The take a knee protests started by Colin Kaepernick in 2016 had been gaining momentum even before the Chee-Tard began his attacks on the protesters last week, but his referring to respected athletes as sons of bitches and Bleating about how they should be fired for having the audacity to peacefully protest against racism has, to paraphrase Peter Gabriel, turned a candle into a fire, so thank you President Trump for as usual being your own worst enemy.

One very positive outcome of The Donald's latest miscalculation is the sheer quantity of conversations about racism it is generating.  These conversations are an encouraging development even if and maybe especially when they make people uncomfortable.  If we're unwilling to even discuss social inequities we have no hope whatsoever of fixing them, so dialogue about these matters is not just a good thing; it's a basic necessity.

That being said, you may as well talk to a canned ham as try to convince truly committed racists that we have any problem worth discussing.

To illustrate - I took part in a conversation on FB recently during which I was asked repeatedly to refute the premise that the Black Lives Matter movement is unnecessary because more white people are killed by police every year than black people. For a while there, I was too busy laughing at the swarm of outraged cretins calling me everything from a child molester to Fidel Castro, but I eventually got around to refuting that premise by expending the 1 or 2 minutes it took to find these numbers on Snopes:

Whites make up 63% of our population, but only 49% of people killed annually by the police are white; meanwhile, blacks make up only 13% of our population, yet 24% of the people killed annually by police are black. When you put those numbers together, it translates out to the fact that a black person is 2.5 to 2.7 times more likely to be killed by police than a white person is.

After I posted that, it was nothing but crickets 'til the next morning, but inevitably as the sunrise a new cretin knuckle-dragged his way into the conversation, and, after mentioning that half of the people charged with homicide are black, followed it up with, "I mean, that 13% are putting in a lot of work."

I could have replied by asking Knuckle-dragger if he'd said that because he was unaware of the obvious and very well-documented correlations between crime rates and poverty, or if it was his position that black people are genetically predisposed to commit murder and other violent crime, but I already knew the answer so I went ahead and let his comments speak for themselves there at the bottom of the thread.

I had another, similarly unproductive online conversation yesterday right here at Our Salon. One of the usual suspects on our illustrious site had written a post in which he attacked Kaepernick et al. by, among other things, asserting that their protests will end up costing the NFL money and yadda yadda blahfukkityblah. The post was titled "What It Is Isn't Football[!]" but in a comment the author admitted he doesn't even care about football, which kinda makes you wonder what exactly it is then that has him so exercised.

Here is my take; every time they're faced with a conversation about racial inequality, your slightly less overt bigots (as well as those who are so uninformed or so unself-aware they don't even know they're bigots) will claim they have no problem with the conversation, EXCEPT...

And see, therein lies the rub, because that one little 2-syllable word speaks volumes about what they're really thinking.

"I don't mind protests, EXCEPT when they disrespect [insert veterans, anthem, white culture, Scarlett O'Hara, or a piece of colored cloth here]."

"I don't mind protests, EXCEPT I don't believe that entrenched, systemic racism is any longer a serious problem in this country."

"I don't mind protests, EXCEPT this isn't the right place or the right time or the right message or the right people or the right what fucking ever."

The problem, of course, is that there is always an EXCEPT or a whole raft of 'em from these folk every single time the topic of racism comes up, and hoping that they might just for once actually listen to and hear what some of our fellow citizens are trying to tell us about their lives instead of dismissing their voices with EXCEPT is about the same as hoping for pigs to fly to the moon.


Unfortunately still as relevant in 2017 as they were in 1966: the lyrics from Frank Zappa's Trouble Every Day

Well I'm about to get upset

From watchin' my TV

Checkin' out the news

Until my eyeballs fail to see

I mean to say that every day

Is just another rotten mess

And when it's gonna change, my friend

Is anybody's guess

So I'm watchin' and I'm waitin'

Hopin' for the best

Even think I'll go to prayin'

Every time I hear 'em sayin'

That there's no way to delay that trouble comin' every day

No way to delay that trouble comin' every day

Wednesday I watched the riots

I seen the cops out on the street

Watched 'em throwin' rocks and stuff

And chokin' in the heat

Listened to reports

About the whisky passin' 'round

Seen the smoke and fire

And the market burnin' down

Watched while everybody on his street would take a turn

To stomp n' smash n' bash n' crash n' slash n' bust n' burn

And I'm watchin' and I'm waitin'

Hopin' for the best

Even think I'll go to prayin'

Every time I hear 'em sayin'

That there's no way to delay that trouble comin' every day

No way to delay that trouble comin' every day

Well, you can cool it, you can heat it

Cause, baby, I don't need it

Take your TV tube and eat it

'N all that phony stuff on sports

'N all the unconfirmed reports

You know I watch that rotten box

Until my head begin to hurt

From checkin' out the way

The newsmen say they get the dirt

Before the guys on channel so-and-so

And further they assert

That any show they'll interrupt

To bring you news if it comes up

They say that if the place blows up

They'll be the first to tell

Because the boys they got downtown

Are workin' hard and doin' swell

And if anybody gets the news before it hits the street

They say that no one blabs it faster

Their coverage can't be beat

And if another woman driver

Gets machine-gunned from her seat

They'll send some joker with a Browning

And you'll see it all complete

Hey, you know something people?

I'm not black, but there's a whole lotsa times I wish I could say I'm not white

Well, I seen the fires burnin'

And the local people turnin'

On the merchants and the shops

Who used to sell their brooms and mops

And every other household item

Watched a mob just turn and bite 'em

And they say it served 'em right

Because a few of them are white

And it's the same across the nation

Black and white discrimination

Yellin' "You can't understand me!"

'N all that other jazz they hand me

In the papers and TV

And all that mass stupidity

That seems to grow more every day

Each time you hear some nitwit say

He wants to go and do you in

'Cause the color of your skin

Just don't appeal to him

(No matter if it's black or white)

Because he's out 

for blood tonight

You know we got to sit around at home

And watch this thing begin

But I bet there won't be many

Live to see it really end

'Cause a fire in the street

Ain't like a fire in the heart

And in the eyes of all these people

Don't you know that this could start

On any street in any town

In any state if any clown

Decides that now's the time to fight

For some ideal he thinks is right

And if a million more agree

There ain't no Great Society

As it applies to you and me

Our country isn't free

When the law refuses to see

That all you can ever be

Is just a lousy janitor

Unless your uncle owns a store

You know that five in every four

Just won't amount to nothin' more

Than watchin' the rats go across the floor

And makin' up songs about being poor

"Blow your harmonica, son!"


image courtesy of #occupy america 

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Comment by koshersalaami on September 29, 2017 at 4:20am

Excellent post

Comment by Ron Powell on September 29, 2017 at 4:21am

You should know that you're engaged in the exercise of white privilege when you decide that you can tell aggrieved black people when, where, and how to draw attention to, and seek redress of, their grievances.

That's about as racist as it gets.

Comment by nanatehay on September 29, 2017 at 4:34am

Thanks, Kosh. Not sure how excellently I comported myself with the cretins over on Facebook, but I'm pretty much done with saying nothing as knuckle-draggers congratulate themselves for how daring and brave they are being by standing up for the rights of oppressed white people. 

And Ron - are you calling me a racist, or was your comment intended to be as ironic as the image you referenced so obviously is? 

Comment by Ron Powell on September 29, 2017 at 5:33am

"And Ron - are you calling me a racist, or was your comment intended to be as ironic as the image you referenced so obviously is?"

No, not at all...

The 'you'' is generic.

The assertion is rhetorical...

The statement was posted in another thread..

The 'target audience' was the author of that post...

I posted it here in anticipation of the trollish commentary that may appear here...


Comment by nanatehay on September 29, 2017 at 5:42am

Ah... Thank you for clarifying, my friend. I''m not normally so ready to assume the worst of seemingly ambiguous but most likely innocuous statements, but it's been a stressful couple days from all kindsa directions. Cheers then, or at least, cheers in a few hours when the bars finally re-open around here!

Comment by Ron Powell on September 29, 2017 at 6:13am

I'm not a drinker...I'm headed for a weekend of poker....

Comment by Token on September 29, 2017 at 6:36am

as I said, nana  get someone to read my post to you, you obviously are incapable of understanding simple English on your own.

See if you can figure out the simple proposition put forth that "PRO football" is NOT's entertainment. I watch FOOTBALL when I watch high school kids play it.I care about FOOTBALL, not about the antics of Sunday afternoon entertainers.If you can't even get that right, you are hopeless.

As to the effectiveness of the protest? Seems as if you'd rather make enemies by insulting people than promote understanding. You'd call up people in Columbus Ohio at random and call them racist assholes to protest Columbus day. But then, you've been a jackass from way back.

As to my quoting "Stormfront"? as in:

"I'm better acquainted with Token than you think, Kosh. He and I go way, way back, and I've seen him do posts at Open Salon that linked to or were copy and pasted directly from white supremacist websites such as Stormfront. He masquerades as something else here at Our Salon, just as he sometimes did on Open, but mark my words; when I refer to him as a racist I know exactly what and who I'm talking about".  ... Nana on my post "What it is isn't football)

Find one time.

They are still out there... all of my posts

Or better yet, find a "stormfront" article and imagine a post I made around it, which is more your speed and intellect.

Put up or shut up. Nana. Admit you"mispoke" or be recognized as a liar who makes shit up as his mouth outruns his braIn.

Fuck you Nana, in the most pleasant possible way with the handsomest donkeys out there  :-)

Comment by nanatehay on September 29, 2017 at 6:44am

Admit I misspoke? I didn't misspeak at all, buddy, but thanks for your concern. Gotta say here, though; your apparent fascination with human/donkey intercourse is more than a little creepy. 

Comment by nanatehay on September 29, 2017 at 6:51am

And speaking of liars etc, I'll just repeat here what I said over at your place a few hours ago - you go on and on and on about hate and haters, but are apparently so ignorant and/or so unobservant that you've never noticed the way thieves think everyone else is a thief and liars think everyone else is a liar and in fact miscreants of most stripes tend to ascribe their own baser motives to pretty much everyone but themselves. I couldn't tell you whether such folk do that because they're incapable of doing otherwise or because it helps them to justify their more reptilian behaviors to their own troubled psyches, but I do know it is a thing that is observably true and that you are as perfect an example of the phenomenon as I've ever had the misfortune to witness.  

Comment by Token on September 29, 2017 at 6:57am

put up or shut up, nana, find one or make one up...... trot out the stormfront links


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