What Race Has to Do With It – The Nation

Response: Hell yeah it is and has always been about RACE. They are afraid of this damn smart intelligent Black man. Anyone who does not see this just don’t understand and/or denial. I say they are in denial because it has been clear from day one.

Say what you like about Wally Hudson—and people do—he knows his audience. For months, the chairman of Virginia’s Mecklenburg County Republican Committee displayed pictures of Barack Obama as a drug dealer, witch doctor and caveman on his party’s Facebook page, resisting calls from higher-ups to remove them. “We know our regular readers, who are good conservatives,” Hudson told The Washington Post. “They’re gonna get a kick out of it.” (More)

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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)

WHEN ARE WE GOING TO ADMIT THAT RACE IS STILL AN ISSUE IN AMERICA? by William Reed Columnist

The NAACP’s allegations are totally unfounded and reckless. We have never tolerated, and will never tolerate, discrimination in any way, shape or form in any of our business practices, products or services. – Wells Fargo Spokeswoman – 2009

Back in 2009 the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) filed a class action suit to stop lenders from engaging in "systematic, institutionalized racism in making home mortgage loans.”  The NAACP suit specifically named: Ameriquest, Wells Fargo, Fremont Investment, Option One Mortgage (H&R Block,) WMC Mortgage, Countrywide, Long Beach Mortgage, CitiGroup, BNC Mortgage, Accredited Home Lenders, Encore Credit (Bear Stearns,) First Franklin, HSBC, and Washington Mutual as modern practitioners of discrimination.

As we start the year 2012, the largest residential fair-lending settlement in American history is starting to take place. Bank of America has agreed to pay $335 million to settle federal allegations that its Countrywide unit discriminated against minorities. Due to the NAACP’s activism, the U.S. Justice Department carried out years of investigations that ultimately concluded Countrywide loan officers and brokers charged higher fees and rates to more than 200,000 minority borrowers than they did to White borrowers who posed the same credit risk. The Justice Department’s investigations also found that Countrywide steered more than 10,000 minority borrowers into costly subprime mortgages when White borrowers with similar credit profiles received regular loan portfolios.

Contrary to the protestations of America’s lenders our country’s unique racism continues.  Black buyers often enter a separate and unequal lending universe.  The mortgage companies the NAACP filed suit against accounted for half the loans given to Black middle-income borrowers in 2005 and 2006.  Minority borrowers paid hundreds or thousands of dollars more to get a mortgage than did similarly qualified White customers. Justice Department officials said, “The victims had no idea they were being victimized. They were thrilled to have gotten a loan and realize the American dream.” 

With the impetus of the NAACP discrimination lawsuit the Justice Department created a division to focus exclusively on banks and mortgage brokers suspected of discriminating against minority mortgage applicants, a type of litigation that requires extensive and complex analysis of data. Working with bank regulatory agencies and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the unit reached settlements or filed complaints accusing a lender of engaging in a pattern or practice of discrimination.  The Federal Reserve first detected statistical discrepancies in the loans Countrywide was making and referred the matter to the Justice Department in early 2007.

Those proven to be victims of Countrywide’s deliberate discrimination will get to divvy up $335 million, an average of roughly $1,700 per borrower.  The compensation rate will depend on who originated the loan and whether the borrower was steered into a subprime product.  Justice Department officials say that “checks should start going out to qualified borrowers in about 24 months.”

For those wanting to just meld into the mainstream, note that the case represents the first time that the Justice Department alleged and obtained relief for borrowers who were steered into loans based on race or national origin. The NAACP released a statement saying Bank of America "takes one more important step toward creating a fairer lending environment for consumers."

Ironically, over recent years it has become daily talk fare among African Americans to question “the NAACP’s relevance in modern American life.”  The mortgage industry discrimination suit shows the idiocy of such talk.  Were it not for the NAACP, the government wouldn’t have investigated embedded lending practices, and Countrywide would not be paying victims of its 2004 to 2007 discriminatory practices.  What does it take for us to realize that racism is alive and living in America and we need all the forces we can muster? The NAACP’s membership categories range from $30 “Annual” to $750 for “Lifetime.”  How many people being compensated by the settlement will send funds to: NAACP Memberships, 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, Md. 21215?

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

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Sears employee wins $5.2 million jury award for racial harassment – Source: Sacramento City News

At first, Medro Johnson tried to shrug it off.

The African American employee of Sears Home Improvement Products in Natomas was at an August 2008 company barbecue with his family, court records say. A co-worker walked up and blurted a racial slur, issued with a "slave dialect." (Read more)

Response: And some folks do not think racial harassment is alive and well today. Some are acting out simply because they don’t like “Our” President. So many folks have got this type of treatment just because we have a black President. I am glad this man pushed the issue and made them pay. Curmilus Dancy II – DCN Publisher

Frederick Douglass: The Color Line in America (1883) – See How This Relates To “Our” Black President And The Republican Party (Powerful Speech)

The following was shared with me:

Many people wonder why some are so hard on President Obama. Did Frederick Douglass predict the answer many years ago?

“Though the colored man is no longer subject to barter and sale, he is surrounded by an adverse settlement which fetters all his movements.
In his downward course he meets with no resistance, but his course upward is resented and resisted at every step of his progress.
If he comes in ignorance, rags and wretchedness he conforms to the popular belief of his character, and in that character he is welcome; but if he s hall come as a gentleman, a scholar and a statesman, he is hailed as a contradiction to the national faith concerning his race, and his coming is resented as impudence.
In one case he may provoke contempt and derision, but in the other he is an affront to pride and provokes malice.”

Frederick Douglass

September 25, 1883

After 1877, following the withdrawal of Union troops from South Carolina, Louisiana, and Florida, Reconstruction officially ended. In theory, African Americans were free, but, in practice, their status was far from equal. The intent of the Fourteenth and the Fifteenth Amendment with regard to African Americans was being whittled away by state legislation in the South and Supreme Court decisions. African American participation in all phases of American life was qualified by prejudice; most avenues of social and economic improvement remained closed. Frederick Douglass, the best-known and most influential African American spokesman of his time, considered these facts and offered a solution in the following speech of September 24, 1883. (Read more)

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BLACK FAMILY DAY – Source: The Daily Southerner

TARBORO — The first Black Family Day in Tarboro on Saturday was in contrast to the controversy of the planning that swirled around the event for several months.

"I was very pleased with the outcome," said Organizer Remi Muhammad. "The attendance was low because we had to relocate and I was very disappointed about that. (Read more)

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Tarboro NC – “Black Family Day” My Response To The White People Who Asked Me What The NAACP, Black People And I As An Individual Would Do If White People Wanted To Have A White Family Day On The Tarboro Town Commons

I am who I am so you can like me, love me and/or hate me it does not matter. This is a message to black, brown, white and other folks.

I am going to be me so I am going to do me on a daily basis. You have options when it comes to reading my blog so go figure. But remember I love all of you and it ain’t nothing you can do about it.

When I got involved in politics in the early 90’s it was a learning process. However I always kept a clear mind and didn’t go along just to get along be it in all black meetings and/or mixed meetings. I always tried to look at the whole picture be it issues in the black community or racial issues.

So today when people talk about racial issues I love it because I am not afraid to speak up publicly unlike most folks. I just love questions as it relates to race when it comes to the NAACP (National Association For The Advancement of Colored People), “Black Family Day” and other black related issues. I refuse to take a back seat to being black and I will not be apologetic for being born a black man. I am a proud black man and will be until the good master call me home. So anyone who has a problem with me expressing my blackness so be it.

I just love the questions what would black folks and I as an individual do if white people had a group similar to the NAACP, if white people had a “White Family Day” and other white etc.? I don’t care what white people do as long as it does not affect me in a negative way. I decided a long time ago that I will not spend time challenging emotions and will only spend my time challenging facts, policies and procedures and that which is measurable.

I don’t have to go into the many areas where black people are not welcomed such as certain golf courses, clubs and etc. however white people are always welcomed to the black clubs and hardly ever do you hear about any racial disputes.

So for all the white folks who asked me what I would have done if white people wanted to have a “White Family Day” on the Tarboro Town Commons, I am going to answer your question now. I would have done what I did when ya’ll had the Confederate Soldiers Re-enactment there among other things that I was not interested in. I did nothing because I had the option to attend or stay away. Well ya’ll said ya’ll had a problem with your tax dollars being used for the “Black Family Day” as if black folks don’t pay taxes. I tried to explain to ya’ll that the issue with the “Black Family Day” being held on The Commons should have been taken up with the Tarboro Town Council only and not attacking black folks with the negative comments.

I refuse to allow white people to pick and choose for me what kind of event black folks can host, what to call the event, and to act as if black people do not pay taxes just because we want to be afforded the same rights that they have. The Tarboro Town Commons is a public area so therefore I hope that people will be mindful that in the future if you disagree with what is requested to take place there that you go to the Tarboro Town Council and challenge them and not mislead and further divide the county.

As I view the pictures from the “Black Family Day” and read comments there were white people who attended and they spoke positive of the event.

So in my closing, I challenge white people and anyone who have a problem with the “Black Family Day” that was held on Saturday to tell me how the event, the event, I repeat the event divided the community? Tell me!! Oh had a Madea moment. I was not there because I was out of town, but I have not heard or read anything negative coming from anyone black or white that attended the event.

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