True Colors

There is one thing for which I am very thankful to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the 2016 election.

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My opposition to Clinton, my opposition to Trump, and the results of the 2016 election all really brought into stark clarity the true character of virtually everyone I know. The number of people that claimed to be friends but turned out to be horrible people is depressing. I realized that quite a few just wanted to add me to their collection of “African-Americans” to help complete the “Some of my friends are…” argument they use when their bigotry becomes so evident that people can’t ignore it.
At least, now I know for sure who they are
Just as importantly, the number that proved the words of friendship, love, and support that came out of their mouths for years were true were much fewer but heartening.
I cherish them
There are no more questions about who I can trust and who I should never show my back to. The enemy has revealed themselves. They stand up proudly now and declare their prejudice and bigotry. Religion? Race? Sexual Orientation? Sex? They insist that we allow them to discriminate against people on these bases WHILE pretending that they aren’t.
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We are going through one of the worst storms of my lifetime. True colors are abundant. Unfortunately, for many that I thought were friends, those colors are the White, Black and Red of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan or the American Nazi Party or Breitbart or Stormfront.
Different names.
Same colors.
Same hate.
Same evil.
– Eliot

Rick Wilson Is My Hero

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For some reason, I saw this. Bill Mahrer was on my television and I saw this. I even ran the TV back to watch Wilson say it again. Insisted that Lisa stop doing what she was doing so she could witness the sheer beauty of this moment.
 
Watching Tomi Lahren spend the entire segment trying to bait someone into an argument of one of her pet dogwhistle issues AND seeing everyone ignore her every time would have been worth suffering through Bill Mahrer.
 
But Rick Wilson’s jumping in – excusing himself, and jumping in – to point out the lunacy of Lahren’s statement? A statement so insane he could only call it “F*cking crazy”?
 
That made it even worth having to suffer Michael Eric Dyson’s bad Jesse Jackson impersonation.
 
Very much worth it.
– Eliot

White Students Hold ‘Trump’ Sign, Turn Backs On Black Basketball Team | The Huffington Post

The Missouri school district has apologized.

Source: White Students Hold ‘Trump’ Sign, Turn Backs On Black Basketball Team | The Huffington Post

Not sure how I feel about this. I don’t think it bothers me very much and it seems like a lot to do about nothing. At Widefield High School, a majority White school, in the 1970s our crowd was known for doing things to rattle the other team. As far as I know, they started the whole “reading a newspaper during introductions” thing.  Was it unsportsmanlike? Nope. Was it rude? Absolutely. Was it racist? Nope.

There is true racism in today’s America. It was put on display for the entire world to see by the election of Donald Trump. (Hold your outrage. You and I both know it’s true. The only  difference is I don’t have to pretend it’s not in some desperate attempt to save my own morality.) This, however, is not it.

I AM A MAN!

February 12, 1968, Memphis sanitation workers went on strike to protest, among other things, the death of two of their fellow workers due to unsafe working conditions. The Memphis mayor refused to negotiate. He saw no reason for concern over the condition under which “Negroes” worked and, besides, the strikers would be back as soon as the money ran out.

His cavalier and uncaring attitude raised a simple question in the men’s minds: Am I not a man? This same question had been used by abolitionists in an attempt to shame “Christian” men and women into realizing that Slaves were humans. Just as they were. And beholding to the same God and due the same rights. Eventually, a war was fought to settle that question from a legal standpoint. Blacks were men UNDER THE LAW.

 

 

Now, we find ourselves suddenly realizing that UNDER THE LAW means nothing if it isn’t recognized by the people. Virtually all Americans pay lip service to the truth that Black men are indeed men but many through their actions and the law demonstrate that it is, indeed, only lip service. It is time once again to let them now that we are men. Let them know that “I AM A MAN”That is the simple fact. And as a man in this country I have certain rights which I will insist are recognized and honored. All because I AM A MAN.

There was a time when Black men who wanted to be recognized as men had to stand up and declare it. And they did. Loudly and proudly.

They let the world know they were men by simply carrying a sign that declared “I AM A MAN” and not letting anyone forget it. Today, we find ourselves in the same situation. Black men are no longer seen as men. They are seen as criminals and thugs. They are, to quote the Governor of Maine, “the enemy” as far as much of America is concerned.

To fight back, we’ve designed a shirt to tell the world you have had enough. That you are a descendant of those men that carried a sign declaring their manhood. They were beaten, attacked by dogs, jailed, and even killed for taking this stand. Take your own stand and help others at the same time.

Purchase one of our I AM A MAN (Say it again) t-shirts. You don’t have to be Black or White or Brown or Red or Yellow to wear it. You don’t have to be Straight or Gay or Bi or Trans. You don’t have to be Anglo or Latino. You don’t have to be Native-born or Immigrant.

You don’t even have to be a man.

You simply have to be willing to say “I will have my rights AND YOU WILL NOT STOP ME!” They come in the original red letters on white background and a more impactful and modern white letters on black background.

 

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Our shirts pay homage to those brave souls who carried that simple sign. Those men that said “I AM A MAN”. By wearing this shirt you’ll continue the message. You’ll be doing your part to fight the prejudice and bigotry so many face every day. You’ll be saying that without a doubt that now and forever “I AM A MAN”.
Get one for yourself and some for the men in your life. Just Click on the shirt you want and follow directions.
50% of all profits will be going directly to the ACLU. I’m pretty sure they’ll need the money over the next few years. The other 50% will go to keeping The RiverHouse Chronicles on-line.  Thanks loads and if you feel like sharing this EVERYWHERE…it couldn’t hurt.
– Eliot

Liberally Racist

Evan Gahr wrote a recent article titled “Appeals Court Judges Send WaPo Racial Purge Lawsuit To Trial” in  the Daily Caller Washington Gadfly column addressing some “racial” turmoil at the Washington Post. Since the Daily Caller is run by Tucker Carlson, expectations for quality journalism are fairly low and Mr. Gahr does not disappoint. The Daily Caller is written in the style of a school newspaper for an all-male military boarding school. If that paper were full of the items that the Advisor had forbidden to be published. Lots of false machismo. Guns! Cigars! Booze! Breasts! And more Kate Upton than anyone cares to experience.

It is journalism as shown in a Christian Slater movie.

Also, an essential part of the mix is the tweaking of the journalistic establishment. Carlson attempts to make Daily Caller relevant by pointing out the hypocrisy of the liberal media. Gahr’s article gives him just that chance. It allows the veneer of respectability by championing the Black (BONUS!) alleged victim while giving them a shot at the Washington Post for being racist in its actions and hypocritical in its lack of coverage. Rachel Maddow, Joy Reid and a few others are dragged into this fetid mess by the end.

And it works.

It works THIS TIME because there is truth here. This is the reality of too many “liberal” people and institutions. Their liberalism is heartfelt. Their liberalism is passionate.

Their liberalism is…situational.

I’ve found that the best way to get along with most liberals, institutions and people, is to treat them the same as bigots. If you treat them with the deference and obsequiousness a bigot expects from a Black person, they will be fine. However, without that deference and obsequiousness, they will treat you like David Duke would treat Bigger Thomas after his last date with Duke’s sister. At a minimum the word “uppity” will be thought as the word “arrogant” is said. Lots of talk about “attitude”.

Eventually, you will find out that their wife or husband or best friends (most of whom would be astonished to know they are that person’s friend) or adopted child(ren) or Great Grandfather’s favorite pet was Black. In their mind this establishes their racial bonafides and immunizes them, for all time, from being racist or performing an act of racism. Pointing out that they are being or doing something racist is met by a recitation of their bonafides (see above) and a refusal to see reality just as strong as any of the poor deluded souls (emphasis on the “poor”) that just put Trump into office.

White folks on the Left (WFOTL) do racist things. White folks on the Right (WFOTR) are racists. Minorities understand that there is a difference. It’s time that Whites do as well. For the most part, minorities give WFOTL a pass on this. Its not that we don’t know it. So, the DailyCaller shouldn’t really spend so much time trying to point out what we all now. And we know that when it is pointed out, the preferred method of dealing with it by the Left (Minorities and WFOTL) is to turn politely away and pretend that someone on the other side of the room just called them.

But we do that with the expectation that there will be something done about it. Some attempt to redress. Some attempt to make right. Some attempt to bend the arc.

When that doesn’t happen then it isn’t just WFOTL doing their thing. It isn’t just the good natured stumbling of WFOTL as they try to figure out things.

Then it’s just racism.

– Eliot

Trump’s ‘Christian soldier’: ‘Your skin color will be your uniform’

Source: Trump’s rhetoric excites ‘Christian soldier’ for civil war: ‘Your skin color will be your uniform’

 

Somehow in all of the confusion of the election, we’ve turned it from a political contest into a religious war. There was a time when the election was a contest of ideas between political parties. Those ideas were based on theories and beliefs that, while different, were always understood to be the proponents best attempt to move the country forward. As such, they deserved the respect of a hearing.

Unfortunately, people started believing those ideas were more than they were. That they weren’t the result of human thought and discussion. That they didn’t come from people trying to figure out better ways to live together. People started believing that those ideas were handed down by God. And, since that was the case, those ideas were perfect. The people that created them were perfect. The ideas were never to be questioned. Or improved. Or removed. They were law. God’s law.

There are several problems with this belief. The first of which is that it is simply wrong. It has no basis in reality. It is a loathsome fantasy designed to gain power by those who created it AND to maintain power by those who promote it.

The second is that a law requires enforcement. Now for the danger. There is no enforcement mechanism so you run the danger of having the adherents to this false religion taking it upon themselves to enforce their God’s law. And it must be enforced because IT IS GOD’S LAW. Perfect and infallible. Just. And they do.

The same slackjawed idiots that fall for the scam Trump and his ilk are pulling on them. They use a perversion of the 2nd Amendment and add it to the central tenets of their mad religion. Some going so far as to claim Jesus the Christ as the patron saint of the AR despite the evidence of all the red words in the Bible. They gather the Holy AR and go forth to enforce God’s Law:

If you’re White, you’re all right.

They know they are in the right because Trump tells them that the election is rigged. He has no proof. But they believe him because if it isn’t rigged that means that most Americans disagree with them. Disagree with the hate. Disagree with the racism. Disagree with the sexism. Disagree with the homophobia. Disagree with the religious bigotry.

Disagree with their God.

And their God – like the God of the Old Testament – is a vain and jealous God. He suffers no amount of being ignored. His followers, the good, righteous, WHITE soldiers of the Lord are ready to fight for him. To put the unbelievers and the race traitors and the mud people all in their place. Not because of racism. Or sexism. Or homophobia. Nope. Because it’s what their God wants. He is God, after all.

The mistake we make is pretending this isn’t the case. We believe that because they’ve appropriated some of the trappings of true Christianity, that they are Christians but just confused. That they worship the same God that we do. But they aren’t. They don’t. They aren’t Christians. They don’t worship our God. They are Christianists and they are evil. They worship the religion Christianity as defined by them. In their bastardized religion, Christ is accepted as a symbol of Christianity but His words hold no more sway than anyone else’s. Less if you count the teachings of the Christianist tradition handed down from preacher to preacher, from priest to priest, from minister to minister. His words are only valid if they support the prejudices of the Christianists. When they don’t, He is ignored. Or marginialized.

Christianists are inherently violent and dangerous. We would do well not to ignore the danger they pose AFTER the election. Their brethren in the Middle East, Daesh, have shown us just how much damage can be wrought by religious zealots that worship men. Are we ready to fight off a Christianist Jihad?

– Eliot

 

Kaepernick and The Flag

“And the big thing that hit me through all of this is that this is a backup  quarterback whose job is to be quiet and sit in the shadows and get the starter ready to play week one.”
– Trent Dilfer
“I think it’s the most pathetic thing in the world and I think the people that support people like Kaepernick are really sick people, and they ought to take a trip somewhere else.”
– Mike Ditka
“I think it’s personally not a good thing, I think it’s a terrible thing. And, you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him. Let him try, it won’t happen.”
– Donald Trump
“Your actions were shameful, disgusting, despicable and disrespectful.”
– Allen West

All of these people are complaining because a young man decided that even though he was fabulously wealthy, he should not ignore those who aren’t. He decided to do it in the way our Constitution says Americans should do it. His concern for the lack of concern about Americans being killed by the government because of their skin color led him to quietly and without seeking notice to sit and then kneel during the national anthem. To not participate in the forced demonstration of worship of our national idol.
Those people disagree that these government sanctioned murders are worthy of protest. Mr. Kaepernick and millions of other Americans disagree. Kaepernick is using his celebrity to shine the light of truth on this madness. They are saying that the life of an American is not as important as the flag. Let that sink in for a moment.
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The life of an American is not as important as a symbol whose values they do not believe in. That a 12 year old American gutshot and slaughtered like an animal matters less than a pattern on cloth which some of them are not reluctant to make bathing suits out of and wrap their sweaty asses in.
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Or to throw their garbage in.
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Or to help in recruiting more people to the cause of denying Americans their rights as Americans.
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Or its use as a weapon to keep Black kids and White kids from going to the same school.
None of them are confused about what Kaepernick is saying by this protest. Nor are they mistaken in their understanding of whether this protest is in keeping with the Constitution. They do this with the full knowledge of what he is protesting. They are against what he is for: the equal and humane treatment of all Americans by the police.
They rail against the very thought that all Americans should be given equal consideration, respect and be subject to the same rule of law. They rage against the very idea that Black Americans might have the temerity to quietly ask that their rights be respected. They ask with their hands raised. BANG!

Not enough

They’ve gathered in their places of worship and begged God to help them. They did it  sitting quietly in pews for hundreds of years. Over and over again. Praying and singing. Asking the Lord to help them while they were here and to welcome them into heaven once they pass. Welcoming all who came to join them. Even a strange young White man who came on a Wednesday and sat through Bible study. BANG!

Not enough

They listened as people told them how one receives a ticket from the police in order not to antagonize the officer. Window down. Hands on the wheel. Speak only in even, flat tones. Without emotion. Make no sudden movements and always announce your intentions and the purpose of any movement. Don’t look him in the eye. Follow all commands. Especially if he tells you to get your license and registration. Do it. Do it immediately. BANG!

Not enough

They obeyed when an officer tells them to lay on the ground. Arms spread. Don’t move. Even as you try to calm the mentally disabled man next to you. Laying in the street as still as possible while telling the young man you are responsible for that all will be fine. Don’t move. Listen to the officers. Don’t move but yell out to the officers that it’s all under control but to watch out for your young charge because he is…. BANG!

Not enough

Handcuffed in the back of a police car? BANG! Shopping in WalMart? BANG! Walking down the street? BANG! Deaf? BANG! Autistic? BANG! Protesting? BANG!

Not enough

And now comes a millionaire. One of America’s elite.  An NFL quarterback. Not demanding the rights he is entitled to. Not shouting about them being taken away. Not howling about the rights of those who share his heritage being ignored. Not doing any of the things his very humanity demands that he does.
Instead, he comes on bended knee. Begging America to stop killing its own just because of their color. On bended knee. Begging them to stop killing the people that it brought here to build this country. To make the very American dream possible by laboring without compensation build wealth that they were prohibited by law from taking part in.
Some Americans join him in the begging for the never-ending dream that Black Americans have had since December 6, 1865. Too many others simply answer…

Not enough

– Eliot

Trump! Trump! Trump!

I’m taking the rare step of reposting something I just posted on Facebook. I had to. Here’s why.

These are real people. Saying real things. Showing how they really feel. In Massachusetts.

I’ve been to Massachusetts. It is not the most racially tolerant place on earth. Not even in the top 80 percent. Neither the words that were said or the topics surprised me and I doubt they would surprise most Black folks. But I do want my White friends to understand this from the video.

Those guys you see? Those guys you hear? If it is ever just late enough AND they are just drunk enough AND it is just dark enough AND there are just enough of them together, your friend Eliot is well and truly fucked.

Every time.

(Insert standard gun as magic talisman argument here which I will summarily ignore because it is both nonsense and irrelevant)

These guys are always ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence. That is the other talk we have with our Black sons. Once they get old enough to become a threat to the American Boers. Steer clear. Give them a wide berth but NEVER GIVE THEM GROUND. Never. Your ancestors fought, bled and died for that ground.

If need be, you will do the same.

I’m glad some of you get to finally see what is in the minds of Trump supporters. What is meant when they say what they say to our faces and they do what they do in their displays of uber-Patriotism. What America will look like when they get finished making it great again. What the Voice of “Heritage Not Hate” sounds like. You’ve got to admit that they are true to their heritage.

Rest assured, you’re not part of their America.

Well, most of you aren’t.

  • Eliot