The Racial Narrative and Ferguson

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It has been over two weeks since Michael Brown was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson. Almost from the first day the racial narrative has been in place.

This is the racial narrative:

One day, for no particular reason, a racist white cop murdered an unarmed black teen in cold blood in broad daylight in front of witnesses. The unarmed black teen was doing nothing except walking down the street when the racist white cop stopped him for no reason and started harassing him. The unarmed black teen tried to run and the racist white cop began shooting him in the back. The unarmed black teen stopped and turned around with his hands in the air, trying to surrender. The racist white cop then shot the unarmed black teen several more times, including a final shot in the head as he lay wounded on the street.

This type of cold blooded murder of unarmed black men and boys by racist white cops is epidemic in this racist nation.

Sometimes instead of a racist white cop it is a racist white vigilante/cop wannabe who does the shooting. Sometimes there is more than one racist white cop involved. The unarmed black teen/man is always blameless and innocent, at least at the beginning of the narrative.

The amazing thing about the racial narrative is that it is basically impervious to contradictory facts, no matter how indisputable they may be.

Meanwhile, Michael Brown was buried today. It was a media circus.

I picked a bad week to quit drinking.

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85 Responses to The Racial Narrative and Ferguson

  1. The Klown says:

    I am really disgusted with the professional race-pimps in this country.

  2. 49erDweet says:

    Thank you for telling the full narrative. Those big city papers keep slipping in tiny tidbits that suggest the late Mr. Brown had overdue books at the library, those Racist Rags, and it’d be a shame to tarnish the name and reputation of someone as virtuous and fun loving as good old Mike, who was always good to kid around with at convenient stores.

  3. SHV says:

    “The amazing thing about the racial narrative is that it is basically impervious to contradictory facts, no matter how indisputable they may be.”
    Unless the cop is AA, then it’s OK. A few years ago in my area, a cop shot a 16 yo AA who was leaving the site of burglary and shooting. There was an immediate protest which quickly went away after it was revealed that the police officer was black. Six months later another cop shooting, “ugly mood” crowd gathers then goes away when revealed that cop was black; same cop! Around same time, a white cop confront four AA teens breaking into cars in a mall garage, allegedly teens jump in their stolen car and try to run over cop. Cop shoots 15 year old driver. Cop is put on trial x2 for murder 2; hung jury both times. The “innocent, getting his life together” 15 yo was out on $100K bond for armed car jacking of a woman who was picking up a patient from local hospital.
    It’s really dumb for police not to have camera and sound in their patrol cars and on their person when dealing with the public. It would temper any tendency for “over reaction” by cops and would help protect them from bullshit.

    • The Klown says:

      Dash cams and body cams should be mandatory for all uniformed officers. All interviews and interrogations should be recorded on video as well.

      • 49erDweet says:

        I think the major hold up on that is choosing the method of beginning to record. Streets cops want something they start and stop; admins want them live all the time. Understandable conflict. I suspect the compromise will be vehcams live, bodycams self actuated, or at least when remotely engaged requiring digital confirmation from the wearer before they record. This can holds many, many worms.

        • Lulu says:

          Where will they wear them? On their heads like a third eyeball? What do will they do when they pee or eat lunch or stuff like that? Will they have to keep the camera running? I see the benefit clearly of these recording devices but there need to be some stop times too.

          • The Klown says:

            They are cheap, small, and can be worn on the chest, shoulder, or head. The officers can turn them on and off with the touch of a button.

          • 49erDweet says:

            Some are capable of being remotely (and unobtrusively) turned on, and that’s a big sticking point.

          • The Klown says:

            Here’s the thing – wearing a camera at work is no different than having your boss right there watching you.

            As for bathroom breaks, the camera won’t be pointing where the action is.

            What the cops are afraid of is that what they record might be used against them. AFAIAK that is an argument FOR cameras.

          • 49erDweet says:

            It’s true. Alas. Sometimes in a cop’s interactions with the people they see most, duh, crooks, they get a little loose with things like entrapment and aidding/abetting. Most don’t push it but once in awhile one takes it too far, and they all know it. Body cams 24/7 would castrate LE because nobody is perfect. I have no answer for this. Just reporting the facts.

          • 49erDweet says:

            Re: bathroom breaks: 1. There is audio. 2. Officers of both genders would be wearing them.

            There’s also the issue of which officers would wear them? All ranks? Detectives? Bailiffs in court? CSIs? Undercovers?

          • 1539days says:

            Six years of Obama has taught me that even video evidence cannot sway some people. They’re still disputing that was Brown harassing that shopkeeper.

  4. The Censored Guy says:

    “Man, that post is absolutely what the black people think happened.”

    – Said no black person ever

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Perhaps we should put more clowns on the street to deal with thugs ?

  6. Kathy says:

    The media in our country is responsible for destroying so many lives–and we know that Darren Wilson’s life is basically over. They bend the facts, ignore context and drive a story to an emotional frenzy. It’s too bad that slander laws don’t seem to apply here.

  7. The Klown says:

    Okay teachers, read this and tell me what you think:

    • elliesmom says:

      I have no issue with kids being required to memorize stuff for the sake memorizing stuff. But in math class the bigger issue is kids not knowing when to multiply and when to divide than how to do it. Most kids eventually know their multiplication tables. They struggle with multiplying numbers larger than 10 and knowing 1/3 is smaller than 1/2. Some of us are more naturally adept at having “number sense” than others. We can estimate what an answer will be, and that gives us a clue about which mathematical operation to use. Only someone lacking number sense would ever suggest people with this ability only have it because they already learned their multiplication tables by rote. It’s like saying you can only learn to read phonetically. While Hooked on Phonics works for a lot of people, not everyone needs to “sound out the letters”.

      • Somebody says:

        I had something to say, but at 4:20 in the afternoon my husband is pestering me about dinner…….argh! Mini-rant…..since he retired I cook morning noon and night, he’s a bottomless pit. He’s like a little kid, cook this, cook that……ooooh make this. He’s actually eating like a pig and losing weight, which pisses me off more than anything else because I’m pretty sure I gained the weight he loss……end of rant, carry on I’m headed to the kitchen.

        • DandyTIger says:

          Becoming a chef could be a great retirement hobby for him. 🙂

        • 49erDweet says:

          Hold on! That’s not fair! He retired but you can’t? Tell that big lug I said to get off his keester and start cooking three evening meals a week, or else call someplace for reservations. My honey is too special for me to pull that on. She cooks about one evening meal a week.

          • The Klown says:

            It’s 4:20 and he has the munchies?


          • Somebody says:

            I love you 49er, how sweet……but about the only people I think it would be fair to force to eat hubby’s cooking would be somebody in GITMO or a member of ISIS. He’s a nice guy, but he can NOT cook even a little bit. He comes by it honestly, his mom wasn’t a cook either.

            Klown he does NOT have the munchies, not that kind anyway.

            It’s just since he retired he’s like a big kid, constantly asking me to make this or that. A lot of the things he wants me to make he tells me I haven’t made in a long time…..yep because it’s probably a PIA. OR it’s something no sane person needs to be eating like a chocolate flan cake, which is almost an entire day’s calories in one slice.

            BTW we ended up going out for dinner tonight, I didn’t cook after all. We had the grandkids for 10 hours yesterday and again today…..I……..tired. I have a 9th grader that’s homeschooled, plus I had a 4 year old and 1 year old all day. Thankfully my daughter is doing classes through the virtual school this year! No lesson planning or grading for me!!!! So I guess you could say I’m semi-retired, except for cooking and the days I have the grandkids. Hubby does help around the house since he retired and he helps out with the grandkids some too. He’s taken over the yard work too, which is fine by me. I think he subscribes to Klown’s philosophy that if he takes long enough to do something I’ll just do…….but I don’t care if it takes him 2 hours to vacuum. I don’t care if I can cut the yard in half the time……he can take all day and I don’t care!!

            A side note I lost my cool tonight in a public place. We were near a store that my mom had asked me to go by and check to see if they had some PJ’s in her size she wanted. They didn’t have the PJ’s my mom wanted but they had 5…..count them 5 tables of clearance shoes in my size, they had at least two tables in every size, but 5 in my size! OMG who in their right mind would walk past that?? I stopped to look and hubby told me those weren’t PJ’s. I kept looking he got a little nastier, I repeated that I intended to look at the shoes, he said I didn’t need shoes and they weren’t PJ’s and I came unglued.

            Since he retired I don’t go anywhere by myself, anywhere. I can’t just wander around and shop. I must have a purpose to go in a store, I have been forced to man shop for a little over a year now…….it’s horrible……sniff. Tonight I lost it, a lot of pent up frustration came out……blush. In the end I tried on shoes and bought 4 pair. I didn’t need them, but he doesn’t NEED a man cave either.

            He’s still a little ticked, not about the shoes…..but because I snapped. I guess I’ll be making a chocolate flan cake tomorrow, LMAO!

          • elliesmom says:

            It must be in the air. I told my retired husband to go to hell tonight, too.

          • Somebody says:

            Blame it on the moon???

          • 49erDweet says:

            I understand. I’m super slow on honey do things, too, so have no room to talk. But I’m smart enough to encourage my wife to go shopping on her own when she wants to. She’s so frugal she would have looked at that table and then only bought one pair of shoes – but for our DIL.

        • gram cracker says:

          Before retiring, my husband and I attended a retirement planning seminar which featured several already retired couples who shared some of their post retirement experiences.

          One wise woman told us that she “married her husband for better or worse, but not for lunch”. In other words he was responsible for getting his own lunch since she had her own activities during the day that she planned on continuing.

        • Ann says:

          “He’s actually eating like a pig and losing weight” would piss me off too!

          Sign him up for cooking classes. My husband is the cook in our household, I am the baker. When he gets “helpful” about what I should bake, it usually results in my getting “helpful” about what he should cook… and then I hear nothing about what I should be baking for a few weeks.

          • Somebody says:

            Maybe if he took cooking classes, otherwise he’s cooked a couple of times through the years and no thanks. Although I’d be skin and bones if I was forced to eat his cooking!! I actually enjoy cooking most of the time…….my muffin top just wishes I wasn’t as good a cook.

            Yes he’s eating like a pig and losing weight. He’s always had a fast metabolism, but since he retired and isn’t under the stress of being an air traffic controller his metabolism is really in high gear. It’s not just him, every single one of the guys that retired this past year have all lost weight and retiring took years off of their faces too. I guess it’s true what they say about stress, cortisol and extra weight.

      • SHV says:

        I think that memorization may improve learning but IMO, “neuroscience” studies have to be taken with a grain of salt. About a year ago, NSF(?) reviewed literature from various fields and neuroscience publications were the worst. Problems included small sample sizes, questionable statistics and lack of reproducibility.

        Back in my college and grad days in the 60s, “relevant” and “humanizing” education were the operative words in education. I did notice, however that students that complained most about memorizing math, biology, chemistry, etc. facts as not relevant, weren’t worth a shit when it came time to be “relevant”.

        • elliesmom says:

          I spent a lot of time in math class learning about logarithms, specifically so that I could be taught how to use a slide rule. Only 5 kids from my class went on to a college program that would require them to use a slide rule, but every kid in college prep math class had to learn. When I got to engineering school, anyone who didn’t already know how went to a two hour class and learned as much as I did in two weeks. By the end of freshman year, we all had pocket calculators. They cost $300 and couldn’t do what one from the dollar store will do today, but they made my slide rule skills irrelevant. When I took some advanced engineering classes, I was delighted to find out logarithms were actually used for more. So I do believe course work should have to pass some standards for “relevance”. I would question whether continuing to teach logarithms in high school math is relevant enough to most people’s life to still include it. People wanting to go into electrical engineering or advanced statistics need to learn about them, but why not wait and just teach those people? We could use the time to teach everybody how to do their own income taxes.

          • SHV says:

            It’s amazing how many complex scientific and engineering projects were done using K & E slide rules, Friden and Marchant calculators (and a lot of women doing the work).

          • Kathy says:

            True–but I do think subjects like algebra can be helpful in learning to think logically. Not a math person though–that is my husbands thing. He actually got me through calculus.

          • The Klown says:

            The higher maths are all about logic, but you have to learn the lower (basic) maths first.

          • cynic says:

            Funny that you should mention the slide rule. My husband was cleaning out his desk at work, and brought his home. It’s sitting on my kitchen counter, where he left it.

    • Kathy says:

      Some things have to be memorized, but critical thinking by our students is a major problem.

    • votermom says:

      Not a teacher, but I regret not memorizing my multiplication tables as a kid. I played hooky so kuch that I missed a lot of the drills.
      I think its a lot like memorizing the alphabet and common words – we don’t keep sounding out words as we read books, and that frees up brain power to understand the concepts that the writer is imparting.

      • elliesmom says:

        I figured out by the end of 1st grade if you knew half of them, you knew the rest. You don’t have to learn 9 x 6 if you already know 6 x 9. By the time time the teacher got around to making us write out the tables every night for weeks until the whole class could do it in 3rd grade, I decided I didn’t want to go to school anymore. I was rescued by a gifted and talented program. Yes, we need to recognize the symbols for numbers like the letters of the alphabet. If you’re going to be a file clerk for the government, you need to know what order the letters come in, but what else, today, do we need to understand “alphabetical order” for.? With a search function on our electronic devices,putting things in alphabetical order is quaint. Learning to sing is an important brain training skill, and the alphabet song is a good as any other, but really not better than “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”. If brain studies show us that memorization skills are good to have and are the stepping stones to higher order thinking, then kids should learn how to memorize stuff. But with calculators everywhere, it’s fair to ask if the multiplication tables are better at brain training than a favorite poem a kid might actually like to learn.

    • DandyTIger says:

      I am not a professional educator, so take with a grain of salt. But I think memorization for a lot of areas of education is an OK start. It’s not ideal for anything as you’d like the students to learn the underpinnings of how things work or how things got to be where they are. True for math, science, history, everything. Some memorization gets you over a hump where you can do some homework and get a start in early thinking. But it should only to get the ball rolling. Sometime soon the why and how behind those tables should happen, so they can make their own tables from scratch. For non math & science things, history comes to mind, memorization of things like a timeline of events is a fine start, but the stories behind what happened and getting at why things happened are the interesting bits.

      • elliesmom says:

        I think it’s important in history to understand when things happened in relationship to when other things happened. Unfortunately, instead of teaching history based on a time period, our national history standards have us teaching history as it relates to place. So we teach American history one year, European history another, etc. If instead we taught history by century – what was happening everywhere in the world in the last half of the 18th century, example, our own revolution becomes part of a much larger push for self-determination. But kids are left to draw the connections on their own, and if the “place” isn’t significant enough, it gets ignored entirely. Kids in the US, for example, learn next to nothing about the history of South America.

      • SHV says:

        ” It’s not ideal for anything as you’d like the students to learn the underpinnings of how things work or how things got to be where they are.”
        The whole new educational theory of being able to learn “Ex Nihilo” by critical thinking is perhaps why the current generation is called by some, “The Dumbest Generation”. If children don’t learn how to memorize “facts” early on and continue during their education, then good luck to them in entering any field that requires an entrance exam or certifying exam. My wife just finished taking her surgery board exam and it was eight hours of critical thinking based on an enormous foundation of memorized “facts”. In those eight hours, they are only able to test a small sample or what has been “memorized”. I’m sure it’s the same with law, engineering, etc.

        • 1539days says:

          I’m one of those people who can think in terms of numbers, so multiplication tables were a snap. The example for mnemonics I would use is driving. When you learn to drive, there’s a bunch of rules you have to learn along with all the physical cues, like not slamming down the pedals or turning the steering wheel back and forth excessively.

          At some point, you don’t have to think about all the things you have to do because they’ve been integrated into the skill of driving. Memorizing lays down the basis so you can access the information easily when you’ve learned the reasoning part.

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  8. DeniseVB says:

    Good segment from the Sunday Shows: Jesse Jackson v. Ben Carson

  9. DeniseVB says:

    Gah, TCH Admins, I tried to stage an Emmy Open Thread tonight and failed miserably…..probably a good thing, found this Emmy preview vid tape annoying as hell …

  10. DandyTIger says:

    Whole Foods is getting heat for selling rabbit:

    No one is talking about selling kittens and puppies at the meat counter, but for the group of bunny-loving pet owners protesting near the Whole Foods in Union Square, they might as well be. Fifty or so women and men of all ages carry signs, pass out flyers and pamphlets, and try to spread their message to passing Manhattanites. “Boycott Whole Foods,” they say, “because they’re killing rabbits.”

    Earlier this year, after developing its own welfare standards, Whole Foods launched a rabbit-meat pilot program across several North American regions that involves selling whole rabbit carcasses. In response, rabbit-protection activists organized a day of action this past weekend outside of more than 40 stores across the country.

    “Remember,” explains one website dedicated to this day, “Whole Foods says they are carrying rabbit meat because of customer demand. We need to show that enough customers demand that Whole Foods NOT carry rabbit meat.”

    “Boycott Whole Foods! They’re selling rabbit meat!” yells one of the protesters as she paces across the sidewalk holding up a homemade sign. “My name is not dinner,” it says in big letters above pictures of rabbits.

  11. The Klown says:

    Oh sweet Jeebus!

    They’re at it again.

  12. piper says:

    OT – need info.
    ISIS – about 80,000 strong funded by Qatar and Turkey BUT where are they training and who are their trainers.
    Definitely not the JV team as obama once said now saying not what he said or meant.
    Josh Earnest said that there were other tools to use to defeat ISIS besides bombing or boots on the ground. Like what – obama’s great oratorical skills, flashing his peace prize??????????

  13. fif says:

    It was so damn obvious from day one: he’s a poseur. Now, it’s suddenly a revelation:

    Cornel West: Obama a ‘Counterfeit’
    ‘We Ended Up With A Brown-Faced Clinton. Another Opportunist.’

    Cornel West has some harsh words for President Barack Obama in a recent interview with The first question West answers is, “how do you feel things have worked out since then, both with the economy and with this president?”

    “[T]he thing is he posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit,” West says. “We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national security presidency. The torturers go free. The Wall Street executives go free. The war crimes in the Middle East, especially now in Gaza, the war criminals go free. And yet, you know, he acted as if he was both a progressive and as if he was concerned about the issues of serious injustice and inequality and it turned out that he’s just another neoliberal centrist with a smile and with a nice rhetorical flair. And that’s a very sad moment in the history of the nation because we are—we’re an empire in decline. Our culture is in increasing decay. Our school systems are in deep trouble. Our political system is dysfunctional. Our leaders are more and more bought off with legalized bribery and normalized corruption in Congress and too much of our civil life. You would think that we needed somebody—a Lincoln-like figure who could revive some democratic spirit and democratic possibility.”

    That’s exactly what everyone was saying at the time.

    That’s right. That’s true. It was like, “We finally got somebody who can help us turn the corner.” And he posed as if he was a kind of Lincoln.

    Yeah. That’s what everyone was saying.

    And we ended up with a brown-faced Clinton. Another opportunist. Another neoliberal opportunist. It’s like, “Oh, no, don’t tell me that!” I tell you this, because I got hit hard years ago, but everywhere I go now, it’s “Brother West, I see what you were saying. Brother West, you were right. Your language was harsh and it was difficult to take, but you turned out to be absolutely right.” And, of course with Ferguson, you get it reconfirmed even among the people within his own circle now, you see. It’s a sad thing. It’s like you’re looking for John Coltrane and you get Kenny G in brown skin.

    When you say you got hit hard, are you talking about the personal confrontation you had with him?

    I’m just thinking about the vicious attacks of the Obama cheerleaders.

    The personal confrontation you had with him is kind of famous. He got angry at you because you were saying he wasn’t progressive enough.

    I just looked at him like “C’mon, man. Let the facts speak for themselves. I’m not into this rhetorical exchange.”

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