Sarah Silverman writes racist ‘Black NRA’ skit, thinks it’s hilarious

Sarah Silverman Black NRA

Sarah Silverman is back with a new “Funny or Die” video, but this time around she seems to think inherently racist skits about violent black people are hilarious. What’s more knee-slappingly fun than forwarding the notion that there are enough inherently violent black people out there that white hicks would respond with paranoia while the enlightened Hollywood Progressives would just opt to emulate the gun control measures pushed by men like Michael Bloomberg?

Good comedy brings deeper truths to the surface, but this skit is based on the lie that the NRA would seek to prevent law-abiding black people from owning guns. Nothing could be further from the truth. Perhaps black-on-black crime would be reduced if the guy who has to work the late shift before walking home in a bad area had an easier time acquiring a hand gun. Sarah Silverman doesn’t put her head down at night in Detroit. She puts it down in a community that struggles with real crime: the really long wait for prosciutto at Whole Foods.

If Sarah Silverman did a little research into Trayvon Martin (aka: “@No Limit Nigga”), she’d know that Mr. “I beat the p*ssy up up up up up,” Mr. “Puss ass crackas,” Mr. Bus-driver-beat-down-tweets, was on a life trajectory before he died that was anything but funny. But hey, why does that matter when we can insinuate that the NRA’s white members would freak out if black people ever started owning guns in places like Chicago (where currently only criminals and murderers acquire them with ease).

Trayvon cracka retweet

Here now are excerpts from Sarah Silverman’s bizarrely racist skit.

Sarah Silverman: The NRA considers itself the longest standing civil rights organization.

Ron Funches: They say it’s ever American’s right to bear arms.

Neal Brennan: So they obviously mean every American, right?

David Alan Grier: That’s why the NRA is launching a new organization.

Deon Cole: The Black NRA.

Sarah Silverman: Our guns will put guns into the hands of those who need them most.

Cole, Grier and Silverman: Young … black … males. …

Cast: If some people should have them, then we should all have them. …

Grier: Now that I have a gun, I feel safe doing everyday Normal things.

Funches, Cole and Grier: Like wearing a hoodie, eating Skittle, walking in the rain, or living in Florida. …

Silverman: Thanks NRA, you told me what real realistic peace is all about. Standing your ground, pointing that gun at the bad guy, and having him point it right back and go “hey, I guess we’re not that different after all.”

Funches: So support the Black NRA, and help us arm every … young … black … man … in America. Then freedom will truly ring out.

Silverman: That’s what you mean, right NRA? …

Grier: You don’t have a problem with this, do you?

Actually, no. The NRA doesn’t have a problem with law-abiding citizens owning firearms. In fact, it would be nice if in places like Murder Central (i.e., Chicago), more honorable black people wielded them and took the city back.

We still have a four months to go in 2013, and Chicago already has 301 homicides.

Three murders over the weekend brought the city’s homicide total to 301 for the year. Another 17 people were wounded in shootings since late Friday.

Adrian Sianez, 24, was fatally wounded in a gang-related shooting Sunday morning in the Gage Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

Sianez was in the 5500 block of South Mozart about 3:40 a.m. when someone got out of an SUV and started shooting, authorities said. He was shot multiple times in the back and once in the buttocks, police said. Sianez, of the 5700 block of South Rockwell, was pronounced dead at Mount Sinai Hospital at 10:11 a.m., the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said.

When will Sarah Silverman do a “Funny or Die” sketch about the good people in Gage Park who are surrounded by gang violence? I won’t hold my breath.

Here’s what I wrote in response to Piers Morgan’s knee jerk response to the Sandy Hook shooting. The same applies to Sarah Silverman, who wants you to believe Trayvon Martin was just a modern version of Fred Astaire, singing in the rain with Skittles, as opposed to a kid who likely threw the first punch at George Zimmerman — the first crime committed on the night of his death — before bashing his head into the concrete.

Ideological allies of Piers Morgan act as if it’s a foregone conclusion that America will continue to be the freest nation on the face of the Earth. They fail to take into consideration what role the Second Amendment played in creating such an exceptional country in the first place. They reject the mountain of evidence out there that free, law-abiding citizens exercising their right to determine when, how and if they defend themselves are one of the best bulwarks against tyranny a nation can have. And instead of digging deep down into the cultural changes that have metastasized over the course of decades — cancerous mutations in the national psyche that could produce a man who opens fire on a classroom of children — Piers Morgan blames inanimate objects.

Sarah Silverman’s newest “Funny or Die” sketch isn’t funny — it’s sad.

All you need to know: Tampon jokes and ‘If I Ever See Zimmerman’ trend on Twitter at the same time

If I Ever See Zimmerman

The jury has spoken, and George Zimmerman is now a free man:

SANFORD — After five weeks of trial and 56 witnesses, few legal observers believed prosecutors came close to proving Sanford neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman committed second-degree murder when he shot and killed Trayvon Martin in February 2012.

So for many legal analysts, it was no surprise that jurors rejected even a lesser “compromise” verdict of manslaughter, acquitting Zimmerman outright of all criminal charges and deciding he acted in a reasonable way to protect his own life.

The acquittal was a stinging blow for prosecutors and their decision to file the second-degree murder charge against Zimmerman, who was not initially arrested by Sanford police after claiming self-defense.

As I said before closing arguments, when all the conjecture and emotion are stripped away, objective observers know that there was plenty of reasonable doubt in this case, given that the state decided to pursue second-degree murder charges against Mr. Zimmerman. Unfortunately, there is an ever-growing population of people out there who would never know that reasonable doubt existed. They are the the kind of people who can make “replace a word in a movie with ‘tampon'”, “no justice”, and “if I ever see Zimmerman” trend on Twitter simultaneously.

How ironic is it that people who complain about not having justice are also the first individuals to promote a hashtag on Twitter that foments vigilantism? What sort of movement has thought leaders who leap from from “Life if like a box of tampons” jokes one minute to threats on a man’s life who was just found innocent in a court of law by a jury of his peers?

How sad is it that even though black-on-black crime dwarfs “overzealous-Hispanic-neighborhood-watch-guy-on-black violence,” that men of the Al Sharpton mindset used ungodly amounts of time and energy to a.) turn Zimmerman into a white guy in the minds of millions of viewers and b.) parlay an artificially-constructed dynamic into a definitive statement on where the country is in terms of race relations?

How frustrating is it that our intellectual discourse is in many ways dictated by anonymous Twitter users whose first response in the wake of a trial of this magnitude is to post Madea-Skittles murder memes?

Madea Skittles

The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy for all parties involved, but the hard lessons we must learn as a nation will not sink in while immature over-emotional internet tough guys have control of the wheel via social media platforms and race-baiters like Al “The Reverend” Sharpton are given huge megaphones on respected news outlets.

Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to scroll through the “replace a word in a movie with ‘tampon'” Twitter feed until I come across “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Tampon” — at which point I will weep for the nation.

Alternate Reality Jamie Foxx wears an ‘Electro’ shirt at the BET Awards before Spider-Man’s trial ends

Jamie Foxx is playing Electro in the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2. So how odd is it that somewhere out in space and time we have an alternate reality where Electro is real, he’s a black guy and he is ultimately killed by the vigilante known as Spider-Man. And then, Alternate Reality Jamie Foxx wears an ‘Electro’ shirt to the Alternate Universe BET Awards to show support — and this is keybefore the trial is over.

I say this because the George Zimmerman trial is underway and Mr. Foxx decided last week that it would be a good time to show support for the deceased young man, Trayvon Martin, before all the evidence has been presented in a court of law:

Actor Jamie Foxx made a silent but powerful fashion statement at Sunday’s BET Awards, where he opted out of the usual red-carpet finery in favor of a T-shirt bearing the image of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed Florida teen whose shooting death last year sparked intense national debate over gun control and racial profiling. …

Foxx’s fashion statement arrived as the trial of George Zimmerman, the man who claims to have shot Martin in self-defense, enters its second week. …

[H]e was moved to get involved with the case after a tearful encounter with the late teen’s mother at the NAACP Image Awards, and by the work of actor and activist Harry Belafonte.

Jamie Foxx Trayvon

I feel sorry for Trayvon Martin’s mom; no mother wants to lose her son. I feel sorry for George Zimmerman’s family; no one wants to see a loved one hauled off to prison — especially if they believe said loved one killed a man in self defense. However, tears of a family member do not alter the events that unfolded on the night of the incident in their favor.  The justice system exists to strip out the emotion, stick to the facts and then put it in the hands of an unbiased jury. It doesn’t always work that way, but in an imperfect world it’s the best we have.

Faith in the justice system can deteriorate for any number of reasons. One way is for people with large megaphones to try cases in the court of public opinion and then hold them up (like a BET Award) as some sort of ultimate litmus test for race relations in the United States.

Guys of the Jamie Foxx mold initially said that George Zimmerman racially profiled Trayvon Martin. If the defense’s key witness (Trayvon’s then-girlfriend) is to be believed, current evidence reveals the exact opposite — Martin told her he was being followed by a “creepy ass cracker.”(Zimmerman is multi-racial with Peruvian heritage.) Now they’re back tracking, sort of like Spike Lee when he tried tweeting George Zimmerman’s address to 250,000 followers, only to find out that he sent online goons on a mission to harass an innocent elderly couple.

The news stations that have allotted wall-to-wall coverage of this trial (they could barely bring themselves to turn their attention to a military coup in Egypt), are using George Zimmerman’s fate to racially incite America’s lowest common denominator — white and black. Individuals like Jamie Foxx then exacerbate the problem. Peruse through any number of Twitter feeds on the trial or the comments section of your favorite news website, and the dumbest among us are threatening riots or hurling racial epithets at one another. They play racial tit-for-tat and in the end everyone involved walks away angry.

What would the world look like if Hollywood actors spent more time talking about the ties that bind us as the human race and less about artificial divisions constructed around pigmentation? It would probably be a much better place. On opening night of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, while I sit in a diverse audience collectively enjoying the moment, I’m sure my mind will meander back to this topic and think “What If?” I encourage you to do the same.

Related: An unhealthy nation covers Trayvon Martin’s death

Related: Spike Lee ‘deeply’ apologizes … in 140 characters

Classic Electro
This is a sad Alternate Reality Electro. He doesn’t get his face on an Alternate Reality Jamie Foxx shirt at an Alternate Reality BET Awards ceremony because he’s the wrong color.

Olé! Piers Morgan plays bullfighter with Touré.

In the Morgan vs. Touré cable news smack down, Touré loses by TKO. The pop culture commentator punched himself repeatedly in the face while Morgan applied uppercuts to the gut.

Anyone who hasn’t seen the Piers Morgan vs. Touré match up should really do themselves a favor and watch it in its entirety. As I wrote before, the most newsworthy aspect of the Trayvon Martin case is that it highlights how lost we are as a nation. The reason is largely because of reckless media, that have failed the nation for decades. For years Americans sat in the dark like Plato’s man in the cave, but the social media explosion has opened their eyes—and they are angry. The battle for the heart and soul of the country is in full swing, even if there are still Americans who can’t see or hear the explosions around them. As much as it pains me to admit, Piers Morgan was on the right side of history last night.

Here’s the short of it: Touré is a “pop culture” expert, a designation I’ll refrain from tearing apart too much given the nature of this blog. Let’s just call him a very successful gadfly, one who acts as an “authority” on black culture. Piers, our British friend, has had his journalistic credentials questioned because he dared to have the brother of George Zimmerman on his show and (according to Touré), didn’t challenge him satisfactorily. After a heated back and forth, Touré concluded:

“What you understand as challenging, perhaps maybe that goes in England. That’s not what we do in terms of challenging in America. I saw a person who was saying things that didn’t ring true to me.”

Asked about jokes he made about George Zimmerman on Twitter, whereas “Zimmermaning” someone was used as a euphemism for killing them, Touré likened his jokes to “the blues.”

You might call it black humor. Not African-American humor, but black humor. Dark humor. These are things that are common in America, that laugh to keep from crying. Once again another black person who is unarmed and innocent and not doing anything wrong has been killed. And this is incredibly painful and goes back before before you were born, and before your father was born, and before my grandfather was born.

Touré then finished his case by comparing Trayvon Martin’s death to that of Emmett Till. Seriously.

Where does one start? Repeatedly, Morgan asserts that the job of the journalist is to ask the tough questions, allow the subject respond, and then to  let the audience decide. He states that he doesn’t have all the facts, and that medical records, police reports and the judicial process will ultimately provide the evidence needed to make a more-informed decision. Morgan makes the case that he has a duty to not let his personal feelings about the case consume his ability to conduct a professional interview. Backed into a corner, Touré’s only defense becomes:

  • You’re from England; you don’t understand America.
  • You’re not black; you don’t understand black America.
  • You’re not black; you don’t understand “the blues” and by extension my black humor.

If Morgan vs. Touré was a boxing match, Touré would have just been ruled the loser by TKO. However, it also would have been bizarre to watch, since the audience would have witnessed Touré punching himself in the face while Morgan applied uppercuts to the stomach.

I really wish Toure had been around in the 1830’s, simply because it would have been fun to read the historical records of him telling Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville that he doesn’t understand what it means to be an American.* I’m in no way implying that Piers Morgan can hold a candle to de Tocqueville, but the idea that an Englishman can’t accurately cover a case involving a black American is ludicrous. Touré’s entire case is based on appeals to authority and emotion, red herrings, Ad hominem attacks and hasty generalizations.  That’s the kind of resume that can only get you a gig at Rolling Stone or MSNBC. Oh, wait…

* The part of this blog post where Touré responds with a witty, yet specious slavery comeback.

Joe Scarborough sets fire, accuses conservatives of arson

Joe Scarborough said it was "beneath contempt" for news organizations to go through Trayvon Martin's social media. Note to Joe: It's called social media for a reason. Users shouldn't make their accounts public if they don't want them read. In addition, Joe, since you want to label George Zimmerman "unhinged" without ever having talked to the man, perhaps you shouldn't be surprised when others crop up who will do the same to Trayvon. Want to know who's beneath contempt, Joe? You.

Emasculated, pretend-conservative Joe Scarborough can’t help himself when it comes to lecturing the right. He seems to have made it his mission in life to become the self-anointed, finger-wagging mother hen for the conservative movement. The death of Trayvon Martin has offered him another opportunity to scold conservatives and rack up brownie points with his liberal friends—and he’s taken it:

This has everything to do with a guy that’s trying to play security cop who was unhinged, who chased down and shot a 17-year-old kid, armed with Skittles and iced tea.'”

“And yet, some of these guys on the right are jumping in with both feet on the far right. They should listen to the National Review when wise conservative thinkers—and not take this up as a cause. But they are and they are trashing Trayvon Martin. It’s disgusting,” an appalled Scarborough said.

“This is really—I mean, I wonder if some of these people that are attacking him would like their children’s social media pages gone through. This is beneath contempt. And we’ve talked about this before. This is beneath contempt. And these people on the right, far right, are being fools to try to make this a political issue,” Scarborough said.

Question: Why does Joe focus all of his energy scolding the right when it was an MSNBC coworker, Karen Finney, who out of the box was blaming Trayvon’s murder on conservatives? It was liberal Spike Lee who directed his 250,000 Twitter followers to the house of…and elderly couple, in his disgusting blood-lust fueled dismissal of the rule of law. Over and over again Joe uses his time in front of the camera not to swing his intellectual sword at soldiers on the left who poison political discourse, but at his allies on the right. (Note: it’s a small sword, not a broadsword.) What makes things worse is that the activities he finds “beneath contempt” usually aren’t.

Joe doesn’t want people looking at Trayvon’s “social media.” Note to Joe: If it was a public account, perhaps Trayvon shouldn’t have put it out there for the entire world to see. In addition, if Joe Scarborough wants to go around mocking George Zimmerman as a wannabe security cop who was “unhinged,” then perhaps the world should see if Trayvon Martin was a wannabe “gangsta” who might do something unhinged (i.e., cold-cock a neighborhood watchman who was following him). It’s the Joe Scarborough’s of the world who want to hang George Zimmerman in the court of public opinion. They pour gasoline on the fire, and then they get upset when others join in.

The media created a portrayal of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin that would encourage people to act like lemmings. The media isn’t measured in their response, and then they want to blame the public when the lowest common denominator takes their marching orders.

Do you know what’s “beneath contempt”, Joe? You and your media-elite friends, inflaming the public with your coverage and then absolving yourself of any culpability when things get out of hand. Spend a little more time in your make-up chair and miss a segment or two. The American people will be better off.

Spike Lee ‘deeply’ apologizes…in 140 characters

Spike Lee wore one too many toasty hats and his brain melted. Or maybe that’s just what hate and anger does, because people who re-tweet another person’s home address for the sake of vigilante justice usually have goo floating around inside their noggin. As it turns out, Spike encouraged  his Twitter followers to take out their anger on…an elderly couple completely unconnected with George Zimmerman. Way to set the stage for things to completely spin out of control, Spike. Moron.

Spike Lee is a professional complainer, and most people know that by now. Even before the Trayvon Martin tragedy he was forwarding the weirdly racist notion that only black people are qualified to criticize black people. Many people still don’t know, however, that upon Trayvon’s death Spike took the leap we all knew he was destined for and became a full-fledged dangerous lunatic, erroneously re-tweeting what he thought to be George Zimmerman’s home address. It turns out that the only thing a lust for vigilante justice got him was a bunch of fellow nuts who like to harass retired, elderly couples:

9:00 PM EST 3/27/12- The Smoking Gun is reporting that an elderly couple lives at the Edgewater Circle address. It is the residence of David McClain, 72, and his wife Elaine, 70. “The McClains, both of whom work for the Seminole County school system, have lived in the 1310-square-foot lakefront home for about a decade, records show.”

According to TSG, the couple is living in fear since their address was linked to the Trayvon Martin shooting:

In an interview tonight, Elaine McClain told TSG that she and her husband were “afraid” due to the online linking of her address to Zimmerman. “We’re keeping everything locked,” she said. McClain added that the couple was particularly unnerved by a letter mailed to them at their home. On the envelope, she said, were printed the words “Taste The Rainbow,” the slogan for Skittles. Martin was carrying a pack of Skittles and a can of ice tea when he was gunned down by Zimmerman.

It took awhile, but at 9:30 p.m. on the 28th of March Spike “apologized” (in less than 140 characters) for his actions: “I Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address.It Was A Mistake.Please Leave The McClain’s In Peace.Justice In Court.”

Spike Lee goes off half-cocked and encourages 250,000 of his followers to take the law into their own hands, and when it turns out he only put the fear of God into an elderly couple he thinks it will just disappear with a robotic apology? It doesn’t work that way, Spike. Not when your Black Panther pals are putting $10,000 bounties on the head of the guy you were trying to funnel your followers to.

Want to know the real reason Spike apologized like he did (besides the threat of legal action)? It’s because deep down he knows he’s a fool. He lost his cool and turned into the very kind of monster he always complains about. What would have happened if a drunk black guy, inspired by Lee’s re-tweet, broke into the house of the old, white McClain’s and killed them in their sleep? Just wondering.

Here’s the bottom line: nobody in the media knows the specifics of this case enough to say what happened. That’s where the rule of law comes in for sane people (i.e., not Spike Lee). Worse, we have media that calls Mr. Zimmerman “white-hispanic” when he self-identifies as Hispanic. (When have you ever heard that designation before? You haven’t.) The most prevalent picture of Mr. Zimmerman has been one that makes him look like an escaped convict, while 90% of the time Trayvon is seen as a 10-12 year old kid. Mr. Zimmerman’s own mother is Peruvian, and one of his close friends is black, but we’re supposed to believe he has a seething hatred for anyone with brown skin? It doesn’t add up, which is why the rhetoric of man-boys like Spike Lee, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpon is so dangerous.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I some tweeting to catch up on that doesn’t involve recklessly endangering the lives of old people.

An unhealthy nation covers Trayvon Martin’s death

When I was a high school kid I didn’t get along with my father. One night, I left my house late at night to go for a walk and clear my head. Perhaps I was even wearing a hoodie. Along the way a white Oldsmobile with a rusty exterior and and old engine started trailing me. I walked faster—and it sped up. I started jogging—and it kept pace. Scared, I cut through some yards to try and lose my pursuer. When I finally reached my street the car was waiting for me there, perhaps 5o meters from my house. I sprinted to the driveway and stopped. Knowing I was safe, I stared down the driver to identify him, who possessed a textbook serial killer look that gave me nightmares for years. The car idled for what seemed like an eternity, and then peeled out down the road. It was an experience I’ll never forget, and the fear I felt that night was probably similar to what Trayvon Martin experienced, if a thorough investigation proves that he was just an innocent kid at the wrong place at the wrong time.

The reason I reference that story is because it’s not uncommon for a high school kid to run when they’re scared, particularly if they feel threatened by an adult. As a teenager I was an avid cross country runner and probably weighed 115 lbs soaking wet. I was fast…but sadly not fast enough to outrun a car. I was cocky, but I knew better than to get into an altercation with a grown man. The point is, behavior that might seem suspicious to a lot of adults wouldn’t be if they put themselves back into the shoes of a teenager.

The case of Trayvon Martin is certainly complex, and perhaps the best thing anyone can do is let the justice system do its job. It seems odd to me that in this day and age people still allow themselves to get riled into a frenzy, as if Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Tumblr and a thousand other social media platforms don’t exist. Information gets out, and it’s not like anyone will be able to put a lid on the proceedings like they could have done a few decades ago.

I think of idiots like Louis Farrakhan tweeting, “Where there is no justice, there will be no peace. Soon the law of retaliation may very well be applied,” and I cringe. And then remember that social media allows guys like me expose him as well…and I feel better. The same goes for MSNBC’s Democratic strategists, who use tragedy as an opportunity to link GOP candidates to murder. Their influence is no longer what it once was because they no longer can spout off unchecked. When Karen Finney completely takes Rush Limbaugh’s “Magic Nego” line out of context—it was a song parody inspired by liberal writer David Ehrenstein from the Los Angeles Times, who used the phrase in a 2007 column—I can breathe a sigh of relief. We should let the racial demagogues do their thing, because as long as the rational right takes to the web and broadcasts it for all the world to see, we’ll be fine. The trick is to be diligent about disseminating the information.

Every few years race baiters latch onto an event that they hope will convince the American people that race relations are static and haven’t changed since 1861. And even though most people don’t have the guts to say it on television, they know in their heart that the only thing holding back able-bodied adults of working age in this country, in 2012, is their own work ethic and attitude.

People are so terrified of being labeled a racist that they can’t even have an honest dialogue anymore. We sound like complete idiots on television because instead of saying the word ‘nigger’ when a suspect is accused of saying it before shooting his victim or assailant, we say ‘n-word.’ We’re so intellectually immature that a word has become off limits in any context; it’s been imbued with power that prevents people from even uttering it. How sick and demented is that? And if you somehow don’t stutter sheepishly before saying ‘n-word’ and opt instead to use the actual word (you know, as if you were an adult) you’re looked at as if you’re an alien.

The United States no longer has a race problem; we have a maturity problem. We are no longer a serious nation, and the effects of it can be seen all around us. The shrinking “serious class” of Americans is about to drop dead from doing all the heavy lifting, and it’s largely a non story with our nation’s mainstream media.

Trayvon Martin’s death is sad, just as any life that is cut short is sad, but it would be nice if media concerned itself with the policies and the people hastening the death of our nation.