Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Is the Blind Side racist? Check out my article about the lack of positive black characters in the movie here:
Friday, December 25, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
While most of us will never know what really happened I think we need to look at the glass as half full. There are two black princesses for our little girls to read or watch. I'm sure there is room for two black princesses and many more to boot.I have brought a copy of the Princess Briana book myself and I urge you to do the same. There is a link to the book on Amazon at the end of this article.
Here is a brief synopsis of the Princess Briana Book.Princess Briana is a wonderful story for children which teaches that beauty comes in many shapes, sizes, and colors. Princess Briana is a beautiful, African princess who has the opportunity to attend the School of Elite's summer camp in Spain. She has never been to Spain and is very excited about the people she will meet and the things she will learn. Upon arriving, she saw many other princesses, but none who looked like her. Though questioning whether or not she belonged at the school, she continued to her classes, excited to meet her instructors. Shortly after, Briana wasn't too sure of herself, her beauty, or if she deserved to be a princess, so she tried to make herself fit in by changing her outside appearance. Young girls today are bombarded with media images, which imply they must fit society's idea of physical perfection. The messages from magazine covers, music videos, and movies train young girls to think that everyone must have flawless skin, be a certain weight, and size to be considered beautiful. Princess Briana gives an encouraging message to young ladies about loving themselves. Reading this book to young girls will enlighten and empower them to be confident in their unique physical attributes.
So let's go see The Princess and the Frog and buy the Princess Briana Book to help support author Yara Baker and her efforts to also make her book into a movie. Like I wrote earlier I have already brought the book and my daughter will drag me to the movie...LOL.
I believe that's a win win for everyone.
George Cook www.letstalkhonestly.com
You can buy the book herehttp://www.letstalkhonestly.com/blacknewsblackviews.html
Friday, December 11, 2009
|Funeral for final victim of Imperial Avenue murders|
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Party MP Anchen Dreyer said on releasing the report at a press briefing in Cape Town on Tuesday that there were currently 36 588 vacant posts in 29 departments and that the government's affirmative action policies were largely to blame.
'Since the filling of vacancies is based on racial criteria prescribed in laws such as the Employment Equity Act, thousands of competent citizens from so-called racial of ethnic minorities either leave the civil service or are not even considered for appointments,' Dreyer said.
The vacancy levels, which increased by 3300 in 2009, were impacting on the government's ability to deliver crucial services to the public.
Home affairs was the worst off department, with a 29.8 percent vacancy rate, followed by communications with 28.7 percent.
'The ability of these departments to deliver on their mandates is significantly undermined by this acute skills deficit,' Dreyer said."
Monday, December 07, 2009
Sunday, December 06, 2009
This post commemorates the ladies of the Ecole Polytechnic of Montreal, whose lives were taken by a misogynist killer Marc Lepine. Let this be the day of rememberance for the ladies, for they didn't died in vain but let it be for changing the way society views women in general. I hope this day of remembrance be a wake-up call for people everywhere. That violence against women occur everyday, in wartime and in peace, rich and poor, white and people of Color, around the world.
Let's also take time to remember the victims of the woman-killer George Sodini, the 500+ victims of serial killing in Juarez as well as the victims of serial killer Anthony Sowell. May the women be part of our memory.
CUPE: December 6: A Time to Mourn, Then Work for Change
TRURO, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 4, 2009) - On the anniversary of the December 6 massacre in Montreal, the president of CUPE Nova Scotia says the provincial government needs to take a stand and stop the abuse of women and their children.
Danny Cavanagh says, "Canadians from coast to coast should spend some time this weekend remembering CUPE member Maryse Laganiere and the thirteen other women who were killed in the 1989 massacre at the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal.
"This tragic act has served to galvanize our resolve to put an end to violence against women in all its forms," says Cavanagh.
"A great place to start here in Nova Scotia would be to adequately fund our women's shelters. It is appalling, for instance, that there were 1,269 admissions of women and their children to shelters across Nova Scotia between April 1, 2007 and March 31, 2008.
"We need to work with government, with our members and within our communities to educate people and to teach people how to stop abuse. Sadly, 85% of women residing in shelters on April 16, 2008, were victims of abuse," says Cavanagh.
Cavanagh says we all have a responsibility to work towards solving this problem through increased awareness and changing our mindset about how we deal with it as a society.
Julian Real has written an excellent post on the tragedy and how it affect women in Canadian society and the world at large, then and now, at:
Please read it, then meditate and weep!
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Le chorégraphe François Verret a voulu faire un film sur Rosella Hightower. Sa passion de l'image, sa fascination pour l'artiste l'ont amené à côtoyer Rosella Hightower dans toutes ses activités, dans tous les lieux où son besoin de se ressourcer l'emmènent.
I wish people get out of denial of what happened to people of Color, then and now.
Friday, December 04, 2009
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Once again, David Yeagley is using the Tiger Woods tragedy to exploit his racist/sexist views about Blacks, women, and interracial relationships. He did that with the Jessie Davis case, his relentless bashing of Barack Obama and Rudy Youngblood, his neverending obsession with Black men and White women relationships. Now, he's desperate to appeal to an already racially charged public with his blog article.
Mr. Yeagley has a history of racist misogyny disguised as conservatism. Fortunately, many people, conservatives included, are turned off by his irrational raving of Blacks, women, and other People of Color.
I'm so sick of him and his racist rantings.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
Stacey Lewis, Natasha Johnson and Yolando Brown discuss why more women groups and minority organizations aren't demanding Black women get the same media coverage when they go missing. [url=http://www.everywaywoman.com/]http: //www.everywaywoman.com/[/url]
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Yes, I also notice Black men/non-Black women couples in my SW Ohio hometown. The bm/nonblack women couples, as miniscule as they are, greatly outnumbered bw/nonblack men couples 25 to 1. And yet the sellout Black women want us to believe that wm/bw intermarriage are on the increase. I don't see any increase and yet, I see bw with out of wedlock biracial kids like Shaniya, no wedding ring, no white man present whatsoever. At least with the biracial children of ww/bm, the father is there.
Also, I see plenty of intact Black families with children all the time, my family is the clearest example. Black men are involved with their kids. I wish mainstream media stop harping on Black fathers when we have plenty of irresponsible and deadbeat nonblack, specifically white fathers like that idiot who didn't take Shaniya in, leaving her with the struggling Black mother. As Abagond and Mr. Lauelton Queens said that Black women are chosen last by white men and that white men don't want Black children period. So, I don't care what other people say, the movie is an illusion.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Why is it that black stories of success tend to reinforce our inferiority and increase white superiority over blacks?
This is for Evia and other women who think that white men is going to solve all their problems.
black men have profiles on the different type of non -black women that like black men. we are not chasing anyone. They are the ones that send the signs because they know that they dont have exclusive access to black men. What signs, if any, do white men make for black women? They dont, they pretty come "out of the blue"
On this lively, information-packed 60-minute call, youll learn: * What racial scripts are and how they influence your interactions with others. * Why an increase in the numbers of interracial couples is NOT evidence that racism is declining. * What assumptions people are making about you right now based on the race of your partner. * How these assumptions can interfere with everything from the friendships you form to your career prospects. * Hidden influences you may not even be aware of and what to do about them.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
November 16, 2009
According to SpeakDaRealTV:
"Black women will be upset with me for posting this news story, but I don't care. I don't make this s** up. I simply bring it to you.
Black women will be upset with me for posting this news story, but I don't care. I don't make this s** up. I simply bring it to you."
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
THE KATHY WRAY COLEMAN ONLINE NEWS BLOG AND MEDIA NETWORK: Sharpton to Visit Cleveland Around Allegations Of Police Negligence Of Imperial Ave. Murders, Rep To Join Protest at 6pm Nov. 24 On Imperial Ave.
From Radical Profeminist: Thanksgiving: What's to Be Grateful For?
If You Think Blacks Are Uniquely Bigoted Politically, Think Again.
Hey White Men What's Your Arsenal?
Mr. Laurelton Queens: The Bradley Lockhart Story: White Father Failed His Daughter
Stuff White People Do: To Punk Anti Immigration Protesters
Monday, November 23, 2009
CLEVELAND -- Loved ones of Nancy Cobbs gathered at the House of Wills Funeral Home on Harvard Avenue Saturday, to pay tribute to her life.
According to Fox 8 News crews at the funeral, the 9:00 a.m. service was packed with people as Pastor Rodney Maiden of Providence Baptist Church spoke to the crowd.
Family members of Cobbs were emotional as they sat in the front row. They watched intently while children took to the podium.
Nancy Cobbs was the 4th woman identified from accused killer Anthony Sowell's home.
Police say she had not been seen by her family since April, and was reported missing in June of 2009.
Neal Boortz, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, and Michael Savage prove that racism, sexism and bigotry exist in our media on a daily basis. Why isn't there the outrage over their comments? Why aren't they fired? Why Imus?
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Houses of Horror
by Sikivu Hutchinson
Sexualized violence permeates the reality and culture of American life. But in poor locales of Black America, those who prey on women are too often allowed to “hide in plain sight” by a police mentality that obscures the lines between victims and predators. Even as the horror of the mass murders in Cleveland began to surface, “some of the Internet stories of the missing evoked the stereotype of drug-addicted black women, alluding to their being prostitutes and transients.”
Houses of Horror
by Sikivu Hutchinson
“Sexualized violence continues to be a national unaddressed epidemic.”
House of horrors. Nightmare on X Street. Shiftless apathetic residents with criminal pasts. Throwaway victims with dead-end lives. Over the past several weeks the news cycle has churned with high profile examples of systematized violence against women and embattled communities of color. The Richmond High gang-rape incident, the Department of Justice’s egregious findings on untested DNA rape kits and the Cleveland serial killer case have all demonstrated that sexualized violence continues to be a national unaddressed epidemic. When news of convicted rapist turned serial killer Anthony Sowell’s Cleveland killing spree broke recently the media dove in feet first with its boilerplate on black urban dysfunction. In incredulous narrative after incredulous narrative, black criminal pathology, neglect, neighborhoods saturated with and inured to violence were all on lurid display.
The Cleveland story received more coverage than is normally devoted to poor black communities. Yet the coverage was noteworthy for its relentless focus on the macabre circumstances of the discoveries in Sowell’s house. Lost in the mainstream outrage over the house of horrors was the specter of decades-long neglect by the local police. Cleveland residents have long complained about the lack of police follow-through on missing person cases in the community. In language that echoed the sentiments expressed by black communities from South L.A. to North Carolina, Cleveland community members weighed in on the lack of coverage, exposure and law enforcement presence around local efforts to track their missing. Some of the Internet stories of the missing evoked the stereotype of drug-addicted black women, alluding to their being prostitutes and transients. With their spotty pasts and run-ins with the law the two Sowell victims who were positively identified were portrayed as textbook examples of black female criminality. And what bigger contrast could there be to nationally mourned white female abduction victims who are invariably depicted as apple-cheeked pictures of unblemished innocence.
“Lost in the mainstream outrage over the house of horrors was the specter of decades-long neglect by the local police.”
In the mainstream narrative, unruly, criminal, illicit black women, the kind who “invite” rape anyway, are hardly worthy of mention must less sympathy. Thus, Sowell was able to hide in plain sight because of the presumption of guilt that the criminal justice system associates with black communities. As a parolee in a criminalized community it was easy for him to rack up multiple victims. It was easy for him to let these murdered women literally decompose in plain view on his living room floor because of the belief that black communities are cesspits and black lives are not worth protecting.
In a more “rarefied” sector of the East Coast another misogynist house of horrors is being buttressed in the name of “healthcare reform.” Nancy Pelosi and her lawless Blue dog Democrat posse in the House of Representatives have voted to include an amendment to the healthcare bill that would deny women the right to abortion coverage. Under the terms of a private healthcare exchange in the misnamed public option women could not purchase plans from private insurers who provide abortion coverage. This provision would essentially create a two or three tier system in which wealthier women would once again be able to fund abortions and poorer women would be left to back alley quacks and coat hangers. Black and Latino women, who are disproportionately un- and under-insured, and have the most to lose from unwanted pregnancies, would be the most deeply impacted. And with the draconian conservatives in the Senate trotting out their mangled bill in a month, the real white collar state sanctioned violence against women will be on full display.
Sikivu Hutchinson is the editor of blackfemlens.org and a commentator for KPFK 90.7FM Los Angeles.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The McKay's say they never imagined their drama would attract so much attention. "I had an interview with BBC last night. CNN called," Beth says. She and husband Terence are the newest celebrity couple to hit the airwaves.
Just one day after hearing about the couple's controversy, national media shined the spotlight on Terence and Beth McKay. "I thought it'd be local. We thought just be around this area. It went international," says Terence.
The newly married McKay's say they just wanted a simple wedding ceremony. So the bride called Keith Bardwell, a justice of the peace in Robert, Louisiana. But instead of agreeing to their "I do's", Bardwell said, "I won't" because the couple is interracial.
"He said he does not do interracial couples. He's not going to marry us because your black and I'm white," Terence says recalling what Beth told him. "I was like its 2009."
I first ask everyone to please pray for her father and family as this crime comes to a shock. We never have anything like this happen here in fayetteville and in the past 3 weeks we have had horrible things happen here.
For those of you who do not know who Shaniya Davis or heard about it, the story can be followed here.
Her body was found yesterday, she was raped then strangled. Her mother sent her off into the world of child prostution.
What makes this story even harder to beleive, Shaniya father wanted to give his daughter the chance to get to know her mother so he brought her to her mother, and only after 3 weeks of being with her mother she was murdered.
Follow the story here: http://nancygrace.blogs.cnn.com/2009/...
♥ Shaniya Nicole Davis Is Missing ♥
♥ Music by: Susan Boyle "Wild Horses" ♥
UPDATE: UPDATE: 11/16/09 1:28pm ET They found Shaniya's little Body :( God Bless this little One's Soul!
You will never be forgotten Angel!
Shaniya Daviss story starts out sad. Shaniya was the product of a one-night stand between Antoinette Davis and Bradley Lockhart. Bradley, her father, raised her until Antoinette proved recently that she could give baby Shaniya a good home. Not wanting his little girl to grow up without a female role model, Bradley allowed baby Shaniya to go live with her mom.
This wonderful, thoughtful, father made a big mistake. Shaniyas story gets even worse as Antoinette Davis pimped her very own daughter out. She was also arrested 2 days before her babys body was found discarded along a North Carolina Highway. She was charged with human trafficking, prostitution, and child abuse. Her 7 year old son was placed in foster care upon his mothers arrest.
Antoinette Davis reported Shaniya Davis missing a week before her body was found. Police searched high and low for the 5 year old, and the last time she was seen alive was with Mario McNeill in a hotel surveillance camera.
The story of Shaniya Davis so harrowing, I cant even image as a father how Mr. Lockhart is feeling right now. He should know that none of this is his fault, and that authorities will work tirelessly to ensure that justice is served. Lets all say a prayer for Bradley Lockhart and all those that loved baby Shaniya.
This past weekend, two victims of alleged serial killer Anthony Sowell were laid to rest. Funerals were held for Nancy Cobbs and Michelle Mason, the fourth and seventh of Anthony Sowell’s 11 victims to be identified. The funeral for Nancy Cobbs was held at the House of Wills Funeral Home. Nancy Cobbs was reported missing in June of 2009.
Michelle Mason’s funeral was held at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church. She was reported missing in October of 2008. The horrific murders have stunned a nation and left a community running on empty. The search for additional victims continues as authorities have moved their investigation to an abandoned house next door to the home of Anthony Sowell.
Nancy Cobbs was a grandmother of five children and a mother of three: Audrey Williams, Kyana Hunt, and William L. Hunt III. The three leaned on each other for emotional support during the service that was filled with grief and mourning.
Michelle Mason’s mother, Adlean Atterberry was comforted by those who came to show their sorrow and support. Previously, Adlean Atterberry was reported as saying that she believed Anthony Sowell had removed fliers that she had placed in the neighborhood when Michelle went missing. Michelle Mason was cremated as reports said that her body had been too decomposed for a burial.
At the end of Michelle Mason’s funeral service, mourners released balloons into the wind in memory of Michelle.
There have been ten victims identified in the Anthony Sowell murder case. They are as follows:
Tonia Carmichael, 52
Nancy Cobbs, 45
Tishana Culver, 31
Crystal Dozier, 38
Telacia Fortson, 31
Amelda Hunter, 47
Michelle Mason, 45
Kim Yvette Smith, 44
Janice Webb, 49
An activist stands across the street from the site where Anthony Sowell murdered 11 African-American women and calls for a march on Cleveland City Hall and Council at 5pm on November 30th, 2009. There has been ongoing protest regarding the comments made by Cleveland Chief of Police Michael McGrath, the lack of action by City Councilman Zack Reed, and the avoidance of any public discussion of policy change by Mayor Frank G. Jackson.
11-10-09 CLEVELAND INJUSTICE CENTER RALLY FOR 11 VICTIMS OF ANTHONY SOWELL ASAP
black men we must protect black women. if any one has ideas for practical organizing please post them so that the few brothers who feel like me can spread the word. black women you must also be apart of organizing for the sake of your survival so you do not fall victim to the savagery of the world. one group of people we can watch is the old NOI, there is no history to my knowledge of their women being raped, kidnapped or molested, why because it was EXTREME PUNISHMENT AND they protected and educated their women
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
SANFORD, NC (WTVD) -- Monday police found the body of missing 5-year-old who has been the focus of a nationwide Amber Alert.
The child's remains were located in an area bordered by Highway 87 south and Walker Road - just south of Sanford - during a second day of searching.
Video: Reporter Shae Crisson was there when volunteers found the little girl
Fayetteville police spokesperson Theresa Chance said the body of a child was located about 100 feet off the road. She said Shaniya Davis' family would be called on to make a positive identification, but detectives were waiting for the FBI and State Bureau of Investigation to finish work at the crime scene.
Rest in peace, Shaniya Davis and to hell for those people who killed the beautiful girl
Shaniya Nicole Davis Is Missing ♥
♥ Music by: Susan Boyle "Wild Horses" ♥
UPDATE: Mother of Shaniya Charged 11/14/09
Shaniya's mother, Antoinette Nicole Davis, 25, was charged at 9:12 p.m. Saturday with human trafficking, felony child abuse - prostitution, filing a false police report, and resisting, delaying or obstructing justice.
UPDATE: Mario Andrette McNeill, 29, was arrested early Friday and was expected to make his initial court appearance at 2 p.m. Friday.
But the whereabouts of Shaniya are still unknown. :( 11:31am
Missing From: Fayetteville, NC
Missing Date: 11/10/2009 6:53 AM reported
Issued for: North Carolina: Statewide
Contact: If you have information, please contact Fayetteville Police Department, 910-433-1851,or 911 also Anyone with information is asked to contact Fayetteville Police at (910) 433-1856
UPDATE: New photo added. A 5 year-old black female child was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt. She was not wearing shoes. Direction and mode of travel is unknown. Missing Child
Name: Shaniya Nicole Davis
Hair Color: Brn Eye Color: Brn
Skin Color: Blk Age: 5
Height: 3' Weight: 40lbs
He stereotypes women, Blacks, non-U Whites, less than attractive people, Asians, etc., to justify his racist misogynistic view of the world.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Saturday, November 07, 2009
Inez Fortson's search for her daughter Telacia ends when she learns her daughter was a victim of the Cleveland serial killer.
If he took the time to know more about the Roma, their culture, their social organization, he wouldn't jump to racist conclusions he wrote for VDARE five years ago.
Fears that the movie would be viewed as exploitative, or suggest that all black women are like Precious nearly prevented the film from seeing the big screen.
Friday, November 06, 2009
This is one of those drop the ball moments from the Cleveland PD. They didn't take the missing person reports seriously. In fact, one of the police officers sarcastically told the daughter that she'll show up on Christmastime. How callous and insensitive are those creeps at the Cleveland PD truly are. They also didn't take the complaints about the smell coming out of Mr. Sowell's house.
Truly, the police and society didn't give a damn just as the police in Rocky Mount, N.C., Charlotte, NYC, L.A., etc, didn't give a damn about missing and murdered Black women there. They, along with mainstream society, stereotyped and dismiss the missing/murdered Black women as 'whores', 'jezebels', 'drug addicts', etc.
That mentality needs to change if we are to attain a just and equal society.
Cleveland Police use a back hoe to dig up the back yard of suspected serial killer and sexual predator Anthony Sowell on Tuesday, and discovered what is believed to be four more bodies.
That brings the total number of victims found in Sowell's house and yard since last Thursday to 10.
But investigators believe that number will grow, revealing that a human skull was also found Tuesday, in a bucket in Sowell's basement, where some of the victims were earlier found buried.
Tuesday, the first round of charges were filed against Anthony Sowell. He was charged with five counts of aggravated murder for the five women the coroner has concluded were strangled, before their bodies were allegedly hidden by Sowell.
More charges will be filed once authorities are able to confirm the other bodies found in the home were the victims of homicide.
Sowell faces additional charges of kidnapping, rape and felonious assault for an attack on a woman in September.
It was that crime that prompted Cleveland Police to go to the home last Thursday and discover the first three bodies.
The coroner is now using DNA testing and dental records to identify the ten victims.
Mayor Frank Jackson says "I can imagine how families feel who have reported a missing person, an anxiety they're going through, and we want to assure them that as soon as we know something, they will be the first to know."
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Several black women all of whom suffered from drug addiction and prostitution have been killed in Rocky Mount North Carolina over the past few years. Andre Knight, who sits on the Rocky Mount City Council and President of the local NAACP has been the most vocal in seeking attention to these murders. Is this the work of one person? Knight weighs in also on the National Media attention these murders have spurred
Image by The National Guard via FlickrInteligentaindigena Novajoservo: "DEBKAfile: 'At least three gunmen, all soldiers, were involved in the shooting Thursday, Nov. 5, at US Army Fort Hood base in Texas. The first, identified as Army Major Malilk Nadal Hasan, was shot dead after killing 11 soldiers and one police officer with two handguns. The US-born major, in his late 30s, a military psychiatrist who recently converted to Islam, had just been informed he was to be deployed in Iraq.
Until recently, he had been posted at Walter Reid Hospital, Washington D.C.
Two suspects are in custody in connection with at least two separate shooting attacks at Fort Hood, the largest US military facility in the world.
There is no word as yet on their motives or the connections between them. The base is in lockdown.'"
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Italian Judge Oscar Magi convicted 23 Americans of the 2003 kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric on a street in Milan, Italy. The cleric, known as Abu Omar, alleged that he was abducted by CIA operatives who then shuttled him between US bases in Europe and then moved him to Egypt where Omar says he was tortured. The Italian judge tried the Americans, all but one identified by prosecutors as CIA agents, in absentia. Former CIA Milan station chief Robert Seldon Lady got the toughest sentence – eight years in prison. The others each received a five year sentence. Two Italians were also convicted as accomplices to kidnapping."
NO RESULTS JUST DEAD BLACK WOMEN
There is no statue of limitations on evil.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Eight years ago, President Bush asserted with great bravado that al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden would be taken “dead or alive.” “I don’t care, dead or alive — either way,” Bush said at the time. This weekend, while attending a conference of business leaders in New Delhi, India, Bush struck a different tone:
Asked whether al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden could be alive, Bush said “I guess he is not dead.”
He, however, noted that Laden is hiding and “not leading victory parades” or “espousing his cause” on TV.
He expressed confidence that Laden will be brought to justice which “he deserves to be” and it was a matter of time.
Bush, who failed to properly resource the Afghanistan war over the term of his presidency, had some advice for Obama as he considers whether or not to send more U.S. troops into that conflict. “I hope we don’t abandon the people of Afghanistan,” Bush said, adding that U.S. withdrawal would cause the return of “brutal tyranny” in the nation.
Six women found dead at a Cleveland, Ohio, home killed murdered by convicted sex offender Anthony Sowell. http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-349039 The girls appeared to have been strangled, and their decomposing bodies could have been lying there for "weeks, if not months or years
Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath held a press conference November 3, 2009 to talk about the gruesome crime scene at the house of Anthony Sowell. The search of the house has yielded 10 bodies. Sowell was convicted of rape in 1989 and released in 2004. When police asked him about the crimes he admitted he had lost track of the people he had murdered.
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Yes, over and over again and once again, the lives of Black women are not valued by police, media, and society at all. They only report the negatives about Black people when it comes to crime and morals. They rarely, if ever, show the positive side.
We need to create our own media networks and blogs because nobody else is going to care about us.
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Why haven't the police and the neighbors surrounding Sowell's house noticed anything soon? Why the police didn't warn the neighbors that there's a sex offender living in their midst? Some or all of his victims would have been alive today. What's wrong, Cleveland? Why do we wait until at least six dead women before police and neighborhood action? Does LA, Rocky Mount mean anything to us? Does the 1978-79 murders of 12 Black women in Boston matter? What about the 11 victims of serial killer Henry Louis Wallace, a serial killer who killed over a four-year period, beginning in 1990, ended in March 1994, when he was taken into custody in Charlotte, N.C. Do they matter to us? Of course they do!
We take lives of poor and Women and Men of Color less seriously than others. That's sad and it shouldn't be that way. We need to change our way of thinking when it comes to murder victims.
Monday, November 02, 2009
From Stuff White People Do:
Americans' tendency to homogenize 50 African countries into one big country called Africa, ignoring cultures, races, religions, and governments. As if they are all alike without any individuality
Black face is making a comeback. It's not just from Tyra, though. Magazines and TV shows employ the use of Blackface as well.
From Brian Beach of Dayton, Ohio:
Infiltrating the Enemy: Hategroups such as Chimpout at:
"I Spent Three Hours At Nixzmary's Apartment" at:
Sunday, November 01, 2009
Six women found dead at a Cleveland, Ohio, home appeared to have been strangled, and their decomposing bodies could have been lying there for "weeks, if not months or years," a coroner told CNN on Saturday.
Police discovered the bodies at the home of Anthony Sowell, a 50-year-old convicted rapist, after they tried to serve an arrest and search warrant for him related to a sexual assault investigation.
On Thursday, detectives from the department's sex-crimes unit and members of its SWAT team went to Sowell's home to execute the warrant and to arrest the suspect, but he was nowhere to be found, Cleveland Police spokesman Lt. Thomas Stacho said.
Five female victims were found inside the home, and another female body was discovered outside the home, said Cuyahoga County Coroner Frank Miller III.
Miller's office had yet to identify the victims, who all died of "homicidal violence," he said.
"They were mostly strangled, it appears," he said.
To read more of this horrific story, please go to:
My heart goes out to the families of the women who were killed during the past six months.
May they finally find peace.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Ten women have been found slain or have been declared missing in Rocky Mount, N.C., in recent years. But the rest of the country hasn’t heard about a possible serial killer stalking the young women in this Southern town of 60,000. The latest victim, Elizabeth Jane Smallwood, was identified on Oct. 12. Why have the Rocky Mount homicides been largely ignored?
“When you think about the famous missing-person cases over the last few years it’s Chandra Levy, Natalee Holloway, and Laci Peterson,” notes Sam Sommers, associate professor of psychology at Tufts University. All these women had a few things in common—they were white, educated, and came from middle-class families. The victims in Rocky Mount—which residents describe as a “typical Southern town,” and is about 40 percent white and more than 50 percent black—were different. They were all African-American, many were poor, and some had criminal histories including drug abuse and prostitution.
“If it was someone of a different race, things would have been dealt with the first time around; it wouldn’t have taken the fifth or sixth person to be murdered,” says Andre Knight, a city-council member and president of the local NAACP chapter. “All these women knew each other and lived in the same neighborhood; this is the sign of a potential serial killer. When it didn’t get the kind of attention it needed, it made the African-American community frustrated.”
Police have not officially linked all the murders and disappearances, but community members claim the similarities among the women, their lifestyles, and the location of their bodies make a connection all too obvious. “If you find two bodies in the same location, this could be the work of the same person or people,” says Rocky Mount Police Chief John Manley, who would not comment on a connection, but implied the possibility.
Rumors are running rampant around the town about the identity of the serial killer. There is not much physical evidence, leading some to speculate it’s a former law-enforcement officer or someone in the military. Others have deduced that the killer is targeting specific women as a form of revenge for contracting HIV from a prostitute. Along with Smallwood, the murders of Taraha Nicholson, 28, Jarniece Hargrove, 31, Ernestine Battle, 50, Jackie Nikelia Thorpe, 35, Melody Wiggins, 29, and Denise Williams, 21, remain unsolved. Authorities are also searching for Yolanda Lancaster, 37, Joyce Renee Durham, 46, and Christine Boone, 43.
One man is in custody for the murder of Nicholson, who was the fourth victim, discovered back in 2005. This past September, police charged Antwan Maurice Pittman, 31, with her murder. He is accused of strangling Nicholson and dumping her partially clothed body in the woods. So far, authorities have not linked Pittman to the other murders. “There’s a lot of mixed sentiments about Pittman,” says Knight, referring to community speculation about whether police have charged the right man.
“In this Information Age, cases get solved through sheer publicity, whether it’s an Amber Alert or America’s Most Wanted, anyone could have a tip or be a potential source of information,” Sommers says.
But the national media did show some interest in the story after it was revealed that five women were murdered in or around the town. “Nancy Grace called and wanted to have some of us on her show, but before it aired there was a white woman from Georgia that went missing. The Nancy Grace show was canceled,” Knight says. HLN network, which broadcasts Nancy Grace, confirmed that Knight was booked for the show, which was ultimately canceled to profile the disappearance of Kristi Cornwell, a white woman from Blairsville, Ga., who went missing during an evening walk. Representatives from Nancy Grace told NEWSWEEK, “The booking was changed due to news that was breaking that day,” and emphasized the change had nothing to do with the race of the victim.
On Aug. 12, Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees covered the story.
That bit of media exposure brought new resources to the investigation. Originally, only a small amount of reward money was collected for information about the case. After the story aired on CNN , New Jersey philanthropist Peter Pinto, of the Kefalas-Pinto Foundation, donated $10,000 from a personal trust. In late September, the city donated an additional $5,000, which was matched by a $5,000 county donation, bringing the amount of reward money to $20,000. If there were no media coverage, there might have been no reward. The money isn’t just going to help with the investigation, it’s helping the families of the victims, specifically their children.
The money proved to be a blessing for Jurary Tucker, the mother of Yolanda Lancaster, who has been missing since February 2008. “We were able to use some of the money to get [Yolanda's] children ready for school,” Tucker says. “They have to wear uniforms to school and they are very expensive; the money came at a good time.” Tucker became the primary custodian of her granddaughter and grandson after Lancaster’s disappearance.
When Annie Le, a 24-year-old Yale pharmacology graduate student, went missing on Sept. 8, it only took three days for the university to offer a $20,000 reward. In the case of the Rocky Mount women, it took more than six years to raise that same amount of money for 10 women.
Concerned residents of the town tried to promote the case by distributing fliers and purchasing a billboard advertisement featuring the women, but their efforts may have backfired. Mug-shot photographs of the victims, many pictured in orange jumpsuits, sometimes appearing disheveled or under the influence of alcohol or drugs, were used in their efforts. Unlike the images of a smiling Annie Le, these images showed the women during darker times.
“Everyone has a dark side at some point, but you want to put your best out front when you are trying to appeal [to the public] for help,” Chief Manley says. “When you look at obituaries in the newspaper, [the photos] show a bright time in someone’s life; you really want to show the person when they are doing well.”
Manley says the police department used the victims’ driver’s license photographs to help with search efforts. “You don’t need to air dirty laundry. Seeing someone’s dark side doesn’t appeal to the conscience of other people,” he says.
Concern over the buried headlines and lack of national media attention isn’t the only thing upsetting residents; some say there are deeper festering racial tensions in the community. When a candlelight vigil was held to commemorate the murdered women, only black community officials attended. When other vigils were organized for deaths in Rocky Mount, there was no racial divide, and community members, both black and white, attended the events in droves. “When a prominent attorney’s wife died, we all came together and the church was full, but when the community was coming together to share their pain and reach out to these families, only black elected officials were there,” Knight says. “They [white officials] didn’t have an excuse, they just didn’t come.”
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
There’s nothing more traditional in American politics than the wholesome family portrait: a beaming candidate, beaming spouse, reluctantly beaming teenagers.
But when Bill de Blasio, a candidate for public office in New York City this fall, put his family in his campaign mailings and TV ads, there was nothing routine about it. De Blasio’s wife of 15 years, Chirlane McCray, is black, his children are of mixed race and, even in one of America’s most liberal cities, no one could remember anything like it.
De Blasio, 48, won the crucial Democratic primary in a runoff Sept. 29 and is in line to be the city’s next public advocate, a sort of high-profile ombudsman’s job that’s second in the line of succession to the mayor. The city councilman from liberal Park Slope, Brooklyn, had other things going for him — institutional support, newspaper endorsements — but in the view of his campaign, and of many of the city’s political observers, his interracial relationship was an almost unmitigated positive in a hotly contested election.
With Barack Obama having rewritten the history of race relations in this country, de Blasio may be demolishing one of its last taboos, “For so long in American history, interracial couples went out of their way to keep their relationships out of the public eye that it’s remarkable to see them used in a campaign like this,” said Peggy Pascoe, a historian of interracial marriage at the University of Oregon, who referred to the campaign as “a post-Obama phenomenon.”
That’s a perception McCray said she shared. Obama, she said, “opened a door” and “made it easier for us to go there.”
While de Blasio’s success in New York reflects the increased acceptance of mixed marriages, recent history suggests that the new tolerance may still be dependent on geography and race. A sharp counterpoint was the 2006 Tennessee Senate race which then-Rep. Harold Ford, an African-American, lost narrowly to Republican Bob Corker after the final days of the campaign were consumed by a Republican National Committee ad linking Ford to a scantily clad young blond woman. Ford’s allies charged it was a thinly veiled attempt to tap into old Southern fears about black men and white women.
And it seems to be a current that still remains just below the surface in Tennessee politics: Ford’s subsequent marriage to a white woman was widely viewed as a major barrier to another run.
While the Supreme Court legalized interracial marriage in 1967, attitudes were relatively slow to change in much of the country. When Dean Rusk, who was secretary of state at the time, learned that his daughter planned to marry a black man that same year, he offered his resignation, which President Lyndon B. Johnson declined. Former Massachusetts Sen. Ed Brooke, an African-American, was married to an Italian woman he’d met as a soldier in World War II, something he later said was sometimes used against him even in that liberal state. And Obama himself faced challenges to his racial authenticity as the child of a mixed marriage.
Gallup surveys indicate that only 48 percent of Americans approved of marriage between blacks and whites as recently as 1994, a number that had risen to 77 percent by 2007.
Other barriers fell long ago: Phil Gramm, for example, a prominent conservative elected to both the House and Senate from Texas, is married to woman of Korean heritage who was born in Hawaii. This year, in deeply conservative South Carolina, state Sen. Nikki Haley, who is of Indian descent, has put her husband, who is white, and their children front and center in her campaign for governor.
“It’s a total nonissue,” said her spokesman, Tim Pearson.
The politics of black and white, though, have always been more sensitive. But de Blasio’s campaign, like Obama’s, reflects a New York political environment in which the politics of race are changing fast.
“It’s the right city — particularly if you’re the white man running for a citywide office — to show that you can be connected to and understand the issues of people of color in the city as a public advocate,” said Maya Wiley, the director of the Center for Social Inclusion in New York.
For de Blasio, his family seemed to serve two political purposes: establishing his credibility with African-American voters, and projecting the image for all voters of a candidate suited to the Obama era.
“It’s not post-racial, and it’s not nonracial — but it’s a different racial environment,” said Doug Muzzio, a professor of public affairs at Baruch College in Manhattan. The image, he said “is simply more modern, it’s more American, and it’s sort of an apotheosis of New York.”
De Blasio said in an interview that he had little choice about projecting his identity. “This is literally who I am, and these are the most important people in my life, and my life revolves around them. My wife is my partner in everything,” he said.
McCray narrates de Blasio’s first ad, concluding with an arm around him, “Bill’s a great husband and father, and he’ll be a great public advocate. I should know — this big guy’s my husband.” His second television ad, narrated by their 12-year-old son, Dante, closed with an image of de Blasio and his family to underscore a message of inclusion: “I’ll stand up for all New Yorkers,” the candidate intones.
His wife’s prominence wasn’t all a matter of course — a poll done early on for the campaign specifically included a question on interracial marriage. But de Blasio said he always hoped his candidacy could have a larger impact.
“I thought if I could do this the right way and show a multiracial family in a very positive light that that was good for the public discourse and also for candidates,” de Blasio said. “Every time a candidate who’s different ventures out and succeeds, it opens up a lot more space.”
De Blasio and McCray met when a more traditional racial politics was at its height in New York. Then- Mayor David Dinkins’s fragile coalition-building had brought together black and Hispanic voters and enough liberal whites to win a narrow majority, but that coalition ultimately fractured when he ran for reelection against Rudy Giuliani in a contest dominated by violence between blacks and Jews.
The Dinkins movement “wasn’t sustainable, because we didn’t reach deeply enough and ended up with an incomplete coalition,” said de Blasio, who, like his wife, worked for Dinkins. “That was a foundational experience to me — that the only way you make real change in society is to create a full coalition and sustain it.”
His efforts to make his family a kind of symbolic coalition drew some resistance. A black nationalist city councilman, Charles Barron, called his mailing “disgraceful” and “an insult to the black community.”
Rival campaigns, meanwhile, were unsure of what to make of it. A senior aide to one rival said they tested de Blasio’s mailings in a focus group and left hoping that voters would find the appeal “crass.” On the campaign trail, though, the reception was overwhelmingly positive, McCray said in an interview. “People loved the literature. Some people have it hanging in their living rooms,” she said.
De Blasio’s primary victory hardly marked the end of racial politics in New York, long split by tribes and their alliances, if shifting ones. The same day, a Dinkins-style minority coalition carried a Chinese-American, John Liu, to victory in a campaign marked by appeals to racial and ethnic solidarity —such as those from one black Brooklyn council woman, who said: “We stand with this minority because we, as members of a minority, recognize that when we stand together, we represent a majority.”
De Blasio, who is expected to win handily against a token opponent in next month’s general election, declined to offer a simple lesson from his win.
“We’re not in post-racial politics, but we’re in a politics of racial possibility,” de Blasio said. “Our obligation is to keep pushing it, ... to keep trying all the permutations of it.”
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Despite our relatively recent struggle against apartheid, I highlighted in a previous article the disturbing level of bilateral trade and cooperation between the South African government and Israel. Bearing our own history in mind, one would expect South Africa to be at the forefront of political efforts to bring Israel in line with international law -- and perhaps even be championing economic isolation of Israel -- as this was a major factor in ending white minority rule in our country.
Unfortunately, however, this appears to not be the case. In the latest example of Israeli entrenchment in South Africa, it has been discovered that Israeli intelligence, or Shin Bet, agents are illegally profiling and detaining South African citizens in Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo International Airport."
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Once fully instituted, the two-centuries-plus years of slavery arrangements became much more than a machine for generating wealth. They constituted a well-developed system for the social and sexual control of men and women. During slavery, and later under legal segregation, many African and African American women were sexually coerced and raped by white men, including white sailors, slavemasters, overseers, and employers. Such sexual violence symbolized white male power to everyone in local communities. Under the North American system the children resulting from coerced sexual relations were automatically classified as black, even though they had European ancestry. Indeed, it is estimated today that at least three-quarters of black Americans have at least one white ancestor. No other U.S. racial groups physical makeup has been so substantially determined by the sexual coercion and depredations of white men.
You'll ought to read this one from Macon d. Yes, racialized sexism is alive and well in 2009.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
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Friday, October 09, 2009
We all know that Black women are the last picked by nonblack men across the board and that White women are more race-picky when it comes to choosing lifemates.
Before you say anything - it’s actually well done and an interesting read.
The OK Cupid staff processed some raw data to find out exactly how users matched across race and subsequently, how users respond to others across races. The results weren’t particularly shocking as I am living it everyday, but still, to see this chart I get a very real physical reaction. A general malaise. In short, Black women are the least desirable women on the site. And overwhelmingly so. I mean look at that sad pink/orange bar.
In the comment’s section of the post, hundreds of faux scholars (idiots) drolled on about how this data doesn’t mean anything, and maybe it’s just CULTURAL differences, maybe more black women are fat. Maybe more black women use bad grammar/text speak. It’s totally not racist to not want to date one race. It’s just a preference!
I wish there were a sound associated with plainface, blank stare blinking - the sound of eyelashes going up and down. Because that’s what you’d hear from me right now. Toothsuck.
I agree that a preference and inclination to your own race is not racist. But the buck stops there. EXCLUDING races is, in fact, fucked up. It’s not racist in the sense that Blacks riding in the back of the bus was institutionally racist, but I mean, come on.
In the article, they also display users’ answers to the question “Would you prefer to date someone of your own race?” Non-whites answered around the 25% yes, 75% no range while white men and women were around 45% yes. To this one man replies:
“The second question was worded as “Would you strongly prefer to date someone of your own skin color/racial background”. I answered that question “No”, because I’d be fine dating white, middle-eastern, latin-american, native-american, and asian women, but I’d simply not be attracted to african-american women. That is NOT racism, however – I work and socially interact with black women, and don’t have any problem with it. Developing an intimate relationship, however, is a very different thing.”
I would date every race except black bitches. BUT I KNOW BLACK LADIES SO I’M TOTALLY NOT A BIGOT. A lot of people think this way. A fucking lot. On the one hand it’s hard to fault people for being products of their environment - that is, finding attractive the people we are TOLD to find attractive. But on the other, I’m not about to give everyone a pass because “that’s just how things are”. My ass, you can kiss it.
It’s hard for me to really explain how it feels to be a part of the group that is overwhelmingly undesired. To be seen as universally unattractive. Of course there are so many factors that led to how this data came to be, geography, age, culture and so on, but let’s not kid ourselves. The data would tell a similar story no matter how you slice it.
The one group that has it worse that us - Indian men. Where my Indian fellas at? Let’s commiserate.
This is so fucked up. It’s just so depressing, yet I am not completely shocked about the results that were found. Damn.
These findings are a reflection of who we are as Americans. If anyone has something to say, please say it.