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Racists to the left, liberals to the right? WTF, NOPD?

Take a look at the flags on the left. Specifically, the white flags with a black cross on them. That’s the flag of the League of the South, a Southern secessionist organization whose leader has a bad habit of saying racist and bigoted things in the pages of their magazine. Things like “In a free & independent South, Islam would be banned, Muslims deported, and all mosques closed down.” They’re protesting the take-down of racist monuments in New Orleans, Louisiana.

A friend of mine suggested that the statue of Jefferson Davis that the City of New Orleans pulled down a couple of days ago be replaced with a statue of Ruby Bridges. I snorted. Yeah, that’d certainly send the racist bigots into spittle-flecked rage!

But that got me to thinking about Norman Rockwell. Which seems strange at first glance. The beloved painter of Midwestern schlock?

But in 1963 Norman Rockwell painted this:

The Problem We All Live With

Norman Rockwell was in his late 60’s when he painted this scathing condemnation of racism, depicting Ruby Bridges integrating the New Orleans Public Schools in 1960, flanked by four hulking Deputy U.S. Marshals enforcing the court order. How does a man at that time of life, a time of life when most people’s thinking becomes ossified, suddenly decide that civil rights are important enough to basically set his career aside and dive in with something like this?

Given all the neo-Confederate and White Power signs I saw around the demolishing of the Jackson Square monument to white supremacy, it looks like we took two steps forward, but have gone one step backward. But I am always in awe of the fact that sometimes courage comes in small packages as well as large, the courage of a small child and the courage of an old man who has nothing to prove but plenty to stand for. Seems to me that we need some more of that, today — people today do what’s convenient, rather than doing the right thing. Because the right thing is hard. But without people doing the right thing, evil wins.

And sometimes it takes a sixty-something-year-old painter of cornball schlock — and a six year old child — to point that out.

– Badtux the Wistful Penguin

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Help, help, I’m being oppressed by the unfair burden of being a white male!

I mean, why can’t I have the benefits of being a woman, like being stalked by rapists in dark parking garages? Or the benefits of being a black man, like being shot dead by police on the street for the crime of reaching for my wallet? How unfair!

Yeah, MRA’s are idiots. But: They’re now in charge. To whit: Jeff Sessions saying that the Department of Justice is no longer going to oversee brutal police departments that regularly violate the civil rights of their citizens.

Because we don’t need that anymore. Despite the constant drip drip drip of YouTube videos showing brutal cops slamming people around, the most recent case being that poor old doctor dude that the Chicago Airport Police dragged off a United Airlines plane on his bleeding face. So we can’t live on in ignorance that this sort of thing is still going on… the videos just keep coming, over and over again. But: It appears that a huge number of Americans simply don’t care.

To quote Taibbi:

“Seventy years ago, affluent white people could huddle in the suburbs, watch Leave It to Beaver, and pretend that cops weren’t beating the crap out of people in East St. Louis or Watts or wherever the nearest black neighborhood was. But these days, the whole country regularly gawks at brutal cases of police violence on the Internet. Nobody can pretend it’s not going on, but millions of people clearly don’t want to do anything about it – just the opposite, in fact. They want more. Is this a twisted country, or what?”

I’ll go for $1,000 on “twisted”, Alex. And the end result is not going to be pleasant.

– Badtux the Watching Rome Burn Penguin

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An unprecedented number of mosques have burned in the past seven weeks.

Gay-bashing attack in Key West.

Middle school kids are doing Nazi salutes un-ironically.

Nazis still recruiting at the University of Wisconsin.

Neo-nazi threatens to kill Jews, shoot up an elementary school.

Jews and Muslims are having to crowdfund for each other a little too often lately. (Fine snark on the above by Wonkette).

Yeah, the MAGAts are working overtime.

– Badtux the MAGAt-scryin’ Penguin

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Okay, first of all, if you are a white person and your first response to the notion of a list of racists is “why isn’t (insert black politician) on that list?”, then congratulations! You’re a volunteer for our list of racists! Because, see, nobody even fucking mentioned skin color until you brought it into the conversation. Skin color matters to you? You’re a racist!

If you are a white person and your next response is, “there’s nothing wrong with being white!”, congratulations again on being a volunteer for our list of racists. Because, once again, nobody brought in skin color until you did.

If you are a white person and your response to the ADL, SPLC, etc. reporting an uptick of attacks on Jewish cemeteries and bomb threats against Jewish community centers is to say “nuh-uh, that’s just the liberal media” , congratulations, you’re a racist! Because goysplaining away the experience of these people saying they aren’t really experiencing the uptick in racist attacks that they report is, uhm, racist.

And if you say that Jews are phoning in bomb threats on their own community centers, congratulations, Donald Trump, you’re a racist.

not-bigots

If your response to the above photograph is to say “ooh gross”, guess what: You’re a bigot. Congratulations!

And if your response to this post is “I’m not a racist / bigot! How dare you!”, well, thanks for volunteering that you’re a racist or bigot. We appreciate your kindness in letting us know about your sad mental deficiency up front, so that we can avoid you in the future. Have a nice day!

Now, if I cared enough, I’d contact someone in a free country and ask them to set up a site that tracked and listed racists and bigots. Heck, just automating the SPLC database all by itself would be great, right now it’s damn hard to locate specific bigots and racists on that site. But really, I don’t care enough. Because, as the above examples show, it’s not hard to spot bigots and racists. Fuck, they declare themselves to you outright most of the time!

– Badtux the Snarky Penguin

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Look, I get it. You’re a white lady and you see all this little brown kids running around on your dirt, attending your school, giving their little brown cooties to your kid. Well, except you teach at a Jewish school, so they’re not actually at your school, but hey, the principle, already? But hey — could you, like, just say “deport them all”? I mean, did you have to say….
bonnie-verne

Uhm. Lady. Saying that immigrants should just be killed like cockroaches is, uhm, sorta like Hitler. How in the world did Bonnie Verne expect her Jewish employer to react to opinions like that? I mean, they fired her fat ass so fast her shoes probably got left behind!

But hey, it’s Trump’s America, where Indian-Americans are scared to walk around ’cause they might get shot by precious not-so-little snowflakes like Bonnie Verdie. So what else can we expect, I guess, when deplorables have their conduct validated by God-Emperor Donald the Trump himself?

So it goes.

– Badtux the Deplorable-spottin’ Penguin

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Neo-Nazis celebrated Presidents Day and the election of their God-Emperor Donald the Trump by unleashing a wave of terror threats against Jewish community centers and vandalizing a Jewish cemetery.

Funny, how these neo-Nazis are always whining about how they’re being oppressed, oppressed I say, but it’s never radical white Protestant evangelical churches that are getting the terror threats. Funny, huh?

– Badtux the “Fucking Nazis. Goddamn fucking Nazis” Penguin

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“This little kid didn’t wake up in the morning and say ‘Hey guys instead of going to have a picnic or watching the Canadiens, I will go kill some people in the mosque.’ It doesn’t happen that way.

Day after day, week after week, month after month, certain politicians unfortunately, and certain reporters unfortunately, and certain media were poisoning our atmosphere.”

And one of those people is the President of the United States.

Earlier this week, Milo Yiannopoulos, who most people in the anti-fascist movement consider to be a fascist because of his anti-Muslim rhetoric, was driven out of Berkeley by protesters who engaged in violence that made it too dangerous for him to appear. This was three days after the Quebec mosque massacre. And you know what? I don’t feel bad about it at all. Yes, property damage is bad. But people damage is worse. People like this asshole Milo, they find impressionable young people like Alexandre Bissonnette. They pour hate into those impressionable young brains, and that hate comes out, and that hate kills. Six people, in the case of Bissonnette.

Do I like the black bloc idiots in Berkeley? Nope. They went beyond what was necessary to scare the crap out of the fascists, and engaged in some wanton destruction just for the sake of wanton destruction. But am I upset that they prevented at least one fascist from pouring his daily ration of hate into the minds of impressionable young people? No. Fuck no. Letting fascists speak without opposition normalizes fascism, makes fascist speech and fascist thought seem like any other speech and thought. And we already know what the end result of that is. It’s dead bodies. Whether six dead bodies in a Quebec mosque, or over 6 million dead bodies in Nazi ovens. Fascists should never be allowed to speak unopposed, should always be denigrated and condemned at every opportunity, and should always be treated with the same contempt as the mass murderers that they were inspired by and that they inspire. Nobody who’s got any sense admires Adolf Hitler, after all. You know why? Because nobody can get up and extol the virtues of Adolf Hitler in a public place unopposed. If all the news shows and all the politicians’ speeches were about how great Hitler was, do you think he would be treated with such contempt? No? Well. You get the point then. Talking about atrocity as if it were normal normalizes atrocity. Which we should never do. Period.

– Badtux the un-normalized Penguin

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