2010-05-28

RIP Gary Coleman


For those not aware, Gary Coleman has died. In his memory I will link you to my Diff'rent Strokes post.

2010-05-26

Lift Every Voice and Sing



This is known as the black National Anthem. This song was written to take part in a ceremony celebrating Abraham Lincoln's birthday back in 1900. It was written so that black people could show their patriotism for America and hope for the future. I guess back then to some the only "true patriots" were white people.

If someone were to sing this song today, how would it be taken. Oh wait, someone has, and as per usual they were seen as a hater of America and unpatriotic, obviously from people who don't know the history of the song.

This is why people should learn ALL the history of America, but to some learning all the history of America is a bad thing.

2010-05-23

Texas' State Board of Education

The Texas State Board of Education is now going to teach kids about slavery. Oops I mean the concept of indentured servants with lifetime contracts:



I'd like to think I'm joking, but eventually this could very well be the case.

Our SBOE passed some new social studies standards to ensure we don't have a "liberal" slant on history. Yeah really.

Some of the changes include:

• Analyze Abraham Lincoln’s ideas about liberty, equality, union and government as contained in his first and second inaugural addresses and the Gettysburg Address and contrast them with the ideas contained in Jefferson Davis’s inaugural address. (8th grade U.S. History);
• Examine the reasons the Founding Fathers protected religious freedom in America and guaranteed its free exercise by saying that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, and compare and contrast this to the phrase “separation of church and state.” (Government);
• Explain instances of institutional racism in American society. (Sociology);
• Discuss the solvency of long term entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare. (U.S. History since 1877).


That's from the Texas Education Agency.

I find it odd we are making a comparison between Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln. Especially since in one speech slavery is mentioned and in the other it isn't. Especially since one was a U.S. President and one was the President of the now defunct Confederacy, which in my personal opinion is a bunch of folks who were traitors to the United States. They wanted to leave the county to uphold their slave based economy. You can pretend all you want the Civil War wasn't about slavery. It was about maintaining a economy based upon free labor. Slaves. Without the slaves, they would have had to pay folks and their economy would not have been as prosperous. I know they gave them free room and board, but let's get real the accommodations weren't all that great and the work conditions were a bit harsh. You know beatings, lynchings, and rape were real possibilities in the slave line of work.

The Founding Fathers did want to protect religious freedom, that's the truth, but this really isn't a Christian nation and the government's concept of separation of Church and State is not a bad thing. America has no official religion. We don't have one because as it is stated:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof"

It isn't for our government to make decisions on religion, Christian or otherwise.

In explaining institutionalized racism, we really shouldn't sugar coat slavery. America had a slave trade. Calling it the "Atlantic Triangular Trade" dismisses slavery all together. I'm curious what the unintended consequences of Affirmative Action are as well.

In terms of the solvency of "entitlements" like Social Security and Medicare, we should also discuss the solvency of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Rabbit will be going to private school, that was already established before this mess, but these actions confirm our decision.

Watering down the wrongs of America, rewriting history, and putting in far right ideals to counterbalance what is perceived to be leftist ideology does nothing to educate our kids. All that is being done is indoctrinating them into a political ideal. Political indoctrination has no place in our schools.

2010-05-21

We're Bringing Back Jim Crow Thanks to Rand Paul



We got a black President. One step forward. Rand Paul disagrees with the Public Accommodation clause of the Civil Rights Act and wins Kentucky's republican primary for senator. Ten steps back.

The Public Accommodation clause is the clause that most people should be familiar with. You've seen the pictures of black folks at the lunch counters of whites only businesses.

Like this:





He feels that private businesses should be able to openly discriminate against any and every one. Now this comes as no surprise to me that this man would have his views, his father Ron Paul shares his views. I still don't know why black folks were excited about this racist, conspiracy theorist whack job. We won't talk about his former spokesperson, Christopher Hightower. We know he isn't racist, right?

Now the libertarian, tea party, and republican theory on racism is that racism would have gone away on it's own. Slavery would have eventually ended, so would have Jim Crow, if the evil government hadn't forced it down our throats. I don't buy it. Laissez faire capitalism would not have fixed any of these things. Not because people are just inherently racist. It's because people will choose convenience over ethics.

For instance, the town I live in is 2% African American. Yeah, I really need to move. We plan to before Rabbit goes to school. If a business decides to exclude black people, the lack of black business in my town wouldn't squash a business, but would I believe that the majority of white people would go out of their way to drive further to another business that offers the same service? Not likely, it isn't convenient, and denying blacks doesn't impact them in any way.

Another reason I don't believe this will happen, is case and point in my town, we're pretty segregated. This town is overwhelmingly white. There is no black side of town, because there aren't enough black people to have one. I know my town isn't some anomaly, but I would venture to say, most places are self imposed segregated. So if you are a minority in a particular place, and businesses decide to discriminate against a minority, it wouldn't matter to them, and you will be left driving further and being inconvenienced simply because your skin tone isn't pleasing to a business owner.

So yes, the free market although wonderful will not end racism.

Rand Paul will probably win thanks to the Tea Party support he received, and then we can decide if business owners can have the right to bring back slavery.

2010-05-19

If Dale Peterson Was Black





This is an ad campaign for Dale Peterson. He's running for Agriculture Commissioner of Alabama. Now I won't get into why this man sounds like a nut job.

I will however ponder this: If a black man was running for a public office using gun imagery and speaking using "black dialect" aka "ebonics" while calling people dummy, do you think he would be seen as patriotic and a viable, realistic candidate for any political position? Or would he be labeled a thug who lacks class and is too lowly to hold any position of power? Why is it that when it comes to certain stereotypes, some are ok, while others are not?

We can pretend we are in the wild, wild west, ready to shoot folks in the face and talk like a hillbilly and find that acceptable? Obviously to some people, yes.

I think this is why the rest of the world is scared of Americans.

2010-05-16

R.I.P. Aiyana Jones


In Detroit a 7 year old girl was shot by a police officer in a raid looking for a murder suspect. The police conducted a no knock search warrant and entered the home with a flash grenade. Per the police there was a 46 year old woman in the living area (the victim's grandmother) who apparently got into a physical altercation with the officer. While this raid was going on, there was another raid in another residence in the home (apparently it was a home made into apartments, something the CNN story and other mainstream media outlets left out). They claim they arrested the said suspect, but they won't tell us which unit he was actually in.

I sincerely hope this isn't a case of the police abusing their power.

Do you think there will be national outrage about this case, or will it continue to be an issue where we prove America doesn't like or care about black people?

2010-05-13

"Black News"

Now I was actually going to put forth some effort and work on my blog today, but I couldn't come up with any topics. I'm kind of out of the loop when it comes to anything right now because I've been focusing on Rabbit. She's doing great by the way. She's a whole three months old!!!!! OK I'm sorry, I had to get the proud mommy moment out of the way, as per usual, I digress.

So I started searching news sites. I'm learning more and more we aren't getting news we are getting "infotainment". That is across the board on most news sites, it seems. It seems more so on "Black News" sites. I use this term loosely, there aren't that many, and if you do a Google search, you will find some really racist stuff meant to be "black news" and white people taking those sites seriously are legitimate information on the "black community".

I go to "Black Voices" first and to their news section. Why is the big story about Taimak from "The Last Dragon".I loved Taimak back in the day, the movie was great, but honestly is he news? Underneath him a smaller story about a black woman who is missing is featured. Now that is nice, but couldn't that be the focus considering maybe someone has seen her, and you know the mainstream media doesn't give a damn. We also have a story on Lil Wayne. Because we all need to care about what is going on in his life.

Anyway Mitrice Richardson is missing. Please go here for more information.

2010-05-04

What's Wrong With Being A Conservative?


What's Wrong With Being A Conservative? Not a damn thing. You can be conservative all you want. I'm ok with it. I think you have a jacked up ideology and contradict yourselves, but that is just me. I'm just freaked out by conservatives due to your history and current antics.

You guys seem not to like black people too much. RIchard Nixon's campaign southern strategy to capture the disgruntled white Southerners mad about desegregation and being forced to integrate starts my intense dislike for the conservatives who feign they haven't used race based fear tactics to capture the white vote. Your messiah Reagan had this thing about "welfare queens", even though his story was debunked, you guys ran with it, and still do. We also can't forget about his reluctance to give Martin Luther King a holiday because like Obama he was a "Communist". We can't forget the lack of outrage for anything that Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh say about race. They are determined that Obama hates white people and is trying to implement reparations that only innocent white people will pay for. Pat Buchanan told the truth about the republican party. They don't want or feel they need the minority vote. He can downplay slavery telling us negroes to become excited that slavery made us Americans. He's taking a glass is half full approach to slavery, downplaying it as something positive, instead of what it really was, which is horrific. Of course to him and conservatives, white people built this country while us minorities just sat on our asses doing nothing. Now those same white people are losing "their" country.

When you sit silent on people like this, tout them as examples of your beliefs, I have no compassion for you, I don't like you, it makes me think you have no humanity, and you seem to want to rewrite history. Let's not go there with the Tea Parties, and their deafening silence they had with the racist signs that permeated their rallies until they were forced to address the issue, and then walk around like they are innocent victims being persecuted. Silence equals acceptance. We assume you all feel that way, when you sit their quietly with the racist bullshit all around you.

I don't think the Democrats give a rat's ass about me either, I'm not that stupid. The Democrats just at least pretend to like me and don't vocally outright hate me, and that's a plus in my book, as sad as that might sound. Act like you give a damn about black people, and quit pretending white people are the only people who pay taxes, while everyone else is sucking on your teet. I pay taxes and I'm paying for that white single mother on welfare, as well as that black single mother who is doing the same.

If you're a conservative, great, but your politics don't seem to give a damn about me, so I don't give a damn about your politics.