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21/05/14 Black News , Black Politics , featured , ybw #

John Lewis Opposes Confederate Sympathizer Nominated to Judiciary by Obama

John Lewis Opposes Confederate Sympathizer Nominated to Judiciary by Obama

Congressman John Lewis is one of the last living icons from the civil rights movement and on Monday, Lewisjohn lewis2 announced his opposition to President Obama’s conservative judicial nominee.

Obama’s nominee, Michael Boggs, a social conservative, is opposed to gay rights and abortion rights. Boggs is also a Confederate sympathizer who voted to keep the Confederate insignia on the Georgia state flag while he was a Georgia legislator.

Lewis says Boggs “is in direct opposition to everything I have stood for during my career.” Boggs is so right wing that he went so far as to support legislation requiring that abortion doctors post their names online as well as the number of abortions they’d performed.

John Lewis on Monday said his life’s work is in direct opposition to Boggs, who President Obama has nominated for a lifetime post on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

“I have worked tirelessly to rid Georgia, the South, and this nation from the stain of racial discrimination in any form, including the display of Confederate emblems in the Georgia state flag,” he said. “I am not about to change that position now.”

Lewis had remained quiet as of late, leading some to believe that he may’ve changed his initial position on the Boggs nomination, but his statement on Monday made clear that he is still opposed to Boggs.

Even Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is opposing the Boggs nomination, as are members of the Congressional Black Caucus, leading many to wonder why the Obama administration went so far out on a limb to support a conservative nominee.

 

 

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16/05/14 Black News , Black Politics , ybw #

Woman With Enormous Tumor Denied Care Because She Didn’t Have Health Insurance

Woman With Enormous Tumor Denied Care Because She Didn’t Have Health Insurance

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The woman in this picture appears to be pregnant but she’s not. That’s not a baby growing inside her stomach, it’s a massive tumor. To make matters worse, the woman can’t get doctors to remove the tumor because she doesn’t have health insurance.

Georgia resident Doris Lewis, 59, says four different hospitals have turned down her request for surgery because she doesn’t have health insurance. Lewis says she lost her health insurance after her husband passed away but it didn’t become a problem until the tumor started growing.

“It’s getting bigger every day,” said Lewis. “I can feel it on my body. My heart hurts a little bit. I didn’t know it was a tumor in there. I thought I was just gaining weight at first. Some of the guys [doctors] looked at me and said, ‘You got a tumor in there. That is so big. Bout to pop.’”

Lewis says doctors told her the tumor is wrapped around her ovaries. She says she’s attempted to have a number of different surgeons remove the tumor but has been denied due to lack of insurance.

“I’ve been trying to get insurance for the longest but had no success,” said Lewis.

Family members have also grown concerned about her health condition.

“I don’t know how long that she has to be able to live with this thing in her,” said her daughter, Sarina Lewis.

After another trip to the emergency room for pain she was experiencing, Lewis finally found a doctor who said he’d treat her regardless of the cost. Her surgery is scheduled for June.

 

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12/05/14 Black News , Black Politics , ybw #

Only 8% of Black Voters Support Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Against Challenger

Only 8% of Black Voters Support Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Against Challenger

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When Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel ran to replace Richard Daley as mayor, Emanuel was given the benefit of the doubt by black voters because he’d been President Obama’s chief of staff.  A lot has changed since then though; crime has spiraled out of control in the city, Emanuel has overseen the closure of 50 public schools–to be replaced by privatized charter schools– and corruption appears to be at an all time high.

A poll commissioned by the Chicago Sun Times which measured Emanuel’s support against his potential opponents — including County Board President Toni Preckwinkle —shows that most black voters no longer support Emanuel as mayor.

“Among African-American voters surveyed, Emanuel gets 8 percent, barely above the 3 percent registered by Fioretti and Shaw. Preckwinkle got 35 percent. Lewis scored 16 percent,” according to the Chicago Sun Times.

Considering how Emanuel has funneled public funds from the bottom to the top, it’s no surprise that his star has fallen in the eyes of black voters. Emanuel claimed that there was not enough funding available to keep public schools open, yet he’s opening new charter schools, including one named after President Obama.

Emanuel’s drastic decision to close such a large number of public schools actually caused a teacher’s strike, the first in 25 years. Although Emanuel’s drop among blacks is enormous, he doesn’t fare much better among Hispanics either.

“Another warning sign is the mayor’s meager 2 percent showing among Hispanics, Chicago’s fastest-growing demographic group, compared with Preckwinkle’s 40 percent,” the Times reports.

Emanuel’s only hope is whites, with whom he still has a 3-1 advantage in the polls. Still, if the race were held today, Emanuel would defeat Preckwinkle by three percentage points.

 

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09/05/14 Black News , Black Politics , ybw #

New Study Shows African-Americans Are Still Being Left Behind Economically

New Study Shows African-Americans Are Still Being Left Behind Economically

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A study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago found that African-Americans are still being left behind economically and the trend will likely continue unless systemic disparities are addressed.

As it stands, African-Americans are more likely to fall behind (or remain behind) economically and this troubling inequality is likely to continue to depress the economy if policy makers don’t enact policy prescriptions.

From Bloomberg:

Such stagnation isn’t just troubling in the framework of American history — it’s bad for the economy, said Richard Reeves, a fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington. If blacks don’t have the opportunity to rise, income inequality will become more severe, labor markets more inefficient and welfare rolls more burdened.

Reeves also discusses how some have been led to believe that African-Americans are doing much better simply because of the number of high profile, wealthy African-Americans.

“It’s nice to look at Obama and the higher-profile African Americans who have done well, but the U.S. is very far from being a post-racial society,” Reeves said. “Crudely, we can’t afford to maintain such sharp divides in the life chances of black and white Americans.”

The point is that many African-Americans are stagnant and haven’t made any inroads toward upward mobility. For example, a senior economist at the Chicago Fed found that “50 percent of black children born between the late 1950s and early 1980s who lived in households at the bottom 20 percent of the income scale remained in the same relative position in adulthood.” This means that black people in the labor market aren’t being fully developed and utilized, proving that the current labor market is inefficient.

 

 

 

 

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08/05/14 Black News , Black Politics , Opinion , ybw #

Why Michelle Obama Joining the #BringBackOurGirls Campaign is Ridiculous

Why Michelle Obama Joining the #BringBackOurGirls Campaign is Ridiculous

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by Yvette Carnell

First Lady Michelle Obama joined the warm and fuzzy #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign this week by holding up a sign with the hash tag. Of course, that won’t do a thing to help bring back over 200 Nigerian girls abducted by Boko Haram.  Still, the stunt is certainly not surprising considering that social media campaigns serve as a substitute for activism in this country. Adding Mrs. Obama to the campaign was also remarkable in what it revealed about both the Obama administration and how Americans have devolved into gullible saps.

Firstly, it was absurd to see Michelle Obama holding up a sign with the #BringBackOurGirls hash tag considering that her husband, as Commander-In-Chief, oversees Seal Team 6, as well as every other elite military unit available in the world’s mightiest army. If Mrs. Obama wants to #BringBackOurGirls, then she need not hold up a sign with a sad faced frown. She should talk to her husband.

But before Mrs. Obama approaches her husband, she should also ask why her husband’s former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, refused for two years adding the terror group Boko Haram to the official list of foreign terrorists.

From The Daily Beast:

Clinton said that as Secretary of State she had numerous meetings with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and had urged the Nigerian government to do more on counterterrorism.

 

What Clinton didn’t mention was that her own State Department refused to place Boko Haram on the list of foreign terrorist organizations in 2011, after the group bombed the U.N. headquarters in Abuja. The refusal came despite the urging of the Justice Department, the FBI, the CIA, and over a dozen senators and congressmen.

Instead of engaging in a social media campaign to “raise awareness” we should be asking the hard questions about the motivation behind Sec. of State Hillary Clinton’s indifference toward Boko Haram. What did the U.S. have to gain? Is this part of a larger U.S. initiated destabilization effort in Nigeria? How does it relate to AFRICOM? Is this an effort to disrupt China’s partnership with Nigeria? There are things we need to know and hash tags won’t help us learn anything. They’re just a distraction for people who prefer symbolism to substance.

 

 

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