July 20th, 2010


To me, being a black black woman is ALL ABOUT doing mathematics.

A guy I know said that black kids are raised to think of themselves as oppressed and that this was what was holding black people back, not racism. But "too much attitude."

I found this pretty offensive but tried to respond calmly. This is what I wrote.

Dear Joe,

Did you know that black youths have higher levels of self-confidence than white? (I don't feel like finding the study but it should not be hard.) It is impossible to make generalities that will cover everyone, but the spirit in which black children are raised when their parents are race conscious-- (parent need not be black to be race conscious)  is basically one that places a big emphasis on resilience. It's something of saying "you'll have to work harder to get as far as others but that is no reason to give up." It's not sad an oppressed like you described... in fact, that is a stereotype.Collapse )

Godzilla, default

Ah, the Tea Party, the gift that keeps on giving.


To summarize the article in first a macro and then comments:

This is the post linked in the short version:

And yes, Grammar Nazis, there is no apostrophe where "I'm" is supposed to be. Now, here Mr. Williams has written a long and harsh article where he claims the Tea Party movement is *really* led by him as opposed to the vain voices of logic and reason:

I am afraid that David Webb of the National Tea Party Federation not only misunderstands why the Federation was formed in the first place and with a few ill-advised words aimed at the tea party itself has endangered the peace and potential fro progress that we saw unfold on national television last night.

So Mr. Williams, I take it you believe the Tea Party was founded as a way to shout "Nigger Nigger Nigger" without coming across as Strom Thurmond or Jesse Helms? Silly me, I believed you guys believed you were all about this "fiscal responsibility" nonsense. Instead you seem to be arguing that racist articles are the heart and soul of the movement? 

Besides the Federation was formed so Captain Kirk had a legal reason to sleep with anything that looked remotely like a human female.

But this guy unfortunately has followers in the other movement, as recounted here:


Leaving aside the usual Right Wing problems with grammar (the form of the word you want, Miss Kremer, is "written" not "wrote." Why is it all the "We want an Englis only country" types can't spell worth a damn or understand grammar?), the reality is that this denunciation is exposing how deep the racist rot is in the movement. And as it proceeds to dissolve into circular firing squads I proceed to close my post with an amusing bit from Life of Brian:


The "Real" Death Panels - a blast from the past

Every now and then the "Death Panel" discussion resurfaces when people talk about Health Care Reform.

I wonder if Republicans are perhaps remembering the Texas Futile Care Law in 1999  when they envision what Obama proposed?

Section 166.046, Subsection (e),1 which allows a health care facility to discontinue life-sustaining treatment against the wishes of the patient or guardian ten days after giving written notice if the continuation of life-sustaining treatment is considered medically inappropriate by the treating medical team.


For the hospital personnel to take advantage of legal immunity from prosecution for this the following process must be followed:

  • The family must be given written information concerning hospital policy on the ethics consultation process.
  • The family must be given 48 hours' notice and be invited to participate in the ethics consultation process. Family members may consult their own medical specialists and legal advisors if they wish.
  • The ethics consultation process must provide a written report to the family of the findings of the ethics review process.
  • If the ethics consultation process fails to resolve the dispute, the hospital, working with the family, must try to arrange transfer to another provider physician and institution who are willing to give the treatment requested by the family and refused by the current treatment team.
  • If after 10 days, no such provider can be found, the hospital and physician may unilaterally withhold or withdraw the therapy that has been determined to be futile.
  • The party who disagrees may appeal to the relevant state court and ask the judge to grant an extension of time before treatment is withdrawn. This extension is to be granted only if the judge determines that there is a reasonable likelihood of finding a willing provider of the disputed treatment if more time is granted.
  • If either the family does not seek an extension or the judge fails to grant one, futile treatment may be unilaterally withdrawn by the treatment team with immunity from civil or criminal prosecution. 2

The bill was signed into law while George W. Bush was Governor of Texas. Prior to the passage of this law, no protections or "grace period" existed.[1] Critics have compared this law and its effects with Bush's response to Terri Schiavo's situation, in particular his signing of the Incapacitated Person's Legal Protection Act. 3

Interestingly enough, this law was passed with support of anti-abortion groups (you know, the ones labelled "Pro-Life") in Texas.

So when people want to try to pretend panel consultation on insurance coverage rates is a "Death Panel" -- steer them towards this little piece of conservative legislation to see what a true "Death Panel" looks like.

Or does someone believe I've missed something important here?  If so, please let me know...



Sweeping racism under the rug

Recently a national organization that numbers in the millions of members was accused of racism. This outraged the base and started a verbal war that went back and forth across the aisle. Well earlier this week a prominent member of the organization was found to have given a speech in front of that organization where she talked about how she used her position of authority at work to deny someone help because of their race. This was met with no condemnation by the audience and even some support.

It's little wonder that this hasn't been talked about here because it doesn't fit the accepted leftist paradigm for what is racism. It involved an NAACP official talking about denying help to a white farmer because of racial animosity she felt towards him. The extra quirk to this is she had previously won a racial discrimination settlement from the gov't to the tune of several millions of dollars. It was done completely in the open and on camera in front of an organization that claims to fight racism. And yet it was kept quiet an never talked about by anyone in the group for several months.

Yet I'd wager that people quietly ignore this or assert that it's not racist on her or the NAACP's behalf. So how will people dismiss this? I really want to know.

Higher Education: The Institution of White Underprivilege

In the wake of the rampant racism movement that seems to have struck the news (and subsequently, our community), I'd like to share an article linked to me by one of my more conservative friends. With the political right desperate for a race card to play, it's only fair that they be given a chance to play. Please note that while the piece is an op-ed, and the opinions are open for debate, the study itself is (I assume) scientific.

"The Roots of White Anxiety"

I will admit right now that I have not read the study itself, and I am taking the claims made in the op-ed regarding the results of the study at face value. There is a chance he could be misrepresenting the data, in which case I will look like a complete douchebag by using it to try to argue my points. I see no reason to believe the columnist has done so, so with that disclaimer out of the way, I shall move on.

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