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Henry Aaron and the recent unpleasantness

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Baseball legend Hank Aaron angered a certain breed of American this week when he suggested that racism was still a thing, but that the outfits had changed. The comments led to wave after wave of hate mail, none of which we’ll be publishing here, that essentially proved his point. Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer Jay Bookman tries to speak some sense about the whole thing: 

And if you’ll excuse an effort to inject nuance into a topic where it is too rarely seen, it’s that matter of perspective that is key to all this. Even if you don’t agree with everything Aaron says, you ought to at least wonder what the man is seeing that you don’t.

To put it in baseball terms, think of it as a tag play at second. Watching from your seat in the left-field stands, or even at home on TV, the runner was clearly tagged out. Yet the umpire, looking at it from a different perspective, calls him safe.  And it isn’t until you see it from a third perspective, that of the center-field camera and replayed over and over again in slow motion, that you realize that the umpire was right and you were wrong.

Or maybe he was wrong and you’re right.

In real life, we don’t have a centerfield camera to decide the question. We don’t have a means to determine which perspective is accurate, and which is skewed. But the point is that you don’t have to agree with Aaron’s point of view, fully or in part, to know that his perspective is at least worth hearing and considering. He has seen things in ways that others have not.

Another worthy take on the issue—this one by the WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart—can be found over this way.

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In which we salute a man whose every tweet feels like it ends in “amirite?”
5 Reasons Why Donald Trump Is the Biggest Troll Alive

#3. Blaming Military Victims of Sexual Assault
Donald Trump reduces rape culture to a rhetorical question. He thinks sexual assault is automatic when you mix men and women. That’s victim blaming and culprit acquittal combined, treating sexual assault as an unavoidable chemical reaction, like mixing Coke and misogynist Mentos. Those poor rapists can’t help themselves! This pustule of privilege thinks women should take sexual assault as part of their duty for being born female.


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In which we salute a man whose every tweet feels like it ends in “amirite?”

5 Reasons Why Donald Trump Is the Biggest Troll Alive

#3. Blaming Military Victims of Sexual Assault

Donald Trump reduces rape culture to a rhetorical question. He thinks sexual assault is automatic when you mix men and women. That’s victim blaming and culprit acquittal combined, treating sexual assault as an unavoidable chemical reaction, like mixing Coke and misogynist Mentos. Those poor rapists can’t help themselves! This pustule of privilege thinks women should take sexual assault as part of their duty for being born female.

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Gladstone and Stephen Colbert know who Jonathan Swift is, but not everyone else has caught up.
3 Modern Satirists Screwed by People Who Didn’t Get the Joke

#3. Stephen Colbert Gets Attacked by a Hashtag Activist Who’s Wrong About Everything
In [an interview, Suey Park] describes how she “saw the hashtag as a way to critique white liberals who use forms of racial humor to mock more blatant forms of racism.” I read the interview several times, reading all the poorly chosen, unconvincing words. And maybe I’m wrong, but, quite simply, despite the loads of verbiage, I’m pretty sure Park simply feels that there are certain no-no words, bad words that can never be used to prove any point or be justified by any context.
I reject that out of hand, as should anyone with an active mind. Park’s lack of faith is not with Colbert, of whom she claims to be a fan, but the rest of society. She does not believe people can hear uncomfortable or provocative jokes in any context that would justify their use without adding fuel to the fire of racism.

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Gladstone and Stephen Colbert know who Jonathan Swift is, but not everyone else has caught up.

3 Modern Satirists Screwed by People Who Didn’t Get the Joke

#3. Stephen Colbert Gets Attacked by a Hashtag Activist Who’s Wrong About Everything

In [an interview, Suey Park] describes how she “saw the hashtag as a way to critique white liberals who use forms of racial humor to mock more blatant forms of racism.” I read the interview several times, reading all the poorly chosen, unconvincing words. And maybe I’m wrong, but, quite simply, despite the loads of verbiage, I’m pretty sure Park simply feels that there are certain no-no words, bad words that can never be used to prove any point or be justified by any context.

I reject that out of hand, as should anyone with an active mind. Park’s lack of faith is not with Colbert, of whom she claims to be a fan, but the rest of society. She does not believe people can hear uncomfortable or provocative jokes in any context that would justify their use without adding fuel to the fire of racism.

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No more. The shrieks and the howls are all we’ve got now. They pass for intellectual debate, addressed in academic departments and dissected in journals that once had greater concerns in mind. The isms that once struggled for primacy had given way to topical outrages: about income inequality, about the gold standard, about drones, about Benghazi, about Israel, about Stephen Colbert. And that’s the real danger: not that this political camp or that is growing intolerant, but that both are getting incorrigibly dumb.

All Out of Ideas: The Dumbing Down of American Discourse

A nutshell of why current culture war debates feel so brain-melting.

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This sums up perfectly why a jackass like Bill Maher telling people they’re wrong for not paying more attention to “politics” is so hypocritical.

He is one of the chorus of right and left wing types who cry how the system is rigged, money is power and lobbyists and corporations are in control…but by the way you are derelict in your duty as an American if you don’t watch the 1st Grade slapfight that the news projects politics to be.

Oh yeah, all the networks are biased and we are all a flock of fat, racist and hypnotized sheep who follow the next shiny thing that captivates our goldfish like attention span.

Gee, when you drain all hope and logic out of the situation like that, I guess I have no choice but to waddle my bloated, drunken carcass to the Tee-Vee and lower my IQ to the level of a boiled cabbage by witnessing the apocalypse first hand.

On the other hand maybe I’m too smart and see through the brown haze of bullshit that these doomsayers preach. Maybe the fact that the country hasn’t imploded into the Battle Royal Cultural War I keep hearing about is going on somewhere in ‘Merica means something is working right. Could it be the people who have patience and clarity outweigh the loud minority that gets the camera shoved in its face for ratings which is why people are abandoning CNN, Fox News and MSNBC in droves to create their own news channel on their Twitter and Tumblr feeds so they have more than a millisecond to absorb and fact check before we hear how Justin Beiber is a spoiled asshole and a Goat just ransacked some goober’s kitchen and it was all caught on video?

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Wal-Mart has unveiled a futuristic truck, and it looks like a vehicle out of a Transformers movie. See it in action here.

Looks angry.

In the article it says the truck “will likely not see the road” and then blather off some PR-speak about how it will help them learn about sustainability. I know it sounds cliche (but the truth usually does) but when will they get around to addressing the sustainability needs of the people who work there? Instead of swinging some giant green cock in people’s faces they could have actually continued to make good on their solar panel promise made in their “Real Wal-Mart” campaign. Then again that was another load of green bullshit.

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cnbc:

Wal-Mart has unveiled a futuristic truck, and it looks like a vehicle out of a Transformers movie. See it in action here.

Looks angry.

In the article it says the truck “will likely not see the road” and then blather off some PR-speak about how it will help them learn about sustainability. I know it sounds cliche (but the truth usually does) but when will they get around to addressing the sustainability needs of the people who work there? Instead of swinging some giant green cock in people’s faces they could have actually continued to make good on their solar panel promise made in their “Real Wal-Mart” campaign. Then again that was another load of green bullshit.

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