#DonaldSterling Another thought: amazing when it comes to racism in sports or entertainment industry (same thing) that media outlets skip Michelle Alexander, TaNehisi Coates of the Atlantic or Prof Jelani Cobb and parse the educated opinions of Charles Barkley, LL Cool J or NeNe Leakes. Part of the problem. Like the cousin of one of my students who plays ball for Tennessee who had no opinion about the SCOTUS affirmative action case and underlying philosophy…and responded, tellingly “Dude I’m here to do a job. That school shit ain’t my problem” Yep
The whining and tantrums of sad spoiled brat tots…mingled with the braying of herds of donkeys—how did our proud white male elite come to this? Quo vadis?
Our brain and pelvis, our supermen, the makers not takers, the job creators, the people who put GMO, junkie and high fructose corn syrup food in our ungrateful mouths and give our taking, worthless Obamacare-wanting selves our entertainment, warmth, light, roofs over our heads, the ability to share selfies…
…whither thou goest, Mr. Charlie?
Despite the enormous wealth after wrecking the economy for we multicultural scum, and McCutcheon and Citizens United and voting rights cases…and despite the megaphones of Fox News and Web reinforcement, there is a terrible pogrom, lynching, Rosewood, Auschwitz, krystalnacht Klan march, smallpox, trail of tears Matthew Shepard and Ryan White and Brandon Tina-like invidious, intentional oppression going on.
They are the victims, they moan.
Just ask camouflage-adorned millionaires or commodity billionaires, hedge fund hawks, strip miners, frackers, commercial bankers and occasional tech mogul or CEO…
…quo vadis, guys?
Brats and jackasses. Once princes and kings, even emperors of American life. You’d think that their that their Olympian egos, their Titan accomplishments, their know best and better for all of us would indicate they had a little bit more self respect…some class? I’d be willing to forgive the pathological insouciance and lack of empathy, or the notion that they did they did all on their lonesomes without any context or predicate or help, or even look the other way at the blasphemy that they acquired power and/or wealth by divine intervention or divine right.
But they’ve shown neither class nor tact, and indeed show a sad and painful lack of self-respect. Whither thou goest, Mr. Charlie?
Remember back in the day, when even the extremists among them, the outward racists, anti Semites, gay-bashers/abusers, sexists, toxic polluters, etc., there was STILL a quiet, nose to the grindstone quality , divorced and insulated from politics and sociocultural entanglements? Behind the scenes, in the shadows, on the DL, yes…or, more positively, a Rockefeller-like noblesse oblige—where did that go?.
Now, even macho leaders of old like Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower are enemies of success and enterprise, greenies, social engineers…traitors.
What happened? Quo vadis? Scary, that Latin term, for the same thing seems to have have happened to the noblest of Romans.
Where have you gone, Mr. Charlie? Come back as better men. We need you to be better men.
Yityish “Titi” Aynaw, the nation’s first Black women to be crowned Miss Israel, says her country has a race problem.
In an interview with Buzzfeed, Aynaw, who is an Ethiopian Jew, said: “I’m not ashamed to say that there is racism in Israel; it’s a problem, but it’s a problem that Israel is working on and it’s something that Israel is trying to fix and it’s actually improving.”
Too bad neocons haven’t learned this…or orthodox in a Brooklyn.
Three starting offensive linemen for the Miami Dolphins “engaged in a pattern of harassment” toward their teammate Jonathan Martin, another young offensive lineman and an assistant trainer that included racist and homophobic language and improper touching, according to an extensive investigation commissioned by the N.F.L.
The investigation concluded that harassment by the three players — Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey — caused significant emotional distress to Martin, who abruptly left the team in October amid reports that he had been bullied by Incognito. What is now clear is that the episode extended far beyond Incognito and Martin. Incognito was labeled “the main instigator” in the harassment, while Jerry and Pouncey “tended to follow Incognito’s lead.” Incognito was said to have dictated the locker-room culture.
The findings were announced by Ted Wells, a defense lawyer who was hired by the N.F.L. in November to conduct an independent investigation into the bullying scandal that engulfed the Dolphins and the league, and also cast a spotlight on the issue of workplace conduct in the locker room.
“The report rejects any suggestion that Martin manufactured claims of abuse after the fact to cover up an impetuous decision to leave the team,” Wells said in a statement.
… According to the report, Martin was teased “on a persistent basis with sexually explicit remarks about his sister and his mother and at times ridiculed with racial insults and other offensive comments,” while the trainer, who was born in Japan, was “the object of racial slurs and other racially derogatory language.” The trainer was said to have confided in Martin that he was upset, but he denied in interviews with investigators that Incognito had offended him because he said he was worried about losing players’ trust.”
The New York Times, "Investigation Finds Pattern of Harassment in Dolphins’ Locker Room."
These motherfuckers reportedly told the Japanese-born trainer that they would avenge Pearl Harbor on him, because classy.
Timing of this report is also quite telling.