Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Race Cards Flying Everywhere

So I am over at memeorandum and I happen to see a story about teenager in St Louis getting beat up on the bus. I am curious about why such a story is posted on memeorandum and is being linked to by all these wingnut blogs so I go to check it out. Evidently a police captain claimed that the attack was racially motivated. Now, as you may have guessed, the reason it drew attention from the wingnut blogs which are usually loathe to talk about racially motivated beatings is because it was a black kids beating up a white kid. Now check out the key passage in the original story:

"In my estimation, it's racially motivated," said Capt. Don Sax of the Belleville Police Department. He said one reason he had formed this opinion was that many of the students, most of whom were black, yelled their support for the beating.

"There was absolutely no justification for the beating either time," Sax said.

So to sum it up, this police captain has come to the conclusion that the beating was racially motivated at least in part because other black students were yelling their support. Pretty flimsy no? Isn't this normally the kind of weak tea that wingnuts decry when its a situation where a white person is accused of a racially motivated beating of a minority? I mean surely this by itself isn't enough to draw such a conclusion is it?

Welp when its a black on white crime and its the hypocritical wingnutosphere its obviously more than enough.

One post in particular caught my eye because it was from Michelle Malkin who usually says she hates people playing the "race card". Amazingly though she goes into quite a lenghty diatribe about this case when its far from certain that it was in fact a racially motivated attack.

Ok so I am being just a little bit snarky here because the level of hypocrisy on this one is just through the roof but I haven't even gotten to the best part yet. First of all lets check out some of the things her commenters had to say about the post.

One says:

Can you tell me there is no race war going on? While white people sit around shaking their heads and looking the other way black people have made every possible issue about race and their anger is erupting more daily. It’s only going to get worse.

Another says

Lovely. “They” are empowered by folks such as West and Serena Williams.

With people like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson fanning the flames of racism, it is no surprise.

Another says

The black community race baiters encourage this behavior by telling young black kids that whitey is keeping them down.
It’s no different than middle-easterners telling their children that Jews and Americans are keeping them down, though they do it with even more hate.

The outcome is expected and wanted by the Al Sharptons and Jesse Jacksons of the world. “Let’s you and him fight” has always been the tactic of those lacking in basic decency and courage.

And yet another says

the city of belleville has been targetted by racist blacks from east st louis for decades. the city of belleville was founded by whites driven out of east st louis in the 60s, and now they have a nice suburban city with a nice school district and a shopping district. over the past several years, they have faced racism charges because they dare to protect their people and their property. the police chief was labelled a racist because he stopped cars full of blacks cruising his streets at night. the mall owners have been accused because they won’t allow these gang thugs from east st louis to destroy the mall as they did in north st louis county. but of course the bussing of those poor yutes from the east st louis ghetto to the white school supported by it’s citizens gives ample access for thuggery. the belleville school district should eliminate bussing these thugs into the district.

But none of the people leaving those comments are racists right?

Oh I forgot to mention one thing, the story has since been updated and the police captain has totally back peddled.

BELLEVILLE -- A Belleville police spokesman now says an incident where a white student was beaten by teen black assailants on a bus “may not be racially motivated.”

“It was premature on my part,” said Belleville Police Capt. Don Sax. “It was my personal and emotional comment after only seeing the video briefly.”

Sax said police interviewed the 17-year-old Belleville West High student.
However, he said he was unaware of what the student told police.

See this guy made his assessment of this being a racially motivated attack without having even interviewed the students involved nor having any facts other than seeing the video to which he had a visceral reaction.

Now honestly I don't begrudge the man being repulsed by the video. I probably would have been too regardless of the race of the kids involved. But he totally jumped the shark when he claimed it was a racially motivated crime. As a police captain he should know a lot better than that.

Now of course since the story has been updated and it turns out the captain was wrong, surely these wingnuts who just hate race based justice have recanted and updated all of their blogs right?


Several of the comments on Malkin's blog I just posted were put up AFTER someone in comments on her blog posted the update. Mind you she didn't update her own post, but presumably the people leaving comments read what other folks had already said. Still they just couldn't resist piling on could they?

But again, surely they aren't racists.

By the way, if anybody tries to tell you that at least some of the backlash Kanye is facing from being an asshole at the VMAs is about race, don't you believe it, not one single word!



  1. Kanye may face a backlash, but not for the VMAs. The MTV people need to kiss his feet for making that ridiculous "awards" show interesting for a minute.

    As for the wingnuts, it's always about "they" and/or "them." "They" are always bad, always up to no good, always suspect. There is no examination of the self, and that's why wingnuts always sound paranoid.

  2. This is ignorance and race baiting by wingnuts. If this was motivated by race, why is the white in the back egging on the fight. Also, there is another white kid in the front who looked back, saw a fight, and thought nothing of it. This is not going to end well for this country.

  3. So the first post I read is all about how the "wingnuts" will react to the beating of a black woman at the hands of a white man, which you clearly have an opinion about, and then I get to this story- which now that it is a white person being beat by black people, you offer no opinion on the heinous act. But you-OMG!! once again!!! accuse others of doing exactly what you do! Both stories are HORRIBLE! The difference is that every person I have ever known would agree- but you cant seem to! No person should be beaten by any person! If you cannot agree with that, then you are the racist you accuse others of being!

  4. Uhmm Anonymous Asshole

    I only write these blog posts, I can't read them to you as well. If you say I didn't offer any opinion on the heinous act its probably because you can't read worth a shit. I understand since most wingnuts think having an education is some kind of pinko commie liberal plot, but again its not my problem.

    Here is a hint though, look for the word "repulsed".

    Sorry, not a winner. Please try again.


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