Schock adviser caught making allegedly racially insensitive comments on Facebook (UPDATE)

This is kind of iffy, but I agree he shouldn’t have made these comments:

In a series of Facebook posts obtained by ThinkProgress, the senior adviser for policy and communications to Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) posted racial comments and endorsed gentrification of his neighborhood.

Benjamin Cole, a former Baptist pastor and energy industry spokesman, posted a series of videos and comments on October 13, 2013 mocking two African Americans outside his DC apartment. In the first, he compared them to animals escaping from the National Zoo engaged in “mating rituals.” That message included a video of a woman, shouting and seemingly engaged in an argument with someone not visible as she walked. In each of his posts, he used the hashtag “#gentrifytoday.”

Judging by the comments made daily by average Peorians on this blog, on Facebook and Twitter, Schock can only gain votes.

UPDATE: And he’s resigned.

Yeah, sure he’s guilty. Mr. Assh*le White Identity Proscutor

The racist b*llshit runs deep in Idaho. They are quoting Confederate anthems to help them convict black people:

The man, James D. Kirk, 46, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his 2013 conviction on charges of lewd conduct and sexual battery of a minor child. But in a ruling made public this week, the Idaho Court of Appeals overturned Kirk’s conviction, finding that Canyon County Deputy Prosecutor Erica Kallin’s recitation of “Dixie” during closing arguments unconstitutionally tainted his trial by “injecting the risk of racial prejudice into the case.” The state attorney general’s office toldThe Idaho Statesman of Boise that it was still reviewing the opinion.

In the ruling, which is dated Dec. 19, the court quoted Kallin as having told jurors: “Ladies and gentlemen, when I was a kid we used to like to sing songs a lot. I always think of this one song. Some people know it. It’s the Dixie song. Right? ‘Oh, I wish I was in the land of cotton. Good times not forgotten. Look away. Look away. Look away.’ And isn’t that really what you’ve kind of been asked to do?”

In an eight-page opinion, the court wrote that while Kallin’s citation of the song was “indirect and perhaps innocently made,” any invocation of race, “even if subtle and oblique, may be violative of due process or equal protection.” In Kirk’s case, the court said, “the prosecutor’s mention of the title, ‘Dixie,’ as well as the specific lyrics recited by the prosecutor, referring to ‘the land of cotton,’ expressly evoke that setting with all its racial overtones.”

I do not assume for a minute that Kirk was guilty of anything. After all, the prosecutor had to use a racist appeal to get the man convicted. Try him again, without the Dixie, and if he’s convicted, fine.