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This kind of thing is unacceptable going forward:

One of the Israeli military's most visible spokesmen is under fire for a photo he posted on his Facebook page captioned "Obama style" in which his face is smeared with mud.

Sacha Dratwa posted the photo in late September, but since the furor he has restricted access to his account...

In the photo, Dratwa appears to be smeared in mud from the Dead Sea, a popular activity for many visiting and living in Israel.

Dratwa, 26, is originally Belgian and heads the Israeli Defense Forces new media desk, active in engaging Israel's supporters and critics on social media. The IDF's Twitter account and various web sites were regularly updated during Israel's operation "Pillar of Defense" against Hamas in the Gaza Strip last week, distributing the latest numbers and highlighting Israel's efforts not to kill civilians... The IDF declined a request to comment.
"Israel's efforts not to kill civilians." And the guy is saying it while in blackface or was that just during his vacation time? What would any person of color think of that, much less any decent humanitarian?

Sacha Dratwa must be forced out of the Israeli military and of course out of the government - or I'd say that they've sent a pretty clear message on their feelings for people of color and the leader of our country. The Israeli people should take the initiative to ensure that he is forced out. America is one of the few countries left that will defend Israel when it's difficult to do so. But this kind of racism can't be tolerated at high levels in international relations.

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  •  You wanna mud facial, fine. (22+ / 0-)

    You wanna take a picture of it, OK.

    You wanna put the picture online, it's a little unprofessional, but it's your FB.

    Labeling it "Obama Style"?  Oh, hell, no.

    And no matter what your nationality or birthplace, if you're a government spokesperson, you should know better.  

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    by cai on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 10:03:30 PM PST

    •  He knew better (6+ / 0-)

      What? You think he's not mentally capable of recognizing right from wrong or racist behavior? He knew what he was doing, he just found such "bad boy" displays to be not so problematic, for some reason.

      No, he just doesn't think he'll be held accountable for racism, targeting his country's only real friend in the world, during a time of crisis, as one of their top level spokesmen. And so far he hasn't been. There's a certain amount of institutionalized or cultural racism at play here - somehow it's not seen as aberrant enough, it seems.

      And so, then one asks, why is that?

      And then one asks, if this is coming from their "new media" spokesman, a guy who's supposed to be able to relate more to the youth or to do outreach to Internet savvy populations of people, then what are the older, probably less racially sensitive colleagues at the top of Netanyahu's government saying for their part? Is Israel's most problematic racist their new media spokesman, and are we really supposed to believe that?

      Why is it apparently not something he worries about, so he feels he can post such a picture, and then why does he end up being right?

      It sounds to me like there needs to be more housecleaning than just this one racist in Israel's top level hierarchy.

      Unfortunately it probably goes all the way to the top, IMO. It may skip a fair number of people, but I think it eventually goes right to the top of Israel's leadership - this kind of behavior regarding race.

      •  well now you're inflating this (6+ / 0-)

        Yes, the guy should be removed. But statements like "probably goes all the way to the top" are counterproductive.

        All things in the sky are pure to those who have no telescopes. – Charles Fort

        by subtropolis on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 10:38:27 PM PST

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        •  If he doesn't step down and he's not summarily (2+ / 0-)
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          dismissed, it definitely goes all the way to the top...

          Baby, where I come from...

          by ThatSinger on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 11:00:26 PM PST

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          •  I don't know how to say this right (5+ / 0-)
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            or without setting you off to taking me wrong but

            it might be a bit less inflammatory in another country and culture to do this than it would be in the US. Inflammatory, wrong, shitty, worthy of apology but MIGHT not mean (in intent only not in outcome of hurt) the same deep punch in gut smear as it would here by people in the know.

            I say this because you are judging someone from another country with having the same MEANING as an American would. Same intent. Most of your anger seems to be on KNOWING he did this with the full racist intent that would be in such a gesture if an AMerican did it.

            But we do not know if he did nor not.

            Depends how familiar the guy is with American Blackface and what it means...and perhaps more. Some young peopple even in the US are clueless but I am convinced not in deep hate around this kind of thing...more ignorant. On Halloween last year a young AMerican man age 26 in my building had never heard of it. He did not understand how and why it is very offensive (more than saying wearing a bald "wig pretending to be bald...his example). His live in Girlfriend is Black and she had to school him on why that was (as she and I exchanged wide eyed looks). He was clueless.

            There are not many Black people in Israel and almost NONE with any tradition of enslavement or LONG history of racial resentment and inequality for African decended people...no Jim Crow, no "separate but equal". What Black face would mean to an Israeli anything to on the same level as it would to Americans (the Black people in Israel are Ethiopian) is not clear. Again I am NOT saying that his behavior is ok but that you cannot CONCLUDE as you seem to that it was done more out of ignorance and teasing rather than the deep maligant deliberate racism that it might mean if done in the US (which is how you are taking it). Perhaps we are assuming that American history standards etc are that well known even in Israel? I am sure are some, don't know how much.

            Because here we KNOW the person if they are educated USUALLY knows EXACTLY what they are doing.(but demonstatably not always).

            See, people cover selves in Dead Sea mud all the time in Israel and take pics of self.. I have the same pictures....Your title says he PUT HIMSELF in Black Face on Purpose. Being in Israel, what is far more like is that.he did not smear himself in Black Face on purpose no doubt he had that picture but he TITLED it in a crappy way. That's what I think happened. Doesn't matter that much except for your title and that you seem angry at his intent not only at the action.

            The question is do ISraeli's understand how crappy and how racist that is as much as we do here if you want to understand how deep the intent to hurt is.

            I just think of other cultures, prominant people in their governments...especially non Western cultures. Leaders wish direct harm on others sometimes (kind of a more direct form of racist hate I suppose) and there is no outrage. That goes too far in my mind, trying to accomadate these different cultures because of who they are.

            But maybe judging an Israelli's INTENT to harm on purely American standards (not it's result but it's INTENT) goes too far the other way without more information.

            I know there is racism in Israel with the Ethiopians. Seems like all majority-European decent cultures have that strain in them they need to purge. It has it's own flavor partly based on most Black people in Israel being from a tribal non Western culture and coming to Israel destitute and largely uneducated and illiterate. I think they came to Israel in the 80s and 90s.

            I don' t think an Israeli would at all transfer those feelings on erudite cultured Obama in the same way a racist American does. If he disliked Obama he might mock  him for his skin color or hair or height or weight or how humans joke about physical qualities of people we dislike. I cannot know if this was all he was doing or how deep this dig went for him. It could be as you say...but may not be.

            •  I just read above the guy is only 26 (0+ / 0-)

              that is a strange coincidence with the clueless guy in my blding I mentioned above, only.

              It might be a clueless age thing in part...he might not get how deep that thing cuts. Serously. As I get older I'm finding people in their 20s even in this country don't know much about history of racism or etiquette around it. More clueless than hateful. Not that we know.

              We'll see how he handles it. Will they even get...in their very different culture...why it is so deeply offensive?

              All the Israeli's we see on TV speak such fluent English we make the mistake of thinking they  might get all aspects of American sensibilties. They don't. Europeans too. Especially I found around race (I lived in UK for a year).

            •  I appreciate your attempt to be concilliatory (4+ / 0-)

              and I understand your point very well. I've had a disproportionate number of foreign boyfriends (don't ask me why) and have encountered exactly that sort of cluelessness on racial issues. However, it's worth adding that when they are informed of them, they usually behave respectfully.

              Although he probably doesn't understand "blackface" he does seem to be making fun of the appearance as a head of state, which is not a smart thing for someone who is in a capacity as a "spokesman" to do. If it's not racist, then it's incompetent.

              He's making fun of the fact that the President of the United States has darker skin than most people he knows and it's offensive.

              •  Would you defend an American of his age in his (0+ / 0-)

                position for "playfully" dressing in Hassidic garb replete with fake beard and captioning it "Netanyahu Style"?

                Come on...

                Baby, where I come from...

                by ThatSinger on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 10:49:39 AM PST

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                •  I'm not defending it at all. I agree that it's (1+ / 0-)
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                  racist. The point I was making was that it was racist even though the person probably didn't know the full cultural context of "blackface."

                  I was trying to respond to the comment above mine in a pleasant tone in hopes of persuading her that it was, in fact, racist.

                  •  I don't buy the premise that he didn't know it was (0+ / 0-)

                    racist...

                    He knowingly, intentionally darkened his skin and knowingly, intentionally referenced President Obama... it certainly wasn't meant as a compliment...

                    On what planet is that not knowing the full cultural context of blackface? Because he didn't grow up on Amos n Andy?

                    It doesn't mean he's incapable of understanding the full cultural context of blackface... it defies credulity, frankly...

                    Baby, where I come from...

                    by ThatSinger on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 12:27:53 PM PST

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                    •  didn't say he didn't now it was racist definitely (0+ / 0-)

                      I am inclined to think he knew it was not write but MAY not have gotten how deeply hurtufl it was in the same way most mature AMericans would. I was responding to a post implying it came from a place of deep racial hatred, as it might from an America who did it on purpose.

                      I never heard of Blackface until I was in my 30s. I gave you example of someone in 20s who did not get it.

                      clearly you are judging where I am coming from in an all or nothing way. Always a danger when one posts nuanced interpretations of volitile actions as I did. I am OPEN again to it being POSSIBLE that you and the poster are right but saying WE CAN"T KNOW unlike we would for someone in the know in the USA

                •  I am not defending this persons actions I am (0+ / 0-)

                  countering the interpretation of his intent.

                  I suppose I'd take the dressing as a Hassid the same way by an American.

                  Not sure you read my post (I know it's very long) enough to really see where I was coming from.

                  What he did was offensive and wrong just was respoindig to the interpretation of his MOTIVES that someone put above. Saying we can't be SURE it was deep racial hatred.

                  I can imagine my clueless young neighbro (who wanted to dress in Black face and has a Black girlfriend) dressing as a Hassid and NOT GETTING how totally WRONG and hateful it is.

                  I did not say THIS ISRAELI GUY was being hateful.
                  See how because I moderate the interpretation of this slightly you put (innadvertantly?) words in my mouth (well fingers) seemingly saying I'd think it was playful?

                  I think it's loathesome what he did.  (sigh)
                  I knew if I tried to explain I'd get your kind of all or nothig judgement.

                  There is a continuum of INTENT. i am not talking about the Action or it's MEANING to people. The person I replied to talked about his (evil) intent.

              •  agree it is very offensive action, as I say (0+ / 0-)

                just MAY NOT have the intent that it would IF an American knowingly did it.

                I do that because the reaction of the diarist is as if the INTENT is deep racially based hatred and disrespect, as it would be if an American did it.
                And we do not know that for sure.

            •  Quite a long comment to defend indefensible racism (2+ / 0-)
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              You devoted a lot of effort and time to defend a jerk who insulted President Obama's race.

              Why?

              Information is the currency of democracy. ~Thomas Jefferson

              by CIndyCasella on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 09:29:04 AM PST

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              •  I do not defend what he did, the action (0+ / 0-)

                comment was long in part so I did not get misinterpreted as defending it. ALso bringing in important larger point in how to interprete,or not, the MEANING or Intent of actions of people who are Not American...ie how it may at times not be accurate to judge their actions to INTEND to mean the same as it would if they were from US.

                Yet I get it, long makes peole not read it in detail, understandably. (Like perhaps you.)

                I instead countered the comment poster (?diarist's) interpretatio  of the INTENT of the actions. Commmenter seemed to interpret intent of how Israeli titled a pick of him with Dead Sea mud as AS DEEPLY HATEFUL (in INTENT< ie how he felt inside) as it would be from a KNOWING AMerican who would paint self purposely with Blackface and post it with such a comment.

                My point only...we can't be sure of that. Then I support why we can't be sure

            •  Without "setting me off"? (0+ / 0-)

              I'm afraid there's no effective method for defending/rationalizing blatant racism, particularly aimed at my president without "setting me off"... sorry...

              Baby, where I come from...

              by ThatSinger on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 10:52:25 AM PST

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              •  Read only that line? I did not defend what he did (0+ / 0-)

                just knew that it would be interpretted that way by the person I was commenting to given the place they were coming from

                not just inflammed by the action (rigthly so imo) but by their belief that the person was and COULD ONLY be coming from a place of deep racial hatred on the level, seemingly, of the KKK. because in the US if someone wore Black face knowingly and posted on Facebook very well likely could be comin

                It's a test of open mindedness of where peopple might be coming from. I am one of the last people totolerate this kind of behavior. I wrote to the Israeli consulate to complain as soon as I read the diary.

                I knew in trying to explain some POSSILBE culture differnce that MIGHT or might not account for the person's INTENT, i would be judged.

                Yup voila

        •  MSM hardly covered Israeli riot against Africans. (5+ / 0-)

          In what environment does an Israeli top level spokesperson feel comfortable enough with the Obama blackface "joke" to post it on his Facebook page?

          Israelis rioting against African refugees in their Tel Aviv neighborhood is part of the context:

          A night that put Israel to shame

          It's getting out of hand.

          Just as America needed to face racism in the 60s, Israelis must look themselves in the mirror, not sweep their prejudice under the rug or shoot the messenger.

          Information is the currency of democracy. ~Thomas Jefferson

          by CIndyCasella on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 08:11:57 AM PST

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  •  That's some bullshit right there. (5+ / 0-)

    Netanyahu is an idiot's idiot, and this is the clown show that is his government.  This is what our government would have been had Romney won.

  •  way to grab the moral high ground! (1+ / 0-)
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    This guy (and Netanyahu) must be in the same bubble as Foxtards over here. Wake up fellas - Obama just won re-election with a second plurality of the votes. he won every demographic in  America save conservative white males - which doesn't go far in my corner of America (Washington state).
    When it comes time to explaining why you need to hang on to those West bank settlements so you can prevent those dark-skinned Palestinians from ever having a place of their own you might regret this little black face episode.

  •  Jew disparage other Jews, too, based on country of (5+ / 0-)

    origin and religious sect.  Growing up I heard Russian Jews use unseemly language about Polish Jews, Hungarian Jews, Moroccan Jews, Syrian Jews and now Persian (Iranian) Jews.  German Jews treated Russian and Polish Jews badly. Ultra Orthodox from Poland, Hungary, Rumania disparaged one another.  

    The situation is worse in Israel, where Moroccan, Ethiopian, Persian and other Sephardic Jews are treated badly by Ashkenazi Jews.

    All this does not come close to the way those of African heritage are mistreated.  It's a "shanda" (shame), that people who went through hell from 1939-1945 are now the racists..

     

    •  Wow. Can't believe my eyes (0+ / 0-)

      Your post comes a little too close to accusing all Jews of being racist.  I hope that's not what you're trying to say.

      Maybe you'd like to clarify, buy your post sounds as bigoted as the Facebook post described in the diary.

  •  Freaking idiot (0+ / 0-)

    But frankly, we've got much bigger fish to fry here.  When one is represented on the world stage by a toxic Foreign Minister like Avigdor Lieberman, this kind of buffoonery seems a pretty low priority.

  •  He'll probably be rebuked but (1+ / 0-)
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    it's unlikely they would fire him if they find his services worthwhile and the State Department doesn't press the issue (which they won't).

    "They fear this man. They know he will see farther than they, and he will bind them with ancient logics." -The stoner guy in The Cabin in the Woods

    by Troubadour on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 02:04:36 AM PST

  •  The guy's from Belgium (3+ / 0-)

    And he's young.  It seems likely that he's ignorant of the crudely racist blackface acts in American vaudeville and film of our past, so he may not have been intentionally baiting our President, and by extension, the United States -- though Belgium's long history with African colonialism might have provided a hint that there are sensitivities around sophomoric skin color jokes.

    Whatever his excuse may be, this guy doesn't seem to have the good judgement required of a high profile job with the IDF.

  •  hhmm, this is a guess and in no way (1+ / 0-)
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    condones what this person did, but considering the time his photo was posted (sept), his age and his area of expertise (new media), this might provide a litttle context.

    in july, PSY, a singer in Korea released 'Gangnam Style', i saw it in august when it had approx. 1/2 million hits and shared it with my 12 yr. old daughter. all her friends were dancing Gangnam. it became a worldwide dance phenomenon almost overnight and to date, the youtube video has over 800 million hits.
    it also spawned hundreds of Gangnam Style videos.

    here's the original

    PSY- Gangnam Style

    here's Obama Style -Gangnam

    there's a Mitt Romney Style- Gangnam

    there's even a christmas lights Gangnam Style

    again, this is just a guess.

    'Well-behaved women seldom make history” Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    by dear occupant on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 03:07:12 AM PST

    •  I think (0+ / 0-)

      that you have really missed the point here.

      •  steve, what this individual did was offensive (1+ / 0-)
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        and foolish, especially given his position. considering his lack of judgement, on every level, there is nothing right about what he did.

        as i said, i am not condoning his behavior, only possibly provididng context.
        didn't mean to offend.

        'Well-behaved women seldom make history” Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

        by dear occupant on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 05:23:18 AM PST

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    •  Please diary this - (1+ / 0-)
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      For some in this diary, these videos may seem like thread hijacking.

      But I thank you for providing what you noticed as a contemporary context for the words "obama syle".  They deserve their own thread, because it's an interesting cross-over cultural moment.

      The Obama style video is hilarious.  It's a lip-dub parady of Psy's hit and Saturday night live.  We do all kinds of stuff that mock the President, using well-known features of "African-American culture" using black actors.  I'm among the many people find them funny.

      But if anyone performed the same skits, using white actors in black-face, many would be offended, because of our history.

      It's understandable that those who know American racist history in entertainment using white actors in black-face, may see this person's photo with a caption "Obama style" as obviously racist.

      I'm not sure, but I see this person's social media behavior as despicable for other reasons.

      This person is responsible for the IDF's social media coverage of the recent Gaza bombing.

      I found the IDF tweeting their assassination and attacks to be extremely offensive, making the battle seem like a game. I try to understand it as a country desperate to claim/shape a narrative that is getting harder and harder to justify.

      Is this person just ignorant, or a racist?  Ignorant? Definitely, Racist? (probably), but I don't think I have enough information about the context of the mud mask to know what was going on there.

      •  thank you, LilithG for this insight. (1+ / 0-)
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        'But I thank you for providing what you noticed as a contemporary context for the words "obama syle".  They deserve their own thread, because it's an interesting cross-over cultural moment.'

        i certainly never intended a thread hijack.

        'Well-behaved women seldom make history” Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

        by dear occupant on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 06:42:51 AM PST

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    •  How could you post those (2+ / 0-)
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      Without including the "official" Obama Gangnam Style video?  

      Complete with Psy and Michelle Obama impersonators and multiple terrorist fist bumps.

  •  Stupid is as Stupid does, but; (2+ / 0-)
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    I don't think there is as an entrenched prejudice against darker skin in Israel as there is here.  And there's certainly no "blackface" history there.  But, there are absolutely prejudices related to country-of-origin, and Ethipian Jews of the Aliyah meet that criteria.  I'd hazard a guess that was the internal mental connection being made there.  
    In the end, I think it's clear the guy made a HUGE mistake given his position but most of the comments here are innapropriately applying their own sensitivities to another nations sensibilities.  Mountain meet Molehill, Murdoch would be proud.

    The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking. A. A. Milne

    by Memory Corrupted on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 06:02:46 AM PST

  •  Foreigners are perfectly aware of the racial (3+ / 0-)
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    history of the United States and understand the significance of Obama being the first Black president here. I was in Europe in late summer 2008, and my host, who by coincidence had grown up in Belgium, said to me that if Obama was elected that would entirely change his view of the United States for the better.

    I would like everyone who thinks that somehow this is okay, to ask themselves how they would react if a spokesman for the Pentagon made fun of the appearance of a head of state of another country. So, while it's possible that he didn't understand the particulars of what Americans call "blackface", this is still an affront to this country.

    •  rather more to the point (3+ / 0-)

      If he came from Belgium from his teens, it would be  at a time when the country was as facing up  to the truth about the worst excesses of the colonial period in the Congo when Leopold II had it as his personal property.

      "Who stood against President Obama in 2012?" - The trivia question nobody can answer.

      by Lib Dem FoP on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 07:17:23 AM PST

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    •  Yes, but (0+ / 0-)

      many "foreigners" will not be familiar with the history of black face and minstrel shows.

    •  A little history of blackface re Lt. Dratwa (1+ / 0-)
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      If this story goes further, any diarist who rights about it, may want to include the history of blackface and why it is so disturbing to many, that this young, stupid, Belgian-Isreali Military Officer ventured into hateful terrain.

      Whether he was aware of the history of blackface is an open question.

      Here's a little history on how white actors in black-face was used to rally and inspire a resurgence of the KKK.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      According to wikipedia, the film Birth of a Nation was used to launch a revival of the KKK. I include a clip of the film here for those who don't know the history.

      What we do know, is this IDF Officer is responsible for the promotional strategy of tweeting pictures of the assassination of the Hamas leader and the bombing raids, which I found contemptible for the way the reduced the killings to a style and appearance of a video game.

      The IDF is marketing its war conquests, almost in real time.

      Lt. Dratwa is the IDF Officer in charge of their new media strategy.

      His professional work in the 2012 Gaza battle, producing promotional material for the IDF is very disturbing.

  •  Diarist - I think you title is misleading (0+ / 0-)

    A better title might be:

    IDF Social Media Director In Black Face - Captions photo with "Obama Style"

    Just my two cents.

  •  Why are people attacking diarist for writing this (1+ / 0-)
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    diary, bullying him or her to change the title, and making excuses for the racist jerk who posted a picture of himself in blackface, calling it "Obama style"?

    I find it disturbing that there seems to be a contingency here at DailyKos spending a huge amount of their time trying to diminish the message and harass/bully the messenger on this important issue.

    It's important to know that a high level spokesperson for a country is this disrespectful to our President and his race.  Yes, it is.  And for you all to pile on this diary and try to say that it isn't important and that there are bigger fish to fry, etc. is unsettling.  Where are your priorities?  If you think it's not important, then comment on another diary.

    It's more than amply clear that many of you are harassing the diarist and trying to gatekeep this information off the site, and it's making me want to do the opposite of your goals.

    I really don't like censorship, especially here.  The MSM is now controlled by so few entitities that I have to search the internet and foreign newspapers to learn what is really happening in the world.  

    As someone who is older and remembers well overt racism and was the recipient of slurs and prejudice that destroyed my career, I'm thankful that tigercub wrote this.  The MSM doesn't cover this very well, and it's very important.

    I went to Pennsylvania to knock on doors for Obama from Massachusetts with several fellow Massachusetts residents who happened to be African Americans.  One of the sweetest men I ever met was chased down a driveway at gunpoint.  I still have nightmares about it.  I will never forget the terrifed look on his face when we sat down for a break.  He didn't say anything, but just stared into space.  I asked him what was wrong, and he told us, just staring off into space, in shock.  I also will never forget how happy and excited he was to canvas for Obama before that incident.  

    So, sorry, I think this matter is important and I'm really disgusted with these comments that try to portray overt racism as a youthful prank.

    Information is the currency of democracy. ~Thomas Jefferson

    by CIndyCasella on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 09:57:43 AM PST

    •  I'm certainly not trying to portray Lt. Dratwa's (1+ / 0-)
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      Catte Nappe

      photo caption as a youthful prank. I'm trying to understand what the photo meant and to understand who this person is.

      Based on a little walk in the google forest, it appears common for people at the red sea to photograph themselves and each other covered in mud.

      It's Lt. Dratwa's caption that's disturbing.

      Please see my comment up thread, where I added some material about the history of black-face.

      http://www.dailykos.com/...

    •  Cindy - I don't see anyone attacking the diarist (0+ / 0-)

      My objection to the title is that it mindlessly repeated something ABCNEWS reported, without giving it a thought or a fact-check.

      The term Top Spokesperson gives a lower ranking staff officer a huge promotion, and makes it sound like he's the equivalent of a spokesperson for the Pentagon.  That is just misleading hyperbole.

      If you look at the links below you'll find that the IDF Spokesperson is Brigadier General Avi Benayahu.

      Lt. Dratwa is a junior officer. His rank is 5 levels below the Spokesperson. He is a low level staff officer who works within one of the IDF public affairs units.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      The Structure of the IDF Spokesperson's Unit
      http://dover.idf.il/...

      The current IDF Spokesperson is Brigadier General Avi Benayahu, who was appointed into the position in August 2007.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/...

      Lt. Dratwa is responsible for the team that tweets, and promotes the IDF on social media. For examples, see here:

      IDF Spokesperson Twitter Feed
      https://twitter.com/...

  •  Tigercub, I added two tags (0+ / 0-)

    Sacha Dratwa, IDF Social Media

    I think Lt. Dratwa deserves a lot of scrutiny and I hope that this outcry is just the beginning. His judgment re social media is horrible, and whoever appointed him may be held to account as well.

  •  Who IS Lt. Sacha Dratwa (0+ / 0-)

    http://www.facebook.com/...

    About
    Head of the New Media desk, Spokesperson's Unit

    Biography
    I am the Head of the New Media Desk at the IDF Spokesperson's Unit. I was the co-founder & co-CEO of Tidal Wave Media, a leading corporate social media consulting & marketing firm. I worked for Laurus Consulting Group has project manager in the field of SMO. I have four years of experience as an interactive marketer and brand manager. I have a BA in interactive communication from the Interdisciplinary Center of Herzeliya.

    Education Info
    Grad School:
    •    IDC Herzliya
    •    Communation, New Media, Marketing

    Is he responsible for developing this social media game that recruits and rewards people for spreading pro-IDF material?

    IDF recruiting social media
    http://www.idfblog.com/...

    Someone with social media skill and insight - please diary this game.

  •  https://www.facebook.com/SachaDratwaIDF (0+ / 0-)

    Anyone with a Facebook account want to take a leap into international education - and post the Birth of a Nation clip and wikapedia, to help others understand why his Obama style caption for his mud face photo, was so offensive.

    https://www.facebook.com/...

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