When Whites Just Don’t Get It, Part 3 – New York Times

The Political Agitator response: But I wonder is it so much that they don’t get it. I think either they are in denial or just don’t give a damn. Ain’t no such thing that grown damn folks don’t know right from from especially the educated and religious folks. I ain’t buying into they don’t get it.

SOME white Americans may be surprised to hear Archbishop Desmond Tutu describe Bryan Stevenson, an African-American lawyer fighting for racial justice, as “America’s young Nelson Mandela.”

Huh? Why do we need a Mandela over here? We’ve made so much progress on race over 50 years! And who is this guy Stevenson, anyway?

Yet Archbishop Tutu is right. Even after remarkable gains in civil rights, including the election of a black president, the United States remains a profoundly unequal society — and nowhere is justice more elusive than in our justice system.

When I was born in 1959, the hospital in which I arrived had separate floors for black babies and white babies, and it was then illegal for blacks and whites to marry in many states. So progress has been enormous, and America today is nothing like the apartheid South Africa that imprisoned Mandela. But there’s also a risk that that progress distracts us from the profound and persistent inequality that remains. (Source: Read more)

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The Worth of Black Men, From Slavery to Ferguson – New York Times

The paper, stained in spots, has yellowed, its black ink faded to a dull brown, but the horizontal lines printed on the page are still a fine blue. Some scribe took great care preparing this page, first dragging a piece of graphite along a straight edge to make two pairs of twin columns. Sometimes the pencil marks skip, disconnecting from the line before joining the page again. Once ordered, the table received its data: numbers rendered by hand but with a machinelike uniformity.

One column is titled “Ages — Years Old”; the other, “Valuation.” The first begins in infancy at age 1 and continues to 60, the age of infirmity for an enslaved person after a lifetime of work. In the second column, corresponding prices ascend steadily, beginning with the youngest slave, valued at $100, and climbing by increments of $25 or $50. The chart peaks at age 20 and $900. From there it descends, by the same increments, until ending with the 60-year-old slave worth only $50. This is the “Scale of Valuation of Slaves,” from the papers of Tyre Glen — a prosperous North Carolina slave trader and tobacco planter who was, paradoxically, also an abolitionist and antisecessionist. (Source: Read more)

The Political Agitator response: Because We Have A Black President Black Boys/Men Have Been Treated Worst Than Animals So I Challenge Black Boys/Men

Mark Richt says Todd Gurley will practice with team this week–UGA FanBuzz

Georgia head coach Mark Richt spoke with the media on Sunday and gave us an update on the status of star running back Todd Gurley, who remains suspended due to an investigation on an alleged payment for some signed memorabilia.

Richt did say Gurley would practice with the Bulldogs this week, but doesn’t know whether or not he will play against Arkansas this weekend.

“Well, Todd’s still on our team. Yes,” Richt said. (Source: Read more)

See The Honorable Act By Obama That Has Silenced The Entire GOP Party – Greenville Gazette

President Obama, who initiated the sequester process as part of his concessions to Speaker Boehner as part of the negotiations to raise the debt ceiling, is now making a symbolic gesture of solidarity with the people affected by his sequester cuts by refunding 5% of his salary to match the cuts in the rate of growth for employees of federal agencies affected by the cuts.

The show of unity will cost the president $20,000 a year since his salary is $400,000. His pay is constitutionally protected against pay cuts and a budget agreement superfluously exempted him from pay cuts along with members of congress. Supporters of the president have seized on his gesture as proof that he stands with the people. Remember, the sequester cuts do not lower the amount of federal spending; they lower the rate of how fast it increases.

Nevertheless, federal agencies have chosen to pass the modest reductions in their budget increases on employees by imposing pay cuts upon them either by salary reductions or unpaid furloughs. It is unclear why President Obama did not direct those in charge of the affected agencies to spare employee salaries from any pay cuts. (Source: Read more)

Fox News host grills Tony Perkins: ‘What’s the damage to you’ if your neighbors are gay married? – RawStory

The Political Agitator response: None!

At one time, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins may have viewed Fox News as a friendly venue for his campaign against marriage equality. But on Sunday, he found himself in the minority even on the conservative network.

Following the Supreme Court’s decision last week not to hear appeals against rulings that struck down same-sex marriage bans in five states, Fox News Sunday invited Perkins and conservative attorney Ted Olson to debate the issue.

“Marriage is not to affirm adults, it’s for the protection of children,” Perkins argued. “And if love is the only factor, where do you draw the boundaries?” (Source: Read more)