Tuesday, March 30, 2010
This mural has been the subject of heated debates and controversy because it depicted Black and Afro-Latina women as being "immoral" and "loose". Black and Latina organizations had already protested against this mural, for they said it's disrepectful to women of Color in NYC. What say you? I'd like to hear from you.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Reflections of a “Racist” Father « Jewamongyou's Blog: "REFLECTIONS OF A “RACIST”
So I’ve earned the reputation of being “racist” and the enmity of those dearest to me. Why? Because I dared tell my daughter that I disapprove of her dating black men. Now, for 90% of you out there, this would seem to be a cut-and-dry case."
When Scott launched into ''Do You Remember'' she squeezed every ounce of emotion out of the words. But she had some clarifications to make about this song, too.
No, it's not about seeing some old flame and reminiscing about love lost. Scott called it a pointed condemnation of ''brothers who have women and wives who look nothing like their mama.''
Not that Scott is against interracial romance, she went on to explain. She just suspects African-Americans may be doing it for the wrong reasons. ''You can't forget where you come from,'' she told the audience. ''Your skin will dictate how people treat you. Sorry.''"
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
As Michelle Obama turns up the heat on food manufacturers, PolicyLink and The Food Trust have released a report that maps America’s “food deserts” and looks at their lasting effects in rural areas and low-income communities of color.
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Sunday, March 21, 2010
This obsessive madness with classifying multiracials by race has to stop. I’m sick of people saying that is Black people who put her in a box while letting white people slide. The mainstream media has a habit of placing multiracial people as “Black” instead of multiracial. They’re the ones who are making a big deal out of her race.
Like I said, American society has long been obsessive with multiracials of partial African ancestry. They made a big deal over Tiger Woods, Derek Jeter, Lani Guinier, Barack Obama, Halle Berry, Leona Lewis, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, the OJ trial, Tiger Woods scandal, etc.
Oh, and that comment about “what about the children” is code for black/noblack mixed people and the “threat” to mainstream America.
Friday, March 19, 2010
CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. – A teacher at a failing school where he and all his colleagues are being fired hung an effigy of President Barack Obama in his classroom, apparently in reaction to Obama's support of extreme measures to ensure accountability in schools.
The teachers union on Thursday condemned the effigy, discovered Monday in the teacher's third-floor classroom at , saying it was wrong and cannot be condoned under any circumstances.
The effigy was found in the teacher's classroom by Superintendent Frances Gallo, Rhode Island Department of Education spokeswoman Nicole Shaffer told The Associated Press. Shaffer said the department would not have any further comment.
Gallo told the AP on Thursday evening that the foot-tall Obama doll that she saw Monday was hung from its feet from a white board and was holding a sign that said, "Fire Central Falls teachers."
"I was deeply saddened," Gallo said. "It's a horrific — a startling — kind of picture when you walk in and see that."
She said that the teacher had been issued a "strong letter of reprimand" and that she considered it an internal matter.
Obama had called the firings in Central Falls an example of holding failing schools accountable. The White House declined to comment Thursday. U.S. Secret Service spokesman Malcolm Wiley said the agency was aware of the doll but declined to comment further.
The president of the Central Falls Teachers Union, Jane Sessums, said in a written statement that the teacher, whose name wasn't disclosed, hung the doll "as part of what he described as a lesson plan."
A spokesman for the union said he could not immediately explain what that meant. He said he did not know how long the effigy had been in the classroom.
The union has been fighting the firings at Central Falls High School, one of the state's worst-performing schools.
All the school's teachers, administrators and support staff will lose their jobs after the end of the school year. Under a plan approved by the state to improve the school, fewer than half could be rehired next year.
Sessums said the teacher who hung the effigy verbally apologized to his students and asked Gallo if he could also apologize in writing.
"He understands that his actions affect not just his students but all of us," she wrote. "There is no excuse for what he did."
Several students and recent graduates interviewed by the AP on Thursday said they hadn't heard about the effigy, which was hung in an area of the school that's used for the English as a second language program. Those interviewed said they hadn't heard anyone expressing anger about Obama's comments, but many were disappointed.
"A lot of teachers supported Obama," said Karen Zuniga, who graduated last year and started a Facebook group to protest the firings.
"He hasn't even been here," said Jonathan Beltran, another 2009 graduate who opposes the firings. "He doesn't know what's going on."
Senior Valerie Florez said emotions have been running high among the school's teachers, with some telling students the firings are unfair and at least one breaking down in tears during class.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
- Internet's unregulated nature has aided proliferation of cyber-hate, report says
- Number of hate-affiliated Web pages jumped 20 percent in past year
- Personal blogs, mainstream social-networking sites are affected, authors say
New York (CNN) -- The unregulated nature of the Web has aided a proliferation of cyber-hate, according to a report the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Tolerance released Monday.
The report, Digital Terrorism and Hate 2010, notes that there are about 11,500 hate-affiliated Web pages, a 20 percent jump from last year's study.
According to the Wiesenthal Center, personal blogs as well as mainstream social-networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and Twitter are easily flooded with racist and terrorist-related content.
"The spike is not in traditional Web sites in the United States," said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. "It's more global and almost all in the social-networking area."
Mark Weitzman, director of government affairs for the Wiesenthal Center and a co-author of the report, said home-grown terrorism suspects have an active online presence. He cited the case of a Pennsylvania woman who officials say called herself "Jihad Jane."
The woman, Colleen LaRose, has been indicted on charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and kill a person in a foreign country. She had been on the radar of the Wiesenthal Center for the past year, Weitzman said.
"We ask, 'Are they just coming out of the woodwork?' and the answer in every single case is the Internet link," Cooper said.
Although these sites are monitored, the report's authors said, they have become increasingly alarmed by the "lone wolf" effect, making it difficult for law enforcement to discern which threats are legitimate and which are simply talk.
For example, the late James W. Von Brunn, the 88-year-old who was charged in the fatal shooting of a security guard at the National Holocaust Museum in Washington in June, kept a Web site called the Holy Western Empire. On it, he blamed a "Negro jury, Jew/Negro attorneys" and "a Jew judge" for a six-year prison term he served in the 1980s.
However, "there's no equation that says someone who posts a rant ... is going to go on a shooting rampage," said Weitzman, who has testified in front of Congress and the United Nations on the issue of digital hate.
Perhaps even more chilling are the growing numbers of "how to" Web sites in which terror groups routinely post instructional manuals and videos on bombmaking and computer hacking.
The study also explored e-commerce and how it can be used to market hate. In February, an eBay merchant offered "an original Holocaust ring," claiming that it came from his uncle who was posted at the Dachau concentration camp during World War II. EBay pulled the Web page before a sale was made.
Founded in 1977, the Simon Wiesenthal Center was named after a Jew who survived the Holocaust and became famous for his career as a Nazi hunter.
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Congressional Black Caucus member discusses meeting with President Obama.
At President Obama's invitation the CBC meet with him on March 11. Hear a statement for CBC chair Barbara Lee and from Yvette Clarke a CBC member that was at the meeting by using the link below:
Friday, March 12, 2010
Study: Median Wealth for Single Black Women: $100, Single Hispanic Women: $120, Single White Women: $41,000
Natalie Randolph an African American woman has been named head coach of the varsity football team at Calvin Coolidge Senior High School in Washington DC. She is believed to be the first woman to be named a head coach at the High School level.
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
Judy Williams speaks at a vigil last week for Josiah and Gabriel Hawthorne, two toddlers who were killed Feb. 28 in a fire at their west Charlotte home. LAURA-CHASE MCGEHEE -
It had been a rough weekend, so Judy Williams can be excused for nearly deleting the e-mail announcing that she is a finalist for the nation's highest civilian honor.
The e-mail was among dozens the co-founder of Mothers of Murdered Offspring sifted through Saturday in her west Charlotte apartment - after leading two memorial services and attending two funerals in the previous 24 hours.
The accolade is the Citizen Service Above Self Honors award, which is bestowed annually by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. Williams' son, City Council Member David Howard, fessed up to nominating her. Three winners will be announced March 25.
Williams is one of 20 selected as a finalist. Among them are community heroes, including an Alabama woman who rescued 44 people on a runaway bus, a South Dakota man who died saving two people from drowning, and a Boston doctor who volunteered his surgical skills in Haiti.
Williams' achievement is MOMO, a renowned local support group she launched in 1993 to help the loved ones of murder victims cope, and to draw the community's attention to senseless violence. Her own god-daughter, 20-year-old Shawna Hawk, was slain that year by serial killer Henry Louis Wallace.
Williams, 58, is frequently seen on TV and in the newspaper, surrounded by people in grief, carrying candles and balloons as they gather in memory of Charlotte's latest murder victims.
"People need this," she said Tuesday, sitting in her office at the apartment complex where she lives and works. "What we do is like an outdoor support meeting. We help people to grieve."
Williams estimates she's held more than 1,000 candlelight ceremonies and released countless balloons with attached photos and stories about the life and death of the victim they memorialize. She includes contact information and collects messages from people across the Carolinas who find the balloons.
Her nomination for the civilian honor is still surreal for Williams.
"It's hard to accept an award for something you like doing," she said. "I feel like it's something God called me to."
Williams credits Shawna Hawks' mother for using her own grief to help start MOMO. Six weeks after Hawk's funeral, Williams joined with Dee Sumpter to preside over the group's first meeting, which drew 50 people - all carrying photos of murdered children.
The police department donated space for their headquarters, and grants provided salary for paid staff. But over the last few years, grant funding dried up, and Williams found it easier to make her living room MOMO central. She doesn't take a salary, and MOMO functions mostly on donations and the 15 percent of her income she gives to the organization.
Over the last 17 years, she's logged thousands of miles in her blue Honda Odyssey, often filled with balloons. She also hauls a speaker and microphone to events and connects them to her car battery.
Last Friday night, in front of a burned-out house in west Charlotte, she expertly clicked two folding tables into place. A white tablecloth, two large candles and a vase filled with flowers came next. The final touch: Pictures of two toddlers who died in a fire inside the house while police say they were left unattended.
As gospel music played, she gathered the 100 or so people near the house amid blackened children's toys. Two hours later, at another homicide scene, Williams would repeat the process before the night was through.
It's physically and emotionally draining, she acknowledges, for a woman near retirement who also works full time and is trying to finish college by summer.
"What keeps me going is knowing that people say this helps them," she said. "When people say that, it helps give you the adrenaline to go another mile."
The Vile Fascination with the Monkey Image of the Obama's (and African-Americans) by Earl Ofari Hutchingson
The worst thing about the CEO of the Tennessee Hospitality Association Walt Baker's silly, sick, demeaning depiction of First Lady Michelle Obama as a chimp ironically is not the depiction. It's Baker's clueless defense. The instant the storm broke, and Nashville's mayor, the state's GOP leaders denounced him, and the contract was summarily yanked from his marketing firm, Mercatus Communications, to help promote the city's new convention center, Baker predictably wailed that he's not a bigot, racially insensitive, and the cartoon was nothing but political humor.
He fervently believes that. He just as fervently believes that lampooning Michelle Obama, and President Obama as a monkey, ape, gorilla is just can't you take a joke fun and games. He and the pack of race baiting websites, chat rooms, and of late, college frat parties, and student websites that ridicule the Obama's (and African-Americans) in assorted off beat, crude, vile cartoons and always with the vile depiction as monkeys or apes is by now standard fare. It's no accident that it is.
The long, sordid and savage history of racist stereotyping of African-Americans has been the stock in trade of race baiting and racial ridicule and for more than century. A few grotesque book titles from a century ago, such as The Negro a Beast, The Negro, a Menace to American Civilization, and the Clansman depicted blacks as apes, monkeys, bestial, and animal like. The image stuck in books, magazines, journals, and deeply colored the thinking of many Americans of that day; that day?
In the movie version of Rudyard Kipling children's classic, The Jungle Book, the Disney Studios in 1967 graduated from the other standard animal depiction of African-Americans as black crows to depicting African-Americans as the Monkey like jive, gibberish blathering King Louie. The film was remade in 1994.
Fifteen years later, New York Post Cartoonist Sean Delonas ignited a firestorm with his casual depiction of President Obama as a monkey. He did it precisely because that image didn't die a century, half century, a decade, or even a year ago. In 2007 Penn State researchers conducted six separate studies and found that many Americans still link blacks with apes and monkeys. Many of them were young, and had absolutely no knowledge of the vicious stereotyping of blacks of years past. Their findings with the provocative title "Not Yet Human: Implicit Knowledge, Historical Dehumanization and Contemporary Consequences," in the February 2008 issue of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, was published by the American Psychological Association.
The overwhelming majority of the participants in the studies bristled at the faintest hint that they had any racial bias. But the animal savagery image and blacks was very much on their minds. The researchers found that participants, and that included even those with no stated prejudices or knowledge of the historical images, were quicker to associate blacks with apes than they were to associate whites with apes.
This was not simply a dry academic exercise. The animal association and blacks has had devastating real life consequences. In hundreds of news stories from 1979 to 1999 the Philadelphia Inquirer was much more likely to describe African Americans than Whites convicted of capital crimes with ape-relevant language, such as "barbaric," "beast," "brute," "savage" and "wild." And jurors in criminal cases were far more likely to judge blacks more harshly than whites, and regard them and their crimes as savage, bestial, and heinous, and slap them with tougher sentences than whites.
(The haterade against Michelle Obama, favorite target of frustrated right-wingers and HBDers)
First Lady Michelle Obama is a woman, a black woman, and a soft target for the frustrations and even scorn of the Obama loathers. During the campaign Obama opponents eagerly latched onto out-of-context statement she made at a campaign rally in which she allegedly questioned her faith in America, and made a supposedly less than reverential reference to the flag. They brutally tarred her as a closet anti-American, race-obsessed, black radical. That made her an instant campaign liability. For weeks she virtually disappeared from the campaign trail.
She has played a relatively low key role in the White House, and has succeeded in pretty much staying out of harm's way from the hits of hubby Obama's avowed enemies. That is all except when it comes to the image assault from the eternal animal mockery of blacks, an image that Baker and legions of other see nothing wrong with. It's an image that the First Lady and the President haven't seen the last of it. It's just too juicy, vile and hurtful to die. It's been that way for a century.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. His nationally heard talk show is on KTYM-AM 1460 AM Los Angeles Friday 9:30 AM and KPFK Pacifica Radio 90.7 Los Angeles Saturday Noon PST.
Monday, March 08, 2010
An emailed "joke" from an Tennesee CEO comparing the First Lady to a famous movie chimp ended up being no laughing matter.
The CEO of the Tennessee Hospitality Association issued an apology this weekend for an offensive e-mail he recently sent to several people, including members of the press and a public official, comparing Michelle Obama to Cheetah from the Tarzan movies.
"I deeply apologize to anyone who is offended by this action," Walt Baker said in a statement.
"I hope that those who know me realize that the message was not intended to be malicious or hurtful in any way and can find it in their hearts to forgive me."
However, Baker is apparently confused on why someone would find it offensive, describing the joke as "political humor."
"I did not think or consider its implications, other than that it was political humor," he wrote. "I am saddened that anyone misinterpreted the sentiments behind the e-mail."
Baker's e-mail, which someone had sent him and he forwarded, contained a photo of Michelle Obama along side a photo of Tarzan's chimpanzee sidekick.
"I have never considered myself bigoted, or racially insensitive, or a racist," Baker told News Channel 5.
The president of Nashville's Convention & Visitors Bureau, Butch Spyridon, was one of the people to receive the e-mail, and said he was "embarrassed" by the gag.
"The content is deeply hurtful to all in our city and beyond," he wrote in a statement. "The attitudes expressed in the email are both appalling and unacceptable, and are not shared or condoned in anyway by the NCVB or by me personally."
Spyridon said Baker's marketing firm, Mercatus Communications, has since lost its contract to help promote the city's new convention center.
"The e-mail was extremely offensive," Nashville's Mayor Karl Dean said in a statement. "It does not reflect who we are as a city and our values."
According to WSMV Channel 4 News in Nashville, this isn't the first time an e-mail with racist content has caused a controversy in the southern city.
Back in October, several hundred state workers received an e-mail proclaiming "white pride," and shortly after that, 20 Senate staffers were sent an e-mail from a legislative aide with President Obama seen on a black background as just a pair of eyes.
"I regret having done it," Baker said on News Channel 5. "I wished I had not pushed that button."
Sunday, March 07, 2010
Bias incidents roil University of California - Yahoo! News: "Bias incidents roil University of California
By CHRISTINA HOAG, Associated Press Writer Christina Hoag, Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES – Swastikas, nooses, a KKK hood, graffiti, epithets and jeers.
An ugly spate of bias incidents has crossed several University of California campuses over the past month, causing consternation, outcry and fear that bigotry is alive among the young and educated."
Three Waves--Each One White-capped: A Racist History of Feminism
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Friday, March 05, 2010
The Rise of Right Wing Extremism.
The recent incident in Washington, DC proves the Southern Poverty Law Center report on the rise of extremism in America. With the economic recession, unemployment and perceived fears of racial privilege, many Americans are becoming domestic terrorists.
The Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League has on record nearly 1,000 hate groups. And this disturbing pattern of "lone wolf" gunmen are becoming a new tradition in the movement. John Patrick Bedell, of California was killed by Pentagon officers after he opened fired on them when they asked for identification.
The alleged shooter posted videos on YouTube (note: YouTube may remove the video upon police inquiries):
Writings from the shooter.
“I am determined to see that justice is served in the death of Colonel James Sabow, as a step toward establishing the truth of events such as the September 11 demolitions and institutions such as the coup regime of 1963 that maintains itself in power through the global drug trade, financial corruption, and murder, among other crimes. My work to develop information currency is an effort to create a framework for information management that uses financial markets to create the economic signals (prices) that will effect complex human actions in the real world based on specified information.
“My desire for justice led me to violate what I think is one of the most unjust laws, cannabis prohibition, by growing 16 cannabis plants on my balcony in Irvine, CA from March 2006 to June 2006.
One desired result of my effort is (will be) billions and billions of carefully cultivated, highly valuable cannabis plants growing throughout the United States with complete security of property. I have posted the image to the right in order to illustrate the use of cannabis as a monetary system using digital financial instruments.”
Official: Pentagon shooter John Patrick Bedell dies after confrontation with police
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- The chief of the Pentagon police says the gunman who shot two Pentagon police officers was well armed with two 9 millimeter semiautomatic weapons and several magazines of ammunition.
Chief Richard Keevill said authorities also found more ammunition in the shooter's car, parked in a Washington area parking garage. John Patrick Bedell, 36, of Hollister, Calif., was identified as the shooter. He died Thursday night from head wounds received in the exchange with police.
The two officers injured have been released from the hospital. One suffered a thigh wound and the other was hit in the shoulder. Keeveill said both were superficial injuries.
Keevill said they'd found no immediate connection to domestic or foreign terrorism. He said it appeared he had acted alone.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A Kentucky man has been charged with posting a poem threatening President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on a white supremacist Web site.
U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Stephan M. Pazenzia said Johnny Logan Spencer Jr., 27, of Louisville wrote and posted the poem, titled "The Sniper," on a page called NewSaxon.org. The site is described as an "Online Community for Whites by Whites." The poem was posted in August 2007, according to an arrest affidavit.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin on Friday ordered Spencer released on $25,000 bond, but kept under house arrest at a family member's home. He's charged with making threats against the president and threatening to kill or injure a major candidate for the office of the president.
The poem describes a gunman shooting and killing a "tyrant" later identified as the president, setting off panic in the wake of the fatal shot being fired.
"The bullet that he has chambered is one of the purest pride, And the inspiration on the casing reads DIE negro DIE," the poem states.
Spencer used the online moniker "Pain1488," a reference to a phrase used by white nationalists as well as an homage to Adolf Hitler.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip Chance told Whalin that, even though investigators linked no weapons to Spencer, the poem doesn't qualify as protected political speech.
"This is a threat by an individual against an individual simply because of who he is," Chance said. "He is the president and he is black."
Federal public defender Laura Wyrosdick said no one took action to harm Obama in the two years the poem has been publicly available.
"We're here today because Mr. Spencer allegedly wrote a poem, a work of art," Wyrosdick said.
After the hearing, Spencer's cousin, Paula McGill of Louisville, said family members were shocked by Spencer's arrest.
"I don't think he thought it was going to catch up with him," McGill said. "He's not a harmful guy at all."
The Secret Service became aware of the poem just after the 2008 election that made Obama the first black president in the country's history. An arrest affidavit says the Secret Service referenced the writing in a report on the white supremacist National Socialist movement. But at the time, the affadavit says, "Spencer was never identified, located, or interviewed."
The investigation started a week ago when an informant faxed a copy of the writings and Spencer's identity to the FBI, Pazenzia said.
Pazenzia said Spencer acknowledged writing the poem but gave multiple addresses to investigators, none of which appeared to be his actual residence. Searches of the homes were fruitless, Pazenzia said.
Spencer is currently on probation from a state drug conviction in Louisville.
If convicted of the new charges, he could face up to 15 years in prison.
(This version CORRECTS to say Spencer was not identified as the author of the poem in November 2008.))
City worker suspended for noose at work
Leslie Vargas, 64, a 22-year employee of the city of Fort Lauderdale who worked most recently as a utilities mechanic, left the noose in the area where tools are kept at the Central Maintenance Shop, the Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Tuesday.
His suspension began March 1, the newspaper reported.
Vargas wrote an apology to his fellow employees that read: "It was (not my intention) to cause any problem, I was only practicing knots in general as I always do … If I offended anyone I am sorry in the future I will be more sensitive."
Vargas is required to attend a six-hour course in ethnic studies and signed a "last chance agreement," stating he must resign if there is reason for any further disciplinary action against him, said city spokesman Chaz Adams.
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COLUMBIA — An anonymous tip led to the arrest Tuesday night of two MU students in connection with last Friday's scattering of cotton balls in front of the MU's Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center.
Sean D. Fitzgerald, 19, and Zachary E. Tucker, 21, were arrested on suspicion of second-degree tampering. Police are pursuing the charge as a hate crime, making it a felony.
Statement by MU Chancellor Brady Deaton released Wednesday regarding the arrests:
Based on the information available to me, and in accordance with the University of Missouri’s Student Conduct Code (as outlined in the Collected Rules and Regulations, Chapter 200), I have determined it is in the best interest of the university community to temporarily suspend those students, Sean D. Fitzgerald and Zachary E. Tucker, who have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the incident that occurred on Feb. 26 at the front entrance of the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center, pending the outcome of the formal student conduct process. The Boone County Prosecutor will make a determination related to any criminal prosecution.I commend MUPD Chief Jack Watring and his officers for their rapid and effective response during this difficult time. I also wish to thank the Legion of Black Collegians for the leadership they have demonstrated and to all those who attended and spoke out at LBC’s town hall meeting. My colleagues and I in the MU administration have listened carefully to all that was expressed and join all of you as we work together in support of our Mizzou family.
Thursday, March 04, 2010
Black Women in the Obama Administration - Essence.com
What a beautiful collection of talented, intelligent women of the Obama Administration. Go ladies!