Michael Jackson’s Mirror. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

Michael Jackson’s Mirror. – Ta-Nehisi Coates:

“I think, despite the jokes and the sarcasm, we all knew what the plastic surgery was about. There was the stuff that MJ did that we joked about because it was weird, and there was the stuff he did that we joked about because it made us uncomfortable, because it told us something really ugly about the way things are and about ourselves too–I’m not talking just about white people, it’s 2009 and ‘good hair’ hasn’t gone out of style quite yet. I think things are different from the way they were in Jackson’s heyday. But not so different that it’s funny.”

(Via Ta-Nehisi Coates.)

Newscoma » Racist And Ridiculous

Newscoma » Blog Archive » Racist And Ridiculous:

“Christian Grantham talks to Ms. Goforth, who admits she sent the email.

When I asked her if she understood the controversial nature of the photo, Goforth would only say she felt very bad about accidentally sending it to the wrong list. When I gave her a second chance to address the controversial nature of the email, she again repeated that she only felt bad about sending it to the wrong list of people.

I sent it to the wrong list of people? Huh.”

(Via Newscoma.)

My problem isn’t with the racists so much as it is with the GOP environment that would give them aid and comfort.

Team Comparison

Why Do Black Immigrants Do Better Than Native Blacks? – Ta-Nehisi Coates:

“This argument pops up from time to time, but it’s been coming up a lot lately. It always seemed to me that the question answers itself–an immigrant is someone who’s specifically come to this country to capitalize and exploit opportunity. Comparing any immigrant group to virtually any native-born group is like comparing the most ambitious members of one team with the entirety of another team. “

(Via Ta-Nehisi Coates.)

Great piece on this trope of an argument.

Road to the Riches

Highway robbery? Texas police seize black motorists’ cash, cars — chicagotribune.com:

“TENAHA, Texas— You can drive into this dusty fleck of a town near the Texas-Louisiana border if you’re African-American, but you might not be able to drive out of it—at least not with your car, your cash, your jewelry or other valuables.
That’s because the police here allegedly have found a way to strip motorists, many of them black, of their property without ever charging them with a crime. Instead they offer out-of-towners a grim choice: voluntarily sign over your belongings to the town, or face felony charges of money laundering or other serious crimes.”

(Via Chicago Tribure.)

Institutional racism at it’s startingly most blatant. This in the age of Obama is a good cautionary tale. You are responsible for Change, for Hope, not the President.

Playing the Fool

White House Watermelon Email From California Mayor Dean Grose Inspires Outrage:

“The mayor of Los Alamitos is coming under fire for an e-mail he sent out that depicts the White House lawn planted with watermelons, under the title ‘No Easter egg hunt this year.’…
Grose confirmed to the AP that he sent the e-mail to [local businesswoman and city volunteer Keyanus] Price and said he didn’t mean to offend her. He said he was unaware of the racial stereotype that black people like watermelons.”
Watermelons on the White House Lawn

(Via The Huffington Post.)

If Grose expects anyone to believe him, he’s even dumber than his joke. What exactly would have been the point if not for the stereotype?

The Bottom of the Cage

Chimp-Stimulus Cartoon Raises Racism Concerns – City Room Blog – NYTimes.com:

Racist Cartoon

(Via NY Times – City Room Blog.)

I’d say the Post belongs at the bottom of a bird cage, but that would mean you’d have to buy it first.