Friday, June 26, 2015

I Didn't Say It ....

Jon Stewart, on the racist shootings in Charleston: 

"Nine people were shot in a black church by a white guy who hated them who wanted to start some sort of civil war. The confederate flag flies over South Carolina. And the roads are named for confederate generals. And the white guy is the one who feels like his country is being taken away from him. We’re bringing it on ourselves. And that’s the thing — al Qaeda, ISIS, they’re not shit compared to the damage we can do to ourselves on a regular basis."

It’s hard say racism is over — and, for the record, it isn’t — when you fly that flag on state property.
Remembering history is important; celebrating it needs to be a bit more thoughtful.

Mike Huckabee, former governor and future failed presidential candidate, on the racist shootings in Charleston:

“All the proposals this president has put forward on gun control would not have stopped this shooting. The one thing that would have at least ameliorated the horrible situation in Charleston would have been if somebody in that prayer meeting had a conceal carry or (if) there had been an off duty policeman somebody with the legal authority to carry a firearm and could have stopped the shooter."

Yup. A man who wants to be present believes that if everyone carried guns there would be less gun violence.
I can’t with him …
Chris Singleton, whose mother Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, died during the racist shootings in Charleston:

“Love is stronger than hate, so if we just love the way my mom would, then the hate won’t be anywhere close to where the love is. ... We will get through it. Our church will get through it. It's tough times, but I know for a fact that everybody will press on. We’ve come together as a community to try to get past these things. Tragedy has happened, but life is going to go on and things will get better. Honestly, my knees are a little weak right now, but I’m trying to stay as strong as I can while I press on.”

All you can do is press on, and stand up and make sure this doesn’t happen again.
President Obama, speaking with Marc Maron on his "WTF" podcast, on race relations:

"It is incontrovertible that race relations have improved significantly during my lifetime and yours. What is also true is that the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives -- that casts a long shadow and that's still part of our DNA that's passed on. The United States is not "cured" of racism. It's not just a matter of it not being polite to say nigger in public. That's not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It's not just a matter of overt racism."

People freaked over the n-word, when all Obama was doing was using it to make a point. And speaking of freaking out …
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Todd Starnes, writing for Fox News, on Obama's use of the n-word:

"If he talks like that in public — I can only imagine what he says in private. It does not appear that the president’s remarks were off-the-cuff. Based on my interpretation of the podcast, he was cool, calm and measured in his use of the n-word. It was disappointing to say the least to hear such a vulgarity come out of the mouth of the leader of the free world. But there you have it folks – this is man who was supposed to usher in the post-racial America. This is the man who was supposed to unite, not divide. What President Obama said is indefensible. It soils the dignity of the Oval Office. For goodness sake. He’s the President of the United States, not a hip-hip artist."

Yes, he was cool and calm and measured because he was making a point, you ignorant asshat.
And let’s not go back, shall we, and find all the disgusting things you’ve said, and Fox News has said, about Obama, and his family. And let’s not talk about how it soils the journalism profession, because you aren’t a journalist and Fox News isn’t news.
Mike Huckabee, future failed presidential candidate, talking to Fox News about racism:

"I keep hearing people saying we need more conversations about race. Actually we don’t need more conversations. What we need is conversions [to Jesus] because the reconciliations that changes people is not a racial reconciliation, it’s a spiritual reconciliation when people are reconciled to God. When I love God and I know that God created other people regardless of their color as much as he made me, I don’t have a problem with racism. It’s solved!" 

Again … I can’t. He has got to be the most idiotic human being ever.
God says it’s over, huh? So, explain that shooting in Charleston if racism is over.

4 comments:

the dogs' mother said...

5-4!!!

Michael Dodd said...

I wonder how often Mr. Huckabee preached about racism being over when he was in the pulpit or on the stump for public office. Or how many white Southern Baptist churches have heard a sermon on God's solution for racism in the last five weeks, months, years?

As a fundamentalist Protestant in East Texas growing up in a very religious household, going to Sunday school and two church services every Sunday and one on Wednesday night, for almost twenty years, I cannot recall a single sermon that dealt with racism. I only recall being told that if we wanted to make sure we didn't have to sit next to a black member of our own denomination should one dare show up in our church, the thing to do was to fill up the row so there would be no room.

Yeah, that's God's solution. "No room in the inn." Seem to have heard that in another context ...

Helen Lashbrook said...

Using the n-word in a measured conversation to make a point is very different from using it in a hate-filled rant. Fox's flashy blondes with an IQ of 10 (and that's the male presenters) cannot make the connection to understand Obamas point. For his part Obama is a very cerebral man who finds it impossible to understand the mental view point of Fox News, which appeals to the lowest common denominator.

anne marie in philly said...

faux noise needs to go off the air!