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By Matthew Wright:
Newt Gingrich’s efforts to cast himself as the white knight cleaving through the murk of blacks leeching off government, exposed more than the seedy opportunistic side of politics — It laid bare an electorate fueled by racist mores.
The interesting part about being a racist is the not so subtle manner in which you promote your racist dogma. Most racists don’t believe they’re being anything other than truthful… denying the invocation of racist diatribes creates a protective cloak against which repudiation rarely penetrates.
What do Americans value?
Charlie Sheen made a visit to my city of Atlanta last night for his train wreck of a self-aggrandizing tour. I had neither the time nor inclination to offer a review of the show. Unlike some Americans, I’m not willing to wade in the muck and enable the self-destructive behavior of a mentally unstable individual.
Some of my fellow Atlantans were, and to prove it–they were willing to shell out more than $80 to see the show at the Fox.
Sheen is a complete disaster–unable to comprehend the damage he’s doing not just to himself–but to his many children. But he is celebrated, and he continues to get rich by fleecing the gullible.
What do we value as Americans?
This is the story of Stephen Stafford. Ever heard of him? I’m willing to bet the farm (if I had a farm to bet) that you have not. Stephen Stafford is a remarkable young man, and his is a tale that should be lauded and aired on nightly news shows ad nauseam. Sadly, for reasons that are painfully too clear, it is not.
The story of young Mr. Stafford was written by Dr. Boyce Watkins last year, but few people knew it. Stephen is now a 14-year old student at Morehouse College right here in Atlanta, Georgia. Yes, I said 14. tephen is a triple major at one of America’s foremost institutions of higher learning. He juggles the rigorous demands of his pre-med, math, and computer science concentrations, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. It is truly astounding, and clearly a story that should be well publicized. Why is it not?
I’ve often thought of a world where sensibilities and common good would trump ego and jaded ideologies. How much more would we accomplish, and how much stronger would our nation become as a result? Can No Labels achieve this, and can they save our political discourse
Political gridlock is ingrained in everyday life in our nation’s capital. Polarization has paralyzed our ability to get anything accomplished. To be clear; there has always been a certain degree of partisanship in our politics–but in my eyes, there has never been this degree of incivility and callousness. Case in point: During the two years of President Barack Obama’s tenure, the GOP has made a concerted effort to literally stall every proposal and block every path taken by this administration.
Talk about season of the witch…
Let me first state the obvious truth: You must govern now. It’s one thing to be the engine of virulent, persistent agitation. Now, you must make laws. I hope you can actually achieve this, considering you’ve had a grand time standing on the sidelines for two years saying no to everything. I applaud the strategy. It delivered you the House of Representatives.
I don’t know what occurred between Bishop Eddie Long, Jamal Parris, and Long’s three other accusers. I don’t care to know. The sexual proclivities of adults is none of my concern. But the stench of hypocrisy is much too much to ignore. It won’t waft away through the reverberations of the church organ. Eddie Long, and other men of faith, have shown their profound disgust and disdain for homosexuality–both in and out of the church. In doing so, they’ve targeted their own failings in dealing with their sexual identity.
Will someone answer this question for me? What is wrong with being a Muslim? There are Muslim doctors, lawyers, teachers, policemen and policewomen. There is a Muslim congressman from the great state of Minnesota named Keith Ellison. We encounter Muslim Americans in every facet of American life. They are part of the American tapestry. When did it become un-American to be a Muslim?
52% of conservative Americans believe Barack Obama wants to institute Sharia Law. I’m sure if you also asked those polled what Sharia law is, they couldn’t tell you. Since it’s associated with Islam and Muslims, it must be terrible– and this president must be in support of it. Everyday more of his American identity evaporates in the eyes of these people–if it were even there at all. Why? Even in the face of substantial proof–evidence that is insurmountable–these people insist on painting the president as some foreign enemy of the state.
Hello again Rush: I wanted to finish my thoughts about your words last week regarding my hatred for the white race. As I said earlier, you’ve managed to figure out my diabolical plans. Of course I was being facetious in my approach last week. Now, it’s time to get real.
Being called a racist by you is most curious. After all, your track record on race relations and reconciliation is non-paralleled. I don’t ever recall you making any inflammatory or derogatory statements about race and race relations(withering sarcastic snicker). Let’s talk about reality here Rush. I must reject your charge of racism, simply because you resemble that remark more than I. In fact, you have done more in your time on air to reflect that moniker, than I ever could in this office.
First let me say that I admire your dogmatic approach to defending the lies, half-truths, and other space age theories of your fellow conservatives. You are to be commended on your willingness to get down in the muck and the mud– and sling it far and wide hoping it tags someone. It usually does. Wonderful tactic. And when you couple that with an absolute lack of knowledge about anything, you’ve got a winning combination. It’s no wonder folks at the EIV pay you the big bucks. See Rush, only in America could a dullard with a God complex become successful. But let me stay on task here.
I’d like to address your recent comments about me, and this nightmarish recession all Americans are dealing with. Your claim about me causing this terrible calamity to punish white people is correct …
Tuesday’s biggest primary night of the year saw relatively few surprises. Women–especially GOP women–stood tall, with the likes of Blanche Lincoln, Nikki Haley, Sharron Angle, Carly Fiorina, and Meg Whitman all prevailing in their primary challenges. One of the most shocking developments taking place Tuesday happened in South Carolina (surprise). The winner of the Democratic primary for the senate was a man named Alvin Greene.
I enjoy political commentators and pundits who drape themselves in nostalgia, regaling their readers with stories of how things used to be–and in some cases how things ought to be. Pat Buchanan likes to indulge in that type of, my old America circa 1955 rhetoric– and as a result– some of his work reflects that narrow, stodgy thinking. Buchanan’s piece on the bias against WASPS (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants) by liberals illustrates that fact. Mr. Buchanan simply longs for the days when white men were picked for every powerful position in industry and government. Here is the money quote: Indeed, of the last seven justices nominated by Democrats JFK, LBJ, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, one was black, Marshall; one was Puerto Rican, Sonia Sotomayor. The other five were Jews: Arthur Goldberg, Abe Fortas, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan. If Kagan is confirmed, Jews, who represent less than […]
The state of Arizona has passed the most stringent, draconian immigration law in the United States. Proposition SB-1070’s impact on millions of Hispanics–both legal and illegal immigrants–will be profound. For the first time, law enforcement will be given a broad swath of powers to stop, seize and detain those they believe may be in the country illegally. The new law, signed last week by Arizona governor Jan Brewer, has caused widespread consternation and fear of increased racial profiling.
At its worst, SB-1070 is unconstitutional, clear government overreach, and a violation of the civil liberties of American citizens.
Stubbornly persist, and you will find that the limits of your stubbornness go well beyond the stubbornness of your limits. ~Robert Brault
The morning of April 20th, 2010 brings the tragic news that legendary civil rights leader Dorothy Irene Height has passed away at the age of 98. I met Ms. Height very briefly at a woman’s symposium at Howard University thirteen years ago. She was this tiny unassuming woman, with this fierce coiled determination pulsing through her body. She spoke authoritatively — yet calmly and assuredly — befitting someone who had seen and been a part of every major civil rights victory in American history.
Sonny Perdue is the Republican governor of the state of Georgia. Perdue is at the tail end of his second and final term in the statehouse. His administration is presiding over a fiscal crisis — one with steep prolonged budget cuts — that are destined to cripple the state’s services and economy for the foreseeable future. But Perdue is now distracted by his newest crusade: Repealing health care reform. He, along with 13 other governors, have joined together to pursue legal action toward the federal government regarding the implementation of the new health care legislation.
Thurbert Baker is Georgia’s Attorney General. He’s a Democrat, who objects to Perdue’s course of action regarding the health care lawsuit. Baker is refusing to initiate the lawsuit.
On July 30th, 1965, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the epic legislation called Medicare into law. President Johnson’s historic achievement was not without significant contention and venom. Many on the other side of the aisle opposed it as nothing more than government intrusion on the rights of liberties of free people. That idea has been the clarion call for those who demonize major social programs for more than a century. Johnson knew it, embraced it, and challenged it successfully:
When I was in the tenth grade, I had a friend who attended a Catholic high school about two miles from my public school. On occasion, several of my other friends and I used to walk the distance to go meet up with him … This time, one of the nuns came out of the front office to meet us …
The nun — all four feet of her — clenched her fists nervously and said in a rather standoffish tone that the three of us needed to wait across the street … As soon as my foot met the cracked curb, three police cars– lights flashing and sirens blaring–rolled up right behind us. Six police officers hurriedly jumped out …
Who is Vernon Hunter? I wouldn’t have known the answer to that question if it weren’t for a few dedicated writers. They decided to spotlight the real hero of last week’s domestic terrorist attack against an Austin IRS building. Vernon Hunter was from Orangeburg, South Carolina. He was a husband to Valerie. He was a father to Donald, Ken, and Christine. He was a step-father to Justin, Crystin, and Tara Jackson. He was a Vietnam veteran, who was employed at the IRS building at the time of Joe Stack’s premeditated, cowardly attack. Ask yourself this question: Why would the media focus so intimately on Stack’s dementia and anarchist views, and not on the man who was killed as a result of them? Ken Hunter, Vernon’s son, wondered aloud to reporters last week that very same thing.
Sarah Palin is either a disingenuous fraud, or just plain idiotic. I’ll reserve judgment for the sole purpose of debunking her latest transparent crusade. Palin’s defense of Rush Limbaugh– a man made wealthy by stoking the flames of xenophobia, racism, sexism, classism, and any other ism that’s classified as divisive and inflammatory– uttering the word “retard” 40 times in the span of a twenty minute segment is hypocritical. Especially when you consider her calls for President Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel’s resignation for saying the same word. The latest target in the former governor’s cross hairs is the show Family Guy. Yes. Family Guy. It’s a show far from the norm of mainstream America– considering it’s animated, and one of the main story lines features a nihilistic infant, out to kill his mother.
Religion and politics are a toxic blend. Who holds the moral high ground? Political policy is shaped by ideas and innovative minds. Policy is not formed by religious proselytizing and radical invention. Yet components of both major political parties– one party more than the other– uses religion and the ensuing fervor behind it, to craft political platforms to recapture majority status in congress.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Faith sustains every fiber of my being. Faith allows for all things, even our evolution to be better men and women. And though the tides of discrimination and intolerance have abated somewhat, the persecution of men still occurs. The subjugation of freedom, and the promotion of tyranny is still prevalent in today’s world. The threat to faith, hope, and love is palpable– yet it does not allow us the luxury of relaxing our grip on the fundamental tenets of life and happiness. Let us not give up on faith.
One of the most interesting and reflective quotes I’ve read in some time about race is as follows: “Prejudice is how you feel, discrimination is how you act. I care how you act!” To paraphrase, prejudices are inherent in all of us on some level. We’ve all felt nervous or jaded about something or someone because of how different they may be from us. It doesn’t have to be race. It could be hair combing, or food chewing, or even breathing. It’s part of the human condition. The trick is how most of us respond to these human differences– and how the corresponding actions affect others. The whole Harry Reid saga is a perfect example of this idea.
The whole Harry Reid saga is a perfect example of this idea.
I’ve written very little about the Tiger Woods’ imbroglio, but I never considered it significant — thus, I wrote about it with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek– refusing to prattle on like the rest of the civilized world is. Then I came across this article by Kevin McCullough of Townhall, a conservative political and media site. Keeping things honest here, I will readily admit that I am not a fan of Townhall. McCullough’s piece really got my dander up though. It’s entitled Why Obama Is Worse Than Tiger. Okay, I thought. Let’s find out why the president is “worse” (whatever that means) than the world’s number one golfer. I was expecting to be taken aback by an unshakable core of new facts and ideas, to prove his point, and lessen mine. Epic fail on this count.
I’m going to forget for the moment, this self-aggrandizing, pompous windbag’s sermonizing regarding what Tiger should do about his failing relationship with his wife.
Anyone familiar with George Hutchins? I wasn’t either. Not until I came across his new website. Now, I’m wishing I could pluck out my eyes. Mr. Hutchins is running for congress in 2010, in the fourth district in North Carolina. His opponent, Congressman David Price (D), represents North Carolina’s “triangle” — a prosperous, well-educated section of the Tar Heel state that encompasses Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. George Hutchins is one of those brilliant Birthers. He is a neo-conservative who believes the Civil Rights Act is un-American. He believes Sanford and Son became successful without the aid of Affirmative Action, so why can’t others? (Yes, I realize “Sanford and Son” is fictional, but I don’t think he does.) He has not only created the most visually hideous website — dedicated to distortion, venom, and outright hatred — he’s managed to craft something that is a total piece of crap. I […]
Andrew McCarthy from the National Review:
The decision to bring Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other top al-Qaeda terrorists to New York City for a civilian trial is one of the most irresponsible ever made by a presidential administration. That it is motivated by politics could not be more obvious. That it spells unprecedented danger for our security will soon become obvious.
I couldn’t disagree more.
It’s shameful that Mr. McCarthy is so disingenuous in his argument. Nothing spells hypocrisy more than false indignation and fear-mongering about an issue that conservatives have tried to own for the past eight years.
This is Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Notice the cartoonish hand gestures, and the sly suggestive smile. This is a man that is confident in his abilities, but what those are is questionable to me. He should be happy about one thing though: He has mastered the art of the hypocrisy two-step. So, just what has Mr. Unspoiled Juice done to master this? He just had to sell out a segment of his own party, to sail on the rugged seas of the uncompromising right-wing that’s all.
Steele initially claimed that the Republican party was a big tent, and they, more than the Democrats, welcomed diversity of thought and opinion. Here he is a few months back in Wisconsin:
“All you moderates out there, y’all come. I mean, that’s the message,” Steele said at a news conference. “The message of this party is this is a big table for everyone to have a seat. I have a place setting with your names on the front.”
Flash forward to now: Steele and his Two-Face persona have seriously compromised the GOP’s ability to retain and attract moderate voices to the party.
Kasim Reed and Mary Norwood will face off December 1st in a run-off election to determine the next mayor for the city of Atlanta. Neither candidate received the required 50 percent to prevent the new contest. Norwood received 45% of the vote, with Reed coming in at 37%. The other major candidate on the ballot, Lisa Borders managed to garner 14%. In an earlier post on my blog, I explained that this mayoral race has been turbo-charged, due to the fact Councilwoman Norwood could become the first white mayor of the city in nearly 40 years. This run-off election will have the palpable tinge of racial identity politics embedded at its core. In fact, Christian Boone of The Atlanta Journal Constitution, wrote an excellent piece detailing the history of Atlanta’s mayoral run-off elections. They are often dominated by race and elements of divisiveness. I am hoping that the people choose […]
Meet Keith Bardwell, an elected justice of the peace from the state of Louisiana: “I’m not a racist. I just don’t believe in mixing the races that way,” Bardwell told the Associated Press on Thursday. “I have piles and piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom. I treat them just like everyone else.” “There is a problem with both groups accepting a child from such a marriage,” Bardwell said. “I think those children suffer and I won’t help put them through it.” If he did an interracial marriage for one couple, he must do the same for all… “I try to treat everyone equally…” I’m in an interracial relationship. I love my partner with all of my heart and soul. To me, she exudes an uncommon grace, civility, intelligence and preternatural inclination to love her fellow man and woman. To me, […]
In America, we have certain preconceived notions of masculinity, and what it means to be a “man.” The perception that men exhibit and exude strength — both physically and emotionally — and bravery is widely acknowledged and accepted. These traits are necessary, for they provide the basis for a man’s role as the protector. You might also add stoicism and machismo to this list. And nowhere is this exhibited more than in the military, where masculinity is a badge to be worn proudly. But how does this work exactly? Do these notions of manhood apply to all men? What if a man is gay? If you’re a gay man, are you still considered masculine? Take a look at this quote from The Weekly Standard’s James Bowman, regarding gay men in the military: Facing enemy bullets — is inextricably bound up with ideas of masculinity. We also know that most heterosexual […]
The scene has been played out for years. Bloggers, columnists, television and radio talk show hosts, and editorial writers and their ilk, have waged a not-so secret war on the American citizen. Their right to protest and be heard has been ridiculed and suppressed, effectively rendering them silent in the face of the ever-changing tide in our country. The most fundamental American right, the right to freedom of speech and dissent, is systematically being subverted in order to continue a pattern of abusive neglect on the part of an elitist minority in political life today. No, not these so-called “Tea Party’ demonstrators. I’m talking about those proud Americans living in our inner cities and rural areas. If these Tea Party demonstrations have taught me anything, it is that our great strength lies in the power of dissent. And that dissent, manifested as a ballot at any voting booth in America, […]
I like to consider myself a foodie, even though I don’t care for the term all that much. To me, it denotes an arrogant sense of smugness, as if a “foodie’s” opinion on all epicurean matters is above that of the normal nosher. Okay, I think I’ve just insulted myself, and my sense of smug. I’ve lived in Atlanta for twelve years now, and in this city, you have the sweet luxury to indulge in any type of culinary bliss you like. From the rich, opulent earthiness of Bacchanalia, to the down home grease and grittiness of the Varsity, to the Southern Italian comfort goodness that is Alfredo’s, Atlanta shines with variety, and sparkles with quality. Yet I find myself regretting my restaurant choice last Monday evening. I made my way to a Vietnamese institution (highly debatable) on Buford Highway. I will not name said place, for fear of mighty […]
I made my annual trip to the Twin Cities in early September this year. I go with my girlfriend, Lacy, to see her family and to experience Minnesota hospitality — although nothing quite passes for Southern hospitality. It is beautiful there, full of charm and character. While there, we always take a few days to pack up the car and make the two hour trip Up North. Her family has a cabin on one of the lakes there. We got a late start on the day we left, pulling out of the driveway around 6:30 PM or so. We all made the decision to stop somewhere along the way to eat, but we weren’t certain about our eating destination. After about 25 minutes of driving, we stopped in a little town named Zimmerman, population 2,581. Now I’m sure you can find a lot of things in Zimmerman, Minnesota. You can […]
Afghanistan is a mysterious place, replete with complex cave structures, and hard edged, cold mountainous ranges. It is perfect ground to breed and hide terrorists, who use its hellish terrain to their advantage. It is here where President Obama has chosen to reignite the war on terror. Taliban insurgents have made strides in the country, and threaten the fragile peace that exists within the it. But the question of whether or not we can win this war has suddenly been thrust into the spotlight. What can we achieve, and how can we do it given our domestic priorities? In late 2001, the United States engaged Al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan in an effort to capture and/or kill Osama bin Laden, the acknowledged mastermind behind the brutal attacks on U.S. soil in September of that year. Operation Enduring Freedom has been an ongoing endeavor, even as it was overshadowed by […]
By now the troubles of Governor Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), are well documented. He is a man who betrayed his marital vows, and strayed countless times with his professed “soul-mate.” He is a man who abrogated his responsibilities at the South Carolina statehouse, to travel to Latin America to be with his mistress, against the wishes of his wife. He is a man who was out of touch for five days, as state business went on without him, and questions began swirling. I initially wrote about this story on June 22nd. At the time, my reaction was that of an avowed follower of politics, and worried human being. I was concerned for his well-being, and concerned about the state of the family. As the days went on, and the questions about whether or not he was “hiking” continued, it became apparent that there was more to this story, than just Stanford […]
Abdel Baset Al-Megrahi is the convicted terrorist responsible for exploding a bomb on a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. 270 people were killed. His was the sole conviction in a case that paralyzed and terrified the world community. Mr. Al-Megrahi was released after serving only eight years of his life sentence. Scotland and Great Britain, in my estimation, have made a grave error in judgment and divine presumptuousness. I’ll give two reasons for my opinion.
Only Republicans seem to understand the RULE OF LAW and dumbocrats swallow BO’s lies. We need one of our OWN KIND in the WHITE house! Republicans will crush the dems in 2010 when the lies of BO the kenyan are revealed! — Anonymous The above quote, in inflammatory and uninformed tones, sums up the partisan divide represented in America. Sarah Palin said this in 2008: “We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation.” While not intended, these comments may have set in motion sentiments behind a movement. Perhaps the most fascinating fringe group of recent memory in politics, the birther movement, has spawned an interesting query for me. How […]