Racism is alive and well…and a factor in this election (just in case you didn’t know).
Sept. 25 (UPI) – Custodians at George Fox University in Oregon found a lifesize cardboard figure of Barack Obama hanging from a tree on the Newberg campus.
A label called Obama a “Act Six” reject, referring to a scholarship program for students from Portland aimed at bringing more minority students to the Christian college, The Oregonian reported. The figure was discovered at 7 a.m. Tuesday and removed before classes began for the day.
At a meeting Wednesday, President Robin Baker urged students to reject racism. Baker was surrounded by students at George Fox on Act Six scholarships.
“We absolutely cannot hate those around us and say we love God,” he said. “It is not possible. Yesterday was not a good example of what it means to follow Jesus.”
George Fox has been actively recruiting minority students. This year’s freshman class is about one-quarter minority, up from 16 percent three years ago. The university began Act Six last year, offering up to 10 full scholarships every year to students from Portland high schools.
The university was founded by Quakers in the 19th century but now has an evangelical orientation.
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Black youth are not getting a quality education in many of the major centers of black life in this country (NYC, ATL, DC, Baltimore, Cleveland, St. Louis, Chicago, etc.) Not to mention all across the south. Nationally, the graduation rate is 53 percent; in contrast, the graduation rate of what schools call “underrepresented minorities” – blacks, Latinos and American Indians – is 45 percent. In California alone, 41.3 percent African-American students drop out of high school.
If these children are not prepared to graduate from high school and don’t attend college or get some form of higher education…what will be their prospects for the future? Will they end up with low paying jobs, find crime as a way to support themselves, or just fade into the new face of U.S. poverty. A recent study on the bulging prison system noted, “One in 100 Americans is behind bars in 2008, about 2.4 million people currently are incarcerated and nearly 60 percent of young black males who dropped out of high school have served time in jail”
What will happen to the young people who do not receive a REAL “education” from America’s public school system?
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Officials at a California high school say they are trying to find out why students were allowed to have false names for black students put in the yearbook.
Clint Harwick, superintendent of Charter Oak High School in Covina, Calif., said it was a “regrettable mistake” that names including “Tay Tay Shaniqua,” “Crisphy Nanos” and “Laquan White” were printed in the yearbook for members of the Black Student Union.
LA Times has video – The embed wouldn’t work…CLICK HERE for the video.
Can you imagine…you’re child being noted as “the janitor” in his high school yearbook?? Sad. AND…how ironic is it that the newscaster got the name wrong of the African American young lady in the story. Extra sad. Evonne rhymes with Yvonne…right?
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I had to share this article because the guy is from my hometown, Kansas City. He’s a cutie too. One of those Spelman girls needs to try “Something New”. LOL Oh reverse racism…you’ll see it in the article. Sad, but…I’m not surprised. Come on Morehouse Men…let’s try to be a little more open minded!
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — Joshua Packwood knows what it’s like to be a minority. This weekend he’ll be the first white valedictorian to graduate from the historically black, all male Morehouse College in the school’s 141-year history.
Morehouse, in Atlanta, Georgia, is one the nation’s most prestigious universities of its kind. For more than a century, the school has prided itself on personifying the dream of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the school’s most notable alums, by producing “Morehouse Men” – intelligent and successful black leaders.
“Because I’m one of the only white students, it’s easy to call me ‘the white boy,’ I’m naturally going to stand out,” says Packwood.
But Packwood, 22, doesn’t stand out solely because he is white or has maintained a 4.0 grade point average. For those who don’t know him, what is surprising is that a Rhodes Scholar finalist turned down a full scholarship to Columbia University to attend the all-black men’s university.
This came naturally to Packwood, who attended a predominantly black high school.
“A large majority of my friends, like all my girlfriends have been minorities,” says Packwood. “So it was very, it was kind of strange that I always kind of gravitated to the black community.”
Packwood fit in immediately at Morehouse. His charm, movie-star good looks and chiseled physique made him popular among students. He was elected dorm president and to class council during freshmen year – and was a favorite at campus fashion shows.
Life hasn’t always been easy for Packwood. He grew up in a poor area of Kansas City, Missouri, where he says he found himself gravitating to the black community at a young age. Continue reading
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I was looking for information on racist comic act “Shirley Q. Liquor” and ran across this info. Oh my! It’s interesting how young white people these days are so comfortable with racist imagery and blackface, to the point where they just post things all over the net. CRAZY.
From Ban Shirley Q. Liquor – University of Alabama student Elizabeth Dennis recently changed her Facebook profile image from Piglet, a Winnie the Pooh character, that was in blackface with one hand holding a watermelon and the other holding a bucket of KFC Fried Chicken, with the word “Niglet” underneath. After it got around that the photo was up she posted a new pic and added the confession “the profile pic was a joke … Sorry if I offended.”
But after looking at all of the photos that she posted of herself in blackface, I am even more disappointed that she was apparently supported by other brothas and sistas to do what she did.
Elizabeth must have missed the big speech yesterday because these photos were up TODAY.
But America’s transcending race and blacks need to get over it. Yeah right!
I wonder what’s the percentage of white college students dressing up in blackface to black college students dressing up in whiteface and then being stupid enough or smart enough, depending on how you look at it, to post the photos on Facebook or Myspace. Continue reading
Again…I have to say it. I don’t want to say it, but I have to.
What the hell is wrong with these White Women who continue to mess with these little boys!!! Come on!!! If this was a black man taking advantage of white children…he’s be put under the jail. This is the second case in a year’s time. In both cases the teachers got some real TIME instead of the standard white-privilege slap on the wrist that I’ve seen in other cases.
In Laurens County, S.C., where the tawdry topic of teacher-student sex is drawing far more attention than any of the townsfolk would like, there’s another issue being whispered out of earshot of the TV cameras – the issue of race.
In Laurens County , a northern South Carolina community of about 10,000 residents – 54 percent of whom are White and 44 percent of whom are Black – Tuesday’s jailing of 24-year-old Allenna Ward for six years marked the second imprisonment of a White female teacher for sex crimes against Black boys in less than a year.
Wendie Ann Schweikert, a former elementary school teacher, began serving a 10-year sentence in June for having sex with an 11-year-old Black boy.
Ward, the daughter of a preacher, admitted to having sex at the school where she taught, a park, a motel and a restaurant after school officials found a note she had written to one of the boys. She was sentenced to 15 years in prison for each of three counts of lewdness against the 14- and 15-year-old boys, but they were reduced to six years in prison, to run concurrently. – BET
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“Although Jacoby scolds culture warriors like Allan Bloom, author of “The Closing of the American Mind,” for both misunderstanding and misrepresenting the upheavals on American campuses during the 1960s and ’70s, she also deplores many of the leftist remedies for those conflicts. Women’s and African-American studies departments, she argues, only “ghettoize” the subject matter they champion, and further Balkanize and provinicalize university students. Not coincidentally, the creation of those departments generated more faculty jobs without pressuring traditional professors to reassess their curricula: ‘Too many white professors today could not care less whether most white students are exposed to black American writers, and some of the multicultural empire builders are equally willing to sign off on a curriculum for African-American studies majors that does not expose them to Henry James and Edith Wharton.'” – Salon.com
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Why Bryant? Why? The Associated Press is reporting that a “defendant in the Louisiana “Jena Six” case was arrested on suspicion of slamming a student’s head into a bench at his new school in Texas, police said. Bryant R. Purvis, 19, was arrested on a charge of assault causing bodily injury Wednesday after an altercation at Hebron High School. It began because Purvis believed a student had flattened his tires, Sgt. John Singleton said.”
I’d just like to quote Bill Duke in “Menace 2 Society”…”You know you dun’ fucked up now, right? You know that right?” When it comes to sentencing African Americans, Texas is nothing to play with. The article notes that Bryant was upset about the alleged victim messing with his car. Tsk, tsk…has this young man learned nothing?
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I loved “The Great Debaters”! I saw it on Sunday and I think it’s something that the African American community should be excited about. It’s a must see, especially for young people. Take your children. Take your family. Discuss, discuss, discuss. We need more movies like “The Great Debaters”! Kudos to Oprah and Denzel…and all the actors too. Especially that young man that played Mr. Lowe…good grief he is fine. Denzel, you’re fine but you’re getting old. Pass the torch to that young man, please. Give him your mantle…your anointing…I think he can manage it. LOL
My only issue with the movie was that Wiley College didn’t debate Harvard…they debated USC. I heard this from a friend and went online to research…lots of people are buzzing about it…especially black news sites.
As part of their tour, Wiley College’s debate team defeated the reigning champions—not Harvard as in the movie, but the University of Southern California’s team—on the USC campus in Bovard auditorium. Denzel Washington is quoted in the Harvard Crimson as explaining that the site of the debate in the film was moved from USC to Harvard “because Harvard is the gold standard.”
In addition, according to the New York Times the “film omits one reality: even though they beat the reigning champions, the Great Debaters were not allowed to call themselves victors because they were not truly considered to belong to the debate society; blacks were not admitted until after World War II. The movie also explores the social milieu of the American South during the Great Depression including not only the day to day insults and slights African Americans had to endure, but also a lynching. James L. Farmer, Jr. , who was on Wileys’ debate team at 14 years old after completing high school (and who would later go on to co-found the Congress of Racial Equality) is also depicted. According to the Houston Chronicle, another character depicted on the team, Samantha Booke, is based on the real individual Henrietta Bell, “the only female member of the 1930 debate team from Wiley College who participated in the first collegiate interracial debate in the United States.” Also, according to the Marshall News Messenger, “there is no evidence that a debate with Harvard ever happened…. the debate Bell remembers was probably with Oxford University of England.” – Wikipedia
Reading the Wiki entry I found out that Denzel is giving Wiley College 1 million dollars so they can re-establish their debate team. Awww, fine and a nice guy too! That Denzel…so sexy.
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Jena 6 seeking pardons…say that five times fast. Dare you! Probably easier to say that five times fast than to find hope that some pardons will happen, huh??
The New York Times is reporting that members of the Congressional Black Caucus called on Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco to pardon Mychal Bell and five other teenagers known as the Jena Six. Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee, Democrat of Texas, said in a letter to Ms. Blanco this week that Mr. Bell and the other teenagers have paid their debt to society and should be immediately pardoned. “They and their families have suffered enough, as has the state of Louisiana and the town of Jena,” the letter reads. Fourteen other members of the caucus joined Ms. Jackson-Lee in urging Ms. Blanco to support releasing Mr. Bell, who was sentenced on Dec. 3 to 18 months in a juvenile facility for his role in an assault last year on Justin Barker, a white student at Jena High School. Ms. Blanco’s press secretary, Marie Centanni, said in a statement that the governor could not grant a pardon or a commutation without a recommendation from the State Pardon Board.
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