The dehumanization of Rachel Jeantel - the laughter, the disbelief - is rooted in the same attitude that causes people to treat unarmed black kids with suspicion, to follow them around subdivisions for no good reason ~ Justin Peters writing for Slate; as quoted in his article, "Rachel Jeantel Gets the Trayvon Martin Treatment", 6/28/2013.
In a post from 6/28/2013 a politically "Independent" blogger said "Liberal scoundrels" are guilty of "always playing the race card". Was he talking about the George Zimmerman murder trial? It isn't clear, as his post was too short to be able to tell... the title was "On Liberal Scoundrels" and the "body" was "Always playing the race card" (that's it. One sentence). But despite the brevity of the post, I'm going to (confidently) guess YES, the post had something to do with the George Zimmerman case.
The reason my guess is confident it that, previously Mr. Hart (the "Independent" blogger) said he believed there is no way (in his mind) that any race-based profiling took place when George Zimmerman eyed Trayvon Martin with suspicion and decided to stalk him...
|Willis Hart: far from being some sort of bigot, Mr. Zimmerman actually volunteered his time tutoring disadvantaged black kids... And Zimmerman is 1/8th black himself (in other words, he's 4X more black than Elizabeth Warren is Native-American), and part Mestizo. ("Stand Your Ground, Chumps", 5/19/2012).|
Is there any truth contained in the Hartster's comment? I have read that Zimmerman is Hispanic on this mother's side, but, other than that, I couldn't confirm any of Will's other "facts". I don't know if Zimmerman "volunteered his time tutoring disadvantaged black kids". I asked Willis for a link but he never provided one. I Googled for an answer but could only find people making the same claim on message boards. We do know, however, that Zim's dad is a racist, and we know that a co-worker of Middle-Eastern descent says GZ "racially targeted him and bullied him".
It is my strong opinion that racial prejudice was a factor in GZ deciding to stalk Trayvon Martin. So we know that Zim's dad is absolutely a racist and Zim himself probably has some racial prejudices. As for Willis Hart? In my opinion people who complain about Liberals playing the "race card" may be racist themselves. They object because they they don't like hearing the truth. As the authors of the book Playing the Race Card point out "the term itself is a rhetorical device used in an effort to devalue and minimize claims of racism".
Also, (in another post), Willis refers to the 19-year-old black female Trayvon was speaking with on the phone when GZ was stalking him as, "that fat black girl". Her name is Rachel Jeantel, and although I'm thinking Willis probably isn't a racist, he surely is an insensitive judgmental dick... with at least a modicum of racial biases (played the "race card" on you! How do you like that Hart? Am I a "scoundrel"?). (see update #2 below re Willis Hart and racism).
Not wanting to be judged probably explains why "that fat black girl" didn't want to testify. Willis describes her as a "adversarial witnesses". But Will's unkind words (WHY go there Mr. Hart?), are mild when compared to others. I'm referring to an individual who calls himself Radical Redneck. This racist dumbass is someone I encountered on the Right-wing blog Who's Your Daddy (WYD). If you've visited Sue's blog you've probably encountered the proprietor of WYD, Lisa. It was there I was informed by Kid that "Tea party people are the most non-racist, non-violent people on the planet".
I disagreed, and that was BEFORE Radical Redneck commented. Now, I don't know if RR is a Tea Partier, but (whatever the case may be), his comments don't reflect well on Conservatives in general. Or maybe just the types that Lisa's blog attracts (RR is a "follower" of Lisa's blog).
Following is an excerpt of my conversation with RR, so you can judge for yourself [I added portions in brackets to clarify. Also, the discussion began with another topic, which is why this discussion starts with RR referring to me; he was referring to what I said in regards to a different topic]...
|Radical Redneck: DS [Dervish Sanders] sounds like a cartoonish copy of that dullard state's witness [Rachel Jeantel] at the (soon to be acquitted - yahoo!) Zimmerman trial. And to celebrate I will unload a dozen or two boxes of steel tipped into these excellent targets! [Link is to a Trayvon Martin shooting target]. (6/28/2013 AT 10:13am).|
Dervish Sanders: *Silence* [I did not reply and had no intention of doing so].
Radical Redneck: Free george zimmerman. Trayvon Martin made the choice to go back and teach the "Crazy Cracker Ass" a lesson for following him. That's where he made his fatal mistake. ... Sounds like Trayvon was just being cockey and showing off because he had his Crazy, fresh mouthed, wise assed, girlfriend on his cell phone. We all have the right to defend ourselves and this is clearly a case about that. ... It's my feeling that Trayvon pursued George and George had no choice. ... And now that we know Treyvon was a racist, where is the liberal outrage? Liberal rule #1, only white people can be racists. WHO used Racist language Zimmerman or Trayvon Martin? ...does "Crazy Assed Cracker" come to mind. (6/29/2013 AT 5:55am).
Dervish Sanders: Yes (in our society, at least) only White people can be racist. Because of our history of oppression of minorities. The N-word is a lot worse than "cracker", which I don't find offensive at all. It does not prove Trayvon was a racist (a ridiculous assertion). Also, don't forget George profiled Trayvon and used a racial epithet to describe him (I believe he called him a "coon").
Trayvon was the one being followed and he did not deserve to be murdered for it! George had a CLEAR choice to not use his gun (he shouldn't even have had it). If George goes free it will be a miscarriage of justice. You can't STALK someone and then claim self defense when the person you're stalking fights for their life. It's completely insane. (6/29/2013 AT 8:50am).
Radical Redneck: Lisa, please, please, please tell me this is you creating a disgracefully idiotic cartoon character. Tell me this doesn't actually exist! The fringe characters on South Park aren't half the cartoon of this epic imbecile. In case this freak is real: listen dickhead, Michele Obama will walk on her hind legs before George Zimmerman gets convicted of anything. Once he's righteously freed he can go about suing the leftist shitbag media that reported deliberately fraudulent and edited material about him trying to get the negroes to kill him. Zimmerman will be a righteously free and rich man soon. (6/29/2013 AT 11:05am).
(Then the Radical Racist says something nasty about Jerry Critter which I have excluded. Follow the link if you are interested).
|Dervish Sanders: I'm a real person, but are you? Talking about Michelle Obama walking on her hind legs sounds very much to me like a cartoon version of a racist. Most racists realize racism is largely out of fashion now-a-days and they (at least) try to hide their racism... but not you! If you're a real person (and not a cartoon), you MUST be a member or admirer of the KKK... am I right or am I right? (6/29/2013 AT 11:25am).|
Radical Redneck: ...The last time I checked being a racist wasn't a crime in the USA, but who knows, maybe that changed since Dumbo was elected. (6/29/2013 AT 12:13pm).
Radical Redneck: [quoting Dervish Sanders] Talking about Michelle Obama walking on her hind legs sounds very much to me like a cartoon version of a racist.
Wow! You immediately associate a person's blackness with an inferiour animal! You are one foul racist fuck! You are 1,000 times worse than Paula Deen on her worst day! Wow! Proving that you are a cartoon. If you weren't you'd at least try to hide your hideous self-loathing anti-white racism. Do you have a picture of the First Sasquatch's tail affixed to your ceiling (with Gorilla Glue)? Zimmerman is going to walk. And soon after will be rich (almost as rich as I'm getting selling these)! [Link to the Trayvon Martin shooting targets again.] (6/29/2013 AT 1:07pm).
That ended my involvement in the conversation... I do not believe I shall respond again. Neither Kid (the individual who says Tea Partiers are the most non-racist people on the planet) nor Lisa (the blog proprietor) said a damn thing, and it has been 3 days since RR started spewing his racist bile on this thread.
Someone calling himself Crabby Old Man said "Zimmerman did what anyone with an ounce of brains would have done", and the Radical Racist commented a few more times. In one comment he called Michelle Obama (Moochie) the "First Wookie" and in another he referred to Rachel Jeantel as a "bimbo". So, attacking Rachel's intelligence is something Willis Hart and the Radical Racist have in common (don't tell me that Willis wasn't implying Rachel Jeantel is stupid).
I watched her testimony, and thought her manner of speaking was odd, but that did not cause me to conclude she was a dullard. I did a Google search and discovered that Rachel speaks three languages (Haitian Creole, Spanish and English). The article doesn't say that English wasn't her first language, but I'm guessing that must be the case, as that would explain her "cringe-worthy often difficult-to-understand diction" (rearranged quote). IMO someone who can speak 3 languages must be pretty smart.
But biased individuals like Radical Racist and Willis Hart judge her with minimal information (watching her testify) and judge her based on their biases. RR is clearly a hard-core racist; the absolute worst humanity has to offer in this regard (an 8 or 9 on a 10 point scale), while the Hartster's biases concern judging people based on their appearance and speaking abilities (if Willis has any racial biases I'd say they are minimal, but not non-existent).
For the record I must say that I would not judge my biases (racial or otherwise) to be zero, as I believe everyone has some (it is human nature, I believe); but I definitely would judge mine to be less than Mr. Hart's. And I'd also say my biases are quite insignificant when compared to those of Radical Redneck. And, although I am a White guy, I certainly possess no racist feelings that could be described as "hideous self-loathing anti-white". Absolutely none at all.
Finally, I'd like to explain what I meant when I agreed with RR when he said it is "Liberal rule #1" that "only white people can be racists", and why I don't find Trayvon's use of the word "cracker" offensive (at all). I subscribe to the theory that says White people can't be victims of racism because racism = prejudice + power. In short the theory says racism is a tool those in power use to keep minorities oppressed. Non-whites can be prejudiced, but they can't be racist. But I didn't go into the nuance of the theory in my discussion with RR because I doubt his tiny brain would be able to comprehend it.
But, that Black people can't be racist because they have no power... that's just a theory/another way of looking at the racism issue. It has a lot of validity, IMO, but, strictly speaking (and according to the dictionary definition of racism) Black people can be racist. Mostly I agreed with RR about Liberals thinking Blacks can't be racist was to see how he'd react (and I was not disappointed). However, in regards to Trayvon's use of the word "cracker", I genuinely believe it was not racist at all; in explanation as to why this is the case, I present to you the following excerpt from the Wikipedia website...
|An author writing for the political organization "Government Of Democracy" says... [the] prosecution grilled Rachel Jeantel for not finding the word cracker offensive [but] the etymology (origin) of the "Cracker" (Craka) word usage... derived from slavery. It was refer to those who enjoy to crack the whip on black slave backs. ... After slavery, its usage kept on as referring to those who love being hard on black backs. These days it may be used in examples of (but not limited to) people that may profile/stalk blacks in stores, streets, etc... (found under Wikipedia/Cracker/Examples of usage).|
In conclusion I say, just like there is no evidence that marijuana being found in Trayvon's system isn't evidence that he was a drug-crazed berserker (i.e. he fought with GZ because he was under the influence), his use of the word cracker is also not evidence that Trayvon was racially motivated (in defending himself against a stalker). There is far more evidence that GZ did some race-based profiling (in my strong opinion), despite the fact that Martin family lawyer Daryl Parks is now saying "It's not about racial profiling" but that GZ profiled Trayvon "criminally". This is a mistake, IMO... especially given the fact that the prosecution has been arguing the opposite up to now.
The horribly racist remarks from Radical Redneck remind me of what GZ's dad said in his e-book concerning who the "real racists" are. Of course the "real racists" are Black people! That is what RR is saying in his comment concerning Trayvon's use of the word cracker. It isn't a word I'm offended by or believe to be "racist" (I have the same opinion as Ms. Jeantel regarding the word).
Also, I must say I find the attacks and judging (by both RR and Willis Hart) on Rachel to be repulsive. Though RR's judging is FAR more repulsive. He beats Willis Hart in that department by a country mile, although I don't believe Willis has any reason to be proud of that fact. (Also, so the hell what if she can't read cursive? Nobody uses cursive anymore... except to sign their names).
[9/12/2014] In regards to Elizabeth Warren "lying" about her (possible) Native American heritage... I addressed this controversy in a 9/14/2014 post titled "Dennis Marks Frying Up Old Bones In Canardo Oil Re Elizabeth Warren Native American Controversy" (TADM #57).
[5/18/2015] I have reconsidered what I said in this commentary about Willis not being racist. I now believe he is quite racist. See my commentary, "Race-baiting Libertarian Blogger Joins The Filthy Scum Of White Society" (SWTD #281) for my reasoning behind this decision.
Video: WND author and certified racist creepy-ass cracker Ben Crystal's "comedy" routine (with canned/fake laughter)...