Cleveland: Keeping Christmas at Home
Ramona: The War on Happy Holidays
Richard Day: Cold in Minnesota, and in the Hearts of Men
JayZ is a hip-hop mogul who could not bring himself to stop referring to Black women as female dogs despite being married to Beyonce and the father of a beautiful daughter. JayZ's latest album "Magna Carta the Holy Grail" became instant platinum on release. JayZ is having a "beef" with Harry Belafonte who feels that JayZ is not making use of his social status and wealth to properly advance Progresive causes. [Read more]
The NSA is involved in a vast data-mining project in the United States and overseas. Multiple scenarios with an authoritarian government using misinformation to get the public like a puppy on a leash have been proposed. Recent history with Colin Powell telling the UN that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and the cheerleading stories written by Judith Miller in the New York Tims.shows that high tech solutions are not required to get the public to respond in a Pavlovian manner. [Read more]
Rosa Parks was born February 4, 1913. Today would have been her one hundredth birthday. Mrs. Parks passed away on October 24, 2005. She is often remembered solely for being the woman who was the symbol for the Montgomery Bus Boycott by refusing to give up her seat to a White person in December 1955. She and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. are remembered as icons of non-violence. This emphasis on passivity ignores the steadfast resistance Mrs. Parks had against injustice. In a past moment of verbal clarity, Prof. Cornel West described the media as participating in the Santa Clausification of King. Mrs. Parks has become akin to Mrs. Claus in this media fiction of the passive participant in the Civil rights movement. The truth is that both Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. were much more combative than the current media portrayal would lead one to believe. [Read more]
2013 represents a remarkable period for reflection on the past and a clarion call to continue the struggle I have previously noted January 1. 1863 was the date of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. On January 21st, we will honor the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (actually born on January 15th). Former Democratic Senator Harris Wofford (D-PA) and Democratic Congressman John Lewis co-authored a bill calling for a National Day of Service to honor Dr. King. [Read more]
Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation 150 Years ago on January 1, 1863. As noted by historian Harold Holzer in an article at the Daily Beast, 4 million African-American slaves and thousands of white abolitionists awaited word of the signing of the document. The signing was delayed by a New Year’s party held in the White House was attended by the diplomatic corps, military elite and members of Congress. When the official party was over, White House guards opened the doors to allow several thousand members of the general public join in the revelry. [Read more]
If President Obama had a son who felt the urge to punch Mitt Romney in the face for disrespecting his father during the second debate and told the host of a Black media radio show about that urge, media outlets would have pounced on the threat. The major news networks, newspapers and magazines would have blared the story 24-7.
Obama would have to personally apologize for his son's remark. The son would have to apologize publicly. The parenting skills of Barack and Michelle would have been questioned. How could the Obama's be an example for family life in America? Why were the Obama's disgracing the United States?  [Read more]
Ron Paul failed to become the Republican nominee for President despite having an enthusiastic group of supporters. I was never a Ron Paul supporter although some of his supporters told me how great Paul's program was for the Black community. Paul would end the Federal War on Drugs, releasing thousands of African-Americans from prison. He would end the Middle East worlds thus preventing more African-American from becoming cannon fodder for the war machine. [Read more]
The negative response that Willard Romney got to some aspects of his statements at the NAACP convention is well known. The impression left is that the members of the NAACP would be hostile to any white Republican who came to talk to the organization. In fact, Fox News' Bill O'Reilly had Hilary Shelton the NAACP communications director on his program yesterday. O'Reilly stated that he had been present when John McCain spoke at the 2008 convention and personally heard booing.
Here is the video tape of McCain speaking at the 2008 convention. Notice that there was polite applause. There were no boos. Bill O'Reilly either has a poor memory or is a liar. McCain even took questions from the audience. [Read more]
Mitt Romney is scheduled to speak at the 2012 NAACP National Convention in Houston on Wednesday June 11, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. I have received an advanced copy of Romney's speech, and I am flabbergasted. Romney will publicly denounce Donald Trump as a racist birther and will state that he refuses to appear in public with Trump again.
Romney will also criticize those Republican officials who are using a snipe hunt for voter fraud as a means of suppressing minority votes. Romney says this harkens back to the days of the poll tax used to keep minorities from voting.
My mistake, I was reading from an advanced copy of Joe Biden's speech to the NAACP on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
On June 19 ("Juneteenth"), 1865, Union general Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and issued General Order Number 3, which read in part, "The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor." The tidings of freedom reached the approximately 250,000 slaves in Texas gradually as individual plantation owners informed their bondsmen over the months following the end of the war. The news elicited an array of personal celebrations, some of which have been described in The Slave Narratives of Texas (1974). The first broader celebrations of Juneteenth were used as political rallies and to teach freed slaves about their voting rights. Within a short time, however, Juneteenth was marked by festivities throughout the state, some of which were organized by official Juneteenth committees. Slaveholders in Texas had been able to keep the news of Emancipation from their slaves until 1865. There was a period during the Civil Rights era of the 1960s when the celebrations fell out of favor. [Read more]