Internet Racism

Hey everyone:

You know, a lot of folks still believe that the Internet is some sort of utopia. There’s this idea that everything is equal. That no one knows who you are, so no one is hateful, or racist, or anything mean. Well, anyone who’s ever wandered through a comments section, especially on Yahoo, knows this just isn’t so.

On the site Womanist Musings, I saw a video today that puts it into context. Here it is:

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Citizenship Is In Short Supply Or Something

Good Lord. *sigh*

MILFORD, N.H.—Mitt Romney said he believes President Obama’s decision to allow as many as 800,000 young illegal immigrants to apply for work permits and temporary legal status will ultimately make it harder for immigrants to gain permanent citizenship.

Okay, as always, let’s look at what’s really being said here.

If these youngsters are allowed to stay, it’ll be harder for other immigrants to become citizens.

Because why?

Perhaps the immigration people have only printed out 800,001 applications. So once these young folks have filled theirs out, only one more person can apply. Then the rest have to wait until our government printing office can make more.

But that can’t be right, because the application pack for American citizenship can be downloaded here: http://tinyurl.com/cfzcqe

No, it can only be one thing.

Mitt Romney is coming from his very special place of privilege again. He’s trying to win a campaign by waving the specter of “not enough for everyone if you get some”. That’s how a lot of the super wealthy work. Keeping the rest of us divided and fighting each other by acting like there isn’t enough lets them get away with whatever they want to do.

In this case:

Making false scarcity arguments about a big step forward Obama has made keeps people from understanding that Romney has no plan.

So today American politics carried on as it has been for years. Obama did something, and a leading Republican whined about it while offering nothing but vague mumblings & distractions in return. Yawn.

In other news, the sun rose again today. Carry on.

Zimmerman’s Bond Revoked

Gee, who would have thought George Zimmerman was a huge lier?

As most of the world knows by now, he’s had his bond revoked and has to turn himself in by Sunday. Of course he gets a ton of time to report back instead of having to come back to jail immediately like any other person. Must be nice to have friends in high places.

I won’t say too much else, just show you the actual court filing. Here in these papers, you can see the extent of the lies he and his wife told. They also have transcripts of jail conversations the two of them have had.

Enjoy!

Worldwide White Supremacy Unmasked

Whiteness as a race is a social construct that relies on several systems to stay in control of our society. Sometimes it is hidden, sometimes it is openly violent. Dr. Marimba Ani has written a book that has become a core standard read. It’s called Yurugu, and her book shows us what white culture of destruction looks like. I’m working my way through it, and recommend it to everyone.

Here she is doing an interview, and she touches on some of the concepts in the book.If you’re super impatient, the most important part starts at 3:00 in.

A more in depth interview that really lays things out can be found here:

Enjoy the videos. FYI, racism and global white supremacy are very much real things in the world. Comments left here that want to debate that point or tell me it doesn’t exist will be deleted as soon as I see them.

If you haven’t really thought much about racism, race issues, and whiteness until this moment in time, awesome. Now you can start.

Zimmerman Prosecution Affadivit

For anyone who wants to see it, here’s the papers the prosecution submitted today giving some proof for their claim to charge George Zimmerman with the 2nd degree murder of Trayvon Martin.

 

Famine Giving: Save The Children

This is a horrible situation. And it’s one where people want to step up and give. But so many groups are running around, who do you open your wallet to? I’ve been looking into the situation, and have a couple of recommendations of my own, but we’ll start with Save The Children.

Admittedly, I hadn’t had them on my shortlist. But then I saw a BBC interview with Somali born super model Iman. She’s been speaking out about the famine and it’s destruction. She supports STC for one main reason. She says they are well trusted by the Somali people, because they have stayed there with them for the past 20 years, maintaining a presence through all of the conflicts, battles, and civil upheavals that have gone on.

Here’s the interview:

My apologies. I don’t know why I haven’t been able to embed actual video for the past few days. I’m working on figuring it out, and hope to have it back online soon.