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Everybody is blogging, everyone with even minimal writing skills and a heady opinion is getting their voice out there.  But sometimes good writing/opinions get overlooked so I am going to use this page to highlight an essay I think people should pay attention to.  It doesn’t mean that I necessarily agree with the person,  I’m just giving props to those who are out here slugging away in the proverbial (verbal) trenches. 


A recent bit of fakery was made clear to me by a young black writer who pointed out that he knew a good number of black people who said of Obama that he was not like any of the black people whom they knew or who resided in their neighborhoods. I told him that I thought he was being told a damn lie. A guy who is from a solid black middle class background and believes almost anything he hears from black people who claim to have been born in a barrel of butcher knives (and perhaps shot in the ass with a pair of Colt .45s), he wanted to know why I thought his friends were not telling him the truth.

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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire by Stanley Crouch


Now That Barack Obama Has Been Elected …

Now that the neo “second coming of Christ” frenzy is over with and history has been made (giving many what they wanted: a Black president), now the historically politically unastute, ignorant, and progress stagnant COLLECTIVE of Black folks must know WHAT TO DEMAND of a Democratic President (with executive order signing powers like all other presidents before him) and Demorcratic Congress (shouldn’t be no problems now in granting bills good for the people).

Minister Farrakhan was right in how Blacks get caught up into appeal and charm of a candidate but you see, it’s BIGGER than that. ACTIONS are the key. You must deliver after a vote is given. The Jewish community knows this and knows it well. You must know what to demand from a politician whom you gave your popular vote. Obama is a PUBLIC SERVANT of the highest order now and now the serious issues of the nation must be addressed, at least the surface issues. The root issues can never be discussed because our brother will be murdered like John F. Kennedy in 1963 so we have to keep the Federal Reserve Bank, IRS, and all the other agencies that REALLY strangle this potentially great nation. So F the root issues, let’s just deal with the surface issues.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Post-Meltdown Mythologies (I): Americans Have Been Living Beyond Their Means

The “living beyond our means” argument, with its thinly-veiled suggestion of moral terpitude, is technically correct. Over the last fifteen years, average household debt has soared to record levels, and the typical American family has taken on more of debt than it can safely manage. That became crystal clear when the housing bubble burst and home prices fell, eliminating easy home equity loans and refinancings.

But this story leaves out one very important fact. Since the year 2000, median family income has been dropping, adjusted for inflation. One of the main reasons the typical family has taken on more debt has been to maintain its living standards in the face of these declining real incomes

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October 16, 2008

Why McCain Debated As He Did

But by and large, McCain’s economic plans aim to refurbish investment and the private sector while restraining government. Despite a record budget deficit this year (in nominal dollars), one that could balloon to $1 trillion in the coming recession, McCain insists that “no one’s taxes should be raised.”

That would mean all the money for all the bailouts and rescues the government has agreed to, plus all the wars and other commitments, must come from existing or lowered taxes — and borrowing. That is the supply side solution, to be sure.

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This is what the hate from Right wing talk radio, bloggers and FOX News creates

Just look at the videotapes of the angry, hateful hordes attending these rallies — screaming that Obama is a socialist; that he’s both a Muslim and a terrorist as proven by his “bloodline” and his name; that his supporters are “commie faggots”; that he’s guilty of treason; underscored by increasing racial invective and even punctuated in one case by a call from an audience member for someone to be killed. These aren’t just isolated individuals; these sentiments are common at these rallies and becoming increasingly virulent and enraged — at the rallies and otherwise:

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06 Oct 2008 10:47 am

Transparency, Please

So it is part of Palin’s record to demand the marriage license of a fellow Republican, but to ask for any medical confirmation of the mysterious birth of Trig earlier this year, any affidavit from the obstetrician, any objective evidence at all that Trig is indeed Sarah Palin’s biological child is, well, in the words of John Podhoretz, “virtually unspeakable.” Look: this is usually not hard at all. Births are recorded at the hospitals where they occur. And, as you might expect, there’s a long list of babies born at Mat-Su Medical center, where we are told Trig was born on April 18 this year. But for some reason, Trig Palin’s name is not among them.

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Slate And The Asian American Vote

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

 may go off on a little tangent here, and while coherent, probably not as easy to follow as a DWTS Warren Sap Quickstep.Who says we have to all vote one way? Do we have to be one mindless collective for or against?


I mean if you’re white (where you already transcend race) you get to be as diverse as you want to be and still get noticed, but there seems to be this idea – and especially in that quote from the Slate article (and in other areas of it) – that we best get it together, make up our minds like good little workers, and make it as easy as it can be for politicians to round us up and get our vote en masse, and if we don’t – we apparently either aren’t being heard, or don’t have reason to be heard, or just aren’t making a difference, and I can’t help but find fault in that thinking because in a lot of ways it boils everything down to race – and that’s as absurd as people who believe creationism should be taught as a science.

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The N-Word In Their Own Words

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I recently remarked to some friends that having someone refer to me as an “Oriental” was as offensive as the N-word is to a Black person. It’s an involuntary, visceral response. I cringe, I wince, I can’t help but think that the person who said it either wants to cause a fight, has nobody but White friends, or has not left the house since the 1970s, or perhaps all of the above.

The moniker of choice is Asian at the least, Asian American if you’re in the know, and Mr. Asian American if you’re nasty.

My wife asked me if I think the word, Westerner is offensive. And I said, No. She asked, What if White people took offense to that. I said, I don’t really care. She said, You know you have a double standard? I said, Yes. After all the names I’ve been called, I hardly consider Westerner an insult. She said, I don’t think White people know that Oriental, which means Eastern, is offensive. They just don’t know.

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If you were one of the very few white people at my 50th birthday party, you would have noticed that you were part of a minority group; and you probably didn’t feel discriminated because my guests were primarily family and close friends that have embraced diversity. But you may have felt uncomfortable with some of the ethnic food, the music or the conversations in Spanish. I felt the same way when I visited Korea and China (I speak neither Korean nor Chinese).

Was I discriminating at my birthday party because I now live in the U.S, where more than 60 percent of the population is white, but less than 10 percent of my guests were (the other 90 percent were Latinos or Asians)? Or did I discriminate when selecting my former business partners, five out of six of whom were Latino or Chinese?

I call the reason behind the answer to both questions “special preference.” And at the root of my “special preference” is “cultural connectivity.”

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A Woman’s Worth

I have been a mother all of my adult life.  A single working mother. I put off dating, took menial jobs far beneath my qualifications and baked my share of ginger bread cookies for PTA Night, all so that three incredible children could have better. I chose their lives over mine.  I don’t have to tell you that it wasn’t easy. Unfortunately, my story, our story, is not

We slept in cars, bought groceries with food stamps and prayed for a better day.  When that wasn’t enough, I put myself through school at Emory University and took a part-time job as a staff writer at the Atlanta Journal Constitution.  That was over a decade ago.

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Tell Me More, September 16, 2008 · Finally, a few more words about the presidential campaign.

Yesterday, I talked about how hypocritical, not to mention destructive, I thought the Republicans were being by trying to portray Obama as an elitist at the same time as they are steadily pushing education as the cure for all social ills. I said that — at a time when education is more important than ever before, and millions of young people, especially black and brown young men, are as turned off from school as they can be — the Republicans are dealing the country a very bad hand if they keep attacking one person who might be able to persuade at least some of these kids that studying is okay. That, my friends, to paraphrase John McCain, is not putting “Country First.”

But now I want to tell you how the Democrats are getting on my nerves, and to do that I’m going to tell you a story. A true story, one that takes place when I was a White House correspondent for the Wall Street Journal covering the first Bush administration — Bush Forty ONE as we now say — and there was a high stakes political fight brewing over extending the Civil Rights Act.

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Racism vs. race realism

It seems that my comment section has been infested with racists.

What’s the difference between a race realist and a racist? The race realist understands The g Factor, The Bell Curve, and other works of scientific research. The racist apparently thinks that because Barack Obama is half black, it’s impossible for him to have a significantly higher g than John McCain.

Go back and read Arthur Jensen. Obama, and his half brother, having IQs of 145, is a fact that’s perfectly consistent with everything we know about the science of intelligence.

Most of the people who are making these racist comments have obviously never been to law school so have no idea of how difficult it is to graduate magna cum laude from Harvard (currently set at the top 10% of the class). Law schools have blind grading, and everyone is required to take the same core classes during the first year, and generally another semester of required classes after that. The other three semesters can be filled up with easy seminars, but everyone else at Harvard was doing the same thing. Someone reported that 80% of black law students wind up in the bottom 20% of the class, and that sounds believable. But Barack wasn’t one of them.

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I want to be wasian!


A few nights ago, I noticed the Daughter watching the latest Cheetah Girls movie from Disney. The movie made me remember the time she shouted in teenage frustration, “I want to be WASIAN!” I thought again about this outburst when John forwarded an article about a paper co-authored by Freakonomics author Steven Levitt. The paper claimed that bi-racial children of black and white parents are more prone to engage in risky adolescent behavior more than “single raced” children. The bi-racial kids’ one advantage, states the paper, is that interviewers rated them more attractive.

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Fear and Loathing in Denver


“So where are you guys from?” she asks.

“New York.”

“What do you think of Denver?”

“So far so good. Seems like a nice town.”

“It’s okay. I mean, there are ghettoish parts of town too. Where are you guys staying?”


“Oh see that’s a nice area. But if you go a little further down the road, it gets ghettoish. It’s all Mexicans and Asians.”

Nezua and I look at one another.

“Oh,” she stammers, “that sounds horrible! I’m sorry, I didn’t mean it that way. I just mean, like, there was a gang fight and a shooting just the other day.”

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Father Figures

What caused  my grandfather’s absence?

What is to blame—or, perhaps, who is to blame—for the nearly seven out of 10 black children who are now being raised mainly by single black females?

For as long as I can remember, a war has been raging inside me over these questions. It has been a conflict with three armies of thought. My more conservative intellectual army has argued valiantly that black males’ irresponsibility is primarily to blame. My more radical, scholarly army has claimed intrepidly that society is chiefly to blame. My more liberal, cerebral position is that it is a little bit of both.

My conflicted thinking on this matter is emblematic of the larger societal clash of ideas that has persisted for decades. This clash was thrown into sharp relief in the reaction to Barack Obama’s now controversial Father’s Day speech. In that speech, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president said: “If we are honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that too many fathers also are missing—missing from too many lives and too many homes. They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men.”

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I might have to change this section from “Did you read…” to “Did you see…” because there are a lot of visuals online that I like to share.

So, this is my theme song for the remaining of the summer.  I love it.  Cree is tight.


Black Like Me

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In the classic Spike Lee film “Do the Right Thing,” one of the most powerful scenes occurs after Radio Raheem is choked to death by the police. The scene is a reference to a 1983 incident in New York City where graffiti artist Michael Stewart was apprehended for defacing public property and killed by the arresting officer in a similar manner.

As in real life, the angry black crowd who witnesses the slaying eventually becomes a riotous crowd. They demolish Sal’s Pizzeria and soon their rage turns to other non-Black businesses in the area.

Quickly they head for the local Korean market yelling, “It’s your turn now, mothafucka!” But Sunny, the Korean owner tries to fight them off with a broom all while yelling, “I no white! I black! You…me…same! We same!”

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When Thugs Cry

To all you Gs crying on YouTube–that ain’t gangsta

July 23, 2008–It is time to pull this car over and give you gangsta rappers something to cry about. Cry about genocide in Darfur. Cry about the lack of support for the people in Burma. Cry about the displaced New Orleans folks that got gutted and uprooted like seaweed. Cry about poverty, teen-pregnancy rates and joblessness.

But, please, Young Buck, don’t cry about your taxes and being kicked out of G-Unit. The Game, stop crying about not being born in the era of hip-hop that would have suited your musical stylings. Because crying is not gangsta, it’s soft. (W.W.S.T., What Would Scarface Think?)

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Okay, this next one is a video and doesn’t really constitute reading except for the few headlines he puts in his clips.  But you have to watch this guy, it’s really interesting and more entertaining than a lot of reality shows on tv.

I hope he makes his movie. 


I Love Ya Ms. Keys but You May Want to Curtail Your Time at The Barbershop! Alicia Keys & the Great Gangsta Conspiracy!

I don’t want to spend too much time on this but I would like to say my piece on this latest bit of celebrity drivel. First, what is the deal with the media’s obsession with people of color who self-identify themselves as Black (Keys, Obama, Halle) and whose parentage is biracial? America’s societal structure has been pretty clear as to how much African blood is deemed tolerable….none. So when Keys made some rather off the wall comments centered on conspiratorial thinking, I noticed several newspapers that often preface her lineage first

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Not Exactly Diverse

By Paula O’Loughlin

A little over a week ago, I received a phone call from a woman who happens to work with my mom.  This woman, K., is only a few years older than I am and has three children; her youngest child is in the same grade (Kindergarten) as our daughter.

Apparently, my mom has been doing some grandmotherly boasting about her granddaughter, which led to various conversations between my mom and K. about the school where K’s children attend.  It’s a relatively small preparatory academy that is highly regarded by several fellow educators and parents that I know.  Before our daughter started Kindergarten, I actually did a fair amount of research on this school and though I strongly believe that its academic rigor would have been well suited for our daughter, I ultimately was looking for a more diverse student body than this school had to offer.  (According to the school’s website, almost 93% of the student body identifies themselves as White.)

One of the reasons K. called was to tell me more about the school in case I was interested in applying for the next academic school year.  I told her that my main concern was the lack of racial and ethnic diversity amongst the student body.

“Well, it’s true that most of the students are White, but we do have some diversity. Our school has plenty of Orientals,” she said proudly.

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Why Black folks Dislike Bi-Racials

by Siditty

Let me put a disclaimer on this post. Black people do not really dislike biracial or light skinned people, but rather there is some animosity, in my opinion of the black community when it comes to colorism within that community.

 am going to say this. Black people tend to dislike biracial folks. I say this as I am married to a white man and there is the possibility of having biracial children. I say this having limited exposure to those who are biracial.

Why do blacks hate biracials? A little background.

At one time, biracial people were just black folks. Heck you could be 75% white and only 25% black and still be just black. The shame of having an ounce of black in you, made those who didn’t even look black, black.

Back in the day even though these biracials were just black, they were the upper echelon of black society. The black upper class was overwhelmingly those of obvious mixed ancestry. There were light skinned folks using the brown paper bag test to determine marriage partners. There were schools and organizations (The Blue Veins) they discriminated against darker skinned blacks.

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 The White Man’s Burden is Not the Black Man’s Responsibility

 by Jasmyne Cannick 

Civil rights icon the Rev. Joseph Lowery once said, “The country’s creating a 51st state—the state of denial.

I guess if the history books favored my race against all reality, I’d be pissed off at anyone who tried to say otherwise.  Too bad.

The fact is that Rev. Wright isn’t the first or the last preacher or Black to call out America for her racist history.  A history that for some reason we are always being encouraged to forget because today Americans are transcending race.  Is that why Black men and women are being imprisoned almost as fast their mothers can give birth to them?  Is that the reason why a man who called a group of young Black women “nappy-headed ho’s” is still on the air?  And were we rising above race when it was joked that Tiger Woods should be lynched?  Is us transcending race to blame for the pimps and ho’s parties on university and college campuses around the country? 

The belief that America is somehow transcending race because whites voted for a Black man is dangerous thinking.

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 Steinem speaking out for Hillary is just so yesterday

Steinem, who at 73 is two years older than John McCain, tried to make the case that Hillary’s faltering campaign was owing to America’s greater guilt over racism than sexism. Voters feel worse about slavery and Jim Crow than they do about “gynocide,” according to the Ms. magazine founder.

“A majority of Americans want redemption for racism, for our terrible destructive racist past and so see a vote for Obama as redemptive,” she said.

Steinem isn’t the first to note the redemptive quality of voting for Obama. Shelby Steele wrote a book about it, saying that Obamamania is largely a white phenomenon for the reasons Steinem mentioned. But like Steinem and Clinton, the white-guilt vote belongs primarily to an older generation.

Young people who didn’t experience the civil rights movement — or Steinem’s feminist movement, for that matter — aren’t thinking about race in the same ways older Americans do.

And though Obama’s race clearly did count among African-American voters — 80 percent of whom voted for him in the states he carried up through Super Tuesday — his youth and perceived racial transcendence are what speak loudest to post-boomer voters.

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 Feminist Infighting

by Rebecca Walker on the Huffington Post

The fact is there have always been many “feminisms,” but one dominant, more visible Feminism, which is essentially comprised of the needs, views, and philosophies of straight white women with a certain degree of privilege. Now we can add “and of a certain age” to that list. Women of different backgrounds have been speaking to this issue of exclusivity for decades, and their critiques have been voluminous. The lack of resolution of these critiques is currently manifesting in an exacerbated form, and labeled “infighting.” There are no new issues on the table. For example, my mother, Alice Walker, did not create the term “womanist” in the late ’70s because she was feeling creative. I did not offer the concept of Third Wave in the ’90s because I wanted to inject a catchy phrase into the Feminist discourse. And, many “mainstream” women did not reject the Feminist label in the ’60s to present because they don’t know what Feminism really is.


 No, He Can’t Because Yes, They Will

by Larry C. Johnson

Huffington Report

If you think for a minute that the Republican party — who used Willie Horton on Michael Dukakis to devastating effect, who portrayed triple amputee and veteran Max Cleland as a bosom buddy of Osama Bin Laden, and convinced many voters that decorated combat veteran John Kerry was a fraud — will give Obama a pass come the fall then you are in serious denial.

But, unlike the attacks on Dukakis, Cleland, and Kerry, the ammunition that Obama has provided to his political foes is significant and deadly. But try telling that to Obama disciples. You get name calling and character assassination (just read the reaction to this piece). At the same time, Obama is treated with a reverence and fawning that I have never seen in my life for a political figure… So, while Democrats engage in self-censorship and promote the worst kind of affirmative action pandering in promoting the myth of Obama, the Republicans are keeping mum and, like Brer Rabbit, begging not to be tossed into the briar patch and face the fearsome Obama. (Want to bet how many accusations of racism I will get for referring to Brer Rabbit?)

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Why Blacks Should Vote for McCain

by William Jelani Cobb

…All this points to one clear – if unlikely – conclusion: if Hillary Clinton receives the Democratic Party nomination, African Americans should consider voting for John McCain. But before you fix your lips to call me a sellout consider this: Carter G. Woodson once remarked that any race that consistently gives its vote to one political party is asking to be taken advantage of.

If politics is the art of advancing one’s interests, the 2008 election, and the Clinton campaign in particular, indicate that the Democratic Party has become so cavalier with black folk that our interests are nearly invisible. In short, South Carolina (not to mention that LBJ did more than MLK comment) revealed that the Clintons operate on the presumption that they can alienate black voters and still rely upon our support in the general election….

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The Economics of Tolerance

by Will Wilkinson

Ask two different economists and you’ll get three different answers about whether or not the U.S. economy is about to enter a recession. However things pan out, now’s a great time to contemplate what scholars have learned about the consequences of recession: Sustained economic slowdown is more than a pain in the pocketbook. If recession drags on too long, it can poison a nation’s moral climate.

In his 2005 book The Moral Dimensions of Economic Growth, Harvard economist Benjamin M. Friedman shows that time and again, economic expansion has fostered greater opportunity, tolerance, social mobility and a concern for fairness. Meanwhile, economic contraction has gone hand-in-hand historically with xenophobia, self-defeating trade protectionism and the political persecution of minorities.

When the economic pie is expanding, and most of us are enjoying rising standards of living, we tend to feel optimistic, expansive, magnanimous. When jobs are thick on the ground and livin’ is easy, we’re most likely to feel there’s enough for everybody. Racial equality in the U.S. has most often made strides when poor whites have felt that they had the least to lose from the economic advance of blacks during periods of growth.

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This article is a few years old but it’s still funny and a good way to kick off Black History Month.

 Black History Month is coming soon. I wonder: Will anyone pay me to be black for them this year?

By Debra J. Dickerson

Dec. 4, 2006 | When you’re as neurotic as I am, it’s important to plan ahead for things to worry about. That’s why Thanksgiving found me obsessing over Black History Month. You see, it’s early December, and no one’s asked me yet to come and be black for them in February.

Just as all professors yearn to be stand-up comedians, those of us who eke out a living writing in our basements long to be highly paid blowhards on the lecture circuit where, if you’re shameless enough, you can make serious dough for just a few hours’ work. If you’re black, February is the optimal time to cash in. All the lucrative keynotes and fancy book clubs sign their speakers six to 12 months in advance, so I was pitifully late in the all too obvious realization that I had been passed over. Still, I got to thinking. Even if I had been invited somewhere, I wouldn’t have the least notion what to say about the role of race in modern life, except that I’m pissed only to be asked the question once a year. The irony of Black History Month is that it makes life a bitch for blacks. All that pesky thinking about how to take advantage of an opportunity that’s condescending, if well-intentioned, at its core.

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The New Race Politics?

by R. L’Heureux Lewis
January 28th, 2008 ·

As a young Black man in New York City a day seldom goes by that someone doesn’t ask me one of the above questions. While I consider myself to be political, I have tried to take a step back from the Presidential race and its million candidates… particularly Barack Obama. Now that the fray is sorting itself out, I recently have been engaging these conversations, albeit a bit cautiously, especially among my friends who tend to be like minded. By like minded I mean, decently far left, of color, and cynical. Surprisingly, these conversations have all ended with my colleagues discussing Barack Obama as transforming the racial landscape and me vehemently fighting this claim. Sure editorials and articles point to Obama accomplishing the “impossible” in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina but delegate victories are improbable, not impossible. Shifting the way race is understood in America is a much larger task, one that I think even Obama cannot do.

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For this reason, I feel compelled to use responsibly the rights that I have. This year marks my first year eligible as a voter in a presidential election. One might assume that I am presented with a difficult task: Do I-a hyper-political young feminist-vote for a woman under the assumption that Hillary (back) in the White House brings all women to the White House? Or do I-a socially-conscious activist dedicated to the pursuit of racial equality-vote for the first black man considered a front-runner in a presidential primary?

You see, it’s really not that simple, and I resent, Ms. Steinem, the manner in which you pit race against gender in your op-ed. To your credit, you aim to avoid this juxtaposition, writing, “The caste systems of sex and race are interdependent and can only be uprooted together.” But the very premise of your piece (”Gender is probably the most restricting force in American life”) contradicts this cursory warning. Using Obama’s Iowa victory as evidence, you say, “Black men were given the vote a half-century before women of any race were allowed to mark a ballot, and generally have ascended to positions of power, from the military to the boardroom, before any women.”

from Common Dreams
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Last week H. Clinton had her feet to the fire over comments about MLK.  This week, democrats of every hue are wondering WTF Obama meant when he gave props to Ronald Reagan. 

And it wasn’t the “Bedtime for Bongo” Ron (who was a B-movie actor) but Pres Ron. 

The Jed Report does an excellent job of explaining why in minimal time.

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Babel: How Racism Can Build Bridges

by Debra Dickerson

Come the halfway point, we survivors (seriously high attrition rate) graduated to this cool dude young Korean guy (Dr. Lee) as a teacher and encouraged him to let us waste time in all sorts of ways. He’d practice his English on us (it was excellent, much better than ours, but he was trying to get better still) and we spent our time trying to get him to teach us curse words.

One day at lunch, one of us (Army of course.) had been making fun of how ‘Asians’ talk, you know, the horrible stuff—‘ping pong ching long one ah-dah poke flied lice’. When we got back to class, somehow we were determined to find out how ‘Asians’ made fun of (American) English. It took a long time to make him understand what we were asking, but when he finally did – and could take nomore of our goading – his face became gleeful and he let loose. The gist was that, to at least that Korean, Americans sound something like this: sharl, sharl, sharl. There was more but that was the basic idea.

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The Widening Trade Deficit With China, in an Election Year

by Robert Reich

 America’s trade deficit with China looks like it will exceed $250 billion for 2007. That’s more than the previous record of $233 billion, set in 2006. Is the answer for China to raise the value of its currency, the yuan? Thanks to a surge in recent weeks, China’s yuan ended 2007 up nearly 7 percent from a year ago. That’s twice the rate it appreciated against the greenback in 2006. But that’s probably not be enough to calm American politicians in an election year, whose constituents are understandably worried about their jobs and wages.

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 Wrath of Hillary
Clinton calls Obama a flip-flopper. Oh, the boxing gloves are so on.


I’m Afro-Norwegian

This desire to know the ethnicity of those around us is a curious one, and it often betrays people’s desire to order the world. You are black, and I have a box for this.  You are white, and I have a box for this.  While these boxes can create and perpetuate negative stereotypes, I do think that race and ethnicity need to be recognized.  The colorblindness mentioned in today’s enlightened society is a mistake.  That only works if we were able to press the reset button on history and culture. 


The Invasion of the Katrinians

This veers a bit from my original intent of putting people’s words onto my page but I think this particular cartoon points out a few things that blacks are speaking about.


Obama’s Color Line

by Juan Williams

Most amazing, Mr. Obama has built his political base among white voters. He relies on unprecedented support among whites for a black candidate. Among black voters nationwide, he actually trails Hillary Clinton by nine percentage points, according to one recent poll.

At first glance, the black-white response to Mr. Obama appears to represent breathtaking progress toward the day when candidates and voters are able to get beyond race. But to say the least, it is very odd that black voters are split over Mr. Obama’s strong and realistic effort to reach where no black candidate has gone before. Their reaction looks less like post-racial political idealism than the latest in self-defeating black politics.

Mr. Obama’s success is creating anxiety, uncertainty and more than a little jealousy among older black politicians. Black political and community activists still rooted in the politics of the 1960s civil rights movement are suspicious about why so many white people find this black man so acceptable.

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A recurring theme in sports: Live hard, die fast

It’s always tragic when a 24-year-old’s life ends abruptly and senselessly, but there was nothing shocking about Sean Taylor’s violent death.

It’s a sad reflection of an evolving societal subculture where guns, gangs, celebrity and confrontation have become so common that we’re not only anesthetized to such awful news, we’re also instantly suspicious of its origins.


Is it terrible? Yes.Are we surprised? No.

The financial and career status of Taylor — a Pro Bowl safety for the Washington Redskins — didn’t protect him from becoming another number in a distressing demographic: a young black male meeting a violent end.

The police investigation will attempt to peel away the multitude of layers surrounding this hideous crime, shedding more light into the specifics of Taylor’s shooting in the bedroom of his suburban Miami home early Monday morning.

That’ll come in time. And perhaps the police will discover the shooting was nothing more than a random burglary gone awry. But it’s also possible further investigation will reveal that Taylor’s shooting was the last domino in a chain of recklessly irresponsible events that involved the young man.

Would it surprise anyone if that were the case? No.

Those mourning Taylor on Tuesday remembered him as someone who had matured from previous mistakes. He apparently turned the corner emotionally, becoming more respectful of his own life after becoming a father more than a year ago.

But he also had a past that included an aggravated assault with a firearm charge. In 2005, Taylor allegedly pointed a gun at two people whom he and his entourage thought stole some vehicles belonging to Taylor.

After a year-long legal battle, Taylor pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors that protected his football career and $40-million contract from the Redskins.

In addition, Taylor was charged with drunken driving early in his pro career (the case was dismissed in court), and he was fined at least seven times for late hits, uniform violations and other infractions over his first three seasons.

Taylor was, in many ways, the stereotypical modern professional star athlete who existed within a nest of enablers. It didn’t matter how he conducted himself away from the game because there always was someone there to clean up his mess.

That lifestyle should become an integral part of the investigation into what took his life.

If the loss of two NFL players this year to gun violence doesn’t serve as a wake-up call for star athletes and the sycophants that surround them, they’re beyond reason.Denver defensive back Darrent Williams was shot and killed in the early hours of New Year’s Day, sitting in the back seat of a stretch Hummer outside of a nightclub. Assailants peppered the vehicle with gunfire in a drive-by attack.

For the rest of this article go to Drew Sharp’s column 


This essay comes from John Ridley’s blog Visible Man which is at

descriptionGreen Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver, shown in a 2004 file photo, overcame many difficulties in his early life.

Evan Vucci/AP

It was looking to be a bad week for black men “up top” — brothers ascended to high places. Over the weekend there was Barack Obama’s shameful Embrace the Change (Your Sexuality) tour, emceed by gospel singer Donnie McClurkin, who says God delivered him from homosexuality. Time Warner had to deny rumors that CEO Dick Parsons might be on his way out. And now CEO E. Stanley O’Neal has gotten the boot, or the golden parachute, at Merrill Lynch.

Shame to see black men of supreme achievement caught up in scandal, rumor and shake-outs.

For the rest of this blog please go to Visible Man.


Written by rentec

2 November, 2007 at 12:19 pm

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  1. Good blog, thanks!


    24 September, 2008 at 11:09 pm

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