Michael Jackson And Eminem, And The SPLC, Oh My!
So there is this
rap artist Eminem.
Yes, “artist”—the same label
Mozart now applies to modern day
gangstas who can rhyme. Actually, they don`t even have to rhyme
anymore once their prolific use of the word
Bling-bling proved a challenge.
Eminem recently released a music
video that poked fun at several big name
is upset with Eminem because the irreverent rapper pokes
fun at the pop superstar in his
JUST LOSE IT promo—dancing on a bed with
young boys, losing his
fake nose on a dance floor and
setting his hair alight.“
Er…is Jackson just now finding out
that people make fun of him?
Now a surprise: Jackson says the
And Geraldo Rivera, an NBC
commentator best known for his reign as King of the
daytime talk shows (“Transsexual Aboriginal Midgets
who Love Bad Boys!”), agrees.
Rivera was quoted attacking the
powers that be at MTV for airing the video—”people
who allow lazy racism to get on the air."
Michael Jackson also said he was
worried about the negative impact on the community:
think that it`s demeaning and disrespectful but I also
want to make it clear it`s not just about Michael
Jackson but a
pattern of disrespect that he [Eminem] has shown to
Of course, Michael Jackson accusing
anybody of demeaning and disrespectful behavior is like
Jeffrey Dahmer chastising another man`s dietary
If you are like me and do not see
in Eminem`s video that is because there isn`t any.
career, Michael Jackson earned well over a billion
dollars by challenging the tenets of decency while
First Amendment privilege. Now, his career is
over—and he calls for censorship while he moonwalks all
the way to the bank.
The answer, in America, is yes. But
special-interest groups want us to believe the answer is
no…but only if you are white.
How did this happen?
Special interest groups who
moonlight as social activists have made racism a
product. Mountains of civil litigation and
strong-arm lobbying tactics have made their product
One of the largest players in this
The Southern Poverty Law Center. It is diligently
exposing “hate groups” through a project it calls
The Intelligence Report, which applies the same
logic/comic theory that dubs a fat man “slim.”
Some of its targets include:
ProjectUSA Long Island City, N.Y.
According to the
SPLC, “Some of the groups have clear ties to
openly racist organizations, and even some of those that
don`t still espouse thinly disguised bigotry.”
If I read this correctly, the
honor of making the SPLC list is pretty much based
on a hunch. They have “ties” to another organization or
they have written something not openly racist but
“disguised” in some way.
Basically, this means the SPLC has
no proof of overt racism…but proof is not a
Imagine the scene in court.
“Do you have any evidence?”
“Well your honor, we really, really, really don`t like
what they stand for. And we have thirty years of case
law to set the legal precedent that our feelings and
opinions are considered admissible evidence.”
The SPLC is pro-immigration and
anybody who isn`t is automatically a racist. The proof,
apparently, is in our eyes.
eyes of most of these groups, immigrants (typically,
non-white immigrants) are responsible for nearly all the
country`s ills, from
poverty and inner city decay to
Well, yeah. Except we choose not to
key adjective in that statement: Illegal
In 1995, A Latino INS officer was
killed in California. The University of California-San
Diego chapter of Mecha published an editorial in its
newspaper, Voz Fronteriza, called "Death
of a Migra Pig."
glad this pig died, he deserved to die . . . All the
Migra pigs should be killed, every single one…the
only good one is a dead one…The time to fight back is
now. It is time to organize an anti-Migra patrol…It is
to [sic] bad that more Migra pigs didn`t die with
Chicano KKK? Yeah, pretty much.
Only not the white, hooded KKK of old, rather a more
modern version. The Review went on:
in no way suggesting that MEChA is an organization that
lynches and terrorizes other races in the manner the KKK
has in the past, nor has MEChA been the cause of
intimidation, pain, and anguish as has the KKK. Where
the comparisons are familiar, however, are in the
present day ideologies of the organizations…while the
KKK calls for the complete assertion of White European
control of America, MEChA calls for the assertion of
Chicano control. Both organizations call for segregation
of the races, which is something that should have been
left far in the past.”
What impressed me most about the
Review`s editorial is its steadfast belief in First
Amendment protections…even for ethnic supremacists:
we at the Review often disagree in the position
MEChA takes on many issues, we do not challenge their
right to exist on campus nor do we want them to stop
their efforts of social activism.”
Regardless of the ethical paradox,
our Constitution is strengthened by every
racial slur that remains uncensored—even though we
disagree with it and don`t understand why anyone would
Organizations like the SPLC may
believe in the First Amendment—but not, apparently, for
Which may be better than Michael
Jackson, who believes in it only for himself.
But not much.
Bryanna Bevens [email
her] is a political consultant and former chief of staff
for a member of the California State Assembly.