Piled Higher And Deeper


From Brittney Cooper at Salon:

White America’s scary delusion: Why its sense of black humanity is so skewed

The failure of a St. Louis county grand jury to indict Darren Wilson, the former police officer who killed Michael Brown, created a maelstrom of protests last week. In more than 137 cities and on college campuses around the country, including Rutgers University where I teach, protesters walked out of classes, marched with signs, linked hands to stop traffic on interstate highways and train routes, staged a massive “die-in” to shut down the Galleria Mall in St. Louis, and chose to boycott Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the biggest shopping days of the year. On Sunday, five players for the St. Louis Rams entered the field with their hands up, a silent and peaceful protest in solidarity with Michael Brown’s final act as he attempted to save his own life.

These protests have been met at best with a kind of studied indifference and at worst with a kind of unrighteous indignation that truly baffles the mind. For instance, Black Friday sales dropped an estimated 11 percent from last year’s totals. While some decrease in revenue had been predicted, double-digit decreases were not. The New York Times coverage of the decline managed to not even consider the possibility that the massive, social media-driven boycott of Black Friday, through hashtags like #BlackoutBlackFriday and Rahiel Tesfamariam’s #NotOneCent, had contributed at all to the downward shift in sales.

Then on Sunday, after the protest by Rams players, the St. Louis Police Officers Association sent a letter demanding an apology and condemning the players’ peaceful protest as “tasteless, offensive, and inflammatory.”

Unfortunately, key players in this case, buttressed by a particularly clueless segment of white America, actually seemed to believe that a grand jury decision in favor of Darren Wilson would simply be accepted by black America. The outrage from the St. Louis Police Officers hearkens back to an era when black people were expected to willingly endure white people’s routine horrific act and humiliations committed against them. That this decision feels like a travesty worthy of literally stopping traffic in locales all over the country is an affective response that seems to escape white notice, an apparent casualty of the well-documented racial empathy gap, among white Americans. Though many white people do understand the racial magnitude of last week’s devastating decision – the sense it offers that black people, and in particular young black men, are simply sheep for the slaughter — far too many white people do not understand this.

Among those with more insidious and overt racial animus, the belief is that we should simply “lie down and take it.” Among well-meaning, reasonable white people, the view is more anodyne. These people implored us to wait for justice to take its course, for the evidence to be evaluated, the witnesses to testify, a decision to be made.

There is a real disconnect between what white people know and what black people know in this country. Philosophers and political theorists understand these as questions of “epistemology,” wherein they consider how social conditions shape our particular standpoint, and ability to apprehend the things that are supposed to be apparent to us. “How do we know what we know?” is one way we might ask the question.

It is deeply apparent to most black people that the legal proceedings in the grand jury deliberations were a farce. Whether we consider the deliberate incorrect instructions given to jurors by the prosecutor, or the refusal to challenge the incendiary and inhumane characterizations of Michael Brown as “it,” “demon” and “hulk,” black people know that a lie has been perpetrated.

Too many white people lie comfortably in bed each night with the illusion that justice was served, that the system worked, that the evidence vindicated the view that they need to believe – that white men do not deliberately murder black boys for sport in this day and time and get away with it. Most well-meaning white people need to believe this. For me as both teacher of different kinds of epistemology and as a black person, I do not have the luxury of believing this. I do not have the luxury of stepping over the bodies of Eric Garner, John Crawford and Tamir Rice, leaving my unasked questions strewn alongside their lifeless bodies.

Part of the challenge of this moment is coming up with new frameworks of racial recognition. I am struck by the fact that it did not even occur to the New York Times writer to consider the potential of a protest that was front and center among most black people over the holiday weekend. I am struck by the ways that media, other than cable news outlets, participated in making black rage and black peaceful protest invisible. I am struck by the fact that the boycott of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which I participated in alongside family, friends and comrades, registered as merely incidental to the narrative, if it registered at all.

The invisibility of black rage, black pain and black humanity are all elements of the same problem. That problem is a framework problem. Because Darren Wilson did not use any racial slur to refer to Michael Brown, our current racial frameworks are inadequate for helping your average all-American white people think through the contours of this encounter. That problem has plagued us since the beginning of this case; it dogged us throughout the Zimmerman trial; and it is helped along by the deep emotional dishonesty that characterizes race relations in the country.

Because of this framework problem, this epistemology problem, white people find black protests to be absolutely, utterly unreasonable, in light of the “evidence.” Many of these folks have never stopped to consider the fact that “reason,” and “evidence,” are not race-neutral concepts. What is a reasonable conclusion to draw for people who have never had the entirety of their lives shaped by a negative perception of skin tone, is an entirely unreasonable set of conclusions to draw for people who have.

For instance, to believe that Michael Brown charged at Darren Wilson in the midst of a hail of gunfire is to believe that black people are monsters, mythical superhuman creatures, who do not understand the physics of bullets, even as they rip through flesh. To white people, who co-sign Wilson’s account of events, this seems like an entirely reasonable assertion, one helped along by a lifetime of media consumption that represents black masculinity as magical, monstrous and mythic.

That is the supreme irony of the police taking offense at the image of five black football players walking out on the field in a poise of surrender-as-protest. As long as those large, strong football players used their brawn to run a ball down the field, to entertain the mostly white spectators at the game, there are no problems. That they might be human beings, with thoughts and feelings, with politics and connections to communities, with sentiments and spirits attuned to injustice, made them seem threatening, disrespectful and unruly. And frankly, ungrateful. For so many black men, it is sports that saved them from a fate akin to Michael Brown’s. They are supposed to demonstrate their gratitude through silence.

Black bodies have been used in this country for labor, entertainment and sport. The symbolic import of the Rams protest matters as an assertion that those black men in those mythic, hyper-athletic black male bodies refused to accept an injustice done to a young man that many of us see as a little brother, or cousin, or nephew.

Michael Brown was a human being to us, and more than that, a kid. Like Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old shot in Cleveland for playing with a toy gun, black children are frequently perceived as being much older than they are. The police believed Tamir to be 20 and not 12.

That inability to see black people as human, as vulnerable, as children, as people worthy of protecting is an epistemology problem, a framework problem, a problem about how our experiences shape what we are and are not able to know. The limitations of our frameworks are helped along by willful ignorance and withholding of empathy.

So I continue to refuse to debate this issue with white people in my social circles because I recognize that the frameworks from which most of them work are frameworks that inherently foreclose recognition of black humanity and vulnerability. Those frameworks wield race-neutral notions of “reason” and “evidence” as a sword against unreasonable, heinous and racist acts.

Until white people are ready to relieve themselves of an all-consuming belief in a colorblind legal system, ready to recognize the violence at the core of the ideology of whiteness (which is, I hope you hear me saying, different from calling all white people violent), ready to adopt a new framework, we can’t talk. We can’t talk because y’all can’t hear me. To remix the words of Trayvon’s mom, since you can’t hear us, we will make you feel us, through our protests, through our acts of civil disobedience, through our stoic faces that refuse you the comfort of our smiles. And in the words of Notorious B.I.G., “if you don’t know, now you know.”

Brittney Cooper is a contributing writer at Salon, and teaches Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers.

Sometimes “fair use” requires that you quote the whole damn thing so that your readers will know you didn’t leave out anything important or quote someone out of context. The original working title of that post was “White America’s scary delusion: Why violence is at the core of whiteness.”

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114 Responses to Piled Higher And Deeper

  1. The Klown says:

    Something tells me that this case won’t get as much attention as the one at UVA

    • The Klown says:

      This one doesn’t fit the narrative either.

      • votermom says:

        Glad tgat they were arrested.
        The Hopkins story says the (alleged) rape happened at a frat party, but the accused are neither students nor frat members:

        Haggins and Turner are not members of the fraternity, nor are they students at Johns Hopkins, university spokesman Dennis O’Shea said.

        So none of the people involved are students or frat members, but since the crime happened on frat premises, the frat is suspended.
        If it turns out that all three of them lied to get in or snuck into the party (i.e. crashed) is the party host (frat) still to blame in anyway?

        • elliesmom says:

          It’s been a long, long, long time since I was at a frat party. I think the last one was probably at Animal House. When I attended, every girl had to show ID to prove she was over 18, and any guy who was not a member had to sign in as a guest of a member of the frat. If that’s not still the norm, it should be. Not that it keeps bad things from happening, but it does make it easier to sort it out when they do.

        • Constance says:

          That is really odd that non frat member men could get in to a frat party. Every frat party I have ever been to had guards posted at the door who stopped all non member males from entering. Cute girls were always welcome though. My daughter tells me things haven’t changed. However she did say that gay men were seemingly welcomed as frat brothers because they don’t compete for women and also know a lot of women.

  2. The Klown says:

    • The Klown says:

      Supposedly he raped this one at the Playboy Mansion in 1974 when she was 16.

      • lyn says:

        Why would a teenager be at the Playboy Mansion?

        • The Klown says:

          I have always heard that HH was very careful about that kind of thing. One incident could ruin him.

          • Lulu says:

            Oh yes. And not just the Mansion but the clubs and all of it. I know someone that they pursued as a centerfold but she married an astronaut before they could nab her. She was flattered but kind of creeped out by the Playboy folks.

          • 49erDweet says:

            Grown ups use a statute of limitations test to sniff out the faux. Kiddies, though, rely on their feewings-of-the-moment to discern deeper, more important truths.

    • Constance says:

      I just don’t believe this Cosby rape stuff. More likely women who thought they could get an acting part by having sex with him put out and then were mad when it didn’t lead to a job. Did he lie to them to get sex? Maybe but all men lie to get sex and we don’t have the facilities to lock them all up or try them for a crime.

      • WMCB says:

        I’d have been more likely to believe it were it two or three. Once you get dozens and dozens, it gets harder and harder to believe that none of them ever peeped a word, no rumor mill surrounding Cosby, for decades? In Hollywood? Come on.

    • When I heard this story it said that she stated Cosby said I’ll call you a cab after it was over. When ever I hear that I always think this may be a woman disappointed, hoping more would come from having sex with a celebrity.

      • elliesmom says:

        That’s what I think, too. I think this is all about women trading sex for something they wanted, but didn’t get. Now we have people trying to change the definition of rape to include being seduced into thinking you could buy something with your body and getting disappointed. These women didn’t get what they wanted back then so they’re trying to cash in now.

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    I’m going back to bed until it’s time to feed the kitties.

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  9. DeniseVB says:

    Love this guy, or as Team Sharpton calls him, a House Ni**er because white people like and defend him. This video is from last August, he does have a point or nine 🙂

  10. driguana says:

    Brittney Cooper is a contributing writer at Salon, and teaches Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers.
    Ah, that explains it…..and note, not just African studies but “Africana” Studies…and there is a difference, you know.

  11. Lulu says:

    I usually have a rule that I don’t watch news after 7 PM or so. It can mess up my sleep. But one of my children flew back into the big hellhole on Sunday after eating his momma out of house and home for a week. He is sometimes oblivious because he goes to work at various locations at 9 am and comes out at 10 PM because he is there to work and make MONEY. Anyway he was fine because he doesn’t wear a suit and carries a cheap backpack.

    He said the protesters he saw were white hipsters. They were talking and laughing and blocking streets to traffic on a few streets. No chanting or signs that he could see. Then he took the subway home.

    I am very impressed that the mayor, Attorney General Holder, Bronco, the PR team at the White House and the US media are clairvoyant just as the IRS case is showing signs of being in the White House. They KNOW what was in GJ testimony and evidence that is sealed by law. They watched a Youtube phone video which has been heavily edited and know exactly what happened. They choose to ignore the FACT that the cops were responding to complaints, not that the descendant was doing something illegal, but was bothering store owners and residents as they walked on the street sometimes threateningly. The cops were not clairvoyant about his various and severe medical problems because he was pretty active in resisting and wasn’t wearing a Medical Alert thingie to tip them off that he could “HALP! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” nor was he accompanied by a family member to supervise him as retroactive invalid. Maybe they didn’t know he was sick either.

    The mayor and city council need to update their laws. The police and grand jurors are confused on what is “sort of illegal” but ok, and what is “illegal and not ok”. And maybe a “sort of illegal but fine due to centuries of institutional racism” and if an ID is needed to do “illegal but ok” issued down at city hall but that would lead to another lawsuit. Oh well. Holder and Bronco just need to issue an executive order saying for once and for all that there are two sets of laws. One for black and one for everyone else and stop all of this confusion. I mean November 2014 went so well for them they should just go for it. Only 17 states sued the shit out them yesterday with an expedited federal complaint that throws the kitchen sink at them. For Bronco-world that isn’t a bad day.

  12. DeniseVB says:

    Oh goody, RevAl’s calling for a national march on Washington, Dec 13. That should give all the commie/agitators plenty of time to regroup and make new signs.


    I do hope they release the GJ report before then. Even the “experts” on Fox are confused by what they saw in that video and the decision. I know there has to be much more to it. Looks like Times Square survived last night, didn’t even disrupt the tree lighting at Rock Center. Darn. 😉

  13. votermom says:

    The Garner case makes me very angry at nanny-staters.

    • votermom says:

      My twoghts:

      • DandyTIger says:

        Very good point. We’re hearing about what a minor offense this is, and why would police enforce this. Which kind implies that the idea behind this law wasn’t to really enforce it, but to pass it to “feel good”. Nope, that’s not how these things work.

        • votermom says:

          Exactly! And stolen for a tweet!

        • elliesmom says:

          Was this law passed to make people “feel good” or to make sure individuals couldn’t siphon business off from stores selling cigarettes by the pack or carton? Realistically, not being able to buy single cigarettes didn’t keep the kids I taught who couldn’t afford to buy a whole pack from smoking. They just all chipped in and split the cost of a pack..

          • The Klown says:

            Or they stole cigs from their parents.

          • Mary says:

            I read that Garner was selling his single cigs outside a smoke shop, and that it was the owners who called the cops to remove him. It’s not like this was the first time shop-owners had called to have him removed from in front of their stores. So, ;yeah, looks like your “siphoning business off from stores” was pretty much right.

          • Lulu says:

            He was harassing the customers too but that is some kind of right I hear. /S/

          • DeniseVB says:

            While catching smoke breaks in front of my NY hotel, many people approached me offering a buck to buy a cig from me. So there is a demand for “loosies” on the street. Also a huge black market for illegal cigs from southern states …. and guns.

            Funny story, my friend and I decided to try one of those Chinatown Express busses from Norfolk to NYC ($20 one way/$35/roundtrip). Leaves at midnight, arr NYC 7am. A few months later the bus line got busted for gun running.

          • mothy6767 says:

            Magic Bus is one dollar to NYC from Pittsburgh if you book in advance. Same day is still a hundred less than greyhound. .

        • 49erDweet says:

          Wasn’t it passed because most of Garner’s customers were 8 year olds?

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  15. DandyTIger says:

    Hey Salon, eat my shorts. What a bunch of racist, useless, pieces of non-recyclable refuse.

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  18. cynic says:

    Hey Klown, and other Californians, how much rain have you gotten in your neck of the woods? I was thinking to myself, hallelujah and Praise the Lord.

    I was also wondering if the skinny carrots and lousy celery that I’ve been buying all year is a result of the drought.

  19. mothy6767 says:

    Holy shot. I just spent almost 50 dollars buying Honey and Maple syrup.

      • votermom says:


        Maple syrup is like liquid gold. The best price I’ve seem for it is at the warehouse club.

        • mothy6767 says:

          No comparison with Log Cabin. Kid eats pancakes or waffles twice a week so the jug will last two months. I used be a coffee drinker and then one day I was just sick of it. Love tea with honey and lemon. All the different flavors. Except chamomile.
          Happy note. I enrolled brat for an acting class and a voice class for the spring. They have classes all day but idget sees her father on Saturday mornings in a supervised setting so she cannot do the whole day thing. They have 15 minutes between classes in which they dance and sing. Well icky takes dance from a private teacher has for 5 years. Teacher’s daughter worked on Dance Moms and gets baby girl a ton of print and runway work. Every penny goes into college fund. Anyhow classes at the academy are 9:45 to 5 0n Saturday’s. Because of her dad she cannot do the whole day thing so I got her two classes. The school called me and said she is welcome to attend all classes. Cost is 600/semester. My two classes were 475. I said I would pay the extra and they said forget about it. I asked why and they said it was because I had asked the door woman if she wanted anything when I stepped outside she said chocolate chip cookies so I bought her two from Subway. Was just a passing thing. That little gesture has gotten me crazy tickets and back stage access with the brat. I went to a symphony and then to a private party at the Hillman estate. Two chocolate chip cookies for a door person and I get access to some very monied events. When I went to the billionaire’s after symphony party I was wearing a sweat shirt and cardhardt pants. Of course being a great gay uncle taking care of a kid was avante grade for them. Explaining that she is just my little buddy doesn’t work. They make it epic and social. My being gay I feel has nothing to do with a child that looked at me when she was a runt in an awful welfare day care center. I picked her up and she wrapped those chubby arms around my neck and I went old school Norma Rea getting her out. She never went back and I left NYC to annoy her. Has zip to do with my being gay. I am a a buck up kind of guy. Pity is wasting time. The uber rich placing me into some cute little cage and saying aww the f a g loves his niece is so boring to me. I am not her father and complete flop as anything akin to an authority figure. I’d say ,she is my friend and my greatest teacher. There is nothing sublime. Hard to explain but imagine being introduced to the Bush family as this is Tim he is a gay and he cares for his great niece. WTF

  20. swanspirit says:

    Meanwhile , back on the Big D ranch A former congressional aide gets no jail time for rape .

    A former Democratic congressional aide pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually assaulting two women in 2010.

    Donny Ray Williams Jr., 37, who served as a staff director for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee, pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual abuse, two misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse and one count of misdemeanor threats.

    Prosecutors say that on July 22, 2010, Williams invited a female congressional colleague to his Capitol Hill apartment and promised to introduce her to Senate employees. At the house, prosecutors said, Williams spiked a drink with Ambien. The woman, according to court documents, fell into a “deep sleep,” at which point Williams raped her.

    A month later, prosecutors said, Williams invited another woman to his home and gave her alcoholic beverages. They said he had sexual contact with her when she was too intoxicated to give her consent.

    Williams had been indicted on 10 counts, but prosecutors agreed to dismiss the remaining charges. As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors said they would seek a suspended prison term and five years of supervised probation. Williams also would have to register as a sex offender for 10 years.

    The plea deal must be approved by D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin who is scheduled to sentence Williams on March 6.

  21. elliesmom says:

    Someday soon the race-baiters are going to wake up and realize the fish just aren’t biting anymore.

    • Constance says:

      As long as the money is allocated for studies of race relations they won’t give a rats ass.

      • elliesmom says:

        Unless the economy picks up and there are a lot of jobs for African-American Studies or Gender Studies graduates, or college becomes free, the seats in their classes are going to be empty. Young people are wising up to what college degrees have value and which ones don’t. Students are moving toward degrees in health, business, and science and engineering. Less than a tenth of one per cent of students graduating in 2013 indicated they were interested in majoring in ethnic or gender studies according to the ACT. Since that test is more likely to be taken by students planning a liberal arts program that those entering science, engineering, and business fields, those numbers might actually be higher than the actual numbers are. I agree some colleges might try to hold onto their ethnic studies departments for political reasons, every college does have a bottom line and needs to compete for students.

    • 1539days says:

      Baiters gonna bait.

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  23. Kathy says:

    I am so sick of this ! It’s like nothing else is happening in the world except America and racism–sick, sick of it. This is too organized and makes me think there is a hidden agenda here. Tinfoil hat time.

    • Anthony says:

      No tinfoil necessary, Kathy. This has the OFA stank all over it

      • Kathy says:

        And what is their endgame ? Is it possible to despise them more ?

        • Lulu says:

          For the moment it is to divert from some really bad stuff that is going on like multi-state lawsuits against the administration and the IRS scandal being traced directly to the WH. Endgame is to leave a really F’ed mess for Republicans in 2017.

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          • Lulu says:

            If the media is going to cover for them by not reporting major bad news they have to give them some filler like riots, Maury Povich style crazy families, and three or four word protest/marketing chants. The alternate/diversion news is always aimed at the Obama voting demographic thus idiocy by misinformation facilitated by “experts”. .

      • foxyladi14 says:

        Honk Honk

  24. The Klown says:

    Eric Garner’s Widow appears on the Today Show with a leech stuck to her side:

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  27. Kathy says:

    Leaving my tv on the weather channel minus the elevator music…at least we can send a ratings message. Maybe I should move to the food channel–the ‘concern’ anchors on CNN, the ‘self-righteous’ on Msnbc, and even the ‘too perky’ on FOX are too much today.

  28. mothy6767 says:

    Ever wonder how stoogies get 6 figure jobs? I was talking to a friend who claims the CBS streaming venture is an epic fail. How obvious was ilt no one is going to pay for CSI dirty socks when all you have to do is click antennae on the remote and get NFL game free over the air.

  29. mothy6767 says:

    I rhinitis time for the Tea Party to flex some muscle. I used to be sort of against boycotts but I feel MSNBC has abused the captive cable subscriber to an extreme. Glenn Beck was called racist and shut down.

  30. mothy6767 says:

    An other thing do real people get upset about words? the drama about language I find silly. Someone uses the f word c word n word. So what.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Yeah, I do. My very young grandkids see my screens so I watch out for them. Some are appropriate, maybe, but many are just lazy composition. Was an editor too long to ignore them.

      • mothy6767 says:

        I didn’t mean in this format I might in life. I rarely curse but I don’t get bent out of shape when someone else does. I have seen people loose their m kind over the c word. It is four letters. Hard to avoid with a tot go anywhere and some punk is spewing like a drunken sailor. I tell my pup to listen and watch see how unattractive and unintelligent it makes them look. Uncreative. I tell her it’s about respect for the self and others.

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  32. HELENK3 says:

    my experience with SOME blacks, not all

    7 months pregnant being told to hit the floor he has a gun, while visiting a friend or my husbands and mine. domestic dispute that got out of hand . Our friend got shot in the throat whil on the phone with police. the shooter got a $1 bail and walked. our friend lost his job as a Phila fireman because of being shot at his second job as a bartender.

    Having to walk in the street in traffic while pregnant due to the mob after MLK was shot. I worked between 2 bell telephone bldgs that did not lower their American flags to half mast and this created a mob mentality ( same pregnancy )

    being called at work telling my kids were sick and my husband was injured and could not come to the phone. A black girl who had a problem because I got more money for working second shift

    so should I conclude that all blacks are bad?

    how about the black AP that helped my husband break up a fight when he was an AP. the man took a knife that was meant for my husband.

    Should I forget all the black men and women that I worked with who were trying to make a better life for themselves and their families

    So if I am not supposed to judge a whole race by color, why should I be judged by my color?

    • Kathy says:

      Exactly–me too. Have had good and bad experiences while teaching, at times in mostly black schools. The one constant–when a student is trouble and you meet the parent, ‘the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree’ is true.

    • Constance says:

      Exactly the opposite for me. Two experiences I remember with young black men…

      Went to a college basketball game with 2 year old daughter and husband. When it was over husband darted out through the mob with no thought to the fact that daughter tried to follow him. I couldn’t get to her and she was getting pushed by the mob. Two black teen boys saw her crying, picked her up and held her on their shoulders so she could be seen by whoever would be looking for her.

      Once while walking through the wooded park near my usually safe home some large white guy walked past the opposite direction and shoved his shoulder into me hard. He then turned around and did it again coming from behind. He turned around to come back again and two black teen boys came up on either side of me from behind said “Hi!” and walked me out of the park and on home.

      Both times I would have been lost without those good guys.

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  34. swanspirit says:

    Speaking of Piled Higher :

    n his remarks Wednesday on the non-indictment of the New York police officer who allegedly choked Eric Garner to death during a routine arrest, President Barack Obama claimed that he does not involve himself in such controversies. “My tradition is not to remark on cases where there may still be an investigation,” he said.
    The opposite is true: from Skip Gates to Trayvon Martin to Michael Brown, Obama nearly always weighs in.
    Even more bizarre was the fact that Obama upstaged New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. The news networks had all been awaiting the mayor’s press conference at 4:45 p.m. ET. Yet Obama broke in with his own remarks at about 4:43 p.m., interrupting his own pre-scheduled address to a gathering of Native American leaders at the White House to offer his take on the grand jury decision before local officials had their chance to react.
    There was no particular urgency to hear the president speak. In contrast, it was important to hear the mayor speak, given the possibility of violence on the streets of New York.

    FOS in Chief

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