The biggest hijacking of King came on that day that August 2010 day that Sharpton points to.
He stood on the stairs of Dunbar High School and told America that he was seeking "quality education".
As of the 2000 census, 67,518 people, 27,071 households, and 12,452 families resided in Champaign. The population density was 3,974.6 people per square mile (1,534.4/km²). There were 28,556 housing units at an average density of 1,681.0/sq mi (648.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.16% White, 15.62% African-American, 0.24% Native American, 6.83% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.94% from other races, and 2.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino individuals of any race made up 4.03% of the population.
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My initial reaction to this was outrage. I sat at my computer, heart pounding, eyes tearing, because when you peel off all the layers, you have this: a woman (who works with special education children and was attending school for her teaching degree) is being vilified because she wanted something better for her children. And we can't possibly ignore the racial aspect of this situation. A poor BLACK woman on public assistance is being jailed for sending her kids to the rich white school. I'm not arguing whether this is how it should be looked at; I'm saying that is how it is looked at. It's questionable at this point whether the teaching degree she's been working toward will be allowed, because she has a felony charge against her. A family's life is in virtual ruins because of this situation.
And many say she deserves this.
Reading comments from residents of the town she "stole" the education from say that this is fair. They pay a lot of money for that school. Rules are rules. If you don't live there you have to pay $800 in order to attend and she did not do so. In black and white terms (no pun intended) this is true. But is anything black and white? Can we truly look at this situation and call it fair? Are we a country that would put a scarlet letter on this woman because of where she sent her kids to school? She didn't forge $20 bills and buy electronics and diamonds. She didn't pretend to be a victim of 9/11 and try to claim special funds.
She sent her kids to school.
To judge this simply as a case of fraud is to ignore the surrounding circumstances. Some say that, legally speaking, "circumstances" don't matter. But if you murder someone they specifically have to figure out if it was a crime of passion, was it self-defense or was it premeditated. Each crime receives wildly different sentences. The bottom line is that a person is dead. But somehow that's not black and white. They say Williams-Bolar was judged by a jury of her peers. Was she really? Was it a group of poor minorities trying to finally have a chance at the supposed American dream? Were these "peers" people whose families have tried for generations to rise from the injustice and inequalities that they -- literally -- had nothing to do with?
Show me these "peers."
[quote]When he ran for the White House in 1980, Ronald Reagan kicked off his campaign in Philadelphia, Mississippi, where the Klan murdered three civil rights workers 16 years earlier. [/quote]
When the Democratic Presidential Primary candidates gathered in Philadelphia PA yet failed to say anything about the over 150 Black people MURDERED in the city - not 16 years earlier but in 2007 - WERE YOU BOTHERED by their failure to acknowledge these victims? Or was their collective silence justified because none of them wanted to condemn their party brothers that control the city for their failure to keep the people in the city safe?
Ironically though the state of Pennsylvania TODAY is seen as 'The Most Deadly City For Black People" the slight against Black people that was manufactured by Jack White against Reagan from more than 30 years ago rings more powerful.
As we do a tour of the nation, looking at the various "Mission Accomplished Cities" where our people live in their highest concentrations, Mr Love, why is it that you can't seem to fly off of your ideological and partisan perch and call out the machine forces that are molesting their key permanent interests?
Whomever is running Flint, Camden, Cleveland, Detroit, Rochester, East St Louis and Gary should have to be scrutinized as to the question "Do They Like Black People?". The results had make it hard to affirm this. Unlike Reagan, however, the Black voting populace don't seem to be repudiating them.
Weren't we wearing Jherri Curls at the time that Reagan did his do? Look at how much time has passed yet he remains a key reference to Black people with your ideological fixation.
20:37, Jan 18, Joey Smith, FLBarack Obama to me is more dangerous with Bush. With Bush, the left was there to stop him. With Obama they're asleep or drinking the kool aid. What does it take for the left to know that Barack Obama killed the public option? That he doesn't care about your issues. Please liberals don't vote for him in 2012.
This letter is a call for active support of protest to Michael Moore, Norman Solomon, Katrina van den Heuvel, Michael Eric Dyson, Barbara Ehrenreich, Thomas Frank, Tom Hayden, Bill Fletcher Jr., Jesse Jackson Jr., and other high profile progressive supporters of the Obama electoral campaign.
With the Obama administration beginning its third year, it is by now painfully obvious that the predictions of even the most sober Obama supporters were overly optimistic. Rather than an ally, the administration has shown itself to be an implacable enemy of reform.
It has advanced repeated assaults on the New Deal safety net (including the previously sacrosanct Social Security trust fund), jettisoned any hope for substantive health care reform, attacked civil rights and environmental protections, and expanded a massive bailout further enriching an already bloated financial services and insurance industry. It has continued the occupation of Iraq and expanded the war in Afghanistan as well as our government’s covert and overt wars in South Asia and around the globe.
Along the way, the Obama administration, which referred to its left detractors as “f***ing retarded” individuals that required “drug testing,” stepped up the prosecution of federal war crime whistleblowers, and unleashed the FBI on those protesting the escalation of an insane war.
Obama’s recent announcement of a federal worker pay freeze is cynical, mean-spirited “deficit-reduction theater”. Slashing Bush’s plutocratic tax cuts would have made a much more significant contribution to deficit reduction but all signs are that the “progressive” president will cave to Republican demands for the preservation of George W. Bush’s tax breaks for the wealthy Few. Instead Obama’s tax cut plan would raise taxes for the poorest people in our country.
The election of Obama has not galvanized protest movements. To the contrary, it has depressed and undermined them, with the White House playing an active role in the discouragement and suppression of dissent – with disastrous consequences. The almost complete absence of protest from the left has emboldened the most right-wing elements inside and outside of the Obama administration to pursue and act on an ever more extreme agenda.
We are writing to you because you are well-known writers, bloggers and filmmakers with access to a range of old and new media, and you have in your power the capacity to help reignite the movement which brought millions onto the streets in February of 2003 but which has withered ever since. There are many thousands of progressives who follow your work closely and are waiting for a cue from you and others to act. We are asking you to commit yourself to actively supporting the protests of Obama administration policies which are now beginning to materialize.
In this connection we would like to mention a specific protest: the civil disobedience action being planned by Veterans for Peace involving Chris Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg, Joel Kovel, Medea Benjamin, Ray McGovern, several armed service veterans and others to take place in front of the White House on Dec. 16th.
Should you commit yourselves to backing this action and others sure to materialize in weeks and months ahead, what would otherwise be regarded as an emotional outburst of the “fringe left” will have a better chance of being seen as expressing the will of a substantial majority not only of the left, but of the American public at large. We believe that your support will help create the climate for larger and increasingly disruptive expressions of dissent – a development that is sorely needed and long overdue.
We hope that we can count on you to exercise the leadership that is required of all of us in these desperate times.
Sen. James Abourezk
Margaret Flowers M.D.
Kevin Alexander Gray
Edward S. Herman
Mark Crispen Miller
Francis Fox Piven
Michael J. Smith
Jeffrey St. Clair
Please sign the Open Letter to the Left Establishment.
As I told a client of mine yesterday: "DEFINE WHAT YOUR REQUIREMENTS ARE AND THE RIGHT SOLUTION WILL SHOW ITS FACE".
I challenge Black America (and the publisher of 'Obama & Michelle Politics') to apply the same mental rigor to identify the FRIENDS OF BLACK PEOPLE.
* A friend of BLACK PEOPLE would use his influence over the people running the SCHOOLS that Black people attend (and Black parents who he has favor with) to force ALL OF THEM to change their ways so that the BLACK KIDS can have a quality education. IF the people running the public schools don't want to CHANGE then allow the KIDS to exit these quarters, assisting them in finding a more QUALITY education source
* A friend of BLACK PEOPLE would see that when CRACK came about MORE BLACK PEOPLE WERE MURDERED in the streets. INSTEAD OF to-damned-day REFERENCING these PAST homicide rates and comparing them to TODAY as your PERVERTED PROOF of "advancement" (cough cough BET Uncut) you will instead listen out to those who claim that CRACK was sold by BLACKS because of a particular PRESIDENT'S policies and then you listen to these same people who say that the INCARCERATION over CRACK is destroying the Black community TODAY - and you need to make sure that THESE PEOPLE NEVER HAVE POWER OVER YOUR COMMUNITY - because they show IN BOTH DAMNED CASES - that EXTERNAL IDEOLOGY AND POLICIES drive the results in the Black community more than THOSE WHO NOW HAVE ELECTIVE OFFICES and more importantly STRONG INFLUENCE over the CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE PEOPLE
* You get in your car and you drive around to MISSION ACCOMPLISHED CITIES where BLACK PEOPLE have voted THEIR FRIENDS IN TO OFFICE. Don't look at the PORTAITS ON THE WALL. Look at the pictures that have EGGS AND TOMATOES thrown upon them. THIS represents those who COULD NOT GET ELECTED AS "DOG CATCHER" in these towns. Make note because THEY HAVE NO POWER in these places. Go around town and watch the PEOPLE from the aspect of a "Time and Motion" study. ARE THEY PRODUCTIVE? Has the EDUCATION that they received at the hands of FAVORABLE PEOPLE given them the wherewithal to work toward their own SALVATION? OR are they convinced that they are ONE ELECTION AWAY from helping their ideology to FEED THEM top shelf soup?
IN SUMMARY - A FRIEND OF BLACK PEOPLE would help us to BECOME ORGANICALLY COMPETENT amongst ourselves.
An ENEMY of Black Consciousness finds the Last Senator Ted Kennedy labeling of them as THE LEAST OF THESE comforting to them.
One should not be surprised to see that they have no UN-LEAST OF THESE development plans for the masses.
Mr. Medvedev was invited to the NATO summit meeting Friday night, a major change from two years ago, when Mr. Putin crashed the NATO dinner in Bucharest, Romania, to lecture Mr. Bush about the dangers of NATO expansion to Georgia and Ukraine.
Russian and Georgia fought a small war later that year, and Russian troops still occupy two provinces of Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. NATO officials contend that a closer relationship with Moscow is the best way to make progress on Georgia.
Could you explain why the "b" in "black Americans" is not capitalized? I've noticed that other ethnic groups all are capitalized. But not Black people. Why is this?
Most mainstream print publications in the United States use what is known as "AP style," or the style dictated by The Associated Press Stylebook. This book and web site describes what to capitalize and what not to capitalize (among other rules of grammar).
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I made the decision not to follow AP style in the case of "Black" and "white" when it applies to describing people. AP style is to capitalize neither; however, terms such as African American, Negro, Caucasian, Italian American or Asian are all capitalized.
Regardless of whether there is adequate representation among the decision makers at the AP, I felt DiversityInc needed to be more accurate.
The word "Black" is used around the world to describe people who have "racial" features indicating African ancestry. Please keep in mind that the convention of race has been discarded by science--genetically, we are all one race, and the human-genome project proves we are all from Africa.
"Black" is also accepted by many Black people as an inoffensive description. It is a generalized description and can be supplemented by another description such as Black Canadian, Black African American, Nigerian American or Black Latino. However, many Black people describe themselves simply as being "Black," and this reality is reflected in a body of literature, music and academic study.
I do not believe "white" needs to be capitalized because people in the white majority don't think of themselves in that way. I don't think there's anything wrong with this--it's just how it is. The exception is white supremacists who have a definite vision for what "white" means. Most American white people describe themselves in more defined terms, such as Irish American or Jewish. I will make the point that African Americans (descendents of slaves) cannot define themselves more accurately than an entire continent because their ancestry was obliterated by the practices of enslavers, which included breaking apart tribal and family bonds.
I don't think there will ever be a time in our country where "white" becomes "White." Nor do I think white people will accept the term "minority" when we become less than 50 percent of our population by roughly 2045. I think that's a good thing--people should be allowed to describe themselves, not have descriptions forced on them. I also think that the term "minority" is a pejorative and has no place in describing people.
Our capitalization of "Black" is both a reflection of reality and of respect. Opinions will differ on this, but as long as I make the decisions on editorial policy and content at DiversityInc, this is how this publication will write "Black" and "white."
X: I have so much to teach you Brother Chauncey. I have not spoken to you in a month and already you are on some foolishness. Just when I think you have gained knowledge, you, just like all the other so-called "respectable" negroes in this country, go back to acting like the white man's playthings.
Constructive Feedback Analysis: I just watched "The Empire Of Africa" over the weekend. This detailed the carnage in Sierra Leone in the early part of the past decade. These cats used AK47's and sticks to beat their own kind. The Black Africans of today who survive the blood bath will be someone's ANCESTORS of the future
X: Hurt. Hurt as in our ancestors' backs from the devilish whips and whirling dervishes of the white man's lances and rods?
Constructive Feedback Analysis: Definately not the words that an "Alpha Dog" in a relationship would say.
Chauncey: Quite frankly, I am shocked. I have never seen you in such a mood. I will politely try again.
Constructive Feedback Analysis: I assure Brother X that Chauncey and the merry men that post on his blog have a flurry of pro-Obama opinion surveys from Black folks that confound this claim made by X. Its a good thing that Glenn Beck did not say such a thing. Chauncey would have whipped the stats out.
X: As I have predicted, the black man is worse off this year than he has been ever. He is more likely to be poor. He is more likely to be wasting his money on nonsense in the service of the white man's economy
Chauncey: Okay, what are your thoughts on the upcoming year, specific thoughts on the President, the Tea-Party GOP takeover, and the general state of the Union?Constructive Feedback Analysis: When all else fails - OBFUSCATE toward the Republicans and the GOP in order to have the conversation that you really want. Who cares about the condition of Black people if there are no Republicans to blame for it anyway?
Constructive Feedback Analysis: If "the White man LET Obama into the White House"......about 96% of the Negro voters AGREED with "Whitey". Maybe Brother X has a "recalibration camp" to seen the majority of Blacks in the nation to in order to set them straight?
X: He let a half-rican into the White House just to bring the temple down on Obama's head. I laugh and mock you all. Educated true Nubians such as Brother X-Squared and his legions saw the con a long way off.
X: The Constitution is a bigoted, racist document that supported slavery. Those White devils are loading the guns and loading them in your faces and you passive American born neo-slaves sit and get ready to take the blast.Constructive Feedback Analysis: The only reason why Brother X has not been lynched after having Fox News incessantly repeating his claim about "Killing White babies" is because TO-DAMNED-DAY the justice system in America does a better job in protecting the First Amendment.
Constructive Feedback Analysis: Again Chauncey threw out a bone in the form of West and Scott. I struggle to understand why there is such hyperbolic focus on TWO BLACKS in the US House while the other 44 Blacks who are in the "correct party" receive little coverage. I wonder if Rep Carson (D-IN) has any particular grievance that Scott and West has received far, far, far more press coverage as they have just been sworn in for less than a week. Carson has been around for at least 4 years and has not been mentioned as much as West in 6 months.
X: I can appreciate your sentiment that white racism and racial resentment drives the Republicans and the New Right. In fact, I have written about that myself many times.
There were black overseers during slavery. The black man who held the whip was worse than the white slave master! Those boot-licking Tom Negroes and Handkerchief head Aunt Jemima types like that hellish Oprah Winfrey who was given an award by the Kennedy Center!
Constructive Feedback Analysis: I get the feeling that If Brother X and Chauncey had their own nation and were both in control over free speech that a person like me would have his throat slit for speaking out of turn.
.X: Those Black Conservatives are cowards and traitors, but at least they are pragmatic. Here is how there sickness is so so deep and the White man's game so strong.
Constructive Feedback Analysis: I get the feeling that if Comcast/AT&T/Verizon/Time Warner or Cox Cable were to cut Brother X's Internet access that he would be pissed at "the White man".
X: those Michael Steele's and Allen West's, they get no greater pleasure than being cuckolded by the White Man. It brings them joy.
In previous years we would have been breaking out the champagne on this news: The monthly budget review released yesterday by the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the federal budget deficit fell by $125 billion from 2009 to 2010. This by far is the biggest one-year nominal drop in the deficit that has ever occurred.
There were two primary reasons there was no cheering yesterday.
First, it's not at all clear that reducing the deficit was the correct fiscal policy given the slow growth in the U.S. economy.
Second, in the current political atmosphere even a 50 percent reduction would have still left lots of room for those who want to do so to use the deficit as an issue. To those folks, the $125 billion reduction simply isn't as important as the $1.29 trillion deficit that's available for campaign fodder.
In other words, the $125 billion reduction in the deficit was both too much and not enough.
A quick word of caution. The CBO numbers are estimates; the official final number, which will be released later this month by the Treasury, is likely to be a little different. My back-of-the-envelope guess is that it will be a bit lower.