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Two American exports that continue to assault the African-American community.

I saw this image and thought What-the-What!!!!
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So this is T.V. in Japan?
Then I remembered why I had this feeling about the Japanese. Then I remembered Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone comments from 1986:


The level of Japanese society far surpasses that of the United States. There are many blacks, Puerto Ricans and Mexicans in the United States whose average level is extremely low.

And then from 1990 you have Justice Minister Seiroku Kajiyama who “compared prostitutes in Japan to black Americans who move into white neighborhoods and ”ruin the atmosphere.”
How could this offensive thinking, this derogatory image make it to Japan? Maybe they traveled from America and still have proponents here.

    Whether at universities in Mississippi

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    Or Oklahoma

    Or emails from police departments in Missouri which

“include one sent in October 2011 that showed a photo of bare-chested dancing women, apparently in Africa, with the caption “Michelle Obama’s High School Reunion.” A June 2011 email described a man trying to put his dogs on welfare because the canines were “mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can’t speak English and have no … clue who their Daddies are.”

The photos, the videos, the emails make it clear how some feel about African-Americans. And it is clear that these white-supremacists opinions have been projected through-out the world.
And it should come as no surprise that American conservatives who have this estimation of Blacks and Hispanics would find ways or have no problem with schemes that make it more difficult for these sub groups to participate in governing through voting.

And then there is the exportation of jobs right after America began to implement Affirmative Action. So, just as America really began to engage the issue of centuries of economic exclusion of blacks, America discovers globalization which makes advancement opportunities which existed before outsourcing obsolete. Of course this export increased the need for government support as the ability for able-bodied Americans to support themselves, all things remaining equal, became exponentially more difficult.

So can you blame the Japanese for their estimation of Blacks in America?

You have a trade policy which pulled rungs from the ladder of upward mobility combined with image exportation which reinforces age-old concepts of inferiority and superiority. The greatest irony is Black America’s assistance in building and sustaining a country which thinks so little of it, an assistance which takes the form of tremendous purchasing of Japanese products. Japan was subsidized for years by America even as American implemented internal policies which kept employment opportunities and housing opportunities (red-lining) and educational opportunities (separate but equal) away from blacks. America essentially re-built a nation, Japan, which attacked her even while she continued to abuse, brutalize, and exclude members who helped build and defend the country. In the final analysis, Japan’s view of the pecking order and racial characterizations are entirely logical, considering what has been exported. Especially when you remember the strategy of conservatives and the order they seek to maintain with their policies.

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Not sick enough? Here’s another sickening less-government meal

So the problem was lack of oversight? I mean the whole Mississippi prison contract scandal thing? But in the words of one advocate for less oversight, i.e. removal of the Department of Corrections from Civil Service Protection, “in 2004, the Legislature gave the indicted and former commissioner Chris Epps a temporary removal of MDOC from the Personnel Board.”* And according to the anti-regulation crowd, “What MDOC got in return was hiring, promoting, and decision-making based on favoritism and impure motives rather than merit and competence?” Nevertheless, from the privatization-prison-contract cabal we now get a bill (House Bill 1308) which allows for unexplained hiring and firing as opposed to explanations and justifications and evaluations a.k.a. transparency via a Personnel Board. So much for concern about favoritism and impure motives. And by the way, wasn’t the will-and-pleasure or spoil system at the core of this you-scratch-my- back episode and not Civil Service? Conservatives prove once again they know the best way to fulfill the government-is-the-problem prophecy is to undermine government by making rules and regulations disappear.

* Don’t handcuff new MDOC commissioner: Letters
Patrick Fagan February 16, 2015 – Clarion Ledger