How much has race defined Obama’s presidency? – theGrio

“The irony of Barack Obama is this: he has become the most successful black politician in American history by avoiding the radioactive racial issues of yesteryear, by being ‘clean’ (as Joe Biden once labeled him) and yet his indelible blackness irradiates everything he touches,” The Atlantic‘s Ta-Nehisi Coates argued in an extended essay in the magazine this month. (More)


Time constraints delay Phil Ford Golf Classic a year – Rocky Mount Telegram

For the past couple of years, hundreds have attended the Phil Ford Golf Classic tournament and gala, but organizers are taking a hiatus from the fundraiser.

Chief Professional Officer Ron Green said he didn’t think staff had enough time to organize the Classic while he was getting acclimated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nash/Edgecombe Counties, which he took over in February. (More)

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Smoking Guns: Finally Enough Evidence to ‘Convict’ Romney? – The Blog

Consistency, they say, is the hobgoblin of little minds, but sometimes it is just nature at its rare best — when everything fits perfectly. As I write this piece, I feel a bit like a prosecutor who suddenly has all the pieces of evidence necessary to make a rock-solid case. It’s a good feeling and I have Mitt Romney to thank for it. Now, I am not implying that anything he has done is criminal, just using the prosecutor metaphor to make my point. Over the past few months, he has thrown individual pieces of evidence my way but it was not until now that all the pieces meshed together to form a simple, clear, picture. (More)

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Fear of a Black President – theAtlantic

Response: I find these lines to be quite interesting: “What we are now witnessing is not some new and complicated expression of white racism—rather, it’s the dying embers of the same old racism that once rendered the best pickings of America the exclusive province of unblackness.”

Talking about the Rev. Wright: Wright’s world is emblematic of the African Americans he ministered to, people reared on the anti-black-citizenship tradition—poll taxes, states pushing stringent voter-­ID laws—of Stephen Douglas and Andrew Johnson and William F. Buckley Jr. The message is “You are not American.” The countermessage—God damn America—­is an old one, and is surprising only to people unfamiliar with the politics of black life in this country. Un­fortunately, that is an apt description of large swaths of America.

Author of this article said: And even those black Americans who embrace the tradition of God Damn America do so not with glee but with deep pain and anguish. Both Kennedy’s father and Wright were military men. My own father went to Vietnam dreaming of John Wayne, but came back quoting Malcolm X. The poet Lucille Clifton once put it succinctly:

They act like they don’t love their country
what it is
is they found out
their country don’t love them.

Fear of a Black President

As a candidate, Barack Obama said we needed to reckon with race and with America’s original sin, slavery. But as our first black president, he has avoided mention of race almost entirely. In having to be “twice as good” and “half as black,” Obama reveals the false promise and double standard of integration. (More)

Picked Up My Ticket Today To Go To The 2012 Democratic National Convention To Witness President Obama’s Acceptance Speech In Charlotte NC

Picked up my ticket today to go to the 2012 Democratic National Convention to witness “our” current President acceptance speech for the November General Election.

Fired up! Fired up! Fired up! Ready to go!

Conservatism versus Race Relations in America: Volume I – Examiner

What racism and bigotry in America sounds like in the year 2012:

“He’s NOT one of US”… “We want OUR country back” … “He just doesn’t understand American Exceptionalism”.

Isn’t it interesting how haters no longer find it necessary to speak in code anymore? That’s how much they hate President Obama. (More)

Going to Obama’s speech? Bring comfortable shoes – Charlotte Observer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. The thousands of people attending President Barack Obama’s nomination acceptance speech will get a free shuttle ride uptown, but they better bring their walking shoes.

A map released from the Democratic National Convention Committee shows that shuttle buses will drop people off several blocks from the Bank of America Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 6. An official said people should allow hours of travel time to get there and expect a long wait in line once they get uptown. (More)

Hair Weave Kills Woman – Loop 21

An allergic reaction to weave glue leads to death

Atasha Graham had returned home from a night of partying when she collapsed and died. After examining the body, a pathologist concluded that either the latex glue used to add the extensions or the solvent used to remove old one may have cause the untimely death. (More)