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If the NAACP was ever actually an organization dedicated to the advancement of colored people, I am certainly too young to remember. Throughout my adult life it seems the NAACP is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the liberal/progressive political wing. If “colored people” happen to align with their politics, great. But anything not part of the official Democrat platform is ignored or outright opposed.
A great example of this last is the NAACP opposition to school choice laws, which have been shown as fairly successful for black children in many communities. You would think an organization supposedly dedicated to helping advance black people would actually want to help advance black children, but since Democrats oppose school choice, you would be wrong to assume so.
In the latest bit of whacky weirdness, the NAACP organized a march to protest voter ID laws. Prior to the march, they distributed a flyer with DOs and DON’Ts. One of the DOs? “Bring photo identification and keep it on you at all times”
In my present state of mind, I am beyond the point of feeling angry about this. The hypocrisy among political power players is so rampant, so obvious, so egregious that I just can’t help but laugh.
Maybe I am laughing the laugh of the damned.
[ Click above to embiggen: Some of the promotional material for website www.BradleyThomasComic.com, which was wiped clean of all content on the morning of Friday 5/31/13 after our initial reporting on “The Case of the Stripping School Teacher” was published ]
A sixth grade teacher in a Chicago Public School classroom has been identified as a moonlighting stand-up comic who mocks his black students’ names, intelligence, and home life in degrading “comedy routines” staged in the city’s LGBTQAI community…where gay Chicago men have a longstanding habit of making racist, “ghetto” jokes at the expense of black people…but are never called-out on it because gays are a protected and favored class in our national media; a gay public school teacher ridiculing and degrading his black students for the amusement of gay audiences thus pits two of the institutional Left’s primary demographic groups against one another in as politically-incorrect terms as possible. Chicago’s now faced with the rare spectacle of wondering whom the media will side with on this one: the black children being mocked or the gay comic who degrades them on stage?
Bradley Thomas Balof, a gay, white, male teacher at Joseph Stockton Elementary School on the North Side of Chicago continues to perform his standup routine at venues like Zanies in Old Town, with troupes such as OutLoud Chicago, and in appearances at Sidetrack the Video Bar in Boystown (where Balof also serves as the bar’s master-of-ceremonies (MC) for special events and regularly dances nearly-nude as an in-house erotic entertainer).
Balof’s “comedy stylings” at Sidetrack and other gay venues include:
* Mocking the names of his black students, particularly the females, as “Shaquisha”, “Loquisha”, “”Shaniqua” , “Bon’Qui Qui”, and other variations of same that are disturbingly popular “jokes” amongst many gay men in Chicago
* Informing his audiences that he’s a public school teacher in Chicago who is exasperated by the lack of learning ability of his black students…and then detailing their academic struggles on stage in a “my students are so funny, they think 2 plus 2 is 5″ kind of way; other “jokes” in this vein involved the children not knowing what various sexual or other adult terms meant and then having “funny” responses to Balof about them
* Affecting a “ghetto accent” and taking on “ghetto black mannerisms” while telling “jokes” about the black people he claims to encounter during his teaching day
* Ridiculing black parents, especially the mothers, for the poor school performance of their kids
* Maligning black women as welfare queens and linking their reproductive frequency to the lackluster academic performance of their children
* Presenting himself on stage as a sainted martyr for having to “put up with black kids all day at work”
Balof regularly performs these “jokes” as the master-of-ceremonies (MC) for high-profile events held at Sidetrack the Video Bar, which is owned by prominent Chicago gay activists Art Johnston and Jose Pepin “Pepe” “Pep” Pena (who are also the principle fundraisers and founders for/of the lobbying organization Equality Illinois). Johnston and Pena are regularly present for Balof’s comedy routines and laugh along with the rest of the gay audience as Balof mocks black people unrelentingly. This is especially disturbing, since Johnston and Pena take the stage at these same events to promote Equality Illinois’ purported mission of achieving “equality for everyone in Illinois”…but then they laugh uproariously when one of their employees lambasts the culture and intelligence of black Chicago children and their parents.
I have personally and repeatedly complained to both Johnston and Pena about the offensive nature of the “comedy” performed at Sidetrack, with Pena in particular telling me in his thick accent that he didn’t care about complaints and that he “thinks this is funny”…and so Sidetrack will keep doing what it’s been doing, with Pena’s personal approval, regardless of how awful some of these “jokes” truly are.
Sidetrack the Video Bar films all of its special events MC-ed by Balof and stores these recordings digitally in its VJ/sound booth above its Main Bar room at 3349 N. Halsted in Boystown; as of Friday 5/31/13, it appears an investigation now has been launched by the Chicago Public Schools administration to obtain copies of all these videos for review, as Sidetrack has never made these performances by Balof available on its website or YouTube. There is an entire video production facility in-house and on-site at Sidetrack, with three or four dedicated staff members in charge of filming, editing, and archiving every event that happens in the bar.
[ Click PLAY above: as of this writing, this commercial for “Laugh Track” found on YouTube is the only film from the events available; while it does not show the racist jokes about public school students that are so offensive and only offers a taste of what “Laugh Track” was all about, it does prove that these shows were filmed by Sidetrack using the bar’s video production facilities. You can see screens to the sides of the comics where they’re being projected while they work the microphone; a Sidetrack camera operator was filming them so it could be broadcast on the screens and those performances were then captured digitally and archived in the Sidetrack VJ/sound booth ]
From the summer of 2010 through the spring of 2011, Balof and fellow comic Adam Guerino additionally staged the “Laugh Track” live comedy shows held at Sidetrack on Thursday nights; these featured standup comedy performances by Balof where he used his life as a public school teacher in majority-minority Joseph Stockton Elementary as the basis for his performance sets. Another Sidetrack co-owner, Chuck Hyde, was quoted in November of 2010 saying these “Laugh Track” shows had “been growing rapidly…We know that there’s a whole lot of talent in our community that doesn’t always get to showcase, so this just seemed like a natural fit” for Sidetrack the Video Bar. Another interview with Guerino revealed that he, Hyde, and Balof had conceived the idea for “Laugh Track” together and were the principle driving forces of the weekly events.
These “Laugh Track” shows were heavily promoted by owners Johnston, Pena, and Hyde with lavish posters and ads in all of the city’s gay entertainment publications. By all accounts, they were extremely well-attended and brought a lot of business into the bar on what was otherwise a slow night of the week. But, the consistently degrading nature of the material aimed at black people and children quickly soured audiences and “Laugh Track” was canceled unceremoniously in 2011…with most references to it disappeared down the “memory hole”. After hoping the ill will and hurt feelings that initial year of performances caused had been forgotten, Sidetrack attempted to resurrect “Laugh Track” again in the spring of 2012…but it was not restored as regularly featured entertainment in the bar. Balof, however, continued his racist comedy stylings at Sidetrack whenever he took the mic as an MC of special events and still performs at Zanies and other venues whenever they will have him…making fun of the black students in his sixth grade class wherever he can plug in a microphone.
Balof’s official performance biography describes him under his stage name “Bradley Thomas” as:
Bradley Thomas (www.bradleythomascomic.com) is a comedian, Activist, Teacher, Drag Queen, Leatherman, Bartender, Actor, Model, Bottom. Bradley Thomas does it all. Whether for his weekly show Laugh Track at Sidetrack, Night of 100 Drag Queens, International Mister Leather, or other performances Bradley has been performing as a comedian and emcee for over a decade. His quick wit, and sardonic view help him create stand-up performances that are both relevant and irreverent. Bradley does not shy away from incorporating equality, sexuality, and social justice into his art. Of course, he is quickest to laugh at himself, if you dont beat him to the punch. If laughter is medicine, Bradley hopes his audiences OD every night.
A “bottom”, as listed in the bio above, is a reference to Balof’s preferred position during anal sex (in which he elects to be the receptive partner); this is the first time I’ve ever seen a comedian list personal information such as this in a program bio…and one that his sixth grade students could easily find online in an internet search, no less.
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South Carolina continues to prove itself to be one tough little state with one tough governor. It refuses to be pushed around by special interest groups or union thugs. The latest group to try and tell South Carolina what to do is the NAACP. A Confederate flag has been flown at the north end of the Statehouse since 2000. The flag had been flying on top of the Statehouse since 1962 but had to be moved to the north end as a response to protests by the NAACP. Now they don’t want the flag anywhere near the Statehouse. The president of the NAACP Benjamin Jealous thinks that since Nikki Haley comes from Indian descent, she should understand what it is like to be oppressed by “colonials” and she should be sensitive to how blacks feel about the Confederate flag.
While addressing a crowd at the NAACP conference in LA, Jealous had this to say…
“Perhaps one of the most perplexing examples of the contradictions of this moment in history is that Nikki Haley, South Carolina’s first governor of color, continues to fly the Confederate flag in front of her state’s capitol. Given the similarities between our struggles to end slavery and segregation, and her ancestors’ struggle to end British colonialism and oppression in India, my question to Governor Haley is one that Dr. King often asked himself: ‘What would Gandhi do?'” Jealous said.
South Carolina’s first governor of color? Do you consider Nikki Haley a person of color? I sure don’t. She’s a South Carolina native who’s parents happen to be from India. Her skin is paler than mine.
Haley’s office says that the issue was already settled over 10 years ago and it shouldn’t be brought up again…
“More than a decade ago, under the leadership of a Democratic governor, South Carolinian Republican and Democrat, black and white, came to a compromise position on the Confederate flag,” said Haley press secretary, Rob Godfrey.
“Many people were uncomfortable with that compromise, but it addressed a sensitive subject in a way that South Carolina as a whole could accept. We don’t expect people from outside of the state to understand that dynamic, but revisiting that issue is not part of the governor’s agenda,” Godfrey said
So…of course….the NAACP is boycotting the state (except for the money the blacks are getting from the Pigford scam…they aren’t boycotting that). I didn’t know this but since 2001, the NCAA won’t hold any tournaments in the state because the Confederate flag is flying on the grounds of the Statehouse.
Instead of being proud of their heritage and how far they have come, the NAACP continues to incite turmoil and hatred wherever they go. They don’t want their people to succeed because…well…then Benjamin Jealous would be out of a job. (and Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and Jeremiah Wright and probably Barack Obama too)
Good for South Carolina for standing up to the NAACP, the NCAA and the union thugs who don’t want the Boeing plant moved there.
You are a shining example of why I am proud to be a Southerner.
Go Nikki Go!
ACTION ITEM: Research instances of the NAACP’s and Congressional Black Caucus’s bullying on behalf of Race Industry
One of the lessons I hope you all take away from this past week is that Democrats have a team of howlers, wailers, and teeth-gnashers ready to go at a moment’s notice, to fake protest and outrage over just about anything, once someone at DNC Headquarters pull the lever and sets these Rube Goldberg collections of oddball opportunists in motion.
The national media is filled with these people, who serve the Democrat party and its agenda while aggrandizing themselves as eulogists for the Left’s agenda, pandering to future space archeaologists in their attempts to seem right when the majority of Americans are “wrong” (in the media’s opinion) about the Left.
Then there’s the Race Industry, the Gay press, and women’s groups…all of whom toe the DNC’s line and use their respective identity bloc positions to aide Democrats by attacking Republicans from various sides.
Blacks call conservatives RAACIST no matter what’s been done that day, because it’s the one card they have to play.
Gays have a few more tools at their disposal, because in addition to flat-out calling conservatives homophobic and evil, the gay community masters humor and makes fun of conservatives in creative ways that catch on in the mainstream…so there’s a self-interested attack, but also a broader non-gay based area where gays create fodder for other Democrat constituencies to use as weapons against conservatives.
Women in the Left’s ranks, like blacks, are focused more narrowly, and tend to consume themselves wholly with abortion…to the point of obsession. Democrats are thrilled with this, because it keeps women from questioning what Democrats actually do to help them achieve economic and social parity with men, because abortion is the wedge issue that perpetually divides women into two camps and keeps them from every uniting for common benefit.
In 2011, a common goal for everyone on the conservative side of the aisle should be committing to the yeoman’s work of compiling all the instances of the black, gay, and women identity blocs shamelessly exploiting various tragedies, crises, and news events to push the Left’s agenda.
What the Democrats count on, time and again, is the public’s short memory and attention span. Two months from now, there will be a large swath of the population who will say “Oh, yah, I kinda remember something about that” when asked about Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ assassination attempt this last weekend. Already, I have encountered people who do not remember the Congresswoman’s name. Some think she was a Senator, and some think she was actually one of the people killed on Saturday. This is par for the course with the public at large and is never going to change.
HOWEVER, conservatives can indeed change their responses to the Left whenever Democrats next decide to exploit a tragedy for political game.
Instead of playing catchup, let’s take the time to do the hard work of compiling material to use to show the public whatever next thing the Left does to exploit a tragedy is just the latest in a very long stream of such behavior.
This way, the latest incident is the new tier, added on top of a staggering tower of evidence documenting and indicting the Left for the things it repeatedly does.
A great goal for all conservatives should be to shut the Race Industry down for good. Democrats exploit and abuse blacks for muscle and thuggery, racializing issues needlessly because these are the bells rung and signals given for people like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Henry Gates, and others to mobilize blacks to name-call, shout, and protest in front of buildings to terrify Republicans. Since the media aides and abets this, the Cocktail Party GOP establishment has long capitulated to the Jackson-Sharpton-Gates triumvirate of opportunism…lest the media call these Cocktail Party suits RAAACISTS! and saturate them with bad coverage until they break and give the Race Industry whatever it wants.
It’s blackmail and extortion, and it needs to stop. But won’t stop so long as the public is ignorant of all the times the Race Industry has employed these tactics before.
The NAACP and Congressional Black Caucus have long exceeded their usefulness to society and exist today as fronts for the Race Industry. The only public statements they make are to feign outrage over deserved swats at the Race Industry. When the Jackson-Sharpton-Gateses of the world do something bad, then get called on it, the NAACP and the CBC serve the purpose of taking to the airwaves to condemn the truthteller…lest the public have a chance to agree the latest Race Industry ploy is unacceptable. Because the NAACP and CBC still carry residual good will and posthumous respectability (even though they are ghosts of their former selves), the public at large automatically sides with them against whomever they are shaking down or threatening that day.
This needs to stop, and will only stop if the public sees the big picture regarding what both organizations have been up to the last, oh, 30 years or so.
Since the 1980s, at least, neither organization has concerned itself with combatting racism or helping black people advance either financially or socially; instead, both the NAACP and the CBC have served as nothing more than cover for the Race Industry to lend credence and gravitas to the latest ridiculous shakedown by Jackson-Sharpton-Gates.
This won’t stop until someone compiles a workable and always-ready response to them that clearly identifies how shamelessly opportunistic these people are, and how often they falsely accuse everyone under the sun of racism when they feel that person is an obstacle to their newest scam.
Just watch when the Pigford Black Reparations scheme is investigated…the charges of RAAACISM! will fly fast and furious, increasing in volume and venom the closer investigators get to the truth.
Let’s be proactive and compile this dossier now…so we can all be ready to expose the NAACP and CBC on this point when we next need it.
The NAACP now wants to repeal Prop-8, as the LGBTQ community, ourselves here at HillBuzz included, have rightfully called the black community out for supporting discrimination in California.
Despite Hollywood types like Tom Hanks making fools of themselves trying to blame Mormons in Utah for Prop-8’s passage, we all know damn well it was black Obama voters in California who pushed Prop-8, and gleefully pulled one lever to discriminate against the LGBTQ community while voting for Obama with the other.
Hope! Change! Let’s stick it to those f******!
There is no way Democrats could have won California for Obama while still passing Prop-8 if Obama’s black voters did not support discrimination against the LGBTQ minority.
And we will never in our lives stop talking about that.
We won’t forget it, or let you forget it either, and we certainly won’t allow buffoons like Hanks to get away with blaming Mormons for this. 85% of Obama’s black voters supported Prop-8, more than any other Democratic constituency. If they had lockstep voted against discrimination the way they race-bloc voted for Obama, Prop-8 would have gone down in flames.
So, it’s good the NAACP has realized the colossal mistake Obama made in California by not actively campaigning against Prop-8, and not telling his supporters to vote against it.
But, we believe the NAACP just realized LGBTQ voters, with all that disposable income, are no longer sending donations to either the NAACP or black candidates, because while The Advocate and other gay publications follow Hanks and the DNC’s bizarre belief in evil Mormon ninjas behind Prop-8’s passage, a very large portion of the LGBTQ community realizes exactly who is to blame for what happened in California.
And it was not evil Mormon ninjas.
So, it’s nice the NAACP has found a voice to call for repeal of discriminatory legislation in California. It would have been much nicer if the NAACP had enough guts to stand up against discrimination in all of its forms, when that actually matters, such as campaigning aganst Prop-8 to begin with.
Better late than never is just not good enough.