Scenes from Post-Racial America

Unbelievable, just un-fucking-believable.

And this happened in Georgia, of all places — Jimmy Carter’s home state.  What was it he was saying yesterday?

UPDATE: Authorities think this may be a hate crimeMAY BE???  Good grief.

(h/t Jesus’ General)

30 Responses to “Scenes from Post-Racial America”


  1. 1 Torontonian Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    [From the Pam's article]
    ——
    West, 47, is charged with battery, disorderly conduct and cruelty to children — all misdemeanors
    ——
    Misdemeanors! That’s it?

    Why is this not being treated as a felony from the first?

    What is it with these people in the law enforcement system and
    the assailant? He’s a sorry excuse for a human being.

  2. 2 Bleatmop Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Just fucking wow.

  3. 3 Bina Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Why do all these dickweeds wear mullets and goatees?

  4. 4 KC Jones Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Why? Because it happened in GA, which seems to be in the news quite a lot lately and not for good reasons. BTW, I’ve lived in/near Atlanta all my life and love the place….but not always the people and definitely not most of the cops.

    Also, I just discovered your blog and love it! I added it to my links list on my own, which is fairly new at Femi Nation (http://femination.blogspot.com)

  5. 5 anna Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    I’m taking this from another comment thread:
    White guy beats innocent black woman = misdemeanor
    Black guy beats instigating white racist = attempted murder

  6. 6 JJ Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Torontonian – The misdemeanour charges are sick!! I think the prosecutor wants to charge him with aggravated assault, and hopefully the FBI will decide it’s a hate crime. (I don’t see how they couldn’t.)

  7. 7 JJ Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    KC – Thanks!

    This is a horrible, horrible story, I almost felt like puking when I read it. I understand that this creep isn’t typical of everyone from Georgia, but wow. This is scary shit. It shook me up :(

  8. 8 JJ Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    anna – That’s what I said to someone this morning at work, when we were talking about the story. He was incredulous that the charges would only be misdemeanours, and I said “Now imagine if that guy had been black and the woman had been white”. *shakes head*

  9. 9 CK Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    MAY be a hate crime?? Gee they think?? Anna, that seems to be exactly the way justic works in America.

    Anyone remember that movie “A Time to Kill” about a young black girl getting accosted & brutally raped by 2 obviously angry white ‘good ol’ boys’ whom the young girl’s father shot dead at the courthouse. Near the end of the movie, the lawyer for the dad in his summation told the jury to close their eyes & imagine that poor little girl being white & he won. That movie was the first thing that came to mind after reading the story on Pam’s pages.

    I feel terrible for that poor little girl & her mom & I hope they do somehow recover.

    Bina, they have mullets because they think they’re still living in the 80s & they have goatees because for some strange reason, they seem to miss some hairs when they shave.

  10. 10 CK Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    KC, just to let you know, I tried clicking the link to your blog, it appears to not work

  11. 11 Bina Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Missing hairs when they shave? :lol: Actually, it’s more like missing a few screws.

    I’m wondering if there isn’t some kind of dickweed gene that causes ugly hair growth patterns, along with a cluster of other undesirable traits, such as sexism, racism and an inordinate fondness for NASCAR. Guys like him should come with “WARNING: PSYCHO. Do NOT breed” labels attached.

  12. 12 Raphael Alexander Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    I think the media are obligated to err on the side of caution when it comes to reporting the news. No matter how obvious something seems, it’s always innocent until proven guilty.

    Remember when Vince Li chopped off Tim McLean’s head? They still referred to it as an “alleged” crime, despite the fact they had the guy on tape alone in the bus, carrying the head around and eating from it.

  13. 13 CK Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Bina, this is a result of inbreeding didn’t you know??

  14. 14 Bina Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    CK, I always did suspect.

    And RA, isn’t your side of the blogosphere still characterizing Vince Weiguang Li as an Islamic jihadist–even though he actually attended a fundie-Xtian church?

    (BTW, look up “mentally incompetent to stand trial”. It might give you some clues as to where that “alleged” comes from. Somehow, I don’t think MulletMan will qualify as such himself.)

  15. 15 Raphael Alexander Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Bina,

    I never touched that whole Islamic jihadist thing with a 20-foot pole, just like I haven’t touched the whole historical revisionism thing to paint Marc Lepine as one either. I prefer to keep things in proper context. Most of the time anyway.

  16. 16 JJ Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    RA – I was wondering if you’d show up here!

    No matter how obvious something seems, it’s always innocent until proven guilty.

    And what would be your response if the guy was black and the woman was white?

    Obviously, by law, this scumbag is just a “suspect” until convicted. But when he’s been caught on video pounding the shit out of this woman, it’s kind of hard to say she got all bruised up by falling down the stairs.

  17. 17 JJ Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    CK – I remember that movie well and it also came to my mind when I read this story :cry:

  18. 18 JJ Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Bina

    Guys like him should come with “WARNING: PSYCHO. Do NOT breed” labels attached.

    Actually, I read somewhere that his wife was with him at the time this went down :shock: I can only assume that she’s probably had the piss beaten out of her so many times that she was happy to see him finally taking out his rage on some other woman.

  19. 19 JJ Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    RA

    I prefer to keep things in proper context. Most of the time anyway.

    When you’re here, anyway. I’ve seen you say some pretty nasty things elsewhere :shock:

  20. 20 Raphael Alexander Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    JJ,

    Attacks of a racially-motivated nature are always unpleasant. I’ve been on the side of the victim of such attacks as a youth by black youths of extraneous testosterone. Yet I never judged such incidents to be reflective of common behaviour among black youths, nor did it create within me a prejudice that would arouse suspicions and mistrust among blacks. I certainly did not extrapolate political and social causation from the incident.

    Similarly in this incident, we may be experiencing less what you call a failure of “post-racial” America, and more the isolated lashing out of a failed human being. A person who resorts to violence and racial pejoratives upon a complete stranger may have more in common with Vince Li than we might otherwise believe. A certain level of inherent mental instability must be present within the individual to react so strongly, and in the presence of children and witnesses.

    I disagree with former President Carter that racism is as pronounced as he says, although there’s no denying that it exists within pockets of the United States, and is probably still prevalent in up to 10-15% of the population. And that counts for all sides; racism is not endemic to whites.

  21. 21 JJ Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    RA

    nor did it create within me a prejudice that would arouse suspicions and mistrust among blacks.

    Are you sure? I only ask because you seem to entertain some fairly harsh opinions about the multicultural aspect of Canada.

    Similarly in this incident, we may be experiencing less what you call a failure of “post-racial” America, and more the isolated lashing out of a failed human being.

    No doubt. My heading was intended to be a bit snarky. I don’t for a second think that this creep is representative of all USians, or even all Georgians(?if that’s what they’re called?) But, it’s there, and it’s kind of horrifying. 10-15% of the population is a large number to hold such virulent views. That’s like one in every seven people :shock: To put it in the context of my own life, that would mean out of the 15 people I work with, 2 of them would be racists? Unacceptable. From any side.

    I understand racism isn’t peculiar to whites, but the states (particularly the “south”) does have a history that way — they fought a whole war about it. You have to wonder what these people who say things like “the south will rise again” and fly that fucking confederate flag are thinking :shock:

  22. 22 Frank Frink Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    black youths of extraneous testosterone

    That’s just begging for a snarky comeback

  23. 23 Dr. Prole Friday, September 18, 2009 at 6:50 am

    Funny thing, RA, you’re such an expert in racism in the US and know more than a former president about it but 1) you don’t live there; and 2) you’re white. It doesn’t just exist in “pockets” of the US, it’s in the whole pair of pants, trust me. And it’s not just about being called a nigger while you get the shit beat out of you by Bubba.

  24. 24 JJ Friday, September 18, 2009 at 8:18 am

    There you have it, RA — from the pony’s mouth. Dr. Prole is American and knows the place better than you or I ever could. I really don’t think Canadians can understand how deep the trauma of slavery and the civil war runs in the US.

  25. 25 JJ Friday, September 18, 2009 at 8:20 am

    FF

    “black youths of extraneous testosterone”

    That’s just begging for a snarky comeback

    It made me blink ;)

  26. 26 Raphael Alexander Friday, September 18, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    JJ,

    Forgive me for not finding a more flattering description for the dudes who beat me up.

  27. 27 JJ Friday, September 18, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Sorry RA :lol: You have to admit it’s an interesting bit of word salad.

  28. 28 Frank Frink Friday, September 18, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    I truly wonder if “Adrian” also hasn’t been set upon by “white youths of extraneous testosterone” at one time or another.

    I’m willing to bet he has.

  29. 29 JJ Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 9:00 am

    FF – We’ll have to wait for that true confession ;)

    RA! What say you??

  30. 30 pedgehog Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 11:50 am

    “I disagree with former President Carter that racism is as pronounced as he says, although there’s no denying that it exists within pockets of the United States, and is probably still prevalent in up to 10-15% of the population. And that counts for all sides; racism is not endemic to whites.”

    This made me want to die. I’m sure all the people of colour in the US who have been subjected to racism of one form or another (hint: probably pretty much all of them) will be so happy to hear that they were just dreaming it – and that they’re racist, too! Thank goodness the white man is here to set everyone straight.


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