Posts tagged bigotry

Shamelessness, Idaho Style

"I’m not surprised," Taylor told the station. "I’ve been discriminated against for 70 years, and they might as well discriminate against me in death as well as life."

"It’s not taking up any more space to have both of us in there, and I don’t see where the ashes of a couple of old lesbians is going to hurt anybody," she said.

Controversial Study Says That Video Games Make You Racist

The study, published by Ohio State University, found that white gamers who used African-American avatars were more likely to associate negative behaviors with people of color, and act more aggressively towards them afterward.

“The media have the power to perpetuate the stereotype that blacks are violent, and this is certainly seen in video games,” the study’s lead researcher Brad Bushman, PhD, who specializes in communication and social psychology, said in a news release. Bushman, who is a known critic of video games overall, also said that being black in video games is synonymous with being violent.

The very small study of barely 300 college students has drawn strong criticism from the media, psychologists and gamers alike for generalizing the relationship between prejudice and aggression.

Researchers ran two experiments, one where a mostly male group played Saints Row 2 and the other mostly female group laying WWE Smackdown vs. Raw 2010 or Fight Night Round Four, rather bluntly says playing a black character in a video game makes whites more racist. After playing, the first group of students were asked to match words, such as joy and evil, with either a black or white face in an Implicit Association Test to detect subconscious biases. The second group took a hot sauce test and was asked to give it to an unknown partner to measure hostility.

“Aggression is very hard to measure in the lab,” partly because you can’t let people act out violently and also because the standards vary from study to study, allowing researchers to hand-pick results, Chris Ferguson, PhD, a psychology professor with Stetson University in DeLand, Fla., told ThinkProgress. Also, gamers who choose black avatars and play them more violently — and later show aggression — are simply reinforcing a previously held stereotype, Uproxx’s Dan Seitz wrote.

We are told, for example, that conservatives are against big government and high spending. Yet even as Republican governors and state legislatures block the expansion of Medicaid, the G.O.P. angrily denounces modest cost-saving measures for Medicare. How can this contradiction be explained? Well, what do many Medicaid recipients look like — and I’m talking about the color of their skin, not the content of their character — and how does that compare with the typical Medicare beneficiary? Mystery solved.

Or we’re told that conservatives, the Tea Party in particular, oppose handouts because they believe in personal responsibility, in a society in which people must bear the consequences of their actions. Yet it’s hard to find angry Tea Party denunciations of huge Wall Street bailouts, of huge bonuses paid to executives who were saved from disaster by government backing and guarantees. Instead, all the movement’s passion, starting with Rick Santelli’s famous rant on CNBC, has been directed against any hint of financial relief for low-income borrowers. And what is it about these borrowers that makes them such targets of ire? You know the answer.

One odd consequence of our still-racialized politics is that conservatives are still, in effect, mobilizing against the bums on welfare even though both the bums and the welfare are long gone or never existed. Mr. Santelli’s fury was directed against mortgage relief that never actually happened. Right-wingers rage against tales of food stamp abuse that almost always turn out to be false or at least greatly exaggerated. And Mr. Ryan’s black-men-don’t-want-to-work theory of poverty is decades out of date.

In the 1970s it was still possible to claim in good faith that there was plenty of opportunity in America, and that poverty persisted only because of cultural breakdown among African-Americans. Back then, after all, blue-collar jobs still paid well, and unemployment was low. The reality was that opportunity was much more limited than affluent Americans imagined; as the sociologist William Julius Wilson has documented, the flight of industry from urban centers meant that minority workers literally couldn’t get to those good jobs, and the supposed cultural causes of poverty were actually effects of that lack of opportunity. Still, you could understand why many observers failed to see this.

But over the past 40 years good jobs for ordinary workers have disappeared, not just from inner cities but everywhere: adjusted for inflation, wages have fallen for 60 percent of working American men. And as economic opportunity has shriveled for half the population, many behaviors that used to be held up as demonstrations of black cultural breakdown — the breakdown of marriage, drug abuse, and so on — have spread among working-class whites too.

These awkward facts have not, however, penetrated the world of conservative ideology. Earlier this month the House Budget Committee, under Mr. Ryan’s direction, released a 205-page report on the alleged failure of the War on Poverty. What does the report have to say about the impact of falling real wages? It never mentions the subject at all.

And since conservatives can’t bring themselves to acknowledge the reality of what’s happening to opportunity in America, they’re left with nothing but that old-time dog whistle. Mr. Ryan wasn’t being inarticulate — he said what he said because it’s all that he’s got.
If nobody else will take action and the government of Uganda refuses to see reason, Anonymous will adopt a scorched earth policy towards Uganda’s network infrastructure. You should expect us, for we do not forgive and we will not forget.
The Eleventh Circuit is the second youngest federal court of appeals in the country. It was created in 1981 when Congress removed Alabama, Georgia, and Florida from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and placed them under the umbrella of a new appellate court. (For this reason, Fifth Circuit cases decided before 1981 remain binding precedent in the Eleventh Circuit.) Because the United States Supreme Court hears so few cases, the Eleventh Circuit is effectively the court of last resort in these states, and has the final word in all areas of federal law. For most of its history, judges appointed by Republican Presidents have held a majority among the Eleventh Circuit’s members (when President Barack Obama took office in 2009, Republican-appointed judges held a 7-5 majority). In addition, the party of each nominating president only partly explains the court’s composition, because some judges appointed by Democrats have ruled with a conservative judicial philosophy, at least on certain issues. The result is a body of law that tends to limit the rights of those who most depend on the fair provision of justice—employees and consumers, criminal defendants, victims of discrimination—and that favors wealthy and more powerful litigants.

The court’s membership also has a striking lack of racial diversity. Although 25% of people who live within the Eleventh Circuit are African American (more than any other circuit), the court has only one African American judge, Charles R. Wilson. In fact, Judge Wilson’s predecessor, Judge Joseph Hackett, is the only other African American to ever sit on the Eleventh Circuit, and he had been reassigned to the court at its creation in 1981. That means that Judge Wilson is the only African American ever appointed to the Eleventh Circuit, and that the Eleventh Circuit has precisely the same number of black judges now, in 2014, that it did over 30 years ago.

In the Eleventh Circuit, the President has nominated three people so far to fill the four current vacancies: Robin Rosenbaum from Florida, and Jill Pryor and Julie Carnes from Georgia. Jill Pryor was nominated in February 2012 to a seat that has been empty since 2010, but Georgia’s Republican Senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, have withheld their support and stalled her nomination. Julie Carnes, a U.S. District Judge in the Northern District of Georgia, was first appointed to the federal bench by Republican President George H.W. Bush. Her elevation to the court of appeals is part of a nomination package that includes four nominees to district court vacancies in Georgia, and that would reportedly let Jill Pryor’s nomination move forward. Some advocacy groups, along with members of Georgia’s Democratic congressional delegation, have argued that this package lacks sufficient diversity (only one of the six nominees is African American), and have publicly criticized some of the district court nominees for their records as state judges, legislators, and lawyers. The fourth vacancy, for which there is not yet a nominee, is an Alabama seat that opened when Judge Joel Dubina took senior status last year.
The law is breathtaking in its scope. It gives bigotry against us gays and lesbians a powerful and unprecedented weapon. But your mean-spirited representatives and senators know this. They also know that it is going to be struck down eventually by the courts. But they passed it anyway, just to make their hateful opinion of us crystal clear.

So let me make mine just as clear. If your Governor Jan Brewer signs this repugnant bill into law, make no mistake. We will not come. We will not spend. And we will urge everyone we know–from large corporations to small families on vacation–to boycott. Because you don’t deserve our dollars. Not one red cent.
Razing Arizona - George Takei giving Gov. Jan Brewer fair warning to veto S.B. 1062

Above is a chart of “Yes” votes on Kansas’ House Bill 2453 — you know, the one which allows refusal of service to same-sex couples!
Here’s a list of all their contact information.
Happy Valentine’s Day!


Above is a chart of “Yes” votes on Kansas’ House Bill 2453 — you know, the one which allows refusal of service to same-sex couples!

Here’s a list of all their contact information.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

But flip either mailer over, and you’ll discover a color photograph of a slightly smiling, young Latina identified as “Tania Hernandez—Democrat.” Above her head, in the photo’s azure sky, appears the quote, “David Alvarez doesn’t understand the needs of most communities. Unless you live in one of his three chosen neighborhoods, he’s written you off.”

In the picture, the late-afternoon sun gleams on her face, as well as off the chain-link fence and tree stump behind her. Beyond that, there’s another tree and a dirt lot occupied by a camper next to a faded-blue shed.

For weeks, Spin Cycle has searched for Hernandez, curious about how she’d formulated such a strong opinion of the first-term District 8 council member. This week, Spin received a tip that Hernandez appeared to be a resident of National City. An address was provided, and Spin reopened Operation Pinpoint Photo Location.

Lo and behold, less than half a block away from the address Spin found the spot where the mailer photo was taken. Again, in National City.

Spin Cycle tried to get a comment from the Lincoln Club, whose anti-Alvarez independent-expenditure committee—Working Together for Neighborhood Fairness—paid for the mailer (along with a group calling itself Stuck in the Rough LLC, which is battling residents to develop homes on the former Escondido Country Club).

Through a spokesperson, Lincoln Club President and CEO T.J. Zane told Spin: “The Club doesn’t discuss its tactics or strategy in the middle of a campaign, sorry.” Zane declined further comment.

Was Arizona’s “papers please” SB1070 law racially motivated and in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution? A federal judge says the only way to find out is to look at the emails and letters exchanged between the Arizona GOP and groups such as ALEC that were advocating passage of the law.

The Arizona GOP is fighting to avoid disclosure even though, as Judge Susan Bolton pointed out, communications to public officials are public records under Arizona law. What do Republicans have to hide? Could it be that terms such as “illegals,” “wetbacks,” “undocumented,” and “Mexicans” were used in the correspondence, and would thus show a racial intent behind the law?

Why So Little Outrage Over Melissa Harris-Perry's Insulting Mitt Romney's Black Grandchild?

If you haven’t heard of this before is because it has something to do with the child’s race. Were the child white, Romney’s (former) acolytes would be screaming bloody murder about Harris-Perry’s comments on Fox Noise and A.M. hate radio shows.