Sunday, July 24, 2016

Black Mans Burden

The whole controversy over cops killing unarmed citizens during encounters have brought up several narratives. One narrative is the perception that black people are somewhat more prone to violence.
This one statement makes me bristle the most. We all know perception is reality even if its untrue. Black people are no more violent than any other group i would even say that the white race is the most violent race in the history of the world. 

Now wait before you start calling me a racist, hear me out. black people, even Africans on the continent have killed..themselves mostly in large numbers. But the violence thing gets played by the numbers here in the United States,using statistics to ratio of population for crime stats. The crime stats dont say who are repeat offenders so those criminals are adding stats to others who have committed no crimes. As for world population whites are the minority.

So if you are the world minority how is it you have had conflicts and killed every race on the planet. The white race has killed every race on the planet even taken over whole lands and subjugated populations or wiped them out. But those telling the story can control how its told.

But i went off on a side rant.....no other race is judged by its criminals or interaction with the police. Italians famous for the mafia are not judged as a whole race of criminals. The Chinese are not judged by the actions of American triads or yakuza. Whites are not judged by actions of violent racist groups or white business men
that embezzle millions of dollars.

No other race has its intelligence questioned as a reason for slavery, no other race is said to have been cursed by God. The black experience in the United States is unique but the racism is not. its world wide when you are in countries where you are the minority and have limited economic opportunities. it happened to the aborigine in Australia and it happened to Jews living in ghettos in Europe.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Police Above Reproach

There have been a rash of police killing citizens in the last few years that has spurred the black lives matter movement. Black lives matter means black lives matter because police shouldn't be able to just kill citizens with impunity with seemingly no good reason.

The problem is that no one is allowed to question the police, the minute you say this video or situation doesn't pass the eye test you are called a police hater. Even after all the facts are in that dont exactly exonerate the police officer or back his narrative 100 percent  we are supposed to drop it.

The ferguson situation comes to mind. If you are armed with a weapon against a unarmed citizen you should be able to subdue him from at least 10 or 5 feet away without killing him.

We know these neighborhoods have dangerous people in them but everyone in these neighborhoods are not criminals. some criminals are black but not all blacks are criminals.

I dont have the answers but we need police......

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Feminist or white feminist

In her acceptance speech at the Oscars Patricia Arquette made a impassioned plea for civil rights and equality for woman.
"It’s time for all the women in America and all the men that love women, and all the gay people, and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for to fight for us now"
She got in a little trouble for her speech with the internet being the way it is and people listening even closer. They claimed she was only advocating for white woman, later she clarified that's not what she meant. Looking back on the history of feminism in this country her words are exactly what she meant and in line with American feminism. A quote attributed to Susan B Anthony is:
"I will cut off this right arm of mine before I will ask for the ballot for the Negro and not for the woman"
Not to say Anthony wasn't a friend of the negro she was a anti slave voice even at the age of 17 and was a agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society. The American feminist movement has by and large been a movement for white women by white women. The black feminist has battled on two fronts, the specter of racism and sexism while white feminist have only battled sexism.

Look at any picture of feminist parades and you will mostly see black woman if present in the back.
Understandably people of color have had to worry about racism first and were and still seen as a monolithic group but each "minority group" is made up of men and women. The next time a feminist talks of women ponder whether they mean all women or just white woman

Thursday, April 21, 2016

purple rain

its with sad news I say Prince has died. The musical royalty of purple was found dead in his home at paisley park. Another great gone too soon at 57. Of course we all know his hits like Purple Rain from the Grammy and Oscar winning album of the same name. we have countless hits too many to name-1999, little red corvette, sign of the times, kiss, raspberry beret to name a few. In later years his popularity had waned with new songs but the older songs were always popular. rest in peace Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)