shut up, RACIST!

“We can’t just shed tears for those on the vanilla side of town,” West said. “But it’s a good thing that we now have a discussion on gun control. We need one on drone control. Not a peep, not a mumbling word when black folk get shot,” West added. “But now, Newtown, Connecticut, vanilla side — low and behold we got a major conversation. That’s wonderful. Each life is precious, but it just upsets me when we’re so deferential.”

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My aim is not to provide excuses for black behavior or to absolve blacks of personal responsibility. But when the new black conservatives accent black behavior and responsibility in such a way that the cultural realities of black people are ignored, they are playing a deceptive and dangerous intellectual game with the lives and fortunes of disadvantaged people. We indeed must criticize and condemn immoral acts of black people, but we must do so cognizant of the circumstances into which people are born and under which they live. By overlooking these circumstances, the new black conservatives fall into the trap of blaming black poor people for their predicament. It is imperative to steer a course between the Scylla of environmental determinism and the Charybdis of a blaming-the-victims perspective.


  1. Posted December 28, 2012 at 10:35 am |

    Talking to the wrong hand.

    Conservatives don’t care about this. We are happy with the way things are. it’s the democrats that want to start a new conversation every time a (white or gay) kid gets killed. Conservatives have already said all that needs saying on this issue and we don’t need or want another “discussion” where a liberal congress, liberal judges and liberal administration officials force ANOTHER pile of carp down our throats and tell us it’s good for us no matter what the majority wants or what the Constitution says.

  2. geezerette
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 10:45 am |

    Wouldn’t that be rathitht?

  3. DougM (Progophobe)
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 10:53 am |

    The idea of personal responsibility just sticks in the throat of bigoted, class-warfare, collectivists looking for top-down solutions to moral problems. Understandable, since they’ve spent a hundred years rejecting social norms while trying to tear-apart the very concept of morality at odds with Progmorality (PCness).

  4. SondraK, Queen of my domain
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 11:16 am |

    Poor Mr. West…..we just can’t win with him. We bring up the statistics that show him that black on black gun violence is a problem and he has to call us racists for it every time we do….

  5. apotheosis
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 11:23 am |

    Hey, y’know why it’s a big deal when it happens on “the vanilla side of town?”

    Because dem honky ofay residents of vanilla-town DON’T MAKE A DELIBERATE, CONSCIOUS LIFESTYLE CHOICE OUT OF MURDERING EACH OTHER ON A DAILY BASIS. We don’t glorify it in music and we don’t encourage it in our young and so when some shit like this goes down, it’s out of the ordinary and bears comment.

  6. rustbucket
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 11:33 am |

    ^^That. Right there.

  7. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 11:58 am |

    And lots of precious little children killed by a mental basket case have to do with African American`s problems how?????? Great Caesar`s gilded underwear, does EVERY fucking problem/issue have to be piled on this tragedy by the political class? IDIOTS + TELEVISION = SEVERING THE NERVE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE MOUTH & BRAIN! (..Alien palentologists 10,000 yrs from now will never figger out WTF…..)

  8. Thunderbottom
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 12:09 pm |

    #5. apotheosis: Yup – pretty much sums up what I was thinking. And the thing is, the denizens living in these high-crime urban neighborhoods are not killing each other to meet basic survival needs; all those needs – food, shelter, utilities – are being met through various government agencies. No, they’re killing each other out of a sense of entitlement – that some guy didn’t show them the proper respect. They’re the more deadlier equivalents of the mook in the local bar who punches out some poor schmuck because “he was lookin’ at me funny”. This is one aspect that they share with the nutjob white mass murderers: they’re not getting the proper respect that they believe is due them, so somebody’s got to pay”.

  9. Caged Insanity
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 12:11 pm |

    What was it I said about a month ago? something about examples of why the “n” word will never leave the English language?

  10. mojo
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 12:56 pm |

    Personally, I prefer the Kraken of self-determination.

    Can we stop with the bogus classical allusions now?

  11. mojo
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 1:01 pm |

    Blow up your TV throw away your paper
    Go to the country, build you a home
    Plant a little garden, eat a lot of peaches
    Try an find Jesus on your own…
    – John Prine, “Spanish Pipedream

  12. Lord of the Fleas
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm |

    “…but it just upsets me when we’re so deferential.”

    Deferential means “showing deference, respectful”. Deferential to whom? Or does he mean “differential”, meaning “of or pertaining to difference or diversity” (in this case, between the treatment of black and white murdr victims)?

    I read the article looking for any context that might make that sentence reasonable, but it ain’t there.

    Now it might have been a mis-transcription of spoken words, but still, if it were me, I’d want to proofread a quote before allowing it to be published. I guess maybe Ivy League affirmative action profs don’t really need to be literate.

  13. geezerette
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 2:01 pm |

    You got one of dose vanilla chocolate cities and you got dat dark chocolate city.

  14. TheOldMan
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 2:29 pm |

    Cultural realities? Perhaps he should start listing these.

  15. Merovign
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm |

    It would be imperative *not* to steer between Scylla and Charybdis, because the fucking rocks smash everything between them.

    Talk about your failed classical allusions (or illusions as Sean Penn would say).

  16. JoeBandmember™
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm |

    Isn’t it odd that none of these “gun free school shootings” ever seem to occur in a predominately black school?

  17. Posted December 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm |

    “Is your wife a nagger?”

    “Nope, but our new kid is, and that’s why I wants me a di-vorce.

  18. accipiter NW
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 4:08 pm |

    The MFM drives this crap to begin with and it spent how many weeks if not months driving a false narrative when Trayvon Martin got shot?
    And nice use of the Air Jordans. Maybe they ought to be banned since young folks are going out of their way to give other young folks the right to bare feet.

  19. staghounds
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 4:25 pm |

    And he is exactly right. There’s a Newtown full of Black people every week end.

    The “deference” is that the Black folks in the projects are wholly owned by the national Democratic party. So there’s no political benefit to be gained by either side from protecting, or even from talking about protecting them.

    Our failure to provide public safety in public housing is an absolute shame.

    “Maybe, just possibly, we can win a war in Iraq, but sure as hell we’re losing the war at our doorstep.”

  20. MCPO
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 5:31 pm |

    He should look to a black culture that looks down on education, wallows in their servitude to “Democrat principles”, glorifies death and misogyny in hip-hop music.

  21. JoeBandMember™
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 10:16 pm |

    The Zimmerman trial is reserved for inciting a nationwide race riot next summer.

  22. Hopefulone
    Posted December 29, 2012 at 1:56 am |

    Cornel West is a moron, a fool, a darling of the left (hence his stint at harvard) and he is, therefore, best ignored. (I wouldn’t trust him to be competent in ANYTHING except race-baiting.) We can’t reason these traitors and enslavers, who think handouts will make the “poor blacks”* happy (with “getting even” or “getting theirs”), so why waste time trying to figure them out? Spend time refining, and disseminating, the concepts and actions of good ideas and good people. If you want to be “racist” then focus on the likes of Allen West, Thomas Sowell, and Walter Williams, whose ideas ARE worth discussing–and not because they are black but because they are right.

    *”Poor blacks” are “poor” because they are poor in spirit. They think they can’t compete, and that they are “owed.” The more time passes with them being told “it’s not your fault you’re lazy, intellectually and morally,” the weaker, the less able to compete, and less happy they become. Then they hate, and hate more, and become better tools for EVIL. All good people should stop coddling them and their masters.

  23. Paul Moore
    Posted December 29, 2012 at 4:49 am |

    P.J. O’Rourke pointed out that the Fed. is in total control in two parts of the country- The Federal Prison System and the Indian Reservations. No sane person wants to live in either place. We can add most inner cities to that list. The moral of the story is: If someone says that they are here from the government to help you-

  24. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted December 29, 2012 at 8:21 am |

    Like a magpie finding bits of tinsel and brightly-colored string and weaving them into his nest — knowing, or caring, nothing of the science of mylar manufacturing nor the history and development of the textile industry — this fella picks up shiny, brightly-colored bits of what used to be known as a classical or liberal arts education and weaves them into his …erm, argument with about the same depth of consideration.

    Thus proving …someone else’s argument.

  25. Posted December 29, 2012 at 9:51 am |

    Claire: That story about the tinsel and the magpies and stuff is just kinda creepy.

  26. Posted December 29, 2012 at 10:17 am |

    I mean, have you ever even seen a Magpie? I’ll admit that they’re beautiful birds to look at, but they’re a pain in the ass to deal with. Loud and annoying, and they shit everywhere.

    This friend of mine, he’s about 10 years older than me. He has the Alzheimers. The bad part is, he forgets that he has the Alzheimers.

  27. Posted December 29, 2012 at 2:37 pm |

    I don’t mean to make no fun of the Alzheimers. It’s a terrible disease that affects different people in different ways. For instance, there was this one time when Aunt Mildred went and…

    But that’s not important now.

  28. Posted December 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm |

  29. Posted December 29, 2012 at 4:07 pm |

    ^ I actually had this friend, years ago, who put the “Nig” in Nigga Moments. You didn’t want to mess with him.

  30. JoeBandMember™
    Posted December 29, 2012 at 6:21 pm |

    I am very good at translating ebonic e-mails so my cracker co-workers could understand what was being wrote.

    Some were unintelligible to any of us whites without a translation.

  31. geezerette
    Posted December 30, 2012 at 8:20 am |

    Brings to mind the video on Utube about the substitute teacher and pronouncing the names of the students.

  32. Posted December 30, 2012 at 11:40 am |

    I didn’t mean to get no shit started. I wuz jus keepin’ it real, yo.

  33. Posted December 31, 2012 at 12:21 pm |

    Since she’s not fixed yet, I believe my younger cat is currently trying to ‘date’ me. I give her extra pets and hugs, but I think she wants something more. It’s just this feeling I have.

    Junior can’t be bothered. He just looks at her like she’s crazy, and she probably is. I mean, who else would want to live here?