Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
"The recent decision by the Obama Justice Department to drop all charges of voter intimidation against the New Black Panther Party during the 2008 Election represents a sad day for all Americans. For an Administration that promised a new era in race relations, Obama and the Democrats in Congress have demonstrated that race will continually be exploited for political gain. It is outright hypocrisy that the Justice Department under Attorney General Holder is suing a sovereign American State, yet dismissing this heinous violation of our Constitution - the right to vote."
~ Allen West, Black Republican, and candidate for the United States Congress in Florida's 22nd district
Black Republicans are ATTRACTIVE!!!
Black Republicans are GOD FEARING!!!
Black Republicans are YOUNG!!!
Black Republicans are ATHLETES!!!
Black Republicans are ORGANIZED!!
Black Republicans are CONNECTED!!!
Although Michael Steele is fighting to keep his job as Republican National Chairman, 2010 has been a good year for Black Republicans. They were once hard to find like Leprechauns, Unicorns and a Cerberus. And when you did see them, they came across like the biggest herbs ever!!! Ron Christie, Republican political strategist, is always defending his fellow Republicans. It doesn’t matter how racist or ignorant they sound. He doesn’t ever express any opinion that might differ from his political party. So although he might be a decent guy, he comes across like the black manservant that always says “YESA BOSS”!! Black folks are not a monolithic race and I think it’s good that we don’t always agree. But when someone is talking about ONE black person, they are talking about US ALL.
I say that this was a good year because of their new additions to congress. And the new additions to their local and state level offices. The black conservatives that ran in predominately white districts really have something to be proud of. They stuck to their principles and were able to win people over based on actions and not rhetoric. It is too early to tell if the Republican Party will take notice and increase their reach to black folks. If their current history is any indication, I won’t be holding my breath. They have the notorious image of being a slave owner party. And it doesn’t help that their leaders all appear to be old white men.
Side Note: The face of America is changing and it’s not getting any “whiter”.
Republicans are facing the possibility of being reduced to regional party status. Sure the Democrats got drubbed in the 2010 elections but they didn’t lose the U.S. Senate. Republicans cleaned up at the state and local levels where race and class are more entrenched. But on the U.S. Senate level where people of all types have more of a vote, things are different. But again!! That still depends on the state. Think about what the future may possibly hold for black conservatives. A black Republican could have a better chance of winning the Governorship in Alabama than Representative Artur Davis. And maybe…just maybe….South Carolina will get a black U.S. Senator.
So what about the black voters that aren’t currently voting Republican? We know that the Republican Party is so/so on reaching out to blacks. But what are black Republicans doing to appeal to people that look like them? I don’t see them in “The Hood” doing voter registration drives. I don’t see them recruiting on the campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Where is their advertising in magazines geared towards black folks?? It’s as if they have decided to forgo reaching out because of the difficulty. Don’t they realize that black independents are up for grabs? Black independents are party-less because they don’t like either party. But they have to choose a party because it’s the only party in town. Don’t be fooled by the talk of blacks not voting. All blacks aren’t sitting at home on Election Day watching “Good Times”. If you don’t believe me ask Adrian Fenty. He won and lost his job based on black voters. In some of our American cities, blacks make up 15 - 54% (% depends on each city – check your city for more clarity) of the population.
So in the end what does all of this mean?
1. Black conservatives have an opportunity to increase their political clout if they stick to their principles.
2. In order to attract more blacks, the Republican Party needs to reach out beyond their comfort zone.
3. Black conservatives need to increase their appeal to blacks that aren’t currently in their party.
Whatever happens next I can guarantee that this is only the beginning. You have not seen the last of the Black Republicans.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Actress, singer, fashion designer and producer Genevieve Nnaji is one of the hottest stars in Nollywood. What is Nollywood you ask? I didn’t know about it either until recently. Nollywood is the name for Nigerian cinema. The Country of Nigeria is one of Africa’s largest movie makers. I find it funny that we complain about not seeing enough black actresses in American films. But Genevieve has over 60 films made and she is only in her early 30’s. Go Figure…..
To all the radical minority loving left-wing neo-Marxists that are destroying America. Peace Love and Have a Happy New Year!!
Black folks make up 12 maybe 13% of the United States population. The unemployment rate for black men is around 16%. For black women it is around 13%. The only black owned television networks are BET (which was known for playing music videos all day long), TVOne (which will be showing their very 1st scripted show produced by them next year) and OWN (its Oprah so you will see a mix of races on her network). There are no national news anchors (6pm News) that are black. No blacks host their own news show on FOX, CNN, MSNBC or Headline News. But every now and again we have angry white folks complaining about how they are robbed by minorities. I call it the “Black Folks are taking over” complex. They said we were a more racially tolerant nation because of the election of the first black president. That’s (Insert foul word here) ____________!! Ever since the news reported about white folks being the minority in 2050, some of them have lost their damn minds!!! I hate they were even told that. Some people take a little piece of information and run with it. They never said that minorities would be running anything!! They said whites would be the minority and they never said who the majority would be!! No matter how many unplanned pregnancies black folks have (based on Maury Povich Statistics) it won’t be us. They keep trying to kick out anyone in this country that looks brown (so that rules out Latinos and Arab Americans). Asians would have to start producing a lot of babies and calling their cousins from the old country to increase their numbers. And Native Americans??? The ones that weren’t killed off by the people that stole their land are backed up on Reservations. Sure they make money from gambling but what’s a casino when you owned America. So who are these angry white folks really afraid of?
Two issues to discuss and then I’m done…
1. Leave the Comics alone!!!!
If one character named the “Black Panther” is bothering you, don’t read the book. Comic Books have always been socially conscious from gay characters, feminism, race, class and politics. The character was made during a cultural shift for black folks in this country. Don’t be mad because the story line involved evil white people!! Sure there are some evil black people out here but we only make up 13% of the population. So mathematically you have a larger probability of seeing more evil white people. Just like more white people are on welfare. Anyway the storyline is from a made up book about a made up character. None of this is real!!! Duh…..
2. Stop complaining about Athletic Prowess…
It’s not a conspiracy because people of “certain” races aren’t or are playing “certain” sports. A lot of it comes down to access and athletic skill. You never knew black folks did speed skating but we saw one in the Winter Olympics. Some black lady dragged her son out of the house to make sure he learned how to skate. God Bless her but I don’t like cold weather (along with a lot of black folks I know – let’s be honest!!) so it’s not for me. If you make sports available to everyone (regardless of suburban or hood affiliation), you will see more people participating in sports they previously weren’t associated with. The sports media loves the quintessential “Great White Hope”. Why do you think they give Brett Favre a pass on all the things he does? Why are Quarterbacks that pass from the pocket praised for their leadership and poise. Meanwhile the “running” Quarterbacks get praise for their athleticism and chastised for risk taking. But let Tim Tebow break out in a run and he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. If they could find a white receiver that runs like the wind or a white running back that reminds you of “Jim Brown” he will get noticed!!! Believe That!!!!
Everyone thought this game was going to be a blowout. With the snow cleared from Lincoln Financial Field it was a no brainer (Mike Vick would be able to run and gun with ease). So how did the Chicago Bears end up with a 1st round playoff bye and the #2 seed in the National Football Conference?
Joe Webb and the Minnesota Vikings were good enough to beat a good team that played like an average one. Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell should have kept his big fat mouth shut. He probably helped give fuel to a Minnesota team that was already mad that the game was postponed. Remember that Minnesota and Chicago were playing out in frigid weather the week before. Minnesota was probably tired of staying in a hotel and wanted to get out of the city. Philly sports fans are cruel – I cheer for the Cowboys so I know!!!
But the hero of the game was Minnesota Quarterback Joe Webb. Webb played QB for the University of Alabama-Birmingham in Conference USA. Just like most black QB’s that play in college, the National Football League gets amnesia and doesn’t know what to do with them. He was drafted in the 6th round as a wide receiver (go figure). His talent was described by Draft pundits as the following:
Webb is a size/speed prospect with the impressive arm strength to be viewed as a developmental project. Overall physical tools allow him to contribute in a variety of ways. Needs a lot of refinement reading defenses and with his passing fundamentals. Potential late-round pick or undrafted free agent prospect.
That doesn’t sound like the guy that played against Philadelphia last night. Most black QB’s start off at a disadvantage because they don’t fit the typical NFL QB mold. The solution is to break the mold!!! It’s unrealistic to hold these young men to the same standard as Johnny Unitas. They spend high school and college playing as QB’s so that is all they know. So coaches shouldn’t shake their heads when they have a tough time catching footballs and running routes (THEY AREN’T RECEIVERS). I have to congratulate former Minnesota coach Brad Childress for realizing the talent that Webb had and switching him to QB.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
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Monday, December 27, 2010
Obama’s problem thus is stark and simple: He’s the right guy at the wrong time.
~ Columnist Richard Gwyn
It seems that all the love for President Obama has slowly dissipated. Not since Julius Caesar has a public figure been cheered while just walking down the street. If he is sitting in the Oval Office wondering what happened, he should look in the mirror. Apparently something he is or isn’t doing is making the media tight!! You have commentators calling Obama out like a bullied school child. Women and even black men are getting shots in on the president.
Obama's victory wasn't just about his progressive platform. It was a historic, racial barrier-busting victory that was supposed to make it just a little easier for black boys to imagine being president. But Obama is proving himself to be a most peculiar commander in chief. Maybe another black boy will someday grow up to become president, but if he turns out to be like Obama, it'll be hard to call him a black man.
~ Courtland Milloy, Columnist
The problem is that he seems to come off as a soft dude! Obama is from Chicago so people expect a certain toughness. Chicago is known for its brash characters and groups – Al Capone, Sam Giancana, The Vicelords, and The Black Disciples. These aren’t people that believe in negotiating with their sworn enemies. Apparently Obama feels that he can get more done if he is congenial. And for the last 2 months, he has been correct in his assessment. The problem his critics (i.e. supporters) have is that he’s too congenial. Obama would be a horrible poker player. I don’t even think he could play spades right. He always seems to fold right before the debate begins. You can’t just throw in your hand without bluffing them first. Maybe his style of negotiating is one where his critics can’t comprehend. Matter of fact, I don’t think anyone can comprehend his style. So what can the White House do to toughen up the prez?? Nothing!!!
If you have a problem with someone that isn’t tough, the best thing to do is to surround them with tough people.
Enter: Joseph Biden, Jr,
That’s right!! Vice President Joe Biden is the guy you need. Biden is the embodiment of the quintessential 19th century American male. His “real” talk from the hip attitude and his blue collar background appeals to people. It really appeals to the individuals that Obama seems to not be able to impress – White Men. White men have been told that he is a crazed socialist Kenyan that was raised by Black Panthers. Maybe he should have showcased his mother more during the 2008 Presidential Campaign. You can’t get any more American than a white woman from the Midwest (per the mainstream media). Obama’s family looks like they belong to the Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie Clan and he has been painted as a racist that hates little white boys and girls. No matter how nasty his enemies get, Obama still turns the other cheek. He does what the rest of us wouldn’t do on a good day. But the people that voted for him want a liberal George W. Bush. I just don’t think they wear cowboy boots in Chicago!!!
Vice President Biden needs to be more of a voice these next two years. He needs to show that someone in the White House is willing to fight for what they believe in. He also needs to slap people down (not physically but verbally) when they try to test the president. Biden is a brawler and he doesn’t mind mixing it up. He came from a period in time when men were men (that sounds like a cigarette commercial). Yes, Obama needs a “My Bodyguard” type deal. Why keep dragging President Clinton into the mix. His fighting days are well behind him. He is a lover not a fighter. If you don’t believe me, the proof is on Monica Lewinsky’s dress (or maybe she finally had it dry cleaned). The message is clear - Get Biden ready for next year!!
Teena Marie aka Marie Christine Brockert has passed away. The Grammy nominated singer and protégée of Rick James was only 54. Apparently she had some recent health issues but as of now the death is due to natural causes. Teena Marie was an honorary Black Person (i.e. she gets a pass). Yeah I said it!! The majority of her fans were black. And when she died blacks on Twitter and Facebook were giving her tributes. Besides what White Woman could deal with Rick James and all his Rick James-ness??? Teena Marie proved that good music transcends race. And if we never learned anything else from her, that was more than enough.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
When I first saw the original movie I was blown away. But I knew that it would have been controversial during the time it was created. I've never read the book but again....I can't seem to find it!!!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
There are many inventions that we need to make our lives better. I would even accept a waffle maker that doubles as a clock radio. Some inventions aren’t worth the paper they were drawn on. The concept of “Supply and Demand” means that people need a product so you must make it. But this thing right here is the worst!!! Harlemnite inventor Andrew Lewis must be trying to make Black History. And that is saying something because Lewis is a White Man!!!
Lewis has shamed the ancestors of The Harlem Renaissance and created “Subs”. No!!! Not the deliciously hot or cold sandwiches that you can eat at either end!! Sub’s are suspenders that you can wear while still keeping your pants sagging. In layman’s terms this is an “Outside the Prison Gates” garter belt. Millions of young black men can now let their pants sag without them falling off their behinds. It’s especially beneficial to young drug dealers that spend their days running from the cops. It’s just what we needed: Another reason to not dress appropriately.
Just when I think it can’t get any worse. People somehow find ways to be more ignorant. This is the part where we have collectively thrown up our hands. We can’t keep our children’s pants up. Young men don’t want to keep their pant’s up. And some men in jail wish they didn’t have to wear pants (easy access). Every fad that is imitated by (insert generic urban name here) doesn’t need to be turned into a fashion statement. This doesn’t provide anything of worth to our youth.
You can’t wear sagging pants to a job interview.
You can’t wear sagging pants to the bank to apply for a business loan.
You can’t wear sagging pants to meet your girlfriend’s parents (unless the dad wears sagging pants).
And if you end up in jail, you shouldn’t want to wear sagging pants (easy access).
I hear my younger contemporaries always talking about how people don’t respect them.
Well you won’t get any wearing something like this. Even Jay Z is wearing suits now!! For all the black folks that thought an Obama Administration would change how young black men viewed themselves, you were sadly mistaken.
I bet Rivers never thought he would obtain this type of notoriety. It must be hard trying to make a Chocolate Chip Cookie that tastes better than any of the current ones in existence. We mere mortals will never know the long hours of labor that goes into making a chocolaty masterpiece. Well Rivers knows!!
"A lot of the stuff in those (other) cookies is not real. It's not even real chocolate. If you taste my chocolate chip cookie you will pass out. You have to sit down when you eat my cookie."
~ Charles Rivers, in a 2009 interview with the Charlotte Post.
Side Note: I heard a female say something like that in college once but I digress……
I can’t stress the importance of finding a man that has 50 flavors of cookies to choose from. This should get the type of press that is usually provided to young white girls. We need to put Nancy Grace on this case! And tell Jane Velez-Mitchell to put a round table together to discuss this disappearance! How will I ever be able to go to his bakery if he never comes back? I don’t want them to turn his spot into a check cashing place. They will you know!!! The only business growing faster than check cashing is McDonalds. Let’s review this timeline that I have put together based on watching episodes of “Remington Steele.”
On March 19th, 2010 Chip Nutty received glowing reviews on their Cinnamon Rolls from Charlotte’s Creative Loafing Blog.
In the month of June 2010 Chip Nutty was featured in Charlotte Magazine Online.
On September 13th, 2010 some dude on Yelp.com gave Chip Nutty 5 stars.
On November 26th 2010 some lady on the blog southernlightphoto.com raved about Chip Nutty’s red velvet cupcake with vanilla drizzle (there is nothing like a good drizzle, or so I’ve heard).
On Dec 15th 2010 Rivers doesn’t show up to work.
This is serious business people!! Either the man is a no good low down snake in the grass crook or the Cookie Monster’s got him!!!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
The following Book Review has been sponsored by FSB Associates
“My mother had to be identified by DNA because there was not much of her left. She had been severely burned and decapitated during the blast. I will never forget seeing my father’s blood-soaked face with the lines running from his eyes down his cheeks from the tears that he cried before he died. I often wonder what he was thinking at that moment.”
~ Eva Rowe, her parents James and Linda, died in BP’s Texas City refinery explosion in 2005.
WOW!!! This book actually left me speechless. I see now that the “Oil Business” is slimy but it’s not because of the “Oil.” Loren Steffy has done an exceptional job with putting this book together. The title sounds like it could be a bash British Petroleum book. But if you read the book, you will realize that’s not the intent. Steffy gives a documentary style assessment without sounding like a snarky environmentalist. The book gives a thorough background on BP’s humble beginnings to their mega status in the oil game. You also get an understanding of how companies drill for oil in the deep sea. If you never understood the oil business, this is a great book for a quick tutorial. It does take an emotional turn when you hear from the oil workers and their families. All have been changed by trying to get that tricky fossil fuel out of the ground. I hate to sound like a pessimist but we’ll never stop using oil. We are addicted to it like a crack head is addicted to crack. And we are enabled by poor government regulation and an overflow of cash. I don’t think we are really serious about getting “Beyond Petroleum.” I will admit that it is a catchy slogan.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
The last couple of years have been a golden era for employers—they’ve found that they can hire whom they want at lower wages, and that it’s easier to retain folks without having to boost salaries. But at some point companies that want to grow will have to break down and hire new people, or turn part-timers into full-timers, or put contractors on the payroll. Many employers are treating existing and potential employees as if they’re desperate for work. And plenty of Americans are.
~ Daniel Gross Newsweek Online Article, August 15th 2010
My former employer mailed me a Happy Birthday card. Key word is “Former”!! My birthday was last week and they laid me off a week before Thanksgiving. The card came from some woman with some high title at corporate headquarters. I’ve never heard of her before and I’ve never seen her a day in my life. I guess someone put the card on her desk and she signed it before she went to lunch.
This was my second time getting laid off. I’ll be honest: it sucks!! Getting laid off is like a girlfriend breaking up with you for no apparent reason. One day she just says I don’t think “we’re” working. You ask what’s wrong but she can’t tell you. In corporate speak, you have become a financial drag on the company. I was laid off in the 4th Quarter so they were trying to get us off the books for this year. Not since the slave trade have I seen people moved like numbers. The first time I was laid off, people cried and visually looked sad. This time – Nothing! Three years on the job and all you get is a boxed lunch to go.
So I was shocked when I received a birthday card giving me well wishes. Why would they take the time to do this? This is an example of what modern society has become. A “denial of employee angst”! Employees’ are going to work every day wondering whether it will be their last. They are holding on to jobs they can’t stand because the alternative is unemployment. They also are overworked and underpaid. Compared to other countries we work like rented mules. And don’t get me started on how much management makes compared to everyone else. The card represented denial by telling me “everything is alright.” Don’t worry about being unemployed before Christmas! Don’t even worry about getting ready to lose your medical benefits. This is business as usual. And in the end, everything is going to be alright!!!
With jobs going overseas and a loss of manufacturing we’re in trouble. Other countries are surpassing us in education, green energy and transportation. In our quest to make it cheaper and faster we are destroying the employee class. We are also giving up jobs to people in foreign countries. I’m not mad at them because I know they need to work. But I’m tired of the language barrier I have to face when calling about my credit card. And that brings up another point, why does someone in India have my credit card information. Isn’t this a security issue?? If you thought you could graduate from high school and work at the plant, scrap that! If you thought you could work for the same company for 30 plus years, don’t plan on it! We can’t create jobs in America because we are giving them away!!!
I lost my job because the process we worked on became automated. A fancy way of saying we can do the work of 6 people with just 2. I always laugh at the people that are too naïve to believe they can’t get canned. I have two degrees and that doesn’t mean anything. In the future, college students might have to adjust their career choice in order to work. It would be sad to give up a degree in directing movies so you could be an accountant but what can you do? Are we headed for a future of all business degrees and jobs in healthcare and fast food? People are getting sick and we don’t really cure them. We just kind of keep them moving along. And the drive thru at McDonalds is packed every day. America: Where people get sick and eat!!! Don’t be surprised if McDonalds has a robot working at the drive thru in a few years.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
A new and updated version of Where Does the Money Go? will be out this January. Authors Scott Bittle & Jean Johnson, have updated their book to include the impact of the Great Recession, the Wall Street bailout and the new health care law. The fact that this book was revised means these subjects aren’t played out. And that is bad news!!! Could 2011 be the year of serious talk concerning America’s Deficit Problem?
Excerpt from an article entitled:
"Turning the Clock Back Isn't Enough: The Nasty Surprise Awaiting the GOP on Health Care and the Deficit." by authors Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson
In today's hyperpartisan political climate, too many people believe it's enough to block the other guy's plan. That counts as a victory. But the truth is the status quo is not an option. And it's not at all clear that the Republican ideas on health care, such as a voucher system for Medicare or eliminating the tax breaks to employers to provide insurance, are going to be any more popular with the public than the Democratic plan or do any more to reduce costs. The Republicans have mostly ridden the wave of "not this." They haven't done the hard work of preparing the public for "what now?" But "what now" on health care is the question that really matters on the budget. If we don't answer it, a lot of the other ideas might turn out to be Band-Aids.
Monday, December 06, 2010
Apparently, the Republicans and Democrats are close to a deal for extending Tax Cuts and Unemployment Benefits. A few months ago the debate was strictly about tax cuts so how did we get to this point? And who was involved in this deal? Or was the Obama Administration working backroom deals again?
Republicans don’t want the Bush-era tax cuts to end for all citizens. They especially don’t want them to end for small business owners who would be penalized by higher taxes. If the tax cuts expire, they will increase to higher levels. Republicans feel with higher taxes, business owners would not hire people or create new jobs. But what constitutes as a small business?? Some small businesses have multi-billion dollar revenues. They only classify themselves as small businesses in order to enjoy great tax benefits.
The Democrats want tax cuts permanently extend for all but the highest earners. If they don’t extend, the middle class will have to deal with a tax hike. And the middle class is already dwindling as we speak. Democrats want tax reductions that would benefit everyone making less than $250,000. Most people I know are scratching their heads trying to figure out when did $250,000 become a middle class salary? If $250,000 is a middle class salary, then I should be on welfare and living in the projects.
So what does unemployment benefits have to do with any of this? Apparently at the end of the year, they are set to end as well. And the Republicans were not going to sign off on them. They felt that the benefits were another thing that would increases the deficit. Probably, but aren’t tax cuts going to increase the deficit? So the two issues were somehow combined into one measure and that is how we got to this point.
So how long should tax cut extensions last? A one-year extension would put us right back where we are a year from now. A two-year extension would be revived again during the 2012 campaign. A three-year/four-year/five-year extension would be some other presidents’ problem.
Democratic constituents back home must be confused about what is going on in the District of Columbia. Republican senators and moderate Democrats blocked liberal Democrats from cutting tax rates on high income levels. I keep saying these “Blue Dog” Democrats are going to be the death of the Democratic Party. Even though the Republicans were able to do this, they still don’t have enough votes to extend tax rates permanently. So if it’s a stalemate, does that automatically mean you should compromise? President Obama doesn’t have his back up against the wall (i.e. held up at gunpoint). So why not call the Republicans bluff?? Is it because Obama doesn’t have the confidence that it will work out in his favor? He has proven before that he can be easily punked (please don’t ask me to name an instance because there are too many – but just to throw out some - British Petroleum and Shirley Sherrod)!!!
I didn’t major in finance and I don’t know anything about balancing a budget (À la Congress Charlie Rangel). I can balance my check book and the last time I looked I didn’t see an increase in salary. The problem middle class people have (if we are still being called that) is that everyone else is getting over but us. Many people were previously unemployed because of illegal actions by corporations. Many people are currently unemployed because corporations are trying to get them off their year-end books. Yet the people who run these corporations are about to receive a tax cut while their former employees fight for unemployment benefits!! If we are going to reduce the deficit, we have to make hard decisions. We can’t keep cutting taxes! I even hate saying it myself but fiscally it doesn’t make sense. What does make sense is to do SOMETHING that is going to create job growth. After this debate, the next one better be about how to create jobs. This two party system is getting real old. If the current parties can’t figure out how to decrease the deficit and create jobs, we will need a 3rd party who can.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Transportation Security Administration officials want you to wear clean underwear!! That’s probably the next sign you will see at the airport next year. Because the Government has authorized scanners and body searches, in order to protect the unfriendly skies, you have a citizenship that is uneasy. Poor President Obama, another thing under his watch that people don’t like. Good thing the Car Company Bailouts are working out for him. Oh, I forgot, they aren’t giving him credit for that. Anyway, I knew we would eventually get to this point. The Terrorist must be laughing at us. They have us so afraid of dying on an airplane. We will let complete strangers touch our naked bodies searching for weapons we know we don’t have.
TSA Agent: That family from Iowa on their way to Disney World must be doing something suspicious. I know they have a 1 year old but who carries that many diapers??
I know I know…this is where you tell me, “what about those “Brown Skin Terrorists!!!”” Not to be confused with those “Pale Skin Terrorists” that have been terrorizing Americans for years. Everyone in America, except for minorities, loves racial profiling when it comes to safety. It’s easy to pick someone out of the crowd when they don’t look like you. I’m waiting for when we have to use retinal scans to determine our identity.
Mr. Erroll Southers was going to be the man in charge of this process. But the Republicans stopped him from get hired. And the fact that The Obama Administration backpedaled away from him didn’t help either but I digress… It’s really strange that some conservatives are complaining about the TSA but they also say Obama isn’t making America safe enough. Mmmmmm… sounds like someone is playing political games again!!! But before we blame conservatives for lying again, some other folks aren’t that supportive of these measures either. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she isn’t down with the searches. And she is a credible source on fondling because she is married to President Bill Clinton. I don’t think that Department of Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano has an honest opinion because she doesn’t have a clue. She was only hired because she’s from a state that borders a foreign country. When does the Mayor of Buffalo, New York get his shot at a government job??? Well, Thanksgiving has ended and it's recorded in the books. Let’s see what happens when people travel this Christmas.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Last week I received an email entitled “Black Wall Street, a Semi-Formal Casino Charity Event.” The event is sponsored by Patron Spirits Company. I guess they used the “Black Wall Street” name to make the event sound classy. They even attached a flyer with black folks dressed up in clothes from the Roaring Twenties. These days it is truly all about how you market your events. I’m sure they will attract the Ballers and the pseudo Ballers looking to have a good time. For critics that think they’re desecrating the Black Wall Street name, I will say this. They did give a shout out and brief history of the real Black Wall Street. It was the Greenwood, Oklahoma Black Wall Street that they gave the history on. But not the Durham, North Carolina Black Wall Street, that in my opinion never gets enough press.
Because of the shame that comes with what happened to the Oklahoma Black Wall Street, it is never talked about in history books. I’m sure the State of Oklahoma wants to forget what happened as well. And because some black folks do such a horrible job teaching their children their history….well…I digress. When I looked up Black Wall Street on Google it came up with a lot of stuff. And I’m being kind when I use the word “Stuff.” Sure you had information on the North Carolina and Oklahoma Black Wall Streets’ but you also had information on rappers and their labels. What?!?! What does a rapper have to do with black businesses that were sustained by black folks? A model of business that is used by ever other minority in America is synonymous with Rap now? It was even worse when I used Google Images. I saw Rims, Gold Teeth, and Guns. Really?!?! The Miseducation of the Negro is still in effect as far as I can tell. Instead of associating yourself with Black Wall Street because you have some gold records. How about starting some businesses (key word business is multiple) in your neighborhood? How about providing jobs for the residents of your community?
It seems that the spirit and intent of Black Wall Street died along with the community. What was started by the residents but never passed on will always be a mystery to me. It’s not to say that what was accomplished in Black Wall Street was in vain. Oprah, Jay Z and a host of other blacks have become business leaders in their own right. I believe they are standing on the shoulders of those that came before them. And because of that, those residents of Black Wall Street need to be honored for what they created.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
It’s easy to talk trash on the side lines. But playing in the game is a whole different story. Sarah Palin is going to find this out real quick if she decides to run for president. I thought she was just playing around but it appears that she is really thinking about it. The great thing about this country is that anyone can run for president (if they have enough money). The bad thing about this country is that anyone can run for president. Yes!!! Sarah Palin, I’m talking about you!! Palin has mistaken her celebrity popularity as thumbs up for running for the highest office in the land. Just because you have a fan club doesn’t mean that people like you. It only means that some people like you. This is the part that confuses a lot of pseudo celebrities (Palin and everyone that has a show on VH1 and MTV). People like you on TV but they don’t want you in public office. Not one political party has ever approached Snooki about running for office. Although she seems like a nice girl, I don’t think anyone can imagine her as a congresswoman. When Palin was a Governor from that state up north somewhere, she was credible (using this term loosely). She quit before her term ended and gave the most confusing reason for doing such. But after you saw how her career picked up, you finally realized why she left. She likes the spot light. She wants to be seen and heard. Sort of a like a child that wants the attention of their parents. She is riding high on a wave of popularity that only seems to be getting bigger. So I guess the next step would be to run for president (or become an astronaut).
But before her fans get too excited, we need to get real about this whole twisted proposition. First of all I believe in giving blame where blame is due.
Senator John McCain created Frankenstein’s Monster and now we have to live with it. Okay now back to the rest of this post…….
Palin has two big problems that are glaring to anyone that wants to notice.
Some Republican’s don’t like her. I’m not talking about the “Blue Collar” Republicans. I’m talking about the “Intellectual” Republicans. The intellectual ones have advanced degrees and make really good money. They know that Obama really isn’t all those things they say he is. But they love stirring up the blue collar ones to go after Obama. They are the real thinkers in the party. And they are strategic in everything that they say and do. Does any of that sound like Sarah “off the cuff” Palin? PROBLEM #1
How is she going to appeal to Black Folks!! Young Folks!! Latinos!! and Moderates!! She can’t!!! It would be mission impossible for her. She has spent the last 3 years bad mouthing President Obama and his wife to anyone that will listen. That’s not going to sit well with many black folks. I’ve never seen her say anything about Latinos that didn’t involve the words: Border and Secure. And young people and independents?? No comment!! Folks are pissed off that her non-limber daughter is winning a television dance competition. PROMBLEM #2
Side Note: I don’t watch the show because I’ve always thought it was wack but how did she beat Ray J’s sister in a dance off??
If people don’t want your daughter winning on a television show, what does that say about you? Palin has to win over a lot of people and I don’t think she can do it. America is changing. In case you haven’t notice, the country is getting beiger (i.e. interracial relationships and Latinos). She is not going to be able to win people over with divisive rhetoric. And she damn sure won’t be able to keep ducking the media (anyone but Fox News). She doesn’t like answering questions on what she reads but she writes books?!? Really People?!?! The job is called The President of the “United States.” Not the President of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.”
Monday, November 22, 2010
Want to know why large pockets of Black America remain in great despair despite all our amazing post-Civil Rights era advances? Well, look no further than the incredible lack of vision and imagination of our Black leaders--be they elected officials, ministers and imams, public intellectuals, heads of social service organizations, educators, entrepreneurs, or grassroots activists.
~ Writer and Activist Kevin Powell
Last week the House ethics committee voted 9 – 1 to censure Congressman Charlie Rangel on 11 of 13 charges of rules violations. I guess 1 person thought it wasn’t unusual to not have paid taxes for 17 years. I wonder what the IRS would do if I stopped paying taxes for over a decade? Actor Wesley Snipes is getting ready to do a 3 year bid for not paying his taxes. I guess being in politics helps when it’s tax time. Fellow Congressman John Lewis testified on behalf of Rangel calling him "a good and decent man." Maybe that’s why 1 person voted against censure on 11 of 13 charges of rules violations. This is not a good look for the Congressional Black Caucus. They still have to deal with Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ upcoming ethics trial.
The CBC also spoke on behalf of Majority Whip James Clyburn’s campaign to become the Minority Whip. They let it be known that there might be consequences if Clyburn didn’t get the job. It’s kind of like when your drunken uncle shows out at Thanksgiving. A lot of tough talk but it’s just really more bark than bite. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, who originally created this conflict, solved the problem by giving Clyburn a #3 spot in the leadership last week. That’s like kids making up play titles on the playground. A kid can call themselves a cosmonaut without actually going into the cosmos. What does a #3 position do? Especially when you didn’t need one 2 years ago? I wonder what actually happened in that meeting the CBC had with Pelosi? Bob “pimping ain’t easy” Johnson was even writing letters to politicians promoting Clyburn’s campaign. I guess he finally realized that even his ole greasy self can’t influence them all. This is not a good look for the CBC. They showed that they can be easily swayed by backroom deals.
Congressman Allen West, who could pass for Radio Raheem’s dad, criticized the liberal leanings of the CBC. Meanwhile, he was attempting to gain entry into the organization last week. So the CBC could possibly have a tea party backed candidate in their caucus? That would be against everything that they stand for. But because he’s black they can’t turn him down. Imagine turning down a fellow black congressperson because he has Sarah Palin’s number in his cell phone? How would that look to black independents and republicans? This is not going to change the organization but it will change the way you look at them. Is this the beginning of more black moderates and conservatives joining the organization (that’s if they get elected)? It always starts with one person. If the CBC were smart, they would turn their meetings into a reality show. Why not make some money off the infighting that is going to take place? Ask the cast of “Jersey Shore” about it………………….
Yeah, last week was a bad one for the CBC.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
When I was younger, I’d spend many a day watching the television show “Saved by the Bell.” It was a fictitious show that involved six Bayside High School students. Lark Voorhies was one of the actresses on the television show. Besides the crazy antics of the group, she was an important reason to watch. Wasn’t a lot of Sista’s on Saturday Morning shows so she was a big deal!! I always thought it would be cool to go to a school like Bayside High. However, I did stop watching the show once they entered college. How did over 50% of the group end up at the same college? And why did Zack get Kelly? And why did A.C. Slater cut his shag? There were too many questions that couldn’t be answered when I came of age. But in reality it was just a television show. It’s not really possible to go to an imaginary school and receive a real degree??
Oh, excuse me, I guess you can. But don’t tell the folks at www.belfordhighschool.com that. They probably think they are real. They even created their own college like Saved by the Bell!!! What a great deal!! Who wouldn’t want to obtain a GED or High School Diploma without attending classes and studying for exams? And you could earn all of this within 15 days for the low low low price of $249.00 with free express shipping. There is a catch!! You need to have at least 2 years of work of life experience satisfied in the following ways:
Oh, excuse me, I guess you can. But don’t tell the folks at Belford that. They probably think they are real. They even created their own college like Saved by the Bell!!! What a great deal!! Who wouldn’t want to obtain a GED or High School Diploma without attending classes and studying for exams? And you could earn all of this within 15 days for the low low low price of $249.00 with free express shipping. There is a catch!! You need to have at least 2 years of work of life experience satisfied in the following ways:
*Prior job experience in any field.
*Previous educational achievements.
*Employer-sponsored training and attendance of workshops.
*Participation in organizations, both professional and non-professional.
*Employer-sponsored training and attendance of workshops.
*Participation in organizations, both professional and non-professional.
*Personal goals, lifestyle, hobbies, and travel.
*Participation in volunteer activities and community service.
*Independent reading, viewing, listening, or writing.
Sounds too good to be true? I would like to go on record and say: This is a bad thing!!! But before you call me an East Coast Liberal Elite, let me explain why this is bad.
Schools (using the term “school” loosely) that put out these factory degrees circumvent the true spirit of education. They treat education as some sort of product that can be packaged and shipped like a business product. A high school diploma is the minimum amount of education that one can receive. High School classes are made up of subjects that are learned by repetition. After you take the test you can practically forget what you just learned. People it ain’t rocket science!! I’ve seen people sleep their way through high school.
Side Note: I'll be honest and say we do need to fix how and what we are taught in high school.
When did life experience become credit for a WHOLE DEGREE??? I can see you using it for a class subject i.e. paper, test, quiz, project but a WHOLE DEGREE??
It’s amazing to see political pundits complain about our educational system but won’t discuss how America has devalued higher education. The Republican Party spent the end of Bush’s 2nd Term and the 2008 Presidential Campaign badmouthing degreed people (i.e. anyone that has a Bachelors, Masters, PhD). I find that especially funny when the same people making the attacks have degrees themselves. When people refer to any part of the township/city/state/country as elite – it means the residents must be snooty because they attended college (God Forbid someone attending school to improve their lives!!!). Meanwhile the Democrats are too cowardly to call them on this because they want to fit in at the county pork barbecue cook off.
Media darling Sarah Palin (Mama Grizzly) eventually finished college with a degree in communications. Sarah who likes to hunt and fish with the regular folks says nasty things about the media. But that’s interesting considering she was a sports reporter on television. WEIRD!
President George W. Bush (Dubya) attended the finest Ivy League Schools in America. But he’s just a regular guy that you can have a beer with. He also was a former owner of a professional sports team. You know the kind of teams that regular folks own. WEIRDER!!
President Barack Obama (His “O”ness) is a constitutional lawyer but he has been made to look like an unintelligent elitist that doesn’t understand the constitution. But before he was president, he was a community organizer in the inner city. I wonder do regular folks live in “The Hood?” WEIRDEST!!!
America has decided that it would rather spend its money on Never Ending Wars than build new schools. High Schools across America are being shut down because school districts can’t afford to run them. Compared to other countries we have the lowest scores in math and science. And because we don’t build anymore, (Thanks East Asia Trade!!) who needs Engineers and Architects. We pay teachers less than we do pro athletes that work 7 months out of the year. And politicians will not answer any more questions on what type of literature they read. Why? Because that is considered a trick question!!! Politicians dumbed American's down when we created an US vs. Them atmosphere. And now we are paying the price dearly with congressional gridlock.
So if you still want to know, what does this have to do with an on-line high school? How will we find our next Scientist, Doctor or Teacher? Who will design our energy efficient buildings and cars? Who will find our alternative sources for energy? Who will find a cure for cancer?
With the astronomical costs of a college degree and the scorn from politicians that come with it. We don’t want American youth thinking “why work hard in high school? Because in the end, will it really even matter?”
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Because of America’s Slave Trade, many blacks do not know where their ancestors come from. I’m sure most black folks would love to be related to African Royalty. I could only imagine what it would be like to find out that you are flushed with cash, diamonds and oil. Well maybe just cash. Between America and China, the diamonds and oil might be all used up. Africa, the continent that gets pimped out by other countries but I digress….
Maryland resident Peggielene Bartels (don’t ask me how to pronounce this one folks!!) is the king of a fishing village of Otuam, Ghana. The crazy thing about Peggielene (besides her name) is that she is a woman. You usually hear about women being Queens but not Kings. Her Uncle was the former king of Otuam but he passed away. And the good folks of Otuam performed some ritual to determine the next king and Peggielene got the call. I guess they don’t use butterfly ballots like they do in Florida?
Bartels is known in Otuam as Nana Amuah-Afenyi VI.
Side Note: Black folks and names but I digress….
Before you think that some village in Africa is looking for your name in the yellow pages. Keep in mind that Bartels is a naturalized U.S. citizen. That means she knew about her ties to Otuam. I’m not saying that this couldn’t happen to “Tyrone” or “Keisha”. But I think that the chances are very slim. LeBron calls himself the “King” but that’s because sports writers promoted that concept. It’s not going to be easy for Bartels because it is a fishing village. In the American Greed Index - Oil makes more money than Fish.
The line to buy a lottery ticket is almost as long as the one for the soup kitchen. Many American’s spend their days dreaming of being rich and famous. YouTube is flooded with people that want to be overnight celebrities by stretching their 15 minutes of fame. Just think of all the time and energy people exert to have some pseudo title. And Bartels was minding her own business and now she is a King.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I guess Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi didn’t get the memo on Election Day? She was an unknowing actor in republican ads all the way up to the election. The republicans lumped her and President Obama together as enemies of the state. People in Ohio were subjected to hearing about a woman that lived in San Francisco. And that this woman was the cause of their pain and misery.
Side Note: The last person hated that much from San Fran was Barry Bonds.
Apparently Pelosi doesn’t want to step down as leader of the democratic caucus (yawn…..). As usually a politician doesn’t want to give up their spot (what else is new). You have a write in candidate in Alaska that is only running because she hates the former Governor. When politicians lose, they take that as more incentive to not quit. If that logic involves athletes it’s a good thing, but with old wrinkly politicians…..um…er…ew…not so good. I like Pelosi because she pisses people off (that’s the type of dude I am). But I think she should step down and let some freshness come in.
Unfortunately, the freshness would be in the form of Congressman Steny Hoyer. Here is another old man that has been in politics forever and a day. And behind him is Jim “James” Clyburn. This is another old man that has been in politics forever and a day. The democratic must not have any young folks on deck? It’s like trying to be a minister at a black church. The young pastor has to wait for the older pastor to drop dead from eating too much fried chicken.
Current House Majority Whip Clyburn wants to become the Minority Whip next year. Majority Leader Hoyer wants to become the Minority Whip too. Notice they are both going from Majority to Minority (thank the Nov 2nd election gentlemen!!) Just in case you asked why was all of this happening? It’s because Pelosi wants to be Minority Leader. So Hoyer wants to go back to being #2, which would put Clyburn as #3. It’s all quite confusing if you think about it. But it wouldn’t be politics if it wasn’t confusing.
Side Note: Did I tell you that all of these people are friends.
The bad part about all of this foolishness – enter Bob “Pimping Ain’t Easy” Johnson to the mix. He has started a campaign to help Clyburn get the job. I know some of ya’ll love Johnson because he’s rich (so is Bill Gates) and he owned a television channel (so did Ted Turner). If you haven’t learned by now, if Johnson is involved, race will be rearing its ugly head.
A paragraph from his letter to Congressional Black Caucus leaders regarding Clyburn –
"As you are well aware, Jim has served for 18 years and not only has a strong standing throughout the Congress having served as Majority Whip, but as a distinguished Member of the CBC. He is a steadfast advocate for issues that have a direct impact on the African American community, and his voice must remain at the forefront of the 112th Congress. To diminish his leadership role in Congress would run the risk of losing a significant part of the Black vote, a decision the Democratic Party cannot afford at this most critical time in history."
Clyburn not keeping his seat could cause “the risk of losing a significant part of the Black vote”?????????? Didn’t that already happen on Nov 2nd???? Black folks came out in larger numbers than previous off year elections but not like they did in 2008. I think Bob Johnson used that same logic when he was running the Charlotte Bobcats into the ground. Clyburn is shaking hands with the devil on this one. I don’t care if he wants to keep his job or go fishing next year. He shouldn’t have Johnson shilling for him because there is always an ulterior motive to anything Johnson does. I don’t know what he wants but he wants something. Clyburn should thank Johnson for being concerned and kindly tell him to butt out. Clyburn might need help but he doesn’t need that kind. That kind of help can cost you.
Thursday, November 04, 2010
My take on Tuesday’s Election Results: A few wins and a lot of losses. But the Republicans shouldn’t get it twisted.
You’ve heard about it in the news for months and finally it has arrived. The republicans swept through America like the plague on Tuesday. We knew they were going to get some wins but WOW!!!!!!!!!! From the national stage to the local stage –democrats took some L’s!!!!! It didn’t even matter if they were long time politicians. If they looked, smelled or felt like Democrats they got “lit up!!”
In my current state of North Carolina, the republicans had a historic victory. In 2008, North Carolina was thought to have turned a corner (A Red State to a Purple State). That didn’t last long. The republican’s almost took over the Mecklenburg County Commissioner Board with 3 at large bids. They only received 1. The other 2 went to the democrats. One of the democrats, incumbent Harold Cogdell Jr was everywhere speaking to anyone who would listen to him. I guess it worked out for him....
When I went to bed early Wednesday morning; Congressman John Spratt was talking
about a re-count. Dude!! It’s South Carolina, give it a rest and keep it moving. That’s why I’m laughing about people making a big deal about Republican candidate Nikki Haley (or the name her parents gave her Nimrata Randhawa) winning as South Carolina Governor. They haven’t had a democratic governor in 10 years. You can celebrate the fact that she is a woman but this was no upset.
Former Governor Charlie Crist is now unemployed after getting his head handed to him.
And based on the results Congressman Kendrick Meek should have never entered the
race. The democrats knew he couldn’t win but they let him run anyway. He was another person that got caught up in Obama’s 2008 win and thought he could duplicate it. Meek seems like a nice guy but he has the appeal of a loaf of wheat bread.
President Obama’s old Illinois Senate job was won by a republican and the governors’
race (as of this post) was still neck and neck. Republican candidates cleaned up state governors’ races in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Wyoming and New Mexico. And Wisconsin has its first Republican Senator in 18 years!!!!
Blacks and other Minority Republicans kicked down the door on Tuesday night in grand fashion. At first glance, the minority “Tea Party” backed candidates help the Tea Party image of being inclusive. But after another look, Tuesday’s high level turn out of white male voters helps to negate that same message. I hope the congressional black caucus is not waiting for these new folks to join. Their allegiances are owed elsewhere.
Both snoozefest candidates Harry Reid and Andrew Cuomo beat lunatic opponents to win Governorships. And California turned down pot, elected a senior citizen and passed on a former CEO. Christine O’Donnell lost (no surprise) making witches and warlocks sad all across the nation (although she did say she wasn’t a witch). Personally, I would not have had a problem with her being a witch (even though she said she wasn’t a witch). Sabrina the teenage Witch was cool and she was cute too. And Bewitched was a hilarious television show (but again, she said she wasn’t a witch).
Republican Congressman Anh "Joseph" Cao lost his bid to become a second
term U.S. House of Representative member. Cao became congressmen under
amazing circumstances. The democrat who had the job before him was crooked
and Hurricane Katrina misplaced the residents of the majority black district. He
seemed like a nice guy when you watched him being interviewed but I guess that
seat was always meant for a Democrat.
What happened on Tuesday was not a surprise or a fluke. With Obama’s “Spock” like nature, he comes across as being distant. But that’s just part of the problem. The real problem is what the democrats fail to understand.
The Democrats didn’t win all those seats in 2008 because they were such great politicians. Many of them were in office during “The Bush Years” and they let him walk all over them. They won because they were riding Obama’s coat tails (this list doesn’t include black politicians in mostly black districts, whites in strong democratic districts and Nancy Pelosi). Obama was able to win folks over by engaging them and making them believe he was different. He used social media to reach younger voters and he had canvassing in every state. And he was even on black radio more than Lil Wayne.
But a funny thing happened during the two years of the Obama presidency. The democrats stopped engaging the people that voted for them. Many of these folks were young, first time voters, and minorities. No one explained how politics worked and how they needed to stay active. These voters were left to watch the congress and the White House horse trade for the last two years. While politicians made closed door deals and argued over birth certificates and gay soldiers. The same people that voted for Obama, young people and minorities, were losing jobs, and homes. Ask an inner city black male, age 20 – 30, if he is doing better now than he was two years ago. Ask a teenager in the suburbs how hard was it to get a job last summer. And the first time voters….well you shouldn’t have expected a lot from them. If 2008 was the first time a 40 year old man voted……well….um…no comment. So in 2010, did you really expect these same people to come out in full force? As they say in New York….Come on son!!! Many Obama voters are suffering from voter apathy. And it showed on Tuesday night. The Republicans didn’t win a victory because American’s are tired of Obama. They won because their base was motivated and the other side wasn’t.
Monday, November 01, 2010
Let me get this straight!!! A former welfare recipient is running for office as a Republican? And the city of Compton would be part of her district? This is alot to take in when you are sober and not on any type of narcotic. I just have a few points to make: If I were her, I wouldn't brag about being endorsed by Alan Keyes. He's a lunatic and he looks like a raccoon in a suit. And I wouldn't add Pat Boone to that endorsement list either. He has
Friday, October 22, 2010
“But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.” ~ Juan Williams
The unemployment rate increased!!! That wasn’t the headline on the National Public Radio website yesterday morning but it should have been. After Journalist Juan Williams voiced his view of “brown skinned” Muslims in America, he was promptly let go by NPR. He had a gig with them as a news analyst but that ended with him running his fat mouth.
Side Note: Remember America, we can’t mix up the different colors of Islam. If you put the brown ones in with the white ones, Americans get confused.
See what fooling around with Bill O’ Reilly will get you – THE AXE!!! Now NPR is
facing blistering online (is there any other way to do it now) attacks from the Far Right, The Right, The Middle, and some on The Left. Now we will be subjected to Freedom of Speech talk from every person with a keyboard and a microphone. People are already pulling out old videos from the Ghost’s of NPR’ s past.
I think the first part of what Williams said was extremely dumb. But I don’t think
he should have been fired. And it’s not because the dumb excuse of “he was only
saying what everyone else thinks.” I don’t think that way! I’m not afraid/suspicious of Muslims because some rouge Muslims terrorized us. The Klu Klux Klan has been terrorizing black folks since the 1800’s and I don’t start crying when I see white people. His views show the narrow-mindedness of my fellow Americans. Now if he was a hiring manager, I would be more concerned. His job was to provided opinion and insight (sort of like crotchety Pat “It’s obvious that I don’t have experience dealing with people that are non-white” Buchanan over at MSNBC). Buchanan says things that should have him jumped in a dark alley but he is still cashing a paycheck. If NPR was bothered by his relationship with Fox News, they should have stopped it awhile back. They apparently decided to let the relationship stand and now we see dislike on both sides. Also NPR opened themselves up to the ridiculous criticism of them being a speaker box for the liberal elite. It’s obvious that they see themselves in a different class from Fox News (as most news outlets do). But I always imagined it would be Fox News firing an employee they didn’t agree with. I knew eventually they would fire someone before another media organization would (oh yeah, they already did!).
In the end, Williams was correct when he said we shouldn’t lump all Muslims in the same category. But because he started off the way he did, the whole statement sounded like a contradictory mess. I get it!! He was being honest! But what was said still was a prejudice statement. Like so many television pundits that are talking every week. They make prejudice statements and then hide under the veil of honesty. You can be honest all day long but if you are prejudice that’s what you are. Your employer has the right to fire you based on what you do and say. NPR just happened to exercise that option. And Fox News will no doubt take care of him. They want to look like the good guys in all this. Unfortunately Williams will not be able to count on some black folks to rally behind him. He has burned many a bridges with his commentary on black life and politics.
Some of his greatest