The Morning Mix, for September 21, 2011 - 8:00am
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Great show, JR! When you offend someone like "franklin", who can't tell the difference between, on the one hand, the violent white-supremacism of groups like the Klan and Nazis and, on the other hand, the occasional over-generalization about members of the oppressor population by a member of the oppressed population, your doing something right! And when you offend Mal Burnstein, one of the leaders of the pro-Democratic Party clique that runs the Local Station Board, you're really having a good day!
And thanks for the interview with Verbena Lea of Redwood Curtain Copwatch on the Martin Cotton case. It shows, I guess, that when there aren't enough Black and Brown people around, the violent thugs in uniform will make do with poor, marginalized white folks.
Aarons obviously doesn't understand racism. When you condemn someone because of their color, you're a racist. Period. That's what the Klan and Nazis do. They condemn people based on what they look like, or their culture. But I wouldn't expect people like Aarons to understand that. He is a member of that grotesque branch of the so-called left, that's willing to overlook racism if it fits into his twisted little world view. It will be him and his half dozen little flakes that will listen to programs like that, while everyone else rightfully rejects it.
Even by this 'franklin' character's reactionary definition of racism -- a definition that ignores power relationships between so-called 'races' -- I don't recall hearing JR saying anything 'racist' during the show. As I pointed out earlier here, JR did a respectful interview with the white spokesperson for the white family of a white victim of police murder. Doesn't sound 'racist' to me in any sense.
There are no reactionary definitions of racism. That's like saying there are reactionary definitions of pregnant. Something either is, or it isn't. The crap I heard on the radio was racist, because it targeted a criticism at people based on their ethnicity. That's racist. You dope.
By your logic Aarons, it would be perfectly legitimate for the Kurds to be hateful toward the Arabs and Persians because they're a minority in those societies with a history of oppression directed against them. It would be legitimate for the Tibetans to direct hateful comments toward the Chinese, or for the San to spew hateful garbage at the Bantu, and so on, for those same dumb reasons you put forward. No getting around it Aarons, you're an enabler of racism when it is dressed up in some ridiculous politicized cloak.
No, 'franklin', definitions of 'racism' are political just like definitions of 'sexism', 'exploitation,' and thousands of other social phenomena are. I suppose that the definition of 'pregnant' could be politicized, but I'm not aware of any active controversies over it. OTOH, the definition of 'person' in connection with the object of a pregnancy is an extremely political matter.
BTW, the use of the word 'dope' as applied to a person is, inter alia, political. But thanks for providing us with an indisputable example of one through your comments here.
Typical of how low the morals of the so-called left have fallen. One throw away remark about not agreeing with racism, then the inevitable BUT blah, blah, blah. Look, if some Nazi or Klansman had spewed the same kind of racist garbage, you would have been outraged. There would have been no "I don't like racism, BUT." It is complete moral hypocrisy.
That host insults his listeners intelligence with his twisted attempts to sound "edgy." It's typical of the kind of rhetorical crap dragged from the bottom of the barrel of the worst totalitarian systems. Just report facts, save your racism and your opinionated windbaggery for people who don't bother to think for themselves. KPFA's management obviously has no problem, whatever with insulting its listeners by passing of this dreck as actual programming. It's a pity because KPFA once had a proud history. If this racist and idiotic programming is what's left, don't expect intelligent listeners to support it.
If a person who thinks that 'facts' exist independently of a socially-determined conceptual framework is an example of the 'intelligent listeners' 'franklin' presumes to represent, we can do without them, and certainly do without their influence over programming.
I don't agree with the demonizing of white people, or any other group, but aside from this I do appreciate JR's program presenting Black issues - it's about time we have a program like this.
There is a great political consciousness within the black community, which sees the underbelly of the beast very clearly.
I also appreciate the clear vision JR presented in his initial statement on this program, dissociating himself from the attacks on a GM and Program Director who are supporting the fiscal responsibility and renewal of fresh programming on KPFA. Such unbalanced news reporting violates the journalistic ethics of the News Department's own guidelines, frequently violated when they feel their exclusive control of the station is threatened
Immediately after the News Headlines from Aileen Alfandary, Morning Mix host
JR Valrey issued a disclaimer distancing himself (and "The Morning Mix with
JR" programme) from the slanderous 'news' report aired by Aileen Alfandary
(within the 9/14/11 broadcast of The Morning Mix with JR) during her reading
of "News Headlines" distorting internal KPFA politics and involving Tracy
Rosenberg, Andrew Phillips, and Arlene Engelhardt:
JR Valrey (Circa 8:06): "We are back on The Morning Mix. I am your host,
the Minister of Information. Last week on this show there was a news
broadcast that was produced by the KPFA News where the impression was given
that I support the slander and demonization of the management team of Andrew
Phillips and Carrie Core. In my opinion, they have done more to settle the
internal unrest in the station than any other management team in the last
ten years. I urge listeners to support management that ethnically and
politically diversifies the airwaves at KPFA. Do not let the White citizen
council within KPFA distort your vision about recent improvements to what
you are hearing coming out of your radio or computer.
What is KPFA trying to pull with this garbage. Admittedly, KPFA's standards have been going down in recent years, but what kind of idiots do you take your listeners for? We give our money expecting that the people in charge actually care about the programming there. Now we have overt racism being foisted on us in the guise of "edgy" or "radical" programming. Hatred is unacceptable no matter who it's being directed toward. This JR character is a hateful demagogue who uses toxic rhetoric in the place of fact-based reporting. This kind of programming sounds like something the Third Reich would have been embarrassed to broadcast. You have just lost another of probably thousands of listeners and supporters who are just tired of this moronic filth.
"Complacency" + ignorance= No innocent white people!
The biggest face of terrorism is a pale one! every subject covered shows that white people are the problem.No escaping that.
JR, Minister of Racism.
Honi soit qui mal y pense
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