Racism, Always and Forever!


Shit that pisses me off:

Michelle Obama Cites View of Growing Segregation

TOPEKA, Kan. — Sixty years after the Supreme Court outlawed “separate but equal” schools for blacks and whites, civil rights advocates say American schools are becoming increasingly segregated, while the first lady, Michelle Obama, lamented that “many young people are going to schools with kids who look just like them.”

“Today, by some measures, our schools are as segregated as they were back when Dr. King gave his final speech,” Mrs. Obama told 1,200 graduating high school seniors Friday here in the city that gave rise to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case.

In a speech that was part commencement address, part policy pronouncement and part journey into her own past, Mrs. Obama said that Brown’s advances were being reversed. “Many districts in this country have actually pulled back on efforts to integrate their schools, and many communities have become less diverse,” she said, leading to schools that are less diverse.

“And too often,” Mrs. Obama said, “those schools aren’t equal, especially ones attended by students of color which too often lag behind.”

Today about four in 10 black and Latino students attend intensely segregated schools, the federal Department of Education reported on its official blog on Friday, adding that only 14 percent of white students attend schools that could be considered multicultural.

“We have slowly and very steadily slipped backward,” said Catherine E. Lhamon, the department’s assistant secretary for civil rights. “All over the country we are seeing more and more racially segregated schools.”


For Mrs. Obama, too, the visit was personal. She was born in Chicago at a time when public schools were still resisting integration. By the time she entered high school, the city — under pressure from the federal government — opened an integrated magnet school for high achievers, which Mrs. Obama credits with setting her on a path to Princeton and Harvard.

There was a time in this country when if you were white you went to one school and if you were black you went to a different school, even if you were next-door neighbors or lived across the street from the other school. That was de jure segregation. It was struck down in schools before I (or either of the Obamas) was born. Later the ban on segregation was extended to all areas of life.

After segregation in schools ended kids of all races went to whatever the local neighborhood school was. But since neighborhoods were still de facto segregated, the schools the schools were de facto segregated too. Even worse, those horribly racist white people were moving out of the cities into the suburbs, leaving minorities behind. (The minorities were free to move too, but many of them couldn’t afford it.)

So every village, hamlet and wide spot in the road with more than two schools started apportioning school attendance districts according to racial criteria. This is commonly known as “busing” because many kids were bused across town in order to achieve a proper racial balance in each school. Those were good times. I was about 8 years old when busing came to Merced.

Some people didn’t want their kids bused across town. Most of these busing opponents were white. They were also Democrats living in what we now call “blue” states like Massachusetts and Illinois. The City of Chicago has been firmly in the grip of the Democratic party since before they invented electricity.

By the time they were having busing riots in the North, the South was already desegregated. Kansas, by the way, was strongly pro-Union and abolitionist during the Civil War. Go figure.

De jure segregation was a very bad thing and it needed to stopped. But people are weird and they don’t always do what the experts think they should do. Go look at the lunchroom of an integrated high school and you’ll see the students self-segregating by age, race and gender. Nobody is making them do that, they just do it.

Diversity is a wonderful concept, but is it really appropriate for the government to mandate it? Strike down the barriers, but let people make their own choices. Right now they are trying to enforce racial and gender diversity in every school, occupation and neighborhood, and anyone who objects is denounced as a racist, a sexist, or both.

Worst of all, none of the stuff they are doing seems to have made the least bit of difference in eliminating poverty, crime and illiteracy. Remember Trayvon Martin and his girlfriend Rachel Jeantel? I’m pretty sure that Miami schools are desegregated.

But wait! There’s more!

Mooch and Barry always have to make it about themselves:

She told the students in Topeka that when she was feeling discouraged, she liked to “take a step back and remind myself” of all the progress she had seen.

“I think about my mother, who, as a little girl, went to segregated schools in Chicago and felt the sting of discrimination,” she said. “I think about my husband’s grandparents, white folks born and raised right here in Kansas — products themselves of segregation,” who helped raise a biracial grandson.

“And then,” Mrs. Obama said, “I think about how that child grew up to be the president of the United States, and how today, that little girl from Chicago is helping to raise her granddaughters in the White House.”

Isn’t that inspirational?

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Mmmmmm, caviar!

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97 Responses to Racism, Always and Forever!

  1. The Klown says:

    I was gonna do a post about paid menstrual leave but my muse made me write this one.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Ferrr chrissakes, in my day, they called it sick leave. Or a good excuse to call in sick on those first pretty days of Spring 😉 This just sounds like another war on small business to give the ladies 4-7 days off a month with pay? So tell me again how this helps women’s equality in the workforce? Idiots.

      • The Klown says:

        I posted the link on my FB page. So my mom saw it, called me up and asked “What in the hell is wrong with those people?”

      • angienc says:

        That’s what sick leave is for — same as everyone else (the men & older women who no longer have their menses). I swear to God, any female who thinks she needs to have separate, PAID “menstrual leave” does not belong in the work force. Point.Blank.Period. They don’t need to stay home, barefoot & pregnant, but they need to STFU and stop making the rest of us PROFESSIONALS look bad.

        • The Klown says:

          You said “period”

          Hee hee.

        • angienc says:

          PS — there are only 2 reasons I take a sick day from work: FEVER (because that means you’re contagious) and stomach viruses that involve explosive diarrhea and/or projectile vomiting. Menstrual cramps? Take a Midol. If your cramps are SO bad you “can’t go to work” then go to the fucking doctor because there is something WRONG with you. Get some prescription meds; take them; and STFU & go to work.

          • 1539days says:

            My company got rid of the “open” sick leave for salaried employees. Instead, they added two days to everyone’s personal time. In my case, I made out better since I didn’t call in sick very much.

            This all boils down to government and union jobs (but I repeat myself). The private sector is much more circumspect about the amount of time people can just not show up for work.

          • foxyladi14 says:

            Big HONK Angie!!! 😀

          • 49erDweet says:

            True story. Was one of five on an interview panel to fill supervisory position in large state office. One female, one male candidate. Afterward we were picking the winner. Head of panel said “They’re even. If we go with (female’s name) with her record, we can figure she’ll be out on sick leave three days a month. Let’s go with (male’s name)”. Three other panel members, having previously worked with the female, quickly agreed. I was shocked.
            Being the only male on the panel, shut up and went along. They were right. But…..

      • Constance says:

        I always went to work with cramps. Who wants to waste a perfectly good sick day when you feel like crap. Always save sick leave for the sunny days. Of course I live in Seattle so there are only about 10 of those a year.

  2. The Klown says:
  3. angienc says:

    By what “measures” are our schools more segregated now then they were in MLK’s day? Can she point to ONE concrete measure? Will reporters do their fucking jobs and even ask the question? Not likely. This will just be accepted as “true” because she said it.
    And if they were really going to do their jobs, they could even ask why she sends her kids to an elite prep school while her husband dismantles school choice in DC. BWAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, right.

    (That all ^^^ makes me a racist; I denounce myself).

  4. The Klown says:

    Too bad the game WASN’T ON TELEVISION!

  5. foxyladi14 says:

    Both of them keep stirring that race pot and causing trouble. 🙄

    • The Klown says:

      I cannot recall any prior POTUS or FLOTUS who were so self-referential. Reagan used to tell some anecdotes, but he never made everything about himself.

      The WH photo-ops too. They’re obviously staged. Every picture is posed.

      They are both posers.

      • 1539days says:

        Reagan had charm out the wazoo. I’m sure anyone who talks to the Obamas unfiltered probably walks away thinking, “What a couple of douche bags.”

  6. kanaughty says:

    The government is not helping in this either, infact are working against integration by fighting charter schools here in new orleans. What i see living here is that charter schools are only helping integration or bringing african erican kids into schools that would otherwise be only white kids since the neighborhoods around here self segregate because of the price of rent and buying and selling houses. So yeah i only see the government getting in te way of diversity trying to happen in new orleans. What can i say, it is just another hypocrisy of these obama democrats. They really have no common sense and they are not taking the time to see on the ground that something as simple as charter schools here is actually working to help diversity in schools at least.

    • The Klown says:

      It is not government’s job to make things perfect or even fair. Life isn’t fair.

      It took me a long time to realize that freedom and the Nanny State are mutually incompatible.

      • kanaughty says:

        What i am saying is that the government is getting in the way. There are tons of charter schools in cali, but i think since it is a southern state with a repub gov the dems in the federal government don’t like it and are fighting jindal on this.

  7. The Klown says:
  8. DeniseVB says:

    When I see stupid stuff come from Michelle Obama’s mouth, especially when she implies “whitey is evil”, I think of those black conservatives who rose from inner city ashes to achieve greatness. Nothing at all to do with skin color, just hard work and perseverance to better themselves.

    Like Dr. Ben Carson. Unfortunately he scrubbed his “bad boy days in Detroit” from wiki, I was going to use that as an intro to my rant. Oh well, why not, at least they left in a hint of ghetto..


    I’m sure there’s a more detailed bio out there, but too lazy to look for it. He was a bad boy, trust me, mom pretty much grabbed him by the ‘nads and set him straight. Who would have thunk a kid with that kind of youth experiences could turn into a brain surgeon? Michelle leaves those stories out of her racist rants because black conservatives porch monkey oreo Uncle Toms?

    Booker T. Washington’s never referred to in her speeches either, he actually left a real plantation to achieve greatness. Believe it or not, as a white child growing up in a segregated white elementary school … in Northern Virginia no less……BTW was one of my inspirations. Flash forward a few decades, he still is. If the Dems want to play race card poker, I think we’d win with the “content of character” deck handed to us 😉

    • angienc says:

      The modern day black Dems don’t like to claim Booker T. — if he were alive today they would treat him like they do Col. West, Ben Carson, Justice Thomas and other black conservatives — calling him an “uncle Tom” etc.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Makes me wonder why “white/beige/eggshell” conservatives don’t push that back ? It’s why I loathe Michelle’s messages, kids of the 50’s-60’s grew up admiring people who overcame real obstacles, including our immigrant family heritage, all flavors of skin color and twisted history (Columbus was the first raaaacist bigot afterall !). MO’s messages are steeped in “never forgive”. :facepalm:

  9. leslie says:

    My first teaching job was in a Chicago inner city u[[er grade center – (public 4-8th grade school). The vested teachers in that school – all black – took me aside the first week and showed me how to “control” a classroom by grabbing a student and twisting their skin where no bruise would openly show. THAT was their way of teaching their own. That was also most likely when FLOTUS was in the magnet school where she could go on to achieve her own “greatness”. And although the schools were located where most kids could access them, white kids couldn’t go to the magnet schools. They were designed for the black children. (This was what the CPS system called integration and equal opportunity.) Last week, a study came out in Chicago indicating that 49% of the kids enrolling in the magnet schools were not children “of color”. CPS now says that they are going to intentionally decrease the numbers of white applicants because the magnet schools were not intended for white children ! ! ! ! !
    What is that called? oh yeah, segregation.

    • The Klown says:

      Personally I would prefer my kids living close enough to school that they could walk.

      If your local school sucks, move!

      • Constance says:

        I agree and that’s why I went with the Catholic schools. Walking to school is good for kids, it works off stress and helps prevent obesity. I enrolled them in public school but they put them in schools that were so far away the bus ride would add an hour and a half to their day and that is no way to live. I didn’t want my kids standing on the corner in the dark and cold waiting for a bus that drives past 4 grade schools to their racially assigned failing school. During the winter in Seattle it gets dark at 4:10pm. The Catholic school was only 6 blocks away.

    • leslie says:

      Also, Mayor Rahmbo is now being called on the carpet for closing schools on the city’s south side and then building new school on the city’s north side. (just heard that on the radio yesterday) With his approval rating soaring to the upper 20’s (29%) he’s gonna have to do a whole lot more for somebody in Chicago if he wants to be re-elected.

  10. helenk3 says:

    I grew up during the 40s, and 50s. remember the civil rights era. remember the protests, but what I do NOT remember is any president for first lady using race like these two. If this is the legacy of the the first black president , may we never have another one. Both of them have used race to benefit themselves not others. The have set race relations back over 40 years. they have raised the anger level so high that I would not be surprised if violence erupts. Look how race is being exploited in those white privilege video, that is going into the schools today. Why? You have people of difference races competing for the same job, home, business. normally only ability would be the primary deciding factor. Now race is becoming the factor again. I had hoped we got past that. It is going to take a lot of years to undo the damage these two have done to race relations.

  11. helenk3 says:


    study finds race bias in UCLA admissions.

    gee who would that thought that one of the most liberal schools in the country would be so bigoted

    • Somebody says:

      I agree multiculturalism is a big problem. The US is no longer a melting pot, immigrants don’t assimilate. BTW multiculturalism and critical race theory are brain childs of the left.

  12. leslie says:

    Have a good day everyone. I was slammed in the face yesterday by a glass and steel door. I’m now leaving for the ER as the damage is even more obvious and so is the pain. Ice helped yesterday and so did the ibuprofen that I take for the nerve pain from spinal stenosis. BUT it isn’t working today. See y’all later. (who knows, maybe my typing will improve.) =)

  13. 1539days says:

    In the early years of the United States, public education consisted of the one-room school house where kids were taught by guided self-study. Though public, parents had to pay tuition. As part of the progressive movement a century ago, most of the world attempted to set up publicly funded universal education. Students were sorted by age and teachers instructed each cohort in one subject as a group. Common core is a way to homogenize education even more. They want students to use the same thought process to learn a lesson. This can be extremely cumbersome to even a slightly more advanced thinker.

    The way we pay for school is mostly geographical. Each district (city, town, etc.) has a board that proposes a budget and the residents (disproportionately teachers who are voting to raise their pay) vote on passage. While richer areas generally have nicer schools, a major factor is that more affluent areas have more interested and involved parents. Parental involvement is a touchy subject, however, and teachers’ unions would rather just throw more money at the problem.

    If we went back to a paid model where each child had a voucher, it would start to equalize the amount of money per pupil. Private an parochial schools might be too expensive, but I would bet some McSchools would open up to apply those funds. Imagine if a McSchool in a poor neighborhood worked like a McDonalds in a poor neighborhood. The education would be the same as most other schools and everyone could be on an equal footing.

    • elliesmom says:

      There are two kinds of consequences from any government intervention into anything. One is intended consequences. Desegregation of schools requires that kids have to meet and learn to get along with people of other colors and ethnicity. That’s a good thing, and an intended consequence. But when blacks had their own schools, they also had black teachers and black administrators who served as positive role models. Those teachers were able to demand high standards without worrying about being accused of racial animus. The loss of those teachers was an unintended consequence, and I don’t know how we compensate for it. Coincidentally, at just about the same time women were given opportunities to enter professions previously closed to all but the most intrepid with government support. Many of our best and brightest women who would have entering teaching made other choices. The two conditions together have “dumbed down” the pool of teachers – definitely an unintended consequence. So while I might agree that giving kids a voucher might level the playing field, the field itself isn’t what it used to be.

      • The Klown says:

        Vouchers are not a panacea. That doesn’t mean they are bad, but the problems with our educational system are really complex. The more things the government “fixes” the more new problems they create.

        • elliesmom says:

          Nearly everybody over the age of six has been to school. Everybody from age six on up thinks they know how to make schools better. The view from the other side of the desk isn’t what most people, even those with their hearts set on being the best teacher they can be, imagine. Teachers made what might be a fatal mistake when they unionized. A union is historically a blue-collar construct. Teachers should have organized themselves as a professional group like the AMA and the Bar Association. Then they could control licensing and police themselves. They would be in a better position to set curricula, which they know much more about than the average politician because they would have sent the message they know more than the politicians do about what things need to be taught. As professionals, they could demand to be paid accordingly and expect more autonomy, which would attract better candidates to the profession. I don’t know why any really bright person would choose to enter a job field with educational requirements that are both expensive to get and also to maintain, where the job is almost entirely scripted, the bar for determining success is deliberately set higher than anyone in any school system can obtain, and which commands zero respect from the community. When people ask me if I think the Teachers’ Unions are responsible for the mess education is in, I say yes, but not for the reasons they think I mean. I went into teaching with the very best regard for the “profession” and found out quickly it isn’t one.

          • SHV says:

            “When people ask me if I think the Teachers’ Unions are responsible for the mess education is in, I say yes, but not for the reasons they think I mean. ”
            My MIL taught 4th grade at an “inner city school for 14 years. (I wouldn’t have lasted 1/2 day in her classroom.) Every year, the “educators” had a sure fire new plan to improve performance, with predictable results. My Mil was an old fashioned, do the work, no bullshit teacher who’s class started the year with the majority functioning well below grade level and by the end of the year was usually the top 4th grade class on the evaluation testing. Her expectation was that she gave them all a good push in the right direction and perhaps 1 or 2 might succeed.

            Over the last five years before she retired at age 70, the level of “socialization” of the students dramatically deteriorated; so that by the end of her tenure, violence prevention was first priority. And the was the 4th grade. Threats by the parent were fairly common. A few month toward the end of her last year, a mother gave her hell because her daughter wasn’t having fun at school. MIL’s response was Ms. “Jones”, your daughter had fun in the first, second, and third grades; your daughter can’t read, write or do simple math.” The next day the principal called her into the office and asked her if she couldn’t make school fun for Ms. “Jones'” daughter.

            The fundamental problem is outside of the classroom and how to change that to value education; I don’t have a clue but the current situation is hopeless and getting worse.

          • 1539days says:

            You should see what teachers are paid at Catholic schools. While it does encourage new teachers to get their time in and leave for a real job, many stay and are some of the beast teachers one can have. In New York, there are 5 applicants for every position open. This is not a pay issue, it’s a tenure issue.

            As for lousy parents, the unions should be fighting against that kind of parental bullying of teachers rather than keeping child predators employed in “rubber room” offices away from students.

  14. helenk3 says:

    today is Armed Forces Day
    thank you to all that have served and are serving now
    may God bless you all and bring you home safely

  15. DeniseVB says:

    Too late for the Open Party Thread, so OT: My bloggy went from 5 to 21 “views” per hour for this post, because I was bored….yay, Charlie!


  16. The Klown says:
  17. foxyladi14 says:

    Who decides? 🙄

    • DandyTIger says:

      Simple, anything that’s not pro Dem party or Dem policies or particular Dems is hate speech. Silly question.

    • angienc says:

      Ace is calling hate speech “Speechcraft” (like witchcraft) — he has the same analogy that Days posted on her about hate speech = spells/incantations.

      I think that is super clever.

  18. DeniseVB says:

    Well crap, I got a *mention* on a Frank Luntz tweet, not in a good way 😦

  19. lyn says:

    California Chrome, two down and one to go!

  20. Somebody says:

    Interesting post the whole de jure and de facto segregation took me back to another place and time. You forgot “eliminate the vestiges of segregation root and branch”. That phrase is in a lot of deseg orders.

    I thought the recent study found that northern schools were more segregated. Which isn’t surprising because the neighborhoods are more segregated than they are in the south. I thought most of the southern states had fairly good integration levels, of course many of the neighborhoods here are pretty well integrated. There are also quite a few districts that are still operating under consent decrees. I think they actually prefer to stay under consent decrees because it’s an avenue for additional federal dollars. At least that was my experience in the 90’s.

    • The Klown says:

      Those consent decrees were mostly bullshit. The feds would make some noise and the school districts would agree to a consent decree without admitting wrongdoing. Then they would tell the parents and taxpayers they had no choice.

      No proof of any discrimination needed, and the feds expand their effective control a little farther. Meanwhile, the federal deficit and national debt balloons.

  21. The Klown says:

    I’m pretty sure that George Zimmerman and the Palin family would agree.

  22. Somebody says:

    OK here is one of my favorite deseg stories. There was a proposed, new, revised consent decree which btw never came to fruition. This decree continued and extended racial quotas on the schools and also capped attendance numbers on the suburban schools. Several of those suburban schools were already over the proposed cap number. So to remedy that, the plan was to take all the non-black students, assign them a number……have a lottery with ping pong balls in a cage and kick out students at random until the cap number was met. Public meetings allowing public commentary were required and I had to run one of those meetings at the school my kids attended; which was one of the ones where it was proposed students would be kicked out. District personnel and attorneys were present too and they sort of tip toed around explaining the whole procedure.

    Well one man came to the microphone during the public comments about 10-15 minutes into it. He was Filipino. He started talking about how important diversity was, how important it was to have racially balanced schools, he went on about white privilege, etc. This school was quite racially mixed. Whites at that point made up about 53%, the following year 47%, now it’s probably less than 30% white. That may not sound mixed but think about the overall population and this was in the early 90’s.

    Anyway this Filipino man made his little speech about diversity and white privilege, he was getting cheers and claps from many in the audience. When he finished I leaned over to the microphone and very nicely said “Sir you do realize that this consent decree only applies to AA, every other race under this consent decree is basically considered white”. He was still standing at the public microphone and he went off on a racial epithet ladened rant. Other minorities chimed in and of course many of the AA started yelling back at them. The basic premise of everything was we deserve special status too, we’re not white, we’re oppressed too, the white man screwed us too. Most of the AA’s didn’t agree with that they felt they had a higher special status or something. The only thing they could all agree on was whitey should be punished and kicked out.

    It was a quintessential view of the grievance class our society has created. Funny all the white people just sat there taking it all in. Thankfully it never happened and the district eventually went back to court and got unitary status. Well they went to court begrudgingly, kicking and screaming the whole way AND they ended up winning unitary status, go figure.

    I suppose I’m strange for finding humor in that story, but I always have…….maybe you had to be there??

    • The Klown says:

      If I was there I would have wanted some popcorn.

    • 49erDweet says:

      It could have been written by Hemingway…..or Steinbeck.

    • SHV says:

      The effort to repeal /modify Cal. prop. 209 recently was killed by pressure from the Cal. Chinese population. Asians, majority Chinese, make up 14% Cal. population and 38-40% of the students in the UC system. A quick look at 2013 UC Berkley students, including international students, ~50% of the freshman class is Asian, majority Chinese. (2.4% AA)

      This is a similar situation to the Ivy League colleges in the 1920s. In 1926(?) the president of Harvard called for a conference in order to solve the Jewish “problem” in the Ivy League. The solution was a policy of “geographic diversity” and using affirmative action; recruiting WASP men from the mid-West. IIRC, for example, in 1926, ~25% of the entering Harvard class was Jewish and 50% of the Columbia Med. School freshman class was Jewish.; by 1930 it was 1-2%. I suspect that the Cal. progressives will find a similar solution to their Chinese “problem”.

  23. The Klown says:

    Dierks Bentley – Drunk On A Plane:

  24. helenk3 says:


    WOW what a job
    backtrack’s net worth as risen 438% since running for president

  25. helenk3 says:

    do not pay on a plane

  26. The Klown says:
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  28. Somebody says:

    I stole this from someone at MOTUS, but those of you on twitter should be able to find the original.

  29. John Denney says:

    I observe that there is a dearth of blacks and women in my realm of geeks and nerds.

  30. helenk3 says:


    it was not all stupidity among voters that elected backtrack, seems to be a lot of fraud also involved

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