Ever get tired of the stankin’ smokin’ racists? It seems that we have been programmed to label things as “good” or “bad” solely on the basis of social acceptability, giving little thought to the actual events themselves. How many times have we heard something labeled as “racist” or “sexist”, only to find after closer examination that the claim was untrue? On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri talk about accusations of racism, extreme body odor, smoking, being overweight, and other things that society has labeled acceptable for stigmatization.

Topics discussed include controversy over LL Cool J’s lyrics in his new song “Accidental Racist” with country singer Brad Paisley, a couple who foreclosed on Bank of America–gave them a dose of their own treatment, companies refusing to hire people who smoke, how the corporations are trying to control the lifestyles of individuals, discriminatory policies that target smokers and overweight people, an 8-year-old suspended for a total of 24 school days due to extreme body odor, deaths of Margaret Thatcher and Annette Annette Funicello, Wikileaks’ release of Kissinger cables, a Louisiana fugitive that skipped trial and resurfaced later on YouTube videos defending himself, and more!

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  • Discussion about how the headlines rarely represent the entire story, which is why it is necessary to read or view the information for yourself.
  • The media frames the story to fit whatever the current narrative they’re pushing happens to be.
  • Discussion about controversy over LL Cool J’s lyrics in his new song “Accidental Racist” with country singer Brad Paisley.

    The song is a collaboration between “a white man/from the southland” and a “black Yankee,” but this latest country tune is getting a cool reception from both sides of the Mason-Dixon line.

    Brad Paisley’s “Accidental Racist,” a duet he performed with rapper LL Cool J, was almost universally panned Monday, a day before Paisley’s album “Wheelhouse” is released.

    Most, including comedians, writers and musicians, used “horrible,” “bizarre” or “racist” to describe the nearly six-minute song, which explores modern-day race relations.
    Source: New York Daily News

  • You should listen to the song yourself first.
  • Discussion about the part of the song, after his verse, where LL says,

    “If you don’t judge my doo rag, I won’t judge your red flag . If you don’t judge my gold chains, I’ll forget the iron chains… Can’t rewrite history baby.”

  • Why would he add that part about forgetting the iron chains? He was possibly just freestyling the end of the song. Heit views it more like poetic wordplay. The entire song is about perspective–judging people based on symbols and how they look. If you listen to the song, you may see it as more of a personal commentary from LL on the subject matter of the song.
  • Discussion about LL Cool J possibly not really thinking about the implication of suggesting that you’d forget slavery.
  • Discussion about the song representing a real perspective from some people–the idea that having pride in where they come from implies being proud of the racist history too.
  • Discussion about art and understanding that it is self-expression that need not represent the viewer’s feelings.
  • Discussion about how the words of rappers are very scrutinized.
  • Overall, having a conversation about race in a song is a good idea.
  • Discussion about people who foreclosed on Bank of America–gave them a dose of their own treatment.

    Have you heard the one about a homeowner foreclosing on a bank?

    Well, it has happened in Florida and involves a North Carolina based bank.

    Instead of Bank of America foreclosing on some Florida homeowner, the homeowners had sheriff’s deputies foreclose on the bank.

    It started five months ago when Bank of America filed foreclosure papers on the home of a couple, who didn’t owe a dime on their home.

    The couple said they paid cash for the house.

    The case went to court and the homeowners were able to prove they didn’t owe Bank of America anything on the house. In fact, it was proven that the couple never even had a mortgage bill to pay.

    A Collier County Judge agreed and after the hearing, Bank of America was ordered, by the court to pay the legal fees of the homeowners’, Maurenn Nyergers and her husband.

    The Judge said the bank wrongfully tried to foreclose on the Nyergers’ house.

    So, how did it end with bank being foreclosed on? After more than 5 months of the judge’s ruling, the bank still hadn’t paid the legal fees, and the homeowner’s attorney did exactly what the bank tried to do to the homeowners. He seized the bank’s assets.
    Source: WFMY

  • Why did they have to prove they didn’t have a mortgage to the courts? Shouldn’t BOA have had to prove the couple owed them money? This shows the deference given to corporations over individuals.
  • Discussion about companies refusing to hire people who smoke.

    Companies aren’t just singling out overweight employees. Staffers who smoke are under fire too.

    In small but growing numbers, employers in recent years have been refusing to hire smokers, arguing that coaxing tobacco users to quit with free cessation programs or cash incentives hasn’t worked. Some medical experts back the bans, saying the end result of reducing smoking is worth it. But other health-care experts say the policy crosses an ethical line by singling out poorer and less educated groups who, federal data shows, smoke more often.

    In all, about four out of 10 employers reward or penalize employees based on tobacco use. But hiring bans, which are legal in 21 states, are gaining traction, with about 4% adopting the policy and an additional 2% planning to do so next year, according to a recent study by the National Business Group on Health and consulting firm Towers Watson (TW). Most firms simply ask job candidates if they smoke, but a few require candidates to take urine tests to be screened for nicotine, as part of a broader drug test.
    Source: Yahoo!

  • Discussion about how employers are shying away from hiring smokers and people who are overweight, citing added costs of the healthcare involved.
  • Ultimately, what does smoking have to do with employment? Does it mean you are not a good worker if you smoke?
  • This is an example of how the corporations are trying to control the lifestyles of individuals. This is why corporations want to have both government control and control over the people–so they can maximize profits.
  • This is a slippery slope, so what’s next? People aren’t worried about this if they are not smokers, but they should be concerned because this same logic could impact them wen the authorities decide to crack down on something else.
  • General discussion about addiction being a medical condition. Why should people addicted to eating or nicotine be stigmatized?
  • Discussion about airlines charging large people for two seats.
  • What if a person smelled, can you charge them extra for that?
  • Should you pay a baby surcharge?
  • Discussion about traveling with small children and “lap babies”.
  • Discussion about an 8-year old suspended for a total of 24 school days due to extreme body odor.

    The chairman of the Washington County Board of Education plans to speak up on behalf of the eight year-old girl suspended multiple times for smelling bad.

    Board Chairman Clarence Mabe says he learned of the issue from our story.

    “It’s not a good situation,” Mabe said. “Let me sit down with the superintendent and try to come up with a plan. I’ll definitely talk to him tomorrow and see, because every kid’s important. I don’t know the answer, but we can ask the question and hopefully, somebody can help us.”

    Since our report aired Monday, several of you have contacted us and reached out offering to help. We have put the family in touch with all of those people. In fact, the mother says she plans on taking her daughter to a pediatrician tomorrow who has offered to help.

    We continue to be an advocate for this child who is missing out on a normal education, seemingly at no fault of her own.

    The Washington County 2nd grade student has missed at least 24 days of school this school year, all because of what is described as her foul odor.

    The school system has suspended the eight year-old multiple times since October because of that bad smell.

    “They just say it’s a foul odor,” her mother Krystal Hensley said. “She takes a bath every day, but they ask her when the last time she took a bath was and she don’t remember. She’s been to the doctor and it’s not a medical problem. They send her home at least once a month. You go to school to learn, not to be sent home.”
    Source: WJHL

  • Why are they suspending the child as a penalty?
  • Is she allowed to complete her work at home? That wasn’t explained in the story.
  • Discussion about Margaret Thatcher dying.

    UK and world leaders led tributes to Britain’s “Iron Lady,” former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on Monday, with words reflecting on her passion, courage and determination — as well as her polarizing politics.

    What do you think about the loss of Britain’s ‘Iron lady’? Tell us
    “Margaret Thatcher took a country that was on its knees and made Britain stand tall again,” Prime Minister David Cameron said outside 10 Downing Street.

    “We cannot deny that Margaret Thatcher divided opinion. For many of us, she was and is an inspiration. For others, she was a force to be defined against.”
    Source: CNN

  • Discussion about Annette Annette Funicello dying.
    Annette Funicello, one of the best-known members of the original 1950s “Mickey Mouse Club” and a star of numerous 1960s “beach party” films, died Monday at a California hospital, the Walt Disney Co. said.
    Funicello, who was 70, “died peacefully from complications due to multiple sclerosis, a disease she battled for over 25 years,” the Disney statement said.
    Source: CNN
  • Discussion about the 1960s bikinis.
  • Discussion about Wikileaks’ release of Kissinger cables.

    WikiLeaks has announced the release of the “Kissinger Cables,” a set of 1.7 million U.S. diplomatic records, dating from 1973 to 1976.

    The Kissinger Cables are comprised of more than 1.3 million full diplomatic cables and 320,000 originally classified records, WikiLeaks claims. The collection also includes 205,901 records relating to former U.S. Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger (hence the name).

    All in all, the Kissinger Cables contain around 700 million words, which makes it five times as large as Cablegate — WikiLeaks’ release of more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables in November 2010.

    “The collection covers US involvements in, and diplomatic or intelligence reporting on, every country on Earth. It is the single most significant body of geopolitical material ever published,” said WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange.

    According to WikiLeaks, most of these records were reviewed by the U.S. Department of State’s 25-year declassification process, but their declassification is “running 12 years late.”
    Source: Mashable

  • You can search the cables for yourself, here.
  • Discussion about the mention of Black revolutionaries in the cables. They would characterize people in contact with these groups as being in “Black circles”.
  • The cables also mention poppy and opium cultivation in certain countries.
  • Discussion about a Louisiana fugitive that skipped trial and resurfaced later on YouTube videos defending himself.

    A 43-year-old fugitive who skipped out on his vehicular homicide trial has decided to resurface — on YouTube.
    Wade Lohse, considered to be armed and dangerous, has eluded Louisiana authorities for two weeks, but now has plenty to say in a surprise video uploaded Sunday online.

    “Unfortunately, the government’s been giving you misinformation,” Lohse says in the rambling 11-minute clip. “For one, I’d like to get an apology out and say I am deeply sorry and my sincerest regrets to (the Barras) family for the loss of your loved one.”

    Lohse disappeared from the courtroom during his March 25 trial in the death of Cacie Barras McGrew, who was killed last June in a car accident. Police said Lohse was intoxicated when he crossed the center line of a Louisiana Highway, slamming into McGrew, 29, head on.

    Lohse disputes that he was driving drunk.

    Source: NY Daily News

  • Discussion about technology allowing people to defend themselves and dispute the official record as presented in the media.
  • Discussion about how the media always brings up criminal record that have nothing to do with the case at hand.

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