Cleveland baseball fans stand against racism by #DeChiefing their gear

In the past few months, debate surrounding the use of racial caricatures as pro sports mascots has reached a fever pitch. Just ask the Washington Redskins, who’ve endured significant backlash for both their refusal to change their name and their half-assed attempts to placate their critics.

But a few miles west, fans of the MLB’s Cleveland Indians are taking a stand. In a motion of solidarity, a small but growing number have been “de-Chiefing” their paraphernalia by removing the offensive “Chief Wahoo” mascot from caps and jerseys that bear its likeness.

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When Marc Anthony sang “God Bless America” at last night’s MLB All-Star Game, racists were understandably outraged since baseball is America’s national pastime and Anthony is clearly not American.

I mean, just look at the guy!

Anyhow, these two guys win the award for Most Idiotic Tweets I’ve Seen Today. When presented with the fact that Anthony is, in fact, American, they continue to insist that there’s some sort of problem, honestly convinced that it’s impossible for someone to be Latino and American at the same time. After all, he’s clearly not white and doesn’t look like he could possibly be from New York.

Stupid facts. Always trying to get in the way of people’s racism.

It is painful to say this: Trayvon Martin is not a miscarriage of American justice, but American justice itself. This is not our system malfunctioning. It is our system working as intended. To expect our juries, our schools, our police to single-handedly correct for this, is to look at the final play in the final minute of the final quarter and wonder why we couldn’t come back from twenty-four down.


MLB’s new media coordinator compared an Muslim NFL rookie to a murder suspect, just because he’s of Palestinian heritage

In what might be one of the more ugh-worthy stories of the week, Jonathan Mael, an employee of Major League Baseball in charge of the league’s new media program, compared Oday Aboushi, a recently-drafted New York Jets player whose parents are Palestinian and who is a Muslim, to Aaron Hernandez, the New England Patriots tight end who was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Odin Lloyd. (It’s only one in a series of controversial racially-tinged attacks on Aboushi, the recent subject of an attack piece on Freedom Center, a site owned by noted anti-Muslim critic David Horowitz.) When Mael’s tweet was noticed by the public, a number of critics spoke up, notably at The Nation, The Electronic Intifada and The Daily Beast. Mael is a former intern for AIPAC, a lobbying group that supports pro-Israel policies; he apologized for his comment a short while ago, but it’s unclear if he will face further discipline.

I am sorry that your government hates you. We saw what happened in Katrina. I’m sorry that your government hates you.
Melissa Harris-Perry recounts how, on a 2009 visit to Africa, a South African, who had lived under Apartheid, expressed pity for her, a black American from a recently Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans [ x ] (via odinsblog)
How disingenuous for it to be John Roberts [who wrote the majority opinion]. John Roberts can talk about 40 or 50 years have passed. John Roberts had the same attitude towards the Voting Rights Act in 1982 — when he worked for the Reagan Justice Department. This is a guy who has been trying to get rid of the Voting Rights Act since ‘82, and that was 17 years after what happened on Bloody Sunday … not 40. So, his attitude hasn’t changed. His rationale has changed.

MSNBC’s Joy Reid, last night on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell


I confess myself refreshed to hear Paula Deen respond “Yes, of course,” when asked if she used the word “nigger.” We have conditioned ourselves on a kind of magic wherein we believe that racism is a matter of kindness and prohibitive vocabulary—as though a hatred of women can be reduced the use of the word “bitch.” But what does a country which tolerates the terrorism of Southwest, Georgia expect? What does a country whose left wing’s greatest policy achievement was made possible by an embrace of white supremacy really believe will happen to children raised in such times? What do we expect in a country where many find it entirely appropriate to wear the battle-flag of the republic of slavery?