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    • Terri Connett

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    • January 8, 2015 in Columnists

    Not every tat has a tit

    Sometimes a point is so strong, so true there is no counterpoint. Yet the never ending, knee jerk reaction exists to present, or invent, the other side of every single issue on this planet. Yes there are two sides (or more) to every story. But racial inequality isn’t a story. It’s not debatable.

    For example, slavery was awful. Who would argue that? Well, former Republican State Rep. Jon Hubbard did. He published a book in 2012 in which he wrote “[T]he institution of slavery… may actually have been a blessing in disguise.” He later explained by saying that slavery helped blacks come to America.

    Right. If all those black folks never got that free boat ride they all would have stayed in Africa, contracted Ebola and be dead by now. So thank you, Massuh Hubbard?

    To me, the “Black Lives Matter” movement is strong and true, and gets to the heart of the common thread in the latest violence against young black males. But that message is getting sidestepped by people changing the subject.

    Mike Brown should not have stolen cigarellos and should not have defied a police officer. But as an unarmed 18-year-old, he should not have been shot to death. His body should not have lain in the street for over four hours in the hot August sun.

    It seems that Brown’s black life, and death, didn’t matter to a lot of people that day.

    But instead of discussing deep-seated racial inequality, up pops the “Blue Lives Matter” counter movement. Nobody (excluding extreme anti-government wackos and otherwise insane people) questions the value, courage and commitment of our men and women in blue. Yes, of course blue lives matter. Cops, smurfs, Blue Man Group.  That’s not the issue here.

    Next came the “All Lives Matter” rally.  What a lazy group of protestors! Yeah, let’s just throw everybody in and be done with it. Again, not the point and it dodges the discussion we need to have on race.

    And don’t get me started on the “reverse racism” argument. Just tit for tat nonsense to kill affirmative action.

    Eric Garner should not have been selling “loosies.” But he shouldn’t have been choked to death for it either.

    Garner told the officers he couldn’t breathe eleven goddamn times. He lost consciousness and remained on the sidewalk for seven minutes waiting for an ambulance. Neither the officers nor the EMTs who arrived on scene performed CPR on him.

    Nobody cared to save Eric Garner’s life. He just didn’t matter.

    “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts rose up in frustration over the decision not to indict the cop who took Garner’s life. On counterpoint, an Indiana cop and shirt shop owner designed the “Breathe Easy: Don’t Break the Law” T-shirt.

    So his point is we won’t be choked to death as long as we don’t ever speed, smoke a joint, forget to click the seatbelt or sell a loose cigarette? Again, off subject.

    If 12-year-old Tamir Rice’s young black life mattered, the officers would have given the situation more than two seconds to determine that his gun was actually a toy.

    Trayvon Martin’s mother reported him missing. Yet his body was left in the morgue for three days, classified as a “John Doe.” If any of the authorities thought his life mattered, they would have used his cell phone to figure out who he was. They would have wanted Martin’s parents to know they had their missing son.

    I’m not saying police training, grand jury prosecutor procedure, “broken window” policies aren’t all really good subjects for debate. They are. But racism should not be up for debate. There isn’t another side to that issue.

    So who’s ready to have a discussion on race? NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio tried after the Staten Island Grand Jury chose not to indict. He made some very honest comments about “the talk” he had with bi-racial son, Dante. I imagine he had two talks, the second with Dante’s super-colossal Afro. But due, in part, to de Blasio’s candor and his stand on the racially charged stop-and-frisk policy, many officers turned their backs on the mayor during the funerals of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu. Real mature.

    MSNBC’s Moaning Joe turned his back on any discussion on race after he lost his shit over those five St. Louis Rams who entered the field with their hands up. He called that gesture the final straw. He (air quotes) “hoped” those players never needed protection by the cops in the future. He called Mike Brown a thug and repeatedly charged that Brown “knocked off” a convenience store.

    “We know it’s a lie,” Joe screamed. “The cop didn’t shoot him with his hands in the air.”

    But the witnesses interviewed didn’t really come to a consensus.  “PBS Newshour” charted the responses.

    Question                                                    Yes              No

    Were MB’s hands up when fired upon?      16                  2

    Did MB charge Officer DW?                         7                   5

    Did MB reach into the officer’s car?            12                   3

    Joe ended his blood-and-thunder rant by claiming that all his guests agree with him off camera but are too cowardly to say it on air.

    “I can’t take it anymore,” Scarborough screeched. “Ninety-five percent of America thinks just like me.”

    Thank you, Joe, for finally and mercifully releasing me from my addiction to your show. I loved the format and many of the guests. I watched in spite of you and hit the mute button every time that vein in your forehead popped out. But you crossed a line this time and now I’m done. I’m free to reunite with Norah O’Donnell. I’m warming up to Charlie Rose. Gayle, not so much. You had a real opportunity to talk about race, Moron Joe, and instead you chose to be ignorant.

    There isn’t another side to every issue. Sometimes it’s just the truth and you have to admit it and do the hard work to fix it.

    To all those racial inequality deniers who change the subject, throw out decoys and make ridiculous arguments I say in my best “SNL Point – Counterpoint” Dan Akroyd voice, “Jane you ignorant slut!”



    • You make some excellent points – of course the ones I’ve been thinking! Great minds….
      Joe Scarborough… gahhhh. I love that show. I love that people disagree and argue, and then have to shake hands and move on. And YES, Joe can be a megalomanic buffoon from time to time, and on that commentary about Michael Brown…. he was just WAY off in the weeds. Totally tone-deaf. You’re right – he blew an opportunity. BUT… he was correct about one thing: A majority of Americans DO feel the same way. Joe at least comes out and says so.
      Although I sometimes don’t agree with him (like on that morning regarding Michael Brown), I keep tuning in because there are at least many voices, often conflicting. And, it’s good to hear an opposing argument from time to time. Keeps your columnist bones strong. 🙂


      • Terri Connett

      • January 8, 2015 at 9:54 am
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      Thanks, Debra. I totally agree about the importance of hearing the other side from people who don’t think like me. I watch Chris Wallace’s Sunday show on Fox. Not always easy but Wallace is civil and very smart. I listen to Nicolle Wallace, Michael Steele, Peggy Noonan, Charles Krauthammer. And most challenging of all, my dear Tea Party brother. I just can’t handle Joe’s pompous style anymore. Similarly I can’t watch Ed Schultz, even though I often do agree with him. I can’t stand the shouting. And about Joe’s pulse on America? Pew Research asked the question if Ferguson’s grand jury decision not to charge Officer Wilson was correct. 64% of whites said yes while 10% of blacks said yes.



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