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22/04/15 Black Media , Black News , ybw #

Toni Morrison: “My father Was Very, Very Serious in His Hatred of White People”

Toni Morrison: “My father Was Very, Very Serious in His Hatred of White People”

In a recent interview with NPR, acclaimed novelist Toni Morrison credits her Toni Morrison3.jpgmother with teaching her to look beyond race. Morrison says her father’s interaction with the worst kinds of racism led him to hate white people:

[My father] was very, very serious in his hatred of white people. What mitigated it was my mother, who was exactly the opposite, who never rejected or accepted anybody based on race or color or religion or any of that. Everybody was an individual whom she approved of or disapproved of based on her perception of them as individuals.


My father saw two black men lynched on his street in Cartersville, Ga., as a child. I think seeing two black businessmen, not vagrants, hanging from trees as a child was traumatic for him.

That would’ve been traumatic for anyone. And even vagrants don’t deserve to hang from trees. Sadly, what Morrison’s father experienced was not unique. As the Equal Justice Initiative revealed in a bombshell report, Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of
Racial Terror,
the number of lynchings in America have been underestimated by historians.

EJI researchers documented 3959 racial terror lynchings of African Americans in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia between 1877 and 1950 – at least 700 more lynchings of black people in these states than previously reported in the most comprehensive work done on lynching to date.

And EJI also characterized lynchings as forms of terrorism as opposed to isolated hate crimes:

Lynching in America makes the case that lynching of African Americans was terrorism, a widely supported phenomenon used to enforce racial subordination and segregation. Lynchings were violent and public events that traumatized black people throughout the country and were largely tolerated by state and federal officials. This was not “frontier justice” carried out by a few marginalized vigilantes or extremists. Instead, many African Americans who were never accused of any crime were tortured and murdered in front of picnicking spectators (including elected officials and prominent citizens) for bumping into a white person, or wearing their military uniforms after World War I, or not using the appropriate title when addressing a white person. People who participated in lynchings were celebrated and acted with impunity.

So this should serve as some explanation to people who are trying to understand black anger. It doesn’t begin or end with lynchings, but this is as good a place as any to start to understand black resentment.

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10/04/15 Black Media , Black News , ybw #

Dear White Media: Stop Asking Black People About Forgiveness

Dear White Media: Stop Asking Black People About Forgiveness

by Yvette Carnell

Walter Scott’s mother said during an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper that she forgives the cop who killed her son. This came after Cooper asked her about the clergy as well as the police chief visiting her home. Watch:

There were 1,000 more relevant questions Anderson Cooper could’ve asked the mother of a man who’d been slaughtered by a lying cop. But nope, he opened the door and steered Scott Walker’s mother down the path to forgiveness.

“Because of the love of God in me I can’t be like that…I feel forgiveness in my heart. Even for the guy who shot and killed my son,” she said.

“You feel forgiveness?” Cooper asked again, with emphasis.

“Yes, yes I do,” she said.

I’ve discussed before the “forgiveness olympics”, obviously a pastime among many blacks, but it should be noted how quickly mainstream reporters open that door, in hopes that family members of murdered blacks will pocket their pain and give mainstream society emotional permission to move on.

This is also why I was proud of Jordan Davis’ father for telling CNN that he doesn’t forgive his son’s killer, Michael Dunn.  Watch the CNN anchor insert forgiveness into the conversation with Jordan Davis’ parents at around the 9 minute mark:

I do not, however, understand why that question was even asked. Forgiveness is personal and interpersonal, while racism is systemic. By allowing the media to insert forgiveness into the conversation, we are allowing them to diminish racism, as if it could be eliminated by personal religious preferences. As if occupying the zenith at the tip of the moral high ground somehow erases centuries of racist actions and their manifestations.

And if the cop who filled Walter Scott’s back with bullets gets acquitted, mainstream media will shoulder shrug and say, ‘so what? you already forgave him right? It’s in God’s hands now.’

The obligation is not on blacks to forgive. It is the responsibility of American society to fix, through corrective legislative steps, a system bread and buttered with white supremacy. Once that’s done, then we can work on forgiveness. Until then, we should refuse to engage in such emotive conversations.

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02/04/15 Black Culture , Black Media , Black News , ybw #

Trevor Noah Enjoys Stereotyping African-Americans, Too

Trevor Noah Enjoys Stereotyping African-Americans, Too

Trevor Noah

by Yvette Carnell

Soon after Trevor Noah was selected to take over Jon Stewart’s role at The Daily Show, interested parties and observers began digging through his Twitter feed. For the most part, all they found were bad jokes, some about Jewish girls as well as how finding a white girl with a big booty is something like a fairytale.

But as Sean Jacobs noted in 2012, Noah doesn’t reserve this sort of comedy solely for non-minorities. He does, in fact, get a kick out of stereotyping African-Americans as well:

After doing some decent jokes about the economy (comparing America’s economy to the “credit of a black man”) and riffing on his background — his mother is black, his father white –Noah, oddly, proceeded to tell jokes about what he called “the whole African-American thing.” What followed–in what was supposed to be a mock “African-American accent”–were some tired generalizations and stereotypes of African Americans about language, black people’s names and of African Americans “trying really hard to reconnect with Africa.” Halfway through I could not bear it anymore with the exaggerated mannerisms, including “walking” like African Americans and their supposed relation to gun play, etcetera. I assume there was to be some irony or edginess in there. That it would lead to someplace interesting. But I could not find it. (Some of the better African-American comedians riff on these same topics, including the “unsayable,” but at least with pathos and sympathy)  I suppose I can’t see funny or get a good joke. I couldn’t help recall Steve Coogan’s advice for comedians: “Comedy can’t always be safe, and sometimes entertainers need to challenge social orthodoxies. But ‘saying the unsayable’ is different from simply recycling offensive cliches.”

Also, as The Washington Post’s Wendy Todd observes, Noah separates himself from African-Americans:

“Because he continues to separate himself from African Americans by his repeated use of ‘they’ when making fun of us, Noah should go walk around St. Louis or Cleveland. He’d find out quickly that he’s not viewed any differently than us… It’s all too acceptable to disrespect people of color in this country, especially African Americans, even when you’re also a person of color. Not only did Noah get away with these routines, now he’s being rewarded for them.” 

And isn’t anyone going to admit the obvious? That Noah’s, well, not funny?

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27/02/15 Black Media , Black News , ybw #

Yvette Carnell: Byron Allen’s Lawsuit Exposes Al Sharpton as Hustling Street Preacher [Video]

Yvette Carnell: Byron Allen’s Lawsuit Exposes Al Sharpton as Hustling Street Preacher [Video]
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BreakingBrown Founder, Yvette Carnell


In an interview with the right wing Daily Caller, Byron Allen went in on Rev. Al Sharpton for being a “pawn” for his “white masters.” According to Allen, Sharpton took a “chicken dinner” payoff in exchange for remaining silent while Comcast discriminated against black media owners.

Allen, chairman and CEO of the production company Entertainment Studios, joined with the National Association of African-American Owned Media to file a $20 billion racial discrimination lawsuit against Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Sharpton’s National Action Network, the NAACP, and the Urban League. All of the listed organizations have taken “payoffs” from Comcast, according to the lawsuit.

In the scathing interview, Allen called Sharpton “illiterate” and said Comcast paid Sharpton “so he doesn’t call them racist.”

“Why is Sharpton on TV every night on MSNBC? Because he endorsed Comcast’s acquisition of NBCUniversal. He signed the memorandum of understanding back in 2010,” explained Allen.

In the video below, BreakingBrown Founder Yvette Carnell explains why, regardless of how you feel about Allen, this lawsuit proves Sharpton is and has always been a fumbling street preacher who is more interested in cash than justice.


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24/02/15 Black Media , Black News , ybw # ,

Rev. Al Sharpton Allegedly Rewarded With “Chicken Dinner Payoff” for Keeping Other Blacks Off TV Blacks Off TV

Rev. Al Sharpton Allegedly Rewarded With “Chicken Dinner Payoff” for Keeping Other Blacks Off TV Blacks Off TV

Street preacher Al Sharpton was allegedly paid millions to keep his mouth shutSHARPTON WYCLEF HAITI while cable TV discriminated against black programming.

According to a $20 million dollar lawsuit brought by the National Association of African-American Owned Media, Sharpton and his shell non-profit, the National Action Network, took cash donations in exchange for not protesting against the lack of black programming on cable.

Sharpton was also promised that he’d keep his MSNBC job, which pays $750,000 per year, according to reports.

“The black community has been sold out by him,” comedian Byron Allen, a co-plaintiff and owner of Entertainment Studios, told The New York Post.

“Al Sharpton should be ashamed of himself for defending Comcast for a simple chicken-dinner payoff.”

Even though Sharpton was allegedly promised that he’d be able to keep his MSNBC show, rumors have been swirling that his show is about to be sidelined to weekends:

In the longer term, these sources said, the Rev. Al Sharpton—a larger-than-life personality who attracts a 35 percent African-American audience but continues, after 3½ years of nightly practice, to wrestle with his Teleprompter—could eventually be moved from his weeknight 6 p.m. slot to a weekend time period, as MNSBC President Phil Griffin attempts to reverse significant viewership slides by accentuating straight news over left-leaning opinion.

Watch BreakingBrown Founder Yvette Carnell and Dr. Boyce Watkins discuss MSNBC’s purging of black race explainers as the Obama administration winds down:





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