Slave versus enslaved person

By John Ruberry I did not contribute my usual Sunday post here because Mrs. Marathon Pundit and I were on a short vacation to Nashville. Among our visits were stops at three mansions, Carnton in Franklin, as well as Belmont, and the Hermitage, which was Andrew Jackson's home. There we were told by tour guides … Continue reading Slave versus enslaved person

I Am A Racist, Not A Victim!

It’s troubling when you see the failure of American institutions close up. As I was waiting for my takeout order at a local Chinese restaurant, five black teenagers ran into the store and started to steal stuff. I instinctively grabbed one of the five girls and held her while I asked people to call the … Continue reading I Am A Racist, Not A Victim!

That Time When Capitalism Beat Racism’s Butt

R.I.P. Sears by baldilocks A great epitaph for an old friend. Monday’s announcement that Sears would file for bankruptcy and close 142 stores came as little surprise to anyone who has followed the retail giant’s collapse in recent years. Still, the news inspired a wave of nostalgia for a company that sold an ideal of … Continue reading That Time When Capitalism Beat Racism’s Butt

Review: Kathryrn Bigelow’s “Detroit”

By John Ruberry I was out of town in July when Detroit, the movie about the destructive 1967 riot and a police attack on a small group of guests at the Algiers Motel, hit the theaters. Directed by Kathryrn Bigelow, who is best known for Zero Dark Thirty and the Academy Award-winning The Hurt Locker, … Continue reading Review: Kathryrn Bigelow’s “Detroit”

A Guide to “Offensive” Statues

Get your hammers and chisels out! Ready the bulldozers! Tear down the statues and remove the names of presidents who are considered “racists”! Writing in The Huffington Post last year, Ibram Kendi, a professor at American University, provided the names of the most racist U.S. presidents. Kendi won the 2016 National Book Award for his … Continue reading A Guide to “Offensive” Statues

White nationalists and black nationalists

By John Ruberry Around this time yesterday during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia one woman was killed and 19 others were injured when they were rammed and run over by a person driving a Dodge Challenger. James Alex Fields Jr, 20, was allegedly the behind the wheel of that muscle car. He's been … Continue reading White nationalists and black nationalists

Help Wanted: Petty Criminal of Color in Baltimore looking for the Easiest Score of his Life

Andrew Knightley: You said you wanted to chew the fat. I think you just wanted to drink it. We're not your friends, we're just your fucking enablers. Gary King: Enabler? Oh that's a funny word. Gary King & The Enablers. Actually that would make a great name for the band. Steve, write that down.   … Continue reading Help Wanted: Petty Criminal of Color in Baltimore looking for the Easiest Score of his Life

World War I: Nineteen months that dramatically changed America

By John Ruberry This week marks the centennial of the United States' entry into World War I, then known as the Great War. Much of Europe had been engaged in widespread slaughter since 1914 when Congress, at the request of President Woodrow Wilson, voted to declare war on Germany on April 6, 1917. After the … Continue reading World War I: Nineteen months that dramatically changed America

Obama’s chickens coming home to roost as he gives Chicago farewell address

By John Ruberry On the Sunday after the 9/11 attacks, Jeremiah Wright, then Obama's pastor, bellowed, "God d--n America" and "America's chickens are coming home to roost" from the pulpit of his Chicago church. Two nights from now President Barack Obama will give his farewell address in Chicago, his adopted hometown. The Hawaii-born 44th president moved … Continue reading Obama’s chickens coming home to roost as he gives Chicago farewell address

The New York Times Wishes That the USA Never Existed

And that the slaves were never freed by baldilocks There were all kinds of attempts to lure the GOP state electors into voting for someone other than Donald Trump. A few took the bait, but so did some Democrat state electors; Hillary Clinton lost even more electors that Trump did. But, now that the Electoral … Continue reading The New York Times Wishes That the USA Never Existed

Don’t You Love Him as He’s Walking Out the Door?

by baldilocks North versus South One more play of the Race Card™ by President Obama before exiting stage left. President Barack Obama's election in 2008 broke a racial barrier that set soaring expectations for an era of improved race relations. Now, as he departs office, those hopes have largely evaporated. Tensions between African-American communities and … Continue reading Don’t You Love Him as He’s Walking Out the Door?

The Donald Trump Question for Black America Boston Edition

"What the hell have you got to lose?" Donald Trump on why black voters should consider voting for him On the day after a group of Hillary supporters in North carolina decided the best way to protest police was to loot a Walmart the Massachusetts Supreme Court, the court that decided that John Adams put … Continue reading The Donald Trump Question for Black America Boston Edition

CNN’s Racist Gift Basket for María Celeste Arrarás

G Reilly: How would you like it I had the maid over there bring your ass a pinata, that stuff was full of with candy and nachos and chimichangas and tacos, and burritos and a blanket with a big ass bottle of Tequila. what would you say? Gabriel Iglesias: Thank You! Gabriel Iglesias Racist Gift … Continue reading CNN’s Racist Gift Basket for María Celeste Arrarás

If Vester Flanagan had publicly accused Alison Parker & Adam Ward of Racism…

...then on every network you would be seeing activists decrying Parker and Ward as the lowest of the low. Stating they were emblematic of the Racism in media and demanding they be dismissed. On twitter you would be seeing people calling them bigots at best and likely a whole lot worse and both of them … Continue reading If Vester Flanagan had publicly accused Alison Parker & Adam Ward of Racism…

Obama’s war on the majority

By John Ruberry Last week in this space I wrote about President Obama's war on the suburbs. But there is more to Obama's agenda. It's a war on the majority--or if you prefer--a war on white people. The New York Post outlined this move last week: Unbeknown to most Americans, Obama's racial bean counters are … Continue reading Obama’s war on the majority

The only Mark Halperin Ted Cruz Question that Matters

I'm old enough to remember when the MSM was upset that people didn't care about real issues, apparently given this interview of Ted Cruz by Mark Halperin this is no longer the case. What any of this has to do with being president is beyond me. Ruben Navarrette is pained: What nerve, treating a U.S. … Continue reading The only Mark Halperin Ted Cruz Question that Matters

Three Stories of Racism but only one is Newsworthy to the MSM

One of the interesting things about our race divided culture is how selective we are about stories of racism.  Over the weekend (well technically early AM on monday morning) I saw three stories on race & education that outraged me: 1.  Item:  Oklahoma Frat in Racist Chant: The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of … Continue reading Three Stories of Racism but only one is Newsworthy to the MSM

A: Because Bloomberg will suffer no penalty for this

Q:  How do we know that Michael Bloomberg is not considered a "Republican" by the media? Imagine if any conservative suggested this: Bloomberg Suggests Banning Young Minority Males from Gun Ownership Speaking to the Aspen Institute on February 6, Michael Bloomberg said cities should ban young minority males from owning guns, both as an effort … Continue reading A: Because Bloomberg will suffer no penalty for this

The Racism of the I93 Protest

There is one point about the I93 protest that has not been considered. In theory these protesters obstructed I93 and the lives of tens of thousands to make the point that black lives matter. Yet I wonder how many people of color were stranded and delayed by these actions? How many black people, "hispanic" people, … Continue reading The Racism of the I93 Protest

Atmosphere of Violence

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- The state of race relations in this country at this time is deplorable. Having now stated the obvious, we need to come together and do something about it.  A small part of the problem is the 24/7 news cycle – we’ve got to fill up all that air time and … Continue reading Atmosphere of Violence