Anthea Butler is an associate professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League school. She is also a regular contributor to CNN and MSNBC. She is furthermore a professor of Africana Studies at that school and Graduate Chair of Religious Studies at that school. All that is well and good, but one has to wonder what the post-graduate employment rate is of a Penn graduate in Religious or Africana Studies.
Obviously, being an Ivy League professor does not necessarily require raw intelligence. In response to the Trayvon Martin decision, Butler had this to say:
"God ain't good all the time. In fact, sometimes God is not for us. As a black woman in an nation that has taken too many gains to remind me that I'm not a white man and am not capable of taking care of my reproductive rights, or my voting rights, I know that this American god ain't my god. As a matter of fact, he's a white racist god with a problem. More importantly, he is carrying a gun and stalking young black men... As an historian of American and African-American religion, I know that the Trayvon Martin moment is just one moment in a history of racism in America that, in large part, has its underpinnings in Christianity and its history..."
Wow, just wow!!! One does not know where to begin, but begin we should start. This is an Ivy League "professor." Twice she uses the word "ain't," not to mention the use of the word "an" before "nation." Just for future reference, "ain't" is not a word and one uses the word "an" before a word with that begins with a vowel and the word "a" before a word that begins with a consonant. But, then again, I doubt Ms. Butler knows what a vowel and a consonant is let alone your standard dictionary. Then noting that she is a black woman that America in a nation reminding her she is not a white man, she goes on her anti-Christian God screed. More specifically, the God that white people worship which apparently is not the same God that black people worship which, in Butler's formulation, apparently does away with centuries of monotheism in one fell swoop. Then there is the "moment in a moment" statement. What is that? A "sub-moment?" To put it in words Butler can understand, ain't no such thing as a sub-moment, unless you are buying a hoagie.
Unfortunately, Butler's statement- the syntax, grammar, and content- indicate that she is barely intelligent enough to make a bed at your local Ramada Express or flip a hamburger at McDonald's. She is most likely one to elevate a 19-year-old high school student who cannot read cursive and thinks that because the street name "weed" for marijuana does not make that, in fact, a drug, is worthy of a college scholarship and "sub-sainthood." This statement by Butler is akin to those Al Sharpton statements in Florida: "We ain't ignent."
Thinking that this rant was just an emotional and unedited expression, I looked at some more of Butler's statements. In a more recent posting entitled "Setbacks and Struggles- Can't Nobody Turn Us Around," my worst fears were confirmed by the use of the double-negative in the posting's title. That short article, incidentally, is a great little ditty that attacks not only the Zimmerman trial outcome, but the Voting Rights Act decision by the Supreme Court, the abortion bill in Texas and the much ignored Moral Mondays in North Carolina. The gist of her posting is summarized in this statement, which competes with the above statement for stupid liberal quote of the day:
"These trying times are enough to make one stop and ponder if our country is made for rich white men who control the votes, vaginas and victory."
There is a new slogan for the civil rights community- the three V's- VOTES, VAGINAS, VICTORY!!! And her blog is full of other stupidity and incorrect grammar which, if graded, would strain the red ink in a teacher's pen. As just one example, she asserts that the choice of Pope Francis to replace Benedict is interesting because he is a Jesuit. Somehow along the way, she makes some bizarre claims. The leader of the Jesuits, she points out, is the General and referred to as the Black Pope. By elevating a Jesuit to the Seat of Peter, the black and white popes are now conjoined. Huh?
Also on her blog, she apparently took exception to what she describes as edited comments she made on some little watched MSNBC show which took her to task for being racist. However, her defense of the New Black Panthers is unmistakable in the context of the discussion over gun control.
At the end of the day, Ms. Butler ain't nothing but an ignent racist who sees oppression, victimization and racism in everything from a jury trial verdict to gun control to the election of a Pope. As long as there are people like Butler making stupid comments from a pedestal of alleged authority vis-a-vis her position at the University of Pennsylvania, there will always be race relations in this country. The country would be better served if Anthea Butler took up the scrubbing brush rather than the pen to make a contribution to this country. Everyone is entitled to their opinion which is enshrined in the Bill of Rights which asserts some of those "inalienable rights" bestowed from that same racist, gun-toting, black kid-stalking God. Anthea Butler- your local Motel 6 needs maids. Do the nation a favor and apply. Oh and University of Pennsylvania? Your hiring of this race monger only confirms the worst fears of most sane Americans- education is going to hell in a hand bucket.