Black Lives Matter

Dirty Trickster Lives Matter


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Conservatives are livid and up in arms over the way Roger Stone was arrested last month.

According to Stone, 29 FBI agents and U.S. Marshals were used in the pre-dawn raid to arrest Trump’s longtime adviser last month in Miami. Since this was conducted during Trump’s government shutdown, several of the agents volunteered for the assignment. Who wouldn’t want to arrest a guy with a Nixon tattoo on his back?

Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano called it “Gestapo-like.” Senator and southern dandy Lindsey Graham sent a letter to the FBI demanding they justify their tactics. Sean Hannity wailed about the injustice.

Former Sheriff and pardoned criminal Joe Arpaio decried the use of armored vehicles, even though he once sent one piloted by Steven Seagal to bust a cockfighting ring. Seagal used the footage for a TV show and was later sued by the accused for killing his puppy during the raid. These conservatives are really hard on dogs.

Donald Trump, who once said police should bang criminals’ heads against the top of squad cars as they’re being placed in the back seats, was also upset.

Conservatives claim Stone was not a flight risk, doesn’t own a gun, and isn’t a danger to society. How can law enforcement be confident he’s not a gun owner or a flight risk? How can they be sure he wouldn’t destroy evidence? As for that “danger to society” thing; anyone who helps Russia install a national security risk like Donald Trump into the presidency is a danger to society.

Roger Stone compared his treatment to that of Osama bin Laden, who in case you don’t remember, is now dead and is lying at the bottom of the Indian Ocean. He also compared it to the arrests of El Chapo and Pablo Escobar. El Chapo is currently in prison and on trial, and Escobar, like bin Laden, is dead. The fact that Roger Stone is able to walk freely on the streets right now, breathe air, and issue stupid statements proves his treatment wasn’t anything like bin Laden’s, Escobar’s, or El Chapo.

Stone also said the agents terrified his wife and dogs. I wonder if Seal Team 6 traumatized bin laden’s dogs during their raid. It is nice that animal welfare is now a concern for Roger Stone, who once gave the Wicked Witch warning to a colleague against testifying against him and Trump, promising to get him and his little dog too.

They also complained that CNN was there to film the arrest and accused the FBI of tipping off the network. CNN says they were watching Stone’s home which is very believable as everyone, including Stone, was publicly expecting him to be arrested soon.

Stone is upset he wasn’t able to conveniently schedule his arrest, because rich white guys should be allowed the courtesy to choose how they’re arrested.

This outrage is very selective. Did any of these critics of the FBI defend Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, or the hundreds of other public cases of police brutality against unarmed black men? Did they defend Trayvon Martin who was stalked for wearing a hoodie shortly before he was shot and killed by a wannabe vigilante?

It’s like how they’re upset over the descriptions the MAGA hat-wearing Catholic Covington kids received from the press and celebrities. One of them has hired a lawyer and is threatening to sue a list of news outlets and celebrities for libel, which conservatives are cheering. This is being applauded by the same conservative news outlets that accused David Hogg and other survivors of the Parkland shooting of being “crisis actors.”

Conservatives are so good at selective outrage; they should put in a bottle and market it. I’m sure it tastes like Kool-Aid.

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Milwaukee’s Best


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One Milwaukee police officer was suspended 15 days for tasing NBA player Sterling Brown. Another received ten days, and a third received two. What do you want to bet that next season a player in the NFL will receive a longer suspension for kneeling in protest of police violence?

A police officer confronted Brown January 26, around 2:30 AM because his car was straddling two handicapped parking spaces in an empty lot at a Walgreens in Milwaukee. He called for backup and at least three more police cars arrive. After asking Brown questions the police tased him. Later, the police decided not to charge Brown.

The police department claimed Brown was confrontational, but they changed their story after releasing the video captured from an officer’s body camera. It took them four months to review the tape and release it to the public.

Did it take them four months to see they were wrong? No. It took them four months to decide how to take responsibility for their actions. This brings the question; how can we trust the police’s account when there’s not a recording?

Critics of kneeling athletes lie about the reason they’re protesting. The same people ignore the reason for the protests, which is police brutality toward black Americans. Donald Trump, as president has attacked black athletes, questioned their patriotism, has called for their firing while calling them “sons of bitches,” and said maybe they shouldn’t be in this country. Regarding the Sterling Brown situation and too many like it to mention, he’s been silent. But he does tweet on a daily basis about the perceived injustices he receives.

Maybe the people who don’t care that all Americans aren’t being treated equally shouldn’t be in this country.

The Milwaukee Bucks have supported Brown over this arrest. Brown is suing the police department and said he chose to speak up about the incident on behalf of Laquan McDonald, Stephon Clark and others in the black community who have died in encounters with police. With this campaign, Brown has an opportunity to be the most valuable player on and off the court.

No one should be tased, handcuffed, and arrested over what should have amounted to a parking ticket.

In his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech in 1968, Martin Luther King said, “Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for rights.” He was assassinated the very next day. Our president, who will never say anything close to the magnificence or bravery of King’s words, says people who protest for rights shouldn’t be in this country.

This is exactly why protests should continue.

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Royal Racism


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I think the thing that bums me out the most about the wedding between Prince Harry and American Meghan Markle is that I remember the wedding between Prince Charles and Diana. God, I’m getting old.

A lot of people seem to be making a stink about Meghan being of mixed race. I thought maybe it was being overblown until I saw a headline in a British publication saying something about Markle, who was born in Los Angeles, being “straight outta Compton.”

So, it’s not just white Americans freaking out when they see a black person in a situation they deem unusual, like sitting in a coffee shop, or a library, or selling a house, walking in a white neighborhood, breathing air, etc. The Brits can do it too.

Markle is half black and half white. I wouldn’t have known this if it wasn’t pointed out. It’s not that I’m so open-minded as much as I can be oblivious at times. I can be really oblivious. Once in my early 20s, I didn’t realize a friend of mine was Latino until I read an article about him, and his last name is Ramirez. See? It’s especially weird because I cover and talk about race so much.

It’s a good thing that society isn’t just becoming tolerant, but accepting reality. From a mixed couple in a Cheerios commercial to the royal family, we’ve come a long way. But then again, we have people freaking out because they see two black guys at Starbucks and people are voting for Donald Trump. You may not be racist if you voted for Donald Trump, but racism is not a deal breaker for you.

We still have a long way to go.

I did watch the royal wedding this morning. But I didn’t wake up at 4:00 AM to watch the coverage. I’m usually up at that time drawing. I was watching it on MSNBC and saw anchors I respect totally geek out and become starstruck when the newly married couple passed them in their carriage. But, I’m a guy. I didn’t really enjoy going to my own wedding.

This is another bonus cartoon. I wanted to do the race subject and I had another idea on the subject that made a stronger point, but I knew adding the wedding would probably get it more attention and make more publications. One aspect I struggled with in my decision was Markle’s skin tone. She’s half black, yes. But, technically, she’s not a dark-skinned person. I imagine you would have to be a fiercely dedicated racist to get upset if you saw her at Starbucks.

Now, I’m taking the rest of the night off. I’m going to eat a club sandwich, eat some ice cream later, and appropriately, I plan to watch Black Panther.

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Color Me Starbucks


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When I started my self-syndication business a few years ago, I needed to collect the contact information for every editor in the nation. It was a daunting task made even more difficult with the lack of internet in my home at that time. So, I went to McDonald’s nearly every day to use their Wi-Fi.

Visiting every newspaper’s website in the nation is extremely tedious. Some make it very hard to find the contact information. I understand not wanting to be spammed, but it’s like some newspapers don’t ever want to hear from their readers. But, I’d sit at McDonald’s, sometimes up to six hours at a time collecting this information. Sometimes, I only bought a cup of coffee. Know how many times I was harassed for loitering? Zero.

Maybe nobody bothered me because of my sparkling personality. Maybe it was because they really didn’t mind anyone hanging out for hours without giving them business. I saw quite a few other people using their Wi-Fi without purchasing. But maybe, the reason I wasn’t bothered was because of my white privilege.

There are not a lot of white people who admit to having white privilege. On the contrary, you often hear a white person say they know what it’s like to be a minority because once, they visited a foreign country, walked through a different neighborhood, or was the only white person in a restaurant or at a party. Bullshit. Even when you are the only white person in a place, you’re still white when you leave. You do not face a lifetime of discrimination in a nation with a long history of disparity in treatment and justice. At the very least, if you’re white then you have an extremely low chance of being arrested for sitting at Starbucks.

Yes. Starbucks. That liberal Utopian franchise that’s setting an example for other corporations to follow for social responsibility.

The corporation has instituted environmentally friendly policies like using wind energy, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and contributing to clean water projects globally. Partners, which are what they call their employees, join community projects, like tree planting.

One former employee, er, partner, described a problem with the company and said to Shaun Frankson, a business strategist who also blogs, “All the pieces for a great culture were present. We all were told exactly how to live the company values. However, management failed to live by example, so quickly each employee started to deviate from the desired culture and create subcultures based on each branch managers behaviors.”

Maybe, that’s the problem at the Philadelphia Starbucks that had two black men arrested who were waiting on a friend before ordering. Perhaps the sub-culture at that location is, black is suspicious, and I’m not talking about the coffee.

The location of this Starbucks is in a very ritzy part of Philadelphia. It’s two blocks away from a luxury apartment building where rent can go as high as $10,000 a month. And yet, while making up only three percent of the population black men account for 67 percent of stops by the police. This is not a subculture. This is national.

Starbucks is going to close every single one of their more than 8,000 stores for an afternoon in May to provide training to their employees to treat all of their customers alike, even the black guys.

I’m not sure all the racial ills of this nation can be cured in a single afternoon, or if it will make anyone victimized feel better, but at least it’s a start. Maybe the entire nation should shut down for an afternoon and learn to treat everyone the same.

Even the black guys.

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Sacramento Bang Bang


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An unarmed black man was shot and killed in his grandmother’s backyard by police in Sacramento. The White House says Donald Trump hasn’t commented on it because it’s a local matter. Apparently, Trump is afraid to comment because he believes the young man was shot by a porn star.

On March 18, two police officers shot 22-year-old Stephon Clark, and on the video, you can hear one of the offices say they can’t find Clark’s gun. They couldn’t find his gun because Clark didn’t have a gun. Shortly after the shooting and the comment, the officers turned off the audio on their body cameras.

Demonstrators have blocked access twice in the past week to Sacramento Kings basketball games. They crashed a forum at city hall which made the mayor abruptly cancel the meeting. Who let all these black people in here? Maybe if your cops didn’t shoot an unarmed man 20 times in his grandmother’s backyard then you wouldn’t have to sit through disorderly meetings.

Police brutality against African-Americans didn’t start or end during the Obama administration, but at least Obama addressed it. Now, we have an administration that chooses to ignore it, and in some cases, encourages police violence. We might have to disrupt a lot more than a couple of basketball games.

Black lives don’t just matter in Sacramento. This is a national issue. Stephon Clark should not have been a victim of police brutality and his name not be forgotten.

It might get loud.

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Black Panther


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Conservatives are easily triggered. Black president? Triggered. Black people protesting against police brutality? Triggered. Black History Month? Triggered. Black superhero movie? Oh hell yeah.

Ben Shapiro, the editor of the right-wing site Daily Wire, has his tighty-whities in a bunch over Black Panther, the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU, if you’re a geek).

Shapiro doesn’t understand why Blade, starring Wesley Snipes, or Catwoman, starring Halle Berry, wasn’t enough for black people. I’m surprised he didn’t mention Action Jackson, or B-movie blaxploitation films, like Shaft (a bad mother…), or even Blackula.

Black Panther is a pretty big deal, not just for black people, but for reality. While it is a fictional story about a fictional person in a fictional country, it points out the reality that black people throughout the world aren’t just a part of society, but are major contributors to humanity. It’s also the first major studio film with a predominantly black cast and a black production team.

Shapiro tried sarcasm and humor, but those aren’t traits conservatives possess. He wrote, “We’ve heard it’s deeply important to millions of black Americans, who, after all, were not liberated from slavery 200 years ago, and liberated by the civil rights movement with federal legislation, and have not been gradually restored to what always should have been full civil rights in the United States. None of that has mattered up until they made a Marvel movie about a superhero, who is black, in a country filled with black people.”

He added, “This is the most important moment in black American history, not Martin Luther King, not Frederick Douglass, not the Civil War, not the end of Jim Crow, none of that.” He even pulled Obama into it with, “When Obama was president, we were told it meant everything. And then, it turns out, it didn’t mean anything because we needed Chadwick Boseman to somehow make sure that black people felt accepted in American society, because a bunch of white executives at Marvel green-lit a film about black people in a fictional country in Africa.

Quite frankly, I’m kinda surprised he didn’t refer to Wakanda as a shithole country (thinking of that made me add it to the cartoon…after I had already sent it to my clients).

I think the problem here is that these people have a problem with black people feeling accepted in this country. But then again, this is a country that was upset a couple years ago over a Cheerios commercial that featured an interracial couple. It’s also the nation that elected Donald Trump.

This is pretty cool though. Now children can see portraits of a president and a first lady who looks like them. Some white people are upset they only get 43 out of 44.

Now, children can watch a superhero that looks like them, save the world, and soon, fight alongside Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and The Hulk. Why can’t black kids geek out as much as white kids? Or in my case, white adults?

In the past, the best black society could find representing them in a major release was the cool sidekick, like Lando Calrissian. Lando was smooth, in charge of a cloud city, and wore a cape. He was vital enough to blow up the second Death Star, but not important enough to get his own Wookie. He had to settle for some space fish boy as his co-pilot.

Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing Black Panther. I have high expectations (some MCU movies are great while others are mere mehs).

After attacking the movie, the Shapiro’s Daily Wire claimed Black Panther is actually a conservative movie. Other people are using it to stoke racial violence by making false claims of racial violence. White racists have taken to Twitter to claim they’ve been attacked by African-Americans while attending the movie. Seriously. I’m shocked they didn’t claim they were beaten up by little girls while viewing Wonder Woman.

Conservatives aren’t happy with diversity. They accuse people protesting police violence of being terrorists. They want black athletes protesting during the national anthem to shut up (which is actually how they are protesting).

Maybe conservatives, these people who tried to delegitimize our first black president, should try shutting up. Buy some popcorn and check out the movie.

Just don’t sit next to me.

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Kill This Mother…


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The verdict came in on another police shooting, and the judge has ruled the victim was indeed black. That means the cop who shot him gets away with it. Just in time too, as the Trump/Sessions Justice Department just ended the program that scrutinizes local police forces.

St. Louis police officer (now former officer) Jason Stockley shot and killed Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. He was charged last year with murder for the shooting. Following the verdict, protesters marched peacefully in St. Louis, though violence came with nightfall.

What are the details of this case? You wouldn’t know if you watched Fox News like I did for an hour this morning. I feel dirty.

I haven’t watched Fox in a while, and the blatant bias and agenda-driven coverage are totally brand new to me again. Within the first five minutes someone said “Benghazi,” and they weren’t even talking about Benghazi.

It took a while for them to talk about St. Louis. I had to wait through catheter commercials, talking about arming English cops and how the military should take to the streets of London and turn the nation into a military junta, how much nicer Trump was to the lawnmower kid than Obama, Hillary needs to stop her “whining” tour, ESPN is a liberal safe space, a conservative Berkeley professor complaining how conservatives aren’t welcomed at Berkeley, and Anthony Bourdain wants to poison the president. Finally, they got around to St. Louis.

The focus was that “cops lives matter,” protesters should direct their ire at the Democrats who control major cities, we need to have a healthier respect for cops, and they showed footage of a protester burning an American flag and that 32 of them were arrested and ten cops were injured.

What was not mentioned was that Stockley was recorded saying “I’m gonna kill this mother fucker. Don’t you know it.” They also didn’t mention that Stockley was carrying a personal gun that wasn’t authorized, his partner never drew his gun, that Smith was shot five times, or that the gun found in Smith’s car may have been planted by Stockley, and only had the officer’s DNA on it, not Smith’s. They also didn’t mention that this was a judge’s decision, as this was not a jury trial. And then, they went back to talking about the lawnmower kid (who did a shitty job, by the way. Did you see all the strips of grass he missed? Fox didn’t mention that once. Great job, Fox!).

I watched Fox for about an hour and that’s all they mentioned about the case (killer cop, not lawnmower kid). Keep this shit in mind when you talk to your tin-foil-wearing crazy uncle, as he will not know what he’s talking about.

Stockley quit the St. Louis police force and moved to Houston where he hasn’t shot any black people so far. He gave an interview to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where he defended himself. He said, “I know everyone wants someone to blame, “but I’m just not the guy.” Yes, you are. You pulled the trigger and killed an unarmed man after you said you were going to kill him. How in any part of America should this be allowed?

Stockley doesn’t deny saying he was going to kill Smith but said he doesn’t recall saying it. The judge defended that with, “people say all kinds of things in the heat of the moment or while in stressful situations.” Yeah, judge…but normally when someone says “I’m going to kill you,” they don’t actually kill a person. Do you know how many girls have told me they were going to kill me? I’m still not dead. But this cop killed someone after saying he was going to kill him, and he had fewer reasons than all my exes. How can you say you’re going to kill someone, and after you kill them it wasn’t your intention?

Now, if someone says they want to kill the judge for this decision, will he just blow it off as words said in a “stressful situation,” or will he go into hiding with security? Of course, I don’t want anyone to hurt the judge, but I think you get the point that he’d suddenly take those words seriously.

We don’t have to shout “cops lives matter.” The establishment is making that perfectly clear. We need to continue shouting “black lives matter,” until the establishment totally understands that, and realize it’s wrong for police to shoot black people just because they want to.

And, I’m still annoyed at the lawnmower kid. First, he takes Chris Christie’s job, and now you know some black guy is going to have to cut those spots he missed.

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