I haven’t been writing as much as I should. I’m going to try to correct that in the new year. Anywhoo, a lot is going on these days, so I’m going to start posting some random thoughts and I’m sure expound on some of these later.
1. Why does it always take so long for organizations to recognize that their employees are pedophiles? Priests, football coaches, teachers, etc can all be seen with young boys and young women in compromised ways but yet no one sees or tells until the person is dead or more than 50 years old?
2. Herman Cain never had a chance. Really. If America is shocked by the turn of events that lead to him leaving the race, then our school systems really are failing us.
3. There was an uproar from women’s orgs and birth control supporters about the sale of Plan B contraceptives to teens being blocked. I need NOW, Planned Parenthood and all the other orgs that spoke out to be just as vocal about STDs like AIDS. Get on the bandwagon for a cure people. Sure, a teen could get pregnant and need Plan B or opt for an abortion, but there is not medical treatment or pill to get rid of HIV, HPV, etc. The issues are more complex than just birth control.
4. Newt Gingrich can’t be president of the United States because…
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I’m confused. I know that all the potential Republican candidates are basically competing on the airwaves to see who can bash Obama best. However, Michele Bachmann has tacked on some promises to her usual President bashing in this video that I’m don’t think she intends to keep.
“This president has failed the Hispanic community. He has failed the African-American community,” she said. “He has failed us all when it comes to jobs.” Um, just because your intern looked up some statistics online, does mean you understand the impact of joblessness in minority communities.
- Is this how she appeals to Blacks and Latinos? I guess we’re dumb enough to just believe numbers and not consider the context of our lives or who’s talking, huh?
- Does she really, really intend to be a jobs champion for Blacks and Latinos?
- Is equality and job creation in minority communities what the Tea Party has been fighting for all this time? If so (you know that’s not so) that message has not been clear at all.
I’m very confused. Is she running for President of the USA or President of the NAACP? Is she trying to present at the next Alma Awards? Please!! People will say anything to get a vote.
Sometimes bloggers forget that we have to consider the same laws and rules of the land that everyone else does. It’s one thing to switch some video footage around to create a funny mashup or to edit audio to make it sound like someone said something that they didn’t. It’s another thing to pass your edited footage off as the real thing with no disclaimer.
Most reasonable people who run websites know that you have to let the public in on the deception at some point. Humor goes a long way when it comes to this. People get the hint when things are funny or outrageous. They say, “Hey!! That’s not real right?!?!” not “Oh my God! How terrible!”. However, the editing that conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart did to footage of former Dept. of Ag staffer Shirley Sherrod speaking at an NAACP function was not your common funny video mashup one could find on YouTube and forward on to co-workers and friends. No need for me to rehash that whole drama of her firing, people backpedaling after realizing the deception, etc. You know the story.
I’m happy to see that Ms. Sherrod is SUING Breitbart. At the time that this happened, she was a private citizen doing her job, not a public figure or celebrity who doesn’t enjoy the same legal protection because of their status. Defamation is defamation. Breitbart should have attacked the NAACP as an organization if he had an axe to grind (which is what seems to be the case), instead of going after a government employee.
Mrs. Sherrod has accused Mr. Breitbart, employee Larry O’Connor and the unnamed source of the video with defamation, representing her in a false light and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The lawsuit, filed Feb. 11 in Superior Court in the District of Columbia, seeks the removal of the video and related blog posts from Mr. Breitbart‘s site and monetary compensation, including punitive damages, to “punish the defendants’ reprehensible conduct and to deter its future occurrence.
“Defendants deliberately edited the full video of Mrs. Sherrod‘s 43-minute speech down to a short, highly misleading two-and-a-half minute clip that defendants knew, or should have known, would portray Mrs. Sherrod in a false and defamatory manner,” the lawsuit stated. – source
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I will never be able to here this Rick Ross song again and not think of Pentacostal Church services.
He said I think I’m Paul…I died laughin. “That will preach!” as my uncle says. Turning into a preacher later in life…I could see Ross doing that.
Black people, I have to say that I found this “Ninja, Say What?” video to be very informative. As I watched it I said to myself, mmm…Black folk must really, really sound crazy sometimes depending on who is listening in on us using the one word we don’t want others to use.
Tell me what you think.
A C-SPAN clip of SEIU Executive Vice President Gerry Hudson is circulating online. In it he says something controversial about how one can move African-Americans to care more about immigration reform.
“On white workers, I think we got some real problems. I’ve spent a lot of time in Wisconsin and places like that, where I have heard some of the most anti-immigrant sentiments around. It’s also, and this is where you get the black workers first, it’s so f***ing rabidly racist, ’til black people get scared. They don’t just mean you, right? So, you can organize them quicker, like, look at what’s there.”
A number of right-wing themed sites are pushing this clip viral. They seem to think that he’s calling black people gullible and that he’s demonizing good, working class white folk. Hudson is a big, black, bald-headed man. The fact that he cussed alone likely made some people uncomfortable. LOL
It’s no secret the rhetoric that follows immigration reform can be laced with images and concepts that make blacks and jews very uncomfortable. Racial profiling is what it is, but any thought of laws that require people to have proper documentation…makes me think of South Africa. If you suggest racist motives and connect with the black experience of American racism…sure, you’ll motivate some people.
However, there is also an economic and social side (access to social services and the strain on local governments) to immigration reform that blacks may have concerns over. Let’s face it, some black people are as concerned as some whites with the idea of Hispanics “taking over” America. Just ask someone who grew up in Dade County or Miami Florida about needed to be bi-lingual to get a job. I’m not saying that it’s right…I’m just saying.
Readers, take a look for yourself and tell me what you think.
“Butt neked with glitter on ya wit a beeper….Butt Neked Wednesdays”
“Do some hoe shit”
I know she’s being funny in this video, but in light of her recent video, Window Seat, I’m sure people are calling it irony and foreshadowing. I still love her boldness and respect the message she is trying to give in “Window Seat”. We all know what’s really going on in the music industry when it comes to the images of black women.
BTW: This clip is from a great documentary called “Before the Music Dies“. If you love real music, it’s a must see.
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I was really, really shocked at the negative response that many Black people have had to Erykah Badu’s “Window Seat” video. Outside of the fact that filming was done without a proper permit (which could bring some legal heat from the City of Dallas), I really didn’t understand the drama. Then I remembered that she’s a black woman.
- She is a black woman who has not allowed her image to be over-sexualized in the media.
- She is not Trina or Lil Kim. She’s not a video vixen
- She is a “natural sista” and “earth mother goddess” whom many have put on a royal pedestal to be held up as an example of truth and light
- She’s done something shocking and many are not comfortable with it.
How dare she make you uncomfortable? How dare she try to do something different and strange? How dare she be so “out of the box.” Right?
This is all about the boxes that Badu is metaphorically evolving from in the video. The boxes that say in the Black community only video hoes, strippers, female rappers and the like can take their clothes off in public. It’s ok for them right? The boxes that are at work right now telling us that we should not THINK that this video is ok. We should think what THEY say we should think, right?
Of course, sisters with wisdom and truth, who wear their hair without chemical straighteners and understand mathematics would never expose themselves to make a point, right?
If you agree with that, I’m sure you’d agree that Black people don’t do performance art anyway? We can’t possibly understand all of the symbolism in the video because we are so caught up in the “groupthink”. The same groupthink that says Waka Flocka Flame and Soulja Boy make good music. Isn’t that right?
So let’s all just take this video at face value and join in the chorus of people who don’t get it and can’t accept it. Let’s stay on the surface and not dig deeper. Let’s assassinate the character of the beautiful black sister who is trying to speak to us from a place of vulnerability in her art. Let’s do to her what she’s already symbolically done to herself…strip down her motives and assassinate her character.
“As soon as the thought came to my mind, I decided to assassinate myself as a gesture. Because it was going to happen anyway. The video is a prediction of what is happening now. […] I would like to say that it was a protest to awaken a term called ‘groupthink.’ It’s a term that was coined in 1952. It’s the recognition of a state of being for humans. It’s human nature for a person to be afraid to express his or her self in fear of being ostracized by the group or general consensus,” the singer explains. – source
I don’t know about y’all, but I’d rather see a video like this, something risky and artistic, than 90% of what I usually see in the media. I’d much rather see nakedness with a point than random booty shaking and bikinis.
Erykah Badu, I love your nakedness, your vulnerability, and your strength. I hope you sell lots of downloads and CDs.
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FINAL VOTE-HR 3590: 219 Yea 212 Nay
History has been made tonight. Health Care is a right, not a privilege. That is something that WE the people can be proud of. Thank you goes out to all of the Yea voting members of the House of Representatives, most notably Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Thanks also goes out to President Barack Obama.
I’m going to take it to church to celebrate this one.
And a lil funk too.
I went down to the National Mall on Saturday and witnessed the Health Care Bill Protesters first hand (posting photos soon). They were in rare form, but thank God no one spit on me or called me “nigger”. I was spared, apparently. Rep. John Lewis, Rep. Barney Frank, and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver were not as lucky.
Salon.com: On Saturday, as a small group of protesters jammed the Capitol and the streets around it, the movement’s origins in white resistance to the Civil Rights Movement was impossible to ignore. Here’s only what the mainstream media is reporting, ignoring what I’m seeing on Twitter and left wing blogs:
- Civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis was taunted by tea partiers who chanted “nigger” at least 15 times, according to the Associated Press (we are not cleaning up language and using “the N-word” here because it’s really important to understand what was said.) First reported on The Hill blog (no hotbed of left-wing fervor), the stories of Lewis being called “nigger” were confirmed by Lewis spokeswoman Brenda Jones and Democratic Rep. Andre Carson, who was walking with Lewis. “It was like going into the time machine with John Lewis,” said Carson, a former police officer. “He said it reminded him of another time.”
- Another Congressional Black Caucus leader, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, was spat upon by protesters. The culprit was arrested, but Cleaver declined to press charges.
- House Majority Whip James Clybourn told reporters: “I heard people saying things today that I have not heard since March 15, 1960, when I was marching to try to get off the back of the bus.”
- There were many reports that Rep. Barney Frank was called a “faggot” by protesters, but the one I saw personally was by CNN’s Dana Bash, who seemed rattled by the tea party fury. Frank told AP: “It’s a mob mentality that doesn’t work politically.”
- Meanwhile, a brick came through the window at Rep. Louise Slaughter’s Niagara Falls office on Saturday (the day she argued for her “Slaughter solution” to pass health care reform, though it was rejected by other Democrats on the House Rules Committee).
On Thursday MSNBC’s “Hardball” host Chris Matthews grilled tea party Astroturf leader Tim Phillips of Americans for Prosperity about supporters who taunted a man with Parkinson’s disease at a tea party gathering in Ohio last week.
That video of the guy with Parkinson’s is HORRIBLE. These Health Care Bill Protesters and Tea Party members should be ashamed of themselves. Everyone has a right to protest and let their voice be heard, but racial slurs, spitting on people and mocking the sick is mob mentality. How is Fox News going to spin this? I’m sure they will find a way.
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