Once again I disagree with Ultra-Violet

Okay I get a ton of politically charged email. Some I agree with and others that I don’t.

That should not be too different form anyone else, but what may be very different, is that I give you the whole damn thing even though I am opposed to it, since I want to discuss it AND you may even want to sign their petition.

 

I will continue after the direct text from their email:

The Washington Post has a big problem and his name is Richard Cohen.

Richard Cohen is a syndicated columnist for the paper and has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist four times.

In July, he wrote a column justifying the racial profiling that led to the murder of unarmed Trayvon Martin.1 In September, he blamed Miley Cyrus and the MTV Video Music Awards for “so-called Steubenville rape,” adding that the issue in Steubenville was less about criminality and more about “decency.”2

Now he’s gone too far–way, way too far–again. Yesterday he wrote a column suggesting that interracial marriage is offensive to many Americans and makes them want to “gag.”

His op-ed is going viral and people everywhere are outraged. The New York Observer calls it a “horribly racist” column.3 Newsweek calls him a “menace to readers.”4 Calls for him to be axed are growing.”

Enough. Racism, sexism and victim blaming have no place in our discourse. This isn’t a one-time mistake from Cohen–it follows a long history of deeply offensive rhetoric. And The Washington Post needs to know that this time, we’re not letting them sweep it under the rug.

Can you sign the petition to The Washington Post to fire Richard Cohen?

Here’s the full quote:

People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?)5

Equality at a higher frequency is our guiding principle, and we’re gagging at the thought that a respected publication like the Post, on which millions of people depend for news and opinion, keeps publishing this guy’s columns. His long history also includes:

  • Being reprimanded for inappropriate behavior and moved to a different office 12 floors higher by the Post over his harassment of a 23-year-old female co-worker, including telling her to “stand up and turn around” and that she “looked good in black.6
  • And after he defended rapist Roman Polanski, writing, “There is no doubt also that after all these years there is something stale about the case, not to mention a ‘victim,’ Samantha Geimer” and “[Polanski] ran from the prospect of a judge who was going to make his reputation at Polanski’s expense and send him to jail for a very long time. I would have done the same.7

The growing stain on the Post that is Richard Cohen won’t change his views, because the Post keeps publishing them. So it’s time for us to take a stand. Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos recently bought the newspaper and is looking for ways to improve it. Now’s our chance to make it clear that readers will continue to leave unless Cohen is fired. Too many of his columns spew sexism and racism that justify and legitimize the culture that we’re fighting to change. Rape and racism culture is about more than just the perpretators–now’s our chance to do something about the enablers. The Washington Post needs to do the right thing, and cut Cohen loose

Sign the petition to tell The Washington Post: Fire Richard Cohen, once and for all.

–Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Malinda, Adam, and Gabriela, the UltraViolet team

Sources:

1. Racism vs. reality, July 15, 2013, The Washington Post.

2. Miley Cyrus, Steubenville and teen culture run amok, September 2, 2013, The Washington Post.

3. Richard Cohen Pens Horribly Racist Washington Post Column, November 12, 2013, New York Observer.

4. Menace 2 Readers: Richard Cohen’s Latest Indelicacy, November 12, 2013, Newsweek.

5. Christie’s tea party problem, November 12, 2013, The Washington Post.

6. Washington Post Scolds Richard Cohen for Crude Talk With Female Aide, May 11, 1998, New York Observer.

7. Thank you, Switzerland, for freeing Polanski, July 13, 2010, The Washington Post.

 

Okay, regardless of where I stand on the issue, the guy is an OP/ED writer.

Just like me, he write opinions, he just happens to get paid for it and has FAR more readers than I do.

He is also in America where he has the right to have controversial opinions and share them.

If you are in favor of him losing his job, then by all means, join Ultra-Violet’s cause.

 

Our discussion point: Do you really want your op/ed writers to have to write only PC pablum, or do you want to allow them to stretch a bit? Maybe they can play the Devil’s Advocate as I do from time to time.

Why must someone be prosecuted?

We see too much gun violence thanks to the media’s drive for these stories…

They make good ratings, what will they do when people stop getting shot? Oh wait, people will always be shot or killed in some fashion since people are unable to respect the rights of others.

Before I start, I am sorry that a young woman lost her life, and the hell her family and friends are suffering…

We have another case where the community wants the white guy prosecuted for the death of a non-white.

 

  • Why was the 19 year old out and about at 3:40am?
  • Was this girl one of the only teens without a cell phone?
  • can a citizen racially profile, or is that just a legal term that deals with law enforcement/security/TSA?
  • Common sense tells us that we do not approach houses in the middle of the night (especially in rougher areas).
  • What was her blood alcohol content?

The shooter says that he did not see her face and if that is true… then it is hard for it to be racially motivated.

There were claims that she was shot while leaving the porch, which is false per the police statement.

 

So where does that leave us, other than having a dead woman?

Was the homeowner within his rights? We don’t know, as it is too soon to tell.

Was she pounding on his door, giving him the belief that she was trying to break the door down? At that time of the night, a sleeping person could think so. Since he lived alone, he wasn’t expecting anyone.

Should he be charged? Again, it is too soon to tell. With what little I have in front of me, I am inclined to say no.

I do not see anything compelling me to believe that a crime has been committed. I also do not know if this is a rough area or not as I have not been there. Perhaps one of our readers can shed some light on this for us.

 

Dog the Bounty Hunter, the latest threat against Snowden

Dog the Bounty Hunter has sworn to bring Snowden back to American, though what ever illegal means he can find.

http://www.chronicle.su/news/dog-the-bounty-hunter-to-pursue-snowden-bounty/

And just who has offered a billion dollar reward for his return? The government isn’t allowed to hire mercenaries or brake international law in pursuit of the accused, so who is backing this?

Amending amendments

I am curious about the process and authority of altering amendments.

The process of making an amendment is pretty well known and not the easiest of tasks.

We have seen them get pretty well gutted, by legislation and the court, but I am wondering more of HOW they get screwed with.

The First Amendment is pretty clear, but yet we have thrashed over the years.

 

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

 

We know that religion is not is not really free in this country, nor is speech, the press has quit being an investigative tool. People’s rights to peaceably assemble has been nipped, and what is the federal petition process?

 

Some of this is cultural, but most of it has been the government just fucking us over, left and right.

BTW: for today we are containing this to the First Amendment.

More NYPD BS

What is it with the NYPD?

Why do they feel that they can yank people from the sidewalk and into the street to arrest them. If they were on the sidewalk peacefully protesting, then leave them be. When they choose to protest in the middle of an intersection without a parade permit, then take action.

Why do they feel that they do not answer to the people?

We expect that the press can do their job observing in a peaceful manner without getting locked up.

The police should not be forming a human wall to prevent coverage by the media as to what is going on. What are they hiding?

The NYPD (or any other police department) does not get to dictate what is news. The press makes that choice. Granted, we often get fluff n stuff, but there are reporters who are trying to find gold in what goes on around us.

I think that the Occupy movement scared the shit out of them (and our federal government) and they were/are doing anything that they can and want to get it quashed.

Anderson Cooper is gay? – Do we care?

So another celebrity comes out of the closet. . . Do we care? Are we shocked? I suppose that there are many who do care, and are shocked, but I am not one of them. I wish him well as this is a tough move in a profession such as the media. He is rubbing elbows with so many politicians that are hung up on on sexual preference.