Friday, August 27, 2010

Segregated School Elections

Nettleton Middle School 2010-2011 must be having a little fit of  nostalgia for the days when they  discouraged black children from working towards the career of their choice and delegated them to certain menial positions. Back in the good old days of segregation they encouraged whites to reach for the sky in their choice of occupation. However, blacks were told that they could only be maids, cooks, and chauffeurs, etc.  Black children were told that they could never be anything other than in servile positions.

Brandy Springer, a mother of four mixed-race children in Nettleton, Miss., complained that her 12-year-old daughter couldn't run for class reporter because she wasn't the right race.~~The Associated Press as well as's Ryan McCartney and NBC News' Carlo Dellaverson contributed to this report.~~

Looks like Nettleton Middle School is regressing back in the past.  The school was trying to exercise a stragedy created 30 years ago that was supposed to create equality.  However, I wouldn't exactly label it one that creates equality because it has a catch 22 to it.   It mirrors the black only and white only signs they used to have in public places such as restrooms and water fountains. looks like some things just stay the same.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Muslim Is the New Black...Literally!


So you think these rabid-bigoted-assholes protesting the mosque at ground zero aren't racist? Wanna see how racial profiling works? Yeah, pay attention Arizona! OK, watch the following video and check out how the mob converges on a black man walking through the crowd who they assumed to be Muslim.

A man who as it turns out, actually is a union carpenter who works at ground zero, who is not a Muslim. But I suppose it wasn't a good idea to be of a dark hue and wear a white kufi-like hat on your head, and try to go to fucking work when they're idiots around who are bent of shape denying the right to religious freedom.

Yep, and did you catch the, "he must've voted for Obama," lined blurted out by one of the protesters? This fucking country is insane! But I suppose just like the racial and homophobic slurs tossed out at congressional members walking in to vote on health care reform several months ago, none of this actually happened.

This from the guy who filmed the video, lefthandedart:

A man walks through the crowd at the Ground Zero protest and is mistaken as a Muslim. The crowd turns on him and confronts him. The man in the blue hard hat calls him a coward and tries to fight him. The tall man who I think was one of the organizers tried to get between the two men. Later I caught up with the man who's name is Kenny. He is a Union carpenter who works at Ground Zero. We discussed what a scary moment that was for him. I told him that I hoped it did not ruin his day.

I tell you what: I'd love to see them try and run up on Farrakhan like that.

Welfare Prison Dormitories?

Either those folks in the GOP Party are test tube babies, smoking dynamite, or just plain downright loco. We might as well call this the year the GOP lost their minds. When it gets to the point that a GOP candidate is suggesting prisons be converted into dormitories for those receiving welfare, it is affirmative that those on the right side of the political arena are certifiable insane without a doubt.

Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino wants to convert prisons into permanent housing for all welfare recipients.  That's not all his plan calls for either.  Nope! 

"Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino said he would transform some New York prisons into dormitories for welfare recipients, where they could work in state-sponsored jobs, get employment training and take lessons in "personal hygiene." ~~Beth Fouhy, Huffingtonpost~~

"Paladino laid out several plans that included converting underused state prisons into centers that would house welfare recipients. There, they would do work for the state – "military service, in some cases park service, in other cases public works service," he said – while prison guards would be retrained to work as counselors." ~~Beth Fouhy, Huffingtonpost~~

"Instead of handing out the welfare checks, we'll teach people how to earn their check. We'll teach them personal hygiene ... the personal things they don't get when they come from dysfunctional homes," Paladino said. ~~Beth Fouhy, Huffingtonpost~~

"These are beautiful properties with basketball courts, bathroom facilities, toilet facilities. Many young people would love to get the hell out of cities,"Paladino said.
"He also defended his hygiene remarks, saying he had trained inner-city troops in the Army and knows their needs."~~Beth Fouhy, Huffingtonpost~~

Paladino is running for Governor, but is clueless to the fact that there is a Federal law in place that requires welfare recipients to work for the cash grants.  Apparently, he thinks that prisons are  luxury resorts and not substandard facilities. Hey...I have a better idea. Why don't we use those prisons to house those rightwing folks and corporate welfare guys.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Hey, It Must Be The Money!

Sometimes I wonder if some folks mommas really did drop them when they were babies.  Because I swear if you put some people's brains in a bird it would fly upside down backwards.  Sarah Failing Palin comes to mind, but then so does John McWhorter.

Apparently, Sarah Failing Palin is just itching for a fight.  Yup, she's the new version of a white chick hollering rape to start some mess. Only she is not hollering rape, she is hollering reload with the "N" word.  As mentally challenged as she is, she needs to be in someone's remedial class taking up government civics, history, and studying a map so she won't have to see Russia from a her backyard.  I'm adding Failing Palin to my Christmas list this year.  Yup, I'm searching for her the perfect gift...a steel muzzle with no mouth.

Then there's John McWhorter and his asinine statement regarding bringing back the blackface looney tunes, McWhorter who I think has a deep-seated psychological hatred of the color group of people.of which he is a part of has lost his mind. Either that or it must be the money.  Naaaaaaaah!  McWhorter has lost his mind!  I guess, next he'll be cheering on Jim Crow and slavery.

I thought that I had live long enough to see and hear just about everything under the sun regarding racial relations, but after reading McWhorter's comments I might have to rethink that.  One thing, I never thought I would see or hear is a so-called black man telling white folks that it is a great idea to denigrate, humiliate, and ridicule black folks.  Well...McWhorter should speak for himself, because the way I see it, he's out to destroy the strives in Civil Rights and accomplishments that many blacks fought and died for. Yup, he is out to make those accomplishments null and void! 

Maybe, McWhorter needs a remedial refresher course in the way things really were back in the day of Jim Crow. Not the watered down version either, but the real McCoy version.   I'm adding him to my Christmas list as well.  Some Elmer's glue mixed with some permanent black ink in a bucket ought to be a nice gift to throw on McWhorter seeing how he loves those blackfaces so much. Oh yeah, as a bonus one of those trained police dogs that's trained to bite McWhorter only, and maybe, a lifetime subscription to a fully sensored, automatic fire hose that will come on whenever and whereever his footsteps touch the ground.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Fantasia And Married Boyfriend Are Doing A Reality Show?

Okay, hold up!  After taking an overdose of aspirins, Fantasia and the married man that she was having an affair with are now taping a reality show.  Please tell me that the whole suicide incident wasn't one of those fake reality show gimmicks to recruit a viewing audience.

I know that FlavorFlav's show was fake and so was RJay's reality show because most of those young ladies vying for their their heart winded up with their own televison show or were rewarded in some  type of way.  New York was given her own television series similar to FlavorFlav.  Some of the other ladies appeared in Monique's television series.  Has the old Hollywood casting couch been remodeled?

Why are reality shows geared to make blacks look trashy?  Are these the new blaxploitation flicks that have replaced those old school ones like "Superfly" and "The Mack" or better yet those "Blackface" vaudeville acts?  Projecting black male images of players and black females as promiscuous seems to be in again. They've even took it to a new level when they had the "Bobby Brown"  reality shows to project blacks as crack addicts. And don't forget Frankie the ex-crack cocaine addict mother who liked younger men in the Keyshia Coles' reality show. Even in their so-called upper black class families, they're projecting some type of stereotypical image of blacks.

Does anyone in Hollywood believe that black folks lead normal, decent, law abiding lives like all other human beings? Or are they just insistent on painting blacks in a tiny box as those "undesirables" of America? Has the black community in reality really ran out of any good images to show the world?

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The GOP's Political Strategy For November Elections Is Extortion!

Many in the GOP party accused President Obama of being a thug and gangster politics. Even though, he has never displayed those tendencies in his actions or policies. The Rightwing media is threatening a Civil War if the GOP candidates don't take back the House and Senate come the November elections. And they called President Obama a thug?

Have those folks in FBI, CIA, Federal Marshall, and Homeland Security fell asleep or are they just taking a long coffee break?  Those on the right are openly threatening the American people and that's about as thuggish as you can get don't you think?

"Atlas Shrugs titled "Forecast: Blood On The Streets," Pamela Geller wrote that "It is increasingly clear that the most divisive President in history is itching for a civil war. And at the rate he is going, he is going to get one -- if he continues to ignore the will of the American people." ~~MediaMatters~~

"Savage: We're going to have a revolution in this country"; "These people are pushing the wrong people around."~~MediaMatters~~

"Jim Quinn stated, "You have got to say no to this, and if they push this through, you need to riot in the streets. You need to riot in the streets. He further said, "Our country was built on revolution and it's about time we took it back. These people are dangerous, and, It's about time to put an end to this leftist control of this country, and if a revolution is what it takes, damn it, then that's what it's going to take, because liberty will not be denied." ~~MediaMatters~~

"Rush Limbaugh claimed that Obama won't enforce the border because he's trying to win the Hispanic vote. Limbaugh then referred to the Arizona boycott by the city of Los Angeles over the state's immigration law, saying that "[t]his is the kind of stuff that starts civil wars, folks." ~~MediaMatters~~

"Glenn Beck told listeners on his radio show that "we are being pushed" toward civil war and that Obama is "trying to destroy the country."

"Beck quoted a letter by Thomas Jefferson warning " 'if they lose freedom' -- he's speaking of us, future generations -- 'if they lose freedom, there will be rivers of blood.' " Beck continued in his own words, "Boy, I hope that's not true, but I can tell you there will be rivers of blood if we don't have values and principles." ~~MediaMatters~

"Beck suggested that progressives support "armed insurrection" and asked: "Why would the president take up immigration right away, after he's just punched you in the face with health care?"

"Bob Owens: I hope they do feel threatened. Attempts at peaceable protests have been met at turns by feigned ignorance, then mockery, then attacks on the character and motives of those would not sit quietly by. Perhaps it will take a serious review of our capacity for violence to get them to realize we shall not surrender our individual liberties to their lustpower."~~MediaMatters~~

"RedState's Erick Erickson, who is also a CNN contributor, stated: "We're coming. We're going to take over." Erickson later attacked the left for being "so wrapped up in this idea that we should all be equal" when, he claimed, "[t]he only way for us to be equal is for us to be slaves ... to government."~~MediaMatters~~

Well...history will surely repeat itself while our Federal law enforcement agencies, FCC, and the American people let it. The GOP Congress is already trying to drum up support, under the disguise of stopping illegal immigrants from giving birth in our country, to dismantle the Fourthteen Amendment. How clever and deceptive!

Back in 1901, fear became a nightmare, one law lead to another one, out came the ropes, out came the rationalization, out came the signs...Brick by brick, bill by bill, fear by fear, the wall grew taller and taller. The deaf, dumb, and blind were separated by color. The amputation of the fourthteen amendment spawned and epidemic of Jim Crow Laws.~~Lerone Bennett, Jr.~~

Are the Federal law enforcement agencies for our country deaf, dumb, or blind too? Or do they just don't get it? Let me spell it out for them. The rightwing folks are crazier than a road lizard and they are pulling extortion tactics on "We the People" that if we don't vote for the GOP Party to take back the House and Senate, they plan to start a Civil War that will cause bloodshed and innocent people to die!

Oh, let's not forget FCC the government bureau that should be jumping all over themselves to throw out some regulations and break up the Murdoch monopoly, whose so-called new network is causing so much racial divisiveness and are the main extortioners threatening "we the people" in our country. So much for journalism ethics. For that matter, so much for law and order when it comes to a certain group of people.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

And Yet We Rise!

I remember Maya Angelou's poem, "Still I Rise". It was one of the most uplifting and powerful poems I had ever heard. There are times when we need to hear words of encouragement that will uplift our spirits in times when the world is wrapped with confusion all around us.

We need to be able to see our progress and how far we've came. Martin Luther King said that he had been to the mountain top. It is an ultimate victory to be able to reach the mountain top and look down on the other side and see the promised land because you are almost at the end of your journey and your reward is waiting for you on the other side.

This video is a to encourage and uplift your spirit. This young man needs to be recognized because our children are not recognized for the good they do, nor will you hear about their accomplishments or see any of them recognize in MSM unless they commit a crime. I hope and pray you enjoy the video. The young man's name is Deonte Bridges. His speech is worth listening too.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Why Do White Folks Agree To Handouts Only When Its Them Receiving It?

The Shirley Sherrod case made white folks upset, the Pigford case for the black farmers made white folks question black farmer’s integrity, but the ruling to uphold the ban on Affirmative Action in California made white folks happy.

When Shirley Sherrod was accused of discrimination against a white farmer by Andrew Breithart and Fox We Make Up Lies News, and later discovered that this allegation was false, white folks ran over each other to stand in her defense. After all, the white farmer was one of their own—a part of their skin color group. I’m not saying that the white farmer did not deserve or need Sherrod’s help, because he did! Because the man was being screwed by his own people—white folks, but then, why doesn’t that also apply to black farmers and Native Americans who need help because they too are being screwed by  those white folks up in Congress? 

However, white folks  are not running over each other to stand in the Native Americans and black farmer’s defense.  Oh no! How is it that Blanche Lincoln will get 1.5 billion for white farmers “only”, but the 1.2 billion settlements promised to the black farmers has been reneged on? Isn’t it strange how the Pigford case was about discrimination against the black farmers, but the 1.5 billion for white farmers “only” isn’t seen as discrimination by whites? I guess in their opinion, it's okay  for  Congress to sell the black farmer’s fried ice cream. In other words, Congress is trying to weasel their way out of paying the black farmers discrimination suit and discriminate against them again.

Here in sunny California [the sunny is a myth] the Supreme Court has upheld the ban on Affirmative Action and white folks are beaming with joy. For some reason, they don’t quite get it or rather pretending not to get it.  Although, whites have enjoyed  a long history of Affirmative Action benefits from the time they annihilated the Native Americans up until now.  It is the reason why there is a huge income gap between whites and blacks and other people of color. Here is a list of those Affirmative Action benefits whites have benefitted from and enjoyed:

"• The 1830 Indian Removal Act, which forcibly relocated the Cherokee, Creek, and other eastern Indians to west of the Missippi River to make room for white settlers.
• The 1862 Homestead Act - Gave away millions of acres of Indian Land. Two hundred and seventy million acres of land converted to private hands to whites.
• 1700 Naturalization Act - Permitted only "free white persons to be naturalized citizens. Only citizens could vote, serve on juries, hold office, and hold property.
• The Alien Land Laws reserved farm land for white growers and prevented Asian immigrants ineligible to become citizens, or owning land, or leasing land.
• Immigration restrictions limited opportunities for nonwhite groups. Racial barriers to naturalized U.S. citizenship weren't removed until the
• McCarran-Walter Act in 1952.
• The South, the federal government never kept their promise to divide up plantations and give each freed slave 40 acres and a mule as reparations.
• Only monetary compensation for slavery in Washington, D.C. was $300 per slave upon emancipation, but not to the slaves, but to local slaveholders as compensation for loss of property [slaves].
• Jim Crow laws reserved the best jobs, neighborhoods, schools, and hospitals for white people.
• The New Deal's Social Security Act of 1935 provided a safety net for millions of workers and guaranteed them an income after retirement, but specifically excluded two occupations: agricultural workers and domestic servants, which were predominately African American, Hispanic, and Asian. As low-income workers, they couldn't save for their retirement or pass on their wealth to their children.
• The 1935 Wagner Act bestowed on white people a new right. It granted unions the power of collective bargaining, which helped millions of white workers gain entry into the middle class over the next 30 years. But permitted unions to exclude non-whites and deny them better paying jobs, union protection, benefits such as health care, job security, and pensions, which remained well into the 1970s.
• Another New Deal program was the Federal Housing Adminstration helped generate much of the wealth so many whites enjoy today. It made it possible for millions of average white Americans, but not non-whites to own a home for the first time. The government system was set up with a national neighborhood appraisal system tying mortgage eligibility to whites only. Integrated communities were labeled financial risk and made ineligible for home loans, which was known as "redlining.
• 1962, the federal government backed $120 billion of home loans. More than 98% went to whites. Of the 350,000 new homes built with federal support in northern California between 1946 and 1960, fewer than 100 went to African Americans.
• World War II Government subsidies for municipal services helped develop and build segregated white suburbs around the country, in turn fueling commercial investments. Freeway tied to the new suburbs to central business districts, but cut through and destroyed the vitality of non-white neighborhoods in the central city." ~~The University of Dayton School of Law~~

It appears that Affirmative Action is fine when it is being handed out to benefit whites only. However, when it comes to people of color, that’s a different story because then it becomes a problem and labeled handouts or welfare. Believe it or not, the false assertion of reverse discrimination is not new either. Nope, that’s an old trick too because whites complained to FEPC back in the 50’s that they were being discriminated against. It is a trick that goes back as far as Post-Reconstruction. Do they just want to keep a brother and sister down?

~~Picture borrowed from the New York Times~~

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Manchild In JUSTUS America.

I can't even begin to imagine how Michael Anthony Green feels about all of those 27 years he spent behind bars for something he did not do.  Nor can I imagine how many other men of color who have experienced or are experiencing what he has been through feel.

His youth was stolen by a justice system that has never been fair to men of color.  A system that people of color refer to as "JUSTUS" instead of justice because they've always been the ones that were dealt a bogus hand with the cards stacked against them.  Nevertheless, something is terribly wrong with our justice system when it targets a certain group of people to reap unfair injustice. Is it the real reason why the scales of lady justice tilts to one side?  Does that scale in reality symbolize the unfair sentences and injustice done to people of color. 

Many men of color in prisons have swore that they were innocence and are ignored time and time again only to be released when their youth is gone and discovery made that they were really innocent all the time. Like Green many of their loved ones died while they were in prison and they were not allowed to attend their funeral or grieve with their families in private.  Or young women they may have intended to marry, married someone else. Their children grew up without a father and the men were added to the statistical list of no fathers in the home.

How is it in our society that a police who murders an unarmed young black man who is not a threat in front of witnesses is automatically not guilty?  Yet and still, men of color are automatically assumed guilty in America?  Most Americans know and admit that there is something wrong with our justice system when it comes to people of color.  When will our lawmakers fix it, is the question.  Even the slight law change in the disparities of crack and powder, although a start, did not completely eliminate the disparities. Senator Lamar Smith (GOP) feels that blacks should be locked up longer than whites for crack.  Apparently,  the Senator is looking out for those drug lords at the top of the cocaine drug business, because crack is made from powder cocaine, but then those at the top are white, mostly the corporate elite, and government folks.

These innocent men of color were forced to live like caged animals in cells with violent and insane criminals. They were forced to live in a world foreign to them with different codes of prison ethics, depression, and prisoner society laws that involve skin color gang wars that would affect the average human being's mind.  Having to ask for permission to do something as simple as take a shower or other freedoms that a free person enjoys and sometimes take for granted is the hand dealt to them for crimes they did not commit.

No privacy with letters written to them by their loved ones or telephone calls made by them to their loved ones because they are labeled convicts not to be trusted. Visits from their loved ones are not always guaranteed either due to any slight technicality and their visitors give up their rights while visiting and are treated like prisoners because they too are not to be trusted.  Prison rapes of the weak and a fight to survive and stay alive while serving  their prison terms has suddenly become a horrible reality. Their name becomes a number and they are no longer in charge of their own life.

After DNA testing proves their innocence they are still subject to a hearing/trial for a final ruling on their innocence that they have to go through before they are fully exonerated and a bail has to be paid.  You would think that after all they've been through that the the justice system wouldn't want to subject them to this last insult to their innocence.  However, such is not the case.  In some states they will receive a large monetary settlement and a few benefits,  but will the money turn back the hands of time and give them their youth back?