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Thomas Roberts Blasts Systemic Hate and Discrimination in America: VIDEO


Thomas Roberts, during a panel on the Zimmerman verdict, urged MSNBC to adopt an "I am other" agenda in a powerful statement about systemic discrimination and hate in the U.S.

Said Roberts (via Mediaite)

Don’t we need to do more about our social contract with each other in this country when it comes to being others? Because, as we look at this, we can use this as a great pivot point to talk about race relations in this country.

But, being an “other,” whether it’s LGBT, because you’re suspected of being a pedophile and a rabid disease carrier.

And if you are a woman, well you don’t have a right to your own body and your own reproductive health, because if you do you’re a slut that wants to sleep around and use abortion as birth control.

And then, if you’re Hispanic, you want to lay off the land and have anchor babies and you just want to lay off the land.

Isn’t that the — and I want to challenge this network: we had to have an “I am other” agenda and have a forum for it, because others need to unite to talk about this and figure out where we are going as a country.

The social contract that we have currently negotiated that is so wrong and how this is happening in a country where we have this huge group of people that– it’s supposed to be a melting pot but we treat each other with such disdain it’s not each funny.

Roberts' speech was greeted with an "amen" by the other panelists.


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  1. Thank you Thomas!!!

    Posted by: Tom | Jul 15, 2013 12:09:56 PM

  2. The rich white american male looses traction every day and has alienated so many "others" they will never have them on their side. There is currently a "divide and conquer" mentality amongst rich white males and fundamentalist religious institutions to pit different races and sexualities against each other to keep the competition in small groups so they will not recognize the true power of all the "others" banded together.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Jul 15, 2013 12:10:03 PM

  3. We are all "other" in some way.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Jul 15, 2013 12:11:24 PM

  4. AMEN. Smart and handsome. His husband is one lucky man.

    Posted by: Howard | Jul 15, 2013 12:16:43 PM

  5. The media engendered a race story where there wasn't one. They turned a Hispanic male into a white man, just because it fit the narrative better. They manipulated recordings to make it appear as if GZ said an outdated racial slur not popular since the 50's as opposed to the actual non-denominational expletive he actually said. And now you want me to beat my chest at the shrill Thomas Roberts tirade? The hate he so arrogantly b!tches about is the same one his ilk created, fueled and reveled in. I'm not defending that stupid vigilante who put himself and another in a deadly situation, but I refuse to be led off the cliff by the Al Sharpton types who so readily ignore the actual racism at their own doorstep.

    Posted by: MikeSin | Jul 15, 2013 12:20:42 PM

  6. And with this, Tom Roberts joins the club of stupid, delusional, Far Left automatons that are as out of touch with reality as the Far Right automatons on Fox News.

    Earth to Tom Roberts: The defendant in this case was a brown-skinned son of an Ecuadorian immigrant.

    The jury that acquitted him consisted entirely of women.

    The judge in the case was a woman.

    So no matter how desperately you strain, none of this had anything to do with the straight white men you would so desperately like to villify.....while casting every other group in society as an innocent victim of their evil.

    And by the way, every time gay rights has come up for a vote, the "colored folks" you are trying so desperately to form a bond with here have voted against your kind......because they don't see you as a fellow "minority" or "victim", they see you as nothing more than a privileged white c@ck-sucking faggot for whom they have nothing but contempt.

    So all this makes you, Mr. Roberts, look like nothing more than an idiot for having made the statements you did.

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 15, 2013 12:45:52 PM

  7. It's doesn't matter that he was half-Peruvian (which hispanic is not a race, some hispanics ARE white, some are black, asian, native, etc.)

    He still did have a history of following around black men unnecessarily. Not to mention he still did kill and innocent child.

    Posted by: Misty | Jul 15, 2013 12:47:06 PM

  8. Th Us'es

    Posted by: RMc | Jul 15, 2013 12:52:06 PM

  9. And repeatedly molested another innocent child.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 15, 2013 12:53:34 PM

  10. Misty, you're lying. This wasn't an innocent child. This was a man months away from legal adulthood with a history of legal troubles, drugs in his system, and he was on top of GZ hitting him. If you're going to hem and haw, and least be honest.

    Posted by: JY | Jul 15, 2013 12:55:25 PM

  11. How true this is. The plain fact is that most of us are "other," and a small group of people want to spread hate and discord by criminalizing our very existence. Sound like Nazi Germany? Sound like white supremacy? Sound like Christian Evangelicals? You bet.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 15, 2013 1:11:50 PM

  12. I'm sick and tired of people like @JY pointing out that Trayvon was on top of Zimmerman. An armed and dangerous man stalked, hunted and attacked an innocent teenage boy who was doing nothing wrong, even after the 911 operator told him to stay in the car. The boy turned the tables on the armed maniac and beat his ass. The armed man shot him. If Zimmerman didn't want to get attacked he should have stayed in the car like he was told. Or better yet, not go thinking that a person is "suspicious" just because they are black and in a hoody.

    Furthermore, JY, you are contradicting yourself. "A man months away from adulthood" how can a non-adult be a man? Bringing up Trayvons underage legal troubles and traces of "drugs" in his system is nothing more than a victim blaming smear tactic.

    Posted by: Chris | Jul 15, 2013 1:16:14 PM

  13. very well put mr. roberts. please continue this line of programming, and maybe, just maybe, a productive discussion will happen regularly in the media.

    Posted by: northalabama | Jul 15, 2013 1:19:26 PM

  14. All have to do is see how Travyon Martin was portrayed on certain media outlets to see there is somethingw wrong. In left-leaning places he was an innocent child who was pursued by a wannabe cop. In others he was a drugged up thugh who was looking for a fight.

    Yet take Adam Lanza the white mentally challenged individual who killed 26 or so school children. There is no dispute about that but across the board he was portrayed as a quiet individual who kept to himself. No one questioned that he must've been mentally ill but when a black teen is shot and killed in the neighborhood he had every right to be in, and was doing nothing absolutely nothing but walking home, he's made out to be a thug and something he clearly wasn't.

    We give white, child killing psyhcopaths more benefit of the doubt than black teens.

    Posted by: Derrick | Jul 15, 2013 1:24:49 PM

  15. I have a very sweaty and stinky vagina and no testicles.

    Posted by: RICK | Jul 15, 2013 1:28:12 PM

  16. I guess he is deciding to give up an pretense that he is a journalist and just a talking head no different than those on the right like O'Rielly and Hannity.

    And for the record, there is no law that says any of us have to listen to what a 9-1-1 dispatcher says. It is NOT illegal to disregard their "orders".

    Posted by: John | Jul 15, 2013 1:28:12 PM

  17. @HEY DARLIN',

    The rich white american male? What about the rich black American male? The rich Asian American male? The rich Hispanic American male? The rich WOMAN of any ethnicity, 'race', background?


    And in regards to Treyvon Martin...WTF....SERIOUSLY WTF, do 'white males' have to do with this sh*t?

    1) It wasn't a 'white male' who shot him; it was a fellow oppressed 'person of color'



    And what's with the 'angry' hard face the black woman has, but the goofy white guy has a smile? Why do I see so many people trying to act 'hard' by having a mean and angry facial expression? I understand why protesters do this, it's to attract attention, look interesting for photographers, and to what else? Scare people? Who? If someone, anyone, came up to me with some of the angry/scary faces some of these protesters have, I'd burst out laughing. Is an angry face like that woman has suppose to accentuate gravitas or something? Moral superiority? She and other just look like pretentious pr*cks when they do it. And they aren't scaring anybody, just irritating them.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 15, 2013 1:28:36 PM

  18. @Chris, sorry if you're sick and tired of people like me talking about the facts, but they ARE the facts. The situation was a mess, and very much avoidable. However, it's stupid to call someone a "maniac" or go after him simply because he was armed and didn't get beat to death. Also, unlike you, I can say that some who is 17 years old is very different than someone who is 12 years old. The photo used by most news outlets was from when he was 12, and I found it insulting that I was essentially being lied to.

    As for saying Zimmerman should or shouldn't have done this or that, he has just as much of a right to stay in his car, get out of his car, walk around his own neighborhood, and even follow someone. It's not illegal. Hitting someone for doing those things, however, very much is, and that's when he clearly crossed from being a victim to someone committing assault.

    Also, your speculation is pretty astounding. The investigators, as well as the FBI ALL concluded that there's no reason to think that this happened because Martin was black, but here you are, insisting that you know better than ALL of them, AND a jury. Get over yourself. You're not an emperor with some magical divine insight.

    Posted by: JY | Jul 15, 2013 1:31:29 PM

  19. @ "Misty, you're lying. This wasn't an innocent child. This was a man months away from legal adulthood with a history of legal troubles, drugs in his system..."

    No, JY, you're the one doing the lying. Trayvon had just turned 17 years old. In Florida that's a child.

    Legal troubles? Oh, really. Writing graffiti on a school wall...a screw driver and women's jewelry in his book bag? That's legal troubles?

    Drugs? Marijuana? Hell, then half the country has drugs in their system.

    So, now in our country if you start a fight with someone and they get the best of you--you have the right to shoot them? Maybe in Florida. In Pennsylvania your azz would be jail. Then again, if your victim is a 17 year old Black boy....maybe you'd walk free.

    @ "And by the way, every time gay rights has come up for a vote, the "colored folks" you are trying so desperately to form a bond with here have voted against your kind......"

    And always vote for candidates who support civil rights for Gay people.

    Rick, it just galls you that most openly Gay White men seem to be politically liberal. Well, what the do you right-wingers have to offer them? Tax cuts with no job security?

    Posted by: Derrick form Philly | Jul 15, 2013 1:33:21 PM

  20. When my dad died from bottoming for more than a dozen black men within one hour I knew that he was special. When his anus gave out and he died I knew that his purpose in life was the please black men's genitals, and even though I'm glad Trayvon Martin is dead, at least I can hope that somewhere in Hell my father is being filled up from all ends by the biggest blackest and violent men imaginable. He'd love it!

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 15, 2013 1:34:06 PM

  21. And why is it very good looking, very light skinned 'black' women who are the most p*ssy and outraged when it comes to racial issues? And why do they always braid their hair or have cornrolls? To look more 'black'? Many of these women live very privileged and well off lives, yet they deign to lecture others about discrimination and oppression [racial, economic, whatever]? Please. What's ironic is there is 'racism', very real 'racism', in the black community and it revolves around skin tone; the lighter the skin, the more privileged you are within the black community. Extremely light skinned 'black' woman are at the top of the heap, along with the dudes.

    This sh*t is unreal. Come back 200 years from now, same sh*t, same song and dance, will still be going on.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 15, 2013 1:35:24 PM

  22. And of course MSNBC is a JOKE; NOBODY takes it seriously. For that matter, nobody watches it. I don't watch Fox [don't watch TV, period], but at least they actually have ratings to brag about.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 15, 2013 1:37:43 PM

  23. Derrick, what you liberals don't understand is that for masculine gay men like me who are not effeminate, our father's hate you liberal effeminates and so my dad didn't love me because of you and it's all your fault that even into my mid-fifties I'm still not out of the closet.

    Don't you understand how I can't come out and it's all your fault and you liberals are the reason that the only time my dad ever touched me was when he would dress me up in drag and use me as his own sextoy? I wanted him inside me, but I did not want to be dressed as a girl while I did it, and it's all the fault of you liberals that that's how it went down.

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 15, 2013 1:38:16 PM

  24. I agree, Rick. Those ridiculous liberals are also the reason that I can't leave my parent's basement and hang out with other gay people.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 15, 2013 1:40:36 PM

  25. @ Ratbastard Whatever. The verdict was read. Let's move on.

    Posted by: MickyFlip | Jul 15, 2013 1:51:17 PM

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