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H.L. Mencken

Thursday, September 17, 2015

I Know The Bar Is Low, But...

Reality TV star Bristol Palin has said that Barack Obama should stay out of the case involving the Texas boy Ahmed Mohamed.  Here's what the spawn of Caribou Barbie had to tweet:

This is the kind of stuff Obama needs to STAY out of. This encourages more racial strife that is already going on with the “Black Lives Matter” crowd and encourages victimhood.
The police made a mistake, clearly.
But why put more people against them? Why egg it on? Childish games like this from our president have divided our country… even more today than when he was elected.

Uh, WTF?

The teachers and police were fucking idiots and did something that was frankly, clearly racist.  They refused to apologize.  The rationale given by the police, by the way, is a perfect example of CopThink.  "The suspect refused to admit it was anything other than a clock, so we had to arrest him."

It was a fucking clock!  What should have said it was?

But in Palinland, when there is a miscarriage of justice against a brown person, it's terribly "divisive" to point this out.  Thank God, Jake Tapper didn't ask the America's Eleven Racist Grandparents what they thought of Black Lives Matter last night.  It could have been REALLY ugly.

Also, the idea that the President of the United States, MIT and Lord knows how many other people have reached out to this kid is not "divisive."  It is in fact trying to impress upon this young man that not everyone is a racist-assed Texas cop who thinks the Muslim kid has to be a terrorist.

What Obama and others are doing is reaching out to a kid who was traumatized by this event and letting him know that not everyone is a racist douchecanoe.

But in Right Wing Grievance Land, it is THIS that is divisive.  It is THIS that causes "racial strife."  And "victimhood"?  Obama and others are trying to make sure precisely that this kid does NOT see himself as a victim of a society that will never really accept him because he's Muslim, but that everyone from JPL engineers to Google to Mark Zuckerberg to the President of these United States has reached out to this kid.

Yet, Palin and the RW Grievance movement have focused on Obama.  Why is that?  Could it be that every time someone (a person of color or not) points out the vibrant remnants of Jim Crow and institutional racism in America, it makes that Holder of Grievance uncomfortable?

Does it Bristol?  Does it make you uncomfortable when the black president with the Muslim name reaches out to the 14 year old Muslim boy?  Does it make you uncomfortable when people note how often unarmed blacks are shot by the police?

Imagine, if you can, what it must be like to BE those families on the receiving end of that racism.  How uncomfortable would you be then?

ADDED: If you don't think America is still a deeply racist place, consider this.

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