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Jesse Jackson tells the Tech Industry “You are Racist!”

Lets say that you’ve owned a store for 20 some odd years. Through the years you’ve gotten the reputation in the city and the industry you serve as one of the best stores for handicapped shoppers. So much so that other local stores have followed your example and methods (which you have published and given talks about) and have increased satisfaction of handicapped shoppers in the city. In fact, you have started a trend in the industry to think of handicapped shoppers world wide.

Now, let’s say that some guy drives up to your store, parks in the handicapped parking space, uses the handicapped door sensor on your doors to come in, walks up the wheelchair ramp, past the chair carts, into the store and past the cash registers made for a variety of challenged people, past the employees specifically there to help customers get their purchases to their vehicles. He comes right up to you and tells you that you and your industry don’t care about handicapped people, but he’s only talking about people who use cats as service animals.

Jesse Jackson just did that to the Tech Industry in Seattle.

“The reality is the high-tech companies are more segregated than the Ferguson police department, at least they had two blacks on the police department.”

Okay, that part makes me so mad that I’m almost physically ill. I’ve been working in the Tech Industry for 20 years, 14 of those years here in the Seattle area. I’ve been involved in interviewing and hiring individuals for the past 7 or so years. I’ve interviewed more individuals that are non-white than white individuals. It always comes down to two questions, the most important of which is Does the candidates capabilities meet the needs of of the company? It’s not based on race, or culture, or sex, or any of the other things that just don’t make sense. Why? Because the Tech Industry, unlike Jesse himself, realizes that talent comes from anywhere and everywhere. It doesn’t do a company any good to limit his talent pool if he’s looking to hire the best he can find.

But, never mind the facts, Jesse is only interested in pushing a false narrative.  And, of course, as the dutiful liberal outlet, King 5 doesn’t question Jackson’s data, let alone his motives.

Jackson is supposed to meet with the Microsoft Executive team to discuss why they are so racist.  Satya Nadella, Microsofts CEO from Hyderabad India, no doubt will correct him.  The only fear I have is that some of them will capitulate to agree to something stupid.  I hope for the sake of us share-holders that they just grab some selfies and show him the door and continue their current practices.

Of course, Jesse is just hunting for money for his group, much like he did in Ferguson, before he was essentially ran out of town. And now he’s trying to shake the largest trees with deep pockets. No doubt he’ll get the money he’s after, because here in the Left Coast there’s sheeple with money to burn.

This is nothing more than a scam by a scam artist.

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Is he just being a contrarian or is there something to what he’s saying?

Gary Oldman was recently interviewed by Playboy and had some responses that will catch the ear of a few people.  Since its Playboy, I won’t be linking to their site but I am looking for an alternative link.  However, Independent Journal Review has sections of the interview available for reading without scantily clad women leering in the background.  Needless to say, some of his responses somewhat NSFW, or at least read at home away from kids.

Looks like he and I share similar feelings about “Political Correctness”:

“I just think political correctness is crap. That’s what I think about it. I think it’s like, take a f***ing joke. Get over it. … I don’t know about Mel. He got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things. We’re all f***ing hypocrites. That’s what I think about it.”

And the intellectual dishonesty when it comes to calling out racism:

“It’s our culture now, absolutely. At the Oscars, if you didn’t vote for 12 Years a Slave, you were a racist. You have to be very careful about what you say. I do have particular views and opinions that most of this town doesn’t share, but it’s not like I’m a fascist or a racist. There’s nothing like that in my history.”

Lot’s of people fee the same way as Gary when it comes the the hypocrisy of Liberal Media:

“Well, if I called Nancy Pelosi a c**t—and I’ll go one better, a f***ing useless c**t—I can’t really say that. But Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can, and nobody’s going to stop them from working because of it.”

One thing that is pointed out that has people hemming and hawing is the fact that despite his amazing body of work, he has only a single Academy Awards nomination.  Obviously with some of the things he’s said there will be a few roles he’ll not be invited to read for.  However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t support people like him.

And if you really need an answer the title of this post poses, yes, there is something to what he is saying.


Learning how to be offensive

Certain factions of the government (the “politically correct police” faction) is trying to force the American Football team, the Washington D. C. Redskins, to change their name.  Why?  Well, the term “Redskin” is apparently racist, or at the very least derogatory or offensive.  Before we really even entertain such nonsense there’s one question we need to ask: Where’s proof of the word being used in a derogatory manner within the last 10-15 years?

Do a search with Bing or Google for the word redskin and exclude “Washington”, “football”, “sports”, and “team” and see what you get.  Mostly definitions, some medical sites with pages on the skin condition, a movie, a used car lot website, and lot’s of sites saying that it’s offensive.  But after 10 pages of search results in both, I couldn’t find a single example of intentional derogatory usage.  If that’s not enough, feel free to go over to the News searches and see what’s there.  Just more people telling you that the word is offensive, but no actual offensive use.

Because how the word is used can change the definition of the word, the question of recent usage is an important question.  Take, for example the words “Gay” and “Queer”.  Try to use the words “Gay” or “Queer” as their original definitions and see how many confused or concerned looks you produce.  Most children will directly associate the word to the football team and will need to be educated as to what the word once was used as to show them that it could be used in an offensive way.  That to me shows that we are moving beyond using “Redskin” as a derogatory word.  As a simple, but effective test, I asked my High School aged daughter about the team Washington D. C. Redskins, and if she found that offensive or derogatory.  She just said it’s the same as the Yankees and couldn’t figure out why it was offensive or derogatory.  It goes to show, you have to be taught how to use it in an offensive or derogatory way in order to know it can be used that way.  In other words, those who are so worried about you being offensive teach you how to use certain words in an offensive or derogatory way.

This brings me to something I discovered in High School.  Being a typical adolescent who tries to be clever, my best friend and I began to use the word “friend” in a new way.  We were pretty consistent in that use of the word, which meant the completely opposite of the word.  Yes, we weren’t very nice at times.  Pretty soon, you did not want to be called “friend” by a certain group of people.  We realized just exactly what we had done, we took a good word and turned it into a bad one.  It was easy.  Does that mean that nobody should use the word “friend”?  No.

I don’t really think that the use of the word as it generally is today is offensive or derogatory.  I haven’t been able to find a recent example of it being used that way.  I feel that using the word in a positive way  In any case, someone will need to tell the Red Mesa High School that they will need to change their name as well.  I’m sure that the Navajo High School would be happy to be renamed the Vikings or something less offensive.

Oh, and please, if you are referring to the “Washington” on the East Coast, please remember that it’s “Washington D. C.” so you don’t confuse that group of malcontents with the State of Washington and our group of malcontents.  D. C. is slightly more corrupt.


Clive Bundy’s comments about Blacks and Mexicans are misunderstood

Recently, the rancher who’s been in the media due a stand-off while the BLM was trying to execute a court order to confiscate his cattle has made some comments that were easily construed as racist.  Many of the Liberal media outlets such as the New Yorker and Time.  TV Media has also been jumping on the bandwagon to bolster hate against this simple man.  However, very few, if any, have actually shown those supposed racial comments in context.  Over at Infowars, they’ve found what looks like a video of most of his comments and have written a transcript for all to see.

As I have stated before, Bundy is a simple man.  It’s easy to see what I mean from that video.  He’s worked with a wide variety of people and after 80 years, seems to have a grasp on how people are.  The biggest statement that is causing all the bru-ha-ha is that he wondered if the Blacks were better off under slavery.  Obviously that isn’t the case, life as a slave was horrible.  But, there’s been plenty of people who have equated live under welfare as losing one’s freedom.  In fact, I posted a fable that talks about this very thing.

I don’t agree fully with Bundy.  Obviously he and a lot of us don’t know to the full extent the pains the Blacks felt under slavery.  Nobody wants to go back to that (Bundy even said that in the full statement).  But I do agree that lot’s of families in this country are depending too much on the Government, and the Politicians are basically buying their votes with entitlements.  Too many people in this country are like these seagulls in the “Fable of the Gullible Gull”.  I think that for the majority of them, it’s not their fault, but the Government isn’t helping matters with the anti-business policies that they are pushing.  I hope things get better, but it won’t until we begin holding politicians accountable and demand that they start working for us instead of their Party or Power.