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America Loves Men--dead men, that is.

Duane Buck couldn’t have a more tragically ironic name than “Buck” considering how white men and women used, capitalized upon, hunted, and exploited ‘black bucks’  and how some white women today still refer to black men  in some way that echoes as ‘big black bucks’ in attempts to re-capitalize upon that racist image.

America has long loved it’s men to death, and Duane Edward Buck is about to get some love, American style. In fact, being a lovable man requires that you are willing to die–and you are more lovable if you are dead.

BIG BLACK BUCK, an examination of black buck stereotype,by Donnie from 2003. “Mama’s little baby is the backbone of that order.”

The death penalty is no exception to the truism of dead men. Here is the pecking order of who gets to be loved to death by Americans, and especially as concerns the death penalty.

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America also has a sliding scale of ‘privileges’ based on race, class, and gender’ that puts all men at the very top of the list when it comes to being loved to death. It is a male privilege to be more likely to face the death penalty.

Of all who do and will face death and or incarceration in America, only white females are a protected class who seldom if ever are suspects in crime, or violence. All other categories of people face threats to their lives and their health daily.

Most juries are overwhelmingly white, and white women are disproportionately represented in the jury pools.

White men fill death row in greater numbers, yet Ethnic men or black men,  are MORE likely to get the death penalty, and even more likely to get it if their victim is a white and female. However, men who are willing to die to uphold white female privilege get extra points, and extra nookie cookies for their efforts at upholding white female privilege, at least while they are alive.

Buck, like thousands of men before him, was “unfairly sentenced to death based on testimony that was racially tainted by psychologist Walter Quijano [a Latino], who repeatedly told juries that black or Hispanic defendants were more likely to commit future crimes.

“That he made a career of such testimony would ultimately earn him a denunciation by the American Psychiatric Association. His reputation was further sullied when his pronouncements turned out to be dead wrong,” according to the Houston Chronicle.

To get an idea of how bad or evil Quijano is, keep in mind that almost all definitions of ‘what is a crime/or a criminal,’ define purportedly male behavior, and stem from the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-4 categorizations.

Or, in other words, the APA , which was once headed by Dr. Donald Ewen Cameron who notoriously tortured mental patients, is not only a sexist organization, but one whose foundational basis and definitions of crime, behavior, and mental illness has at times broken all known ethical guidelines by experimenting on human beings like lab rats, torturing them, and testing drugs on them.

Which makes Buck look like he deserves a shot at life, and the system that convicted him pretty guilty. But it makes Quijano look like just another Adolf Eichmann, doing his job from within his own set of b dangerous, predatory  personal biases.

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Race Paradigms are Dialectic Power--until they backfire.

Women Like Dead Men Best–according to evolutionary theories–and possibly, Roland Barthes.

“I call the discourse of power any discourse that engenders blame, hence guilt, in its recipient. ”
Roland Barthes

For every dead male of every skin color, there are more resources for privileged females, and the males that females choose as alpha’s. Which of course, leaves millions and millions of men dead every century due to wars that privilege seekers and privilege holders wage on the non-privileged.

In western society, for now, white females have chosen white males, and man, do those females devote a lot of time and attention to dethroning their own choices, and pushing for policies that lead to death–while overlooking their own precarious perch on that precipice of rhetoric.

I remember sitting in a university class room many years ago as the instructor–a white woman–was going on and on about how men objectify women, blacks, minorities ( you know, the usual schtick). Then, one click of her powerpoint clicker later, up comes a photo of a shirtless black man, some sports hero in some sport ( I don’t watch sports).

She looks at the class and says ” Black men are soooo hot. Ooooh. isn’t he hooooot!?”

That was kind of game-over for me–I mean, yakking about how white men this and that–and in her next breath objectifying a black man?

How sexist, and racist is that? I can only imagine that not being called on racism is a white female privilege.

Racialicious calls that discussion “one of the most taboo—yet most needed—conversations.”

The problem with having that conversation is best embodied by this statement: There are too many white women in conversations about white female privilege. And nobody can out talk, side-rail, deflate, or out manipulate a dialogue more than white women.

Here is one example of how difficult it is to discuss that privilege. ERV, a science blog ,written by molecular-biologist and blogger Abbie Smith, has so-far been part social experiment, and also been a rare outpost of free thought and anti-censorship by white femlae standards.

I weighed in at comment 199. If you have excess time ( a sign of privilege, I must warn you!) and lots of patience, this dialogue has me arguing for recognition of white female privilege–with white women.

[SPLASH!!!….the sound of a male victim of the Titanic rolling in his watery grave]

This particular dialogue is now a flame war between misandrist blogs and  blogs written by white men,  over privileged statements by a white female scandal engineer Rebecca Watson.

Here is a link for context in the wider discussion:  http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/rebeccapocalypse/

But the irony of all these privileged discussions and those who have them is that they mostly lead to death of non-white men, women and children all around the world. Death, and the death of men,  is actually the most non-discussed taboo of all body discussions; it is the ground at the pedestal of white female privilege. I will be writing more about that soon.

Just don’t tell that to those who discuss the rhetoric of the body–because most of them are white women, who are riddled with anxiety that their bodies might pale by comparison to other bodies.

Although the larger diaologue seldom mentions the physical body, or the much larger body politic,  it is EMBODIED white, and female, in peculiar positions of power, or with privileged viewpoints.

Roland Barthes must be rolling in his grave right now, too, -of course, likely beneath a decent upper middle class tombstone.