Posts tagged "Racism"

Speaking with right-wing talk show host Joyce Kaufman today, notorious anti-immigrant Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio said that there is a “double standard” on racism in America because while people talk about racism directed towards people of color, “no one seems to care” about racism directed against Italian-Americans like himself.

Arpaio has faced an investigation for abusing and targeting Latinos and recently was honored at a roast complete with racist jokes.

Kaufman: There’s no justice in the Justice Department, yesterday I heard the Attorney General say that he’s treated badly because he’s black. Come on, Sheriff Joe, everything is upside down in this country right now.

Arpaio: Am I treated badly because I’m Italian? And they use that W-O-P on menus to this day. No one seems to care about that, but if I said something wrong I’d be driven out of the country. There’s double standards around today. 

From the 04.10.2014 edition of WFTL’s The Joyce Kaufman Show

Shut the hell up, “Sheriff” Arpaio!

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW



Is Senate candidate Sam Clovis asshole of the day for saying if Obama were white, he’d have been impeached by now?

"I would say there are people in the House of Representatives right now that would very much like to take the opportunity to start the process," Clovis said of impeaching Obama. "And I think the reason that they’re not is because they’re concerned about the media."

"They’re concerned about the media in the context of how we would cover it because he’s a black president?" the Herald asked.

"Yes," Clovis responded.

There’s no grounds for impeaching Obama either, but why should that matter. The reason Obama hasn’t been impeached is because the House GOP is so worried about looking like racists. Mmhmm.

Photo source:

Hank Aaron has hit a home run with those comments. 

h/t: Tom Kludt at TPM Livewire


UPDATE: I don’t often embed tweets because they would vanish here if deleted. But this one I did embed so that you can click to read reactions and see the number of retweets. I’m adding a screencap, just in case.


Pat Dollard is an Islamophobic asshole. 


Ted Nugent believes Saul Alinsky and racism are responsible for people hating his music (via Raw Story )

On Tuesday, Ted Nugent called the mayor of Longview, Texas “clueless,” “dishonest,” “racist,” and claimed that he had “bamboozled the good citizens of Longview.” Last month, the town withdrew its invitation to have him headline its annual…


Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) condemned Fox News host Bill O’Reilly’s “divisive” remarks labeling her a “race hustler” in a statement released Wednesday.

In a March 26 statement, Lee responded to O’Reilly description of her as a “race hustler” and called for an end to the use of such language in the national discourse. Lee was attacked by O’Reilly for her reaction to comments by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) that blamed poverty on a “real culture problem” he said persisted “in our inner cities”  where men were not “learning the value and the culture of work.” Lee took offense to those comments as a “thinly veiled racial attack.” She called O’Reilly’s comments “disgusting and divisive” and said that they “should never be accepted in our national discourse.”

During the March 25 edition of Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor, O’Reilly attempted to defend the remarks made by Ryan by attacking Lee and accused her of exploiting Ryan’s comment for political gain, deeming her a “race hustler.” 

h/t: Sophia Tesfaye at MMFA

In a 1990 interview now available online for the first time, National Rifle Association board member and Outdoor Channel spokesperson Ted Nugent defended apartheid in South Africa, said that he uses racial expletives because he “hang[s] around with a lot of niggers,” and described the bizarre efforts he claims to have taken to avoid military service during the Vietnam War.

Snippets from “Ted Nugent Grows Up? Older, Bolder, Cruder, Ruder — And More Unprintable Than Ever,” published in Detroit Free Press Magazine on July 15, 1990, have been floating around on the Internet for years. Media Matters requested a copy of the interview from the Detroit Public Library, which archives the Free Press, to authenticate the statements.

Nugent has recently been the subject of widespread controversy after calling President Obama a “subhuman mongrel” during an appearance at a January gun industry trade show. That comment resurfaced the next month when Republican Texas governor hopeful Greg Abbott invited Nugent to campaign with him. Abbott’s decision created a firestorm of controversy around Nugent that only dissipated after he offered a disingenuous apology for his remark. Fallout continues from that controversy, as a Texas music festival recently announced it would pay Nugent not to show up for a planned performance.

The comments made by Nugent to Detroit Free Press Magazine demonstrate how his slur of Obama is par for the course for the NRA representative (all ellipses are DFP's):

Nugent On Race: Defends Apartheid, His Use Of The Word “N*gger”

Discussing the system of racial segregation enforced in South Africa at the time, Nugent said that “apartheid isn’t that cut-and-dry. All men are not created equal.” While claiming that he had “great respect” for the indigenous people of South Africa, Nugent called them “a different breed of man” claiming that “[t]hey still put bones in their noses, they still walk around naked, they wipe their butts with their hands”:

The 40,000-acre ranch he manages in South Africa is a particularly sore point. The ranch is used exclusively for bow hunting, Nugent’s passion.

"My being there isn’t going to affect any political structure," he says. "Besides, apartheid isn’t that cut-and-dry. All men are not created equal."

"The preponderance of South Africa is a different breed of man," Nugent says. "I mean that with no disrespect. I say that with great respect. I love them because I’m one of them. They are still people of the earth, but they are different. They still put bones in their noses, they still walk around naked, they wipe their butts with their hands. And when I kill an antelope for ‘em, their preference is the gut pile. That’s what they f***ing want to eat, the intestines. These are different people. You give ‘em toothpaste, they f***ing eat it…I hope they don’t become civilized. They’re way ahead of the game."

Nugent’s comments came a few months after Nelson Mandela was released following 27 years in prison.

Nugent also defended calling his music tour in Japan the “Jap Whack Tour” and his use of the word “nigger”:

Nugent sometimes talks and sings about women as if they were sexual toys. His conversations are peppered with the word “n*gger.” He calls his upcoming tour of Japan the “Jap Whack Tour.”

"I mean no disrespect. I’m sure the Japanese are wonderful folks…And if I’m with a bunch of guys, we may talk about babes in a certain way…I use the word nigger a lot because I hang around with a lot of niggers, and they use the word nigger, and I tend to use words that communicate…I don’t mean to offend. I’m a fun guy, not a sexist or racist."

Shemane Nugent Explains That Her Husband’s Sexism Is “Just An Act”

During the controversy surrounding Nugent’s “subhuman mongrel” remark, he was also widely criticized forhis misogynist attacks on women, including past characterizations of Hillary Clinton as a “toxic cunt” and “worthless bitch.”

As the Free Press interview notes, Nugent “sometimes talks and sings about women as if they were sexual toys.” Indeed, the interview quotes Nugent as saying, “When other guys were getting high, I would grab a couple babes, go squirrel hunting and see just how mini mini-skirts could get.”

The interview also contains a defense of Nugent’s sexism from his wife:

"I shouldn’t say this, because I know he has an image to uphold, but as far as the comments he makes to and about women, it’s just an act. The person on stage is not the person I know at home. Things come out of his mouth on stage that I’ve never heard before in my life. I think, ‘Who is that person up there?’ The music turns him into another person."

Nugent Says He Soiled Himself To Avoid Vietnam Among Other Bizarre Anecdotes

The Free Press reported that Nugent claimed he avoided service in Vietnam after showing up at his draft physical after “virtually living inside pants caked with his own excrement, stained by his urine.” Nugent described to the Free Press a process where “he stopped all forms of personal hygiene” and for 10 days before his physical “ingested nothing but Vienna sausages and Pepsi” while relieving himself in his own clothing.

Nugent also claimed that he would be the first to fight in a war prosecuted by Presidents Ronald Reagan or George H.W. Bush, but said about Vietnam, “[I]f I would have gone over there, I’d have been killed, or I’d have killed all the hippies in the foxholes…I would have killed everybody”:

Nevertheless, the song made the Dukes a national act. They began touring 250 nights a year or more. That’s when Uncle Sam told Nugent it was time to go to war, and Nugent told Sam to go to hell.

Nugent says his blood runs red, white, Reagan and Bush, and if they had a war — a real war — he would fight his way to the front line. He was proud to play the national anthem before a Detroit Pistons-Chicago Bulls Eastern Conference championship game.

And he is equally proud that the Michigan Legislature this year proclaimed him a “wholesome, traditional,” man of “honesty, integrity, loyalty and patriotism.”

But Nugent wanted no part of Vietnam. He claims that 30 days before his draft board physical, he stopped all forms of personal hygiene. The last 10 days, he ingested nothing but Vienna sausages and Pepsi and a week before his physical, he stopped using bathrooms altogether, virtually living inside pants caked with his own excrement, stained by his urine. 

That spectacle won Nugent a deferment, he says, although the Free Press was unable to verify his draft status.

"The men who went should be applauded, but if I would have gone over there, I’d have been killed, or I’d have killed all the hippies in the foxholes…I would have killed everybody."

Among other anecdotes shared by Nugent was his claim that he played music loud enough to kill a bandmate’s aunt:

"We were practicing in the basement at this guy’s house once, his name was Gary Hicks, and his mother kept yelling at us to turn it down, and, of course, you can’t play rock’ n’ roll quietly, so we kept on playing.

"The next thing we know she’s yelling down, ‘YOU KILLED HER. SHE’S DEAD. GARY HELP ME.’ His aunt had keeled over and died right as I was playing a solo…That’s how loud we were."

Nugent also said he watched Jimi Hendrix die and his reaction was, “Yeah so what? What did you f***ing expect?”

"I knew I didn’t hold a candle to [Jimi Hendrix] with the guitar. But he was also a total dipsh— because he was always so high. I watched him die, and when they told me he was dead, I just said, ‘Yeah, so what? What did you f***ing expect?’"

The article also described an incident, which was apparently not disputed by Nugent, where he was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon while wearing nothing but a loincloth:

On another occasion, he was arrested and jailed for three days for carrying a concealed weapon. While driving his girlfriend’s Volkswagen bug to a gig in Traverse City, he was stopped wearing only a loincloth and carrying a Bowie knife.

The full Free Press article:

"Ted Nugent Grows Up?" The Detroit Free Press Magazine, July 15, 1990


Lancaster’s multimillionaire right-wing mayor, Rex Parris, hasn’t been a big Blue America cause célèbre despite a record that has painted him as one of California’s more unsavory and fringy mayors. We learned that in 2008 he fired the Lancaster Planning Commission because it had refused to rubber stamp an application from WalMart to build a mega-store selling alcohol, ammunition and weapons next to a school in Quartz Hill, an unincorporated area of Lancaster. Last year we ran across him again, the guy who tried to ban dogs he says are favored by gangs and who proposed restrictions on landlords who want to rent to tenants with Section 8 federal housing vouchers, while helping fund a program to bus homeless people out of town and shut down a local motel to prevent the notorious Mongols motorcycle club from meeting in Lancaster… and kicking aside roadblocks for developers wanting to do business in town… [C]ritics say Parris, who was elected [in 2008], is an arrogant bully and an unstoppable control freak. ‘King Rex’ they call him, or ‘T. Rex.’ This time he was building a “drone force” in the Antelope Valley at the behest of his bribery-obsessed crony, Buck McKeon, whose political career has been financed by weapons manufacturers.

But in the Antelope Valley, people know T Rex for something else as well. A trial attorney, Parris is known to be lawsuit happy with local municipalities. He has sued the neighboring cities of Palmdale and Santa Clarita for what he claims is racially polarized voting in both cities, costing taxpayers there millions of dollars. He has sued local school districts within his own city, mandating they move to district elections. Mayor Parris has allegedly raked in millions in fees for suing local governments. And, of course, money that could have been used for local services have had to be diverted too his self-serving frivolous law suits. Those Republicans are such hypocrites!

Residents of the Antelope Valley— and throughout CA-25— have come to expect outlandish statements from Parris but this week many people think he really has gone too far— attacking an Iraq War Veteran who is running for Lancaster City Council in a recent negative mailer. Johnathon Ervin has served over 16 years in the United States Air Force, and is currently a Master Sergeant in the Air Force Reserves stationed at March Air Reserve Base in California. Ervin is also an aerospace engineer at Palmdale Plant 42 and a proud father and husband. Ervin, though, is African-American and Parris refers to him in the already notorious mailer, as the “Gang Candidate” and “Anti Law-Enforcement,” warning Lancaster families that Johnathon Ervin would “Green Light” gang activities in the city of Lancaster. Can you hear the dog whistle?  

Gang candidate? The march referred to in the mailer is from a 2012 rally against stereotypes in light of the Trayvon Martin shooting titled, “The Hoodie March.” Oh the irony! Parris even supported the rally in 2012 according to message sent through emeritus former-Mayor Henry Hearns. Parris proclaim he wants Lancaster to be a Christian City. I do not see anything Christian-like in lying and slandering a United States veteran and upstanding family man in a smear campaign.

In the Republican Party’s disruptive and toxic local civil war, Parris has endorsed corrupt carpetbagger Tony Strickland and opposed the local candidate, state Senator Steve Knight. Knight— like Parris, a crazed right-wing extremist— has opposed the mayor politically and has publicly disagreed with his conduct at city hall. Lancaster was narrowly carried by President Obama in 2012 and the Republican Stronghold in Lancaster is not crumbling. Every governing body in Lancaster now seats at least one Democrat… except the City Council, which has not had a Democrat elected to it ever. Lancaster was incorporated in 1977. Johnathon Ervin is the first Democrat to have a chance at picking up a seat in the City Council and Parris is willing to use every whistle in the book to attack this decorated military veteran.

If you would like to help send Johnathon Ervin to City Hall and defeat this racist, anti-veteran, bigoted Mayor, you can contribute here. And if you want to make sure Parris sleazy carpetbagger ally, Tony Strickland, doesn’t replace Buck McKeon in Congress, you can contribute to Lee Rogers’ campaign here.

Johnathon Ervin, Rex Parris’ idea of a “gang candidate”


h/t: Ian Haney López at Politico

h/t: jasdye at Forward Progressives


Dumbest NBA tweet of the day —the week? the month?— goes to…*drumroll*…Republican Rep. Pat Garofalo of Minnesota. (pic via @CJZERO)

H/T: Adam Serwer at

h/t: Ian Millhiser at Think Progress Justice


There are few events in the modern era that evoke revulsion as much as the attempted annihilation of an entire people based on their religion. No, this particular event is not the neo-conservative movement’s drive to wipe out Muslims; that is another story. The Holocaust was a human atrocity on such a grand scale that it still evokes abject disgust among any decent human being regardless their religious or national background, and just mentioning Nazi elicits outrage amongst all but the worst representatives of humanity. Over the past few days, Republicans rallied around one of the America’s worst representatives of humanity and aligned themselves with pedophile, draft dodger, racist, and now Nazi sympathizer Ted Nugent. There is a saying that a person is known by the company they keep, and the Republicans praising, excusing and defending Ted Nugent should be regarded as Nazi sympathizers.

Last month when Nugent launched a barrage of derogatory comments about President Barack Obama at a gun expo in Las Vegas, he described the President as “a communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured, subhuman mongrel.” Nugent calling the President a communist is typical for the archetypical white-trash racist assailing Barack Obama for leading the Executive branch while being African American. However, Nugent’s use of “subhuman mongrel” marked a new low that Republicans embraced through their defense, and implied approval, of Nugent’s Nazi remarks. They could hardly condemn Nugent because they support whipping racists and gun-zealots into frenzy against this President since it worked so effectively for Nazis in their drive to exterminate Jews.

It is unclear why only Wolf Blitzer criticized Nugent for channeling Nazis, and why main stream media is not reporting that Republicans are praising and defending the Nazi sympathizer Nugent. Blitzer said last week “That’s what the Nazis called Jews to justify the genocide of the Jewish community. They called them ‘untermenschen,’ subhuman mongrels. If you read some of the literature that the Nazis put out there, there is a long history of that specific phrase he used involving the president of the United States.” According to a historian at the University of California at Los Angeles, David Myers, Adolph Hitler used the word “untermensch,” or subhuman, in his book Mein Kampf in 1925 and “from that point forward, it was part of the Nazi lexicon. That and ‘mischling’ or mongrel, were intoned with daily regularity by the Nazi propaganda machine.” The world knows how that propaganda succeeded, and yet there has been little to no harsh condemnation of Nugent’s Nazi propaganda against President Obama in national media.

There can be little doubt that Nugent deliberately chose the Nazi phrase as propaganda, but Republicans have barely chastised Nugent for using what they call “inappropriate” language. The same day Blitzer reported that Nugent used Nazi propaganda to criticize the President, Politifact rated Blitzer’s assertions as absolutely true. Still, Texas gubernatorial hopeful Gregg Abbot welcomed Nugent’s campaign assistance and Ted Cruz defended and praised Nugent claiming “there are reasons people listen to him, which is that he has been fighting passionately for Second Amendment rights. And this administration has demonstrated an incredible hostility to the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.” Cruz or Nugent cannot cite one instance of this President’s “incredible hostility to the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens,” but truth is of no consequence to Republicans or Nugent in their demonization of President Obama.

Cruz’s is as bad as Nugent for praising the Nazi sympathizer, and in what CNN and the Washington Post falsely labeled an apology, Nugent reciprocated and praised Texan gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, representative Louie Gohmert, Ted Cruz, and governor Rick Perry that Wolf Blitzer could not shame into condemning Nugent’s Nazi propaganda. The most Blitzer could get out of Perry was that Nugent’s remarks were “inappropriate,” and it is likely all any media will get from Republicans, at least from Texas Republicans. It is important to remember that Nugent’s Nazi comments were not for politicians, they were for racist gun-fanatics who embrace Nugent as their prototypical warrior against President Obama.

According to the president and CEO of the Outdoor Channel, Jim Liberatore, who could hardly contain his glowing praise for Nugent while parroting Ted Cruz, “Ted Nugent symbolizes everything that is right in our industry and represents our viewers as an outspoken patriot, a skilled outdoorsman, and a devoted family man. His programs have a powerful, zealous fan base with unmatched engagement levels.” It is no coincidence that Nugent used Nazi propaganda at a gun expo he knew his racist supporters would hear to whip them into intense anti-Obama frenzy. It is also no coincidence that Texas Republicans are tripping over themselves to praise Nugent instead of condemning his embrace of terminology that incited decent German people into Holocaust facilitators. Sadly, there are millions of racists in America who would participate in an attempt to wipe people of color off the face of America, and instead of immediately condemning and distancing themselves from Ted Nugent, Texas Republicans could only praise him for his opposition to the President and follow Willard Romney’s example and welcome his support for their candidacy.

There is a tendency to criticize anyone for comparing Republican propaganda tactics to Nazis, but in this case comparing Republican support of Nugent’s Nazi propaganda is warranted. For over five years Republicans have given tacit approval to, and participated in advancing, propaganda criticizing President Obama as an interloper, not being American, and an illegal President.  Nugent exceeded their efforts by resorting to Nazi propaganda that led to the worst human atrocity in history. Americans should make no mistake that Nugent’s Nazi remarks were not meant to ramp up hate towards Barack Obama or Americans who support him.

Americans should be aware that racist pedophile, draft dodger, and National Rifle Association director Nugent regards any American who does not comport with his vision of America is a hated enemy and unwelcome in his perverse America. Besides failing to condemn Nugent and his Republican cheer-leaders’ defense for using Nazi terminology, there was little reporting that during his Nazi propaganda rant he spared no Democrats from his vile remarks. He said, “I think America will be America again when Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Hillary Clinton, Dick Durbin, Michael Bloomberg and all the liberal Democrats are in jail facing the just due punishment that their treasonous acts are clearly apparent.” Nugent’s inclusion of “all the liberal Democrats in jail” is tantamount to Nazi propagandists lumping all Jews together and it leads one to wonder if “in jail” was code for in concentration camps or worse. Main stream media, Texas Republicans, and anyone defending, excusing, or praising Nugent are as guilty as the racist pedophile because their reluctance to condemn or distance themselves from him is implied approval to use dangerous Nazi propaganda against the President.

Larry Pratt, the descriptively named executive director of Gun Owners of America, has figured out how to improve The Blacks in America: In a recent radio interview, he explained that American blacks would have a much better time of it if they could just be more like “the African from Africa.” You know, that one guy.

Pratt, who has previously warned about the private army of blacks that Obama is building to foment race war in the USA, spoke last month with Selwyn Duke on the “Gun Owners News Hour” — proving again that every rightwinger has a podcast — and they went over the usual news, like how Obama is converting the U.S. military into “a martial law ready” force by promoting minorities above whites, and then they got to the more arcane stuff about how American blacks could really learn a lot about good attitudes from Africans from the Africa:

“Generally, the African from Africa is a very pro-American person, a very happy person,” Pratt said. “I know several, and they’re always happy with a joke, a pleasant smile on their face, and they clearly don’t identify with the surliness that’s all too frequently the attitude of their fellow African Americans here.”

And Larry Pratt sure could learn a lot from trying to emulate human beings, now couldn’t he?