Friday, August 28, 2015


Right-wingers want to ban the rainbow flag, and are scapegoating calls for racial justice, all because Vester Lee Flanagan, a mentally ill black gay man, murdered two white people this week. But it's clear that Flanagan was not in his right mind, and had a habit of perceiving insults that weren't there, as the New York Post reports:
The words are a part of everyday conversation -- “swinging” by an address and going out in the “field.”

But in the twisted mind of Virginia gunman Vester Lee Flanagan II, they were pure racism -- and saying them became a death sentence for Alison Parker.

The 24-year-old white reporter, who was murdered on live TV along with her cameraman, used the phrases as an intern at ­WDBJ TV in Roanoke in 2012, according to an internal complaint filed by Flanagan, who was black.

“One was something about ‘swinging’ by some place; the other was out in the ‘field,’ ” said the Jan. 21 report by assistant news director Greg Baldwin, which refers to Parker as Alison Bailey (her middle name)....

Trevor Fair, a 33-year-old cameraman at WDBJ for six years, said that the words Parker used are commonplace but that they would routinely set Flanagan off.

“We would say stuff like, ‘The reporter’s out in the field.’ And he would look at us and say, ‘What are you saying, cotton fields? That’s racist,’ ” Fair recounted.

“We’d be like, ‘What?’ We all know what that means, but he took it as cotton fields, and therefore we’re all racists.”
So, according to the right, I guess we have to ban all calls for social justice -- just as, I suppose, we should have banned all calls for social transformation or racial justice, or simply banned all Beatle records, after the Charles Manson murders:

So if Manson misinterpreted a double album's worth of songs -- though he more or less correctly interpreted "Piggies," which was about greed -- and the result was murder, then I guess we should have banned the whole Beatle canon. Right?


Victor said...

The Beatles had a cannon?!?!?!?!
Who knew?!?!@?!?!?!?!

Every time I think our Reich-Winger have finally arrived at their "TEH STOOOOOOOOOOPIDTOWN" destination, I quickly discover that it's only another transfer point to even more "TEH STOOOOOOOOOOOOPID!!!'"

Feud Turgidson said...

In 2011, ritish fanasty/scifi/steampunk fiction writer (and LSE Marxist economics lecturer - also socialist) China Mieville published his scifi novel Embassytown, with it's plot fueled on the idea of the culture of an alien sentient life-form being apparently unable to grasp metaphors and being critically dependent on similes. He assumed his audience was either familiar with the distinction or at least knew one existed.

The dimwitted R base would fight for the notion that metaphors aren't tools but a form of reality. This isn't new: see Rick Perlstein's Before The Fall, or his Nixonland. The fuckwittery existed before I was born and will exist after I'm dead.

Glennis said...

So a gay man commits a crime and they indict all gay culture for it? With that logic, why aren't they banning white males?

Yastreblyansky said...

@Aunt Snow--They think it's already happened! To those guys, taking down the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse was precisely an attack on all white males. They've been calling for getting rid of the rainbow flag (trigger warning, it's pretty offensive) since June.