Laura Ingraham is the new conservative substitute for Rush Limbaugh. While his stock goes down, hers goes up in the world of birthers and wingnuts who hang on her every word as a way to justify their insanity.
On Monday, she gave them another one when she blamed Obama for the single case of Ebola diagnosed here in the U.S. Calling for a travel ban to Sierra Leone, Ingraham said Obama allows them to continue because of his “familial connection with Africa.”
She then elaborated on this thought by musing about why he might allow flights to continue, saying “He has an enormous amount of, I think, you know, core ties to the African continent. He’s mindful of his own family history there. … Come on, it doesn’t make any sense not to have stopped these flights from coming in.”
Wednesday night, CNN Tonight guests Ben Ferguson and Van Jones took that on, both agreeing that a travel ban is not called for, that Obama wasn’t responsible for the person getting the virus, and that it was an overreaction.
The same is true when discussing race power dynamics. Often, white folks believe racial discrimination is a zero sum game; the more progress we make towards equality through programs like affirmative action, or through increasing diversity in media, the more white folks feel that they are at a disadvantage or that they are being overlooked. I suppose that once you become used to being above everyone else, standing on equal ground seems like a tremendous fall.
I just realized that the lack of acceptance for asexuals is literally the dumbest thing. Like, you can’t handle the thought of two dudes kissing? Okay you’re dumb and terrible whatever. But you can’t handle the idea… Of someone… Not kissing anyone? What are you worried about? They’re gonna eat too much mac n cheese?? Draw too many dinosaurs??? Tell me
The history of feminist art is a history of the body; of the ways a woman’s body can be terrorized, how that violence is internalized, and the subsequent expression of that violence. The bold expression of fear underpins the rape narratives of feminist art.
"Newly-obtained FAA registration records reveal that the American “mystery plane” busted this July with 35 kilos of heroin at an airport outside Sydney, Australia was a CIA plane. At least, it had been when it rolled off the assembly line 40 years…
3 out of ABCs top 5 highest rated shows were led by black actors and actresses with its two highest rated shows being led by black actresses. There’s literally no excuse as to why people of color aren’t given lead roles that don’t consist of being slaves or maids.
ABC is ruling television with a steady hand and making the rest of Hollywhite look like shit.
"[I] had the privilege of spending an hour with an African-American male who grew up in the inner city….most of these Americans have no concept of the pride and joy when we, as parents, invest in our children." -Mark Walker, R-NC, likely to take House seat in November, posting on his Facebook page.
I'm planning a scene where my female protagonist (she is black) takes the fall for something that her white friend has done. My intent is to show her protective nature and her bravery, but I don't want it to seem like she's submissively taking blame for a white person's actions. Thoughts?
On Avoiding “Subjugating” Black Characters
I think if you’ve established their friendship well and have shown it to be based of mutual care and respect, its fine. However, if she’s always taking the fall for her friend or showing devotion to her, getting or shown nothing in return, then you might be running onto some pernicious grounds.
I haven’t watched Vampire Diaries, but I’ve heard enough about the Black character Bonnie to know her characterization is notorious for wearing that “submissive to the White characters” category down to the bone, and is often displaying unrequited loyalty to her friends.
I think this post breaks down the problems with Bonnie’s characterization pretty well and could give you some ideas of what to stay away from.
I’d also advise you show the friend appreciates your heroine taking the fall for her and her selfless act isn’t taken for granted.
There has to be room to talk about how SJ ‘communities’ can be toxic and abusive, without the assumption that anyone who brings this up must be a whiny ally with no stake in the issues that people are being abusive and toxic about. You can have vested personal stake in the social justice things and object to the harsh, mean, reductive way that many people go about discussing the social justice things.