Tag Archives: racism

Violent Protests, Killings Threaten Social Justice Movement

BY MICHAEL S. JOHNSON  |  SEP 2, 2020

The country remembers the names of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. Now the nation knows the name of Jacob Blake.

Blake and the others were all killed in incidents of alleged racial discrimination and most cases, charges of police brutality. Several of the killings were captured on amateur video. One in particular, that of George Floyd in Minneapolis depicted what was to me a horrendous and gruesome act of murder. It made you sick, sad, and angry.

There are other reasons for sadness and anger that don’t get much attention but are critical impediments to achieving the kind of national unity needed for change.

Do you know the names Italia Kelly of Davenport, or David Dorn of St. Louis or Chris Beaty or David McAtee of Louisville or Patrick Underwood of San Francisco? How about Anthony Huber of Silver Lake? Probably not. Continue reading

Lessons Learned from a 16-Year Old

BY JOHN FEEHERY
Reprinted from TheFeeheryTheory.com

Song of the Year
The song of the year came from a sixteen year-old Kiwi who calls herself Lorde. But as she points out in the song, she is not exactly from the Royal family.

“I’ve never seen a diamond in the flesh/I cut my teeth on wedding rings in the movies/And I’m not proud of my address/In a torn-up town, no postcode envy.”

The frustration for Lorde, whose actual name is Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor, is that the music that she and her friends listen to is simply unrealistic, given their station in life. Continue reading

Still Have Far To Go

BY JOHN FEEHERY
Reprinted from TheFeeheryTheory.com

So, it turns out that those three black guys who killed the Australian baseball player were actually only two black guys and one white guy.

Kind of reminds me when it turned out that George Zimmerman was more Hispanic than white and that Trayvon Martin turned out to be less a choir boy and more a pot-smoking thug.

The Drudge Report loves to highlight every story where a black person kills a white person or when a pack of black kids go on a rampage, both of which seem to happen with some regularity. Continue reading

Mapping the Melting Pot

BY JOHN FEEHERY
Reprinted from TheFeeheryTheory.com

America is a melting pot.

Successive waves of immigrants crashed up America’s shores and then scattered in different conclaves.

Germans went to cities like Milwaukee, Cincinnati, and St. Louis, the Irish went to Boston, New York, and Chicago, the Scotch-Irish went to Appalachia, Kentucky, and Tennessee, the Italians went to Pittsburgh and Baltimore, the Swedes went to Minnesota, the Dutch went to Michigan and Pennsylvania, Africans were forcibly moved to the deep South.

Later waves went to many of the same cities, but in different neighborhoods. The Jews went to New York, the Poles moved en masse to Chicago, Hispanics flooded Los Angeles, etc.

The melting pot shouldn’t imply a monochromatic broth. Continue reading

On the President’s Remarks Last Week

BY JOHN FEEHERY
Reprinted from TheFeeheryTheory.com

In the same week that Detroit declared bankruptcy, the President opined on George Zimmerman and the state of race relations in this country.

The President should have spoken up on the Zimmerman verdict, which has become a festering national wound, although I thought his remarks were incomplete at best, needlessly adversarial at worst.

The fact that Barack Obama can stride up to the podium in the Brady Room, tell Jay Carney to take a seat, and start opining on race relations in front of the whole world tells you all you really need to know about the state of race relations in this country. Continue reading

Was Justice Carried?

BY RICH GALEN
Reprinted from Mullings.com

We often hear about a “miscarriage of justice” but rarely a “carriage of justice.” Much as we call people inept, but never say someone is really, really, ept.

Ok, there is no such word as “ept” so that doesn’t count.

The national news corps was all a-twitter – including being ON Twitter – when the jury came back with its not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial for the death of Trayvon Martin. Too many of them expressed everything from disappointment to outright shock at the result. Continue reading

A Civil Conversation

BY JOHN FEEHERY
Reprinted from TheFeeheryTheory.com

George Zimmerman. Paula Deen. The Supreme Court. Immigration Reform. Can we have a healthy discussion about race and ethnicity in this country?

We are about to find out.

The media loves this stuff. It loves to pick at the scabs of racial animosity because that helps to sell newspapers, boost ratings, and drive web traffic. MSNBC will have wall-to-wall coverage of the Zimmerman trial. It is a constant feature in their daily and nightly shows.

The facts of the case are fairly routine. There was a scuffle and somebody got shot. It happens every day in America, usually multiple times a day.

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Perry’s Rock and Perceptions of Prejudice

 BY MICHAEL JOHNSON
 
For six days the Washington Post conducted what, in the extreme, could be described as a smear campaign against Presidential candidate Rick Perry. At best it was a case of highly prejudicial and irresponsible reporting, editing and ‘ombudsing’.  
 
It was irresponsible, regardless, because it raised the ugly specter of racism without clear reason. It lowered the journalistic bar yet another notch, setting a precedent that will only encourage even less responsible media and partisans along the long, long road to next November. 
 
The campaign began on October 1, with a front-page story about a rock that stood near one of the entrances to a ranch leased, not owned mind you, by the Perry family. On the rock was inscribed the word “Niggerhead”, a grotesquely offensive term apparently once used to describe everything from products to geographic locations.
 
The Perrys claimed they painted over the name of the rock in 1984. The Post reporter Stephanie McCrummen said she talked with 12 people, seven of whom said they saw the name still on the rock in the 1980’s and/or the 1990’s. One anonymous source claimed the rock wasn’t painted over until a few years ago. Continue reading