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

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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.

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Black is the New Crime

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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.

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Dreaming Of A Black Christmas

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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.

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Video- The Daily Show: White Santa & Megyn Kelly's Apology

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This Holiday Season Megyn Kelly Wears Ignorance On Her Sleeve And It Suits Her Well -- No Joke

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Oh, so it was just a joke, claims Megan Kelly. Normally, when you tell a joke, when it's over you know the person telling it was not serious. Sadly, comedienne Kelly who's never been known for her comedy stylings, pulled one over on all of us -- or so she'd have us believe. It took her two days to come up with that one?

It's such a relief to know that Fox News' Megyn Kelly is not backing down -- she's staring facts right in the eye and refuses to blink. God, isnt' that the true test of a really strong comic. Make it seem so real. It's reassuring to find someone who sticks to their guns (how appropriate on the 1st anniversary of Sandy Hook's massacre), even when facts seem to be opposing her views. But why let those pesky little morsels of truth or even anthropology get in the way of a good joke.

After Kelly's controversial (though she claims are tongue-in-cheek) statements on Wednesday night, which included two subjects, both relating to race, she was bounced from the air until the firestorm of criticism died down. It only took a day, but it gave her the time to reflect on her outrageous statements and compose a response. The first of her gaffs was a two-fold issue. She claimed as gospel, that Santa Claus was not only a real person, but that he was white. Her second tenet of contention was that Jesus too was unquestionably white.

Well, the second one is easiest to debate. She's probably wrong. Christians are taught that Jesus was the son of God. If we humans were made in His image, Jesus too would be all races and nationalities. But even more anthropomorphically speaking, the population of Bethlehem (the accepted Jesus birthplace - that little manger down near 5th and Main) was not composed of white  people, at least as American consider white people today.

Judas Iscariot had to indicate to the soldiers whom Jesus was because they could not tell him apart from his disciples. That would mean he looked like the "natives" of that area. They were much more Arabic in their features -- perhaps even African ethnic would be more appropriate.

Now unless Jesus's mother Mary was knocked up by a Roman and not the immaculate conception that we've all been told was the "cause" of this event, then Jesus most likely didn't look like Meagan Kelly's brother or cousin -- that kind of white.

So, let's say that Jesus's skin color is very much open for discussion, that has not silenced by Megyn's ignorant spouting. Here is what Jesus most likely looked like, according to ScienceMechanics:

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Next we get to Santa Claus. Well, our fearless hostess with the leastess stands by her earlier statement that Santa is real.

Flesh and blood, a real dude. From everything I have ever read he's a created character. Not the surest of sources, but certainly in sync with everything else I can find, here's the story behind the "creation" of Santa Claus according to Wikipedia:

The modern figure of Santa Claus is derived from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, which, in turn, has part of its basis in hagiographical tales concerning the historical figure of Christian bishop and gift giver Saint Nicholas. During the Christianization of Germanic Europe, this figure may have absorbed elements of the god Odin, who was associated with the Germanic pagan midwinter event of Yule and led the Wild Hunt, a ghostly procession through the sky. Over time, traits of this character and the British folklore character Father Christmas merged to form the modern Santa Claus known today.

The truth, which Megyn constantly is a stranger to, is that Santa is a composite of characters, real and fictional. But some people can't separate fact from fiction. Ms. Kelly is one of them.

Now with a last name like Kelly, I'm going to to out on the limb and guess she celebrates Christmas. She has three children. At one point or another, didn't she confess to her kids that there really isn't a Santa Claus? Or worse yet, that he's dead.

Santa as a character has been the source for many movies, plays and books. But evidently, Kelly has never heard of fiction. I can't wait until she see's Saving Mr. Banks and proclaims Mary Poppins was real and could actually fly. She even sights a movie "Miracle on 34th Street" as her source to clear up any Santa conjecture.

Does Santa really come every Christmas and deliver gifts to Megyn's kids? She's so lucky she doesn't have to go shopping like the rest of us parent for our kids gifts. Please Megyn, drop Santa my name so  next year I don't have to fight Black Friday shopping and can just sit back and wait for presents to appear under the tree. Oh, the money I'll be saving.

Now it's to watch Ms. Kelly in action and judge for yourself. Was she joking or was she just demonstrating how ignorant she can be. I'm gonna guess you'll pick the latter.

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Video- Fox's Megyn Kelly: Santa Is What He Is, "Which Is White."

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No honey, Jesus was probably a brown man. Via.

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What If He Was Black?

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Trey Radel

Justice, in Florida, seems to be as elusive as the mythical unicorn or Big Foot or even the famed Sasquatch. Sometimes supposedly spotted, but never actually caught. Fortunately for Southwest Florida's U.S. Representative Tray Ragel, he was in Washington D.C. when he committed his crime and his arrest took place.  But what if he wasn't? What if he was home in the Sunshine State. Would justice have been any different?

Ask  unarmed Black Trayvon Martin in his confrontation pistol packing white George Zimmerman in Florida. Or how about Marissa Alexander, the African-American woman who was arrested and sentenced to 20 years for discharging a firearm as a warning shot while being confronted by her abusive husband using the privileges of Stand Your Ground, in Florida?

Florida is a strange state and the case of Florida Rep. Trey Radel is the latest piece to the "What's up with Florida?" puzzle.

Politico:

Rep Trey Radel (R-Fla.) pleaded guilty on Wednesday morning to possession of cocaine before a D.C. Superior Court judge and will be on supervised probation for one year.

He faced a maximum of 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000, but instead got probation. Now I'm not against that sentence. What I am wondering is what if Trey Radel was Black. First off, let's look at how the arrest went down:

The Associated Press, citing an unnamed DEA official, said Radel allegedly bought cocaine from a dealer in the Dupont Circle (Washington suburb) area who had been previously arrested as part of a federal probe. “Later that night, federal authorities went to his apartment and informed him that he would be facing criminal charges related to his purchase of cocaine,” the AP said.

If he had been in his own So. Florida district, do you think federal authorities would just go an knock on a Black citizen's door and "notify" him that he'd be facing criminal charges? More likely, his front door would be busted in by 10 armed agents, he'd be thrown to the ground, shot if he struggled and his entire home tossed for any other possible violations. If they didn't find any, they'd either have physically assaulted the cuffed man or planted something on him or his place, most likely a weapon so they could boost the charges.

And what about the wrist slap penalty? Rehabilitation is cheaper and more effective than imprisonment. We should all be for that. But that option is offered far less for Blacks than Whites.

According to the Human Rights Watch:

  • African Americans constituted 53.5 percent of all persons who entered prison because of a drug conviction
  • Blacks were 10.1 times more likely than whites to enter prison for drug offenses
  • A black man was 11.8 times more likely than a white man to enter prison for drug offenses

I'm just saying, maybe there's something to be learned from this congressman's case and sentencing.  Be white and don't be in Florida.

It sure would be nice if the law enforcement would add compassion and patience to their skill set list -- like they did for Trey Radel. But I'm not sure Florida is ready for that. So luckily for the congressman, he picked a good place to get nailed.

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