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Hate crime legislation makes some more equal than others

Disclaimer: Let me say from the start, I am not homophobic.  My best friend from high school is openly gay.  I have known and been and continue to be friends with many homosexuals.  What you are about to read is not an attack on homosexuals, bisexuals or transgendered people.  It is a critique of the very idea of “hate crimes” legislation, nothing more.

The fact that I must post such a disclaimer is horrifyingly emblematic of our politically correct society.

The Senate passed new “hate crimes” legislation for violent crimes against homosexuals, transgendered people and so forth.  The legislation makes it a Federal crime to make a violent attack on a homosexual, et al, and gives Federal law enforcement the ability to “assist” local law enforcement when dealing with such crimes.

My question is, why is it more important that a criminal attack a person because they are a minority, a woman, or gay, than because the criminal wanted to take their wallet?  In the end, it’s all violent crime.  The crime is the violent act.  The motive is an aspect of the crime, not the crime itself.

In essence, we are criminalizing one form of thought over another.  Not one form of crime, but one form of thought. Read the rest of this entry »


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Add Insult to Prejudice

(H/T to SnarkandBoobs for the video clip)

The Japanese have a saying: “The raised nail gets hammered down.”

Juan Williams was a consistent critic of the Bush Administration and is generally a supporter of Barack Obama. He is a well educated black American. But now he opposes the NFL player’s union. He’s not towing the party line and refusing to demonize Rush Limbaugh, and he’s being attacked. Read the rest of this entry »

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Racism Knows No Boundaries

I allowed myself to cool down before writing about this.

Today on my way home, I was listening to the radio.  I have it tuned to the news/talk station on the way in to work, and on my way home from work that station has Sean Hannity’s radio show, which I sometimes let play.

Today, Sean had guests Leo Terrell and Armstrong Williams.  Leo Terrell was arguing that opposition to President Obama is based upon racism, while Armstrong argued that opposition might come from other factors.

Leo Terrell.  Linked from KABC.I stuck with the discussion because Terrell claimed that calling President Obama a “radical” was a code-word used by racists to discredit blacks.

It’s not that the President is arguing for our government to engage in activities that it is not authorized or permitted to do under the Constitution.  It’s not that his policies, when examined with clarity and rationality, are essentially national socialistic in nature.  It’s not that he has associated with Bill Ayers, Van Jones and Rahm Emanuel, all established and proud radicals.  It’s not that he has single-handedly quadrupled the deficit and is trying to commit the government to more spending.

No, it’s because he’s black that opponents call him “radical.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Crossing Carter

Former President Jimmy Carter (D-GA) has done many good things in the days since his presidency.  Habitat for Humanity has been one of his personal causes, building homes for families that would otherwise never have had a chance to own a house.  He has been a champion for humanitarian causes and has at least tried to build peaceful relationships between warring neighbor countries and groups.  I have tremendous respect for much of what he has done since leaving office in January, 1981.

President Carter has also done a number of things that I strongly disagree with.  This week he inserted himself into the debate about Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC), stating that he believed the congressman’s “You lie!” outburst during President Obama’s speech last week was borne of racism.  He went on to say that Americans who oppose the President’s policies did so not because they disagree with those policies, but because the man is black.

“I think it’s based on racism,” Carter said. “There is an inherent feeling among many people in this country that an African American ought not to be president, and ought not to be given the same respect as if he were white. And this has permeated politics ever since I’ve been involved in it back in the 1960s, not only in the South, but also in many places throughout the nation.”

He added, “And the outbursts that we see, the scatological language, the sign that I saw on television last night, “We should bury Obama with Kennedy,” for instance, and “Obama is a Nazi,” and Obama’s picture with Hitler’s moustache on it—those kinds of things are not just casual outcomes of a sincere debate over whether we should have a national program in health care. It’s deeper than that.”

I saw the very same reports President Carter saw.  I saw the signs protesters were carrying.  I did not see, in any of the reporting that I watched or have researched since, any signs saying that President Obama should be buried with the recently deceased Senator Ted Kennedy.  Rather I saw people with signs to bury “Obamacare.” That is the colloquial term being used by many to describe HR 3200, which is the Democrat’s proposed health care reform bill. Read the rest of this entry »

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Racism vs. Prejudice: There is a difference

Newsweek has a new article detailing children and racism titled “See Baby Discriminate.”

The goal of Vittrup’s study was to learn if typical children’s videos with multicultural storylines have any beneficial effect on children’s racial attitudes. Her first step was to give the children a Racial Attitude Measure, which asked such questions as:

How many White people are nice?
(Almost all) (A lot) (Some) (Not many) (None)

How many Black people are nice?
(Almost all) (A lot) (Some) (Not many) (None)

During the test, the descriptive adjective “nice” was replaced with more than 20 other adjectives, like “dishonest,” “pretty,” “curious,” and “snobby.”

The main problem with this article is that it does not separate racism from prejudice or bigotry.

Racism is the belief that one race is superior to another.  That has to be taught, or developed as a cultural ideology (for example, the Spanish Reconquista, pushing the Moors out of Iberia, used race as a rallying cry).  The survey questions listed don’t cover the idea that one race is superior to another.  Rather, they ask about children’s perceptions based upon simplistic criteria.

Prejudice is different.  Prejudice is the pre-judging of a situation or person based upon less than all the facts.  Prejudice is a survival mechanism.  It developed to keep us safe: If you see a lion charging at you, you will automatically assume it is going to eat you.  It may actually be coming up to lick your face, but our assumption is that a charging lion wants to eat us.  This is prejudice, and it kept our distant ancestors on the African Savannah alive.  This is what the survey was really asking about. Read the rest of this entry »

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Welcome to Duh-ville

The National Research Council and Institute of Medicine put out a report about fast food and minority neighborhoods, so of course I took all that astroturf money I’ve been earning and spent $32.40 to read it.

Fast Food

Or not.

I did, however, get to see this CNS News article about it.

“One of things that has been shown in studies all across the country is that there is a proliferation of certain types of restaurants in certain neighborhoods,” said Adewale Troutman, director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness in Louisville, Ky.

“If you look at areas where the socio-economic status is a bit low or predominately African American and Latino and you compare it to other communities that are more affluent, with different racial and ethnic mix,” he said, “you’ll find that there is an overwhelming propensity for the location of fast food restaurants in those communities.”

Hmm…  Let’s see.  Fast food restaurants are more common in low-income neighborhoods than affluent neighborhoods.  I wonder why that could be?

Could it be that fast food restaurants offer inexpensive food, and healthier choices generally cost a good deal more, on a per meal basis, than fast food?  Could it be that more affluent areas attract restaurants with a higher price-point, and that healthy food restaurants are generally priced higher than fast food?

Nah.  That can’t be it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Prejudice comes in all forms

Remember that right-wing domestic terrorism assessment the Administration released earlier this year, then backed away from?

Seems they didn’t back away far enough.

According to the AP: Read the rest of this entry »

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