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Opinion: Is Comey Anti-woman?

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

Many have called the press release regarding the emails found on the laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner by lifelong Republican FBI director Comey a political and partisan act. But is it really? Could it be that in his world, a woman as president of the United States is unfathomable? His boss, Loretta Lynch, Attorney General for the United States advised that pursuant to Justice Department protocol, such a release would be a violation of that protocol in that it was too close to a national election. Comey did it anyway.  Would he have done it anyway had his boss been a man? He had no obligation to inform Congress of anything, especially something he had not seen. Most also recognize that those emails could indeed be duplicates. Did he care? Worried about what might be said after the election is not sufficient grounds for his actions. And worrying about leaks from his own department is insufficient as well. Leaks would not have had the same impact as a letter signed by him, sent directly to Republican members of Congress and only cc’d to Democrats. (The ranking member of the Congressional committee learned of the letter via tweet.) He had no obligation to notify Congress of anything, unless it was substantial. He also neglected to say that the emails belonged to someone else entirely. All of his excuses fall very short of being legitimate and point towards a ‘traditional’ attitude by some conservatives – women are not equal to men when it comes to the office of the presidency.

Then again today, the FBI, making it clear whom they favor in this election, released data regarding someone who Bill Clinton pardoned at the end of his presidency. Apparently hoping that this additional information would sway the election. Seriously? Bombarding the public with ancient history?  This is even more sexist  in that the attempt to make her husband’s record her own making it apparent that a woman must belong to a man, even his record.  Apparently they could find nothing else, so they dug up something about Bill. Would this happen to a man who is a presidential candidate? Yes, the press looked into Melania Trump and her immigration status, but only because it related to his hypocritical stance on immigration. But men are allowed to have their own record, their own flaws, but are not tied to the record of their wives.

Yet, Comey has refused to release anything regarding the investigations and inquiries relative to Donald J. Trump and the Russia connection. So the cries of partisanship abound in political circles, with no one daring to say the obvious. That the possibility exists that Comey is one of those anti-woman persons who feel that a woman’s place is in the home, and that the world should be run by men.  Look at the disdain on his face. What was that about? And why a press conference? Because he wanted to do damage.

Even his unprecedented press conference earlier this year proved to be indicative of gender-bias. Watching it again, he cleared her of criminal wrongdoing, but, not without throwing stones at her for her handling of information. He was dismissive of her, as sexist men usually are towards women. As if to say, without saying it, she’s a woman, so she made mistakes.  He admitted that she had done nothing criminal, but could not resist tearing her down with unsubstantiated and speculative comments. Usually, the FBI issues a press release advising that no charges will be filed.

So it just well may be that it was not partisan, but rather a sexist action, trying to save America from having a woman president.  Something to think about when you cast your vote – and when you factor in all of this recent news, consider not only the source, but the rationale.

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Opinion: Does the phrase “Stop Shooting Us” Equal “Cop Hater”?

 

Beyoncés-Super-BowlRecently, on Don Lemon’s CNN show, a police representative/spokesman  even had a problem with the graffiti in Beyoncé’s video (Formation) – which says: “Stop shooting us.”  That is now being viewed as a “cop-hating comment”.  How? And why? The plea for police officers to stop shooting and/or killing unarmed African-Americans can in no way be misconstrued to  mean anything other than a plea to please stop. It is not a cop hating slogan. So should African-Americans just accept being shot and killed by police? Of course not. Should they ask police to stop? Of course they should.  The fact is that some are seizing upon every iota of African-Americans who are speaking out against these murders, which includes a backlash against Black Lives Matter movement, also calling that cop-hating.  This is right out of the anti-civil rights movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s, and more notably, the covert attack strategy used by J.Edgar Hoover against the Black Panthers in the 1960’s. Speak up for justice – and suddenly – the speaker becomes a threat against the status quo.  Create a slogan – and suddenly it is deemed to be ‘racist hate speech’. Why is it that some have such a problem with African-Americans insisting that their lives do indeed matter and a simple request to “stop shooting us”?

The video of  ‘Formation’ is a celebration of not only African-American history, but Beyoncé’s own personal history, which includes her ties to New Orleans , with obvious references to hurricane Katrina. The song also references her love of her “negro nose”. The end of the video shows the phrase “Stop Killing Us”. You can view it for yourself here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTUDy59K9hQ:

No one yet has seemed to have a problem with Bruno Mars doing the same thing – matching her in color and leather – and with his dancers being dressed like the original and militant hip-hop artists. Apparently a man can make a statement via dress, but a woman cannot. Bruno mars Superbowl 16

The firestorm of controversy stems from the Beyoncé’s half-time performance and has become a social media frenzy. The frenzy, however, was created by Rudy Giuliani, ( is he ever going away?), and a police union saying that police will boycott her concert via refusing to provide security for the event. Beyoncé’s tribute to not only 50 year anniversary of the founding of The Black Panthers but also to Michael Jackson’s Super Bowl appearance, seems to have “offended” some people. Some of her now former fans have called the performance “disgusting”.  In fact, even though Beyoncé’s outfit was a direct replica of  the jacket which Michael Jackson wore during his historic Superbowl performance, they are saying that her outfit was a Black Panther uniform.  However – Huffington Post Style posted side-by-side photos and Beyoncé was also a friend of Michael Jackson.- so there’s that to refute and hopefully diffuse the controversy.michael-jackson-superbowl-performance

However, no such luck with the facts quieting things down. And it is getting even louder with groups such as the Bloods, The Crips, The Polynesian Panthers,The White Panthers, and Louis Farrakhan now offering to provide security for her if the police will not.

PBS has recently aired a documentary about The Black Panther Party of the 1960’s , (The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution),  it is both enlightening and heart breaking. And what J.Edgar Hoover did , (as now revealed in de-classified documents), is an outrage. These were kids aged 16-23. The truth is that they were never a group that were out to ‘get’ cops. The Black Panthers defended themselves against outrageous conduct – even having members being shot and killed in their sleep – and in their own defense – they defended their thresholds.

Amazingly, juxtaposed with the heated  debate over gun control with the counter-argument being assertive defense of the 2nd amendment – The Black Panther party gained notice for exercising their rights under the then California law, which permitted open-carry – a law just recently passed in Texas. (No recent governmental outrage, as the Black Panthers experienced, however, regarding  those who recently stood with loaded weapons outside of Muslim temples .) But the Black Panthers were, and continue to be, vilified, for asserting their 2nd amendment rights. The complete name was The Black Panther Party for self-defense. That self-defense included not only the right to bear arms, but free breakfast programs for children, and free medical clinics. Before you judge Beyoncé and what she was doing – first watch the PBS documentary – then read the lyrics to “Formation”, at that point, you will be sufficiently informed enough to make an independent opinion based upon your own information and not based upon the spin from the likes of Rudy Giuliani.

 

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