Coke Commercial-Are all bigots really Conservatives?

I shared the Coke ad on my facebook profile like many others. A friend of mine who enjoyed the ad and its message, but couldn’t understand why everyone who responded with bigotry was branded as being a Conservative. She tried to Google the tweets that followed after the infamous coke commercial and found that there were comments filled with hatred towards Conservatives without any proof that all those bigots were really actually Conservative. Now, this friend of mine is a lovely woman, and I understand that we as humans could differ in our political inclinations and as part of my ideological framework, I have to accept and respect that difference of opinion without being reductive by terming everyone who is a Conservative=racist/bigot/white. I personally detest being   pigeonholed into one term or another. I hate the idea that if you are White, then you must also be Conservative, and if you are non-White, then you cannot possibly be Conservative. Or if you are making bigoted comments, you must therefore be a Conservative. These are not mutually exclusive. So I understand my friend’s frustration at the rapid hatred fired at the bigoted comments following the Coke Commercial on Super Bowl night that it MUST be…it HAS to be all Conservatives.

I also have to accept that although Conservatives attract majority White votes but that is not to deny that there is no Ethnic make up for Conservatives. I know for a fact at least in Canada that there are definitely many Ethnic supporters and Ethnic elected officials who are right-leaning.  I mean how else could we explain the Conservatives winning a landslide in Canada? (oh Right Mass rigging, but that’s a total aside). We can see that the voter bank of the Conservatives in the US is Primarily Non-Hispanic White (check link here again). What this chart proves is that there is just enough colour in the Conservative mix to be termed racially diverse, but it just isn’t enough to really affect decision making, policy shift to challenge the status quo of the White Conservative mandate. I also won’t deny that many policies and bills passed by Conservatives are generally racist and anti-multiculturalism. That happens because there are some deep seeded attitudes and beliefs that are part of the ideological framework, and because of a thing called White-privilege that makes you blind/unaware/not in tune with the struggles of minorities.

At some level there is some truth that your political alliances/preferences do define your ideologies and your framework, but the political process/affiliations are a lot more complex than simply ideologies and policies.  In fact, prior to 2002, most Muslims voted Republican in the US for many reasons, economics being one of them. Having worked in enough election campaigns in BC, Canada myself, I know first hand that in Ethnic heavy constituencies/ridings, Conservatives run Ethnic candidates to split the ethnic vote. It optically looks great, but it also beats having a White Candidate lose to a Non-white Candidate from any of the other parties. The game is to gain the most seats in the House and sometimes that gamble works. Unfortunately, sometimes the skin of your colour is enough to determine your voting alliance over actual policies.

My friend’s frustration posed a challenge to me when she said that her Google search showed more tweets about the reaction to the racist/bigoted comments and not the original tweets of bigotry. I, for one  enjoy a challenge, especially one that doesn’t require much by way of actual physical labour. So I took to the twitterverse and tried to find the bigots cited in all the publicshaming articles. My research showed that some of those users were now either sending protected tweets or had retroactively deleted their old tweets. So, I took my search a bit further. I looked for #cocacola #fail and lo and behold in all its glory I was shown the ugly face of racism rear its head.

I have compiled for your pleasure print shots of the comments hurled in the name of American homogeneity and preserving the purity of the American Race (yeah sounds oddly familiar to the infamous words uttered not too long ago in Europe). But, I do take my friend’s words seriously, I am truly curious whether all those tweeting their hatred for the true depiction of a colurful and multi-ethnic America were really Conservatives? Perhaps, what might be truer is that these people really have no political affiliation, rather an affiliation to ignorance and racism.

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Well found two who are definitely Conservatives

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I also found this article: which is by a Republican.. http://allenbwest.com/2014/02/coca-cola-ad-super-bowl-americans-brand-hm/ but he is NOT White, proving my point about enough ethnic support within the conservative folds.

The thing about the internet is that it is addictive. I have now expanded my search from #CocaCola #Fail to looking up the names of the trolls mentioned in the public shaming articles and I keep coming across some serious racist gems. My head is about to explode.

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I honestly can no longer be searching for each and every bigot out there and wasting more of my precious time. If anyone is further interested check out the following links: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/coca-colas-multi-lingual-super-bowl-ad-inspired-a-racist-mel

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/02/02/Why-Coca-Cola-America-The-Beautiful-Ad-Was-Offensive

I have not yet confirmed whether all these bigots are conservatives, but all I know is that all of them are RACIST, IGNORANT, FULL OF THEMSELVES, GOOD FOR NOTHING FOOLS.

This hashtag that proves that they are IGNORANT!

#SpeakAmerican (Wow, REALLY?)

Some links to cheer you up

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https://twitter.com/Faineemae/status/430375853759815680

http://www.coca-colacompany.com/our-company/board-of-directors-muhtar-kent

some more proof of Conservatives supporting #boycottcoke

http://aattp.org/republican-ok-state-rep-joins-bigots-flipping-out-over-superbowl-coke-ad-promoting-multiculturalism/

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http://www.indystar.com/story/opinion/2014/02/03/controversy-over-cokes-america-the-beautiful-ad-is-silly/5187173/?sf22405342=%5B%271%27%5D

I think I am done for today!

NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE for Trayvon Martin Today

Today is a dark day in the collective history of Americans and the American Judicial System. The killer of Trayvon Martin is found innocent on all counts and is a free man walking. Race politics still exists in America and it is painful to watch it surface its ugly head again. Trayvon, is now being put on trial for being black and a “thug”–everyone seems to have forgotten he is the victim. Victim blaming is the worst form of legitimizing injustices, it exists in rape cases and it exists in race cases.

Below are some of the highlights of the different commentary on the Zimmerman Trial and my thoughts on them:

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“Since it was Zimmerman who stalked Martin, the question remains: what ground is a young black man entitled to and on what grounds may he defend himself? What version of events is there for that night in which Martin gets away with his life? Or is it open season on black boys after dark?

Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict will be contested for years to come. But he passed judgement on Trayvon that night summarily.

“Fucking punks,” Zimmerman told the police dispatcher that night. “These assholes. They always get away.”

YES: what would allow a person of colour to stand their ground and get away with it? Because stand your ground didn’t work in this case: –different state–affluent neighbourhood–black father and white teenager (oppressor)

and this case: 

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“Fla. mom gets 20 years for firing warning shots”

same state-same law-no deaths-Different verdicts–

This case was a clear case of defending herself against her oppressor-whom she had already taken out a protective order!

 

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No Justice, No Peace: What I’ve Felt and What Is Next in the Wake of the Trayvon Martin Verdict

“This means organizing to change dangerous laws like the “Stand Your Ground” and the “Stop and Frisk” policies as well as heartless gun laws in our country.”

I can’t agree more–the reason this verdict is dangerous is that it allows for illegitimate use of Stand-your-ground laws and self-defense by any person who is a bigot-gives them the legitimate license to kill so long as there is reasonable suspicion that they are possibly under threat.  All these laws have serious repercussions for people of colour…better believe that being Black in America just got super ugly—

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To those who defend this verdict by saying Zimmerman wasn’t white–read this:

White Supremacy Acquits George Zimmerman

“Watching Zimmerman in the defense seat, his sister in the courtroom, and his mother on the stand, one can’t deny the skin color that informs their experience. They are not white. Yet Zimmerman’s apparent ideology—one that is suspicious of black men in his neighborhood, the “assholes who always get away—” is one that adheres to white supremacy.”

Yes, this is why White supremacy matters–this is why race is a key card here-Trayvon is now on trial for being a “thug” -his life’s record being thrown in the public to malign him after his death–it feeds back into the stereotype that black people are to be feared and therefore it is okay to kill them–don’t believe me-check this craziness on twitter:

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The comments in this article are extremely racist–for all those who are faint of heart-your heart will bleed.

“Post-Racial” America Finds George Zimmerman Not Guilty of Murdering Black 17 Year Old Unarmed Trayvon Martin

and for the dose of the REAL truth: ,Martin Bashir tells it like it is—could it be because he shares his name?

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and in the guardian: ”

“George Zimmerman acquitted in Trayvon Martin case” –

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“O’Mara, Zimmerman’s lead attorney, said his client was “very, very happy” with the jury’s decision. Asked if Zimmerman was scared for his future, O’Mara said: “I think he’s going to be great, I think he’s still worried and hopefully everyone will respect the jury’s verdict as they should and most have said they will, and we’ll take it day by day.

“I think he wishes he could wave a magic wand and get his life back. He has to be very cautious and protective for his safety because there’s still a fringe element out there who have said they want revenge.”

The propaganda for the safety of Zimmerman only means more reasons for him to use “stand your ground” law as he now legitimately fears for his life and can use that as “reasonable” reason to believe he is under threat to possibly kill again. Yeah, parents of children of colour should be very concerned!!!

and if you want to know WHY and HOW this could have possibly happened? check out this link that gives you “Legal Insights on the Zimmerman Verdict”

“state’s 2005 “Stand Your Ground” law removed a person’s duty to try to run away in the face of danger before using deadly force, created a presumption that such force is lawful and immunized those who kill in self-defense from prosecution and private lawsuits.

The law provides that a person who claims to have killed in self-defense can seek a court ruling, before any trial, that they acted legally, but Mr. Zimmerman and his lawyer decided against that option and presented his case directly to a jury.”

and this should scare us because the Law truly is blind and it is dependent in the hands of those defending or prosecuting. It is a game of words–and whoever gets the last word in-wins!

This is the reality- there is no point in hiding our heads in the sand. We must tackle racial politics head-on rather than playing ostrich.

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Al-Qaeda Inspired? Really?

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23155029

This news at first had me in stitches….Which was an interesting response, given that I usually get mad constantly hearing news that continue to sell the image that Muslims are all terrorists and Islam is a religion of terrorism. So, either I have grown thick skin, or internally accepted this, or just no longer give a hoot about it..Either reason is a bad thing—It means, the media has succeeded in making me accept its false propaganda, or I have become apathetic, and that is never a good thing.

Why is it that any violent acts if termed terrorism must only be in reference to an Islamic or Muslim pretext? Why can’t terrorism be just terrorism- devoid of race, religion, ethnicity, or any other false dividers—There are no excuses for terrorism, no matter what the terrorists use as the reason for their inspiration. We must challenge these notions head on!

I think we need to take a look at why violence is so attractive to young people? Let’s take a quick look at our culture shall we?
We have our kids growing up with Violent video games, violent movies, the hero of the movie is always blowing stuff up and coming out unscathed…the repeated ads to join the Army because well men in military are HOT and macho and it is the epitome of man-hood—not to mention, our authorities repeatedly prove to these young men that violence is the ONLY way to get stuff done—so if Afghanistam, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, South Korea (insert other countries) don’t comply, we wage a war on them and drop drones!!!!

Yeah, I wonder where they get “inspired” from—

It is time we call terrorism for what it is, rather than trying to define it in reference to Islam only. Terrorist organizations have all existed throughout history, heck some of them even no longer are known as terrorist (Nelson Mandela is a classic example).

These two guys who are arrested may have very well been inspired by the Boston Marathon bombing and therefore the far-stretch of calling them Al-Qaeda inspired. What they really are copy-cat criminals. Not Al-Qaeda inspired.    Al-Qaeda as an organization has been obliterated since 2001…It is more an ideology that has been used to justify violent acts by many across the globe…These two probably don’t even know what that ideology is. So let’s stop calling it Al–Qaeda inspired. The only reason the Tsarnev brothers’ pressure cooker tactic is being copied is because the media went mental in covering them for a couple of weeks. We have idiots all around us, and some of those idiots are just looking for their fifteen minutes of fame. This has now been made possible by our sensationalizing media. There is a HUGE difference between information and sensationalism. This is nothing, but pure sensationalism.

…So, let’s look at violence as violence–anything that intends to harm and cause life loss is terrorism and I don’t care what anyone says to justify it, it does NOT justify it.  We all have a responsibility in how we pass the information on and how we accept it. We need to analyze and not fall prey to immature sensationalism. This is real life, not a movie!

Now, I am angry!! So much for my hearty laugh reaction…