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Grinder is the popular mobile app that allows gay men to find other frisky gay men identified by proximity in feet and miles.  Not so much Gaydar as a gay Geiger counter – you are getting warmer as he gets hotter.  It’s already given birth to a heterosexual copy, Blendr, as well as to a political activism app for users of Grindr.

Now there is a new website that seeks to expose politically incorrect boys on Grindr,  Douchebags of Grindr

The website attempts to expose the horrors of endless white twinks and cubs,
and sometimes Asian, and  sometimes black, gay guys on the (man)hunt, who
specify that they are only looking for whites, or Asians and whites, or no fats, or
no femmes, or only straight-acting, for their paramours.  Apparently they all
have a love that dare not speak its name.

don't be a douche grindr douche

What’s funny about this bashing of alleged racists is of course that the
people who do it, imagining secret code words and dog whistles, almost
always live in lily white zip codes – Chris Matthews in Chevy Chase,
Maryland, Rachel Maddow in gentrified Manhattan, Andrea Mitchell on
exclusive Chain Bridge Road in DC. Even the gay dog eared pro-regressives,
like writer Sean Bugg of MetroWeekly.com do it. Around the time he stopped
writing erotic short stories and got hot and heavy into calling anyone a bigot
who opposes expanded state power, he left DC for much whiter Kincaide
Avenue in Falls Church, Virginia 22042.

No Description Provided.

Races in zip code 22042:

White population: 12,244
Black population: 2,706
American Indian population: 226

Read more: http://www.city-data.com/zips/22042.html#ixzz2DMXpT0zH

(To be fair Mr. Bugg’s new somehwat “Leave it to Beaver” neighborhood does have a large Hispanic and a large Asian population.  The main group he seems to have fled, like any NBC talking head, is black people.)


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These are the peeps who got to march last, Southeast Asians, Latinos, Indians, and a black Baptist church.  Politicians like city council chair pro temp (DC city council chair Kwame Brown was just indicted this week) Mary Cheh and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton were at the front, naked, and mainly white, boys (in body paint) in the middle.

So politically connected up front, ethnic minorities in the back of the bus.


The Pride committee also had a big show of trying to get vendors at the festival on Sunday to be “green.”  But the parade features people on floats throwing condoms, female condoms, minature frisbees, mardi gras beads, buttons, cards, candy, and flyers, at the people on the sidewalk.  Much of this stuff was still on the street the next morning.

It’s a hard job to organize this and they try.  But their ideological blinders and delusions are obvious.  These are the same people who are overjoyed that Obama said he personally is finally OK with gay marriage, if it will get him gay money, but only after North Carolina had its constitutional amendment pass.

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Racist! A PSA

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All gay people should support school choice.

Even a homophobic parent who does not want their child to be gay, or want to know (yet) that their child is gay, is likely to take the child (and their tuition dollars) away from a school that allows them to be beaten and bullied.

If they have that choice.

The Democratic Party is funded (other than from bailed out Wall Street bankers) by educrat cartels, and the modern day slave trade where poor children, especially poor black and brown children, are sold to the educrats in exchange for campaign donations to Democratic candidates.

Obama and the Democrats can’t end anti-gay school bullying or rising rates of illiteracy and failed schools.  Their political financing depends on them.

Victim of Obama policies


Posted on Monday February 13, 2012 | Washington, D.C.

Despite reauthorization agreement, Obama aims to halt highly-successful Opportunity Scholarship Program
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 13, 2012)—President Barack Obama’s newly-released federal budget would not provide funding to the highly-successful D.C. voucher program, despite an agreement signed by the president last year that reauthorized the program.

The American Federation —the nation’s voice for school choice—strongly decries the president’s failure to provide funding to the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), which currently provides scholarships to more than 1,600 children from low-income families across the nation’s capital to attend the private schools of their parents’ choice.
Though the OSP is in little danger of going unfunded—Congress is charged with appropriating funds, and House Speaker John Boehner is an ardent defender of the program—the move by President Obama is effectively a reneging on the promise he made last April in a budget agreement he signed that helped avert a government shutdown.

“The president says he’s for education reform, but his actions continually aim to send low-income and minority students back to schools that are failing them academically, are unsafe, or are otherwise not meeting their needs,” said Kevin P. Chavous, a senior advisor to AFC and a former D.C. Councilman. “This latest hypocrisy is just the most recent instance in which the president has stood in the way of students who are improving test scores and graduating in higher numbers.”
Since barring new students from entering the program in 2009, Obama has made a number of statements expressing support for reform that have contradicted his actions regarding the OSP. In 2010, President Obama publicly stated that he would not send his daughters to D.C. public schools, despite actively working to bar low-income families from having that choice.
And while the president rightly talks about the nation’s severe dropout crisis—as he did in his State of the Union address last month—he’s unwilling to support the OSP, where students’ 91 percent graduation rate is 21 percentage points higher than those who applied but couldn’t get a scholarship. And according to the Institute of Education Sciences—the primary research arm of the U.S. Department of Education—the OSP has the second highest achievement impact of any of the programs it has studied so far.

Since the program’s inception in 2004, more than 10,000 families have applied to participate in the OSP. Four years of studies done by Georgetown University and the University of Arkansas have shown overwhelming parental satisfaction, and 74 percent of D.C. residents polled a year ago supported reauthorization.  More than 700 participants participated in a signup event for the program on Saturday, hosted by the D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation. The Trust received more than 520 applications at the event.

“By any reasonable measure, the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program has been an overwhelming success,” Chavous said. “President Obama wouldn’t be where he is today without a private school scholarship. He needs to stop playing politics and do what’s right for kids.”

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Recently there have been some articles by gay leftovers and “liberals” arguing that it is racist that so many white gay men run dating ads where they specify that they are only looking to date other whites, or do not want to date Asians or some other specified ethnic group.  (They don’t really notice non-whites who have preferences either for white or non-white (etc.) dates.)

As Sean Bugg, columnist at the monochromatically liberal Democratic MetroWeekly put it earlier this month:

During my days of very enthusiastic dating and hookups — back in the earliest days of using the Internet to find sex partners — I never had the experience of scrolling through person after person declaring ”No whites!” But black and Asian guys? I can see exactly how they could walk away from that with a different take on the racial harmony of the gay community.

Daniel Lee, another MetroWeekly columnist is more ideological and more willing to cry “RACISM!” (and also sounds a little traumatized by rejection):

Sexual racism is at the core of what many gay men believe to be ”preferences”

Perhaps it was inevitable that the gay community’s commitment to New Left principles would splinter as gays became more mainstream. Or, perhaps more specifically, became visible in mass media and a coveted consumer market. As a whole, we gays have come to take our politics for granted: no longer are we street protesters and meeting organizers. Instead, we do our activism through consumerism (buy this to support that) or use the internet as a gay rights echo chamber (tweet one’s way to the ”activist” moniker).

The gay political battlefield has never looked stranger than it does now with not just the usual Left forces and the Log Cabin Republicans, but also those stranger-than-strange gay Tea-Partiers and über-conservatives like those at GOProud, who openly embraced racial scapegoating, classism, patriarchy, war-mongering and Ann Coulter.

But gay conservatives aren’t the only ones internalizing the racism, misogyny and militarism antithetical to our movement’s New Left roots. The ”gay mainstream” has done so as well, in two very different ways.

First, our fight against ”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” would not have been of much interest to many of our political forefathers of the late ’60s and early ’70s. To them, DADT would have been a short-sighted battle for a right that supports militarism. We cannot fool ourselves into thinking that serving openly will transform the military from its contempt for the feminine in men and the masculine in women.
Second, and perhaps more insidious, gay men have become unapologetic sexual racists, gender purists and enforcers of a gay male body culture on par with the oppressive beauty myth that women have endured for decades, as manifested in the phrase, ”No fats, no femmes, no Asians.” We gay men have seen it, or used it (or a variation of it) in endless personal profiles, but nonetheless, the disqualifying mantra is the un-critical acceptance of racial, gender, and body-biases often rationalized with the subsequent phrase, ”Just a preference.”

But it isn’t ”just a preference,” because why one is attracted to what one is attracted to wasn’t written into one’s DNA. ….Likewise, racial preferences aren’t in-born. They are formed and entangled with associations about gender, body-type and behaviors that have been racialized and evaluated.
I once challenged a guy who told me he wasn’t into Asian men. I asked him why was that? He said was into beefier men. I pointed out there are many beefy Asian and Pacific Islander men. He then said he liked hairy men. Certainly, a bit more difficult to find, but there are hairier Asian men out there.
So why make a blanket disqualifying statement like ”I’m not attracted to Asian men” based on racialized assumptions about Asian male bodies when his preference is actually toward hairy and beefy men? The absolute refusal to deconstruct those racial biases and to declare ”No Asians,” ”No Blacks,” or whomever is sexual racism, and so many gays looking for love or a hook up aren’t even embarrassed about it.

Poor thing.  Someone throw him a pity party.

And of course charges of racism often seem to be the only arrow in the leftover’s political quiver.  Over at Media Matters for America, the George Soros funded disinformation site that smears anyone opposed to expanding state power daily, a search for articles with the word “racism” produces 24 pages of listings, and a search for “racism” and “tea party” together produces 4 page long index of articles like this:

  • Rush Limbaugh Opens 2012 With More Race-Baiting Attacks

    January 12, 2012 5:09 pm ET filed under Research
  • The Accidental Truth-Teller: Glenn Beck, the Tea Party and Race

  • December 13, 2011 11:51 am ET filed under Blog
  • Fox News Can’t Stop Rewriting The Tea Party Past

  • November 01, 2011 10:25 am ET filed under Blog
  • The Five‘s Guilfoyle Suggests Racism Ended When We Elected A Black President

  • September 26, 2011 10:52 pm ET filed under Blog
  • Fox’s Bolling Claims “There’s No Evidence” Or “Proof” Of Racism Within Tea Party

  • September 26, 2011 6:21 pm ET filed under MMtv
  • Why Is Mary Matalin Randomly Bringing Up Her Business Partner Glenn Beck On CNN?

  • September 02, 2011 1:44 am ET filed under Blog
  • Jim Gilchrist’s Second Act

  • August 30, 2011 8:37 am ET filed under Blog
  • Rush Limbaugh’s “Media Tweak”: His Empty Excuse For Everything

  • August 18, 2011 6:18 pm ET filed under Research
  • “Fertile Ground”: White Nationalists Organize Within Tea Party

  • August 03, 2011 11:26 am ET filed under Blog
  • Fox Hypocrisy: Calling Opponents Terrorists Edition

  • August 03, 2011 2:13 am ET filed under Research
  • The Bigotry Of Pat Buchanan

  • July 29, 2011 10:31 am ET filed under Research
  • Glenn Beck Claims Homophobic Slur From Tea Party Protester “Didn’t Happen”

  • July 28, 2011 3:16 pm ET filed under Blog
  • Democrats Are “Slave Master[s]”: Ted Nugent’s History Of Inflammatory Rhetoric

  • July 19, 2011 2:08 pm ET filed under Research
  • Breitbart Inadvertently Admits To Lying About Sherrod’s NAACP Audience

  • July 05, 2011 12:48 pm ET filed under Blog
  • The 50 Worst Things Glenn Beck Said On Fox News

  • June 30, 2011 12:07 pm ET filed under Research
  • A Long, Strange Trip: Beck At Fox News

  • June 29, 2011 5:51 pm ET filed under Research
  • UPDATED: Fox News’ Long History Of Race-Baiting

  • June 13, 2011 5:52 pm ET filed under Research
  • The 50 Worst Things Glenn Beck Said On Fox News

  • April 06, 2011 9:54 pm ET filed under Research
  • Fox Concerned About Threats … When They’re Aimed At Republicans

  • March 14, 2011 2:10 pm ET filed under Research
  • Look At NPR’s Coverage; Don’t Privilege The Serial Liar

  • March 09, 2011 2:05 pm ET filed under Blog
  • CNN Article Legitimizes “Pro-White” Commentators

  • March 04, 2011 5:43 pm ET filed under Blog
  • Logan’s Sexual Assault Brings Wave Of Blaming The Victim And Other Ugliness

  • February 16, 2011 11:17 am ET filed under Blog
  • Right-Wing Media Rush To Defend Palin’s Use Of “Blood Libel”

  • January 13, 2011 12:55 pm ET filed under Research
  • Right-Wing Media Link Arizona Assassin To Liberals … Through Hitler?

  • January 10, 2011 11:37 am ET filed under Research
  • Right-Wing Media Consistently Downplayed Violent Threats Toward Obama, Dem Lawmakers

  • January 10, 2011 10:04 am ET filed under Research
  • Big Downfall: How Andrew Breitbart’s Credibility Collapsed In 2010

  • December 21, 2010 11:32 am ET filed under Blog
  • Off The Rails: The Year In Fox News Misinformation

  • December 21, 2010 10:09 am ET filed under Research
  • Déjà Vu: Right-wing Media Up In Arms Over Time‘s Supposed Tea Party Snub

  • December 16, 2010 12:09 pm ET filed under Research
  • Fox hosts anti-immigrant leader to launch baseless attacks on DREAM Act
  • November 30, 2010 2:05 pm ET filed under Research
  • Beck’s attack on Tea Party racism report: all smears, no substance

  • October 22, 2010 3:23 am ET filed under Research
  • So it’s amusing that David Brock, the famously gay ex-conservative who founded Media Matters for America, has a dating ad currently on the website Chemistry.com where he specifies that he is only looking for white men to date:

  • meet david

    Washington, DC | 49


    what he’s looking for:

    • Age Range :match
      • 30 – 51

    • Ethnic background :match
      • White/Caucasian
    • Height :match
      • 5’7″ to 6’0″
    • Body type :match
      • Slender
      • About average
      • Athletic/toned
    • smokes :match
      • Any
    • drinks :match
      • Any
    • education :match
      • Any
    • Religious affiliation :match
      • Any
    • relationship history :match
      • Single (never been married)
    • has children :match
      • Yes
    • wants children :
      • Yes
    i’ll try anything once

    his basics

    • Eye color :
      • Brown
    • Height :
      • 5’8″
    • Body type :
      • About average
    • Ethnic background :
      • White/Caucasian

    how you two click

    you are a director | he is a builder

    his 6 interests

    You have 6 shared interests!

    • books/reading
      • dining out
        • politics
          • shopping
            • wine tasting
              • fitness

                in his own words

                i’ve lived in dc for 25 years. i’m professionally very involved in and committed to liberal politics at the national level. i’m also the author of several political books.

                i’m recently single and have never used any kind of dating service, but i figured what the hell, may as well give it a try. i’m 49 but don’t look or seem it.

                i’m interested in meeting attractive people, and i don’t have many preconceived notions of what that means, other than a good sense of humor. but i’ll know it when i meet it.

                my idea of a good date would be dinner out, for starters.

                what he looks like:

                • Hair color :
                  • Salt and pepper
                • Eye color :
                  • Brown
                • Height :
                  • 5’8″
                • Body type :
                  • About average
                • Ethnic background :
                  • White/Caucasian
                • Age:

                who he is:

                • Living situation :
                  • Live with pets
                • Has children :
                  • No
                • Wants children :
                  • Maybe
                • Relationship history :
                  • Single (never been married)
                • Education :
                  • Bachelors degree
                • profession/occupation :
                  • Nonprofit / Volunteer / Activist
                • Income :
                  • I’d prefer to share this information with my matches later.
                • Religious affiliation :
                  • Christian / Catholic
                • Political outlook :
                  • Liberal
                • Smokes :
                  • A few times a week
                • Drinks :
                  • A few times a week

                Now you might think it is very mean of me to write this, but you must realize that David Brock and Media Matters spend all day every day telling vicious lies and smearing people like journalists and authors who expose the corruption and thievery of their political allies.

                (Media Matters’ David Brock and ex-partner James Alefantis)

                I should have realize David Brock was having marital difficulties, as his long term partner, interior designer and restaurant owner James Alefantis, appeared a week or so back in GQ magazine’s list of Washington’s 50 most influential people — without husband David Brock:

                The 50 Most Powerful People in Washington*

                The last time we assessed power in D.C., hope and change were still in the air and a tea party was a game you played with your kids. In a town where everyone inflates their own importance, GQ offers our biennial list of the men and women whose decisions actually matter
                * People with the last names Obama and Biden not included.

                February 2012
                49. James Alefantis
                Restaurateur and Bon Vivant
                Liberal twentysomethings in khakis drink beer and eat pizza at Alefantis-owned Comet Ping Pong. More established progressives wine and dine next door at Alefantis-owned Buck’s Fishing & Camping. Alefantis is also the board president of Transformer, the contemporary art gallery that shamed the Smithsonian for removing an installation offensive to right-wingers. When it comes to D.C. radical chic, Alefantis is unsurpassed. If you don’t know him, you aren’t wearing your scarf right.

                Read More http://www.gq.com/news-politics/politics/201202/50-most-powerful-people-in-washington-dc#ixzz1kaEVv65O

                One of the funny things about Brock’s and Alefantis’s relationship, which I wrote about last year on my tea party blog, is how many of Brock’s Media Matters staffers and interns resemble James Alefantis:

                Here is regular Media Matters blogger Ben Dimerio:

                Ben Dimiero.png

                Besides being white, doesn’t Ben look like David Brock’s husband.  Or more precisely, a 20-something version?

                And here is Media Matters blogger Simon Maloy, whose task is to listen (note headphones) to Rush Limbaugh all day, in order to find out of context quotes:

                Simon Maloy.jpg

                He is apparently heterosexual (and even engaged to a woman who isn’t a WASP like everyone else allowed to write for  Media Matters).  But he could be Alefantis’ younger cousin too, no?

                And then there is Jamison Foser, whose personal blog shows a higher degree of political and economic literacy than most at Media Matters:

                Jamison Foser.jpg

                Again, a nice white boy who could be Alefantis’s cousin.  Mr. Foser lives in DC’s whitest condo development, McLean Gardens, on Langley Court, near the upper crust Sidwell Friends school.

                Click to view Virtual Earth Map

                As of today, the Alefantis-Brock manse at 2310 California Street NW in DC’s Kalorama neighborhood (where anyone who is not white is either an Ambassador or the help), is NOT on the market:

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                  I have to apologize for this title — it really shouldn’t be “white liberal (gay) guilt” but “white liberal (gay) pretentiousness, parochialism, stupidity, and ignorance.”  But that was too long, and I already had black cock in the title.

                  Let me begin with an anecdote:

                  When I worked at a university hospital, a lesbian hospital manager, Cate, was taking my work group on a little tour. The group consisted of me, the technical writer and de facto English as a second language teacher of the group, and a number of Taiwanese and Japanese-American radiologists and software engineers.  Cate jokingly asked the group “What’s white and 10 inches?” to which of course the punch line is “Nothing.”  It’s a phallus joke (amazing in a way that this was being told at an East Coast university since this was in the 90s and was probably already legally actionable workplace harassment by this (white) lesbian against a group of socially conservative, mainly immigrant, Asian men).  I never asked Cate, with whom I was on good terms, about her joke.  I am thinking however that Cate may have been a “pure” lesbian, who had had little or no experience of penises.  She had heard that white penises were smaller than black ones, and had somehow confused this with white penises being smaller than “penises of color” generally.  So to a group who probably didn’t have a dick over 5 or 6 inches among them, she had made this joke.

                  Like my friend Cate, I have to assume that MetroWeekly columnist Sean Bugg writes the things he does because of the limits of his experience and imagination. In a recent column, Bugg, a cute guy who claims to have once been libertarian-leaning but now writes only the most off-the-shelf “liberal” commentary, decries the near racism of people placing personal (i.e. sex) ads who specify the race of their desired paramour.  That’s not exactly precise.  Bugg decries white men who post ads saying they only want to have sex with whites, and sheds his liberal tears for the poor blacks and Asians and Latinos who must read these ads and feel shut out of the sexual opportunity our modern society offers.  He doesn’t actually demand that whites on sex sites give sexual submission to men of color, as some black men demanded in the 60s when they told anti-war women they could serve the movement “on their backs” (leading to the founding of the old radical feminist newspaper Off Our Backs [http://www.offourbacks.org/]).  Though it is the logical conclusion of “liberalism’s” statism and Procustean egalitarianism.

                  What’s even funnier is the hidden racism in Bugg’s worldview.  He thinks this is a hierarchy.  Desirable whites aren’t sharing themselves with the men of color.  Bugg reports he has an Asian husband and may feel he has a superior perspective to parochial white people like the Southerners he so often complains he grew up among and has now transcended.  (Note that Bugg in his story below feels personally implicated by another white gay guy’s rude behavior, as representing the collective of white Volk.)  But I wonder if this isn’t in a way like Edina in Absolutely Fabulous suddenly excited about becoming a grandmother when she learns it will be to a mixed race grandchild, “this year’s most must-have fashion accessory.”

                  Perhaps Bugg can be forgiven for not knowing what type of ads people are posting on line, since he is married.  There are some ads from white men ONLY looking for men of color, or for men of specific colors.  There are lots of ads from men who specify only certain type of white men (blonds, redheads, Jews, Italians, etc.).  There are a few ads from black men who only want to date other black men and a few from black men who are only looking for white men.  If anything whites seem to be the O- blood type of the dating world, the universal donors (with Latinos being a close second):  most gay blacks, most gay Latinos, and most gay Asians will date white men.  But unlike the heterosexual world, where black men marrying Asian women is not unknown, black gays rarely seem to want to date Asian gays, and vice versa (from what my eyes and my personal conversations with black gay friends tell me).

                  Which brings me to another personal anecdote:

                  I have a friend named Henry, who I mainly only see at gay Democratic events, or now, since I abjure Democratic events, the gay and lesbian film festival.  Henry is African American and is high in his field in one of those nominally private multinational corporations that sponsor Sunday morning political talk shows.  He is extensively educated at private universities and graduate schools just below the Ivy League, and owns homes near D.C. and on the Delaware beaches. There is no reason he cannot date most people he’d want to take out.  Some years ago Henry told me he was going to attempt to stop dating white men, because he was so very tired of apparently always having to hear at some point in a relationship, “give me that big black dick.”  (For a whole blog post by someone traumatized by encounters where someone wanted his BBD, see http://dlconfessionssequel.wordpress.com/.)

                  How often gay black men assume they are being sought just for the fabled black penis, when they aren’t I don’t know, just as I don’t know how many men who think they are being rejected for their race rather than themselves as an individual I don’t know either.  But what we can see is that the same types of people who like to use smears and shouts of racism as a cudgel in politics are also willing to damn others, in this case white gay men, both for dating mainly other whites or for trying to date blacks.  When your political or psychic position depends on guilt tripping others, something is wrong with you.

                  I think Mr. Bugg’s article is based on his own assumptions about the world.  He is on the precipice of calling it racism when people place sex ads and then provide a wish list of dos and don’ts.  I find it rather easy to imagine that what is going on specifically when white men place ads saying they only want to go over to the home of a stranger to have quasi-anonymous sex with another white man (or perhaps a white and/or Latino and/or Asian man), is that they are saying they are more comfortable, in this potentially awkward situation, with dealing with what they imagine to be a more known quantity.  I think that explains why we see men sometimes dating a broader range of ethnicities (and ages, classes etc) as they age (as Bugg sort of notes) — they are just more comfortable and familiar with a wider range of situations. (And very likely there is the same motivation when men of other races place an ad only for their “own kind.”)  (Parenthetical joke:  a white family tells their son it’s just easier if one marries one’s own kind, and after college he brings home a (black) male friend and tells his parents that is just what he has done.)

                  If anything modern “liberals” have themselves to blame for this.  Under our current “Cry racism!” culture if you are white and go to meet a person of color for a date, but then don’t want to stay the night (as it were), you run the cost of being accused of racism.  I am reminded of the time in my youth I went to the old Dupont Circle dance bar Badlands, and ended up dancing with a tall gorgeous blue eyed brunette, who came home with me.  I thought I had won the lottery.  Turned out gorgeous was both a borderline rapist and a whiny baby, because I did not want to engage in the specific sex acts he seemed fixated on.  In the bar and on the dance floor the din had prevented me from hearing him well.  Back at my place it turned out he had an accent, and as it happens, was from Mexico.  A very pale, blue eyed Mexican, less dark than my own black Irish/Scottish/Cherokee mix.  He was such a jackhole I insisted on his not staying the night (and ended up providing him a ride to his home 2 counties away).  This pale skinned, blue eyed, upper class boy whined at me that NO ONE ever let him stay over, and what was it, “discrimination because I am Mexican!”  I suggest that the sex ad posters Bugg is writing about are trying to avoid the same situation, where they do not want their decision that a cup of tea or a beer is as far as a date will go embroil them in defending themselves (even in their own mind) against the charge of being racist.

                  It might be good for people on the leftover side of the spectrum, when they aren’t busy rounding up poor black and brown kids to sell to the educrat cartels for campaign donations for Democrats, to think about how their easy resort to racial guilt tripping affects African Americans’ (and other minorities, including gays’) chances in getting a job interview or a job, when it is viewed as a mine field should one not hire a “protected class” or have to let them go when downsizing.

                  Foolish Thing Desire

                  For gay men, the intersection of sex and race brings out the worst in a small number of people, who then make headaches for everyone else

                  By Sean Bugg
                  Published on January 19, 2012 @MetroWeekly

                  A few years ago, before I began dating my husband, my then-boyfriend took me to a summer cookout with a local gay Asian group. It was a fun Sunday afternoon of volleyball, hotdogs andchả giò, meeting new people, and all the enjoyment you’re supposed to get out of a Sunday afternoon party.

                  While scarfing down some pasta salad and Korean barbecue, I overheard one of the few single white men in attendance, who’d been pretty openly cruising around the party, lecherously questioning a guy across the picnic table from me: ”So, what country are you from?”

                  Dude, you’re not doing white people any favors with that crap, I thought.

                  The intersection of sex and race is just another of those things that brings out the worst in a small number of people, who then go on to make headaches for everyone else. I’ve been pondering this again lately, in part because of sudden surge of interest in a 2010 Metro Weekly opinion columnby Daniel W.K. Lee on sexual racism in the gay community, as well as Alexander Chee’s essay last week for Out”No Asians!” both of which delve into the increasing sexual segregation of the gay community.

                  It’s of more than passing interest to me, given that my husband is Asian. (If you’re wondering ”What is he?,” he’s Vietnamese). So I tossed the subject out on Facebook and a couple of email groups to see what my multicultural circle of friends and acquaintances think about the issue.

                  The short and polite version: We seem to lack consensus.

                  On the one hand, people of color have a pretty strong case that dismissing entire classes of people solely for racial and ethnic backgrounds is, at its core, racist. (I would add that desiring people exclusively because of their race is just as problematic.) On the other, there’s an equally strong case that you can’t force people to experience sexual attraction, and it’s immoral to label as ”racism” a response over which people lack any conscious control.

                  Still, I’m more sympathetic to the former (although I pull back from declarations of racism, because I understand the latter). During my days of very enthusiastic dating and hookups — back in the earliest days of using the Internet to find sex partners — I never had the experience of scrolling through person after person declaring ”No whites!” But black and Asian guys? I can see exactly how they could walk away from that with a different take on the racial harmony of the gay community.

                  The embarrassing thing is, back then I was skipping past most of those guys who were black and Asian. My own history of sexual desire is a history of change – I grew up where it was actually pretty rare to see anything but white people, which I believe shaped much of my young gay life. It wasn’t until later that I understood that desire is fluid; what turns you on at 25 may not do it when you’re 40.

                  I’ve learned a lot from being in an interracial marriage, the main thing being that it doesn’t make me a special snowflake. I’m just a guy who’s lucky enough to have found a good relationship. And I’m thankful that my own youthful tunnel vision expanded to the point where I was open to it when I found it. We all turn away too much happiness because of our own unexamined expectations.

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                  Jim Crow Still Exists In America

                  The New Jim Crow

                  The New Jim Crow
                  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
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                  January 16, 2012

                  Under Jim Crow laws, black Americans were relegated to a subordinate status for decades. Things like literacy tests for voters and laws designed to prevent blacks from serving on juries were commonplace in nearly a dozen Southern states.
                  In her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, legal scholar Michelle Alexander writes that many of the gains of the civil rights movement have been undermined by the mass incarceration of black Americans in the war on drugs. She says that although Jim Crow laws are now off the books, millions of blacks arrested for minor crimes remain marginalized and disfranchised, trapped by a criminal justice system that has forever branded them as felons and denied them basic rights and opportunities that would allow them to become productive, law-abiding citizens.
                  “People are swept into the criminal justice system — particularly in poor communities of color — at very early ages … typically for fairly minor, nonviolent crimes,” she tells Fresh Air‘s Dave Davies. “[The young black males are] shuttled into prisons, branded as criminals and felons, and then when they’re released, they’re relegated to a permanent second-class status, stripped of the very rights supposedly won in the civil rights movement — like the right to vote, the right to serve on juries, the right to be free of legal discrimination and employment, and access to education and public benefits. Many of the old forms of discrimination that we supposedly left behind during the Jim Crow era are suddenly legal again, once you’ve been branded a felon.”
                  On Monday’s Fresh Air, Alexander details how President Reagan’s war on drugs led to a mass incarceration of black males and the difficulties these felons face after serving their prison sentences. She also details her own experiences working as the director of the Racial Justice Program at the American Civil Liberties Union.

                  Michelle Alexander is an associate law professor at The Ohio State University. She clerked for Justice Harry Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court and is a graduate of Stanford Law School.

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                  Michelle Alexander is an associate law professor at The Ohio State University. She clerked for Justice Harry Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court and is a graduate of Stanford Law School.

                  Interview Highlights

                  On the number of blacks in the criminal justice system
                  “Today there are more African-Americans under correctional control — in prison or jail, on probation or parole — than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began. There are millions of African-Americans now cycling in and out of prisons and jails or under correctional control. In major American cities today, more than half of working-age African-American men are either under correctional control or branded felons and are thus subject to legalized discrimination for the rest of their lives.”
                  On the war on drugs — and federal incentives given out through the war on drugs — as the primary causes of the prison explosion in the United States
                  “Federal funding has flowed to state and local law enforcement agencies who boost the sheer numbers of drug arrests. State and local law enforcement agencies have been rewarded in cash for the sheer numbers of people swept into the system for drug offenses, thus giving law enforcement agencies an incentive to go out and look for the so-called ‘low-hanging fruit’: stopping, frisking, searching as many people as possible, pulling over as many cars as possible, in order to boost their numbers up and ensure the funding stream will continue or increase.”
                  On President Reagan’s war on drugs
                  “He declared the drug war primarily for reasons of politics — racial politics. Numerous historians and political scientists have documented that the war on drugs was part of a grand Republican Party strategy known as the “Southern strategy” of using racially coded ‘get-tough’ appeals on issues of crime and welfare to appeal to poor and working-class whites, particularly in the South, who were resentful of, anxious about and threatened by many of the gains of African-Americans in the civil rights movement.”
                  On racial profiling
                  “I think it’s very easy to brush off the notion that the system operates much like a caste system, if in fact you are not trapped within it. I have spent years representing victims of racial profiling and police brutality and investigating patterns of drug law enforcement in poor communities of color, and attempting to help people who have been released from prison attempting to ‘re-enter’ into a society that never seemed to have much use to them in the first place. And in the course of that work, I had my own awakening about our criminal justice system and this system of mass incarceration. … My experience and research has led me to the regrettable conclusion that our system of mass incarceration functions more like a caste system than a system of crime prevention or control.”

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