Sunday, November 23, 2014

Not their brother's keepers.

Race and ethnicity can be a tricky and nuanced subject.


I was watching a pundit (Chris Matthews I think) lament the fact that the two highest profile Hispanic republicans are against amnesty for immigrants and immigration reform. He thought it was "weird". "Why aren't these two men empathizing with other Hispanics?" One of the other pundits at the table reminded him that Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are of Cuban descent, and, as a result, they do not have any empathy or connection to Mexicans and Central and South Americans who illegally come to the United States. 


That exchange brought back memories of an old high school classmate of mine. I attended a boarding school in Jamaica and one of my classmates was a kid named Franz Newman. Franz was Jamaican, but if you saw him you would think that he just got off a Lufthansa flight from Munich and was just in Jamaica for a vacation. Dude was blond-haired with blue eyes and had the whole Aryan thing down.


But Franz had never left Jamaica, and in many ways he was more Jamaican than most Jamaicans I knew. I never saw him as anything but a Jamaican.


Once Franz got in a fight with a classmate over something which I don't remember what right now. The kid was African American who was born and raised in New York and his parents (who I think were Jamaican)sent him to Jamaica to attend high school. They went at it pretty hard and I remember thinking at the time that I wanted Franz to kick his ass. (Which, if I remember correctly, he did.) Franz was my friend and the American kid was not. 


I understand now that Franz (who currently lives in Canada) will benefit from privileges that the other kid will never have throughout his life. At the time, though, my friendship and the shared ethnicity I had with my fellow countryman trumped any connection I might have had with the other kid because of our shared race.


I suspect that senators Rubio and Cruz do not consider themselves Hispanics like those other Hispanics who come to America from poor Third World countries. They don't share the same reality as some poor family coming to America for a better way of life. They are already living the American dream. They consider themselves Americans first, and in their world amnesty for illegal immigrants will destroy America.


"Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday continued to slam President Barack Obama’s move to shield nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, saying the president was getting into the business of counterfeiting.


“For 4 to 5 million people here illegally, he’s promising to print out and give out work authorizations — essentially, he’s gotten in the job of counterfeiting immigration papers, because there’s no legal authority to do what he’s doing,” the Texas Republican charged on “Fox News Sunday.”' [Source]


I wonder how Franz feels about amnesty for undocumented immigrants.


Finally, now that the Benghazi conspiracy theories have been debunked (by republicans no less) I am guessing that the wingnuts and the folks over at FOX VIEWS will not spend a lot of time telling us how wrong they were.


Wait....just as I suspected; less than 30 seconds.


Of course this will not be enough for folks like Lindsey Graham. Poor Lindsey has spent a lot of time helping folks who play the Benghazi drinking game get drunk, so this is bad news for the senator.


"Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told CNN’s State of the Union Sunday morning that last week’s the House Intelligence Committee’s Benghazi report, which hollowed out a number of Republican arguments on the incident, was “full of crap.”


Guest host Gloria Borger asked whether Graham was accusing the House Intel Committee of lying.


“No, I’m saying the House Intelligence Committee is doing a lousy job policing their own,” he said. “I’m saying that anybody who has followed Benghazi at all knows that the CIA deputy director did not come forward to tell Congress what role he played in changing the talking points. And the only way we knew he was involved is when he told a representative at the White House, I’m going to do a hard review of this, a hard rewrite.”'


*Drink... drink.... gulps.*















  

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Saturday quiz.

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Please tell me the difference between these two pics.
The Indianapolis Star changed one for the other after public pressure.


Why was one considered racist and one not?


Pics from the Indianapolis Star.



Open thread.

I need your thoughts on this teacher down in Virgina tweeting about the mixed race prom.



I have some, and it might not be what y'all think.



Holla.



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Thursday, November 20, 2014

"Searching for something."

So this Myron May dude who shot up his alma mater had some issues.


The fact that his mental issues are being reported is surprising, because Myron May(Picture) was a black man.


Usually when Negroes commit these types of crimes we are told how evil and malevolent they are. The folks in the majority population who commit such crimes are always viewed as "troubled" or suffering from some type of a mental problem.


"...We have not found any info at this time why (he) chose this morning to act (or) why he chose to attack our library,” said Tallahassee Police Michael DeLeo.
But May, a Bible-quoting Christian who had been working as a lawyer in Texas and New Mexico, “was in a state of crisis,” DeLeo said, citing the cell phone, journal and videos they confiscated from May’s car.


“He referred to government targeting,” the police chief said. “He was searching for something.”


Then last month, May was hit with a harassment complaint by former girlfriend Danielle Nixon who told cops the lawyer had recently developed “a severe mental disorder” and believed police were bugging his house and car."


Hmmm, a lawyer with a "mental disorder". So what else is new?


Speaking of mental disorders, folks in law enforcement should really get better training to learn how to deal with individuals who struggle with mental issues.

When you throw in the "color arousal syndrome" you get a recipe for disaster.


"Tanesha Anderson, 37, of Cleveland, Ohio, was pronounced dead Thursday, November 13 after a police takedown maneuver caused her to lose consciousness, reports Cleveland.com.


“They killed my sister,” said her 40-year-old brother Joell Anderson. “I watched it.”


Anderson, who suffered with schizophrenia, was “disturbing the peace,” according to her family, so they called police. Upon their arrival, she began struggling against police officers who had the family’s permission to take her to St. Vincent Charity Medical Center for evaluation. As Anderson kicked at police officers, one of them allegedly slammed her head against the concrete pavement and put his knee into her back.
Read more from Cleveland.com:
Two male officers escorted Tanesha Anderson, who was prescribed medication for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, to the police cruiser. She sat herself in the backseat but became nervous about the confined space and tried to get out, Anderson said. 
Police struggled to keep her in the car and an officer eventually drew a Taser. Joell Anderson said he begged the officer not to use the weapon on his sister. 
Tanesha Anderson called out for her brother and mother while an officer repeatedly pressed down on her head to get her into the backseat. After several attempts, the officer used a takedown move to force her to the pavement, Joell Anderson said. 
The officer placed his knee on Tanesha Anderson’s back and handcuffed her. She never opened her eyes or spoke another word, her brother said.
This is the second time in recent weeks that a Black woman has been killed by police officers.


As previously reported by NewsOne, two officers with the Ann Arbor Police Department  have been placed on paid administrative leave after they shot 40-year-old Aura Rosser to death while responding to a domestic violence incident on Sunday, November 9.


Officers claim that Rosser was coming at them with a knife so they were forced to use deadly force. Family of the victim, however, don’t believe that’s possible.


“She would have fainted at the sight of the gun being drawn on her,” said Shae Ward, 38, about her sister. “She would have been extremely docile, no aggression whatsoever towards police.” [Source]


We always knew that our men weren't safe from the po po, but now we have to watch out for our women as well.













  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A very expensive burritos, and the strange prosecution of Tiny Doo.

You have to wonder how a Negro like Billy Goree ended up in Utah. I mean, with all due respect to Mia Love, I am not feeling the Utah vibe.


Anyway, Billy learned a very important lesson about crime and punishment in Utah.


Unfortunately for Billy, however, he could be spending the next five years in a Utah prison for stealing two burritos from a gas station.


"Judge Scott Hadley said Tuesday he felt uncomfortable sending the 42-year-old man to prison for shoplifting a meal, but the man has a long history of theft arrests.


Billy Goree said he was hungry when he stole the burritos and was willing to change, but the judge said he's violated his probation in the past.


Police say Goree was caught stealing the burritos on a security camera in September and police found and arrested him nearby."  [Source]


Hmmm, "long history of arrests". I would love to see if those arrests were for violent crimes or if they were similar to the type of crime that landed poor Billy in this mess.


Maybe Billy has a drug problem; maybe he has mental issues; or maybe he just can't resist a good burrito.


Anyway, I am ripping Utah on crime and punishment issues. But maybe I should be getting on the very liberal state of California as well.


"San Diego-based two burritos , better known as rapper Tiny Doo, is facing attempted murder charges along with 14 alleged gang members.


But with no criminal record, nor having been previously tied to any of the murders being prosecuted, how is it possible that Duncan is facing jail time?

A little-known California state law, passed in 2000, allows for prosecution of gang members if they are found to profit from the crimes of their fellow gang members.

This is the first time this law is being used. Prosecutors argue that Duncan benefited from the shootings because after the murders, his gang rose in status. A rise in status allowed Duncan to increase his album sales, say San Diego prosecutors.

“We’re not just talking about a CD of anything, of love songs. We’re talking about a CD [cover] ... there is a revolver with bullets,” Deputy District Attorney Anthony Campagna told the news station.
But Duncan’s lawyer, Brian Watkins, is crying foul. “It’s shocking. He has no criminal record. Nothing in his lyrics say go out and commit a crime. Nothing in his lyrics references these shootings, yet they are holding him liable for conspiracy. There are huge constitutional issues,” he said.











   













Tuesday, November 18, 2014

When being "delusional" can hurt your child.

A friend of mine, who also happens to be a successful attorney, sent me the following article:

"I knew the day would come, but I didn’t know how it would happen, where I would be, or how I would respond. It is the moment that every black parent fears: the day their child is called a nigger.
My wife and I, both African Americans, constitute one of those Type A couples with Ivy League undergraduate and graduate degrees who, for many years, believed that if we worked hard and maintained great jobs, we could insulate our children from the blatant manifestations of bigotry that we experienced as children in the 1960s and ’70s.


We divided our lives between a house in a liberal New York suburb and an apartment on Park Avenue, sent our three kids to a diverse New York City private school, and outfitted them with the accoutrements of success: preppy clothes, perfect diction and that air of quiet graciousness. We convinced ourselves that the economic privilege we bestowed on them could buffer these adolescents against what so many black and Latino children face while living in mostly white settings: being profiled by neighbors, followed in stores and stopped by police simply because their race makes them suspect.


But it happened nevertheless in July, when I was 100 miles away.


It was a Tuesday afternoon when my 15-year-old son called from his academic summer program at a leafy New England boarding school and told me that as he was walking across campus, a gray Acura with a broken rear taillight pulled up beside him. Two men leaned out of the car and glared at him.
“Are you the only nigger at Mellon Academy*?” one shouted.


Certain that he had not heard them correctly, my son moved closer to the curb, and asked politely, “I’m sorry; I didn’t hear you.”


But he had heard correctly. And this time the man spoke more clearly. “Only … nigger,” he said with added emphasis.


My son froze. He dropped his backpack in alarm and stepped back from the idling car. The men honked the horn loudly and drove off, their laughter echoing behind them.


By the time he recounted his experience a few minutes later, my son was back in his dorm room, ensconced on the third floor of a red-brick fortress. He tried to grasp the meaning of the story as he told it: why the men chose to stop him, why they did it in broad daylight, why they were so calm and deliberate. “Why would they do that — to me?” he whispered breathlessly into the phone. “Dad, they don’t know me. And they weren’t acting drunk. It’s just 3:30 in the afternoon. They could see me, and I could see them!”


My son rambled on, describing the car and the men, asking questions that I couldn’t completely answer. One very clear and cogent query was why, in Connecticut in 2014, grown men would target a student who wasn’t bothering them to harass in broad daylight. The men intended to be menacing.


“They got so close — like they were trying to ask directions. … They were definitely trying to scare me,” he said.


“Are you okay?” I interrupted. “Are you —”


“Yeah,” he continued anxiously. “I’m okay. I guess. … Do you think they saw which dorm I went back to? Maybe I shouldn’t have told my roommate. Should I stay in my dorm and not go to the library tonight?”


Despite his reluctance, I insisted that he report the incident to the school. His chief concern was not wanting the white students and administrators to think of him as being special, different, or “racial.” That was his word. “If the other kids around here find out that I was called a nigger, and that I complained about it,” my son pleaded, “then they will call me ‘racial,’ and will be thinking about race every time they see me. I can’t have that.” For the next four weeks of the summer program, my son remained leery of cars that slowed in his proximity (he’s still leery today). He avoided sidewalks, choosing instead to walk on campus lawns. And he worried continually about being perceived as racially odd or different.


Herein lay the difference between my son’s black childhood and my own. Not only was I assaulted by the n-word so much earlier in life — at age 7, while visiting relatives in Memphis — but I also had many other experiences that differentiated my life from the lives of my white childhood friends. There was no way that they would “forget” that I was different. The times, in fact, dictated that they should not forget; our situation would be unavoidably “racial.”


When my family moved into our home in an all-white neighborhood in suburban New York in December 1967, at the height of the black-power movement and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil-rights marches, integration did not — at all — mean assimilation. So my small Afro, the three African dashiki-style shirts that I wore to school every other week, and the Southern-style deep-fried chicken and watermelon slices that my Southern-born mother placed lovingly in my school lunchbox all elicited surprise and questions from the white kids who regarded me suspiciously as they walked to school or sat with me in the cafeteria. After all, in the 1960s, it was an “event” — and generally not a trouble-free one — when a black family integrated a white neighborhood. Our welcome was nothing like the comically naive portrayal carried off by Sidney Poitier and his white fiancee’s liberal family members in the film “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” which had opened the very month that we moved in.


It wasn’t about awkward pauses, lingering stares and subtle attempts of “throwing shade” our way. It was often blatant and sometimes ugly. Brokers openly refused to show houses to my parents in any of the neighborhoods that we requested, and once we found a house in the New York Times Sunday classifieds, the seller demanded a price almost 25 percent higher than listed in the paper. (My parents paid it.) A day after Mom and Dad signed the contract, a small band of neighbors circulated a petition that outlined their desire to preemptively buy the house from the seller to circumvent its sale to us. My parents were so uncertain of this new racial adventure that they held onto our prior house for another four years — renting it on a year-to-year lease — “just in case,” as my mother always warned, with trepidation on her tongue." [More]


My friend, like the author, did all the right things to achieve the "American dream". She and her husband are also raising their children in a very lily white environment.


Unlike the author, though, she has no illusions about the alleged "post racial" world that we live in.


None of her children, she assured me, would be as traumatized at being called the n-word by some random white dude in a car. 


"My son rambled on, describing the car and the men, asking questions that I couldn’t completely answer. One very clear and cogent query was why, in Connecticut in 2014, grown men would target a student who wasn’t bothering them to harass in broad daylight. The men intended to be menacing.


“They got so close — like they were trying to ask directions. … They were definitely trying to scare me,” he said.


“Are you okay?” I interrupted. “Are you —”


“Yeah,” he continued anxiously. “I’m okay. I guess. …"


Sorry kid, your daddy should have prepared you.




The picture above is of the author and his family courtesy of the Washington Post.  


h/t TL Esq.









Monday, November 17, 2014

Some Love for the GOP, and 15 more seconds of Darren Wilson.

Image result for mia loveI would like to join Juan Williams in congratulating some newly elected African Americans who happen to be members of the grand old party.




The election of these individuals was historic in significance and should not be ignored.

I, too, like Mr. Williams,  hope that these Negroes will not be just "window dressing" and tokens who lend cover for the racists in their party.


Tim Scott has been a senator for a while, and he does not have the greatest track record, but I will give Mia Love and Will Hurd a chance to prove my suspicions wrong.


Hopefully, two years from now, I will be writing about all the positive aspects of their ascendancy to congress, and not how, like Clarence Thomas and those of his ilk, they are doing more to hurt people of color than to help them.
 
"Scott is positioned to become Congress’s leading advocate for reform of a broken public education system that is failing too many children. With nearly half of black students dropping out of high school, there is a desperate need for new ideas in the Senate on education.


Similarly, Love, as mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, focused on bringing more jobs to town. With black unemployment nationally over 11 percent, Love’s voice and her ideas for economic development create new opportunities for black Democrats to do business with Republicans.
Hurd’s CIA experience as an undercover officer in the Middle East brings a black man’s perspective to debates on dealing with Muslim extremists.


To be clear, it is up to Scott, Love and Hurd to be more than window dressing for a GOP with a major problem as a party defined by the anger of older, white, conservative men.
But they’ve beaten the odds so far. I’m rooting for them to do it again."

Nothing wrong with "rooting for them", Juan. Just don't be too disappointed if they drop the ball.


Remember, there are some other folks "rooting for them" as well.




Finally, the state of Missouri has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the grand jury verdict in Ferguson.




Michael Brown's family attorney says that the governor of that state is "preparing for war" and he is concerned that the governor's actions will incite what is sure to be an already angry crowd if the grand jury does not indict Officer Darren Wilson.


My money says there will be no indictment, but we will see.


And speaking of Officer Wilson, forget the Michael Brown incident for a minute, apparently this guy is just  not a very good police officer.



"The Ferguson, Missouri officer who killed an unarmed 18-year-old is featured in an online video taken by a man who said Darren Wilson unlawfully arrested him and violated his rights.


The 15-second video shows an officer alleged to be Wilson in uniform in the middle of a conversation with resident Mike Arman, who made the brief recording.


Resident Mike The video begins with Arman asking the officer his name, and Wilson replies, "If you wanna take a picture of me one more time, I'm going to lock your a-- up."
Arman replies he is not taking a picture but recording the incident, then Wilson walks several feet toward him.


Arman asks Wilson if he has the right to record the incident and Wilson replies "no" and says "come on" as the video comes to a shaky end.


The video shows only a small glimpse of the encounter but Arman writes in the description of the video posted Friday that Wilson violated his First Amendment rights, arrested him unlawfully and lied on the police report." [Source]




Mr. Arman, at least you are alive to tell your story. Consider yourself lucky.














Sunday, November 16, 2014

The laughter has stopped for "America's dad".

This post is going to be tough for me, because the person I am going to post about in a less than positive light has done some good things for his community and his race in the past. I know, because I have met the man and seen some of the good things that he has done first hand.




Having said that, it has been painful to watch the slow decline of "America's Dad".




If what is being alleged about the Cos is true, he deserves to be taken down, because no one, no matter how rich and famous, is above the law.




We have all heard the whispers for years, and for those of us who live in his hometown the whispers have been louder. It took a comedian putting him on blast on a national stage and one of his accusers going public on CNN (and penning an op-ed for the Washington Post) for us to start getting a peek at the alleged skeletons in Bill Cosby's closet again. 




Some folks have been saying that the man is a hypocrite all along. This is the same guy, they argue, who has been telling black folks to get their family life right and telling young black men to pull their pants up and get their stuff together. And yet there he was allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting multiple women. "Do as I say not what I do."  




For the record, I agree with a lot of what Cosby was preaching about. When he talked about personal responsibility and taking back our neighborhoods and homes, he was on point. When he was going from city to city and facing down black men with a message of responsibility, I was with him as well.
Sadly, his message will be lost now, because the messenger might be flawed.




The shunning has already begun. Letterman canceled his appearance and so did Queen Latifah. NPR confronted him about the rape allegations as well, and he remained silent. (In Bill Cosby's case silence is most definitely not golden.) The only person coming to Cosby's defense these days is Rush Limbaugh. Which, given his disdain for the fairer sex, is not at all surprising. "It's not like he did it yesterday".  Oh the mind of a wingnut.


Anyway, here is my advice to Cos: Book an hour on Oprah's couch and have a heart to heart in prime time.


If he really did what he is being accused of he needs to come clean. The statute of limitations is 12 years in Pennsylvania (not sure what it is in New York) for crimes such as this so he would be out of the legal woods. At least as far as the alleged crimes committed in Pennsylvania is concerned.


If what is being alleged is true, he needs to look into the camera and apologize to each and every woman he assaulted and beg for their forgiveness. He needs to ask America to forgive him as well. Especially black America. ----All those speeches and all that finger pointing.   


He should also vow to spend the rest of his life giving to causes that support women in abusive relationships and supporting them with his money and his time.


If what is alleged is not true, he should say so. And he should cry real tears to Oprah and tell her and the country why he thinks the women that he was involved with might all feel this way.


"Comedian Bill Cosby will not comment on "discredited" accusations of sexual assault that have resurfaced in recent weeks against him, his lawyer said on Sunday.


Allegations that Cosby, 77, drugged and sexually assaulted several young women decades ago gained renewed attention after comedian Hannibal Buress called him a rapist during a stand-up comedy routine last month.


"Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced," said John P. Schmitt, Cosby's attorney, in a statement. "The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true."


Neither Cosby nor his representatives will comment further on the allegations, Schmitt added."


Mr. Schmitt, I am sorry to hear that.