Sunday Blogwhoring: Slowly Catching Up Edition

by matttbastard

Close out the weekend properly with this fresh batch of primo posts (as always, props to the Bard’s female sibling):

Too Sense: White Cops Refer To Mostly Black Unit As “The Slave Ship” (h/t Racialicious)

All About Race: Judge Mauffray’s odious revenge: jailing Mychal Bell and Jailing Mychal Bell: Governor Kathleen Blanco assures business as usual

Blackamazon: By hook by crook (h/t Tom @ Automatic Preference)

Impolitical: Harper exploiting Canadians’ privacy rights to his electoral advantage?

The Galloping Beaver: Why listen to experts when you can get politicians to promote the big lie

Le Revue Gauche: Mr. Dithers Accidental War

Pharyngula: FFRF recap: heroes of the revolution, Hitchens screws the pooch, and the unbearable stodginess of atheists (h/t Andrew Sullivan)

Slant Truth: Hip Hop Blogging (many thanks for the props, Kevin!)

Pam’s House Blend: WND fundies fleecing faithful with ‘personal Christmas-defense kit’

Slap Upside The Head: Calgary Mayor Doesn’t “Condone” Gays

TransAdvocate: ENDA The Status Quo and Hero Worship

William K. Wolfrum: How about we stop drugging deportees and drug citizens instead?

Thinking Girl: individual responsibility in a culture of domination

Dawg’s Blawg: Al Gore’s crimes

A Creative Revolution: Well well…look who’s behind the UK Gore attack.

Birth Pangs: Save Lives! Support Ron Paul for Prez! (geez, Fern almost has me reconsidering my decided lack of enthusiasm for Paul — almost) and Fetus Coalition Party: Disinterest in the Ranks

Shakesville: Explainer: What’s an MRA? (h/t Thinking Girl – as advised, be sure to check out the 400+ comments — but take caution whilst sipping a beverage, else you inhale up the shnoz/do a Danny Kaye spit-take/choke with laughter)

Kai Chang: The White Liberal Conundrum (h/t Donna & Kevin)

Intrapolitics: An open letter to white progressives about Jena (h/t Donna)

Canuck Attitude: The Queen Of Denial Doesn’t Live In Egypt

Idealistic Pragmatist: Yankees = Liberals

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Jena 6 Update: Exploitation Escalates; More Blog Reactions

by matttbastard

x-posted @ Comments From Left Field

No surprises here: Hatewatch reports that a well-known white supremacist has attempted to exploit Justin Barker, the white teenager who was beaten allegedly by the so-called Jena 6. According to Hatewatch, Richard Barrett of the Nationalist Movement “met with 17-year-old Barker, along with his father David Barker, the night before the rally.” Barrett also says that he obtained a statement from Justin stating “the ones who attacked me are getting money for beating me up” and “express[ing] gratitude” to Justin’s supporters.

However, as Hatewatch points out:

There is no evidence to suggest that Justin or David Barker had any inkling who Barrett was when he apparently showed up at their door. According to Barrett’s own account, he approached the Barkers to offer support for the family and to try to get more media attention for Justin’s injuries and his version of events.

The Clarion-Ledger confirms that Barker’s statement was apparently obtained by Barrett under false pretenses:

He led us to believe he was just down here to find out Justin’s part of the story,“ David Barker said of Barrett. ”He said he was going to the rally just to see what was going on.“

David Barker said Barrett never gave them the impression that he was involved in a white-supremacist organization. Barker said he specifically asked about affiliations with organizations such as the Ku Klux Klan.

”He said, ’No, I’m a lawyer that goes around trying to help families that can’t help themselves,’“ Kelli Barker said.

Elsewhere: – Lambert of Corrente give a broad runs down of some blog coverage, including the belated A-lister response, noting the latter “all seem to link to each other…not to the [smaller/POC] blogs I listed first”. To his credit, Lambert also acknowledges Corrente’s participation in the circular coverage.

– Blackamazon reminds us that, contra what will likely soon become conventional wisdom, this past Thursday’s mobilization was not an exclusively ‘black’ event, nor the culmination of efforts by the mainstream civil rights establishment. Rather, the march on Jena was “a multi pronged multi racial multi front cooperative even if uncoordinated concern. By the time Jesse and Al are involved it’s been in papers and radio stations around the world.” (Case in point: BBC News broadcast a documentary on Jena back in May, long before Al and Jesse started sheddin’ tears for the cameras.)

As they say, read the whole damn thing.

Donna Darko takes Chicago Tribune reporter Howard Witt to task for giving credit to “hip-hop music blogs” and “popular black entertainers such as Mos Def” for bringing attention to Jena, rather than the female bloggers and activists–especially women of colour–who, from the beginning, did most of the heavy lifting. (h/t SassyWho)

– Via Slant Truth, Rachel has some sage advice for those wishing engage the broader white public in Jena-related discussions:

…[W]hen people try to frame the discussion around only the fight or only Jena, Louisiana, don’t let them. The case itself is much broader, and the issues of our criminal (in)justice system are way bigger than Jena, Louisiana.

– And as always, keep checkin’ the Thin Black Duke and his regularly updated Bloggers For Jena post.

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