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"We don't like black niggers in the neighborhood so get the fuck away from the area.” — Mark Wahlberg in 1986 as he spewed racial slurs and threw rocks at schoolchildren.
Hey, I have an idea: as penance, Mark should move the now-adult victims of his stoning attack to a new area — his gated community in Southern California.
“You Vietnam fucking shit.” — Mark Wahlberg, before clubbing Thanh Lam over the head with a wooden two by four.
What’s not to forgive? At least ol’ Thanh wasn’t permanently blinded like the “gook” Wahlberg permanently blinded with a sucker punch minutes later.
“If I were fortunate enough to receive a pardon, I would have the ability to become more active in law enforcement activities…” — Mark Wahlberg
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I got cats hitting me up on Facebook -- white dudes -- whose contributions to the Ferguson/Eric Garner national discussion are incredibly insensitive at best, and outright racist at -- who am I kidding -- it's just some petty, bigoted bullshit. Fuck that "insensitivity" crap. If they didn't know better, they should have.
Nah, dudes, we can't be "friends."
Some folks think that I should use this platform to educate and elucidate -- to be a peace train, welcoming all on board so that maybe they can be enlightened by ... I dunno... osmosis or something. Well, a funny thing happened on the way to my own enlightenment, I morphed from a train into a steamroller. Get on board or get squashed.
One guy, who has referred to protesters as lazy, uninspired thugs who should put their hands down and go to work, is allegedly a perpetually recovering dope fiend who walked around our suburban hamlet breaking into peoples' cars, stealing their change in order to feed his compulsions...a far cry from the mansion in which he grew up.
Another dude who "liked" his comments (yeah, that counts, too) is an inveterate coke head who spent half his teen years and most of his young adulthood in and out of rehab facilities. MORE >>>
America is a violent place. No doubt about that. Crime, including aggravated assaults, rape and murder, aren’t uncommon occurrences in the United States. In recent months, other categories of felonious criminal transgressions have bubbled to the surface of the public’s consciousness like never before. (Well, that’s not true; after this latest surge of outrage over particular instances off fatal malfeasance dies down, we’ll forgot about them – or at least about being mad about them – until it comes to a boil again sometime in the future.) I’m talking about police brutality, which we’ve been reminded isn’t really a crime at all in the eyes of the law; and … Black on Black crime, which is somehow different than other American on American crime.
Sure, most crime in this and every other country is intra-racial. Whites generally assault, mug, rape and kill whites, Latinos victimize other Latinos, Asians prey on Asians, and so on. Basically, criminals and wrong-doers go with what they know. But this sort of petty “they do it, too,” delineation obscures and minimizes the reasons for criminal activity.
“Black on Black” crime in its nouveau context does several things: it absolves the politicians of any culpability for the conditions of their constituency by casting a big, black wet blanket over any discussion about sever unemployment, under-funded schools, the lack of viable job or educational opportunities in black communities, and the dearth of recreational outlets and basic services enjoyed by the denizens outside of their neighborhoods. ... MORE >>>
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An insightful (though not necessarily accurate) synopsis of this week's top news stories. Published on Thursdays.
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Our top-ten listing of some of the most side-eye worthy quotes we've heard lately in the wonderful worlds of politics, pop culture, sports...and the occasional overheard conversation on public transport. Published on Mondays.
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