Learning about Islam is a crime


This attitude of middle America mirrors Congress’ attitude towards POTUS.  If you don’t like what is being done, shut the whole operation down.

Extra-curricular activities have been cancelled tonight and schools will be closed Friday in a western Virginia school district after the district received “voluminous phone calls and electronic mail” over a high school teacher’s use of an Arabic statement in a geography lesson……

Some parents were upset after learning that Riverheads High School teacher Cheryl LaPorte had students in her class complete an assignment that involved practicing calligraphy and writing a statement in Arabic.

The statement translated to: “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”

Liberty UniversityThis is the same state which is the home of Liberty University whose president is on record for saying….

I’ve always thought if more good people had concealed carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walked in

….and this is post racial America?

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Jimmy Carter-On Point…….again


Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter

Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter

Hands down, Jimmy Carter is the best American former president that this country has ever had.  Perhaps being an ex-president makes it easier for him to say the things that really need to be said from the vantage point that office brings.  He is no longer burdened with mass appeal for political purposes versus the reality of life in a diverse, large country such as America….yet he still finds a way to say the things that need to be said, that we as a country need to hear but yet not in a harsh, scathing way that evangelism often lends itself to.  His latest pronouncements can be read here but this is the one quote I salute him for

The recent publicity about mistreatment of black people in the judicial and police realm has been a reminder that the dreams of the civil rights movement have not been realized. Many Americans still have racist tendencies or feelings of superiority to people of color.

Those feelings of superiority are now known as white privilege and Mr. Carter has put his hand on the crux of what is still ailing this country.

 

Here we go again……


The American Right rears its ugly head again…..it has no particular target; it hates EVERYONE who is not a white male.  That it finds adherents in any other segment of American society, particularly females and some minorities is beyond me.  What raises my ire today is the pronouncement by some of who is and is not entitled to First Amendment protection in America.

royMooreFirst to cross over into the land of ascribing to himself the three branches of government all rolled into one is the chief justice of Alabama’s Supreme Court who declared

the First Amendment only applies to Christians because “Buddha didn’t create us, Mohammed didn’t create us, it was the God of the Holy Scriptures” who created us

Now in case you’ve forgotten or don’t know what the First Amendment is and says it’s explicit in its pronouncement

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances

What Moore wants to do with his unilateral revocation of the First Amendment to a large part of American society is simply to silence them.  He wants the ability to defame, disgrace, defile anyone of his choosing and at the same time not let them have the ability to respond to his xenophobia because the First Amendment is not just about religion but it’s also about speech.  In other words, Moore wants to exert ‘white privilege’ to have the ability to make uneven the playing field of dialogue and ideas to give him and all like him an undo advantage gained solely because he says so to decide who controls what is said, practiced and even brought before the courts.

It didn’t take long for that to resonate with the rest of Right America, so there is this shameful display that took place in Cliven Bundy’s world

What’s on display in the video is the mob mentality that has been so pervasive throughout American history; it’s intimidating and always leads to incorrect conclusions such as the one shouted out at the end of the tape that echoes Moore’s erroneous proclamation that the object of the mob’s derision doesn’t deserve guaranteed protections and by extension anything can be done to him because he is stateless, inhuman, unprotected.  Did you see the mob encircling the reporter  Antonio Castelan and did you hear someone shout out how Bundy is a God fearing man and therefore the the reporter’s questions mark him as someone who couldn’t possibly be?!?  This is America today; it’s ugly and vile and unless it’s fixed by strong leadership throughout the political spectrum which doesn’t appeal to the divisiveness gripping the country it will only get worse before it gets better.

The Boston Bombers and Why White Privilege Hurts White America


The Washington Spectator

Chauncey DeVega

Race is a social construction. There is only one race, the human race.

But race has historically been something negotiated by the courts, something that has legal standing, and something that has impacted people’s lives across the color line. AsCheryl Harris and Ian Haney Lopez have written, to be “white” is to have a type of property in America. Because “whiteness” is property, it can be inherited, passed down from one person to another as an inheritance, and has value — both symbolic and monetary — under the law, and in the broader society.

European immigrants understood (and continue to understand) the value of whiteness. They knew to distance themselves from black folks as a way of becoming fully “white” and a “real American.” The United States government helped to create race and reinforce the value of whiteness when it passed immigration laws that privileged “desirable races” from Europe over those “less desirable” from Africa, Asia, and other parts of the world.

Race is a type of magic and pseudo-science. This makes it no less real or important.

And, of course, the racist implementation of the G.I. Bill and FHA Housing Programs after World War II helped to create whiteness again by creating a segregated place called “suburbia,” and creating a stark divide in the racial wealth and income gap that is still with us today.

Race works through a type of “common sense” that is based on individual experiences, cultural norms, (misunderstandings of) history, the law, politics, as well as psychological motivations and decision-making that operate on both a conscious and subconscious level. In total, the race business is a type of magic and pseudo-science. This makes it no less real or important.

Whiteness is synonymous with “American” for those who have socialized into what sociologists such as Joe Feagin have termed “the white racial frame.” Here, common sense dictates that “those people” look “American” and those “other people” do not.

The U.S. Supreme Court summed up this logic in the Thind case (1932) in which a South Asian man, a former U.S. Army soldier, was denied citizenship because he was not judged to be “white” by the “common sense” standards of the average white person.

Recent experiments in social psychology have demonstrated how test takers identified an image of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is white, as being “American,” and an image of Barack Obama, the President of the United States, and a black man, as being a “foreigner.”

For the white racial frame, whiteness and “white” people are understood be “normal”; those “other people” are “raced” and are somehow “different.” Because citizenship is about the creation of an “imagined community” some groups and types of people are considered “outsiders.” The color line has racialized this process in the United States: to be white is to be considered de facto part of the country’s political community.

History is inconvenient on these matters.

The first great waves of immigrants to the United States were from Africa and not Europe. First Nations peoples were already present in what would later become the United States, when the first white settlers arrived from Europe. The Southwest was already populated when it was claimed under Manifest Destiny after the Mexican American war.

While some will try to suggest the two bombing suspects are not really “white” because they are Muslim, Chechens are considered white under the law in the United States.

Yet European immigrants, the majority of whom came long after those first arrivals can somehow claim to be more “American?” For race, whiteness, and white supremacy to cohere with one another necessarily involves those great leaps of faith.

The two suspects in the Boston Bombing are white Chechens. While many in the mass public–white conservatives and racial reactionaries especially–will try to suggest they are not really “white” because they are Muslim, Chechens are considered white under the law in the United States, and through the pseudo-scientific “common sense” norms of race. Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are also proof that racial profiling does not work as an effective law enforcement measure.

I was not alone in my long-held belief that the next “terrorist” attack on the United States would be conducted by white Europeans. I was also not alone in suggesting that it would be a group of white Chechen women such as the suicide bombers known as “The Black Widows” who would conduct a spectacular attack on the United States or her allies. Why not?

If the state and the public have telegraphed their hand by obsessing over “dark-skinned” Arabs that are a caricature out of a bad 1980s action movie, and the media and conservatives are willfully blind to white domestic terrorists in the U.S., the preferred tactical choice is a clear one.

As the legendary comedian Paul Mooney has observed: “Whiteness is the complexion for the protection” of the U.S. Whiteness will keep white folks safe. Whiteness, as it has long been for people of color, is also a source of terror and fear. However, whiteness and white-skin privilege are not benign. The Boston Marathon Bombing, and the subsequent manhunt and violence, demonstrates this long-standing history reality once again.

On CNN, a man was interviewed about the Boston Marathon Bombing and manhunt. He told the reporter about one of the suspects that, “I thought he was white, you know, a regular American.”

Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are “regular” Americans.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokar Tsarnaev are also white.

And Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokar Tsarnaev decided to kill other “regular Americans” who also happened to be white.