Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Head- scratching racism.

Tonight my racism chase takes me to Kansas, Ohio, and in the boardroom of a corporation that does business here in America.

Since it's the state closest to me, I will start in Ohio. This is where a basketball team decided that it was cool to have racist unis and compete in a public league.

"A boys basketball team has been kicked out of a Cincinnati-area recreational hoops league for wearing uniforms bearing a sexually suggestive team name on the front and racially objectionable names on the back.

Four weeks into the Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League’s season, parents of players on a team from West Clermont, Ohio, saw that the team from Kings Mills, Ohio, against whom their children were playing was named “The Wet Dream Team.” They also noticed that the names on the backs of the high-school-aged boys’ jerseys included phrases like “Knee Grow” and “Coon.”
Tony Rue, a parent of a West Clermont player, highlighted the eyebrow-raising jerseys in a lengthy Facebook post asking how such attire, and such a team name, was deemed appropriate for a league that hosts players from grades two through 12.

“By no means are we perfect parents or assume our teenage boys are innocent and don’t speak of things like this, but I could never imagine allowing my teenage son to represent his school and league in this manner, let alone representing our family with such filth,” Rue wrote. “[…] There is enough hate, bullying, and aggressive behavior in the world that these kids, parents, and schools shouldn’t have to deal with bigotry and lewd innuendos on jerseys and in team names in a school district represented recreational basketball league. This isn’t a typo, this isn’t a mistake, these are ideas that were thought of, discussed, agreed upon by adults and kids alike, printed on uniforms, social media accounts registered and manned and no one thought this was a bad idea or inappropriate?”

“It was so blatant that it had to be fake,” Rue later told Chris Mayhew of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Sadly it wasn’t.”

So Rue raised a flag with a rep for the youth league, wondering how this team was being allowed to play with stuff like this written on its uniforms.

“I think he called people above him, and about midway through the second quarter, he came and got the refs’ attention and told him the game was over,” Rue told Karin Johnson of Cincinnati NBC affiliate WLWT-TV. “It was called. We weren’t going to be a part of it.”
And now, the “Wet Dream Team” won’t be, either.

“CPYBL was developed to provide the best possible basketball experience for the youth of our communities and their families and has always been committed to bringing a positive experience to all of our members,” wrote Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League spokesman Ben Goodyear in a statement to the Enquirer. “Based on the information that we received, the actions and conduct of the team in question did not comply with our stated mission and expected standards and that team has, therefore, been dismissed from our league.”

They’ve also been “restricted from any further use of district facilities,” according to a spokesperson for the Kings Local School District, who emphasized that this team of students and the league in which they were playing isn’t affiliated with the district itself.

“Kings Local Schools strongly condemns any type of hateful and racist commentary,” wrote spokesperson Dawn Gould. “This behavior is in no way welcome or tolerated in our schools and community.”

The team’s coach, Walt Gill, apologized “to anyone that was offended by the jerseys” in a statement to WLWT. He noted that the team “offered to cover them up or change,” but that the league still chose to eject the team, “and we have accepted that decision.”
The incident has drawn the attention of the Cincinnati chapter of the NAACP, which wants to have a chat with the people in charge of the rec league.

“This is a teachable moment for [the teen players] to understand how these words are hurtful,” Cincinnati NAACP first vice president Joe Mallory told Cincinnati Fox affiliate WXIX-TV. “They’re inflammatory, and they’re divisive to the entire community. […] It’s everybody’s problem. It’s everybody’s business that when these things happen we all stand up and speak out on it.” [Source]

This is 2018, right? And we are still having "teachable moments" about race?

Next, I will go Kansas, and after you read this story, you will see why Dorothy dreamed about getting out.

"Put this in your pipe and smoke it: A Kansas lawmaker thinks marijuana should be illegal because he said black people are genetically unable to handle its effects.

State Rep. Steve Alford (R) spoke out on Saturday against legalizing pot using the type of racist “logic” commonly heard when “Reefer Madness” was considered a serious documentary.
“What you really need to do is go back in the ’30s, when they outlawed all types of drugs in Kansas [and] across the United States,” Alford said, according to the Garden City Telegram. “One of the reasons why, I hate to say it, was that the African-Americans, they were basically users and they basically responded the worst off to those drugs just because of their character makeup, their genetics and that.”

 Kansas is one of the few states that still hasn’t legalized some form of medical marijuana, according to the Associated Press.

The Telegram pointed out that Alford’s comments appeared to be based on the theories of Harry Anslinger, the founding commissioner of what was then called the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, which was behind the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937.

Some of the very racist and hysterically anti-cannabis quotes attributed to the agency include these whoppers:
  • “Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”
  • “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.”
  • “Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.”
Although Alford, who represents a district in western Kansas, stood by his remarks when questioned after the meeting, he was unable to cite a specific source for his so-called science to the Telegram. However, he admitted he shouldn’t have singled out African-Americans.

“There are certain groups of people, their genetics, the way their makeup is, the chemicals will affect them differently,” Alford insisted. “What I should have said was drugs affect people differently, instead of being more specific.”

On Monday, Alford denied that his remarks were racist to AP: “To me, that’s neutral. Basically, I got called a racist, which I’m really not, and it’s just the way people — the interpretation of people. To me, I’m trying to look at what’s really the best for Kansas.”

Carl Brewer, a Democratic candidate for governor, said Alford’s comments were inappropriate for a politician in 2018." [Source] 

Finally, we all know about H&M's monkey issue by now. [See image above]

What would possess a company to make such a tone-deaf decision?

And yet, we see it time and time again with companies like this.

"We understand that many people are upset about the image. We, who work at H&M, can only agree. We are deeply sorry that the picture was taken, and we also regret the actual print,” H&M said. “Therefore, we have not only removed the image from our channels, but also the garment from our product offering globally.”


The company continued, “It is obvious that our routines have not been followed properly. This is without any doubt. We will thoroughly investigate why this happened to prevent this type of mistake from happening again.”

I will tell you how to "prevent" this type of stuff from happening again: Put people of color in actual decision making positions. 

64 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't get it. Why is the image of the kid in the hoodie "racist"?

Are you implying he looks like a monkey because he is black?

Would a white kid in that hoodie be ok, because white people don't look like monkeys?

Maybe the people who made a big deal out of this are the ones with a race problem.

No good deed goes unpunished said...

Republican Representative tries to get on the side of black folks regarding marijuana laws and predictably gets called racist.

Lesson #1,375,312 on why it is a waste of time to try to help black people.

Race is not a social construct said...

“There are certain groups of people, their genetics, the way their makeup is, the chemicals will affect them differently,” Alford insisted. “What I should have said was drugs affect people differently, instead of being more specific.
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This is true.

Different racial groups respond differently to different drugs. Doctors have to know this when they prescribe medicines.

Europeans have been drinking alcohol for thousands of years. Those who couldn't handle it were weeded out, and most Europeans today have a certain tolerance for alcohol. Native Americans were introduced to alcohol only a few hundred years ago, and they have huge problems with alcoholism.

Africans have evolved smoking pot for at least a few thousand years. It's a big part of their culture, and laws restricting it have more of an effect on them. In my experience, blacks on average smoke a lot more pot than white people. Owing to each people's genetic history, it probably is metabolized slightly differently.

Anonymous said...

Wakanda wakanda wakanda wakanda wakanda wakanda wakanda !!!!

Anonymous said...

Wizard of OZ reference is racist FN. Thoughts of flying monkey scene in that film upsets me. Ease on down the road....

Lilacpr said...

They're not "deeply sorry" about anything! Not about anything at all! What they are is deeply happy that they did it/said it and that it was seen/heard by many, in the case of the T Shirt, by thousands!

It cannot be unseen ya know? White supremacy got their message out there, and they'll deal with whatever consequences come along.

Anonymous said...

There is no white supremacy, only black inadequacy.

Anonymous said...

There is no white privilege, only black dysfunction.

Anonymous said...

There is no black inadequacy only white fear of genetic anihilation

dinthebeast said...

That's some bullshit about the marijuana, and anything quoting from Anslinger belongs on the ash heap of history.
I was born and raised in Humboldt county and have spent my entire adult life in Oakland, and the folks I've seen who have actual problems with marijuana were mostly white boys from up north who used it to the exclusion of the rest of their lives.
And the couple of friends I had who are in shallow graves along the Eel River from when pot became a money thing back in the early eighties.
I know some black people who smoke (hello, this is Oakland) but none of them I know are screwing up their lives with it like the white boys I know who use meth, or anyone of any color who is too far gone on alcohol or opiates.
But you used to be able to win elections with this kind of racist fear mongering, and this Kansas creep probably believes he still can.

-Doug in Oakland

random said...

Recessive genetic albinos that even the sun hates talking Shit

Big Black James Bold said...

This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes,
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Soooooo, it's the marijuana huh? Bwahahahahahahahahaha!

The GOP said...

Did you really have to identify the political party of the idiot in Kansas? We wouldn't have figured it out?

Anonymous said...

Does hillbilly heroin affect whites differently than others?

PilotX said...

http://washingtonpress.com/2018/01/09/kamala-harris-cory-booker-just-made-senate-history/

Anonymous said...

"It cannot be unseen ya know?"

And you require reparations for your butthurt.

Meanwhile, Brittney Watts, Alison Parker and Channon Christian are still dead.

Anonymous said...

What's the problem?

Anonymous said...

You aren't dead too.

Anonymous said...

Chicago January 1-10th 2018
Shot & Killed: 13
Shot & Wounded: 45
Total Shot: 58
Total Homicides: 14

mike from iowa said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get it. Why is the image of the kid in the hoodie "racist"?

I can understand why you don't "get it".

mike from iowa said...

Here I thought it was the enormous black dicks that attracted white skinch. Now I learn it was Mary Jane.

No mention of rhythm and blues music?

Wasicu wastey racists are out in full force early.

Anonymous said...

Donkeys have big dicks too.

Lilacpr said...

Lilacpr said...

They're not "deeply sorry" about anything! Not about anything at all! What they are is deeply happy that they did it/said it and that it was seen/heard by many, in the case of the T Shirt, by thousands!

It cannot be unseen ya know? White supremacy got their message out there, and they'll deal with whatever consequences come along.

11:46 PM
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And what I mean by "they'll deal with whatever consequences come along" Is because there won't be any consequences of weight.

A small fine perhaps and maybe a little slap on the wrist with a sly wink and a job well done smile behind it.

I wish some company would put out a hoodie with a picture of a white sneering man next to a hanging castrated black male. At least that would be truthful

Anonymous said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rltzQJR4rZo

Fooo Scramps said...

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Muh dik muh dik muh dik
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Muh dik muh dik muh dik muh dik
Primitive ass non inventing always taking cancer on the world.
But shhheeeeiiiittt. Wakanda bes real, yo. Free tickets fo all duh churrins. Free free free

Anonymous said...

When America was great:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_lijLYuw-o

Anonymous said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLdIKlXl3ZA

Anonymous said...

Lilacpr said...
"And what I mean by "they'll deal with whatever consequences come along" Is because there won't be any consequences of weight. "

I disagree. This team/coach will never allowed in any league again.

As everything is documented forever now on the internet, these players will likely be hounded about the jerseys they wore as kids for the rest of lives. This was less a racist incident than a moronic lack of judgment, decorum, taste, and sense by an idiotic coach and some bad parents.

And the bigger point is that his situation was quickly shut down and dealt with. What more do you want? Jail time?

Anonymous said...

Lilacpr said...
"I wish some company would put out a hoodie with a picture of a white sneering man next to a hanging castrated black male. At least that would be truthful"

How ridiculous. You should be ashamed of yourself for writing that.

Racism be everywhere!!!! said...

A lost shoelace became the subject of a full-scale “hate-crime” investigation at Michigan State University. Members of the University Police and the Brownshirts from the Office of “Institutional Equity” were immediately dispatched after a Black student found a shoelace in her residence hall. As the precious little snowflake has no-doubt been programmed to see racists and white supremacists lurking behind every corner, upon seeing a lone shoelace lying there menacingly, she immediately drew the only logical conclusion that a good young college student could…. it must be a noose!

The precious snowflake quickly pulled out her smart phone (though one wonders where she was able to find a non-racist electronics store that would sell her a smart phone) and called campus police. Yes, of course the police! Who do YOU call when you find a discarded shoelace…. nobody? University police officers were then temporarily called away from surveillance of the school’s two conservative students in order track down the KKK members who left the shoelace, er… I mean noose, in their devilish plot to single-out and terrorize individual coeds with footwear accessories.

Much to the disappointment of the entire campus community, who live to revel in manufactured “bias incidents,” it was determined that the shoelace was nothing more than a shoelace. Drats! Oh well, better luck next time. Perhaps someone will soon find a banana peel teetering on the rim of a garbage can in the dining hall. Let’s see them try to deny that being a racist hate crime!

https://cabs.msu.edu/news/key-issues/issue-docs/racial-incident.html

anotherbozo said...

Knee Grow?

If this were April 1, I'd believe today's post was a put-on.

It was the Daily Show's Trevor Noah who pointed out what usually happens to remaindered T shirts and hoodies: they wind up on the backs of African children. Racism, the gift that keeps on giving!

Anonymous said...

"A lost shoelace became the subject of a full-scale “hate-crime” investigation at Michigan State University."

If you wondered why the American people think both the snowflakes and academia are totally insane...

and that didn't totally clear it up for you...

you are insane too.

mike from iowa said...

Let's put wingnuts hysterics into perspective, shall we?

Michigan State University (MSU) said Wednesday that a student reported a noose hanging outside of her room in a university residence hall -- prompting an investigation and a forceful statement by the university's president.

But later in the day, the school said police determined that the object in question was a shoelace.

"After investigating, MSU Police have determined the object was a packaged leather shoelace and not a noose," Jason Cody, MSU spokesman, said in a statement. "The matching packaged shoelace was found outside of the residence hall. Officers located and spoke to the student who lost both of the shoelaces, which are packaged in a way that someone could perceive them to look similar to a noose.

Once again stoopid fucking wingnuts pounce what could have been a serious threat and lie about it. Stoopid fucking wingnuts.

Lilacpr said...

Anonymous said...

This was less a racist incident than a moronic lack of judgment, decorum, taste, and sense by an idiotic coach and some bad parents.

12:05 PM
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Sure, because you're white and you say so.

Anonymous said...

Jim Crow in 2020

Anonymous said...

Jim Crow.....is that Sheryl Crow's dad?

Anonymous said...

Hank Johnson in 2020

Anonymous said...

Donkeys have big dicks too.
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Do white women high on marijana try to screw them too?

Anonymous said...

What is hillbilly heroin?

Anonymous said...

Is it just for hillbillies?

Anonymous said...

I don't know about white women but Mexican women in Tijuana do.

Anonymous said...

Tommy Sotomayor in 2020

dinthebeast said...

There's a difference between having a big dick and being one.

-Doug in Oakland

Clown World said...

mike from iowa said...
"Once again stoopid fucking wingnuts pounce what could have been a serious threat"

A shoelace.

A shoelace someone dropped on the ground that resulted in a facility lockdown, full scale law enforcement investigation, and a statement condemning the shoelace by the University president.

You are one of the most dishonest and moronic people I have ever come across.

A very stable genius said...

A shoelace.
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Now you know how I feel when the leader of the free world bitches about not being able to say merry christmas for 8 years for some weird reason only stable geniuses understand.

Anonymous said...

Mike is one of the insane.  The only reason he's not in institutional care is that nobody's properly classified his self-hating racism as a threat to others.

The implications of doing that are enormous.

PilotX said...

http://uproxx.com/news/megyn-kelly-dog-whistle-fox-news/

Anonymous said...

Mike is one of the insane.
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Mike is trump's new code name?

mike from iowa said...

Since stoopid fucking wingnuts are too fucking stoopid to look past fake Gnus talking points- the shoelace was hung on the young ladies door knob where she was sure to find it.

It must suck balls to live in total denial and wasicu wastey, fear inspired darkness. But stoopid fucking wingnuts gonna do what stoopid fucking wingnuts get told to do and deny, deny, deny. Stoopid fucking wingnuts.

mike from iowa said...

Best advice I can give stoopid fucking wingnuts- Avoid Monkeys in Florida Because They Could Give You Killer Herpes. Too bad they are too stoopid to read.

mike from iowa said...





http://us.lalalay.com/news/crime/-111778-new-york-prospect-park-rape-case-cracked-after-more-than-two-decades/

Gay New York woman raped more than 2 decades ago finally sees her rapist brought to justice.

Cops refused to believe her and claimed it was a hoax ans she was promoting a gay march. Finally, someone reopened the case and did a DNA match and found the rapist is already in prison as a serial rapist.

No racism against this woman, huh, honkys?










Anonymous said...

Who is the dumb ass parent that allowed the child to pose for the ad?

Thanks for the tip, mike said...

mike from iowa said...
Best advice I can give stoopid fucking wingnuts- Avoid Monkeys in Florida Because They Could Give You Killer Herpes.
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Field says "monkeys" is a euphemism for negroes.

The CDC says 50% of black women have genital herpes.

Yisheng used to live in Florida.

So what mike is saying is that Yisheng has some really nasty STDs.

mike from iowa said...

So what mike is saying is that Yisheng has some really nasty STDs.

No, what I said is you are a fucking racist scumbag.

Anonymous said...

Field says "monkeys" is a euphemism for negroes.
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Just hang around here a bit, some loser will use it to denegrate a negro.

mike from iowa said...

Poor widdle Fake Noize mouthpiece James Rosen slunk into the sunset with his tail between his legs amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Every fucking wingnut male from the bogus potus on up is sex crazed.

Anonymous said...

Only Pastor Manning of Harlem can save you. ATLAH !

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YΔ«shΔ“ng said...

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Anonymous said...

Mike is a special case, he is a white woman posing as a black man in Iowa. The pathology of this is worthy of a mini series on BET. Hell,it may even be Rachel Dolezal behind that keyboard?

Anonymous said...

Only Roy Moore of Alabama can save you! Jeeeeezus!$

mike from iowa said...

That the best you got, Anymoose? Speaking of pathetic, you are pathetic personified. You and Drumpfuck the dumbfuck.

Anonymous said...

This precious beautiful little Black boy's mother allowed him to model this jacket with a racist slogan on it.
She needs her head examined.
With parents like this, it's no wonder why these children grow up to have so many issues.

That %^#@!!! is CLUELESS!

groidsuck said...

Yo u niggers be gay as fuck and
got the killer herpes stank ass