I have been writing for years about the crazy white people who are trying to take over this country. Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Laura Schlessinger, Christine O'Donnell, Rush Limbaugh. These people are just bat-shit crazy and yet millions of angry and confused white people think they possess some special wisdom.
Here is a terrific story by Steven Thrasher that just ran in The Village Voice. He nails it! Some kind of brain rot has set in on the white American population and that is destroying their faculties and causing them to act like lemmings in the spring thaw. It all has to do with having a black guy in the White House, with aging baby boomers unable to come to grips with the changing American demographic and their own increasing irrelevance. They will not go quietly into the night, but at least they are going. Take a look at this:
About 12:01 on the afternoon of January 20, 2009, the white American mind began to unravel.
It had been a pretty good run up to that point. The brains of white folks had been humming along cogently for near on 400 years on this continent, with little sign that any serious trouble was brewing. White people, after all, had managed to invent a spiffy new form of self-government so that all white men (and, eventually, women) could have a say in how white people were taxed and governed. White minds had also nearly universally occupied just about every branch of that government and, for more than two centuries, had kept sole possession of the leadership of its executive branch (whose parsonage, after all, is called the White House).
But when that streak was broken—and, for the first time, a non-white president accepted the oath of office—white America rapidly began to lose its grip....
Who didn't chuckle, after all, the first time they heard that white people had doubts that Barack Obama had even been born in the United States and was therefore ineligible to be president? It sounded like one of those Internet stories in which some (usually white) writer does his best to prove something everyone knows to be true is actually the exact opposite. And you go along with it for a few paragraphs to see how long the writer can convince you that what you know is right is actually wrong....
But the more you shook your head at it, the more it seemed to have taken root deep in the lizard part of the white nervous system. Obama is not an American. He says he's Christian, but he has a Muslim-sounding name. He's not black, he's not white. . . . Is . . . is he even human?
Today, Newsweek has found, nearly a quarter of Americans believe that Obama is a Muslim, with barely 42 percent of the nation accepting his claim that he's a Christian. CNN finds that a quarter of Americans also believe that Obama was "probably or definitely" born in another country.
Harris found in an online poll that 14 percent of Americans believe in their hearts that President Barack Obama is the antichrist, with nearly a quarter of Republicans saying so....
What was going on? Had decades of sucking down so much high-fructose corn syrup not only made Americans incredibly obese, but also messed with white brain chemistry to the point that some sort of tipping point had occurred?
Not a bad theory, but no, there's a simpler explanation, with two parts: For the first time in their lives, baby boomers are hard up against it economically, and white boy is becoming outnumbered and it's got his bowels chilled with fear.
Read it all right here: http://www.villagevoice.com/2010-09-29/news/white-america-has-lost-its-mind/
Here is a piece from my old friend Darryl Wellington, which just came out in the Progressive Media Project. Sounds like a good idea to me, though the name "Family and Early American Heritage Day" is a bit of a mouthful.
Spare me the school-assembly version of Thanksgiving.
Since I was in grammar school, I've seen these misleading re-enactments. The Thanksgiving plays and celebrations glamorize the relationship between the Pilgrims and American Indians. They falsely portray the Pilgrims as the ones who allowed the indians to sup with them, rather than vice versa.
And they erase the genocide against Indians that followed....
Thanksgiving is America's guilty holiday, a kind of camouflage, a symbolic excuse to ignore the elimination of whole populations of indigenous Americans by disease or war.
The Pilgrims displayed a distinct lack of generosity when Indians began dying from smallpox.
"It pleased God to afflict these Indians with such a deadly sickness, that out of 1,000, over 950 of them died, and many of them lay rotting above the ground for want of burial," wrote William Bradford, governor of Plymouth Colony.
No, the Pilgrims were not architects of all the injustices against Indians. But they set the tone.
We do not have to remain stuck helplessly in a yearly cycle of guilty silence, hoping that Thanksgiving doesn't seem at its crassest - to be "giving thanks" for exterminated Indians.
Instead, we should petition Congress to rename the holiday. A more appropriate name would be "Family and Early American Heritage Day" to honor all peoples of colonial history....
See Darryl's entire column at http://www.sacbee.com/2010/11/18/3195003/lets-change-the-name-of-thanksgiving.html#ixzz167W0hp9l
This just in from Hufflington Post: Researchers recorded 0 percent physical and sexual abuse of children in lesbian families. Read it all at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/10/lesbians-child-abuse-0-percent
Los Angeles, CA — The Williams Institute, a research center on sexual
orientation law and public policy at UCLA School of Law, has announced
new findings from the U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study
(NLLFS), the longest-running study ever conducted on American lesbian
families (now in its 24th year). In an article published today in the
Archives of Sexual Behavior, the 17-year-old daughters and sons of
lesbian mothers were asked about sexual abuse, sexual orientation, and
The paper found that none of the 78 NLLFS adolescents reports having
ever been physically or sexually abused by a parent or other caregiver.
This contrasts with 26 percent of American adolescents who report parent
or caregiver physical abuse and 8.3 percent who report sexual abuse.
Charleston family attorney Gregory Forman posted this on his blog and I pass it along to you. He says it captures in four minutes every nightmare that a family attorney must deal with. Enjoy.
My City Paper column on November 17 dealt with the need to get federal money into the campaign to retrofit American homes, for the sake of the economy and the environment. A reader just sent me an interesting piece of news from New York City about a program to retrofit homes and other buildings using private money and local foundations in an array of partnerships. Maybe we could get something like that started in Charleston. Maybe the loudmouths who decry using federal money for anything but building air craft carriers and cruise missiles could organize it and get it started. But their skills are probably limited to complaining and criticizing what the rest of us do to make this country work. But I digress...
Here is the site and below is a clip. Take a look: http://prattcenter.net/retrofit-nyc-block-block
Retrofit NYC Block by Block packages and explains financial incentive programs that cover some (and sometimes all) of the costs of energy upgrades. These include incentives from the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), Con Edison, National Grid, the Weatherization Assistance Program and tax incentives. Retrofit NYC Block by Block also helps build new partnerships with job training organizations and contractors to create employment opportunities for community residents.
Retrofit NYC Block by Block was piloted in 2009-'10 as Retrofit Bedford Stuyvesant, in partnership with Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. The Pratt Center has published a report, "Retrofit Bedford Stuyvesant, Block by Block: 2009-2010 Pilot Summary Report," summarizing the impact of the pilot phase and drawing lessons for future outreach efforts.