Racism is alive and well in America

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Years ago my office wall displayed the picture of two men I admired: John Steinbeck, for reasons I won’t bore you with right now, and Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK), because he was right and had the courage of his convictions.

You may discount my opinion as a white man, but I believe if MLK could come back today he would be saddened that America remains stuck in group politics instead of judging each other on our actions and content of our character.

I think MLK would be even more dismayed at how black America has squandered so much opportunity, with over 70 percent of black children born to unwed mothers, many of whom become locked into a cycle of poverty, while black men are more than seven times more likely than whites to commit murder and eight times more likely to commit burglary.

It is easy to guess MLK would be appalled that about half of black males drop out of high school, and while blacks are less than 13 percent of the population, they are 40 percent of the prison population.

You’d have to stretch the facts to the moon and back to blame this disaster on white racism, and yet some try. Maybe some day we will get past the compulsion to place everyone in competing groups and look past appearances to judge each other on our actions, MLK’s dream.

If you are black, successful and hot under the collar at my comments, please know that white America is pulling for you and ardently hopes for blacks as a whole to succeed.

But there is a long way to go, not only in accomplishment but in our perceptions of one another, as we are reminded by the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case and the group politics that fan the flames of strife.

I don’t know the facts of the Martin-Zimmerman case well enough to conclude where fault lies and whether criminal charges are warranted, and neither do all the loudmouths who have gathered in polarized groups shouting at each other and spinning the facts to their prejudices. It is so easy to believe what we want to believe.

Leaping to the conclusion the black guy has been wronged by whitey is how Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton predictably make their living as race-hustlers. The disappointing part is how the news media treats them as serious people, and how so many blacks follow their lead.

Jackson’s specialty is shaking down corporations and other organizations, leveling racism charges that he is willing to mitigate so long as a sizable donation is made to his organization. Columnist George Will nailed it a long time ago when he observed, “No modern American farce is complete without a cameo appearance by Jesse Jackson!”

That was long before Sharpton became legitimate in the eyes of the media, when he was still trying to attract TV cameras with shouts of outrage on street corners in New York.

Somehow Sharpton gets a pass from the media from his discredited efforts, like his leading role in the case of Tawana Brawley, a 15-year-old black girl in 1987, falsely accusing six white men of sexual assault and whipping up a national frenzy.

As an agitator Sharpton is skilled, like his inciting a riot when he inserted himself in a real estate dispute, characterizing one party as a “white interloper,” which prompted one of his followers to murder the interloper and kill a number of others when he burned the building. Be sure to call Sharpton “Reverend.”

I understand these two clowns inserting themselves in the Martin-Zimmerman case to promote themselves, that’s what they do. What is unforgivable is President Obama making comments on the case that fan the flames of outrage before the investigation is complete.

You’d think he would have learned the hazards of inserting himself similarly in 2009 in the case of Henry Louis Gates, prematurely criticizing Boston police officers of racism when they were doing their job, then portraying himself as the peacemaker instead of apologizing as he should have done for being dead wrong, never mind that in his position he should have stayed completely out of it.

All of these things have at the root the presumption that the black guy has been wronged by white America, a racist presumption with a hair trigger.

If the President wanted to comment on the Martin-Zimmerman case, maybe he could have assured the American people that the FBI will investigate the New Black Panther Party’s announced $10,000 bounty on the capture of George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin. One wonders what they plan to do with Zimmerman once captured. Maybe they will get away with it, just as they did with voter intimidation in Pennsylvania in the 2008 election.

If the President wanted to comment on racially charged crimes, he could have mentioned Shawn Tyson, the black 17-year-old who was recently convicted of last April’s murder of James Kouzaris, 24, and James Cooper, 25, two white British students on holiday.

The two students were out for an evening of drinking when they wandered into a public housing project near the Newtown area in Sarasota, Fla. Tyson decided to rob the Brits at gunpoint, but they said they had no money, and while they pled for their lives, then 16-year-old Tyson shot and killed them.

You would think some diplomatic intercession might be called for, but the President has been too busy to respond to three letters from the parents of the dead Brits. I would bet you haven’t seen this case hammered on TV news since it doesn’t fit the preconceived mold of blacks as victims. That’s racist, by the way.

Was Trayvon Martin presumed to be trouble by a trigger-happy vigilante? I don’t know, but I do know something is missing from all the commentary I have heard from concerned black parents about “the talk” they give their kids warning them to avoid conflict, stay out of situations where someone, presumably whites, could hurt them by presuming they are not good people merely because they are black.

If I were black, I would be angry, too, to be suspected of criminal potential based on my appearance. But I hope I would be smart enough to direct my anger at the overwhelming number of young black men who commit a tidal wave of crimes, the ones who make me a target of suspicion by their egregious actions.

You can write anti-profiling policies and stomp your feet insisting that we all engage in willful blindness to ignore the obvious, but a little bit of common sense will sneak through the small cracks that still exist in the barriers of political correctness.

It would be nice if a black man could be judged on the content of his character, but so long as black men commit the preponderance of crimes, good black men will be unfairly seen as threats by those who don’t know them.

Racism will never disappear because we can’t control what lurks in each other’s heart. But maybe we could grow up enough to stop generating race-based frenzies with charges of racism where none may exist.

Maybe one day a genuine successor to MLK will step in to force the black community to take an honest look at itself, become the inspiration for all black Americans to shake off excuses, break down barriers and seize the opportunities of the American dream.

Maybe one day.

[Terry Garlock of Peachtree City occasionally contributes a column to The Citizen. His email is terry@garlock1.com For info on his book see www.garlock1.com.]

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DM speaks her truth...
Davids mom wrote:

AMERICANS ARE RACISTS - but are improving in race-relations.

...and that is all you need to know about DM.

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Moral Equivelancy

The last refuge for the Liberal. All leaders are the same, therefore no criticism is allowed.

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Well, Cyclist...

...to bed, I assume. How many illegitimate kids does he have, that we know of?

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kcchiefandy

I though about mentioning that as well. We just had that discussion about responsiblities or the lack there of. I guess Jesse wishes to lead by example.

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KC and Cyclist

You mean like the former governor of California? Is he black like Jesse? Let's don't even go there. There are too many illegitimate children among 'white' so-called leaders - and remember fellas, who are the service providers in these leaders homes? Minorities - and the stories they could tell. I know you fair and balanced right wingers are just aching to find out something about the Obamas. Gee, they must be pretty 'moral' since nothing has come out yet. . . .but 'truth' doesn't have to be a prerequisite for the fair and balanced crowd. Look what they did to MCCain and his daughter. Sad.

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Yep, I forget about old Arnold the pig.

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True, Cycllist, and at least...

...John Edwards is TRYING to stay out of the public eye (sans his current court battle)! Hey - aren't they both Democrats?!? ;)

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Democrats?

The former governor of California was a Republican - right? Admit it - keeping ones privates zipped is a non- partisan activity.

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8000 homicides per year 9 out of 10 killed by other blacks

Not a problem... See no Evil...lalalalalalalala....

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/09/AR200708...

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Lindsey

You insensitive excuse for a human being. Those numbers represent families that lost and buried loved ones. The black community and the Hispanic community are bleeding because of these crimes in their neighborhoods. I think white families also bleed when they lose a loved one. You seem to think that minorities callously sweep the reality of those numbers under the rug. You are truly a jerk!

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Wow DM such an emotional response

Maybe that would be better channeled DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

Instead you focus on ONE death by a "White Hispanic" while THOUSANDS of young blacks are gunned down by other young blacks.

So is the FBI an insentive jerk as well since they reported those numbers DM? So let me get this straight... I simply relayed the information and somehow I am disrespecting the families????

I see your problem DM you were born with those Rose colored glasses. Maybe you should ask the Government for help.

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Lindsey

You still don't get it. Those numbers represent human beings - and your attitude in trying to make readers here believe that minorities don't care - and whites do when a death occurs in a family is telling. If you read the article, those figures, sad as they are, have seen some improvement. I have done a lot more than 'blog' about the problems in my community. What have you done about the problems in yours? Grouping again Lindsey. Feel safe only being responsible for the majority community - where many are succeeding and LIVING? DON'T GET YOUR FEET WET BY HELPING FELLOW AMERICANS - you might just drown in your own tears. NOT!! EMOTIONAL - you bet when I realize there are such ignorant males/females in our country who call themselves Americans and/or Christians. I have seen my people go from slavery to the White House - and when the political ideology doesn't seem to be WINNING - the fair and balanced try to denigrate an entire race of people who are Americans - just to maintain their feeling of superiority. You and Joe Kawfi are the Democrats best friends. Keep it up!!

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No DM it is about Moral equivalencey...

This Zimmerman vs. the World and everyone from the agitator in Chief to so-called Reverends are making this the absolute worse thing that has happened to the black community since slavery. Jackson and Sharpton both said the Black community is under attack.

Now DM I didn't make up the numbers. Those are the Stats from the FBI.. Now suck it up put your big girl panties on and deal with it.

It is time to realize the black community has a problem and guess what IT ISN'T WHITE PEOPLE.

Dm you want to know who is responsible for those numbers.... Go look in the mirror.

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LINDSEY

What is this hangup with having to tell black folks that Sharpton and Jackson are their leaders? We never had their names on our cars - like Nixon and Bush. Criminals are responsible for those numbers; poor parenting; lack of education; lack of work ethics; etc. - which can be traced to a history embedded in slavery in the southern states of America. There are many who overcame slavery and were on their way to becoming AMERICANS - but then in the wisdom of the south, Jim Crow laws were instituted. Many blacks left the south or stayed here and fought for equality - but the southern Christian policies tried to put a stop to that! We've come a long way since then - but too large a segment of undereducated whites and blacks have not been able to succeed partly because of racist/classist groupings. . .and some white males want to deny that they have anything to do with this problem. History contradicts that. Lindsey - I imagine that you are very proud to be white, male, and ignorant. I happen to know that neither you nor I alone are responsible for the numbers of deaths in the black community. I have and will continue to do something about it - rather than what you are so inept at doing - THINKING.

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Dm you can shout my name all you want to

but it changes nothing.. You can call me a jerk, ignorant etc... I could not care less.

I don't take insults to heart from bigots. Your view that all Americans are racist your words DM clearly indicates that your view is colored by race and race alone. The reason the black community has 8000 MURDERS per year and more black men are in prison then whites is because of people like you.

It's clear you have a problem with white people. I mean look at this thread . All I did was report the stats.. and blam you go off. If you can't handle the truth DM........

As a Teacher YOU taught them this... You taught them either overtly or sub-consciously that their failing is not their fault.. Remember it's Racist America's fault.

Do something DM.. turn your angst away from blaming us poor ignorant white people and stop the violence in your own community.

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Correct Lindsey

Notice how when the numbers are brought up how DM always pulls something similar out of her hat that may apply to whites. It's the whole moral equivalency thang. If it is happening in both communities then in DM's twisted, perverted little mind then all is well since 'everyone is doing it.'

Too bad for white folk that their chances of being murdered by a black person are 18 times higher than being murdered by a person of pallor.

DM's feigned righteous indignation is enough to make one want to vomit.

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Joe - At least

Have the integrity to base your comments on what I've actually said. Oops - integrity. Sorry - absent in this individual.

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Finally, a voice of reason from the black community......

Mike Tyson on George Zimmerman: ‘It’s a disgrace he hasn’t been shot yet’

But my all-around perspective, I wasn't there, I don't know what happened. But it's just so widespread and overt what happened.

It's a majority versus a minority. That's the way God planned it. He didn't want to do something about it, He wanted us to do something about it. And if we don't, it's gonna stay this way. We have to continue tweeting, we have to continue marching, we have to continue fighting for Trayvon Martin. If that's not the case, he was killed in vain, and we're just waiting for it to happen to our children. He'll have gotten away with impunity. It's a disgrace that man hasn't been dragged out of his house and tied to a car and taken away. That's the only kind of retribution that people like that understand. It's a disgrace that man hasn't been shot yet. Forget about him being arrested--the fact that he hasn't been shot yet is a disgrace. That's how I feel personally about it."

Wow. Nothing more to be said.

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ptc87 please site instance of "rabble rousing"

intransitive verb. : to stir up public sentiment by emotionalism : agitate

If reporting on the news is as you define it "Rabble Rousing" then everyone is guilty, however I think there are intellectually a very wide disparity between what Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson or the New Black Panthers are doing verses what "Talk Radio" is doing.
I mean has Hannity or Boortz demanded we march and protest the arrest of Zimmerman?
You see it is about perception. So please the forum is yours.....

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Hit and run bloggers gotta luv'em

Takes a shot then "POOF" gone like the wind... Ninja must have been sharing his tricks.

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If someone could tell me

If someone could tell me where to get some decent soul food in Fayette I'd learn something from this page.

Steve

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Some of the best meals are

cooked at home. When I first got married, I weighed around 165 lbs, now I weigh 240 lbs. Go figure. I have not found a meal out on the market yet that could compare to my wife's good home cooking.

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Steve & "Soul Food"

If you're asking about "Southern Home Cooking", best place is your house if someone can do it. You might try "This Is It BBQ," 405 Pavillion Parkway, Fayetteville. BBQ is not my preferred Eastern NC style, but is decent and plenty of sides to choose from. Seafood available too.
JSYK, I won't support their politics, but I'll eat their food.
Also, there is a Buffet at the crossroads in Senoia that is decent--got daily meat specials and lots of veggies & salads.

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Soul Food

Thanks for the suggestions, I'll check into the places. Our at-home attempts at soul food are lacking in the soul dept. But we're probably not cooking long enough, and we're also not singing hymns during preparation, and anyway I'm not sure we can get the requisite "low on the hog" pig parts from Kroger or Publix.

Steve

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Sugar Magnolia downtown square Newnan

Farm-to-table meals.

As far as "This is Sh.." at the Pavillion? No thanks :)

For true soul food cooking, Atlanta is about the best option. There is also a hole in the wall in Macon called H&H that has been serving real soul food and really damn good food for decades. If anyone is around the Maconga area during lunch time, that place is definitely worth going to.

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DM _ I didn't

realize that one of your many talents was to read a dead man's mind, very mystic of you.

Now if you're speculating, well that's different. We can all speculate, can't we?

My experience is a dying man usually thinks of his mother before all other things, especially young men, but that's just experience and speculation.

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Experience and speculation

Do you ever read what you write?

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DM - Yes

but not through rose colored glasses. ;-)

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Mindreading

I wonder what was going through Nancy Straights mind when Tyrone Wood raped and then murdered her in cold blood.

Couple met and married within a month and stayed together for 65 years... only to be parted after home invader beat wife to death

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First. Angry white men shoud

First. Angry white men shoud refrain from writing opinions on race and racism. They have no standing.
Second. Terry seems to have missed the headline "Armed Neo-Nazis Now Patrolling Sanford." Now I do not know if the neo-nazis or the New Black Panthers were actually there or just trying to grab some headlines but Terry conveniently missed the neo-nazis.
Third. Tery is mad with some black leaders and neglects the rabble rousing by Hannity and Boortz.
Forth. This was a completely unnecessay and worthless article by a man who has no facts to bring to the subject. Even Terry's reference to the Tyson killing of two tourists, he got wrong. Tyson was found guilt and got a life sentence. Justice was done.

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Disgusting Double Standard

Do you remember Brittany Watts? Probably not, because the story received only a small mention in the Atlanta papers. She was the white girl shot and killed by Nkosi Tadiwe in a midtown parking garage last summer (he also shot two other white females, paralyzing one). Recent court records indicate that race may have been a factor in the shooting (http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/court-records-show-race-may-be-moti...).

Watts is dead and no one cares. The story of her murder has been buried in the Black hole that is Atlanta in much the same manner as the continuous assaults on white Georgia Tech students by black people.

She could have been any white girl who grew up in the metro Atlanta area, safe in one of the suburbs that surround the Black Mecca of America. Moving to Atlanta to start her career and family, her life was taken in a moment of racial hate that doesn't fit the politically correct narrative for a "hate crime" in modern day America.

The privelege of being white indeed.

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Avenger

Are you advocating revenge? That is what MLK , IYO, advocated? I don't think so. We owe him much. Think about it.

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DM and the Avenger

I think that PTC Avenger is merely lamenting the fact that this young lady's death in Atlanta was not nearly as important as Trayvon's was. Why was her life valued so little to the media and the community at large in relation to Trayvon?

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Wedge - the difference?

Because her murderer was arrested and sentenced. Under the implementation of the Stand Your Ground Law, it appeared that Trayvon's murderer was going to 'walk'. Peaceful protests and media attention has brought this tragedy to be adjudicated by our justice system. IMO.

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Ptc87

Reading and comprehension seem to illude the simple minded....
"If the President wanted to comment on racially charged crimes, he could have mentioned Shawn Tyson, the black 17-year-old who was recently CONVICTED of last April’s murder of James Kouzaris, 24, and James Cooper, 25, two white British students on holiday." .... From Garlock's article.... God help the illiterate

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ptc87 - standing

Whether I am white, black, yellow or chartreuse, I have as much standing as anyone else to weigh in on the circus surrounding the Martin-Zimmerman case. Now that the prosecutor has Zimmerman in custody on charges of 2nd degree murder, maybe the pandemonium will subside and the people who are eager to follow anyone with a bullhorn and a label of "reverend" will go home or back to work and let the gears of the justice system turn ever so slowly. Don't read that as my confidence in the system - I believe it gives you a whole lot of procedure that only sometimes finds the truth - but I have more confidence in that imperfect system than a mob led by self-serving agitators. I have no idea how this case will play out, but if Zimmerman is acquitted, my guess is the mob will be resurrected.

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Terry Garlock

Self-serving agitator. That is what some who were against the Civil Rights movement called MLK. The peaceful protests in this case are non-violent. Is that disappointing to you? I don't think so, but you are giving credence to the opinion of known agitators on this site. IMO.

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You are right, DM, that some . . .

. . . considered MLK to be a self-serving agitator. I remember as a young mechanic before I joined the Army, hearing my boss on the day MLK was killed say "I'm glad they got that SOB!" as we watched TV reports, and a lot of other white southerners felt the same way. I didn't, and my measure of my boss was diminished permanently. But however virtuous Jesse Jackson may have been at that time, he since then has squandered that capital and does not deserve to have his name spoken in the same sentence as MLK. Sharpton is even worse. That the black community continues to welcome those two charlatans as leaders diminishes them as well. You might say as a white man it is not my place to say, but it is high time someone says it.

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Terry

You are hardly knowledgeable about the 'black' community. The main media continues to present the names of certain blacks as 'leaders' in our community. That is why we have our own Media for our community. And as for the 'leaders' in our community - you probably have not heard of most of them. They are CEO'S of organizations, corporations, etc., etc., - our local religious leaders; the leaders of our community organizations; and many of our elected officials. Sharpton and Jackson are not elected officials - nor do they fit into any of the other categories that I mentioned. Jesse nor Al have their own church. Jesse does still have his organization Rainbow Coalition - and is instrumental in getting equality in some corporate organizations - because of the power that the main media says he has. Sharpton has spoken some American truths - and is respected by many. Some of those American truths are not easily accepted by the 'white' or black community. Hence the need for a conversation regarding race and the misconceptions and truisms that need to be acknowledged. But we have American racists of all colors who are afraid to have this conversation - for it may mean acknowledging that that 'white' is not always right or superior to any other color in this country or conversely that white is always wrong and inferior to all other races in this country. I truly believe that the younger generation is beginning to see this truth - and many in our generation are moving away from our racist practices of grouping Americans. You are entitled to your racist attitude as I am entitled to mine. You just refuse to realize that you have one.

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DM, you had precisely the right word when you said Jesse . . .

. . . Jasckson is an opportunist. Sharpton is far worse, and that is not based on the racist attitude you would ascribe to me, but to his very long history that I have watched since the 70s. He has much blood on his hands, he has escaped his just reward for his antics, and the mindless mainstream media have let him buy legitimacy by exchanging his velour jogging suites for a real suit and tie. Do you realize the media is letting Sharpton get away with being a central player in Martin-Zimmerman protests, which would in a sane world disqualify him from hosting a semi-news show on MSNBC to cover the same events and interviewing the same players he had been involved with and advising, but he gets away with it, breaking any remaining shreds of boundaries for reporters or commentators or pundits.

I have seen some blacks reject these self-promoting clowns as leaders, too bad more don't. I would be ashamed to have any association with their likes. And yes there are some similar white guys.

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Terry Garlock

We're both entitled to our opinions - which have been expressed.

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DM

Wow, so Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson are in the same league as Martin Luther King Jr? I would not have gone there personally.

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Wedge

They marched with him. Jesse was with him the day he was killed. You can't rewrite history.

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DM-thank you

For confirming your thoughts on their relative worth for peace to me. This explains much

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Wedge - You're welcome

See my response to Terry (Terry)

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I do not deny your right to

I do not deny your right to speak your mind. I just wish you had something intelligent to offer when you do.

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ptc87- Only white men get angry?
Quote:

First. Angry white men shoud refrain from writing opinions on race and racism. They have no standing.

Just angry WHITE men?

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Forth. This was a completely unnecessay and worthless article by a man who has no facts to bring to the subject. Even Terry's reference to the Tyson killing of two tourists, he got wrong. Tyson was found guilt and got a life sentence. Justice was done.

Mr Garlock does state that Tyson was convicted. I think his point was geared more toward the amount of attention this case is getting versus the amount of attention that the Tyson case got. The media has an agenda.

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Right - ptc87

You know honestly I have not read Mr. Garlock's column above.

However when you start an argument with "Angry white men....have no standing"; what is one to think about the writer?

And what of the argument itself??

You should have started with "forth" (sic) and stopped there. Then your argument may have had a basis in fact. Then again maybe not.

Now, I will actually read the column.

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ptc87

The "story" that you are reporting on is a lie drummed up by black Liberals to incite a race war.

Sanford Police: 'No reports' of armed neo-Nazis patrolling town

Over the weekend, the Internet exploded with reports that a group of about 20 uniformed, armed members of the white supremacist group National Socialist Movement were patrolling Sanford, Florida. But the Sanford Police Department told Examiner Monday they have received "no reports" of the group's presence

You see ptc87, you're just as stupid and gullible as the rest of the bed-wetting racist liberals. You don't want justice, you want a public lynching. You have a chip off on your shoulder that should be removed.

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Typical knee-jerk, right-wing

Typical knee-jerk, right-wing reaction. Call someone you nothing about, stupid and a bed wetting liberal racist.
President Obama's greatest asset is people who think like Joe.

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Pot - Kettle thing there ptc87

You start off this rant with "Angry White Men" have no standing.

You can't complain about throwing stones when you broke the first window.

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All the windows have been

All the windows have been previously broken by rocks from the outside.

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So who broke them?

Did Terry do it....bad Terry...bad.

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