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28/02/14 Black Media , Black News , ybw #

Say What? CNN’s Don Lemon: ‘Yesterday, Obama Became the Black President’

Say What? CNN’s Don Lemon: ‘Yesterday, Obama Became the Black President’

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by Yvette Carnell

Earlier today, I shared how deflating it was to watch a bemused Don Lemon gush over President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative yesterday on air, while reporting for CNN:

CNN’s Don Lemon, who went out of his way to cosign Fox News Bill O’Reilly’s pathologizing of black culture, and recently gave his blessing to the NYPD’s stop and frisk program, was front and center, choking up at President Obama having offered a helping hand to black boys. It was irksome to watch these two black men, Obama and Lemon, who’ve so vastly misunderstood how, with their finger wagging rhetoric, they’ve both been used as tools to thwart the forward momentum of any legislative action that could have actually provided a solid foundation for black youth.

If you haven’t had a chance to listen to Lemon explain himself, listen now:

According to Lemon, Obama became a black president yesterday. In Lemon’s mind, President Obama fulfilled his promise to black people, and walked into his melanin casing by becoming Fundraiser-In-Chief. Lemon, as usual, isn’t at his best when he’s attempting to digest political outcomes or implications.

Think about it: Why couldn’t Obama’s initiative have been paired with a legislative effort? Even if Obama had lost, it wouldn’t have appeared that he was depending solely on private money to help African American boys. Defeat is something I can stomach. Losing your will to fight? Not so much.

Young black men need a champion in the White House. And even though they’ve had a black man as president over the past six years, they’ve never had a president who has governed with them in mind. What can Obama do now? He can fight for the comprehensive economic recovery act that he didn’t fight for in 2009, with key provisions which fund black youth. Win or lose, he should make the case and take it to America , especially considering the impact that the minimum wage economy is having on all Americans. If that doesn’t work, then he can do his charity thingy post 2016. But win or lose, he should fight for us.

But there’s also something even more dangerous here, slithering around the edges unnoticed. What lies ahead once charity becomes viewed as an adequate substitute for government intervention? This is what Umair Haque describes as neofeudalism, where we all exist at the kindness of wealthy benefactors. It is the supplanting of gov’t at the behest of privatization.

What you see with Obama, and to a lesser extent Cory Booker, is the handing over of government responsibility to private charity and enterprise. That is something that Lemon and other members of the press peanut gallery haven’t even touched upon.

 

 

 

 

 

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28/02/14 Black News , Opinion , ybw #

Yes, Obama, Black Parents Do Have a Responsibility, But What’s the Responsibility of Black Presidents?

Yes, Obama, Black Parents Do Have a Responsibility, But What’s the Responsibility of Black Presidents?

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by Yvette Carnell

In 2010, my heart sunk as I can across the Business Insider headline, This Was the Worst Day of Obama’s Presidency. It was my first realization that the mainstream media had finally glimpsed the Obama that existed behind all the Madison Ave. “brand” marketing.

During one of his first real fights with Republicans, President Obama couldn’t muster the fortitude to manage the troops or the message, so Obama, a second string politician, brought in the big guns–Bill Clinton–to save the day.  “With Bernie Sanders speaking on the Senate floor about the tax deal, and then the incident where he got pushed out of the briefing room by Bill Clinton, Obama has never seemed smaller or less relevant,” wrote Business Insider’s Joe Weisenthal.

Weisenthal was wrong about one thing though, since he predicted that Obama had nowhere to go but up. Obama’s star hasn’t stopped falling, and for me, rock bottom came yesterday, as the President of the United States of America announced “My Brother’s Keeper”, a charity and non-compulsory initiative to aid black boys. We elected a president who promised transformation, but instead, we got a man who held an afternoon press event for the sole purpose of rendering black boys a national charity case.

In his article “What the Hell Is Obama’s Presidency For?”, Gary Younge observed that during his presidency, LBJ would “sign the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, launch the war on poverty and introduce Medicaid (medical assistance for low-income families) and Medicare (for seniors). That’s what his presidency was for.”

But Obama is no LBJ, and today, we saw Obama morph before our very eyes, transforming himself from Commander-In-Chief to Fundraiser-In-Chief. Watching a president who’d set the bar so high during his 2008 campaign relegating himself to the role of non-profit head, thereby admitting his own impotency as it relates to laying out a vision and persuading Congress to act, was difficult.

President Obama could have used his first 100 days to both lay out his vision and strongarm Congress to enact it, especially considering that this young president, with the hopes of America on his shoulders, had been blessed with a Democratic majority upon entering the White House. Instead, Obama meandered about for an entire year, fumbling all the while, then finally cobbling together a health care law that most Americans don’t understand and regard with lukewarm enthusiasm.

With that in mind, I was mesmerized as I watched a president with so few accomplishments under his belt again discussing the responsibility of black parents to rear their black boys. Yes, black mothers and fathers should parent their children, but what is the responsibility of the first black president? Is it his job to play daddy to all the black boys in America who don’t have men in their lives, or is the job of president something wholly different?

During his speech yesterday, in the midst of a flood of smiling black faces, including the parents of Trayvon Martin, President Obama eluded to the political obstacles that stand in the way of enacting legislation to address the plight of young black men, saying that there is no appetite for it in Congress. But there was no appetite for a young black upstart politician out of Chicago until Obama’s brand managers convinced a majority of American voters that they had the palate for it.

When has Obama ever attempted to mount an effort for legislative action as redress for the white supremacist policies that have historically and disproportionately impacted African-Americans?

But the hypocrisy didn’t end there. As if watching Obama, a man who has been wholly irresponsible at executing his agenda (what agenda?), call on black boys to be more responsible weren’t bad enough, we were forced to watch another incomprehensible train wreck of a spectacle. CNN’s Don Lemon, who went out of his way to cosign Fox News Bill O’Reilly’s pathologizing of black culture, and recently gave his blessing to the NYPD’s stop and frisk program, was front and center, choking up at President Obama having offered a helping hand to black boys. It was irksome to watch these two black men, Obama and Lemon, who’ve so vastly misunderstood how, with their finger wagging rhetoric, they’ve both been used as tools to thwart the forward momentum of any legislative action that could have actually provided a solid foundation for black youth.

So now black youth are left to be viewed by the world at large as one big charity case. Also happening now, as we head into the 2014 midterms, the Daddy of the Democratic Party, Bill Clinton,  is headed out again to the campaign trail, to do what Obama cannot— sway the faithful. Clinton has no choice but to help since Obama has no coattails and no influence over the very people who invested so much in him in 2008.

So we find ourselves back where we started, back to that article in 2010, which speculated that Obama had never seemed “smaller or less relevant.”  It was yesterday, not that day in the White House briefing room in 2010, that Obama was at his smallest and least relevant. Obama knows all too well the responsibility of black parents and boys, but what he’s not yet grappled with is the responsibility of black presidents.

 

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26/02/14 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

Professor Keeps His Job After Writing “Slavery Wasn’t So Bad”

Professor Keeps His Job After Writing “Slavery Wasn’t So Bad”

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In what the right wing describes as that liberal haven of academia, a white professor has been allowed to keep his job after writing that “slavery wasn’t so bad.”

Walter Block, described by Gawker as an Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in Economics at Loyala University New Orleans, is a libertarian who opposes the Civil Rights Act because he believes it infringes upon the rights of business owners.

However, like so many libertarians who pretend that they aren’t racist, only principled, the hood begins to fall from their faces once they openly discuss their views. Here’s Block in an essay titled “Chris Selley is a P*ssy Libertarian; I’m Not.”

“Free association is a very important aspect of liberty. It is crucial. Indeed, its lack was the major problem with slavery. The slaves could not quit. They were forced to ‘associate’ with their masters when they would have vastly preferred not to do so,” Block writes.

 

What follows, however, is unlikely to win over many of his critics. Block adds in the essay: “Otherwise, slavery wasn’t so bad. You could pick cotton, sing songs, be fed nice gruel, etc. The only real problem was that this relationship was compulsory.”

Let me get this straight, Block believes that the Civil Rights Act infringed upon the freedom of business owners, but being chained and enslaved “wasn’t so bad”?  And still, given all the incoherence, the good professor is still gainfully employed.

 

 

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26/02/14 Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

Meet the Most Racist Pastor in America

Meet the Most Racist Pastor in America

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The evidence keeps piling up that any notion of a post-racial America is a total falsehood propagated by people who want us to believe that electing a black president signals the end of racism as we know it. Among the most overtly racist people to make news in recent weeks is “Brother” Danny Reagan, pastor at Hope Valley Church in Tennessee, who wants nothing to do with you or your mixed breed babies.

In a sermon that has gone viral, Reagan shares the Lord’s message, which apparently calls on him to rail against interracial marriages and birarcial children. Reagan has even coined a new term, “hybreeding”, to describe what he believes to be the unholy marriage between whites and blacks.

From the Johnson City Press:

“My god has nationalities outside the city,” Reagan says in the video, going into the gist of his argument that he doesn’t consider it right to marry white people with black people, continually calling such relationships “hybreeding.”

 

“Hybreeding, hybreeding, oh, how terrible, hybreeding,“ he says. “What white woman would want her baby to be mulatto, made by a colored man? Let’s stay the way God made us. I believe it’s right.”

When Reagan was contacted by the media about his statements, he stuck with his position, going so far as to say that he would not marry interracial couples.

“This doesn’t have anything to do with race, I don’t think it would be right or fruitful,” he said when asked about marrying interracial couples.

Although Reagan claims to be proud of himself, he has deleted all his sermons from his church website’s archives and the YouTube video of his racist sermon has been removed.

As to whether Reagan is the most racist pastor in America, the jury may be still out considering he has some stiff competition, especially in the South.

h/t: Jonathan Turley

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24/02/14 Black Crime & Incarceration , Black News , ybw #

Michael Dunn: “There’s No Way a Jury Will Convict Me”

Michael Dunn: “There’s No Way a Jury Will Convict Me”

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Even though Michael Dunn escaped punishment for causing the death of 17 year old Jordan Davis, he was convicted of the other four counts. No one could’ve been more surprised than Dunn about the verdict, since, according to News4Jax, Dunn assured his son during a meeting at Duval County jail that he wouldn’t be convicted.

At the start of the visit, Dunn immediately tells his son that the call is being recorded, then goes on to describe his confrontation with Davis outside of a Florida gas station. Dunn said that Davis threatened him, but at no point during the conversation does Dunn ever mention seeing a gun.

“There’s no way that a jury will convict me, but somehow they trumped it up to first degree,” Dunn said to his son. “I can’t get into particulars, but… they’re calling this a first-degree murder like I had somehow pre-meditated this whole thing. It’s absurd, everything is absurd.”

Dunn had attended his son’s wedding only hours before firing into an occupied vehicle and fatally wounding Jordan Davis. Dunn told his son that he can’t imagine spending his life behind bars and that reports about what happened were wrong.

“The short is, they threatened me. And they didn’t just threaten me once. It was like four times, and then he opened his door, and I took him at his word, put it that way. And he says ‘I’m going to *****ing kill you.'”

Dunn’s son then agrees with him, adding “You can’t just sit there and hope he’s kidding.”

“Between adrenaline, fear and muscle memory, I wasn’t doing a whole lot of thinking,” said Dunn. “I told the detectives what happened without an attorney. I figured (if) I told them what happened, they’d cut me lose — it was self-defense.”

 

 

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