....LMB: "As American as White Supremacy II"....

January 09, 2003

We now have something of a sequel to the Trent Lott saga: the re-nomination of Charles Pickering to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (he was nominated once by George Bush I). Who is Charles Pickering? Check out this skewering he receives from Counterpunch. And in the name of fairness, you should also read this defense of Pickering.

Even the defensive article points out that Pickering "has a bad habit of injecting his personal views into legal opinions on controversial issues" and that he is "not entirely comfortable with key principles of civil rights law," which seems to suggest that as a higher court judge, he might use his prejudice to make decisions, not the law.

That's the uber-nice way of looking at him. In 1960, he drafted a law that would strengthen Mississippi laws prohibiting blacks and whites from having sex with each other. Frankly, that might be all you need to hear. Even after 40 years, would a man with that kind of disgust and prejudice be able to change into the color-blind type of person we'd want to see on the bench? Personally, I doubt it.

But it goes on. It seems that in the 1970s, Pickering had ties to the state's Soveriegnty Commission, "a kind of secret police force which worked to keep Mississippi segregated in the wake of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling. The Sovereignty Commission, often employing KKK thugs, spied on civil rights organizers, politicians, preachers and rockers (including B.B. King, Elvis Presley, James Brown and the Rolling Stones) ... The Commission also helped to cover up attacks on blacks and civil rights workers by the KKK and other vigilantes." As a Mississsippi state senator, he voted to both give money to these thugs and to keep their records sealed from the public on two different occasions each (although perhaps his reasons for support were not racist. In 1972, he asked the Commission to spy on an active labor union in Pickering's home town. So maybe it was about secret power to fight strikers instead. Or not)

So after reading about this fellow, I ran across a number of other articles about the fine state of race relations in the U.S.

Have you heard of Matt Hale? He is the founder of World Church of the Creator, a neo-nazi "religion" who's goal is to bring about RaHoWa- Racial Holy War. They hate just about everybody, claim the Nazi Holocaust never happened, etc. You can find your own link to their site, cuz I ain't putting it here.

Matt Hale's gotten a lot of press, arguing that he's being persecuted, that his First Amendment rights are being attacked, and so on. When he keeps his rhetoric turned down to the mild tones of "white pride" and "celebration of white culture," he's somewhat convincing. But when non-racists aren't looking, he's just the rabid, fire-breathing nazi you'd expect.

Oh, and he's currently under arrest for trying to have a judge assassinated. Pardon me, for trying to have a "kike and nigger-loving judge" assassinated. Happily, according to the sidebar of this article, Hale's "church" seems to be falling apart.

But I'm going somewhere with this.

The recent Trent Lott scandal strongly suggested that conservative politicians were using code words to win over the votes of racists without arousing the suspicions of non-racists (well, non-overt racists). But we haven't looked at this phenomenon from the racists' point of view. Do they see politicians pandering to them covertly? Let's ask Matt Hale. I'll reprint this short blog entry from David Neiwert:

Here's an excerpt from from an interview Matt Hale gave a columnist for the Greenwich Village Gazette Aug. 8, 2000:

The caller also told me that he was now leaning toward Bush and that his victory in November would give him and the white-supremacist movement "cause for celebration and hope."

The man calling himself Mr. Hale told me that he was persuaded by Bush after watching both party conventions this summer.

"The conventions left me with the impression that the Democrats actually mean it when they say they want a diverse tent and the Republicans are like 'OK, this is a way to get some votes so let's go throw bait to the blacks.' So they trot out their yard (N-word) for show and dress them better than black democrats could ever dream of.'"

Bush was endorsed by Hale, David Duke and Don Black of Stormfront [another white supremacist group]. This is not to imply that Bush is racist. Rather, it is clear that he makes enough gestures that are interpreted by extremists as sympathetic to gain their votes.

So yes, I guess that racists are getting the message soft and clear.

Back in 1998, during a parade in New York City, three firemen dressed up in blackface, "threw chunks of watermelon and fried chicken to parade goers and made it appear as if one of the men in blackface was being dragged ... the same summer that a black man in Texas was dragged to his death from a pickup." Mayor Giuliani fired the three men. Well, now those three men are suing to get their jobs back.

And finally, Atrios posts a casting call for a new "reality" dating show on NBC. The interesting bit:

MEN SHOULD BE 26-34 YRS OLD & CAUCASIAN
AND
WOMEN SHOULD BE 21-34 YRS OLD & ANY ETHNICITY

Um.

Kinda interesting. Only white guys, but women of any race. I suppose this one is an easy answer. Women of different races on television are non-threatening, as they are usually just different "flavors" of T&A. But men are a different story. To me, the most glaring example is Asian men. I've seen a jillion movies and TV shows with sexy Asian women as characters, but very, very rarely with sexy Asian men. C'mon Hollywood, let's give our Asian brothers a little love.

Posted by Jake at 10:07 AM
Comments

Are you implying, in some way, that there is still racism in America? That's crazy. We took care of all that back in the sixties. Hell, I have black friends. . .

Posted by: Jeremy at January 9, 2003 02:04 PM

"I'd like one order of woman."
"What flavor - white, black, Latina, Asian?"
"Uh, I was in the mood for Native American."
"Sorry, we're all out."

Posted by: Eric at January 9, 2003 06:01 PM

It all comes as no surprise that there's still racism in America. It all comes as no surprise that Bush II is actually Ronald Reagan, but with an even more mediocre disguise. White Supremacy is a fucking joke. Bush II is a fucking joke. America has become a fucking joke. Add all three of them together and you get what's been going on underground. Homeland Security Act? If that was of any real use it should be used on our government and the Bush II administration. Iran-Contra, anyone? Fuckers.

Posted by: Katarina at January 10, 2003 12:05 PM

I wish death to Bush. Everyone in office just want money. Money whores. Fuck Bush and his puppet masters

Posted by: Drea at February 1, 2003 09:08 AM

I think bush is doing a wonderful job in making this country a safer place to live.he destroyed a terror sponsoring regime.now terrorists have one less place to hide.and as for you war protestors: every war in history has suffered casualties-it's a fact of war-get over it.I think this war has been the most HUMANE one ever fought-with regard to the extra precaution taken to reduce the loss of innocent civilian lives.I applaud bush and rumsfeld for showing that they have the GUTS to take action and to show the world that we will not lie down with our asses in the breeze waiting to be attacked again.So fuck all of you tree-huggin' ni##er loving hippies who thinks diplomacy works with ignorant third world countries who still live in the 1600's.We just gave them an attitude adjustment. a thought: if you had a rabid dog foaming at the mouth, would you wait till it bit you to take it out? another thought:war for oil?why would we spend over 100 billion dollars to go to war with iraq just to save 10 dollars a barrel????????wake up and smell the beans

Posted by: jamie at April 25, 2003 09:43 PM

I think bush is doing a wonderful job in making this country a safer place to live.he destroyed a terror sponsoring regime.now terrorists have one less place to hide.and as for you war protestors: every war in history has suffered casualties-it's a fact of war-get over it.I think this war has been the most HUMANE one ever fought-with regard to the extra precaution taken to reduce the loss of innocent civilian lives.I applaud bush and rumsfeld for showing that they have the GUTS to take action and to show the world that we will not lie down with our asses in the breeze waiting to be attacked again.So fuck all of you tree-huggin' ni##er loving hippies who thinks diplomacy works with ignorant third world countries who still live in the 1600's.We just gave them an attitude adjustment. a thought: if you had a rabid dog foaming at the mouth, would you wait till it bit you to take it out? another thought:war for oil?why would we spend over 100 billion dollars to go to war with iraq just to save 10 dollars a barrel????????wake up and smell the beans

Posted by: jamie at April 25, 2003 09:43 PM

oh yeah one more thing-racism is still alive and well in this country,because i am racist.i am prejudiced against ni##ers-not black people-there is a difference.ni##ers have a chip on their shoulder and think the world owes them something-they also tend to be lazy(not all of them, but most)they want the government to support them-they are a huge burden on our society and i think they should be eliminated or at least removed.europeons came to this country and within a decade they flourished-lincoln freed the slaves almost 140 yrs ago-how long does it take to get your act together?????-they should embrace our country not desecrate it! Lincoln would be proud.

Posted by: jamie at April 25, 2003 09:57 PM

Counter-Racism.com is having its First Annual Counter-Racist Science Project Contest!

Information can be found at http://www.counter-racism.com/projects/ .

The deadline for entry submission will be 11:55PM Wednesday
October 15, 2003. Judging will promptly occur and will cease October 31, 2003. The winnier of the $200.00 prize money will be announced November 3, 2003.

There is a question and answer forum located on the Counter-Racism Discussion Board under Counter-Racism Science Project. All qualified submissions will follow the scientific process and produce counter-racist code in the form of something that is said and/or something that is done that will neutralize what is said and/or done by the white people who choose to practice white supremacy (racism) for the purpose of replacing the SYSTEM of white supremacy (racism) with a SYSTEM of justice so all people can live in peace.

Good Luck and Happy Countering Racism (White Supremacy)!

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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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