Friday, June 17, 2005

Today's "Lord, Help Me" News

Quick, fast & in a hurry...

The Schiavo Case

Let it go, already. The fundies are jonesin' so hard for a "proved my case" piece that even AFTER an autopsy supported Michael Schiavo's assertions that Terri would not be even close to normal if kept alive indefinitely, and that he didn't abuse her, the state or Florida just won't give up. Now, according to an AP report, Gov. Jeb Bush is calling for an inquiry into Schiavo's delay in calling 911 for assistance. Florida has been the scene of a lot of dopey things (not counting Dopey), but this is the winner for the week. Move on. Terri is dead. You're looking for a reason, other than, um, what's the word I'm looking for here, SCIENCE, for her death, and there's nothing there. Let it go.

The Edgar Ray Killen Trial

God, bless Edgar Ray Killen. I mean that with all sincerity. May God have mercy on you, for if there is any justice in the world, the jury won't. I feel compassion for your many illnesses, but no illness compares to that of good ol' soul rot. Even if you never pulled a trigger, never lit a match, or tied a noose, you, sir, are guilty of aiding in the killing of three men who only wanted to help a deserving group of people get what they deserve. And, so should you.

And, to the media, who have spent more time on Natalee Holloway than on this trial, shame on you. Shame on you for spending endless hours on the Michael Jackson trial, which will eclipse the Killen trial in your eyes. Shame on you for continuing to sensationalize the missing who are White and female, as opposed to the missing men of color, and children of color.

Somebody Still Believes White is Right and Blacks Should Step Back

This is my favorite of today's news. Two Princeton researchers published the results of a study showing that White men with felony records were offered entry-level jobs more often than Black men with the same felony records, and Black men without felony records. The researchers sent out 13 White, Black and Latino men (no info was given on Latino men) to interview for more than 3500 jobs ranging from deli clerk, cashier, and telemarketer. The test subjects were coached on what to say about the neighborhoods they lived in, work history, and education (only high school). 7 out of 10 White ex-cons were offered jobs, while 3 out of 10 Black ex-cons were. In someone's eyes, if you're White, you're less likely to drive that knife you're cutting my turkey with into my chest than if you're Black.

Lord, help me.


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