[John V. Moore provides this hilarious analysis of Fox News' Hip-Hop BBQ
dog whistle vuvuzela1, complete with a Fresh Prince of Bel Air Hip Hop rating scale. The hell you say? Just read it. You'll laugh. Trust. John was gracious enough to permit me to repost. Thank you, John! -ABLxx]
Dog whistle racists throughout America, step the fuck aside, FOX NEWS has out classed all of you with today’s headline “Obama’s Hip-Hop BBQ Didn’t Create Jobs” which is an article on the President Obama’s 50th Birthday celebration that was held at the White House on Thursday, August 4.
For the unenlightened, “dog whistle racism” as defined by the Center for Social Inclusion is “also known as symbolic racism – is political campaigning or policy-making that uses coded words and themes that appeal to conscious or subconscious racist concepts and frames.”
Given the demographics of the FOX NEWS audience and their perceived attitudes on race you can imagine the reaction that this dog whistle will elicit from that crowd.
This headline and accompanying photo are blatant examples of dog whistle racism. “Hip-Hop” is code for “Black people” even though many white folks like hip-hop music and many Black folks don’t. “BBQ” is another great code, which when used in combination with “Hip-Hop,” implies that there were bunch of Black folks doing what you’d expect Black folks to do and that the leads to a reinforcement of the “othering” tactic which has been used multiple times against President Obama.
By my estimation (based upon a pool report and my assumption that the President’s immediate family, including mother-in-law, attended) there were at least 49 guests and only 20 of them, less than 50%, were African American. However the photo accompanying the article featured four African American men, Charles Barkley, President Obama, Chris Rock and Jay-Z.
(Click to read more of John V. Moore’s guest post about Fox’s Racist Bullshit)
Posted in Fox News Fvckery, Now That's Some Racist Bullsh*t, Submissions from Readers
Tagged Barack Obama, dog whistle, Fox News, Guest Contributors, John V. Moore, Obama, President Obama, racism, racist
[Here's some awesome for your face from the inimitable Karoli. I read this last month and remember thinking "Hell Yeah!" Thanks to Karoli for letting me post it, and be sure to follow Karoli's work at Crooks and Liars. -ABLxx]
It’s time to address this once and for all. Here are a couple of things about me that you can count on. First, when I criticize the President, I endeavor to do so in a constructive way. Second, I will give this administration the benefit of the doubt. Third, there is never going to be a time where I will grunt and say that Obama is just like Bush. This is because that would be a lie of the highest magnitude.
I understand that it’s all the rage these days to take anger at Republican obstruction and project it onto the President. I also understand that it’s all the rage, and I do mean rage, to take disappointment that he hasn’t moved whatever heaven and earth he should have moved for your personal pet issues quickly enough.
[A friend posted this on my Facebook wall, so I tracked down the author -- Leisa Simone -- and she agreed to let me post it. Thank you, Leisa. -ABLxx ]
Over the years, I’ve been called a liberal as if it’s an insult. I’ve also been called a libtard, a Dumbocrat, a hippie, a socialist, a tree-hugger, a bleeding heart, a gay-lover, etc. And I’ve embraced each one. All these were directed at me from people on the right.
Now I find out that I’m an Obamabot. That’s someone who defends the current President of the United States, OUR president of OUR country. But this time, it comes from the left.
I embrace that word, too. But let’s examine what this “mean-spirited” insult actually means.
(Mild Mannered White Guy is turning into Shouty White Guy)
OK, this is infuriating. Everybody’s talking about the “enthusiasm gap” and how Democrats are going to get trounced this fall because nobody can bring themselves to be excited to vote for them. Everybody’s all depressed because Obama’s been a massive disappointment, and who cares who’s in office anyway?
WHAT. THE. FUCK!?
Here’s a list of ten things that have been accomplished in the past 18 MONTHS. All of which are of historical importance. Most of which would not have been had there been ONE MORE additional Republican Senator or ten more additional Republican Representatives.
1. A stimulus bill that has created/saved between 2 and 3 million jobs, and created tax cuts for everybody earning below $250k a year. Could it have been bigger? Sure. Could it have been smaller? You know it. Three Republicans in the Senate voted for it, one of whom was immediately kicked out of the party.
2. A healthcare reform bill that revolutionized the way our country treats medicine. Whatever your quibbles with the content of the bill, healthcare is now a RIGHT in this country and not a commodity. Every single Republican opposed it, on the basis of – I’m not shitting you here – the current system works and is the best in the world. In case you were wondering, it’s not.
3. The most significant set of reforms to the financial sector in a generation, including the creation of a consumer watchdog agency to push back against the shady alliance between banks and ratings agencies on Wall Street. If you don’t think this bill had teeth, just take a look at how angry the billionaire bankers (who led us into this mess) are about it.
4. A landmark credit card reform act that finally limits banks ability to charge abusive interest rates and defraud consumers of their money. This amidst calls from Republicans to deregulate the industry even more.
5. A well-run, efficient bailout of the auto industry that took three companies on the edge of bankruptcy and collapse and returned all three to profitability. Seriously, last quarter, all three major car companies turned a profit. In this economy.
[more mild-mannered stuff after the jump]
Posted in Culture Critic, Guest Contributors, Political Shenanigans
Tagged Democrats, elections, enthusiasm gap, Guest Contributors, Lane Shadgett, Mild-Mannered White Guy, Obama, politics, President Obama, Republicans
An Even-Tempered Rant
So, there was the Newsweek article, and then this fantastic bit on Rachel Maddow about the conservative case for gay marriage, and while I want gay marriage to happen, I’m not sure how I feel about the argument: “Family values are good. Married gay people are promoting family values. Let them get married!”
So, um…you only like gay people when they are married? There is something almost endearing about the old fashioned values we can attach to that. We can go back to “sex outside of marriage is a sin” and still include gay people in that. You, the boy who likes boys—go ahead and like boys. Just don’t do anything with them, sexually, outside of marriage.
It makes it a lot easier to not think about gay people having gay sex if you only imagine them having sex while married (because we all know how often married people have sex). They can still hate the kind of gay people they’ve always hated, the ones prancing around in ass-less chaps and fishnets and calling them girlfriend. Log Cabin Republicans must love this—look! Our party doesn’t hate us! They just hate sex outside of marriage! Everything is okay!
Posted in Culture Critic, Guest Contributors, LGBTQ Shenanigans, Political Shenanigans
Tagged asshats, Asshats on the Right, civil rights, Even-Tempered White Lady, feminism, gay marriage, gay rights, gay stuff, GOP, Guest Contributors, LGBTQ, politics, Rachel Maddow, Republicans, TheHobo