Patterico's Pontifications


Racism Made Him Steal, and Kill

Filed under: Crime,Race — Jack Dunphy @ 11:19 am

[Guest post by Jack Dunphy]

Only the naïve among us failed to expect this. From MSNBC:

MANCHESTER, Connecticut — Omar Thornton sat calmly in a meeting with union representative and his supervisors as they showed a video of him stealing beer from the distributor where he worked.

Busted, he didn’t put up a fight, company officials said. He quietly signed a letter of resignation and was headed for the door when he pulled out a gun and started firing — “cold as ice,” as one survivor described it.

In the end, Thornton killed eight people, injured two, then turned the gun on himself in a rampage Tuesday at Hartford Distributors that union and company officials said they would not have anticipated from someone with no history of complaints or disciplinary problems.

Yet relatives say Thornton, 34, finally cracked after suffering racial harassment in a company where he said he was singled out for being black in a predominantly white work force.

Pathetic. Expected, but still pathetic.

–Jack Dunphy


L.A. Times Writer: Let’s Have Another National Conversation on Race

Filed under: Dog Trainer,Race — Patterico @ 2:11 pm

I’ve got a better idea: let’s don’t.

In most of the country, the conversation isn’t about whether Obama is favoring blacks or whites or anyone else; it’s about whether his stimulus plan can work and whether he’s running too big a deficit.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t also need to talk about racial equality and ethnic diversity. Who could lead such a dialogue in a civilized, useful way? Bill Clinton, who launched a similar conversation in 1997, could help. Gates, the Harvard professor, knows a thing or two. Or Jim Webb, the Democratic senator from Virginia who’s criticized diversity programs for favoring high-income minority candidates over low-income whites. Or Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), one of the surviving heroes of the civil rights movement that made Obama’s presidency possible.

The president doesn’t need to teach on every issue. But on this one, he might consider asking someone else to.

Those last couple of paragraphs tell you all you need to know about the “conversation” Doyle McManus wants us to have. Namely, he doesn’t want a conversation so much as a lecture. “Gates, the Harvard professor, knows a thing or two” about preaching to the racial grievance choir; what he doesn’t know is how to listen, as his encounter with a police officer at his home demonstrated. If you’re looking for someone to “teach” white America about how they’re still keeping the black man down, who better than John Lewis — who has supported a discredited narrative of Tea Partiers screaming the n-word at him, and has not been forced to explain to Big Media why numerous videotapes show that narrative to be false.

I notice that McManus does not suggest J. Christian Adams as someone who might help us lead the conversation. I wonder why not.

These “national conversations on race” always turn out to be a chance for Our Betters to lecture us on our institutional and unconscious racism. I’ll pass, Doyle McManus. I’ve been lectured enough, thank you very much.


White House Apologizes to Sherrod

Filed under: Obama,Race — DRJ @ 1:00 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

The White House has apologized for calling for Shirley Sherrod’s ouster

“White House spokesman Robert Gibbs called the dismissal of Shirley Sherrod an injustice and a mistake and said he was apologizing for the “entire administration.” He said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was trying to reach her to extend an apology.”

Sounds like the White House admits it acted stupidly.



Shirley Sherrod (Updated x3)

Filed under: Government,Race — DRJ @ 5:04 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Updates on the Shirley Sherrod story:

  • The Washington Examiner explains why we shouldn’t be so quick to forget about Shirley Sherrod.
  • NAACP and Glen Beck agree: People rushed to judgment on Sherrod.
  • The [EDIT: or maybe A] white farmer and his wife strongly defend Ms. Sherrod.
  • How did the white farmer know Sherrod’s anecdote was about him? Maybe he wasn’t the one … but if he is, did he recall “acting superior” or was he the only white farmer she helped?

    — DRJ

    UPDATE: My thanks to Dustin who provided a link to the NAACP website that posted the full Shirley Sherrod speech. As Dustin notes, this section at 21 minutes is most relevant and evidences Sherrod’s racial reconciliation theme:

    “Working with him made me see that it’s really about those who have versus those who don’t. You know, they could be white, they could be black, they could be Hispanic … and it made me realize then that I needed to work to help poor people, those who don’t have access the way others have.”

    She also discussed the history of slavery that impacted poor whites and poor blacks, which she said led to racism created by elites to divide the poor.

    UPDATE 2: Dustin watches the rest and summarizes it here and here. Like Dustin, I’d like to know what was in the edited section of the NAACP video.

    UPDATE 3 — The AP reports President Obama agrees with the decision to oust Sherrod:

    “A White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said President Barack Obama was briefed on the matter after Sherrod’s resignation and stands by the Agriculture Department’s handling of it.”


    Racism Within (Updated)

    Filed under: Government,Race — DRJ @ 5:38 pm

    [Guest post by DRJ]

    Today Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment released a videotape of Obama appointee and U.S. Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod “regaling an NAACP audience with a story about how she withheld help to a white farmer facing bankruptcy:”

    Sherrod has resigned.

    Will House Majority Whip James Clyburn add Sherrod and the NAACP to his list of racists?

    — DRJ

    UPDATED: Shirley Sherrod says the White House forced her to resign, even though she claims the point of her story was racial reconciliation.


    Racists Everywhere

    Filed under: Race — DRJ @ 9:21 pm

    [Guest post by DRJ]

    Today’s NAACP talking points: Tea Party tolerates racists.

    Today’s White House talking points: Al Qaeda is racist.

    Coincidence? Probably. Or maybe it’s synergy.

    — DRJ


    Racial Epithets

    Filed under: Race — DRJ @ 6:19 pm

    [Guest post by DRJ]

    Apparently Jesse Jackson thinks LeBron James is a multi-millionaire slave:

    “Shortly after James announced his decision last week, [Cleveland Cavalier owner Dan] Gilbert fired off an incendiary letter to Cleveland’s fans, ripping the 25-year-old and promising to deliver a title before James wins one. He called James’ decision “cowardly” and later told The Associated Press he believes James quit during a handful of Cavaliers playoff games.
    Jackson said Gilbert’s comments were “mean, arrogant and presumptuous.”

    “He speaks as an owner of LeBron and not the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers,” the reverend said in a release from his Chicago-based civil rights group, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “His feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality. He sees LeBron as a runaway slave. This is an owner employee relationship — between business partners — and LeBron honored his contract.”

    Meanwhile, the NAACP is set to condemn as racist the Tea Party movement for harboring “racist elements that are a threat to our democracy.”

    Post-racial America: Denounce first, worry about proof later.

    — DRJ


    “I Hate White People”

    Filed under: Obama,Race — DRJ @ 8:06 am

    [Guest post by DRJ]

    Naked Emperor News looks at one of the New Black Panthers involved in the Philadelphia voter intimidation case — King Samir Shabazz:

    “You want freedom? You’re gonna have to kill some crackers. You’re gonna have to kill some of their babies.”

    — DRJ


    Insert White Lawyer Joke Here

    Filed under: Law,Race — DRJ @ 3:39 pm

    [Guest post by DRJ]

    San Antonio has nixed a plan by the State Bar of Texas to honor the contributions by early Anglo lawyers:

    “Remember the Anglo lawyers! The State Bar of Texas had hoped do to so with a plaque on Alamo Plaza, but the city’s historic commission has refused to approve the plan, citing concerns about singling out a profession or ethnicity for honor near the famed landmark.”

    I have a feeling this battle isn’t over yet.

    — DRJ


    Obama Hosts Second State Dinner

    Filed under: Obama,Race — DRJ @ 8:33 pm

    [Guest post by DRJ]

    President and Mrs. Obama are hosting his second State Dinner tonight in honor of Mexican President Felipe Calderón and wife, Margarita Zavala, but there were no gatecrashers this time:

    “Some of them were still clutching their embossed invitations, proof that they belonged. They had already been asked their names once, twice, three times to make sure they were actually on the list.

    And as the guests for the second state dinner of Barack Obama’s presidency arrived on Wednesday night, the White House tried to purge the memories of the uninvited guests at the first state dinner. What were their names again? Forgotten, White House officials hoped, in the mists of Washington trivia.

    “I’d say things are pretty secure around here,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said.”

    How did they manage it? By refusing people who did not have their identification papers:

    “Kathryne Mudge, right, and her husband, Arturo A. Valenzuela, assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs, leave a checkpoint after discovering Mudge did not have her identification for the State Dinner at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 19, 2010. They returned about an hour later with the ID and were allowed into the affair that President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama held for their Mexican counterparts, Felipe Calderon and his wife, Margarita Zavala.”

    Questioning and turning away Mexicans/Americans because they don’t have papers?


    — DRJ

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