Tuesday, January 27, 2009
What seems to be an all white (with one or two Latino or Asian) student body, watching a black man become President, could be considered post-racial. Then again, why is the student body so segregated in 2009.
Students of the Crested Butte Community School, in Crested Butte Colo. sit on the floor in the main hallway of the school and applaud the inaugural address of President Barack Obama while watching the presidential inauguration in Washington, Tuesday, Jan., 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)
Vertie Hodge, 74, weeps during an Inauguration Day party near Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Houston on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009 after President Barack Obama delivered his speech after taking the oath of office, becoming the first black president in the United States. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Mayra Beltran)
Monday, January 26, 2009
Post Racial Blog: It's interesting how the folks at Wonkette find this NYC Bakers bigotry and color arousal "Hilarious." I guess with Wonkette and this NYC Bakers help we will never be Post-Racial. More HERE. More news from the "Post-Racial" blog and the consumerist website about the NYC Baker who is selling 'Drunken Negro Head' Cookies.
Ted Kefalinos, the proprietor of a bakery in Greenwich Village (a neighborhood in New York City), can't understand why the media is having such a field day over his Drunken Negro Head cookies. They're fun! Nobody complained about his dead geese cookies last week! He's got a Cuban brother-in-law! We'd be more willing to believe it was just a bad marketing decision if it weren't for the follow-up comments a customer alleged he made.
A shocked customer tells My Fox NY that Ted Kefalinos, proprietor of Lafayette French Pastry, asked her, "Would you like some drunken negro heads to go with your coffee? They're in honor of our new president. He's following in the same path of Abraham Lincoln; he will get his."
Saturday, January 24, 2009
What a fantastic few days this has been. I am still on a natural high as John Denver would say. Now that President-Elect Obama has gloriously become President Obama we can finally turn our attention to the real work of getting this country back on track and into that famously promised "post racial America."
I, like most people, am realistic enough to know that President Obama cannot fix everything that is wrong with our economy and country. Sure there will be those who are looking for him to fail, waiting for those first missteps. But I think even they can't expect one man to fix in a few months or even a few years what has taken eight years to mess up. But I am indeed amazed at the number of people, in the media and that I know personally, who truly do expect America to be now and forever free of its ethnic, religious and racial differences. And this is not coming solely from White Americans who some might think are doing a bit of wishful thinking that minorities can now stop complaining about getting a fair shot. I have also come across some Black Americans who seem to believe that President Obama is going to make everything OK for everybody, or that all Black people's credit scores are now raised as one comedian joked... Doesn't Obama doesn't have enough on his shoulders?
But frankly I have to admit, I too used to think the success of one Black man (and I refer to him as Black since he himself chooses that descriptive) would mean that all Black people would rise with him, that when strangers looked at me from now on, they would think Obama and not Willie Horton or some other more recent negative association. I clearly remember the day after Obama's surprising win in the Iowa caucus, the win that caused most of us to believe that where we are today was possible, how when I was out in public I walked a bit taller, a bit prouder, feeling that everyone who saw me surely must be thinking positive thoughts about me and all Black people. After all, the Obamas proved that all of us were not bad, that some of us were even educated and people to be admired. But that feeling did not last long for me. As the campaign waged on and all the ugliness of the Jeremiah Wright affair, the rise of PUMA, the William Ayers mess, the Bill Clinton coded words after New Hampshire and in North Carolina, after all that, any notion that race was not going to play a factor in Obama's life, and mine as well, was washed away for the most part. More HERE
Is This How the Post-Racial Obama Administration Begins?
Barack Obama today stepped out of the Capitol building which is filled with art depicting the story of America — and yet somehow only holds one image of an African-American.
There, he was — at the threshold of history. Fifty years ago, a black man couldn't be served at lunch counters in some cities. And today, Barack Obama stood in front of millions of Americans on the mall — black and white, right and left— to take the oath of the highest office in the land.
His speech generally respected the situation —- heavy on those things that bring us together and shed light on specifics that might divide. In the days leading up to the speech, some on the left claimed that division would be coming from that evil minister of hate — Oprah Book Club author Rick Warren. His crime: He agrees with much of Obama's platform on gay marriage. What bigotry there.
However, it was another minister — Reverend Joseph Lowery — who used his benediction, to ask God for this:
"We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to give back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right." Is this how the post-racial Obama administration begins? That someday the brown can stick around, the yellow can remain mellow, and the white will embrace what's right? Even at the inauguration of a black president, we are being called racist. Mr. President — I want to believe. I want to trust. I want to hope for change — but I am really failing to see how this is any different. USA Today reports that you smiled when he said this and shook your head. And it's not like you didn't know what you were getting yourself into. This is the same Reverend Lowery that even made Coretta Scott King's funeral about politics! America is with you today, Mr. President. We are all tired of the partisan bickering, the racial divides, the greed and corruption. There are many that didn't vote for you, myself included, that want you to succeed, and that pray for you and your safety. You may be fascinated to learn that we don't hate minorities, and we don't want to starve the poor, and we are perfectly fine with the brown sticking around. We will do our part. But help us help you. We will argue about politics — but let us expect the best from each other, and chastise those who insist on driving wedges between us on both sides of the aisle. More HERE
"We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to give back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right."
Is this how the post-racial Obama administration begins? That someday the brown can stick around, the yellow can remain mellow, and the white will embrace what's right?
Even at the inauguration of a black president, we are being called racist.
Mr. President — I want to believe. I want to trust. I want to hope for change — but I am really failing to see how this is any different.
USA Today reports that you smiled when he said this and shook your head. And it's not like you didn't know what you were getting yourself into. This is the same Reverend Lowery that even made Coretta Scott King's funeral about politics!
America is with you today, Mr. President. We are all tired of the partisan bickering, the racial divides, the greed and corruption.
There are many that didn't vote for you, myself included, that want you to succeed, and that pray for you and your safety. You may be fascinated to learn that we don't hate minorities, and we don't want to starve the poor, and we are perfectly fine with the brown sticking around.
We will do our part. But help us help you. We will argue about politics — but let us expect the best from each other, and chastise those who insist on driving wedges between us on both sides of the aisle. More HERE
Friday, January 23, 2009
(AP Photo/The Enterprise, Tim Correira) Brockton, Massachusetts -- The Boston Globe reports: A man accused of a horrific rape and killing spree told investigators that he was "fighting extinction" of the white race and had stockpiled 200 rounds of ammunition to "kill 'nonwhite people' such as African Americans, Hispanics and Jewish people," according to a police report filed today in court.
Selma Goncalves, 20
After forcing his way into a home and raping a 22-year-old woman, the alleged assailant, Keith Luke, shot and killed the woman's younger sister, who tried to help her. Luke, 22, then allegedly turned his fury back on the rape victim, firing his gun through a white teddy bear that she clutched in terror, police said.
Down the street, Luke allegedly opened fire and killed a homeless man who happened by pushing a shopping cart. He told police after his arrest that he had planned to go to a synagogue near his home and, "kill as many Jews as possible during bingo night," according to the report. "Luke told us that he intended to shoot himself in the head when he was through."
Rabbi Joshua Cohen of Temple Beth Emunah, a Conservative synagogue in the neighborhood where Luke lives, said a Massachusetts state trooper and Brockton police officer told him this morning that Luke evidently had planned to continue his rampage at the temple. The synagogue has a bingo night Wednesday starting at 6:30 p.m. More HERE
Monday, January 19, 2009
With the nation poised to inaugurate its first African American president, the survey found that just over a quarter of all Americans said they see racism as a large societal problem, less than half of the 54 percent who said so about a dozen years ago. Americans also have high hopes that Obama -- who is of mixed-race parentage but refers to himself as African American -- will inspire an improvement in race relations.
But even as declining numbers of Americans see racism as a big problem for the country, there has been little change in the amount of racism people perceive in their local communities. The survey also found that there has been little change over the past six years in the proportion of African Americans who said they have experienced racial bias in housing, employment and other areas.
"There are two levels of identity with racism," said Ron Walters, a University of Maryland political scientist. "One is the national level, which is more symbolic. And the other is how they parse it in terms of their lives."
Often, he explained, people channel the experiences of family and friends as they develop their views about racism. "If I have a brother who is pulled over by the cops, it influences me almost as much as if it happened to me," Walters said.
The poll shows continued wide disparities over how people of both races perceive the issue, and there has been no letup in the numbers sensing discrimination where they live.
In the new survey, 44 percent of blacks and 22 percent of whites continue to see racism as a large societal problem. In 1996, 70 percent of blacks and 52 percent of whites held that view.
Conversely, 28 percent of whites and 15 percent of blacks in the new survey said they see racism as a small problem, or no problem at all.
Racial disparities are also apparent when people were asked whether African Americans have achieved or will achieve racial equality in this country. Seventy-three percent of all those surveyed said African Americans have reached or will soon reach equality, including three-quarters of whites and just over half of blacks. More HERE
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Pam Spaulding reports on a shocking situation at Algiers Point. Her story is excerpted from an A.C. Thompson article in "The Nation." Is this true, or a spoof? You be the judge:
Facing an influx of refugees, the residents of Algiers Point could have pulled together food, water and medical supplies for the flood victims. Instead, a group of white residents, convinced that crime would arrive with the human exodus, sought to seal off the area, blocking the roads in and out of the neighborhood by dragging lumber and downed trees into the streets. They stockpiled handguns, assault rifles, shotguns and at least one Uzi and began patrolling the streets in pickup trucks and SUVs. The newly formed militia, a loose band of about fifteen to thirty residents, most of them men, all of them white, was looking for thieves, outlaws or, as one member put it, anyone who simply "didn't belong."
...Fellow militia member Wayne Janak, 60, a carpenter and contractor, is more forthcoming with me. "Three people got shot in just one day!" he tells me, laughing. We're sitting in his home, a boxy beige-and-pink structure on a corner about five blocks from Daigle's Grocery. "Three of them got hit right here in this intersection with a riot gun," he says, motioning toward the streets outside his home. Janak tells me he assumed the shooting victims, who were African-American, were looters because they were carrying sneakers and baseball caps with them. He guessed that the property had been stolen from a nearby shopping mall. According to Janak, a neighbor "unloaded a riot gun"--a shotgun--"on them. We chased them down." More HERE
The story that has captured the headlines as of late is of course the selection of Roland Burris as the junior senator from Illinois by Rod Blagojovich. Yet no sooner had Burris taken the stage during the announcement than the former Black Panther Bobby Rush stole the spotlight.
"My prayers have been answered. I prayed fervently that the governor would continue the legacy established by President-elect Obama and that the governor would appoint an African American to complete the term of President Obama. Let me just remind you, that there presently is no African American in the U.S. Senate. Let me remind you that the state of Illinois and the people in the state of Illinois in their collective wisdom have sent two African Americans to the U.S. Senate. That makes a difference."
Does anyone think Mr. Rush's star turn was a spontaneous outpouring of support? Or is it much more likely that Blago, knowing full-well the racial implications of nominating Burris, decided to punctuate his dare to Harry Ried and the Democratic caucus by having Rush blatantly state that the senate needs a black member. What happened to our newly enabled post-racial sensibilities? Apparently they were as ephemeral as an Obama speech. A good talking point, but not a fundamental change in reality. In fact the Burris debacle is not the only racially toned story to break in the past week. they had a show dedicated to what Obama's presidency will mean to black America. Unfortunately, we are already sliding right back into the era of victimhood just as dramatically. More HERE
By William Bennett and John Cribb, January 10, 2009Neither of us voted for Barack Obama, but we never doubted that a black man could be elected president of this country in 2008, and we celebrate his election along with millions of other Americans — those who voted for him and those who did not. Now the time has come to bury many prejudices of the past and truly to move beyond racial politics in America.
When Barack Obama announced his intention to run for President early last year, many thought his candidacy would be interesting; few thought it would be successful. Then came the videos and audio of Barack Obama's pastor and friend, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, broadcasting a racially divisive and un-American creed that cast even greater doubt on an Obama candidacy. Senator Obama reassured many that Wright's view of America was not his view, saying what so many of us truly believed in our hearts and minds. Despite the ranting and raving of later-day racialists and those who still had their doubts about the meaning of our nation's founding, Barack Obama said that the U.S. "Constitution […] had at its very core the ideal of equal citizenship under the law," that it was "a Constitution that promised its people liberty and justice, and a union that could be and should be perfected over time."
Quite right. But when Barack Obama's pastor refused to take the hint — or lesson — from his pupil and candidate, he ultimately had to be cast aside, as Barack Obama full-throatedly denounced Reverend Wright and ultimately quit his church. The days of doubt about America's commitment to equality and liberty, for Obama and, happily, so many Americans who wanted to move beyond racial categorization and reference, had passed. Professor Harry Jaffa put it this way, reminding us: "Lincoln at Gettysburg said that the nation, at its birth, had been dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Earlier, Lincoln had said that the proposition of equality was the 'central idea' of the founding, from which all its minor thoughts emanated." Barack Obama seemed to understand that. And so did the voters.
Barack Obama did not just win Iowa (a state with a white population of over 94 percent). Other caucuses and primaries soon followed, including, interestingly, Georgia (where Obama received a higher percentage of the white vote than he did in New York) and Virginia (the former seat of the Confederacy, where Obama also received a higher percentage of the white vote than in New York). With the nomination in hand, Barack Obama — speaking about his race on only a few occasions, and, thus, far less than other black candidates before him — defeated his Republican opponent, and received yet a higher percentage of the white vote than John Kerry in 2004. More HERE
Skeptical Brotha says: I’m interrupting your regularly scheduled corporate propaganda to bring some disturbing news from the West Coast. Apparently, the post-racial America that signaled Barack Obama’s election as President of the United States is a fraud. More HERE
Black Informat.com says: Yesterday I did a quick post asking what exactly does “Post-Racial” really mean as it applies to America. This is a term that has been kicked around since Obama won and to me sounds very vague.
Today, I happened to come across a Youtube video featuring Tavis Smilely who briefly dealt with this issue.
“…Obama’s election is not the fulfillment of Dr. King’s dream. It is another down payment on the dream.”
Then he goes on to quote Cornell West: “America, with Obama’s election is now less racist.”
I don’t like the the guilt game he is playing here because it never ends. In other words, in the age where every fart, sneeze and hiccup from White folks can be construed as form of racism, WHO exactly has the ability to declare that all debts have been paid in full? Jesse? Al? NAACP? CBC? More HERE
Racism Is Over
by John McWorter
The question someone like me has been asked to answer several times a week since Nov. 5 has been, "Are we now in a post-racial America?"
Giving an answer requires that we know what the question really refers to: whether America is past racism. Moreover, the point is largely racism against black people, i.e., Barack Obama, i.e., the people who are America's eternal shame, and so on. We are not really thinking about racism against Arabs. Most of us have a sense that the Asian pitching in on how the question applies to her is vaguely beside the point.
So, in answer to the question, "Is America past racism against black people," I say the answer is yes.
Of course, nothing magically changed when Obama was declared president-elect. However, our proper concern is not whether racism still exists, but whether it remains a serious problem. The election of Obama proved, as nothing else could have, that it no longer does.
I make that claim while quite sure that in 2009, a noose or three will be hung somewhere, some employer will be revealed to have used the N-word on tapes of a meeting, and so on. America will remain imperfect, as humans have always been.
It's not an accident, however, that increasingly, alleged cases of racism are tough calls, reflecting the complexity of human affairs rather than the stark injustice of Jim Crow or even redlining. A young black man is shot dead by three police officers and only one of them is white. A white radio host uses a jocular slur against black women--used for decades in the exact same way by black rappers celebrated as bards.
The issue, then, is degree. When it comes to racism, too many suddenly think in the binary fashion of the quantum physicist: either there is no racism or there "is" racism, which, no matter its nature or extent, indicts America as a land with bigotry in its warp and woof.
But anyone who wants to take this line from now on will have to grapple with the elephant in the middle of the room: the president of AmeriKKKa is black. If the racism that America is "all about" is the kind that allows a black man to become president, then I'm afraid the nature of this "all about" is too abstract for me to follow, and most Americans will feel similarly. It's time to change the discussion.
Belcher resampled the white voters whose racial animus he had measured before. More than half had voted for McCain, but not by an overwhelming margin. Belcher concluded that Obama might have done better among them had he not been black. In 1992, Belcher noted, 85 percent of voters who said the economy was bad broke for Bill Clinton. In 2008, in a verifiably worse economic climate, only 66 percent of voters who said the economy was bad voted for Barack Obama. “The economy is clearly not the only story. I could argue that the economy wasn’t as big an impact this time around as in 1992,” Belcher told me. “You can’t look at that swath of hard-red counties that actually grew even redder and say that we are post-racial.”
Surely the truth is that there is greater polarization on this than ever before. The range of views and feelings in America on race and gender and sexual orientation now has a far wider span than in the past. Crude bigotry endures at one end while total post-racial consciousness grows at the other. This stretches both across generations and regions, creating a bewilderingly complex picture in which everything you could say about America is true in some respect. Americans, to take the gay example, are probably more homophobic and more accepting of homosexuality than any other modern culture. There is Appallachia and Provincetown. And racially, there are those parts of America that actually trended GOP this past cycle - and then a place like Adams Morgan.
To me, this is an overwhelming reason for federalism. America cannot endure as a coherent polity without more of it. By More HERE
By DeWayne Wickham of USA Today
That Oscar Grant didn't live long enough to see Barack Obama sworn in as this nation's first black president is proof that the post-racial era that Obama's election was supposed to usher in has not arrived.
(Grant: Killed on New Year’s Day / AP)
Grant, a 22-year-old black man, was killed on New Year's Day. He was shot in the back as he lay face down on a subway platform in Oakland. His killer was a white transit cop — one of several officers who detained Grant and several other young men for questioning in connection with a fight that occurred on a train.
The shooting was captured on cellphone video cameras by several onlookers. One of them shows officers forcing Grant to the ground before a cop stands up, pulls his gun and fires a single shot into the young man's back. Shortly before he was supposed to be interviewed by investigators, Johannes Mehserle, 27 — the cop who shot Grant — resigned.
Same story, different decade
Later that day, a demonstration in Oakland over the fatal shooting turned violent. Store windows were smashed, police cars were vandalized and some vehicles were set on fire. More than 100 demonstrators were arrested. But so far, no charges have been brought against Mehserle — and that's not surprising.
The wheels of justice have always turned slowly — if at all — in cases in which cops have used deadly force against unarmed blacks. Nothing symbolizes America's long-running era of racial conflict more than these kinds of killings, and the failure of the criminal justice system to do something about them.
In 1966, a Los Angeles cop shot to death Leonard Deadwyler, a black man who was rushing his pregnant wife to the hospital. The officer, who stopped Deadwyler for speeding, leaned inside the car window with his gun drawn and shot him. A coroner's jury ruled the killing accidental.
In 1979, white off-duty policeman Larry Shockley shot 22-year-old Randy Heath in the back of the neck outside a Miami warehouse. The officer first said he caught Heath attempting to burglarize the building and shot the unarmed man after a short struggle. He later admitted there was no struggle and claimed his gun discharged accidentally. Heath's sister said her brother had stopped at the building to urinate. A grand jury refused to indict Shockley.
Seeds of discontent
And then there were the cases of Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell, two unarmed black men who were killed in New York City in separate police shootings. Diallo, an African immigrant, was struck by 19 bullets fired by four white cops in 1999 while standing in the vestibule of his apartment building. The officers said they mistook a wallet in his hand for a gun. A jury acquitted them. More HERE
(Photo by Dennis Leger/ Springfield Fire Department)
Springfield firefighters battled the blaze at the building site of the Macedonia Church of God in November.
By Jonathan Saltzman and Brian Ballou, Globe Staff
SPRINGFIELD, MA. -- As reported by the Boston Globe, and linked by African American Political Pundit. More HERE - Three Springfield men, including one who allegedly complained that blacks and Puerto Ricans would have more rights than whites under President Barack Obama, set an arson fire that destroyed the construction site of a mostly black church just hours after Obama's landmark victory, authorities said today.
The men, Benjamin Haskell, Michael F. Jacques Jr., and Thomas Gleason Jr., all of whom are white, poured gasoline on the exterior and interior of the construction site of the Macedonia Church of God in Christ in the early morning of Nov. 5 and later boasted about it, according to prosecutors.
Four days after the fire, which many in Springfield's black community had immediately feared was related to the election of America's black president, Haskell and Jacques drove by burnt rubble with an unidentified associate and laughed, according to the affidavit of an FBI agent.
``We did it,'' Haskell allegedly told to the associate, who later became a cooperating witness. When the associate asked why they set the blaze, Haskell replied, ``Because it was a black church.''
Jacques asked the associate whom he had voted for, the affidavit said. When he replied that he voted for Obama, Jacques uttered a profanity-laced racial epithet and predicted that Obama would be assassinated.
Haskell later admitted to authorities that he helped set the fire and said Jacques had been angry the day before Election Day that the country was going to have an African-American president and that blacks and Puerto Ricans would have more rights than whites, according to the affidavit. More HERE
A black man's blues
I’ll be watching Barack Obama’s swearing in as our 44th president among family and friends, enjoying the sweet taste of triumph and heartfelt relief. But the Inauguration party I’d like to crash is at Clarence Thomas’ house. Maybe Ward Connerly would get an invite too, though I suspect Clarence couldn’t stand having two high-yella negroes like me and the former UC regent around to assuage his grief. Either way, Shelby Steele could bring copies of his A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can’t Win to pass out as party favors. I can’t help but think of Clarence, sitting with a big cigar, Rush Limbaugh on his iPod, bemoaning the state of things — that we’ve fallen so far that we could elect BARACK OBAMA, that one, that inauthentic black who has ascended to the highest office in the land through tireless effort and ambition.
Obama didn’t get a thing he didn’t earn, and shouldn’t that make Clarence happy? Isn’t that the sacred credo of the far right — that the hard work of the individual striving to better his situation is the only societal change worth having? Maybe affirmative action is only for those genuinely underqualified Supreme Court justices and sons of former presidents who have nothing better to do but drive the country into ruin.
Clarence, anyway, doesn’t seem to be taking Obama’s win well. And he couldn’t have been happy about Obama’s backhand pimp slap in a recent interview, when the Prez-elect named Thomas the Supreme Court justice he definitely would not have picked. When Clarence circulated that nuisance lawsuit about Obama’s citizenship among his fellow Supreme Court justices, he just looked petty.
How troubling it must be for Clarence and his woebegone Post-Race allies who have made careers out of their distaste for the collective achievements of the Civil Rights Movement. Their argument is that if they pulled themselves up through the dint of their hard work and rugged individualism, you should too. They sucked it up, those vicious insults and threats of high-tech lynchings, the segregation, the condescension of racist whites, and the ridicule of black folks down with the movement, because they were made of sterner stuff. These guys wanted to be thought of as agents of change confronting racism without the cloying support of the Civil Rights pimps who exploited the weak-willed for their own gain. We’re talking to you, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Through sheer effort, Post-Race men scaled the daunting wall of racism and crossed over to the promised land of racial inclusion as it manifested itself in W’s administration.
As USA Today said in 2004, “before Bush, no person of color had been named to any of the four most prestigious Cabinet jobs — at the departments of State, Treasury, Defense and Justice. Now he has named two blacks as secretary of state and a Mexican-American as attorney general.”
Those colored folk in the Bush administration got to be Post-Racial, and if we only knew how good that was, we’d all want to get there too. All one needed was to be slavishly loyal to a vicious ideology, like good old Clarence.
It’s unfair to contrast Obama, who seems to float above the stings and barbs of the lunatic right, to the ever-suffering Clarence (and what is Clarence, anyway, other than the Bizarro version of Thurgood Marshall, trying to roll back all the good Thurgood did advancing civil rights and happily bearing the cross of liberal anger?). I never heard Obama complain about being accused of treason and/or terrorist activity. Obama triumphed because he’s optimistic, opportunistic and farsighted, not to mention disciplined and rigorously analytical. His blackness informs him, as does his whiteness, as do all our backgrounds, but never did I get the impression that Obama is obsessed with race. Obviously, he is fond of black people enough to want their respect and to marry one, and he thinks that they deserve Voting Rights, as opposed to Clarence, who voted against the act’s expansion. I suppose Democracy makes Clarence nervous.
Counterpunch’s The Black Commentator sums up Clarence nicely: “The lesson Thomas drew seems to go like this: If oppression can turn you into a Supreme Court justice like me, then we need more oppression.”
With the rise of Obama, Clarence is made even more ridiculous as a scold, reveling in the wretchedness of his upbringing — shucking and jiving for the right white folks who awarded him lifetime employment and the animosity of a nation of millions. Maybe Inauguration Day will give Clarence the chance to take a look at the country and himself, and get on the change bandwagon. It’s never too late, or so I’ve heard.
In the past when crooks exploited Inauguration Day, they did so by forging affiliations with a white president-elect. But that's all changed, thanks to post-racial slimeballs like Emmet Cash III, who has raked in untold thousands by pretending to represent Barack Obama.
The aptly named Cash is the founder of Californians for Obama, a phony political charity that solicited donations for the Illinois senator's presidential campaign... with the minor caveat that Cash had no intention of actually forwarding this money to Obama.
For this, the Obama campaign rewarded Cash with a cease-and-desist notice, so Cash changed his organization's name to Californians for Change, as it remains to this day.
Which leads us to his latest scam...
The founder of Californians for Obama - an unauthorized Los Angeles-area group that used Sen. Obama's name to raise thousands of dollars from donors during last year's presidential campaign - has told one five-star Washington hotel [the Ritz-Carlton] he's organizing a "California High Tea" with Rep. Diane Watson, D-Los Angeles, ambassadors and political luminaries for inauguration week.
Problem: Watson's chief of staff, Richard Butcher, said the congresswoman knows nothing about the planned event - and most certainly didn't authorize the use of her name by the self-described political organizer, Emmett Cash III, who had also previously used her name without permission to raise money from Democratic donors.
The last time Cash claimed he'd be selling photo ops with Rep. Watson, he also bizarrely claimed that singer Eartha Kitt would be on hand as well. In fairness to Cash, Eartha was still alive at that point, but she bewilderedly denied any knowledge of the event.
By Prof. Ali A. Mazrui
DuBois and Obama were both products of inter-racial marriages. They both carried names that betrayed their bi-cultural descent. Barack Obama’s name betrayed his Luo ancestry from his Kenyan father. William Edward Burghardt DuBois’ name echoed his French legacy. Both leaders suffered from identity crises in their early years.
DuBois was much fairer in skin-color than Obama. However, overtime, DuBois came to associate himself with Black identity more passionately that did Obama. Indeed, DuBois finally saw himself as an African first and ultimately naturalised as a citizen of Ghana.
Conversely, Obama saw himself as less of an African, despite his Kenyan fatherhood. In terms of preferred policy, W.E.B. DuBois was a Black Atlanticist. He dreamt of unification of Global Africa as a new racial Commonwealth in the world system. In contrast, Obama sees himself as fundamentally American, forever a citizen of the United States.
DuBois became the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University in 1895. His pre-doctoral degree was from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. In 1990 Obama became the first African-American to be elected President of the Harvard Law Review. His pre-law degree was from Columbia University in New York.
In his younger years, DuBois was often regarded as ‘not-Negro-enough’ partly because he was fair-skinned, and partly because of his upper class demeanor. In his early political career, Obama was similarly demeaned as ‘not-Black-enough’ more because he was brought up in a white family than because his mother was white. In later years, Obama’s brilliant academic performance at Harvard earned him the stigma of ‘elitist.’
DuBois’s vision for African-Americans had two contemporary rivals. Booker T. Washington preferred African-Americans to temporarily forego political power, civil liberties and higher education in the liberal arts and the liberal professions. His ‘Tuskegee Machine’ put an accent on ‘industrial education’ for Black youth instead, at least for a while. Washington’s influence peaked from 1895 to 1910.
In contrast, DuBois’s vision of education for the Black youth focused on cultivating what he called the ‘talented tenth’ in preparation for Black entry into ‘modern civilisation.’ The major rival vision in DuBois’s era was that championed by Marcus Garvey. Garvey, a Jamaican immigrant, mobilised a large following of African-Americans in the 1920s to pursue private enterprise, and aspired to emigrate to Africa en masse. DuBois and Garvey disliked each other; they debated abusively and even exchanged racial epithets.
In different ways, both DuBois and Marcus Garvey were Black Atlanticists. While DuBois aspired to send to Africa some members of his ‘talented tenth’ of the Black Diaspora to help uplift Africa, Garvey believed in a kind of Black Zionism. To Garveyism, returning to Africa was an entitlement of all African descendants in the Diaspora. But since most of Africa was still colonised during Garvey’s time, his dream was even more remote than DuBois’ sending of the ‘talented tenth.’
Barack Obama’s dream of a post-racial America also has had rival paradigms among African-Americans. As disciples of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jesse Jackson and Andrew Young believed in the integration of African-Americans into mainstream US culture. Yet, they retained and defended Black race-consciousness. They promoted a multi-racial America; Obama championed a non-racial America.
Another Black school of thought in Obama’s life was manifested by his Pastor of 28 years, Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Wright’s ideal America was far from non-racial like Obama’s dream. Nor was Wright’s preferred America multi-racial like that of Andrew Young and Jesse Jackson. Ultimately, Jeremiah Wright was racially a separatist, although his own church preached multi-racialism and racial integration. But a more fundamental shift that took place from the world of DuBois and the era of Obama was a tilt from colour prejudice to cultural prejudice.
Prof. Mazrui teaches political science and African studies at State University New York
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