First the NY Post; now this….

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They couldn’t even wait for Black History Month to be over……..

First the NY post and its racist cartoon picture and now this (Mayor is criticized for White House watermelon patch e-mail). I am afraid that it is going to get worse. There is a segment of America that can’t accept that for the first time in the history of our country that the people have elected a President who is of color. Some people argue that Civil Rights and community activist leaders are spending too much time and effort with the NY Post issue; but as you can see there is a lot of cultural conditioning that is taking place and the people who are displaying their ignorance need to be called out.

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GOP’s Rising star; fail to shine giving GOP response

So I wasn’t the only one who thought that is response to President Obama’s economic plan (Republicans, Democrats criticize Jindal’s speech)  Where were his advisors or staff when he composed this speech?  Did Michael Steele see Jindal’s response in advance?  Someone high up in the GOP ranks had to have read this before they put him on prime time; or did they?

President Obama handles the people’s business

President Obama gave his first address to the American people in front of a joint session of Congress last night (Obama outlines ambitious agenda for ‘lasting prosperity’).  I think he gave a compelling speech explaining what his policies will do for working Americans.  I am concerned as to how we are going to pay for this, but have confidence that our President will explore all options as he attempts to tackle a historic national debt and bad economy.

The Republican response was rather interesting.  Louisiana Governor Jindal appears to be the party’s new ‘shinning star’ (Jindal calls stimulus ‘irresponsible’ in GOP response).  There are clearly huge philosophical differences between the Democrats and Republicans on how to move this country forward.  I was not sure who Governor Jindal was targeting, but it was not the average American. 

He started his response by acknowledging the historic accomplishment that this country made by electing the first President of the United States who is of color.   He then talked about his own experience; his parents came to the U.S. form India.  His mother was pregnant with him and his family could not afford to pay the hospital bill.  His father and the doctor worked out a payment plan and according to the Governor; never missed a payment. 

I am not sure why he mentioned that his dad never missed a payment.  I wonder what would have happened if his dad missed a payment?   They couldn’t take him from his parents or force him back into his mother’s womb.  What was he trying to say to the thousands of Americans have to file for bankruptcy or loose their homes because they could not afford to pay their medical bills?  Was he trying to warn these people never to miss a payment?

Governor Jindal is lucky that a doctor or hospital agreed to an affordable payment plan.  Jindal was born in 1971;  I wonder how successful an African American family would have been in trying to establish a payment plan for a hospital bill in Louisiana in 1971?  If anything, his story reinforces Obama’s call for health care reform right now!

The part of Governor Jindal’s response that was really misleading was his comments about Hurricane Katrina.  He used Katrina as an example of how government bureaucracy and big government is not good.  He claimed that a sheriff could no deploy boats to rescue people because of insurance concerns.  He and the sheriff decided to ignore the request and deployed boats to rescue people. 

I don’t know what part of Louisiana he was speaking of,  but he clearly wasn’t talking about the 9th Ward or New Orleans; we saw people trapped on top of houses and in the Dome; no one came to save them. 

In addition, Governor Jindal failed to mention that it was his party’s Presidential Administration who mishandled the Katrina recovery.  The problem was not that government was too big to handle Katrina, it was that the people who were in charge of running Government didn’t know what they were doing.

President Obama’s vision for this country is huge.  Some doubt his methods, but one thing that this country is known for is dreaming and accomplishing big things;  I believe that we can succeed.

Ny Post Cartoon

President Obama’s economic team constructed this stimulus package.  They have been working on this package since he was President Elect; before he was sworn in.  President Obama’s economic team gave the framework of the package to Congress for them to hash it out; but the majority of the bill is from President Obama’s econ team.

How often do we forget our history on how images like the one that we saw in the NY Post have been used to stereotype and degrade black people.   And for any person to say that this was a swipe at Congress and not President Obama is mistaken.

As you may have read, this week U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder made a comment at the Dept of Justice’s Black History Month Program that Americans are cowards when it comes to discussing race in this country.  He didn’t make those comments for kicks, he was responding to how this country has and still does have a problem with race; in light of the fact that for the first time in American History we have a President and U.S. Attorney General of color.

They say that black people are ‘too sensitive’, ‘playing the race card’, ‘always complaining’ or ‘should get over it’.  Some people even believe that because this country elected President Obama, that racism is magically supposed to disappear and that discrimination is a thing of the past.  This mind set falls under cultural conditioning. It is so common in our society that people subconsciously don’t realize it.

What are they afraid of?

As the world celebrates a new President, there are many who are acting out in ways that are reminiscent of the Jim Crow era.  Racism Rears Its Head in European Remarks on Obama.  History has manifested itself as some white people are afraid that Barack Obama will somehow be the downfall of western civilization. 

In the state of Maryland, there has been an increase of gun permit applications since Obama won the election.  Why is that?  One reason I heard is that President Elect Obama and the Democrats are going to stop people from owning guns (which is false because the 2nd Amendment and the recent supreme Court Decision involving the District).  I believe the real reason for this increased paranoia is because Obama is black.  The fear that black people will take over the country and reek havoc on white people is not some new prejudice or behavior; it is merely history repeating itself.

I know that 61 percent of Obama voters were white; so it is not these people who I am concerned with; it is those white people who after Obama was elected, started acting out in ways that my grandmother said she remembers as a young adult all too well. 

Teen says he was beaten by ‘Obama’ haters

NAACP to meet with N.C. State chancellor over racist graffiti

Congressman sorry for likening Obama to Hitler

What are these people afraid of?  The people who voted for change will not allow this ignorance to dominate our society.  We are not going back in history; we are moving forward!

HOPE WON this time!

Will you help Barack Obama change America?

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When I woke up this morning I turned on the T.V. to confirm that I had not dreamed what took place last night.  The 44th President of the United States has been selected by the people; Barack Obama.  This is historic for all Americans regardless of race.  But this is only the beginning; and there is much work that needs to be done.  The world is in crisis, and we need to focus on the economic and foreign relations issues that the outgoing administration screwed up.

I saw many faces of the older black generation; the emotion was overwhelming.  Obama stands on the shoulders of many black people who fought and died for their civil rights and freedom in this country.  I saw people in my generation and younger who now believe that they can do anything they put their minds too.  No one thought that they would see this happen; but it did.  America has spoken. 

The ‘change’ that Obama speaks of

Now is the time to get more politically involved in local politics.  We must become engaged because all politics are local.  It starts from the bottom up.  Obama becoming President is not going to solve the problems that we face in our communities.  To help Obama fulfill his message of change, we need to change our mentality and how we treat and deal with each other.  Many first time voters need to understand this;  Voting for Obama is not enough; you must change your perception and mindset and become active in your community.  This is the type of ‘Change’ that Obama was talking about. 

In the black community we are celebrating this historic movement; but once the partying stops, we need to step up and accept the challenge of change that Obama speaks of.  Colin Powell was interviewed on CNN this morning and he emphasized that Obamawas an agent of change; he ran as a candidate for change who happened to be African American.  I could not agree with him more.  Obama is not the first black President; he is the first President of the United States who happens to be black.  We must keep this mind as move forward in a time in our country that has many challanges ahead of us.

Barack Obama’s Speech

Calling out Gilbert Arenas

Our ancestors are rolling over in their graves right now.  I know everyone is entitled to their opinions but it pisses me off to see or hear black folk who are choosing not to vote. 

Gilbert Arenas from the Washington Wizards attempts to give his arguments as to why he doesn’t vote.  He even had the ridiculous excuse that he is not registered to vote because he does not want to do jury duty.  Unbelievable; I guess he really doesn’t care about those black folk who fought and died for his spoiled ass to enjoy being in the upper class.  I don’t know what it is going to take for some of my people to wake up.