“Expose White Entitlement”–New sermon at Barack Obama’s still racist Trinity Church

Transcript: excerpt of Rev. Michael Pfleger’s remarks at Barack Obama’s Trinity church in Chicago. Date of speech unknown. Video link |here|

…We must be honest about it to address the one who says, don’t hold me responsible for what my ancestors did, but you have enjoyed (applause) the benefits of what your ancestors did, and unless you are willing to give up the benefits, throw away your 401 fund, throw away your trust fund, throw away all the money they put away and the company you walked into because your daddy and your grandaddy and your great daddy…unless you’re willing to give up the benefits, then you must be responsible for what was done in your generation cuz you are the beneficiary of this (inaudible–injurious policy?) (prolonged applause)

It must be honest enough to expose white entitlement (male voice-‘okay right on’) and supremacy where ever it raises its head. I said before and I really don’t want to make this political because you know I’m very unpolitical (laughter and applause) but, Reverend Moss, when, when Hillary was crying (cheers) and people said that was put on, I really don’t believe that was put on. I really believe that she just always thought this is mine. (applause) I’m Bill’s wife, I’m white, and this is mine, I just gotta get up and step in to the plate, and then outta nowhere came hey I’m Barack Obama, and she said oh damn, where did you come from, (shouting) I’m white, I’m entitled, the black man stealing my show (cheers and applause) Yeeeeehhhhh…(cries and wipes face with white handkerchief) (standing ovation) She wasn’t the only one crying, there was a whole lot of white people crying. (cheers and applause) I’m sorry, I don’t want to get you in any more trouble, the live streaming just went out again.”

Oh great. Now I’m supposed to have both a 401 fund, whatever that is, and a trust fund–I don’t know what that is either–and money put away for me and a corporate job, just for being white.

Hey! I’m white!!!! Where’s my trust fund already????!!!!!????

Maybe the memo didn’t go out.


Okay, for those who are sensitivity-impaired, I’ll spell out exactly what is wrong with Pfleger’s statements:

Racism is wrong, because it denies someone equal opportunity because of what they look like.

Sexism is wrong, because it denies someone equal opportunity because of what they look like.

Stereotyping is wrong. It means you demonize someone according to what they look like and then react to the label you put on them instead of seeing the real person.

Prejudice is wrong. It means you “pre judge” someone. It means you judge them by what they look like and not according to how they themselves act. A typical way to act prejudiced is to make up something about what the person is thinking, usually uncomplimentary–and then react to the person on the basis of their imagined thought process.

Oh, and this church is still tax exempt for some reason, and not registered as a PAC–that means the rest of us pay more taxes to support their political speech.

Here’s where Pfeger’s remarks are both racist and sexist:

  • All white people did not have ancestors who owned slaves. Somebody wasn’t paying attention in school during the lesson on the great immigration waves.
  • All white people are not rich. Do I really have to explain this one? A lot of the antagonism in Chicago between racial groups is not between the rich whites and the poor blacks, or between the rich blacks and the poor whites–after all, the wealthy already have what they need–but between poor whites and poor blacks who compete for limited resources.
  • It’s not quite clear here, but it sounds like this says inheriting ANY money is wrong, or having a trust fund is wrong, but only for whites. Are Michelle and Oprah and Jesse Jackson allowed to have trust funds? Can their children inherit their money or benefit from their positions without incurring “entitledness”? What about the Kennedy family money made by bootlegging during prohibition?
  • Ridiculing Hillary crying as she is asked “how do you do it? For this one, refer to the portion of the Bible where the Roman soldiers mock Jesus and strike him as he is beaten and crucified. How is it Christian to mock someone’s pain?
  • Claiming Hillary’s status comes from her husband. Hillary is a lawyer and a senator in her own right. In spite of having put aside her own personal goals many times to support her husband’s career and raise her child, as many women do, she does have her own resume and her own achievements.
  • Imagining that Hillary was having racist thoughts. How do you know what someone is thinking? By what they do and what they say. I don’t agree with painting people as racist who are not racist.

The crowd at Trinity was jumping up and down and cheering–and probably filling the collection plate very nicely too. Maybe it’s hard to step back from pandering to a crowd that is ready to cry “crucify”. Maybe the teachings of Jesus just don’t “sell”.

Now what was that 9th commandment again? Thou shalt not dare mall fitness… prayer fall smitness…snare thrall litmus…oh, I’ll think of it.

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The Race and Gender Split: videos, cartoons and a pocket guide to Obamabots

It started with a rumor that the Obama campaign was hiring 400 bloggers to woo Hillary’s online supporters.

Clinton supporters, already unhappy about misogyny in the mainstream media, were not amused. Said Cannonfire

“Obama volunteers are being told to ratchet down the anti-Hillary hate, because someone in the campaign realizes Hillary Clinton supporters are not very likely to support Obama if he becomes the nominee. Which means, of course, that Obama controlled the Hillary-hate in the first place. His was the hand on the spigot.”

The hate in the blogosphere has been palpable, perpetrated by anonymous bloggers identifying themselves as Obama supporters who pasted the same misogynistic hate messages and Obama campaign chants in the comment sections of political articles. Clinton supporters have dubbed them “obamabots”.

Like a battered wife, they’ll be back.

Says Lavender Liberal:

Notice something? For about three days after his supporters declared Barack Obama the “presumptive nominee”… the constant bashing… suddenly subsided, to be replaced by sickeningly cloying calls for “unity” and “graciousness,” ’cause, after all, “we’re all Democrats.”

Why did the obamabots stop posting their cut and paste messages? Could it be, as Lavender Liberal suggests, that

“The Big Giant Head at Obama Central texted new marching orders to the cell phones (or perhaps directly into the brain-chip implants) of all Obamaniacs simultaneously”?

Or maybe it was encoded into the Edwards endorsement of Obama ? The bots were watching all the news services–we know they were following the speech, because they were posting nasty messages whenever a news service didn’t publish something about the Edwards endorsement instantaneously enough for their demands. When Edwards mentioned Hillary Clinton’s name, about 1:20 minutes into the speech, there were boos all around. Then Edwards made the “we are a stronger party, because Hillary Clinton is a Democrat” comments. Then the obambots stopped pasting their venom.

The Lavender Liberal, bracing for the expected change in online tactics, created a pocket guide, based on the cycle of domestic violence model:

Another Hillary forum prints its own unprintable reply below the fold (NSFW). One visitor posts a link to Jo Jo singing “Too little, too late”, another to Carole King’s “It’s too late baby”. Some blogs–and radio stations–are talking about a Obama boycott, a boycott of NBC, and whether to vote for McCain or write-in Hillary’s name. Many are expressing disappointment over NARAL, an organization that Hillary Clinton took some political heat for in giving them her support in 1999.

At Hillaryresponders.com they are planning a DC rally for the May 31 rules committee and chatting about a million woman march on the Democratic convention in Denver. A new video from GeekLove08 declares “Make your vote count, vote Republican”, and includes scenes from the riot-torn 1968 Democratic Convention. The names of Howard Dean and Donna Brazile are invoked over and over, and not in a good way.

Even the political blogs have become divided. One poster who reports an abundance of “obamatons” on Huffington Post says any comments favorable to Clinton are taken down by a moderator within an hour of posting. MoveOn is said to be a huge fundraising machine for Obama.

Probably the most sensible thing that has been said all week came from Bill Clinton talking informally after a campaign event. He said we not only need to unite the nation with regards to race and gender, but also by income and geographical location.

And don’t forget the earlier–and in my opinion the best–video mashup of political campaign hate and anti-woman vitriol. The soundtrack has Hillary’s China speech about the value of women.

“People try to dismiss me all the time”–Transcript of Peggy Agar with WJR’s Paul Smith about Obama and “sweetie”.

Paul W. Smith interviews Peggy Agar on WJR 760 AM radio:

Smith: See now, Peggy Agar, believe me, is happy to be doing what she’s doing right now. Not that she’s happy that she’s at an explosion at Ten Mile and Hoover and Warren but happy that she’s doing her news. And yet people are bugging her, like us, to ask about “the story”.

Smith: Peggy, good morning. First, uh, uh, let me let you be, as you are, a great newsperson on Channel 7, be a great newsperson here on WJR. We’ll borrow you for a minute. What’s going on there at Ten Mile and Hoover?

Agar: Oh, there’s a transformer explosion, so we went out to Ten Mile and Hoover. We got there, looks like they had everything under control, nobody was hurt.  These transformers, you know, I mean they’re pretty powerful stuff, so they wouldn’t even allow the fire department to go in there and try to work on it.  They’re just going to handle it themselves. So, in this case it was fine and they worked it all out, but there was an explosion and some damage.

Smtih: I bet the people don’t know how many times you’ve gone running off to stories that turn out to be either over with or not a story at all and then you go…somewhere else.

Agar: Yeah, and that’s okay, I mean, I don’t mind going to stuff where, you know, people aren’t hurt or…

Smith: (crosstalk) Sure…thank goodness, thank goodness…

Agar: (crosstalk) …something good…

Smith: Oh man, you’ve retained your humanity through all of this. You know, people become cynical, you know. all of us do.  When you do something over and over and over again and you start to think in terms of what would be a great news story, and sometimes you forget it wouldn’t be such a great person or people story. Meanwhile..

Agar: (crosstalk)

Smaith: Go ahead.

Agar: Oh, I was just going to say it’s time to get out of the business, I think, when you start acting like that… (crosstalk) like I did the first day that I was here. I’m still excited to talk to, you know, any person that, you know, has story to tell and if you lose that edge then I don’t think you have any place being in the business any more.

Smith: And you were very excited to speak with presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama as he was walking through, smiling, shaking hands, moving rather quickly, I think he was with Jim Press from Chrysler, (crosstalk) and you held out your microphone and started to ask a question about I guess what he was going to do for the auto workers in Detroit or in Michigan something like that. What was it going to be?

Agar: Right. Well, I mean, I wanted to ask him what he plans on doing for, you know, auto workers in America, which of course specifically means Detroit. There had…he had gone through the plant, it was really loud, we weren’t able to ask any questions there and his people had said he might take a question when we went into this other room.  So when we got into the other room, I mean, he was maybe two feet from me and I figured, you know, it was a good time to ask. I was right there and you know, he’s shaking hands with auto workers, he’s running for president, he hasn’t been here in ten months, you know. That’s the time to say what you’re gonna do for these people, how you’re going to help them keep their jobs and keep their homes. (crosstalk)…I…I just wanted an answer.

Smith: Now people will be able to watch this if they want at WXYX.com. They can see the video and hear the audio, the whole thing. WXYZ.com. I happened to see it ’cause I was watching the eleven o’clock news, Channel 7 last night when you, I didn’t see you, but I kinda saw your microphone, and you were starting to ask the question and he in a friendly dismissively way said, I mean, sound like he got angry but he, he kinda smiled while he kept moving and said uh, hold on one second sweetie, yeah, we’re gonna get to that, we’re gonnna get to that, or whatever….

Agar: That’s almost word for word exactly how, you know, it was and how it went, you have good memory on that and at the time it was dismissive but I’ve been called a lot worse than sweetie out on stories.  People try to dismiss me all the time, I mean, it’s our job just to press on and get the interview. So, I figured once he said that, I was thinking, well good, this must mean that he’s going to answer here in a minute…

Smith: See? Do you hear that? She’s a true newsperson, see Ann Thomas is so interested in this because she was a reporter too. So I said I don’t want to make this a big story because I don’t think it should be a big story. It doesn’t sound like you think it should be a big story because the first thing you thought of was, okay, I’m going to get my question answered. It wasn’t how dare he call me a sweetie, he must not think I’m a very important person, or that I’m not as good a newsperson as a man. I don’t think you thought that at all.

Agar: I don’t really care what he thinks of me personally, I mean, that’s, you know, as a reporter I’m just trying to find out an answer from him. I mean this was a person that’s running for president (garbled) states and a state that has a lot of problems and I have an audience with him. I’m two feet from him, and you know, I want to ask him things that he should be able (garbled)…

Smith: And meanwhile, I can hear your phone is being called, you’re probably getting lots of calls, and they try to protect you at Channel 7, I must tell you, but Ann was persistent and we thank them for making it possible for us to talk with you and I know you’re there on a story that seems to be over with, and we’ll wrap this up quickly, but, fact of the matter is you then got the most, I think, incredible phone call later on your voicemail.

Agar: Yeah, I had, you know, I worked that early morning…at three thirty in the morning…and so I was tired after the story, you know, I went home and I took a nap, (laughs) and when I woke up from my nap I had all these phone calls on my, you know, messages and I started going through them and one of them was from Barack Obama himself (crosstalk) and he not only apologized for not answering my question but he apologized for calling me sweetie as well, and so, I mean I thought that was nice. More importantly he promised to make it up to me the next time he’s in Detroit, so I’m looking forward to maybe sitting down with him and, you know, getting to ask the questions I didn’t get a chance to.

Smith: Just think of how valuable this currency will be if he becomes president, Peggy. You will have the first Detroit interview with President Barack Obama, trust me when I tell you that.

Agar: I mean that would be great that’s why we’re here why I’m in this business, so any time I can have an audience with him, I’m going to go for it.

Smith: Good for you, I’m glad you’re handling it this way and I’m glad you spoke with us, and I hope it doesn’t become a big, big story. Like most reporters you don’t want to become the middle or the part of a story, you just want to report it, and I’ll let you go back to doing that on Channel 7, and I thank you for joining us, Peggy.

Agar: Thank you so much.

Smith: Okay.

Agar: Bye-bye.

Smith: Peggy Agar. She’s handling it much better than I handled being shut down by BJ Sing (?phonetic) at the masters several years ago when I went to ask him a question and he just kinda shut me down and walked away. I haven’t like VJ Sing ever since. See, that’s the difference between a sad talk show host, and a strong reporter, isn’t it, yes, it is.

Don’t call me Sweetie: t-shirts, buttons, and magnets

When journalist Peggy Agar asked presidential candidate Barack Obama what he was going to do about Michigan plants closing, his answer was “hold on one second, Sweetie”. She–and Michigan–are still waiting.

Dismissive or disrespectful?

The nation’s economy–and a professional journalist–both deserve a better answer than “don’t worry your pretty little head about it”.

No more “sweetie”.

You can call me “sweetie”…

when I can call you “boy”.

T-shirts, magnets, stickers, and buttons, that say “no dismissiveness” in no uncertain terms. Items have either a “No sweetie” symbol or a “You can call me ‘sweetie’ when I can call you ‘boy'” slogan.

Here’s the Geek design, the code for the end of a format:

The velvet hand in the iron glove–with hearts:

Or Goth–with skull and crossbones:

Or the international symbol–a circle with a red line through the word “sweetie”:

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Does it matter whether Barack Obama calls Peggy Agar “sweetie”?

“Senator, how are you gonna help the American auto worker?”

Peggy Agar of Detroit’s Channel 7 WXYZ had been sent to get a soundbite from a candidate. The soundbite she wanted, and the soundbite her listeners wanted, was about automobile plants closing. The soundbite he gave her was “Hold on one second, sweetie“. The question was never answered.

For Agar the question was about local jobs, but the blogosphere as usual put its own interpretation on the exchange. On one typical thread, some claimed not to understand why calling any adult professional “sweety” was offensive. Others railed at the news service for publishing it at all. ‘Jay from the west’ said,

Are you kidding? come on lets not make a mountian out of a mole will. He was just being nice, its no tlike he slapped her on the backside and told her to “get” or anything.

Egad! What DO they think of professional women out there in “the west”?

A commmenter on the same thread named ‘hoping for your end’ claimed racism was the motivation behind the story,

a large sink hole like the one recently reported about should swallow cnn up until there’s nothing left of your stupid hack jobs on obama. what, is it because he’s black that your treat him with such contempt?

So asking a black candidate a question about jobs is now off limits?

Others hurled invective at rival candidate Clinton or at the reporter who asked the question. Said one commenter, signing their name as ‘OH GOD, GIMMIE A FREAKIN’ BREAK!!!’,

You, girlie, are NOT that important! GET A FREAKIN’ LIFE, MAN, TOY, WHATEVER it is you need to make you less BITTER for goodness sake!

Several others mentioned, I think more realistically, that “sweety” is something they would call their children or grandchildren. For some reason, the senator appeared to equate this journalist with a child–someone you would not take seriously or treat as an adult.

That, of course, is the insult, for those who haven’t figured it out yet. Journalists are adults and ask adult questions on behalf of the communities that watch their programs. Responding to Agar with the kind of language one uses for a child implies that Agar is not qualified for her job–or that the question itself is not pertinent. Agar asked a question that the community takes very seriously–but instead of being given a serious answer, was given the verbal equivalent of a lollipop and a pat on the head.

So the first issue here is the one that Agar identifies–that of closing plants and lost jobs.

The second issue here is Agar herself. Who is she? What is she about? From local blogger Emily XYZ we find out she usually works in the middle of the night, reporting about traffic conditions. Then we find out she has a two year old at home and was taking a nap when Obama called to apologize. This is the type of American we need to be supporting, not undercutting.

An even more bizarre issue is raised by a blogger without a nickname–and no, I’m not going to give a link–who says the following, and I’ll have to put a lot of asterisks in here, since I list this site as child-friendly:

What if, by w***ing to the almighty dollar, you have to try and discredit one of the only alternatives to Bush III? Well, sister, discrediting Obama is tantamount to trying to make McCain look good. Making McCain look good is like saying you enjoy f****** the average American and would like to see more war, bull**** politics, substandard status quo and selling off of our country and rights to rich foreign investors. You appear to be a selfish b**** who would destroy this country for face time. FACE TIME. That is deplorable.

The third issue then is the hardcore Obama supporters who don’t believe in asking any serious questions of the candidate for fear that he might lose the election. Perhaps they don’t believe he can answer the questions. For them the end justifies the means–their only interest is in electing a particular candidate. For them, the president does not exist to solve the problems of the country. The country—the plant workers losing their jobs and the journalist mothers working odd hours to try to raise their families–are not important. They are not the country, rather, they are destroying the country by not closing their eyes to the economic problems that beset the nation.

Personally, I think this third group is underrating Obama. We need to be asking more, not less of candidates. We need to be discovering the truth, not hiding it to protect the powerful Obamas and Clintons and McCains of this world. The factory workers need answers, the mothers struggling to raise children while working night jobs need answers. They, and not the powerful politicians, are the backbone of this nation. Politicians work for us, we don’t work for them.

Who knows, if we are willing to expect something from candidates, they just might start expecting more of themselves as well. And that might be the change we are really waiting for.

Would someone get Peggy Agar a makeover?

Everyone who saw Barack Obama call Peggy Agar “sweetie” on Detroit’s WXYZ Channel 7, wanted to see the face that went with the voice.

I’m trying to think of a way to say this that doesn’t sound either brutal or deeply shallow and I can’t think of one. So I’ll just come out and say it. Peggy Agar needs a makeover.

Yes, I’m blond too, and a little heavier than I would like to be (who isn’t), but I’m not on television. Peggy Agar is.

First of all, that red jacket. Blonds, at least natural blonds with our completion type ( I think I’m a “winter”) can’t wear that shade of red. Cinnamon red, okay. Brick red. Salmon red. Not scarlet. Let the Asians wear scarlet–we just can’t pull it off. And what’s the matter with more conservative colors–gray, black, blue, navy? We can wear those colors–they show off our faces. They disguise less-than-perfect figures.

Then there’s the hair. I once met a guy who they said “combed his hair with firecrackers”. I can’t begin to figure out what’s wrong with Ms. Agar’s hair, maybe the part…? She needs to start out with a good basic cut, that’s for sure. Short enough to fall naturally instead of bunching up, but long enough not to make her look heavier.

Remember back when Oprah had a “face made for radio”? Ewww. But she’s presentable now, very presentable. And her wardrobe–an even worse disaster!!!! Oprah has no taste whatsoever, but she doesn’t need taste. She has talent and she has money and she has People. She can use her time to do what she does best, then pay someone else to do her appearance.

I have never seen Peggy Agar before–maybe she was just having a Bad Hair Day–but I can see this much. She has voice and she has presence. But she doesn’t have People.

Here is my advice for Peggy Agar:

Your fifteen minutes of fame is not over yet. You’ve got about ten minutes left. The Obama people owe you one, big time, and one day soon you may be able to collect.

Here’s what you do. Get some People. Hair People, makeup People, personal trainer People. People who know how to make you look good on camera. Can you find out who does Ellen? Hillary? Maybe they will do it as a promotion?

Oooh! Oooh! Maybe Tyra would do you. “Fierce walk, fierce walk!” I love Tyra.

Figure out how to write it off as a business expense. It is. Then have fun with it. It’s your life. Enjoy it. Try the stuff they give you, no matter how bizarre. I think Ellen did a segment like this when she was starting out–they had her as motorcycle mama, soccer mom, etc.

Then think about what’s wrong about the Obama campaign, and what he and his surrogates need to learn to be an effective President or Vice President for ALL the American people, including women. I want to hear you ask him the tough questions. Whether he thinks women should worry their pretty little heads about having careers. The feminization of poverty. How he would incorporate women into his staff. Would he have cutsie little Monica-type interns and flirt with them the way he does with the female voters, or would he take them seriously? Bill Clinton has had to defend the racist charges against him time and again. Obama needs to do the same with sexism. Then think of where you want your career path to go next–do you want to be the next Charlie Rose? the next Baba Wawa? –and ask Obama some of those kind of questions too. Sort of a national resume tryout.

Maybe the WXYZ could hype it a bit and solicit better questions from Detroit viewers, or have the voters use their cellphones to vote on questions they want to see Obama answer. Or solicit questions from the Clinton campaign just for equal time.

I don’t live anywhere near Detroit, but believe me, if Peggy Agar can pull off that interview with Barack Obama, I will be looking for it on the internet.

Oh, and I hear the Senator’s wife calls him “stinky” as a term of endearment…..hee, hee …. are you thinking what I’m thinking….

Okay, so that’s my free advice. You can decide if it’s worth what you paid for it.

Hate: the change you have been waiting for

I don’t usually write about politics, except as it touches matters of culture. Who said what in the daily back and forth is not usually all that interesting except to those whose careers rise and fall by it.

But the Democratic primary race has been getting a bit freaky. If you read the comments sections of the major news feeds, and even some mainstream media sources, you will see a dark, hating side of human nature that wants to degrade and hurt women.

Who are they? They claim to be Obama supporters. I know for a fact some of them are.
Here is one example from a progressive blog I know to be supporting Senator Obama:

It was accompanied by the slogan, “Babe, either you go quietly or we send in the Flying Monkeys.”

“Babe?” “Go”? “Flying Monkeys”? And an image of a witch?

No, I’m not going to give a link. It could be from any number of sources–they’re all over the place now. But the writer is apparently so enamored of his candidate that his willing to use a tripple whammy of name calling, condescending epithets, and threats of bodily harm, so say nothing of trying to stop a democratic free election.

All this in the name of a candidate who claims to be able to end divisiveness and bring people together.

I don’t see much possibility of any candidate bringing about all this hoped-for change, unless it is as the candidate says: “You are the change you’ve been waiting for,” and the followers themselves are expected to bring about the change. In that case, the prospect is doomed. That campaign seems to be attracting nothing but haters.