Sunday, February 28, 2010

Congressman Claims Today's Abortion Hurts Blacks More Than Slavery

Abortion policy is more damaging to the Black community than slavery? Really Congressman Franks? Really? Check it out around 6:15

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Fall Back

Idle Warship has a banger with this one...

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Tell Us How You Really Feel...

You know, between Hillary Clinton's comments about Robert Kennedy's assassination in 1968 as a reason for staying in the presidential race...

...and this person's comments on Fox News,

some real feelings are starting to bubble up to the surface. Now I'm not saying I know what it's the hearts of folks, but what I am saying is the tongues are getting real slippery these days. Reeeaaalll slippery. This kind of stuff is going to intensify as we get closer to the election day (assuming Obama is the Democratic nominee).

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Who's the Master?

I am realizing, once again, the lack of actual political clout of the Black community. Over the past couple of weeks, Barack Obama has been bending over backwards to demonstrate his love and support for the state of Israel. Why is it, I ask myself, that a presidential candidate must pass an Israel litmus test? It seems it is not enough to support Israel, as Barack Obama has done vociferously for quite some time (check the man's website), one has to love and be enthusiastic about supporting Israel unconditionally. How does it make sense that to be president of this nation, you have to unequivocally support another nation? I'm a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Would it make sense that I have to be enthusiastic about Kappa Alpha Psi to be president of Alpha?

Really, this disgusts me. I am disgusted because I personally believe there are serious injustices that are being overlooked within Israel. Now, before anyone reading this gets bent out of shape, I don't think that Israel should be destroyed or wiped off the map or anything like that. But I do think it's patently absurd to crush critical thought, stomp critique, and give unconditional support to a nation, party, idea, etc. without question. That's just dumb. And it pains me to see Obama doing this dance to satisfy a slice of the electorate or some other country as whole, when he's been supporting them out his behind in the first place. I disagreed with Obama's views on Middle East policy as it was, but now it's like he's dancing for massa, proving loyalty to Israel - IT'S A DIFFERENT COUNTRY. Not even Great Britain gets this kind of love.

So how does this relate to the Black community? Well, obviously the Jewish community has some serious clout (although, I think it's fair and necessary to say that not every Jewish American unconditionally supports all of Israel's actions). How else can a group that's less than 3% of the U.S. population dictate to candidates what they can and cannot say and do on foreign policy with respect to the Middle East? The Black community, at around 12% of the U.S. population, can't even smell this kind of political power. When the Sean Bell verdict was delivered, did Barack Obama say that this is an injustice? Did he even say that police brutality against Black folk has historically been problem? No. He just said something about judge's decision, respecting the law, blah blah blah.

I don't fault the Jewish community for carrying a big stick. Don't hate the player, hate the game, right? What bothers me is that Black folk (myself included) are supporting this dude with unprecedented effort yet we're not getting an equivalent return on our investment, and have less and less of a guarantee of any return. We're watching this guy, "our" candidate, dance for other folks, when he isn't even really trying to earn Black votes. The really sad part is that he doesn't even have to, we'll give him our vote on the promise of hope.

Such audacity.

It's not just the Jewish community and Israel. The news media keeps talking about how he's not getting the so-called "White working class" vote. Why isn't it a problem that Hillary Clinton isn't getting the Black vote? She's not even trying either.

How do we continually give candidates such overwhelming support for absolutely nothing in return? Nothing. At all. Democrats don't even have to try, they know we'll come out like sheep for them. It's disgusting. You know what? Jewish Americans typically vote Democrat as well - but there are concrete hoops to jump through. Promises must be made. And don't you dare say anything even remotely critical of Israel. Shoot, unless you don't show your undying love and support with every fiber of your being then you're not making the cut.

We know, for a fact, that the criminal justice system is broken and disproportionately incarcerates young Black men, which further closes windows of opportunity for them. We know that Black communities all across the country are under assault from gentrification in the name of "progress." We know that public schools in Black communities are not operating at an acceptable level. Why isn't either Democratic candidate addressing these issues? Because WE ARE NOT FORCING THEM TO DO IT.

Why should they, if they can get the milk without the cow? And I was one of those same folk who said that Obama has to play the game, can't been seen as addressing "Black issues" because then White people won't vote for him. But you know what? Other people are getting their issues and agenda taken care of. What sense does it make to hold back on our issues so that a preferred candidate can win with a mandate of not addressing our issues? This is lunacy. It's crazy.

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

What is really good with Rev. Wright?

Seriously though, what is really good?

Why does your man have to be all up in the spotlight?

There's a time to rise up, and there's a time to fall back.

This is a time to fall back.

I don't think that Rev. Wright is crazy. I don't think he's off the fall. I don't necessarily disagree with what he says. But the fact of the matter is that this is not the time to be making national speeches and gettin' confrontational - even if he is right.

Time to fall back.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Cops Got 99 Problems But the Law Ain't One - Pt. 2

I was so mad the other day, I had to put somethin' down. Nod to Jay on this one...

if you got legal trouble / I feel bad for you son / cops got 99 problems but the law ain’t one

they got the / Black hood hold / on gat patrol / best ta watch ya back / ‘fore your life gets stole / you could be comin’ home / to your vestibule / fill up your whole buildin’ / and your chest with holes / don’t try to touch your wallet / don’t need no ID / niggas is all the same / “yup” / that’s all they see / you could be / on the block / just mindin’ your business / undercovers roll up / and you’re on their hitlist / don’t say no to drugs / Patrick Dorismond did / in just a brief flash / they took a father from his kids / this crap has been / happenin’ / for hundreds of years / Black mothers done cried / so many millions of tears / if you didn’t understand son / the message is clear / if a cop shoots a nigga / he got nothin’ to fear / and we gon’ keep marchin’ ‘till it’s over and done / cops got 99 problems but the law ain’t one

if you got legal trouble / I feel bad for you son / cops got 99 problems but the law ain’t one

the DA might charge ‘em / no worries – they walk / the police run the streets / that’s how we do in New York / no civil rights / no privacy / but maybe if you’re lucky / get a courtesy “FREEZE” / there’s one perspective / there’s only one view / and if you ain’t got a badge / then nigga it ain’t you / this ain’t no lie / every word here is true / and if you don’t believe me son / just ask Ahmadu / my heart goes out to the wife of Sean Bell / matrimonial heaven to criminal justice hell / yeah some of them was Black / but really it’s just as well / the only color is blue / it gets you right of jail / what are we to do? / when the prosecution fails / justice goes unserved / the end of too many tales / it’s kinda funny / and maybe I can’t tell / but when the perp is poor and Black / they seem to do pretty well / and we gon’ keep fightin’ ‘till it’s over and done / cops got 99 problems but the law ain’t one

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Cops Got 99 Problems But the Law Ain't One

All three police police officers involved in killing Sean Bell were acquitted of all charges.

This is a grievous injustice. A grievous injustice.

The judges decision in this case is an affirmation of the unfortunate notions that Black lives are not of importance. It also affirms the unfortunate notion that the life of police officer has more value than a non-police officer, especially if that person has ever associated with any illegal element.

It's a sad, sad day.

See, it's not just about Sean Bell - it's about Patrick Dorismond. It's about Amadou Diallo. It's about Anthony Baez. It's about Timothy Stansbury.

No accountablity. None.

Yes, we must respect officers for putting their lives on the line, but having a badge does not give you free license to kill innocent people

But, I guess according to the law, it does.

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