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February 28, 2014

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

  1. TerryLAnderson says:

    I admire and respect the POTUS.I agree with most of what was said in this article.I wondered while watching this address, if I was the only one who felt the the POTUS spoke down to young Black men and boys. I got the distinct impression that he was not only lecturing but chastising them.When he talked about THEIR responsibility, I felt that was strictly for the RIGHT WINGNUTS.He FINALLY gets around to US and he throws in some conservative ideology (BULLSH**) with it.. I was NOT impressed and#ShameOnYouPrez

  2. SonjaShortNSassyDoss says:

    I think we have tried to make the POTUS responsible for all black Americans. He’s not! At some point we have to get off our soapboxes and do something constructive. He knows what it was like to grow up without his biological father. Lucky for him his grandparents were in a position to raise him. Once he reached a certain age though, the responsibility for the direction of his life was on him. Our youth need to be held accountable for their actions.

  3. KathyBrown2 says:

    OMG! i have never read no truer words. I don’t understand why African Americans can’t see him for who is really is, the worst thing that has ever happen to us as a people. FYI just because you see Trayvon Martin’s people in support of everything don’t mean a thing we have to remember these people were not even an issue until their son was killed now they are riding that death until the wheels fall off. Sometimes I wonder if they think they are stars or “celebrities” as Zimmerman does. You Obama may be right…if people can’t see what is right in their face then maybe they have no idea what his job is either. Fantastic article keep speaking until they here you.

  4. TerryLAnderson says:

    I totally agree with Sonja….I think that maybe I didn’t make my point clear. Noone admires and respects the POTUS, more than myself.That being said, I also feel that I shouldn’t allow my pride in having a Black POTUS cloud/muddy the reality.The reality is that most Black Ppl knew that he was NOT only our Prez, we got that. We also never expected him to fix all of our problems.Our disappointment comes from NOT expecting him to completely ignore us and our issues and condition.The issues that he Couldve addressed, he chose not to. All the more disheartening is that while ignoring us, he continues to suck up and brownnose a repugnant constituency, even as they continue to despise and disrespect him…..#ThatAintRight

  5. DallasMoore says:

    haterade
    is bad for your health YC.. even if he had a magic wand and could fix
    all the ills of the black community overnight, you would find a reason
    to hate on him.. i don’t like everything he’s done.. and yes, the bar
    was set high.. but what did he also say? he said he can’t do it alone..
    he needed more activists out there pushing him and making him address
    issues they want addressed.. everyone is so mad at him for looking out
    for gays, etc.. first of all.. gays had a clear/concise agenda they
    rallied around.. equality.. let me ask you a question.. do you think
    it’s easier to support or enact legislation making it illegal
    discriminate or easier to pass some sort of law that magically reduces
    the black poverty and unemployment rates? not to include the
    achievement gap that has existed for decades.. yes, LBJ enacted some
    good laws.. but he only did because MLK and other black leaders made him
    do it.. he didn’t give a crap about us.. again.. it’s easier to say,
    don’t discriminate and enact a law to make it illegal.. it’s a whole
    other issue to force companies to hire black folks they don’t like in
    the first place.. it doesn’t help that some of us aren’t interested in
    going to school at all.. i grew up without money and i stayed focused on
    improving my circumstances.. i studied hard in school and was called an
    oreo for it by other blacks who just wanted to hang out and do nothing,
    barely getting by.. i went on to college and made something of my
    life.. which i talk to my kids all the time about.. don’t let anything
    hold you back if you really want something in life.. its not going to be
    an excuse to just play the victim forever.. the reality is that yes,
    racism is alive and well.. but we can’t forget those laws enacted in the
    60s that helped us gain civil rights and opportunities to do something
    better with our lives.. we have to realize that it’s a combination of
    public policy, but also personal responsibility.. stop having kids you
    can’t afford.. stop trying to be big willie and look fly spending money
    you don’t have just to show off.. stop dropping out of school.. study
    hard.. stop hanging out on the corner to be cool.. stay away from
    drugs.. we know that’s a trap.. we get harsher sentences for
    using/selling drugs.. some of this is on ourselves..

  6. Watchful says:

    “It was irksome to watch these two black men, Obama and Lemon, ”

    Y torture urself like that, Yvette? Just change the channel whenever u see either of those 2 on the screen, or just cut the set off altogether. IJS 🙂

  7. Watchful says:

    KathyBrown2  

    They refuse to see him for what he really is, Kathy. Also, I’ve also noticed that the Martins have been making more and more appearances almost as if they’re celebrities now. I’m not gonna go so far as to say they’re riding the death of their son, but it is a fact that they did quietly receive a million dollar out-of-court settlement from the ownership of the housing development where Trayvon’s dad lived and where Trayvon was also murdered by GZ.

  8. GloriaFredericks says:

    Yvette, your hatred and envy of this Preside become more and more obvious with every stroke of your pen. Even if President Obama offers you his head on a platter you will NEVER be satisfied. Please chill and how about flipping the switch from negative to positive and quit being an angry black woman.

  9. GloriaFredericks says:

    Do you people really believe that President Obama is able to please all the people all the time? Not even Jesus was able to do that. Remember how he was crucified on the cross? It was because of the same mentality displayed in this article and in your response.

  10. BlackheywoodHeywood says:

    IMO President Obama , Don Lemon and many Blacks want to make the racism that was imposed on us by our own government and fellow citizens the Black man problem. We did not create this nation, racism and the ramifications that we suffer from as a people.Obama has never called out White America for her racism and hatred, that’s why he has no credibility with me. Since the passage of the Civil Rights Bill was signed July 2, 1964 this government has NOT afforded American Black citizens any recompense or access to therapy to overcome the mental health issues passed down thru generation because of racism.  We are the only people who blame ourselves for the harm others did to us,that is SELF HATRED and we need to check ourselves.I’m not suggesting Black folks wallow in self pity but like others victims of terrorism, oppression and abuse we must heal as a people.Some of the comments by some Black people is truly sad and prove that even those Black people who have advanced need therapy for the self hatred they harbor. It’s a tragic how some Black people hate themselves.

  11. hiroader2 says:

    First thing, . The conservative movement has made leaps & bounds in terms of their agenda.. Whereas the democrat party has failed its most dedicated constituency that gave 90% percent voter support twice.. In a short period of time midterm elections are subject to turnover both Senate & House to the conservative movement… It seems the recent (Brother’s Keeper) speech had conservative “handout verbiage” in it’s undertone from the Bush Jr 1st time homebuyers mortgage varible rates scandals… The reality is the democrat & republican representatives have been playing good cop, bad cop with the democrat constituents who’ve supported this current administration.. NOTICE: the Obama campaign made proposals panderings for (end of war) military, same-sex & immigrant supporters.. Whereas the the dedicated AA supporters got no administration campaign proposals and Romney/Ryan threats to extend the wars, cut more budget & deportations… ALL which the current administration carried out subvertly anyway… It would behoove the AA community to STOP voting on politicians and START voting on policy/agenda.. first thing is remove the gun agitatior & instigator laws like SYG & SNF… before Obama’s midterm goes, because surely there’s more (confederate brand) states rights undoing civil rights because the CBC & Obama administration has looked the under way…

  12. GloriaFredericks
    We
    should all protect Obama from unfair attacks, such as the ‘SOCIALIST’
    chants coming from far right, but legitimate criticism is another story
    altogether. I’ve been trying to explain the difference between unfair
    attacks and legitimate criticism since 2009… mostly to no avail, judging by your comment. If you knew better, I think you’d be upset about Obama neo-liberal bend to the right.

  13. Watchful LOL! I know..

  14. DallasMoore People still say “haterade”? Sorry, I didn’t read past that.

  15. Imhotep says:

    But he pleases those Wall Street thugs and Zionist Jews. Bush 2 would not sell Israel the new bunker blisters, yet Obama did as soon as they lied again about the Palestinians. Bush wanted to give Palestine a state, Obama has said nothing. Miss me with that he cant please all the people all the time!! He is pleasing those jerking his chain with the Unseen hand. Look at his cabinet and the leaders of the Fed Reserve! We are third class in a country my father picked cotton in!! I know what to expect from a Caucasoid, but a Zebra is even worse!! Maat..

  16. Imhotep says:

    And ur analysis of the Mythical Jesus is incorrect! Serapis Christos died being a fighter for the downtrodden and against tyranny!! His mentality was that of fighting the powers that be, pure and simple. Camel and eye of a needle? Obama talked tough to the camera about the Corpratocracy and Plutocracy yet its business as usual. What would have happened if he didn’t give all the rich money from the Stimulus package? An outright war would’ve ensued. All our tax breaks are gone now for working folks, College, energy, some mortgage, and the payroll tax went up. He did not fight to keep them and just now caved on the Chain CPI for calculating Social security. Bush sorry azz gave out tax rebate checks three times, 600 for an individual and 1200 for a family. We could’ve used that the last five years!! Nothing has changed and he knew it wouldn’t. #Hope and Change!! MAAT. .

  17. JamesAlexander1 says:

    “Is it his job to play daddy to
    all the black boys in America who don’t have men in their lives,”  You damn right it is.  
    This article and
    the person that wrote it is the very reason Black people are in the condition
    we’re in today.  It’s this kind of thinking that continues to drive a
    wedge between Black people and makes it virtually impossible to unite and
    progress.  This is the very thing that the “Willie Lynch
    Doctrine” addresses.  Everything being written and said about Black
    youth is negative and how deprived and destitute and lost they are and this
    writer say’s they aren’t a charity case.  They are a damn charity case to
    the highest degree.  The problem is that these idiots are making excuses
    for these kids and trying to rationalize their behavior instead of doing what’s
    necessary and that’s administering some “tough love” and making them takes
    some responsibility.  Everybody wants to blame the “system” but
    the system didn’t create them.  They are the products of “crack
    head” parents, not knowing who their fathers are and a culture where ”dope
    dealing” and “ rapping” is more important than going to school and getting an
    education.

  18. JamesAlexander1 says:

    KathyBrown2  Please give me the short version of why YOU think the President is the worse thing that has ever happened to Black people.  Please tell me what you’ve expected of him or wanted from him that you haven’t gotten.

  19. BlackheywoodHeywood says:

    Yvette Carnell GloriaFredericks It is not Black people JOB to protect President Obama from anything, he is a grown man and a skilled politician. We must hold him accountable as we do any other POTUS, to date he has failed American Black people miserably and if he was a White POTUS we’d be all over him by now.

  20. JamesAlexander1 says:

    Bulls**t, when has Black people been all over any President?  If past President had done anything at all for Black people thet you’re expecting of this President we wouldn’t be in our present conditon (maybe).

  21. RachelBrad33 says:

    As a filmmaker my fight has always focused on rebuilding the Black Family.  One of the concerted efforts enacted was negatively socializing black men during slavery. A weak family structure results in a weak community. I don’t agree with the premise of this article. It’s a welfare sort of mentality. We must from henceforth rebuild our families to have a mother and father for our children.  President Obama through legislation can help but we must do it as a community so our children can be on the right track.

    I’ve dedicated my mission to young black boys and black girls. 

    If you have a moment visit http://www.littleharrietproductions.com and follow the movement on Twiiter at LHP3333 and RachelBrad33.  On Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Little-Harriet-Productions/291199727557551

  22. Watchful says:

    JamesAlexander1

    She is, indeed, both ‘smart and right’ which isn’t at all ‘sad’ to me. In fact, I find it quite refreshing to find someone who is willing to raise what I feel r quite legitimate criticisms concerning this POTUS and not defend him just bcuz of his skin pigmentation. 

    And to all those who like to claim that the black ppl that have been critical of this POTUS, but weren’t as critical of his predecessors. Here’s what I’d like to know, where the hell have y’all been cuz we’ve been critical of EVERY POTUS? Perhaps it’s just that y’all couldn’t find much of a reason to notice until now.

  23. Watchful says:

    TerryLAnderson  

    But he’s been doin’ that every since he took office, Terry. It seems the only time he’s willing to directly address black ppl is to browbeat or chastise us.

     Remember his speech at the CBC conference a few years back?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/michelle-singletary-obamas-unfortunate-remarks-on-peoples-misfortunes/2011/09/27/gIQAXpau2K_story.html

  24. TerryLAnderson says:

    Watchful,
    Unfortunately I do. In many ways too many of us treated this Prez as we would a bad relationship. We gave this PREZ license/permission to break our collective hearts again and again….Myself included, he gladly took us up on the offer. A part of me will always love this Prez, he was my first. Sadly, I had to just break and walk away…..#FairExchangeAintNoRobbery

  25. Watchful says:

    TerryLAnderson  

    And I commend and applaud u for having such a strong sense of https://startpage.com/do/search?cmd=process_search&cat=web&query=conscientiousness&language=english&no_sugg=1&ff=&engine0=v1all&abp=1 to break and walk away, unlike far too many others among our ppl.

  26. jamesjq53 says:

    Yvette, you should offer some positive alternatives along with your seething criticism.

  27. RachelBrad33 says:

    Here is a more positive editorial on this subject matter. Our own Rachel Miller- Bradshaw’s new article is also featured on Your Black World-Kulture Kritichttp://www.kulturekritic.com/2014/03/men/rachel-miller-bradshaw-obamas-my-brothers-keeper-program-has-to-focus-on-family-values/

    Blog is http://www.littleharrietproductions.blogspot.com

  28. DallasMoore says:

    jamesjq53 Exactly.. I’d like to see some thoughtful and meaningful solutions instead of constant criticism.. What programs does Yvette propose that can pass both the House/Senate?  There’s only so much POTUS can do with the stroke of his pen..

  29. JamesAlexander1 says:

    People like this
    writer and the whole network of YBW don’t have any alternatives or solutions.
     Their only agenda is to criticize and promote division in the
    African-American Community.  If they weren’t doing this they wouldn’t have
    a job.  White people pay good money to people who keep Black people divided
    and confused.  They aren’t smart enough to realize that they’re being used
    to keep the “Willie Lynch Doctrine” alive and functioning.  Their
    criticism of the President has absolutely nothing to do with his politics, it’s
    personal with them.  They want to think of themselves as journalist when
    the reality is that they are just haters trying to get paid.

  30. JamesAlexander1 says:

    DallasMoore jamesjq53   People like this
    writer and the whole network of YBW don’t have any alternatives or solutions.
     Their only agenda is to criticize and promote division in the
    African-American Community.  If they weren’t doing this they wouldn’t have
    a job.  White people pay good money to people who keep Black people divided
    and confused.  They aren’t smart enough to realize that they’re being used
    to keep the “Willie Lynch Doctrine” alive and functioning.  Their
    criticism of the President has absolutely nothing to do with his politics, it’s
    personal with them.  They want to think of themselves as journalist when
    the reality is that they are just haters trying to get paid.

  31. JamesAlexander1 Who are the “white people” who pay me good money? Please tell, I’d like to know, because as far as I can tell, this blog and Your Black World are both black owned. There are no white donors or benefactors here, and although you are free to have whatever opinion you’d like, boldface lies are out of bounds.
    You are right about one thing though. You, as well as many others, are confused. You’ve somehow convinced yourself that supporting ONE black man equates to supporting an entire black community. How has that worked out for you over the past six year? What has Obama given you except vacuous symbolism?

  32. jamesjq53 I’ve told you on many occasions what a working people’s agenda should look like. My job, however, is not to be a cheerleader for the Black community.

  33. Watchful says:

    Yvette Carnell

    U tell him, Yvette.

     I wish his defenders would refrain from using that same trite argument whenever a black journalist or commentator expresses any criticism of this POTUS. They should be ashamed of themselves. SMDH

  34. JamesAlexander1 says:

    Yvette Carnell JamesAlexander1 Oh please!!!!  Hasn’t Boyce told you where his money is
    coming from to keep this Blog going?  Advertising dollars.  You got
    it all wrong about me being confused, I’m well aware of what’s going on which I
    eluded to in my comment.  As far as the President; unlike you and some of
    your followers, I wasn’t looking for; expecting or needing anything from this
    President or any other President.  Maybe that’s where the difference is.
     I’ve always been self-sufficient and taken responsibility for my failures
    or shortcomings, never looked to anyone but myself to take care of me;
    especially the Government..  Your whole platform along with a number of
    other “blood suckers” don’t support independence you, but dependency.
     You don’t have sense enough to know that you’re not hurting people. 
    “You’ve somehow convinced yourself that supporting
    ONE black man equates to supporting an entire black community. How has that
    worked out for you over the past six year?”
    I’m supporting the President
    of the United States; who happens to be Black and one that I have
    insurmountable respect for because I know he’s a man of integrity wants to do
    the right thing and is trying to do the right thing regardless of the odds
    against him.  He’s working out just fine
    for me.  The question is: How is criticizing
    him for everything working out for you?

  35. JamesAlexander1 says:

    Yvette Carnell JamesAlexander1   Oh please!!!!  Hasn’t Boyce told you where his money is coming from to keep this Blog going?  Advertising dollars.  You got it all wrong about me being confused, I’m well aware of what’s going on which I eluded to in my comment.  As far as the President; unlike you and some of your followers, I wasn’t looking for; expecting or needing anything from this President or any other President.  Maybe that’s where the difference is.  I’ve always been self-sufficient and taken responsibility for my failures or shortcomings, never looked to anyone but myself to take care of me; especially the Government..  Your whole platform along with a number of other “malcontents” don’t support independence , but dependency.  You don’t have sense enough to know that you’re not hurting people. 
    “You’ve somehow convinced yourself that supporting ONE black man equates to supporting an entire black community. How has that worked out for you over the past six year?”
    I’m supporting the President of the United States; who happens to be Black and one that I have insurmountable respect for because I know he’s a man of integrity wants to do the right thing and is trying to do the right thing regardless of the odds against him.  He’s working out just fine for me.  The question is: How is criticizing him for everything working out for you?

  36. JamesAlexander1 Yvette CarnellI’ve grown tired of pedestrian political observers who bring up “Willie Lynch” each and every time someone launches a criticism of this president, or when one black person disagrees with another. It’s nonsense. And since you’ve given up on this government, and your rights as a fully vested citizen, then I don’t understand why you’re even participating in this conversation. Then again, it occurs to me that in the two paragraphs you wrote, you contradicted yourself.
    On one hand, you say you weren’t expecting anything from this president, then you say that you support him. Why in the world do you support an elected official who can’t or won’t do anything for you? Politics is about the EXCHANGE. It’s not an opportunity for you to be a fanboy. Obviously, you’re happy to see his broad smile and beautiful black family every day. Fine. Good for you. I, however, am not so symbolic and emotionally moved by the man.
    And what does any of this have to do with Boyce? You’re talking to me, and if you’re unable to debate me on Obama, just say so. But again, regardless of what you think of Boyce, Your Black World is owed by him, so the idea you’re pushing, that white folk are around here, hiding in the shadows and pushing buttons, is just a lie.
    And you have a problem with Google ads on black websites, but you have no problem with Obama bailing out the same Wall Street that targeted black America with sub-prime loans? The same president who unilaterally put forth a proposal to increase the budget for the Bureau of Prisons, which includes a new Supermax in …wait for it.. Chicago. Be real with yourself.

  37. DallasMoore says:

    Yvette Carnell jamesjq53i’d love to see this agenda.. and not something that only says, we need jobs, reduce poverty rate, improve education.. what specific ideas do you have that will address the ills of our community that can pass thru congress?  or, what proposals do you have that obama can just sign himself to help?  and at what point do we as blacks have some personal responsibility in all of this?

  38. DallasMoore Yvette Carnelljamesjq53We don’t need a plan as much as we need to engage in movement politics to force milquetoast politicians like Obama to act on our behalf. Nothing happens outside of a movement. The Labor Movement. The Civil Rights Movement. But there’s no use in advocating anything so long as black folk are deifying this president and supporting him at all costs.
    And why don’t you ask Obama about his plan for jobs and poverty since he’s president, not me. I didn’t run promising change you could believe in. He did. You’re barking up the wrong tree. I didn’t beg for your vote and make empty promises, so you can’t hold me accountable for dropping the ball.

  39. DallasMoore says:

    Yvette Carnell DallasMoorejamesjq53i certainly do not deify obama or any other politician.. i’m just realistic about what a politician is.. when have you known any politician that didn’t over promise what he would/could do? i didn’t need anything from this president or any other for that matter.. sure, he could have pushed harder for some things, but i think he knew politically, it would never get through the congress.. even with a super majority.. the fact is, not every democrat supported what obama wanted to do.. and in my opinion it wasn’t for lack of trying.. 
    i absolutely agree with you about needing a movement to make things happen politically.. however, your premise that only the black folks that deify president obama are the problem.. there’s plenty of people who hate this president who aren’t in the streets trying to do anything either.. i hear a lot of criticism, but what are those folks (including you and other journalist/analysts) doing in your own community besides criticizing every move a POTUS makes? believe me.. there is plenty to criticize about obama and other presidents.. but when you can’t seem to find one redeeming quality about someone or his policies, then it just goes beyond hate in my opinion..

    true enough the economy is still down and black unemployment is way too high.. but tell me a sustained time when black unemployment wasn’t double (or just about double) that of whites? did the stimulus work?  maybe to a point.. it stemmed the millions of jobs shed before obama took office.. was it enough?  no.. was it targeted correctly?  probably not.. but you know those in congress had a lot to do with that as well.. hell, even the civil rights bills were watered down to get support.. 
    would you rather have had mccain or romney as president?  so they could cut off most of the programs that assist black people right now?  i think criticism has its place. but it’s easy to just sit on the sidelines and just lob bombs at politicians you don’t like.. unless you’re actively trying to get some type of program in place or one that you support that you think would be beneficial, your criticism means nothing.. you’re not an elected official and you don’t have any burden to govern.. you’ve done well for yourself in life.. how did you get to that point?  did you study in school?  did you work hard?  did you stay out of trouble? did you have to overcome any obstacles in life to persevere?  if so, why are you not preaching that to our community?  you obviously know the recipe for success.. please enlighten us as to what you’d like to see this president do for us?

  40. MichaelLofton says:

    Yvette Carnell
    Unlike you, or other individuals who are not elected officials, most of all President Barack Obama and all other elected officials and many public servants are under oath and mandated by law to respect and uphold the Constitution to serve all citizens and legal immigrants.  According to Barack Obama we are all immigrants.   President Barack Obama makes no distinction between legal and illegal immigrants.  The distinction is very important because elected officials are not sworn under oath and mandated by the Constitution to serve illegal aliens/foreign nationals.
    Finally, in instances where government unlawfully violates the Constitutional rights of any US citizen or legal immigrant, one law abiding US born man, woman, or child is already an army……i.e., although a group of supporters would be an asset, if an elected official respects the oath,  it is not a necessity to have a movement of followers/supporters to hold an elected official accountable.

  41. MichaelLofton says:

    Most of all President Barack Obama and all other elected officials and many public servants are under oath and mandated by law to respect and uphold the Constitution to serve all citizens and legal immigrants. 
    According to Barack Obama we are all immigrants.  
    President Barack Obama makes no distinction between legal and illegal immigrants.  The distinction is very important because elected officials are not sworn under oath and mandated by the Constitution to serve illegal aliens/foreign nationals.
    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1099157
    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1075396
    Finally, in instances where government unlawfully violates the Constitutional rights of any US citizen or legal immigrant, one law abiding US born man, woman, or child is already an army……i.e., although a group of supporters would be an asset, if an elected official respects the oath,  it is not a necessity to have a movement of followers/supporters to hold an elected official accountable.

  42. JamesAlexander1 says:

    Yvette Carnell JamesAlexander1  “lI’ve grown tired of pedestrian political
    observers who bring up “Willie Lynch” each and every time someone
    launches a criticism of this president, or when one black person disagrees with
    another.”  If the shoe fits.
    As far as me giving up on this Government;
    nothing could be farther than the truth. 
    Unlike you I happen to know what it’s capable of and what it isn’t.  I don’t have some personal agenda or hatred
    for those in office because again I know what they’re capable off and it’s
    always been full of flaws and I can accept some of those flaws because I know
    that nobody or anything is perfect.  I’m
    participating in this conversation because just like you I’m sick of people
    like you and YBW criticizing this President and trying to turn Black people
    against him in the name of politics when I know it all personal with you and
    your crew.
    “Why in the world do you support an elected
    official who can’t or won’t do anything for you?”  Can this statement be any more
    ridiculous?  What the hell do I need any
    politician to do for me that he won’t or can’t do for any other American?  How is me not expecting anything from this
    President and me supporting him contradictory? 
    That doesn’t make sense as most of what you’ve written.
    The President is the President of all of the
    United States.  He’s not your personal
    savior or civil rights leader.  He didn’t
    put Black people in the position we’re in today (which you think is soooo bad)
    but he’s don’t everything within his power to better our situation but
    apparently there are those like yourself who think he’s done nothing, which is
    absurd.
    You’re talking to me, and if you’re unable to
    debate me on Obama, just say so”.  Please
    don’t try to use this little nickel and dime psychology on me, which I’ve
    noticed is a big part of all your comments. As far as Sub-Prime Loans targeting
    Black America, I suggest you talk to your buddy Tavis Smiley and his cronies.  That monkey falls squarely on their backs.

  43. JamesAlexander1 says:

    Yvette Carnell JamesAlexander1  Yvette Carnell JamesAlexander1  {“lI’ve grown tired of pedestrian political observers who bring up “Willie Lynch” each and every time someone launches a criticism of this president, or when one black person disagrees with another.”}  If the shoe fits.
    As far as me giving up on this Government; nothing could be farther than the truth.  Unlike you I happen to know what it’s capable of and what it isn’t.  I don’t have some personal agenda or hatred for those in office because again I know what they’re capable off and it’s always been full of flaws and I can accept some of those flaws because I know that nobody or anything is perfect.  I’m participating in this conversation because just like you I’m sick of people like you and YBW criticizing this President and trying to turn Black people against him in the name of politics when I know it all personal with you and your crew.

    {“Why in the world do you support an elected official who can’t or won’t do anything for you?”}

    Can this statement be any more ridiculous?  What the hell do I need any politician to do for me that he won’t or can’t do for any other American?  How is me not expecting anything from this President and me supporting him contradictory?  That doesn’t make sense as most of what you’ve written.
    The President is the President of all of the United States.  He’s not your personal savior or civil rights leader.  He didn’t put Black people in the position we’re in today (which you think is soooo bad) but he’s done everything within his power to better our situation but apparently there are those like yourself who think he’s done nothing, which is absurd.
    You’re talking to me, and if you’re unable to debate me on Obama, just say so”.  Please don’t try to use this little nickel and dime psychology on me, which I’ve noticed is a big part of all your comments. As far as Sub-Prime Loans targeting Black America, I suggest you talk to your buddy Tavis Smiley and his cronies.  That monkey falls squarely on their backs.

  44. MichaelLofton says:

    THE JOB OF A CONGRESSMAN
    “There are cases where an individual has been wrongfully treated by his government and about the only way, unless the individual resorts to court, and even in some cases the courts are not able to give proper relief, the only area or avenue open to the individual is through his representative. When you find a bona fide error has been made, I suggest that you make a maximum effort to remedy it. This I feel is a vital and important function of those of us in the House of Representatives”.  (this also applies to all sworn under oath and mandated by law to uphold the Constitution public servants)
    Authors: Donald G. Tacheron and Morris Udall, from the book entitled, “The Job of the Congressman”, pages 65 and 66.

  45. MichaelLofton says:

    ‘ of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
    http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html 
    US Constitution, Article II, Section 1
    Before he enter on the execution of his office, he shall take the following oath or affirmation: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
    Congressional Oath of Office:
    “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
    http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/briefing/Oath_Office.htm
    US Senate Oath of Office:
    I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.
    Finally, who best to set his or her first foot forward in this light than the elected official(s) of the same ethnic heritage of the individual, or group of individuals being violated and who are entitled to redress for the atrocities of bad government, i.e., it is not in the best interest of any Caucasian, Hispanic, Korean, Italian, Jewish, etc., etc., elected official to be the first to uphold the Constitutional rights of any law abiding US born descendant of slavery violated by government, when assets, money is to be transferred to satisfy any claim for redress, to make any Black man, woman, or child whole again.  The first duty to competently serve the oppressed rests with the elected officials and public servants who share your heritage.

  46. DallasMoore says:

    JamesAlexander1 Yvette Carnelltotally agree with you.. i also think the thing journalists/analysts like YC and Boyce Watkins seem to always neglect is how powerful local politics really is.. they seem to always put things squarely on the shoulders of one person who really doesn’t have the power most of us think he (at some point she) does.. your governors, state attorneys general, other state elected officials, county elected officials, city elected officials, school district officials, town officials, and so on.. all these people create the atmosphere for what’s going on locally.. they have the power to vote on what businesses are allowed where.. these officials make decisions that affect just about every aspect of our lives.. how politically savvy are we when many of us only show up to presidential elections.. are we showing up to jury duty?  or are we making excuses to get out of it.. some judges are also elected.. we allow others to elect these judges that are throwing our people away like trash in the prison system.. or our lack of political involvement allows people we don’t want in office to be there and appoint judges to positions that hold our fates in their hands.. my only point is that looking at one person to solve our problems is dumb.. sure, there is systemic racism still alive in this country.. but we also have to realize we, at times, make poor decisions that affect us for the rest of our lives.. it only takes one bad decision.. those are the things i tell my kids all the time.. because the system is a trap and just waiting for us to mess up.. prison is about making money and keeping poor and black people down.. why would we willingly put ourselves in that position knowing this information?

  47. MichaelLofton says:

    http://www.barackobama.com/news/we-are-a-nation-of-immigrants/
    http://www.barackobama.com/news/we-are-a-nation-of-immigrants/ January 30, 2013
    According to Barack Obama we are all immigrants.  
    President Barack Obama makes no distinction between legal and illegal immigrants. 
    The distinction is very important because elected officials are not sworn under oath and mandated by the Constitution to serve illegal aliens/foreign nationals.

  48. DallasMoore says:

    JamesAlexander1 Yvette Carnelljust don’t use your race as a crutch to say i’m never going to do/be anything in this country.. don’t be the perpetual victim.. work as hard as you can to overcome the obstacles in your way.. don’t give up.. don’t allow anyone to say you can’t achieve anything.. there are plenty of programs available to us already that we dont’ take advantage of.. and i’m not talking about welfare.. financial aid, job programs, home buying programs.. are we investing our money and not wasting it on things that dont’ appreciate in value?  there are many things we can do to improve our circumstances.. we just have to be determined to make it and not have the self-fulfilling prophecy of never amounting to ish..and just blaming the white man for EVERYTHING that goes wrong in our lives..

  49. BlackheywoodHeywood says:

    MichaelLofton What angered me was when their was an attempt to compare illegal aliens to our slave ancestors. That is a direct insult and offensive.

  50. hiroader2 says:

    @James Alexander1…. Where I totally agree with the writer..,THE SIMPLE FACT IS IF THE RAISED ARE TRUE THEN ITS NOT CRITICISM… So lets pose a few questions as a African American constituent… At 90-95% percent voter support.,, Exactly what administration campaign proposal won the support from the AA community? … Would you agree the civil right act & the voters rights act are “sacred cows” not only to the every AA elected representative but the entire Democratic party concerning their most “dedicated” constituency? …. If you’re a representative knowing the conservative movement for “States Rights ” Do you allow (conservative) city councils to gerrymander your constituency?…. Why does it take 6-7 yrs of violating the civil rights of thousands people in democrat supported districts before ending the stop-n-frisk law?… THE MAIN question IF the current administration spent 5-6 yrs with a. Bill blocking congress, a majority conservative supreme court panel, a senate subject to become a conservative majority,.. How is this criticism and not concern… On the states levels we’re witnessing all types videoed offenses and abuses by law enforcement, judges making controversial cultural statements publicly …. The WRITER here is RIGHT!… We’ve seen the current Obama administration with ALL the leadership/political playing cards in his hands (reached acrossed the aisles) and throw leadership away… 1. One example the 1st tax break extension, Congress threatened to (a political suicide bluff) to cut off unemployment at the beginning of a recession.. Example two, Another tax break extension came around and the trade off was the healthcare law., After the Romney campaign loss the tea party congress still came after the funding for healthcare.. Three : The Romney/Ryan campaign put up tax loopholes as a tradeoff and reneged after the loss… concerns or criticism?

  51. JamesAlexander1 Yvette Carnell
    Actually, the shoe doesn’t fit. Black people are not monolithic. We don’t all think with the same brain, and having varied opinions is allowed. You’re not the Black Thought police, so let it go. Make your case, and invoking Willie Lynch nonsense is not the same thing as making a solid argument.
    And again, this isn’t about hatred (unless you’re speaking of the hatred you have for me, and I don’t care) but policies, or lack thereof. This is about the lack of any movement by Obama to push redistributive legislation which ends the funneling of tax dollars from the bottom up.
    “I know what they’re capable off and it’s
    always been full of flaws and I can accept some of those flaws because I know
    that nobody or anything is perfect.”
    If you want to adopt a defeatist stance, so be it, but don’t call on me to do the same, or pretend that I’m somehow disloyal by pointing out the failures of the Obama administration.
    “What the hell do I need any
    politician to do for me that he won’t or can’t do for any other American?”
    You don’t understand that politics is always about THE EXCHANGE. That’s why LGBT activists fought for an end to DADT BEFORE the elections, but black folks like yoursef, who haven’t a clue about politics, sit back and wrongly believe that they have no right to demand anything, even though we’ve been disproportionately impacted by racist policies.
    “As far as Sub-Prime Loans targeting
    Black America, I suggest you talk to your buddy Tavis Smiley and his cronies. ”
    Tavis Smiley has never written a law in  his life. He doesn’t have the power to bail out Wall Street. But this is what you do isn’t it? You try to put the responsibility on someone like me or Tavis, while treating Obama like a hot house flower who doesn’t owe anyone anything. Nothing you’ve said makes any sense, but I don’t have any more time to waste on your desire to be Obama’s brand manager or cheerleader. If gushing over the man emboldens you in some way, that’s your deal.

  52. MichaelLofton says:

    BlackheywoodHeywood MichaelLofton
    You bet it is insulting to the power of infinity
    Worse yet, President Barack Obama, multiple members of the CBC, and/or other Black elected leaders sided with this foolishness, and/or would not protest against or use his or her influence to “rub out” any movement to promote rights for illegal aliens, including the many Black illegal aliens….
    …..who now threaten the way of life for many US born descendants of slavery.

  53. DallasMoore Yvette Carnelljamesjq53  
    ” i didn’t need anything from this president or any other for that
    matter.. sure, he could have pushed harder for some things, but i think
    he knew politically, it would never get through the congress..”
    When Obama was elected, he had a Democratic Congress, so the idea that he’s never had the opportunity to rack up legislative wins is just wrong. Instead of getting some wins under his belt, Obama meandered around for almost a year in his attempt to pass health care reform, a bill that he never even fought for and allowed Congessional Dems to walk the plank supporting
    Dems lost in 2010 because Republicans were able to frame Obamacare as being about death panels and other such nonsense. That happened because Obama ‘led from behind’ and never took ownership of his own bill. He also refused to campaign for Dems in vulnerable districts. So the idea that Obama is just a victim of political circumstances doesn’t hold water, and if I’d known he was going to be Victim-In-Chief, I wouldn’t have voted for him in 2008.
    Can I find one redeeming quality about Obama? Yes. Her name is Sonia Sotomayor. But you can’t blame me for not having an equal amount of pros and cons where Obama is concerned.That’s an unserious assessment. An ineffective president without a purpose, a president who put in place a rule which has put HBCUs in a tenuous position isn’t worth me cheering, regardless of who disapproves.
    And we all, as Americans, have a DUTY to criticize elected officials. It doesn’t “mean nothing” just because you disagree. But it is curious how you want to hold me accountable for helping the community, but don’t want to offer up any criticism to President Obama. I didn’t run for office. He did. He should act like it.

  54. BlackheywoodHeywood says:

    MichaelLofton BlackheywoodHeywood 

    What’s stranger is that the same Black folks who support Obama immigration today, was against Immigration under Clinton and Bush.,that’s why in part it didn’t happen back then. The late Congresswoman Barbra Jordan under Bill Clinton did extensive report on immigration and was against it She correctly stated mass immigration harms Blacks and poor Whites economically. Since her report to current day things have only worsen for Blacks and poor Whites. So how could these Black folks support harming the same folks they need to get re-elected. They are more concerned with protecting President Obama and boosting his legacy  than helping he Black people who proved in 2008 & 2012 that when we want we will come out and VOTE.

  55. DallasMoore says:

    Yvette Carnell DallasMoorejamesjq53i never said he didnt’ have a democratic congress.. please quote me correctly.. i acknowledged his super majority when he came into office.. i also said not all democrats were on board with what he wanted to do.. i think it’s fair to criticize him.. i never said it wasn’t.. but i also said criticism without acknowledging anything good he has done is a waste of space.. it was very disappointing to me that he did not push for the single payer (option) with healthcare.. it disappointed me with what we ultimately ended up with.. i have criticized this prez, but i also recognize that he has done some good things as well.. if mccain/romney would have been in office, you think they would have given two rat’s a$$es about healthcare or black people?  there’s where my decisions come into play.. is obama the best thing since sliced bread.. hell no.. but the alternatives were much worse.. criticize public officials yes.. but you only seem to go after one in particular.. i don’t hear much about criticisms about other politicians.. you seem to be fascinated by obama and don lemon.. you think your opinion is the only one that counts and if we disagree, we’re holding water for the prez or hate ourselves.. neither of which is accurate..

    i don’t cheer everything he does.. hate the foreign policy.. hate the drones.. hate the NSA program and some other things he has done or supported.. but things would have been ramped up exponentially if mccain/romney woudl have been prez.. we would have been in probably at least 2 additional wars and not have the wars in iraq/afghan winding down..

    as far as HBCUs are concerned.. do you think parents should be able to take out unlimited funds when they can’t pay them back?  there are a lot of black/minority students who want to go to college.. why not start at a community college?  why attend an expensive school that costs more per year than many people make in that same year?  is that smart?  there are state HBCUs that are also more affordable than the private ones.. that’s obvious.. why are we not making the decision about schools we can afford to go to vs going to schools based on name?  contrary to what you think, obama did not hold back room meetings where he was trying to cook up ways to destroy HBCUs.. many poor students can qualify for grants if they get their applications in early enough.. stick to state schools where it’s much less expensive.. start out at community colleges.. look at trade/tech schools.. 

    and you still neglect to discuss the ramifications of local politics and what we can do for ourselves to improve our own circumstances..

  56. Watchful says:

    It seems this blog may have been invaded by some Obama defenders/trolls. They always seem to come outta the woodwork at the first hint of any criticism of the POTUS. To be expected I guess. 🙂

  57. BillSchrier says:

    You voted for Obama knowing full well his only experience was as a “community organizer”.  Then, once he is president, you express surprise and disappointment that he performs at the low level of a community organizer instead of the high level of a president.  It is YOU who should be ashamed of yourself for voting for this mediocre incompetent to be president

  58. Watchful says:

    BillSchrier  

    For the record, just in case u may have been referring to me, I never voted for BO. That said, I was neither surprised or disappointed with his ‘performance’ as POTUS, but I certainly do reserve the right to express any criticisms of him just like I did with ALL of his predecessors.

  59. BillSchrier says:

    No one knows the real past and background of Obama.  Anyone questioning his background or bonafides is ridiculed by the media.  His photoshopped long form birth certificate and obviously wrong date stamp on his selective service card are but a couple examples.  But one thing is not in dispute, and that is his experience prior to being president was only as a community organizer followed by a couple of undistinguished years in the Senate, a position he was promoted to by the power of the Chicago machine.  The real president in the White House is Valerie Jarrett.  First hand insider accounts have Obama spending his days watching television in his flip flops and refusing to attend a briefing in excess of 15 minutes.  When decisions are required, he wants a briefing paper with boxes he can check mark a selection from.

  60. BillSchrier says:

    Obama will leave office before it happens, but eventually the truth will come out about his background.  He is hiding something.  His released long form birth certificate is an obvious photoshopped fabrication.  Either he was not born in the US as required by the Constitution, or one or both of his parents are not who he claims them to be, or some combination of the above.  In addition, the truth about his sexuality and full truth about his drug use and dealing earlier in his life will come out.

  61. BillSchrier says:

    Ever wonder why Hillary was made Secretary of State immediately on Obama’s election?  Weren’t they big enemies in the primaries?  Gee, could it be this was the payoff for her keeping quiet about what she knew of Obama’s real background?

  62. BillSchrier says:

    You can check this out on YouTube, but have you ever noticed Obama looks nothing like the man he claims is his father?  Instead, his facial features look a lot more like those of Frank Marshall Davis, the Communist friend of his father and himself when he was a boy.  Frank Marshall Davis is the man referred to in Dreams from my Father as “Uncle Frank”.  One of his hobbies was to shoot soft porn photos, some of which include a young woman who looks a whole lot like Obama’s mother.  All this is well documented on the internet, just search for it.

  63. BillSchrier says:

    Watchful BillSchrier I am referring to the 95% of blacks who voted for Obama.  Then a large percentage of them turn around and complain that he isn’t doing enough for black people, as if they deserve personal payment for their votes.  This is their mindset, which I can understand seeing as how the Democratic party has been in the business of rewarding only their voting base for decades.  The Democratic party loves to create more dependency on the federal government.  Each new government dependent is a sure vote for the Democratic party as those who depend on the government for  their income will never vote to cut the size of government.  If you don’t pay federal income taxes but only receive government handouts, you tend to not care how big the deficit and debt are, in fact you want the deficit to be larger and the new debt to go to you as additional handouts.

  64. Watchful says:

    BillSchrier

    Well, I don’t support either of the 2 major political parties, nor do I vote for ANY of their candidates, but it’s not like the republicans don’t do all that they can to further the agenda of THEIR corporate benefactors just like the democrats do. If u r as politically astute as u seem to think u r, then u should know that both parties r funded by the same wealthy donors, so one is no better or worse than the other IMO. They’re 2 wings of the same bird and that bird only flies on behalf of the wealthy elite.

  65. MisterHix says:

    An open question for Yvette… Is the purpose of your blog (blogging) to enlighten the Black Communities, Black People, or People in general… is there a remote possibility that you could be (wrong) more naive of the mindset of the astute Black Communities… or the workings of our political system (for lack of Black votes) than you think?

  66. Watchful says:

    BillSchrier  

    Old news … u’re not making any great revelations here. Sounds like u’re directly quoting from ‘The Obama Deception’ or ‘Rothschild’s Choice’ documentaries both of which I’ve seen already. Besides, if u think u’re gonna change the minds of his defenders/enablers by spouting off all this regurgitated info then u r sadly mistaken.

  67. BillSchrier says:

    Watchful BillSchrier This comment of yours I agree with 100%.  The two parties are 2 wings of the same bird, that is exactly my point.  I don’t vote for either, both are now tools of the globalists.  I vote either Libertarian or Constitution Party.

  68. hiroader2 says:

    @Hixx …. Problem with people in “General”.., When a law like stop-n-frisk, followed by false police reports & abusive excuses for resisting arrests “People in General ” have dropped the ball in supporting the constitutional & civil rights of fellow citizens… YBW has presented news covered by various media(s).., and yet agitators dispute truths & facts… Take the this particular article., Tell which political or social events were taken out of detail and remember bloggers are entitled to opinion, just proof read the Limbaugh letter….

  69. hiroader2 says:

    @ illSchrier… By keeping up with the writer’s blogs people would already have noted the discussion brought up the ” voting on policy instead of voting on candidates”.., an agenda before supporting a political which doesn’t protect it’s constituency.., It is the agitators who’ve diverted, distorted and distracted the topic to blindly supporting a political a party thats fail to protect its constituency…

  70. MisterHix says:

    @hiroader2… While we are engaged with a multitude of topics here that our Black Communities are struggling with in “General” laws relative “stop-n-frisk, false police arrest, false police reports, and abuse of police authority” that too often condoned by the powers that be… remains at the forefront.
    As we speak I personally (just recently having become a victim) without fanfare am involved in that specific litigation “supporting the constitutional & civil rights of fellow citizens” as well. Had I acted accordingly (in the manner we (too) often read about or witness news wise) more likely than not I wouldn’t be here (now) to tell my story… as chance are its aftermath would somehow have been ” justified by (the bias though “entitled opinion” of) “The Powers That Be” in control.
    Having learned decades ago (I’m 62) that the pen (as it relates to ones mind) is mightier than the sword, armed with the knowledge of playing by and according to “their” rules (proof read as not to be “disputed by agitators” or influenced by protestors protesting riotously merely to incite) the battle is not one insurmountable.
    YBW is entitled to her opinion as are you and I, and everyone else here whose opinion is to influence. However paramount is one being abreast of and privy to those who naively attempt to influence the even less astute; with what they naively see as no fault of their own (lack of knowledge).

  71. MisterHix says:

    @hiroader2… While we are engaged with a multitude of topics here that our Black Communities are struggling with in “General”, laws relative “stop-n-frisk, false police arrest, false police reports, and abuse of police authority” that’s too often condoned by the powers that be… all remains at the forefront.
    As we speak I am personally (just recently having become a victim for the 3rd time) without fanfare involved in that specific litigation “supporting the constitutional & civil rights of fellow citizens” as well as my own. Knowing had I acted accordingly (in the manner we (too) often read about or witness) more likely than not I wouldn’t be here (now) to tell my story… as chance are its aftermath would somehow have been ” justified by (the bias though “entitled opinion” of) “The Powers That Be” in control.
    Having learned decades ago (I’m 62) that the pen (as it relates to ones mind) is mightier than the sword, I’m armed with the knowledge of playing by and according to “their” rules… (proof read as not to be “disputed by agitators” or influenced by protestors protesting riotously merely to incite) the battle is not one insurmountable… and would be a hell of a lot easier if there were less jocks just wanting to hog the ball (that they keep dropping).
    YBW is entitled to her opinion as are you and I, and everyone else here whose opinion is to influence. However paramount is one being abreast of and privy to those who naively attempt to influence the politically less astute, and socially naive; with their naively conceived formulated opinions that they see as no fault of their own (lack of knowledge). Like a non-swimmer diving off Hoover Dam in an attempt to learn how to swim on their own.

  72. MisterHix says:

    @hiroader2… Lets simplify it even more… President Obama setting by example doesn’t wear his pants hanging off his Azz, nor does his off spring, as he has “an agenda”… “it is the agitators who’ve diverted, distorted and distracted” from “the topic to blindly support its” pants sagging “constituency”.

  73. MahoganyPerceptions says:

    I am so confused by my own people bashing President Obama for consistently speaking to and about our you Black men!! Where do these people live – if in the US, are they on an island? Or in a remote suburb? Cause in these Divided States of America, the so-called ‘free’ Black men are becoming distinct. The once heavily populated black neighborhoods are now Laotian and Hispanic neighborhoods and it’s not because the Black people moved, it’s because most of them are dead and a few of them reside in the billion dollar prison industry so the one Black man has held and still holds the highest job title in the US cares to work with our young men and encourage them to set such high standards for themselves and I applaud him!

  74. MahoganyPerceptions says:

    If a foreigner read some of these posts they would think that there has been a president at sometime in this countries history who fought for justice for Black people and we had an equal social and economical existence – but there hasn’t been!!! and there hasn’t been anyone who has been brave enough to go against the core except President Obama. But I suppose he would look like a bad leader because he’s trying to help people who don’t want to be helped and who only voted in the election of the presidency because they haven’t educated themselves on voting for local government so this President congregates daily with many men who make no qualms about the fact that they hate him and will never embrace the fact that he is their superior – yet he stands his ground! And again, I applaud him!! If you’re only brave in front of people who look like you, that doesn’t make you brave, that only makes you comfortable in your environment.

  75. MichaelLofton says:

    BlackheywoodHeywood
    Amen and well said.  The Black community has been going down like the “Titanic” the entire time BO has been in office.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Capp
    Back in the day “Al Capp” a political cartoonist created a creature called a “Kickme”, the original version being Black with a target on it’s butt. 
    This “kickme” creature grinned from ear to ear every time it was kicked, the harder it was kicked the bigger the grin.
    This cartoon still represents the mindset of far too many Blacks today, who make heroes of misfits and who kick to the curb individuals truly worthy of praise…….the greatest oppressor of Blacks today being sellout Black leaders and lawyers.

  76. hiroader2 says:

    According to the topic of this article, it answers your question… At 90-95% percent voter support by the AA democrat constituency in two campaigns.., shouldn’t the Obama administration & democratic party be more obligated, protective of it’s constituency?… Why would it take 5-6 yrs and thousands people (potential constituents) to suffer violations of their civil & constitutional rights by the Bloomberg stop-n-frisk law… If your the Obama administration & democrat party.. Having trouble with the congressional bill blocking, Why would they (democrats) standby while AA’s were gerrymandering from voting?… And lastly the Democrats originally drafted the civil rights & voter rights acts., Shouldn’t this Obama administration & the Democrat party consider those legislations (SACRED COWS) that shouldn’t be tampered with by the conservatives?…. These are questions of constituent responsibility by their political representatives & why representation going downhill….

  77. CarolParks says:

    WASHINGTON — President Obama spoke in unusually personal terms at the White House on Thursday about how he got high as a teenager and was at times indifferent to school as he deplored what he called America’s numbness to the plight of young black men.
    Drawing on the power of his own racial identity in a way he seldom does as president, Mr. Obama sought to connect his personal narrative about growing up without a father to that of a generation of black youth in the United States who he said faced higher odds of failure than their peers.
    “I didn’t have a dad in the house,” Mr. Obama said as he announced a $200 million, five-year initiative, My Brother’s Keeper, to help black youth. “And I was angry about it, even though I didn’t necessarily realize it at the time. I made bad choices. I got high without always thinking about the harm that it could do. I didn’t always take school as seriously as I should have. I made excuses. Sometimes I sold myself short.”
    Mr. Obama said the idea for My Brother’s Keeper occurred to him in the aftermath of the killing of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager whose death two years ago sparked a roiling national debate about race and class. He called the challenge of ensuring success for young men of color a “moral issue for our country” as he ticked off the statistics: black boys who are more likely to be suspended from school, less likely to be able to read, and almost certain to encounter the criminal justice system as either a perpetrator or a victim.Photo

  78. CarolParks says:

    MichaelLofton  You really are so uninformed.President Obama’s I.Q. is 165, that is a Genius. Giving $200 MILLION to the new Program “My Brother’s Keeper”, is an excellent start for the youth in this country. He will have a wonderful legacy in history as a great President.

  79. CarolParks says:

    MahoganyPerceptions  So refreshing to read your post. I really respect President Obama and KNOW he cares very much about the Black youth in this country, and all youth for that matter. The First Lady is an excellent example of Class, Caring, and Beauty. I admire her also for all she has done. He gave $200 Million towards this new Youth Program for young Black males, it’s a great start.

  80. hiroader2 says:

    LoL., I imagine not many fmr. Harvard graduates law professors who can’t protect his constituency’s constitutional & civil right as a non pants sagging political representative… (After all, He did smoke a little weed Hawaii right?)…. Obama’s community organizing in Chicago is what Hillary was to New York and Cheney’s daughter is to Wyoming… Not to worry, there are plenty of life-long career AA representatives from the main-land who’ve failed to close the cultural & generation gaps of their pants sagging. constituents also.., But that failure will result in the dismissal of their political usefulness…

  81. ROBERT@atx says:

    @ MICHAEL LOFTON

    THANKS for the clip of TERRY ANDERSON it was good to see him once again; I’M from SO. CEN. L/A and I remember his SUNDAY radio shows and he told us long ago what would happen to us if we went down this road and we didn’t listen and now black people lost the most prosperous black communities in the country as a result of not being able to face the truth and live in the real world.

    I don’t know what’s coming next but I do know that it will be painful because that’s the only way we seem to learn.

    KEEP POSTING YOUR WORK!

  82. Watchful says:

    hiroader2  

    Well, according to this article he smoked more than just ‘a little weed’. 🙂

    http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2012/may/29/new_biography_says_obama_smoked

  83. TerryLAnderson says:

    Hey Watchful,
    I think by now everyone who follows this blog, understands that u’re no fan of Black Ppl, we understand that u’re not a Democrat, we also understand that u hate the POTUS…..We get it ok!!!! U may have noticed that everyone else has already tuned U out.Frankly, I’m tired of deleting ur post. Could and would u please let it go, move the hell on. U won’t convert anyone here with all that conservative (I.e. racist) bullsh##…..#NotHappening

  84. MichaelLofton says:

    ROBERT@atx
    Like yourself I’ve been here, LA,  long enough to live through the major demographic shifts from Black to Hispanic, namely illegal alien.  Although I was only 11 years old at that time, I lived with other family members just east of Main Street, on 120th Street, during the ’65 Watts Riot.  Fremont, Jefferson, Washington, Manual Arts, Locke, Compton, Jordan High Schools used to have a predominately Black student body, and many of the teachers were Black as well.  Not today though, now its damn near all Hispanic, many being illegal aliens.
    I’m from Baltimore, MD.  Similar activity, as it pertains to US born Black men and women being displaced by foreign nationals is also taking place in Baltimore, Detroit, Atlanta, New Orleans, etc, etc.
    I listening to Hannity the other day as it concerns Spike Lee not wanting outside interests buying into Harlem, NY, for the similar reasons of developers pricing Blacks out of existence.  I agree with Spike Lee.  “He or she who bears the cross wears the crown”….meaning the actual individuals who take the risks, and make the investment control a community.  It would be of more benefit to the Black community if the Black affluent, middle class, working class all work together to improve the quality of life for the entire Black community to keep outsiders from taking over the Black community.

  85. Watchful says:

    TerryLAnderson  

    Funny how u seem to have assumed the role of spokesperson for everyone else that follows this blog. LOL

    U seem to be a tad upset over my posts.

    Here’s a suggestion, y not simply stop reading them, hmmm? 

    And the idea that I might have even a remote interest in ‘converting’ anyone here is beyond laughable. 

    I think u may need to get a better grip on ur emotions. Perhaps a nice warm cup of chamomile might help calm u down a bit. 🙂

  86. MichaelLofton says:

    CarolParks
    CarolParks and/or any other misfit Black leader advocates.
    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1068103
    http://www.ceyseauinc.com/CourtsEnforceBlackCodes.html
    http://www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore/9780988450707.html
    http://www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore/9780988450714.html
    http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-155551 
    I choose my own heroes, not you, and BO and/or sellout Black leaders are not even considered.
    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1099157 
    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1077113
    Barack Obama is an idiot, a sellout, a puppet, and once again an empty suit, a “Chicago cut-Throat”.
    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-769637
    CNN I-Report: “Graduating Magna cum Laude from Harvard Law School is not alone proof of competency.” by Unique81
    Here’s a President who has never run a business, never practiced law, or when he tried to practice law, instead of stepping up to the plate to competently represent the Chicago inner-city Black men, women, children subjected to serious asbestos health hazards created by slum landlords who were negligence/contempt……
    …..sided with the perpetrators and/or protected the interests of building owners/managers over suing the wrongdoers in behalf of Black inner-city residents.

  87. MichaelLofton says:

    http://www.livefyre.com/profile/_up13376392@livefyre.com/ and/or any other misfit Black leader advocates.
    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1068103
    http://www.ceyseauinc.com/CourtsEnforceBlackCodes.html
    http://www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore/9780988450707.html
    http://www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore/9780988450714.html
    http://www.africanamerica.org/fileSendAction/fcType/0/fcOid/128788938051977186/filePointer/128788938052440503/fodoid/128788938052440501/THE_LA_SENTINEL_.pdf
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbvFE-T1njI&feature=c4-overview&list=UUJ4t6E6kDQD0mZLI00JdTvw
    http://lasentinel.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9268&Itemid=210
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpzr8ZuHdmA
    YouTube: “Compton: Corruption, Incompetence, or Just Business As Usual?” by KCETSoCalConnected, Mar 27, 2013
    http://www.kcet.org/shows/socal_connected/content/government/compton-corruption-incompetence-or-just-business-as-usual.html
    “Compton: Corruption, Incompetence, or Just Business As Usual?” March 27, 2013
    http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-155551 
    http://articles.latimes.com/2004/may/23/magazine/tm-crbakewell21
    I choose my own heroes, not you, and BO and/or sellout Black leaders are not even considered.
    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1099157 
    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1077113
    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1088007
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7hyUucbmj4
    Barack Obama is an idiot, a sellout, a puppet, and once again an empty suit, a “Chicago cut-Throat”.
    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-769637
    CNN I-Report: “Graduating Magna cum Laude from Harvard Law School is not alone proof of competency.” by Unique81
    Here’s a President who has never run a business, never practiced law, or when he tried to practice law, instead of stepping up to the plate to competently represent the Chicago inner-city Black men, women, children subjected to serious asbestos health hazards created by slum landlords  negligence and contempt……
    …..sided with the perpetrators and/or protected the interests of building owners/managers over suing the wrongdoers in behalf of Black inner-city residents.

  88. MisterHix says:

    @MichaelLofton… You’ve been ranting endlessly for the last couple months here, in an attempt to project your mindset and personal issues upon others. You’ve expounded upon your personal life, job situation or the lack there of, and the wrong done to your Mother. Its really sad that you’re totally oblivious your (bipolar like) obsession.
    You’ll never have “A Hero” in your lifetime let alone a Black One… for all the obvious reasons.
    Might I suggest with (no pun intended and) all sincerity that you seek professional help and become your own “Hero”.
    I’m not bashing you nor am I criticizing you… I’m just as much for helping our Black people as you are, and you too need realize (as so many others here have reading you know) that all your rage is within you… Its really sad that people like yourself are more times than not their own worst enemy, and haven’t got a clue.

  89. MichaelLofton says:

    MisterHix
    Well…….call it what you choose, but the truth is on my side, and I’m not the only Black man who has contempt for BO and other misfits.  I’m not about to flip this script
    I CHOOSE MY OWN HEROES, NOT YOU.  I’VE MADE IT Worthy OF RESPECT ADMIRATION.
    Finally, it is not important to me as to what you think or say about me, because you are not an ingredient to my success story!

  90. TerryLAnderson says:

    Thank U Mr.Hix, I growing tired of deleting his bs…Urs is the voice of reason, hopefully he will listen….#BoutTiredOfHim

  91. MisterHix says:

    @MichailLofton… “We are as individually complex as we are many, a multitude of diverse personalities, compounded with just as many divergent opinions as those relative… Yet still among the multitudes there exist plausible, divergent, and diverse personalities of distinction” (like that of President Barack Obama).
    Seemingly exempt of the masses’ exhausting expedition, we marvel at his accomplishments” (that you Michael have a disdain for) “as being exemplary; after having scornfully objected to his distinctive way of thinking. Drumming His Own March… R.H. 7/20/93”

  92. MichaelLofton says:

    MisterHix
    MisterHix
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfFVKqHWJU0&list=PL3wOMvsbrHiLE64fsqfWHzw8j2XR2ERrL
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGzb6OOk3iw 
    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-892237
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZRJCs34g0k
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb-WdzVaUGA
    Since this is a free country, you have the right to be as much of a fool/buffoon as you choose to be, but everyone is not going to follow that huge group of misguided individuals in the Black community who make heroes of misfits such as Barack Obama, Clarence Thomas, Kwame Kilpatrick, Danny Bakewell, Sr., Congressman John Lewis, Maxine Waters, Karen Bass, Herb Wesson, Mark Ridley Thomas, Roderick Wright, Yvonne “Brentwood” Burke, Reverend John Hunter, Reverend Creflo Dollar, etc., etc.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tx06qb9rKgkv
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwAioSrD_MQ

  93. MichaelLofton says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfFVKqHWJU0&list=PL3wOMvsbrHiLE64fsqfWHzw8j2XR2ERrL
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGzb6OOk3iw 
    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-892237
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZRJCs34g0k
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cb-WdzVaUGA
    Since this is a free country, you have the right to be as much of a fool/buffoon as you choose to be, but everyone is not going to follow that huge group of misguided individuals in the Black community who make heroes of misfits such as Barack Obama, Clarence Thomas, Kwame Kilpatrick, Danny Bakewell, Sr., Congressman John Lewis, Maxine Waters, Karen Bass, Herb Wesson, Mark Ridley Thomas, Roderick Wright, Yvonne “Brentwood” Burke, Reverend John Hunter, Reverend Creflo Dollar, etc., etc.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tx06qb9rKgkv
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwAioSrD_MQ

  94. hiroader2 says:

    @Hicks… Your a funny (contradicting) guy., Not saying your a agitator or instigator(not)… But your views & comments go to personal attacks instead of counterpoint… You’ve yet to reply how a fmr. Law professor now democrat president could look the other way while college students are gerrymandered by conservative city councils?.. Where civil right & voter right act were consider “SACRED COWS) drafted by the Democrat Party.., How does a democrat administration & democrat representatives allow the conservatives to tamper with those laws?… At the age of 62, I’m sure as a AA (LOL) how civil & voters rights made a difference for socially & politically…

  95. MisterHix says:

    @hiroader2… if your going to be taking the high road too… then you need read back… way back to realize its not a personal attack but an observation read… further if “the age of 62” is humorous to you – keep living and perhaps someday you really will be on the high-road, being longevity has its place in history… particularly Black history. My being a contradicting guy to you, is merely your lack of comprehension of what you read.
    If you don’t mind my asking… might I ask how old you are, what you do for a living, your level of education, are you married, are you a parent?… Do you find my questioning irrelevant… because all you have to be is Black (“AA”) with your hands out looking for a hand out, as an entitlement because we have a Black President. Do you really think President Obama, is holding out, intentionally not wanting to wave that “Black Magic Wand”?
    Were you as concerned about Black People during Bush’s Presidency… did you blog your resentments then… or are you relatively (like this blog) new to the Black Conscious World?
    You need know that while reading is fundamental comprehension is paramount. Am I being or getting too personal with you here?

  96. hiroader2 says:

    Surely comprehension is lacking on your part.. The questions were simple… Whether you consider civil rights & voters rights. “Sacred Cows” for African American political representatives?…
    Secondly, Do you feel African American representatives should take conservative gerrymandering, redistricting, vote tampering /disenfranchisement with eminent concern..?
    Third question, Are you suggesting civil & voters right acts “handouts”…
    And yes all else is irrelevant… Is that “Paramount fundamental comprehension” for you?..

  97. MisterHix says:

    @hiroader2… and speaking of ones level of comprehension how did you comprise your thoughts into your questions from… “Yes, Obama, Black Parents Do Have a Responsibility, But What’s the Responsibility of Black Presidents?” by repeating what you read?
    Would you not say that your belligerence arises from you lack of comprehension, or understanding of the check and balancing of our Political system… with proof being your diversion from and worst circumvention of Topic… like taking “handouts” out of context, twisting and stretching suggestively.
    When you don’t know what to say or how to say it, its best to say nothing… less chance of removing doubt relative confirmation your lacking astuteness.
    And if your of the mind (here and now) that I’m insulting your intellect, before you reply you need seriously ask yourself why.

  98. CarolParks says:

    MichaelLofton CarolParks  You must KNOW that President Obama came into office after GW Bush, had just destroyed this country, & the economy. UNLIKE GW Bush who had a HUGE SURPLUS to work with after he came into office after Clinton. 

    Because of our President, he stopped this country from going into the worst depression ever in the history of man. And he did it with a GOP CONGRESS after Nov. 2010. 

    We also have not had a 911 or anything close to it since he has been President. He has kept us safe, even got Bin Laden. And UNLIKE the GOP, he saved The Auto Industry & the thousands of jobs in Detroit that were associated with it, and the jobs all across the country that were associated with the auto industry.

    He also put in place a plan to save your home if you were being foreclosed. I personally know of a few people who took advantage of it and got a 2% rate. That was for everyone in this country. Now there is HARP, a Government program to help people stay in their homes.

    He did a lot, including giving money back to a lot of middle income, & poor people on their taxes. Programs which gave you $8,000 towards a new car, $10,000 towards a first time buyers new home. And another $10,000 to help you open a business. 

    And despite the lies from the GOP, the Healthcare Act is doing a great job for people who never had insurance and needed medical care.

    I know you will hate him no matter what, but you really are in denial knowing what he has done and denying it. 

    I notice you have not said one word about Darrell Issa, one of the most corrupt people in Congress. Or Dick Chenny, GW Bush who profitted over two Illegal Wars. And Thousands were killed and maimed. You have no problems with the real crooks in America. Check out the CROOK Darrell Issa,

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/06/20/877630/-The-Strange-Career-of-Darrell-Issa#

    As you probably know, radical right-wing Republican U.S. Representative Darrell Issa has promised the fanatics and haters who make up the Republican “base” that if the Republicans win control of Congress this November, he will use his position to launch one investigation after another of President Obama and his White House staff. The objective will be simple: to destroy Obama and possibly set up the “grounds” for the impeachment of the President. In the twisted, sick world of the Radical Right, no Democrat has the right to govern–ever. Issa intends to see to it that Barack Obama does not get to govern our country, and he intends to send a message: this is what will happen to EVERY Democrat who has the temerity to win the Presidency. Therefore, I thought it might be good to turn my gaze on Issa’s career, to see what kind of man we’re up against. I think you’ll be as appalled and disgusted as I am.
    DARRELL THE CON MAN; DARRELL THE CAR THIEF?
    In http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/06/25/ISSA.TMP article from the San Francisco Chronicle, we see the interesting story of Darrell and his brother, who set up a phony car theft and then sold the “stolen” car to a Mercedes-Benz dealer.
    In the San Jose case, Issa, who at the time was a 27-year-old U.S. Army officer, and William Issa, 29, were arrested by San Jose police on a felony auto-theft charge in February 1980.
    They were accused of a scheme in which Issa’s brother allegedly sold Issa’s cherry-red Mercedes 240 to Smythe European Motors in San Jose for $13,000 cash and three $1,000 traveler’s checks. Within hours, Issa reported the car stolen from a lot at the Monterey airport, near his Army post at Fort Ord.
    Issa and his brother pleaded not guilty. A judge ordered them to stand trial on felony charges, saying he had a “strong suspicion” that the men had committed the crime, according to the records.
    The case was not prosecuted because the DA didn’t think he had a strong enough case, even though strong suspicions still surrounded the Issa brothers. Darrell was also suspected in involvement with two other car thefts, but he blamed his brother William for both of them and denied any wrongdoing. At the time the Chronicle published this article, by the way, Issa was spearheading the movement to recall California Governor Gray Davis, a movement which eventually led to the disastrous governorship of Arnold Schwarzenegger. You will recall that this recall campaign aided and abetted Enron’s looting of California via the phony “electricity crisis”.
    DARRELL THE TOOL OF BIG BUSINESS; DARRELL THE ARSONIST?
    The Media Matters Action Network has assembled a synopsis of Issa’s wretched, scandal-plagued political career right http://politicalcorrection.org/factcheck/201006010005. Among the interesting findings:

  99. CarolParks says:

    MisterHix  Love your replies! But, it’s a waste of time. He writes & copies “books”, of propaganda on many of the subjects on here. It’s very difficult to read other people’s opinions because he takes up so much of the page. And the UTUBES! LOL! 

    I am really surprised that they allow this on here, as it is not fair to others who just want to share a comment or two.  😉

    But, thanks for your effort!! I’m sure many agree with you.

  100. MichaelLofton says:

    That old tired line of blaming former President Bush for Barack Obama’s shortcomings is as unrealistic as running away from the truth can get.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nirnIV5pfs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfFVKqHWJU0&list=PL3wOMvsbrHiLE64fsqfWHzw8j2XR2ERrL
     Barack Obama and other Charlatans are not serving the inner-city, as this pertains to serving the Black community.  
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdTihf2_GGM
    The Republican Party is not responsible for the problems and issues that exist to keep inner-city residents in poverty and without competent representation.    Democrat Party affiliated elected officials hold office in these areas.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sKpzmojjfU
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEZQTvoqRhs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr1M1T2Y314
    The Democratic Party, through the policies of its own elected officials, the greed of real estate agents conducting business in the inner-city, and/or the many individuals who were not financially qualified…i.e…. taking on loan obligations that he or she could not meet contributed to Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac/Housing crisis.
    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-detroit-bankruptcy-20140222,0,3941443.story#axzz2vA60kYR5
    Black Detroit is in worst shape than ever.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwAioSrD_MQ
    Here again, the Democratic Party, through inept leaders such as Kwame Kilpatrick and other self serving no good Black elected officials affiliated with the Democratic Party have contributed to driving Detroit into bankruptcy.

  101. MichaelLofton says:

    CarolParks
    http://www.livefyre.com/profile/_up13376392@livefyre.com/
    ….that old tired line of blaming former President Bush for Barack Obama’s shortcomings is as unrealistic as running away from the truth can get.
    Again I choose my own heroes not you.  Barack Obama and other Charlatans are not serving the inner-city, as this pertains to serving the Black community.  
    The Republican Party is not responsible for the problems and issues that exist to keep inner-city residents in poverty and without competent representation.    Democrat Party affiliated elected officials hold office in these areas.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sKpzmojjfU
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEZQTvoqRhs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr1M1T2Y314
    The Democratic Party, through the policies of its own elected officials, the greed of real estate agents conducting business in the inner-city, and/or the many individuals who were not financially qualified…i.e…. taking on loan obligations that he or she could not meet contributed to FannieMae/FreddyMac/Housing crisis.
    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-detroit-bankruptcy-20140222,0,3941443.story#axzz2vA60kYR5
    Black Detroit is in worst shape than ever so save that garbage for the gullible. 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwAioSrD_MQ
    Here again, the Democratic Party, through inept leaders such as Kwame Kilpatrick and other self serving no good Black elected officials affiliated with the Democratic Party have driven Detroit into bankruptcy.

  102. MichaelLofton says:

    ….that old tired line of blaming former President Bush for Barack Obama’s shortcomings is as unrealistic as running away from the truth can get.
    The Republican Party is not responsible for the problems and issues that exist to keep inner-city residents in poverty and without competent representation.    Democrat Party affiliated elected officials hold office in these areas.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sKpzmojjfU
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEZQTvoqRhs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr1M1T2Y314
    The Democratic Party, through the policies of its own elected officials, the greed of real estate agents conducting business in the inner-city, and/or the many individuals who were not financially qualified…i.e…. taking on loan obligations that he or she could not meet contributed to FannieMae/FreddyMac/Housing crisis.
    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-detroit-bankruptcy-20140222,0,3941443.story#axzz2vA60kYR5
    Black Detroit is in worst shape than ever so save that garbage for the gullible. 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwAioSrD_MQ
    Here again, the Democratic Party, through inept leaders such as Kwame Kilpatrick and other self serving no good Black elected officials affiliated with the Democratic Party have driven Detroit into bankruptcy.

  103. hiroader2 says:

    Three simple questions and still diversion, agitation & instigation… Here we go again,… The Obama administration spent a 6 years of gridlock, stonewalling, from getting policy & business done… Atleast so the “great taste vs less filling ” political theatre would publicly indicate… So as a former community organizer with a 90-95% percent constituency support., Do you address parenting measures as the political obstruction or do you take that support base.., TAP those “checks & balances ” that’ll allow more of his support voter access and work on eliminating obstructers by putting supporters in their seats instead of “Reaching Accross the Aisles” and showing his constituents a nub…. But!.., When your pants-saggin college constituents are gerrymandered from voting,.. when false charges, false arrest, stop-n-frisk civil rights violations disqualify, discourage supporters.., when political opposition subvertly infiltrate the constitutional rights, voter rights & civil rights., then YES!., The conservatives have made the effort to secure their *Checks & Balances* by politically destructing the voter support.. Judicially harassing minority bystanders with stop-n-frisk.. THEN your a blind Obama supporter not realizing democrat party representative(s) concern for parenting responsibility is an distraction from nationally opening political avenues for qualified young supporters…. It’s people like Hix, who’ll support a politician instead of supporting an policy, an agenda, a political movement for “checks & balances ” where representatives have failed… Hick your confusing legislation & policies with. Budget handouts… a typical tea party mistake…

  104. MichaelLofton says:

    TerryLAnderson
    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-769637
    CNN I-Report: “Graduating Magna cum Laude from Harvard Law School is not alone proof of competency.” by Unique81
    Here’s a President who has never run a business, never practiced law, or when he tried to practice law, instead of stepping up to the plate to competently represent the Chicago inner-city Black men, women, children subjected to serious asbestos health hazards created by slum landlords  negligence and contempt……
    …..sided with the perpetrators and/or protected the interests of building owners/managers over suing the wrongdoers in behalf of Black inner-city residents.

  105. MichaelLofton says:

    MisterHix
    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1076684
    With or without my input reality speaks to the contrary, as this concerns Barack Obama being competent and actually using his influence as the 1st Black President to serve inner-city residents.
    The contempt for Obama and other snake oil salesperson forked tongue sleazy Black elected leaders have every to do with BO’s and/or other misfits contempt for “Oath of Office”, treason for American citizens, and disdain for the Black community, and nothing to do with hatred.
    Barack ” the Magic Negro” Obama, should leave office…..tomorrow would not be too soon, so that he can spend more time visiting his “Irish” relatives.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nirnIV5pfs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfFVKqHWJU0&list=PL3wOMvsbrHiLE64fsqfWHzw8j2XR2ERrL
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfxVkLhlu5s
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX2XyLUxwcI
    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-769637
    CNN I-Report: “Graduating Magna cum Laude from Harvard Law School is not alone proof of competency.” by Unique81
    Here’s a President who has never run a business, never practiced law, or when he tried to practice law, instead of stepping up to the plate to competently represent the Chicago inner-city Black men, women, children subjected to serious asbestos health hazards created by slum landlords  negligence and contempt……
    …..sided with the perpetrators and/or protected the interests of building owners/managers over suing the wrongdoers in behalf of Black inner-city residents.
    President Barack Obama and other Charlatans are not serving the inner-city, as this pertains to serving the Black community, and that’s a well known fact of life!

  106. MichaelLofton says:

    TerryLAnderson
    It is not BS to the naysayers.   Whether you believe it or not many individuals are fed up with your President….
     Barack “the Magic Negro/Dream Act/Illegal Alien Bootlicking” Obama
    Reality speaks to the contrary, as this concerns Barack Obama being competent and actually using his influence as the 1st Black President to serve inner-city residents.
    The contempt for Obama and other snake oil salesperson forked tongue sleazy Black elected leaders have every to do with BO’s and/or other misfits contempt for “Oath of Office”, treason for American citizens, and disdain for the Black community, and nothing to do with hatred.
    Barack ” the Magic Negro” Obama, should leave office…..tomorrow would not be too soon, so that he can spend more time visiting his “Irish” relatives.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nirnIV5pfs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEsjttP0Ag4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfFVKqHWJU0&list=PL3wOMvsbrHiLE64fsqfWHzw8j2XR2ERrL
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfxVkLhlu5s
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX2XyLUxwcI
    http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-769637
    CNN I-Report: “Graduating Magna cum Laude from Harvard Law School is not alone proof of competency.” by Unique81
    Here’s a President who has never run a business, never practiced law, or when he tried to practice law, instead of stepping up to the plate to competently represent the Chicago inner-city Black men, women, children subjected to serious asbestos health hazards created by slum landlords  negligence and contempt……
    …..sided with the perpetrators and/or protected the interests of building owners/managers over suing the wrongdoers in behalf of Black inner-city residents.
    President Barack Obama and other Charlatans are not serving the inner-city, as this pertains to serving the Black community, and that’s a well known fact of life!

  107. MichaelLofton says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEsjttP0Ag4
    ……If you are an illegal alien/foreign national/anchor baby you can get mileage out of Obama!  US citizens and legal immigrants, and especially US born descendants of slavery are ignored, disrespected, betrayed, etc., by BO and the Obama Administration!

  108. MisterHix says:

    @MichaelLofton… I really do hope you come back and re-read your posts… this one in particular… after a good nights rest when (hope is) you’re less delusional in your thoughts displayed here.
    Regretfully with all due respect to you as a human being I digress.

  109. MichaelLofton says:

    MisterHix
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEsjttP0Ag4 
    …….I don’t need to do that.  The information and views as expressed to condemn Obama covers much more than just me, and rightfully so!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hy6NrQECDLw
    ……If you are an illegal alien/foreign national/anchor baby you can get mileage out of Obama! 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCul2D8bog8
    US citizens and legal immigrants, and especially US born descendants of slavery are ignored, disrespected, betrayed, etc., by BO and the Obama Administration!

  110. TerryLAnderson says:

    @ Micheal Lofton AND Hiroader something is seriously wrong with u two men. I’ve got some VALID criticisms of the POTUS, but u Guys take it to a whole new level.There is some serious pathology going on for u two. I wud seriously suggest u guys seek help. Please know that ur refusal to acknowledge that there’s a problem is one of the first signs…..Please get urselves some help, meanwhile I’m done with this conversation. I can’t talk to sick ppl.

  111. MisterHix says:

    @ MichaelLofton… All that a Man thinks of himself (positive or negative) so too can (and will) he Manifest of himself. (All the reasons why some people become stars among those who find success in their own life endeavors, while others mundanely view life as a struggling hardship through envious disdainful eyes of resentment. You’ll stress yourself to the breaking point Mike, a ravaged mind self incinerated.
    And further… you need be cognizant of those you think in accord here sharing your crab in the barrel mentality, are just as naive and lost as you if not propagandist (egging you on).

  112. MisterHix says:

    @hiroader2… Your “A” typical what Republican strategist consider the naive, gullible, brain-washable, ignorant wanna be activist, Black voter. The mere fact that you would state, even repeat, or equate “The Obama administration” as having… “spent 6 years of gridlock, stonewalling, from getting policy & business done”… is more than evident a display of your political ignorance as it pertains to our political structure, and most critical the Republican House Majority (and Republican throughout the Republican Party in general) having a pac to just vote “No” and stand (“gridlock-stonewalling) firm against every piece of legislation put forth by the Obama Administration.
    Your gibberish retorts are meaningless, asinine, and frankly a waste of your time and mine, its not strengthening either one of us intellectually.
    First to thyself you need be true… stop all the on the fly you wanna be a part of the mix (here) BS… be constructive you know right from wrong and further two wrongs never made a right. The Civil Rights Movement (which I lived) was far from being a Political Game or Political Debate… Black People Died!… Died For Others Rights To Live Free & Just… of which you and I are beneficiaries.
    … The Change didn’t happen overnight nor in a span of “6 years” (read our Black History) Fortunately Subsequent All We Fought For (acting accordingly playing by the established establishment rules) Is Manifested In Barack Obama… The First (though mixed) Black President Of (the said to be) United States Of America… who some seem to think He “Ain’t Black Enough”… “Ain’t Waving Dat’ Black Wand Fast Or Wide Enough”… “Ain’t Giving His Black People What Dae’ Want”… like black barreled crabs ripping one another apart, in their struggle to escape… totally oblivious the awaiting boiling pot.
    hiroader2 … I need digress from further engaging you too for lack of meaningful, constructive solution relative even camaraderie.

  113. MisterHix says:

    @TerryLAnderson… I couldn’t agree with you more… Its very difficult if not impossible to even enlighten one mentally ill… Its really sad when you think about all the untold and un-toll others of the same mindset.

  114. MichaelLofton says:

    MisterHix
    That is not what the majority everyday working class US Citizens believe.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1qiu8hRZGs
    YouTube:  “Blacks-Protest-Against-Obama -WON’T SEE THIS ON MSNBC”
    Today the “Blacks- against Obama” group is larger than ever! 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4wNMOapzyw
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uk8a0FapUw
    YouTube:  “CPAC 2014 – The Honorable Senator Ted Cruz”
    Amen Ted Cruz.  It is certain that these truths have struck a nerve with President Barack Obama, and liberal ObamaCrats.  Voters from all walks of life are listening and hear you loud and clear.

  115. MichaelLofton says:

    TerryLAnderson
    ….No thanks.
    I don’t need the help or advice from any individual or organization that will insure government dependency over freedom,  or keep me blindly supporting the Democratic Party,  Sellout Black leaders, and destined for failure counter-productive ideology!.  
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1qiu8hRZGs
    YouTube:  “Blacks-Protest-Against-Obama -WON’T SEE THIS ON MSNBC”
    Today the “Blacks- against Obama” group is larger than ever!

  116. hiroader2 says:

    @TerryL.Anderson’s… Not quite sure asto which issues we’re at disagreement to…, Perhaps your chiming in on the “parenting/political responsibility discussion… I assure you the North Carolina college students being gerrymandered by a North Carolina city and the Florida stand-your-ground sit-in students to
    answer the parenting question… Also regard the 90% percent voter Support for two campaigns… So that leaves the current administration & democrat party… Regardless of race these constituents needed better representation…

  117. CarolParks says:

    Tonight on CNN, and on every Thursday night there is a new series called “Gangland Chicago”. It is documenting the problems in the Inner City of Chicago, talking with the citizens who live there. One of the most alarming issue, is the closing of so many schools, the students have to travel thru Gang Controlled areas to access the schools that are left open. Their very lives are threatened everyday, and this includes children from the ages of 6 thru 18. Parents are extremely frustrated, and this series is a real eye opener to those who have no clue as to what is really going on in Chicago. This series is badly needed to address the real, ongoing problems of the Inner City families who live there.I hope this show gets high ratings, so the public can be informed of the FACTS. This is a documentary, and not a reality show.

  118. CarolParks says:

    Excuse me, I got the name wrong, it is called Chicago Land,  Here is the Link:

    http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/us/chicagoland?SR=Chicago_cnn

  119. CarolParks says:

    MichaelLofton  Just so you KNOW, there is NOTHING WRONG with the President visiting his Irish relatives in Ireland. He has also visited his relatives in Kenya, and he travels the world as most Presidents do. So many of your videos have nothing to do with the subject at hand, and are in effect nothing but propaganda. 

    I also notice whether it is accidental, or on purpose that many of your remarks are also stated by Sean Hannity, and Rush Limbaugh. Referring to Ted Cruz is a HUGE RED FLAG where your loyalities lie. You should give some sincere thought to hosting on Fake Fox Lies, as I am sure they would welcome you with open arms. And NO FACTS are allowed there, you would love it!

  120. CarolParks says:

    MisterHix

    He supports Ted Cruz, that should tell you all you need to know.

     He also does not like any Black Congressman, or Senator, or any Black representative of California. Or maybe not all, but most it seems. If I didn’t know better, I would think he was Sean Hannity. 

    Is it just me, or do most of the articles seem Anti-Obama on here? I do not agree with everything the President has done, but I still think he has done a good job considering that he has to deal with the GOP Congress. In fact in many situations he has really done an amazing job considering he has NO SUPPORT from some of the weak Dems either. 

    It also seems that many Black entertainers like Oprah Winfrey are also attacked non-stop on here. How sad is this? People that have struggled all of their lives, make it, and become a real power house in America, only to be degraded by those whom are the very ones she & others try to help, & inspire.

    I cannot understand not being proud of the real accomplishments of these people.

  121. Watchful says:

    CarolParks  

    This may be ‘alarming’ to u, Carol, but it’s really old news to those of us who rely on black news media outlets to inform us. I’ve told my own sister, to no avail, to stop relying on news outlets like CNN to inform her about what’s REALLY goin’ on. CNN is a major mainstream media outlet and they serve the agenda of their corporate-controllers. Maybe u, and my sister, should start seeking out more BLACK-OWNED and CONTROLLED news media outlets instead of all those white ones. I mean, who cares whether CNN gets high ratings for this program, what we need to be askin’ is why they’ve suddenly decided to cover this story?  School closings have been occurring at an increasing rate in damn near EVERY major city in this nation for years now, but CNN is just now deciding to do a documentary on it?   BIG DEAL.

    Here’s a few stories that may give u more insight into the issue of public school closings, and these come from a black-owned and operated news service that we should be supporting. I”ve made a donation to their site b4, but I’m gonna start donating regularly bcuz the info they provide is very valuable to me.

    http://blackagendareport.com/content/why-isnt-closing-129-chicago-public-schools-national-news

    http://blackagendareport.com/content/why-isnt-closing-40-philadelphia-public-schools-national-news-where-black-political-class

    http://blackagendareport.com/content/emergency-managers-school-closings-are-they-racist-does-it-really-matter

    http://blackagendareport.com/content/education-barack-obama-president-privatization-can-we-stop-him-will-we

  122. Watchful says:

    This is for all y’all defenders/enablers/worshippers of the POTUS, but be forewarned as  watching it could possibly cause u to experience convulsions. That is, if u dare even watch it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A0OVzBt4LY

  123. CarolParks says:

    Watchful CarolParks

     First, and foremost I really like your sister! ;-D

    Now, I am no expert on Chicago being that I am on the West Coast in S.F. But, yes I knew of the many school closings there and in other large cities. What I didn’t know was how they had to travel thru such dangerous areas. I know, I’m a bit naive’. Just like most of the population who no doubt does not know this either. 

    CNN has horrible ratings as of late, but still I am hopeful that a lot of people will see this. I don’t care where the information comes from as long as it is factual, and helps spread information so people can make informed decisions when they vote, or make decisions that affect schools, and budgets. The word needs to get out to as many as possible what is happening to our children. There is way too much ignorance in this country on these vital subjects.

    Now later tonight I will read all the sites that you were so kind to list for me here. I may also donate to them after reading and seeing what they stand for. I absolutely believe in supporting Black owned Business’s for many reasons. And I do support them. I’m not a millionaire, but I do what I can. 

    I will be watching the CNN show at 9pm my time, and I hope it turns out to be what they are presenting in their previews. Again, I have many causes but children are always at the top of my list. Thanks again for the links! I will enjoy reading them later tonight. Enjoy your evening!

  124. MichaelLofton says:

    CarolParks
    You are entitled your opinion no matter how misguided.   The videos are not propaganda to the inner-city residents who express them,.  These individuals know for a fact that Harvard educated Barack Obama does not “rat’s ” about improving the conditions in the “inner-city”.  
    I make use of invaluable information no matter where it comes from. 
    There is nothing that you or your ObamaCrat supporters can say or do that can compete with the information that I have acquired from personal sources, the Tea Party movement, actual experience, listening to Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, Lou Dobbs, living in an inner-city environment, actually witnessing the sleaze and greed of Democratic Party affiliated Black leaders, etc., etc. 
    Democratic Party liberal ideology has been rampant in the inner-city for decades, and what has it done but create and expand the dismal conditions that exist in Chicago, Illinois, Detroit, MI, South Los Angeles, Compton, CA, etc.
    I don’t accept advice from any liberal Caucasian, such as yourself, that will not improve my station in life. 
    The Republican Party is not responsible for breaking up Black family structures for profit, playing games of deceit when petitioned for redress, promoting “Food Stamps/AFDC” benefits over gainful employment, using poverty pimps to keep the Black community down, etc.
    The exception being no good Clarence Thomas, a Republican.  Rush Limbaugh/Hannity can give praise to Clarence Thomas, but vehemently disagree with this assessment, because Clarence Thomas is as treasonous to innocent Black men and women violated by rogue police officers and unethical city prosecutors as being treasonous can be!
    Here again, your President Barack Obama, and Multiple members of the Congressional Black Caucus….AKA….the Congressional Black Clueless have the influence to at least make a recommendation to Congress to impeach Clarence Thomas.  These individuals loyalty must be with the Democratic Party and not the Black community, because a responsible Black leader who truly served individuals like me, would definitely take action to impeach Clarence Thomas.
    You bet BO belongs with his Irish relatives, illegal alien advocates, Planned Parenthood, etc., etc., because most inner-city Blacks, and other like minded Black men and women know that BO is not serving the Black community!

  125. Watchful says:

    CarolParks

    I feel fairly safe in assuming my would have mutual sentiments towards u. LOL

    As to those students having to travel thru such unsafe areas both to and from school, I very much agree that that is an issue that should be a great concern to all of us. I just wonder what, if anything, the parents of those students may be doing to see to it that their children are protected. They should be demanding that those neighborhoods where the most danger exists have a much greater police presence, especially during the hours when school opens and closes. We should not tolerate our children being placed in danger zones under any circumstances. If necessary, we should form organized neighborhood patrol groups in coordination with the police to monitor and secure safe passage for our children, especially on their way home from school.

    Regarding CNN’s fall in the ratings, I’m sure there’s a good reason for that. Perhaps more r turning away from mainstream news outlets and r turning to alternative outlets to get more accurate and honest news coverage that genuinely addresses their concerns. If that is indeed the case, then I say that’s a good thing.

    U’re more than welcome for the links. The staff who work at BAR r all top flight news journalists/analysts who do in-depth coverage of issues pertinent to black ppl. I visit to their site regularly. If u do read those articles, I’m sure u’ll find them to be both informative and insightful.

    BTW, I’m not a member of the millionaire’s club either, not even close. 🙂  But, I do try to support different black-owned media outlets whenever I’m able and their’s is one that I definitely feel is deserving of any financial support I can muster.

  126. MichaelLofton says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-kjEMcBol4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDsRv3GFf5M
    ….you bet there are many individuals from all walks of life including Black inner-city residents who do respect Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrette, etc.. 
    http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/05/the_amateur_barack_obama_in_the_white_house.html 
    I’m willing to bet my last dollar that their varied reasons hold validity and are not propaganda!

  127. Watchful says:

    CarolParks

    Oops!  Sorry, I wasn’t able to edit my previous reply in time. I meant to type ‘I feel fairly safe in assuming my sister would have mutual sentiments’ , but I’m guessing u already figured all that out on ur own. 🙂

  128. MisterHix says:

    @MichaelLofton and @Ms. Yvette Carnell… Respectfully… here after I will Unsubscribe from this conversation (a few others and perhaps shortly the blog itself) do to being inundated by Livefyre alerts via MichaelLofton’s excessive obsession to abuse it disrespecting’ly, and Ms. Carnell blog moderator’s allowance of it.

  129. JamesAlexander1 says:

    Thank you, this is so ridiculous.  These people are all mental; especially that damn Michael Lofton.

  130. MichaelLofton IT would be helpful if you wouldn’t spam conversations. This is not a space to blog your thoughts.

  131. MisterHix
    See comment below.. thanks for the heads up.

  132. MisterHix says:

    @Yvette Carnell… Thanks You …@MichaelLotfon… I enjoy reading your opinions, Its your spamming that’s most annoying.

  133. hiroader2 says:

    @Ms.Hix… Petty,and sensitive (hence) the need to mitch.. Atleast Lofton contained his comments to the contents of the blog… Willy Lynch mode suits Obama groupie marks…

  134. MisterHix says:

    @hiroader2… And your “@Ms.Hix” commentary is if not “petty and sensitive” on your part?… hiroader its becoming even more obvious (though perhaps unbeknownst to you) your pejoratively projecting your own personal shrouded taboos here… Its indicative those on the DL (deceptive literary) Stance, (lol) those most likely to hide behind fictitious names. #YouGotMeROTFLMAO!

  135. hiroader2 says:

    I’ll throw this stick over a cliff and you go chase it..
    .

  136. MisterHix says:

    @hirader2… If you don’t know you need know as it relates to life… “Brutes find out where their talents lie; A bear will not attemp to fly; A foundered horse will often debate, before he tries a five barred gate; A dog by instinct turns aside who sees the ditch too deep and wide; But man we find the only creature who, led by folly, combats nature; when she loudly cries – forbear! with obstinacy fixes there; And where the genius least inclines absurdly bends his whole (mind’s) design. (J.Swift)”

  137. CarolParks says:

    Watchful CarolParks  I find these very informing and a good news source. I don’t get my main news from T.V. but rather reading different news sites online including News reports from other countries and around the world. I also receive military news reports, and po0litical reports from different sources.

    While I believe these sites that you have put on here are very credible; like most they also have a bias. But, withstanding that they are certainly worth donations to keep them going. So thank-you, I now have another news source.  I also checked out the radio stations as many times I am traveling for long periods of time, and like to listen to something informative.

  138. Watchful says:

    CarolParks

    Glad u found the articles from BAR informative and I’m also glad that u seek out alternative news media sources. BAR is just one of quite a few alternative news sources that I look to to stay informed. And u’re right, almost all news outlets have some kinda bias or agenda, but I try to support those that I feel get closest to the truth.

    BTW, I was able to locate that ‘Chicagoland’ documentary which I started watchin’ last night,but was only able to get thru the first 20 minutes or so. I’ll try to finish it later tonight. I didn’t realize that it was the first installment of a series of episodes so I may try to follow it to see what, if any, solutions they offer. Also, one thing that I was a bit surprised to learn from what I was able to watch of it was that the total number of  murders in Chicago had actually dropped significantly from 2012-2013. Of course, they seemed to credit the new police commissioner who had been brought in from The Bronx in NYC to implement a program to reduce violent crime in the areas where violent gang activity had been taking place. 

    At any rate, like I said b4, I’ll be lookin’ to see what solutions they offer to create a safe environment for the students and residents there, as well as what the ppl there do to stop the school closures.

  139. CarolParks says:

    Watchful CarolParks  Well, I have watched the CNN Chicago Land, twice now, and it is very disturbing. I am not a fan of CNN, but I do like that they are showing this. I only wish it was on 60 Minutes so more people could see this. 60 Minutes has been horrible the last few years, but this is something everyone should see. 

    The parent’s were very united in wanting to stop Rahm Emanuel from closing 53 schools last year in May . His stance was that 56% dropout rate was not acceptable, so he would be closing the schools and putting those resources into making other schools better which these kids would now have to travel to. 

    To me it made no sense. Before shutting down any of these schools, they already had a problem of little children being terrified going to schools that were not far from home, but thru Gang neighborhoods. One little girl who was crying said she was terrified everyday to go to school, and that her little sister who was only in first grade was in danger of being jumped like her.
    My biggest question was why would any Gang member or anyone be jumping on 6 to ten year old children? I understand all about “territory”, drugs and such but these are little kids who are no threat to them. This is just beyond belief. 

    The second thing is why isn’t the Mayor and others providing a safe way to travel to school for these kids? School buses were no where to be found. That would have been my first thought; get school buses maybe with bullet proof glass.

    Many of these children come from a bad family life as I am sure you know and school is their only “family”.  No wonder so many join Gangs, and drop out. I think the Mayor is going about this the wrong way. I in no way have all the answers or solutions, but these children should not have to live like this being terrified to go to school, and no one is looking out for them.
    Another little girl, maybe 9 years old stood on a stage and told the audience in tears how she had to hide in a school building for a very long time because someone was trying to jump her. I was so angry and crying at the same time just listening to this. But, that won’t help a thing.

     I was thinking of Oprah Winfrey who lives in Chicago and hoping she sees this so maybe she can get involved and with all of her big contacts raise money to do something for these children. Something needs to be done, this is not acceptable at all. 

    I’m sorry I get very emotional over these issues.

  140. CarolParks says:

    Watchful CarolParks  

    Ok, part two. This was done last year, so I was also mad about that. It should have aired when all of this was happening. 

    What really stuck out in this Documentary was the Principal of Fenger High School, MS. Elizabeth Dozier. Wow! She just blew me away. She was exceptional as she addressed and handled the problems in her school so effectively. She even was planning a “peace walk” with the students and police thru the streets to show they would not be intimidated. 

    Unfortunately, someone got shot and klilled and now her district was in the middle of two gangs warfare. The peace march had to be postponed.

    There was another little boy, 9 years old who was giving speeches to crowds to keep his school open. His name was Asean Johnson. I believe someday he will have a very productive political life. Out of the 50 schools they finally did close, only three were left open. One of them was Asean Johnson’s. I will have to do some research online to find out was in happening now in those districts, and how many children have died because of these school closings.

    Besides the parent’s, and teachers they had the Teachers & school Unions on their side. But, it didn’t seem to do very much.

    They did have the First Lady there raising money “For At Risk Kids”. She also gave a speech at the funeral of the little girl who had attended and performed at  the President’s Inauguration, and then three weeks later was shot to death. Her name was  Hadiya Pendelton. 15 years old, another sad story. 

    They said there were over 70 Gangs, and 70,000 Gang members in that area of Roseland. I have a link that you may be interested in, it tells you more it’s from the Teachers Union in Chicago. Oh, I’m not sure what you have, but if you have cable T.V. thru Comcast, On Demand has this CNN show that you can see anytime you want for free. Or you can go directly to CNN online and watch it there. Here is the other link:

    http://www.ctunet.com/blog/safely-passing-through-the-history-and-territory-of-chicago-street-gangs

  141. CarolParks says:

    MichaelLofton CarolParks

     Am I so misguided? Do you know that all 26 states that have the Stand Your Ground Law, are run by REPUBLICANS? Do you know that Fake Fox Lies, and all the GOP stood up for George Zimmerman, and called him the VICTIM instead of the Real victim TRAYVON MARTIN?  Do you also know they think that Jordan Davis should have been killed, because DUNN had that right? 

    The GOP approve the murder of BLACK CHILDREN, and are the ones who have and protect those “laws” in every RED STATE. The Democrat’s are not exactly great either, they are the less of two evils. BUT, at least they don’t call Zimmerman a HERO!.

    I could post a ton of UTUBE Videos showing the truth about the GOP, and their RACIST, BACKWARDS PARTY. But, I don’t have the time nor inclination. I don’t care if I am White, Pink, or BLUE! You can’t change the TRUTH and the TRUTH is the GOP are Racist, pieces of garbage who are not for anyone except the people who can line their pockets with money. And yes, unfortunately there are Dem’s like that also. But, saying how great the GOP Party was over 50 years ago has nothing to do with how they are NOW. Tell Trayvon Martin ‘s parents how great they are. Oh, and they have just AGAIN voted AGAINST The VETERANS in America by defeating the Bill for Veterans Benefits. It was the Senate this time, all the GOP voted against it.

    I will say, despite our political differences, I am truly sorry for what happend to you, and your mother. I am not sure how they got away with stealing your retirement, but I certainly sympathise with you on that. There is no real Justice in America for most people.

  142. CarolParks says:

    MichaelLofton CarolParks  http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/02/05/3252511/jordan-davis-26-children-teens-died-florida-stand-ground-cases/
    thinkprogress.org/…/jordan-davis-26-children-teens-died-florida-stand- gr…
    Feb 5, 2014 … Stand Your Ground laws that have proliferated in at least 20 states … by the Tampa Bay Times in which the Stand Your Ground defense was …

  143. CarolParks says:

    MichaelLofton CarolParks  http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2014/02/_stand_your_ground_nation_from_trayvon_martin_to_jordan_davis_how_our_understanding.html

  144. CarolParks says:

    Watchful CarolParks  

    I figured it out! 😉 

    I’m always making mistakes and in too big of a hurry to edit! LOL!

  145. Watchful says:

    CarolParks

    Look, Rhttps://startpage.com/do/search?cmd=process_search&cat=web&query=rahm+emanuel&language=english&no_sugg=1&ff=&engine0=v1all&abp=1 came to Chicago to become mayor so he could implement the proliferation of so-called ‘public ‘, which, as I’ve said b4, is what all these public school closings that r occurring all across this nation r really all about. It’s about M.O.N.E.Y.  Charter schools r privately-owned so referring to them as ‘public’ is a misnomer to begin with. Plus, they will use many of those closed schools for condo conversions or tear them down and build something else on the land they currently occupy. Mayor Emanuel couldn’t care less about the education of poor black children. And I sure hope u don’t think Oprah gives a damn either. Hell, she probably doesn’t even spend much time there anymore and if she does it ain’t spent tryna prevent the closure of those schools. 

    BTW, it’s no need to get mad at CNN, like I told u in my first post in response to u mentioning the series, y did it take them so long to finally address this issue? Now u tell us that they sat on this docu for a year. That says alot about how much of a priority it was for them. And then u say u wish ’60 Minutes’ had aired it. I can’t help but chuckle at that bcuz in some ways CBS is even worse than CNN. Y’all need to stop watchin’ those networks if u really wanna know what’s really goin’ on. 

    At any rate, if anyone else here is interested in watchin’ the first episode of the series here’s a link.

    http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2014/03/07/full-episode-chicagoland-season-1-episode-1.cnn.html

  146. CarolParks says:

    Watchful CarolParks  

    Well, yes I was surprised that they sat on this Doc. I don’t usually watch any of these Media sites, CNN, CBS, ABC, etc. unless it is something that attracts my attention. I told you I get my news from various sources. The reason I say that I like when it is on CNN or CBS, etc. is because the majority of people watch these networks, and thus they would be enlightened to know what is going on.

    That is just my opinion that the more people know the better.

    And thank-you for putting up the link. 

    Yes, I do believe Oprah would help if contacted. She herself came out of poverty in Mississippi. She has built those schools in Africa, which I am sure is great, I just wish she had helped the kids in Chicago first. We need to focus on our own here at home first, before helping others in other countries. Not that I don’t think it’s wonderful, but we have too many problems here.

    You never answered my question as to why would Gang members go after such young children?  I know I am not very knowledgable on this, but I really would like to know.

  147. CarolParks says:

    MichaelLofton CarolParks  

    Oh, I hate to break this to you, but your Heroes Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, O’Reilly and others are all WHITE. So, saying you won’t take advice from a Caucasian is very hypocritcal on your part. And BTW Fake Fox Lies Has you Brainwashed just like anyone who watches that trash. But, if it makes you happy stay with it, it’s a free country for now.

  148. CarolParks says:

    Watchful CarolParks  Oh, believe it or not, I do not trust Rahm Emanuel. Anyone who could disregard the safety for those children ……..well, I can’t say what I would like to do to them. But, it’s not nice.

  149. Watchful says:

    CarolParks

    Well, if it’s enlightenment that ppl r seeking then those tv networks r the last places they should be looking to find it. 

    Also, Oprah shouldn’t need to contacted in order to help those students. If she really cared she would be the one doing the contacting IMO. Besides, if memory serves me, she had her own issues with allegations of abuse at that school she opened in Azania(South Afrika). So, maybe it’s best that she didn’t try to help with the situation in Chicago, she may have only exacerbated the situation.

    As to u’re question, I’m not sure y u feel I would be able to answer that for u. Seeing how I don’t live there I don’t feel qualified to offer an informed opinion on that aspect of the issue. I do wonder, however, if gang members r actually ‘going after’ those students or whether they’re just getting caught up in the crossfire between rival gangs in the neighborhoods where those schools happen to be located. If some children r being targeted it could have more to do with factors other than gang rivalries. I don’t think it’s wise to assume that every incident that occurs in neighborhoods like that r gang-related just bcuz the media and police say they r.

    The bottom line for me is that this is obviously a serious issue for those students and their parents and it’s pretty obvious that those who r in a position to correct or improve the situation have done anywhere near enough to resolve the problems that have existed there for some time now. I think the residents there will have to place much more pressure on those in power if they’re ever to see any significant improvement. But, frankly, I’m not optimistic about things changing very much.

  150. CarolParks says:

    Watchful CarolParks  

    I asked you because you read a lot of different sources, and I thought you might know the answer. A friend of mine said she thought it might be that the Gangs are intimidating the younger kids to get them to join early. But, who really knows. In the middle of the documentary those group of young kids were scared to death to cross that field to go to school saying they were afraid because of getting jumped. I took it to mean Gangs. But, again who ever is in charge of all of this should have thought about bringing in school buses. 

    I’m not optimistic either, seeing that the parents, students, and the teachers Union were all pushing back on Rahm Emanuel’s closing of the schools. He got what he wanted and left only 3 schools open out of the 53.

    I see what you are saying about closing the Public Schools and opening the Charter ones because of money. Yes, money talks, and everyone else walks. I would like to see Rahm Emanuel walk at night thru a Gang neighborhood and see how he would like it. I’m betting he would have a real different perspective if he did.

  151. Watchful says:

    CarolParks

    I see … well, since I don’t live there I really have very lil knowledge of the specifics of the situation in Chicago and what is really behind the decision to close all those schools and the impact that it will have on the students and their parents. I have a pretty good idea what’s behind it tho.

    We r experiencing very similar problems right here where I live.  U can read about it in this very informative article if u like.

    http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/16672-racist-school-closings-in-washington-dc

  152. Watchful says:

    CarolParks

    I finished watchin’ that first episode of the ‘CHICAGOLAND’ series last night and must i say, I don’t see much good comin’ outta that series. Sure, a few more ppl may be made aware of the situation, but will that lead to any real and meaningful changes? Will it stop the school closings? I think we both know the answers to those questions and they don’t bode well for those students and parents in Chicago and other cities across the country. This is part of an agenda to close public schools in favor of charter schools that actually started back during the Clinton administration and it’s been implemented at an increasing rate with each successive administration, including the current one. This is just a transfer of the public education system in the inner city over to for-profit private control, and frankly, I don’t see it being stopped unless the masses of parents take a stand. Hell, even that may not be enough to stem the tide in the push for charter schools.

  153. CarolParks says:

    Watchful CarolParks  
    Again you are correct, although I wish you weren’t. The big problem with this series is that it is outdated from last year. 

    And guess what? There is another one this Thursday. Probably about something that happened two years ago! CNN another Network Disaster. 

    Yes, I know don’t watch these garbage stations. ;-D

  154. Watchful says:

    CarolParks

    LOL, watch whatever networks u like, I just have no interest in their programming bcuz I simply don’t trust them as purveyors of truth. 

    Yeah, I heard them say the next installment in the series will air this coming Thursday, but, I’m sure already know I won’t be tuning in to watch. 🙂

    Nuthin’ will change until ‘enough’ ppl demand it.

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