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I Take My Justice With A Slap And A Racial Slur



There's a good chance that you or someone you know will at a point in their life be called in front of a judge to resolve some issue. Maybe it's a renter/landlord dispute, or perhaps it's a speeding ticket. Maybe it'll even be something more substantial, but the odds are it's going to happen sometime.

What we all hope though is that justice is meted out fairly and with no prejudice.

Well, if you live in Mississippi, don't be so sure. Here's a shocking and sobering report about Madison County Justice Court Judge Bill Weisenberger, who is white.  Talking Points Memo:

A Mississippi judge [Weisengerger] allegedly slapped a young mentally disabled black man [Eric Rivers] earlier this month at a flea market and yelled "run, n----, run," the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported Sunday.

An apparent witness, Tammy Westbrook, told the newspaper Rivers was offering to help flea market vendors unload their goods when Weisenberger slapped him twice, then yelled "run, n----, run" as he fled. Westbrook and her sister, a vendor at the flea market, recalled that they thought Weisenberger was a law enforcement officer because he was wearing a security guard's uniform.

So this is the man who's pounding his gavel and dispatching justice. In a state with a Black population of nearly 40%, there's a chance this judge has issued quite a few punishments on minorities. Is there a chance he's only a bigot displaying racial hatred and animus when he's not wearing his robes?


No Race Based Assumptions Here -- Really? Watch The Cops



For those who think race assumptions and racial bias are slackening and tolerance is improving in this country, here's a quick reminder that we haven't moved very much. If you're white, go ahead, steal a car. It's okay because you're, you know, white. You're superior.

Now if you're black, don't even try to walk by a car. You're obviously trying to steal it.

Here's a very unscientific experiment caught on video. I think it will reassure you that we have a long way to go -- especially if you're a cop.



Black is the New Crime


Driving While BlackiStock

Please welcome our new guest contributor Dee. Dee is a freelance writer and passionate political junkie, living in the Central Plains with her husband and three furry puppies. She is a prolific tweeter as @DAbitty, and occasional blogger at MyLittleBits

Growing up in the South, as I did, I remember hearing stories of how unsafe parts of America were for African Americans. Following years of struggle, which at times seemed futile, and the fear that racism might never end always there, we find ourselves in ever-present danger of regression. How much have we really accomplished?

Lauren Williams of Mother Jones Magazine has listed 21 things ‘done while black’ that proved detrimental. I fear these 21 are merely drops in the bucket that is racism in the America.

Williams argues that just the color of one's skin is enough evidence to raise suspicion. Unfortunately, there is ample evidence to support her theory.

Here are 21 examples from the last five years of some of the things black people can't do without others thinking they're up to no good.

1. Listen to loud music at a gas station.

2. Walk home from a snack run to 7-11.

3. Wear a hoodie.

4. Drive after swimming.

5. Drive in a car with a white girl.

6. Appear in public in New York City.

7. Walk on the wrong side of the street.

8. Wait for a school bus to take you to your high school basketball game.

9. Drink iced tea in a parking lot.

10. Seek help after a car accident.

11. Inspect your own property.

12. Show up at your job.

13. Talk trash after an NFL game.

14. Throw a temper tantrum in kindergarten.

15. Buy designer accessories at Barney’s.

16. Buy designer accessories at Macy’s.

17. Be a 13-year-old boy.

18. Enter your own home.

19. Botch a science experiment.

20. Be a tourist.

21. Lay face down in handcuffs.

I often use the snarky hashtag #winning for things I find inexplicable…  I just can’t.

Click to read more of Lauren’s article.


Dreaming Of A Black Christmas



Well, we survived the War on Christmas, this year, and hopefully, thanks to people like Congressman Doug Lamborn, Representative Candice Miller and others like Bill O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly, the battle will be easier next year.

From The Hill:

Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) on Tuesday vowed to protect Christmas against what he called a “vocal minority” offended by its symbols and traditions.

“There is a vocal minority that is offended at the rest of us who want to celebrate Christmas,” he said Tuesday on “Fox and Friends.” “Just because someone is offended doesn't mean that they can shut down the religious celebration or acknowledgment of every other American.”

He's got a good point. We shouldn't let Christmas be compromised. It's written in stone, book and in movies. We all know the symbols of Yuletide by the time we reach age five. There's Christmas trees, Santa Claus, Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, oh, and electrical light icicles outlining the outside of our houses. It wouldn't be a real Christmas without them.

Two of the most important figures are that of Jesus and Santa. Both white if you listen to Megyn Kelly on Fox News.

Black Santa

Fox News host Megyn Kelly drew strong criticism recently for declaring on air that Santa and Jesus Christ are white. She was reacting to an article by Slate called, “Santa Claus Should Not be a White Man Anymore.”

“When I saw this headline, I kinda laughed and I said, ‘Oh, this is ridiculous. Yet another person claiming it's racist to have a white Santa.’ And by the way, for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white,” Kelly said on Fox News.

First, from strictly an anthropological study, Jesus was not your traditional white man -- he would have features more natural to the region and parents he was born to.  He was born a Jew and looked like the rest of the Middle Eastern looking Jews of the time. According to Biblical History Daily:

The influences of the artists' cultures and traditions can be profound, observes Carlos F. Cardoza-Orlandi, associate professor of world Christianity at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta. "While Western imagery is dominant, in other parts of the world he is often shown as black, Arab or Hispanic."

But let's go along with the fact that Jesus was a real man -- a God or son of God, who knows? But he was flesh and blood. So an argument can be made over his looks.

Now we come to Santa. He's fictional despite the ever foggy Megyn's protests. Perhaps he's based on a compilation of real people, but that's not known for sure. So how he looked, how he dressed and how he acted are all fiction, the product of imagination and legend -- not doctrine, treatise or tenet. Please Megyn, get this straight, there never was, is and never will be a real Santa Claus. Sorry to break the news to you at this age. Perhaps your parents neglected to explain that to you. But okay. Now you know.

Armed now with the truth, you should know that a fictional character can be interpreted many ways. Look at this list of Broadway shows, Hello Dolly, Streetcar Named Desire, Wizard of Oz (The Wiz), Death of a Salesman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Cats, Fiddler On The Roof, and Oklahoma. You know what they have in common? They were predominantly White casted plays, with Black cast versions done as revivals. And all were successful. Broadway didn't shut down when Pearl Bailey became Dolly Levi or Blair Underwood as Stanley.

Black Hello Dolly Black Streetcare Named Desire

So chill your jets, Mr. Kelly, with your outrageous claims that a fictional character could only be one color or race. Accept that real characters have definitive images. Fictional ones like Santa have all sorts of incarnations. And Black can be one of them. Even a newsreader like you should know that. Or maybe you don't -- and that's why you're the darling of Fox News. You can say and do anything and a number of people will believe you.