Thursday, December 25, 2014

The Line Between Free Speech and Social Media Abuse is CRYSTAL Clear....

Crystal Eschert of the Charlotte, North Carolina Fire Department

In the recent spiral of racial polarization, fueled by both long-time racial arsonists and Occupy Wall Street (OWS) and SEIU, “Anarchists” & misnamed “Progressives,” there have been a number of cases of actual internet crimes (the making of actual threats, planning attacks, etc.), which have rightfully resulted in some serious penalties. Unfortunately, there have also been a few examples of Municipalities that have abused their own social media policies.

First, there is the case of Aaron McNamara (an auxiliary police officer with the Fairview Park Police Department), who, according to the Cleveland Scene, resigned after getting caught commenting on multiple YouTube videos, referring to African Americans as "jungle monkeys," and other racially charged language. On a YouTube video titled "Hood fight." He also posted, “Abolishing slavery was the worst thing we could have done. These people should be exterminated. Unbelievable." (

Those are horrific views that certainly make it clear that this person shouldn't be doing police work. It's to the good that this occurred when he was an Auxiliary Officer and wasn't yet on the Police payroll.

Then there's the case of Aaron Hodges, the former Nordstroms employee, who was fired after making what appear to be actual threatening (therefor CRIMINAL) posts/utterances on his Facebook page. A screen captured post of his said, “Instead of slamming the police...every time an unarmed black man is killed, you kill a decorated white officer, on his door step in front of his family." (

Mr. Hodges has since said, “(The comment) is out there to make them see the humanity of the other side.” He’s admitted that the post was outrageous, but he said it wasn't meant to be taken literally.

And THAT’S the problem with draconian social media policies. While there are the very rare dangerous EDP’s (emotionally disturbed persons), like Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who posted actual threats to police on Instagram before actually carrying out such horrific acts, far more common are people (perhaps like Aaron Hodges and Aaron McNamara), who respond to other provocative, even irresponsible posts in anger...akin to “road rage.” It’s so ubiquitous that now-a-days, it probably should be called “internet rage.”

I am and have always been uncomfortable about draconian “social media policies,” not only because they’re too often unevenly applied and open to far too much “interpretation,” BUT that they appear to be open to some highly contentious and also highly profitable (for plaintiffs) litigation.

In the case of Mr. McNamara, I think it’s best that he NOT work in policing, although in the case of Mr. Hodges, he had the good sense to take the post down relatively quickly. A “screen shot” was sent to his employer (Nordstrom’s), resulting in his firing. I am more uneasy with the draconian outcome, in his case. YES, The comment was reckless, irresponsible and inciteful, but he did NOT directly threaten anyone, therefor Mr. Hodges committed no actual crime, AND, unlike Mr. McNamara, very quickly took his post down, signaling that upon reflection, even he could not stand by those statements.

I personally believe that NEITHER Mr. Hodges, nor Mr. McNamara literally meant what they initially posted in obvious anger, BUT how can we tell? Who wants to be the person who seemingly had “no issue” with the next Ismaaiyl Brinsley?

The views that Mr. McNamara posted are actual “hate speech” and aren't merely “offensive,” but indicate a deep antipathy for specific ethnic groups. So, while offensive speech is primarily what the 1st Amendment protects, there are some views that should bar an individual from certain specific occupations. His would seem to make him a bad fit for policing, perhaps not as much for the EPA, or for Forestry work, just as an African-American who believes that the rural poor, in places like Appalachia, “just can’t learn,” is probably unfit for teaching, but perhaps not unfit for the small business administration, or the Social Security Administration.

The problem public employers face is that while a private employer may be able to terminate an individual over “controversial remarks that reflect poorly on the company,” a Municipality or government agency MUST be more far more cautious, as firing by such an entity comes very close to government abandoning its 1st Amendment commitments, UNLESS the speech (A) rises to the level of a crime (threatening, or libelous speech), or (B) makes clear that that employee is unfit for their current employment assignment.

In yet another case of a cop posting angry, San Jose Police Officer Phillip White was suspended after officials learned of statements he made Saturday, December 16th, from his Twitter account. In one of his tweets, White said: "Threaten me or my family and I will use my God given and law appointed right and duty to kill you. #CopsLivesMatter."

OK, angry, but a legitimate response to a perceived threatening post...if that's indeed what that was. There ARE numerous posters who've actually advocated killing police officers. Nothing criminal, nor even “offensive,” about that post by Officer White. Besides, anyone who would threaten a cop deserves to be more than merely “offended,” they deserve to be arrested and prosecuted for such “terroristic threats.”

However, in another Tweet, Officer White said, he would be off-duty, at the movies with his gun if anyone "feels they can't breathe or their lives matter." THAT'S somewhat more...not merely "insensitive," but vaguely, albeit amorphously (like Mr. Hodges' post), threatening. THAT post probably would be rightly troubling to those running the San Jose Police Department. However, that post too, SHOULD have to be looked at in the context of the overall online dialogue. IF another poster threatened or baited Officer White, that should probably, at least to some extent, ameliorate his own intemperate response.

Far more troubling is what the Charlotte, North Carolina Fire Department did recently in terminating fire investigator, Crystal Eschert, who is white, for two seemingly innocuous Facebook posts to her personal Facebook page; the first read: “White guy shot by police yesterday near Ferguson...Where is Obama? Where is Holder? Where is Al Sharpton? Where are Trayvon Martins parents? Where are all the white guys supporters? So WHY is everyone MAKING it a racial issue?!? So tired of hearing it’s a racial thing. If you are a thug and worthless to society, it’s not race – You’re just a waste no matter what religion, race or sex you are!”

OK, FIRST of all, the post is factually accurate, in that an unarmed white male was indeed shot by a black police officer in Mobile, Alabama. ( The white suspect apparently DID resist arrest and was also allegedly impaired by narcotics use.

In BOTH of the cases that she referenced (Trayvon Martin & Mike Brown) Grand Juries came to the independent conclusions that, (1) Mr. Martin attacked had physically Mr. Zimmerman before being shot and (2) that Michael Brown attacked officer Wilson inside his police cruiser, struggled for the officer’s gun (attempted murder) and was shot and killed attacking the car yet again. In short, her “concluding opinions” appear to be backed up by both those jury verdicts.

In another post Ms. Eschert wrote: “In my opinion, racism is so stupid, and I think that if you commit the crime, you’re a thug. I have a cousin who I say is a thug.”

OK, here again there’s nothing even remotely “offensive,” let alone "intemperate," as she DOES NOT even reference any specific case, but merely asserts that “racism is stupid,” (YES, it IS) and that it’s wrong to turn violent felons into Civil Rights heroes (that’s ALSO very true).

Ms. Eschert is suing the city of Charlotte, the Charlotte Fire Department and the Charlotte City Manager over “wrongful termination,” claiming that she was, in fact, fired over whistleblower activities she previously engaged in. (

If that is indeed the case, Charlotte’s going to be in for a rough time in the courts. Our “Whistleblower protections” have been pretty iron-clad as of late...AND they should be. HOWEVER, I don’t believe that’s the ONLY liability that the city of Charlotte has in this case.

As to the whistleblower violations, Charlotte City Councilwoman Claire Fallon said, “They hunted her down.” Marty Puckett, vice president of the Charlotte Fire Fighters Association noted that, “It’s no worse than other stuff I have seen other firefighters say in public posts.” IF the city of Charlotte did go after Ms. Eschert because of some unwanted “Whistleblower activity” on her part, they may be best served by seeking to “settle up” with her ahead of a costly and disastrous trial. (

HOWEVER, even if such an accord is reached, I would strongly encourage Ms. Eschert to keep ALL of her other litigation options open. The firing, in this case, seems completely unjustified, unwarranted and unsupportable and makes the city’s “social media policy” appear entirely capricious and arbitrary, which itself SHOULD amount to criminality. Even the former local NAACP chairman and the city’s first black mayor has said that the termination was too harsh.

This COULD and probably well SHOULD wind up as a double jackpot for Crystal Eschert...and unfortunately a punch to the gut to Charlotte’s taxpayers.

In such an event, those taxpayers SHOULD be made aware that the (probably) coming fiscal calamity is entirely the fault of incompetents in local government, and not Ms. Eschert.

Monday, December 15, 2014

In Defense of The POLICE

The venting of anger at the NYPD — and at city officials — leads Timothy Cardinal Dolan, 'grandson of a policeman,' to call for calm and solidarity during the holidays.

The police aren't "oppressors"!

They exist because a significant number of us can't seem to "play well with others."

Moreover, ALL real freedom is built on a foundation of economic freedom - the free market. We abandoned that for our current Corporatism back in 1913. For all those people who correctly assert that, "Socialism CAN'T work because the Command Economy has never worked," YES, that's right, BUT Corporatism (the partnership between big business and big government) CAN and does work. It may not be as innovative, as dynamic, as unequal and prosperous as the free market system, but it CAN work. A BIG part of the Corporatist system we all live within are all the "entitlement programs," from WIC and other forms of public assistance, to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, etc. People DO NOT want to give that up! I don't blame them, BUT a people relying on government entitlements are NOT a "free people."

Dependent people are NOT free.

Freedom is NOT "doing whatever we like, so long as we don't harm others." That's License...and NO ONE I’ve ever known has fought for license. Freedom is the grinding burden of personal responsibility. Most people revile actual freedom because they must depend on themselves and others they align themselves with, NOT on government. It's easier, FAR easier to get free stuff we didn't earn from government.

Here's the rub, a people who are dependent (and 99% of us are dependent on one or more...mostly MORE government programs) have to be closely monitored and policed. Policing is the flip side of the coin of handouts. You TAKE government's gifts and you ACCEPT (like it, or not) the extra surveillance, the petty rules, etc. that come along with them.

THAT'S simply reality...the reality we all live in every day.

We are far from a free people because we've CHOSEN to be a dependent people.

Here's the thing, I've been very FORTUNATE to have been a firefighter for the past three decades. I've met some of the best people one could ever know. Interestingly enough, in NYC at least, about 20% of the FFs are former cops. Police work sucks! Even though they actually help a LOT more people and help most of those people a LOT more than we do, because violent crime is far more prevalent than fires are. It's the poor and elderly, the most defenseless people in those urban areas that NEED and DEMAND protection from lowlife mutt, thugs like Mike Brown and the guy in the recent Sacramento police video, Mr. Reyes. These mopes are predators. I don't have much sympathy for them at all. My sympathies are with the little kid, or the old lady that will fall victim to a skell like that.

I've read over the testimony and evidence in the Mike Brown case. I KNOW that Dorian Johnson's "hands up" testimony was impeached by his claiming that Brown was "shot in the back." One lie impeaches all the rest of that testimony...moreover, Johnson recanted much of his initial testimony before the Grand Jury. Mike Brown was a predatory thug.

Even Eric Garner, a much more sympathetic character, was actively resisting arrest. A black, female NYPD Sergeant supervised the incident. She had a taser (NYPD Sergeants carry tasers), they also had pepper spray available. BOTH those tactics were considered too risky for a morbidly obese, asthmatic by that Sergeant, so the quick take-down (which put the police at greater risk of injury) was utilized. Mr. Garner was NOT "choked out at the scene." He lived for over an hour before succumbing to a heart attack in the hospital.

ALL of these cases amount to the SAME kind of false meme as did the recent UVA rape hoax. The agenda behind the false rape story at UVA IS the agenda many radical feminists have of making a woman's rape accusation all the evidence one needs to convict a man of rape. That's a horrifying prospect considering that at least 20% of all rape allegations are false.

It's the same thing here. The agenda of those who are anti-police is to unleash the predators (the Mike Browns and others) on all those little kids and old ladies. My preference would be to defend those little kids and the old folks those marauders will target first.

Bottom line IF ANY of these protesters really WANT to change things, then start with yourselves. Put your money where your mouths are. Take the next police exam and become cops and change policing from WITHIN. YOU BE the CHANGE you WANT to see.

I can assure all of you, the view is very different from the other side.

Defending a False Meme...With FEEEELING!

I read Lawrence Otis Graham’s tear-jerking account of his prep school son’s first encounter with anti-black racism…and I came away as unconvinced as I was by some of Mr. Graham’s other accounts, like his 2009 memoir, A Member of the Club (, or his earlier work chronicling his “undercover” work as a caddy in a wealthy Country Club, Our Kind of People (

Lawrence Otis Graham

The prevailing social meme remains that white males maintain “privilege,” merely by being white that even wealthy, well-connected, Ivy educated African-Americans do not.

It’s not only a ridiculous and indefensible meme, but it’s pernicious in that its goal is to mask very real privilege (the kind Mr. Graham was born into) and to configure actual “victims,” like poor, rural whites from Appalachia and elsewhere (people who truly have neither any privilege nor connections) as “oppressors.”

There can be a no more dishonest, disingenuous and destructive social construct as that, but it benefits the likes of Mr. Graham to perpetuate it and so many of them do so with gusto!

You see, the kind of blatant bigotry he writes about his son encountering (being asked if he was “the only nigger” at his prep school) is so exceedingly rare, as to be virtually non-existent today, while sadly other forms of racial bigotry are much more common...and at least partly because of the meme that Mr. Graham among others defend...more accepted.

Those (more socially accepted bigotries) don’t have to be “fictionalized” (The name of the boarding school has been fictionalized. This essay is adapted from a story in the Oct. 8 edition of the Princeton Alumni Weekly) as Mr. Graham’s “story” was.

Just this past week, a New York Lawyer and Chair of the BAR Association’s Medical Malpractice Division, Andrew Barovick, was forced to apologize and then resign (AFTER the BAR Association initially defended him) for tweeting “inappropriate” and “racist” comments about Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss, a black Republican who ran for lieutenant governor this year. (

One inane tweet read; “In light of election loss, [Sheriff Moss] mulling offers to be new spokes model for either Cream of Wheat or Uncle Ben’s rice.”

Upon his resignation he apologized, “As you know, I made a grave mistake by attempting to use humor to personally convey my frustration with the New York Republican Party through a tweet that upset a great number of people.”


That’s not at all clear. What, exactly, is Mr. Barovick frustrated over? The NYS GOP running a black man for Lieutenant Governor, or that a black man would be a Conservative, or a Republican to begin with?

It becomes a LOT LESS clear when Mr. Barovick’s history of such bigoted comments comes to light;

Whoops! Say it ain’t so Andy;

Then there was Rep Charlie Rangel who derided Tea Party members as “white crackers,” and later steadfastly defending it as “a term of endearment.”

Enough said, apparently Rep. Rangel would rather people be convinced he’s an idiot, rather than a racist. Well, OK. (

Then there was Vinita Hegwood, the Texas schoolteacher who was fired over inflammatory tweets relative to the Ferguson, Mo situation and her racially offensive, “Crackers...Kill yourselves.” (

Interestingly enough, I didn’t have to fictionalize anything, nor resort to anecdotal accounts, the way Lawrence Otis Graham did with his “story.” In fact, I didn’t even need to look further back than the past week’s news feeds to come up with these few examples of the much more socially accepted bigotries we ALL live with today.

I think that pretty much proves my point.

Rape Coach SHOULD be Prosecuted

While only controversial, offensive, even radical and revolutionary speech NEEDS the protections of the 1st Amendment, speech that incites, or guides people on how to conduct and get away with criminal behavior is NOT protected speech.

In 2011 Phillip Greaves was extradited to Florida for writing, publishing and selling a controversial book considered a “how-to” for pedophiles. Mr. Greaves pleaded no contest to the criminal charges brought against him for publishing that work.

Tragically Greaves only got extended probation (a travesty), but it clearly demonstrates that such cases CAN and SHOULD BE prosecuted despite the squeamishness of some prosecutors.

Hmmmm, where are the likes of Ronnie Earle, Rosemary Lehmberg and John Chisholm (various D.A.’s who found the stomach to prosecute mere disagreement with their own preferred ideology) when you need to “push the envelope” a little?

All this brings us to self-professed “dating coach,” Julien Blanc, a disgusting rube, who apparently makes a living as a “rape coach,” only euphemistically calling himself a “dating coach.”

Julien Blanc with his “Diss Fatties, Bang Hotties” Tee

CNN had him on this morning (a questionable strategy, as thugs like this crave attention), so Julien Blanc could make his public mea culpa, despite a plethora of online videos that show him demonstrating how to manhandle women.

Yes, instructing guys on “how to rape,” SHOULD BE as easily prosecutable as instructing pedophiles on “how to abduct children.”

Since Julien Blanc claims he’s never raped or assaulted a woman himself, then apparently, he’s a rape coach, who gets off on teaching others how to rape and otherwise abuse women.

As the Phillip Greaves case clearly shows, such instruction CAN be prosecuted criminally...and it SHOULD BE!

THIS amounts to instructing on rape and abuse;

THIS is Eric Linsker

Eric Linsker (right)

A 29 y/o English professor from Baruch College was arrested late Sunday night (12/14/2014)...for trying to hurl a metal garbage can at cops from the Brooklyn Bridge during an anti-police demonstration in New York. He was also charged with “inciting a riot,” a melee in which two NYPD Lieutenants were injured.

Allegedly Eric Linsker is “a decorated graduate student of the prestigious writing program at the University of Iowa.”

Yeah, for writing shitty poetry like this;

Both Sides

An extended terrain of all.
Ah! It’ll be fine, it’ll be fine,
It is midnight. It’s raining, it’ll be fine.
The day of glory has arrived, next a truism

Of a truism, modern and flat
Against a wall, wearing a watch
With a black band, in a room, in autumn,
In pines advancing.

THAT’S poetry? It’s NOT “cryptic,” its senseless words cobbled together.

Sheeeet! I write better stuff than that.

Seriously. Yes, I write poetry and have had some of it published;

Impending Gloom

The word comes down...


And everyone who wants to be is in

All you have to do is agree...

...With the word, with the WORD, with the words of the unseen power...

...Dumb men behind a gilded paper thrown

Feudalism as “Socialism” in the name of Corporatism...

Bigotry as “anti-racism” in the name of social justice...

And it’s all the same...

The word, the WORD...words of useless, clueless, greedy men...

Nothing at all cryptic there. Straight up and straight edged, topical and poignant.

Now seriously that’s some HEAVY shit...if I do say so myself...and I DO!

According to the NY Daily News; “Linkser’s roommate Chris Balmer told the Daily News that Linsker was upset by the grand juries non-indictments of two white police officers in the deaths of two black men, Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

“He’s frequented these protests,” Balmer told the Daily News. “He was extremely upset.”

“Still, he was stunned by the charges against his roommate.
“I was surprised — he’s not a violent person. He’s a good guy,” Balmer said.”  (

This is the state of affairs in American higher education. You have nitwits like this pseudo-poet who are apparently incapable of critical thinking about the events around them themselves!

That’s a sure sign of a dimwit and a non-free thinker right there.

The “hands up don’t shoot” claim fell apart within days of the charge! Dorian Johnson’s testimony was impeached by forensic evidence. It’s pretty clear according to the prevailing evidence and from unbiased eye witnesses, like “Witness #10” ( that Mike Brown attacked Officer Wilson as the cop attempted to exit his vehicle, then, after assaulting the Officer, struggled for the cop’s gun (attempted murder) and was shot when he charged the car again.

In the Eric Garner case, while Mr. Garner may have been a somewhat more sympathetic character, he was also very obviously (according to the video evidence) actively resisting arrest. A black, female NYPD Sergeant supervised the incident. She had a taser (NYPD Sergeants carry tasers), they also had pepper spray available. BOTH those tactics were considered too risky for a morbidly obese, asthmatic, so the quick take-down (which put police at greater risk) was utilized.

When “College Professors” are unable to properly process critical information from the world around them, then that entire system has been debased and rendered all but useless.

There’s absolutely nothing but harm that contact with a pampered, privileged, poor-thinker like Mr. Lasker can deliver prospective students.

A small part of our problem is the likes of Eric Lasker “teaching school.” A much bigger part of our problem is the poor, even disastrous judgment of those who think dolts like this can be effective instructors for the young.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Privilege, Preference and Deference of America’s New Segregation

Bernard J. Tyson

Melissa Harris-Perry

Al Sharpton

In his most recent rantings (It’s Time to Revolutionize Race Relations;, Bernard J. Tyson’s (CEO of Kaiser Permanente) comes off as an ungrateful member of what Ellis Cose has rightly called “a privileged class” (in his book, The Rage of a Privileged Class

Bernard J. Tyson no doubt benefited greatly from the first and I believe ONLY nationwide system of segregation – the segregated standards that comprise today’s “Affirmative Action.” Southern segregation existed in appx. 9 states. Today, many promising young black “affirmative action babies” receive a “mentoring” that rivals the access that the richest scions of the most prestigious families get.

And to think that affirmative action was initially sold as “leveling the playing field,” to make sure blacks were treated “equally.” I’m sure most Americans felt “equal to other average Americans,” NOT to the Vanderbilts and Kennedys.

I oppose the favoritism shown to such rich & powerful families too, but that’s never been reined in successfully anywhere, but WHY treat ANY “promising” black recruit the same way a Kennedy, or a Bush or wealthy scion from such prominent families is routinely treated?

THIS, “in today’s global world. The first step in changing negative behavior is to understand the underlying imagery of the black male, which doesn’t represent reality…” is simply WRONG.
The image of the black male is actually better than IF the stats on violent crime were more well-known. Consider that in America, since 1976, black males (6% of the nation’s population) have committed upwards of 50% of the murders NATIONWIDE! Blacks commit an extremely disproportionate amount of ALL violent crimes (rape, assault, armed robbery, etc).

“...(In) James Q. Wilson and Richard Herrnstein in their classic 1985 study, Crime and Human Nature said “Every study of crime using official data shows blacks to be over-represented among persons arrested, convicted, and imprisoned for street crimes.” This was true decades before the authors put it to paper, and it remains the case decades later.

“The over-representation of blacks among arrested persons persists throughout the criminal justice system,” wrote Wilson and Herrnstein. “Though prosecutors and judges may well make discriminatory judgments, such decisions do not account for more than a small fraction of the over-representation of blacks in prison.” Yet liberal policy makers and their allies in the press and the academy consistently downplay the empirical data on black crime rates, when they bother to discuss them at all...” (

IF whites knew (that is, IF the MSM accurately reported the facts) how would black males be seen, if others knew that Blacks commit 25 times more violent assaults on Whites than Whites do against Blacks? (

Exactly HOW MUCH privilege, preference and protection via distortion and disinformation do blacks want...and need?

I’m sorry, but guys like Bernard J. Tyson are among the most vile of the 1%. He gloms a disproportionate share of the wealth, that his skills almost certainly did not earn and yet...he wants MORE. He wants deference...the deference that an exalted “favored group” status brings.

Tyson could’ve, liked Charles Barkley told the truth and gone against the grain, but apparently Tyson doesn’t have the guts that Barkley does, nor the appetite for real controversy.

Moreover, the current call for police body cameras, once instituted, will almost certainly show how rarely police act impulsively and how often “scumbags” (as Barkley rightly calls them) bait police and act recklessly and dangerously.

Cop dashboard cams have rarely shown police misconduct, but tons of civilian misconduct.

Recently, a dashboard cam caught black actress Danielle Watts in an anti-cop lie; “Actress Danielle Watts, who was handcuffed Sept. 11th by an LAPD sergeant, says she refuses to apologize for accusing the department of racial profiling, against the demands of civil-rights leaders.

“LAPD Sgt. Jim Parker handcuffed the “Django Unchained” actress when she walked away and refused to provide identification after he and other officers responded to calls of a couple having sex in a car.

“Watts accused Parker of racial profiling, leading to the LAPD launching an investigative probe into Parker and two other officers.”

It also caught a black Oakland firefighter Keith Jones who claimed “racism” when stopped by a white Oakland cop while entering a locked and empty firehouse at 10:45PM (

What Watts & Jones did (using false charges of “racism”) are far, FAR worse than Darren Wilson did (Wilson’s ONLY “crime” seems to be surviving a vicious attack by a thug), or what Daniel Pantaleo did in taking down Eric Garner.

What Watts and Jones did was EXACTLY akin to a cop “planting false evidence” on a suspect.

NOTHING has happened to either Watts or Jones, but Wilson and Pantaleo have been vilified, dragged through the courts, lost their jobs and still face various “Civil Rights” violations by a rogue DoJ, run by former Columbia University radical Eric Holder.

In a truly fair world, the tables on these acts would’ve been reversed. Jones and Watts deserve to be punished for their very REAL crimes (bearing false witness, filing false reports), etc).

All of this goes to the heart of the “white male privilege” crusade by America’s modern racist demagogues. Consider that there are few, if any people, more PRIVILEGED than the likes of Melissa Harris-Perry, born to a white mother (Diana Gray, taught at a community college, then working on her doctorate when she met)and black father (the first dean of African-American Affairs at the University of Virginia).

Ms. Perry was born in Seattle but grew up in Chesterfield County, Virginia, one of the counties adjoining the independent city of Richmond, Virginia attending Thomas Dale High School.

Harris-Perry was an associate professor at the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University and left in 2011 after being denied a full professorship because of “questions about her work and an assessment of where she is, in her career,” according to the Center's director at the time, Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

MSNBC couldn't wait to hire a slothful academic, with a spotty work record and announced on January 5th, 2012 that Melissa Harris-Perry would host her own weekend show, which began airing on February 18, 2012. Now THAT’S real privilege.

How about Al Sharpton, a self-anointed “Reverend” who has spent his adult life as a “race pimp.” He first made major headlines with the Tawana Brawley hoax, which ended with the disbarment of two associates (Alton Maddox and C. Vernon Mason) and a Civil judgment for defamation won by Anthony Pagones.

Sharpton set up an enterprise entitled the National Action Network, which sole purpose seems to be shaking down large Corporations for generous “donations.”

In 1995, a Sharpton speech railing against a Jewish-owned store (Freddy’s Fashion Mart), in which Sharpton called the owner (Fred Harari) “a white interloper.”

The Sharpton-led protests began in August and came to a head on the morning of Friday, December 8th when Roland James Smith, Jr., 51, a Harlem resident with a criminal record going back 30 years, who’d been part of the Sharpton's protests, walked into Freddy's Fashion Mart, pulled out a gun, ordered all the black customers to leave, spilled paint thinner on several bins of clothing and set them on fire - a fire that resulted in killing 7 people (Angelina Marrero, Cynthia Martinez, Luz Ramos, Mayra Rentas, Olga Garcia, Garnette Ramautar, Kareem Brunner) and Smith himself.

Kareem Brunner (a security guard) whom Smith called “a cracker-lover,” was the only black Smith didn’t evacuate from the store prior to setting the fire.

Despite that history of vile racial agitating, he’s been rewarded – the IRS has been “extremely lax” in collecting the massive tax bill he’s owed for decades, his National Action Network has been allowed to continue a veritable extortion scheme, he’s been given unprecedented access to both the White House (through Barack Obama) AND Gracie Mansion (through Bill DeBlasio)...AND MSNBC hired this bigoted buffoon on August 29th, 2011, to host PoliticsNation, the MSNBC show which airs weeknights during the 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time slot!

MSNBC hired, in effect, the black equivalent of Tom Metzger, the charismatic head of the Aryan Nation, without even a trickle of embarrassment. While both men's views may well be offensive, I'd be willing to bet that Mr. Metzger would have an easier time with the teleprompter than Mr. Sharpton has (collections of his mind-boggling bloopers are everywhere online).

Privilege just doesn’t get any better, nor more undeserved than that.
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