California woman loses job over racist anti-Obama Facebook post

 

 

 

Turlock – A California woman has been fired from her job and has attracted the attention of the Secret Service after posting a racist Facebook status wishing for President Barack Obama’s assassination.

Fox 40 reports that 22-year-old Denise Helms of Turlock, 100 miles (161 km) east of San Jose, was so incensed after President Obama’s Tuesday night reelection victory that she took to Facebook and posted this status:

“Another 4 years of the nigger… maybe he will get assassinated this term!”

Helms told Fox 40 she “didn’t think it would be that big of a deal.”

Apparently the Secret Service– and her employer– did think it was a big deal. Not only was Helms fired from her job at a Cold Stone Creamery ice cream store, the Secret Service says it is investigating the Facebook post. While Helms probably won’t face any legal action for her racist comment, she technically could be charged with a felony if the Secret Service deems her to be a credible threat to the president’s safety.

When asked if she would be bothered if President Obama was assassinated, Helms told Fox 40 that “it’s not something I would dwell on.”

“It’s not something I would be upset about,” she said, while insisting that she is not a racist.

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Rodeo Clown Makes Racist Joke About Michelle Obama

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A rodeo clown managed to roll racism and sexism into one crude joke about the First Lady at a rodeo in California this weekend. Mike Hayhurst suggested that Playboy offered Mitt Romney’s wife Ann $250,000 to pose nude for the magazine, but that Michelle Obama received just $50 from National Geographic to do the same.

Board members of the rodeo are distancing themselves from the remark, claiming that Hayhurst was not speaking for the institution. They have yet to fire him:

Speaking on behalf of the rodeo’s nine-member board,[Creston Classic Rodeo board member Mike Barrett] said that the board is not responsible for the joke and will ask Hayhurst for a letter addressing the issue and a public apology. The board will discuss at its next meeting if it will fire Hayhurst, and will review scripts for future performances by any clown.[…]

[The] joke as told by the announcer, went something like this: Playboy is offering Ann Romney $250,000 to pose in the magazine and the White House is upset about it because National Geographic only offered Michelle Obama $50 to pose for them. “I can’t speak for the board, but I myself think that this is unacceptable behavior or conduct by the announcer,” said Mike Barrett.

President Obama and the First Lady have long been the butt of bigoted jokes and outright racist insults. Just a few weeks ago, Michelle Obama was depicted as a disrobed slave by a Spanish magazine.

Texas A&M Conservatives Promote Their Club With Racist Ad

in America, conservatism is code for white supremacy

At Texas A&M University, student organizations may submit ads to run as computer screensavers in campus libraries. On June 14, a staffer at the Evans Library noticed this ad from the Texas Aggie Conservatives running on the library’s computers. Finding it distasteful and out of step with the values of the university, she reported it to the Dean of Libraries and the Vice President for Diversity.

After its exposure in mid-June, Vice President of Information Technology Pierce Cantrell announced he would shut down the student organization PSA service immediately because appropriate guidelines were not being enforced. On July 5th, a full three weeks later, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Sarah Bednarz was informed that the ad had not yet been taken down and that Cantrell planned to take it down in mid-July. “This seems to me too little and too late,” Bednarz wrote in an e-mail. “All summer thousands of current students, new students, and their parents have seen this PSA which is not consistent with Aggie values. Can it not come off ASAP? I had assumed that would be the case.” Cantrell soon announced in an email to student organizations that all PSA ads would be taken down on Monday, July 9th.

Not a moment too soon and many too late. The ad is hateful, vile and above all, racist.

What’s so wrong about this ad?

1. President Obama is depicted as a boy who needs a “time out.” As most Americans know, “boy” has been used constantly throughout American history to deride and classify African-American men as inferior people. It is an image which works to justify control (i.e., giving a “time out”) over African-Americans through dehumanization.2. President Obama is depicted in baggy, hip-hop clothing. The associations inherent in this portrayal are obvious: the president is a black “street kid” who must be shown his place. While in real life, this clothing is not necessarily indicative of one lifestyle or another, the context of the image and the accompanying text solidifies its racism.

3. The ad demeans the president. Following and well before the 2008 election, Republicans and self-described conservatives have incessantly called President Obama a terrorist sympathizer, a Manchurian president, and compared him to history’s worst mass murderers. Their hate speech against the president and his causes prompted the Department of Homeland Security to release a report on the dangers posed by violent right-wing extremists. President Obama receives 30 death threats a day, a 400% increase over President Bush. This hateful rhetoric, employed so transparently in this ad, is a genuine national security threat and a scourge to a healthy American political system.

With this ad, the Texas Aggie Conservatives have shown their hateful colors. But it isn’t the first time. Last year, the Aggie Conservatives launched a petition to convince the university to defund the Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transexual Center because the club offers seminars on responsible sex. The petition letter states, “I find the programing of this center morally objectionable.” This ad also isn’t the club’s first instance of openly violent rhetoric against the president. On their website, the Aggie Conservatives proudly display a picture of club members wearing “Beat The Hell Outta Obama” t-shirts.

In late 2011, the UT College Republicans started the unfortunate trend of racism from Texas’s right-wing college organizations. Then-president Lauren Pierce tweeted her sympathies with those who want to kill President Obama. Soon after, her presidential successor Cassie Wright tweeted the following: “My president is black. He smokes a lot of crack. Holla. #2012 #Obama”. The Aggie Conservatives’ ad is somewhat more subtle than this shameful bile from their fellow collegiate conservatives, but is no less detrimental because of it. Indeed, the implied racial inferiority dripping from the ad is a perfect display of how deeply embedded racism is in right-wing American politics.

The Texas Aggie Conservatives are an embarrassment to their university. Their actions show how utterly unserious they are about fostering genuine political dialogue. The club could have easily chosen sensible ads like “Join us if you don’t want Obama to win a second term!” or “Let’s work together to elect a new president!” Instead, the club chose to promote hate and racism.

Last week, Aggie students made national news for a “Maroon Wall” they formed to protect a fallen soldier’s funeral from the bigoted Westboro Baptist Church. Unfortunately, the Texas Aggie Conservatives have proven themselves to embody the same type of political hate that Aggies were nationally applauded last week for fighting against. The university must follow through on its delayed promise to take down the ad, and in doing so choose the Maroon Wall over the Texas Aggie Conservatives.

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Santorum Donor Foster Friess Hopes Obama’s ‘Teleprompters Are Bulletproof’

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Foster Friess, the multi-millionaire who bankrolled a large portionof Rick Santorum’s failed presidential bid, walked back another ill-advised statement this week after he said he hopes President Obama’s “teleprompters are bulletproof.”

“There’s a lot of things that haven’t been hammered at because Rick and Mitt have been kind of going at each other,” Friess told Fox Business News’ Lou Dobbs on Wednesday. “Now that they’ve kind of trained their barrels on President Obama I’m afraid his, I hope his teleprompters are bulletproof.”

“I mean that figuratively,” Friess added after a short moment of total silence.

As soon as the words were out of his mouth, Friess seemed to realize his mistake.

“I’m sorry. I probably shouldn’t have said that,” the wealthy Santorum donor said, chuckling with what appeared to be embarrassment.

“No, you should not have said it,” Dobbs immediately responded before clarifying his guest’s comments. “We understand it’s a metaphor.”

Friess, who poured close to $1.7 million into the pro-Santorum Super PAC, found himself in the hot seat of the contraception debate in February when he suggested women put aspirin between their knees instead of using expensive contraception.

“Back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives,” Friess said to a visibly surprised Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC. “The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn’t that costly.”

With Santorum now out of the GOP race, Friess said he will shift his support to Mitt Romney and back him financially when needed. While Friess was front-and-center in the Santorum campaign, often standing behind the candidate in his telltale cowboy hat at campaign events, he may be less visible as a Romney supporter.

Friess, a retired mutual fund manager with a net worth estimated at about $500 million, told ABC on Wednesday that with Santorum out of the race, he is now hoping to “fade back into obscurity.”