Friday, October 16, 2015

Raven-Symone Corleone Strikes Again

An open letter to Raven-Symone (Corleone - as in "Fredo Corleone").

Dear Ms. Symone... or is it Raven-Symone'?  Ms. Raven-Symone'?  And why do you have a little accent over a silent "e"?

I digress.

Recently, you went on TV talking about how you wouldn't hire anyone with a "ghetto" name, using names like "Watermelondrea" for example.  You have since apologized.  But before I get into what's grinding my gears, let me give you a gentle reminder.

"Don't do the crime if you can't do the time..."
When you go on TV looking like Baretta's cockatoo after it fell into a vat of Kool-Aid, AND your name has a dash AND an accent-mark over a silent letter, you do not have the moral high ground to call anything else "embarrassing."  But when it seems that you kinda hit rock bottom, you started digging.

On national TV, you let yourself get checked by the Coultergeist.  By Evil Incarnate.  By Ann Coulter.

Pictured:  Evil Incarnate in its flesh costume
The Coultergeist was on "The View", and Raven attempted to call Coulter out on some of the hateful things that Coulter said.  It should have been an easy task, since Coulter has gone on record spewing hate at anyone who isn't a white, Christian male.  Race, religion, 911... you name it, there isn't a topic that she hasn't spewed hateful bile all over, corroding and corrupting everything she encounters.  She's a racist, she's vile, and she is an attention whore.  There is nothing that she won't say to keep her disgusting name and visage in the public eye.

Which brings us to today, Raven.  It sounded like you were attempting to shame Coulter, but this soulless monster has no shame.  You brought up how it's mean of her to say mean things, and she countered with... well, let's go to the tape.

She counters your "feel good" comments with your comments about Black names and then... she shuts you up, because she claims that at least she is talking about policy, while you're just insulting people with their names.  And then... SILENCE.

How could you let her work you into a corner like that, when there is SO. MUCH. MATERIAL. to work from?  The Coultergeist talks POLICY?  You let that slide, and you have gone down in infamy like so many Hindenburgs.

Oh, the humanity.

Artist's rendition of Raven Symone
Do you not do any research on your show?

"Our Blacks are better than their Blacks." - Ann Coulter on Black conservatives vs. Black liberals

"These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by griefparrazies.  I have never seen people enjoying their husband's deaths so much. - Ann Coulter on 9/11 widows

"We need to execute people like (John Walker Lindh) in order to physically intimidate liberals."

"My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is that he did not go to the New York Times Building." - Ann Coulter on domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh

"I think the government should be spying on all Arabs, engaging in torture as a televised spectator sport, dropping daisy cutters wantonly throughout the Middle East and sending liberals to Guantanamo." - Ann Coulter on civil liberties

This was just off the top of the head, and with a very quick Google search.  You let this venomous creature shut you down because she rope-a-doped (emphasis on DOPE, ya dope) you into a corner with claims that her comments are based solely on policy.  NOTHING from what was quoted above has anything to do with "policy", except that it represents the worst of conservative ideology.  Now, instead of the news cycle being about your stupid comment about names, the pop culture news cycle is about people actually and regretfully taking the Coultergeist's side, or at least giving her props for shutting you down.

A common reaction to having to choose between Raven Symone and the Coultergeist
Once again, you have disappointed everyone around you.  There are no winners here.

And once again, Raven Symone...

Do better, Raven-Symone Corleone.  Let people know that you're "smart and not dumb, like people say."

Monday, October 12, 2015

Tamir Rice And Why "Black Lives Matter" Is Needed

The other day, "independent experts" have ruled that the Tamir Rice shooting was justified.  Of course, this set off a firestorm of controversy.  I have been stating that this "justification" ruling was why Black Lives Matter was needed.  And people have been responding that the Black Lives Matter movement is racist.

Here is my response when people say that this movement is racist:

Black Lives Matter is not racist. People tend to translate "Black Lives Matter" as "Black Lives Matter, but others, not so much." But in reality, it's "Black Lives Matter, As Well As Everyone Else's." Black Lives Matter isn't to the exclusion of anyone else. In an ideal situation, the officer that shot Tamir Rice would be under intense scrutiny. But when innocent Black people are shot by police, THEIR lives are placed under a microscope. "They must have had it coming." "They deserved it." "They were thugs anyway."

Tamir Rice was a 12-year-old child playing with a toy gun, in a state where open-carry is legal. It stands to reason that if Tamir was an adult with a real gun, he would have survived his encounter. Now here, you might say that I'm pulling the "race card", but I have seen plenty of videos of adult white people with real guns encounter police, and they tell the police what's what. One guy even told the police to stand down. Tamir Rice wasn't given that luxury, as he was gunned down within seconds of his encounter with the police.

In the wake of the shooting, and this "justification" ruling, more people were blaming Tamir for the heinous crime of playing with his gun. In another situation with cops and a white person with guns, there was a white male walking the streets with a gun. When the police approached him, they backed off. Then, they formed a perimeter. Then, they talked to the guy. Eventually, they de-escalated the situation to the point where one of the officers could sit on a curb next to the gunman, TALKING. Again, a luxury not afforded young Mr. Rice.

Black Lives Matter because the cop that shot Tamir should not have been on the Cleveland police force to begin with, but TAMIR'S life was under a bigger microscope than this officer's life. Black Lives Matter because a 12-year-old Black child should have a greater benefit of the doubt in a case involving lethal force than an objectively incompetent police officer.

Black Lives Matter because Tamir Rice, John Crawford III, Amidou Diallo, Akai Gurley, Rekesha Boyd, Sandra Bland, etc ad infinitum, should not have had death as the ultimate consequence of their encounter with police. Black Lives Matter because Abner Louima should not have been assaulted with a plunger. Black Lives Matter because a baby should not be injured by a flash grenade. Black Lives Matter because a Black teenaged girl shouldn't be slammed to the ground by a police officer. Black Lives Matter because a Black woman shouldn't be pummeled by a cop straddling her like he's working on MMA ground and pound techniques.  Black Lives Matter because Bruce Springsteen should not have had to make this song:

And to those who talk about white people facing police brutality, I would simply ask these questions: Aren't you angry about that? If not, why not?

Because regardless, you still get killed for living in your American Skin.