Two Bullets. Two Places. Two realities. The first two bullets are in a cartoon chimpanzee. Here it is. Now the cartoon is referencing two things, the Chimp mauling in Connecticut, and the Stimulus package, and more directly the man who is the face of the Stimulus package, President Barack Obama.
Oh Good lord tell me this isn’t real. It should not surprise anyone that this racist mess is from the New York Post, one of Rupert Murdoch’s rags. And if you can’t make the connection between race and this cartoon, yer a friggin idiot. Aaaaaaand It gets worse than just the cartoon itself.
There was not only no apology for a clearly racist cartoon, there was a rationalization of it. You might dislike the stimulus enough to say that a chimp could have written it, but it is Impossible to not realize that it would invite racist allusion.
And maybe that was the point. The Post, a shitty newspaper run by idiots to begin with, creates a purposefully racist cartoon to create a stir. Then when someone inevitably reacts to it, they make like there was no wrong done. For what purpose? To get readers. Controversy brings attention, and my thought here, and I am sure I’m not the only one thinking this, attention brings readers. Race as a publicity stunt. Oi….
Like I said, they are Idiots. Don’t ignore the hate. Ignore the paper. BOYCOTT THE POST.
The second two bullets are more serious, and more personal. A man who I worked with for two years, and a young man, just 21 years old, name of Tyrell Jordan, Died yesterday evening with two bullets in his chest after an altercation at a cell phone store. I don’t know enough about the altercation itself to be able to speak to exactly what happened, but i knew this young man. He was a good kid, liked fast cars and trains and basketball and Hip-hop, and a great many other things. He was a friendly, affable, big kid.
Had I not worked with him, both his life and his death would not have left a mark on me. He almost made the news. I read a blurb that mentioned a 21 year old Unidentified young man died with two bullets in his chest, and a friend of his was wounded. Two Bullets. One Death, One man wounded. No names. No nothing. Unidentified corpse.
Bullshit. I knew this man, but they didn’t, so no name. Maybe his parents hadn’t been notified yet. I dunno.
It is unfair, but life is unfair. This young man’s life was stolen from him, regardless of circumstances. All i know was that this senseless killing happened in the Bronx, and that the man who shot him, from what I have heard, is still walking the streets.
But there is a larger issue here, that touches both stories here. Acceptance of violence in society. Shootings and violence of any kind is something that is overlooked and accepted. Think about it, how many people are hurt, wounded, killed every year in the United States? Thousands, and we see every single day news stories about murders, shootings, beatings.
There is too much violence in the world, and I am short one friend because of it. A mother has to bury a son far too young because of it. My Condolences to The Family and friends of Tyrell Jordan. He will be missed.
Two news videos, a few quotes, and I am done.
First one is a story on The Post Cartoon, Via CBSNews.
Second Video has nothing to do with anything I covered today. This is Keith Olbermann talking to MSNBC analyst Richard Wolffe and HUD Administration head Shaun Donovan on the housing crisis fix that President Obama put out today.
That’s It for me. Later.
Today’s Nuggets, Via Wikiquote: No matter what someone else has done, it still matters how we treat people. It matters to our humanity that we treat offenders according to standards that we recognize as just. Justice is not revenge — it’s deciding for a solution that is oriented towards peace, peace being the harder but more human way of reacting to injury. That is the very basis of the idea of rights. Judith Butler
Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Robert A. Heinlein