When my husband and I came to Chicago from Israel so that I could go to graduate school, we had no intention of staying here permanently.
But then the second Palestinian intifada happened, and the Israeli government’s entirely irresponsible and deadly response to same, and we came to a conclusion: We no longer wanted to raise children in Israel.
At the time, we only had the one child, a round-cheeked toddler boy, but the fact of his boy-ness sharpened the point. Our choice came mostly out of a desire to educate him differently, to not sacrifice his up-bringing and our values on the altar of occupation and settlement, but there was an unavoidable sense of having also snatched our son from the jaws of war — because in Israel, of course, every 18 year old boy is drafted into the military. Girls go, too, but they don’t see combat. They don’t die.
I bring this up now because I’ve been thinking a lot about all the parents of African American boys who are holding their sons a little closer today in the wake of the horrible, heartbreaking Trayvon Martin case.
My aunt is one of those moms — white as me, but mom to a black man who was once young, a young black man who was stopped for jogging in his own neighborhood, a young black man for whom she would tremble a little whenever he went into the city.
Posted in Emily L. Hauser, Now That's Some Racist Bullsh*t, What the Crap!?
Tagged Aaron Campbell, Amadou Diallo, black men killed by police, Kiwane Carrington, Orlando Barlow, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, Steven Eugene Washington, Timothy Stansbury Jr., Travares McGill, Trayvon Martin, white privilege
I’ve talked about the difference between racism and assumption of privilege before, but every now and again somebody managed to do both at the same time, like Newt Gingrich. And every now and again, people like Gingrich get called out on it.
At a town hall event meant to appeal to Latino voters at a Mexican restaurant in Manchester, an African-American man confronted Gingrich about recent comments he made that have drawn the ire of the NACCP and other civil rights leader. Gingrich controversially said last week, “I’m prepared, if the NAACP invites me, I’ll go to their convention and talk about why the African-American community should demand paychecks and not be satisfied with food stamps.”
Now, that was bad enough, but the reality is Gingrich’s assumption that the majority of SNAP recipients are African-American males is also completely and totally wrong. The largest plurality are white children, as a matter of fact. And only 8% of people on SNAP received additional federal welfare benefits, while 4% recieved additional state benefits. That’s it.
Today, someone called Newt on it, a black small business owner who took offense at Gingrich assuming all black people take food stamps.
The “One Drop Rule” strikes back.
Right wing radio host Laura Ingraham actually served a useful purpose this week with her charming comments on race, President Obama, Herman Cain, and American history.
And what happened with Obama is that he gets this job that he’s not qualified for… OK, so [Obama is] Constitutionally qualified for but he’s not really qualified for. And guess who pays the price? All of us. Because we had such a yearning for history.
Well I have a question. Herman Cain, if he became president, he would be the first black president, when you measure it by — because he doesn’t — does he have a white mother, white father, grandparents, no, right? So Herman Cain, he could say that he’s — he’s — he’s the first, uh — he could make the claim to be the first — yeah, the first Main Street black Republican to be the president of the United States. Right? He’s historic too.
Now you may be thinking “How is this useful other than as a window into just how awful a person Laura Ingraham is?” I’ll be happy to explain my theory. It goes something like this: Continue reading
Posted in Now That's Some Racist Bullsh*t, Tales and Tirades, The Hermanator, Zandar
Tagged Herman Cain, Laura Ingraham, Obama Derangement Syndrome, One Drop Rule, privilege, racism, racist language, white privilege
I heard this first-person essay yesterday morning on NPR.
I am a New Englander, born and bred, with the accent to prove it. Originally from Massachusetts, I now live in northern New Hampshire, in an area popular with vacationers. However, as a black woman in an overwhelmingly white state, there are times when I feel like a tourist.
Just click on over to NPR Morning Edition where you can read (and even better, listen) to the entire piece.
Thank you to Debra Nunnally Beaupre for sharing your story. Her bio notes she blogs as Teachermother.
Everything you need to know about race relations in the US summed up in one poll:
A little over half of blacks (52%) say that new civil rights laws are needed in this country, while 15% of whites agree.
And that’s pretty much it. “We’ve got a black President, what more could you possibly want?”
OK, so some shit happened on the Twitter machines tonight.
We here at ABLC will have more to say about that soon. Never you worry. Show us a scab and we’ll pick at it. Because we’re obsessive that way.
But it’s late and we need to get some rest for the shitstorm that’s coming down Monday, so we’ll leave you with this morsel:
Right in the middle of attacking some people on Twitter because they talked back to a reporter from ThinkProgress named Zaid Jilani, who attacked them earlier in the day using really offensive, racially charged language, Joan Walsh took a break from the race war to have the following exchange with one of her followers:
Yes, Joan, it’s all about you.