No Virginia, Racisim is NOT Dead

From the New YorKKK Post’s “Page Six” column, Oct. 24, 2012

The following post is re-published in its entirety from Lyndon LaRouche Watch and written by By DENNIS KING and GERALDINE PAULING.  No copyright infringement is intended and credit goes to the authors.  But it is disturbing enough that it needs to be re-distributed.  If you needed a reason to vote, this is it.

OCTOBER 30, 2012—Fox News mogul Rupert Murdoch’s New York tabloid published a cartoon last Wednesday that more appropriately belongs in a Ku Klux Klan rag or as a poster for Lyndon LaRouche’s street-corner agitators. Sean Delonas, the longtime cartoonist for the Post, depicts an angry white man on horseback (Mitt Romney) chasing down a terrified skinny black man fleeing on foot (President Obama)—and the Romney figure is aiming an assault rifle and attached bayonet at the Obama figure’s backside.

Think for a second: the target of the Romney figure and his weapon is the President of the United States, our President, our Commander in Chief. The Post apparently sees nothing wrong with displaying racial contempt and fantasies of violence against President Obama, but we suspect that if a white President—even Jimmy Carter—had been depicted in a cartoon as the target of an assault rifle/bayonet attack by his election rival, the Post’s editors would have failed to see any humor in it and would have declined to publish it.

The Post will laugh this off by claiming it’s all just a metaphor for Romney surging (supposedly) in the polls, that the gun is shooting polling charts rather than bullets, and that the bayonet and horse are intended merely to satirize Obama’s comment about horses and bayonets in the final Presidential debate between Obama and Governor Romney on Oct. 22.

Don’t believe these excuses. The cartoon clearly evokes an image from the Old South of an overseer or slave catcher chasing down a runaway slave. (As in the image above, the overseer usually would have been on horseback and the slave almost certainly would have been on foot, but the overseer would have had a whip as well as a gun and would not have been trying to kill the slave—slaves were valuable property.)

A white man on horseback chasing a black man on foot also suggests the KKK night riders and their reign of terror against freed slaves shortly after the Civil War. The original Klan was headed by Nathan Bedford Forrest, a former Confederate cavalry general—and the image of a Champion of the White Race on horseback would become as central to Klan tradition as the burning of crosses.

Although Obama’s remark about horses and bayonets undoubtedly inspired Delonas to some degree, this only increases the cartoon’s racist import. For the knee-jerk hatred of Obama by so many Republicans goes back to group fantasies about the Rebellious Slave, or in this case the uppity educated n___, who must be put back in his place.

In the Oct. 22 debate, Obama very definitely transgressed the taboo against uppity behavior that is part of the racist group fantasy. He did this by forcefully challenging—on TV before 59.2 million Americans—the foreign-policy notions of the Great White Republican Hope, forcing Romney to agree with him on many points, and landing a devastating blow with his quip about how the U.S. military has moved beyond the era of horses and bayonets.

The Post had been delighted by Obama’s non-aggressive performance in the first debate, but when he defended his record with wit and verve on Oct. 22, the paper’s number-one Obama hater, Michael Goodwin, complained that the President had “mocked, personally attacked and sneered at” Romney and had shown “utter contempt” for the Republican candidate. Goodwin seemed blissfully unaware that he was describing precisely what he himself and other Republican media hacks had been doing to Obama ever since the campaign season began.

In the group fantasies about race that are shared by millions of white racist Republicans, Obama—the Rebellious Slave/Uppity Negro—must be punished symbolically as well as politically for his many transgressions. And the perceived humiliation of Romney in the Oct. 22 interchange (on military preparedness, of all things) must be reversed—which the Delonas cartoon did by portraying the Republican candidate as a looming figure on horseback with fury in his eyes (and a giant phallus in the form of the assault rifle) charging down on a curiously diminished President who is depicted as an almost monkey-like figure.

In the twisted dream-logic of the racist group fantasy as manifested in this malignantly iconic cartoon, the verbal instruments of the white man’s humiliation (the horse and the bayonet) become the physical instruments of the black man’s punishment. Some individuals will also see in the image intimations of repressed homosexuality erupting into anal rape. Certainly the trajectory of the overly large rifle and the bayonet—and the sadistic leer on the horseman’s face—suggest this, but we will stick here to a politically-oriented analysis. For even without any sexual allusions, the hunting down of the Obama figure fits with the group fantasy’s punishment motif.

By supposedly humiliating Romney in the final debate, Obama symbolically humiliated those right-wing whites who are caught up in the group fantasy and for whom Romney is (in psychohistorical terms) the “delegate.” Obama has also humiliated these folks on a daily basis by the very fact that he is President. Thus, the group fantasy–which is an essentially timeless artifact in which the traditional racial hierarchy still exists–decrees that Obama the transgressor must be punished in a way that not only reverses the humiliation but also humiliates the transgressor himself a hundredfold in order to make the traditional racial order whole again.

Neither Obama nor Romney set out to play his assigned role in this group fantasy. The roles are being projected onto them by elements of the electorate who in turn are being driven by something that has deep historical roots: first in the centuries of slavery and second in the Jim Crow era, when thousands of black men were lynched not only because of accusations that they’d attacked a white woman but also for a variety of perceived slights against white people—talking back or otherwise behaving in an uppity way, showing a talent for business, or even just displaying independence of mind. And blacks were not just strung from a tree like some rustler in the Old West—they were subjected to beatings and torture first, sometimes including castration and dismemberment, or were burned alive. (Please note that we are not trying to say that cartoonist Delonas wants to bring back the era of lynchings; as a transmitter of the group fantasy in the 21st century he probably gave no thought to the deeper historical and psychological levels of what he was depicting. The power of group fantasy springs from the fact that it operates chiefly on an unconscious level.)

Today, violent racist retribution against a black person will gain a white bigot a long prison sentence if he’s caught. But those Americans who are caught up in the group fantasy and happen to view the Post cartoon can experience a certain retributory satisfaction by gloating over the cartoon’s payback motif before they go out to vote for their hero on horseback. And meanwhile the group fantasy continues to exercise both a symbolic and political influence via the dog-whistle comments about the President that are coming fast and furious from Republican circles as Election Day approaches.

The first impression of the Delonas cartoon for many supporters of Obama will be that it is profoundly disrespectful of the President and indeed of the Presidency itself. But this has been the case with the attacks on Obama from his first day in office. Respect is simply not part of the equation for individuals who refuse to acknowledge that Obama is legitimately our President even though he was duly elected and sworn in as such.

A huge percentage of Republicans say they don’t believe Obama was born in the U.S.A., and indeed if they were right he would be an illegal occupant of the White House. But the “Birther” theory is only code language. Most Republicans know perfectly well that Obama was born in the United States. What they are really saying is that they cannot—will not—accept a black man as their President unless he is willing to be a Clarence Thomas-type puppet for their own political agenda.

Apparently many of the Republican Birthers don’t believe that a black man can ever be their equal. The best known of the Birthers, Donald Trump, said on Fox News on Oct. 24 that Obama is the “least transparent” President we’ve ever had, and offered $5 million to the charity of Obama’s choice if the President would release his college records and applications—the strong implication being that the President with untransparent skin couldn’t possibly have won acceptance to or performed successfully in top schools without special assistance.

When the Post endorsed Romney on Oct 25, it chose to adopt the not-a-real-President trope in a sly manner—with a front-page headline “THE ONLY CHOICE.” Consider: Romney is running against a President who has the support of approximately half the population of our country, and massively outpolls Romney in New York City, but the Post won’t acknowledge that he’s a choice—even a bad choice. This stance carries its own Planet Bizarro logic: if Obama’s not a legitimate President but only a “shuck and jive” President (Sarah Palin’s phrase), then voting for him is as meaningless as inserting on the ballot the name of one of those fictional black presidents who kept getting assassinated–right under Jack Bauer’s nose–on the Fox network’s 24.

The Post has become increasingly unhinged during the last days of the Presidential race. After Richard Mourdock, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Indiana, announced that conception of a child by way of rape is God’s will (thus greatly embarrassing Romney who nevertheless continued to support Mourdock), the Post’s Andrea Peyser declared that Romney is the true feminist candidate for President and that Obama is the world’s worst sexist because he calls his wife “Sweetie.” (Peyser said nothing about her own newspaper’s relentlessly demeaning descriptions of scantily clad women; see the picture of the new Daniel Craig co-star on p. 13 of the Oct. 28 issue with the text underneath: “Double-oh-wow! Meet the new Bond girl, French sexpot Bérénice Marlohe…”)

But don’t think for one moment that the Delonas cartoon is simply part of the electoral silly season. The Post has a long history of pushing the envelope of sports-bar bigotry—as in the notorious 2009 cartoon portraying a rabid chimpanzee bleeding to death with two cops standing over it, one with a smoking gun, and a caption that refers to Obama’s stimulus package.

And perhaps some long-time Post readers will recall the cartoon from about 20 years ago in which Rev. Al Sharpton—falling or shoved out of an airplane—is descending to earth with his necktie sticking straight up like a noose (as in “necktie party” noose aka lynch-mob noose).

Let’s draw a line against the racism of the New York Post and the Republican fever swamp by turning out in massive numbers for Obama. And then, remembering all those suggestions by the radical right that Obama be sent “back to Kenya,” New Yorkers should warmly and courteously invite Rupert Murdock to “self-deport” (or better yet, just teleport) back to Australia.

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Use Your Voice – Vote

voteThere is a disturbing rumor that many people intend to stay home and not vote because of President Obama’s opinion on gay marriage.  Please note;  the President is not a minister and is not responsible for your spiritual life and beliefs.  Further, he has not forced his belief into any policies he has put forth.

Why would any woman or African-American deliberately choose to not vote?  If you don’t like the candidate for one office, you can write in a choice or skip that one and vote on all the other offices and laws that are on the ballot.

The President stated he “believes gay couples should be allowed to marry, but the decision should be up to the states”. This is not to be understood as lining up people and forcing them to be gay. ALL Christians have faults in their walk with God and judging others is NOT a Christian perspective. The President is not a minister and cannot be held to the same yardstick.

If you choose to stay home and not vote, you are committing a sin in negating the blood that was spilled to allow women and African Americans the right to vote. If you are against gay marriage, work at the state level to keep it illegal. Do not take your prejudices out against the President, and possibly your children who have to live with your inability to make a simple choice in how the country is governed.
Whatever your stand on gay marriage, being a wimp and not voting hurts everyone. It is tantamount to the people who looked the other way while your forefathers were being lynched.
Grow a pair and go vote.

You’re Just Too Stupid to be President, Romney

Today presidential hopeful Mitt Romney told the NAACP convention audience they were too stupid to understand him, but he would take care of them by rolling back all programs in place to help the low-income.

Understandably, the audience did not appreciate being called stupid, even in a back handed manner.

You be the judge.

Check out what Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the NAACP has to say prior to Romney’s speech.  Romney didn’t give him much to contradict this opinion.

Remember that Romney is against affordable health care, he was against rescuing the auto industry which has recovered hand is hiring, he is against the earned income credit and child tax credit (his sons have $100 million trust funds, how about your kids), he is against student loan reform and for reducing the number of Pell Grant recipients.  Here is the entire speech.  Listen and make an informed vote.

Protect Your Vote

If you are a woman or minority, your right to vote was purchased with bloodshed.  Whatever your party or preference, you should exercise your voting rights to honor those who sacrificed.  Now the Republicans are attempting to roll back your rights with underhanded legislation that effectively ensures you cannot vote in the elections.

Some states have eliminated voting on the Sunday prior to the election, 34 states have implemented photo ID requirements, 15 states are demanding proof of citizenship – birth certificate.  Nine states have implemented no early voting and no late voter registration.  These laws actually violate the Voter Registration Act, Section five.

The target demographics for these anti-American laws are African-Americans, Latinos, Women, Seniors and college students.  Most seniors do not have their birth certificates on hand, many minorities and women work hours which make it difficult to vote on a Tuesday and eliminating Sunday voting will effectively eliminate their votes.  Student IDs have been ruled as not sufficient for voting.

Arm yourself with information.  Brennan Center for Justice has a site that describes all of the new changes and how you can challenge them or keep your voting rights intact.  Alternatively, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (687-8683) to find out all the new changes and how you can protect your rights.

Republican Facts NEVER Add Up

voteOnce again, the Republican party has shown a gross disregard for facts.  The recent Republican debate had Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney each making statements about themselves that were not true.  Additionally, the debate brought to light the focus on self-wealth at the expense of the American public that each candidate has.

I mean, what kind of candidate for President states that his financial advisors make investments with NO direction from him?  How does he expect to Lead the country when he can’t even direct his own financial investors.  Perhaps Romney can answer this question for us before the election.

Romney made this comment during the debate; ” President Barack Obama’s $814 billion economic stimulus program “didn’t create private-sector jobs.”  In fact, between 1.2 million and 3.7 million jobs were created in 2011 as a direct result of the stimulus program.  Maybe Romney doesn’t provide direction to his fact checkers either.

And why are Republicans taking Gingrich seriously as a candidate after he was reprimanded and had ethics violation fines during his tenure as Speaker?  Why would anyone want such a person to be President?  You can’t trust him in Congress, don’t trust him as Leader of  the Free World.

Before you commit your loyalty to any candidate, look at him or her as you would a job candidate.  Any hiring manager will tell you they won’t hire someone who lies on their resume or in an interview.  A sign of a bad employee is lying, cheating and stealing.  Any of these will disqualify even the highest skilled person.

So why would you, the American public, accept any of these in your highest paid employee?

Vote informed.

See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

We’re in a lot of trouble America.

The Republican Goonie Squad has called a truce among themselves to try to salvage the party’s chances for a victory.  Case in point, the recent CNBC debate where Rick Perry had brain lapse on his own election agenda, Herman Cain refused to acknowledge that his personal character troubles existed, and Mitt Romney apparently cannot even see that he has opponents other than Obama.

I, for one, am grossly uncomfortable with the idea that the leader of this country has unanswered questions on whether he attempted to coerce sexual favors from subordinates or a leader that has no idea what his own vision for the country is, or have such large blind spots that he cannot acknowledge his own competition.  Flaws of this magnitude lead to personal hubris and a patronizing view of “I know what’s best, don’t worry your pretty little heads”.

Further, no Republican candidate so far has espoused any view other than “give tax breaks to the rich and greedy and everything will be all right”.  That very economic policy is what brought this country to its economic knees.  America now has almost no middle class.  Most have moved into the realm of poverty or homelessness or both.  The only factor keeping many off the streets is family or friends taking them in.

We need a plan that factors in immediate relief for people who are in need now, not wait on the rich to get their tax breaks and decide to hire some workers at depressed hourly rates that keep them on the brink of exhaustion and poverty.  Fair jobs, fair wages and an interim safety net for the homeless are what is needed.

This country has a surplus of vacant housing.  Many are being stripped and vandalized.  There must be some method of working with the banks, social service agencies and government to get families into these homes and off the streets.  Such a boost would give back dignity to those who never thought they would need to be on the receiving end of handouts.

Write your elected officials and tell them today that you want action, not rhetoric.

Occupy America.