Holy Crap, is Alec Baldwin Racist

I tweeted about this earlier today, but it bears shouting from the rooftops. How heinous do you have to be before someone besides Breitbart notices the assured ease with which you throw racial slurs at people?

A credentialed reporter for one of the oldest American newspapers asks a public figure a question on a public street. The person grabs the reporter (a young woman) by the arm and tells her he wants her to “choke to death.” He then turns to the credentialed photographer for the same newspaper (who happens to be black) and calls him a “coon” and a “crackhead.”
Later, on Twitter, Baldwin continued the racially charged verbal attack on the photographer, erroneously calling him “Ralston”: (Tweets have since been deleted)

“Ralston claims he’s ex NYPD!! That can’t be!!! Ex NYPD don’t become crackhead, ex jailhouse paparazzi!”

It goes without saying that Baldwin gets a pass for all of this.

Baldwin is one of the Left’s biggest stars, a celebrity who gleefully trashed Andrew Breitbart as a “festering boil on the anus of public discourse” and publicly mulls elected office every few months to the oohs and ahhs of his liberal fan base. He’s done enough in the public space to warrant plenty of shame, from that leaked voice message to his then-preteen daughter to his violent outburst aboard an American Airlines plane.

UPDATE: Alec Fillmore?

Ace Excorciates The White Republic

Apparently The New Republic that insists that everyone else should “diversify” would like to be free to make up its own mind about putting any of those filthy minorities on staff.

Apparently diversity-efforts are things Other People must do — never people who Dylan Byers works for, or may work for at some point down the road. They have a special dispensation.

Just Because They Said So.

I hear that TNR is losing money. Mayhaps re-branding would help. I have a few suggestions:

  • The New Republic — Because White People Need Jobs, Too
  • The New Republic — The Old Republic Was Full of the Mud Races
  • The New Republic — Your Hypocritical Stormfront on the Potomac
  • The New Republic — Are Black People Even That Cool?
  • The New Republic — Our Journalism is Restricted . . . to the Truth. Yeah, the Truth.
  • The New Republic — Our Property Values are Solid
  • The New Republic — The Only Chocolate Around Here Comes in Packages, and is Also White
"There must be a way..."
“There must be a way…”

Black Herrings and Other Attempts to Evade Responsibility for Getting Americans Killed

Last night at Ceaseless Ephemera, I coined a term for what the Washington Post and the Congressional Black Caucus are trying to run on behalf of Susan Rice: A Black Herring:

They’re not serious; they mean only to run interference.

How can I know this? Don’t they really think that we’re but Krypto-Klansmen? Sure, but they think that because, being conservatives, we’re devoted to the traditions of our people, and since racism is part of America’s past, we must be devoted to that. Or at least, to institutions and structures which permitted that, which is like, totally the same thing.

This is the Black Herring: racism by default, by association, by ideology, and it accomplishes its goal when the accused attempts to prove his innocence of racism, which is impossible. The best one can manage is a demonstration of ignorance of racism, thus promoting oneself from a villain to a fool. It is a game for suckers, and a certain sign that the progressive with whom you are discoursing knows no other way to respond to you.

So note the way that the WaPo constructs its argument:

Could it be, as members of the Congressional Black Caucus are charging, that the signatories of the letter are targeting Ms. Rice because she is an African American woman? The signatories deny that, and we can’t know their hearts. What we do know is that more than 80 of the signatories are white males, and nearly half are from states of the former Confederacy.

That’s it. A significant portion of those accusing her of falsehood and/or incompetence are white southern males, and you know how they are.

I shore is racist, I is.

The writers of the Washington Post Editorial Board are not stupid. They know that this argument isn’t an argument. They know that it’s perfectly fine for Southern White Males to grill an African-American woman nominated to high office. They don’t need Professor Jacobson to point out that opposition to Condoleeza Rice’s nomination to the State Department was led by former Klansman Robert Byrd. That’s why it leads with that ambiguous “Could it be…?” They aren’t saying that all Republicans are racists, heavens no, but… you know…

So what we’re all meant to do now is say “Racism! How dare you! We have the Highest Respect for Minorities! Some of our best friends…”

Fortunately, Lindsey Graham seems to have come up with the better response:

“The only color I’m worried about when it comes to Benghazi is red — blood red, the death of four Americans.”

The discussion of anything else is an offense to the memory of those butchered by the enemies of our people.

 

Another Opportunity for Honkies to Express their Superiority Over the Wrong Kinds of White People

Jeff Goldstein describes the new racial show trials.

In a campaign reminiscent of the Soviet show-trials of the late 1930′s, where the “enemies of the People” publicly confessed their “crimes” against the Soviet, The University of Minnesota – Duluth (UMD) is actually sponsoring a campaign, declaring “whites” the enemy of the people and showing these enemies confessing their crimes of “white privilege”

When the Inquistion came to town, the safest bet was to confess you heresy in the thirty day grace period. Get it out of the way. Then you could denounce others without fear of reprisal.

White Privilege: Actual Picture

Elizabeth Warren: Daughter of the Confederacy

So apparently Elizabeth Warren, who to all appearances is whiter than Denis Leary doing an impression of Bryant Gumbel, can actually conjure up a single drop of exotic non-honky blood, in the person of a Cherokee great-great-great-grandmother. To which I can think of no better response than a hearty “whoop-de-do.” No doubt every thirty-second corpuscle feels delightfully oppressed by the other thirty-one.

But Stacy McCain points out a startlingly pertinent fact: That the Cherokee were allied with the Confederacy during the Civil War, and Warren may thus be elgible to join the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

“We are Good Old Rebels, Paleface.”

In a just world, someone in the press would ask Warren how she feels about her oppressed ancestors’ ancestral oppression of others. Handy having that protective (D) after your name isn’t it? Unless she gets caught in bed with a live girl or a dead boy, she hasn’t much to worry about…

Obama isn’t Working, Because Mitt Romney is a Raaaaacist, or Something…

At Patterico, the usual desperate flailing to find cover for President Pup-Eater McFailpants is diagnosed:

The slogan is a multiple entendre, but one of those entendres, intentionally or not, is evocative of a nasty racial stereotype about black men.

See? It evokes. And your intentions don’t matter, because meaning is determined by the interpreter. See also, every Protein Wisdom post ever.

In the comments, more:

She also noted the multiple meanings, and the unmistakable stereotype it evokes, but didn’t think it was intentional. “That’s what happens when you don’t surround yourself with a diverse array of people,” she said. “Maybe if Mitt Romney’s experience was more diverse, or the people he surrounds himself with, somebody would have looked at that banner and realized how it could be offensive to some people.”

So maybe Romney didn’t intend the unmistakably racist meaning that is so obviously there, but because his staff is a bunch of ofays, no one could raise his awareness. Why his staff is a bunch of ofays, well, you’ll have to judge that.

Obama’s campaign staff, which is whiter than a Yanni cover of a Pat Boone song, was unavailable for comment.

Spike Lee, Putting the “Twit” in “Twitter”

I kind of like Spike Lee as a filmmaker. Do The Right Thing is a complex tale that looks at racism and groupthink from all sides. Malcolm X is a damned interesting story about a fascinating figure who was larger than his times. And I mind a time when I really liked 25th Hour.

But in all his public pronouncements, Spike Lee has demonstrated a shallow, by-the-book liberalism that seems to undercut his art. It’s as though he can only think as an auteur, and never as a man.

So to hear that he posted what he thought was George Zimmerman’s street address surprises not at all. And that he refused to take it down even when the innocent man and woman surnamed Zimmerman begged him to correct it.

Because Spike Lee doesn’t have to moderate his anger or engage in self-control. He’s an Angry Black Man™, and his rage is righteous.

Because.

UPDATE: Via Ace, Spike Lee has apologized and made amends with the family. So never mind all that righteous rage business. His or mine.