There’s a tendency in this country to speak of ex-presidents with the same generosity one would use to speak of the recently departed. A “funeral parlance” (if you’ll forgive the awful pun) that leads folks to look on the old administration with rose-tinted glasses. Considering the replacement, that’s going to be doubly true this year.
Not at Culture War Reporters, though.
Here’s our final grade for Obama,
Note: The issues selected here are based upon the principles we here at CWR seem to touch on most frequently. We hope to make this a regular tradition, provided the United States still exists in four years and that this writer will not have been imprisoned or sent to work on a lunar penal colony.
Advocates of the president will be swift to point out that the unemployment rate at the beginning of the president’s term was in the double digits, and has since fallen to about 4.9% after years of slow but steady recovery. And there absolutely should be credit where it’s due- the Obama administration has seen the recovery of the economy. Can I whine about it not being enough though? You bet I can.
While many Americans are finally back to work, the positions they find themselves in are often low-paying with little to no security. While that’s not entirely the president’s fault, the president himself has been agonizingly slow (and bafflingly conservative) in advocating a raise for the minimum wage. While the extremely wealthy are paying slightly more in taxes, taxes have also risen for folks making less than $250,000 a year (which is the overwhelming ****ing majority of us) with the majority of the president’s proposed reforms having ended in defeat. All in all the extremely rich continue to enjoy unrivalled luxury and unchallenged control of US politics and wealth.
Final Grade: D+
Posted in America, Economy, environmentalism, government, history, morality, politics, race
Tagged ACA, affordable care act, Barack Obama, BLM, Chelsea Manning, civil rights, Dakota Access Pipeline, deportation, disparity, Donald Trump, drones, economy, environment, Equality, healthcare, hispanic, israel, justice, legacy, Liberty, minimum wage, NDAA, Obama, obamacare, palestine, president, Snowden, Standing Rock, Syria, Troy Davis, Trump, TSA, wealth
Recent events have seen a rival of our national discussion on police, racial minorities, and the seemingly unending instances of violence being inflicted by the former on the latter. In light of this, we here at Culture War Reporters thought it might be helpful for everyone to break down this complex (or perhaps not so complex) issue with colorful boxes and simple choices.
July 11, 2016 in bizarreness, crime, morality, news, race
Tagged All Lives Matter, Alton Sterling, bigotry, Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, civil rights, Criminal History, Deadly Force, Flowchart, justification, Open Carry, Philando Castile, police, police brutality, race, racism, rap, thug
Environmental racism was one of the most surprising concepts I encountered during my undergrad. It had just never occurred to me that where and how we polluted our environment would be intentionally arranged to affect some racial communities more than others.
In the States there have been several famous instances of environmental racism.
After the Second World War, for example, Chicago kindly provided African American veterans the opportunity to live in a housing community built atop an abandoned landfill. After serving their country and surviving the war these veterans came home to Altgeld Gardens Homes, a community that would have significantly high cancer rates because of exposure to toxic chemicals.
Then, in the 1970s and 80s, there was the Warren County PBC Landfill case, when the state of North Carolina decided to bury soil that had been contaminated with toxic polychlorinated biphenyls in Warren Country, a community with primarily black residents and a much lower income rate than the rest of the state.
With the very likely possibility of their drinking water being contaminated by the toxic material, residents, civil rights groups, environmental leaders, and clergymen all joined together to protest the state’s decision…
…and then got arrested.
Posted in Canada, environmentalism, race
Tagged Aamjiwnaang First Nations, activists, African-American, Altgeld Gardens Homes, arrested, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN), boil tap water, Canada, cancer, care, chicago, civil rights, clean water, clergy, cloud makers, Compassion for Racial Justice, contaminated, contributing, D.C., deformed fish, drinking water, environmental justice, environmental racism, Environmentalist, facilities, first nations, Fort Chipewyan, George Bush hates black people, health issues, Hurricane Katrina, institutionalized racial segregation, issue, Justin Trudeau, L.A., liberals, low birht rate, oil sands, people of colour, pollution, Protest, racism, scholars, settler-Canadians, tar sands, toxins, Trudeau, United Church, Warren County PBC Landfill, waste facilities, WWII
Our more dedicated readers will remember we wrote about the CNN news anchor back in November, and by “wrote about him”, I of course mean “launched into a detailed tirade about what an spineless, amoral sleazebag the guy is“.
Yeah, we weren’t gentle with that one…
Now as we’ve said before, there’s plenty of folks out in the news who lack integrity. Those folks- your Piers Morgans, your Glenn Becks, your Keith Olbermanns- are plenty nasty, don’t get me wrong, but they’re at least motivated by some agenda. You can generally count on ’em to focus their bile in a precise direction or at specific targets.
No such luxury with Don Lemon.
Don Lemon- as he himself would tell you- isn’t tied down to any one perspective or set of politics. One day, he’s speculating to whether or not a black hole was the cause of the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. Or one day, he’s asking one of Cosby’s alleged rape victims why she didn’t just bite the guy’s penis. Or he’s endorsing the patently racist and unconstitutional practice of “stop-and-frisk”, and telling folks they have to choose between dignity and security. There’s really no rhyme or reason to it. The dude’s got the earnestness of Walter Cronkite and the journalistic ethics of the Daily Mirror.
You stay classy, Great Britain…
Posted in America, bizarreness, celebrity, history, media, morality, news, television
Tagged bigotry, Black Hole, civil rights, cnn, Cosby, Deabte, Don Lemon, Donald Trump, ethics, Glenn Beck, Illegal Immigration, interview, Jesse Jackson, Jouranlism, Keith Olbermann, Latin America, Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, Mexico, Muckraker, n word, news, Obama, offensive, Peirs Morgan, race, racism, racist, rape, Statistics, stop and frisk, The Young Turks, Trump