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WaPo thinks interracial couples will breathe a sigh of relief with Kamala Harris as VP

Overnight, WaPo went out of its way to publish a puff piece on identity politics, suggesting interracial couples could breathe easy because a black woman with a white partner were soon to be confirmed at the highest levels of government.

Sorry? I am married to a woman from another race. Not for one fleeting millisecond do Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff symbolize anything remotely monumental for us. On the contrary. It is utterly irrelevant. As it should be.

Besides, I married my better half because of the content of her character, not the colour of her skin. One imagines Kamala Harris loves Mr Emhoff for his personality. As two-dimensional as Harris often appears, we sincerely doubt Emhoff’s ethnicity was a clincher. Maybe Emhoff loves Harris’ infectious laughter. Who knows? Who cares? It is a matter for them.

The article, penned by Sydney Trent, tried to paint the picture that Kamala Harris is a vital piece in the visual puzzle that will stamp out systemic racism and bigotry for good.

According to Pew Research, c.10% of all marriages today are mixed race/ethnicity up from around 3% in 1967. 17% of all new unions are interracial. So is Trent trying to tell us not to believe our lying eyes that the 5-fold ratio increase in mixed marriages over the last 5-decades is not evidence that contradicts the notion that so many still remain in abject fear of those intolerant few that cast scorn upon them?

Where are Trent’s in-depth statistics that document interracial couples being under constant attack by unhinged lunatics across the USA?

The FBI keeps such a comprehensive database on hate crimes. In its  2019 Hate Crimes report, there is no classification for interracial couple abuse.

The closest to it would be the 4,930 victims of race/ethnicity/ancestry bias in 2019 across 3,963 incidents. By deduction, only 967 groups (perhaps some are couples) have been ‘vilified’ for their racial background. That doesn’t automatically guarantee that they were all interracial couples. Let’s assume that they are for simplicity’s sake.

Among 330 million Americans, interracial couples have at worst a 0.000293% chance of being the victim of a hate crime targeting their race/ethnicity, suggesting that 99.9987% don’t.

Never mind, Trent had to push the identity politics agenda:

“On the last night of the Democratic National Convention, Aisha Cozad watched on television as Joe Biden and his vice-presidential choice Kamala D. Harris held their clasped hands triumphantly aloft. But her eyes were also on Doug Emhoff, Harris’s husband, who was standing off to one side clapping adoringly. It was clear who was in the spotlight and who was the cheerleader…Cozad was moved because Emhoff was a man so publicly supporting his powerful, ambitious wife. And she was moved because Emhoff is White and Harris is Black...”

“Given the current state of race relations, it’s a powerful thing to say that we don’t have to accept these roles as society would have us play them out,” said Cozad, a 46-year-old African American whose husband, Scott, 44, is White. “We don’t have to accept what society says it’s comfortable with. We can, in fact, determine our own path.

Should we be surprised that Emhoff is proud of his partner given the results? If Emhoff was black, would his applause been any more/less supportive? Hopefully Jill Biden is just as proud of her Joe as Emhoff is of Harris.

Maybe Trent might reflect on the fact that almost 1/5th of current American couples have already “determined their own path” without having to pander to identity politics. Maybe they just dig their other half no matter what race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual proclivity, orientation or gender they happen to be.

The only kneeling required by the Wallabies is in prayer (to survive)

When will the Wallabies wake up and realize that the last 18-24 months of woke political correctness has been a large part of the near collapse of the franchise?

From the handling of Israel Folau’s dismissal, players pushing climate change activism even though sponsored by companies with larger than average carbon footprints or the complete stuff up of broadcast rights, the Wallabies are virtual roadkill.

The franchise has lost its #1 sponsor in Qantas in recent days. So all told, for a business that has been looking to financially recover from a sizable out-of-court settlement, rebuild after a clean out of the board including the CEO on top of the release of the head coach who said he had no relationship with senior management, do the players believe that kneeling for a group that espouses Marxism, including the destruction of the nuclear family is the type of activism to bring advertisers and sponsors rushing to fill the void with equal wads of cash?

The franchise needs to show leadership, not displays of corporate Marxism. Management needs to take a firm stance and show future sponsors that the leadership team is in control of the largest money spinner, not the other way around.

Have the Wallabies not seen the fan drain in other sporting codes like the NBA which is now ditching on field protests in 2021 because the ratings have plummeted so dramatically?

Why do they want to kneel for BLM now? Why not in the first two Bledisloe games if they felt so triggered about it being such an issue? Does anyone believe that seeing yet another sporting code fold to this brainwashing will sway the overwhelming majority of fans already on board with racial equality?

This seems like any old attempt to get publicity. Will all players kneel? Or will some choose to stand? Will some players who don’t wish to take a knee end up complying for the sake of not being attacked by the cancel culture mob?

All the Wallabies need to do is focus on winning. That’s what makes the turnstiles tick over. We think re-signing Israel Folau – with a stricter contract around his social media postings – would do wonders for bringing the team back to life. 

When all is said and done the team is a business, like any other. Such displays of social justice tend not to resonate with paying customers who merely want to consume the product. It is a dangerous game to test their loyalty.

Perhaps the Wallabies should ask themselves when they intend to finish the virtue signaling? Or will they merely switch to the next social issue de jour to protest about?

#GetWokeGoBroke 

That has been the problem all along. It isn’t time to double down. It is time to reflect on getting on par with the glory days of rugby. 

Newsweek smears Amy Coney Barrett then retracts

Who knew?

Such is the level of derangement consuming the mainstream media that Newsweek decided to smear one of Trump’s SCOTUS candidates, Amy Coney Barrett (ACB), before being forced to retract its statements.

Initially Newsweek smeared the judge with the accusation of belonging to a Catholic sect, ‘People of Praise‘ that “inspired” the dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

The magazine suggested that female members are forced to report to spiritual superiors known as “handmaids” with the assertion that “men have authority over their wives.”

Newsweek wrote the following retraction:

Correction: This article’s headline originally stated that People of Praise inspired ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. The book’s author, Margaret Atwood, has never specifically mentioned the group as being the inspiration for her work…A New Yorker profile of the author from 2017 mentions a newspaper clipping as part of her research for the book of a different charismatic Catholic group, People of Hope. Newsweek regrets the error.

Instead of focusing on her comfortable bipartisan confirmation by the Senate based on solely on merit and credentials, it had to smear a candidate being put forward by Trump.

Knocking Knees

No sooner had Jonathan Isaac bravely stood while his teammates kneeled, he did his ACL and is now sidelined, potentially for good.

Such is the depth of the sympathetic left that ESPN’s “Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz” posted a Twitter poll asking fans whether they thought his potentially career ending injury was funny.

The plurality didn’t see the humour and surprise, surprise the post was deleted.

Bible burning in Portland

Yet more reason Trump should win by a landslide.

Portland BLM activists have resorted to burning bibles and the US flag. Will the Democrats condemn these spiteful acts or will Pelosi dismiss it as “they’ll do what they’ll do“?

Don’t these radicals understand how religious many minorities there are?

As we’ve said for months – keep up the good work. They’ll only polarize civilized Americans away from a party that doesn’t stand up to this behaviour. They might detest Trump but they’ll gladly withstand 4 more years of petulance for someone that stands up for their country rather than appease woke Marxist thugs.

We dare these dickheads to burn the Koran. As we all know they are cowards of the first order. It will never happen.

Assassinate Jesus?

Yet another perfect example why education should be free. It has no value.

Timothy Snediker, a teaching assistant and doctoral student in religious studies from UCSB said that if he had a time machine he would have gone back in time to assassinate Jesus.

Not to be outdone he followed up with, “murdering him before his baptism.

Blessed are the meek. We dare him to tweet that he’d use a time machine to murder the disciples of other religions.

What a surprise he deleted his Twitter account.

How many Democrat state governors would dare do this?

In 2020, how many Democrat run states could lay claim to have a governor dare do this? NY Gov Cuomo? Oregon Gov Brown? California Gov Newsom? Michigan Gov Whitmer?

Sure they might do a presser in front of Old Glory and the state flag but none would proudly puff their chest like South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and parade at an event to let the crowd know exactly where she stands on love of country.

#Patriotism

#LoveOfCountry

#NationalPride

Check out the lack of Hate Crime in NYC

Check out the latest hate crime statistics in NYC, a city of 8.3 million. See for yourself just how little systemic racism exists…here are the Jan-Jun 2020 totals vs the same period in 2019 according to the NYPD.

Anti-Asian 3 -> 2 (-33%)

Anti-Black 20 -> 16 (-20%)

Anti-Gender 7 -> 5 (-29%)

Anti-Hispanic 3 -> 0 (-100%)

Anti-Muslim 9 -> 2 (-78%)

Anti-Corona 0 -> 20

Anti-Semitic 123 -> 57 (-54%)

Anti- Sexual Orientation 24 -> 8 (-67%)

Anti-White 12 -> 4 (-67%)

Hardly what one would call something that is rife.

So a Jew is 3.5x more likely to be a victim as a black person and almost 30x someone of Islamic faith.

To put that in perspective based on population cohorts, blacks make up 24% of NYC and Jews around 13%, meaning Jews are likely to be c.7x more likely to be the target of hate crimes as blacks.

If we were to annualize the 2020 data for hate crimes against population cohorts, a black person has a 99.9992% chance not to encounter it. A Jew has a 99.995% chance of avoiding a hate crime. The Asian community has a 99.9998% likelihood of not running into racism.

That doesn’t seem to be the story depicted by the mainstream media or by Mayor de Blasio painting it on city streets to troll the president using tax payer funds.

Liberal artists cave to the cancel culture days after co-signing a letter condemning it

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Remember those brave maverick left-leaning artists who co-signed JK Rowling’s letter to decry the cancel culture we wrote about yesterday?

Several days later, several have withdrawn their support after surrendering to the threat of being cancelled themselves.

Author Jennifer Finney Boylan tweeted, “I did not know who else had signed that letter…I thought I was endorsing a well-meaning, if vague, message against internet shaming. I did know Chomsky, Steinem, and Atwood were in, and I thought, good company.

Historian Kerri Greenidge also tweeted, “I do not endorse this @Harpers letter. I am in contact with Harpers about a retraction.

So let us get this right. The very people who co-signed a letter highlighting the anxiety of cancel culture over the anxiety that they might be cancelled for being anxious about cancel culture due to guilt-by-association just proved the point way better than JK Rowling’s letter ever could.

So much for free speech. Cancel culture is alive and well.

#BlackSkinMatters. J&J caves to the cancel culture mob

Now J&J is dumping hand whitening cream after social pressure surrounding racial inequality.

Perhaps sunscreen and tanning lotions should be banned by the company too? After all, those who want a darker complexion must be just as guilty of dermatological appropriation.

Or is J&J’s move really just a cynical attempt by the legal and PR departments to appear as a good corporate citizen amidst a criminal probe into whether the pharma giant lied to the public about the possible cancer risks of its talcum powder?

Also, did J&J ever think of the demand from similar products for coloured women?

Urban Rx deliberately targeted this space because of an absence of products tailored to their needs. Perhaps J&J should self-flagellate for not catering this area and apologize for racially insensitive product developers. Publicly sack them to appease the mob. Black Skin Matters.

Forbes says sales for UrbanRx are booming.

Urban Rx Founder Rachel Roff opened a spa in Charlotte, North Carolina 12 years ago and found that although 50% of the women in the south are African-American, Roff could not find products that provided adequate skin care for women with darker skin. Over time she developed a skincare technology she calls Cleartone Advanced Technology…Although she still operates the spa, that business is dwarfed by the skincare business, which continues to grow very rapidly.

See a need. Fill a need. We hope Roff continues to do well. After all, if coloured women care about removing blemishes surely they have exactly the same requirements as women of other skin tones. It isn’t racist. It is a choice.

Skin whitening products are extremely popular in Asian and Middle Eastern markets. Perhaps J&J should launch a targeted ad campaign shaming c.70% of the world’s female population for their dermatological privilege.

According to Grandview Research , the global skin lightening products market size was valued at US$ 8.3 billion in 2018 and a CAGR of 7.8%pa.

Didn’t J&J’s PR department study what happened to P&G when it targeted ‘toxic masculinity’ via the Gillette brand which wiped $8 billion in value?

From our perspective, J&J products are off our list. We never ask anyone to boycott companies but we are sick of being lectured to by sanctimonious businesses who want to morally preen.

These brands are totally within their rights to make commercial decisions about product lines.

However they don’t have an obligation to tell customers that their personal preferences with respect to hygiene, skincare or anything else are not in step with the times, especially in cultures that hold different views about beauty which are often centuries old.

Japanese skin whitening giants Shiseido and KOSÉ will be loving such corporate harakiri by J&J. J&J shareholders won’t.

Get woke, go broke.