So Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) made the rather obvious and understated comment that the South “has not always been the friendliest place for African Americans.” Yeah, you could say slavery and lynchings and discrimination in every aspect of life are kind of “unfriendly.” Or you could be the GOP and go absolutely batshit. It’s always a safe bet that the higher the reading on their outrage meter, the less there really is to be upset about.
Truth? They can’t handle the truth, whether it’s history, economics, biology, climate science, or physics. We already have a Congress and state houses filled with morons and on Tuesday we’re going to get even more.
Dean Baquet, who has replaced Jill Abramson as the executive editor at the NYT, told owner Arthur Sulzberger that Sulzberger had to choose between them. If Sulzberger didn’t fire Abramson, Baquet, the first African American managing editor at the paper, would quit, claiming “humiliation” over the job offer to Janine Gibson, who was going to become co-managing editor for digital.
Sulzberger, knowing he had to face a firestorm over an African American or a woman, decided to fire the woman. He may have rationalized his choice by telling himself that women aren’t really a “minority,” like African Americans. But when it comes to getting jobs like executive editor of the Times, women sure as hell are a minority.
On his radio show today, Sean Hannity, Cliven Bundy’s BFF as of last night, said that Bundy’s “Negro” remarks are “beyond repugnant to me. They are beyond despicable to me. They are beyond ignorant to me.”
“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro. … I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”
Anybody surprised by this? What say you now, Dean Heller and Sean Hannity, and all you morons defending your fellow moron? I especially love that “family life” part. Oh, yes, family life on the ole plantation. Getting raped by the master, having your husband and children sold to other masters so you never saw them again. Good times…
From “What If Bundy Ranch Were Owned By Black People?” Jamelle Bouie, Slate:
“First, this entire incident speaks to the continued power of right-wing mythology. For many of the protesters, this isn’t about a rogue rancher as much as it’s a stand against ‘tyranny’ personified in Barack Obama and his administration.
“Second, it won’t happen, but right-wing media ought to be condemned for their role in fanning the flames of this standoff. After years of decrying Obama’s ‘lawlessness’ and hyperventilating over faux scandals, it’s galling to watch conservatives applaud actual lawbreaking and violent threats to federal officials.
“Finally, I can’t help but wonder how conservatives would react if these were black farmers—or black anyone—defending ‘their’ land against federal officials. Would Fox News applaud black militiamen aiming their guns at white bureaucrats?
Some of the right wing is going nuts over a multi-lingual version of AmericatheBeautiful in Coke’s Super Bowl ad. I guess they don’t get the whole melting pot thing.
In addition to the non-English lyrics, the folks are Breitbart are outraged that the ad showed a gay family. Newflash for Breitbart and all wingnuts: Katharine Lee Bates, who wrote AmericatheBeautiful, was a lesbian.
The biggest Super Bowl ad outrage was that poor MSNBC staffer who got fired for tweeting about the Cheerios ad that “maybe” the right wing would hate the ad because it featured a bi-racial family. Losing your job for telling the truth?
“While few explicitly talk about Obama in racial terms, the [Republican] base supporters are very conscious of being white in a country with growing minorities. The base thinks they are losing politically and losing control of the country.”