The U.S. Education Department am learning

So, in honor of Black History Month, the Education Department under new secretary, Amway rep Betsy DeVos, today posted this:

screen-shot-2017-02-12-at-20-01-18One problem: The name of the founder of the NAACP is spelled wrong. It’s Du Bois.

So, after the department got ripped on Twitter, it sent this apology:

Post updated – our deepest apologizes for the earlier typo. — US Dept of Education (@usedgov) February 12, 2017

One problem: Our deepest apologizes?

This is Hookerpiss’s Education Department, folks. We are screwed.

(I hear the Education Secretary is changing her name to DuVos.)

A children’s movie for Hookerpiss’s America

The Lügenorange and his pump truppets are all about making America great again. They never gave us a time when it was great (because they’re stupid and it’s always been great), but they keep insinuating that the time was when everybody knew their place. Which I guess places that in the early to middle 20th century, perhaps, because in the ’50s and ’60s, shit started to get real?

So here’s the kiddie entertainment they so yearn for, from the 1940s.

OK. So the crows are black and talking jive. And when the main crow wakes up the sleepers, the mouse says “What are you boys doing down here anyway?”

Boys, huh? OK, we’ll let that slide for now.

Dumbo” was made in 1941. Not exactly the best time for race relations in America. But, for argument’s sake, let’s say that the filmmakers weren’t playing on stereotypes, or making a racial statement.

But let’s take a trip to the Internet Movie Database to look at the characters, specifically, the leader of the crows:

Cliff Edwards
Jim Crow (voice) (uncredited)

Oh, Jim Crow? Now where have I heard that before?

Jim Crow was the name of the racial caste system which operated primarily, but not exclusively in southern and border states, between 1877 and the mid-1960s. Jim Crow was more than a series of rigid anti-black laws. It was a way of life. Under Jim Crow, African Americans were relegated to the status of second class citizens. Jim Crow represented the legitimization of anti-black racism.

That’s pretty racist. Let’s try again.

At least Disney gave black actors a chance to make money in their craft at a time when discrimination was basically the law of the land and film opportunities were hard to come by, right? Let’s look at the voice of “Dumbo’s” Jim Crow, Cliff Edwards:

I give up.

The Rude Pundit asks pump truppets a question

Trump_gifSomething I’ve wondered since Jan. 20 about those who backed the Lügenorange.

Does any of this embarrass you? Any of the shit with Michael Flynn and Russia? Any of the ridiculous things Trump says, like threatening to “destroy the career” of a state legislator? Any of the ludicrous comments and promises he makes? His complete lack of understanding of the way the government actually functions? His complete lack of knowledge about the United States’s relationships with other countries? The disastrous and unnecessary military mission in Yemen? The fact that he is literally doing the things he said he was going to do, like tearing families apart? The demonstrable lies? Does any of it make a dent with you?

But he comes up with the same answer I do:

I realized that it doesn’t.

So what’s left?

Shame is a powerful tool. We need to deploy it more and make Trump’s ardent supporters feel like outcasts for denying reality.