Reverend William Barber: Leader of the Biggest Social Movement the Media Won’t Talk About – Occupy.com

The Political Agitator response: I was there another awesome event. Photos/Videos HKonJ 2015 Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II NAACP NC & Partners March To NC State Capitol Saturday February 14, 2015

This is the first installment in a three-part series on Reverend Barber and the Forward Together movement in North Carolina.

On Feb. 14, roughly 30,000 people got up early on a cold Saturday morning to march on the North Carolina state house in Raleigh to demand anti-poverty legislation, voting rights, healthcare access, LGBT rights, environmental justice, criminal justice reform, and reproductive rights. #MoralMarch, the official hashtag of the protest, was a top national trend on Twitter, and an image of the march posted on the US Uncut Facebook page was shared over 12,000 times and reached almost 1.5 million people. (Full disclosure: I’m one of the admins for US Uncut.)

Meanwhile, the lead story in the next day’s Raleigh News & Observer, complete with a spread of 97 photos, was about a five-mile run in which participants ate a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts halfway through. Anchors of corporate-owned local TV news stations each spent 40 seconds talking over video of the march, briefly mentioning that it happened, and the News & Observer later gave the march a brief two-sentence summary on its website. So what is it about the Forward Together movement the media is so scared to talk about? (Source: Read more)

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3 Crazy Business Lessons from B’s Barbecue – Pulse

The Political Agitator response: This is my favorite eating place. They cook their chicken and barbecue like my daddy and I with charcoals. This is the only place that have real barbecue chicken in this area however a restaurant recently opened in Princeville that have good pit cooked food also.

Located in Greenville, NC, in an old country store that almost looks abandoned, lies one of the greatest Eastern-style barbecue joints in North Carolina. How do I know? Partly because it has been featured in newspapers, books, magazines, and television programs for years; partly because of the line out the door every day at lunch; and partly because, like many others, I go out of my way to get their barbecue.

The food at B’s Barbecue is amazing but don’t expect any extras from this hole-in-the-wall restaurant. The have no phone, no website, no air conditioning, and no posted hours of operation except an old, hand-painted sign that says, “Closed Sun and Mon.” B’s opens “generally” at 9:00 AM and customers know to get there early because B’s shuts it’s doors when the food runs out. Their famous Eastern-style barbecue sauce is not sold in stores and not available on the Internet. You can only find it in the old Crown Royal bottles located on the tables. (Source: Read more)

New Study–Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror – Portside

The number of African-Americans lynched in Southern states in the 19th and 20th centuries is significantly higher than previously detailed, according to a new report examining lynching in the United States.

The report is the latest in a series of attempts to document the true number of lynching victims in this country, an effort that dates back more than a century. While it is known that thousands of black Americans were lynched, the practice of “targeted racial violence” still has not been fully addressed, according to the report released Tuesday by the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit based in Alabama.

“Lynchings were violent and public acts of torture that traumatized black people throughout the country and were largely tolerated by state and federal officials,” the report’s summary states. “These lynchings were terrorism.” (Source: Read more)

Rudy Giuliani: ‘I Didn’t Intend To Question’ Obama’s Heart – HuffPost

The Political Agitator response: Again save that thought! You see these guys say stuff and then try to act like they don’t mean it in the public but I bet behind closed doors the message stands. You see when folks say stuff like this, they are saying how some folks really feel and didn’t have the guts to say it publicly so they have done it for them. Damn say what you mean and mean what you say or shut the hell up. Once you have said it, you can’t change it. It is a damn shame that these guys making these ignant comments over and over again after the President has won both ought to get over him being an intelligent black man who they need to respect. Hell I didn’t say they had to like him but they need to just respect the man and the better off they will be.

After doubling and tripling down on his controversial comments regarding President Barack Obama’s lack of love for America, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Sunday moved closer to something of a mea culpa.

“My blunt language suggesting that the president doesn’t love America notwithstanding, I didn’t intend to question President Obama’s motives or the content of his heart,” Giuliani wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. “My intended focus really was the effect his words and his actions have on the morale of the country, and how that effect may damage his performance.”

The former GOP presidential candidate then went on to criticize the president for “his inability or disinclination to emphasize what is right with America,” a point Republicans have been making for some time now. He also took issue with Obama for failing to express adequate support for allies like Israel and Ukraine. (Source: Read more)

Internal report: Dems have lost their way – News & Observers

The Political Agitator response: I disagree that the Democratic Party has become a confused political party. The problem in my opinion is that there is a new set of white Democrats whom are in the game now and they don’t have the same mentality as those that were very active dating back to the early 90’s when I became active. I say that because I look at how the local Edgecombe County Democratic Party used to be a majority white and every meeting used to be a fight as black folks whom became the majority in the county back in the 90’s were fighting to get positions in the local party. I am not talking about fighting to get elected to serve as elected officials on the state and national levels, that was another fight. Now that the local party is a majority black the whites have stopped coming to the meetings, wonder why? In Raleigh the majority serving in the Democratic Party state office is white and major infighting seems to become an more and more prevalent during the elections a State President and State Officers. While the infighting is going on the state level the damn real fight ought to be with the Republican Party holding the majority of the offices in the NC General Assembly. This is something that I have kept in mind since the days that Jesse Helms was re-elected over and over again but yet the state was and is a majority Democrat. So you do the math. I figured it out a long time ago. Until we figure out who the real Democrats are going to the polls nothing else will matter. And lastly the election of a Black President also have shown us who some Democrats really were/are. Yep that’s right! Until the fight in Raleigh with State Democratic Party became a fight for electing a black majority on the state level, we will continue to get what we get. But the problem with that is, will the whites continue to go to the state meetings. And then the next fight will be to get more blacks in the General Assembly. It seems that if it ain’t a fight about black and white, nothing changes but we know what happens when blacks get in office somehow some whites stop being seen actively engaged. When Democrats recognize and understand that the fight ain’t in-house that it is with the Republican agenda the better off we will be.

WASHINGTON — Democrats have become a confused political party with a muddled message and an inability to turn out enough of its loyal voters, a party task force charged with how to revive the embattled party said Saturday.

“I am here to tell you the Democratic Party has lost its way,” said Gov. Steve Beshear of Kentucky, who presented the report to the Democratic National Committee WINTER.

The report, an effort to dissect the party’s crushing losses in last year’s congressional and gubernatorial elections, found “the circumstances that led to the series of devastating electoral losses did not develop overnight.” Republicans have done a better job adapting to the rapidly changing electoral landscape, it said, particularly in the area of fundraising.

Democrats have lagged in wooing its own, most supportive constituencies, while losing others.

“In order to win elections, the Democratic Party must reclaim voters that we’ve lost, including white Southern voters,” the report said. But the party also has to “excite key constituencies such as African American women and Latinas.” (Source: Read more)

Why It Should Bother Everyone That The Oscars Are So White – HuffPost

#OscarsSoWhite that if Common and John Legend win an Academy Award for Best Original Song this Sunday, it will be only the 32nd time in 87 years that a black person has held a competitive Oscar on Hollywood’s biggest stage. That’s 32 times out of more than 2,900 winners.

“It’s a white industry. Just as the NBA is a black industry. I’m not even saying it’s a bad thing. It just is,” Chris Rock wrote last year in a thoughtful op-ed for The Hollywood Reporter. Rock’s piece went viral because of how clearly he laid out the problems in Hollywood: It’s a place where at every level, from the top on down, diversity is lagging behind society. (Source: Read more)

It’s time to sing the praises of Obamacare – Charlotte Observer

The Political Agitator response: Just because our President is black. When will they ever get over it? Never! I can’t wait to see what they are going to do when his term is over. This is one of the best articles I have read in a long time. This is an awesome report!

Let’s sing the praises of Obamacare for a minute.

Get back here! I said just for a minute. OK, it’s not the tidiest law in history. You’re probably still sulking because you wanted something simple and rational, like a single-payer plan. But it’s here, and about 10 million people have health coverage who didn’t have it before.

Plus, it’s apparently working better than any of us imagined. Here is how great the Affordable Care Act is doing: The Supreme Court is about to hear a challenge to the law, filed on behalf of four Virginia plaintiffs, who claim to have suffered grievous harm by being forced to either buy health coverage or pay a penalty. Lately, reporters have been trying to track down this quartet of pain, and discovered they are: (Source: Read more)

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