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Fatimah Ali and Her Own Little Race War

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Dear Miss Fatimah- You seem like a nice enough gal and all, but I'm somewhat less than entirely impressed with your recent silly talk about a "race war." The money quote of your 9-2-2008 Philadelphia Daily News column states "If McCain wins, look for a full-fledged race and class war.." Riiight.

The wicked Matt Drudge naturally picked up on this cheesy little comfortable middle-class fantasy of an uprising against The Man. I hope you sent the guy a fruit basket or something, especially after he has now featured your even sillier response column claiming that we've got us a race war going RIGHT NOW!!! He's made you sort of famous, at least for a few minutes.

But I got to say, in the strongest language I can legally use as a white male oppressor, Black person, puh-lease! This is a lot of foolishness.

We're certainly in a rough patch economically this year. Note that a good part of this comes from the subprime mortgage business, pushed on banks by politicians to get a lot of people of so-so means (especially minorities) into homes that they just can't afford. So there's some folks who are having to give up their overpriced homes and go back to renting, which is unfortunate.

Still, it's mostly not absolutely ruinous – unless you've invested your life savings into Fannie Mae or Lehman. But seems like that's mostly fat cats and such really getting boned there. It doesn't seem like this would really be that much of a big hit against the poor oppressed black folk living in the ghetto. The poor we will always have with us, as Jesus (the community organizing precursor to Obama) said. But in truth, even in the current rough economy even our poor folk are overall better off than they've ever been.

Anyway, you wrote this 9-2 column saying that we're looking at a "race war" if we don't elect the black guy president. Then you come back clucking your tongue and shaking your head in despair when you got some crappy emails – but wouldn't you have been much more disappointed if you had NOT gotten such a response? You come in talking a lot of black foolishness, as Ossie Davis would say as Da Mayor. Then you get a couple of hundred pieces of dumb hate mail – from among MILLIONS of Drudge readers and others – and cite that as evidence that basically the Klan is alive and well.

So, the race war is ON NOW! "We don't have to wait until after the election for a race war. We're in one now." Thanks for the heads up. Still, these columns and especially that "now" quote seem to me not so much persuasive evidence of racial strife as of your own spoiled bourgeois status that you would think this way – or that you could afford to.

I understand why there are still deep culturally embedded suspicions and hot points on race. It's only been in about the last 50 years or so that white America as a whole has really collectively tried to get on the side of the angels. In historical terms, that's the blinking of an eye.

Still, the situation has improved markedly enough that a black gal such as yourself can publicly indulge in fantasies of racial strife like this to grab some attention for your little newspaper column. If there really were anything like the level of racial strife that you fantasize about, you would not dare speak in such needlessly provocative terms – certainly not for the minor purpose of promoting traffic for your column.

For my part, I'm just happy that the situation in America has improved enough, even just in my lifetime, that someone like you can afford to indulge in such silliness with little to fear beyond getting a cussin' in your inbox. Heck, I get that every day – and that's just from my family. Do please understand though, that calling a handful of (carefully baited) hateful emails proof that we're in the middle of a "race war" is defining the term WAY down.

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  • http://www.roblogpolitics.blogspot.com RJ Elliott

    Great article, Al. I wonder if this Fatimah Ali and our old friend M*c D*va are one and the same? :-/

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    Out of curiosity, who the hell is Fatimah Ali and why should anyone take her seriously?

    I went and read her article. Talk about living in a fantasy land. Her vision of an America driven down into poverty is no more real than her imaginary conception of Republicans as nothing but a wealthy elite who don’t understand the plight of the common man.

    Just more hatemongering to stir up the shrinking portion of the voting base who still fall for this sort of garbage.

    Dave

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    Brother RJ- Miss Fatimah here is pretty silly with the portents of doom and such, but she doesn’t begin to have the hatefulness of our infamous Mac Diva. Ali is talking a little smack to get some readership maybe, but she largely lacks obvious malice – least as I get from these columns.

  • http://theugliestamerican.blogspot.com Andy Marsh

    eh, we’ll all be racists come November anyway…

  • DOUGLAS FIELD

    SENATOR OBAMA,THIS JUDICIAL INJUSTICE HAS BECOME AN AMERICAN ART FORM,AND NO LONGER CAN BE KEPT HIDDEN OR SECRET FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE !!!

    WHEN AMERICANS WERE TOLD THE TRUTH BY THIS HONEST BLACK LEADER,WHO WENT ON TO BECOME A US PRESIDENT ???

    LETS ALL HOPE OUR MEDIA FRIENDS CONTINUE TO SHOW AN INTEREST IN REPORTING ON THIS AMERICAN HORROR FACING THESE (TENS OF THOUSANDS) FORGOTTEN AND TRAPPED POORER AMERICANS, AND HOW THIS PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDER HANDLES THIS VERY SERIOUS ISSUE FACING AMERICA?S LATINO AND BLACK AMERICAN COMMUNITIES ????

    WITH 80% OF THE BLACK AMERICAN VOTERS SAYING THEY SUPPORT SENATOR OBAMA IN THIS PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, IT IS ONLY FAIR FOR EVERYONE TO KNOW PRIOR BEING ELECTED OUR NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HOW THIS DEMOCRATIC SENATOR TRULY FEELS ABOUT THIS AMERICAN JUDICIAL INJUSTICE CONTINUING TO INFLICT GRAVE HARM ON THE BLACK & LATINO AMERICAN FAMILIES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES NATIONWIDE ??????

    *** WHEN GOD?S FACE BECAME VERY RED ***
    THE US SUPREME COURT GAVE ENEMY COMBATANTS FEDERAL APPEAL HC RIGHTS LAWYERS AND PROPER ACCESS TO US FEDERAL COURTS,AND POORER AMERICANS (MANY EVEN ON DEATH ROW) ARE DENIED PROPER FEDERAL APPEAL LEGAL REPRESENTATION TO OUR US FEDERAL COURTS OF APPEAL, AND ROTTING IN AMERICAN PRISONS NATIONWIDE ?????????

    **** INNOCENT AMERICANS ARE DENIED REAL HC RIGHTS WITH THEIR FEDERAL APPEALS !
    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE $LOWLY FINDING OUT HOW EA$Y IT I$ FOR MIDDLE CLA$$ AND WORKING POOR AMERICAN$ TO FALL VICTIM TO OUR U$ MONETARY JUDICIAL $Y$TEM.

    ****WHEN THE US INNOCENT WERE ABANDONED BY THE GUILTY ****
    The prison experts have reported that there are 100,000 innocent Americans currently being falsely imprisoned along with the 2,300,000 total US prison population nationwide.
    Since our US Congress has never afforded poor prison inmates federal appeal legal counsel for their federal retrials,they have effectively closed the doors on these tens of thousands of innocent citizens ever being capable of possibly exonerating themselves to regain their freedom through being granted new retrials.

    This same exact unjust situation was happening in our Southern States when poor and mostly uneducated Black Americans were being falsely imprisoned for endless decades without the needed educational skills to properly submit their own written federal trial appeals.

    This devious and deceptive judicial process of making our poor and innocent prison inmates formulate and write their own federal appeal legal cases for possible retrials on their state criminal cases,is still in effect today even though everyone in our US judicial system knows that without proper legal representation, these tens of thousands of innocent prison inmates will be denied their rightful opportunities of ever being granted new trials from our federal appeal judges!!

    Sadly, the true US *legal* Federal Appeal situation that occurs when any of our uneducated American prison inmates are forced to attempt to submit their own written Federal Appeals (from our prisons nationwide) without the assistance of proper legal counsel, is that they all are in reality being denied their legitimate rights for Habeas Corpus and will win any future Supreme Court Case concerning this injustice!

    For our judicial system and our US Congressional Leaders Of The Free World to continue to pretend that this is a real and fair opportunity for our American Middle Class and Working Poor Citizens, only delays the very needed future change of Federal Financing of all these Federal appeals becoming a normal formula of Our American judicial system.

    It was not so very long ago that Public Defenders became a Reality in this country.Prior that legal reality taking place, their were also some who thought giving anyone charged with a crime a free lawyer was a waste of taxpayers $$.

    This FACADE and HORROR of our Federal Appeal proce$$ is not worthy of the Greatest Country In The World!

    ***GREAT SOCIETIES THAT DO NOT PROTECT EVEN THEIR INNOCENT, BECOME THE GUILTY!

    A MUST READ ABOUT AMERICAN INJUSTICE:
    1) YAHOO AND 2) GOOGLE
    MANNY GONZALES THE KID THAT EVERYONE FORGOT IN THE CA PRISON SYSTEM. ** A JUDICIAL RIDE OF ONES LIFE !

    lawyersforpooramericans

  • Condor

    Resources please…. you’re throwing a lot of stats out and it all means nothing without valid resources.

  • Zedd

    Al,

    Your article is simply a bore of organized letters on “paper”.

    What is your point? Did you read her article? Your mind seems really tiny. Re-evaluate please.

    She actually had to clarify the meaning of her article just to accommodate the dumb among us. I don’t necessary agree with her assesment. I think that Obama is good for us for a litany of other reasons while I do agree that he “gets it” more than McCain. BUT you playing up the title is simply dumb. You are doing exactly what you are accusing her of doing. You read MUCH too much out of her comments. You have taken your frustration about race matters and piled them on all over this women’s piece. Get ahold of yourself. You are telling more about yourself than you know. From reading this I cant imagine that you do much reading or have the capacity to appreciate metaphors, and verbal play, especially when discussing historical or political matters. It’s funny that many Whites think that they can be sloppy and dumb when they discuss things that pertain to Black people. Many think they can just say things off the cuff that are abysmally stupid simply because of their Whiteness and I’m assuming a inborn superiority. (Flush). Many don’t think that it is just as much a sign of intellectual inferiority to get it wrong when discussing issues that pertain to Blacks as it is to make dumb statements about any other topic. to . Your article is weak, sloppy and badly thought out. It has no relation to anything that is or has taken place in the history of the universe. Although you are not embarrassed (for the reasons that I stated above) you should be. I am for you.

    The fact that you have responded in this manner says that YES there is a race “war”. You are obviously touchy about the race issue and will go to ridiculous lengths to quell and dismiss any commentary on it. It bothers you. You wish it would go away. You don’t want to face it or hear about it like multitudes of others. Ergo, there is a problem; a division among people. Saying to an abused woman with a fiery red hand imprint across her face “at least he is not pistol whipping you any longer”. Is ridiculous. By saying that Ms. Ali gets to write an article suggests that she should be grateful because she is being ALLOWED to do what she WORKED her entire life to do.

    Well Al, you should be content that you get to write this article. Have no other aspirations. Make no more requests or critiques of the government. We should get no more rants from you about whatever you consider to be a social maladjustment. You are being allowed to write this article and you should be grateful. Shush. Article writing should be enough for you. Be happy.

    I hope that suddenly you get just how ridiculous, unaware and nervy your commentary is. (But you wont admit it)

  • Cindy D

    “If McCain wins, look for a full-fledged race and class war..”

    How disappointing. I was hoping there would be some sort of link where I could sign up.

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    Re: lack of signup link for the race war

    Sorry, I should have included one. HERE YOU GO

  • cuervodeluna

    Maybe when the black and white race war is over, we Native Americans can take back OUR land–what’s left of it.

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    Cuervodeluna- About the Injuns taking back the country: Good luck with that, but White Man have heap powerful magic sticks that shoot fire.

  • cuervodeluna

    Al,

    I guess you missed my point.

    I expect whites and blacks to fight to the bitter end–which, the last time I checked, meant death.

    And ust so that things are a bit more even, we natives can always throw a bit of our own firepower into the mix for good measure–as well as the brown folks down here in the lower latitudes.

    After all, race war sounds like a free-for-all. And hemispherically speaking, you guys are outnumbered.

    I would think about that before I start shooting, if I were you.

  • Cindy D

    But in truth, even in the current rough economy even our poor folk are overall better off than they’ve ever been.

    Al,

    Please defend this “truth”.

  • Zedd

    Al,

    #11 was disgraceful. Why would you bother to post such a comment?

    People often deride villains like Hitler, Saddam, etc. but the truth is that the only reason that they themselves have not committed the same atrocities is because they don’t have the means to. You are a mean and tiny man. Let’s all breath a sigh of relief that you will never be a person of power and influence.

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    Zedd- You should make a little video for YouTube doing your Enid Strict superior dance.

  • Clavos

    Props to you, Brother Barger – on both counts:

    #11 If ever anyone deserved a pointed comment, it’s moon.

    And you nailed Zedd; her content and syntax are pure Church Lady – always.

    Well said.

  • Zedd

    Clavos,

    You always make statements like “well said”, “quoted for truth” as if you are the online “rubber stamper”. It wouldn’t be so bad if you weren’t rubber stamping the idiots among us. Is this you idea of charity? You know you don’t have to do this.

    Oh and I am much too cute, witty, and engaging to be compared to The Church Lady. Seems you are wrong again.

  • Clavos

    Well said, Zedd.

  • cuervodeluna

    Well, this thread has done a good job of pointing out that racism is both alive and moving forward in Gringolandia.

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    Zedd- I’d judge you a bit short of “witty,” but maybe cute would make up for it. How about some pictures so we might judge for ourselves?

    And what kind of name is “Zedd” for a cute girl? I would be expecting a dude – more particularly the gay rapist security guard from Pulp Fiction.

  • Cannonshop

    Al, that’s creepy, man. Seriously. Asking Zedd for a picture? (Hell, asking ANYONE for a pic) seems a little bit edging the line to bad taste. Zedd affirms she’s a cutie, she might well be a cutie, (at least, she may well believe she’s a cutie) but that’s not a classy thing to be challenging her on.

    As for the name… Zedd, would I be incorrect in assuming that it’s based on the english/british pronunciation of the letter “Z” as heard on Canadian advertisments?

    People on forums and blog-sites get too wrapped up in their “Sides” sometimes, and forget they’re dealing with PEOPLE. geez!

  • cuervodeluna

    Cannon: It doesn’t hurt to remember that plenty of folks on this internet blog sites are not here to discuss issues.

    They have other, more physical motives.

  • Cannonshop

    Yeah, but considering Zedd’s positions and Al’s positions? I mean, sure, Carrville and Matalin managed it, but generally those kind of liasons work best face-to-face.

  • Zedd

    Eeeewwww!!!!

  • Cannonshop

    Exactly.

  • Zedd

    Clav,

    Alright, you were funny this time.

  • cuervodeluna

    I object strongly to the use in headlines of Prez instead of President in reference to Evo Morales.

    The racist Miami Herald is not using the term for other presidents.

    I suppose they believe he should be living on The Rez?

    Clean up your act.

  • cuervodeluna

    That should have had quote marks around it as an example of racism that leads to race wars like the one in Bolvia.

  • Cindy D

    Well, I don’t think I’ll have to join the class war after all Al. Looks like McCain won’t be celebrating.

  • cuervodeluna

    It ain’t over till it’s over–wise words from that great gringo hero, Yogi Berra.

    Regardless of who wins, however, it looks pretty doggone close to being over for Gringolandia.

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    cuervoldeluna- You got some wishful thinking in that “being over for Gringolandia” stuff. The market is ultimately off 34 points for the week. I don’t think we’re quite ruined yet.

    Cannonshop, I wasn’t particularly challenging Zedd. I just dig looking at cute chicks.

  • Cannonshop

    Ah… well, I think she won’t let you look at her, Al, and if you managed to steal a peek, she’ll probably rip your eyes out with her fingers (judging by her tone when addressing those on the opposite side of her beliefs).

    or file suit or something. Doctrinaire libs tend toward such reactions, cute or not.

  • http://meetdavidblack.blogspot.com David Black

    Al:

    I could have written a more succinct response to Ali’s attempt at incendiary editorializing.

    Ali serves another wounding blow to the dying institution of the major metro daily. Editors routinely counter dwindling readerships by appointing op-ed attack dogs to write the most overwrought nonsense that will provoke a response.

    Like yours.

    Philly was once a great city but because of rampant crime, urban blight, and suburban flight, it’s rapidly becoming as insignificant as its newpapers.

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    Well Cannonshop, the danger is part of the allure.

    Monsieur Black- I find “overwrought” defined as extremely excited or agitated. I am not and was not agitated or excited. I don’t see how you could really get that out of this. In what way was I “overwrought” you reckon?

  • Cannonshop

    Well, Al, it’s your eyes, and your wallet, but don’t say you weren’t warned of the risks.

  • http://meetdavidblack.blogspot.com David Black

    Al:

    I am sure you aren’t the editor-appointed attack dog assigned to write “overwrought nonsense” for the op-ed page of a dying major metro daily, are you?

    “Like yours” refers to the fact that you (as well as Matt Drudge) fell for Ali’s bait and dignified her column with a response. For another day or two, the paper that signs her check will not be ignored. The reality is that the local readership who plunks down the 75 cents at the news stand is likely the least incensed over Ali’s column. It’s provided fodder for talk radio and the 24/7 cable news nets.

    And blogs like this one.

    I’m surprised that more of you couldn’t see through this race baiting sham.

    This is like “comedian” Sandra Bernhard appearing on stage in D.C. and saying that Sarah Palin would be gang raped in NYC by black men if she walked down the street alone.

    And who reported this? Drudge.

    See my point? The cycle never ends.

  • http://www.morethings.com/log Al Barger

    Well Brother Black, I wouldn’t particularly say that I’ve taken bait. I responded to her, but more as a point of gentle humor. I’m not taking her that serious, and she certainly has not gotten my goat. It’s just a little dissection of some of the ongoing silliness of the culture. I can appreciate a writer looking for attention, and it’s cool with me if she gets a little.

    Sandra Bernhard’s a little different here, as she’s already legitimately a well known public figure. Plus, her nonsense was far more malicious. I have found her amusing on occassion, but she needs smacked upside the head for this wickedness – or perhaps just a good gang rapin’ by some NYC bangers.

    In short, the Ali articles struck me as basically silly and harmless, where the Bernhard stuff was just malicious and evil.

  • cuervodeluna

    Al:

    No skin off me if gringolandia is flushed.

    I don’t live there.

    But by denying reality you are tripling or maybe even quadrupling your chances of floating in the sewer sooner rather than later.

    A word to the wise–if one is reading this thread.

  • http://meetdavidblack.blogspot.com David Black

    If there’s a sewer, cuervo, it already exists south of the American border.

    I should know, I had the unfortunate experience of having to visit that dung heap years ago.

  • http://templestark.com/tas Temple Stark

    God begged for it ….

    Zedd’s not dead baby.Zedd’s not dead … In fact, the mind seems most alive among the, well ….

  • Mike

    i guess you’ve learned people just weren’t stupid enough to vote for anyone else. but i can tell a gay “white male oppressor” wrote this.

  • http://www.morethings.com/wordpress Al Barger

    OK Mike, I’ll bite: How can you tell that this was written by a gay “white male oppressor”?