Review and Recommendation: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

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As I watch my friends debate the ongoing protests in Ferguson on its tragic anniversary and the Black Lives Matters demonstrators interrupting Bernie Sanders rallies, it’s even more apparent that many of us are simply so far removed from the lived experience of black Americans in the United States to offer more than a kneejerk or superificial response. Most of us certainly believe and hope that we are not racist, and decry the overtly racist actions of police and government officials when we see them on TV or read about them on the news, but our lived experiences simply don’t give us the tools to understand the pervasive power of the police state on African-American communities.

Growing up in the bubble of small town Montana, I hardly have the experience to speak for others, and that’s why I so enthusiastically recommend Michelle Alexander’s 2012 book The New Jim Crow, which makes a powerful case that the United States is still enaged in the production of a racial caste system: that what was once slavery, then Jim Crow, has been replaced by a system of incarcerating young African-American men at a higher rate than any other developed country incarcerates anyone.

Alexander’s central thesis is that mass incarceration of African-Americans is the most important element of a deliberate backlash against the gains of the Civil Rights Movement, and the most critical social issue we must address. She writes:

Mass incarceration—not attacks on affirmative action or lax civil rights enforcement—is the most damaging manifestation of the backlash against the Civil Rights Movement. The popular narrative that emphasizes the death of slavery and Jim Crow and celebrates the nation’s “triumph over race” with the election of Barack Obama, is dangerously misguided. The colorblind public consensus that prevails in America today—i.e., the widespread belief that race no longer matters—has blinded us to the realities of race in our society and facilitated the emergence of a new caste system.

Alexander breaks down all of the tools that are used to criminalize black life in America, from pretext stops and disparate enforcement of drug laws, exploding comfortable myths that ours is a colorblind justice system and that increased rates of incarceration in black communities is the result of increased criminality there. While many readers will no doubt be familiar with the individual policies Alexander critiques, the real power of her book is how she weaves those strands together to reveal a cage of racist practice that dehumanize and criminalize black life in America.

At the heart of this, of course, is the War on Drugs, but it’s not enough to simply critique it without addressing the racial dimension of its application. As Alexander writes:

There is, of course, an official explanation for all of this: crime rates. This explanation has tremendous appeal—before you know the facts—for it is consistent with, and reinforces, dominant racial narratives about crime and criminality dating back to slavery. The truth, however, is that rates and patterns of drug crime do not explain the glaring racial disparities in our criminal justice system. People of all races use and sell illegal drugs at remarkably similar rates.10 If there are significant differences in the surveys to be found, they frequently suggest that whites, particularly white youth, are more likely to engage in illegal drug dealing than people of color.

Even well-meaning critics of the war on drugs need to do more to acknowledge its deepy racist application and the underlying narratives of criminality and race that drive the police response. Drug legalization and adopting a harms reduction model would be an important first step, but until our society confronts and addresses the race-based application of our laws, it’s likely to be an insufficient step.

Alexander also offers some eye-opening history about the prison population in the United States, writing that as late as the 1970s, criminologists were arguing that the prison system would “fade away,” including a 1973 recommendation from the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals that argued “no new institutions for adults should be built and existing institutions for juveniles should be closed.” In two generations, we’ve gone from a society pondering a massive restructuring of the penal system into a place only for the most violent, irredeemable criminals to one wherein states are writing contracts with for-profit prisons mandating 100% occupancy in their facilities.

Until we confront the comforting illusion that individual choices lead to imprisonment, we’ll never adopt policies that improve our schools, our law enforcement, and our legal system. Though written before the events of the past few years, Ms. Alexander’s book offers a powerful entry into understanding how the institutions of racism have not vanished, but merely transformed, and calls readers into action to demand change. Echoing Jonathan Kozol’s powerful critique of accountability measures imposed on segregated schools, Alexander asks:

are we willing to demonize a population, declare a war against them, and then stand back and heap shame and contempt upon them for failing to behave like model citizens while under attack?

It’s a question all of us, conditioned by the news media, anodyne discussions about race in our schools, and simple lack of experience, need to ask ourselves—and The New Jim Crow offers an excellent starting point to deconstruct our biases and assumptions.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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Pete Talbot
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I just read that the Oath Keepers are in Ferguson:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/08/11/who-are-the-oath-keepers-and-why-has-the-armed-group-returned-to-ferguson/?hpid=z1

That should really help diffuse the situation. Can you imagine the response if a group of black men were roaming the streets packing similar weaponry?

Big Swede
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Pete Talbot
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You keep linking to the Sun Myong Moon’s Washington Times, Swede, and I’ll start linking to Mao’s Little Red Book.

Big Swede
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Keep it simple Pete.

Just call them liars.

Rev. Timothy Gordish
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The heart of real racism is the belief that the genetic differences between races have real consequences in how we treat people. Think Hitler, or the segregation and agenda of the Democratic party from the civil war to present. Woodrow Wilson is a prime example with his segregation of public servants after taking over as president, and hailing the movie “Birth of a Nation”. We must be more precise in our language. The problem is culture and not race. The two are completely confused today. Cultures are not equal, and cannot be treated equal under the law. Culture has consequences,… Read more »

Rev. Timothy Gordish
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I’m not ignoring racism, and I never said it didn’t exist. My case is that you are the racists if you WANT the law to treat races differently. That has been the Democrat party platform from the end of the civil war to the present. After so many years of separate but “equal” suddenly you want to do it all again!

Rev. Timothy Gordish
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If you mean specific law enforcement individuals of course. If you mean The Law, I would ask which specific law is racist? These laws exist and are promoted by Democrats as always.

Rob Kailey
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Your semantic confidence game is adorable, Preacher man. But since you asked, anti-cannabis laws were and are very specifically racist in origin and application.

http://io9.com/anti-marijuana-laws-were-based-on-racism-not-science-1500321449

Rev. Timothy Gordish
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So, marijuana is illegal for one race, and not illegal for others? Which law says that? Once again, democrats believe that all the races are different, and act differently because of their genetic differences. The master race, president Wilson and the founder of Planned Parent Hood, Margaret Sanger all agreed on this same point. Evolutionary theory suggests this conclusion and it was and is called scientific. Darwin even promoted eugenics in his books. Today the democratic party which enshrined Jim Crow laws into our land cause a huge resentment from those whose race was not privileged by these laws. In… Read more »

Rob Kailey
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I haven’t done anything you accuse me of. Isn’t bearing false witness a sin, Preacher Man?

Your answer? Call black republican candidates “Uncle Toms”, rewrite history, and blame the police who put their butts in harms way every day.

Beg forgiveness of your loving God. Do penance, which should actually involve an apology. Then go away.

lokywoky
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lokywoky

Dear Rev. You need to go back to school and re-read your history books. Your condemnation of the Democrats rings false – both factually and literally and your claims of the Republicans fighting for the “rights” of people of color is just plain dishonest on the face of it. For the truth of the matter is that the two parties have undergone a complete metamorphosis in which they completely switched philosophies and world-views. They are both sitting in 100% complete opposition to the places where you seem to think they are – and have been so for quite some time.… Read more »

Rev. Timothy Gordish
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I am talking about the current leftist platform which is basically the same today. The government chooses races to privilege through law naively thinking that this will appease resentment while not produce more.

I don’t see any contrition for the democrats past failures when they continue to support the killing of the next generation of nonwhites off using “Planned” “Parenthood” with all of its illegal activities. Planned parenthood was founded by Margret Sanger, and Hillary Clinton has claimed her as a personal hero.

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/09/abortions-racial-gap/380251/

Rob Kailey
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Your contradicting yourself, Gordish. If “The Law”, as you would have it, applies to everyone equally, then how could “leftists” be privileging certain races with law? Besides, weren’t you writing up there that issues of law are about culture and not race?

Rev. Timothy Gordish
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Affirmative action laws are laws which favor one race over another. I am saying that Democrats address racism with government and law, by making racist laws, while the solution is cultural and beyond the control of the government. Unfortunately too many people believe that government is the ultimate authority (god) and that it alone can solve our problems.

LK
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LK

Tim, I actually like Dr. Carson a lot. He is very thoughtful and debates like a doctor, calmly and preciously. If he would just lay off all the religeeous bullshit he would be a much more attractive candidate. You see, his archaic religious views are scary!

Rob Kailey
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Yes and laws against murder favor victims. Affirmative action laws do not “favor” anyone. They protect people from those who can, have and will be the victims of those such as yourself who would unjustly favor others over the disadvantaged. Protection of the cowl notwithstanding, your attitude leads me to believe that you must know the difference between tort law and criminal law. Let’s see if you do. Show me one person who has ever been arrested for not hiring a black person. Show me anyone who has been arrested for not meeting a black-folk quota. Do you have anything?… Read more »

LK
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LK

Actually, Don, you don’t need to read the book to understand Alexander’s point. I have listened to hear on NPR now for a couple of years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om2hx6Xm2JE But here’s the interesting thing about Alexander, the scholar. Even SHE didn’t have an inkling of the problem until she met that one black young man who changed her life. He had explained to her how he had been set up by the police, but she didn’t believe him………….until later! When she found out that that kind of action was systemic in the police departments! In fact, common place! It was THEN and… Read more »

James Conner
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James Forman, Jr., in a 2012 law review article, took issue with some, but certainly not all, of Alexander’s conclusions. The PDF is available at http://goo.gl/G1oAi2, and was mentioned in the NY Times’ review of The New Jim Crow (http://goo.gl/aItfEx).

Alexander’s book should be in every social reformer’s library.

LK
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LK

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/08/black-lives-matter-protesters-disrupt-jeb Yes, because the ONLY issue now to be discussed in the campaign is black lives matter! Wow. Just wow. Me THEENKS we’re bein’ played for fools. OK, I get it. Houston, we have a problem! So, let’s keep disrupting every chance we get so that NOTHING gets discussed! Jeebus. What a great strategy! I do NOT agree with sending angry people to shout down opponents at every opportunity. I suspect that these so called agitators are being orchestrated by the powers that be! Why? Well, the Dem party is now quietly, incessantly, in SIDIOUSLY being portrayed as the party… Read more »

LK
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Rev. Timothy Gordish
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I actually agree with LK.

LK
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LK

And I actually thought that your post of Ted Cruz handling the protestors was excellent. Ted did a masterful job of allowing them their piece. I think that we can NOT drown out the opinions of others.

LK
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LK

p.s. But the thing that really, really, REALLY irritates the friggin’ hell outta me is that the ENTIRE focus has been changed by two little half black plants. I mean, what did THAT cost anyone? Simply send in the clowns, and the message is changed. No LONGER is the message that thousands and thousands of people showed up to hear a real progressive message that inspires so much unprecedented hope in people, but now we must all stop being the racist bassturds we didn’t know we were by simply having white skin! I’m not buying any of it, and anyone… Read more »

Montana Mama
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Montana Mama

Can we please stop calling them “little black chicks?” These are women in their mid-20s and calling them “little black chicks” is no different than calling black men “Boy.”

Pete Talbot
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Do you think you could comment without the demeaning references to the women involved, Larry? Montana Mama has a point. I’d take your opinions much more seriously if you would lay off the name calling.

Old Swede
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Old Swede

Me too, lay off inappropriate name calling.
Labels are sticky like dry fishy stuff
stuck on the cutting board and the knife.
Part of reality is avoiding getting stuck
with our own labels and mis-named files.

LK
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LK

Impressive, Old Weed. I always kinda wondered what reality was all about! At least now I know PART of it! Did you ever know that you’re my zero?!
Geez, no WONDER the Pubbies laff at some in the Dim party!

LK
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LK

Pete, shoot me the name of your jr. high librarian so I can run my comments by her first! But seriously, these slender mature young women of color just INSULTED twelve thousand people who showed up for a rally to hear Bernie by calling them all white supremist racists! Do they REALLY deserve a whole lotta r-e-s-p-e-c-t?! I didn’t call them hoes. I didn’t call them bitches. I didn’t comment on their booties! ALL terms of endearment in black culture! So, lets all stop being silly, shall we? And if ANYONE out there can show me where calling a young… Read more »

LK
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LK

Hey mami, maybe I should have called them sphincters! You seem to be “enamored” of sphincters over at cgirl’s site! You prolly should have that looked at! Are you really enamored of sphincters though? Are you a sphincterphile? Jus’ wonderin’. HEY, I won’t ask and you don’t have to tell! My philosophy is to live and let live! My advice to you would be NOT to attack one specific part of my comments, but view them as a hole! You then might like them!

LK
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LK

And a fine word it IS, mami!

“I, for one, am enamored of John Marshall’s term “Sphincterism.” My new favorite word in the world! Thank you, John! I wish we could all rally around anti-sphincterism, and quit the circular firing squad. Sigh.”

Mami

Old Swede
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Old Swede

Dear Intelligent Discontent,

What’s this, in three lines Montana Mama asks
LK to please show some restraint about name calling.

THEN Mr. LK gets to indulge in name calling
against Montana Mama! And much worse.

Same Mr. K. who gets to have ID center stage to script his performance imagery of the young adults who kept Bernie away from center stage!

Same Mr. K dishing out INAPPROPRIATE foul toxic junk words, but can’t even handle a request or a reflection.

Like Larry says, look at the whole of his ID work!

LK
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LK

Mr. Whiner, if you DON’T like what I post, you ain’t a’gonna like this! It contains some of the exact reasons that I first called them two black chicks names! Ain’t no secrets on the internet, Weed. Don and everyone else knows who I am.

http://americanjudas.blogspot.com/2015/08/breaking-bernie-21st-century-rat-fucking.html

LK
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LK

Don, as you probably know, there has been a concerted effort to silence me throughout the blogosphere for a long time.. I never resort to personal attack against other posters unless they attack me first. I did not attack Pete, nor mama, nor OS. until THEY chose to attack me because I referred to the blm posters as fat little black chicks. I thought I responded to them quite civily. Well, it’s beginning to look more and more like I was again correct in my assessment of just who these so called blm activists are. Please read the article I… Read more »

Rob Kailey
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Larry, I suggest to you that if you think people asking you to show basic human respect is “an attack”, than you are probably part of the problem and not any solution. When you get banned for failure to show others basic human respect, no one is trying to silence you. You can still talk and scream and screech all you want. All they are doing is closing a door so they don’t have to hear it.

Rob Kailey
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And just so that you don’t think I’m ignoring you, Lizard had a great post about that very thing:

https://reptiledysfunction.wordpress.com/2015/08/15/a-rat-fucking-trial-balloon/

LK
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LK

Rob, do you THINK about the things you think about? Oh wait, that’s not it. Do you even READ the things you write about? If you did, you would see that I already posted liz’s site above, LONG before you did, AND commented on it! Really, dude, kinda pathetic to attack others to make yourself appear relevant. Oh wait. Isn’t that exactly what the two little black chicks did to Bernie?Were you a hall monitor in school? I suspect so. I seriously doubt that Don needs your help with his blog, especially since the two that you have attempted to… Read more »

LK
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LK

But for the record, care to comment on any of the COMMENTS that I made, rather than simply attacking me? Seems that SOME folks on Liz’s site actually LIKED my comments. (go see for yourself) ‘Sides, I can’t prove that mama and old weed aren’t plants. HEY, it can happen! But I will tell you this. I have been on the blogs longer than anyone. EVERY where I write it generates interest and traffic. Not bragging, just fact. That’s what comes from paying your dues. The folks that others write about, I KNOW THEM! Been around these parts a long,… Read more »

LK
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LK

Power to the people, ALL people, not just the blm agitators who want to sabotage Bernie! HEY, don’t black people get social security too? Just imagine, twelve thousand people show up to hear Bernie’s message on improving the lives of black folk, and a couple’a old ladies with walkers and canes commandeer the stage, whack Bernie on the noodle with their canes, and start screaming about old folks’ rights! What’s wrong with this picture? Pretty much everything! ‘Cause the reality is that we’re all in this together! Like it or LUMP it, or Trump it! Your choice. Life’s all about… Read more »

LK
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LK

FEEL THE BERN!

LK
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LK

FINALLY, a black intellectual who gets it! Agent provocateurs have NO place in Dem presidential politics! Them two little fat chicks are NOT interested in democracy at all. Hence, they need to be shown the door before they can do more damage! Most of us still believe that things can be changed through democracy. The two little fat chicks need to start forming their own little black tea party militia for Jeezus. For they are good little Christ Stains you know!
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/clarence-b-jones/black-lives-matter-and-the-presidential-primaries_b_7988456.html

LK
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LK

Us old guys are damn blunt. I theenk we earned that right over the years. Old guys matter! Ya see, we ain’t askin’ for free stuff from the gummint. We got our stuff the old fashioned way. We worked our ASSES off for it in SPITE of all the adversity that everyone else faces! That’s a lesson that black lives matter should learn. I theenk that too many blacks, just like too many whites, want the gummint to give them their share that they think everyone ELSE is getting for free. And let’s face it, lots of folks are! The… Read more »

Turner
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Turner

I’m an old white man, but I have a rather friendlier view of the BLM. I see them as doing somewhat successfully what the gay-rights group Act Up has been doing with great success. Sometimes it’s necessary to be rude and loud.

Good manners have their place, I guess, but they can get in the way when working for social change.

By the way, I thought Bernie handled the situation in Seattle very well.

James Conner
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Shoving a U.S. Senator away from the microphone gets in the way of social change. That’s not bad manners. That’s assault.

LK
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LK

I defer to the experts this time. It takes a trickster to know a dirty trick!

http://plutodaily.com/rumor-george-soros-hillary-clinton-behind-the-blacklivesmatter-bernie-sanders-protests/

LK
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LK

Can I say it? Well, my recommendation to the Bernie campaign would be to get THESE guys to open for him next time he wants to speak instead of the two little sarah-lovin’ black chicks! They’re incredible!

LK
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LK

Native lives matter. ALL lives matter! John McChickenshit needs a huge police escort. Where was Bernie’S, Water natters. Screw the Smith River mine too!

Michael Searalika
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Michael Searalika

To all of you whites who just kicked us in the face again a letter form Birmingham: “I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of… Read more »

James Conner
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King’s letter, written in 1963, during the era of Massive Resistance, can be found at http://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html.

Massive Resistance is explained well in The Moderates’ Dilemma (http://www.amazon.com/The-Moderates-Dilemma-Resistance-Desegregation/dp/0813918170), published in 1998.

The white moderates with whom King was so frustrated should not be confused with today’s white liberals.

LK
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LK

Now James, Mike has a point. It’s them damnable librul progressive that missunderestimate the black race! He’s got a point there. But wait. Wasn’t it Mahatma Gandhi that had a HUGE influence on Martin Luther King Jr.? Why yes it was! And where did Gandhi get his philosophy of non-violence? Wasn’t it from one of them no nothing uppity librul progressives? Why yes it was! A guy named Thoreau! Funny how that works. And now, the black folks in Murca are calling all of us white librul progressives racist! But I gotta tell ya, James, MLK Jr. what a great… Read more »

Pete Talbot
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You know, Larry, you need to get your own blog. Then you can rant all you want, call African American women “little fat black chicks,” and chase conspiracy theories a la Mark Tokarski. It’s time for you to move on.

LK
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LK

Comments are just SO uncalled for on a blog. Really, dude, rant? Geez, grow up and grow a set. Do you even READ other blogs? Comments are the best part! Sanitary is GREAT for restrooms, but not so much for blogs! When Don bans me, I’ll mosey along. Until then, have a nice day!

LK
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LK

Pete, you really need an appropriate icon for your posts. So, bein’ the helpful dud I am, I thought THIS might work! Geez, dude, post your creds some time, for you seem to be GREATLY lacking in any sort of real world experience! Me? No, I’m not! In fact, I have been the minority many times. In Nam, MANY nights I was the ONLY white guy on the back of a truck full of dog handlers going out to post. Yes, I was THE minority. I got to know black folk very well. It was an epiphany for me, a… Read more »

LK
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LK

It’s the silly season in which ONLY black lives matter! All the rest of us are eatin’ rainbow stew! And I say that as a kid from a family of eight kids with a coal miner father!
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/erica-garner/thank-you-mara-jacqueline_b_7995534.html
What was YOUR upbringing like, Petey????? Pretty rough I’m sure!

Pete Talbot
Admin

You don’t scare me Larry, you bore me. I believe comments can be an interesting aspect of a blog. You, however, aren’t interesting, you just think you are. I’d take a long hard look at myself if I had been banned by just about every decent site in Montana. But then, like Tokarski, introspection isn’t your strong suit.

LK
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LK

Scare you? Why would I want to do that, petey? Never intended to “scare” anyone. I find YOU boring. Post your creds, dude, so that I know that you’re authentic. Look, I hate to be blunt, but EVERYWHERE I write, folks show up to read. Always been that way. Do they show up for you??? Jus’ wonderin’. You see, petey, when speech ends, shootin’ begins! Allow folks to talk even if you think they’re “boring”. BTW, I am NOT boring. Never have been. It is simply BEYOND my comprehension why someone would want someone else banned! I can NOT comprehend… Read more »

Pete Talbot
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No, Larry, when you start showing up on sites, people flee and the comment thread turns to shit. I’m not going to waste any more time with you. This is Don’s post and Don’s site, and he can do as he pleases. I was serious, though, about starting your own site. I’d love to see the visit numbers sometime.

LK
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LK

Absolutely untrue, petey. People do NOT flee. They like what I write. It interests them. But a word of caution to guys like you and mami. NEVER pick a blog fight with an English major, for you’re gonna lose your ass every time. Especially one that’s been around the block a time or two. And English major who was a grunt bee FORE becoming edjumacated! My arsenal is immense. So, if I get banned, so be it. I don’t really care. I leave the field with head held high to be replaced by the groundlings once again. Ever heard of… Read more »

Michael Searalika
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Michael Searalika

I just spoke a truth. and the white man cant hear it. King’s words still haven’t moved you? How exactly am I different than you Larry? You were in the military, is it different when a white man kills the enemy than when a black man does? Or is it just the color of my skin that makes it different for you? By the way I am in Intelligence gathering, Communications, and humanitarian outreach with the Marine Expeditionary Forces … I haven’t had to take a shot that kills yet. I am too busy spreading the word that we’re the… Read more »

LK
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LK

What you AIN’T, Michael, is the greatest! He, and Malcom X, and MLK influenced not only black people in this country, but us white boys too! NEVER again will I go participate in a war against people of color who have done nothing to me, even to feed my family. You will. THAT is the difference, amigo. I am NOT like you in any sense! And never intend to be! Hope you can sleep at night. I sleep like a log!

Michael Searalika
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Michael Searalika

Apparently you lost that MLK, and Malcolm X influence, when you started commenting against blacks on this blog…. and expected us all to keep quiet like good little American blacks? Seen but not heard isn’t in our reality….White boy.

LK
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LK

Michael, I have great respect for your mother. Therefore, I will ask you to simply search your soul and see if participating in the slaughter of your Arab brothers is worth it! We all must answer for our sins some day. I will gladly answer for what I have done in this life. Will you? I did everything I could possibly think of to stop Georgie’s Orgy of Slaughter for Big Oil, and it was not enough. Slaughtering innocents is NOT acceptable in anyone’s religion that I know of. And that is exactly what Iraq was! Don’t be part of… Read more »

LK
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LK

Michael, Malcom would tell you to NOT be a part of the slaughter of your Arab brothers!

LK
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LK

p.s. Michael, black ARTISTS matter, for they are truly the ones who are on the cutting edge in America right now. They are the conscience of the country! I simply cannot believe the talent, compassion, and integrity of these folks. I recently discovered them, and I love them. Enjoy and share.

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Jidenna+Brother&Form=VQFRVP#view=detail&mid=15633180E5610CB7287615633180E5610CB72876

LK
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LK

DAMN! I hate when that happens! Another Clinton, another blue dress, and a NOTHER load on that dress! Jeebus. No more new Clintons! I theenk that along with the Confederidiot Flag, we need to put the signature Clinton blue dress in a freakin’ MUSEUM too! Just a thought.
http://www.rawstory.com/2015/08/leaked-video-shows-meeting-between-hillary-clinton-and-blacklivesmatter-group/

LK
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LK

p.s. to mami, petey, robby, and ALL my whiner detractors. HERE is BS, (Bernie sanders) in nineteen friggin’ ninety ONE! Were the two little fat broad agent provocateurs even BORN yet? I think not! Come ON, Murca! Frickin’ figure it OUT while we still have time! Feel the Bern! Don’t allow the inbreds to defeat Bernie through your stupidity! READ ferrchrissakes! It’s all OUT there! Mami, in STEAD of trying endlessly to get me banned…..AGAIN!, why don’t you prove your creds by getting Bernie elected???? I’ll wait.

Montana Mama
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Montana Mama

Um, sure. I objected to a term. Didn’t mention you, whomever you are and however exhalted you seem to think you are in the blogosphere and you decide I’m “trying endlessly” to get you banned? That’s very strange. I think I choose to ignore you. Pick a fight elsewhere.

LK
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LK

Thank you. For there’s a nimbus around Uranus tonight, and it shows! That does not bode well for you! Peace.

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Don,
Time for you to respond to above comment from Montana Mama.

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One thing I’ve noticed over the years, anon, is that anonymous posters are the biggest whiners and the least informed commenters out there! Ever notice that? Care to offer an opinion of your OWN on something in STEAD of other commenters you disagree with? No? I thought not. Now, back to commenters who actually have something to say. Tough way to go through life, attempting to make yourself relevant by attacking others, which is exactly what the Bernie protesters did! Think about it. Kinda sad, really. In stead of a life long commitment to improving the lives of all folks,… Read more »

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Please read the comments following this article. The narrative is getting a wee bit overextended I would say. Is there REALLY only one issue in this prezy race? Seems to be, if your a Dem! They must’a stole this strategy from the Pubbies?
http://www.rawstory.com/2015/08/larry-wilmore-talks-to-black-lives-matter-activists-all-lives-matter-is-a-violent-response-to-our-demands/comments/#disqus

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What tha???? Where were the two little black chicks at THIS event? I’m SURE that Trumpolini, Il Douche, would surely have allowed them the stage! http://www.rawstory.com/2015/08/white-power-trumps-alabama-pep-rally-brings-out-folks-who-want-to-shoot-illegals-at-the-border/ But ya know, there really IS a case to be made for Donny tRump. I can remember the old days of the mafia. Sure, they were loan sharks. But even THEY weren’t as usurious as these ReePubbie bassturds! The mafia at LEAST had some integrity and honor, but the current Pubes do not! And Trumpolini is right outta the mafia! He’s a made guy! With Trumpolini, we would get our OLD America back, our… Read more »

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If I were running Il Douche’s campaign, I would definitely be running on a platform to get ALL interests rates back to the mafia loan shark days! It’s a winner! And Homeland Security? No problem! Put all them guidos to work guardin’ your neighborhoods! I think it could work! Great slogan. A guido on every corner! Here’s the bumper sticker I’m gonna make up. tRump. He’s connected, he’s made, he’s our man! No bones about it, Donny will get things done! http://thefederalist.com/2015/07/28/how-close-was-donald-trump-to-the-mob/ And when you think about it, would paying donnny’s protection rates be ANY worse than gettin’ shook down… Read more »

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