“Apparently there is a fast food strike tomorrow in Atlanta because you dipshits think you deserve $15 an hour”
read the tweets from the bottom up:
BONUS (he replied and I found another old tweet of his to use as a response):
"Fast food workers in Greenville are on strike demanding 15 dollars an hour" Hahahahaha"
read each set of tweets from the bottom up:
"if I’m the manager of these fast food restaurants, I fire every single worker that’s on strike. there’s too many people that need jobs."
"while I think more than 7.50 is reasonable, 15 is outrageous and greedy for a job that doesn’t require a ton of skill"
This past Saturday, Michael Sam became the first openly gay football player to be drafted in the NFL. As any young talented football player would do after finding out they made it to a NFL team, he celebrated after hearing this news. ESPN showed him kissing his significant other.
Fellow professional (and fellow college) athletes, grown men, cried out on Twitter like unprofessional babies.
I present to you, what I am dubbing, the Sports Hall of Fame of Big Giant Homophobic Children Who Can’t Handle Seeing Two Grown Men Kiss:
This is Case McCoy, the former quarterback for the University of Texas Longhorns. I am truly not sure what part of this I enjoy more: the fact that I get to post this hilarious pic of his dumb face or the fact that he went UNDRAFTED, as did every single one of his teammates, Homophobic baby? Petulant child?
Most definitely both.
Retired NFL running back Derrick Ward, who had a big retired baby Twitter temper tantrum. These are just some of his tweet:
Don Jones, current Miami Dolphins defensive back, whom, after tweeting “omg” and “horrible” in response to Michael Sam kissing his boyfriend, was fined and suspended by his team. HaHa. Yes, feel free to point and laugh at him:
Retired NFL wide receiver turned sports anchor, Andy McCullough, whom seemingly had a flash in the pan career because I honestly can’t find much of anything about this nobody:
Florida State linebacker DeMarcus Walker wanted to remind us of poor Tim Tebow, whom he, and other Christians who seek to play the victimization card, thinks was mocked for being Christian. In reality, DeMarcus, Tim Tebow was mocked because he sucks at football.
Marshall Henderson, who played basketball for Ole Miss, without a doubt is my favorite of all the idiots here though. He gets his own wing in this hall. He tweeted:
After receiving tons of negative response for his homophobic reactions, Marshall Henderson tried to save himself in the most hilarious of ways:
Yes, I’m sure Marshall Henderson, intelligently pictured above, very much wanted to help his nonexistent gay friend with a psychology study, which also likely does not exist.
If you see any other professional or college level athletes who shared their bigoted views of Michael Sam that are not posted here, please do send them this way.
If you follow Conservative friends and family members on Facebook, you’ve likely seen the article “Checking My Privilege: Character as the Basis of Privilege" by a freshman at Princeton named Tal Fortgang.
The piece originally published in a Conservative college paper The Princeton Tory went viral thanks to websites like the Conservative Upworthy clone Independent Journal Review and the right wing college rag The College Fix.
Ironically, the piece complaining about white privilege is pure white privilege in itself.
But, I think I’m being too nice. More accurately, the piece is utter bullshit. And to get why, let’s go through a few portions of the piece itself:
There is a phrase that floats around college campuses, Princeton being no exception, that threatens to strike down opinions without regard for their merits, but rather solely on the basis of the person that voiced them. “Check your privilege,” the saying goes, and I have been reprimanded by it several times this year.
It’s important to note here that the term “check your privilege” is often directed at a white male when they are saying something extremely, 100%, unequivocally RACIST.
The phrase, handed down by my moral superiors, descends recklessly, like an Obama-sanctioned drone, and aims laser-like at my pinkish-peach complexion, my maleness, and the nerve I displayed in offering an opinion rooted in a personal Weltanschauung.
The nerve of this privileged boy to compare being told you are privileged to being killed by a drone strike is astounding. It is the very essence of white privilege to believe being told “check your privilege” is the same struggle that a Yemeni family who are blown off the face of the earth by a drone experience.
“Check your privilege,” they tell me in a command that teeters between an imposition to actually explore how I got where I am, and a reminder that I ought to feel personally apologetic because white males seem to pull most of the strings in the world.
Young, sophomoric Tal has it all wrong. White males, young and old, usually Conservative in political ideology love to play the victim. They love to be feel victimized so they can self-felate with the belief that they picked themselves up by their boot straps and got to wherever they are in life against all odds. Nobody wants a stupid apology. No one is even looking for you to feel a pinch of white guilt. White privilege is not your *fault*, the lack of awareness to your privilege *is*.
"Checking your privilege" is simply the understanding that others go through struggles that you, as a white person, can and will never experience. You don’t even have to DO anything to have white privilege. For example, it can be as simple as understanding that you will likely never be followed for something as innocent as walking down the street. The very act of you NOT being followed is thanks to your "white privilege." For a young conservative like Tal, It is remembering that very true, undeniable reality the next time you decide to spout out a conservative talking point about "thugs," "inner city males," and "race hustlers."
…I do condemn them for diminishing everything I have personally accomplished, all the hard work I have done in my life, and for ascribing all the fruit I reap not to the seeds I sow but to some invisible patron saint of white maleness who places it out for me before I even arrive.
Oh, good. Finally, after all this complaining, we’re going to be presented with the argument. Let’s hear Princeton boy out and learn of his own personal struggles…
I actually went and checked the origins of my privileged existence, to empathize with those whose underdog stories I can’t possibly comprehend…
Perhaps it’s the privilege my grandfather and his brother had to flee their home as teenagers when the Nazis invaded Poland…
Or maybe it’s the privilege my grandmother had of spending weeks upon weeks on a death march through Polish forests in subzero temperatures…
Perhaps my privilege is that those two resilient individuals came to America with no money and no English, obtained citizenship, learned the language and met each other…
Perhaps it was my privilege that my own father worked hard enough in City College to earn a spot at a top graduate school, got a good job…
That’s the problem with calling someone out for the “privilege” which you assume has defined their narrative. You don’t know what their struggles have been, what they may have gone through to be where they are.
My god, the PRIVILEGE. Tal’s arguments are that his GRANDPARENTS struggled. Tal, in his own words, said he was going to lay out “everything I have personally accomplished, all the hard work I have done in my life” and proceeds to present the struggles of his parents and their parents. UNBELIEVABLE.
…Assuming they’ve benefitted (sic) from “power systems” or other conspiratorial imaginary institutions denies them credit for all they’ve done, things of which you may not even conceive. You don’t know whose father died defending your freedom.
"Black people need to get over slavery, it was so long ago and I had nothing to do with it. Also, don’t forget to thank my war veteran grandpappy who fought for your freedoms all those decades ago" - White Privilege
It has been my distinct privilege that my grandparents came to America. First, that there was a place at all that would take them from the ruins of Europe. And second, that such a place was one where they could legally enter, learn the language, and acclimate to a society that ultimately allowed them to flourish.
It was their privilege to come to a country that grants equal protection under the law to its citizens, that cares not about religion or race, but the content of your character.
We’re reaching levels of absurdity here that I did not even realize were reachable. Yes, what Tal’s grandfather, grandmother, and father went through to get to where they are is truly great, inspiring, admirable. I mean, his grandparents escaped the holocaust for god’s sake.
But they too experienced white privilege. Tal’s grandparents legally entered the country and acclimated to a society that, KEYWORDS, allowed them to flourish *BECAUSE* of white privilege. They were granted equal protection under the law *BECAUSE* of white privilege. While Tal’s grandparents entered the country legally from Europe, acclimated to a society that allowed them flourish, and were granted equal protection under the law, Japanese grandparents were being rounded up and put in internment camps. Black grandparents were being lynched, were banned from going to the same schools, receive the same education, drink out of the same fountains, patronize the same restaurants as whites.
Tal’s piece rambles on even further, at one point even attempting the old maybe you’re the racist for pointing out my whiteness, but he never addresses whatever work he claims to have accomplished that has absolutely nothing to do with him being a white male who attends Princeton.
Tal does, however, leave us with an internet presence full of privilege that can certainly be checked.
More white privilege (with a nice side of racism.)
White privilege and overall shittiness.
Classism and welfare-shaming that can only come from one with immense white privilege.
The ultimate call of oppression from the white and privileged! “Why can’t *I* say the N-Word too?!”
And being that Tal brings up racism, he at least notes in his discussion with the NY Times that his article probably makes him a hero to white supremacists on his campus. That’s right, this crap made it to the NY Times (and TIME too!)
Now, at least Tal is aware that his piece may be a hit with racists. He is wrong about the college campus thing though, because his piece has gone much further. And that’s what makes it so dangerous.
But Tal clarifies to the NY Times that “I don’t have a racist bone in my body.” His tweets above and below do beg to differ.
"Settling the West Bank."
Nothing says “no white privilege here” like calling for the genocide of an indigenous people for their land.
What Tal Fortgang thinks is unimportant. What is important is that his ideas via his piece are spreading and idiots and neanderthals and racists are affirming their already horrendous opinions.
When I first found out about this piece, it was via the Independent Journal Review, the conservative answer to Upworthy, the site that the right wingers in your life often share on Facebook. I posted a single tweet linking back to the Independent Journal Review’s copy of Tal’s white privilege piece. The site’s editor replied to me.
These are the people who refuse to “check their privilege.” They are terrible. They are often racist. They are white and privileged.
If you had a friend or family member share the “Checking My Privilege” article on Facebook and you enjoyed my post, be sure to post it on Facebook in response.
When the NBA came down on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling with the punishment of a lifetime NBA ban and a move to force him to sell the team today, I was honestly a bit shocked. I was expecting a slap on the wrist, which is usually the norm in any and all of these situations. “You mean the bad racist rich man is actually going to lose this time?” I thought. “Incredible.”
The dumbest thing I’ve heard in defense of Donald Sterling and his racist comments was courtesy of everyone’s favorite dumbass Donald Trump. It’s hard to top Donald Trump claiming Donald Sterling was SET UP by an evil woman who recorded Sterling’s private (racist) comments.
However, when you put a challenge forth like topping the idiocy of Donald Trump, many will accept that challenge, unknowingly, and attempt to accomplish such a thing.
I bring you: people who think the “Constitution,” “freedom of speech,” “first amendment,” any phrase that they use in an attempt to sound knowledgable, protects Donald Sterling and he cannot be punished.
Small tiny little teeny weeny note before we continue here: The First Amendment protects Donald Sterling from government censorship. For example, Donald Sterling cannot be jailed for his racist comments. However, the Constitution does NOT force a private entity, such as the NBA, to continue working with you after you say something extremely racist.
Without any further ado…
Mark, when you find it, be sure to read it and let me know what it says.
No, freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences.
I assume Hannah doesn’t actually know what the first amendment is and this is not meant to be a rhetorical question.
No it won’t.
lmao this dude has it all backwards and is calling for the players to break their contracts.
Thanks for clarifying that you are not a fan of racist comments.
Moving on, there’s these two great conversations @YesYoureRacist had over on Twitter trying to explain to these fools that the first amendment does not apply to a private entities rules and regulations. Sadly for the sake of us all, they just do not get it:
He sure does get the “specifically the rich and powerful” part right, though.
Next up, we have the white people who believe this is just another example about how the United States of America holds the WHITE MAN down…
Poor white people. :(
White people never get to speak out. :(
You’re welcome to all the white people for giving white man’s plight a platform here.
Some of my favorite tweets were from Conservatives who hate big government complaining that…a private company is allowed to create whatever rules they’d like inside their own private organization? What…
Does anyone know what “legal progressive scum weather” is? Is it a rainstorm? A Hurricane? Weather created by HAARP? A haboob?
And finally, my favorite of the bunch. The tweet in itself may not be much different from the others…
…but you’ll see why it’s extra special when you take a look at Martin’s bio…
…and realize he is a CONSTITUTIONAL LAWYER.
Are you a Conservative who believes Cliven Bundy is a great patriotic American and refuse to believe he said that “negros were better off as slaves” (even though as a right winger you probably also secretly agree with him)?