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So says Mike Ditka.

15 year old Elizabeth Eckford wasn’t being oppressed as she attempted to be the first black student in Little Rock High, she was merely being alt-welcomed.

Patrick Harmon wasn’t being oppressed by being shot in the back for being black in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was alt-rewarded.

Rosa Parks wasn’t being oppressed by being arrested for sitting at the front of the bus, she was being alt-praised.

The black day care worker in Pennsylvania wasn’t being oppressed by her employer getting a bigotted letter telling them to fire her for spreading black cooties to their children, she was being alt-praised.

Four little girls killed by a KKK bomb in Birmingham, Alabama weren’t being oppressed. They were being….

Oh fuck it. Mike Ditka is a fucking dumbass who played too much without a helmet.

That is all.

– Badtux the Oppression Penguin

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This is the city swimming pool where I swam as a small child in the Deep South. It was demolished and filled in because a Federal judge ordered desegregation of the city pools, and “we ain’t gonna have no mixin’ of the races in this here city.” They literally destroyed it — and virtually everything else that might make their city a nice place to live — in order to preserve the right to hate people with a different skin color.

That is what hate does. It destroys. It never builds. Never.

Today things are better for black people in that city. They even have a black female mayor now. But that’s only because so many of the bigots left — the city is only 45% white now. But the bigots basically blew up the city behind them as they left, destroying everything that they could out of hate and spite. Because that’s what hate does. It destroys. That’s all it does. Ever. Leaving those who are the targets of their hate to try to put together a city from the rubble that the bigots left behind — and the bigots blame them for that rubble, despite the fact that it was the bigots themselves who blew up the city behind them as they fled.

– Badtux the Reminiscing Penguin

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A little over sixty years ago, nine teenagers, fifteen years of age, were looking forward to attending high school. It was going to be scary, they knew, being in a big new school with lots of kids they’d never seen before. But they weren’t thinking much beyond that. One of the kids dreamed of all the things she’d do at this fine new school she was about to start, about the classroom discussions she’d have with interesting new people, about attending the prom. They were kids, after all. They were innocent.

They did not stay innocent. They lost their innocence hard.

And it was all in vain. Today’s schools are as segregated as they were in 1957. Even in cases where they’re supposedly desegregated, the white kids attend white classes, and the black kids attend black classes, and never the twain shall meet. At the elementary school I taught at in inner city Houston, supposedly 1/3rd of the students were white. I never saw them. They had their own wing of the building. They ate lunch at a different time from the black kids. They had recess at a different time than my kids. I could walk out my classroom door into the hallway and look out at the playground and see them playing, but that’s the closest I ever got to any of the white kids. My kids, of course, were all brown. Us Teach for America interns were the ones thrown into the classrooms with brown kids, because the school board figured that their parents didn’t have the political pull to complain about untrained novice teachers in the classrooms. They were right.

Segregation and violence. Those are America’s heritage. Says Minnijean Brown Trickey bitterly from her home in Canada, where she has lived for most of the past thirty years after the election of Ronald Reagan convinced her that America would never change: “What kind of country doesn’t see education for all children to be the primary value? I think the US has two values: segregation, which they do so well, and violence.”

I can’t say she’s wrong.

– Badtux the Somber Penguin

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It’s Banned Books Week. Here are the most-banned books of 2016. It appears that books featuring gay or transgendered people were the most banned books of 2016, because teaching our kids to treat others with dignity and respect is something to be demeaned and forbidden.

Somewhere in passing I came across this book, As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl, by John Colapinto. This is a book about a doctor who believed that you could make a boy be a girl simply by raising him as a girl, and the young person who was the subject of the doctor’s deeply unethical and horrific experiment. The end result was a very troubled girl who became a very troubled boy who became a very troubled man who eventually ended up committing suicide.

What this basically says is that gender is something that’s deep inside a person’s soul, deep within the core of that person’s being. You can’t “make” someone be a girl, or “make” someone be a boy. It’s something intrinsic to the person. If you try to raise that person as the opposite gender from what his soul tells him he is, you will end up with a very confused and tormented person.

In this case the boy was genetically a boy. There are boys who are genetically a girl (and the other way around) who have the same problem of being forced to live as a gender that is a complete violation of who they are in the depths of their soul. In the past, these people ended up as lonely outcasts seen as “weirdos” and “creeps” to be feared and hated unless they were very good at hiding it. But even those very good at hiding it, like J. Edgar Hoover (former cross-dressing director of the FBI), lived lives of torment when forced by society to live as a gender that was not what their soul told them was right. J. Edgar Hoover was a twisted little man who did things that deeply shamed him. If he’d lived in a time where he could have lived as a woman, would that still have been true? I guess we’ll never know.

In any event: I don’t understand what makes a trans woman be so convinced that she’s a woman despite being born with male genitals. But I don’t have to understand in order to know that trying to force someone to be something that is contrary to the depths of their being is deeply wrong. I didn’t need any of the banned books above to know that (though I’ve read a couple of them, like “Fun Home” and ), but it certainly is a good thing, to me, to have those books available just so that others can come to that exact same understanding: that people are what they are, and trying to force them to be something contrary to the very essence of their being is deeply wrong.

– Badtux the Book Penguin

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Kneeling for peace, justice, and equality. For a certain white population, this made them dangerous radicals who needed to be rounded up and caged like animals.

The more things change, the more they don’t….

The white people totally losing their mind over black men in the NFL not acting like step’n’fetchit house niggers need to step back, get some perspective, and check their hoods at the door. Black people haven’t had equal rights with white people in this country since day one, when they were brought over in chains from Africa. Even today, they get discriminated against in employment, in law enforcement contacts (black people get stopped more often for “driving while black”, but are less likely to be carrying contraband than white people in those stops), and, of course, in the fact that unarmed black men are way more likely to be gunned down by cops than unarmed white men.

The fact that this annoys black people and they have a desire to express that annoyance in a way that has been traditional for decades doesn’t make these ball players liberals or anti-American or anything like that. It just makes them human.

Of course, the day that “President” Donald J. Trump checks his hood at the door rather than calling protesting blacks “son of a bitch” is likely the day after he dies….

– Badtux the Racism-smellin’ Penguin

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Why? Simple:

Silence means consent.

I completely disagree with the notion that the best way to deal with right-wing spewers of hate is to ignore them. Silence implies that you agree with them. Silence normalizes speech that should be rejected by anyone who is not a monster, speech that demonizes minorities, speech that condones genocide against groups of people the speaker doesn’t like, speech that encourages violence against people the speaker doesn’t like.

Silence is golden only for monsters. Because silence is what allows monsters to gather followers, silence is what allows monsters to impose their policies, silence is what, in the end, leads to atrocities. If the majority of the people refuse to be silent and instead shout loudly, “what you are proposing is evil and abhorrent,” monsters cannot thrive. Silence, on the other hand, is their life blood. In silence, they can thrive, and kill, and lead nations to slaughter.

Monsters may have a right to free speech here in America, but so does every other American, and we can choose to surround the monsters and shout “Hate is not acceptable.” Silence means consent. Reject silence.

— Badtux the Monster-spottin’ Penguin

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Yeah, right.

I’ve had checks rejected by the bank when a mistake was made, such as the number in words not matching the number in digits for the dollar value. I’ve had checks held for a week by the bank to validate that they clear and don’t get a charge-back. But I’ve never, in my life, been actually arrested for attempting to deposit a check, like the Ali family of Wichita, Kansas, all of whom were arrested for the crime of attempting to deposit a (valid) check.

I’m absolutely sure that has nothing to do with the fact that I am white and have a stereotypically Anglo name. Nope, nothing to do with it at all, nosirree….

— Badtux the White Privileged Penguin
Notes: If you are handcuffed and transported to the police station, you have been arrested. The Supremes done danced on this one in Terry v. Ohio: An arrest is a seizure of a person in which the subject is 1) required to go elsewhere with police, or 2) deprived of his freedom of movement for more than a brief period of time, or 3) subjected to more force than is reasonably part of an investigative detention.

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