Wednesday Reads: It’s Black…Its White…It’s Whiter White

Good Afternoon

As you will notice today’s post is being accompanied by black and white stripes. (Or are they white and black stripes?)

Black and white printed stripes, black shadows against white skin, or white lights streaming upwards against a black night.

Whatever the case may be, I think the last few days have brought home my deepest fears…perhaps it is because I live in Banjoville, a town that is so predominately Trump territory. So I have the intimate knowledge of the “phenomena” that is Trump-ism… you know that shit that so many dumb-asses in the media write about…let me tell you plain and simple what is Trump’s Juju with the crowd who is voting for him come November.

It is white supremacy.

Shall I repeat it? Yes, I think I should.

White Supremacy.



And it brings with it all the other horrible baggage you would expect…the usual racism, hate, intolerance, misogyny, assholism, and all the rest peppered with a shit load of “christian values” as they define the code of religious virtue…as it applies to who they feel deserves it. Which you all know is limited to those they consider “right” enough (white enough) to meet the approved standard.

imageAs this quote from Juan Cole, when speaking about the shit-stain Rep. Stephen King…and his disgusting comment at the RNC on Monday: Rep. Stephen King, White People and ‘Civilization’

Rep. Steve King objected to a comment during a cable news discussion at MSNBC that this will be the last election dominated by old white people.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) offered an unusual defense of the racial homogeneity of his party during a panel on MSNBC Monday evening.

The group, led by Chris Hayes, was discussing the first day of the Republican national convention and Donald Trump’s history of racially-loaded comments and behavior. King told Hayes that he thought Trump had “modified” his behavior in that regard, but Esquire’s Charlie Pierce said he didn’t see much diversity reflected in the gathering itself.

image“If you’re really optimistic, you can say that this is the last time that old white people will command the Republican Party’s attention, its platform, its public face,” Pierce said. “That hall is wired,” he continued. “That hall is wired by loud, unhappy, dissatisfied white people.”

King objected.

“This ‘old white people’ business does get a little tired, Charlie,” King said. “I’d ask you to go back through history and figure out, where are these contributions that have been made by these other categories of people that you’re talking about, where did any other subgroup of people contribute more to civilization?”

image“Than white people?” Hayes asked, clearly amazed.

“Than, than Western civilization itself,” King replied. “It’s rooted in Western Europe, Eastern Europe and the United States of America and every place where the footprint of Christianity settled the world. That’s all of Western civilization.”

There are lots of basic things wrong with King’s statement, even just starting with his category of ‘whiteness’. Whiteness is not ‘natural’– it is an invented category. Were Irish white? A lot of English didn’t think so. “Whites” rioted against Greek immigrants to the US. White supremacists still argue over whether to let in Italian-Americans. Me, I don’t want to be called white and I decline that categorization whenever the government or other people with questionnaires will let me. The Appalachian side of my family probably has some Melungeon to it and some of us aren’t all that ‘white.’

imageCole goes on to correct King’s ridiculous statement about “civilization” here:

If by civilization is meant urban society with high rates of literacy, scientific and technological innovation, role specialization and division of labor, and high levels of collective government, then northern European Christians did not invent it.

Iraq, Iran, India, China and Egypt did. The Sumerians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Elamites, Persians, Indians, Chinese and the Pharaohs of Egypt had civilization for thousands of years while Celts in Britain were painting themselves blue and doing hunting and gathering in the wastes.

There is way more at the link, please go and read the full article.

imageYou can see video of the statements here: America And White Cultural Superiority: Representative Steve King

Of course it is no use to show or tell these Trumptarians the facts. Because they will go on, completely make up false stuff, put it in school books and teach it to the young children. And hey, they don’t even have to stick to charter schools anymore, in Texas…where most of the US public schools purchase their textbooks to use in the public education system, fact is a thing of the past.

A Textbook That Paints Mexican-Americans As Lazy Could Be Coming To A School Near You

It’s “deeply flawed,” but that hasn’t stopped the Texas State Board of Education before.

imageA proposed Mexican-American studies textbook has drawn harsh criticism for what Latino educators and scholars in Texas are calling a lack of scholarly expertise, major factual inaccuracies and demeaning characterizations of Mexican-Americans.

“What we have now is a deeply flawed and a deeply offensive textbook,” Celina Moreno, of the Texas Latino Education Coalition, said at a Monday press conference.

Groups like Moreno’s came together with professors who specialize in Mexican-American heritage, and who had been independently scrutinizing the textbook, to share some of their disturbing findings.

imageEmilio Zamora, a professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin, reviewed material that covered the U.S.-Mexican War of 1846-48 to the present. He said he found “five to seven serious, serious errors per page,” which render the entire publication “useless and even counterproductive.”

The Texas State Board of Education is currently reviewing the book for potential approval. Although the book’s fate is far from clear, the board has previously approved textbooks and curricula that deny climate change, promote creationism, whitewash historical events and maintain that the roots of Western democracy are found in the Bible.

And last year, the board rejected a proposal that state-approved elementary and high school textbooks be fact-checked by academics. 

imageOh, that emphasis is mine…

Because of the state’s tremendous clout in the educational publishing world, Dan Quinn of the nonpartisan educational watchdog group Texas Freedom Network told HuffPost that content that makes the grade in the Lone Star State is likely to be adopted ― in some form or another ― well beyond its borders.

I really feel that this has been coming for some time. I remember writing about this textbook shit years ago…it is one of the topics we have discussed frequently on the blog.

The lone proposal for a Mexican-American heritage textbook came from Momentum Instructions, a company linked to Cynthia Dunbar, a former education board member known for her extreme conservative views. Quinn described her four-year term on the board as “one culture war after another.”

imageIn a 2008 book titled One Nation Under God ― released while Dunbar was still serving on the state board ― she called public education “tyrannical” and a “subtly deceptive tool of perversion,” according to the Texas Observer.

As for the proposed textbook, Quinn suggested that Dunbar and its authors were seeking to “promote their own political and personal ideas.” He said the authors lack credible expertise in the field of Mexican-American studies.

Emails and calls to Momentum Instructions were not immediately returned.

For a few more remarks on this “textbook” see this article: Scholars Have Scathing Reviews for Mexican-American History Textbook

imageIt sounds like something you would expect in a nation that has Trump as the official GOP Candidate for President…

As the State Board of Education (SBOE) is accepting comments on the book before voting on it in November, a group of academics and advocacy groups decided to take a closer look at Mexican American Heritage. Organized as the Responsible Ethnic Studies Textbook Coalition, they announced their reviews Monday morning at the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) offices in Austin.

As it went on, the press conference began to sound more like the least successful book blurb pitch session ever:

“A deeply flawed and deeply offensive textbook that has no place in Texas classrooms.” — Celina Moreno, Texas Latino Education Coalition

image“Useless and even counter-productive.” — Emilio Zamora, professor of history at UT-Austin

“Replete with … offensive racial stereotypes.” — Lilliana Saldaña, associate professor of Mexican-American studies at UT-San Antonio

“So riddled with factual errors that a traditional publisher would not have recognized or tried to publish this book.” — Christopher Carmona, National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies-Tejas Foco

“Willfully irresponsible, culturally chauvinist and discriminatory.” — Zamora

“The person who wrote the section on Texas history would have failed a fourth-grade exam. … There are no women cited or quoted in the entire chapter.” — José María Herrera, assistant professor of education at UT-El Paso

image“Simply unworthy. … Obviously a fraud.” — Zamora, again

The coalition is calling for the SBOE to completely reject the book — not just require a few tweaks to the text — for a combination of factual errors, academic laziness and cultural insensitivity.

Saldaña noted that the book not only refers to indigenous people as “Indians,” but provides a lengthy explanation of why “Indians” is the best term to use. Elsewhere, Saldaña pointed out, the authors describe one group of people as driven by “bloodlust” — language she said was better suited to a Hollywood script than a serious academic text.

imageUh…chapters with no women writers or quotes? What the fuck? (Misogyny strikes again!) I don’t know, the few comments from members of the Republican board members will give you an example of how frustrating the attitude can be…Proposed Texas textbook describes Mexican-Americans as ‘lazy,’ new coalition works to block it – The Washington Post

The Texas State Board of Education is reviewing the proposed book and will consider public comments and feedback in September.

In an article in the Austin American-Statesman last month, one board member said the textbook was okay with him:

Board member David Bradley, R-Beaumont, who opposed asking for a Mexican-American studies course and textbook, said the proposed book seems fine.

image“It’s really kind of amusing. The left-leaning, radical Hispanic activists, having pounded the table for special treatment, get approval for a special course that nobody else wanted,” Bradley said. “Now they don’t like their special textbook? I bet they want everyone to also get an A for just attending? The one thing we can’t fix in this world is unhappy people.”

It really pisses me off…fuck him. (That male superior tone in the statement. How I hate it.) And this is how the majority of the population in my home town think. It is exactly how a Trumptonain thinks. And it is the kind of person who will vote him into office.

imageJust one more link for you today…this: What’s on Display in Cleveland? The Republican Id –

The triumph of Trump has demonstrated the cost of the devil’s bargain that party elites — and the media — have accepted over the years.

What is on display at the RNC in Cleveland is the Republican id. We always suspected it would look something like this. But even though it reared its ugly head on occasion on Fox News or in Congress — on the lips of some right-wing preacher or billionaire hedge-fund manager. They would compare gays to Satan, progressive taxation to Naziism and people of color to criminals at best, animals at worst — but the more polite, polished folks who spoke for the party would always regretfully shake their well-coiffed heads and explain that wasn’t what the party was really about.

And to their eternal shame, most in the media ran interference for this confidence game, only to be blindsided when Trump demonstrated that it had always been a charade.

imageWell thanks to Donald Trump and his followers, the jig is up. Melania Trump’s plagiarism of Michelle Obama was just about the least offensive thing one heard from the podium on Monday night. The rest was a near orgy of hatred, racism, sexism and ethnocentrism. Rudy Giuliani has always presented himself as an avatar of “law and order.” This has been a conservative mantra for half a century. We always suspected it was code for the suppression of African-Americans and now we know. Ditto all this talk of “Judeo-Christian” values. It’s a code for Islamophobia and oppression. And the attacks on Hillary Clinton sound an awful lot as if they are being spoken by people who simply cannot accept the fact that women have the same rights and capabilities as men. And to their eternal shame, most in the media ran interference for this confidence game, only to be blindsided when Trump demonstrated that it had always been a charade.

Listen to the speeches by the Republican heavyweights who have agreed to take the stage in Cleveland; not one of them has put forth an actual idea that makes sense in terms of how to govern the United States. That’s because governance has long ceased being relevant to the Republican coalition. What holds it together is nothing more than nostalgia for a more oppressive America and resentment toward those who refuse, any longer, to sit on the back of bus.

imageMy only response to this is to say that it is what I’ve been seeing all along, for years…from my window into the world that is my “quiet redneck mountain town” of Banjoville, GA. It is frightening as hell. I cannot lean back and think this election is a done deal. That folks will vote for Hillary and that she is a foregone conclusion to win in November. I am truly scared Trump could pull it out, and the stupidity will put him in office…and we will once again see the white lights of supremacy that shone in Nuremberg those years ago…brightening the dark black skies over America…to make America Great Again…to make America Safe Again. (As the RNC message was on Monday.)

Fucking hell.





40 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: It’s Black…Its White…It’s Whiter White”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Have a good day today…I’m going back to bed.

  2. Sweet Sue says:

    Great post, JJ, and you have every reason to be scared witless.
    No election in my long lifetime has ever been as important and perilous as this year’s.
    It’s outcome will determine the direction of our country and the fate of the world.
    I hate to put in in “their” binary terms, but it’s as stark a choice between good and evil as I’ve ever seen, or ever hope to see again.

  3. NW Luna says:

    Making America safe again for rich white men. And dangerous for anyone else. Good post, JJ.

    Love the exploration of black and white and how the stripes shape themselves in those photos!

  4. NW Luna says:

    Starring Paul Ryan, of course:

    ‘Whitest selfie ever’

  5. MsMass says:

    Like the graphics.
    There is some hope despite the disgusting insanity of the RNC. There have to be Repubs who are voting Hillary, there have to be lots of Sanders folks who are voting Hillary, and if the Latinos, for instance, get out and vote- I still think we’re winning.

    • Enheduanna says:

      ITA – Hillary will win for sure. I just wonder how the “red meat” Trumpsters will react.

  6. Enheduanna says:

    I’ve been increasingly worried about Hillary’s safety for a while now. Trump male supporters being what they are and all.

    Apparently the campaign has just sent out a fundraising email addressing the behavior and likening it to a witch hunt.

    Please go to BNR for more info – they are looking for allies to challenge this behavior:

  7. Fannie says:

    We have been concerned about all the mass shooting that are being done by ex military men. I’ve been on the phone to Gov. Hassan (603-271-2121) about the GOP Delegate, Al Baldasaro, who was on the radio with Jeff Kuhner, and calling for Hillary Clinton to shot in a line up. Alfred Baldasaro is a retired marine, and serves in the House of Rep. in New Hampshire. I talked with Sen. Shaheen (603-647-7500), and the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. I called Louisiana Governor to alert them, and my Governor office, and the Democratic Headquarters to alert them too.

    This is the 3rd time this week that GOP reps. have called for Hillary Clinton to be shot, to hung, to be killed. We should not allow this. Make calls, let’s get Al Baldasaro out of office.

    • Fannie says:

      Just received info that NH is calling for him to resign! Yay.

    • Sweet Sue says:

      Good work, Fannie.
      We can’t keep turning a blind eye.

    • Enheduanna says:

      Thank you for doing this!

      • Fannie says:

        I try, and it’s good when we see them lose their jobs, and maybe their pensions. Michael Folk, of West Virginia was the one I called on earlier, he is also a servant, and is a pilot for United Airlines.

        Sometimes I wonder if someone is going to be at my front door. Couple years I was a little antsy……..knock came at the door, and it was special delivery from Pres. Obama. I was like shocked.

  8. quixote says:

    Maybe I just wan’t paying attention, but I don’t remember *ever* hearing calls for a nominee’s assassination from (what has become) mainstream men before.


    This is spiralling down the porcelain fixture so fast, I can’t keep track.

    • Enheduanna says:

      Rachel Maddow kept saying that she can’t ever remember this level of violent rhetoric being used against the opposing candidate at any major party convention. When Chuck Todd and some Republican woman pundit talked about it, they chalked it up to the “red meat” types who attend conventions. Like it was nothing serious.

      And then they had the gall to say it will be the same next week at the DNC.

      It just wanted to scream.

      • Fannie says:

        They are full of shit, if it was a police officer they would be stopping this right now. We can’t keep putting band aids on the problem. I’m screaming with you, and I won’t be shaking it off.

      • NW Luna says:

        Agree. The woman-hatred is palpable.

    • Fannie says:

      That’s the thing Quixote, it’s coming from a public servant that taxpayers foot the bill. It’s not like Hollywood thing, although the two actors Antonio Sabato, and Scott Baio at GOP convention is revving it up, but falling short of wanting her killed. I think Hillary Clinton has an ad out about Trump saying he could shoot somebody and not lose voters: He’s promoting it.

  9. ANonOMouse says:

    The Secret Service and FBI are investigating the threats against Hill. The GOP Convention is exacerbating what was already a problem. There’s no doubt in my mind that much of it is sexism. And try not to worry JJ, Hillary is going to be our next POTUS.

  10. ANonOMouse says:

    JJ…….You’re living in Banjoville, South I’m living in Bumfuckerville, South so I know that everything you’re saying about Banjoville is absolutely true.

    I thought you might enjoy and maybe even want to share “Liberal Redneck” with some of your neighbors. You know the neighbors I’m talking about, the one’s who dog whistle while claiing they have “black friends” even though you know it isn’t fucking true!!!

    Here is the Liberal Redneck. Enjoy

  11. Beata says:

    Mike Pence’s speech tonight is supposed to introduce the country to “Indiana nice” even though his policies as governor have been the complete opposite.

    I am appalled that Pence is in any way representing my beloved home state. It makes me feel ill.

  12. Beata says:

    Hoosier John Mellencamp and India Arie:

  13. Ron4Hills says:

    I saw a little bit of Chris Matthews this morning, replayed from last night.

    They had Nina Turner on and all she did was make snide remarks and display her disdain for Hills.

    Why are they still putting this person on television?

    She could not possible be MORE irrelevant.