Sunday, 16 November 2008

TAWANA BRAWLEY'S LEGACY

Ken Berwitz

You probably remember the name Tawana Brawley. 

She was the Wappingers Falls, New York teenager who spent a few days partying away from her home and decided to cover it up by concocting a story of being kidnapped and assaulted, by a group of White men, several of them police officers. 

The story was a complete fraud and hoax (which, not incidentally, launched the media-star career of al sharpton). 

But it worked - at least until the facts started coming out - because there certainly is credibility to the premise that a Black woman could be assaulted by a group of White men. 

Sadly, this routine has been reprised over and over again through the years.  But, unlike the Brawley hoax, most subsequent racial hoaxes of this kind are barely reported in the media. 

Here is the latest example, from the AP, via www.sweetness-light.com:

Here's what I'm talking about:

Racist Emails Sent By Black Posing As White

November 15th, 2008

Speaking of racist hate crimes, here is an all too typical example from the Louisiana CBS affiliate WBRZ:

Man charged in e-mail threats

FBI investigators trace messages to phony Facebook profile

By JOHN A. COLVIN
Nov 14, 2008

A 19-year-old Mississippi man is facing federal charges after allegedly sending threatening e-mails with racial overtones to  students at several universities, including Nicholls State University and LSU, according to an arrest affidavit.

On Wednesday, FBI agents arrested Dyron Hart, of Poplarville, Miss., and booked him with sending threatening e-mails, stemming from messages he sent to three black students attending Nicholls State, in Thibodaux.

Hart is black.

Hart told the FBI that he wanted to to create a reaction after Barack Obama was elected president, according to an arrest affidavit

Hart allegedly created a false profile of a white man on Facebook, a social networking Web site. He is accused of using that profile to send e-mail messages to people listed as his own friends.

The affidavit included the entire text of the identical e-mail messages sent to two women students and one male student at Nicholls State, along with students at LSU, at universities in Alabama and Mississippi, as well as other recipients in the Poplarville, Miss., area.

It included four racial epithets.

Hart allegedly wrote, I bet your all proud that you just got a black president huh. Well im here to tell, Barack just maid me your worst nightmare. Because of him I have to kill you. I have plans to off over three thousand (racial epithet deleted) in a months time because of Barack.

Hart allegedly went on to say he was debating whether to start off by killing the people he selected to receive his messages.

By the time youve read this I will have already planned on how I will kill you, Hart wrote, according to the affidavit. Im just letting you know so your not surprised when a random white man is walking down the street just split your (expletive deleted) head wide open.

The e-mails were sent to the Nicholls students in the early morning hours of Nov. 5, just hours after Obama was declared president-elect.

Meeting on the afternoon of Nov. 5, Nicholls officials concluded that the e-mails were sent to a group of individuals based upon their political views and  were not focused on Nicholls or the surrounding community, according to a news release the university issued.

On Nov. 6, Nicholls police contacted the FBI, providing the agents with a list of Internet Protocol addresses, numeric codes given to a computer connected to the Internet, that were associated with Harts fake Facebook profile, according to an affidavit.

The FBI investigation led authorities to a home computer being used by Hart, according to an affidavit.

On Nov. 7, Hart told agents that he sent the same threatening messages to students at Nicholls, LSU, the University of Mississippi and the University of Alabama, as well as other people in the Poplarville area, the affidavit states.

Hart was booked into the Stone County Jail in Mississippi and made his initial court appearance Thursday, the FBI reported.

The maximum penalty for transmitting a threatening communication is a five-year prison term, a fine of $250,000 and three years of supervised release.

Nicholls records show that Hart was enrolled for one semester spring 2008. Rob Bernardi, director of athletics, said that Hart attempted to earn a walk-on spot on the football team. He practiced with the team from April 3 through April 19, but failed to meet NCAA clearinghouse qualifications, and therefore was never a member of the team.

Nicholls President Stephen Hulbert issued a statement concerning the incident, saying he was pleased the investigation was quickly completed.

Our university Police Department worked in complete cooperation with the FBI, Louisiana State Police, the Poplarville Miss., Police Department and the U.S. Attorneys Office to resolve this matter as quickly as possible, Hulbert said.

Funny how stories like these never seem to get carried beyond a handful of local media outlets. Even when they are Associated Press articles.

Wonder what would happen if the races were reversed?

Does that picture remind you of anything?  Like maybe the Columbia University professor from a couple of years ago who claimed someone put a noose on her office door? 

It turned out that what was really happening was that she was being investigated by the school and likely was going to be suspended or dismissed (which is what ultimately happened).  So suddenly a noose materialized and she was a victim.  It cost New York City countless hours of wasted police work and generated marches and protests....as frauds like this often do.

Here is an excerpt from a larger article talking about other incidents such as these:

A recent racial incident at the University of Iowa has brought to light what has been a scandalous trend in U.S. higher education. For several days, a black male dental school student received numerous racist e-mails, and the campus erupted in predictable rage. Students held rallies and candlelight vigils amid demands for more "diversity training."

Alas, the story has an "unhappy" ending. The sender of those e-mails was not a David Duke-loving white racist, but rather another dental students, this one black and female. Once again, a supposed egregious racist attack on black university students was a fraud. Police arrested the perpetrator, but the long-term disposition of the case is in doubt.

This was not an isolated incident. In the last few years, there have been a number of "racial attacks" at college campuses in which a student has alleged an assault only to have the authorities find out later that the whole thing was a lie. For example, a white female student at Guilford College, a Quaker college in North Carolina, claimed to have been assaulted by the ubiquitous Angry White Males to punish her for having a black boyfriend. Not only were the perpetrators supposed to have beaten her, but they also wrote racist slogans across her chest, according to her accusation.

While it did not take long to find that the student's claims were lies, that was not the end of the story. In fact, her lies were only the beginning, as college officials quickly instituted the dreaded "diversity training" to re-educate the rest of the student body, and many people at Guilford praised the student for "raising awareness of racism."

In other words, even though there had been no presence of the dreaded "racism" at Guilford, college administrators were happy to institute what amounted to "struggle" sessions (made famous by the Chinese communists). The student whose lies started the whole thing faced no sanctions from Guilford's administration, and no wonder: her falsehoods enabled those administrators to proclaim a "crisis" that needed immediate resolution.

At Emory University a few years before the Guilford saga, a black female student fainted after "discovering" racist slogans written with lipstick hidden under a small throw rug in her dormitory room. After the required anti-racism rallies, candlelight vigils, and implementation of "diversity training," it was found out that the girl had written the slogans herself.

The moral is that racism is a two-edged sword, and it really does cut both ways.  When we hear stories of overt racism, let's make sure we know the facts before coming to our conclusions.  Things are not always what they at first seem.

And let's hope against hope that media start reporting the ends of some of these stories...not just the beginnings.


OBAMA'S PLAN FOR ISRAEL

Ken Berwitz

Now that Barack Obama has been elected President, what is his plan for Israel?

Charles Johnson of www.littlegreenfootballs.com gives us the details --- and reminds us of who and what they are coming from.  Somehow I doubt Israel is going to be particularly reassured:

Obama Going Back to the Future of Middle East Peace

World | Sun, Nov 16, 2008 at 9:06:23 am PST

According to the Times of London, Barack Obama is going to back the Mideast peace plan originally proposed by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. This plan gives all the land Israel captured in the 1967 war to the Palestinians (whoever thats supposed to be; Hamas or Fatah?), gives back the Golan Heights to Syria, and gives East Jerusalem to the Palestinians as their state capital: Barack Obama links Israel peace plan to 1967 borders deal.

Does Israel get anything out of this? Well, yes; they wont have to accept the so-called right of return, otherwise known as the demographic destruction of Israel.

Barack Obama is to pursue an ambitious peace plan in the Middle East involving the recognition of Israel by the Arab world in exchange for its withdrawal to pre-1967 borders, according to sources close to Americas president-elect.

Obama intends to throw his support behind a 2002 Saudi peace initiative endorsed by the Arab League and backed by Tzipi Livni, the Israeli foreign minister and leader of the ruling Kadima party. The proposal gives Israel an effective veto on the return of Arab refugees expelled in 1948 while requiring it to restore the Golan Heights to Syria and allow the Palestinians to establish a state capital in east Jerusalem.

On a visit to the Middle East last July, the president-elect said privately it would be crazy for Israel to refuse a deal that could give them peace with the Muslim world, according to a senior Obama adviser.

Obama apparently has been convinced by his gaggle of mildly to extremely anti-Israel advisers that the best hope for change is to give a one-sided deal concocted by a rabidly anti-Israel, totalitarian religious monarchy another chance.

Putting aside the issue of whether any of the Arab players in this eternally-recycling land for peace shell game can be trusted to keep their side of any bargain, theres always the possibility that the Palestinian side (whoever that is; Fatah? Hamas?) will manage to screw it up, either by making the right of return a deal-breaker or by committing some heinous act of mass murder.

UPDATE at 11/16/08 9:27:31 am:

It should be noted that one of the Times writers on this piece, Uzi Mahnaimi, has a rather checkered past: Uzi Mahnaimi and his lies about Israel.

Just great.  Mr. Obama's plan is to implement a Jew hating Israel hater's blueprint, the central contingency of which is giving up land in return for the promises of people who have lied to Israel for 60 years.

According to the exit polls, 78% of all Jews voted for this man.  Presumably, most of them support Israel. 

Speaking as one of the other 22%, let me say to them that this is what you wanted, and this is what you got.  I hope you're happy about it. 


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