The BET Fallacy is my name for the false idea that blacks in America are somehow in control of their image – on television, in Hollywood, in the news, in the history books and all the rest.
Whites, with a straight face, will quote Chris Rock or point to a music video by some rapper to prove something about black people. Even Mark Twain thought minstrel shows, the BET of his day, were true-to-life.
The fallacy achieves its clearest, most laughable form when BET (a “black” television channel in America) is used to prove something about black people. As if black people owned BET, as if BET were a 24-hour-a-day National Geographic documentary on Black America.
Meet the owners:
A white man, Sumner Redstone, owns most of BET:
As of 2011 six companies produce 90% of what Americans read, watch and listen to:
- CBS Corporation
- News Corp
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Muslim groups in India are threatening to target the Jaipur Literature Festival later this week unless it withdraws invitations to writers who supported Sir Salman Rushdie at last year’s event.
Sir Salman was forced to withdraw from the festival last year after police said they had received intelligence reports of a plot by Islamic fundamentalists to assassinate him for ‘heresies’ in his controversial novel ‘The Satanic Verses’.
The author, who is expected to visit India this week for the film premier of his Booker-winning novel ‘Midnight’s Children’, later accused the Indian government of cowardice in giving in to extremist threats but also claimed Congress leaders had circulated a false threat to maximize the party’s Muslim vote during last year’s Uttar Pradesh state elections.
Muslim clerics have now warned of new protests if invitations to four authors – Hari Kunzru, Ruchir Joshi, Amitava Kumar and Jeet Thayil – who read from ‘The Satanic Verses’ in support of Sir Salman at last year’s festival are not withdrawn.
Sir Salman had been due to join leading authors Annie Proulx, Ben Okri, and David Hare at the festival, but a campaign against his appearance built after the leading Islamic seminary, the Daul Uloom in Deoband, issued a fatwa demanding the government to ban him. ‘The Satanic Verses’ provoked outrage throughout the Islamic world following its publication in 1988 over its narrator’s claim that disputed verses on the Koran had been revealed by the Archangel Gabriel.
The author was forced to go into hiding after Ayatollah Khomeini called for him to be killed.
Festival organizer Sanjoy Roy said the threat had come from fringe groups seeking publicity and would be ignored. “If they want to protest, they should, and we’ll continue with what we want to do,” he said.
Italy:Muslim Pakistani Asylum Seeker Attacks Italian Girlfriend Because She Takes Name of Allah in Vain
It happened in Ragusa, in Sicily, a city classified as part of global heritage by UNESCO thanks to its baroque architecture, and which distinguished itself especially in history by chasing out the Arab occupiers in 1090, with the aid, according to legend, of Saint George descended from the sky.
On Wednesday night, a woman, described by local journalists as “a 32-year-old Ragusan” received a visit in her home from her “fiancé”, Amran Jhah Syed Ali, a 23-year-old unemployed Pakistani asylum seeker. The Paki had arrived with a friend from Chad to watch a film on the television. They took advantage of the opportunity to empty a bottle of vodka between them.
This touching scene of multi-ethnic fraternisation was brutally interrupted when the Italian woman pronounced the name of Allah in vain. Her “fiancé” then attacked her after having broken the vodka bottle in fury. The Chadean, who tried to calm him down, was injured in the hand.
The woman took refuge in her bedroom, where she locked herself in and called the carabinieri for help, at around 1 am, while the fiancé tried to break the door down.
When they arrived, the carabinieri noted that the two immigrants were in a state of intoxication and that the furniture in the flat had been devastated. The Paki had also injured himself in the hand, either when breaking the bottle or punching the door. An ambulance took him to the emergency ward with the Chadean. The Italian woman, still in shock, went to stay with a friend.
But the night continued to be agitated for everyone. Once his had been treated, the Paki then started looking for his fiancée. He went to the house of the friend where his shouting forced the carabinieri to intervene again, at 3 am. “A patrol brought the individual, visibly agitated and still under the effects of alcohol, to the asylum seeker community centre”.
“But this second intervention still was not enough to bring the foreigner to his sense,” who went to the friend’s house again and smashed in the front door with a large rock. Two cars of carabinieri came to the rescue. The Paki was finally arrested, not without difficulty, and he was placed in handcuffs, after which he attacked one of the officers and fought to the ground with him. He was placed in provision detention in Ragusa prison.
Amran Jhah Syed Ali was charged with resistance and violence to an agent of public order, assault and wounding, aggravated threats, damage to property.
Among the local newspapers, the Gazetta Iblea had the headline : “Paki handcuffed in the name of Allah”. The Corriere di Ragusa is more descriptive : “He attacked his fiancée who pronounces the name of Allah in vain”. Insula Report (screenshot above) is more balanced and without doubt more exact: “Rage in the name of Allah and vodka”
Advertisements for a Muslim event celebrating U.S. President Barak Obama’s Inauguration show a minaret superimposed over the White House. A Facebook flierfor the event features the same minaret over the American flag.
The Muslim American Inaugural Benefit Gala is sponsored, among others, by CAIR (the Council on American Islamic Relations) and ISNA (Islamic Society of North America). CAIR and ISNA were both unindicted co-conspirators in the largestterror-funding trial in America.
The promotional material gala says the following about the purpose of the event: “The Muslim American community has been consistently increasing its civic participation in recent years as demonstrated by increased voter turnout and the election of numerous Muslim federal, state and local office holders.”
Considering that a number of the event’s sponsors are Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups, the purpose fits with the Muslim Brotherhood’s stated strategy of working to gradually transform Western democracies to conform with sharia (Islamic law).
The drawing, created by black artist Kara Walker, shows the horrors many blacks faced after the Civil War and during reconstruction and includes a depiction of a slave performing oral Coitus. It also depicts hooded Ku Klux Klan members standing around a burning cross.