1. “Wait…what did he call you? “ Does nobody understand how ridiculous this is? In a recent re-viewing of a “Law and Order” episode from the ’90s, I watched the excellent Courtney B. Vance (later outstanding as Johnny Cochran in the O.J. mini-series) play a Wall Street trader whose defense for killing a white manager in his firm was that systemic racism had driven him to it. When he testified in his trial, he explained that his victim had called him a. That’s right, “a.” the word following “a” was censored, even though the word was central to the plot. It is lmost 30 years after that episode first aired, and we are subjected to more censorship than less.
Either air the whole episode, or don’t air it at all, if the word “nigger” is just too horrifying.
The jury found Vance’s character guilty. Good. How can you kill someone just for calling you “a”?
2. And since we’re talking about racial slurs….During an NBA contest, LA Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell called opposing player Luka Dončić a “pussy ass white boy.”
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I would call that a racial epithet. Any white player in the NBA—there must be five or six—that called Harell an “a” would be suspended or worse. If that’s the new standard—that blacks can make racist slurs against whites while anyone uttering a racial slur against a black man is going to be fired, shunned and ostracized—we sanctioned targets of bigotry and harassment have a right to know.
This is apparently what Black Lives Matter calls “equity.”
I also have to add this obligatory note: most of the media accounts of what Harrell said required me to be a Wheel of Fortune ace. He called the white player a “p**** a** white boy” ? Can I buy a vowel? One source said the phrase was b***ch a** white boy. Does b***ch mean p****? I don’t think so. If the story is news because of what the black player called the what player, then you have to write what he said.
People ask me why I frequently note that most journalists aren’t very bright. This is one of the reasons.
3. Does Goodyear win the “Trying to Be On All Sides At Once Without Consequences” prize in the corporate division? Let’s see: first, a Goodyear employee publishes a slide from a corporate diversity training that says that it is acceptable to wear pro-BLM attire, but unacceptable to wear pro-police messages or pro-Trump slogans. After a wave of criticism, the company claims there was no such corporate training. Then an audio of the training leaks in which an instructor can be heard saying that pro LGBTQ opinions and BLM call-outs are compliant with Goodyear policy, but other opinions are not. Now the President of Goodyear has “clarified” in a letter:
Oh! Somehow a rogue employee at a Goodyear facility came up with the discriminatory policy all by himself or herself. It’s not Goodyear’s fault, even though it lied about there never having been such a training. Now it says it’s OK to say “Blue Lives Matter,” though the slogan is considered a direct rebuke to “Black Lives Matter.” No political endorsements are allowed, not just MAGA hats, except that Black Lives Matter, having been endorsed by Democratic leadership, is explicitly political and partisan.
Utter incompetence and cowardice. When this pathetic display started, I wrote,
I’m pretty sure it isn’t that Goodyear really wants to advocate for Black Lives Matter or oppose President Trump’s re-election. What’s going on is that Goodyear’s management is trying to minimize customer backlash and employee controversy by virtue-signaling, just like so many other gutless and jelly-spined corporations that have been intimidated into promoting the racist, violent, dishonest, hate-mongering and Marxist organization with the deceptively cuddly name.
And that appears to be what happened.
I’ll be buying Goodyear tires again once its current management team is running bait shops in the Ozarks. Not because President Trump called for a boycott, but because no company so devoid of principles should prosper, and I object to companies that insult my intelligence.
4. Did you miss this part of the Democratic Party hypocrisy-fest? It’s not as bad as the party of #MeToo having Bill Clinton as a speaker and nominating Joe Biden, but it’s pretty ugly.
Of the seven Democratic candidates who earned delegates during the presidential primaries, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was the only one not offered a speaking slot during the four-night event. That’s odd, because Gabbard is “of color,” which means, especially during the George Floyd Freakout, that any discrimination against such non-white individuals, real or imagined, is proof of systemic racism. Andrew Yang who won nary a delegate but he was a featured speaker anyway, because the party was trying to suck up to Asian-Americans.
Apparently Samoan lives don’t matter, It is tradition that winning a delegate or delegates guarantees such an opportunity. Why was a woman “of color” suddenly snubbed in 2020? What’s going on here?
What’s going on here is that hypocrisy breeds more hypocrisy, and the Democratic Party is so steeped in it now that there’s no escape. All it can hope for is deception, with the media, as usual, assisting in the cover-up. No media commentary made an issue of Gabbard’s absence from the podium, but it hardly took a sleuth to figure out why she was missing. It was Gabbard who ended Kamala Harris’s Presidential hopes when she said during a candidates debate,
I want to bring the conversation back to the broken criminal justice system that is disproportionately negatively impacting black and brown people all across this country today. Now Senator Harris says she’s proud of her record as a prosecutor and that she’ll be a prosecutor president. But I’m deeply concerned about this record. There are too many examples to cite but she put over 1,500 people in jail for marijuana violations and then laughed about it when she was asked if she ever smoked marijuana. She blocked evidence — she blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until the courts forced her to do so. She kept people in prison beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California.
Moderator Jake Tapper cut her off, but it was too late. Harris is an Olympic caliber hypocrite, not just on that issue, and party couldn’t afford to have a reminder in the person of Gabbard around when it was telling its anti-rule of law base that Harris was not who she is.