“December 7, 1941 – a date that will live in infamy…,” so said Franklin Roosevelt 68 years ago today, in the wake of the horrific surprise attack by the Empire of Japan on US Naval forces based in Hawaii:
“The attack sank four U.S. Navy battleships (two of which were raised and returned to service later in the war) and damaged four more. The Japanese also sank or damaged three cruisers, three destroyers, and one minelayer, destroyed 188 aircraft, and caused personnel losses of 2,402 killed and 1,282 wounded.”
This attack by Japan awoke the so-called “sleeping giant” and forced the United States to declare war upon them (and eventually Germany and Italy) and enter World War II against the Axis Powers.
Have you seen the 2001 movie Pearl Harbor? Dorie Miller had his story immortalized in Michael Bay’s movie, as Cuba Gooding Jr., played the real-life Casey Ryback/ John Rambo killer combo, wielding a machine gun and blasting away the Japanese.
As the Michael Bay movie shows, had this Black seamen not engaged the enemy, World War II would have been lost from the start.
After this attack, a formerly isolationist nation would mobilize quickly and put forth one of the most impressive fighting forces the world has ever seen, in an effort to subdue the Japanese and the threat of Fascism in Europe for good.
It is important to remember that the United States in 1940 was a completely different nation than we are today. The nation was comprised of almost 90 percent white people, with Black people comprising roughly nine percent.
The United States had a segregated military up until 1948:
“African Americans have served in the U.S. military since the days of George Washington, but it took until July 26, 1948, for the country to begin living up the democratic ideals that they fought to defend.
As World War II approached, the United States found itself opposed to fascist regimes and their racist ideologies, yet it had to reckon with the hard reality that many of its own 12.6 million African-American citizens — about 10 percent of the population at the time — were denied basic civil rights and human opportunities.The bitter irony that President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” (freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear) set forth as U.S. war aims were largely unavailable to African Americans did not stop 2.5 million black men from registering for the military draft. More than 1 million eventually served in all branches of the armed forces during World War II. In addition, thousands of African-American women volunteered as combat nurses.”
Why point this out? Well, to put it mildly, Black people didn’t have that much of a role in World War II and the defeat of the Axis Powers. An interesting United States government Defense website completely glosses over Black involvement in World War Two, save for the aforementioned Dorie Miller and the vaunted Tuskegee Airmen.
What Black people actually did in World War II is quite interesting, as the United States government decided to keep most of the Black soldiers away from the conflict (and thus, incapable of duplicating Miller’s Pearl Harbor exploits):
By this time, the War Department’s critical need for troops overseas helped to ease opposition to the dispatch of black servicemen to the European or Pacific theaters.
The number of African Americans serving in-theater jumped from 97,725 in 1941 to 504,000 in 1943. However, 425,000 black troops remained in the United States. The military claimed that allied foreign nations objected to the presence of black troops, but it was usually American commanders overseas who opposed their assignment.
17 July 1944
The worst home front disaster of WWII occurred when two ships, the E.A. Bryan and the Quinalt Victory, docked at Port Chicago, California, exploded one night while African-American sailors were loading ammunition for use in the Pacific theater. Both ships and the loading pier were destroyed, while many of the nearby town’s buildings also suffered severe damage.
Of the 320 men killed, 202 of them were black enlisted men; the blast also injured 390 men. The worst military loss of life in the continental United States during WWII, this one incident involved 15 percent of all African Americans wounded or killed in this conflict.
Despite the extensive casualties, however, sailors were ordered to resume loading on 9 August 1944, with no training or procedural changes to help safeguard against another such catastrophe. Because they were afraid of another explosion, 258 African-American sailors refused to comply with orders.
The U.S. Navy court martialed 50 men for mutiny and tried the other 208 on lesser charges. Those convicted of mutiny were sentenced to 15 years in prison, but after the war they were granted amnesty. However, their original convictions were not overturned. Ultimately, though, this incident did result in changes affecting racial relations in the Navy, because ammunition loading ceased to be a “blacks only” assignment. The Navy also adopted safer procedures for loading ammunition.
Only 708 Black people died in combat during World War II, in a war that saw 418,500 Americans die while defending freedom and democracy from tyranny and oppression.
It is important to remember that racial views in the 1940s weren’t as angelic as they’re now, and that prejudicial and ignorant views of Black people were the norm. Black people were second-class citizens in America, and decided to wage a war against oppression at home, while white people were slaying evil yellow and white people abroad:
“The African American community in the United States resolved on a Double V Campaign: Victory over fascism abroad, and victory over discrimination at home. Large numbers migrated from poor Southern farms to munitions centers.
Racial tensions were high in overcrowded cities like Chicago; Detroit and Harlem experienced race riots in 1943.The derogative name jig was coined during this time. The Pittsburgh Courier created the Double V Campaign after readers began commenting on their second class status during wartime.”
While the Double V Campaign was being waged in America, white American troops were busy engaging the enemy in the Pacific Theater and eventually in the German-occupied European continent.
The millions of white people who fought tyranny, nationalism and fascism abroad and the hundreds of thousands who died so doing, were working to ensure that the goals of the Double V campaign would come to fruition at some point, even if they didn’t consciously know it.
Pre-Obama America was a diseased land and needed to be cleansed of its boring whiteness. Sure, these overwhelming white troops defeated evil in World War II, and they even had the honor of being dubbed “The Greatest Generation” for their efforts:
“The Greatest Generation” is a term coined by journalist Tom Brokaw to describe the generation who grew up in the United States during the deprivation of the Great Depression, and then went on to fight in World War II, as well as those whose productivity within the war’s home front made a decisive material contribution to the war effort.”
But these Real American Heroes fought World War II so that the world we currently live in could be birthed; could see its genesis. These white people defeated Japan, a people who have never had a lofty opinion of Black people, and the Germans (who treated Jesse Owens with more respect than he would receive in America).
The Greatest Generation returned home from WWII victorious, and would then wage a war upon racism within its states to ensure true equality to all people, of all races.
Black people owe The Greatest Generation an almost inconceivable and repayable debt, for they bestowed Black people equality after the war and handed the reigns of power to them completely.
The United States enjoyed an unbelievable epoch of prosperity after World War II, which saw an unprecedented growth of the middle-class that affected white people, as well as Black people.
White people fled the major cities, leaving them to be governed by Black people and inadvertently destroying the old identity of those cities and instilling a negative stereotype of the urban jungle for all eternity.
Untold billions would be spent – the hard-earned tax dollars of The Greatest Generation – on Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society programs, as every attempt to remake the average American Black person into your average white person would be undertaken.
Yet these members of The Greatest Generation sacrificed countless lives in the war (more than 400,000 white Americans gave their lives so this new world of equality could exist) to usher in the new America – which might never be absolved of white racism.
The greatness of the era right after WWII – some might call it Pleasantville – was but a glimpse of a country that could have been, but was to be sacrificed to the Gods of Blackness.
In retrospect, Black people owe America and The Greatest Generation absolutely nothing (as long as they continue to entertain us with their dazzling sports skills). The cumulative sacrifices of white people in World War II register barely a penitence for the historical stain of racism that Black people must constantly remember and put hardly a dint in bitter narrative of white supremacy that dominates the colored people of the world like a rampaging river.
Like Damocles Sword, white guilt is the bitter legacy of The Greatest Generation, for they extirpated a nation that seemed poised to preside over the world’s affairs and usher in an irenic era of continued growth and unabated happiness.
However, this misguided sense of destiny was supplanted by the work of disingenuous white liberals – who constantly repent for their whiteness – and the crusading white pedagogues – those poor souls who fight and try to undo nature – as they constantly maneuver to heap scorn upon this misnamed Greatest Generation as just an extension of Nazi Germany (whoops, that was by the books author).
These members of the The Greatest Generation represent one of the last links of the chain to an era of racism, oppression and evil, even though this group did more to ensure that Black people had a seat at the table. Don’t worry, they will soon be gone:
“In 2000, there were 555,974, WWII veterans in California, according to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. There are now 213,118. Ten years from now, just 30,370 will be alive. Across the nation, we lose 900 WWII veterans a day.
It is urgent that we honor these heroes now, while there is time. Strangely, given the scope, magnitude and importance of World War II, America had been woefully late in acknowledging a debt we can never repay to those who defended the liberty we take for granted.”
With each passing of a veteran of World War II, the rapidity of the air coming out Pre-Obama America speeds up. Will an article one day appear in an America newspaper much like this one from England?”
“Nearly 400,000 Britons died. Millions more were scarred by the experience, physically and mentally.
But was it worth it? Her answer – and the answer of many of her contemporaries, now in their 80s and 90s – is a resounding No.
They despise what has become of the Britain they once fought to save. It’s not our country any more, they say, in sorrow and anger.
In one letter in this collection, an RAF mechanic quoted a poem about comrades who fell in battle: ‘I mourned them then, But now surviving in a world, Indifferent to their hopes and dreams, I grieve more for the living.’
The Greatest Generation is a sickening reminder to the inhabitants of Obama’s America of a stain that no matter how hard it is scrubbed, can never be removed. The dreams, ambitions, sacrifices and goals of these brave men and women built the country we live in today.
Paradoxically, Black people cannot be to happy with this generation for they kept Black people from contributing fully in World War II. Yet, the dichotomy of this situation is equally a tragedy: this experience of divisiveness would ensure that Black people received full integration into America life.
Worse, The Greatest Generation is forced to undergo a Crayola Moment as the overbearing whiteness of this group is in dire need of a good 21st century revisionist coloring.
Where can this be found? Easy. Movies. People believe truth to be formulated by what they visualize and favorable impressions of historically inaccurate “truths” can be conjured through the magic of cinema:
“On February 19 1945 Thomas McPhatter found himself on a landing craft heading toward the beach on Iwo Jima.”There were bodies bobbing up all around, all these dead men,” said the former US marine, now 83 and living in San Diego. “Then we were crawling on our bellies and moving up the beach. I jumped in a foxhole and there was a young white marine holding his family pictures. He had been hit by shrapnel, he was bleeding from the ears, nose and mouth. It frightened me. The only thing I could do was lie there and repeat the Lord’s prayer, over and over and over.”
Sadly, Sgt McPhatter’s experience is not mirrored in Flags of Our Fathers, Clint Eastwood’s big-budget, Oscar-tipped film of the battle for the Japanese island that opened on Friday in the US. While the film’s battle scenes show scores of young soldiers in combat, none of them are African-American. Yet almost 900 African-American troops took part in the battle of Iwo Jima, including Sgt McPhatter.
The film tells the story of the raising of the stars and stripes over Mount Suribachi at the tip of the island. The moment was captured in a photograph that became a symbol of the US war effort. Eastwood’s film follows the marines in the picture, including the Native American Ira Hayes, as they were removed from combat operations to promote the sale of government war bonds.
Mr McPhatter, who went on to serve in Vietnam and rose to the rank of lieutenant commander in the US navy, even had a part in the raising of the flag. “The man who put the first flag up on Iwo Jima got a piece of pipe from me to put the flag up on,” he says. That, too, is absent from the film.
“Of all the movies that have been made of Iwo Jima, you never see a black face,” said Mr McPhatter. “This is the last straw. I feel like I’ve been denied, I’ve been insulted, I’ve been mistreated. But what can you do? We still have a strong underlying force in my country of rabid racism.”
Spike Lee accused the film’s director, Clint Eastwood, of racism, for not showing a single Black face in his World War II movies:
In round one, Lee came out swinging at Director Clint Eastwood’s WWII films, “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Letters from Iwo Jima,” claiming that Eastwood “erased the role of black GIs from history.” Lee tried on his self-righteous air of moral certitude and labeled Eastwood a racist. “Many black veterans who fought in Iwo Jima were hurt that there was no representation of them in both of those films,” Lee said in an interview in Rome last year.
Round two began as the blow fell upon Eastwood in an interview with Focus magazine. Why was Eastwood such a racist, they wondered? Eastwood, momentarily rocked on his heels, came back with a knock out blow showing the world that, aging or not, he was still faster and smarter than the bespeckled, racemongering Lee.
“Does he know anything about American history?” Eastwood told Focus when asked about Lee’s criticism. “The U.S. military was segregated til the Korean War, and the blacks in World War Two were totally segregated. The only black battalion on Iwo Jima was a small munitions supply unit that came to the beach.
“The story was about the men who raised the flag and we can’t make them black if they were not there. So tell him: Why don’t you go back and study your history and stop mouthing off!”
You see, the coming decades will see an erosion of historical facts and the inclusion of more Black faces into the tale of World War II so that Dorie Miller can have some much deserved colored company.
For Stuff Black People Don’t Like includes The Greatest Generation, as the war these white people fought was won without the help of Black soldiers and worse, in a period of time when Black people faced rampant discrimination at home. How can these people – The Greatest Generation – be the source of simultaneous pride and yet universal scorn for their racial chauvenism?
The answer is simple: they can’t. The Greatest Generation will fade into obscurity and memory as they leave this realm of existence and depart for the afterlife.
A new group will be awarded the moniker The Greatest Generation, for the defeat of Japan and Germany by white people no longer reflects the multiracial splendor that is 21st America. That title will be reserved Obama’s generation.
Monday, December 7, 2009
What exactly is peopleofwalmart.com?:
“We personally have nothing against Walmart. We, along with most of America, shop at Walmart for nearly everything we need. This site is simply a satirical social commentary of the extraordinary sights found at America’s favorite store. Walmart is Americana baby, Enjoy!”
What exactly are we about to discuss here at SBPDL? Wal-Mart is a much maligned company, and the store receives the type of envy and derision the New York Yankees find themselves constantly encountering. Why? Because Wal-Mart is the biggest company in the world (revenues of $378 billion in 2008):
“A facelift and even lower prices kept the world’s largest retailer afloat in a troubled economy.Staring down the barrel of brutal fourth-quarter retail forecasts, CEO Lee Scott dramatically cut prices on 15,000 items – including popular toys and electronics – by 20% more than usual to lure holiday shoppers. That rocked the industry, pressuring other retailers to squeeze already tight margins.
The tactic worked: Wal-Mart grossed $100 billion, breaking its fourth-quarter sales record, and soundly beat Target in same-store holiday sales for the first time in nearly a decade.”
Interestingly, the customer base of Wal-Mart (if one decided the test samples at peopleofwalmart.com are an accurate portrayal of the cross-geographical pool of consumers for its low prices) represents the diversity of the United States perfectly:
“Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will retool its 3,256 U.S. stores over two years to give them a more customized mix of goods and layout for six key groups of customers, including Hispanics, African-Americans and affluent shoppers, the executive in charge of Wal-Mart’s U.S. operations said Thursday.The move is the latest strategy twist for the world’s largest retailer as it struggles to revive growth rates that have fallen behind smaller rivals such as Target Corp. and after the company’s first quarterly drop in profits in a decade.
The approach, called segmentation, follows months of new initiatives from Wal-Mart to make sure each store is better tailored to its locale and to lure more affluent shoppers, who may come to Wal-Mart for groceries and basics but skip the company’s more profitable aisles like apparel and electronics.
Eduardo Castro-Wright, president and chief executive of Wal-Mart U.S., said stores will get a more specific mix of products and layout to appeal to one of the six target groups — based on what market research showed was the best approach for that location.
“Driving customer relevancy will drive growth,” Castro-Wright said in a Webcast of a presentation to financial analysts.
The target groups identified by Wal-Mart’s market researchers are Hispanics, African Americans, “empty-nesters/boomers,” affluent, suburban and rural shoppers, according to Castro-Wright’s slide presentation.”
Everyone loves low prices and nearly 100 million Americans enter a Wal-Mart store each week searching for discounted goods and merchandise, all in an environment where the most garish and outlandish individual can shop without fear of persecution or ridicule.
You see, Wal-Mart is the ultimate manifestation of America, where the pursuit of happiness is a virtue and individual liberty to wear any accoutrement in public is encouraged and scorn is heaped upon those who point the prole takeover of the nation.
Newsflash: proles run this country. They are the life-blood of this nation. Visiting peopleofwalmart.com, one is shocked to see the incredible obesity represented within the pages of that website. Is this an anomaly? No. As we stated in passing on seconds, an unbelievable rate of Black people find themselves classified in the morbidly obese category. White people, always wishing to emulate Black people, work diligently to increase the turgid nature of the average American:
“The rates of adult obesity in the United States increased in 23 states during the past year and did not decrease in any state.And the number of obese and overweight children has now climbed to 30 percent in 30 states, a troubling trend that could signal decades of weight-related health problems such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease as these children become adults.”
For the fifth year in a row, Mississippi topped the list as the state with the highest rate of adult obesity, at 32.5 percent, according to the report, F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America 2009.
Besides Mississippi, West Virginia, Alabama and Tennessee have obesity rates above 30 percent. Eight of the 10 states with the highest number of obese adults are in the South. The state with the lowest adult obesity rate is Colorado, at 18.9 percent, according to the report.
Remember, the least healthy geographic regions of the United States are in the south, which coincidentally has the highest percentage of Black people in the nation (click here to see how many Wal-Mart’s your state has operating).
Interestingly, this map illustrates where Wal-Mart stores are most frequent and not surprisingly, the south finds itself inundated with Sam Walton’s mad creation.
Again, no store more perfectly symbolizes the United States of America than Wal-Mart does and a quick look at the store will crystallize this metaphor for everyone:
Wal-Mart’s dedication to the African-American community is evident throughout our company.
- Wal-Mart is a leading employer of minorities in the U.S. and has more than 257,000 African-American associates.
- The company offers its Diversity Development Series seminars to assist our associates in their understanding of diversity trends and challenges. These sessions help to provide key information, tips and skills to empower associates to use their unique talents and ideas to contribute to their professional growth. As a result of these efforts and many others, more than 25 percent of all Wal-Mart managers and officials are minorities, including African-Americans.
- Wal-Mart actively recruits associates from minority-serving institutions, including historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). In fact, more than 5,400 of our associates are graduates from 73 HBCUs across the country.
Uh-oh. Recruiting from Historically Black Colleges and Universities can be a risky proposition, considering how many of them are losing their accreditation.
Worse, Wal-Mart can’t employ all Black people:
“Joblessness for 16-to-24-year-old black men has reached Great Depression proportions — 34.5 percent in October, more than three times the rate for the general U.S. population. And last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that unemployment in the District, home to many young black men, rose to 11.9 percent from 11.4 percent, even as it stayed relatively stable in Virginia and Maryland.”
Beyond that local effort, Wal-Mart has taken its romance national, setting up scholarships for minorities, donating to the United Negro College Fund and writing checks for several black Congressmen. Patronage has its benefits. In May Black Enterprise, the venerable periodical of Afro-America’s business class, announced that Wal-Mart would be a sponsor of its 10th Annual Entrepreneur’s Conference. In its June issue, Black Enterprise listed its “30 Best Companies for Diversity.” Guess who made the cut?But Wal-Mart’s move into the inner city has set off a debate in the black community about economic development. Traditional activists see the company as a corporate parasite. “Desperate people do desperate things. People would rather have a supermarket than not,” says Jesse Jackson, whose Rainbow/PUSH Coalition is headquartered in Chicago. “But the point is that employment and development must go hand in hand. We need work where you can have a livable wage and health insurance, and retirement.”
Not everyone is happy about this however:
As Jesse Jackson and other black leaders have pointed out in response to this boast, the slave plantation was once a “leading employer” of African-Americans as well…
Many black community activists were appalled that black leaders were so easily bought off. “I was ashamed to be black!” says Elce Redmond of the South Austin Coalition, a Chicago neighborhood organization, describing how the clergy and elites rolled over…
There are clearly profound racial tensions in the labor movement, and as Wal-Mart continues to move into cities it is likely to continue to exploit these tensions. Warren, a public policy scholar at the University of Chicago, says, “I’ve been at a loss to figure out why the labor movement can’t have an honest conversation about race.”
An honest discussion of labor and race in America? We can’t even have an honest discussion of race by itself in this nation, let alone compounding the issue with labor issues.
Let’s be honest for a moment. A trip to Wal-Mart is akin to watching Idiocracy, a movie that paints a dystopian portrait of the 25th century and the average IQ level of future inhabitants of this nation:
The film tells the story of two ordinary people who are taken into a top-secret military hibernation experiment that goes awry, and awaken 500 years in the future. They discover that the world has degenerated into a dystopia where advertising, commercialism, and cultural anti-intellectualism run rampant and dysgenic pressure has resulted in a uniformly stupid human society devoid of individual responsibility or consequences.
Watch the movie, then venture into a Wal-Mart. The similarities will startle you.
Black people make up a significant portion of Wal-Mart employees and a large portion of the patrons who help make that corporation the worlds biggest. And yet, the average Wal-Mart experience – as lampooned by peopleofwalmart.com – is laughable and unpleasant in a macabre sort of way.
Remember that Wal-Mart represents America beautifully in all its splendid grotesqueness and that the store – which we have discussed in our Black Friday and Waiting in Line entries – paints a clear picture of the blanket barbarism that exists within our borders:
“Family members of the fatally trampled Wal-Mart worker are suing the corporation for not protecting their employees from potential harm from their own customers. Is a lawsuit preferable?
There are Wal-Marts all over the country. There were Wal-Marts that offered the same discounts and had the same crowd issues. Out of all of those Wal-Marts nationally, how many had the doors pushed off the hinges by their customers, trampling employees and customers alike?
This was obviously an unfortunate anomaly.
BUT if Wal-Mart turned their parking lot into a police state that Thursday night/Friday morning, just what do you think people like Jesse Jackson would be saying? The majority of the people in the pictures rushing the Wal-Mart doors were black. A pre-assumption they would behave unruly would have been seized on by civil rights ambulance chasers as racism.”
Or how about this one – already discussed at SBPDL – which tells the tale of an individual who couldn’t wait her turn in line:
“This much isn’t in dispute: Heather Ellis joined a line at a Wal-Mart nearly three years ago.Whether she cut in line or merely switched checkout lanes to join her cousin is in dispute, and the accounts of what happened next vary greatly. The debate has divided this economically struggling town of 11,000 along racial lines.
Ellis, then a college student with no criminal history, said some white patrons shoved and hurled racial slurs at her when she switched checkout lines at Wal-Mart in January 2007.
Store employees refused to give her back her change and called police, she said.
And when she was taken outside to the parking lot, an officer allegedly told her to “Go back to the ghetto.” Another roughed her up, she said.”
We haven’t discussed this story yet, because the implications of said event shock even us:
“An elderly Wal-Mart greeter was punched in the face and seriously hurt outside the store in North Versailles.Channel 11 News got surveillance video of the incident, which happened Tuesday night. The video shows a man walking up to Thomas Jenkins, 72, of McKeesport, and knocking him to ground. Police identified the suspect as Paul Washington, 55, of North Versailles.
Jenkins was taken to UPMC McKeesport Hospital and then to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital because of the severity of his injuries.Jenkins’ twin sister, Betty Evans, said there was blood everywhere.”There was blood everywhere. He suffered a stroke and was on blood thinnner (before the attack), so there was blood everywhere after the attack,” said Evans. “Whoever did this was very cruel.”Evans said her brother’s mouth is so swollen that he can’t talk. She said the bones in his face are swollen and surgery has been postponed.”
Wal-Mart greeters happen to be one of the few enjoyable aspects of a trip to Wal-Mart, for they usually
a gregarious senior citizen that just want contact with the outside world. Being punched for “bumping”into a Black person is just another example of living in a Black world.
Or, if you fail to provide goods for a check that can’t be certified and the individual offering that check is Black, you better be prepared to be fired:
“Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has fired the manager of a supercenter here for “poor judgment” after he called sheriff’s deputies to apprehend a black manager of a business whose $13,600 company check could not be verified.The decision came after a two-week internal investigation concluded the store manager violated Wal-Mart’s procedures but found no evidence of racial discrimination.
The store manager, Mark Cornett, could not be reached for comment at his home. Company officials said another, unnamed member of the management team at the 11110 Causeway Blvd. store also will be disciplined, but declined to say more.
And all Wal-Mart store managers in the Tampa area will get racial sensitivity training next month, although it had been previously scheduled.
Reginald Pitts, a 34-year-old human resources manager for GAF Materials Corp., suspects he was singled out for extra scrutiny because he is an African-American who tried to buy 520 gift cards for employees on Nov. 23. But he is still waiting for Wal-Mart to fully explain why he was threatened with arrest after the store said it could not verify his employer’s $13,600 check.
Pitts’ case has generated a national firestorm of bad publicity for the retail giant at a time when there are some signs it is losing a high-stakes public relations war with its critics. The treatment Pitts encountered, meantime, was familiar to many minority customers who say they are too often treated like prospective thieves by retailers such as Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart has a zero tolerance policy for racial discrimination and racial profiling, and it called the Brandon firing evidence of how seriously it takes complaints.”
Crime in America is bad, and yet Wal-Mart – the ultimate corporate manifestation of America – is a haven for the criminally gifted:
Among the critical findings of the “Is Wal-Mart Safe?” study:
- Wal-Mart stores experience a significant number of police incidents. In 2004, police received 148, 331 calls for service for the 551 Wal-Mart stores analyzed;
- The average number of reported incidents per store for the 551 stores analyzed was 269;
- The Wal-Mart stores in our sample that reported the most incidents in 2004 experienced higher average rates of reported police incidents than nearby Target stores;
- Based on the average rate of reported incidents for the 551 Wal-Mart stores analyzed in this study, we estimate that in 2004 police may have received almost 1 million calls for service at Wal-Mart stores or parking lots – or 2 reported police incidents per minute in 2004;
- Nationally, Wal-Mart stores cost local taxpayers an estimated $77 million in increased policing costs in 2004
Yes, Wal-Mart is American as apple pie. And yes, crime committed by those who frequent Wal-Mart is a major problem, just like crime committed in any part of America.
Wal-Mart is a corporate giant, offering low prices to a broad range of consumers across the nation – nowhere more so than the obese south – and many people enjoy poking fun at the biggest company in the world by calling it a “redneck” gathering place.
Peopleofwalmart.com does a good job of showcasing the obese white people who frequent the store and the other unusual creatures that pass for bipeds who slither out of strange cracks in the small towns to showcase their cracks for the internet world, but the site misses the point.
The data points to something disturbing, the kind of information that is included in Stuff Black People Don’t Like. If our future is Idiocracy, then a trip to Wal-Mart is like visiting days of future past, for SBPDL has to include being the real peopleofwalmart.com.
Whether it is stampeding fellow Black people on Black Friday; crying racism over cutting in line; punching elderly greeters; or working the check-out lanes, Black people find themselves constantly at the center of the Wal-Mart publicity world.
Worse, is this story out of flood-savaged Katrina:
The Wal-Mart store in uptown New Orleans, built within the last year, survived the storm but was destroyed by looters.
“They took everything, all the electronics, the food, the bikes,” said John Stonaker, a Wal-Mart security officer. “People left their old clothes on the floor when they took new ones. The only thing left are the country-and-western CDs. You can still get a Shania Twain album.”
Black people are the real peopleofwalmart.com, whether they will admit it or not.
“You’ll shoot your eye out.”
This sentence has vastly different meanings to the white community in America and to the Black community of the USofA.
White people recall the Pre-Obama America Christmas classic, “A Christmas Story“, with Ralph’s hunger for a Red Ryder BB Gun being squashed by an overbearing parent, educator and even Santa (thankfully, father knows best in the end).
Black people, however, have a different interpretation of the sentence, as they use this phrase to implore fellow Black people to be careful when performing gun safety demonstrations or when walking down the street in Atlanta:
“A 19-year-old college student walking with friends was struck and killed by a stray bullet early Thursday on the campus of Clark Atlanta University, police said.Jasmine Lynn, of Kansas City, Mo., was struck in the chest when shots were fired during a fight nearby. Another student whose name was not released was hit on the wrist and taken to a hospital.
Christmas is upon us again, as Black Friday has come and gone and the decorations are ubiquitous throughout neighborhoods in America.
Carolers are nearing and the smell of chestnuts roasting on opening fires dances upon with wind with its inviting aroma.
SBPDL will be celebrating the Christmas season in style – starting December 13.
Interestingly, Christmas is bifurcating into a predominately Pre-Obama America camp and into another group of people who view the holiday with a strong Black-face.
So, we ask you the reader to send us the best stories about Black people and Christmas you can find, for it is obvious that the term “white Christmas” is redundant. The creation of Kwanzaa shows the general public the truth about how Black people view Christmas and Pre-Obama America with crystal-clear simplicity.
Send us your stories or news reports to firstname.lastname@example.org
Stuff Black People Don’t Like is going to embrace the Christmas season completely and we need your help in compiling the ultimate list of SBPDL and the Yule season.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
NOTE: A winter snow storm knocked out power and forced SBPDL to enjoy the snow yesterday. Delayed posts will be coming later today!
Tiger Woods is a Black guy. He is a great golfer, but he doesn’t represent the true aspect of the game: being a sportsmen and a gentlemen (neither does John Daly).
Take a look at this interview with MSNBC where Tiger Woods has a virtual orgasm over the election of Mein Obama:
“I think it’s absolutely incredible,” Woods told CNBC. “He represents America. He’s multiracial. I was hoping it would happen in my lifetime. My father was hoping it would happen in his lifetime, but he didn’t get to see it. I’m lucky enough to have seen a person of color in the White House.”
When asked by the cable news outlet how his father Earl would have reacted to Obama’s election as the 44th President of the United States, Woods didn’t hesitate.
“He would have cried. Absolutely. No doubt about it.”
Tiger Woods is a Black guy. White people liked Tiger Woods because he didn’t represent a physical threat to them in the clubhouse. He tried desperately to be a white guy, as he acted white and was the token Black at nearly every golf course he went to in America.
Stuff Black People Don’t Like has no problem pointing this out, although many Black people our shocked by Tiger’s indiscretions:
“Amid all the headlines generated by Tiger Woods’ troubles — the puzzling car accident, the suggestions of marital turmoil and multiple mistresses — little attention has been given to the race of the women linked with the world’s greatest golfer. Except in the black community.
When three white women were said to be romantically involved with Woods in addition to his blonde, Swedish wife, blogs, airwaves and barbershops started humming, and Woods’ already tenuous standing among many blacks took a beating.
On the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner radio show, Woods was the butt of jokes all week.
“Thankfully, Tiger, you didn’t marry a black woman. Because if a sister caught you running around with a bunch of white hoochie-mamas,” one parody suggests in song, she would have castrated him.
“The Grinch’s Theme Song” didn’t stop there: “The question everyone in America wants to ask you is, how many white women does one brother waaant?”
As one blogger, Robert Paul Reyes, wrote: “If Tiger Woods had cheated on his gorgeous white wife with black women, the golfing great’s accident would have been barely a blip in the blogosphere.”
For all the love Tiger showered Mein Obama with when he elected president of failing nation, he sure doesn’t have the same love for his “colored” women, as Tiger has the eye; the eye of the Tiger.
This quote is important for all to understand the monolithic view that Black people have of race (and an extremely healthy one at that):
“There is a call for loyalty that is stronger in some ways than in other racial communities,” said the author of the study, George Yancey, a sociology professor at the University of North Texas and author of the book “Just Don’t Marry One.”The color of one’s companion has long been a major measure of “blackness” — which is a big reason why the biracial Barack Obama was able to fend off early questions about his black authenticity.
“Had Barack had a white wife, I would have thought twice about voting for him,” Johnson Cooper said.
Remember, SBPDL continues to be on the cutting edge of nearly every major story in America, for when you look at any news story through the prism of race, truths appear that some call hateful. We just call them facts.
Friday, December 4, 2009
We’ll be back tomorrow with new posts. In the meantime, we thought this story might be of interest:
Six people accused of helping the suspected gunman in the killing of four Lakewood police officers in a Parkland coffee shop evade police have been arrested.
Four were booked into the Pierce County Jail on Monday and early Tuesday for investigation of rendering criminal assistance on four counts of first-degree murder. They are Rickey Hinton, Eddie Lee Davis, Douglas Edward Davis and Darcus Allen.
Two women – Letricia Nelson and Quiana Wiliams – were arrested and booked on Tuesday night, also for investigation of rendering criminal assistance. Nelson is suspected gunman Maurice Clemmons’ aunt, police said.
Enjoy your Friday.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tiger Woods has strange choices in women, for they seem to be monochromatic. Let’s be honest for a moment. We told you the Tiger Woods situation would blow up, before anyone else.
A lot of people are beginning to come to SBPDL and pull material from it, without citation. Hey, that’s fine. No big deal.
Just know that we will continue to be the ultimate trendsetters in identifying patterns as to Stuff Black People Don’t Like, and Mr. Tiger Woods fall from grace is another shining example of just that type of work.
The “eye of the Tiger”… the new name of the curious decision by Black men to date exclusively white women. Thanks Eldrick!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
“I might not be a doctor, but I play one one TV.”
Who doesn’t remember that famous commercial? Everyone loves doctors, yet few care to invest the time and effort into the proper education to be certified to take the Hippocratic Oath. In fact, doctors record some of the highest trust levels from the general public (amid a number of different vocations).
How many TV shows have centered around the hospital and the various eccentricities and nuisances of life in the ER?
Face it: we are a nation that loves watching life in the ER on television and also in trusting doctors to constantly give us the best advice for our health.
We love doctors, for they might give us unpleasant news occasionally, but it usually comes with a lollipop at the end of visit. Everyone loves lollipops.
However, SBPDL will be focusing on the ER and the entire medical profession the next few days, and we recently came across a most fascinating story concerning a member of the medical fraternity that tarnished the halo around the M.D. title a few degrees:
“Dr. Cleveland Enmon is an emergency room physician at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton . Dr. Enmon is accused of abandoning attempts to resuscitate a patient from cardiac arrest to instead pocket the dead man’s valuable Rolex wristwatch. The suit, filed by the adult children of Jerry Keith Kubena, Sr., alleges that Dr. Cleveland James Enmon on June 1 “formed the intent” to swipe the Rolex from Kubena’s wrist while treating the man at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton.”
The nursing staff assisting Enmon soon noticed that Kubena’s flashy timepiece was missing; “Where is the wristwatch?” the suit quotes one as uttering. Two more nurses allegedly noticed a wristwatch-shaped bulge in the doctor’s pocket. Security was called to investigate the disappearance. Defying security’s orders, the lawsuit notes Enmon walked out of the operating room and into the parking lot, a move caught on hospital security cameras. A nurse claims she saw Enmon toss a small object into the grass and she subsequently led security personnel to that exact area and recovered the watch.”
This story is a shocking reminder that life in the ER isn’t always glamorous and one can’t be to careful with who they entrust their Rolex too guard, especially when they struggle to cling to each breath.
Enmon was the former chief resident of Emergency Medicine in King-Drew Emergency Medicine, one of the nations worst hospitals ( you won’t see any TV shows glorifying this ER ):
“King-Harbor found itself under public criticism once again after different stories ran in both the Los Angeles Times and LA Weekly in late May 2007 citing serious lapses in care, one fatal, at the renamed hospital.
The case of patient Edith Isabel Rodriguez, who bled to death on the emergency room floor after being ignored for 45 minutes, in particular became a cause célèbre about the failures and bureaucratic indifference of both King-Harbor as well as political and health leaders in the Los Angeles area; creating or reinforcing fears that the health care system will not take care of people in a time of dire need.”
Black people in the Los Angeles were horrified at the prospect of losing the hospital, especially one named after one of the patron saints of the new America, Martin Luther King Jr.:
“Let’s be honest,” said Dr. Dennis S. O’Leary, president of The Joint Commission, a hospital accrediting group, “if this were a hospital different from King/Drew, this would have been over a long time ago.”
He and other experts interviewed by The Times said the government would have moved much faster and more aggressively if King-Harbor, formerly known as King/Drew, didn’t have a unique history and special standing in the community.
The hospital was one of the few gains from the 1965 Watts riots and still is one of the few places poor people in South Los Angeles can turn to for acute care. African American politicians, in particular, have embraced its salvation.
…The most recent problems began in January 2004, when inspectors found that nurses lied in charts about patients’ conditions, failed to give crucial medications prescribed by doctors and left seriously ill patients unattended for hours — including three who died.”
So Dr. Enmon was a product of this hospital, that was universal decried as perhaps the most ineffectively run ER in the country, where patients were routinely left to rot? Any Rolex watches reported stolen at that prestigious hospital, before its doors were shuttered?
Dr. Enmon was a by-product of Morehouse College, a school which recently adopted new rules in a move to try and deter negative stereotypes about Black people. Something tells us this recent display of petty larceny, coupled with systematic indifference to the patients well-being is a shining example of the caliber of graduates Morehouse educates, as Dr. Enmon represents the Morehouse man with gusto!
Worse, another event recently transpired – this time in Philadelphia – where homeless, cracked out bums (obviously encouraged by Dr. Enmon’s example) robbed a dying man of his watch!:
“A school counselor suffering an apparent heart attack died in a Philadelphia emergency room after waiting nearly 80 minutes for help — and a trio of homeless drug addicts nearby stole his watch instead of seeking aid, police said.Joaquin Rivera, 63, died before seeing a triage nurse at Atria Health’s Frankford Campus over the weekend, police said.
Rivera, a musician and activist in the city’s Latino community, had spent more than 30 years working as a bilingual counselor at an inner-city high school.
“We’re all destroyed. A guy like that, for him to leave us the way that he did — and with what happened to him — everybody’s destroyed,” said Jesse Bermudez, a friend and fellow musician.”
The problem with this case though, is the trio of homeless drug addicts were multi-racial, which means Dr. Enmon and his alleged crime of stealing a Rolex has become something of an urban legend within the drug-addicted community, for he has so much in common with petty criminals.
A Morehouse educated doctor, who was the FORMER CHIEF OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE at a hospital that was routinely blasted for being an embarrassment to the medical profession (but was allowed to stay open due to racial politics) has more in common with homeless drug addicts, then with these M.D.’s.
Stuff Black People Don’t Like includes watches left on dying men in the Emergency Room/ ER, for Dr. Enmon seems to have more in common with drug addicts in Philadelphia then in being an upstanding representative of one of the finest medical schools for prospective Black M.D.’s ( or was ):
“While talking with four of his friends in Morehouse College’s Frederick Douglass Learning Resource Center, their conversation quickly turned to the September 2006 issue of Black Enterprise magazine, which included its biannual list of the “Top 50 Colleges for African Americans.” After four consecutive years of being the top ranked school, Morehouse’s placement on the most recent list dropped forty-four spots from number one to number forty-five.”
If you are sick in a major city, it might be more conducive trying to find an actor who plays a doctor on TV then going to a hospital run by Morehouse graduates.