What the Black Men Who Identify With Brett Kavanaugh Are Missing

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On Tuesday night, I was in an auditorium with 100 black men in the city of Baltimore, when the subject pivoted to Brett Kavanaugh. I expected to hear frustration that the sexual-assault allegations against him had failed to derail his Supreme Court appointment. Instead, I encountered sympathy. One man stood up and asked, passionately, “What happened to due process?” He was met with a smattering of applause, and an array of head nods.

If you think Kavanaugh receiving some measure of support from black men in inner-city Baltimore is as strange as Taylor Swift suddenly feeling the need to become a modern-day Fannie Lou Hamer, then brace yourself: The caping for Kavanaugh does make a twisted kind of sense. Countless times, black men have had to witness the careers and reputations of other black men ruthlessly destroyed because of unproved rape and sexual-assault accusations. And as that Baltimore audience member also argued, if the claims were made by a white woman, expect the damage to be triple.

 

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American Hyper-Capitalism Breeds the Lonely, Alienated Men Who Become Mass Killers Despair, rage and lack of human connection among white men are key culprits in America’s mass shooting epidemic.

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Economically, he was one of the growing millions without a secure, meaningful, socially approved, well-paid job. He had previously amassed money by buying and selling real estate, but had no ongoing job. He lacked the relationships that flow from working with others to accomplish a shared goal where each person has a part to play. The stability of a daily job and the people to whom that job connects you are bulwarks against loneliness and mental instability.

Stephen Paddock’s last family contact was with one of his brothers whom he telephoned three years before the shooting. He had not contacted other family members for 20 years. He and his live-in girlfriend kept their blinds closed. They socialized with no one.

Paddock had been told throughout his life that the U.S. was a special place, an exceptional place. Each generation, if its members studied and worked hard, would live better than the one before. Progress and prosperity awaited him. He would raise a family and provide his wife and children with more than had been provided to him and to his family of origin. Both of his marriages soon ended in divorce.

As millions of secure jobs disappeared, especially after the 1970s, Paddock became unemployed often for long periods. He became a real estate dealer buying and selling buildings for profit. He amassed some wealth, an American dream most men do not achieve, but it did not connect him to other human beings. Paddock had failed to achieve the promised dream of the connections and family that money was supposed to accompany. He lost his moorings.

Even when he managed an activity that brought him money, it tended to be in areas not associated with hard work in connection with others. From making money speculating in real estate he moved on to solitary gambling at casinos. He had no place in the socially approved work and life images he had grown up to value, expect and seek as markers of his success as a human being.

Mental health can be likened to a table resting on four legs. One leg is an intimate relationship with a partner, friend or relative to whom one can intimately connect when the need arises. A second leg is a wider circle of people with whom one shares friendly connections. They may be work colleagues or a circle of casual friends or relatives whose company you enjoy. It may even be close Facebook friends, but you see them less frequently than your intimate connection(s). A third leg is a group to which you connect in a limited but shared activity. That may be a team sport, a volunteer effort, a PTA, or political organization whose members develop the solidarity of working together. A fourth leg is connection to one’s nation and the world through political activity, engagement with media covering major current events, and sharing opinions, ideas or petitions online. A table can be sturdy and stable with at least three strong legs, but only two or one does not suffice.

Americans have become frighteningly disconnected and alone. There are fewer Americans active in any group than there were in bowling leagues alone in 1970. The many millions of loners accumulating in the U.S. since the ’70s tend to experience and define their disconnection as personal. Many think it is their fault that they cannot occupy a happy place of connection in the America they imagine is still there. They imagine that other people continue to find ways to connect. They feel adrift. They can come to resent those from whom they are slipping away.

American white men once received two wage supplements in what was a sexist and racist labor market. One wage supplement was for whiteness and the other for maleness. With the resulting “family wage” generally paid to white men, they could support a woman working full time at home, providing full maid service, sexual labor, child care, and the emotional labor of making social connections to engage the whole family with friends and relatives. With white men’s family wage now largely gone, most women are now employed outside the home. They cannot, in addition, do all the housework, childcare, etc., that they did before. They want their men to share emotional and domestic burdens in the home. Yet many men want extra services at home to compensate them for their lower pay and lower status outside the home. Household tensions rise. Women are abandoning those men who cannot support them yet still demand a range of household services that employed women cannot and do not want to perform. American white men have been disempowered. They are hurting.

The family wage for white men evaporated as modern jet travel and telecommunications enabled U.S. capitalists to relocate production overseas where wages are much lower. Simultaneously, computers enabled an intensification of automation. Capitalists stopped worrying about living, no less family, wages, safety standards, benefits, or ecological safety measures. Where once capitalist profit-seeking produced a family wage, post-1970s profit-seeking took it away.

Gender plays its own role in white men’s pain and their coping mechanisms. Men’s emotions are constrained. They have to “man up” even in the face of devastating, real losses. Sex remains a key need allowed both for and within a widespread male stereotype. Likewise, anger remains an emotion permitted and often celebrated as manly and powerful.

Many men look to recoup their lost powers. They become especially vulnerable to advertisements for products promoted as conveying power. Nothing illustrates this better than some ads for Bushmaster automatic weapons. They ask, “Does your wife or girlfriend make more money than you? Revoke your man card. Do you prefer tofu to meat? Revoke your man card.” After such questions, the Bushmaster automatic rifle is celebrated with the statement “Reinstate your man card.” That ad was pulled after many protested and after the Bushmaster was used by Adam Lanza in the Sandy Hook mass shooting that killed 20 elementary school children and six staff members.

In stark gender contrast, women often find primary feminine identity in close friendships with other women or in connection to relatives and children. Their identity allows a wide range of vulnerable needs and emotions. Women are far less frequent gun users. Women also do not appear on the roster of mass shootings.

Often, disempowered people—particularly white men—are tempted to search for and find scapegoats to blame for their disenfranchisement and loneliness. Cues from political leaders seeking votes can point them to certain social groups. For example, Trump and many Republicans make none too subtle negative comments about immigrants, women, minorities and a government they denounce for privileging those groups at the expense of white Americans, etc.

The liberal U.S. media often blame angry, disempowered white men and their spokespersons for being politically incorrect and boorish. Those media rarely if ever analyze the role of capitalism in denying white men their family wages and the American dream. Capitalism—the profit system—is thereby rendered innocent while angry white workers are deplorably prejudiced. Men versus women, white against non-white, immigrant against native: a divided mass of people (mostly employees) get caught up in conflicts as while capitalists accumulate wealth and capitalism evades criticism.

Americans do not have a mass party or organized voice to help people understand that capitalist profiteering motivated those who took their family wages and jobs. Many are thus left with hatred for other people. That seldom works to overcome or end loneliness.

Americans have found still other ways to cope with their loneliness and disconnection: they medicate themselves against personal pain with alcohol and painkilling drugs. Self-medicating is a now an epidemic. Fully 64,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2016. In this drug refuge, capitalist profit also shows its hand. Most U.S. drug deaths are caused either by opiates (natural substances like heroin) or opioids (synthetic painkillers like Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percocet and Fentanyl). Doctors are paid well to keep prescribing by the supremely profitable pharmaceutical industry. Alcohol is legal and also affords a personal escape from the misery of losing family wages. An estimated 88,000 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually. Food is also a comfort for loneliness. One in three American adults and at least one in ten U.S. children are obese. Loneliness is an epidemic in America.

Work is a central activity for most adults. The more speedup is installed by employers, the more employees are prevented from connecting at work. The less people are employed together, the lonelier they are. As the gig economy and part-time and temp work situations multiply, so does loneliness. Most men’s only emotionally close relationships are tied to their work or sex partnerships. With work relationships ever more fragile and temporary, much the same happens to sexual connections. Meanwhile, marriages are being undermined by that same erosion of the family wage. For the first time in U.S. history, a majority of people 35 and under are now unattached.

One out of four Americans has no one to talk to even in the worst emergencies. Most of those people are men. For deeply disconnected and resentful men, social norms can fade; angry shooting at random others becomes possible. This is an especially American phenomenon. In 2017 so far, we have had 152 mass shootings. No other developed nation has had anything remotely like that. Why? One reason is that all other developed nations have gun controls and none have an unchecked gun industry that relentlessly equates guns with manhood. Another reason is that other developed nations have powerful unions and political movements that direct people’s anger about the pain in their lives toward its social causes and especially the inequality and instability of capitalist systems. They connect people to change those social and economic conditions together.

For 150 years from 1820 to 1970, every generation of families led by white men did better economically than the generation before them. Even in the Great Depression of the 1930s prices fell faster than wages; employed men even then earned more than their predecessors. That historical process of improvement stopped in the 1970s. The belief in American exceptionalism did not stop with the changed reality. That left American white men with self-blame for their economic difficulties and the resulting psychic pains. Worse still, it left them with the idea that they could individually overcome their intolerable situations.

What we need in order to stop the carnage of mass shootings is a social movement that articulates a social analysis of America’s problems and is unafraid to put the capitalist system at the core of those problems. We also need a social movement committed to social changes that include going beyond the capitalist system. If people could join together, face that their lives are plundered in order for capitalists to increase profit, and face that gender stereotypes distort our shared humanity, then together we can change the conditions of despair, rage, and loneliness that generate mass shootings.

By Harriet Fraad, Richard D. Wolff / AlterNet

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White Men & Fake Black Feminism: The Negro Bedwench Movement

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Woman says that she’s an example for “Feminism” and its “evolution” by acting like a slave for her white husband

Melanoid people should be very familiar with the exceedingly dangerous Bedwench archetype. Some of the most typical examples in mainstream media that we could easily point to would be Sage Steele, Omarosa Manigault, and Michelle Malkin. In pop culture, TV shows such as Scandal, starring Kerry Washington who plays a character named Olivia Pope, a Black woman that is sexually submissive for white corporate men, has a massive cult-like following in the Black feminist/Negro Bedwench community. The same cult-like following exists in the Cosplay community, and Negro Bedwenches tend to be heavily involved with the anime movement. On social media, known trolls like Feminista Jones fit the Bedwench prototype, and those like her make a living by hating Black men that aren’t in the LGBTQ community. But for anybody still playing catch-up, here’s a detailed run-through of what we’re dealing with.

A Negro Bedwench in the 21st Century is a Black woman that’s willing to go above and beyond to satisfy non-Black males & defend the white-male power structure. These women are gatekeepers for white supremacy, and generally have an intense feeling of disdain for Black people, especially Black men. So much so, it would be practically impossible to tell a white supremacist and Black feminist apart when the conversation topic is centered around straight Black males.

Furthermore, the goal of a Negro Bedwench is to be accepted, sexually disrespected, protected, and unreservedly dominated by a white male, regardless of his social class & personal financial position. However, they consider anybody non-Black as “the next best thing”. It’s extremely common for a Negro Bedwench to have a Hispanic, Asian or Middle-Eastern partner.

The Bunny Ruckus Negro Bedwench is a different branch of the standard Negro Bedwench. Like the standard Negro Bedwench, the Bunny Ruckus panders to the ruling demographic by exuding self-hatred and regurgitating white supremacist talking-points. The difference is that they’re usually middle-aged, visually unattractive and overweight by society’s standards. You’re likely to see them with raggedy hair (occasionally blonde), and it’s usually a cheap wig or weave. Also, they tend perpetuate the “loud obnoxious sassy Black woman” stereotype in exchange for white amusement. These qualities make those in the dominant society comfortable around the Bunny Ruckus because their egos never feel threatened. Donald Trump mascots and white supremacy collaborators, Diamond and Silk, are the epitome of The Bunny Ruckus Negro Bedwench.

Diamond and Silk: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oIXGpScZ0Cg

Another example of the Bunny Ruckus Negro Bedwench would be Mollena Williams-Hass, 47, a self-proclaimed Feminist and writer. Below is a picture of Mollena Williams-Hass with her husband, Georg Hass.

Her blog, titled “The Perverted Negress”, is one that paints a vivid picture of her numerous Bedwench escapades & daily slave-like routines. She claims that her obsession with slavery began at 8 years of age, specifically when she was watching the American television miniseries based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel, Roots. Here is a quote from her speaking about the experience:

I have fantasies about really bad things. If you go back and look at what feminism is about, it’s about us taking charge of our bodies and our destinies. The ability to choose a master/slave relationship is a mark of how far feminism has come.”

Her suspected white supremacist husband (Georg Friedrich Haas), has said that he plans on promoting this lifestyle to the younger generation. Georg stated that he hopes to “embolden younger people”, and that he’s already started to do so with his students. Mollena states that when she was first introduced to the “Kink Community”, Black people that were already a part of it were totally against master-slave relationships. She said that they were prepared to be violent if a Black person took the role of a slave. But according to Mollena, these threats did not make her refrain from such activities.

These are Mollena’s 2009 comments in an interview with Andrea Plaid from Racialicious: “I think my ancestors would be delighted that I can fucking choose to do this for a few bloody hours. I can go into the Big Ass Ice Cream Parlor of Racism and have a sample spoon, and leave. I’m not trapped there being force fed the Rocky Road Ice Cream of Oppression until I am sick.”

It must be mentioned that Mollena overcompensates by parading herself as Pro-Black on social media platforms, and she regularly has a Black-Power fist as her profile picture (twitter: @Mollena).

Not only does she expose the hidden agenda of present day Black Feminism, she shows us that the Black feminist mentality is pseudo, toxic, counter-productive, irrational and irresponsible. It’s simply regurgitated misandrynoir rhetoric from emotionally hurt women that need healing.

Feminism (as we know it), was introduced to the Black Community to divide and conquer the Black nuclear family by promoting the “independent woman” ploy, which is an ideology that no other community subscribes to. This was used to destroy the energy and momentum of Black Civil Rights groups such as The Black Panther Party, and switch our focus onto matters that were never a real cause for concern. By doing this, the importance and relevance of the Black alpha-male became null and void, and the carefully orchestrated welfare obligations (not being eligible if you had a man in the home), meant that Black women no longer felt like they needed Black men to love, support and provide.

Also, the feminist movement was pioneered by open white supremacists such as Susan B. Anthony, a woman that famously said: “I will cut off this right arm of mine before I will ever work or demand the ballot for the Negro and not the woman”. It’s important to add that white feminists revere and regularly pay tributes to Susan. This clearly indicates that the “camaraderie” and “white allyship” among Black feminists and the white feminist community is non-existent and disingenuous.

Black females are not seen or treated as women by society, the treatment of Sandra Bland and the violent incident in McKinney, Texas, 2015, involving the white supremacist cop Eric Casebolt & 15-year-old Dajerria Becton proves this. We have not received our rights as Black people, so until we’ve successfully overcome our first hurdle, it’s ridiculously illogical for a person that’s only viewed as Black to fight for something which doesn’t apply to them.

While Black feminists continue to be duped by faux women’s empowerment, 52% of white women voted for a known sexist, misogynist, chauvinist and racist, Donald Trump, because white women understand the concept of race first. The white female voters knew that Trump would be persevering whiteness once elected as president, so they got on code and jumped on team white supremacy. They managed to temporarily pause the gender-specific war that’s happening in their community, and they rightfully prioritized the self-preservation of their people. Black feminists are incapable of practicing this concept because they’re too busy being used as pawns by white feminists. They’ve been tricked into schemes such as the anti “cat-calling” movement, which is essentially just white feminists trying to criminalize the straight Black male image.

If one of our greatest leaders, such as The Most Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, presented an immediate remedy which could kill white supremacy in 24 hours, Black feminists and the Black LGBTQ community would jeopardize our livelihoods over the petty personal discrepancies that they have with the Nation of Islam & their teachings. Which again, highlights the huge differences between white feminism and Black feminism, and it lets us know that Black feminism has nothing to do with the advancement of our race. Overall, Black feminists have achieved nothing on a grand-scale for Black people since its inception, especially in comparison to groups which they’ve openly disrespected such as The Black Panther Party and The Nation of Islam.

If we were to go by the definition, egalitarian feminism would play integral role in uplifting Black women, however, today’s current practice is the complete opposite.

While we continue to be at war with white supremacy, our number one focus as Melanoid people should be self-preservation by any means necessary. Our advice: Be alertdo not let your children go outside unsupervisedconnect with like-minded Melanoid peoplecreate international allies, and exercise your Second Amendment.

By Kenny Anthony/MelanoidNation

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Abortion Restrictions in Ohio Hurt Women’s Health, Study Finds

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Abortion restrictions implemented in Ohio in 2011 under the guise of protecting women’s health led to more side-effects and follow-up visits for patients, according to a new study out of the University of California, San Francisco. The 2011 Ohio law makes sense on paper: it requires abortion providers to prescribe the abortion medication mifepristone…

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GOP presidential hopeful Scott Walker can’t wait to start arresting doctors for performing abortions

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Wisconsin GOP lawmakers are hell bent for leather to make sure that women are unable to get a perfectly legal abortion after 20 weeks — no matter if they have been raped or are a victim of incest — and Gov. Scott Walker is standing by and more than willing to help handcuff the doctors and have them hauled away.

A bill before the Wisconsin legislature would make it illegal for anyone who performs or attempts to perform an abortion after 20 weeks subject to three and a half years in prison, in addition to a $10,000 fine.

Anti-choice Republicans are pushing the bill through — assigning it more importance than working on the budget — and, according to Rep. Jesse Kremer (R), Gov. Walker is fired up to sign it. As for instances of rape and incest: too bad, victims. Jesse Kremer and Scott Walker are only looking out for your best interests.

Kremer used what could be charitably called an “unfortunate” term, when talking about allowing an exception.

“As a husband, father and EMT, I feel absolutely terrible for a woman who’s involved in one of those heinous crimes,” Kremer said. “However, that does not mean we should put carve-outs in this bill that would essentially double down on that awful situation and selectively decide which children should and should not be inhumanely tortured to death by tearing them apart, limb from limb.”

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America’s Domestic Terrorists?

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The primary threat to law enforcement officers in America, is not coming from where you may think, say analysts.  Angry White males at home are a far greater threat than foreigners abroad, they warn.

Eric Frein, charged with the murder of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Byron Dickson and critically wounding Trooper Alex Douglass
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There is a very real threat to law enforcement officers in America, however, the primary threat is not coming from ISIS, Al-Qaeda or any radicalized Muslims in the United States as the controlled media would have you believe.

A direct threat has emerged from within the sovereign citizens movement, an ideologically committed group of people with documented views against the U.S. government, who advocate violent overthrow of existing government structures, laws and call for citizen arrests of high-ranking political officials. It is also referred to in some circles as the “Patriot” movement.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, sovereign citizens are anti-government extremists who subscribe to a wide range of beliefs. A central theme, however, is that although they physically reside in this country, they are separate or “sovereign” from the United States. They don’t believe they have to answer to any government authority, including courts, taxing entities, motor vehicle departments, or law enforcement.

In 2009, the United States Department of Homeland Security under the direction of then Secretary Janet Napolitano released a report titled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment.”

 

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Juan Williams: Taking the right lessons from the midterms

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What he said…Libergirl!

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A trouncing! A tsunami! A shellacking!

That’s the conventional wisdom about last week’s midterm elections. But it’s wrong.

Yes, the GOP picked up 12 seats in the House and gained at least 7 seats in the Senate. But calling that a shellacking requires closing your eyes to some really big numbers.

First, the average pick-up for the opposition party in midterm elections that take place in the sixth year of a presidency is 29 seats in the House and 6 seats in the Senate. The GOP had an undisputed victory and was able to claim the Senate majority in emphatic fashion. But a tsunami? It did not come close to that.

Second, 60 percent of voters told exit polls they were either “dissatisfied” with Republican leaders in Congress (37 percent) or “angry” with them (23 percent).

Yet the lesson drawn by Republicans on Capitol Hill is that last week’s vote was a repudiation of President Obama.

Admittedly, the president’s approval rating is on the low side, at 44 percent among last week’s voters. But nearly half of the voters, 46 percent, said President Obama “was not a factor” in their vote.

The real message from the elections is that the public is turned off by the current state of our politics. Two-thirds of eligible voters did not go to the polls. Among those who did, exit surveys show a populist, angry vote against status quo politics. That vote is spearheaded by older, white men in “red,” mostly southern, states won by Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential race.

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