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27/07/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw #

Do Both Oprah Winfrey and Rush Limbaugh Want Black People to Get Over Slavery?

Do Both Oprah Winfrey and Rush Limbaugh Want Black People to Get Over Slavery?

Rush Limbaugh is trending on social media over comments he made about Michelle Obama’s Monday night keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention.

“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves,” Mrs. Obama said in her speech. “I watch my daughters — two beautiful, intelligent, black young women — playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.”

During his radio show, Limbaugh compared the relationship black people have with America to that of a cheating wife. In order for the relationship to work, Limbaugh says, the husband must forgive his wife.

“Imagine that your wife has an affair … and you decide that you’re going to forgive her your relationship hasn’t a prayer if you can’t let it go”,  said Limbaugh, according to Media Matters.

In order for this country to be united, blacks have to forgive slavery.

The key problem with Limbaugh’s analogy is that it doesn’t account for economics. The husband of a cheating wife doesn’t lose out financially, as black slaves and their descendants have; the husband loses out emotionally. The wife can make up for that with dutiful devotion over time.  When is America going to make us whole financially? When is this country going to make up for slavery through economics?


It is also easy to castigate Limbaugh for his comments because he’s a white Republican, but we should recall that even some of the black community’s most cherished icons have in the past held similar views on slavery.

In 1989 even Oprah Winfrey questioned whether it was time for black people to stop using slavery as an excuse, as quoted in Age of Oprah: Cultural Icon for the Neoliberal Era.

“I think a lot of people still use the slavery experience as an excuse,” Winfrey said. “Some people are still walking around thinking that this system–now Mr. Bush owes them something because we were in slavery, is that fair?”

Winfrey frequently discussed poor people as a burden to society due to their own personal choices as opposed to the way in which society is structured.

“So, you know, we have all heard stories of how being on welfare takes a hold of some families, about two and three generations of mothers and daughters and sons that get stuck in a cycle of poverty that provides little inspiration to the next generation to to better,” said Winfrey. “People who work and pay taxes have a lot of big gripes about those who spend decades and generations on welfare… Today we asked families–mothers who have raised their children on welfare and their daughters who are also raising their children on welfare–why the cycle gets repeated.”

Keep in mind that these comments by Winfrey were made during a period when war was being waged against black Americans. While black communities were still reeling from President Reagan’s ‘trickle down’ economics and besieged by the crack epidemic, Winfrey was wondering if it wasn’t time for blacks to just move on from slavery.

Winfrey’s views may have evolved since then, but it is important when criticizing Limbaugh to understand that this thinking is present in the black community as well. It is imperative that we
unlearn the propaganda we’ve been conditioned to accept as fact. This applies to African-Americans as well as right wing hacks like Limbaugh.

Watch the clip below as Oprah sets the stage for the descendants of slaves and slave owners to make peace.

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26/07/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw #

DNC Caught Making Fun of Black Woman’s Name in Wikileaks Emails

DNC Caught Making Fun of Black Woman’s Name in Wikileaks Emails

The speakers at the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia made touting diversity a priority.

“Our party knows that diversity is not our problem. It is our promise,” Cummings said during a speech on Monday. “We as Democrats, we value every life: black, white, Asian. Every life.”

The Wikileaks email release, however, has cast a shadow over the convention and its commitment to diversity. While Democrats may prioritize diversity in speeches, an email caught insiders making fun of a black woman’s name.


An email exchange between Scott Comer, the finance chief of staff and LGBT finance director for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and Zachary Allen, an employee with the firm TIPAH Consulting, makes fun of LaQueenia Gibson’s name. Gibson is an executive assistant for the company Haddad Brands.

LaQueenia is already my favorite. And I did. Praise the Lord.


From: Zachary Allen [] Sent: Friday, May 06, 2016 2:05 PM To: Comer, Scott Subject: Re: FW: DNC LGBT Event


LaQueenia is a NAME!


I’m sorry, boo. I hope you got a raise with this title.


On Friday, May 6, 2016, Comer, Scott

<<>> wrote: just kill me now.

From: Rob Smith – Chief Product Officer – NY [<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,’cvml’,’’);>] Sent: Friday, May 06, 2016 2:01 PM To: Comer, Scott; Tobias, Andy; Andrew Sendall;<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,’cvml’,’’);> Cc: LaQueenia Gibson – Executive Assistant Subject: DNC LGBT Event

Could you imagine the reaction to this email if it came from the RNC?

This is not the first time that the DNC has been accused of discrimination against African-Americans. In 2014, The Daily Beast published a report which found that only 1.7 percent of DNC consultants were black:

PowerPAC+, a political action committee funded by major Democratic donor Steve Phillips, found that of the $514 million paid to consulting firms over this time period, only $8.7 million went to firms that were either minority-owned or had a minority principal.

 This means that only 1.7 percent of the spending by the Democratic National Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee went to minority business enterprises (MBEs). Some 45 percent of Democratic support in 2012 came from racial minorities.

It seems that Democrats are fine with peddling diversity in public, but behind closed doors it’s not much of a priority.

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22/07/16 Black Crime & Incarceration , Black News , ybw #

Protesters Storm North Miami Police Department Over Shooting of Therapist Charles Kinsey

Protesters Storm North Miami Police Department Over Shooting of Therapist Charles Kinsey

Protesters stormed North Miami’s police department to demand justice for a black man who was shot while his hands were in the air.  The protesters shouted “Whose streets? Our Streets” before officers forced them out of the building.

According to local affiliate WSVN–the network that broke the story–the unnamed officer who shot Charles Kinsey has been placed on paid leave.


The officer released a statement on Thursday saying he did what he had to do “in a split second” by shooting Kinsey. Kinsey, a worker at a group home, was unarmed and only trying to help an autistic man who was playing with a toy truck.

As BreakingBrown previously reported, the officer claims he was actually trying to shoot the mentally disabled man.

Protesters just stormed into #NorthMiami police department demanding justice for #CharlesKinsey @wlrn @NPR

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20/07/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw #

Louisiana Police Chief Fired After Ripping Obama for War on White Cops

Louisiana Police Chief Fired After Ripping Obama for War on White Cops

A Louisiana police officer is out of a job after blaming President Obama for not doing enough to end violence against white police officers.

The Jonesville Town Council asked Tuesday for Police Chief Skylar Dore’s resignation over racially inflammatory comments he made on Facebook, The Natchez Democrat reported.

“Hey Mr. (expletive) president when are you going to grow a (expletive) pair. And tell it like it is. These are terrorist. That have declared (expletive) war on my brother. (White police officers) enough is enough,” Chief Dore ranted.

“How many police officers have to die trying to protect the citizens of this country. Any other president would have declared full on war on this group. Since when in our (expletive) history do we stand idle to the ambush murders of law enforcement. It has to STOP NOW!!!!!”


Dore, who is white, apologized for the comments, saying he was emotional and frustrated after the Baton Rouge shootings.

The apology didn’t hold much sway as Dore was still asked to resign.

“I think at this time Chief Dore, we will now ask you for you resign from your duties. That’s what I’m recommending to the board,” said Hiram Evans, Mayor of Jonesville, according to KNOE.

Watch the news story below:

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12/07/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw #

MLK Jr.’s Former Friend Calls Black Lives Matter Protesters “Unlovable Brats”

MLK Jr.’s Former Friend Calls Black Lives Matter Protesters “Unlovable Brats”

As Atlanta officials wait for protests over police brutality to end, Martin Luther King Jr.’s former friend blasted protesters.

Protesters have been out in the streets for days, which isn’t sitting well with Andrew Young. Young,  one of Dr. King’s best friends, should understand the power of protest, but now he’s on the side of police.

“Those are some unlovable little brats out there some times,” Andrew Young told Atlanta police officers during a “pep talk”, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. “Don’t let anybody get you upset.”

Young went on to tell the cops that he’s fed up with the protesters.


“These kids are able to show off with no consequences. I just hope they get tired of it,” Young adding that the protests could “mess up the climate we have taken 50 years to build.”

The Georgia NAACP took issue with Young’s derisive comments in a statement.

“While not discounting Andrew Young’s historical contributions to this nation’s progress, Mr. Young cannot cloak himself with the memory of Dr. (Martin Luther) King and expect that serious students of the civil rights movement will not call foul on his statements denigrating legitimate protest only to appease his establishment and corporate friends,” said Francys Johnson, president of the Georgia NAACP.

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