Recently the Rev. Dickie and I devoted a little time to clowning Mississippi and its decision to remove the Confederate battle jack from its flag. It has since been suggested to me, privately, that I shouldn’t hassle people who are … Continue reading Why Am I So Cynical About Mississippi? Consider Georgia.
Let’s have a look at the current residents of South Dakota’s most famous mountain. The first was a rich white guy who owned more than 100 slaves, and wasn’t known as the best master, at that. The second guy – … Continue reading Donald Trump Belongs on Mt. Rushmore
All of a sudden protesting racism by promising to kneel during the national anthem is a thing in the NFL. Even among white people. Roger Goodell offered up sincere-sounding words of support. Texans coach and GM Bill O’Brien says he’ll … Continue reading NFL’s Late-Arriving Protesters Only Get Partial Credit
I’m a big fan of Dan Ryan’s. He sees the streets and he loves the people he finds there. And in him they obviously recognize something … Continue reading George Floyd and the Soul of The Mission
UPDATED 6.11, 6:55 MDT It’s been a bad few days to be a statue of a figure associated with colonialism, slavery, or racism. In London, witnesses say a statue of slave trader Edward Colston tripped and fell into the river, while … Continue reading What About the Monuments to America’s OTHER Slaveowners?
Q: Who this week referred to “the obvious racial discrimination that we’ve seen on full display on our television screens over the last two weeks”? A: This guy. There are three possible reasons for Moscow Mitch’s concerns. A: He’s genuinely … Continue reading A GOP Police Reform Bill? WTAF?
Updated 2020-6-7 12:45pm The NFL is talking the talk. Now for the walk… What a week this has been. I’m wondering if, when historians look back, they’ll regard this as being the most significant moment of the era in which … Continue reading This is a Huge Moment in History. Here’s Why I’m Still Cynical.
I’m glad you said this, Commish. Respect. One last question, sir – who will Colin Kaepernick be playing for this season? Continue reading Commissioner Goodell – One Quick Question
Brees doesn’t get it. And Malcolm Jenkins is a hero. First Drew Brees makes clear he has no idea what he’s talking about by pretending Colin Kaepernick’s protest had something to do with “the flag.” Then people landed on him … Continue reading Take a Knee, Drew
I’ve heard people the past few days saying these protests feel different to them. Like, maybe this time we’ll get results? Like George Floyd’s murder was the straw that broke the camel’s back? Like this is the tipping point and … Continue reading Here’s Why These Protests Are Different
Another company has done something to offend a lot of people and, again, I don’t know how this keeps happening. This time it’s VW. The car giant Volkswagen has apologised for a ‘tasteless’ advert that appeared on social media following … Continue reading Racist Ad From VW: HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
Many of the league’s “most hated players” have committed no crime worse than being black. Continue reading “NFL’s “most hated players ever”: is “hate” code for racism?”
Did the conservative NBC pundit just demonstrate a bit of empathy? Continue reading “Did Megyn Kelly just have a PC moment?”
It’s about tribalism. You cannot work with Trumpists. Period. You must defeat them and then fix the problems that handed them control.
It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into. – Jonathan Swift
Since the moment of Campaign 2016 when it became clear that Donald Trump actually had a chance, a lot of people have done a lot of thinking and pontificating and punditofying and writing and hand-wringing about the reasons for his viability. On one end of the spectrum: Donald gave the drooling, racist, misogynist, xenophobic, ignorant, anti-intellectual, hillbillies a cynical, smirking, dog-whistling charlatan they could line up behind. On the other, we’ve had all manner of thoughtful, complex analyses about how economic anxiety (and utter despair) fueled the rise of a non-partisan populist backlash against a political establishment that has spent decades betraying those it represents.
Both versions are compelling because each was built on a measure of observable truth. Continue reading “The only way to defeat Trump and his supporters”
Bottom line: almost ALL Americans vote against their best interests.
For years progressives have been hammering conservatives – specifically social conservatives – who “vote against their own interests.” As in, poor working people who vote for the wealthy GOP interests that are the reason they’re poor, and whose policies insure they will remain that way. I have certainly been among this crowd – I remember wondering back in the 1992 election what the fuck could be wrong with Arkansas Bush I voters, for instance. They concluded that Dubya’s Daddy was the sort of guy “they’d like to have a beer with.” Somehow a Northeastern blueblood Skull & Boneser who’d been born with a silver spoon up his ass was more “one of them” than, you know, the guy who was actually born in the trailer park down the road.
It was irrational, it was self-defeating, and it was stupid beyond all imagining. Continue reading “Dear Liberals: you don't vote in your economic best interests, either”
S&R’s Lisa Wright participated in yesterday’s Seneca Falls Women’s March and sent back a remarkable catalogue of photos. Those weren’t all she shot, though. This morning we invite you to review the rest of the set over at Lisa’s Instagram site. Continue reading Women's March: Seneca Falls – more from Lisa Wright
The only thing worse than the willfully ignorant is the legion of apologists enabling them.
Since the election – before, really – we’ve heard a lot of talk about how all those urban liberal elites need to stop being so arrogant and start listening to very real concerns of real Americans in rural flyover values America.
We have more recently begun to see some informed pushback against this
silliness self-serving rhetorical engineering masquerading as good-faith socio-political analysis. Now we’ve hit the daily double, though.
First, our friend Otherwise passed along a righteous rant from a very frustrated Melinda Byerley, CMO of TimeShare. Have a quick look. Continue reading “Rural elites: I've had it with the arrogance of ignorance (and its promoters)”
The people who passed HB2 now want to unpass it because they hate teh queers, love the money and fear the people.
The yahoos who run my native state of North Carolina have been a marvel to watch in recent months. Their latest act was to convene another of their dread “special sessions” for the purpose of repealing the state’s infamously discriminatory HB2 – the “bathroom law.”
Of course, things fell apart. If you’d like a self-serving blow-by-blow from one of the perps, I highly recommend the narrative from NC District 41 (that’s Lincolnton, I believe) Senator Jeff Tarte. If you can’t stomach that, here’s the Reader’s Digest version:
- Charlotte passes ordinance to outlaw discrimination against LGBT citizens
- Republican lawmakers pass HB2, which makes it illegal to interfere with civil rights violations against gays, lesbians and transgender citizens
- The world shuns NC, costing it untold millions of dollars
- Now, on the way out the door, Gov. “One-Term” Pat McCrory decides to repeal the law
- However, the repeal fails because apparently it was predicated on Charlotte repealing the ordinance that started the legislative ball rolling in the first place
So, what’s the GOP’s motivation here? Continue reading “WTF is the NC GOP up to with the attempted “Bathroom Bill” repeal?”
Journalism RIP: gone and apparently forgotten
Here’s a sampling of the Google News headlines this morning for a search on [tiffany martinez]:
- Professor Leaves Racist Note on Student’s Paper – Yahoo News-22 hours ago
- The broader implications of unfairly accusing a Latina student of plagiarism – Inside Higher Ed-Nov 1, 2016
- Professor accuses Latina student of plagiarism for using the word hence – The Grio-Oct 29, 2016
- Latina accused of plagiarizing after using ‘hence’ in essay – New York Post-Oct 30, 2016
- Latina college student is accused of plagiarism because she used the word ‘hence’ in an essay – Daily Mail-Oct 29, 2016
- Latina College Student Used ‘Hence’ In Paper, Is Accused Of Plagiarism – Highly Cited-Huffington Post-Oct 28, 2016
- A Professor Circled “Hence” On A Latina Student’s Paper And Wrote “This Is Not Your Word” – BuzzFeed News-Oct 28, 2016
- Student accused of plagiarism by professor for using the word ‘Hence’ – Gistmaster (blog)-8 hours ago
The trending case of a Suffolk University student accused of cheating in front of her class raises more questions than her manipulative story answers…
On Thursday, a Suffolk University student named Tiffany Martínez posted a blog in which she described how her professor had attacked her in front of a class for using language that was “not her own.”
This morning, my professor handed me back a paper (a literature review) in front of my entire class and exclaimed “this is not your language.” On the top of the page they wrote in blue ink: “Please go back and indicate where you cut and paste.” The period was included. They assumed that the work I turned in was not my own. My professor did not ask me if it was my language, instead they immediately blamed me in front of peers. On the second page the professor circled the word “hence” and wrote in between the typed lines “This is not your word.” The word “not” was underlined. Twice. My professor assumed someone like me would never use language like that. As I stood in the front of the class while a professor challenged my intelligence I could just imagine them reading my paper in their home thinking could someone like her write something like this?
Martínez is right to be sensitive to the issues of bias she points out. Continue reading “The Tiffany Martínez case: her post is long on emotional appeal and short on details”