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To Boldly Go…


If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you know I don’t love what we call in my industry, “obituary” cartoons. I don’t like drawing a cartoon commemorating someone’s death only because that person was famous. I would rather memorialize someone who contributed something to society, whether positive or negative. What made it important for me to draw a cartoon on Nichelle Nichols and Bill Russell is that they were both pioneers in advancement for black people and they both died a day apart. It felt it was appropriate to put them together.

Nichelle Nichols died Saturday and Bill Russell died Sunday. Neither set out to be civil rights icons, but that’s how it worked out.

Nichols’ portrayal of Lieutenant Nyota Uhura on Star Trek was groundbreaking for black actresses and black women in the United States. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, a trekkie, told her, “for the first time on television, we will be seen as we should be seen every day.”

Nichols had given Gene Rodenberry, the creator of Star Trek, her written resignation after just one season. She was planning to go to Broadway as she preferred the stage over the screen. She ran into Dr. King at an NAACP banquet who told her upon hearing that she was leaving, “you cannot, you cannot…for the first time on television, we will be seen as we should be seen every day, as intelligent, quality, beautiful, people who can sing dance, and can go to space, who are professors, lawyers. If you leave, that door can be closed because your role is not a black role, and is not a female role; he can fill it with anybody even an alien.”

She stayed. Rodenberry had actually torn up her resignation even before she told him she had changed her mind. He wasn’t having it and knew the importance of having an incredibly talented black woman in that role. Her beauty was just a bonus.

After a scene was aired where she kissed William Shatner, the studio received a letter from a white Southern bigot who wrote he was against “mixing of the races,” but wouldn’t blame Captain Kirk for kissing a woman of Uhura’s beauty. Captain Kirk was a racial pioneer too. As Eddie Murphy so eloquently put it, “Captain Kirk once fucked a green bitch.”

Dr. King compared Nichols’ role as Uhura to the ongoing marches in the Civil Rights movement. He told Nichols she was playing a vital role model for black children and young women across the country, as well as for other children who would see black people appearing as equals. She didn’t take it lightly.

While filming “Star Trek IV: The Undiscovered Country” in 1991, Nichols refused to say two lines in the script that made her uncomfortable. One was in a scene where Klingons were arriving on the Enterprise and she was to say, “Guess who’s coming to dinner?” The other was, “yes, but would you like your daughter to marry one [a Klingon].”

Bill Russell stood his ground too. He felt he was a player for the Celtics, and not for the city of Boston.

Russell, an 11-time NBA champion, is considered a pioneer in men’s basketball. He was one of the first Black superstars in the league. One of, if not the, first to be paid equally with White players. He was the first black coach in the NBA. He was a 12-time all-star and won Most Valuable Player five times. He captained the U.S. basketball team and won gold in the 1956 Olympic summer games.

In college, where he won two national championships, his team was often forced out of hotels and restaurants due to segregation. In the pros, he received racist taunts from fans, including Boston Celtic fans. He was active in the Black Power movement and supported Muhammad Ali’s decision to refuse to be drafted.

He once said, “I dislike most white people because they are people … I like most blacks because I am black.” A lot of white people, including teammates, wondered how a guy whose home was broken into by whites who left racist graffiti on his wall and feces in his bed could say something like that.

While Russell praised the Celtics for being racially progressive, he felt Boston was not. He alienated Celtic fans by saying, “You owe the public the same it owes you, nothing! I refuse to smile and be nice to the kiddies.” But perhaps Boston alienated him first.

Russell refused to attend the ceremony when his jersey No. 6 was retired in 1972. He also refused to attend his induction into the Hall of Fame in 1975. When 30,000 Celtic fans greeted their team returning from winning another championship in 1969, Russell wasn’t there. He had retired and was done with Boston and wouldn’t return to the city for years. He didn’t even tell his coach he was done. He was done.

When Russell originally retired, he demanded that his jersey be retired in an empty Boston Garden. The Celtics re-retired his jersey at the new Fleet Center in 1999. This time Russell was in attendance, as well as Wilt Chamberlain (his greatest rival), Larry Byrd, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar. The extended applause brought tears to his eyes.

President Obama presented Russell with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. Obama also met Nichelle Nichols in the Oval Office in 2012 where he confirmed for her that he too had a crush on Lieutenant Uhura.

I don’t believe either Russell or Nichols set out to become Civil Rights pioneers, but that’s what they became.

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Black And White Justice


The white Highland Park shooter killed seven people and injured 46 (at this time). The police took him alive.

On May 14 of this year, a white gunman murdered ten black people at Tops supermarket in Buffalo. The police took him alive.

In 2015, white Dylann Roof shot and killed nine black parishioners inside a church in Charleston, South Carolina. The police took him alive and treated him to lunch at Burger King.

In March of last year, a white gunman murdered six Asian women at spas in the Atlanta area. Police took him alive.

In 2015, inspired by phony videos produced by a right-wing outlet claiming Planned Parenthood clinics were selling baby body parts, a white shooter attacked an abortion clinic in Colorado Springs and murdered three people. Police took him alive.

A white gunman murdered 12 at a theater in Aurora, Colorado in 2012, killing 12. He was taken alive.

In 2011, a white shooter killed six in Tucson, Arizona, and injured Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and several others. Police took him alive.

Racist right-wing whacko rancher Cliven Bundy and his heavily-armed white militia had a standoff with police in 2014 over some stupid right-wing bullshit. Guess what. They were all taken alive.

Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old white punk-ass beyotch, killed three at a Black Lives Matter protest and the cops initially drove right past him.

George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed by police after trying to spend a $20 counterfeit bill.

Breonna Taylor, an unarmed black woman, was shot eight times and murdered by police while she was sleeping after they broke into her home at the wrong address, looking for a person they already had in custody.

Rayshard Brooks, an unarmed black male, was shot in the back by police after they found him sleeping in his car.

In 2014, Cleveland Police murdered Tamir Rice, an unarmed black 12-year-old boy, for playing with a toy gun.

Philando Castile, an unarmed black man, was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop while reaching into the glove compartment to comply with the cops’ request for his vehicle registration.

Botham Jean, an unarmed black man, was shot and killed by a cop in his own apartment after the cop walked in thinking she was in her apartment and he was a burglar.

And last week, Jayland Walker was shot 60 times and killed by police in Akron, Ohio. Guess what. He was an unarmed black man.

It’s believed the Akron police shot at Walker around 90 times which is more shots than the Highland Park murderer got off (75). The Akron Police tried to put more bullets into one black man than the Highland Park mass shooter tried to put into a crowd.

Cops don’t seem to believe black lives matter, but white murderers’ lives do.

Music note: I listened to Blondie, The Black Keys, M.I.A, and The Arcs.

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Cruzin’ Into A Flytrap


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As I prepare to write this blog, I did a news search on Google for “Ted Cruz,” and there’s a brand new Cruz controversy since he made his stupid racist statement about Biden nominating a black woman to the Supreme Court. Take a day off, Ted.

Last year during a winter freeze that froze Texas, Ted Cruz bailed on the state for an impromptu getaway in sunny Cancun, Mexico. Yesterday, as another winter freeze was bearing down on his state, he tweeted out a joke about rising ticket prices to Cancun. I know Ted Cruz is trying to be funny, but it’s not working. Ted will never be as funny as his face, but his soul is uglier.

Monday, Ted Cruz went off on his podcast…wait. Ted Cruz has a podcast? Are podcasts becoming the new memes when it comes to racist right-wingers disseminating conspiracy theories and lies?

Anyway, Ted took to his podcast to gripe about President Joe Biden’s promise to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court. Ted said Biden’s pledge to nominate a Black woman sent a message to other Americans that they are automatically “ineligible” because of race and gender.

Ted screamed, “The fact that he’s willing to make a promise at the outset, that it must be a Black woman, I got to say that’s offensive. You know, Black women are what, six percent of the U.S. population? He’s saying to 94 percent of Americans, ‘I don’t give a damn about you, you are ineligible.’”

Actually, Ted. Most Americans are ineligible as typically, only lawyers serve on the Supreme Court, so technically, each justice on the Supreme Court represents less than 0.003 percent of Americans. And don’t get me started on all the lawyers in the House and Senate.

My friend Mike Peterson pointed out today on his blog at The Daily Cartoonist, while black women represent seven percent of the population (not six), they represent 12% of the population by race and 51% by gender.

Ted also said, “If he came and said, ‘I’m gonna put the best jurist on the court and he looked at a number of people and he ended up nominating a Black woman, ‘Okay, I’m nominating the person who’s most qualified.’ He’s not even pretending to say that, he’s saying, ‘If you’re a White guy, tough luck. If you’re a White woman, tough luck. You don’t qualify.’”

Is that what Donald Trump said when he promised to nominate a woman before he nominated Amy Coney Barret to the Supreme Court? Do you remember Ted Cruz clutching his pearls on that one? No, you don’t because he never did.

Also, if President Biden promised to put the best jurist on the court, never made a statement about race, and then nominated a spectacular black female judge for the position, Ted Cruz would still vote against that person and would most likely make a pubic statement about the candidate’s race and gender.

He also claimed Biden’s upcoming Supreme Court pick was “actually an insult to Black women,” though the only black woman we could find insulted by it is Candace Owens, who herself is actually an insult to black women.

Ted is worried there’s going to be a nomination to the Supreme Court that will only represent six percent of the population. Hey, good job pretending you care about shit like that, Ted. But let me point out that all three of Donald Trump’s picks represented the minority vote of the 2016 election as more voters preferred Hilary Clinton over Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Let me also point out that these picks barely scraped by on Republican votes in the Senate, where despite there being a GOP majority during the Trump administration, Democratic Senate candidates received 7 million more votes than Republican Senate candidates in 2016. Today, at this very moment, Democrats in the Senate represent 41,549,808 more people than Republicans represent. Let me write that so a Republican can read it. That’s more than FORTY-ONE MILLION.

Let’s not forget Ted is in favor and in full support of Republicans wiping out voting rights for black Americans, thus increasing a minority-Republican hold on power. There’s also that little incident where Ted supported a coup to overturn a democratic election to install the Republican loser, who lost by nearly eight million votes, as a fascist dictator.

White men are 30 percent of the U.S. population yet held 62 percent of ALL elected offices. Women hold just 31 percent of elected offices despite making up 51 percent of the population, and non-whites hold just 13 percent of elected offices despite making up 40 percent of the population.

On top of all that, Ted Cruz represents the state of Texas despite the fact that racist demagogic sleazy condescending lying douchebags who might be the Zodiac Killer and who throw their wives and daughters under the bus while burying their faces between the orange ass cheeks of fascists wannabes are not the majority of the state’s population.

Do us all a favor, Ted. Go back to Cancun, but this time…don’t come back.

Creative note: After I made the WKRP joke in yesterday’s blog, I thought it would make a good cartoon. I was going to remove it before publishing the blog but then decided to leave it in as there are not a lot of people who read this blog.
When proofer Laura saw this cartoon, she told me that I’m old. I am old and I was a huge fan of WKRP in Cincinnati. Dr. Johnny Fever and Venus Flytrap were my two favorite characters…after Bailey Quarters. Unlike most kids, I didn’t have a crush on Loni Anderson. I was crushing on Bailey.

Music Note: Today I listened to Traffic and The Who while drawing.

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Fun With White People


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A lot of people are pointing out that the most diverse field of presidential candidates in one party isn’t so diverse anymore. That was painfully obvious at last night’s debate in Iowa.

While there was still diversity on the stage with two women, one gay candidate, and one really old white Jewish guy, there was no ethnic diversity. Kamala Harris dropped out weeks ago. Cory Booker dropped out this week and he didn’t qualify for the last debate. Andrew Yang is still in the race but he didn’t qualify for last night’s debate.

Why would the party of diversity, whose supporters don’t go around marching with tiki torches chanting “Jews will not replace us” and “blood and soil” disregard so many non-white candidates? And the way it appears to be going, the party is going to settle on a really old white guy, and not the Jewish one.

Seriously, Democrats. What’s up with that? At the very least, you could have supported one of the black candidates through the first primary.

While you and I can dig at the Democratic Party of letting us down on diversity, the people who can’t criticize are Republicans. Seriously, GOP. Look at yourself.

There is a serious lack of diversity in the Trump administration. The only black representation in the cabinet is Ben Carson and the highest ranking in the White House WAS senior adviser Omarosa. Seriously, Republicans? The two best Americans with a dark skin tone you could find in your party was Ben Carson and Omarosa? C’mon! Trump does have one Latino and one Asian in his cabinet, but do they count if one gave Jeffrey Epstein a sweetheart sentencing deal and the other is married to Mitch McConnell?

Every group photo that comes out of the White House has white upon white in it. And the funny thing is, nobody in the White House seems to notice. Each of those photos demonstrates that Donald Trump is not president for all of America and he has no desire to be. Donald Trump is only president (sic) for white America, and for that matter, only racist-white America. Who was he talking to when he said, “Send them back?”

Even in Congress, the GOP only has one African-American in the Senate and just one in the House (who’s retiring). While they do have 13 women in the House, the Democrats have 89 (in case you’re a Republican, 89 is a greater value than 13). The Republican Party talks a lot about diversity, but they’re only talking about it to their white members.

But tell you what, Republicans. Go ahead and crack on Democrats for their “lack of diversity.” I’ll let it go if you can tell me the last time your party made an African-American or a woman your presidential nominee.

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Race With Jared


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In 2009, New York Post political cartoonist Sean Delonas drew a cartoon that made Vanity Fair write that he may be the “worst political cartoonist on the planet.” Obama had just signed a stimulus bill and Delonas drew a dead chimpanzee on the ground that was just gunned down by cops, who were saying, “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”

I didn’t have anything to do with that cartoon, but I knew it was racist.

In 2014, Boston Herald cartoonist Jerry Holbert, competing for Delonas’ title, drew a cartoon of someone crashing into the White House, sitting in Obama’s bathtub and asking the BLACK president, “Have you tried the new watermelon-flavored toothpaste?” Holbert denied ever knowing the connection but he caught serious flack for it, and his syndicate asked him to change the flavor in the text (which remained unchanged in the Herald).

I didn’t have anything to do with that cartoon, but I knew it was racist.

In 2014, cartoonist Gary McCoy drew black protesters in Ferguson, Missouri stealing TVs, one with a sign saying, “No 60″ plasma TV, no peace.”

I didn’t have anything to do with that cartoon, but I knew it was racist.

Glenn McCoy, Gary’s younger brother who competes with him over who can draw the largest purple lips on Obama (and also draws storyboards for the Despicable Me and Minions movies), drew a cartoon in 2017 comparing Betsy DeVos with Ruby Bridges, equating the protests DeVos was receiving to the racist attacks Ruby Bridges was receiving for being the first black child to enter an all-white school.

Do I really have to say it again?

While I don’t draw cartoons for the troglodyte audience, I am a political cartoonist. I’m in the same profession as the cartoonists mentioned above. Even though we don’t think alike, I’m in their wheelhouse. While not being involved with their cartoons, I can recognize their racism. Jared Kushner has been involved with Donald Trump for years, marrying his daughter, working on his campaign, attending secret meetings in Trump Tower with Russians, lying on security clearance applications, and occupying an unpaid position he’s unqualified for in the White House. Donald Trump is in Kushner’s wheelhouse.

In a bizarre interview with Axios, Kushner demonstrated his incompetence several times.

Perhaps the most bizarre take was when Kushner defended Trump from accusations of racism, saying, “You can’t not be a racist for 69 years and then run for president and be a racist.” Kushner could be correct because there are several examples over the past 69 years of Donald Trump’s racism and then he was kinda sorta elected president. But, hey, this is America. While Trump didn’t win the popular vote, his racism was not a dealbreaker for 62 million Americans.

When asked about Trump’s birther campaign, the lie that Obama wasn’t born in the U.S.A., and instead was born in Kenya, Jared said he didn’t know it was racist because “I was not involved with that.” Obviously, racism is not a dealbreaker for Jared either. He repeated the line several times adding, “That was a long time ago.” 2015 wasn’t THAT long ago, Trust Fund Baby.

The interviewer should have asked Jared if his new immigration plan is racist. It’s the plan that favors immigrants from Europe over Central America and Africa. Jared designed it with the help of the White House’s very own Baby Goebbels, Stephen Miller. Jared should know if this is racist or not since he is definitely involved with it and it wasn’t designed “a long time ago.”

He could have also been asked about Trump’s plans for the 2020 census that adds a question that will suppress participation by nonwhite people and, therefore, artificially increase white (and Republican) power in a new round of gerrymandering, which the GOP is foaming at the mouth for since the majority of Americans don’t vote for them anymore.

The administration argued to the public, the lower courts and the Supreme Court that the disadvantage to nonwhite Americans was statistically questionable and that the Justice Department needed the change to enforce the Voting Rights Act. That’s almost as bad as comparing Betsy Devos to Ruby Bridges.

Donald Trump is a racist and he’s stocked his White House with incompetent people, often through nepotism, with other racists. Or at the very least, if they’re not racists, racism is not a dealbreaker for them.

If you work for Donald Trump, support him, or voted for him, racism wasn’t a dealbreaker for you either. At some point, when racism stops being a dealbreaker for you, then you’re not just fine with racism too. You yourself have also become a racist.

Somewhere, there’s a white sheet with Jared’s name on it.

Creative note: I drew this cartoon this morning. Right before I started coloring, I got my D-Day cartoon idea. I pushed this one aside to publish the D-Day cartoon first. Also, I’ll update and let you know if any conservative cartoonists scream at me.

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What Color Am I?


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I’m probably gonna get a little heat for this one.

Did you hear this story? The president of the Spokane NAACP, Rachel Dolezal, is white. Not a big deal except she’s spent years telling people she’s black. What? How did that work? Why would someone lie about their ethnicity? I don’t know.

A photo was posted on the group’s Facebook page of of a black man presented at Delezal’s father. A reporter later got Ms. Dolezal on camera and asked her if the man in the photo was her father. She said yes and then was asked if she’s African American. She stated she didn’t understand the question. It was a simple question. Ms. Dolezal walked off camera.

Now her parents, her real white parents, have presented information like her birth certificate and oh yeah…their faces, to show that Dolezal has been living a lie for a very long time. Their information shows that she’s Caucasian and European descent, Czech, German and a few other things. I’m German and a bunch of other European things and you don’t get much whiter than that.

She does have adopted brothers who are black.

Her 22-year-old brother, who says he’s 25% black, says that what she’s doing is creating more racism.

She’s also claimed she’s been a victim of hate crimes and has received threatening letters (for being black). If none of that happened then that really is creating more racism.

She’s also stated that she’d be uncomfortable at a Tea Party event because of all the white people. Now that’s just asinine to say. I’ve been the only white guy at a lot of events and places and if I was ever uncomfortable it didn’t last long. I would be uncomfortable at a Tea Party rally too, but not because of all the white people. I’d be uncomfortable because of all the stupid people.

There’s nothing wrong with changing your hair, clothes, appearance, etc. But to fabricate your background, your history, your ethnicity, your life, is totally wrong. We should really care less about what race each of us belongs too (while being proud of our heritage) but don’t create an entirely different history for yourself to gain brownie points (no pun intended).

 

 

Policing The Pool Party


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I don’t normally draw two cartoons in a row on the same subject but this has just been too huge. What sealed the deal for me was all the defense of the policeman I saw today. A friend of mine even said that crying racism was racist. Yeah. Wow!

I was also nervous about hitting this too hard and scaring off some of my clients. Race is a scary issue for a lot of editors, newspapers and readers. Then I remembered that there’s at least one perk of not having a job, an editor, benefits and being poor and that’s I can do what I want.

Here’s the rough. Ignore the typos.

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I went through a few ideas. This is the first one and I sent it to a friend who didn’t get it. She apologized for not getting it but hey, if it doesn’t work then it doesn’t work. The idea is the cop is doing a barrel roll out of his job. That barrel roll was so ridiculous that I had to take a shot at it.

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This one. Eh. Again, ignore the typo. Sometimes when I’m drawing a rough I tend to rush the drawing.

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This last one I felt good about for my clients’ sake. But…eh. Just too bland for me.

 

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The Boogey Man


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You can’t turn on Fox News without hearing the name “Al Sharpton.” Lately it seems he’s to blame for every culture shift. Maybe that’s why Obama wants him around.

I am not a fan of Al Sharpton. I do think he’s a little too quick to jump on every race-related tragedy. I also don’t think he should have his own show on MSNBC. I don’t think any politician or political activist should have a show on a news channel (Mike Huckabee, I’m looking at you too). MSNBC needs to examine their ethics policy and Fox News needs to get one.

Even though I’m not a fan of Sharpton, going out and saying there needs to be social change and that police need reform is not promoting violence. Accusing someone of race-baiting while seeking change is just a feeble attempt to ignore the real problem, which is there needs to social change, police departments needs reform, or justice system needs reform and yes, there is a problem of discrimination toward the black community by a lot of police.

A lot of people are mad at the police. A politician or activist is not making them angrier. Conservatives need to open their mind and actually entertain the thought that the police have incited a lot of this public outrage.

Saying cops need to stop profiling, discriminating and shooting black men and boys is not a statement that cops should be shot.

Al Sharpton, President Obama, Eric Holder and Bill De Blasio have not promoted violence. They haven’t made any mention of promoting or encouraging retaliation. Conservatives who say they have are bald faced liars. Conservatives who accuse others of race baiting are actually excusing, ignoring and promoting racism. Good job, conservatives.

Raise That Flag


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Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu stated that Obama has a tougher time being accepted in the South because of his race and went on to make the quote “the South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. I think most Americans will say “D’uh!”. It’s a painful truth.

Conservatives, specifically Republicans, are lashing out. How dare she insult the South. Others accuse Democrats of race baiting. I guess reminding black voters how “well” the GOP has treated them over the past several years is race baiting.

A lot of people engage in racism and discrimination. Others prefer to ignore it. If you point it out then their argument is that that’s the real racism. They give that argument with a straight face.

Now the GOP has gotten pretty good at veiling their racism under the banner of economics and fairness. When they want to test welfare recipients for drugs who are they really aiming at (despite the drug testing program being a huge costly failure and one that punishes children receiving welfare much more than their parents). When they gerrymander districts who are they really trying to hurt? When the GOP pretends to care about voter IDs who are they really trying to block from voting?  During the 2012 primaries GOP candidate Rick Santorum said “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better with taxpayer money.” Congratulations, Ricky. You haven’t made any black person’s life better.

But let’s look at the South’s history of being friendly to African-Americans: First off there’s slavery. There was the Ku Klux Klan. There was the entire Civil Right’s movement. There was segregation. If all that stuff didn’t put smiles on African-American’s faces then what’s wrong with them? In addition there was Nixon’s Southern Strategy to win the south by winning the hearts of segregationists. Reagan made a big speech in Philadelphia, Mississippi (site of the Civil Rights murders and a racist hot zone) about state rights. George H.W. Bush race baited his way to the White House on the Willie Horton ad. To this day the Confederate battle flag is part of the state flags of Georgia and Mississippi. South Carolina flies it over their capitol building and it’s not even a part of their state flag. They just love giving the finger to blacks. Please don’t start that lame defenseless argument about the flag being about heritage. You’re right. It is about heritage and that heritage is hate.

If you look at the polls in Louisiana only 17% of whites approve of the job Obama is doing while 76% of non-whites approve. Go figure.

I’m from Louisiana. I mostly grew up there. I also lived in Georgia and Mississippi. You’re going to have a hard time convincing me the South was friendly to blacks. Bad thing is, a lot of other people who grew up in the South refuse to see it.

Landrieu talks about how the white South doesn’t like Obama because he’s black. That goes farther than the South. Since Obama was elected (and before actually) he’s been accused of being a terrorist, a muslim and of being born in Kenya. Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal says Landrieu is living in a different century. No, Bobby. Racism still exists in this century. It exists this year, this month, this week….Hell, it’s going on today. Go ask Donald Sterling, Phil Robertson or Cliven Bundy.

Treading


cjones08152014

Ya know all those conservatives that keep crying about the Constitution?  They swear Obama is shredding it and they fear a new world order or something to that affect.  Where are their voices now when police trample individual rights, freedom of the press, fun stuff like that?

I wonder if those people have even read the Constitution.