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Board Policy Committee to meet Thursday, Sept. 29 The Board of Education’s Policy Committee will meet Thursday, Sept. 29 at 5:15 p.m. To discuss policy revisions they have been developed for ECPS based on changes in the law by the General Assembly. View policy revisions…

October

Board to hold public hearing Oct. 10 regarding redistricting plan The Board of Education will hold a public hearing on October 10, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Rooms Read on…

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Herman Cain: I’ll win a third of the black vote – Source: Politico (I Hate It When One Is So Intelligent That It Makes Them Ignant)

Herman Cain, on Fox News last night, predicted he would win a third of the black vote at a time when President Obama is struggling with his base, POLITICO’s Juana Summers reports:

"The African-American vote, I am confident, based upon black people that run into, black people that used to call my radio show, black people that have signed up on my website to support me. I believe, quite frankly, that my campaign, I will garner a minimum of a third of the black vote in this country and possibly more," Cain said.

Cain slammed Obama’s recent passionate defense of his record at a Congressional Black Caucus gala this weekend, saying the president’s pitch didn’t go over well with many black Americans.

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Note: Yes I agree Herman Cain is intelligent but damn his ignance outweigh his intelligence.

Do this guy really think he is going to get the Republican nod? So is he saying that black Democrats are going to vote for him?And if they did, do they think that Cain is going to be in control over his fellow Republicans in Congress? I don’t think so. Curmilus Dancy II – The Political Agitator

IS TREATMENT OF THE PALESTINIANS FAIR? by William Reed Columnist

During a formal address before the United Nations, President Mahmoud Abbas requested that they acknowledge Palestine as a member of the world body. Abbas said, “It’s time to end the suffering and plight of millions of Palestinians.” President Abbas received a standing ovation from the General Assembly, while back in the Palestinian Territories; activists burned pictures of President Barack Obama.

In his addresses before the General Assembly, Obama, pledged to veto the Palestinians’ statehood request. The question of voting for Obama again goes to a matter of character: Is the way Obama dealt with the Palestinians fair, or correct? American presidents have never been “even-handed” with the Palestinians and Obama is no different. It was U.S. favoritism toward Israel that caused Palestinians to approach the United Nations in the first place. Had Obama played the “honest broker” that many expected after his Cairo speech, the Palestinians would have stuck with bilateral negotiations. Once Obama abandoned any pretense of neutrality, the Palestinians had little choice but to find another way to resolve its conflict.

The “first Black President” is the latest in a series of American presidents “short-shafting” the Palestinians. These days, Obama is simply the one sitting in the presidential seat as the world more closely monitors ways the Palestinians are treated. The Palestinian-Israeli problem has evaded solution since Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning predecessor; Dr. Ralph Bunche helped establish the Israeli state in 1948. It was Bunche’s and the United Nation’s intention that Palestine be made into a place of refuge for Jews after World War II, as well as a place for Arabs. However, when Palestine was made into a country known as “Israel” for the Jews, conflicts began, and from the wars that occurred, Israel obtained more land and the Palestinian-Arabs lost most of theirs. Issues involving: mutual recognition, borders, security, water rights, control of Jerusalem, settlements, Palestine freedom of movement and legalities concerning refugees has spawned a humanitarian crisis in the occupied Palestinian territories, reflected by the world’s leading poverty rates, unemployment and malnutrition.

Blacks should expect more of Obama on this issue. Almost every statement Brother Barack made at the United Nations concerning the Israelis-Palestinians was false and slanted. They were lies that both Obama and the audience knew were falsehoods. At the United Nations, Obama sold out his character and America’s fundamental national and moral interests in a blatant ploy for a second presidential term. In the tradition of past presidents, Obama says that “the Palestinians should have a state of their own”, but they shouldn’t be pushy, not embarrass the U.S., or come to the United Nations. In the Obama plan, the Palestinians must sit with the Israelis, like reasonable people, and work it out with them – like reasonable sheep must sit down with the reasonable wolf and decide what to have for dinner, and foreigners should not interfere.

Over the decades, America has made Israel the largest total recipient of direct U.S. economic and military assistance. Israel receives about $3 billion in direct foreign assistance each year – one fifth of America’s entire foreign aid budget. American money toward Israel is a direct subsidy worth about $500 per year.

“Peace deals” recent American presidential administrations want the Palestinians to embrace are Bantustans on less than 22 percent of historic Palestine. But, due to President Abbas’ deft move, Palestinians’ long-ignored problems are now the center of international attention. President Obama’s miserable performance at the UN put the nail in the coffin of America’s status as a neutral facilitator. Different from African-American voters willing to forgive him; few of the world’s people of color are expected to forgive the way he threw the helpless Palestinians under the bus at the UN. The matter will be addressed by the UN Security Council and General Assembly. The United States holds veto power on the Security Council and pledges to vote down the statehood bid, but in the General Assembly the Palestinians enjoy the support of more than 120 of the 193 members which assures passage of the resolution. (William Reed is available for speaking/seminar projects via BaileyGroup.org)

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TOYOTA: TOP CHOICE AMONG AFRICAN AMERICANS by William Reed Columnist

The “Black Market” will play a major role among automobile makers for the next two decades. The African-American market is “the best thing going” and if automobile manufacturers don’t establish creditable linkages for their brands with this audience they will, undoubtedly, lose significant market share and growth opportunities. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that the African-American population will grow 12 percent by 2020 and by nearly 25 percent in 2030. In 2010, the Black car-buying pace totaled 10 times that of the general market. Last year, Toyota led all automotive brands among new vehicle purchases made by African Americans. New vehicle registrations among this audience totaled 641,090 and amounted to 7.4 percent of all 2010 new vehicle registrations. Ford ranked second among African-American buyers with Chevrolet rounding out the Top 3. The demand for Buick jumped 70 percent. Korean brands are also making gains among this key buying group.

In a well-publicized campaign about “respect and reciprocity” Black newspaper publishers dared Toyota to forge better business relationships with them and the communities that they serve. In their response to Black media operators and market experts, Toyota has, in fact, set a new trend the industry. Toyota made moves to reach Black buyers where they live. Deals are being “put in place” that align automotive manufacturers’ and dealers’ specific initiatives to this audience. Toyota has America’s Black newspaper publishers have reached an advertising agreement with Toyota that will soon have their local publications promoting the benefits of purchasing a Toyota product. Toyota’s Lexus is America’s luxury market leader, but Buick, Hyundai, Kia, Cadillac, GMC and Infiniti are also doing extremely well in the African-American market and should be on Black newspaper client lists as well. However, Acura, Land Rover, Mercedes and BMW are not increasing their share of the African-American market as effectively. These companies have an opportunity to connect more with this audience and increase their market share by attracting more affluent African Americans to their brands.

On the downside, “I want a 2012 Toyota Prius” isn’t a mantra of many Black car buyers. Blacks have not been vocal in terms of hyping the Prius or any of the environmentally-conscious automobiles. First and foremost is concern about the overall cost, a 2011 Prius ranges from $23,225 to $30,700. And rarely have you seen a basketball player, hip-hop artist or actor stepping out of a battery-powered Prius.

In 2011, executive leaders at Toyota had their hands full, but fought back from massive safety recalls, the global credit crisis and factories damaged in the March 11 Japan earthquake. Despite those challenges, the world’s largest automaker has restored its North American production to normal levels. This production schedule surpassed the company’s initial expectations. Shortly after the March 11 disaster, Toyota had forecast a return to normal production by November or December. But, in June, Toyota reported that eight of its 12 North American-built models returned to 100 percent output – Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Matrix, Highlander, Sienna, Sequoia and Venza. In August, Toyota confirmed 100 percent production of Tacoma, Tundra, RAV 4 and Lexus RX 350. Together, the 12 models account for nearly 70 percent of the company’s U.S. sales.

Over coming years, automotive manufacturers will seek to capture larger numbers of Black buyers. Drive by any African-American church on Sunday, and you’ll see that Blacks are also purchasing Cadillacs, Lincolns, Mercedes and BMWs. Those companies aren’t “ponying up” like Toyota. The pact between the Black Press of America and Toyota sets standards Black consumers should too demand. Black publishers want local companies and multi-nationals to understand the value of using their publications as advertising mediums; conversely, it’s important that Black consumers demand that minority-owned media firms receive a fair share of corporate or governmental advertising expenditures. So, it’s necessary that Black consumers insist on retailers’ “respect” and “reciprocity” that result in advertising purchases that equal the level of Black patronage of their products. Companies’ use of Black media to reach African-American consumers with language and content that resonates among them makes good sense. (William Reed is available for speaking/seminar projects via BaileyGroup.org)

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THE MYTH THAT WILL NOT DIE: “AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM” by William Reed Columnist

On July 4th Rush Limbaugh appeared in Joplin, Mo., and gave a rousing Independence Day speech on “American Exceptionalism” saying: “America is blessed by God” and that we are the planet’s exceptional human beings. And, God has lavished Limbaugh with high rewards of fame and prosperity; but the question is: “How does that tune play in uptown Harlem and on MLK Avenues across America?” The “American Exceptionalism” Limbaugh espouses is the theory that the United States is qualitatively different from other countries and uniquely “blessed by God.” Limbaugh’s “exceptionalism” stems from an American ideology, based on “liberty, egalitarianism, individualism, populism and laissez-faire capitalism.”

But, in contrast to the American practices Limbaugh extols, there’s a thread in American history that runs through the processes of Indian genocide to American adventures in the Mexican-American and the Spanish-American Wars, into the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq that constitute patterns of racism and imperialism. In the 19th century, Manifest Destiny was an American belief that the United States was destined to expand across the continent. America’s Manifest Destiny mission grew to a posture to promote and defend democracy throughout the world. The “American Exceptionalism” historical thread celebrated by Limbaugh and his listeners includes many acts and endeavors of western imperialism. Historically, whenever Americans wanted something another nation had – land, oil or other resources – we’ve been able to justify taking it. The usual plot involves theories that the world’s non-Whites are unable to govern themselves, so America must heed it’s "divine mission" to liberate them from their own ignorance and corruption by our bringing gifts of freedom, democracy and Christianity — whether they want them or not. Now, during Barack Obama’s presidency, the reign of people like Limbaugh is being questioned. While some African Americans seek to enjoin this national identity, others openly question some of the underpinnings of Americans’ ideologies of individual initiative and responsibility. The very engines of “America’s Exceptionalism” carry a stigma of hypocrisy; and throughout the centuries America’s prevailing ethic and electorate ensured that no government policy initiatives would ever be used to actually improve minorities’ quality of life.

How large is the segment of African Americans that go along with “American Exceptionalism’s” racist and religious tenets? Blacks need to note that from the beginning America’s majority population has garnered enormous wealth from Blacks’ captivity, but has never embraced an egalitarian economic philosophy.American Exceptionalists” ridicule Black Reparations, but, if you trace the fortunes of the Rockefellers, Mellon’s, Carnegies, Biltmore’s, and others, you’ll find the source as being “slavery.” Without the underpinnings of slavery, American enterprise would never have achieved its zenith. But, what will we do in the face of the re-emergence of the “American Exceptionalists’ ” values of class inequities, imperialism and war? The swagger of “American Exceptionalism” assuages Americans’ guilt of the violence we’ve used abroad, and at home, and hides the fundamental racism ingrained in America. It’s a shame that African-American voters are willing to allow President Obama to cater to the “Manifest Destiny/American Exceptionalism” crowd before dealing with Blacks and our needs that have gone unmet for all this time, because he’s president of all of the country.

Even to the point of having the “first Black President of the country,” Black Americans remain captive to the “he is President of the country” mindset and elect to leave their concerns on the back burner. Even the most fervent among us craving for Obama’s re-election as President of these United States would have to admit that he doesn’t fit America’s image of bedrock exceptionalism of military, economic and cultural preeminence. What upsets Limbaugh and his crowd is that Obama appears to be egalitarian and motivated more by a vision of America as it being just one more unremarkable country among many than American imperialist. Therefore, demanding Obama target public policy to Black voters who accounted for 13 percent of the electorate in ‘08, and who are now experiencing the culmination of centuries of economic crises is needed policy as well as good politics.

(William Reed is available for speaking/seminar projects via BaileyGroup.org)

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