How do we convince people who do not derive power from it or lose out as a result of it that the White Male Privilege does exist and that it would be almost universally beneficial to eliminate it?
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I was watching the Democratic National Convention(which isn’t quite Democratic, or national) on Monday night and they cut to a picture of where the Democratic Nominee will be speaking from on Thursday. That’s when it dawned me. They’re going to kill him. It may not be on Thursday night, though a “plot” has already been disrupted, but I think there’s a reasonable chance that they’re going to kill him. Don’t ask me who “they” is. There are so many people who feel they have a reason to take his life that I’m sure the list is days long, but my guess it that we’ll never really know and the idea will have originated in the highest levels of the government. I’m going to guess that the attempt will be blamed on a “lone nut” racist who works in the stadium (noticed that the stage lends itself to triangulated crossfire) and has recently talked to someone about how much they hate the man. Blaming a national disaster on a terrorist has already been done.
I don’t often listen to rap unless it comes highly recommended by students (or in this case, Stephen Colbert)and doesn’t glorify violence, degredation of women, and illegal activities. I try to support musicians who are creatively political and alighn with causes I believe in. Nas has started fighting back against what he claims to be (and rightly so) racist rhetoric by Fox “News” and specifically Bill O’Reilly.
This is something that is really important to my students, so I thought I’d write about it. In case you are unfamiliar with the Jena Six controversy, it’s about six young black students who are accused of beating up a white student. The white student was one of a few who hung nooses from a tree on school grounds where black students hung out. All students were incredibly wrong, and violence is to be condemned for sure, but the avoidance of the issue of racism in Jena is something tha has been troubling given the many recent ways our government and our current political structure have ensured that minorities are treated differently.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much I wish this wasn’t true, but Operation Straight Up has been authorized to “support” the troops by making sure they’ve been saved. I understand that the Christians believe that they are helping soldiers by giving them something to believe in, but I think it’s manipulative to capitalize on the fear of men and women who know they have a good chance of becoming wounded or dying while they’re in Iraq. When people are away from their friends and family in a stressful situation, they are much more vulnerable to ideas they wouldn’t normally accept. It shows very little compassion and tolerance for the beliefs of others. Is this really what Jesus would do?
Here are some major problems that both BlueBloggin and I see with Operation Straight Up:
- Baldwin became a right-wing, born-again Christian after the 9/11 attacks, and now is the star of Operation Straight Up (OSU), an evangelical entertainment troupe that actively proselytizes among active-duty members of the US military. As an official armof the Defense Department’s America Supports You program, OSU plans to mail copies of the controversial apocalyptic video game, Left Behind: Eternal Forces to soldiers serving in Iraq. OSU is also scheduled to embark on a Military Crusade in Iraq in the near future.
- “We feel the forces of heaven have encouraged us to perform multiple crusades that will sweep through this war torn region,” OSU declares on its website about its planned trip to Iraq. “We’ll hold the only religious crusade of its size in the dangerous land of Iraq.”
- The Defense Department’s Chaplain’s Office, which oversees OSU’s activities, has not responded to calls seeking comment.
- “The constitution has been assaulted and brutalized,” Mikey Weinstein, former Reagan Administration White House counsel, ex-Air Force judge advocate (JAG), and founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, told me. “Thanks to the influence of extreme Christian fundamentalism, the wall separating church and state is nothing but smoke and debris. And OSU is the IED that exploded the wall separating church and state in the Pentagon and throughout our military.”
- Weinstein continued: “The fact that they would even consider taking their crusade to a Muslim country shows the threat to our national security and to the constitution and everyone that loves it.”
- But behind OSU’s anodyne promises of wholesome fun for military families, the organization promotes an apocalyptic brand of evangelical Christianity to active duty US soldiers serving in Muslim-dominated regions of the Middle East. Displayed prominently on the “What We Believe” section of OSU’s website is a passage from the Book of Revelations (Revelation 19:20; 20:10-15) that has become the bedrock of the Christian right’s End Times theology: “The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
- With the endorsement of the Defense Department, OSU is mailing “Freedom Packages” to soldiers serving in Iraq. These are not your grandfather’s care packages, however. Besides pairs of white socks and boxes of baby wipes (included at the apparent suggestion of Iran-Contra felon Oliver North, according to OSU) OSU’s care packages contain the controversial Left Behind: Eternal Forces video game. The game is inspired by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins’ bestselling pulp fiction series about a blood-soaked Battle of Armageddon pitting born-again Christians against anybody who does not adhere to their particular theology. In LaHaye’s and Jenkins’ books, the non-believers are ultimately condemned to “everlasting punishment” while the evangelicals are “raptured” up to heaven.
- This controversy has not deterred OSU from encouraging US troops to play virtual rounds of kill or convert after a hard day of house-to-house searches and counterinsurgency warfare against Iraqi insurgents. What’s more, OSU’s “Freedom Packages” include a copy of evangelical pastor Josh McDowell’s More Than A Carpenter –– a book advertised as “one of the most powerful evangelism tools worldwide” — that is double-published in Arabic. Considering that only a handful of American troops speak Arabic, the book is ostensibly intended for proselytizing efforts among Iraqi civilians.
On Flimsy Sanity there is a discussion going on about racism. Several people have taken the “what can you do” approach, and that it really disturbing for me. The don’t-make-waves culture of America has gone to far and everyone is so concerned about Political Correctness that they have completely forgotten about Actual Correctness.
It is NOT okay to be racist. It’s just not. Don’t make excuses. Don’t say, “everyone has to hate someone”. Don’t laugh uncomfortably and walk away. It is WRONG to hate someone because of their race. Yes, everyone has a right to their opinion, but if their opinion is offensive or intolerant, YOU have the right to call them on it. all you have to do is say, “I am not a racist person and I would really appreciate it if you would not make those comments/jokes around me.” How hard is that?
It is NOT okay to proselytize. Again, let’s not make excuses. It is not okay for someone to come to my home and try to convince me that the way I am living my life is wrong. It is WRONG to try and make everyone think that if they don’t believe what you believe, they are going to hell. You shouldn’t have to hide inside, turn the TV down, and pretend you’re not home. Open the door. Say, “I am an adult. I know all about religion and I am not interested in hearing what you have to say. I don’t appreciate you coming to my home to tell me that how I’m living my life is wrong. Please don’t come back here again.” Then shut the door.
A deal has been reached on the immigration issue, and it seems to include some of the components other countries are using. Mexican immigrants are not happy with the plan, but I’m not sure they would accept anything other than amnesty and immunity. I completely agree with the point system for immigrants. I know that the tired, the hungry, and the poor need a good place to live, but right now we have to look after ourselves or we won’t be able to help anyone. I think that every illegal immigrant in the country should have to pay a $5,000 fine for each member of the household. Those who cannot must leave within 90 days. Those who can pay the fine must do so and apply for citizenship through the new point system. Those who have enough points may stay. Those who do not must leave within 90 days of their application being denied.
UPDATE: I did not see anything in the article referring to the people who hire and house illegal immigrants. I should mention that I 100% support a $5,000 fine for each illegal employee a company hires, as well as fining landlords $5,000 for each illegal immigrant living under their roof.
The Army has ordered soldiers to stop posting to blogs or sending personal emails without clearing them with an officer. There are three missing soldiers in Iraq, but we know where these ones are. When are we going to find out why they died?
3,401 US Soldiers killed in Iraq
25,378 US Soldiers wounded in Iraq