July 20, 2010

She's Number 5

One of my readers sent me a link to Breitbart where Cynthia Tucker of the Atlanta Urinal and Constipation has been named the 5th most left-biased American journalist. Only 5th? Since this is a series, I'll have to check back later in the week to see who beat her out.

The AJC, trying to avoid losing even more readers, revamped their editorial page and "promoted" Cynthia from running the editorial page to Washington DC where she could more easily worship Jug Hussein Ears. DC's loss is our gain. She still writes two columns a week for the AJC, always liberal blather, often racist bullshit. She also has a blog on the AJC site. Reading one entry, I noticed that there were more conservative comments than liberal.

This column was in Sunday's AJC. It's really hard for me to read an entire Cynthia Tucker column because she lives somewhere in liberal land where there are unicorns and pixie dust and all problems can be solved by waving the liberal magic wand, in other words, Poof! PFM!

WASHINGTON -- Can we talk? About race?

Sure. Why not?

Your blood pressure is already rising? It need not. This isn't a rambling diatribe or a harsh polemic filled with invective about tea partiers, Jim Crow and reparations.

Ya mean this isn't gonna be one of your usual columns? That will be refreshing.

Instead, it's a plea for honest and thoughtful conversation about the ways in which long-held beliefs and biases, prejudices and predispositions pool in the back of our brains to form a feedback loop, a quick and unconscious Google that spits out judgments about people like us, different from us, unfamiliar to us.

Like the NAACP and liberals deciding that any opposition to Obungler and his liberal policies are racist? Or John Lewis slandering Tea Party protesters by claiming he was called "nigger" when all the videos taken during that time show nothing of the sort? Is that the "quick and unconscious Google that spits out judgments about people like us, different from us, unfamiliar to us"?

Barack Obama's ascension to the Oval Office proves that we're a nation increasingly comfortable with our diversity. But even as we assimilate newcomers, we struggle with old habits of mind, harmful stereotypes and moldy misconceptions.

Like Tea Party members are racist. Many of those "racist" Tea Party folks voted for Obummer. Were they racist when they did that? Now that they oppose his policies, all of a sudden they're racist.

This column won't address the remnants of malevolent racism that linger at the margins of American society -- whether expressed by a tea partier carrying a Photoshopped sign of President Obama as a witch doctor or a New Black Panther yelling about killing white people. Those remnants are too few and too feeble to merit serious attention.

Tell that to the NAACP which called the Tea Party racist. By the way, I have seen the Obozo witch doctor picture. Got it in an e-mail. I have not, however, seen it at a Tea Party rally. Do you have proof that there was such a sign? I doubt it. If there is no evidence of racism, just make it up. Ask John Lewis. John Lewis was once a respected civil rights leader. He has now turned into a race baiting bigot.

The more challenging problem for a diverse society is harder to see, to pinpoint, to quantify, to tease out -- the problem of perceptions around race, deeply held notions that still tend to hamper people of color. "Racism" is, I think, too harsh a descriptive for those judgments that linger in our lizard brains. The proper word is "prejudice" because of its precise denotation -- to pre-judge.

Like the NAACP. Or the Congressional Black Caucus. Or Jeremiah Wright. Or John Lewis. Or Calypso Louie. Or the New Black Panther Party.

President Obama was describing prejudices when he spoke of his grandmother in a brilliant speech about race in March 2008. Though she loved him dearly, she still harbored unflattering stereotypes about other young black men.

Obama described her as "a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe."

JHE throwing his mother under the bus.

Those who later declared that Obama had described his grandmother as a "racist" where wholly and completely wrong. He described the late Madelyn Dunham as fully human, a case study in the warped and woeful complexities surrounding race, color and caste in America. She could love her biracial grandson fully and completely, while still keeping "implicit biases," as researchers call them, lodged in her subconscious.

Wow! She really twisted that into a rhetorical pretzel. So it's OK to have "implicit biases" and not be a racist. Alert Al and Jesse. When white people have "implicit biases" against black people they are not racist.

Dunham was hardly unusual in that. Schoolteachers, doctors and bankers, among others, also have hidden biases -- which helps explain why children of color end up in detention more often,

Maybe they were less well behaved than white people. Didja ever consider that? I went to an integrated high school back in the '60's. Black children did not end up in detention more often that whites. When I was in detention, there were seldom, if any, black children there. I oughta know. I spent more time in detention than my parents knew about. Of course, these were middle class blacks who came from two parent households. These were not blacks who came from the single parent households caused by Lyndon Johnson's Great Fucking Society.

why black men get less attention at the doctor's office,

Really? Got any facts to support that?

and why black and Latino homebuyers often ended up with subprime mortgages even when they had good credit ratings.

And we all found out how well those subprime mortgages worked out didn't we? Maybe the black and Latino homebuyers shouldn't have gotten any mortgages at all. There was a reason banks redlined. Too bad you libs forced them to lend money to deadbeats.

What else but implicit biases would explain the lingering employment gap between college-educated blacks and whites? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, black men with college degrees had an unemployment rate nearly twice as high as white men with college degrees in 2009. A study published a few years ago -- "Are Emily and Greg More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal?" -- showed that black job candidates were more likely to be rejected even if they had resumes identical to white candidates.

It's a good thing that the folks doing the hiring only had "implicit biases" and were not racists. Maybe Lakisha and Jamal didn't interview well. Did they show up on time? Did they dress properly? Did they speak Ebonics? Just because they graduated from college doesn't necessarily make them qualified for a job. This woman graduated from college. Would you hire her?

OMFG! I must be a racist for posting this video! Or maybe I just have "implicit biases".

Oh. And when I interviewed for a job, I always got a haircut and wore my best suit. This also applied to interviewing with different divisions of IBM for promotions.

Given the paucity of black managers in positions of authority, black job applicants are left to appeal to white managers who probably believe they see only skills, not skin. Are those white managers bigots? I don't think so. But they are allowing stereotypes to seep into their considerations.

Yadda Yadda Yadda Blah Blah Blah

As a Southerner who grew up in an era when black adults were not given the courtesy of titles and black children were bused past white schools, I learned to distinguish between well-meaning whites who don't know their own biases and malevolent whites who are proud of their bigotry. I've had white hometown acquaintances who'd be pleased to have me as a dinner guest but who'd be far less pleased if the new president hired at the local community college were black.

Sounds like Cynthia is doing a little stereotyping of her own.

Are they racists? I certainly don't think so. But I do think they're unaccustomed to seeing black men and women in such positions of authority, and a changing America makes them uncomfortable.

Oh bullshit! I worked for black managers at IBM. As long as the manager was competent, I didn't care what color he was. I felt the same way about my coworkers. There were incompetent white managers and incompetent black managers. Skin color had nothing to do with it. As far as at the grunt level, the difference between black and white is that the incompetent blacks took longer to fire because there had to be an ironclad case against them for when the EEOC came calling.

Can we talk about this honestly? No diatribes or denunciations, please. Just thoughtful and candid discussion.

Yannow, I'm all for that. Quit supporting RWPP's like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Jeremiah Wright. Tell the the NAACP and the CBC to quit playing the race card at every opportunity. Tell John Lewis to quit making shit up and constantly playing the race card. Quit calling those of us who are against Obungler's policies racist.

Unfortunately, Ms. Tucker, I see more racism and race-baiting from blacks than I do from whites.

Posted by denny at July 20, 2010 02:43 PM  

In today's times and especially since the country has been saddled with The Komrade Incompetent and his Shyster General Holder at the Department of No-Justice, the true definition of a racist is someone who is winning an argument with a liberal.

Posted by: Scottiebill on July 20, 2010 02:39 PM

Scottiebill - You left out the San Fran Chronicle. It's even more leftwing than the New York Slimes.

The AJC has moved more to the center since they "promoted" Cynthia Tucker and has a relatively even mix between lib and conservative columnists. The editorial board leans to the left and the letters feature more libs than conservatives. It's still more balanced than it was under Cynthia.

Posted by: Denny on July 20, 2010 02:54 PM

I grew up in the Ohio Valley in a typical middle-class Scots-Irish-English family environment which had a stereotypical niche for every racial and ethnic group, including themselves. One of my uncles told me horrible stories about Italians and French and Germans, and an aunt used to teach me little ditties such as

God make the nigger
Sometime in the night.
So when he made that nigger
He forgot to make him white.

I was told that they were less intelligent than whites, lazy, and "shif'less." But I went to school with a black girl named Teya Scott and her brother Larry, both of whom were bright, clever, hard-working, clean, and friendly.

My immersion into the college environment in 1958 introduced me to brilliant blacks, rich Jews, sophisticated Latinos, profound Middle-Easterners, and many other groups. In short order, my racist, 19th-century backwater views sank under the weight of the ubiquitous reality that a whole lot of those dudes and dudettes were smarter than I was.

But over the years of being called racist by welfare blacks clamoring for reparations and inner-city troublemakers blaming all their shortcomings on "Whitey" and seminar after seminar telling me that I had to change my attitudes towards minorities, I finally did change . . . and became the racist they kept insisting that I was.

I got tired of their shit, and of the pusillanimous race panderers and Equal Opportunity crusaders insisting that highly qualified white or Asian people be passed over for admission or employment or promotion to even the playing field and allow blacks to get in on the gravy train.

While a white-hat in the Navy, I worked with blacks, drank beer with blacks, played poker with blacks, had fun with blacks. When I put on my little gold chinstrap, my mentor was an ex-enlisted LCDR (O-4) very large black man for whom I had great respect. Still do.

But the mouthy, greedy, lazy, ignorant, demanding, whiney-ass blacks finally got to me. They brought me full circle back from the somewhat liberal, completely tolerant, open-minded, forward-looking, modern renaissance man I'd made of myself to the conservative, suspicious, stereotyping, old-fashioned, corn-fed, don't-fuck-with-me Midwesterner my original family brought me up as.

And what's really odd about the whole thing is that my wife of almost 50 years is not white.

Posted by: bocopro on July 20, 2010 04:19 PM

Is the Tea party Racist? If JHE was a black conservative small government President would there be a Tea Party?

Answer that question truthfully and you have your answer.

Posted by: hoosierboy on July 20, 2010 04:45 PM

"Obama described her as "a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe."

Gee willikers, I wonder why she would do such a thing. Could it possibly be experience that played a role in her fear?

Then again, she was just a "typical white woman."

Cynthia forgot to mention that part.

Curious as to what would make Obo cringe.

Posted by: Willie on July 20, 2010 06:02 PM

Holy shit, bocopro, I hope your wife isn't one of them there eye-talians.

Thanks for the confession.

Posted by: Willie on July 20, 2010 06:06 PM

You are not a racist. You just call it like you see it.

Posted by: Catfish on July 20, 2010 06:12 PM

Another one hit outta the ballpark for Denny...

Posted by: Sandy G. on July 20, 2010 07:29 PM


You know I like to expand on a powerful post in an effort to draw out other posts from the readers but this time I cannot.All I can say is Damn!......I wish I had wrote that! Powerful,spot on & nails the issue. My respect continues to grow for your writings.

Off topic...Grandson William is now back home ahead of the schedule originally set by doctors.Has a wheel chair & a walker for mobility & still has about 3 months of rehab & therapy for the leg. Thanks again for all the kind words.....all of you are the best people in the world.

Posted by: dudley1 on July 20, 2010 08:38 PM

Like Tea Party members are racist. Many of those "racist" Tea Party folks voted for Obummer. Were they racist when they did that? Now that they oppose his policies, all of a sudden they're racist.

I thought everyone knew... We're all racists. It's time to kill us and kill our babies. The New Black Panthers told us to...

Apparently, racism is only a one way street...

Posted by: CharlieDelta on July 21, 2010 04:09 AM

Does Corrine Brown not have any shame at all ? Is she illiterate, or just completely clueless as to how to properly speak English ? And this woman is supposed to be in a position of responsibility & authority...God help us all...I can appreciate her enthusiasm for her "Gatas", I feel the same way for my U of Richmond "Spidas", but still....Sheesh !

Posted by: Sandy G. on July 21, 2010 06:54 AM

Dudley - What happened to your grandson? I feel like I missed something!

Posted by: PeggyU on July 21, 2010 04:34 PM


He rode out of his driveway without looking in front of a car. He suffered a broken leg, cracked elbow, scads of bruises & a lot of head trauma which fortunately was not serious but required 40+ stitches. He is on the mend now but it was a very frustrating week.

Posted by: dudley1 on July 21, 2010 08:20 PM

Just think dudley1, in a year he'll be rock-steady 100% and you'll be at Blownstar 100% knowing that he's rock steady. Sometimes life is fuggin' good...

Posted by: CharlieDelta on July 23, 2010 04:09 AM

I am glad to hear he is ok! I think there's a silver lining as well. When he starts driving ... I bet he will be more aware and careful than most.

Posted by: PeggyU on July 26, 2010 03:33 AM
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