gunning for black girls, more so than black boys!"


    If this woman is correct, then the cowardly teachers and the Resource Officers, both, are abusing their power.

    "Stay Woke" as they say. Keep your eyes open and aimed at your child's school. Do the "Resource Officers" work at your child's school? How many? What kind of incidents have they been called to the classroom for? I'd find out if I were you.

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015


    In March, the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a federal lawsuit accusing Judicial Correction Services (a private for profit "probation company) and the city of Clanton, Alabama of operating an illegal racketeering scheme to extort money from poor residents.
    JCS offers municipal courts its services at no cost to them. People who can’t pay traffic tickets and other minor fines in a lump sum are placed on what is known as “pay-only probation,” and judges assign JCS to collect payments. The company profits from fees it charges – typically $40 a month – to people making payments, prolonging their ordeal and making it more difficult to pay off their debt. Company officials often threaten people with jail to secure payment, and many defendants end up behind bars.

    I'm scared to death of ever being poor in this country. Somewhere near 45% will tell the poor it's their own fault that they are poor, then take a shot at hitting the bulls-eye themselves just like JCS did.

    How did a for profit probation system ever sound good to anybody? It never even crossed my mind that such a thing could exist.

    I hope the SPLC gets the city itself on the hook for some large fines too. The federal government should let them pay over time for a $4000 monthly fee.  

    Monday, October 26, 2015


    Feeling Rebloggy
    "Unhappy with the number of potential black jurors called to his court last week, Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens halted a drug trial and dismissed the entire jury panel, asking for a new group to be sent up.

    “The concern is that the panel is not representative of the community,” said Stevens, who brought in a new group of jurors despite objections from both the defense and prosecutor.

    And this wasn’t the first time Stevens, who is black, has dismissed a jury because he felt it was lacking enough minorities. Now the state Supreme Court is going to determine whether the judge is abusing his power."

    from & 

    Google "Judge Olu Stevens" once a month or so

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    Sunday, October 25, 2015


    Since I heard the song "Bad Bitch," I've been thinking Lupe Fiasco might one day grow into being worth of the identity, "Black Male Feminist"

    On my own, I couldn't quite put my finger on exactly how at least a piece of what he was singing was the same-ole, same-ole victim blaming while some of what he was saying seemed quite right.

    The writer of the article below hits the nail on the head in such a way that you can see how very much alike racism and sexism are in addition to the things that Lupe gets right.

    The song is about getting and giving respect and self respect.If you don't feel like listening to the video, here is a core lyric of the song -

    "Bitch bad. Woman good. Lady better."

    The writer below describes the difference between what Lupe thinks he's singing about and what he's actually singing about.

    "I want respect. Hell, I command respect. But I don’t want to return to respectability politics. The distinction is important. Respectability politics might seem better in the short run, but in the long run they aren’t best.

    We can place a high value on receiving and giving respect in our interpersonal interactions, without falling into the trap of  believing that changing our behaviors will have the power to transform a system that actively works against us......we [can't] lose sight of those who have more power to change things than we do.

    Men have some power.  They are not hapless victims of less-than-thoughtful mothers and confused, non-self-respecting schoolgirls. As corporations go, male rappers are Davids fighting Goliaths. But at least David saw himself as having a stake in the fight.

    Clearly, so does Lupe."

    - Crunk Feminist Collective

    You can read more of the article below. In the meantime, know that I expect more out of Lupe Fiasco one day.

    I have a feeling there will be stumbles and disappointments. But he's thinking, He feels things for black women that don't strictly involve how they reflect on and are accessories to black men. The song feels like concern for black women for black women's sake. I might turn out to be wrong. But I feel like he's thinking and feeling at once, like he's capable of making an effort that will empower us all.

    We need a lot more black men like him...I hope.

    Yes, I expect more out of him one day.  I only see a hint of something. But I expect Frederick Douglass type thinking. I expect W.E.B. DuBois type thinking.  I expect he will be worthy of the identity "Black Male Feminist" too when he finishes growing. 


    Saturday, October 24, 2015


    Feeling Rebloggy

    "Glenn Ford’s case is nothing special and, at the same time, is very special...because it involves racism so egregious that even the white legal system has conceded it."

    "Here are the gory details of this real-life horror story.

    In 1983, the 34-year-old Mr. Ford, from Shreveport, La., was framed by a white detective for the murder of a white man. In 1984, he was prosecuted by a white assistant district attorney and found guilty by an all-white jury. In 1988, he was sentenced by a white judge to death in the electric chair. Oh, by the way, there was no physical evidence connecting him to the crime. No murder weapon was ever found. And another man confessed. Despite that, Mr. Ford spent 30 years on death row in a 5 x 7-foot cell for 23 of 24 hours every single day in the notorious Louisiana State Prison, better known as Angola."

    Philidelphia Tribune


    An old photo from the **Too Little, Too Late Files**  More on the forgiveness request

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    A Black Chick A Little Rocked Post from earlier this year on 
    When did they know? When should they have known it?

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    Friday, October 23, 2015



    I do hope we've seen the last of Michael Dunn.

    "The Florida man convicted of first-degree murder for shooting a teenager to death over loud music was sentenced to life without parole Friday. Michael Dunn, 47, was convicted of killing Jordan Davis, 17, in November 2012 after he shot into a SUV of four teenagers 10 times when an argument broke out over loud music coming from the teens' vehicle. Dunn was sentenced to an additional 90 years in prison for three attempted murder convictions and another 15 years for firing into an occupied vehicle.

    Jordan Davis
    Dunn's Murder Victim

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    Listen to the judge sentence him

    This might be the first good racial news we've heard out of Florida in a while


    Malcolm Jamal Warner has not committed to saying anything about Cosby one way or the other. He's simply stated that he is sad about the legacy of "The Cosby Show" as are the rest of us. But Joseph C. Phillips (his character married Denise Huxtable on the show) has some personal information that has led him to believe that Bill Cosby is definitely guilty.

    (The story below should also dispel the rumor that says there were only "hoes" running around in hotels late at night looking for a sugar-daddy hook up who started lying about rape when they didn't hit the payday they wanted...which conveniently forgets the rich women attacked)

    Joseph C. Phillips: ‘Cosby Show’ Co-Star Says ‘Of Course Bill Cosby Is Guilty’

    In the article below, Joseph C Phillips talks about his man-crush on Cosby and his ultra-slow realization that Bill  Cosby is a rapist.

    I'm glad he's seen the light. But I'm not surprised it took him so long.

    I used to be a huge fan of Phillips. No. Let me tell the truth. I used to have a major crush on this man. I can't tell you how happy I was to see him show up as Lisa Bonet's husband on "The Cosby Show" after the movie "Strictly Business"

    Then, reality came along and ruined everything.

    A few years after "The Cosby Show" went off the air, I read a few sections of an autobiographical book that Phillips wrote while waiting around inside a local bookstore.

    Joseph C Phillips
    Back In The Day
    At the time of the reading, I might have been in denial that I am a feminist, likely identifying with the ideals without saying ever saying f-word out loud about myself.  (Pssst! There are strong and persistent forces in the black community that say feminism is white and that joining it, traitorous when we black women started it without naming it.)

    So, like Toni Morrison, I didn't want to belong to anything that alienates black women, whether those black women be knowledgeable or un-knowledgeable in general. But I eventually had to back track on that.

    I don't like making up my mind about faith, theories, principles, or ideals based on who else believes in them. A faith, theory, principle or ideal should live or die inside my soul based on it's own merits.

    You do you. I'll do me.  These words shall be forever engraved on the inside of my skull

    The thing that crushed the crush was Phillips own words. In his book, he appeared to feel sorry for himself  because he was unable to be fully happy about a new high point in his career --possibly the success of the movie "Strictly Business"--  because he did not feel able to choose a woman with which to go to an awards ceremony. Via a carefully word paragraph or two, he clearly communicated that if he had chosen one woman to go with him the revolving door to his bedroom would have stopped spinning.

    Translation: There were at least two women who thought they are the only woman in my life or close to becoming the only woman in life. Their possessiveness (not my lies) ruined things for me. Deception in romantic relationships is normal.

    Then, he went on to describe what ladylike behavior should be like now that he's raising his daughters. The statement that was absolutely the last straw for me was when he said something like 'Women shouldn't be so _______ (<---insert angry black woman synonym here) when they can get whatever they want by just smiling a certain way.'

    Translation: Patriarchy is my best friend.

    I closed his book on that statement.  I probably re-embraced the f-word that same day or the next.

    So, it's no surprise to me that Phillips took so long to decide about Cosby, even though Phillips comes right and says in this interview that he knew his idol has been lying, "cheating," and scheming on his "Queen" Camille for years. Phillips even said it was "common knowledge" during the filming of "The Cosby Show" that Cosby routinely cheated on Camille.

    I too live in a glass house and  know not to throw stones. I do.  And cheating is not rape. However, you can silently withdraw your worship of a cheat and a liar for the sake of cheating and lying, can't you?  More than that, how does a black man hold another black man in high esteem as an upstanding "race man," as an uplifter of the race, when that black man is dogging a black woman (whether she tacitly agrees to the lying and cheating or not.)

    Oh  yeah, I forgot. Phillips felt cheated he couldn't be honest enough to take a woman to an awards show without letting some other woman know he was also with someone else (in the heyday of AIDS?)  His idol being a cheat that practically lived at the Playboy Mansion was no biggie. 

    Still, how did an *idol worship,* that should have been flimsy or non-existent, stand in the way of accepting layer after layer after layer of truth as testified to by more than 4 dozen women, some of them black. 

    Joseph C Phillips says that the spell that was his idol worship of Cosby wasn't completely broken until a woman that he knows, who also knows Cosby, told him of her own rape by Bill Cosby. Phillips said that the woman ended her story with "Do you believe me?"

    I felt devastated by this woman's story, told third hand because I had to wonder if I would have believed her IF it had been JUST her, alone, making the accusation, back in the 1990s?

    I'm not sure I would have. All indications are I might not have since 
    I think I had more than one chance to believe Cosby was a rapist and didn't.

    I'd heard about more than one rape accusation prior to Hannibal Burress's stand up routine going viral.  I can't trust a ten-plus year old memory, but I swore that I read an accusation that involved Camille Cosby walking in and walking out when Bill Cosby was seducing --I thought at the time-- a short-haired, black woman some years back. I think the woman made claims about spiked tea. It was only in the main stream news for a minute, so I can't quite remember because I didn't believe her.

    I didn't want to believe her. I pushed her accusations out of my head and now I can't get them back.

    And I must have decided not to pay attention to the Andrea Constand case as well. Because I do remember the case, even her name. I just didn't follow it. I didn't want to know.So many of us are guilty of some of the same heinous things, I guess. We want to hold onto our heroes.

    But the thing that's different about stars like Joseph Phillips (and Phylicia Rashad?) is that they knew Bill Cosby was not Cliff Huxtable. According to Phillips, all the adults knew that Cosby was dogging at least one black woman, Camille. And they knew he'd been doing it for multiple decades.

    Months before we heard Cosby's own words in a deposition, Phylicia Rashad gave one of the most reluctant defenses of a co-worker and friend that I have ever heard. Ever. If I hadn't been sure Cosby was guilty before Rashad's defense of him, I certainly would have been afterward.

    In some ways, I feel sorry for those who owe Cosby so much.  But I still cannot reconcile how those that weren't children during the filming of "The Cosby Show" stood by Bill Cosby for so long when they knew about the gap between his public persona and his real identity.  

    As for the rest of us?  I understand how some of us came to be stuck on stupid.

    I understand our being dedicated to Cliff Huxtable, our favorite reincarnation of the Jello Pudding man, the actor and television show creator that broke the cycle of  black families being shown as one thing, over and over and over again on television and in the movies, always being shown as in-the-hood, suffering, and struggling.

    I understand. I get that. I felt that. I felt the loss of the fictional Cliff Huxtable too.

    But at the end of last year, after 24 women came forward, the fictional Cliff Huxtable was still more important than our real sisters.  After 40 women came forward by mid 2015, some people still believed in Cliff Huxtable over real women, some of them black women. Some people didn't believe the raped women even after they read Bill Cosby's own words.

    What does that say about what women are worth in this society?

    I know that I've been taught to ignore women and especially black women my entire life if a black man's reputation is at stake. If they get as bold as R. Kelly, I don't have a problem breaking away from my training.  But with people like Cosby, apparently, I'm still a little slow.  But not as slow as Phillips. And I don't think Phylicia Rashad was slow at all. I think in the back of her mind she knew

    She didn't completely abandon women, black women in particular, but in the end she covered her own hiney. Yet, I must admit that I do not envy her. I don't. I hope I'd have done better. But I'm not sure I would have. It has to be hard as h*ll to bite the hand the fed you no matter what kind of monster that hand turned out to be attached to in the end.

    Situations like this are the reason I try to continue to study and learn from other womanists and feminists.

    This has to be a low point in black history. In the black community, Bill Cosby was allowed to rape women because things like the legacy of the Cosby show was deemed more important than women, including black women. 

    Similarly, in the white community Jerry Sandusky was allowed to rape children because white people, mostly white men thought football was more important than the children. was just college football too.

    We have to get better at ejecting the wolves from our midsts.  The womanists, feminists, and their allies are likely going to have to take the lead. I don't see the protectors of the Chris Browns, Ray Rices, and die hardests of the Bill Cosby defenders stepping up to the plate any time soon.

    Do you?

    Joseph C Phillips, of "The Cosby Show" talks about running into an old female friend that was mentored by Bill Cosby.

    Thursday, October 22, 2015


    Feeling Rebloggy
    There was a time when running for president was actually a money-losing venture.

    In fact, over the last 30 or so years, most presidential candidates (including some who actually won) ended up with tremendous debts after the campaign. Being in the red during and after a campaign was so common that paying off a former opponent’s campaign debt was seen as a benevolent form of political stunting. (Thanks, Obama!) But all of that has changed since Citizens United in 2010. Thanks to super PACs and enforcement mechanisms flimsier than tissue paper, running for president can now become a ridiculous money grab if you’re willing to put in the time.

    The Root

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015


    Sometimes when someone teaches you something, gives you new information, it's like you knew it already.

    Sometimes when someone teaches you something new it feels like recognition, it feels like the teacher simply dug up something that was already buried in your brain.  But somehow, you didn't know that you already knew.

    For example: At 7 or 8 or 9 years of age, I already knew how to add. And when I was 7,8, or 9 somebody who was 12 years old showed me, using apples on our kitchen table, what 2 times 2 looked like. Then he showed me what 2 times 3 looked like.

    You could have knocked me over with a feather, as they say.  In that moment realized that I already knew how to multiply and that I'd been doing multiplication and division with quarters and dollars forever.  I could probably count money before I was 5. (Shows you were my priorities were, right?)

    Every single day I spent in class the following school year learning how to multiply was a complete waste of my time, by the way.

    I felt the same sense of "Yes, of course!" when I read Walter Mosley's words comparing Afghanstan and Iraq TO France and Germany. I don't remember where I read these words, because I've never found them again.  So I can't quote him directly. But I'm 99% certain it was him that said something like this:

    'Can you imagine planes being flown into the World Trade Center on purpose, then finding out it was the Germans who did it? Of course, you can imagine us, in the United States, deciding to bomb Germany after such an offense. But can you also imagine, some weeks later, some politician coming along to say we're going to bomb France back into the stone age too, sans much of an explanation? Can you imagine Politician-Number-1 says the words "Weapons of Mass Destruction" and "aimed at us" and that is all it takes for him to be followed by most our elected leaders and half the population who say  'Okay. Let's bomb France too.'

    ~Kinda-Sorta Walter Mosley

    Regarding Afghanistan and Iraq, that is basically what happened.

    But Walter Mosley couldn't imagine this coming to pass if it here Germany and France instead, as I recall. And I can't imagine this coming to pass with Germany and France either. You know why not? The people in Germany and France are white; They are not interchangeable pieces of fodder. They are actual human beings considered to have value and human dignity.  

    The only way you can link two countries together that are not linked, and two leaders --a terrorist and a dictator that hate each other-- that are not linked, then bomb major cities where people actually live in those countries is if the people are not-white.

    Welcome to U.S. Foreign Policy 101

    George Carlin - American Foreign Policy is Bombing Brown People

    I believe that the proof of not-white being a defining factor of who is worth bombing en masse is in the WWII pudding.

    As my mother pointed out years and years ago, the United States put Japanese people in concentration camps but not Germans even though we knew Hitler had detailed maps of the United States. Pearl Harbor or no Pearl Harbor, Hitler was the bigger threat. That's probably why Germany is the only white country I can remember the U.S. bombing. Still, the U.S. did not round up the German (white folk) and bus their German @$$es into concentration camps along side the Japanese (not-white).  Furthermore, when the U.S. captured German prisoners they treated the white Germans better than they did the black U.S. Soldiers.  

    The racist content of white history and the white culture that history birthed is the reason why the racist content of the movie "American Sniper" didn't surprise me. It comes from the very same white, racist ideation that usually accompanies a U.S. decision to drop bombs on a civilian population. I guess that makes this movie rather accurate in a perverse sort of way.

    What did surprise me the blatant out-loud racism of the "hero." I mean, aren't you supposed to cover that sh*t up when you're making a movie about an American Hero? From the 1970s on, I'd say that a white hero could not be racist in a way that's obviously recognizable to white people (<---There's a lot of leeway here) So has the Tea Party turned the clock back so far on this country that there's about to be remake of "Birth Of A Nation," or what? The main character calmly called the people he killed "savages" in the movie.

    Based on who made the movie and the people who praised the movie, I guess I was expecting barf-worthy, goody-goody Captain America in fatigues.  

    Even if I blank out the racism of the "American Sniper" movie, just erase it from my mind (it's easy, I've been living in America amongst ye old white folk for a long, Long, LONG time) I thought the movie and the hero, both were rather simple-minded.* 

    Last year, I was afraid to go see this movie in the theater because I was afraid I would like it. I hate the idea of it, the politics of it. But I was afraid I'd like the story anyway. I was afraid it would be exciting and heroic and full of daring-do. But even with the ethno-racism e-raced, it was just a white man with a gun who was kind of simple-minded, who shot a bunch of people because he had excellent eye-sight.

    Ethno-racism back in  - His not being able to see the humanity of others probably steadied his shooting hand. 

    I was thinking I can't really fault him for that, for his lack of seeing the humanity of others. I really was. I was thinking that you have to see an enemy as less-than in order to shoot them. This seems obvious to me. I think that this is the way war works.

    How else can war work?

    How can you go to war planning to shoot people, if you think of these other people as human just like you? If you think of each enemy as a person who just wants to eat, sleep, have sex, and pray in the way he or she feels right, in their own space just like you, how can you kill that person?  Don't you have to put the people you commit to shoot in the face into the bad people box?  How else does war work?

    And the only way you can put the person you've pictured and named "enemy" in the bad box is if you deaden yourself quite a bit. And once you've deadened yourself quite a bit, not only can you shoot a person in the face, you can rape the enemies women until they literally die, cut off body parts as trophies, and leave villages burned to the ground in your wake.

    This what I've thought about war for a long time. This deadening of the soul is the reason I'd never let a 21 year old child I care about go fight one.  Even if he or she survives, maybe they still don't survive. I'll never be willing to find out. But I guess there are ways to be nuanced about war because the story below is about another American Sniper that has a lot more of "moral courage" than the dude, as portrayed, in the movie.

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    "I served in Iraq from 2004 to 2005. During that time, we started to realize there were no weapons of mass destruction, the 9/11 commission report determined that Iraq was not involved in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, false sovereignty was given to Iraq by Paul Bremer, the atrocities at Abu Ghraib were exposed, and the Battle of Fallujah was waged.

    The destruction I took part in suddenly intersected with news that our reasons for waging war were untrue. The despicable conduct of those at Abu Ghraib was made more unforgivable by the honorable interactions I had with Iraqi civilians, and, together, it fueled the post-traumatic stress I struggle with today.

    My war was completely different than Chris Kyle’s war. That doesn’t mean his war is wrong, and mine was right. But it does mean that no one experience is definitive.

    The movie depicts compounded action scenes with very little political and regional context. It was a conscious decision by Clint Eastwood, apparently, to leave out the cause of the U.S. invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq. It was [also] a conscious decision, apparently, for multiple characters to describe the Iraqis as “savages” and never show any alternative."

    READ MORE: * - Bradley WhatsHisFace always seems simple-minded and bores me to death. So I may be biased. In the TV Show "Alias," however,  it was his function to be the simple-minded buddy. That made him beyond perfect in "Alias." HOW did he get to be a movie star?

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015


    Feeling Rebloggy

    This most recent wave of church fires are taking place in North St. Louis, near Ferguson, where racial tensions have been particularly high since the August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown. The department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms is investigating the arsons.

    On October 8th, the first fire was set at the Bethel Non-Denominational Church. Between October 10th and October 14th, three more churches were burned — New Northside Missionary Baptist Church, St. Augustine Catholic Church, and the New Testament Church of Christ. In the early hours of Saturday morning, another fire was set at the New Life Missionary Baptist Church. All 5 churches are within three miles of each other."

    ~U.S. UNCUT
    via Latina Feminista

    Monday, October 19, 2015



    Damonsplaining is an old-ish story.But the thing that irritated me is this story is that it got reduced down in the mainstream news to "interrupting a black woman to explain diversity to her" when that was beside the point.

    Damon was explaining to Effie Brown why diversity was not currently present or even very necessary via the use of the often-thrown, ultimate white race card called "Meritocracy."

    BACKGROUND FIRST: Matt Damon said, "...when you’re talking about diversity, you do it in the casting of the film, not the casting of the show.” [Effie] Brown cocked her head to the side, clearly (and rightfully) offended, saying, “whew, wow, ok,” as she waited for Damon to complete his thought.

    Damon went on to further chide her, saying, “do you want the best director?” ....Damon indicated that while he appreciated her “flagging diversity,” ultimately he felt that decision should be based “entirely on merit, leaving all other factors out of it.” 


    Yeah, Damon apologized later.

    Yeah, I haven't heard it.

    Yeah, maybe I'll listen to it when Damon's hiring and firing on "Project Green Light"for HBO has people behind the camera and in front of the camera looking like these United States.

    I find it hard to imagine that there are too many black people who haven't had this conversation with a white person, especially if many of us should have had the audacity to suggest that a space is too white, then follow up by asking,

    "Why aren't there any people of color" doing X "in here?"

    In case you've never put yourself in the situation of asking where the black and brown folk are, let me inform you that Matt Damon's answer is what you'll get from white folk word-for-word. And if you take a time machine back to any decade of your choosing beyond slavery, and ask where the black and brown achievers are in any given situation, this same damonsplaining of the happenstance of white superiority via merit is what you'll get.

    Feeling Rebloggy

    "The myth of meritocracy is one of the foundational and erroneous ideals of white supremacy.

    Whether we are speaking about increasing racial access to education or jobs, the term merit is thrown around as though it exists in opposition to diversity. This happens when employers claim that they would like to hire a person of color for a position, but that they simply cannot find any qualified people of color for the position....

    But meritocracy is a myth. The United States was not built on a system of meritocracy. It was built on a system of denied access. Let us not forget that a whole race of people was legal barred from learning to read in this country until 1865. Now we are dismantling public education through..."