Georgia Rep. John Lewis has called on President Obama to declare martial law in Ferguson, Mo.
The congressman made the public call Thursday afternoon as protesters continue to clash with police in Ferguson after a cop shot and killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown Saturday night. (RELATED: Is This America? Stunning Photos From Violent Protests In Ferguson, Mo.)
“People have a right to protest,” Lewis said on MSNBC. “They have a right to dissent. They have a right to march in an orderly, peaceful, non-violent fashion. And the press has a right to cover it. Ferguson, Mo. is not the Congo. It is not China. It is not Russia. We can do better.”
“President Obama should use the authority of his office to declare martial law,” he continued. “Federalize the Missouri National Guard to protect people as they protest.”
The Daily Caller’s Alphabet of Racism is still going strong. Here are eight things beginning with the letter ‘L’ you should know are racist.
Los Angeles police dogs are racist, reported The Independent, after a 2013 report found that since 2004, the number of minority individuals bitten by police dogs had dramatically increased. And in the first six months of 2013, ”every single victim of a bite by a LASD dog was African-American or Latino,” the piece read.
Sarah Palin was blasted by PoliticusUSA when she used the word lackadaisical to describe President Obama’s tendency to lead from behind. “That’s a bit of that lackadaisical eh you know, don’t have to take responsibility,” she said on Fox News last year in reference to the president’s handling of the Edward Snowden debacle. PoliticusUSA called her comments an “ugly racist rant,” because in the 1937 book Class and Caste in a Southern Town a racist person used the term lackadaisical to describe “Negro work habits.”
The film “Lucy” is racist, a Huffington Post writer explained in a rant about women and Hollywood, because it suggests that the most evolved human being is a white woman. “See, I just can’t get right with that,” Olivia Cole wrote, and added, “How is it that in a film whose premise rests on the idea of reimagining the past, present and future, we still end up with a blonde white woman with flashing blue eyes as the stand-in for what personifies evolution and supremely fulfilled human potential?” The answer, of course, is racism.
Singer Lorde is racist, according to the blog Feministing, which points to the lyrics of her hit single “Royals” as evidence. Here are the lyrics at issue:
But every song’s like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin’ in the bathroom.
Blood stains, ball gowns, trashin’ the hotel room,
We don’t care, we’re driving Cadillacs in our dreams.
But everybody’s like Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your time piece.
The song is deeply racist, according to Feministing, because “we all know who she’s thinking about” when she mentions gold teeth, Cristal and Maybachs. “So why shit on black folks? Why shit on rappers?” the writer asks, “Why not take to task the bankers and old-money folks who actually have a hand in perpetuating and increasing wealth inequality? I’m gonna take a guess: racism.”
In addition to pretty much every other Disney movie, “Lady and the Tramp” is likely racist. As Buzzfeed reported, the film’s villains are two Siamese cats with “stereotypical Asian speech and slanted eyes.”
The “Lord of the Rings” franchise is racist, the Chicago Tribune reports. Although the piece acknowledges author (Photo: Screenshot/YouTube)J.R.R. Tolkien himself probably meant no offense, it says the representation of race in the films is problematic, because, as usual, Caucasian men are the “good guys” and other races are the “bad guys.” For example, the piece mentions Aragorn’s warning to King Theoden that Saruman is out to “destroy the world of men.” A more accurate statement, the piece says, would have been “the forces of evil have assembled an army ‘to destroy the world of civilized white men.”
In a segment of “PoliticsNation” last year, host Touré informed MSNBC’s small audience that the term “lazy” is one of those racist code words conservatives use to attack President Obama. He and Al Sharpton were discussing a portion of Fox News President Roger Ailes’ biography, in which he suggests Obama is lazy. ”[Roger Ailes is] one of the most powerful voices in the country, and he’s attacking President Obama,” Sharpton complained. Touré then explained why it’s not OK to use the term in reference to black people: “This sort of ‘lazy’ term is something we heard flung at us as black people going back to slavery,” he said, “which, of course, you know, we perceive them as being guilty of not wanting to work. Of course they didn’t want to work. They were slaves.”
“Law and Order” is racist, because it suggested justice should be color-blind, according to the socialist, feminist, anti-racism website Solidarity. In one episode, three black kids steal a baseball bat from three white kids. When the mother of two of the white kids urges them to get their bat back, the white kids pick a fight with the black kids, whose father ends up shooting and killing one of the white kids. In an apparently racist decision that “floored” Solidarity, the court decides the mother and father are both guilty. “Real inequalities of wealth and social power — of race and class — disappear before ‘blind justice’ that sees not black and white, not workers and professionals, but “citizens” who appear as equals in ‘the eyes of the law,’” the piece explains.
By Brian Carey
August 5, 2014
NBC’s White House Correspondent Chris Jansing looks, to us, like a female version of Kevin Spacey. In fact, we’ve never seen Chris Jansing and Kevin Spacey in a room together at the same time.
Anyway, Jansing appeared on MSNBC’s The Reid Report today. That was her first mistake.
Her second mistake was lending some credibility to the long-discredited notion that Barack Hussein Obama was born in Kenya.
Then again, she’s from NBC News, so she probably disabused everybody of the notion that President Obama was born in Kenya by briefly suggesting that it’s true.
Anything reported by NBC News should be treated with a high level of skepticism, after all.
While talking about the White House hopes that Africa will become part of the President’s legacy, Jansing said: “Yeah, the fact that he’s from Kenya, and that fact that when he was elected there were expectations from the African continent that he would do great things for them.”
He’s from Kenya? Donald Trump will be so pleased to hear that.
And you probably thought that this issue was settled when he produced his birth certificate.
Well, Jansing appeared on air ten minutes later to revise and extend her remarks. She said that she meant to say that Barack Obama’s father was from Kenya and no the President himself.
Then again, she’s from NBC News. So, just like that, we’re giving the birthers more credibility.
BY: Andrew Stiles // July 31, 2014 3:23 pm
As world-renowned data scientist Nate Silver explains: “Democrats Are Way More Obsessed With Impeachment Than Republicans.” For example, nearly every time the word “impeachment” has been entered into the Congressional record this month, a Democrat said it.
Surely the wingnuts at Fox News have been using the I-word more often than the intellectual pundits at MSNBC, right?
Meanwhile, Democratic campaign committees have raised millions by sending dozens of panicked emails about nonexistent Republican efforts to impeach the president.
White House Correspondent
Hard-left MSNBC host Ed Schulz is worried that Democrats will be hammered by voters if President Barack Obama uses his executive authority to distribute work-permits to millions of illegal immigrants.
“Hold the phone — this would be a mistake if the president were to do this,” Schultz told his audience July 29.
“Politically, there is no way Democrats can go home and campaign on across-the-board amnesty for millions of undocumented workers… it could be an electoral death knell for the Democrats,” he said.
White House officials have repeatedly said that Obama will soon use his executive authority to give millions of illegals work-permits that would allow them to compete for good jobs against hard-pressed American workers, including African-American and Latino youths.
But the White House may not be focused on the Senate’s elections this year. Instead, Obama may be using the pending amnesty to create a emotional wedge issue that helps the Democratic president candidate win Latino votes in 2016.
Since 2001, Obama has used a variety of management decisions to effectively exempt roughly 12 millions illegal immigrants from immigration law. In the 2012 election, he announced a plan that has provided work-permits to more than 500,000 younger illegal immigrants.
A series of recent surveys shows that Obama’s pro-immigrant policies are strongly backed by as little as 18 percent of Americans, while strong opposition rises to almost 60 percent. In fact, Obama’s immigration policies are so extreme that they’re even persuading more Americans to publicly denounce the current high rate of legal immigration.
Even Democratic politicians are speaking out against Obama’s plan, but so far, only those facing the voters in November.
“I don’t like government by executive order,” Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor told The Hill. “I just don’t, generally, so I’d have to look and see specifically what he’s proposing and what he’s talking about,” he said.
“I think this is a congressional issue… I do support congressional action over executive action,” North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagen told The Hill.
“We want him to be careful not to go too far,” said Alaska Sen. Mark Begich told Politico. But Begich suggested he’s OK if the president distributes fewer than 8 million work-permits.
Other Senators are in hiding, or else equivocating. “I’m not going to speculate… Once I see what he is proposing, I will be in a better position to comment,” New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen told Politico.
Schultz, however, spoke freely.
“I think that handing out permits for [foreign] workers to compete against legal workers in America is a bad idea [and] I don’t think the American people would float with that at all,” he said.
“I do believe that if the president starts arbitrarily handing out work permits, it is going to create more problems than it is going to solve [and] it is going to give the right wing more ammunition against Democrats who, right now I believe, have the wind at their back as they go home in August,” he said.
“The Brits don’t just hand out work permits, the Germans don’t do it. I can tell you the Canadians don’t do it, the Japanese don’t do it… They don’t do that and I think the president would create a great deal of rift within the Democratic Party,” he continued.
“I don’t think that’s a political winner for the Democrats.”
By The Right Scoop
Rep. Luis Gutierrez, who has met with Obama, tells MSNBC’s Chris Hayes that he believes Obama is going “to act” both broadly and generously for millions upon millions of ‘undocumented workers’:
GUTIERREZ: Look. I don’t want to say the President said this but here’s my understanding from having met with him and talking to others. I believe that millions upon millions of undocumented workers who have roots in the community, who have american citizen children, who have established businesses, who would benefit from the senate bill, who would benefit from the senate bill – I think the president’s going to act.
And if the debate going into 2016 is – first it was repeal Obamacare and now it’s repeal the president’s executive order, that’s the fight i want to have.
HAYES: Millions upon millions. That’s the word?
GUTIERREZ: I’ve got to tell you. I believe the President of the United States is going to act broadly and generously. That’s my belief. He didn’t say that to me but that’s what I believe he’s going to do.
Melissa Harris-Perry exemplifies network’s plummeting ratings
by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | JULY 28, 2014
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry exemplified why the network’s ratings continue to plunge when she compared opponents of illegal immigration to advocates of race segregation.
During a segment on her Saturday show, the host likened Texas Governor Rick Perry’s decision to send National Guard troops to the border to Arkansas Governor Orval Faubas’ move to use Guard troops to prevent black children from attending Little Rock Central High School, which was racially segregated, in 1957.
“Rick Perry was preceded in his call to send armed troops to confront children by Arkansas Gov. Orval Faubus, and he, of course, called the National Guard to stop the Little Rock Nine from their first day of school at Central High,” said Perry.
“The presence of children on buses integrating Boston schools in 1974 didn’t stop white crowds from confronting them with slurs and threats of violence. Nor did it give pause to the adults who hurled objects and insults at 6-year-old Ruby Bridges on the day she became the first African-Americans child to desegregate an elementary school. And so when we look to children seeking safety at our borders and see instead an invasion to be defended against, a contagion to be contained or a drain on resources that we just don’t want to share – that is a side of history on which we are choosing to stand.”
“Not only is Perry’s comparison between Governor Perry and segregationist Orval Faubas highly offensive but it is historically inaccurate,” writes Jeffrey Meyer. “The Arkansas Democrat deployed the National Guard to prevent African-Americans who were citizens of the United States from accessing public schools. In contrast, Governor Rick Perry called on the National Guard to help stop the flood of non-U.S. citizens from entering the country illegally, which is in no way comparable to the treatment of African Americans during the days of segregation.”
This is by no means the first time that Perry has courted controversy by offering views seen as abhorrent by her ideological adversaries. Last year, the host produced a video promo for the network in which she argued that children no longer belong to their parents and are part of the collective community.
Perry’s rhetoric won’t come as a surprise to those who have tracked MSNBC’s continuous use of race-baiting as a means of demonizing conservatives and libertarians.
Last year, MSNBC pundit Michael Eric Dyson, who previously argued that it is impossible for black people to be racist, said that Americans would not understand racism until white kids were being killed in the same numbers as blacks.
The network’s hosts and contributors have routinely argued that vehement criticism of Barack Obama, including use of words like “socialist,” is code for racism.
Perry herself was forced to apologize last year when members of her show panel mocked Mitt Romney and his family for adopting a black baby.
The network’s reliance on such tactics has not abated despite plummeting ratings. Following the release of figures last year that showed MSNBC had lost over half of its viewers in the previous 12 month period, the network lost a further 24% of its audience.