Racism NYC Style = Racism Humboldt Style.



One way to define racism is if we are silent in the face of clearly unequal racial justice when we otherwise pretend we are a nation of laws.

Here is another pathetic example from readers of the Lost Coast Outpost (which btw, really needs to somehow clean up it’s broken comment policy):LoCO 170703.PNG

It’s not just the initial mind-numbing statements, it’s the support from others and silence of sanity that makes these comments so insidious.  Here is another example:

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But these threads don’t stand alone. Obviously they exist in our society at large and even with all I knew about President Donald Trump, I was shocked to find out last night about the $85,000 full page ads he bought in 1989 to condemn and call for the execution of the Central Park 5. Not only that, but as late as a few weeks before the election, as New York City was found culpable in the miscarriage of justice in the light of forensic evidence, he maintained his established views which all publically-available information contradicts.


How different is Truthaboveall from President Trump? They have their minds made up and there is little before or after evidence is provided that will change their minds.

That is racism and it’s unacceptable if we are to aspire to be a nation of laws which include due process and equal protection and we need to call it out as such.

if you haven’t seen it or are unfamiliar with the Central Park 5:


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The Central Park Five


And from 2014, yes 2014:

Donald Trump and the Central Park Five  (Amy Davidson | New York Times | June 23, 2014)

It’s simple, in some ways, to see the Central Park jogger case as an artifact of a feverish moment in late-eighties New York—of a piece with its joyous and awful kinetics, the crack epidemic, the painted-over subways, the fear of AIDS, the absurdity of Ivana’s ski-slope confrontation with Marla. But some fevers never seem to subside. The tendency to write off teen-age boys because of distrust of their neighborhoods or the color of their skin, to assume that jail is the place for them, has not gone away. Neither, somehow, has Donald Trump.



Trump Coming Home to Roost

I thought I’d be writing today about how the voters proved the whole Trump phenomena was a media-driven charade.

But the Republican voters in New Hampshire proved otherwise.  Donald Trump beat expectations and won the New Hampshire primary yesterday in a landslide (approximately 35% with Kasich a distant second with 16%).

What strikes me is the first reaction from conservative radio host Bill Bennett early this morning.

Let me tell you something very subtle that Trump is doing….It’s always about them and us and it’s always about I’m going to do for Americans.  The villains in Donald Trumps’ piece are other people, people from other places, Chinese, Japanese, Mexico Middle East, and it is Americans that are the victims.  If you think about the enemies, the people you should hate or you should not trust, they are people from other places.

– Bill Bennett 2/10/16

This is a hint to me that Bill and others do get what they are doing.   They can see in others what they themselves do, whether it is to Muslims, immigrants or the rats in the Democrat Party.

(Bill Bennett among many other conservative politicians and pundits have a tick where they will not say “Democratic” as in Democratic Party, it’s always the Democrat Party.  Always.)

In his next sentence, he rightfully points out that the left does this too and our “enemies” are the rich, the one percent etc.  And where that is true for us on the left, we have to change, but this is not two sides of the same coin.

The results of Republican policies will inevitably be more torture, less health care for immigrants who come here to do the work we won’t, and war of attrition against this or that antagonist.  This is the world of the Donald Trump’s voter.  At worst we call bankers “banksters”.  Where we on the left use words like “enemy”, we shouldn’t because our policies understand we need all of us to solve our problems to the high standards we as a people insist upon.

People as far flung as Glenn Beck and much of the Republican Party establishment understand the darkness that votes for Donald Trump represent.  That same darkness does not exist in fellow anti-establishment candidate Bernie Sanders.  It simply doesn’t, and I hope we can have an honest discussion about these differences instead of lumping both together as different sides of the same anti-establishment coin.

For 30 years a successful right-wing media business model  has told a segment of American willing to listen that liberals, progressives, community organizers, feminists, immigrants, activists telling us black lives matter, etc. are either the enemy or somehow a little less than American.  Therefore the opinions, the justice served, and ultimately the lives of the myriad of others shouldn’t count as much.  The absurdity that is candidate Trump is a direct result of those millions of hours of populist right-wing media.

It’s clear from the statement above that Bill Bennett understands how it is done.  What I wonder is if he understands that he does the same thing?  Does he realize that his rhetoric over the years has lead directly to 34% of New Hampshire voters voting for Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for President of the United States? Continue reading “Trump Coming Home to Roost”