Nooooo… Never happens.
Nooooo… Never happens.
Chumph Lawn Jockey Alert!
One of the standard techniques used by the race pimps like Hannity and O’Reilly on Faux News is to bring on one of their Lawn Jockeys to sing from the veranda, and to bring on a generally unknown black “liberal” to oppose them in a “debate”. Most of the time, it is a setup. The Liberal black person is chosen either because they are soft spoken, or at worst, someone who is unaware of the issues.That way it is easily to bloviate over the black liberal, or verbally intimidate them – which is a favorite tactic of O’Rielly.
Sometimes, soft spoken black liberal guest doesn’t follow the script – resulting in a very difficult time for the bought and paid for Uncle Tom.
Lesson…Don’t try and play Leo Terrell for a patsy.
Since the early 90’s when books by Dinesh D’Souza and Jared Taylor hit conservative bookshelves, racism, and the pseudo science behind it have gone mainstream in the conservative world. Fox News picked up and found serial racism was profitable. It is safe to say than anyone you meet who watches Faux more than an hour a day…
Is a racist.
Faux News talking heads like Sean Hannity have built their entire careers around defending, encouraging, and promoting racism though implicit bias.
I think back a few weeks to the brother who murdered 5 Cops in Dallas. Stupid, stupid, stupid. First off, there was no evidence that any of the victims were either “bad cops” or criminal in any way. Killing the symptom, not the cause. If the brother was going to do some good in eradicating some of the racism in america – including the murder by cop of unarmed, innocent black men – he needed to shoot the hand behind the hand holding the gun. He needed to go to 1211 Avenue of the Americas in New York City, and shoot the first 5 talking heads emerging out of limousines.
Especially if 2 or 3 of those were the incessant purveyors of implicit racism.
It simply isn’t going to stop until the purveyors of racist trash know there is a cost to it. All the nice training courses discussed below won’t do a damn thing.
It is sort of like alcohol addiction. Alcohol is one of the, if not the hardest drug to kick. The reason? I would say in most cities it would be hard to walk a block though a commercial section without seeing a bar, a restaurant that serves alcohol, signs promoting alcoholic beverages. Turn on the TV – happy people consuming alcohol. Go to ball game – signs for alcohol everywhere, and dozens of places selling beer on draft (heck – there are even guys who will bring beer to your seat). Alcohol consumption is part of our social fabric. We are bombarded with messages hundreds of times a day promoting alcohol consumption.
Faux News and other conservative outlets do the same thing for racism. A good portion of their programming is devoted to promoting and advancing racism in the form of implicit bias.
So if you want to kill the implicit bias beast – you need to a lot better than a 2 hour slide show.
When the Justice Department released its report on the Baltimore Police Department last week, examples of racial bias were clear:
— employs “enforcement strategies on African Americans, leading to severe and unjustified racial disparities”
— “disproportionately searches African-Americans during stops,” yet illegal items were found twice as often on white individuals during vehicle stops and 50 percent more during pedestrian stops
— arrests black people five times more than others for drug possession, yet black drug use is about the same or only slightly higher.
What is not so clear is the unseen, but not unfelt, implicit bias that provides the foundation for racism.
Most people carry some implicit bias, which Justice defines as “the unconscious or subtle associations that individuals make between groups of people and stereotypes about those groups.”
Justice and Baltimore agreed to reach a consent decree setting out needed reforms, including improved implicit bias training. At the same time, the Justice Department is launching a major effort for its own crew. All Justice law enforcement officers and prosecutors will undergo implicit bias training under a directive issued by Deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates and backed by her boss, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch.
“We have been requiring implicit bias training in a lot of our consent decrees for local jurisdictions,” Lynch said in a brief interview following her appearance before a joint conference of the National Association of Black Journalists (disclosure: I am a member) and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. “We really felt that if we were going to make that a prescription for local law enforcement, we should also be part of it.”
That means the department’s 23,000 law enforcement agents in four agencies and 5,800 lawyers are being trained in how to recognize implicit bias in their daily work.
Perhaps anticipating push back, Yate’s memo to staffers said “I know that your time is valuable, and that you already devote many hours to various training requirements, but I would not have asked you to take on this additional responsibility unless I and other Department leaders were convinced of its value.”
While the training will be geared to different elements in the department, all of it will begin with the science behind implicit bias, Yates said by telephone. “As you might expect, people can naturally start out a little defensive when they come into this kind of training.”
Yates, who has taken some training, said it’s important for employees to understand that implicit bias is distinct from explicit bias “and that it is something we all carry around unconsciously in one form or another.”
After the science, the training includes scenarios where implicit bias might kick in and strategies to counter it.
Strategies can include providing factual information to counter stereotypes. The Justice Department’s finding that contraband is found much more often among white folks, yet black people are stopped and searched at a higher rate is an example.
That information, perhaps, could have an impact on those who assume higher arrest rates mean black people are more criminally inclined. Studies have shown that black people are treated more harshly by the criminal justice system than white people for similar offenses at every step of the process.
“What the science also shows is that the most important aspect of countering implicit bias is being aware that you have it to begin with,” Yates said. “Most people don’t really recognize that they are carrying around the bias, particularly people who believe themselves to be fair-thinking, non-prejudice folks.”
I wonder if that fits Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation and a former Justice Department lawyer.
He thinks the department is going “to spend a lot of taxpayer money on training for a nonexistent problem.” Despite science to the contrary, von Spakovsky said, unconvincingly, “these claims are based on very dubious, questionable studies…the bias I saw there when I worked in the (DOJ’s) Civil Rights Division was towards whites.”
Perhaps he should talk with Lenese Herbert, a Howard University law professor.
Implicit bias training “represents cutting-edge research,” she said, “that may be enlisted to eradicate the internationally embarrassing and domestically destabilizing scourge of officers killing unarmed Black people in extraordinarily disproportionate numbers and in the face of shockingly nonviolent resistance.”
Once again, when the victim is black, Faux News bigots can’t wait to blame the victim.
That’s right, he said it!
And challenged the chicken-winged chickenpoop to a debate.
And I quote:
The reality is this: Black Lives Matter has forced a level of accountability in America dealing with police that we have never seen. And the people to blame for crime going up are these sorry cops who don’t wanna do their job, but they want to draw their paychecks, and they want their pension. They’re the ones who are not doing their jobs, they’re the ones who should be patrolling. And I’ll say this, if you’re a cop doing stuff right, you shouldn’t be afraid if you’re caught on videotape.
…Every time you call out Black Lives Matter, and you’re wrong, I’ma check you, Bill. Because in this case, you’re a flat-out liar. And I’ll say it again, if you want a debate, call me.
Well, at least one Faux News pundit’s lies have caught up with him. And he is looking at 40 years in the Federal Pen, for lying about having worked for the CIA, and presenting himself to Faux viewers as an “expert” on National Security – supporting the right wing lie machine.
They should hang his ass for treason, along with the Faux News folks who had him on their shows. Typical of the folks Fox brings on as “analysts” and “experts”, this guy had a long criminal record.
He faces up to 40 years in prison.
A Fox News guest terrorism analyst pleaded guilty on Friday to U.S. charges that he fraudulently claimed to have been a CIA agent for decades, federal prosecutors said.
Wayne Simmons, 62, of Annapolis, Maryland, entered the plea in U.S. district court in Alexandria, Virginia, a Washington suburb, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
The plea came in a hearing in which Simmons changed the not-guilty plea he had made in October.
“His fraud cost the government money, could have put American lives at risk, and was an insult to the real men and women of the intelligence community who provide tireless service to this country,” said Dana Boente, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Simmons had appeared on Fox News, the top-ranked U.S. cable television news network, as an unpaid guest analyst on terrorism since 2002.
A grand jury indicted him in October for portraying himself as an “Outside Paramilitary Special Operations Officer” for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1973 to 2000.
Simmons pleaded guilty to charges of major fraud against the U.S. government, wire fraud and a firearms offense. He faces up to 40 years in prison. Sentencing is set for July 15.
Simmons admitted that he defrauded the government in 2008 when he got work as a team leader in an Army program, and again in 2010 when he was deployed to Afghanistan as an intelligence adviser, the statement said.
He said he made similar false statements in a 2009 bid to get work with the State Department’s Worldwide Protective Service.
Simmons also admitted to defrauding an unidentified woman out of $125,000 in a bogus real estate investment. When he was arrested, Simmons illegally possessed two firearms, which he was barred from having because of prior felonies, including a state conviction and two federal firearms violations.
Tavis Smiley responds to Bill Reilly’s latest racist remarks…
Two years ago O’Racist claimed pretty much the same thing in an interview of Sen Paul Ryan…That time moving the tattoos to black folk’s necks…
Larry Wilmore Responds…
“You’re not going to sit here and make some stupid comments that ‘most black youth are ill-educated,'” Martin said
On Tuesday, NewsOne Now host Roland Martin weighed in on Bill O’Reilly’s claim that African- and Latino-Americans are unemployable because “they have tattoos on their foreheads,” saying that he would be willing to challenge O’Reilly to a debate “anytime, any day, anywhere.”
One of the NewsOne Now panelists, Angela Rye, complained that “Donald Trump did not push back — he allowed that foolishness to continue. If you want to be president of America, as [Obama] said president ‘of all Americans,’ you need to be able to push back on the stereotypes and the bigotry.”
Instead, Trump allowed it “to be spewed out of this cable host’s mouth.”
Martin jumped in, saying “you’re not going to sit here and make some stupid comments saying ‘most black youth are ill-educated,’ but then you don’t want to have a real discussion about the education system in America. You are not going to sit here and say they’ve got tattoos on their forehead, which is pretty damn stupid.”
He then challenged O’Reilly to a debate, but noted that there’s little chance of that happening. “Bill is afraid of this black man,” he said, but still invited him to debate “in your studio, on the street, at Sylvia’s.” If he really wants to have this conversation, Martin concluded, “let’s roll.”