Racism in the Romney Camp

Today, October 4th, 2012, the co-chairman of the Willard Mitt Romney campaign said that the president of the United States is not only incompetent, but also “lazy”.  That co-chair is former governor John Sanunu

The level of disrespect of this president has reached new highs.  I expect Fox News to sound the dog whistle, but when prominent members of the Republican party engage in racist dog whistles, then we should understand there we are looking at one of two things.  Either we are looking at the end of the Republican party or we are looking at the end of the United States.

The leadership of the Republican party is evil and stupid.  First let’s talk about stupid.  In 2012 we understand that within 30 years the majority of the people in America will be like the majority of the people on this planet – that is the majority will be people of color.  If the Republican party wants to keep alienating people of color through their own racists fears then they will find themselves extinct or living in a 3rd world country.  Most of these people are well-traveled.  They’ve been to places like South Africa where the white people live in fear of retribution by the majority, whom they have abused for the last few centuries.  Whites in SA live behind barbed wire fences and race out of their driveways for fear of being carjacked.  Is that the America that the GOP wants?  Because if they continue to be the racist, shortsighted evil lying bullies that they are today that is the America they will get tomorrow.

Why do I say they are evil?  Simply because they have continuously taken they Ayn Rand approach to life and put their own greed and ambitions ahead of the lives of American citizens.  Nixon (or his people) contacted the Vietnamese and asked them to hold off negotiating peace with LB Johnson – that he would give them a better deal when elected.  Reagan did the same thing with the hostages in Iran.  GW Bush did the same thing with Iraq.  All of them were happy to put American lives on the line for their own ambitions.

 

So what would a president Romney do?  Well look at his legacy.  Look at the flip flops and look at the kind of people he allows to represent him.  Is this really the America that we want?  Will this man and his racist flunkys help move us toward a More Perfect Union?  I think not.  Shame on Mr. Romney, shame on Fox News and Sanunu and shame on America if they elect this soulless man.

Brave New Voices – An Illustration of our Youth Waking Up

I have had the privilege of visiting South Africa.  While there I made a documentary and my question to all of the young people that I interviewed was this: “if you had one wish that would come true, what would it be?”  One young man, about the age of 20 at the time said, “I wish that we black people could change the way we think about ourselves”.

The other day, I was talking to an African American woman in her forties.  I’ve known her for awhile, but not known her well.  We ended up talking about the president and she said, “I don’t trust him”.  I asked her why not.  She went on to say that she didn’t trust any politician, not Romney either.  Okay, but I wanted more specifics about President Obama.  The FIRST specific that she gave me was…she wasn’t sure that he was born in America!!!! That’s right. I kid you not.  An African American would have to be in full flight from the realities of racism in this country to believe for one second that an African American could even think about running for president without every stone being unturned in a vetting process that would make Hoover seem tame by comparison. (see Herman Cain)  This woman actually thought that an African American man could wield that type of power – so that a Republican Governor would put his reputation on the line protecting then Senator Obama.  I’m still not clear on how the governor would gain by doing that – but let’s not let logic get in the way of some good old fashioned denial.

Here are some young ladies who have their eyes wide open to the realities of living in America while being black.

 

Obamacare is constitutional

OBAMACARE is good

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Watching very closely the coverage of this historic ruling.  President Obama is the FIRST president in modern history to get a health care law put into place.  Will he get the credit deserved or will the usual disrespect that permeates the political discourse these days continue?  I will be watching and writing in the next couple of days.

Tulsa Masacre 2012

You know, there’s something about Oklahoma.  I’ve only been there once and I have no intentions on ever going there again. There is a spirit that lingers over Oklahoma; it is oppressive and smothering.  Perhaps it is a result of the staggering racial violence that has taken place on Oklahoma grounds.  Perhaps it is because white Oklahoma attempted to erase this history from its history books.  Whatever the reason the result is real – an oppressive spirit that can zap the joy out of people who are sensitive to it.  (For those who don’t know the history of Black Wallstreet – Google it)  In a nutshell:  WWI-era white racist came back from the war poor and tired.  They saw the prosperity of Greenwood and decided that “niggers” could not live better than whites.  Then it was the same ‘ole story that we’ve heard so many times that we could write the script in our sleep.  A black man was accused of touching a white woman, smiling at a white woman or something.  What ever it was the charges were trumped up.  A mob mentality ensued ending in a literal war against the residents of Greenwood.  White racists used crop dusters to fire bomb Greenwood, they went in on foot and massacred the residents.  The governor, who knew what was going on, did not send in the National Guard until basically the town had been destroyed.  Compensation and acknowledgement of this government-sanctioned massacre did not occur until the 1990′s!

Fast forward to the present.  Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32 thought it was their right to, once again, massacre African American men.  On Friday, April 6, 2012 – these two demonic racists – drove up and down the streets of a predominately African American neighborhood in Tulsa, shot and killed 3 random men who happened to be out walking.  They wounded another two.  The executed are: Dannaer Fields, 49, Bobby Clark, 54, and William Allen, 31.  The press has not released the names of the two who are wounded.  Unlike with Trayvon Martin, the local police did the right thing and arrested these two hoodlums even though Oklahoma does have the stupid stand your ground law.  Will the mainstream media pick this up?  Will we finally get to have an honest dialogue about racism that isn’t the surface crap that Soledad O’Brien tends to create?  My money says, “NO”.

It is my belief that the election of President Obama has led to an increase in racial violence and police brutality.  White males feel threatened by the reality that their days of being the majority are quickly coming to an end.  What people of color must do is take a lesson from South Africa where white men have always been in the minority but some how still held all of the power.  We must be very deliberate in making sure that our children are well-educated and ready to take on the careers of the future.  Otherwise America will surely slip further into the economic territory similar to a developing nation.

American Police Allow the Execution of African American Men

I cried again tonight as I learned that two men of color, one African American and one Latino, Terrence Williams and Felipe Santos, appear to have been executed and are at least  missing for the past 8-9 years.  The main suspect, a cop named Steve Calkins.  Why is it that white people have so little regard for the humanness of people of color?  Why is it that no matter what continent they land, they seem to believe that they have the right to rule over and decimate the ingenious culture?  Why?

OBAMACARE – What is at Stake?

OBAMACARE is good

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We have done a piss poor job messaging the benefits of this VERY conservative health care law.  Here are a few of the major highlights – I will update this later with documentation that what is being disputed right now in the Supreme Court was a Republican idea…until Obama agreed, then it became a bad idea.

WATCH AS ROMNEY EXPLAINS HOW HE WILL GET RID OF OBAMACARE AND REPLACE IT WITH OBAMACARE

1.  You cannot be denied insurance for a pre-existing condition (this has already kicked in for children)

2.  Women cannot be charged more simply because they are women

3.  Preventive care is now covered with no co-pay including physicals and you don’t have to wait 12 months to get one.  (We’ve had a cancer screening cost us $1400 AFTER our employer-based insurance paid for what they were going to pay for)

4.  It closed the medicare donut hole for prescription drugs for seniors

5.  Small businesses that provide health insurance will receive a generous tax credit

6.  Young adults can stay on their parents insurance until 26 years of age.  It will revert back to 18-19 unless your kids are in college full-time.

7.  It will end life-time limits.  God forbid your child is born with diabetes or some other life-long illness this will prevent insurance companies from capping coverage which could easily happen by the time the child is a young adult.

8.  Finally, the individual mandate will bring our costs down because we will no longer be paying for folks who use the emergency room as their primary care physician.

If the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) rules against this bill, it will have a devastating impact on a lot of families.  Most of those picketing outside of the court are benefiting from this bill and don’t realize it or won’t admit it.

There are TWO things you can do to prevent the reversal of this bill

1.  PRAY REGULARLY THAT THE SCOTUS RULES IN FAVOR OF THIS BILL.  

2.  Donate, get involved, get out the vote, and vote for Democrats in your home state and federally.  Remember it is the GOP politicians at the state level that took this bill to court.

 

UPDATE

A CBS/NYT survey from 2010 found that while most Republican oppose Obamacare they like …overwhelmingly the parts of the plan, in some cases by as much as 87%!!!  The reason that the GOP base doesn’t like Obamacare is because they have been told not to.

 

TRAYVON MARTIN-Justice and Other Insurmountable Goals

I knew that it wouldn’t be long before the media found some kind of “dirt” on Trayvon Martin and decided that is was relevant to the case.  Fortunately, we have the 911 tapes that irradiate any attempt to brush off Trayvon as some wayward gangsta apprentice out to make a name for himself and poor little Zimmerman just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

THE STORY

For those who haven’t been paying attention, here is a quick summary.  Trayvon Martin and his dad were visiting friends and/or family members in a gated community.  During the half-time of the evening basketball game, Trayvon walked to the local convenience store to purchase snacks.  On his way back to the house, armed with a cell phone, Skittles, and an iced tea, he was spotted by George Zimmerman.  Zimmerman has been reported as being the neighborhood watch (some reports say he was self-appointed).  Zimmerman, for the nearly 48th time in a 24-month period, calls the police to report “suspicious behavior”.  According to the 911 tapes, Zimmerman watches Trayvon walk home while talking on his cell phone.  Zimmerman tells the police that Trayvon appears to be on drugs.  (A toxicology report came back negative.)  Zimmerman leaves his car and follows Trayvon.  The police dispatcher asks him not to and Zimmerman says “okay”.  Between the ‘okay’ and Trayvon hanging up with his girlfriend, Zimmerman comes in contact with Trayvon and the end result is that Trayvon Martin is dead.

The 911 tapes reveal that Zimmerman did not witness Trayvon doing anything wrong. (not that “doing something wrong” would give Zimmerman the right to kill)  They reveal that Zimmerman has already prosecuted Trayvon in his own mind.  Additionally, enhancements of the audio reveals that Zimmerman probably called Trayvon a F’ ing Coon.  Zimmerman told the police it was self defense.  The lead homicide investigator says he didn’t really believe Zimmerman and wanted to arrest him for at least manslaughter.  That investigator’s decision was over-ridden by higher ups.  Zimmerman was allowed to leave the scene, go home with his gun, and wash his clothes.  Meanwhile Trayvon lay in a morgue for 3 days as a John Doe while his parents try and find out what happened to him.

I want Zimmerman arrested.  I want the tapes thoroughly enhanced and played for a jury.  If he did indeed said coon, I want him tried and convicted of a hate crime.

INSURMOUNTABLE GOALS

Only a few in the mainstream media have touched on the real issue here.  While we all grieve that a young life was taken before it really began – the sad fact is that it will happen again, and again, and again.  Why?  Because systematic, institutionalized racism will allow white men to believe that they can kill black men with impunity.  Instituationlized racism allows teachers to kill the dreams of our kids while their still in elementary school. Institutionalized racism will allow the police to devalue the life of an African American and taking another man’s “word for it”.  Institutionalized racism will kill African American men and women far too close to their prime because the stress of dealing with racism on a daily basis wears them down to the bone.

WHEN ARE WE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THAT?!?

The other night I watched MSNBC interview this mealy-mouthed reporter from an Orlando newspaper.  She wrote an article stating that Trayvon Martin was on suspension from school because a plastic bag was found in his backpack that might have once contained marijuana.  The reporter dismissed the accusation that the article was put out by the Sanford police department to try and paint Trayvon as a gangsta apprentice deserving to get shot.  She said that the suspension was “irrelevant to the case”.  When asked then why was it printed – she had no answer.

THE REAL CONVERSATION

Racism school suspensionWhen the press released that Trayvon has been suspended they neglected to mention that a recent study ,conducted by UCLA, the University of Colorado, and the National Education Policy Center, illuminates the fact that African American boys and girls get suspended twice as often for the SAME OFFENSE.  For instance, the study shows that 30% of African American students caught using a cell phone were suspended vs. 17% of white offenders.  Moreover, white students were usually suspended for easily documented offenses; vandalism, cheating, etc.  While most African Americans were suspended for subjective offenses; e.g. being disrespectful, being loud, etc.  One of the final points of this study eradicates the myth that children of color are suspended more often because they misbehave more often.

Why is this okay?  Why is it okay for teachers to disproportionately render harsh punitive actions against children of color while letting their white counter parts off with a slap on the wrist?  Where is the outrage?  Where are the protests?  Is it because no one has died because of this?  Or have they?

KILL THEM BEFORE THEY LIVE

If we as a people, we as a country, we as a community, fought for the seemingly small things, those small everyday incidences of racism; then perhaps Trayvon Martin would still be with us today.  If we fought for our kids the way we fight for a promotion, perhaps more of our kids would graduate from high school and more importantly from college.  What must it do to the self-esteem of our children to always be seen as a suspect?!?

According to the U.S. Justice Department and the FBI, arrests and/or detainment of youths of color for drug related offenses is significantly higher than that of whites. (Most African Americans are incarcerated for non-violent drug offenses)  African American youth make up 17% of all American youth, yet they made up 47% of arrests and/or detainments for drug possesion in 2005; even though, according to the Juvenile Department of Justice, the amount of drug use among children of color is the same as it is among white youth.  However, the punitive penalties for the drug use is disproportionately aimed at children of color.Racism in the juvenile justice system

If we as a people, we as a country, we as a community, demanded that the justice system end it’s systematic discrimination against our kids, perhaps Trayvon would be with us today.  The widely-held belief among white folks that racism, bias, discrimination is an anomaly perpetrated by some nut job (George Zimmerman) and that normal folks judge by the contents of their character is patently false.  And as long as we, people of color, walk on egg shells, live in denial, and allow 60% of America to believe in a lie, there will be 100 more Trayvon Martin’s shot dead in the street, guilty of walking while being Black.

UPDATE:

Zimmerman’s father is a local supreme court judge (may be retired) and his mother works for the judicial system also.  Is this the reason why Zimmerman has been allowed to murder (by all accounts) with impunity?
THE ARREST

 

SOME SOURCES

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/van-jones/are-blacks-a-criminal-rac_b_8398.html

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-lausd-data-20120306,0,5809582.story

http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/10/black_students_suspended_from_schools_for_minor_infractions_more_often_than_whites_says_a_new_report.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/14/education/14suspend.html

Obama 2012 – The Racism of the 2010 Tea Party Movement is Unacceptable

2012 is too important to stand idly by and allow those who operate from a place of fear to take “back” our country.  The term conservative is defined as:  disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc.,or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change.  I don’t see how any person of color could want to “restore” traditional institutions.  I don’t want to GO BACK to anything.  I want to leave a better America for my children and grandchildren.  That means that we cannot be polite about racism.  We have to call it what it is and if someone gets uncomfortable it is probably because you’ve tapped into something that they need to deal with in their own souls.  Let’s look at what 2010 got us when we thought that President Obama should be able to work miracles with little or no help from us.

WHO Believes in a Phony Theology? : The Theology of Racism

GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum has postulated that President Obama operates from a “phony theology”.  Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, intimated that President Obama is a Muslim by birth.  It is interesting that all of these “so-called” Christians and Evangelicals are operating from a racist theology.  A theology that goes against what Franklin’s own father has said:

Racial and ethnic hatred is a sin, and we need to label it as such. Jesus told his disciples to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:39); and in reply to the question, “Who is my neighbor?” He responded with a pointed parable about a good Samaritan, a member of a despis

ed race (Luke 10:25-37). Racism is a sin precisely because it keeps us from obeying God’s command to love our neighbor, and because it has its roots in pride and arrogance.

Christians who harbor racism in their attitudes or actions are not following their Lord at this point, for Christ came to bring reconciliation – reconciliation between us and God, and reconciliation between each other. He came to accept us as we are, whoever we are, “from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Rev. 5:9).

The Bible says to judge a tree by the fruit that it bears.  In other words you may call yourself a Christian all you want, but that doesn’t mean anything.  What do you do?  The Bible reads: “..Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it…”  Rick Santorum, Mr. Devout Christian does not tithe.  (tithe literally means one-tenth”).  Of course this chart does not prove that President Obama nor Mitt Romney necessarily tithe.  However this chart does tell us that they are giving enough to tithe.  Some Christian churches allow congregants to apply a portion of their tithe to any non-profits that are doing work to help others and would also be considered “Kingdom-friendly”.

Franklin Graham, Rick Santorum, Fox News, Newt Gingrich have been using coded racist language throughout this election season.  Rick Santorum painting President Obama as “the other” and a non-Christian with his phony theology statement is indicative of his playing into racist sentiments among his electorate and his lack of true Christian values.

 

One Voice Can Turn Into Thousands: Get the Bigots Off the Air

We do have the power to bring about change. WE elected the first president/leader of African decent of a westernized country! And now it’s time to STOP THE HATE. THE URBAN REVOLUTION’S purpose is to help change the way people of color are portrayed in all forms of media and thus how they are treated in every day life. A prosperous future of the United States is intrinsically tied to an equitable distribution of wealth and knowledge among ALL Americans. To this end, what we can do today – is to systematically eliminate the HATE from our airwaves. Enemy #1 Rush Limbaugh.

To strengthen our resolve, Black Kos helped remind me of what we have already accomplished.  Let’s take a look at what we were able to do with the help of organizations like:  ColorofChange, Media Matters, the Southern Poverty Law Center.