Using Race When You Mean Skin Color or Culture

(repeating a facebook post)

Using Race When You Mean Skin Color or Culture

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Dear … People:

When you say someone’s of a different race, you’re unknowingly (most of you) perpetuating a racist meme.

Those of us who aren’t prejudiced, bigoted, asshole racists have gotten into the habit of calling different cultures “races”.

What we all have to understand is that we’re all part of the human *race* and to refer to someone who’s Black, Asian, Indian, Mexican, Arab, Iraqi, etc. as a different race is actually a racist slur intended to dehumanize non-Caucasians.

I know you’re not doing it on purpose.  I think, however, that it’s high time we all acknowledge what we’ve been doing and to put a stop to it.  As for me, I’m not a member of the White race.  I’m a member of a race abbreviated as human being (homo sapien) with a mostly Caucasian background.

We should all be more vigilant, especially given the current climate of “last gasp” racist dicks who are so lost and afraid of a uniting of cultures that they’ve come out of the woodwork–mostly as a result of two electoral events:

  1.  The election of Barack Obama.  Twice.
  2.  The election of Donald Trump.  It will be only once.

We’re 8 months into a hate-filled, hate-condoned presidency.  Please.  Let’s put down the phones and bills and remotes and pay attention to what’s happening and what we can do about it.

We’re Not Descended From a Biblical Pair

Adam and Eve.  Biblical people will say that the entire population came from Adam and Eve.

First, no.  It’s scientifically impossible.  Our genetic code would have disintegrated by now.

Second, you haven’t read that stupid book.  If we go by what’s said in the book of Genesis, we’ve descended from a lot of people outside of Elohim’s/El’s/Yahweh’s/God’s (honestly, pick one) chosen couple.  Not just Adam and Eve.

The proof is when Cain is sent on his way after killing his brother.  He’s sent to the land of Nod where he finds a wife and has many children.

A land not of Adam and Eve.  A land god didn’t create or he told Moses (the so-called writer of this book) nothing about it.  Nod contains more people, one of them female.  I’ll assume that Cain had a few choices and chose this unnamed woman.

Many other times within the five books of Moses are there references to Egyptians, Hittites, and other ethnic/culture groups (we’re all the human race but we’ve gotten into this bad habit of calling other cultures a “race” and frankly, it’s a racist attitude meant to dehumanize non-Caucasians) that god never told Moses about–instead having him believe that Moses descended from Adam (Eve’s always left out).

There are even times when one of the descendants of Adam goes his own way, then he fathers a whole culture who somehow becomes the enemy that Moses and his people, as they wander pointlessly around the Arabian desert, are told to slaughter because they’ve lost their way and no longer worship El.  Nice way of saying, “Boo hoo hoo, my sons over there don’t worship me anymore, boo hoo hoo, kill them all.”

There’s a lot of killing of non-Adam descendants during that 40-year wandering that isn’t really 40. It’s more like two years.  So what happened, Moses?  Why didn’t your god tell you about all those cultures?

Because the bible was written by several people who made it all up.

ASIDE:  By the way, the woman Cain marries is unnamed because the writers of the bible were ascetics who hated women and anything that came from carnal desire.  A woman was either the cause of evil (Eve, and in later stories made up by the church, Lilith, in order to continue the oppression of women whenever they ask, “Why are you doing this to us?”) or she’s so insignificant that mentioning her by name is of no interest by these writers.  The few who are named are intended to further the narrative of worshipping the one true god.

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Free Will is Not Biblical

I’m so sick of this “god gave us free will” shit.

When someone who’s a so-called godless heathen (or a child) asks, “Why didn’t god save (insert example)…?”, a bible defender or believer or part-time believer will say “Because God gave us Free Will, so he’s about us taking responsibility for our choices.”

This is bullshit.

Free will. There’s no such thing in the bible. God never says that to Adam and Eve when he kicks them out of the garden for having the stupidity to decide something for themselves–i.e., get some knowledge and therefore execute free will–the free will to do something he told them not to do.

That god didn’t want free will. He wanted obedience and ignorance. And when the two mud monkeys did something against his law, they’re booted out and given suffering for all eternity (mortality, birth pain).

So when someone says “god gave us free will”, they’re peddling propaganda by church officials.

NKorea isn’t serious. Calm the F*ck Down, Trump

There’s this thing called the DMZ (demilitarized zone) that separates North and South.  We have infantry companies who man our side 24/7, 365.  They are armed with some fearsome weapons (I’ve seen and heard them).  The M61 Vulcan was one of them, last I knew. (yes, I know, it’s typically in aircraft, but trust me, its most likely still there, or its upgrade)

We’re not just at the DMZ.  Spread throughout South Korea are several bases, some close to the DMZ.  They’ve been parked there since the end of the Korean War.  We also have a large Navy there.  Whenever the military, en masse, conducts training exercises, the leader of NK will throw a fit because he feels he’s supposed to throw a fit.  “They’re conducting exercises designed to attack me!  How dare they!”

POINT:  If Kim wants to start a war, all he has to do is march across the DMZ.  If Kim wants to shoot a missile at us, all he has to do is fire it into South Korea.  But he won’t.  Why?  Because he’s not serious.  Period.  He’s all bluster and prissy tantrum-throwing.  JUST.  LIKE.  TRUMP.

Consider where Guam is.  Then consider where South Korea is.  Any questions?

So c’mon, @realdonaldtrump, you stupid shit. Find your head, pull it out of your ass, listen to McMaster, and go sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up.

Anti-Single Payer Controls the Narrative in the News By Way of Lies and Subterfuge

Y’all have probably heard by now about the tragic case of UK baby Charlie Gard. His parents sought an experimental treatment for their son’s brain in order to keep him alive and the Gov’t said no. It went to the UK Supreme Court and they too said no.

Now, those people who are paid by the health insurance industry to keep single-payer from becoming law all use this case as an example of why government shouldn’t be involved in health care.

Even CNN’s Jake Tapper framed the question about Gard’s case to industry-bribed Chuck Schumer as a case of gov’t being the wrong place to run health care.

THIS IS PURPOSELY MISLEADING BULLSHIT.

What they fail to tell you are the details of the case and why the government refused to allow the treatment. (treatment would not improve the life of the infant)

The reason they fail to tell you and instead play this game to fool you is because they’re all bought and sold by the insurance industry, who won’t make a lot of profit under Single Payer.

American Terrorism

Truthdig’s Paul Street: The United States and the Crucifixion of Yemen

“I do not share other world citizens’ willingness to pardon ordinary Americans from responsibility for U.S. government crimes, both direct and indirect, around the world and in Yemen. The real story of what the U.S. is doing globally is readily available for those willing to look beyond “mainstream” sources and doctrine. Most Americans remain willfully ignorant of terrible transgressions regularly committed in their name by Uncle Sam and his allies and clients abroad.

“This ugly indifference extends even to many on the nominal left, including Bernie Sanders fans who gave unconditional support to Sanders even after he told a peace activist in Iowa City in 2015 that the Saudis “are going to have to get their hands dirty” in the U.S-led “war on [of] terror.”

““For Bernie and his supporters,” 2016 Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka wrote two years ago in an essay titled “The Yemen Tragedy and the Crisis of the American Left,” “the mischief that the Saudi government and private individuals have been engaged in across the region financing groups like [Islamic State] wasn’t dirty enough.”

“Neither, apparently, was Riyadh’s U.S.-equipped campaign to bomb Yemen back to the 19th century—a campaign that has turned Yemen into a shameful humanitarian disaster of epic proportions.””

He’s right.  We are guilty.  All of us.  We let this happen through our apathy and our willful ignorance.

You can’t continue to wear rose-colored glasses when viewing our own history (past and currently making) and still call yourself an American. We have to stop our government’s continuing campaign of terror on the world at large. WE are the terrorists who have spawned other terrorist groups in retaliation for what we’ve done.

We were all so shocked by 9/11.  We’re thinking, “Why did they do this to us? What did we do to deserve this?”

THIS:  We have ignored what our government has been doing for a few centuries, and with our access to information for the last 80 years, we have no excuse.  We’ve been willing to accept lies and misinformation, all because we’ve been spoon-fed “patriotism” by our leaders whose sole mission is to rob us blind while they yell “squirrel” and point to carefully selected blame games.

We can’t afford to ignore our government’s war crimes and war-mongering behavior anymore.  We can’t.  If we continue on this road, we’re complicit in all war crimes our military and intelligence agencies commit in our name.

“The United States has killed, maimed, displaced and otherwise harmed an astonishing number of people in its 241-year record of murder and mayhem—including more than 20 million killed in 37 nations since 1945.”

Here ya go, Presidents (except Jimmy Carter), Congress, FBI, CIA, NSA, etc. One more goddamn fucking word about Russian meddling and the American people should kick your duplicitous, corrupted, evil asses.  Woodrow Wilson invaded Russia during their revolution because he hated communism, and began a campaign of interventionism, calling the action White Russian.  This action was the source of the upcoming Cold War and our rivalry with Russia.  We interfered in their elections, and Americans have been ignorant of this fact thanks to the government being in charge of the making of our history books.

This blatantly racist bastard (he held a private viewing of the hideous White Supremacist film “Birth of a Nation” and personally re-activated the KKK) was responsible for the murder of civilians in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatamala, Honduras, and other nations, thanks to his interference in their democratically-elected governments.  Why did he do this?  His belief that we were superior and had the right.  We aren’t and we never did.

“Hiroshima (146,000 killed with a single bomb—what President Harry Truman called “the greatest thing in history”) and Nagasaki (80,000): The arch-criminal atom bombings were unnecessary and savagely carried out even though the U.S. high command knew Japan was defeated and ready to accept U.S. surrender terms.”

What you should know, fellow Americans, is that dropping bombs on Japan was NOT due to winning the war or trying to stop more bloodshed (choke on that stupidity for a sec). It was to send a clear message to *Moscow*. All our military commanders told Truman it was unnecessary but he ignored them. The fucker should have been hung for war crimes.

We have to put a stop to this terrorism by our government, ladies and gentlemen.  We have no right to interfere with other nations, never mind declaring non-wars on their peoples.  No right whatsoever.

Actual Culture Appropriation

This is in response to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issuing a save to wolves and other wildlife that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service tried to kill off.  Minnesota was one of the relevant areas.  The timber wolves are now safe … for the time being.  And consider that there’s a sports team called the Minnesota Timberwolves.  It’s a crime against nature to kill off a species, then name a sports team after it.  Ask the Native Americans.

So.

You know all that bullshit flooding the country about “race/culture appropriation”?

I call it bullshit because it’s sickeningly, offensively, ironic.

Consider the fact that Native Americans have been dealing with *actual* culture/race appropriation for centuries.

During and after the US Government’s genocide of an entire ethnic culture, we have also added a myriad of things with Native American names:

Rivers, counties, cities, towns, villages, states, buildings, farms, companies, sports teams, schools, etc., etc., etc.

And if you’re from an ethnic culture that isn’t Native American and you bitch about your culture getting appropriated, consider the evidence around you of real-world theft.

Now consider your own objections and tell yourself, “It could be worse,” then breathe a huge goddamn sigh of relief that it isn’t.

Does this mean that I think your objections aren’t valid.  No.  But ask a Native American how they’ve fared with fighting against the same thing.  And then consider that their persecution continues (see Dakota Access Pipeline) and yours could be on par but isn’t–and this in no way excuses or minimizes the criminalization of ethnicities over the last 40 years. (see mass incarceration)

My POINT is that the Native Americans continue to be marginalized and appropriated.  Every time someone suggests reparations, they are met with harassment.  Every time someone suggests getting respect via the dislodging of mascot names, they are met with harassment.  And you, a non-Native American, are bitching about someone using a cultural symbol because they like the look?

Perspective, people.  It could always get a lot worse.  Doesn’t mean you should shut up about it but please consider the literal ground you walk on.