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Say his name: Ahmaud Arbery was lynched in Georgia in February

Ahmaud Arbery, 25 years old, was lynched in Georgia in February, and we might never have heard of his lynching if some video footage of it had not emerged.

I don’t believe in using inflammatory racial language, such as the word “lynching,” lightly.

For example, in late January 2019 my U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris referred to the then-fresh Jussie Smollett case as “an attempted modern-day lynching.” She might have waited a bit before she made that proclamation, which very apparently turned out to be very much not the case.

There is no other word that I can think of, though, for what happened to Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old black man who was shot down in the street in broad daylight by a white man and his white son in Brunswick, Georgia, on February 23, which we apparently are hearing about now only because some video taken by a witness of the incident has emerged.

It is not clear to me which one or if both of the men arrested for the crime, 64-year-old Gregory McMichael and his 34-year-old son Travis McMichael, shot and killed Arbery, but their story, even if true, is bullshit.

The McMichaels’ story is that they believed that Arbery was the suspect in neighborhood burglaries. Therefore, they pursued him, with firearms in their possession.

How the fuck does this story exculpate them in any way?

Even if Arbery were indeed a neighborhood burglar — it is believed that he was simply jogging in the neighborhood, not running away because he was a criminal — you don’t get to chase down someone you believe committed or might have committed a crime (or was about to commit a crime or might do so in the future) and then execute him or her on the fucking spot. You call the fucking police.

Because Arbery was black and very apparently unarmed and had not threatened anyone with any harm, and because he was killed by vigilantes who did not kill him in anything remotely like self-defense, he was killed primary because of his race — he was, in a word, lynched.

This is what happened in the “good old days” in the South (and elsewhere within the U.S., but mostly in the South): Whites would accuse a black person, usually a male, of some crime, and then apprehend and publicly kill him. Maybe the individual had committed a crime or not; that didn’t matter. What mattered most was that the victim was black.

Ahmaud Arbery was not hanged from a tree while the white denizens of the Georgia neighborhood enjoyed the display as a form of entertainment, as they did back in the day.

But Arbery was lynched, regardless.

Kamala Harris had it wrong in the Smollett case, but I guess that I stand corrected on her attempt to get federal anti-lynching legislation passed. She started this effort, with Cory Booker and Tim Scott, back in 2018, with the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act, and while at the time that struck me as a purely political, identity-politics move — a “solution” looking for a problem that no longer even existed — I am sad to apparently have to stand corrected.

Wikipedia describes the anti-lynching act as “a proposed bill that would classify lynching, defined as bodily injury on the basis of perceived race, color, religion or nationality, a federal hate crime in the United States. The bill, largely symbolic, aims to recognize and apologize for historical governmental failures to prevent lynching in the U.S.”

Yes, but apparently it’s not only symbolic anymore.

Wikipedia also notes that “On February 26, 2020, the Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act, a revised version of the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act, passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 410-4.” (This was just three days after the lynching of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia.)

To my knowledge, this federal anti-lynching legislation remains unpassed by the Senate and not signed into law by the “president.”

This federal law needs to be enacted, and we could call it the Ahmaud Arbery Anti-Lynching Act just as well.

And while I’m generally opposed to the death penalty, I can’t say that the likes of Gregory McMichael and Travis McMichael deserve to still draw breath.

The death penalty is an egregious penalty, but lynching — actual lynching, not Jussie Smollett-style “lynching” — is an egregious crime that calls for an egregious punishment.

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FOX lynches LL Cool J

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LL Cool J, photographed in November, has protested FOX “News'” attempted dishonest use of an interview that he gave in 2008 on Sarah Palin-Quayle’s new “reality” show, prompting FOX to fuck him over even further.

Fucking FOX “News.” Not content with showing video footage from other, larger wingnut protests to “report” on smaller, more recent wingnut protests, FOX now asserted that a celebrity rapper agreed to appear on Sarah Palin-Quayle’s “reality” show on FOX when he did no such fucking thing.

An interview that LL Cool J did in 2008 was slated to be used on Palin-Quayle’s show “Real American Stories,” airing tomorrow night. (If you are a Palin-Quayle or FOX “News” detractor, of course, then your story isn’t real because you are not a real American!) This gave the appearance, of course, that LL Cool J agreed to be on Palin-Quayle’s show on FOX, and prompted one wingnutty blogger to gloat that we progressives would be “shocked to find the alleged Grand Dragon of the tea-party movement making chitchat with a hip-hop legend.”

Um, Palin-Quayle still is the “tea party’s” grand dragoness, as I have called her myself because LL Cool J never agreed to be on her show. In fact, last night he Tweeted: “Fox lifted an old interview I gave in 2008 to someone else & are misrepresenting to the public in order to promote Sarah Palins Show. WOW.”

Not content with having fucked over LL Cool J once, FOX responded to his protest with this statement:

“‘Real American Stories’ features uplifting tales about overcoming adversity and we believe Mr. Smith’s interview fit that criteria. However, as it appears that Mr. Smith does not want to be associated with a program that could serve as an inspiration to others, we are cutting his interview from the special and wish him the best with his fledgling acting career.”

Don’t you love it when the wingnuts pretend to be nice? Since they don’t use profanity, surely every fucking word that they utter must be coming only from a place of supreme love!

Let’s see — LL Cool J, whose birth name is James Todd Smith, goes by LL Cool J. Why would FOX call him “Mr. Smith” if he doesn’t go by that name himself? Using a title of respect, “Mr.”, in order to be disrespectful — leave it to the wolves in sheep’s clothing at FOX to do that.

But wait — FOX isn’t done lynching “Mr. Smith.”

FOX brazenly wholly falsely asserts that the reason that LL Cool J doesn’t want to appear on Palin-Quayle’s show is that he “does not want to be associated with a program that could serve as an inspiration to others.”

No, LL Cool J’s problem, clearly, is with FOX’s dishonest use of his 2008 interview footage to make it look like he was willing to be associated with she-Nazi Sarah Palin-Quayle.

I’m sure that LL Cool J has no problem whatsoever with the inspiration of others — he just doesn’t find Sarah Fucking Palin-Quayle to be an inspiration to others. Neither do the majority of Americans who voted for Barack Obama, 53 percent, to the McCainosaurus-Palin-Quayle ticket, 46 percent.

But wait, FOX still isn’t done lynching “Mr. Smith” — FOX “[wishes] him the best with his fledgling acting career.”

Do you think that FOX really wishes LL Cool J the best? Really?

And “fledgling acting career” — isn’t that taking a swipe at his foray into acting?

But FOX and FOX’s supporters LOVE the black man!

Riiiiiiight!

We’re to believe that bullshit right after they’ve just lynched yet another one.

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Spineless Democrats (redundant…) allow lynching of Van Jones

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“Green jobs” czar Van Jones, pictured above in June 2009, has been sacrified upon the rock of political correctedness when wingnuts routinely make outrageous statements yet remain unscathed. Of course, a stupid white person can get away with a lot more than can a bright, progressive black man in the “post-racial” (yeah, right) United States of America. 

After former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge admitted what those of us who are sane and who pay attention already knew — that the unelected Bush regime would adjust its fucktarded color-coded terrorist strike alert system for political gain — then why is it considered to be so fucking insane to believe or even to suspect that the Bush regime might have (at the least) allowed 9/11 to happen?

“Green jobs” czar Van Jones resigned from the Obama administration after wingnuts revealed that Jones had signed a petition in 2004 that, according to The Associated Press, “asked for congressional hearings and other investigations into whether high-level government officials had allowed the [9/11] attacks to occur.”

I didn’t know who Jones was before this controversy du jour emerged. The AP notes that “Jones, well-known in the environmental movement, was a civil-rights activist in California before shifting his attention to environmental and energy issues. He is known for laying out a broad vision of a green economy. Conservatives have harshly criticized him for having left-wing political views.”

Oh, Jesus fuck. Like the unelected Bush regime wasn’t filled with right-wing loonies; the Obama administration is not allowed to have any left-wingers within its ranks, even though the unelected Bush regime was chock fucking full o’ wingnuts? Give me a fucking break.

I don’t know what Jones does or does not believe, and I’m sure the fact that he’s a black man is a factor in the white supremacist wingnuts’ dog pile upon him. I don’t see that signing a petition that calls for hearings and investigations on 9/11 means that you are a crazed 9/11 conspiracy theorist. Signing such a petition means that you support the issue being looked into.

Did even one of the Democratic Party’s supposedly most liberal members even have Jones’ back?

Fuck no.

Reports the AP:

[Howard] Dean, a former Vermont [governor] and [2004] Democratic presidential candidate [and former chair of the Democratic National Committee], [said]: “All of us campaigning for office have had people throw clipboards in front of our face and ask us to sign. And [Jones] learned the hard way you ought not to do that. But I don’t think he really thinks the government had anything to do with causing 9/11.”

Dean should have had Jones’ back and stated, correctly, that there’s nothing wrong with signing a petition asking for an inquiry. And Dean shouldn’t have spoken for Jones at to what Jones thinks about 9/11 or any other matter.

And Dean shouldn’t have added to the taboo of suggesting that perhaps the unelected Bush regime — which stole at least one presidential election, which started at least one bogus war by lying about the existence of weapons of mass destruction, and which lied about terrorist threats to the United States for political gain — at least knew about the 9/11 attacks but did nothing to prevent them.

After all, on August 6, 2001, “President” Bush did receive a presidential daily briefing titled “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.”

I don’t know whether the unelected Bush regime at least allowed the 9/11 attacks to happen or not — or whether the Bush regime even had an active hand in the events of Septemeber 11, 2001.

But I certainly don’t put it past a group of treasonous felons who stole an election, started a bogus war, and fucking tortured people that they indeed at least just let 9/11 happen.

Van Jones shouldn’t have been sacrificed upon the rock of political correctness for any understandable doubt that he might have had or still might have regarding 9/11.

And those who haven’t had Jones’ back, including, of course, those within the Obama administration, should be ashamed of themselves.

And if — when? — it finally comes to light that indeed the Bush regime at least allowed 9/11 to occur, will Jones get apologies and restitution?

Of course not. Because the people of the United States of Amnesia never have been big on admitting fault, taking blame and making amends.

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