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The New American Caste System?

Poor is the new Black.

Now that I have your attention.  What do I mean by that?  America is a society where historically someone (or some group such as women) has to be “the lower caste”.  I have a feeling that the rising number of poor people in America just may become the new “Out” group.  By using the word “caste” I mean to put emphasis on the fact that in the near future people may not be able to raise themselves up out of poverty by their book straps, just as for generations many people in places like India have never escaped the stigma of the caste they were born into.  I wonder if we are seeing the foundations of a society where poor is the new untouchable.

Will race still be a factor in the way groups are divided up in the U.S.?  Sure, but let’s face it, my fellow Negroes.  Many of us are educated enough and make enough money were we don’t have to worry about the daily trials and tribulations faced by our fellow American who live below the poverty line.  Sure, there is still racism to content with.  But you cold, hard, green cash and plastic is accepted as widely as Visa most of the time.  Race is not the main qualifier in the American caste system these days.

However, I’m also not ignoring the fact that many blacks are in the ranks of the poor as well…every ethnic group is. White, Black, Brown, Red, Yellow…Technicolor…doesn’t matter.  If you don’t have money in America, you are in a really tight spot right now.

Ask someone who doesn’t have a job.  Ask a recent grad who’s been looking for work since January.  Ask a Baby Boomer who keeps being told they are over qualified, but they look in the interviewer’s eyes which seem to say, “You’re too old for us to take the chance that you’ll wreak havoc on our insurance policy and we already have too many folks on disability.”

I was just reading this morning that U.S. Income inequality is at its highest level since the Census started tracking it in 1967 (Gini Index).  The number of U.S. households getting food stamps increased by 2 million last year to 11.7 million.  This is the highest number on record.  That means 1 in 10 families are getting government aid to feed themselves.

If we keep going in this direction, how poor you are will determine your place in society more than how Black you are.  A caste system focused on economical attainment is not far-fetched.

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What if Michelle Obama said half the stuff Christine O’Donnell said?

Can you imagine what would happen if Michelle Obama said that she studied witchcraft…But it’s ok…because she never actually joined a coven?  Fox News would have a field day.  Most evangelicals equate Wiccans with Satanists, but an admission like this might be considered minor.  You see, I’m almost sure many of them consider being a Muslim as far worse that either.  Just my opinion. Maybe that’s why they aren’t tripping about comments made years ago by Senate Candidate Christine O’Donnell on “Politically Incorrect”.

If the First Lady ever admitted practicing Voodoo or dabbling in Islam or considering Athiesm…It would be ON and poppin…like popcorn!  LOL

I just love this quote from Bill Maher – “It’s funny to me, Chris, because this is the woman who claimed on another one of our ‘Politically Incorrect’ episodes from the ’90s that she would not lie, even in the case of hiding Anne Frank in her attic,” Maher told Matthews. “Eddie Izzard confronted her and said, ‘Really? If Hitler was at the door and you had Anne Frank in the attic, you wouldn’t lie?’ She said, ‘No. God would find a way.’ ” Now that is good TV!  Crazy with a side of oblivious.

Hopefully, God will find a way for the people of Delaware to have proper representation.  In my opinion Christine could make far more money as an entertaining pundit.  Look at Sister Sarah P.  She’s gangsta…the Lil Kim of Pundits.

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Sending Boys Bathroom Photos: Bishop Eddie Long

9/23.2010 Update:  A second photo (posted below) was made public since this post was sent out.

The bible says that thou who is without sin should cast the first stone.  I wasn’t planning to cast any stones on a heap that is already big enough in the case of the alleged Bishop Eddie Long Scandal.  And then I saw this photo posted by ABC News.

Um…really?  Bathroom stall photo?  Um…the people I know who take bathroom photos are in their twenties or teens.  Why would Bishop Long send this photo to a young man?  I don’t know about you, but if this was a series of photos, I would expect to see a penis in the photos.  It’s a bathroom amateur photo session, so I don’t think that’s a stretch.

On the ABC News site the caption for the photo says…

“An undated photo provided by B.J. Bernstein, lawyer for Maurice Robinson and Anthony Flagg, allegedly shows Bishop Eddie Long, accused in a lawsuit of coercing Robinson and Flagg into a sexual relationship. Bernstein has promised that she has photos, texts and e-mails that show a relationship between her clients and the bishop.”

Today, a third accuser has come forward and Bishop Long is scheduled to do an interview tomorrow morning with Roland Martin. This doesn’t look good. I’m waiting to see more photos, voice mails, text messages…you know…Tiger Woods all over again.  I’m not saying the man is guilty of the accusations but I’m not saying he’s innocent.  He looks suspect to me in this photo.  That’s what I’m saying.

Update 9/23: UH…this is looking even worse.  The Daily Voice (via ABC NEWS) posted the full version of the photo above and this new picture of Bishop Eddie long in an Under Amour muscle shirt and tight biking shorts.  Sigh!!  I again I ask why would you send this type of photo to a young man for whom you are spiritual mentor.  Were you doing P90X together?

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No Wedding, No Womb: Sistas, Let’s Lead the Cause

I know black women who won’t swim because they might get their perm or weave wet.

I know black women who won’t let you borrow their keys or give you a place to stay for a week or two.

I know black women who would give you their last dime

I know black women who are so convincing, they could talk a leopard out of its spots.

I know black women who manage each dime of their paycheck like they are working for the Obama Administration and correcting the BS of the American banking system.

I know black women who are the coldest, most put together people on the planet.

I’ve seen black women overcome obstacles, handle their business, love like no other, help their communities, and carry the load.  We can be opinionated, steadfast, loving, passionate, pushy and exacting.  Even our errors are correct, as Nikki Giovanni might say.   We are some of the strongest people on the planet and we often have to make some serious decisions.  One of the toughest decisions can be who we share our bed with, our womb with. However, I know a LOT of women who have made a conscious decision to wait until they are married to conceive.

This is why I believe that the goal of the NO Wedding, NO Womb campaign is something that Black Women can really embrace.  NWNW calls for WOMEN [and men] to put the needs of children first, and advocates that couples abstain from having children until they are emotionally, physically and financially able to care for them.

Is this about bashing single mothers?  NO.  Frankly I know a lot of single mothers who would happily embrace the concept that people should think long and hard about having a child out-of-wedlock.  There are burdens and joys to being a single mom.  I believe that most would not call it all roses.

Black women, we control access to our wombs.  We carry the genes of slave foremothers who did not have choice when it came to reproduction, but have passed on their strength to us.  WE can make a difference in our communities by embracing the message that African-Americans should consider waiting until marriage to have children.

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