Category Archives: Race

Headline of the day II: And so it continues. . .

Form the Washington Post:

Fla. police shoot black man with his hands up as he tries to help autistic patient

Charles Kinsey was trying to retrieve a young autistic man who had wandered away from an assisted living facility and was blocking traffic when Kinsey was shot by a North Miami police officer.

Chart of the day: A question of black and white

From the Pew Research Center:


Boris Johnson, British Trump, heads foreign policy

New British Prime Minister Theresa May has named her Foreign Secretary, the equivalent of Secretary of State on this side of the pond, and he’s a British Donald Trump, right down the his extravagant hirsute adornment and his xenophobia.

Meet Boris Johnson, the now-former mayor of London and a lead campaigner for the Brexit.

From the New York Times:

Boris Johnson, Britain’s new foreign secretary, has a quality unusual for a nation’s top diplomat: He can be spectacularly undiplomatic.

Mr. Johnson has suggested that President Obama had an “ancestral dislike of the British Empire,” written a poem insinuating that Turkey’s president had sexual relations with a goat, and likened the European Union — which he helped lead the campaign for Britain to leave — to Hitler’s Third Reich.

And that was only this spring.

In December, he compared Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, to Dobby the House Elf, a “Harry Potter” character. In 2007, he wrote that Hillary Clinton looked like “a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital.” In 2002, he referred to Africans as “flag-waving pickaninnies.”

So it was with no little shock that the world reacted to the news Wednesday evening that Britain’s new prime minister, Theresa May, had named Mr. Johnson to lead the rarefied Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which employs 14,000 people in nearly 270 diplomatic offices and works with the secret intelligence service MI6.

And here’s how Johnson was described in a 16 April 2008 cable from the U.S. embassy in London when Johnson was running for mayor [via Wikileaks, and thanks to Chelsea Manning]:

Conservative candidate Boris de Pfeffel Johnson’s successful candidacy for the mayor of London has defied the laws of political gravity. Johnson is best known as a mistake-prone former journalist twice exposed for committing adultery, now a Conservative MP. Johnson is also well known for apologizing: to the people of Liverpool for accusing them of mawkish sentimentality following the beheading of a resident of the city in Iraq; to the people of Portsmouth after describing the town as “too full of drugs, (and) obesity”; to the people of Papua New Guinea for associating them “with orgies of cannibalism and chief-killing,” and to the people of Africa after remarking on their “watermelon smiles”. He was also sacked as a member of the Shadow Cabinet for lying about an extra-marital affair.

Despite this record, Johnson is a popular figure and has built up a vast following in London.

Gee, if Trump’s elected here and Johnson comes to Washington for talks, they can head to the meeting site in matching clown cars.

Accompanied by stormtroopers.

Charts of the day: Election fears, media spins

Two charts focus on critical electoral issues.

First, from Gallup, signs of rising fear among voters should the presidential outcome not go their way, with anxiety highest among blacks and lowest among Hispanics:

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And from the Pew Research Center, dramatic evidence that mass media coverage of a presidential election as a reality TV show doesn’t play well with voters:

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Cops take to social media posts to air their racism

The McClatchy Washington Bureau has collected a represented sample of some of the more flagrant examples, though in many cases local law enforcement agencies are refusing to reveal the names of the angry officers.

Four examples from the story:

  • A Haywood, North Carolina deputy replied to a woman on a Facebook post Thursday morning about the Black Lives Matter movement, “Once again if you know so much about what we do then show us how it’s done. I usually shoot people on Facebook too.” He also said, “Next time you see the police take cover we shoot for anything.” He was suspended. He was identified as Deputy Andrew Sutton.
  • A Nashville police officer commented in a Facebook thread about Philando Castile that he would’ve shot the black man who was killed by a police officer five times instead of four. He was suspended with further action pending an internal investigation. He was identified as Anthony Venable.
  • Another Nashville officer changed his Facebook profile picture to the iconic photo of Black Panther National Chairman Bobby Seale and Huey Newton holding a Colt .45 and a shotgun in Oakland, California. He claimed he posted the photo out of “strong historical interests.” He was relieved of duty pending an internal investigation. He was identified as Christopher Taylor.
  • A Memphis police officer posted a picture on Snapchat that showed a white hand pointing a gun down a hallway with the emoji of a black man running at the end. Another officer posted the picture to Twitter as an alleged “act of disgust.” Both were suspended. The police department refused to give the names of the officers.

Quote of the day: An agonizing modern reality

A tweet From Rep. Keith Ellison, Member of Congress from Minnesota’s Fifth District:

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Quote of the day II: A physician confronts racism

Dr. Brian H. Williams is a man who should have everything going for him. He’s on the faculty of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s
Parkland Memorial Hospital, and he’s certified by the boards of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and the American College of Surgeons.

And he is also one of the trauma surgeons who treated police offices wounded in last week’s shootings during the Black Lives Matter protest.

But he is also a black man.

In a press conference in Dallas today, Williams made clear that even success in his rarefied field and a post at a prestigious teaching hospital didn’t insulate him from the fears faced by every black man and when confronted by mean and women wearing badges and carrying guns:

“One time, a year or two ago, I bought one of the Dallas PD officers some ice cream when I was out with my daughter getting ice cream. I want my daughter to see me interacting with police that way so she doesn’t grow up with the same burden that I carry when it comes to interacting with law enforcement. And I want the police officers to see me — a black man — and understand that I support you, I will defend you and I will care for you. That doesn’t mean that I do not fear you. That doesn’t mean that if you approach me, I will not immediately have a visceral reaction and start worrying for my personal safety.”