racism


Bad Bleacher Behavior

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If you don’t live in Boston or follow sports, you might not be aware that Orioles’ player Adam Jones was pelted with peanuts and racist slurs at Fenway Park Monday night.

I happened to be at that game, and didn’t learn about the incidents (plural, since the peanuts and slurs were slung from different parts of the park) until the next day. A lot of Boston sports media and their callers and commenters became defensive idiots, with some even accusing Jones of making the whole thing up.

I believe Jones because I’ve been to Fenway more times than I can count and heard awful shit said in the bleachers and elsewhere in the park. I’ve also been to stadiums in other cities to know none are without racist and homophobic assholes.

Boston fans get famously defensive when things like this happen, which is not a good look. My fellow fans and the media should take a page from the Red Sox organization and condemn the racists in our midst and make them feel unwelcome. And if that doesn’t work, invite Antifa and Black Bloc on your next trip to Friendly Fenway.

As for the NYTimes’ newest columnist, Bret Stephens, his climate change denial is terrible and has no place in any publication that pitches itself with the slogan “The truth is more important now than ever.” But his bigoted “Disease of the Arab mind” comment should disqualify him from being published anywhere outside of 4chan message boards.

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Removing Another Confederate Monument

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New Orleans is taking down several monuments to the Confederacy and Jim Crow. But Jefferson Beauregard Sessions is still our Attorney General.

This cartoon is just some wish fulfillment until it’s hopefully realized in 2020, if Sessions doesn’t restrict voting rights to everyone but his ancient ass by then.


Inside the White House Writers’ Room

The second version of the White House’s unconstitutional immigration ban was struck down on Thursday. Public comments admitting the discriminatory intent of the executive order made by Rudy Giuliani and Trump adviser Stephen Miller helped strike it down.

Good job, guys!

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Orange is the New Black History Month

Despite his cluelessness about Frederick Douglass, the White House’s current orange occupant has his own rich history with African-Americans. It’s all bad. Housing discrimination, racist ad campaigns, and his KKK-adjacent father are just the tip of a very racist iceberg.

The bloated underbelly of that iceberg belongs to Steve Bannon. Who writes the orders Trump signs without reading.

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The GOP’s Establishment Man with a Plan

Establishment Man with a PlanWillard “Mitt” Romney is back in the news, and I’ll never pass up an opportunity to needle this man. As a freelancer, I didn’t have health insurance until he created RomneyCare. He then spent the next decade campaigning on the promise to take it away. There’s nothing more “phony” or “fraudulent” than that.

Any talk of a contested or brokered Republican convention is pure fan fiction for those establishment Republicans still in denial about the Trump candidacy; a candidacy they’ve sown for decades going back to Nixon’s Southern Strategy.

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Politely Protesting with Mr. Manners

Politely ProtestingThe protests at Mizzou and other universities caused a lot of old pundits to critique teenagers’ and young adults’ methods for achieving social justice. No college kid cares what pundits have to say. Sure, that one teacher who asked “for muscle” goofed up, but she was mocked all last week for being overprotective. Who has time for tone policing students and faculty when corporations, bankers and their client politicians are actively trying to destroy the world?

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Our National Conversations

Our National ConversationsAfter every tragedy, we engage in a “national conversation” about how we can prevent it from happening again. That usually devolves into partisan bickering before any significant change happens. Maybe this time will be different. And maybe one day Lucy will let Charlie Brown kick that football.

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