Friday, June 5, 2015
Where 'Crime' is Code for 'Black People': How Would You Caption This Photo from The Wall Street Journal's Story on White New Yorkers Who Hate Mayor de Blasio
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The questionable intelligence and overpowering rage of a mind ruined by Fox News and the Right-wing noise machine are highlighted by how a person would allow the world to know that they read Bill O'Reilly's trash...and allow said book to be on their coffee table for a photo featured in The Wall Street Journal.
The Wall Street Journal has a short piece that explores the anger felt by white New Yorkers towards Mayor Bill de Blasio. The high levels of white racial resentment expressed by the mostly Reagan Democrat types who are interviewed by The Wall Street Journal is not a surprise.
The mayor is married to a black woman. He is the father of a black son. The symbolism of his family is a primer for White rage.
The angry white voters who hate de Blasio are supposedly upset about "crime". In American political discourse such concerns are usually a way of speaking in code for "the blacks". The Republican Party and its "law and order" "Southern Strategy" was (and in many ways remains) very effective because it can mine white racial animus and resentment towards black Americans by using the supposedly race neutral language of "reasonable" concerns about "safety" and "crime".
In all, it does not take advanced training in semiotics or media studies to read the not so hidden subtext of the profile in white rage offered up by The Wall Street Journal: white New Yorkers are upset that the cops can't go around killing black and brown people without consequence. The white racial animus fueled by a belief that de Blasio is "hard" or "unfair" to the thug cops of New York is bizarre precisely because said cops do in fact have a license to violate the civil liberties of, choke, beat, tase, club, and otherwise abuse black and brown New Yorkers almost at will?
As I have said on Ring of Fire TV and Radio, here on WARN, and elsewhere, America's police will not stop killing unarmed black and brown people because a large segment of White America is deeply invested--personally, psychologically, and financially--in such social evil.
It has been some time since we had fun with captioning a photo here on WARN.
What caption or description would you offer up for Rochelle Weinberg? Besides that damnable O'Reilly book, what other interesting tells of Right-wing madness do you see in the photo of her home?
To my eyes, she looks like a Right-wing human version of the Grumpy Cat celebrity.