culture of racism

When friends turn into Obama-hating zealots

Wallace McLendon of Chapel Hill penned an enlightening op-ed about his encounters with former friends who had been seduced by the dark side of money and bigotry, and I think it's as good a time as any to face some undeniable truths. Topping the list of those truths: Friendship requires at least a modicum of respect. Friends are somebody you can come to with your problems, and maybe together figure out the best way to solve them. Friends are also there to keep you in check, to stop you from buying snake oil and other wasteful ventures. But how can you respect somebody who judges an individual or an entire race based on the color of their skin? How can you respect somebody who worships at the altar of Faux News and Breitbart, or whatever source of "news" that reinforces their prejudices while wildly misinforming them? The answer is, you can't. You might be able to tolerate such a person in short bursts, as long as the door is in sight. But true respect is simply not in the equation. Nor is true friendship, so cutting that person loose is not something to feel shame or regret over.

Black churches are burning in the South

And the perpetrators simply can't be found:

As African Americans in Texas and North Carolina contemplate rebuilding three more churches destroyed by fire, a phalanx of federal investigators moves across the South, searching for evidence linking the latest attacks to the burning of 29 other black churches in the last 18 months. So far, investigators have yet to uncover evidence of a "national conspiracy." The bulk of the attacks appear to be "random" acts of vandalism, the work of "teenagers" and "copycats" rather than hardened conspirators.

It is worth observing that the absence of any organized conspiracy may make the phenomenon of church burning more, rather than less, disturbing. Far easier to abide the idea of a tight-knit group of racist fanatics than to accept the alternative that we live in a time when a substantial number of individuals, unconnected with one another or with organized white supremacist groups, regard burning black churches as a plausible act, worthy of emulation.

That article was written nineteen years ago, and this was written only yesterday:

Racists come out of the woodwork for confederate flag rally

Apparently they're being "brutally attacked" because of their beliefs:

“The lunatic in Charleston did not understand our flag, our symbols or our heritage. … He was a racist. He was a bigot, and above all he was a lunatic,” said a rally organizer, Bill Starnes of Mount Holly.
But Starnes and others said they, too, have been victims of “attacks upon our heritage and our culture,” as Pastor Creighton Lovelace said in a prayer.

“We should be in prayer for those families in South Carolina,” Starnes said. But, citing calls for removal of the flag, he added that “we have to be here doing this because we have been so brutally attacked.”

I don't see you lying in a pool of your own blood, so maybe you should STFU about brutality. And as far as that "pastor" leading their prayers, he's quite a piece of racist/bigoted/lunatic work:

If this man was black, he'd be dead now

White privilege just doesn't seem to cover it:

A white Rocky Mount man on probation for aiming his shotgun at black children has been flying dozens of Confederate flags over his compound-like home in the predominantly black Arrington Avenue neighborhood for years.

West was charged in 2010 with assault with a deadly weapon. He was accused of firing a gun during a fight in the street then pointing the weapon at responding police officers. West backed into his fenced yard as more police officers arrived and surrounded the house. After a tense standoff, West surrendered to authorities, according to archived news reports. He eventually pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of discharging a firearm within the city limits.

Bolding mine. If he had been black, they would have gunned him down without blinking an eye. Even if they hadn't, there's no way they would have reduced the charges after arresting him. He's threatened children with a deadly weapon, but kept both his freedom and his guns. And this comment is very telling:

Duke University and the "mystery" of the hanging noose

The public's right to know trumps protecting the reputation of a wealthy racist scion:

Duke Student Affairs Vice President Larry Moneta said the student responsible for the noose would face judgment under the school's code of conduct, which includes penalties ranging from probation to expulsion. He said it was "too soon to make any comment'' about whether the student had expressed remorse.

“This is all part of what the investigation will yield and the opportunity for the student to speak to the basis for the behavior,'' Moneta said.

"Speak to the basis for the behavior"? What could he possibly say that would mitigate such an outrageous insult (if not threat) to not only African-Americans attending Duke, but all others living in the region? I have a feeling the "privacy laws" excuse cited for their lack of disclosure has a hell of a lot more to do with avoiding a lawsuit from a wealthy family than it does the laws themselves, and that kind of weak-kneed response is exactly why crap like this is still happening in our country. Even if Duke wins the NCAA, it appears they're losing a more important contest back on campus.

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