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  1. @Troy You don't give the media any slack, constantly badmouthing it, but you bend over backwards to give Trump voters a pass. You say they were captivated by Trump's narrative. And what was the campaign narrative that got Trump elected? There was nothing uplifting or commendable about anything he said. It was all about bullying and mocking and lying and bragging, all with racist, misogynistic undertones. Those voters you claim are not racist didn't know ahead of time how the economy and employment and the stock market would improve, the things you said were why they voted for Trump, as if these voters were in such dire straits. Trump's across-the-board appeal had to do with him being typical of millions Americans who are the anti-thesis of political correctness, - arrogant, fascistic, bigoted, religious hypocrites. They are his base, Republican conservatives who ALL represent various degrees of racism, running the gamut from benign to malignant. Yes, social media has done as much harm as good. As for the communication media, hyperbole is the price you pay for a free press. The alternative is just as bad. Finally, i obviously have no tolerance for anyone who supports Trump, especially a black person. Or do i don't pretend to be objective about any of this. I am very unpatriotic and full of contempt when it comes to America not being what it brags about being, as evidenced by its unsavory history. I think it has failed at being a paragon of democracy. America's biggest problem? Americans. And the worst of them have the most power. I'm done.
  2. I tried to post the article on this subject a couple of days ago, but couldn't do it. The conclusion it drew was that it was a misconception that poor disenfranchised whites specifically played a big role in electing Trump. They're who Hillary Clinton was criticized for not reaching out to during her campaign. i don't believe any obvious racist votes Democratic. The Republican Party is the official political home for those who resent other ethnics. I think the black individuals who voted for Trump are those who didn't want to be taken for granted by the Democrats, or who were disgruntled Bernie supporters. And in all probability the type who were willing to give America the benefit of the doubt because they were co-existing with racism and doing well for themselves. What i find noteworthy is the large number of whites who recognize the danger of a leader like Trump and see the handwriting on the wall if he is allowed to stay in office. But they are being counteracted by those gradually drifting over to Trump's camp because they are finding points of agreement with him. America now has a split personality and is going crazy.
  3. Well, obviously we see things differently. i think it was racial profiling because i don't believe the alarms would've gone off in the woman's head, had the man trying to enter the building been white. You act as though the black guy set her up so he could entrap her. All of these incidents are symptomatic of a larger problem, the age-old problem of black skin being a catalyst for racist white people, and currently they are coming out of the walls like roaches because Donald Trump has made their bias permissible. That's the whole point. Yet, you consider these things to be trivial incidents that should just be shrugged off as immature behavior. You sound like those who think blacks should not rock the boat and just go along to get along. But Trump has also emboldened black folks and motivated them to call these people out and expose them for these petty prejudices that are gaining momentum and polluting the polarized atmosphere in America. Your attitude harks back to your agreement with those who thought Donald Trump voters were economically-deprived underclass white people who felt threatened and neglected and needed to be reached out to, rather than condemned. A recent survey, however, showed this was not the case, that those who voted for him were average income white people from all walks of life who had one thing in common which was that they all hated Obama and wanted someone who was just the opposite of him for president. These findings are significant when it comes to the question of racism. Maybe everything isn't grounded in it, but the trend is moving back in that direction thanks to Trump's "make America great again" mantra. This battle cry seems to be resonating with more and more of the white population. As far as the woman being fired over the condo incident, she is also a victim of racism; her own. The Media is in competition with the Internet. They both run stories of interest. Everybody isn't on Twitter or FaceBook and they get their news from TV and newspapers. i don't agree that these "phone-in" incidents are given priority over other more important events. They are "human interest" stories.
  4. @TroyThis is 2018. Are you still using your 8-track or have you "upgraded" to CDs. The world has changed and people utilize what enables them to justify their grievances; especially black victims because they are the ones most likely to not be believed. These white bigots need to be put in check. The woman who refused to allow the man to enter his condo was fired by her employer after this video went viral. That's sending a message to these white folk trying to get black folks in trouble,- just because they are black! And this is news.
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    Supreme Conflict

    The point i made was that they are NOT poor by choice but are poor because they are not smart enough to better themselves financially.
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    Supreme Conflict

    i have been following the coverage of Trump's controversial nominee for the Supreme Court. Observing the dramatic "he-said-she-said" testimonies of the woman accusing Trump's choice of sexual assault, and the denial of these charges by the accused, has been not only riveting but rather depressing. America is bordering on shambles. Dr. Christine Ford alleges that 30+ years ago, Brett Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, accosted her at a high school house party. She relates how a drunk Kavanaugh pulled her inside a bedroom where he pinned her down, tried to undress her, and nearly smothered her before she was able to get away and lock herself in a bathroom. Kavanaugh's denial of any such behavior was predictably indignant and enraged. His supporters are saying this is just a case of boys being boys, - kids who should not be held accountable for something that happened so long ago. An astounding number of women, however, have come forward in support of Christine Ford, saying that had similar experiences which scarred them for life, something insensitive Republican males have seemingly dismissed. With the exception of an occasional comparison to the sexual harassment charges Anita Hill brought against Clarence Thomas when he was up for his Supreme court confirmation, black people are almost on the fringes of this privileged white America family quarrel. I confess that i had no idea of how rampant situations like this were/are in this country. i have been luke warm about the "Me, too" movement, mostly drawing from my own experiences wherein i was always able to talk myself out of compromising situations, partly giving credit to the offending guys for eventually accepting that "no" meant "no." I shared similar stories with friends who, like me, prided ourselves in being strong enough to put fresh guys in their place. I also kinda wondered if, because black men are so devoted to their mommas that they are less inclined to react violently to having their wrists slapped. Not to mention them having a "miss one, catch another" mentality. I have also always regarded white women as being fragile and vulnerable because the esteemed status they hold in Society does not prepare them for being disrespected by boorish horny males and they cope with the trauma of rape, attempted or otherwise, by internalizing it and blaming themselves rather than speaking out. What I have become convinced of more than ever, are the paragons of power who have been completely corrupted by their power: rich white men, and sometimes even those who aren't wealthy but who just have a degree of authority! What is really telling about these titans who run and control the world, is how not only do they oppress people of color but how they dominate and control their women. Any attempt on the part of white women to exert themselves has typically been met with them being humiliated and humbled by white men. This is what spawned Feminism, the brain child of rebellious white women. My son told me how when he was in Atlanta a while back, he had an occasion to talk with an elderly white woman who told him that white men were the worst people on earth. Of course, this does not apply to all of them but there does seem to be evidence of this assessment in world history. During these current hearings, Republicans have been accusing Democrats of playing politics with this Supreme Court appointment, and Democrats are responding by saying this is not about partisanship but about a culture that looks the other way when males take unwanted sexual liberties with females, This is an issue Dems want to be addressed and condemned rather than rewarded with a life time position that has the potential to change the face of America. But, preferring to put their own interests over the good of the country, Republicans are eager to approve the nomination of a man of questionable character who embodies a right-wing conservative agenda and who has completely polarized the nation. How will it all end? Who knows. Winter is coming.
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    Supreme Conflict

    If your belief sounded articulate and rational, maybe Troy would accept it. The battle of the sexes does not involve race. The instinct of the male of the species is to dominate the female of the species. Sexism arose from this dynamic that has nothing to do with race, and everything to do with gender. No one is holding them back. What is holding them back is their not being smart enough to take advantage of lucrative opportunities. White skin is a privilege that provides a leg up, but dumbness and ineptitude does not discriminate and it does occur among whites. Mental acuity is what separates the wheat from the chaff when it comes to whites.
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    Genius and Inspiration

    The dictionary definition of genius is: exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability. So what more can be said on the subject? Certainly imagination is a major factor in the psyche of a genius. Dreams are subconscious mind activity and the subconscious harbors the imagination. A genius is obviously an extraordinary intuitive or intellectual person. There is no reason to doubt or challenge what Einstein and Mozart say about their inspiration. i think we all have the potential to be geniuses. It's a matter of tapping into a certain area of our brain, the organ which we don't use to its full capacity.
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    America, 2018

    Kanye West's performance in the oval room of the white house, just leaves me shaking my head. The oval office has become a platform for an insane buffoon and there's nothing left for me to do but promote ridicule.
  10. The white woman who accused the black 9 year old of groping her, has gone online and issued an apology after viewing a security video which showed it was the boy's book bag which brushed up against her ass. The guy who fired his rifle at a fleeing black teenager who knocked on his door looking for directions, has been found guilty of attempted murder. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts has ordered several federal judges to investigate ethics complaints brought against Brett Kavanaugh. Harvard University has presented Colin Kaepernick with the WEB DuBois award it gives out every year to an outstanding black person. Donald Trump's approval ratings have risen slightly... You win some, you lose some.
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    America, 2018

    I am certainly not unaware of how many people approve of Trump. He represents a certain type of American that is very wide spread in this country and they are known as Republicans! They are who helped put him in office and their mouth piece is Fox News. Worse yet, they are not going to be that easy to vote out. That's why Liberal and Progressive Democrats are depressed and full of anxiety.
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    America, 2018

    Televising the meeting was an exercise in immediate actuality; live TV at its best, as opposed to edited reporting about it later. How did 45 benefit from this farce? It was an embarrassment for him in that it exposed the insanity of a black person who supports him. Kanye was rambling, not saying anything that would impress Trump's base.
  13. Are black people allowed to become Australian citizens? Didn't Australia used to place restrictions of black people desiring to immigrate to their country? White women in America come in 2 variations. Those who look down on and fear black males and those who don't. The first type are invariably Republican women of the ilk who voted against Hillary Clinton. They are a deplorable group.
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    America, 2018

    There is nothing 'clearly" clear about this sentence but i repeat, Donald Trump is the laughing stock of the world and so is America for electing him POTUS. You may consider this irrelevant, but i don't. My statement has nothing to do with Republicans. But it has something to with "disservice", and my point was that anything that is pictured in a bad light by the media can be considered a disservice by whomever it targets. That doesn't mean that facts are better left unsaid. i don't think what Kanye says is taken seriously enough for detractors to use his words against black people. Everybody knows he's a nut-case.
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    America, 2018

    @TroyWho said Kanye's visit didn't get a lot attention?? i said it deserved a lot of attention. Why should it be repressed because "it does black people a disservice"? Does truth and reality ever enter your frame of thought when you bitch about the media?? After all, one of its tenets is to "shine the light in dark places". The media's constant focus on Donald Trump's every move does Republicans a disservice. So what? In exposing Trump for the fool that he is, the media is doing the Democrats a favor. It all balances out. Put what's going on in the world out there and let people decide for themselves what they think is credible. Isn't that your approach? @Delano Maybe because Kanye's is a lot easier to criticize and dismiss than Kaepernick. Kanye supposedly wanted Kaepernick to come with him to the white house. Apparently Kaepernick refused, perhaps not wanting to be manipulated by either Kanye or Trump. An old, and seemingly out of it, Jim Brown silently sitting there with a cane, witnessing it all, was as pathetic as Kanye.
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    America, 2018

    That's not true. Kanye was just one of the topics of the day both on social media and the talk show circuit. He is, in fact, already yesterday's news, with the general conclusion being that he is a mentally-disturbed disgrace to his race. Did the media make more money by televising Kanye's white house visit? Lots of people, like me, didn't bother to watch it live, but just saw snippets of it on their local evening news. No more than the flawed electoral college sham, which cancelled out the popular vote.
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    America, 2018

    @Troy Why wouldn't the media televise this meeting between the President and a loose cannon Rapper? It is sensational news as well as historic in scope. And just like Trump is Putin's bitch, Kanye is Trump's bitch. I referred to the meme as "ridicule", not "humor". And ridicule is the only weapon left for those without power. Jim Brown, for all of his history of being militant, apparently couldn't resist hobnobbing with a President. A sad commentary on someone who represented himself as the epitome of a strong black man.
  18. Cynique

    BTW

    I grew tired of looking at my face so i have exchanged my profile picture for that of a rainbow encircling a luminous field of light which if stared at might become a focal point to either stimulate thought or clear the mind. And speaking of thoughts...
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    Kanye West. With. Trump

    i cosign to everything you wrote, Harry! i detest Kanye West!
  20. Cynique

    Trying Times

    What a week this has been! Here around Chicago, everybody was holding their collective breaths waiting for the verdict to come down after the Prosecution rested its case against Jason Van Dyke, the white cop, who mowed down LaQuan McDonald, a black teenager walking away from him with a knife clutched in his hand. Because Van Dyke felt threatened by this situation, his reaction was to empty his gun in the back of this young man, riddling his body with 16 bullets. This killing was covered up by Chicago law enforcement with the cooperation of other cops on the scene who did not feel similarly threatened but later chose to observe the oath of silence rather than betray their trigger-happy comrade. The truth finally came to light when rumors that this incident was captured on a body cam reached the media, after which the tape was finally released under pressure, and once it was aired all over TV, outrage was immediate at the sight of the young man being hit in the back and falling to the ground as a hail of bullets continued to puncture his shuddering body. Heads soon began to roll. The Cook County States Attorney was voted out of office, and the Mayor withdrew his plans to run for re-election, so great was the black community's resentment against him. After 3 years of finger-pointing and political mayhem, the perpetrator was finally indicted for murder and brought to trial, his case lasting over a month as a stream of experts and witnesses provided dramatic testimony. Much speculation also centered around a jury made up of 6 women and 4 men, 1 Asian, 1 Hispanic, 1 Black and the rest White. Once word came down that the verdict had been reached and would soon be announced, Chicago was literally on lock down, anticipating trouble in case an innocent verdict caused all hell to break loose. Extra police were dispatched everywhere, workers were sent home from their jobs early, businesses were closing up shop. crowds gathering outside the court house. But Lady justice got her due. After 2 days of deliberation, the jury found Jason Van Dyke guilty of second degree murder, his sentence to be determined by a judge whom everybody has described as being very fair. There was also praise for the all-white prosecution team who presented a strong effective case for the State. So, this is a victory in a war that has yet to be won. Colin Kaepernick, can feel a little compensated. Then, there was the clash for the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, for Supreme Court Justice that has now ended in his being sworn in. It's impossible for me to pass any impartial judgment on this case because i have such a visceral dislike for Kavanaugh, his supporters and his president. I cannot stomach these Republicans and what "making America great again" means to them. In my gut, however, I know that, as flawed as they are, Liberal and Progressive Democrats and Moderate Independent representatives would be better for the nation's survival than those Red-neck racists, and White privileged conservatives and Blue collar bigots who infest this country and will now be in a position to bring about a change for the worst. Donald Trump is a despicable person who is not the caliber of man who should be President of the United States and leader of the free world. And the fact that millions of white people, especially white men, feel this way, too, is proof of how he is not only a disgrace but a threat to the survival of America.
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    Trying Times

    Well , one of the things that helped convict Van Dyke was the unanimous opinion of the jury members who revealed that the fact that all of the other officers at the scene of Laquan McDonald's killing, did not shoot first and ask questions later. Unlike Officer Van Dyke, they all exercised restraint. There is a trend toward at least firing officers who act without just cause. If Trump is re-elected any progress will be reversed.
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    Trying Times

    Well, that situation exists now with the induction of Kavanaugh. He basically will cancel out the liberal justices on the court because he is the 5th and deciding conservative vote. I think that in Chicago, cops will now think twice before they act recklessly and decide to exacerbate a situation instead of neutralizing it.
  23. Cynique

    Supreme Conflict

    @Pioneer1 is your response supposed to prove that there is solidarity among whites when 53 percent of white women voted for a white Trump instead of a white Hillary? When it came to Kavanaugh, and the 3 white female senators the situation was the same. One white woman, Republican Senator Susan Collins voted for white Kavanaugh and the the other 2 white female senators didn't support him. How is that solidarity, when white people break ranks and vote against each other on the grounds of party or gender? This video told me nothing i haven't already heard and is irrelevant to what i am saying. i am not talking about a white patriarchy or white racism. i am talking about the family feud that exists within the white race.
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    Trying Times

    @TroyThe other 2 white alternates, were dismissed; one man, one woman. Why i don't know, but when questioned they said they were leaning toward a guilty verdict. It's very possible that all the controversy surrounding Kaepernick's kneeling about police misconduct played a role in a white cop being tried for murder for the first time in over 50 years in a city where cops regularly get away with shooting and mistreating black males. What difference will it make if RBG makes it another 2 years?Kavanaugh's confirmation has given Conservatives a majority of one on the court.
  25. Cynique

    TO BE OR NOT TO BE

    I wrote this commentary below a couple of weeks ago but changed my mind about posting it because it was too cynical. But, on second thought, men do need to know they are not premium goods. Marriage really is a sacrifice for women. Especially if love isn't their primary motivation to get wed. In this day, particularly in the black community, where the battle of the sexes is ongoing, certain assumptions are made such as black men and women not being able to live with each other nor being able to live without each. But is it a really a "given" that all black women or woman of any color unequivocally need a committed mate of the opposite sex? If a woman is independent, has a career she's passionate about, one that provides her with financial rewards that make a residence of choice and a car affordable, if she has an array of sex toys that take her places shes's never been, a busy life full of avocations then, other than for household or car repairs, what does a woman need a man for? Motherhood? A status guaranteed to not only obliterate her identity but subject her to a life time of worry, sacrifice, and exhaustion. The only dubious compensation for enslavement to a child is an interval of attracting attention via a grotesque stomach shown off in a tight dress? And later, the obligatory breast-feeding project too frequently accompanied by photo-ops capturing these boring moments for social media exposure? Not to mention conducting a public suckling that gives her a chance to defy frowns and dare someone to not be as thrilled as she is over doing what any cow can do. Like marriage, what's the big deal about motherhood? Not a something that calls out to you? Then get a cat or become a favorite aunt. And who would would miss cooking meals every night and doing dirty laundry, and the drudgery of housework, the hassle of chauffering kids and nursing their ills and enduring in-laws and having no private space or time for oneself? Who'd miss the marital togetherness - the snoring and farting and groping and thrashing of a slobbering blanket hog giving mattress springs a hard time? if you have the courage to buck tradition and resist the pressures of society, do so and remain happily single, Who needs a man, an overgrown boy looking for you to bolster his ego, and reassure his self worth, enable his self pity and endure his roving eye? (Something, you, yourself, could be free to have when seeking a change of pace in the embrace of a stud from a reserve supply of disposable fuck-buddies.) Do i speak from experience or bitterness when promoting this alternative existence? Not particularly; Inspired by an earful of common complaints, i am simply coming from a place in my imagination that pictures the possibility of a different lifestyle, - one that promises another kind of "fulfillment" - one that invites "you to do you". Celebrate yourself and leave marriage and a family to those for whom this claustrophobic commitment fills a void. 🤪
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