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  •  William's is their inhouse Steppin Fetchit (3+ / 0-)
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    mallyroyal, DanceHallKing, tytalus

    Maybe he's finally getting tired of doing the shuck and jive for his money.

    •  HRd for racism. Not cool. (2+ / 0-)
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      Disagree with Williams all you want, but your comment goes way beyond disagreement. I call out racism when I see it, and drop pastry on it, too.

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      by Kitsap River on Mon Jan 30, 2012 at 08:41:42 PM PST

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      •  Knock yourself out... (16+ / 0-)

        but first understand who Stepin Fetchit was.

        Although he never won an Oscar, Lincoln Perry was America's first black movie star. But for that distinction, Perry paid a heavy price — he is best known as the character of Stepin Fetchit, a befuddled, mumbling, shiftless fool.

        Seen through a modern lens, Perry's "laziest man in the world" character can be painfully racist. Perry, a veteran of the vaudeville "Chitlin Circuit," got his break in Hollywood in 1927 when he was cast in the silent film In Old Kentucky. According to film historian Mel Watkins, Perry created the character to make himself stand out from other actors vying for the role.

        "He acted as though he didn't know where he was, and he immediately got the attention of the producers and the director of the film," says Watkins, author of the biography Stepin Fetchit: The Life and Times of Lincoln Perry. "He was chosen for the part on that basis — they didn't know what to think of him. They were astounded by him."

        Lincoln's character was a walking talking validation of the worst stereotypes and negative opinions that bigoted white's could have about a black man - and he Became Rich doing it.

        I'm saying, and I still say, that Juan Williams has been doing the same thing Lincoln did with his Stepin Fetchit Character.  He acts as "one of the good ones" while standing back and criticizing all other Black people that don't confirm to his conservative - yes, dammit he's a conservative - and restrictive views of how he thinks black people should try to conform to the majority white culture and give up their own unique social/cultural identity.

        Just like Stephin, Williams career mostly exists to justify bigotry against minorities an liberals.  Like the comment he made that got him fired from NPR.

        WILLIAMS: Well, actually, I hate to say this to you because I don’t want to get your ego going. But I think you’re right. I think, look, political correctness can lead to some kind of paralysis where you don’t address reality.

           I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.

        That's pretty much the definition of racism right there.  No one, EVER, wearing "Muslim garb" and "identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims" has committed an act of terrorism in the U.S.  None of the 9-11 highjackers were wearing traditional Muslim garb, because they were trying to blend it - not STAND OUT with a "HEY Arrest me I'm a Terrorist" Sign on their chest.  This is also why they were recruited from nations we are friendly with such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE.  None of them were from Iraq or Afghanistan or Pakistan.  Richard Reed the "shoe-bomber" wasn't in traditional garb, nor the underwear bomber or the Time Square Bomber.  His entire premise is based a legitimizing prejudging someone without first gathering all the facts, or correctly factoring in history or probability.

        The facts and probabilty is that someone in traditional religious garb probably isn't dangerous, anymore than someone in devout catholic priest attire is likely to be a pedophile or an IRA sympathizer.

        But that not the worst example, which was during his discussion with Bill O'Reilly over Sylvia's restaurant in Harlem and why nobody there was ordering their "M-F Iced Tea"...

        O'Reilly tried to justify his comment by saying he was acually praising Sylvia's because people there were prim and proper and didn't show any sign of being influenced by "Race-Based/Gangster Culture".

        O"REILLY: Now, how do we get to this point? Black people in this country understand that they've had a very, very tough go of it, and some of them can get past that, and some of them cannot. I don't think there's a black American who hasn't had a personal insult that they've had to deal with because of the color of their skin. I don't think there's one in the country. So you've got to accept that as being the truth. People deal with that stuff in a variety of ways. Some get bitter. Some say, (unintelligible) "You call me that, I'm gonna be more successful." OK, it depends on the personality.    

        So it's  there. It's there, and I think it's getting better. I think black Americans are starting to think more and more for themselves. They're getting away from the Sharptons and the Jacksons and the people trying to lead them into a race-based culture. They're just trying to figure it out: "Look, I can make it. If I work hard and get educated, I can make it."

        A "Personal Insult"? O'Reilly think this is about being thin skinned and not being able to take an insult? An occasional offending word?  Yeah, well if that was the case I could understand someone not getting where the RAGE comes from and William's should know better but instead backed him up on that.

        O'REILLY:  Because the young, white kids don't have to struggle out of the ghetto.

        WILLIAMS:  Right, and also, I think they can have that as one phase of their lives.    

        O'REILLY:  Yeah.
          WILLIAMS:  I think too many of the black kids take it as, "Oh, that's what it means to be authentically black. That's how you make money. That's how you become rich and famous and get on TV and get music videos." And you either get the boys or the girls. The girls think they have to, you know, be half-naked and spinning around like they're on meth in order to get any attention. It really corrupts people, and I think it adds, Bill, to some serious sociological problems, like the high out-of-wedlock birth rate because of this hypersexual imagery that then the kids adapt to some kind of reality. I mean, it's inauthentic.

        Both of them were basically blaming RAP MUSIC for kids being trapped in a cycle of hopeless and self-destruction.  Right, sure, like it's got nothing to do with any of this stuff...

        In twelve states, between 10 and 15 percent of adult black men are incarcerated.
        In ten states, between 5 and 10 percent of black adults are incarcerated.

        In twelve states, black men are incarcerated at rates between twelve and sixteen times greater than those of white men.

        In fifteen states, black women are incarcerated at rates between ten and thirty-five times greater than those of white women.

        In six states, black youth under age eighteen are incarcerated in adult facilities at rates between twelve and twenty-five times greater than those of white youth.

        Because blacks constitute a large percentage among those arrested for violent crimes (45 percent-a proportion that has not changed significantly over the years), they are disproportionately affected by the longer sentences.6    

        Blacks have also been disproportionately affected by the national "war on drugs", carried out primarily through the arrest, prosecution and imprisonment of street level drug offenders from inner city communities. In 1996, for example, blacks constituted 62.6 percent of all drug offenders admitted to state prisons. In at least fifteen states, black men were sent to prison on drug charges at rates ranging from twenty to fifty-seven times those of white men.7

        Blacks are prosecuted in federal courts more frequently than whites for crack cocaine offenses, and thus as a group have felt the effects of the longer sentences for crack versus powder cocaine mandated in federal law. Racial profiling and other forms of unequal treatment of minorities by the criminal justice system have further contributed to the overrepresentation of minorities in the incarcerated population. Minority youth are treated far more harshly compared to similarly situated white counterparts within the juvenile criminal justice system

        Black anger and the need to self-define & self-identify has more to do with the above, and seeing your own friends and families lives destroyed by a systematically racist justice system than it might have to do with "getting over a harsh word" from one random bigot who might momentarily embarrass you.

        Having law-enforcement repeatedly target, stop and search you because they see you self-identify with black culture or hip-hop is a much bigger issue.  That's systematic prejudice, exactly the same kind that William's has endorsed for years.

        The point is that people have right to stand out if they want to.  This is supposed to be the land of the free, not the land of the properly manicured, elegantly coifed, not-too-racial, not-too-minority-ish, not-too-muslimy, not-too-non-christian, not-too-NON-WHITE.

        But not according to Williams.

        And now he's shocked, shocked that the GOP which has depended on exploiting white racial paranoia is suddenly using "coded language" to catapult themselves into electoral victory?  Clutch The Pearls - Juan's had a revelation.  Finally now his eyes can clearly see.

        Bull and Puckey.

        Like I said the first time, he's been their Stepin Fetchit, and now I guess we supposed to believe he never noticed these dog whistle's before and suddenly doesn't want to be a RACIAL SHILL shucking and jiving anti-black hatred for his own financial gain?

        Yeah, right.  He's known this was the game all along.  He used to pay it just like they do.  But now he's outing Them simply because he's irritated that he was used as a punching bag?  He Shoulda known a House-Nigra is still a Nigra to them. Once he stepped out of line, they had to slap him back down into his place. Truth.

        You think what I said before was Racist? No, it was just accurate in William's case.  He's been a Sell-out and a Shill for years.


      •  I think Vyan's comment is accurate (2+ / 0-)
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        TomP, New Rule

        when you look at exactly what Lincoln Perry aka Stepin Fetchit actually did.

        This comment is dedicated to my mellow Adept2U and his Uncle Marcus

        by mallyroyal on Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 05:02:17 AM PST

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