Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Barbwire proves racism, homophobia go hand-in-hand

I've railed against BarbWire, the publication founded by the Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber, because of it's blatant homophobia in running photos like such:

As well as its publishing of unsubstantiated tripe linking lgbts to pedophilia and claiming that President Obama is attempting top commit genocide on Americans.

Now it looks like there should be a new charge against this supposed "Christian" news source. It's blatantly racist.

The awful situation in Ferguson which began with the shooting of an unarmed black teenager Michael Brown has elicited many passionate responses, from rioting to soul-searching columns and articles about how America treats her African-American male citizens.

To BarbWire, however, it's an opportunity to rail against black men and bear false witness against the deceased young man. This supposed Christian publication posted tripe from various internet sites (unsubstantiated of course) accusing Brown of being a "thug" and claiming that he rushed the police. The site also pushed more stuff like the following:

9 Things To Think About Before You Start Rioting And Looting

To make matters worse, it also published pictures of Brown supposed flashing gang symbols:

All of which goes to prove that perhaps the gay equality movement and the African-American civil rights movement are alike in one aspect.

We seem to have the same enemies.


Scott S said...

Matt Barber is typical of the right. Indeed, author Ian Haney Lopez argues has been a not-so-subtle plea for racist and homophobic votes in his book "Dog Whistle Politics" for decades we've been hearing the right use what have been called "dog whistle" terms that according to coded language that appears to mean one thing to the general population, but often has an additional, different or more specific resonance for a targeted subgroup (namely rural, evangelical whites). For example, the term "Welfare Queen" was used by Reagan as not very subtle reference to African American women, and more recently, the term "family values" was code language for "anti-gay". While these terms are getting harder to use with the internet and Google providing instant information, the fact is that much of the Tea Party movement and so-called "state rights" (another term used to imply that Jim Crowe laws should still be allowed) that the right loves to talk about is little more than references to the old Confederacy. Matt Barber is notoriously racist and homophobic, no secret there. The situation in Ferguson is not too dissimilar to the situation we saw a few years ago in Florida, except this is a police department rather than a vigilante behind the violence.

Erica Cook said...

so he (may)have flashed gang signs. That would only justify shooting him if one of those signs magically turned his hand into a gun. It doesn't matter what his affiliations are or are not. An unarmed man is an unarmed man. I don't think he was a gang member, but say he had been. Hell, say he killed someone, he still was unarmed and had has hands in the air. There isn't any back story that would justify shooting an unarmed man with his hands in the air.

Anonymous said...

I remember reading years ago, a young black man was aboard a bus, with a friend, a couple of white guys saw them flashing what the believed to be "gang signs, they waited until the bus stopped, then followed the pair off the bus, then proceeded to follow, and then jump the two youths, beat them to within an inch of their lives, only to be arrested, turns out the black kids were both deaf, and the "gang signs" were them having a conversation in sign language.