Mmmm Costa ~the works
whoever wrote this line needs to receive a medal
Rob Smith Jr. is an editorial cartoonist who has closely worked with Glenn Beck before. As in, drawn exclusives for his website. I think that anybody closely affiliated with a dude that is one of the most racist scums of Talk Radio, has no right to make a comment on racism whatsoever. Call that ad homenim all you like, it stands that this guy willingly aligns himself with racist media.
Aside, this is a classic example of the ‘straw man’ argument. First, it represents an exaggerated cartoon of the opposing side, with sometimes downright fake opinions (Sorry, I have never heard anybody saying that people of color can’t be republicans, only that the republican party is very heavily noninclusive of people of color and its policies are very often anti-middle/lower class, which is where racism places many people of color after disadvantaging them) to tear down, so the ‘correct’ side can seem more reasonable, sometimes even with similarly exaggerated ‘positive’ traits.
For example, in this case it exemplifies African Americans in the Tea Party, who I do not doubt exist, but the fact of the matter remains that only 2% of the republican party, according to Gallup polls, is black. This cartoon purposely misrepresents its own position, as well as the position of the ‘enemy’ to manipulate readers.
Meanwhile, the republican party repeatedly pushes policies that are racist, lobbies in a racist way, to the point where their most recent presidential candidate Mitt Romney practically went and told the NAACP that it wants ‘free stuff.’ and made overtly racist jokes against Latin@s. It is not racism to point out that the republican party has displayed racist attitudes, to be angry about it. This cartoon has a largely defensive context that the images completely omit: trying to frame the enemy as an aggressor for even daring to question them.
Which is of course the go-to strategy for scared white males, from the sexist to the racist. You’re sexist for calling ME out of sexism. You’re racist for calling ME out on racism. You’re hateful for calling ME out on my hatred. It’s a story told over and over and over and over by practically any woman who has ever had to file for sexual harassment. For any person of color trying to file against racial discrimination.
This cartoon pictures black people, but it’s really a white person doing what is so horribly common to the culture of old white dudes that it should be codified in a term as recognized as ‘mansplaining’ or something.
It is natural to hate a straw man, of any position. From the exaggerated anger, to the ugly caricature, to the vaguely-familiar views that maybe a tiny portion of the most extreme dimwits in the party hold, we all can agree that what it says is wrong.
But that doesn’t make what the strawman says accurate.
Not Iambic….Do Not Accept…
These tags I’ll pop, and boast in rhyming verse
that what I wear puts swagger in my gait;
though twenty shillings have I in my purse,
my self-esteem and manhood both inflate
when lofty furs I purchase for a cent.
Thy grandpa’s clothes are worthy salvage, though
they smell a trifle musty. Still, I spent
much less to dress myself from head to toe.
To save or not to save? The question’s moot.
I’ll never give my coin to high-street crooks.
These dusty shelves will yield their hidden loot
to those, like me, more frugal in their looks.
Like ancient coins washed up on distant shores,
I’ll find my treasures in these thrifty stores.
- Macklemore, “Thrift Shoppe”
*Crying with laughter*
ITS IN IAMBIC PENTAMETER. THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE THING.
Too fantastic not to reblog. Especially if you love Shakespeare. -H
Fifteen rape victims have formed martial arts movement and are prepared to confront abusers if no one listens to their complaints…A GROUP of women are fighting back against the sickening culture of rape which they say infects India. Fifteen determined females – all victims themselves – have trained in martial arts and are prepared to hand out rough justice if no one listens to their complaints. And the movement, called the Red Brigade, is growing rapidly following the gang rape and murder of medical student Jyoti Singh Pandey that horrified the world.In a nation where a woman is reportedly raped every 20 minutes, the group’s leader Usha Vishwakarma said: “We are fighting back – and the boot is now on the other foot.” Member Sufia Hashmi, 17, said: “We’ve caught a lot of men recently. I joined because men always used to pass comments on me and touch my body but now we beat them and they run.”Like the other members in the northern city of Lucknow, 25-year-old Usha has first-hand experience of the daily dangers women face in the huge nation – a teacher tried to rape her when she was 18. She said: “He grabbed me and tried to open my trousers. I kicked him in the crotch and ran.” Usha complained to staff but they told her to forget it and allowed her attacker to carry on teaching. She said: “Many parents tell girls to quit school so there will be no sexual violence. But we said no – this has to stop. We decided to form a group to fight for ourselves, not just complain.” MORE
END GIRL HATE!!!
I LOVE THIS
16 Fun Food Facts
I know its not health related but… it’s my blog deal with it :P
I enjoyed this post very much
“Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.”
~ Jeremy Knowles
Oh my god other people remember Avidgamers, it wasn’t just a fevered dream of my youth.
Are there any sites like that around today? I don’t think that will ever not be my favorite format of roleplaying.
I know some people migrated to Proboards.
Should write a Pokemon rock anthem. I’m surprised this hasn’t happened yet, but I want like epic. Though I suppose you can’t really argue with the original theme song too much.
“I wanna be the very best, like no one ever was,
to catch them my real test, to train them is my caaause, Pokemon!”