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Marc Anthony Has To Deal With Bigots Who Think He Is Not American

As American as Apple Pie.

As American as Apple Pie.

I know in America we have the right to be stupid and ignorant, but I swear  I think we should have a basic right as a nation to kick people out that don’t have a base level of intelligence. Latina magazine reported this:

This is crazy! Not only do 11-year-old Mexican-American boys get attacked when they sing songs about the U.S.A., now even big stars do, too. Twitter users took to social to post about their hatred (and flaunted their ignorance, no less) when Marc Anthony sang God Bless America at Tuesday’s MLB All Star game, reports NBC Latino.

(No one is exempt!)

Despite the fact that Marc Anthony is a born-and-bred New Yorker (he grew up in Spanish Harlem), people questioned if they were the only one saw his performance as “un-American” and even questioned his citizenship status. Others focused on his pronunciation, saying he rolled his r’s during the performance for the word “American.”

Here are some of the tweets:

Why is Marc Anthony singing “God Bless America?” He’s not even American. Shoulda got someone sweet like Kesha –  Spencer Babcock (@jakebabcock)

Marc Anthony singing God Bless America on the MLB Allstar Game……….am I the only person that finds that unAmerican – Jerrell Rock Golden (@SirRock1001)

Another disgrace Marc Anthony singing god bless America.Is he even an American citizen? – Brian Edwards (@Dusboy7)

I’m sorry but I just have to say it. Dumb asses.

 

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Chick-Fil-A President Can’t Handle Supreme Court Decision On Gay Rights

A great day for America, though not for Chick-Fil-A.

A great day for America, though not for Chick-Fil-A.

What’s wrong with this Chick-Fil-A guy? He really can’t help himself. I guess being close-minded is hard.

Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy has waded into the gay marriage issue once again.

Following the Supreme Court rulings Wednesday striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and opening the door for same-sex marriages in California, Cathy took to Twitter to criticize the rulings.

“Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies,” Cathy tweeted. It was later deleted from his account.

Well, I  used to like Chick-Fil-A, but oh well, there are many other fast food restaurants where I can clog my arteries.

My hat is off to the Supreme Court for their ruling on DOMA and California. It really was a historic day that hopefully alters our historical course in this country on LGBT rights.

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Racist Tweets Directed At Hispanic Kid Singing Anthem

I swear I think some people need to be required to get a license to use the Internet. Following the Internet ugliness over the Cheerios commercial that dared show a mixed family, the Internet racists went crazy when a Latino kid, an Hispanic-American, sang the national anthem at the 3rd game of the NBA Finals.

Racist Tweets

And there is plenty more where that came from as you can see here.

But the kid and his family responded with class to the whole thing, pointing out that he IS an American, from San Antonio actually. And kudos to the Spurs for bringing him back last night to stick it to those idiots by having him sing the anthem all over again. Only thing better would have been if he also held up a box of Cheerios at the end.

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Singer Miguel Goes On Twitter Rant And Calls Out Blacks

He spoke his mind.

He spoke his mind.

Well singer Miguel definitely sparked a bit of controversy last week when he went on a Twitter rant saying basically that black people were the “most judgmental people in the world.”

Ouch.

Actually there are some truths in there.

Actually there are some truths in there.

Obviously I don’t agree with what Miguel said as far as blacks being the most judgmental but I get what he was trying to say. He just said it the wrong way. But some of those tweets above show on a deeper level what he was getting at. He is speaking the truth that due to a tough history in this country we as a black community do have a lot of unnecessary infighting and issues to deal with. Like color discrimination within the community for example. So I can’t be mad at him overall for what his point was.

Read the full article on what sparked his rant here.

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Most Twitter Hate Speech Comes From East Coast and South

Something tells me this isn't about grandma.

Something tells me this isn’t about grandma.

I found this to be very interesting (from The Huffington Post):

The most hateful tweeters in the United States tend to live in the eastern half of the country, according to a new map that pinpoints hate speech from Twitter across country.

The map, created by geography students at Humboldt State University in California, looks at more than 150,000 geocoded tweets (tweets that say where the user is located) between June 2012 and April 2013, sorting for those that contained a racist, homophobic or anti-disability word. The researchers then decided whether or not the tweet was using the word in a hateful way.

According to our analysis: A majority of hateful tweets are coming from smaller towns and more rural areas. For example, some of the biggest spots for homophobic tweets are along the border of Oklahoma and Texas, and one of the biggest hubs of racist tweets is in a seemingly empty area of western Indiana. There are a lot more racist tweets coming out of an area in the middle of North Dakota than in the larger city of Fargo, for example. Homophobic tweets have a wider spread across the nation than racist ones, which are coming from the southeastern portion of the country more than anywhere else.

The project is a follow-up to a similar study that mapped racial slurs on Twitter in reaction to President Obama’s reelection in 2012. The students used The DOLLY Project (Digital OnLine Life and You), a huge archive of geolocated tweets, to collect data in both cases. This data can be used to track all kinds of tweets. There is also a map of where the word “grits” is most often tweeted (spoiler alert: it’s the south).

The interactive map lets you zoom as far as the county level on the map to pinpoint which counties across the U.S. wrote the most hateful tweets. You can look at all hateful tweets, tweets by category, or just at specific words. The map does not include sexist terms or terms that are offensive to the mentally disabled. Some of the terms shown are sort of outdated, which is most likely why some terms are less frequent than others.

Pleased to see that very little of this craziness comes out of California, which is not to say we don’t have our crazies. Be sure to click on the map in the original article, the interactive ability to focus on certain words is interesting. Of course the East Coast is much more densely populated so it is not too surprising that the total number of hate tweets coming out of there are much much higher. Here it is.

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Spare Us The Rush To Judgment About The Make-up of the Boston Bomber

As law enforcement and the government sorts through all the evidence to find who is responsible for the bombings in Boston, what we don’t need is a rush to judgment and the seemingly inevitable stereotyping that happens when something like this occurs. We especially don’t need hatred and stupidity like this from Fox News contributor, Erik Rush:

Absolutely stupid thing to say. He needs to be fired.

Absolutely stupid thing to say. He needs to be fired.

Another thing we don’t need is the type of description put out, and reported on CNN,  in the hours after the bombing that police were looking for a “dark skinned or black man with a hoodie who tried to get into a restricted area and averted his eyes and walked away when he was denied access.”

What kind of description is that? If someone was close enough to the guy to notice he averted his eyes, then they were close enough to give more information. Was he tall or short? Fat or skinny? Facial hair or none? Old or young? These are basic descriptors that they surely would have known if close enough to read his eyes. How terribly irresponsible to simply say a dark skinned or black man with a hoodie. That marks a whole lot of people.

At the moment we don’t know who did this – foreign or domestic, black, white or otherwise, Muslim or Christian, Right Wing or Left Wing. Until we get more info, the last thing we need is to demonize whole groups of people based on nothing but stereotypes and speculation.

We know from our history that bombers have come in many colors and creeds.

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No Place For Bigotry On Left Either

Mitch McConnell and his wife, Elaine Chao.

Mitch McConnell and his wife, Elaine Chao.

As I have said before,we must not make the mistake in believing that liberals cannot be racist.

Progress Kentucky, a Democratic super PAC with its sights on toppling Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), has drawn backlash for a persistent effort to suggest that the senator’s wife’s Chinese roots have led him to embrace anti-American policies.

In a Feb. 14 tweet, the group made a particularly blunt jab suggesting that Elaine Chao, former labor secretary under President George W. Bush and McConnell’s second wife, was encouraging him to support outsourcing jobs to China.

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As the full article notes, Progress Kentucky has since apologized for the tweet. But that can’t erase that the thought was in the mind of whomever wrote it. Bigotry and stereotyping is unacceptable whether it is from the Left or the Right.

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Obama Speech During Football Game Flushed Out A Lot Of Racists

Some people's priorities are really screwed up.

Some people’s priorities are really screwed up.

This is what I call bi-level stupidity.

When the President addressed the grieving people of Newton on Sunday night and his speech was broadcast to the nation, television stations broke into regular programming to cover it.

This didn’t sit well with the neanderthal segment of the Sunday Night football crowd who couldn’t believe a football game was being interrupted by a tragedy involving 26 people being killed. And worse still, they were incensed that a part-black man was doing the interrupting.

It was just too much for their brains. So some of them took to Twitter and here was the result:

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Trust me there was much more where this came from (if you’re in the mood to read more click here).

Amazing how little it takes for some people to show their true colors. And their stupidity.

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Nicki Minaj Overreacts To Steven Tyler Comment

In a happier moment.

Nicki Minaj, who already supposedly had a beef with Mariah Carey on American Idol, is now feuding with former judge, Steve Tyler. In a Twitter rant she called him a “racist” for daring to suggest she would not have recognized the talent in a young Bob Dylan and he wouldn’t have made it on the show.

Unless I am missing something, Tyler’s statement is true. A lot of people, black, white and otherwise, wouldn’t have seen the talent in Bob Dylan if he was judged on a show like American Idol that is based on modern rules of attractiveness and vocal gymnastics. There is nothing inherently racist in that statement.

As I have said before, when we throw that word out for any and everything that seems like a slight, then we are doing real damage to its use for situations when it is very real. Minaj clearly overreacted.

Here is the full story.

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Ann Coulter’s Free Speech Right Should Not Be So Free

She is very calculating with her words. All about attention and sales.

Ann Coulter is definitely the lowest of the low. She knows exactly what she is doing, which is simply to say the most outrageous things possible to generate attention. Which is worse than actually believing what she is saying. She says it with no regard for who she hurts.

After calling Obama a “retard” the other day, and sparking a firestorm, not only for disrespecting the office of the President, but more importantly for being insensitive to people with mental disabilities, she chose to do it again rather than apologize.

As if calling President Barack Obama a “retard” once wasn’t enough, Ann Coulter decided to double-down on her use of the offensive word in a second Twitter post on Tuesday.

“Obama: ‘Stage 3 Romneysia’ – because cancer references are HILARIOUS,” the conservative authortweeted to her 265,000 followers. “If he’s ‘the smartest guy in the room’ it must be one retarded room.”

From a piece in The Hollywood Reporter:

She posted her new insult Tuesday just as people across the Internet were reacting with outrage to her post-debate Twitter rant, in which she wrote: “I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard.”

The conservative Twitter-tracking site Twitchy.com blasted Coulter for continuing to use the offensive word. “Evidently the bottom of the barrel wasn’t completely scraped clean after Ann Coulter called President Obama a ‘retard’ yesterday,” said the site. “And fancy that: She’s still not funny.”

Twitchy posted a page of tweets from outraged people, noting that “it wasn’t just liberals hoping to score points against Coulter who took offense.”

This woman needs to be boycotted from the airwaves and her book publishers and others who support her hate speech and stupidity need to know there are consequences for such hate and lack of care about others. Of course she has the right to free speech. But that doesn’t mean her right should not come with a repercussion. The damage she does is nothing to ignore.

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