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,A devout Republican commissioner in northwest Oregon says she can no longer stand by the party because of Trump’s “racist tactics” and changed her political affiliation to become a Democrat.
Lori Stegmann left a long explanation on her Facebook page on Wednesday for her sudden choice after spending her entire adult life as a conservative. She chronicled her love of conservative leaders over the years and her start in the U.S. as an orphan and immigrant from South Korea.
Stegmann explained to her constituents in Multnomah County, which encompasses Portland, that she didn’t want to leave the party but “it became impossible for me to stay.”
“I have not changed but the Republican party clearly has,” Stegmann said in her message. “There’s too much at stake in our country right now and we have to speak out. As a woman, a business owner, a mother, an immigrant, and a minority I cannot condone the misogyny, the racism, and the unethical and immoral behavior of the current administration.” (Read more)
The Watch Dog response: I told folk back in the late 90’s early 2000’s when they were saying young black males were at-risk, I told them all black men are.
Ving Rhames’ famous face might have saved his life.
During an interview with The Clay Cane Show, Rhames revealed a police officer pointed a gun at him as he stood on his doorstep in Santa Monica, California.
The confession came after Cane asked the Mission Impossible star about his experiences with racism.
“I am sure you hear about all the reports of black men being attacked by police,” Cane asked Rhames. “You are a big star, but how does racism show itself in your life?”
Rhames’ answer proves, despite his stardom, he still deals with the reality of being a black man in America.
“This happened this year. I am in my home, it was around 2:15 p.m. in the afternoon,” Rhames said. “I have a screen door and then I have a wooden door…. (Read more)
Ok although it has been questioned and not confirmed that Harriet Tubman actually said this, let’s discuss the words in the quote. It is true she freed slaves. The latter part some folk say this is true today. What do you think of that part she could have freed more if only they knew they were slaves. I have been questioning quotes over the years and Snopes found this to be unconfirmed.
The Watch Dog response: I would love to get some opinions on this article. The following is a start with the opinion of the author of the article. “A perfect example of the left-wing dynamic occurred on Fox News, of all places, the other day. Conservative political activist David Bossie — a man I know and like — was in a fierce debate with Democrat strategist Joel Payne. As things got heated, David told Payne, “You are out of your cotton-pickin’ mind.” Payne took immediate exception to the term and left-wing venues immediately declared it a racial slur. As a result, David was temporarily suspended from commentating on Fox and was forced to apologize before he could return.” What tickles the hell out of me is how folk think they can say what offends another person. Folk need to recognize and understand that individuals are in control over what offends them however others can be offended too.
Imagine a world in which leftists, by some magic, were unable to accuse their political opponents of racism. Racism, sexism, all of the various make-believe phobias — these charges were suddenly somehow off-limits during political discussion. Instead, at all the leftist venues — The New York Times, the TV network news departments, CNN and the rest — the commentators had to accept that their political opponents were people of good will with the best interests of the country at heart. They had to ask themselves — and even possibly ask actual conservatives — what it was about border security that seemed important to them, why social spending might be destructive, why Islam might be incompatible with western thought, why teachers’ unions were impeding the rise of the poor and so on.
If that magical moment ever occurred, we might start to have an intelligent political debate in this country. But don’t hold your breath. (Read more)
The Watch Dog response: Ain’t this a damn shame? And then they wonder why conscious black folk like me always speaking out against the mess they be doing. This is why I refuse to be silent! The problem I have is that apologizing does what, they have got their message across now.
Daryl Davis just started a petition to H&M
H&M This Is Unacceptable
I just started a petition titled “H&M This Is Unacceptable“
Yesterday, a shopper noticed that H&M UK was using a Black boy to model a hoodie reading “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle.” H&M selling a hoodie that says “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle” is insult enough. They went on to ensure their message was clear when they put the hoodie on a little Black boy in order to advertise it. There is no excuse for H&M to continue to trade in that imagery in our current times, there’s a long history of Black people being compared to monkeys in order to dehumanize us. H&M must show a commitment to diversity and hire Black executives to stop propagating racism.
This is a failure on every level. The stylist, photographer, marketing manager, site administrator all failed to stop and think of the implications of dressing a little Black boy in an outfit calling him a monkey. Or they thought of the implications and moved forward anyway. Hoping to capitalize off of the controversy they knew this would engender. This is a result of a fashion industry steeped in racism and lacking Black voices. This knowing exploitation of racism only reifies stereotypes and bigotries that have dominated our society. We cannot divorce the image of a Black kid as a “monkey” from the image of a Black kid being so different from white people that they’re seen as an inherent threat. We’ve seen Adidas attempt to release shoes with ankle shackles, referencing the painful history of slavery and the dehumanization we were subjected to as a result. We’ve seen fashion magazines like Vogue use Blackface to be “edgy” and controversial. Each of these decisions serves to further entrench the image of Black people as an “other.” This image of the Black person as an “other” is seen in the makeup of the fashion industry so severely lacking empowered Black voices to prevent the continued dehumanization of Black people.
Dressing a Black kid in a shirt calling him a monkey isn’t “hip” or “ironic.” We cannot allow “rebranded” racism to flourish. The racism of the fashion industry is reflected in the lack of Black designers, brands, and models. Clearly, H&M needs Black executives who are empowered to prevent this from reoccurring. They need to hire Black executives now.
We cannot continue to support a brand that is intentional trafficking in racism. We cannot let brands push racist imagery in the name of being “edgy.” H&M depends on Black consumers for revenue and cachet. We must send a clear message to H&M and force them to change their business practices and hire Black executives.
H&M must apologize and hire Black executives now!