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Why So Many Americans Hate Barack Obama

Obama salutesIt ain’t just that he’s Black, explains Alan Greenblatt at NPR:

It’s a fact of American life that a good share of the electorate is disappointeddisapproving and even disdainful of President Obama. What’s less certain are the reasons why.

For some Democrats, the explanation is simple: race. In recent weeks, West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller, Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson and former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist have all said racism is the driving force behind Republican resistance to the president.

Republicans, unsurprisingly, say their disdain for Obama is based not on the color of his skin, but on the content of his policies.

“If any white Democrat had pushed through a billion-dollar stimulus plan and a takeover of the health care industry, he would have been equally detested by conservatives and Republicans,” says Whit Ayres, a GOP pollster and consultant.

There’s no question we’re living in a time of divisive politics, when roughly half the country is likely to hate the president, no matter whom he or she might be.

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African-American Fire Marshal Under Fire After Using N-word To Describe Concert-Goers

PIC: Coyau (CC)

PIC: Coyau (CC)

An African-American fire marshal is in trouble after using the “n-word” to refer to another group of people in an email to a colleague. They’re trying to decide whether or not he was just using it as part of street slang, or if he used it maliciously.

via Fire marshal accused of using N-word to refer to concert attendees | members.jacksonville.com.

A fire division chief used a racial slur in a staff meeting, an email complaint alleges.

While discussing plans about Jacksonville’s Welcome to Rockville concert festival, Fire Marshal Kevin Jones used the N-word to refer to concert attendees, saying “if those [expletive] try to put more than that in the park, they will have to deal with me,” according to a written complaint.

News4Jax obtained an email from the city that detailed the complaint against Jones by a fellow firefighter.

“This was very offensive to me as a black man because of all the racial issues going on within the JFRD,” wrote engineer Stephen A.

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‘Hero’ Cliven Bundy Wants to Tell You Something About ‘The Negro’

Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 12.03.36 PMCliven Bundy’s stand-off with federal agents over cattle grazing on government-owned land has been an incredibly contentious topic here and elsewhere. Many see him as a hero, and others a thief of public resources. Since proclaiming victory against the feds, he’s been holding press conferences, and his comments in the latest one seem to have even his supporters scratching their heads.

Via New York Times:

But if the federal government has moved on, Mr. Bundy — a father of 14 and a registered Republican — has not.

He said he would continue holding a daily news conference; on Saturday, it drew one reporter and one photographer, so Mr. Bundy used the time to officiate at what was in effect a town meeting with supporters, discussing, in a long, loping discourse, the prevalence of abortion, the abuses of welfare and his views on race.

Mr. Bundy flies the U.S. flag and his friends acknowledge the national anthem but refuse to pay for the use of public lands.

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Molly Makes You Racist

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Ecstasy (MDMA)

I always thought Molly/Ecstasy turned you into a blissed out hug-loving moron, but apparently it turns us into blissed out racists instead. From VICE:

You don’t have a lot of time for rational thought after dropping a pill. Three Mitsis in and you’re almost entirely preoccupied with finding out what people’s scarves feel like, or busy trying to focus on literally anything through your rapid-fire flicker-eyes. So you’d have thought that, amid all the euphoria and heart palpitations, there surely wouldn’t be space to get hung up on the ethnicity of everyone around you.

However, it turns out that the brain’s biochemistry during a blissed out club night might not be too dissimilar from a rally during the EDL’s golden years. This is because of a hormone called oxytocin, which has been described by many as “the love hormone” or the “cuddle drug”. The hormone has been linked to developing trust between mother and child during breast feeding, and between partners after intercourse.

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Boca Raton Man Upsetting Community By Flying KKK Flag Outside Mobile Home

“Mr. Hayes” is upsetting a west Boca Raton, FL community by flying a KKK flag outside of his mobile home. Hayes, a native New Yorker, says he’s recruiting new members.

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Via Local10.com:

Hayes said he started flying the KKK flag a couple weeks ago and posted a sign seeking new members. He claims so far the response has been positive.

“Don’t get anybody throwing bottles on my lawn or anything like that,” Hayes said. “They toot their horn. They stop. They wave. They take pictures.”

Hayes said he moved to Florida from New York four years ago, yet this Yankee also flies a confederate flag.

Despite the noose hanging in his front yard, Hayes said he does not condone violence.

“We don’t go around committing hate crimes,” Hayes said. “We don’t beat up on f*****s or black people or burn crosses or any of that nonsense.”

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The N-Word By Any Other Name

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I didn’t grow up in the ghetto or a trailer park or a particularly tough neighborhood. At the time that I lived there, my hometown was considered one of the better “bedroom communities” in the metropolitan area: an increasingly common landing field for white flight evacuees and – thanks to a small Baptist college in the center of town – an epicenter for white, middle-class Christian conservative education.

My own family moved there when I was in second grade, relocating from a neighborhood that today is well-know for crime, violence and drugs. While my own childhood was less than ideal for a great many reasons, it’s fair to say that I probably had it good compared to the challenges faced by the boys and girls who weren’t able to pick up and move across town. Not that they would have found it as easy even if they had the means to do so.… Read the rest

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Standards of Beauty Under The Knife

Pic: Sarang (PD)

Pic: Sarang (PD)

By now, you have probably heard some of the outsider outrage, confusion and consternation. “Everyone in Korea wants the same face!”

It seems, pardon the pun, cut and dry, but as you’ll see it is anything but. Any cultural slant might be laid bare through similar scrutiny, so beware: those publications that seem to want to the headline to read “Dumb Asians All Want to Look The Same” are incapable of seeing their own cultural bias. We are all, in a sense, blind to ourselves.

Let’s try to open our eyes a little. I want to look at this, leading off with one of the better articles I’ve found on this phenomenon,

“There’s a real problem when you make generalizations about a whole country full of women, that they’re all culturally duped,” Hejiin Lee said in an interview. “There are certain economic situations happening in Korea and America that might impel different choices.

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Color-Blind Racial Ideology Linked to Racism, Both Online and Offline

grayscaleVia ScienceDaily:

In a study that examined the associations between responses to racial theme party images on social networking sites and a color-blind racial ideology, Brendesha Tynes, a professor of educational psychology and of African American studies at Illinois, discovered that white students and those who rated highly in color-blind racial attitudes were more likely not to be offended by images from racially themed parties at which attendees dressed and acted as caricatures of racial stereotypes (for example, photos of students dressed in blackface make-up attending a “gangsta party” to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day).

“People who reported higher racial color-blind attitudes were more likely to be white, and more likely to condone or not be bothered by racial-theme party images,” Tynes said. “In fact, some even encouraged the photos by adding comments of their own such as ‘Where’s the Colt 45?’ or ‘Party like a rock star.’ ”

To conduct the study, Tynes showed 217 ethnically diverse college students images from racially themed parties and prompted them to respond as if they were writing on a friend’s Facebook or MySpace page.

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Confessions of a Right-Wing Shock Jock: I’m Not a racist; I Just Played One On The Radio.

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“Conservative, libertarian, independent”

Could this be a kook, a racist and a white supremacist calling in the cleaning crew to “white wash” his political image?

via Politico Magazine

In July, the neoconservative website Washington Free Beacon published an article with the headline “Rebel Yell: Rand Paul aide has history of neo-Confederate sympathies, inflammatory statements.” The subject was a peculiar one—a staffer for Sen. Paul (R-Ky.) who had worked as a radio shock jock with the nickname “Southern Avenger” while wearing a Confederate-flag wrestling mask.

The Southern Avenger had said some pretty atrocious things. He toasted John Wilkes Booth’s birthday each year and believed that Lincoln “would have had a romantic relationship with Adolf Hitler if the two met.” He worried about “racial double standards for white people” and that “a non-white majority America would simply cease to be America.”

That Rand Paul aide was me. I had written and said all of these things.

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