Courtesy of Cathy Craddock
Courtesy of Cathy Craddock
Courtesy of Cathy Craddock
The Delaware County Daily Times (Pennsylvania), today, Oct. 17, featured on their front page a photo of a Springfield, Pa.’ man’s Halloween decoration which was a plastic skeleton hanging from a tree garbed in an Obama/Biden shirt. Inside was a long story discussing whether it was racist.
Apparently some of the man’s neighbors who are Democrats and who may very well have worn similar shirts are upset. It is a white neighborhood it should be noted.
One wonders if they would be just as upset if the skeleton was wearing a Romney/Ryan shirt. One wonders if it would be a front page story if it were.
Actually, one doesn’t.
On the other hand one does wonder why there wasn’t a peep about the beating of a 15-year-old girl by nine teenage boys after an Interboro football game Monday night that is making national news. There are not a lot of details as to what might have motivated the attack in the CBS story. Think it could have involved racism? Wonder if there will be a discussion.
By Chris Friend
Philadelphia Eagle Riley Cooper really stepped in it.
uttered one of the most vile, racist, and derogatory slurs out there,
one that not only hurts a particular ethnic group, but “….
dampens the aspirations of (its) people.”
And here’s the
thing. I guarantee Cooper said this word many, many more
times than just once.
No amount of sensitivity training will
prevent him from saying it again. And that’s the way it should be,
for he is not alone, as millions from New York to Dallas to yes, even
Washington, utter this word around the kitchen table and even in
Now known just as the “R”
That’s not a joke, as 10 United States congressmen, in
demanding that the Washington Redskins name be changed, actually
wrote “…Native Americans throughout the country consider the
R-word a racial, derogatory slur akin to the N-word among
And right there, in black and white, is
precisely why we cannot move ahead with race relations, and why,
whenever a racial controversy erupts, it not only isn’t handled
with an appropriate response, but often provokes a counter-productive
Enter the Riley Cooper saga.
On a fateful night in June, Cooper made two mistakes. First, he
actually attended a Kenny Chesney concert. That alone is cause for
But then came the big one, when he was caught on
video having an altercation with a security guard and using the
N-word. Not good. Not good at all.
True, he was not on the
clock, per se, but when you are a public figure, you need to
inherently understand that the clock never stops. It’s not Riley
Cooper the private citizen saying that slur, but Cooper the Eagle,
Cooper the NFL player. And yes, Cooper the white guy in a league
that is two-thirds black.
Can’t let that go, and can’t
chalk that up to anything but what it is: a major mistake.
here’s the bigger problem. While appropriate consequences have
been administered – fines, public humiliation, shame and even a
bounty placed on his head – that isn’t enough to some. They want
more. A lot more.
And to what end? Should he really be
suspended or even kicked out of the league, as some are advocating,
or arrested for hate speech, just for saying a bad word, offensive
as it may be? Have we really gotten to the point – where speech will
get you fired, thrown in jail, or worse?
Does he really need
“sensitivity training,” as he will undergo? And honestly, does
anyone actually believe that will help in any way? Of course not,
but it’s all part of the charade, the “feel good” measures we
employ in the name of improving race relations, all while doing
absolutely nothing of substance to identify, let alone solve, the
real racial problems.
It has gotten so preposterous that the
paternalistic services of Philadelphia District Attorney Seth
Williams have been requested to teach Cooper, and everyone else, a
lesson. (Glad to see he has nothing better to do with his time in
crime-plagued Philly.) Yes, insane as it sounds, the Eagles asked
Williams to recommend charities and community-service programs that
could benefit from Cooper’s time (and money). The D.A. will also be
in touch with other city officials to do “what they can do to
help (Cooper) and to use this as a teachable moment, not only for
him, but maybe for the city as a whole to deal with racism and
Sound like a guy running for mayor
Frankly, the last thing we need is the City of
Philadelphia telling anyone what to do, how to act and what to say.
God help us.
Worse are those who not only think he isn’t being punished
enough, but that his apology isn’t genuine. When did we become so
damn judgmental and almighty? Who the hell are we to look into a
man’s soul and self-righteously proclaim that his sincerity isn’t
real? Who gave us the power – the “right” – to tear a person down
without end, to ruin a career, to destroy a life, to be so bold as to
turn a deaf ear to an apology – all because we don’t see and hear
exactly what we want?
His apology was sincere enough for many
if not all of his black teammates – who, by the way, showed immense
class and dignity in how they handled this affair – yet it’s not
good enough for those in the cheap seats.
That arrogance is
astounding, and ironically, vastly diminishes the really important
The amount of overkill on Cooper, who you would think
ran a lynch mob, is totally backfiring. Many Americans, who would
normally feel that what he said was wrong and needed swift action –
so long as the punishment fit the crime – have now become so turned
off by the piling-on that they feel empathy for Cooper. Instead of
his words being wrong, plain and simple, the collective mentality is
becoming, “OK. No big deal. Enough already. Play ball.”
Riley Cooper a racist? Absolutely no idea, though his teammates say
he isn’t. Either way, his words are a big deal. But because we
can’t see the forest through the trees, unable to focus on what is
important, Cooper is increasingly viewed as a victim. A valuable
lesson is lost, but personal agendas (however warped they are) are
That arrogance isn’t limited to
race, but increasingly prevalent throughout society.
the cavalcade of politicians and commentators publicly demanding that
Anthony Weiner withdraw from the New York mayoral race because his
lewd “sexting” while a congressman continues to haunt him.
time I checked, we live in a democracy, and the only ones who get to
decide who stays and who goes into public office are the people.
Period. Not blowhards, and not political hacks. Just the people. If
Weiner leaves the race, that should be his, and only his, decision.
But once again, we see the audacity of “leaders” who think they,
and not the people, know what is best.
And what better example
of a counter-productive backlash than the election of former KKK
leader David Duke to the Louisiana state Legislature in 1989? Duke,
with his racist past, was all but certain to lose, but President
George Bush, Ronald Reagan, and the Republican National Committee
stuck their noses where they didn’t belong – in other people’s
business – and effectively scolded anyone who would vote for Duke.
The result? David Duke won, not because the people were bigots, but
because they resented overkill and outside interference.
OK, let’s get it out of the way. I wholeheartedly agree with the outcome in the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman fiasco. So to those who felt entitled to a “guilty” verdict, I am undoubtedly insensitive, heartless and uncaring. Oh, I almost forgot the most important, albeit vastly overused labels: Racist and bigoted.
Spitballs off a battleship.
The real tragedy that has been lost in all the white noise surrounding the verdict is the true victim: Race relations in America, as our goal of a color-blind society now stands at its lowest point in modern American history.
Never mind that the jury did the only rational thing — find Zimmerman not guilty — and that in doing so actually followed that ever-eroding thing called the law (read the manslaughter statute — Zimmerman may have used poor judgment, but he clearly did not intentionally commit an act that caused the death of Trayvon).
It’s an indisputable fact that had this been black-on-black or white-on-white, there never would have even been a trial. And equally true, a national media starved for ratings, and advocacy groups desperately trying to affirm a relevance they never had, created this entire debacle on the false premise that it was all about “race.”
Because some Trayvon supporters thought they were entitled to a guilty verdict, regardless of facts or legal statute, anything less was a travesty of justice, racist, and a tacit endorsement for rioting and death threats against Zimmerman.
Welcome to an America that revels in its path of racial regression.
There is no better illustration of how badly we botch race relations than the differences in the Paula Deen and Trayvon Martin cases.
On the one hand, we demonize Paula Deen for words she was honest enough to admit using years ago, mainly in the context of jokes. It’s bad enough Americans have lost their sense of humor in favor of getting offended by absolutely everything, but honestly, who among us — of all colors — hasn’t used or laughed at “racial” words in jokes (including black comedians who openly use the “N” word). Does doing so make one a bigot? Of course not. Is Paula Deen by extension a racist? Based on everything we know about her, no. While some of what she said clearly isn’t defensible, the piling-on reaction of talking heads and gutless companies who know nothing of loyalty and forgiveness was disgraceful.
There is a very simple reason we took down Paula Deen in the name of “race relations.” Because it was easy. That’s it. No hard work or effort was required to put her on a dartboard and destroy such an easy target. Those who did so chalked up a “win” in their personal agenda column, lying to themselves and the public that it was done in the name of improving race relations. In reality, such actions set the whole debate backwards.
And yet, we barely mention that virtually every big- city mayor and police chief nationwide felt it necessary to urge calm, pleading with Trayvon supporters not to riot and incite bloodshed in the event of a “not guilty” verdict. All for a case, by the way, where most people, both white and black, didn’t have the foggiest idea of Florida law and how it, and nothing else, dictated the outcome.
The inconsistencies are mindboggling, but not surprising.
Race relations had a rocky road in this country, but as we look back, it was clearly a right-versus-wrong struggle, a fight where the oppressed eventually triumphed. Through their perseverance, and the support of millions of fair-minded whites, blacks ultimately achieved legal equality — a monumental feat realized more quickly than even the most optimistic could have hoped.
And yet now, by our own choosing, the pendulum has swung back. We are separate once more. And our nation is divided again — ironically, after it had come such a long way to heal the wounds of the past.
Unconscionably, too many on all sides accept that situation, and even embrace it.
In all the recent media coverage, was there any mention of the thousands of blacks killed each year in urban war zones, primarily by other blacks? Or of the staggeringly high percentage that die, or will go to prison, or be on parole or probation, while still so young? Was there a conversation about what could be done to reverse that trend?
Was there any serious debate about why our American cities are in such a tragic state, where murder, violence, drugs, homelessness, poverty, crushing taxes and horrendous education kill all hope and create a bitter divide between the haves and the have-nots? And about how, despite all the billions spent and feel-good reforms, things are only getting worse? Were the roots of these problems discussed? Any viable solutions offered?
Was there any leader willing to look at the big picture, unafraid to incur the wrath of the loudmouthed, name-calling brigades, to point out that Black Caucuses and Black Parents’ Weekends at colleges do not celebrate diversity and culture, but serve only to drive a sharp wedge between people — people who should, at this point in our history, view themselves as just “Americans” — with no hyphens?
None to all. But as long as we rally around “race cases” that serve no meaningful purpose in advancing race relations, that’s all that matters.
Too many of all colors look the other way when race is injected, fearful of being labeled if an opinion is expressed. And for good reason, as Bill Cosby knows all too well. After a speech several years ago in which he expressed blunt opinions, though with noble intent, about improving the state of young blacks, he was vilified by black leaders and called an “Uncle Tom.” Blowhards got their airtime, and the status quo remained intact.
That’s not a solution. That’s a tragedy.
Things won’t change until our leaders, the media, and most of all, ourselves, demand it. But since we keep being treated to pictures of Trayvon as a boy instead of a man, and racist phrases such as Zimmerman being a “white Hispanic” (what does that even mean?), don’t expect progress anytime soon.
So long as America chooses to look through the black and white prism while ignoring the one that eliminates color, race relations and tension among fellow countrymen will continue to erode, erasing so much of what courageous leaders of the past, both black and white, achieved.
The only colors Martin Luther King, Jr. saw were red, white and blue. It’s truly pathetic that nearly half a century later, we now have made race relations brown. And that doesn’t refer to skin color.
Zimmerman Acquittal Revealed Lies — The narrative started shortly after Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Fla. at the beginning of an election year (Feb. 26, 2012) : A fat wannabee cop sees an innocent young black kid in his neighborhood, wants to kill him, calls police to give himself plausible deniability as to motive, stalks the kid, confronts him and guns him down.
If that was what happened George Zimmerman, the shooter, should rot in jail.
The trial, however, revealed that what really happened was that a soft, out-of-shape guy who cared about his crime-plagued community saw a suspicious person, called police, followed the person who then confronted him and started beating him. In a struggle for Zimmerman’s gun it went off causing a death.
The left continues to reject the evidence-based description of the night, despite Zimmerman’s acquittal last night. Why? Who knows. It certainly challenges their entire worldview and would cause them to question the sources of information from which they get it, though.
Paula Deen Racism — Paula Deen, the 66-year-old daughter of the South, has been fired by the Food Network because she revealed in a lawsuit deposition that she used the word “nigger” in occasional conversation with black employees long ago and once after she was held up by gunpoint while working as a bank teller in southwest Georgia in the 1980s.
She and her brother are accused of racial and sexual harassment and are being sued for $1.2 million in federal court by Lisa Jackson, who managed their restaurant Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House.
Ms. Jackson is also upset that Ms. Deen once broached the idea of hiring only black waiters for her brother’s wedding.
What would Martin Luther King Jr. say? It would be something along the lines of forgive people their stupidity, don’t shake people down, don’t try to ruin anyone’s life, and if you don’t like working for someone, don’t.
Don’t forget what the difference is between the black experience in this country and that of the Italian/Jewish/Irish/Slavs, namely government. While the latter groups faced bigotry and prejudice, they were not subject on any wide scale to demeaning laws as to where they could go to bathroom, where they could sit on the bus and, they especially did not have to take their lives in their hands if they tried to vote.
And, really, maybe one should refrain from firing anyone on the basis of a leaked deposition before the trial.
Philadelphia Weekly interviewed three black Philadelphia Republicans who gave an honest critique as to the dearth of black Republicans, and yes the lion’s share of the blame came down on the GOP leadership. Robert Mansfield, Lewis Harris, Thermone Spence Jr. note that not merely has the GOP not sought to reach out to blacks but has actively fought their recruitment into the party — at least in the city.
Another important point that one takes from the article is that while there may be a handful of black Republicans there are a whole, whole lot of black conservatives.
It should be noted that while blacks were coming out in record number to return Barack Obama to the White House in Michigan they were voting down a referendum that would have enshrined automatic deductions of union dues into the state constitution. The defeat would inspire the state legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder to turn Michigan into a full-blown right to work state.
When Scott Walker stopped automatic deductions of union dues from the paychecks of state workers in Wisconsin, refusal of blacks to support his recall gave him a larger margin of victory in his second victory than in his original.
It’s something of which Tom Corbett should perhaps become aware.
Let us further note that in Pennsylvania, it is the blacks who are supporting school choice and charter schools. It is the blacks who are trying to give abortionists the death penalty.
Here is the article: PW Roundtable: Black Republicans on Their Existential Struggles
Mayor Nutter Outrage Misguided — Mayor Michael Nutter is outraged at Robert Huber’s article “Being White In Philly” which appears in this month’s Philadelphia magazine.
He says its a “pathetic, uninformed essay” and wants to sic the city’s Human Relations Commission on the publication.
Here’s a link to the article. Read it and judge for yourself.
The police department for one of the nation’s most dangerous cities has been disbanded due to budget woes and maybe things might get better.
As Black History Month winds down, here is a tidbit to ponder: blacks made up 12 percent of our population but account for 35 percent of abortions, which is five times the white rate. More than 50 percent of all black pregnancies end in abortion.
Planned Parenthood was founded as the American Birth Control League by Margaret Sanger in part to check the growth of “stocks that are the most detrimental to the future of the race.”
What stocks would they be?
One of the people Mrs. Sanger appointed to the board of the League was her friend Lothrop Stoddard, whose book The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy was widely read and very influential before World War II.
Stoddard lost favor after the war because of his praise of Nazi eugenics policy.
To all my black friends, stop voting Democrat. Those people are trying to kill you.
Ironically, Stoddard was a Republican. Times have changed.