Why do whites hate, demonize, fear and look down on blacks?

older post on wordpress, but very timely…..

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Repost: This was first posted two years ago today. With 1,778 comments, its thread is no longer usable. I am closing the original to comments and reposting it here. Only the “See also” section has been changed – I still agree with what I said in the original post:

Why do many White Americans hate, demonize, fear and look down on blacks? I am no scientist or scholar, but here is I how I currently think about it. This post is very much a work in progress.

There are plenty of things that keep white racist thinking in place:

  • Racist messages in jokes, history books, the news and on television, etc,
  • Material self-interest,
  • Fear of becoming an outcast among whites

and so on. But this is not the heart of the matter.

Not even material self-interest. After all, plenty of poor whites are racist. About all they have to show…

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A few thoughts on another week of racism, pain fear , Terror and Summer Solstice wish

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I have cross posted this, slightly changed on OpEdnews in my diary..

Let’s ponder again this violent past week. THE president’s speech was strong, but empty… good words, falling on deaf ears…

Nothing, again, in the face of domestic mass gun deaths, a terror attack indeed,, not just on citizens, but again, in the hollow yell of a second civil war.(the young man who ‘allegedly’ responsible, proclaimed this , not me….a call for a ‘new civil war’, will be done is our ‘Congress’…. and pundits, idiots, morons, corporate WHORES….like Lindsay Graham, just about all the GOP candidates for the presidency in 2016, forget the Faux (Fox) ‘news’ system of Far right wing ‘REGRESSION’… in this country, will do a thing…

I remain, as always, stunned, disgusted, ANGRY..but in my tradition of pacifism, and ‘non violent , passive resistance’, in the manner of Gandhi and MLK and their followers.

This past week,, a, shall we say, ‘wounded’ spirit, former high school buddy of mine, agrgued, at length , my refusal to agree with him, that I needed to have a gun in my home for protection (himself, admittedly, too weak, or poor, to do likewise), and knowing my own illness of anxiety disorder and PTSD, suffered for many years (since and somewhat before 9/11), I had to just hang up on him, before I started having the usual symptoms. I stand on the Principles , for ME, of non violence, and Pacifism, as I always have, and have never budged. As with the examples of those non violent leaders, mentioned above, I reserve my right refuse to bow so low to this need. I am not saying that I would defend myself,as much as possible, if needed ,and those who might be around me, but as is stated, Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love. (1958) (Martin Luther King Jr.), ….this I stand on. Why mention this? Because all kinds of rhetoric, already accumulating will deny this truth., as members of the African American community and relatives of some of those killed in Charleston at the AME church this week,already, AFFIRM it stating they will forgive… Its not needed to quote a purported ‘holy’ book to believe, practice and know this, it comes when we sit, ponder, meditate and finally grow weary of violence. Peace, to you all today, on this Father’s day  To all the children whose fathers have died due to war, hatred, racism bigotry.. and especially those at the AME Church in Charleston SC which most of the Nation and pundits wish to ignore… the truth of

Sharia Law and Fundamentalist Christianity

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This is  excellent,, had to re blog.. by Erin Nanasi http://madmikesamerica.com/2012/06/sharia-law-and-fundamentalist-christianity/

For a few years, secularists and scholars have claimed Sharia law and fundamentalist Christian tenets are mirror images of one another. We’ve all heard fundamentalist Christians compared to the Taliban, or read articles about the Quiverfull movement or listened, horrified, as Rick Santorum compared homosexuality to bestiality, but I wanted to know more. Are there true similarities, blindingly clear similarities, between Sharia law and fundamental Christianity? Yes.

We’ll begin with homosexuality, because it is here that Sharia law and fundamentalist Christianity truly collide. According to a 2012 article in The Guardian, the Ayatollah Abdollah Javadi-Amoli, an Islamic scholar, stated that homosexuals are inferior to dogs and pigs. Citing the Qur’an, he made the argument for killing homosexuals by hanging. Pastor Curtis Knapp recently said, during a sermon, that the United States government should kill all gay people. Pastor Charles Worley wants to put the LGBT community in concentration camps and let them die out. So, fundamentalist Christian leaders agree with an Islamic scholar, a follower of Sharia law, that all homosexuals should be killed. We can take this one step further. Michele Bachmann, current congresswoman in Minnesota’s 6th district and former Republican presidential candidate, hired a man named Peter Waldron during her campaign. Peter Waldron has been linked to Martin Ssempa, the Ugandan pastor. Ssempa is the religious arm of Ugandan politician and chief sponsor of the “kill the gays” bill in Uganda, David Bahati. Michele Bachmann herself has called homosexuality “of Satan,” and her husband, Marcus, runs a reparative therapy clinic in Minnesota, allegedly using an odd combination of aversion therapy and prayer to “repair” gay men and women. The Bachmanns are, at the very least, evangelical Christians.  Read on for more nonsense and comparisons

Bernie Sanders’ Socialism Is as American as Apple Pie

Bernie Sanders’ Socialism Is as American as Apple Pie

….. Sanders’s views are in sync with a longstanding American socialist tradition. Throughout our history, some of the nation’s most influential activists and thinkers, such as Jane Addams, John Dewey, Helen Keller, W.E.B. DuBois, Albert Einstein, A. Philip Randolph, Walter Reuther, Martin Luther King, and Gloria Steinem, embraced socialism.’…

PRESIDENT FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT faced similar allegations. His conservative enemies, including some members of Congress, consistently called him a socialist. In a speech defending his New Deal goals, FDR said: “A few timid people, who fear progress, will try to give you new and strange names for what we are doing. Sometimes they will call it ‘Fascism’, sometimes ‘Communism’, sometimes ‘Regimentation’, sometimes ‘Socialism’. But, in so doing, they are trying to make very complex and theoretical something that is really very simple and very practical.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-dreier/bernie-sanders-socialism-_b_7210120.html22412_10152949049183040_4141821713940889751_n

Two Visions of Freedom… by a high school student..

Two Visions of Freedom


by  Ryne Tipton High School Student, Dobyns Bennett H…

I believe that the working class- those who don’t own the “means of production” in Marxist terms- are ultimately alienated from society due to their lack of ownership and must be placed in at least partial control over the institutions in which they work, or their freedom can never be sufficiently realized. I think liberal democracy (as it currently exists) with its parliamentary procedure and indirect style of governance, spectator politics and personality focus, keeps ordinary people from taking part in a political process which they ought to be responsible for. And, finally, I believe that trying to make capitalism better through strategic government intervention is short-sighted and doomed to fail. A dash of social reform and a pinch of regulation will not make the bitter taste and sour inequality of capitalism go down with ease. As long as the wealthy and powerful are allowed to maintain their power without true democratic accountability, they will continue to abuse those beneath them and justify this abuse through intellectual fantasies and bunk economic theories.

http://ideas.aeon.co/viewpoints/ryne-tipton-on-when-trying-to-bring-about-political-change-should-you-be-worried-about-intellectual-consistency

Where Are We Now with Global Warming and the Restabilization of the Climate?

IF we do not work together to radically curb our human-caused greenhouse gas emissions of carbon and methane from fossil fuel use right NOW, we will go over more climate destabilization cliffs and tipping points. Then we will be dealing with many consequences we will not be able to recover from and will eventually threaten the survival of our species.

“Climate tipping points are so dangerous because if you pass them, the climate is out of humanity’s control. If an ice sheet disintegrates and starts to slide into the ocean there’s nothing we can do about that.” –James Hansen

In fact, we are dealing with many early climate destabilization consequences already. Storms are taking paths and occurring at times never seen before. These new storms are also becoming more severe, of larger scale, and more frequent. According to Mark Lynas, author of Six Degrees: Our Future On a Hotter Planet, if global temperatures continue to increase—even just two degrees Celsius (4 degrees Fahrenheit) —it would mean  “Miami would disappear entirely, as would most of Manhattan. Central London would be flooded. Bangkok, Bombay, and Shanghai would also lose most of their area. In all, half of humanity would have to move to higher ground.”

The greatest and most important adaptive challenge and transformational evolutionary adventure is already on us! Are we going to sit idly by and watch Earth’s various physical and species beauties melt away in coming decades?

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