*Crickets* and the Chime

I've noticed that whenever we have a situation resembling the likes of Trayvon Martin, white folks not only play the Racist Card, but the Media Card.

In other words, instead of focusing on the act of an admitted killer, they shift the subject to whether or not he/she is really racist, and then they go to war with the media.  They're not even remotely concerned with the slaying of an innocent person of color, nor the impact of their death on his or her family and community; that's hastily referenced in the hollow "our prayers go out to their family" bullshit.  Meanwhile, the impassioned analyses and criticisms are leveled at the "liberal media"and "Faux News", all the while whining about the imaginary white plight.

Or another example: Hilary Rosen rightfully pointed out Ann Romney's class privilege, which an overwhelming majority of her husband's supporters simply do.not.have, and suddenly Democratic women were branded as uppity, cold-hearted, career-obsessed, child-hating bitches. When President Obama stated he preferred that candidates' spouses be left out of political debates and discussions, Field Negro aptly pointed out that the President ought to check out what certain folks have been saying about his wife.

And anyone who's paid even the slightest bit of attention over the past four years has noted the stark, deafening sound of *crickets* from white folks whenever Michelle OBama is attacked for no damn reason.

Normally, I'd find the Media Card extremely annoying; white bloggers, cartoonists, and commenters all feel oh-so-righteous when they go to war with the media, accusing this journalist of bias and that network of reverse racism, and so on. They sanctimoniously demand facts and evidence and completely neutral professionalism.

*rolls eyes* Whatever.

Where are the righteous tirades whenever the media goes after POC? Because whenever it comes to the media and any situation involving an innocent person of color, the majority of white Americans respond either one of two ways: we either get the *crickets* or they chime in with smearing that POC.  Mind you, the POC in question doesn't even have to be a real person.  Remember Bethany Storro?  When she accused a fictional Black woman of throwing acid on her, white folks across the web immediately chimed in against the Black woman.  They even sent the bitch $30,000 for her pain.  But when the attack was revealed to be a hoax, we got *crickets*.  And I mean the you-could-hear-a-pin-drop *crickets*.  All those chimers suddenly didn't have a goddamn thing to say; not a word about how the media helped endanger innocent Black women but sending police out on the hunt, nor how one woman actually into hiding because she happened to somewhat resemble the sketch.

'Cause that's how it works, bar patrons.  When a POC is the focus of widespread negative attention, white Americans and the media suddenly turn into BFFs; the majority of them can't wait to hop into bed with the media.  I'm talking rolling right over and spreading with no question or criticism whatsoever...just going at it bareback without a care in the world.

So for all the white folks getting pissed whenever the media casts an unflattering spotlight your way: get used to it.  It's not going to stop.  If it sells and gets people talking, it's getting put out there, regardless of whom it inconveniences.  That's what equal treatment tastes like.

Remember to smile when you swallow.

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  1. "And anyone who's paid even the slightest bit of attention over the past four years has noted the stark, deafening sound of *crickets* from white folks whenever Michelle OBama is attacked for no damn reason."

    But whites came out on droves to deride Rush Limbaugh for calling Sandra Fluke a slut. Leaders in the white community took it personally because Sandra Fluke could be their daughter- their wife or significant other; but Michelle? "Well she's black isn't she? She can't be my daughter- or my wife, or my significant other. Moreover, I have no close black friends to speak of, so it's none of my concern. In any case- I'm sure the Congressman meant no harm when he said Michelle's butt is too big. Maybe she needs to make healthier food choices," they'll reason.

    The lack of empathy for Michelle was obvious; however the inability to recognize a racist statement for what it is- remains even more telling. Fluke became the Damsel in Distress the minute Rush attacked her. So conversely, whites have been conditioned to come to her rescue. Michelle, well she can take care herself; you know how those black women are. Or as Fox News lovingly dubs her: Obama's baby momma.

    "Where are the righteous tirades whenever the media goes after POC? Because whenever it comes to the media and any situation involving an innocent person of color, the majority of white Americans respond either one of two ways: we either get the *crickets* or they chime in with smearing that POC."

    Well it had to be the POC's fault; so whatever the outcome, they must have brought the negative treatment upon themselves. Ergo, if Rodney King hadn't been on drugs- or if he hadn't disobeyed officers on the scene, he wouldn't have been beaten. Conversely, if Trayvon hadn't worn that hoodie he'd be alive today. This type of negativism is engrained in the white mind and its almost impossible to eradicate. Remember this test? What whites proclaim openly (about they're being tolerant an all) is overwhelmingly contradicted by what they entertain in their hearts. Such biases are virtually indistinguishable from their alleged objectivity.

    Consequently, no matter how egregious the crime; if it's committed by a white person there's instant empathy/identification with (white = good). Now should this equation fall short, then there must be logical- mitigating circumstances why it still holds true.

    Like: "He's basically a good person; he was just pushed to the breaking point. What he said was unfortunate yes- but he's no racist." Still another: "Well, he had a bad upbringing- that's why he snapped and killed all those people." And lastly: "The fact that she had sex with 20 teenaged boys and plied them with alcohol does not negate the fact that she's a good teacher- wife and mother. It was the medication that she was on; yeah, that's the ticket... the medication. We need stronger laws on the books to hold the drug companies accountable."

    Whites project their own sense of goodness onto each other, so it's hard to see things clearly. The ironic part is POC are considered incapable of being objective because of our emotions; but whites suffer from the same disorder, only color-wise. They're unable to see the forest for the trees because White equals Good clouds their objectivity. Why can't whites just be criminal? Why can't they simply be racists? Because as long as they can peg each other as individuals (through media and popular culture) it never taints the race as a whole (least in their eyes it doesn't).

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  2. "But whites came out on droves..."
    *Apologies*

    But whites came out in droves

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  3. Still waiting for the media uproar to come out with the whole Swedish Ni**er cake thing.....crickets @_@...butcher an effigy of a Black women, meh.....but call a white girl a slut and damn it sponsors are loss....world leaders demand apologies.....hmmmmm

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    1. Oh, but didn't you hear...white Europeans played NO ROLE in the slave trade, so they aren't racist and don't have the same experience as white AMERICAN racists so we can't hold them to the same standards.

      So apparently Europeans can call you ni**er all day long and you can't get made b/c it isn't racist.

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    2. LOL.....So tired of Black folk defending Europeans as not racist......the difference is subtle but here it is as I see it....they didn't export us to their country to be enslaved....they invaded our countries and colonized.....change of tactic but same results......

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    3. That's like saying that Canadian white people aren't racist because they didn't have slavery of black people. HA!! They still treated me, a Choctaw Indian, "like black" as their Border Patrol guy even put it. I would get Michael Jackson songs sung AT me in public, especially at the Native Center. They'd be patronizing and call me "part" Indian (at BEST) just because I'm darker than what I call in return "white people with a Status Card." And the white men - wouldn't get all touchy-handsy until AFTER I told them I'm Native American and not "black." Gross. And on the entire North American continent I'm forever getting tired of the SURPRISE at the fact that I'm a science major, went to Yale and have a math teaching credential.

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    4. @ Pamela

      Have we met? If not, please introduce yourself.

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    5. AnotherPupil5/1/12, 1:06 PM

      Funny thing about that cake is that it was done by a biracial (black and white) Swedish man whose parents were immigrants
      http://africasacountry.com/2012/04/24/africa-is-a-country-interview-with-makode-linde/

      It disgusted me to see a white liberal feminist defend this as some sort of criticism of white supremacy. Yes, because the best way to do that is to once again objectify black African women. Whatever his intention was, it was just more stupid spectacle using a serious issue for the sake of weak satire. Satire is the hardest form of comedy to pull of because you can end reinforcing the very tropes that you're criticizing.
      http://africasacountry.com/2012/04/24/africa-is-a-country-interview-with-makode-linde/

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  4. "So apparently Europeans can call you ni**er all day long and you can't get made b/c it isn't racist."

    In the words of many white people, "what the designer of the cake did was stupid yes- unconscionable maybe; but we might be stretching it a bit to call it racist."

    It takes a delicate palate to discern one vintage of wine from the other. Some connoisseurs spend their entire lives honing such skills. So it is with racism; our souls have become attuned to those very same nuances. Hence, we are cultural connoisseurs.

    I hope this doesn't sound too dramatic, but who's better qualified to discern the dichotomy of race; the oppressor or the oppressed? Only those who have been forced to drink the bitter grape can truly appreciate its vinosity.

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    1. "who's better qualified to discern the dichotomy of race; the oppressor or the oppressed?"

      Should be on tee shirts.....

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  5. You know what's so funny? When most of those same self-righteous white folks use the media to state their case that POC, black people in particular are dangerous and violent. If there's a news report about a black person attacking a white person, they will ride that ass, but in an instant will bitch and moan on how the media is left and biased against white people.

    Am I the only one who sees this is the shining example of ridiculousness? They bash the media for this supposed anti-white bias, but will use it to prove so-called black crime and violence. That's like an abusive relationship. You tear that person down all the time, but will use that person for sex, money or both.

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  6. Privilege breeds Hypocrisy. White trepidation draws its strength from what those people of color are doing. “It’s not us,” they’re quick to remind the world; “we’re just good decent folk.” Furthermore, the white equals good narrative compels whites to protect that image at any cost. Hence, what we see in the media (whites behaving badly) is just a few bad apples; “No sense in condemning a whole race for it.”

    That’s the line that always seems to trip whites up; the no sense in condemning a whole race for it part. When you’re on top; any criticism levied against one of your own is erroneously interpreted as an attack against the whole.

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  7. truthbetold4/21/12, 6:59 AM

    K, after Gabby Giffords was shot, the media make it clear that the lone gunman was a loose cannon and had some anger issues.
    Not only was he being given justification for his crime, the Republicans tried to distance themselves from his political group. Sarah Palin immediately tweeted how much she hated violence while she quietly removed crosshairs from her website. I laughed.

    In AmericKKKa, only white feelings and life matter.

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    1. The media's promotion of that bullshit (pardon my language but it is really that awful) as an "apology" has me so angry. I don't think I even do it justice.

      But I'm like, did all of you assholes flunk English class, b/c that is not an apology. That is not an apology's first cousin.

      And the title of that article and the way that they are acting like this murderer is somehow being magnanimous makes me sick. And he gets police protection to boot? WTF?

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  8. Yes all of this. And this is where liberal white feminist fauxgressives fail and fail very hard.

    Now time and time again, they had no qualms about marching and protesting to defend Sarah Palin if someone even breathed at her wrong (and to be fair in certain cases, some of the protests were necessary), however these same white feminist allies don't do shit when Michelle Obama is frequently attacked.

    Hell look at all of the attacks that occurred against women of color, specifically black women last year. Where were the fucking white feminists at?

    And then white allies wonder why we don't fuck with them.

    But once again, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr saw this one coming:

    "First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can't agree with your methods of direct action;" who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a "more convenient season."


    Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."
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    "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."

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    1. Could not agree more.......I have always given side eye to our liberal "friends" who seem to believe we can't speak for ourselves or lead the way to our own destiny.....we need them to be the go between .....I had this discussion with someone about David Wise....I am not against his work, just pissed that he says what Black folk have been saying for years and because he is white his words are given merit.....Black folk say it we are whiners/playing the race card...white boy says it then it has to be true.....

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    2. What Neo said, except he said it and backed it up far better than I could have.

      *passes the collection plate*

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    3. *Tim.....lol...

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  9. I have already learned not to trust white feminists from a long time ago. I was once watching George Carlin in one of his stand up routines on HBO and he railed against them. He said that he noticed that feminists were usually "white, middle-class women. They did not give a shit about black women's problems. They didn't care about Latino women. All they care about is their own reproductive freedom and their pocket book." And the events of what I am seeing as an adult have confirmed his words.

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