Attorney General Eric Holder has responded to highly emotional appeals from a highly emotional demographic about a stupefyingly emotional issue by announcing the Department of Justice will investigate whether Taylor Swift’s new music video is Boss Connor-racist, mere cultural appropriation by a blond vixen constantly bedeviling the black man, or harmless twaddle.
OK – that’s not happening. But our attorney general – the most incompetent ever to fill the office – has gone all racism-crazy in wake of yet another overwrought spit-take in the comedy-drama our “race relations” have become. Today, he trotted off to our new Biloxi, our latest Edmund Pettis Bridge on the road to promised land, our freshest lunch counter of brutality – Ferguson, MO. You know the name ’cause they won’t let you FORGET it. Ferguson is home to a 10-day low-level “riot” that’s captured fancy of hoarse activists and worn-out civil-rights shills like Al Sharpton. That’s more than can be said for the rest of us, now so bored with the whole melodrama, anything else looks diverting. …Even “Girls”.
We’ve been here before a lot over the past half-century. The situation never changes – African Americans combat in the streets oppression by racist America. The rote spiel never changes, either. When AG Eric Holder talks about Americans too scared to have an “honest conversation about race”, he’s not really talking about conversation as we know it – a give-and-take exchange of ideas and opinion. He would have white people sit quietly, in anxious remorse, listening to sermons and rhetoric which, again, we’ve heard so many times over the decades it’s now – excuse the term – white sound. It’s background static, its constant rush of waves battering themselves against a shore. We hear nothing but annoying buzz. We can’t listen to it anymore, because if we did, we might burst into long-suppressed anger and give Holder the honesty he seems to seek.
…In the streets.
Millions of African Americans took advantage of the opportunities created by the civil rights movement to climb into the middle class — and in some cases far beyond, as exemplified by President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder… Yet millions of other black Americans did not reach the middle class. This group, mired in poverty and dysfunction, finds the paths others took are blocked. They live in neighborhoods with failing schools that cannot prepare them for today’s economy. Secure, high-paying blue-collar jobs are a thing of the past. Racial bias in policing means African Americans are much more likely to be arrested and jailed for minor nonviolent offenses, such as drug possession, than whites who commit the same crimes. [Eugene Robinson, Washington Post]
All of us white folk are to blame for the fix in which black people perpetually find themselves. We know that’s the diagnosis because that’s what it’s been since the modern-day civil rights movement began in the ’50s. If I ruled the world for 10 minutes, I’d burn a few seconds making it general knowledge that anyone blaming all his or her problems on someone else has crippled their chances to improve themselves and their lot. It’s always white people who must change. Bullshit. Most of anyone’s problems are their own making; it’s time African Americans were apprised of this.
And that bit about African Americans likely to be arrested and jailed for minor nonviolent offenses like drug possession? Most minorities doing slammer-time for low-intensity possession of drugs are hardcore gang members jugged up on any excuse at hand. Taking these thugs off the streets has prompted precipitous drop in street crime. But Holder will have none of that. His “disparate impact” doctrine would turn these unequal-punishment figures on their head – simply by fiat. Most of our institutions are encouraged now to leave unpunished misbehavior by minority offenders. Los Angeles Unified School District has heeded Holder’s recent “dear colleague” letter expressing displeasure over so many black students disciplined in American schools; it’s announced it will diminish voluntarily its punishment system, including criteria for calling in police officers. That will guarantee schools here in the City of Angels will become just a little suckier, with disruptive assholes given freer rein to spread chaos and dysfunction.
While Holder is “flooding the zone” in Ferguson with investigators, to make sure SOMEONE pays for killing “gentle giant” Michael Brown, he might take a look at video of the robbery that got Brown in trouble to begin with; in it, Brown manhandles an immigrant store keeper who had temerity to question this walking office block about stealing his cigars. Then there’s the beating Brown’s assailant cop received – presumably at hands of Gentle Ben:
Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture, and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department’s top brass told FoxNews.com. According to the well-placed source, Wilson was coming off another case in the neighborhood on Aug. 9 when he ordered Michael Brown and his friend Dorain Johnson to stop walking in the middle of the road because they were obstructing traffic. However, the confrontation quickly escalated into physical violence, the source said. “They ignored him and the officer started to get out of the car to tell them to move,” the source said. “They shoved him right back in, that’s when Michael Brown leans in and starts beating Officer Wilson in the head and the face.
The source claims that there is “solid proof” that there was a struggle between Brown and Wilson for the policeman’s firearm, resulting in the gun going off – although it still remains unclear at this stage who pulled the trigger. Brown started to walk away according to the account, prompting Wilson to draw his gun and order him to freeze. Brown, the source said, raised his hands in the air, and turned around saying, “What, you’re going to shoot me?” At that point, the source told FoxNews.com, the 6 foot, 4 inch, 292-pound Brown charged Wilson, prompting the officer to fire at least six shots at him, including the fatal bullet that penetrated the top of Brown’s skull, according to an independent autopsy conducted at the request of Brown’s family. [Fox News]
OK. Call me ‘racist’. That account seems a lot more credible a scenario than a cop with no record of complaints of violence on duty walking up to the boulder of love and shooting him down for no reason. That’s what outsiders egging on protesters would have us believe. Right. You mean striking a blow against injustice and police brutality by snatching a brand-new stereo, case or two of Kools, and some Swanson dinner trays. There’s some higher-level of social consciousness for you. I must say, when media notices agenda-driven agitators are causing trouble – not “organic”, spontaneous reaction by locals – I must still my heart from shock.
All the while he’s distracted by events in Missouri (not often an event, to be sure), Holder overlooks obvious, sweat-back/redneck racism as far away as a TV screen, computer terminal or smartphone: Taylor Swift has gone all Little Rock in her latest video.
Earl Sweatshirt took to Twitter on Monday night to share his thoughts with fans, in which he laid into the star for her ‘offensive’ offering. ‘Haven’t watched the taylor swift video and I don’t need to watch it to tell you that it’s inherently offensive and ultimately harmful,’ the 20-year-old began.
Seems Ms. Swift, a favorite target of bold black revolutionaries it seems, went bump-a-rump without any black in the crack. Years ago, Swift was ambushed by Kanye West at some awards show, when he snatched her microphone during an acceptance speech and drunkenly praised Beyonce’s video over that of the harlot Jezebel honky. Swift must be getting used to this nonsense.
But in a refreshing display of “fuck you”, Swift has demurred apologies for this grievous breech.
It’s not like Nicki Minaj is catching flak for her ass-grinding. …And it’s flat-out commodius.