I stared in disbelief at one of my favourite television news-shows today. I didn’t throw anything, but that could be due to shock or disappointment. Hard to identify particular emotions when you’re favourably disposed to the host, Carol Costello, who just blatantly violated your trust.
Headline News was covering the farcical event known as a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing. Judge Brett Kavanaugh, was the shameless Supreme Court nominee who suffered severe memory loss. I wagered that he could not recall what he had for breakfast that morning.
The irascible Chairman Senator Grassley, tried his contemptuous best to convince those Americans interested, that the committee should be allowed uninterrupted progress executing perhaps his last travesty of an overextended career. Some citizens took issue and rightly protested the disappearance of basic ethical restraints, bordering on lawlessness. Some protesters shouted, others raised banners. Last report stated that seventy citizens were arrested without incident and whisked off to rehabilitation at an unknown pacification centre. Later the public was informed that they were all given citations.
Jennifer Epps-Addison, a well respected activist appeared on Headline News with Carol Costello. She was an arrested protester. I don’t believe that interview was objective and appeared to deteriorate when Ms. Epps-Addison was asked if she hadn’t expected to be arrested. It got worse when Carol Costello said coyly to the interviewee that she could have protested somewhere else and avoid the consequential arrest. I was offended. Not only by Ms. Costello’s condescension, but there again, someone who, as far as I know, publicly stood up for nothing, telling us, the affected where, when and how to protest appropriately. Acceptably!
Protests are done as publicly as possible. That’s why they are called protests. You go to buildings; you dare, you defy, you disrupt. You deny comfort and draw maximum attention to the issue. I really would like if the people who are in the news media, would stop directing us how we should protest, especially when they’re not even paying attention to what we we’re saying, when we do it appropriately and to their satisfaction. Marching and singing had its time and place. Do that in this political environment and it would be amusement for the unscrupulous. But Ms. Epps-Addison resoluteness made me proud.
“The protests are not normal, but these are not normal times,” Countered Ms. Epps-Addison, a director of the Center for Popular Democracy Action, which coordinated the protests.
“These women are standing up because they know that if they’re quiet now and they allow these rigged, shamed hearings to proceed, their lives are going to be impacted in the future.”
Now, what is hard to understand about that?
This is my blog and my voice. I manage my blog for free and would never publish hate or lies. I refuse to believe that an ant can’t get an elephant’s attention, if he, the ant, is nasty, dogged enough, persistently annoying and able to call up a swarm. I thought that would be an apt analogy of small voices, relative to the destructive beast called Fox News, Tucker Carlson’s owner.
Tucker recently sold another few pounds of his soul in the interest of making White people fearful of what was historically evident about human populations. Tucker, stop believing that you’re going to disappear any day now. Pedaling your irrational fears to the public is dangerous. Frankly, I am surprised that the FCC and Homeland Security haven’t got your attention as yet.
Recently, FoxNews allowed Tucker Carlson to talk. He told his listeners that South Africa was in a state of war; that Blacks were killing off Whites and dispossessing them of farmland. Tucker Carlson cared not about the veracity of his statement. It fits neatly into his cockamamie narrative that Whites throughout his world are losing numerical superiority and the race is at risk of extinction.
Poor Tucker who believes that Egypt is in a continent named Middle East, cannot excuse himself from the moral responsibility for the devil may care, race baiting that is acceptable to FoxNews. It’s Tucker’s uncoerced voice that is used to stimulate the hate needed for genocidal catastrophes that increasingly flare up in pockets around the world.
Isolated, Tucker Carlson’s perversion is inane as usual. But ignorance should not be ignored. Each week, Tucker Carlson moves a few cans of gasoline closer to the long smoldering fires of racial animus, not knowing that he is unlikely to escape the ignited firestorm.
When the GOP came with the slogan advocating personal responsibility I was impressed. I thought that they meant it. But stuff happens. Perhaps that got misfiled among Bootstraps, Moral Majority, Family Values, Manifest Destiny, Exceptionalism and all the other codes used shamelessly, to maintain the myth necessary, while the capitalists shear fleeced us all -Black, White and Brown– near flayed.
There might be something that Trump could reasonably take credit for, that is, puncturing the big, ugly, painful abscess that hobbled America for decades. Now that it’s palpable the majority of the American people, the decent people, I believe will step up, scalpel in hand and detach this malignant sack of pus that debilitates our society.
Tucker Carlson owns what he said as much as Trump’s concurring tweet giving support to a racist lie. This is nothing to be proud of, but just know that we are fully aware of your creeping actions on inciting violence.
CBS News: For first time, Saudi Arabia seeks death penalty for female rights activist: Report.
I thought of the saying, “show me your company and I’ll tell you what you are.” The report speaks for itself.
From the grow house to the White House.
By Leyland A. King
August 12, 2018