I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. In spite of the lost of one of my dearest friends, my Christmas turned out okay. Today, I received some good news regarding my other friend. She will be coming home soon and is doing well, so that’s a blessing. I’m feeling somewhat okay today.
This has been one rollercoaster; imaginary post-racial, republican court jester’s debate, citizen protesting year. For the party of NO, it has been their defining moment of obstruction after obstruction in getting what needs to be done—undone or rather blocked from getting done. Let’s not forget the rich getting richer, while the poor are getting poorer. I’m sure that a lot of struggling folks out there won’t forget them come election time.
This particular story is one that really caught my eye:
“A 93-year-old Tennessee woman, who cleaned the state Capitol for 30 years, including the governor’s office, says she won’t be able to vote for the first time in decades after being told this week that her old state ID failed to meet new voter ID regulations.”
“Thelma Mitchell was even accused of being an undocumented immigrant because she couldn’t produce a birth certificate:”
“Mitchell, who was delivered by a midwife in Alabama in 1918, has never had a birth certificate. But when she told that to a drivers’ license clerk, he suggested she might be an illegal immigrant.”
“Thelma Mitchell told WSMV-TV that she went to a state drivers’ license center last week after being told that her old state ID from her cleaning job would not meet new regulations for voter identification.” ~~Marie Diamond, Think Progress~~
My grandparents did not have birth certificates. To show proof of their birth, they had to use censuses, bibles, and church documents. My great-great grandmother was a midwife as well as a substitute doctor when folks got sick. She used different herbs and trees to cure different illnesses and they worked better than a lot of the pharmaceutical drugs they overwhelm us with today that cause side effects.
Nevertheless, if the Republicans win the elections, misery and destitution will consume America like a flood.
Forgive me for not posting.I have not been posting lately because right now I am feeling down in the dumps and not feeling well.At first, I was feeling the Christmas spirit.And then... I lost one of my closest friends and another one of my friends is in the hospital and not doing too good right now.
Both have been my friends for many years, we go back to childhood.The one that passed just buried one of her daughters last month who died of a heart attack.My friend came down last week to spend the holidays with her family, children, and grandchildren. She had a heart attack and died.
A couple of days before she died another one of my closest friends had a few strokes. She is not doing too good and now has pneumonia.Therefore, I had been trying to keep her children from falling apart, being their shoulder to lean on, and encouraging them.Those that pray, please keep my friend in prayer that she will pull through and have a speedy recovery.
The last couple of days, I have been in the bed because I am exhausted and coming down with a cold or the flu.I have been feeling weak and achy, so I am trying to nip it in the bud before it gets worse.It is that time of the year. Cold weather and I do not agree.
However, I did get all of my Christmas shopping out the way early this year.What I spent alone should be enough to give the economy a real boost. Whose big idea was it to make up a lie about Santa Claus? Right about now, I wish I could send a bill to whoever that person was. Nonetheless, my kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, and other family members will be some happy campers Christmas day, which I am thankful for being able to do and count as a blessing.So many people are suffering a hardship now and my heart and prayers goes out to them.
I hope that some of you will adopt kids to share blessings with through different charity organization programs, especially some of you folks that like to hoard money.I doubt if the two GOP sugar daddies Newt and Herman will donate any gifts to any poor kids this year or any year for that fact. That might interfere with Newt and Herman keeping their sidepieces happy.Yes, I said Newt because a zebra does not change its stripes, if he will cheat on his first wife, he will cheat on the one he has now.
Nevertheless, I am keeping up with the latest news while resting in bed.Right now, I am not in the right frame of mind to post because I am sad over the loss of my friend.
will truly miss her. I am praying that my other friend pulls through. Therefore, it will be another week or so before I post a topic.
I read the comments some of you posted and I had to laugh, but Koch brothers paying me?I am not for sale and I do not need their dirty money.Nevertheless, I pray that you all have a very blessed holiday filled with love, peace, joy, and harmony. Btw, No, that picture is not me!
"An analysis shows that, over the past decade, those with a Congress member in their corner were three times as likely to win mercy. Interviews and documents show a lawmaker’s support can speed up a stalled application, counter negative information and ratchet up pressure for an approval." ~~Dafner Linzer~~
"An African American woman from Little Rock, fined $3,000 for underreporting her income in 1989, was denied a pardon; a white woman from the same city who faked multiple tax returns to collect more than $25,000 in refunds got one. A black, first-time drug offender — a Vietnam veteran who got probation in South Carolina for possessing 1.1 grams of crack — was turned down. A white, fourth-time drug offender who did prison time for selling 1,050 grams of methamphetamine was pardoned." ~~Dafner Linzer~~
"Turning over pardons to career officials has not removed money and politics from the process, the analysis found. Justice Department documents show that nearly 200 members of Congress from both parties contacted the pardons office regarding pending cases. In multiple instances, felons and their families made campaign contributions to the lawmakers supporting their pleas. Applicants with congressional support were three times as likely to be pardoned, the statistical analysis shows." ~~Dafner Linzer~~
"Daily the Negro is coming more and more to look upon law and justice, not as protecting safeguards, but as sources of humiliation and oppression. The laws are made by men who have little interest in him; they are executed by men who have absolutely no motive for treating the black people with courtesy or consideration; and, finally, the accused law-breaker is tried, not by his peers, but too often by men who would rather punish ten innocent Negroes than let one guilty one escape." ~~W. E. B. Dubois, The Souls of Black Folk ~~
America makes great claims of being a country of freedom, justice, and many other great things, but is America really the land of justice and liberty for ALL? How can a country claim those great things, but treat some of their citizens in such a shameless manner and still boast to the world that they are all of those great things?
BTW, to that male person, you know who you are, and so do I. Stop sending me emails in different blogger's names with viruses and attempting to hack my pc. That's not nice and can get you in a lot of trouble. You should be ashamed of yourself, especially since I showed you an act of kindness. Some folks are so unappreciative nowadays. Smh!
Alright, I know y'all thinking Granny was gone say something about Herman Cain's side piece. Instead, I'm gonna let this song tell y'all what happened.
On a serious note, I feel bad for his wife Gloria. I really do! The wife is always the last to know when their husband has been unfaithful and sometimes she already knows and is denial. Nevertheless, I'm praying that she will get through with her self-esteem in tact, and that she will have the support of her family and friends because she is gonna need every last one of them to lean on.
May the good things of life be yours in abundance not only at Thanksgiving, but also throughout the coming year, and may you enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving, a joyous holiday season and healthful. Family and friends are a wonderful part of the Thanksgiving Holiday! I pray that your Thanksgiving is filled with Peace, Love, and Harmony!
Tomorrow is a busy day for me. I will be cooking up a storm and trying to get my entire Thanksgiving dinner ready, so that I can relax and enjoy family on the holiday because to me that is what it is all about being able to have a good time with family. I love cooking on the holidays for family and friends. I take pleasure in making sure that the food is seasoned and cooked just right.
On holidays I cook as if I am cooking for an army, because most of the time, not only will family come, but also unexpected guest as well as invited guest show up. Y’all know black folk’s families do not leave without taking a plate home with them too. Trust me, before the day is over I will be lucky if I have a bone and crumbs left. However, I do not mind though because that lets me know that the food was good.
Some people may not realize it, but we have so much to be thankful for, waking up every morning to see a brand new day, a roof over our head, clothes on our backs, and food in our stomachs, family, and friends. Many people do not have those things. My prayer is that those who are without be blessed with a good hot meal, warm shelter, love, and compassion. The older you get you become more thankful for the little things in life.
Every single day, since the GOP candidates threw their hat into the ring as a nominee for presidential candidate, I can't help but wonder when are they gonna have a "GOP Housewives" show. At the rate the GOP nominees are going, I'm willing to bet that the GOP Housewives show would be interesting to say the least.
I could just see it now, Gingrich's wife flashing her jewelry from Tiffanys thinking she is all that and a bag of chips. Her and Mitt's wife would be gal pals. Cain's wife and Bachmann's wife (yeah I said wife) would be into it with Mitt's wife about religion. Paul's wife burning a cross in front of Cain's wife window, while pretending that she's her friend, and Huntmans' wife observing them all and staying a safe distance. Surprise guest would be Hermain's sex harrassment victims and Gingrich's ex-wife.
A thought crossed my mind when I heard about Gingrich's 1.6 million payment for consultation work for Freddie Mae a government agency. That's an awful lot of money for consultation, especially consultation fees with a government agency. I thought Uncle Sam had a set budget in all of his agencies and only allowed a certain amount of spent in each. If a office ran out, they had to wait until next budget came around.
Believe me, Uncle Sam is so tight with money allowed for business and office expenses within his government agencies, until he squeaks. Uncle Sam takes inventory of repairs, paper clips, copier ink, gas mileage, government cars, etc. Therefore, how did Newt get 1.6 million to consult and was it itemized?
Mitt Romney and the harddrive sale among his TOP aides and wiping records clean is very unusual. Evidently, the GOP learned something from that last email scandal they had when Bush was in office. Yup! They learned a better way to get rid of evidence, oops I meant harddrives.
I never thought I'd see the day when a valid ID to vote would be a gun permit. So that means that the little fellow in the above picture can vote too. Yup, he can just crawl on into the voting place on election day, crawl up to the table, get his ballad, crawl into the voting booth, and cast his vote.
The GOP party of bigots is taking us back to after Reconstruction when black folks was fleeing to Liberia to get away from their crazy ass because of guess what? You got it! Voter suppression! Back during that time, politicians was rigging the votes to put their party in power, maintain their position, and enforced it with violence. As desperate as the GOP party is right about now...well, you never know what they might try next.
Nevertheless, I guess they must feel that they wouldn't win this election unless they cheat, so they've decided to pull an old school on folks. Yup! The GOP party does not want to share the power. Nope! They are trying to do everything in their power to make sure that America is run by ONE party with obstruction and suppression. They are dead set on reaching that goal. If Americans sit back and let them...that is.
They plan on taking us back so far in history by changing laws and the Constitution. Already, you can see in states where the Republicans are governors how they are at work and have tried to accomplish some of it. What's sad is that the majority of the GOP party wouldn't know the Constitution if it was staring them in the face or wrote down on every wall and sidewalk in America. But I betcha they could tell you every single detail on green paper money because they sold themselves to the highest bidder.
I couldn't even stomach their debates because it was more like watching spoof. To tell you the truth, I think my one year old great-granddaughter would run circles around them in the intellect department. BTW, she watched it with me. She tugged on my arm, pointed to them, threw her hand up facing the tv, and said, "Talk to the hand!" And requested that I put on Yo Gabba Gabba.
BTW, that Penn State incident with the child molester really upset me. You mean to tell me adults witnessed those incidents and did not say a mumbling word. What kind of people are they that witnessed it, but kept silent? They need to fire every last one of them. When adults stands back and let another adult sodomize a child, they are not worth two dead flies in my book. There are some really sick people out there and children are not safe. There is no way I could have stood back, witnessed something like that, and kept silent. Nope!
What is wrong with the Oakland Police? Are they suffering from fatigue or just plain old trigger happy? From the looks of this video, it was no reason to shoot the camera man. This is the third shooting that has been inflicted on those using no violence. Two Iraq soldiers and now the camera man has become a victim. Is Oakland a police state or rather city now?
I suspect the Oakland mayor had better forget about reelection. For those of you planning to go to Oakland Occupy Wall Street, it would be wise to invest in a bullet proof vest and helmet.
Evidently, hustling Uncle Herman Cain Ruckas never listened to Johnny Taylor's it's Cheaper to Keep Her. Oops, scratch that, I forgot Cain is another Clarence Thomas. Maybe, he should listen to Hank Williams Your Cheating Heart. The number of women are rising in Herman's case. Looks like there is a fourth one.
Well...I need to stock up on my popcorn because something tells me that this is one of those show and tale movements. In some ways, it's like watching the clowns perform at the circus. Although, I hate to say it, but it's something a little fishy about the blond and Cain drama. Although, Cain looks like the type that would pull that type of mess.
It's a wonder that MSM does not have an adultery poll up by now.
Not too long ago, she was an authority on racial profiling. Yup, she said racial profiling was a hoax. I got news for her, there are many black and brown people that think that old Annie needs to quit sipping on Gin and Juice or whatever it is she might be gulping down or snorting because she is beginning to remind folks of that "this is an egg, this Ann's brain" commercial.
In addition, Ann made some rather disturbing comment regarding a few things:
I think there should be a literacy test and a poll tax for people to vote. ~~ Commentary on Hannity & Colmes, Fox News, 1997-08-17~~
It would be a much better country if women did not vote. That is simply a fact. In fact, in every presidential election since 1950 — except Goldwater in '64 — the Republican would have won, if only the men had voted.~~ As quoted in "An appalling magic" in The Guardian (17 May 2003)~
I wonder how she got out of those voter fraud registration cases of hers. A Sugar Daddy, maybe? Must have been fixed, so she wouldn't have to spend any time in the pokey. Nevertheless, Ann is noted for quite a few color aroused comments. Like the one where she said,
"Here's a little inside scoop about white people: We're not thinking about you. Especially WASPs. We think everybody is inferior, and we are perfectly charming about it." ~~Jackandcokewithlime~~
That's a good example of modern day white privilege with added accessories on it. Ann is well aware of her white privilege and doesn't mind flaunting it. Hey, come to think of it Pat Buchanan is quick to say black and brown folks are inferior. He too is a member of that Council of Conservatives Citizens, so you do not have to be a rocket scientist to figure out Ann's way of thinking regarding non-whites.
Those are just a few comments Ann has made, here is a list of quotes by Ann.
Back before the Civil Rights Movement took place, whites who murdered blacks that were tried in the so-called court of law back then would come to court smiling, joking, and laughing, and the jury would be grinning too. They knew beforehand, that they didn't have anything to worry about. The verdict would come back not guilty because the law was rigged in their favor. It didn't matter how much evidence was presented. In fact, it wouldn't have mattered if they had killed a black person in the court house in front of the sheriff, judge, jury, and citizens. Emmit Till's murderers went free and so did many others.
Alrighty, GOP party I think the people are starting to get the message. Your party wants the middleclass and poor people to pay more taxes, so you can give fat refund checks to billionaire and millionaires to supplement their fat bonus checks. Because when you get right down to it, and cut through the chase, that is exactly what your party is asking and campaigning for daily.
Rick Perry wants to give billionaires and millionaires a $500,000 tax break. Herman Cain has a 999 plan that helps the rich too and makes the middleclass and poor pay more. In fact, all of the GOP candidates as well as those who are already serving has been on one accord with giving the billionaires and millionaires more money, while squeezing the blood out of the average Joe and Jill.
In addition, the GOP wants to cut funding for schools, so that more dummies like them are churned out. You want to privatize grandma and grandpa's check, so that investors can get their grubby little hands on it and invest in deals that there's no guarantee are stable in profits and a steady flow of money. Sorta like how the people lost a lot of money on their 401K. In other words, risk your retirement fund playing something similar to Russian Roulette.
On your list of things of wants is deregulate more, so that people will die sooner from pollution in the air and contaminated water. Drill more, so that accidents like the gulf coast can kill our marine life.
There is one thing, I'm curious about. If the GOP cuts 1.2 trillion worth of programs, what will our taxes be used for? I pray that it is not Congress salary. In fact, cutting the Congress retirement pensions would really trim the budget. In fact, a big fat pay cut as well wouldn't hurt either along with some cuts to their medical benefits. They should contribute more money into their medical plan too. Eliminate those long paid vacations they seem to take too many of as well. The Congress needs to share in the pain for once instead of bypassing themselves. Everytime they take time off to close for months at a time, it should be leave without pay.
The Occupy Wall Streets Folks should be gathering up signatures to put that on the next election ballots in every single state. Not only that, signatures to end lobbying and to make it against the law for CEO's to receive big fat bonus checks and put a cap on those bonuses by knocking off a few of those zeroes. Don't leave out making it against the law to outsource jobs and still get tax credits.
I borrowed this picture from over at jobsangers blog. I love dropping by and reading his blog because he is a man of few words, but in those few words he delivers a powerful message using images that speak a thousand words every single time. A newer blog that I like stopping by and checking out is Mack Lyons over at "Different Day, Same Shit." Lyons exposes the deception, breaks it down, and enlightens his readers. Both are true warriors against injustice in my book, so I just wanted to give them their props.
I'm reminded of that scripture when I see Cain, "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, but to lose his soul." Frankly, I believe Cain lost his soul a long time ago when he was affiliated with Enron or maybe even before that.
"A co-worker of Johnson’s had said he was Johnson’s “masta” at a company picnic."~~
In another case, a black employee got paid $210,000 for his boss calling him a monkey and gorilla.
See, I told you black folks are tired! They are tired of overlooking the dumb feces and dealing with racism every single day of their lives. This is supposed to be "The Land of the Free, justice and Liberty for ALL, and that includes black folks, red folks, yellow folks, and brown folks too. It is time to discard and put an end to racism.
When Martin Luther King marched, he wasn't just marching for black folks. Nope! He was marching for humanity. Because racism is one of the strongest forms of hate that smothers the life out of humanity and freedom. Every single human being on this earth should be entitled to pursue happiness and prosperity without obstructions. It is a legal right of all Americans.
Which brings me to voter suppression being attempted in Texas the land gun toting governor Rick Perry. This time it is aimed at Hispanics. Next, I guess, will be other minorities who are citizens in this country. Folks voter suppression is serious because this was how they eased Jim Crow in after reconstruction. Suppressed votes helps enable them to get their people in office and keep out the people's choice.
Oakland Chief of Police is protecting his men, and why are we not surprised. That's normal procedure when those in the blue mess up. However, this statement here was a little too much and tells me someone is trying to avoid a possible lawsuit.
"Fellow veterans say police fired an object that struck him in the head, but authorities say object has yet to be definitively established, as well as the person responsible for the injury."~~Associated Press~~
Yup, we know the drill. What you saw wasn't really what you saw. Alrighty!
Ah hem...Rick Perry hinted around to President Obama's birth certificate claiming it was joke. Yup, I reckon it was one of those good ole boys, good natured "colored" jokes regarding the birther theory. The birther theory did not sit right with a lot of folks and people thought that we had moved on from that after the Donald Trump embarrassment.
Well... now, Perry has folks wondering about his own family tree. I mean it does sort of raised eyebrows a little bit, especially with a family ranch called "Niggerhead" and him not to long ago threatening to secede from the union when President Obama (a black man) was elected.
Anyway, the secessionist governor should have left stirring the pot to the women folks because looks like he keeps making a big mess in the kitchen. Which leads up to why people have a question for Perry regarding his family tree. (pssst...Gun toting, secessionist governor ought to withdraw now because things is fixing to get ugly).
"...Perry almost invariably touts his humble roots, describing a hardscrabble but wholesome childhood in Haskell County, Texas, the origin of his small-town traditional values. Yet the New York Times has reported the pervasiveness of racist attitudes in Haskell County, where white residents referred to the segregated area on the other side of the tracks as “Niggertown.” ~~Max Blumenthal~~
"But both papers missed an additional important historical fact: Haskell County was home to an active, large and influential chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. The genealogy of a prominent farmer and longtime resident of Haskell County, Oran Ewan Webb, refers to the Klan as a central facet of life in the county, noting:“There was a meeting of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan at the O E Webb farm four miles east of Haskell on Monday night September 29, 1924. Public lectures were given by speakers of state reputation. Every officer of the Haskell County Klan was present. (Notice from Haskell newspaper).”~~Max Blumenthal~~
Shouldn't he be explaining to us why he is still trying to run a con game and get his "Looking Out For His Family ONLY bill" over on people. I think that Ryan has gotten so caught up in his own con game that he is actually starting to believe it himself.
Let's not forget, jigging, hustling, Uncle Ruckas Herman Cain. Someone needs to look and see if Hustler Cain has some ancestors that owned slaves in his family tree because Hustling Uncle Ruckas evidently believes in free labor. He does not want to pay employees minimum wage and thinks it should be lower. Just when I thought that Cain couldn't get any lower on the scale of self-hating negroes. Apparently, Uncle Ruckas likes to be called "Cornbread." And could one of his latest campaign ads with the slave shack and supposedly slaves be in reality a hint to free labor?
Did the "Oakland Occupy Wall Street" protesters break any windows downtown Oakland or were they looters? Did they commit any violent act? Nope! They did not. In fact, they were so peaceful you would have hardly knew they were there accept for the signs and the small corner space they occupied.
Did they chant too loud or throw bricks at the police? What exactly did they do to deserve an Iraq war veteran winding up in critical condition?
Back in the 50's, 60's, and 70's people were protesting left and right about the injustices and war. Black folks were protesting discrimination and unjust laws, people were protesting a war in Vietnam that should not have been as it is the same with all wars that the rich start, but want the poor people to do their fighting for them. One protest that remains embedded in my mind that winded up like the one in Oakland was the Kent State University Massacre.
"Monday, May 4, 1970. The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis." ~~Wikipedia~~
The other protests were just as violent and more so, but it was not the people protesting who committed the violence. It was those who were supposed to protect and serve the citizens of the United States of America who were the violent ones. History repeated itself yesterday at the "Oakland Occupy Wall Street."
What did Iraq vet Scott Olsen do to deserve to wind up like this for protesting an injustice against all of the average citizens of America?
"Scott Olsen, 24, remains sedated on a respirator, in stable but critical condition at Oakland’s Highland Hospital after being hit in the head with a police projectile." ~~Jason Cherkis, Huffingtonpost~~
Are we to believe that "The Land of the free" is not so free at all and that we are to be subjected to a Gestapo like atmosphere where our citizens can be shot down like dogs in the streets and bombed with tear gas by those that are to protect and serve us for speaking up for our rights and justice?
Yesterday, I passed by the "Oakland Occupy Wall Street" and there was nothing out of order, no one throwing bricks through business windows, no one torching a business, no one throwing bricks and bottles at the police. In fact, you would have hardly noticed them if you did not see the signs letting you know what they were there for.
I haven't been blogging for the last few days because I hadn't been feeling well. I came down with the flu, so I've been trying to get some rest and take care of myself. Apparently, while I was away and hadn't checked my blog for comments, the trolls have been busy. The trolls came from FieldNegro's blog and they had been flooding his blog with a bunch of BS.
Trolls over at Field's blog have been highjacking bloggers' handles. One of the trolls over at field's highjacked my handled and wrote that I was voting for Cain, which is the biggest lie! The troll who wrote it is bold and has some type of computer knowledge because they signed in with my name in blue to make it look somewhat legit, while I was there.
I would never ever vote for that hustling idiot Herman Cain. Nor would I vote for anyone on the Republican ticket.
The Republican party and the Koch Brothers has become so desperate until they are paying people to flood progressives liberal Democrat blogs with their assinine games, confusion, and cheating behinds. They are wasting their time playing that dung on my blog. I plan to put a quick end to it! As soon as I am feeling better. One thing I will not tolerate is a lot of confusion.
Every time I hear Negroes like Allen West and Herman Cain, I begin to wonder just how many Negroes do the Koch Brothers have on their payroll.Have you noticed how stunning statements have become a pattern and trademark of those working for the Koch Brothers?
For example, first, it was Michelle Bachmann, after her, it was Rick Perry, next Herman Cain, and now Allen West is jumping in with a remark that is totally stupid and insulting to OWL protest, the average taxpayer, and unemployed.
Exactly, how many palms have the Koch Brothers greased with moolah and how much money is it?Think about how lately progressive blogs have been flooded with trolls left and right cheerleading for the GOP trying to intimidate and harass folks to vote for a Republican candidate.Lately, the GOP pick has been Herman the Hustler Cain.
We already know that the majority of the GOP Congress is on their payroll.Just how much bribery money has the Koch Brothers been spreading around to take control of our government? There is a lot at stake this time called Democracy and freedom. Don't sleep through this election did the last one.
Lumumba,the African man, who spent two weeks in jail, lost his business behind the lie that Amanda told implicating him as the one who killed her roommate. Yet, Lumumba was innocent! In America, we hear about whites accusing Black and Hispanic people of crimes that they themselves committed all the time. Yup! That old "The black guy or Hispanic guy did it" lie. Nothing new there, that's been going on since the antebellum days.
Lumumba was awarded 40,000 euros, which is $55,370.98 in American money for damages, but the man lost his business, which Amanda was employed at. Because of the lie and notoriety caused by Amanda's lie his business shut down soon after he was released from jail. A black man cannot make a decent living without someone like Amanda trying to tear him down. Smh!
Now, his lawyer said that Lumumba is barely able to support his wife and baby. More than likely,a good majority of his award went to pay his lawyer's fees. Nevertheless, Amanda will probably become wealthy from some book deal and possibly a movie to tell her story. Another American psuedo heroine... But what about Lumumba and his family? Will he be offered a book deal to make up for his lost?
The subject of why won't I vote for Herman Cain came up. Well...let me take the time out to answer that question. It has nothing to do with the color of his skin because that's a non issue in my book because the last 40 something Presidents were white and I voted for many of them and would vote for another white one if I like their position on policies. Color preferences for Presidents is a white thing, not a black one. Nevertheless, I refuse to let anyone intimidate me into voting for someone because some of my people died for me to have the right to vote. Therefore, I take my voting rights very serious.
Nor do I have a problem with people who think different from me. Anyway, no two people think alike. However, I do have a problem with a black man who jigs and denigrates his own people in order to get ahead in life. Moreover, I have a problem with a black man who mimics the same talking points of white supremacist and those trying to maintain it. We live in a diverse nation, this is not an all white nation. There are no superior human beings. That is a myth! It goes against the grain of "All Men Were Created Equal."
Cain reminds me of a scene in that movie "The Color Purple" in an odd sort of way. Granny pauses...changes and adds some words to the script. The scene with Celie and Sophia comes to my mind:
"You told white folks] to [denigrate us black folks]!"
"All my life I had to fight[for my civil rights]."
"I had to fight[discrimination]."
"I had to fight[Jim Crow laws]."
"I had to fight[unjust laws]."
"[Black folks] ain't safe in [a land of white supremacist filled with hate]."
"But I never thought, I had to fight my own [black people]!" ~~Alice Walker, edited by Granny~~
As for those who claim that Black folks who support Democrats are on a plantation. Well...I'll put it like this. I'd rather stay on the Democrat plantation because the massuhs on the Republican plantation flog their Black folks in public for all to see like they did Cain, Michael Steele, and all of their other Black Republicans when they speak up against the right's wrongdoings. On the Democrat plantation they allow us the freedom to speak the truth and are not trying to starve us to death or make us homeless, or do away with grandma and grandpa in order to feed the greed of the most wealthy in our nation.
If a black man cannot stand on his own merits and the only way his party will accept him is if he denigrates Blacks and pushes the white supremacist agenda, he is not Presidential material. He is nothing but a puppet on a string and an Uncle Ruckas. Too many people, Black and white lost their lives fighting for ALL people to have a right to vote and have civil rights. Martin Luther King said that the fight for civil rights wasn't just for black folks it was for white folks too! Our nation should be trying to go forward, not backwards!
I'd like to present Black Diaspora another blogger and a dear friend of mine. I hope you enjoy Diaspora's topic, in fact, I know you will, and any questions you may have please direct them to Diaspora because he has the floor. Thank you!
In keeping with this blog's recent focus on "race" and "color," I want to extend the conversation around these two volatile topics.
In a previous blog entry, Mr. Francis Holland examined how color and race converge to create what he identifies as "Extreme Color Aroused Disorder," and the social pathology that has emerged around it--that the Disorder manifests itself, not so much as a difference in kind, but as a difference of degree.
I thought I would take a speculative look at the major element in this pathology around race--"color" itself.
What if we could eliminate "color" from the equation, from the racial construct, would this act alone make considerations along the colorline obsolete?
As science progresses, this possibility will become more and more a reality for those of us who would like to minimize "color aroused" responses in our daily lives, or eliminate them altogether.
The obvious question arises: If you're African American, would you undergo an extensive color-altering transformation--or impose it on your children--if it meant less "racial drama" in their lives or yours?
For some, this decision has already been made, well in advance of the science, as this video clip from the Tyra Banks Show so painfully reveals. Warning: Their reasons may shock you!
Growing up in the South years ago, racism in one form or another, was a daily reminder that color (and that primarily) kept me from fully participating in the larger white society--from where I could sit in a theater, if I was able to sit at all, to where I was allowed to eat, sleep, or relieve myself.
As a child, I often dreamed of how my live might be experienced, if such impediments didn't exist.
I wasn't angry with the color I was born with--the color that nature had given me--but with those who used my color to restrict, discriminate against, and to deprive me of the things they enjoyed by virtue of their whiteness.
If color is the determinant that arouses racial bigotry, what if we got rid of color altogether? How many of us would be game for that?
Let me state the question again: Should African Americans, generally, endorse such a plan (to lighten their skin color), if it meant less racial tension? One thing's for sure, whites aren't going to tan themselves much darker than "Coppertone" to rid the nation of varying degrees of "color arousal." If it's going to be done, African Americans will have to undergo this color-altering treatment.
One thing's for sure: With advancements in genetics, it won't be long before Scientists, using genetic engineering, have the means to alter skin color as readily as they "determine a smile or the shape of [a] nose."
"Designer babies," and color-reduction treatments that could forever change the color of our skin, are not things of science fiction, but are in our ever-drawing-nearer future.
On one television program, a video of a preteen black girl with vitiligo was shown. I gaped, as she went, over a period of months, from being a young black girl to a young white girl, much like the young black girl in the illustration at the top of this blog entry.
As a followup, let me ask another question: Is color and racism only skin deep?
Consider a real-life story of how the color of her skin "reclassified" Sandra Laing, a child of white parents, as "colored" in South Africa's unforgiving apartheid system. Made into a movie, Laing's story brings home the insanity of using color to differentiate people, and to use that differentiation to maintain a system of racial purity, and separation.
" 'Skin' is a fictionalized retelling of the true and terrible story of Sandra Laing, a South African woman whose race was classified and reclassified by the government, then in the mad grip of apartheid. Born in 1955 to officially white parents, Ms. Laing...was judged white. But when the child entered the larger world, her darker skin, and especially her tightly curled black hair, marked her as different. At 10, she was dragged out of school by the police because the principal had decided she wasn’t white. The government agreed and relabeled her 'colored.'"
I'd like to take the time out to recommend a book. Normally, I am not in the habit of doing this. However, this is apart of our history, and our history is important, especially in this day and age. Therefore, here are some excerpts from the book "Elizabeth and Hazel."
Prologue: Two Dresses
Early in the morning of September 4, 1957, two girls in Little Rock, Arkansas, each fifteen years old, dressed for school.
On a block of black families nestled in the west side of town, in the small brick house she shared with her parents and five brothers and sisters, Elizabeth Eckford put on a skirt that her older sister, Anna, and she had made just for this day. The immaculate white cotton pique felt cool and soft to the touch; when Elizabeth and Anna, who had labored over it for several weeks, had run out of fabric, they'd trimmed the deep hem with navy blue and white gingham. The new skirt's double rows of gathers made it seem to have tiny pleats, and it appeared especially crisp because Elizabeth had ironed it one last time the night before. Buoyed by the petticoat she wore underneath, it encircled her tiny waist like a bell – one that rang out the tidings of new beginnings. Fashionable and yet modest, descending well below her knees, the pretty skirt was complemented by the rest of what she had chosen to wear that morning: the plain white blouse (which she'd also made), the loafers, the bobby sox. She could just as easily have been going to church, and in a way she was, because for Elizabeth, learning was much more meaningful, and useful, than prayer.
A few miles away, in a house much like Elizabeth's but in a neighborhood that was all white, Hazel Bryan selected something very different. It was a sleek dress of cool mint-green, with a triangular white sash at the top pointing suggestively to her bosom, and a ribbon tied provocatively around her midriff.
She'd bought it a few months earlier at one of the "classy" department stores downtown, maybe Blass or Pfeiffer's, with around ten of the scarce dollars her mother earned making lightbulbs at Westinghouse. Hazel wasn't signaling the start of an earnest new undertaking so much as making a fashion statement: taking her cues from Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Elizabeth Taylor, and the other movie stars she followed, Hazel hoped to show off her petite figure, to look older and more sophisticated and maybe more promiscuous than she really was. She wanted to impress her girlfriends, but with any luck the boys forever hovering around her would notice, too. (That the dress was a mite too tight would help.) She'd worn the dress before, probably earlier in the summer. Then again, for Hazel this day wasn't quite as special as it was for Elizabeth. Like all of the white kids, she'd begun school the day before, unperturbed by the soldiers who encircled it, and she had been at this particular school for a year already.
Two girls, one black, one white, born less than four months apart, each about to begin eleventh grade. Within a few minutes of each other, they set out for the same destination: Little Rock Central High School. They did not know, nor – in the world of the South in the 1950s – would they have ever encountered, each other before, except perhaps when they rode the same buses or passed on a downtown street or sat – on different levels – in a local movie theater. But within an hour or so they would, and from that moment on, their lives would be inextricably intertwined. For long after that – as long, in fact, as the tortured saga of relations between the races, in the United States and everywhere else, still mattered, or as long, when it came right down to it, as people can see – they would be linked.
When Hazel got home that afternoon, she took off the dress and changed into something more comfortable – boy's jeans, perhaps; they didn't yet make them for girls – and hung it up for the next time. Doubtless, there would be many next times – dances, dates, more school days – to put it on. But when Elizabeth removed her skirt that night, then folded it up and handed it to her mother, she already knew she would never wear it, or even want to see it, again. As everyone else was coming to recognize it – for a time, that simple cotton skirt was just about the most famous piece of clothing in the world – Elizabeth set out to forget about it. It promptly went into the attic, and no one – Elizabeth included – ever laid eyes on it again.
Looks like overseer Herman Cain made some more gains in the polls today. "A pizza on every table and unemployed person in every pot."~Loki ~~ Now, I have to give it to that commenter on Huffingtonpost, but that comment does not just apply to Cain. It applies to Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Republicans, and they need to quit playing politics with people's livelihood.
Cain is making some of those color aroused folks happy with his demeaning comments about black folks. Why does the Republican party always parade out those Uncle Ruckas type of black men? Why do black Republicans believe that they have to do a jig for those on the right and put down black folks to score political points? Whatever happened to freedom in being who you are instead of another Uncle Ruckas? Well...it really doesn't matter because Cain will be discarded pretty soon. That is after the Republican party gets through using him to demean us black folks.
What part does Cain not understand that the reason the Republicans are having a hissy fit now, tryna cheat, is so they can get President Obama out the White House by any means necessary? It has something to do with "NO BLACK ASSES WANTED in the WHITE House. That's a sacrilege in the minds of those folks. Someone needs to send Cain a message written in WHITE crayola and tell him that. Maybe, then he will get the message. Blacks already have had to deal with more color arousal than we've had to deal since slavery and Jim Crow from those crazy people on the right.
He should take a hint from the way that they treated Michael Steele. I liked Steele too, although, we didn't agree politically, because he was funny when he got all hip hop on us. In addition, Steele did try to feed black folks. Y'all know black folks show up in full force whenever food is free. Steele should have gave a barbeque instead because black folks is tired of fried chicken. If Steele would have offered free barbeque, granny would have showed up to eat too.
Now looks like everyone has gotten all nostalgia on us. Folks protesting left and right just like they did in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. The Republicans are trying to cheat like the Congress did after Reconstruction when they got rid of all of those black folks up in Congress, suppressed minority votes, and eased Jim Crow back in. The Police have went back to acting like slave patrollers. We got some folks shooting up people like they did when oil and gold was discovered and lawlessness was in the land. Billionaires and Millionares are trying their best to turn America into a serfdom system. The Republican Congress is trying to send grandpa and grandma to the poor house and have poor houses like they had back in the early 1900s.
Hey, the name "Godfather's Pizza" does fit right for the GOP thugs 4 life party though now that I think about it. After all, we know who the real thugs are don't we.
Today, I'd like to introduce a guest blogger, Frances Holland who has a theory about color. If anyone is interesting in learning more his theory after reading this topic you can read more at Journal of Color Arousal . In addition, Frances has the floor on this topic, so address your comments or questions to him. Thank you!
When we understand that biological “race” simply does not exist, then we begin to look for language and terms that communicate the discrimination we face in our everyday lives.I wanted terms that were not linguistic derivatives of the root word “race,” because “race” doesn’t exist as a matter of science and it is hopelessly confused with science when we use the term in sociology.
The fact is that when we see our own skin color and perceive the skin color of others, we have been carefully trained to call upon color-aroused ideation, which leads to color-aroused emotion, and all too frequently leads to color-aroused behavior.People whose minds work this way to an extent that they are severely impaired in one or more key areas of their lives suffer from Extreme Color Aroused Disorder.
As I began my book on this topic, I discussed it with a friend who has white skin here in Brazil.She told me the story of another friend whose father disowned her because he discovered that she had a Black boyfriend.Rather than be intimidated by her father’s color-aroused ideation, emotion and behavior, the white woman moved in with her brown-skinned boyfriend as soon as they arrived at the same college.
The white father was livid.When the young white woman and her Black spouse married and had a child, the white father did not go to the wedding and did not speak to his daughter for ten years. . . until he was diagnosed with cancer, his wife had died, and he had no one to take care of him.
At that point, the white father was compelled to accept the financial and personal help of his brown son-in-law.They never discussed the issue that had kept them separated for a decade.Instead , they discussed their common interests in soccer.When the white-skinned father saw his grandchild for the first time, he was overcome with emotion and cried as he held her.In those moments, he clearly saw how his Extreme Color Aroused Disorder had cheated him out of his daughter and his granddaughter for a decade, which was time that could never be recovered in the time the white father had left.
You will never hear the public discuss benign, moderate and severe racism, because racism is not a scientific field of inquiry, like stage four cancer.Racism, we believe, is so awful that it is always at its worst, and so we refuse even to admit the idea that some cases, like the one above, are worse than others.
When we discuss color-aroused disorder, we do make reference to its severity, be it benign, moderate or severe.Color Aroused Disorder is severe when it causes an individual to, for example:
·Confront strangers on the street on the basis of their skin color, risking bodily harm to themselves or criminal charges against themselves;
·Engage in any color-aroused criminal activity that risks loss of social status, liberty, family contacts, income and professional maintenance and advancement; ·Causes a family member to reject other family members based on their interactions with people of a different skin color; ·lose a job because of color-aroused antagonism toward co-workers, supervisors and/or those one supervises; ·Loose opportunities to find a suitable marital partner because of color-aroused ideation, emotion and behavior, often reinforced by pressure from family,social group and others. ·causes an employer to be subject to civil fines as a result of a worker participation in“ noose-play,” color-associated epithets, and causes a hostile work environment ·under cutting other employees in a manner that leads to decreased productivity; ·Shoot co-workers because they interact without regard to skin color differences; ·Be referred to “sensitivity training” because of on-the-job color-aroused antagonism toward others.
The list of ways to express Extreme Color Aroused Disorder is very long, especially compared to the paucity of psychiatric services designed to treat the disorder.Doug Williams was a white-skinned Lockheed employee with a years-long history of antagonizing both white and brown-skinned employees, because he didn’t believe the “races” should mix.Here it is clear that part of the ideation that led to his illness was the belief that distinct races existed in the first place.
After years of treating Doug Williams’ on-the-job color-aroused harassment of others as a mild form of color arousal, Lockheed ordered Doug Williams to participate in a sensitivity training in which he would be in close quarters with Blacks and whites from his workplace.
A psychiatrist should have been brought in to screen Doug for color-aroused disorder.Had a competent psychiatrist been involved, the doctor would quickly have realized that Doug Williams was already far too sensitive to his and others’ skin colors in his environment.Additional “sensitivity” would be reckless and dangerous, because it could push Doug over the edge, unless it was carried out in a facility where Mr., Williams would not pose a safety risk to himself and others.
Instead, Lockheed assumed that ‘all racism is the same.’ They apparently did not consult a competent color-aroused disorder specialist psychiatrist about Doug’s color-aroused ideation (e.g. pro-segregation),and emotion (fury), and behavior (physically confronting co-workers about heterochromatic friendships).
Doug Williams entered the training session, returned to his car for his gun, and shot several co-workers, including some with white skin and some with brown skin.Then Doug turned the weapon upon himself and committed suicide.
Extreme Color Aroused Disorder is the most dangerous both to the sufferer and to those around him.The two cases recounted above should make it clear that color-aroused disorder is not a disorder in which there is a culprit and a victim.An individual with Extreme Color-Aroused Disorder sometimes does as much harm to himself—professionally and personally—as he does to those whom he targets.
People with Extreme Color Aroused Disorder share many of the symptoms of people with other psychiatric illnesses, such as:
·constant alertness to color-arousing stimuli in the environment
·constant stress over the “risk” that Blacks will advance, combined sometimes with the ideation that Blacks advancement is degrades white people; ·Uncontrolled anger and fury that leads to crimes, including hate crimes, that jeopardize the victim’s liberty; ·Inability to advance in a profession, e.g. politics, because past expressions of color-aroused hatred and disrespect make the individual clearly unfit for public office; ·sociopathic lack of empathy for others based on skin color; ·Inability to see their own behavior as the source of their thinking, feeling and behavioral problems associated with skin color.
Sixty years after we began talking about “racism,” we are still debating whether a Black person can be “racist.”Instead, we should be asking whether a Black person’s Extreme Color Aroused Disorder can render Black person’s life ineffective and unmanageable.When I told my niece I was writing a book on this subject, she introduced me to a Black woman whose situation provided the answer quite clearly.The woman explained that she was extremely sensitive to observing interactions between Black men and white women.
She said that:
·Black men should go out with Black women; ·It was a personal put –down to her when she saw a Black man who had chosen a white woman instead; ·When she went to clubs, she was hyper-sensitive and hyper-vigilant to heterochromatic couples involving a Black man and a white woman; ·When she saw such couples, even though they were strangers, she felt compelled to confront the white woman and the Black man, which often lead to fights that could get her arrested, and thereby make it impossible for her to go to work; ·The issue came to dominate her life to the extent that she fought in the family home with her brown-skinned brother about his white girlfriend, and this caused a dramatic inability for her to continue her otherwise close relationship with her own brother; ·She felt low self-esteem because she was not chosen by Black men; ·Her life was in a downward spiral in which she could not control her behavior toward heterochromatic couples in public, she could not form or maintain a relationship with a Black man, and she felt lousy about her own weight and her personhood.
In this case, issues of skin color had come to dominate her life to a degree that she was imminently at risk of being arrested for her confrontations with strangers in bars and clubs.Yes, she and people like her sometimes cause pervasive hardship for couples who do not share a skin color.But, the obsession with this issue—the ideation, emotion and behavior—were robbing this Black woman of the quality of her own life.She needed urgent psychiatric help from a competent, knowledgeable and experienced Color Arousal Disorder professional in order to:
·make herself safe from potentially dangerous confrontations, and ·learn to value herself regardless of what choices some Black men make, and ·Forgive her brother for having a white girlfriend, if only to continue to have a relationship with her brother, whom she valued and with whom she lived in harmony, until he dated a white woman.
Debate this endlessly as a political issue, if you must, but also acknowledge that it can become a fundamental psychiatric issue, based on our awareness of our own skin color and our perception of the skin colors of others.There are far too many examples of Extreme Color-Aroused Disorder leading to ruthless and notorious murders for us to continue endlessly talking about “racism” without acknowledging the daily toll that Extreme Color Aroused Disorder takes on Blacks, whites and the American “family.”
Van Jones is an intelligent, decent, and hard working young black man. The young man has some very innovative and creative ideas and an awful lot to offer to our society. I pray that he gets to use and make his contribution of those talents to our society.
Back when the Jim Crow laws were in effect, Southern whites got away with threatening and murdering blacks because the law was on their side and a lot of times the law was an active participants in those crimes against blacks. Blacks had no recourse as far as the law was concerned. Sometimes you can't help but wonder if those Jim Crow laws are silently in effect, now, because not too long ago Fox Nation had these pictures on display:
~~Screenshots, Fox Nation~~
and this one:
~~Screenshots, Fox Nation~~
So, why aren't these people over at Fox not being hauled in and locked up? Because if this were a Black, Hispanic, Asian, Cuban,Pacific Islander, Iranian, Arab, Native American, etc., their behind right about now would be being tried in MSM court of opinion and the prison jailers would be getting their cells ready or the undertakers standing in line to collect their remains.
When I read those comments or see pictures like these over at Fox Nation, I feel like I've stepped into an uncivilized place and left civilization. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that those people over there are barbaric Neanderthals.
All of my life I observed people and often wondered why hatred between the human beings exists. As a black woman I have experienced it proliferated towards my people and me in myriad extreme and often subtle forms in which one could ever imagine toward a group of people.
One day, while meditating I asked the question why do people hate so much not knowing that this question would take me on a journey that would lead to an answer which has been one of the greatest deceptions in the history of mankind.
My journey has led me to the place that I am now, which is fighting against injustice, inequality, and enslavement of the minds of my people by the pharaohs of today.
Lord knows I am not perfect, nor do I profess to be. Neither are my people and no human being on earth is as a matter-of-fact. There are human flaws in every single race.
So, then my question is what gives one race the idea that they should have control over all others?