“The grievance in their minds — the animus, the anger — they hate white people, because white people are successful and they’re not,” Pittenger told BBC Newsnight when he was asked about what is driving heated protests in Charlotte.
WTAE officials on Wednesday announced it fired television news anchor Wendy Bell, who came under fire recently for a Facebook post critics considered racist.
Hearst Television, the station's parent company, released the following statement: “WTAE has ended its relationship with anchor Wendy Bell. Wendy's recent comments on a WTAE Facebook page were inconsistent with the company's ethics and journalistic standards.”
"Considered racist?" It was amazingly racist, a textbook display of white privledge and a shocking lack of awareness. For those who missed it, this is what she posted to Facebook last week (via VSB as the Facebook post was taken down):
You needn’t be a criminal profiler to draw a mental sketch of the killers who broke so many hearts two weeks ago Wednesday. I will tell you they live within 5 miles of Franklin Avenue and Ardmore Boulevard and have been hiding out since in a home likely much closer to that backyard patio than anyone thinks. They are young black men, likely teens or in their early 20s. They have multiple siblings from multiple fathers and their mothers work multiple jobs. These boys have been in the system before.
And then she followed with this:
But there is HOPE. And Joe and I caught a glimpse of it Saturday night. A young, African American teen hustling like nobody’s business at a restaurant we took the boys to over at the Southside Works. This child stacked heavy glass glasses 10 high and carried three teetering towers of them in one hand with plates piled high in the other. He wiped off the tables. Tended to the chairs. Got down on his hands and knees to pick up the scraps that had fallen to the floor. And he did all this with a rhythm and a step that gushed positivity. He moved like a dancer with a satisfied smile on his face. And I couldn’t take my eyes off him.
By all means, read the VSB post unpacking Bell's comments, I cannot do justice to the awesomeness of Damon Young's analysis.
Welfare rancher and Hatriot leader Cliven Bundy, who spent decades giving the finger to the Federal Government, for having the gall to request a public defender to represent him. Luckily, he cannot be represented at taxpayer expense if he has assets to hire an attorney.
Looks like its time to sell some cattle and take out a mortgage on the ranch.
I missed last Sunday's Post-Gazette, but the fine folks at 2 Political Junkies had a post on Jack Kelly's latest in that paper, and I cannot believe such a rancid opinion piece appeared in a decent-sized paper in the 21st Century. Read, as Kelly lectures to African Americans on how good they have it in the United States. A sample:
Slavery was horrible, but no black American living today has suffered from it. Most are better off than if their ancestors had remained in Africa.
While Kelly has a right to write, say, or think whatever he wants, he doesn't have the right to get paid for his scribblings to appear in a major newspaper. The Post-Gazette cannot in good concious continue to pay this man.
A county clerk has again refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, invoking her religious beliefs and “God’s authority” — this time in defiance of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against her.
This morning, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ office denied the licenses to at least two couples. At first, Ms. Davis remained in her office with the door closed and blinds drawn. But she emerged a few minutes later, telling the couples and the activists gathered there that her office is continuing to deny the licenses “under God’s authority.”
Ummm..you're a public servent. We're not a theocracy. Part of your job, Ms Davis, is the issuence of marriage licenses. If you are incpable of doing that, then by definition, you are incompetent.