Saturday, 29 March 2008
THE FACE OF AAR
No sooner do I write an essay about Affirmative Action Racism (AAR) than
someone provides me a textbook example of it.
Here is a commentary from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer by someone named
Anthony B. Robinson. I am posting every word he wrote, so there is no
doubt at all about context:
Articles of Faith: Obama
deserves praise for standing by pastor
SOME HAVE SAID the question to come out of the
story of Barack Obama and Pastor Jeremiah Wright is, "When do you leave your
Why didn't Obama leave Trinity United Church of
Christ when his pastor said outlandish things? Hillary Clinton has assured us
that she would certainly have exited any church where a preacher said, "Goddamn
America." Why didn't Obama? What does this tell us about him?
I'm not so sure that's the right question. How
about, When do you change the channel? Somehow I don't think Fox News, whose
project this is, just suddenly took an interest in a black preacher from the
South Side of Chicago. Obama is the target. Politics is the agenda. Fox seems
more in business of creating "news" than reporting it.
I thought it was tacky when The New York Times ran
a story with hearsay allegations about a romantic liaison between John McCain
and a lobbyist. But at least they ran it only one day. Fox has been on this for
months. I think it's tacky that from 36 years, or 207,792 minutes, of Wright's
preaching, Fox has extracted a sample that amounts to 0.0000012 percent of the
whole and gone wild.
Should Obama have exited Trinity Church in protest
when, after 9/11, Wright charged that "America's chickens are coming home to
roost," or when he said "Goddamn America" for its history of racism and racial
Sounds like what the Bible calls a prophet.
Biblical prophets weren't crystal-ball gazers. They were, according to Old
Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann, preachers who "regularly exposed the
failures of a society in savage rhetoric." Prophets afflict the comfortable
while comforting the afflicted. And they use language and images that pretty
much guarantee that they won't get invited to cocktail parties.
Amos, for example, pictured the women of the upper
classes -- classes who "oppress the poor and crush the needy" -- being dragged
out of their mansions on hooks. "Alas, for those at ease in Zion, for those who
feel secure in Samaria," Amos said.
It's the complacent and comfortable the prophets
assault. The Bible's Jeremiah told his people their end was coming for sure on
account of their unfaithfulness and injustice. It would be so bad that God would
make them eat their own dead children.
The mark of the true prophet is that they bring
God's judgment on their own nation and their own people. They tell us things
about us that we don't want to hear. False prophets, there were plenty of those
back then, too, tend to specialize either in sunny optimism or attacking our
enemies and naming scapegoats.
Just so, Jeremiah Wright indicts his own nation,
America. Beyond that, he challenges his own people, calling AfricanAmericans to
be self-reliant. Though Trinity welcomes whites (I've experienced that welcome)
and counts whites in its membership, the agenda in South Side Chicago is black
But when do you bail on your pastor or church?
Judging from the recent Pew survey that shows Americans switching churches like
they change shoes, you head for the door whenever you hear something that
doesn't suit you. But not everyone operates that way. And especially not in the
black church, which has for generations been the institutional bulwark for a
culture in crisis.
Besides, there's more to a person's relationship
with their pastor than one or two sermons. Recently deceased preacher -- and
prophet -- William Sloane Coffin told the story of a politically conservative
friend who suggested that Coffin should meet his pastor. So Coffin went to
worship with his friend and heard a sermon that could only be characterized as
theologically and politically liberal.
"Why would you stay in such a church with such a
preacher?" Coffin asked.
The man answered, "This pastor held my wife's hand
in the last 24 hours of my wife's life and then he held my hand in the 24 hours
that followed her death. I'd come to hear him preach if he just read the Yellow
Rather than condemning Obama, we might want to
admire him for not dropping his old pastor and friend like a hot potato when it
got difficult. We might want to admire a pastor who, in Brueggemann's words,
knows about "God's passion for truth-telling in risky places."
There is so much to address in this article that it's hard to know where
to start. So let me just do it in order. Here is a partial list:
-jeremiah wright's comments were not "outlandish" any more than david
duke's comments are outlandish. They were hate-filled and racist;
-Crying over the fact that Fox News reported this, as if it were
wrong to do so, is outrageous. Forgetting for a moment that just about
everyone else reported it too, it is NEWS. When a Presidential
candidate's "spiritual mentor" turns out to be a Black liberation theologist
who mixes insane racial conspiracy theories along with his racial hatred,
voters need to know about it;
-Mentioning that the videos comprise only a minuscule percent
of wright's preaching is fine - if you are claiming that these are the
only instances of his hatred. But let's remember that they were sold in
the church's store - and that is a sign that the church is proud of their
content. They sure as hell didn't compile a "worst of jeremiah wright"
CD for the flock. This, along with the fact that he is a proponent of
the hate-filled, racist "Black liberation theology" clearly indicates wright
preached his filth continuously;
-Equating wright's anti USA screeds, in which he essentially says
"GOOD for the USA" about 9/11 with being a biblical prophet, is too idiotic to
even bother commenting on. Any reader who thinks this is a reasoned argument
is immune to logic, common sense and reason. Why are you even
bothering to read my blog - it's useless to you;
-If overt racism is "black uplift", Rosie O'Donnell is the next winner of
the Miss Teen USA pageant;
-To admire Barack Obama for sticking by wright is to
admire him for sticking by a racist lunatic. I don't admire people who do this and -
assuming you have something above your brain stem - neither do
I wonder if Mr. Robinson would admire a White Presidential candidate
for "sticking by" a White racist lunatic. Call me a cynic, but somehow I
doubt he would.
But it is clear that, in the world of Anthony B. Robinson, if you are a Black
racist, you are excused.
And that, friends, is AAR.
AAR: THE RACE ISSUE WE SHOULD BE DISCUSSING
Barack Obama, during last week's speech that was designed to divert attention
from his loving relationship with jeremiah wright, talked up the necessity for
having a dialogue on race.
Forgetting the orgasmic reaction of his many suckups among our "fiercely
neutral" media, anyone who has lived during the past 50 years knows we
have had an ongoing dialogue about race all this time.
Our problem is that it has begun and ended with the oppression of Black
people. There is a lot more to race, and to racism, that remains
With that, let me show you the following Associated Press report:
Wright drops in on Chicago
Obama's former pastor joins
celebration for Maya Angelou's birthday
CHICAGO Barack Obama's former pastor, who
canceled several public events after an uproar over his incendiary comments,
surprised a Chicago congregation by attending an event to celebrate poet Maya
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright got a raucous standing
ovation when he entered Saint Sabina church on the South Side on Friday night,
video from WBBM-TV showed. Members yelled "Hallelujah!" as Wright embraced the
Rev. Michael Pfleger, Saint Sabina's pastor.
The smiling Wright accepted an invitation to give
the benediction at the Roman Catholic church but did not address the furor over
his past sermons. He also sang "Happy Birthday" to Angelou, whose birthday is
Afterward, he went into an office off the pulpit
to greet audience members.
Pfleger told the CBS station he invited Wright
because he is a fan of Angelou, who was at the church for a speaking
Obama has condemned remarks from Wright that
denounced America for allegedly racist and genocidal acts. Videos of Wright's
remarks circulated on the Internet and television.
Wright has not spoken publicly since the
controversy over his sermons began. He recently scrapped plans to receive an
award in Texas and to speak at churches in Houston and Tampa,
There is a perfect example of the racism issue that we do not talk
about but desperately need to.
The issue is AAR; Affirmative Action Racism.
AAR is when Black racism is rationalized or excused, or even celebrated like the congregants at St. Sabina did, based on skin
color. It is when hateful comments that would forever identify a
White person as being racist are just fine if the source is a Black person.
Here we have the disgraced, discredited jeremiah wright being given a
"raucus standing ovation" by the St. Sabina congregation.
Why? Do they not know about his attacks on Whites and Jews? Do
they not know he accuses the USA of inventing the AIDS virus to commit
genocide on Blacks?
Unfortunately, the answer is probably that he got that ovation BECAUSE they
And this is what brings us to the unspoken issue of racism - the one that
Obama didn't mean to address at all, but that we should be talking about every
day. The reason a Black church would erupt with delirous joy at the sight
of jeremiah wright.
Let me say this plainly: I don't think I have ever met a Black person
who didn't know what anti-Black prejudice is. But I have met a great many
Black people who don't have a clue what racism is.
Anti-Black prejudice is prejudice against Blacks. Racism is prejudice
against a race - regardless of which race we are talking about. The
difference is vast.
If a White calls Black people sex crazed criminals, that person is
a racist. He/she is prejudging all Black people as if every one
thought exactly the same way. That is not only racist, it is damn stupid and
ignorant as well.
If a Black calls White people oppressors who are indifferent to
Black suffering, that person is a racist. He/she is prejudging all White
people as if every one thought exactly the same way. That is not only
racist, it is damn stupid and ignorant as well.
Get the picture? They are EXACTLY THE SAME.
And the argument (which I have heard numbers of times from Black people I've talked about
this with) that "Well, you Whites have been doing this to us for hundreds
of years", is just as racist. The answer is "WHICH Whites? Me? The
guy coming down the street that you never met? You are putting all
Whites into the same category, even if you don't know a thing about them,
based entirely on their skin color. That is a racist comment and you are
displaying racism by saying it".
I do not give special dispensation to Black racism. It is no more or
less wrong and no more or less invidious than White racism. Nor is it
"reverse racism" (an idiotic phrase if ever there was one). Nor is it
understandable or explainable.
Racism is racism. It is stupid and it is
ignorant. This is 100% as true regardless of what color the
racist's skin is. I would say it about a White congregation cheering the racist david duke and I would say
it about a Black congregation cheering the racist jeremiah wright.
You cannot solve racism by creating more of it - or by rationalizing it away
"Fitna" is the name of a 15 minute film, produced by Geert Wilders of the Netherlands, which graphically details the
depravities committed in the name of Islam. It is frightening and
stomach turning - like nothing you have ever seen. That is an ironclad
As you would probably assume, there have been threats against anyone and everyone who is showing it. Some have
succombed to the threats, some have not.
I have a problem with Fitna, because it generalizes religion-based hatred and
acceptance of nonstop violence and death to all of Islam. I do
But I have a far greater problem with the fact that a) if we're talking about
radical Islam, Fitna is dead-on correct, and b) in any event Mr.
Wilders has a perfect right to create such a film and make it public.
The folks at www.powerlineblog.com
have the same problem I do with Fitna being pulled from site after site due to
threats against anyone who dares to show it.
Here are their two blogs on this subject (FYI it seems that Fitna is being
taken down/hacked off as fast as people try to show it. Right now it is
playable at youtube and on the Dollard site - all subject to change):
Well, sort of. Mark Steyn
says that Geert Wilders' film Fitna has been viewed online by 1.5 million
people in English, and 2.5 million in Dutch. Popularity isn't enough, though,
when people are threatening to cut your head off. LiveLeak, which apparently was
the main source of the film online, has taken it down in response to threats of
So, let's see: Fitna says that a propensity
to violence is inherent in Islam, a deeply controversial proposition. The film
can't be shown anywhere because people are afraid of...something. So instead,
the film is posted online, where millions of people view it. But after 24 hours
or so, the film is taken down because threats of violence are made by...someone.
I dunno, it's really puzzling. The one thing that everyone agrees on is that
it's ridiculous to think that Muslims can be violent. So the headchopping
threats must be coming from...someone else.
At the moment, I don't know where Fitna is
available online, but if anyone can point us to it, we'll put it up.
Death threats by proponents of the religion of
peace have led to the removal of the Geert Wilders film "Fitna" from LiveLeak's
servers that we linked to yesterday. In a kind of "I am Spartacus" response,
numerous sites have reposted the video. Victor Trombettas, for example, has
posted it here on his blog's YouTube
account; Pat Dollard has posted it here on his
site with the vow that he "will NEVER bow to your ******** yappity yapping";
Michelle Malkin has posted it here; Hot
Air has posted it here; Rusty
Shackleford has posted it here. As of this moment,
it is still posted on Google here.
Download your own copy here.
And don't forget the comments of Dutch Prime
Minister Jan Peter Balkenende on the film earlier this week at a news conference
held at the Hague: "The film equates Islam with violence. We reject this
If you are able to view Fitna, the first thing you will realize is what
a brave, courageous man Geert Wilders is.
You will also see that the last partof the film is identical in concept to the "A
Taste Of The Future" series I have been posting over the past year. It
shows what The Netherlands will be like if radical Islam achieves its goal of
taking over and ruling.
The one major difference is that I have portrayed the consequences in
words. Fitna shows them in actual graphic images.
I end my "A Taste Of The Future" posts with the comment that "we play
political games with this lunacy at our own peril". Let me end this one
the same way:
We play political games with this lunacy at our own peril.
CORRUPTION: REPUBLICANS = R. DEMOCRATICS = ?
Here, courtesy of Brent Baker at www.newsbusters.org, is another in the
ongoing series of examples where a Democrat charged with corruption is not
identified by party at all, while a Republican is identified by party
CBS Faster to Identify Party of
Republican Than of Democrats
On Monday night, the
CBS Evening News failed to identify Kwame Kilpatrick as a
Democrat in reporting criminal charges
filed against the Detroit Mayor, but on Friday night the same anchor, Harry
Smith, used the very first word, of his introduction to a story on another
politician in criminal trouble, to name the party:
Rick Renzi of Arizona goes on trial next month, charged with using his office
to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars. He denies breaking any laws, but
the indictment spells out a string of alleged dirty deals.
A little under two years ago, then-CBS Evening
News anchor Bob Schieffer avoided the party affiliation of a
Democratic Congressman in introducing a Monday, May 22, 2006 story:
The government says FBI agents videotaped
Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson taking $100,000 in cash from an
informant and later found $90,000 in his home freezer. But Jefferson said
today he will not resign from Congress and he said he thought it inappropriate
for the FBI to search his Capitol office this weekend. To the surprise of
some, the Senate Republican leader said he too has concerns about the
CBS used to be thought of as the most biased of the three networks that air a
national news show. In recent times, however, NBC has
become so much more noted for its bias that CBS has fallen back in this
But as the above report shows, CBS is working hard to regain the
MORE PROOF THAT OBAMA KNEW ALL ABOUT WRIGHT
The invaluable web site, www.powerlineblog.com, is on fire.
This is the first of three posts of theirs I am putting up today. The
other two will deal with the 15 minute film, "Fitna", which attacks Islam by
showing what has been done in its name - and which has been taken down from
several web sites due to threats of violence against those sites.
But more on that later.
Here is powerlineblog.com's John Hinderaker - with an addendum by Paul
Mirengoff, showing you exactly what Barack Obama knew about his "spiritual
mentor" jeremiah wright and how early he knew it. The source of this
informaion? Barack Obama, in his own book:
There has been a lot of discussion about what
Barack Obama knew about Jeremiah Wright's anti-American, racist beliefs, and
when he knew it. It turns out, though, that there is no mystery at all: Obama's
own autobiography, Dreams of My Father, answers the question. In
Dreams of My Father, Obama describes the very first time he attended
Trinity and heard Wright preach. What was Wright's theme? A racist attack on white people. I heard this on Hugh Hewitt's radio show today:
It is this world, a world where cruise
ships throw away more food in a day than most residents of Port-au-Prince see
in a year, where white folks' greed runs a world in need, apartheid in
one hemisphere, apathy in another hemisphere ... That's the world! On which
Obama describes himself being moved to tears by
this sophomoric analysis of the world's problems. By his own account, Obama
wasn't repelled by Wright's racism, it was the very quality that drew Obama to
It strikes me that Barack Obama is uniquely unfit
to be President, or, for that matter, to serve in the Senate.
PAUL adds: It's pretty clear that no form of
Christianity other than black liberation theology had any chance of attracting
Obama. Wright's sophomoric ranting was a perfect fit for Obama. It made him feel
authentically black (see Shelby Steele on this subject), it fit the
anti-American narrative Obama had picked up in the Ivy League, and it was the
best church around for advancing Obama's career in Chicago politics. People have
had religious experiences on considerably less than that.
Now think about the fact that Barack Obama told you he had no
idea jeremiah wright said such things.
This held for a couple of days, until he became a laughingstock over the
obvious lie. So Mr. Obama changed to a different lie - that he knew wright said
stuff like this but never was actually there to hear it.
The new lie was also ridiculed, so in his speech last week Mr. Obama changed again, saying
that, well, yeah, he did hear it. This gave the media, much of which is in
perpetual ecstacy over him, a chance to pretend it didn't count and promptly
drop the subject.
Sir Walter Scott enriched us with the maxim "Oh what a tangled web we
weave when first we practice to deceive". Mr. Obama's lies about
his knowledge of jeremiah wright have managed to give us a web tied in
a gordian knot.
But, then again, what did you expect from a politician straight out of the
Chicago Democratic machine? Honesty? If so, you have a lot of
reading to catch up on.
A great many in the media seem to believe the wright issue is now over.
I do not believe this for a minute. I think wright's hatred, Obama's 20
year acceptance of wright's hatred - and Obama's flippant claim that
everyone else's clergy spews this kind of filth sometimes too, will not
be forgotten by voters in the general election.
Boy do I hope I'm right.
STOP-LOSS AND DEAF FLIES
Remember the joke about a professor doing an experiment with flies?
First the professor sneaks up on a fly, claps his hands loudly
and observes that the fly immediately takes off. Then
he catches a fly, pulls off its wings, claps and observes that it
doesn't take off.
The professor's conclusion? When you pull off a fly's wings it becomes
With that in mind, please read the following excerpt from Nikkie Finke's
column at www.deadlinehollywooddaily.com
I'm told #7
Stop-Loss opened to only $1.6 million Friday
from just 1,291 plays. Although the drama from MTV Films was the
opening this weekend, Paramount wasn't expecting much because no Iraq
war-themed movie has yet to perform at the box office. "It's not looking good,"
a studio source told me before the weekend. "No one wants to see Iraq war
movies. No matter what we put out there in terms of great cast or trailers,
people were completely turned off. It's a function of the marketplace not being
ready to address this conflict in a dramatic way because the war itself is
something that's unresolved yet. It's a shame because it's a good movie that's
just ahead of its time."
Every movie about Iraq that has come out of Hollywood for the entire war has
had an anti-Iraq war theme. Every one of them has been a box office
flop. So the conclusion of this "studio source" about the latest
one? "It's a good movie that's just ahead of its time".
Maybe this "source", or someone else in Hollywood, can grow a cerebrum
and deduce that if every movie they put out about Iraq is negative,
and every movie flops, it just might be that the public does not want
negative movies about Iraq.
Hey, here's an idea hot off the presses! How about making a POSITIVE
movie about Iraq. A movie that CELEBRATES something we have accomplished
Maybe it could deal with an issue like deposing the murderous, terrorist-supporting
Saddam, or facilitating free elections (which most
Iraqis courageously risked death threats to participate in), or
enabling schools to teach something beyond unconditional loyalty to saddam,
or preventing Iraq from being a source of funding for international
Do you think they could cobble a script together from any of
So far the answer is no. Better to pull wings off of deaf