Monday, December 9, 2013
I am posting this song by the late, great, Gil Scott- Heron in honor of the late, great, Nelson Mandela.
"An ideal for which I am prepared to die" Mandela made this statement from the dock at the opening of his trial on charges of sabotage, Supreme court of South Africa, Pretoria, April 20 1964
Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela and Gil Scott- Heron, you left our world a better place.
Friday, December 6, 2013
From the dancing and singing, people are expressing their celebration of a life but also keep a spirit alive – a spirit of hope and reconciliation.Par for the course when an African American leader dies the mainstream media counts on us having collective, cultural amnesia as they whitewash (pun intended) how republicans really felt about Nelson Mandela, what he stood for, and why Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27years.
Mandela was a political activist and agitator. He did not shy away from controversy and he did not seek — or obtain — universal approval. Before and after his release from prison, he embraced an unabashedly progressive and provocative platform. As one commentator put it shortly after the announcement of the freedom fighter’s death, “Mandela will never, ever be your minstrel. Over the next few days you will try so, so hard to make him something he was not, and you will fail. You will try to smooth him, to sandblast him, to take away his Malcolm X. You will try to hide his anger from view.”I almost feel sorry for Ted Cruz who got trashed by his fan base for having the nerve to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela on face book. Bill O'Riellly and the other Lords of Loud won't make the same mistake.
While Senator Cruz appears to be taking the high road for once in his political life, his Facebook commenters would not let the Tea Party favorite get away with stepping out of their pure ideological line. Praising Mandela was a step too far for Cruz fans and the ugliness, historical inaccuracies, and racism in the comments on the post should serve as an illustration that the tea party as a serious political entity has jumped the shark.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
― Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom
Thursday, December 5, 2013
this is the fox panel discussing a campaign on white privilege #withoutcomment pic.twitter.com/DgOZlQKV
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) February 20, 2013
Token Black RNC Spokesman: "What Exactly Has the President Done for the Black Community. More to the point, what has the RNC done to, I mean, for the Blacks?
What has the GOP done for blacks?
Cutting food stamps
Cutting Pell Grants
Denying health care
Bankrupting Detroit, Governor cut back block grants to Detroit
Gutting Head Start
Enriching charter school administrators
Spending more on prisons than education
GOP achievement that they are so proud of.
Race card: Something white people say when they want to belittle black folks problems.
Media Is Growing More White, but don't tell anyone.
As the American Society of Newspaper Editors has reported, racial and ethnic minorities make up less than 13 percent of newsroom employees. Minority ownership of television stations hovers around 3 percent, while radio station ownership is at 7 percent, despite the fact that the minority population of the U.S. is roughly 28 percent.RedEye tiptoeing away from the computer to go play cards....
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
In the interest of full disclosure I am a win or lose, die heart Auburn Tiger fan, that said, I am not a die heart Auburn Tiger fanatic. My Daddy used to say some body's got to win, some body's got to lose, and if you can't stand to lose, don't play the game. Evidently some (not to be confused with all) Alabama fanatics (not to be confused with fans) didn't get the memo because the after math of this years Iron Bowl is even more shocking and awful.
Unless you've been living in a hole in the ground over the past few days you are aware of the War Damn Miracle at Jordan Hare, where the Tigers of Auburn topped the Crimson Tide of Alabama in literally the last second of the game. I won't bore you with another replay of what happened because I want to talk about what happened after the game. All I'm going to say is some (not to be confused with all) Bama fans (not to be confused with fanatics) take being sore losers all the way to the top floor and them some.
First, Alabama fans take to twitter, to unleash death threats towards Kicker after loss to Auburn, but here's the kicker (pun intended), they lashed out at the wrong Kicker. YeeHaw!
All it takes is a quick Twitter search to reveal homophobic, vile hate speech (which won't be linked to, since this is a family website), death threats and any number of other disgusting insults being tossed Foster's way.If that wasn't bad enough, a young woman was shot and killed by another young woman allegedly because because the victim didn't seem properly upset because Alabama lost the game. Here's the kicker (pun intended), The red, republican, controlled Alabama state legislature passed a new open carry gun laws this year, but it's illegal to bring a weapon into sporting events or other public places (I wonder why?), but you can leave it in your car/truck/RV in the parking lot.
God, guns, alcohol and football rule in Alabama, not necessarily in that order.
Introspection is necessary because this national gravitational pull toward football in Alabama took place fifty-eight years to the day (give or take a day) that Rosa Parks entered history and would not be moved from her bus seat in nearby Montgomery. Fifty-eight years ago in the storied Southeastern Conference, the only way an African-American player could get on the field would be to tend to the grounds. Yet on Saturday millions of Alabama viewers and an overwhelmingly white crowd of damn near 100,000 people crowded the stands shouting themselves hoarse for two teams that are overwhelmingly African-American.
War Damn Eagle
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism. pic.twitter.com/uxIj1QmtkU
— RNC (@GOP) December 1, 2013
The Republican National Committee claimed in a tweet that racism is dead, “Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism.”
And then they corrected it with “Previous tweet should have read ‘Today we remember Rose Parks’ bold stand and her role in fighting to end racism.’ Apparently someone informed them that contrary to their PR push, minorities are still insisting that racism exists.
Hear Rosa Parks in her own voice, in her own words describing what happened on December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, AL.
Today's Must Read
If Only Rosa Parks had an AR15 and 100 Round Mag
I wonder if Rosa Parks had boarded the bus armed with an AR 15 and 100 rounds of ammunition would the bus driver have ordered her to give up her seat in the "colored" section so a white man could sit down? What if she had jut stood her ground with an AR15? As a matter of fact, there probably wouldn't have been a "colored" section if black folks had exercised their 2nd amendment rights. Oh wait....black folks don't have 2nd amendment rights back then. Big Snark
Racism has ended my Donkey.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
By David J. Krajicek for WhoWhatWhy
Columbiana, Alabama—In his first interview since he was jailed last month for contempt of court, Alabama journalist Roger Shuler said he will stay behind bars indefinitely rather than comply with a judge’s “unlawful” order to scrub his blog of scandalous stories he posted about a powerful Alabama politician’s son.
|Roger Shuler on Jail Videophone|
“Free press, free speech, the First Amendment—none of this means anything to these people,” Shuler said. “I don’t see any reason I should remove the material. Is a person obliged to take an action based on a judge’s unlawful order?”
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere~Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.