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Troll Game Strong: Trump Campaign Turns ‘Sharpiegate’ Lemons Into Lemonade With New Trump-Branded Markers

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President Donald Trump speaks at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Washington. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan is left. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

I’ll be the first to admit I haven’t followed Sharpiegate too closely, because it just comes off as yet another tiresome example of a media-driven “scandal” of sorts that really wasn’t.

But regardless of who said what first, or who infamously expanded the Hurricane Dorian forecast cone on the weather map with a Sharpie marker, the Trump campaign has come up with a creative way to capitalize on the controversy: With their own version of a Sharpie marker.

Politico reports:

Donald Trump’s reelection campaign has added a Trump-branded permanent marker to its web store, capitalizing on the Sharpie-gate drama and expanding the campaign’s culture war offerings that already include stick-it-to-the-liberals plastic straws.

The marker, announced on Twitter this morning by campaign manager Brad Parscale, is the latest effort by the campaign to amplify and then commodify what could have been a relatively minor controversy.

“Buy the official Trump marker, which is different than every other marker on the market, because this one has the special ability to drive @CNN and the rest of the fake news crazy!” Parscale tweeted.

Here’s what it looks like:

As the Politico story noted, and as Sarah Lee wrote back in July, the campaign is also selling environmentally friendly “Trump straws”, which look like this:

The campaign has also trolled Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) with a “Pencil-Neck Adam Schiff Tee”:

And then there was the “Fredo Unhinged” tee, which was sold in the aftermath of CNN “Prime Time” anchor Chris Cuomo’s unhinged meltdown in response to a critic who called him “Fredo” at a New York City bar last month:

Like Cocaine Mitch’s reelection campaign team, the Trump campaign’s troll game is strong.

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Whoa – University of Alabama Asst. VP and Dean of Students Resigns Over Racial Tweets and Condemnation of the U.S. Flag

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Holy cow.

Jamie R. Riley — assistant vice president and dean of students at the University of Alabama — has resigned.

The administrator made his official exit Thursday after hubbub over racial tweets from 2016 and ’17, one excoriating the flag of the United States of America.

In ‘Bama, that doesn’t…fly.

Earlier this week, Breitbart News published the posts. Here’s what they said.

From September 2017:

“The [American flag emoji] flag represents a systemic history of racism for my people. Police are a part of that system. Is it that hard to see the correlation?”

And the following month:

“I’m baffled about how the first thing white people say is, ‘That’s not racist!’ when they can’t even experience racism? You have [zero] opinion!”

So concludes Jamie R. Riley, PhD.

The latter post contained the hashtag #missmewithyourprivilege.

In October of 2016, he asked the webiverse a poignant question:

“Are movies about slavery truly about educating the unaware, or to remind Black people of our place in society?”

Back to present day, on the 5th, school paper The Crimson White quoted Student Government Association Press Secretary Jackson Fuentes as conveying, “For us right now, basically all I can tell you is that the University and Dr. Riley have mutually agreed to part ways. So yeah, that’s true, and we do wish him the best.”

As reported by The Daily Wire, Assistant Director of Strategic Communications Chris Bryant also confirmed with no further information:

“Dr. Jamie Riley has resigned his position at The University of Alabama by mutual agreement. Neither party will have any further comments.”

Jamie is really, really into race.

Before ascending to his until-Thursday position, he served as executive director and COO of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and in roles at Johns Hopkins University, The University of California-Berkeley and Morehouse College related to diversity and inclusion.

When the erstwhile Bama man became executive director for Alpha Phi Alpha, the fraternity introduced him, in part, thusly:

Brother Riley has focused his research and administrative practice on addressing the impact of culturally oppressive campus climates on the success of African-American and black male college students attending predominantly white institutions. Jamie’s doctoral dissertation, titled; Racism, Discrimination, and Prejudice: Through the Voices of Black Men on Predominately White College Campuses, investigated the impact of race and racism on African-American and black male students ability to thrive academically, socially, and developmentally.

My, how varied the world can be — in 1991, Michael Jackson gave the world a rap ending with, “I’m not gonna spend my life being a color.”

Some people seem to want to devote the entirety of their lives to that very thing.

-ALEX

 

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SJW’s Cancel Johnny Depp’s ‘Racist’ Cologne Ad, But The Company’s Statement Shows Just How Ignorant The Outrage Mob Is

Julian Castro Saves The World, One Psychotic Problem At A Time. Previously: Pregnant Men; This Week: Racist White Weather

AOC Fights The Racism Of Heterosexuality, Bails Out Antifa, And Buries Her Virtue So Deep Jacques Cousteau Couldn’t Find It

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Think Progress Shuts Down After Failing to Secure a New Investor

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The long-hemorrhaging publication has now ceased to progress forward.

In another announcement of a demise in the digital publishing realm the left-leaning outlet Think Progress is being decommissioned. Recent details were that the site, mired in debt, was being shopped around for new buyers. The announcement was made today that without any financial suitors successfully pinned down that the remaining staff would be released with severance, with some reallocated.

Think Progress was directly affiliated with the Democrat Party through the Center for American Progress. That the party-affiliated program would not be able (or willing) to sustain a foundering news outlet is telling. In the age of Donald Trump there should have been ample material to fuel a left-wing news outlet that had once been pledged to take down GOP opponents. Adding to the challenges was the staff deciding to unionize a few years back.

While long-established as a separate entity from CAP Think Progress has always existed under the umbrella of the organization. This year there had begun to be found visible signs that the Democrat think tank was distancing itself from the site. First came the news of the financial challenges faced by the site, something that would not be circulating had CAP been willing to underwrite the debts.

Another indicator of the deepening problems was this spring when Bernie Sanders erupted in direct conflict with the CAP over the editorial criticism he was receiving from Think Progress. This led to the presidential candidate leveling accusations of CAP about its donors dictating editorial content. CAP President Neera Tanden ended up making comments distancing Think Progress from the group. Making this all the more intriguing — Sanders’ campaign manager is a former editor-in-chief of Think Progress. His foreign policy advisor is also a TP veteran.

These events only seemed to illustrate the disposable nature of TP in the eyes of the Center for American Progress. The outfit was formed by John Podesta during the Clinton administration, and it remains a voice within the Democrat party. For the CAP to not see a viable reason to underwrite Think Progress stands in defiance of much that we hear from the media regarding President Trump.

If there was such an outcry of grassroots opposition then there should be enough of a hunger for the type of content offered by Think Progress. Further, not only does its demise show a lack of true audience desire but so does the fact that a major party outlet saw no intrinsic value in the site as we are on the brink of a major general election.

A news outlet that could guide The Resistance today, and be used as a serious news organ in an election cycle, being cast aside in this fashion spells out far more than the challenges being seen in the digital news evolution.

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DNC Tells Huge Lie About the Odessa Shootings Just To Fire Up Their Base

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Over the last day we’ve learned how Seth Aaron Ator, the Odessa-Midland shooter, obtained his weapon.

There was a lot of early confusion because it looked like, based on publicly available court records, that Ator had a couple of misdemeanor convictions which were handled by probation. These should not have kept Ator from buying a weapon. Om Monday, though, Texas governor Greg Abbott tweeted:

This indicated that either Abbott had bad information or there was something out there that had been overlooked.Two days later it was revealed that a court had adjudicated Ator as mentally deficient and that he’d failed a background check when he attempted to buy a firearm in 2014. This got the juices flowing at CNN where James Comey’s minime, Josh Campbell, breathlessly reported that the weapon had been bought in a “private sale” that allowed him to evade a background check.

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Way to go guys, burning down what little remains of your credibility retweeting a story by a shill who couldn’t pick Truth out of a two-man line up.

The reason CNN and its fellow travelers were going after the private sale story so heavily was that it dovetailed very nicely with the campaign to outlaw, for all intents and purposes, private gun sales. If the guy failed a background check and still bought a firearm, well that was the “gunshow loophole” personified.

As it turned out, the shooter bought his weapon from someone who apparently was making and selling them illegally.

Betsy Vaughn breaks the whole story down here.

A great narrative shot down. Nope. Not if you’re the DNC and willing to say literally anything to push an agenda.

Putting aside the obvious lie that background checks will hurt the NRA’s bottom line (the NRA doesn’t sell weapons) and the nonsense “weapon of war” meme, universal background checks would have done nothing to prevent the shooting. If you are illegally making weapons the odds of you being deterred from selling one based on the buyer having failed a background check approaches zero.

Get used to this.

The Democrats are shut out of the White House and their stranglehold on large parts of the Judiciary is under siege. If they don’t win in 2020, their cause of destroying this nation will be set back by decades. They are desperate to win and the will say or do anything they think they have to do in order to make that happen.

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US Officials Concerned About Chinese Hurricane Relief Efforts in the Bahamas; Will They Use Tragedy To Gain A Foothold In The Region?

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Hurricane Dorian has left the Bahamas in a state of devastation and the island-nation will require substantial assistance from the international community in order to recover. Estimates of property damage in the islands go as high as $7 billion.

As crass as it may sound at a time like this, the US would be foolish to ignore the serious national security implications of an international recovery effort taking place so close to our shore.

For good reason, US government officials are worried that China will use the tragedy as an opportunity to gain influence in the region. According to one official who wished to remain anonymous, there is concern that China will use “international aid efforts as a Trojan horse to establish a base of influence just 50 miles from the Florida coast. In the months and years ahead, the U.S. must also pay close attention if China emerges as a key player in the recovery effort.”

Fernando Cutz, a former senior director in the Trump administration’s National Security Council, told NPR:

There are certainly concerns about the Chinese having full access to the region. You could imagine a situation where they would develop intelligence capabilities, intelligence gathering capabilities.

And, of course, they could potentially one day have a base, a naval base or some sort of Chinese military base that close to our shore would pose a very significant national security issue for the United States.

John Dermody, a former deputy legal adviser at the National Security Council also spoke to NPR and said:

The administration will see this as part of a broader concern about China investing in countries as a threat to make potentially those countries beholden to China or indebted to China and to diminish the United States’s influence in the Western Hemisphere. And I would say that the concern is particularly acute where the investment is going to be in information technology. And in light of the catastrophic damage of the Bahamas, I think that is going to be an issue.

The Chinese have made substantial investments in recent years in “energy, infrastructure and mining projects around the world, gaining influence in continents like Africa and South America.”

Axios reports that Chinese tech giant Huawei has helped build telecommunications networks in countries such as the Bahamas, where phone wiring has been largely destroyed by the storm.”

José Cárdenas, who served on the National Security Council during the George W. Bush administration spoke to NPR. He believes that these “concerns are real” and said it is important for “the United States to continue its campaign speaking to the broader region that the Chinese presence isn’t “all sweetness and light.”

Cárdenas added, “The temptation is so great to take advantage of Chinese largesse. But to the peoples of the hemisphere, the United States ought to be very clear in a public diplomacy campaign that the Chinese government largesse comes with a lot of baggage. It comes with a lot of strings attached, and it has implications for democratic institutions and rule of law.”

I’m sure this is very much on the minds of Trump administration officials and that precautions will be taken and surveillance will continue indefinitely.

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Kamala Harris Sure Sounds Like She Wants to Be a Dictator

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Kamala Harris campaign is floundering.

After Tulsi Gabbard rhetorically decapitated her in the second DNC debate, she’s been struggling to regain traction and make up lost ground. So far, she hasn’t shown much comeback power. That doesn’t mean she’s not going to try though and the main shtick she’s settled on is essentially proclaim she’ll operate as a dictator once elected. This apparently really gets the Democratic bases’ juices flowing.

Take CNN’s “Climate Crisis” town hall a few nights ago. In it, Harris made all kinds of wild promises, many of which she’d have no power to implement even if she were elected.

There’s a problem there. Namely, that the President has absolutely nothing to do with eliminating the filibuster. To be sure, she’s not just making a suggestion in the event Democrats retake the Senate. Harris has said on Twitter directly that “I’ll get rid of the filibuster.” How? No one in the mainstream media have bothered to ask her that, nor have their been any fact-checks on the matter. She just says it and that’s that.

Harris wasn’t done though. She then launched into a variety of ways she wants to control your life and destroy the economy.

Harris wants to “have a real priority” at the highest levels of government to change American’s eating habits in order to combat climate change. She says she will change the dietary guidelines to do so and enforce incentives to change behavior. What that would look like exactly, she doesn’t say, but it’s certainly not something within the purview of the presidency. The woman who asked the question seemed eager for her to say she’ll outright ban red meat, which gives you a window into just how authoritarian and crazy the left have become.

Banning plastic straws is perhaps one of the stupider ideas that’s caught fire in the last few years. It’s like peeing on a forest fire, never mind the issues of personal freedom at stake. The hysteria over plastic straws holds very little basis in science but it sounds good to environmentalists, so liberals keep supporting it. Surprise, Harris is all in.

She also wants to ban America’s energy source that does the most to cut carbon emissions in order to fight climate change. Yes, that’s a total contradiction, but when something is left wing dogma, it must be adhered to.

That’ll go over swimmingly in natural gas producing states. The anti-fracking movement is no better than the anti-vaxxer movement. It’s pure nonsense with zero basis in scientific reality. Fracking does not cause earthquakes or poison ground water. It provides a cheap, cleaner source of energy that has been the primary driver in carbon emissions reductions. Harris wants to ban it though because she wants to ban everything.

I’m not sure what’s scarier in these clips. Harris pandering, where she’ll seemingly agree with anything to gain support, or the Democrat voters asking these questions in the first place. These people want to control every aspect of your life, all the way down to what you eat and how you can drink your coke. They see hysteria around climate change as a way to garner power and they intend to use it. None of this is really about reducing emissions though. If it were, Harris would be promoting fracking, not wanting to ban it, and she’d be stumping for nuclear power.

No, this all really about control. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Ted Cruz Busts Bernie’s Bizarre Population Control Position, Suggests He’s Picked Thanos as Running Mate

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As Bonchie wrote Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) “reached a new level of depravity” at the CNN climate change town hall Wednesday with his endorsement of third-world population control as a method to save the environment.

A quick recap:

The questioner, identified by CNN as a teacher named Martha Readyoff, said that she realized linking population control to climate was a topic “poisonous for politicians, but it’s crucial to face.”

“Empowering women and educating everyone on the need to curb population growth seems a reasonable campaign to enact. Would you be courageous enough to discuss this issue and make it a key feature of a plan to address climate catastrophe?”

“Well, Martha, the answer is yes,” Sanders said.

“The answer has everything to do with the fact that women in the United States of America, by the way, have a right to control their own bodies, and make reproductive decisions,” the senator said to applause from the crowd.

“The Mexico City agreement which denies American aide to those organizations around the world that allow women to have abortions or even get involved in birth control to me is totally absurd,” Sanders continued. “So I think, especially in poor countries around the world where women do not necessarily want to have large numbers of babies, and where they can have the opportunity through birth control to control the number of kids they have, is something I very, very strongly support.”

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Though some have laughed about Sanders’ response, in reality it’s deeply disturbing and should be condemned by everyone – including the other candidates and including any journalist who interviews him and asks him questions about his stance at a later time.

Unfortunately, that won’t happen because the mainstream media is not in the business of calling Democrats to the carpet for their more bizarre and inhumane positions on the issues. And his fellow Democratic candidates won’t do it because they’d rather appear “climate woke” than right.

Fortunately, Republican politicians suffer from no such restraints, and Sen. Ted Cruz led the way in tweeting out a fitting response, quipping that Sanders had secretly picked a certain Marvel villain for his VP running mate whose plans for the world are not that far off from Bernie’s abortion-as-population-control position.

Here’s what Cruz wrote:

… and later he expanded beyond Bernie and compared the entire Democratic presidential field to Thanos:

Perfect.

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Joe Walsh and Other Grifters Whine As Several States Cancel Their GOP Primary

As we’ve noted time an again, one of the amazing things about having Donald Trump in office is watching people take an action that would not be controversial at all and raise it to the level of a constitutional crisis. A new one has emerged as several states GOP party organizations are in the process of cancelling their primary election.

Four states are poised to cancel their 2020 GOP presidential primaries and caucuses, a move that would cut off oxygen to Donald Trump’s long-shot primary challengers.

Republican parties in South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona and Kansas are expected to finalize the cancellations in meetings this weekend, according to three GOP officials who are familiar with the plans.

The moves are the latest illustration of Trump’s takeover of the entire Republican Party apparatus. They underscore the extent to which his allies are determined to snuff out any potential nuisance en route to his renomination — or even to deny Republican critics a platform to embarrass him.

Elections are expensive. State parties must underwrite the cost of primary elections. There is no challenger for Trump (no I don’t consider either Weld or Bill Kristol’s sock puppet as challengers). But, the people running a grift off of allegedly opposing Trump’s renomination are incensed:

“Trump and his allies and the Republican National Committee are doing whatever they can do to eliminate primaries in certain states and make it very difficult for primary challengers to get on the ballot in a number of states,” said former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), who recently launched his primary campaign against the president. “It’s wrong, the RNC should be ashamed of itself, and I think it does show that Trump is afraid of a serious primary challenge because he knows his support is very soft.”

“Primary elections are important, competition within parties is good, and we intend to be on the ballot in every single state no matter what the RNC and Trump allies try to do,” Walsh added. “We also intend to loudly call out this undemocratic bull on a regular basis.”

But is this a big deal to anyone who isn’t trying to scab free meals from campaign donations? Apparently, not.

The shutdowns aren’t without precedent. Some of the states forgoing Republican nomination contests have done so during the reelection bids of previous presidents. Arizona, GOP officials there recalled, did not hold a Democratic presidential primary in 2012 [note: 15 states, including New York and Florida, did not hold a Democrat primary in 2012], when Barack Obama was seeking a second term, or in 1996, when Bill Clinton was running for reelection. Kansas did not have a Democratic primary in 1996, and Republican officials in the state pointed out that they have long chosen to forgo primaries during a sitting incumbent’s reelection year.

South Carolina GOP Chairman Drew McKissick noted that his state decided not to hold Republican presidential primaries in 1984, when Ronald Reagan was running for reelection, or in 2004, when George W. Bush was seeking a second term. South Carolina, he added, also skipped its 1996 and 2012 Democratic contests.

“As a general rule, when either party has an incumbent president in the White House, there’s no rationale to hold a primary,” McKissick said.

Perhaps the closest comparison to the present day is 1992, when George H.W. Bush was facing a primary challenge from conservative commentator Pat Buchanan. Several states that year [note: by my count 11] effectively ditched their Republican contests, including Iowa, which has long cast the first votes of the presidential nomination battles.

So this isn’t actually an unprecedented take over of the party apparatus by a sitting president who is actually the head of his party? It is something that happens every time a president runs for reelection? A skeptic would wonder why this is even a story.

The reason the GOP exists is not to provide fodder for 24-hour news channels and political blogs. They exist to elect candidates. State parties are under no legal, moral, or ethical obligation to give attention to self-promoters who have little to no interest in advancing party goals and are in it for self-aggrandizement.

If Walsh 2020 catches fire rather than self-immolates, these few states don’t make a difference. If he ends up, as I suspect, a Wikipedia footnote, they don’t make a difference. The only reason Politico or anyone else is even paying any attention to the is OrangeManBad.

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The New Joker Film Is Apparently Offending The Sensibilities Of Woke Ladies

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Art, when it’s done well, can serve the same useful function as comedy: it can force society to address its absurdities head on, with prejudice and without apology. Arguably (and admittedly I haven’t seen it yet) that’s the goal of the new Joker film starring Joaquin Phoenix as the titular character. At least that’s what the trailer would have one believe, as the viewer is given the backstory of — and maybe asked to empathize with — one of the most evil villains in the comic book universe.

This kind of film comes at a good time, as the nation continues to wrestle with its disaffected young white men who find themselves so overwhelmed by God only knows what that they take up guns and randomly kill innocents while in the throes of their psychotic fugues.

Perhaps in a film like this we can collectively see a little of the societal ills that fail to stop a Joker — or, God forbid, help create him — and reflect and be moved to act a little more kindly to our fellow man once we leave the theater. That’s often the real benefit of cinema and where it acts as a force for good in the world.

Arguably, of course, it can act in the opposite direction and that’s apparently what one young lady says is why she already has a problem with the new Joker film (it’s unclear if she’s actually seen it). Because she has no patience for the story of these disaffected men and how they become what they become (otherwise known as an “origin story.”)

She’s sick of the joker.

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She isn’t sure there’s ever a good time for cinema to explore what makes men (and women) behave the way they do. She’s certainly entitled to her preference.

But exploring the human condition is literally why cinema — and pretty much every other form of high art — exists.

It would seem this young lady just doesn’t want to know what’s bad in the world. But that’s the fools’ paradise of an entitled mind.

No, she, like the character of the Joker and all the disaffected young men she likens to the character, must take the world as it is — ethereally beautiful at times and brutally dark at others — and make decisions about how they want to live, just like the rest of us.

The irony, of course, is that refusing to see both sides of life is what the Joker does, in fact. He sees only the dark after awhile. Ms. Miller, it would seem, wants to only see the light and forget the dark exists. And that, in its way, is equally disturbing.

In any event, the film has an R rating for a reason, and Ms. Miller can exercise the choice of not seeing it if it offends her so. This is not, after all, the society of “A Clockwork Orange” where her eyes will be forcibly held open to indoctrinate her into kindness.

Nor can she force anyone else to shut their eyes because she doesn’t like what they might see.

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Former ESPN Host Jemele Hill: Black Athletes Should Leave Mainstream Schools and Stop Making ‘White Folks Rich’

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In 2017, then-ESPN commentator Jemele Hill made the news when she claimed President Trump was a white supremacist.

Well, the sports writer has a new declaration, courtesy of her inaugural piece in The Atlantic: All black athletes should leave “white colleges.”

See for yourself:

It’s strange that we seem to be going back to the 1940’s — many are deciding there are only two races: white and non-white (now “people of color”). And now Jemele wants a return to segregated schooling:

Black athletes have attracted money and attention to the predominantly white universities that showcase them. Meanwhile, black colleges are struggling. Alabama’s athletic department generated $174 million in the 2016–17 school year, whereas the HBCU that generated the most money from athletics that year, Prairie View A&M, brought in less than $18 million. Beyond sports, the average HBCU endowment is only one-eighth that of the average predominantly white school; taken together, all of the HBCU endowments combined make up less than a tenth of Harvard’s.

As for black students attending mostly-Caucasian universities, does it count for anything that America is predominantly pale?

Maybe not to Jemele.

She believes the “black professional class” needs schools that aren’t white:

Why should this matter to anyone beyond the administrators and alumni of the HBCUs themselves? Because black colleges play an important role in the creation and propagation of a black professional class. Despite constituting only 3 percent of four-year colleges in the country, HBCUs have produced 80 percent of the black judges, 50 percent of the black lawyers, 50 percent of the black doctors, 40 percent of the black engineers, 40 percent of the black members of Congress, and 13 percent of the black CEOs in America today.

It sounds as if, if a black person wants to attain success, they’ve got to avoid the mainstream.

As for the athletes, don’t the best among them land hefty NFL contracts due to their notoriety on the Big College circuit?

Either way, Jemele believes light-shaded institutions of higher learning don’t feel safe to a portion:

Some black students feel safer, both physically and emotionally, on an HBCU campus — all the more so as racial tensions have risen in recent years. Navigating a predominantly white campus as a black student can feel isolating, even for athletes.

As conveyed in her piece, basketball player Davon Dillard confided to Jemel that, at a black university, he was even able to slightly let down his guard. Here he is:

“Going to a school where most of the people are the same color as you, it’s almost like you can let your guard down a little bit. You don’t have to pretend to be somebody else. You don’t have to dress this way, or do things this way. It’s like, ‘I know you. We have the same kind of struggles. We can relate. It’s almost like you’re back at home in your neighborhood.”

What’s the bottom line? Here’s Jemele’s last paragraph:

If promising black student athletes chose to attend HBCUs in greater numbers, they would, at a minimum, bring some welcome attention and money to beleaguered black colleges, which invested in black people when there was no athletic profit to reap. More revolutionarily, perhaps they could disrupt the reign of an “amateur” sports system that uses the labor of black folks to make white folks rich.

It seems to me that we’d do better to eschew a return to the days of separate water fountains.

How about instead we move it up ’til at least the 60’s, when a man championed people being judged not by the color of their skin, but the content of their character?

Maybe one day.

As for now, some seem intent upon killing that dream.

-ALEX

 

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