Sunday Night Video – Melissa Harris-Perry Details the Trayvon Martin Case

As one would expect, Melissa Harris-Perry’s show today provided some excellent details when looking at the current state of the Trayvon Martin murder aftermath. Anti-racist activist Tim Wise is particularly eloquent as he asks us to remember the big picture and how this is part of a wide pattern of anti-black bias.

HARRIS-PERRY: I keep asking myself, how do police officers arrive on a scene and see an armed man and see a dead unarmed man and make no arrest…

Stern Bats Down Bachmann

Howard Stern reacted on Tuesday to Michele Bachmann’s admonition that we should open our hearts to the anti-gay bigotry exhibited those such as Kirk Cameron.

On Monday, Bachmann had told Piers Morgan…

I think it’s very important though that people who have sincerely held religious beliefs — I do — I think it’s important that we respect those people’s beliefs.

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on Februar...

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Podcast Moments: Neal Brennan on You Made It Weird

I’m grateful that Julio from NY alerted me to the existence of You Made It Weird, which is part of the Nerdist podcast empire. Pete Holmes is the host of You Made It Weird and, during his interview with Marc Maron, he admits to imitating WTF with Marc Maron, which remains my favorite podcast.

One You Made It Weird episode that really caught my ear was the interview with the Co-Creator of Chappelle’s Show, Neal Brennan. I definitely have a much better sense now of how Brennan thinks and operates, which includes some unfortunate bigotry.

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NYPD Targetted Muslim Students

Chris Hawley reports that the New York Police Department monitored Muslim students to a much greater extent than previously reported, which comes as a great surprise to everyone who mistakenly thinks that an unsupervised police force will somehow magically behave itself and not abuse its power.

The key takeaway in the article?

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Holding Apple and Google Accountable

Two of the top featured petitions on Change.org aim to keep our top tech companies accountable. One petition asks Apple to ensure humane working conditions for its workers in China. Another petition asks Google to stop sponsoring bigotry, as the company did by contributing to this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference. Yes, Google gave money to CPAC. The same CPAC that hosted white nationalists last Thursday.

Kayak joins the Lowe’s Bigotry Bandwagon

Kayak.com has decided to join Lowe’s and refuse to run ads on the TLC show “All-American Muslim.” Their marketing director Robert Birge is courageously direct about their cowardice:

“It’s a worthy topic, but any reasonable person would know that this topic is a particular lightning rod. We believe TLC went out of their way to pick a fight on this, and they didn’t let us know their intentions.’’

They are outraged — outraged! — at being asked to engage in ethical behavior. Okay, so it’s clear that Kayak feels no ethical or financial obligation to constrain its anti-Muslim stance, but aren’t they the ones fueling the controversy by bowing to the bigotry brigade?

Lowe’s is similarly staunch in its abdication of morality.

“It appears that we managed to step into a hotly contested debate with strong views from virtually every angle and perspective – social, political, and otherwise – and we’ve managed to make some people very unhappy,’’ the statement said. “We are sincerely sorry.’’

I have to agree that Lowe’s is sorry, but I mean it in a very different sense of the word.

Boston Globe: Kayak won’t renew ads on Muslim TV show

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