The older I get the less ignance, injustice and other mess I can tolerate!
Hold on wait a minute. I started out mad with everybody back in the day until I learned that folks are just going to be folks. Just like we say drugs is a problem. Well for me folks who ain’t involved is worse than the minority who have a drug problem.
But on the job and when it comes to politics I learned years ago that people ain’t going to get involved until it hit home. I joined Black Workers For Justice first, then I had to find out where the local NAACP branch was because I wanted to be a voice for the least of these. Majority of the folks join the NAACP when they have a problem and seeking help. Not me.
I joined the Democratic Party because I wanted to be a voice for the voiceless.
I learned that many folks didn’t get involved because they were scared and what over and that is okay.
You have to learn to do your part and don’t worry about what others do. Somebody will appreciate you even those who are silent. And every now and then someone will tell you even folks who don’t know you personally but have seen you or heard about you.
But at the end of the day know that you are setting the tone for your children and the other children that sees you. I do it for the children long before I had a child. Folks told me when I was challenging the school system I hate it for you when you get a child. I said well I ain’t going to stop speaking truth to power and when they retaliate against me and my children then they better be ready. Yep had some retaliation but I handled their asses and came out victorious every time.
So niece do your thang and don’t worry about other folks. Either they will get involved now or later.
Folks when you try to discredit me you better have your s… together because I am ready! Think I ain’t just check out this post.
The Fighting Crime and Cleaning Up Rocky Mount NC blocked me a couple of months ago from being able to comment on their page because I spoke truth to power. I responded to them because they were attacking, posting and allowing others to post misleading information about Rocky Mount Councilman Mayor Pro-tem/President NAACP Rocky Mount Branch, the Honorable Andre Knight. I responded to a person that commented on a post and said that ain’t right and I also posted that this page is not doing anything that I and someone else could not do. I said they listen to a scanner and report crime. I said hell I been listening to my scanner since the 80’s and I could do the same but that ain’t what I do. I said hell I am glad they do it because I don’t have to do it.
Recently I have been receiving information that the owner of the page is a (white) bailbondswoman and they are using to the page to get folks to help them find their customers. I believe it because although they blocked me from commenting on their page, I can still read it. Folks just check out the content. For the record I ain’t mad with them because I don’t have to post on their page to do what I do. What I hope they recognize and understand that my work still continues.
Yesterday I found out that my Facebook friend Zette McArn has blocked me from her page. Not only did she block me from that page but she blocked me from her other page, Wilsonian Voices. Why? Because she is supporting Attorney Mark Bibbs and I am supporting Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield for the NC House 24 race. Farmer-Butterfield is the incumbent. Damn I thought we were friends and that we could agree to disagree on politics but I see not so. Again hell I still ain’t mad with her.
This is when it began.
March 1st, 5:04pm
What in the world? Bibbs and Jean?
My response: So you supporting Bibbs?
Party POO does not allow for officers to do so.
And you’re asking because …? George fisher asked you to?
My response: Have not talked to George. It looked like he called him a drunk in his post.
My response: George forgets the lesson of people paying their dues and the lessons of forgiveness.
Jean’s record is a reflection of her work in Raleigh. Some agree. Some don’t.
My response: Oh a while back I thought he was going to support Bibbs.
No – he’s come at Mark fullblast
My response: Oh
He and I had an exchange a few weeks back about the matter.
My response: Didn’t know that..
I told him the bottomline are the folks in her district and it appears to be …HE IS NOT.
My response: Ok
You see where Asa’s Mom is running?
OR did u know aLREADY
My response: Asa told me don’t know his mom.
running against Susan Martin
My response: Don’t know her either
So are you a Farmer-Butterfield backer too?
My response: gonna deal with those in my district for now
George should do the same…just sharing.
My response: Well I am not limited to my district nor is George. Plus he is a blogger.
March 3rd, 7:29am
No one said you were… An opinion shared. I TOO am not limited and DON’T MIND WHEN I HAVE TO.
Shalom. Come what may.
March 3rd, 8:35am
Responding to your wise decision and George should do the same. All is well!
so be it
April 5th, 8:08pm
wrong forum …thot he was in the Dem. Yeah I removed it…Deb won’t like it
April 6th, 12:09am
My response: Your messages to Deb ain’t you suppose to be responding to her on NC Democrats for a New Way? Wilsonian Voices So can you answer Deb’s question? Who did Baby Burr run against tthat year?
SHUT UP DANCY!!!
My response: I was trying to see who Deb was and I seen where you were responding to a question she asked on the other page.
Ohhhhh… did I flip my pages again??? Let me look
My response: Yep!
Dunno about your request to talk about NC HD 24 race. I don’t know what’s going on in Edgecombe County enough to share commentary. Besides, you and I sparred enough already within the last 24 – you gonna make my blood pressure rise and that ain’t good for me. Besides two against one ain’t never been fair!
And then around 2 weeks ago Zette got pissed because I posted something and she said I didn’t intimidate folks in Wilson. I said I don’t go around attempting to intimidate folks. I said I say what I mean and mean what I say and I have no control over how people receive it. I thought we had got past the bullmanure but I see not.
Now some of the most recent conversation around 2 days ago:
Ooops! THERE IT IS !!!
Are you ready to vote?
Beth Plus, don’t tell me what is bad about your opponent.
Wilsonian Voices Ahhhh, THAT’S A GREAT ONE Beth! It!
Curmilus Butch Dancy II Beth and why not! LOL! Some may not know why the opponent is bad.
So does that apply to opponents of another party too? SMDH!
George Fisher Hmm…"don’t tell me what is BAD about your opponent. Ready, is that right. So, I can save this post and come May 7th when we go after the Teapublican NC GOP–I can pull this out and say…Oops…Sorry folks, we’re not gonna tell you what’s wrong with the GOP…cause that would be wrong. Please.
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Wilsonian Voices George Fisher & Curmilus Dancy, your comments here reflect an eagerness to find fault with other’s opinions with the intent to ridicule and exert your self imposed ‘righteous indignation’. LET ME BE CLEAR, that is not the intent of this forum. Your comments come across as negative, insinuating & insulting.
Friends of this Community Forum are ENCOURAGED & WELCOMED to share their
opinions as well WITHOUT BEING demeaned and/ or BELITTLED by the two of you every time they post. I don’t want anyone deciding not to share their thoughts on Wilsonian Voices because they don’t want to be badgered by what the two of you have to say. That’s WRONG & RUDE.
There has NEVER BEEN a time when this forum has left such on your forums. I ask that you refrain from doing it on mine.
It would be appreciated if you kept that in mind for future reference.
Curmilus Butch Dancy II Zette McArn I will not debate your opinion however what I will do is remind you that I say what I mean and mean what I say. I can’t help how one receive the message but if they have any doubt I am the one to ask and not you. I do a damn good job of speaking for myself.
Oh because we had a conversation about the NC House 24 District seat and you don’t want the incumbent and you don’t want me to talk about the race, you better get the hell over it.
So you can post what you want but I can’t post what I want when it comes to my take on POLITICS and any issue. I ain’t the one so don’t go there.
Self imposed ‘righteous indignation’? Call it what you want cause frankly I don’t give a damn because I know who I am and whose I am. I am The Political Agitator and I am damn good at it inspite of you saying I don’t intimidate folks in Wilson, don’t know why you said that recently but that is okay because I responded to that too.
Intent of your forum? Really?
Oh now that I don’t agree with you because you are supporting Attorney Mark Bibbs and I am stating the facts, you see me differently from when you asked me to video and to support you when they got rid of you in the AAC.
Just like I told your friend a couple of days ago, I will not be apologetic for speaking the truth although you call my comments negative, insinuating & insulting.
Oh so I am demeaning and belittling others for giving my opinion that you have a problem with? SMDH! I remember recently after a post on your page I just posted SMDH! but no you asked me what was I shaking my damn head about so obviously you wanted to know in case if you agreed with me? LMBAO!
Who have I badgerd? Wrong and rude? LMBAO!
So in other words you are saying don’t comment unless I agree with you? Well if you have a problem with my comments, remove me so others can only hear your side where you are posting little things and some even in codes. LMBAO!
Until you unfriend me, then I will continue to comment speaking truth to power.
Obviously you don’t remember, in denial or simply just don’t give a damn when it comes to one of my favorite quotes: "I have no permanent friends no permanent enemies only permanent interest!"
Now Run and Tell That!
I am glad to know that you have a problem with me because again we had a conversation about the House 24 Seat.
You have a blessed day!
I am Curmilus Dancy II The Political Agitator and I am damn good at it!
Wilsonian Voices THIS IS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE of the aforementioned.
Write a comment…
There was much more conversation after this but I didn’t even save it because hell it ain’t even worth wasting my storage place on this ignant ass stuff. I think I have saved enough to show folks who the damn problem is. Again when you try to discredit me your ass better be ready!
But the last conversation on this page was with Robert James as he and I posted civil comments about how he had some concerns about Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield and that he was supporting Bibbs. I challenged him on his concerns about Farmer-Butterfield and we moved on. But damn Zette blocked me.
I am Curmilus Dancy II The Political Agitator and I am damn good at it!
For the Democrats’ Black partisans the message is simple: Stand With President Obama, Vote November 2.”
Leading Democrats are betting that if the midterms are a “referendum on Obama” they like their odds with the party’s African American base. Nine out of every ten African Americans have an unwavering loyalty towards the Democratic Party. So, to tap into President Barack Obama’s high approval rating among Blacks the head of Democratic National Committee (DNC) has approved a $2 million advertising outreach effort among African Americans for the 2010 November midterm elections. The ad-buy says: "Stand With President Obama. Vote November 2."
President Obama may be floundering among the rest of the population, but has a 91 percent approval rating among Blacks. During the Congressional Black Caucus’ recent Legislative Conference in Washington, DNC Chairman Tim Kaine met with White House aides and civil rights leaders about Black turnout for the November elections. But counting on a high turnout among African Americans in the midterm elections is tenuous at best. Polls show that the enthusiasm gap between Whites and Blacks is even higher than in past midterm elections: 42 percent of Whites are thinking about the November elections, whereas only 25 percent of Blacks are focused on the midterms.
Kaine’s goal is an 8 to 10 percent “Obama bump” over prior midterm participation, and says “investment in African American outreach is fundamental to that effort”. The $2 million the DNC is committing is up from $260,000 in 2006. The ads will go up in key states with sizable Black populations such as: Florida, California, Maryland and Illinois. Overall the DNC has committed $50 million to minority voter outreach.
More than $3.7 billion will be spent in the 2010 midterm elections by various interest groups, so the $2 million outlay among African American media shouldn’t be a major matter. But, the Black chairman of the Republican National Committee is accusing Obama & Company of making “an appeal based on class warfare and race”. RNC Chairman Michael Steele acknowledges that the GOP should do better when it comes to minority outreach; but, now as before, has committed no money. The RNC’s first African American chairman admits that the Republican Party has failed to sufficiently reach out to Blacks, and has employed a “southern strategy” for the last “40-plus years.” Throughout his tenure Steel has repeatedly promised to do a better job of minority outreach, but has done little but talk loud. Steele’s negative comments on the DNC’s minority outreach should be viewed by Blacks as an affront.
It’s good that the Democrats are giving Black media outlets some “walking around” money, but its young people, Latinos and African-Americans that have fared the worst under Obama’s presidency. Blacks are between the devil and deep blue sea when it comes to our causes. The Republicans really don’t want us and the Democrats take us for granted.
It’s curious as to why those most battered by the economic recession would be expected to “stand up” for more of the same. Obama’s, and the Democratic-led Congress’, economic recovery programs have not possessed the key elements necessary for all Americans to share equally in improved prosperity. African Americans are still being hit hard with an unemployment rate of 15.7 percent; and as high as 50 percent for Black teenagers. Double digit unemployment is tragic for Americans who are not accustomed to more than 4 – 5 percent joblessness, but for African Americans, being in a recession is nothing new, since we tend to hover at unemployment rates that exceed those of white Americans by 4 – 5 percentage points. On the whole, racial sentiments are playing a role on both sides of this season’s advertising and get-out-the-vote issue. The RNC is pointing to Obama’s minority outreach to stir White resentment and goose the GOP base. Be the voter Black, or White, the greatest problem either group has with President Obama is that an economic recovery means nothing if his policies and practices create no jobs or wealth-building where they live.
Across the board, Black Americans love President Barack Obama. We love his wife and his family. We love the symbolism of it all and most refuse to attack his presidency. But, has it stuck you that the ever growing list of problems Black Americans face aren’t on anybody’s agenda? Though we have Black people in high positions the quandary of Black Americans is not on the president’s agenda, or that of Congress and mainstream media. Even the Congressional Black Caucus leadership takes a hands off approach to their constituents’ dire situation. Unless African Americans develop an agenda and make the requisite demands, their economic prospects will continue declining.
With the current national unemployment rate at 9.5 percent, Americans across the board are wondering when they’ll see an economic recovery. But those concerns are even greater for African-Americans, whose unemployment rate is closer to 20 percent. Lack of economic opportunities has long been a problem among most African Americans, but financial woes have fallen on the Black middle-class. Disturbing trends made up of a stagnant economy and a inactive Black middle–class has put this group on a downward slope. A report from the Economic Policy Institute shows that economic gains African-Americans made in the 1990s have slowly eroded.
These economic concerns are even greater for African Americans that languish behind the rest of Americans. But, from all appearances, Blacks are just “fine on Cloud 9”. The historic election of President Obama led to big cheers among Blacks, but their reality is growing uncertainty, joblessness and poverty. As it was in 1920, the economic trajectory for Black Americans continues downward – despite the presence of a Black man in the White House. On all major economic indicators, which can include income, wages, employment and poverty, African-Americans are worse off than at the beginning of the decade. A Pew Research Center report reveals that of the sons and daughters of the 20th Century Black Middle-Class are ending up with lower incomes than their parents.
As Blacks were defending his presidency, Obama signed economic stimulus legislation in the form of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – $787 billion aimed at helping America’s economy recover. The act includes increased federal spending for health care, infrastructure, education, various tax breaks and incentives, and direct assistance to individuals. But nothing has been targeted to help Blacks in the grave economic circumstances they face.
Many Blacks elect to fall in behind the fantasy being pushed that America is better because it has a Black President and that “we all” are moving towards becoming a post-racial and equitable society. It looks like Blacks will be the last Americans to hold Obama’s feet to the fire for their lack of “economy recovery”. Most Blacks, definitely those of the middle class, don’t seem to realize how they’ve brought about their own decline. DuBois’ vision of Blacks building a economic foundation by incorporating into White industry and gaining skills and acumen that foster capitalism never happened. Blacks in positions to do something, don’t. Few among the mainstream have looked out for Black Americans’ best interest. Like Obama, many Blacks have assimilated American Establishment mind-sets and apologize for this nation’s injustices and inequality.
The unique circumstances of Black Americans will get no attention from the Obama administration unless Blacks in crowds stop adoring and making apologies for him and start making demands of him. If Blacks continue to lose assets, homes and jobs and fail to bring attention to their plight, then hackneyed speeches from Obama will be all we will get. Blacks are foolish to not hold Obama, et al., accountable. We continue confusing “political empowerment” with “economic empowerment” and as we accept “politics as usual” and continue African Americans’ downward spiral. Blacks overlook basic mechanisms we need to employ to gain and sustain collective wealth. Interactive participation in capitalism is the way we can maximize economic growth and generalize prosperity. Capitalism can work for us if we hold elected officials accountable and form effective economic and political bases.
(William Reed is available for speaking engagements via BaileyGroup.org)
“Politics without economics is symbol without substance” – Minister Louis Farrakhan
August 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act. The landmark legislation outlawed discriminatory voting practices that had been responsible for widespread disenfranchisement of African Americans in the U.S. But, 45 years after the legislation Blacks nor their vote have attained “Black Power”.
The 111th United States Congress consists of 541 elected officials from 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia. The Senate has 100 members and the House of Representatives has 435 members and six non-voting delegates. African Americans are at their peak in the national politics and total 42 Members – 9.5 percent of the House. Historically underrepresented in Congress, at 13 percent of the US population Blacks still remain unrepresented. Blacks proudly claim and defend Blacks who hold the four House Committee Chairmanships. But, compare that with the 45 seats Jewish Americans occupy in the House and Senate – 13 in the Senate and 32 in the House. Jews chair scores of the Senate and House committees and sub-committees that oversee every aspect of American affairs. Jewish Americans’ proportional representation in national representation dwarfs that of Blacks. The Senate has 13 Jewish Americans, one Hispanic (Bob Menendez, D-NJ) one Japanese American (Daniel Inouye, D-HI), one Native Hawaiian (Daniel Akaka, D-HI) and one African American, Roland Burris (D-IL).
About 2 percent of Americans identify themselves as Jewish, but their Congressional influence is four times that. The Jewish community wields vastly more power than any other ethnic or religious group. Most Jewish money goes to Democrats and most vote Democratic. But the Republican Party strongly supports Jewish interests. The House has one Jewish Republican, Virginia’s Eric Cantor. The Senate has two Republican Jews, 2 that are Independents and 9 Democrats. All of the Blacks currently in Congress are Democrats.
Can it be that the concept of “Power” is a state of mind Jews have that Blacks don’t? Collectives and unity of purpose are alien notions among Blacks. While Black American debate the merits and utility of Black institutions such as the NAACP; there is a conglomeration of Jewish efforts at work in the U.S., such as the B’nai B’rith community service organization, devoted to supporting the needs and interests of their communities. Jews have power in America Blacks don’t have because they have cohesion and a higher dedication to their people and purpose. Jews don’t as a rule go “mainstream” and leave their kind behind as assimilated Blacks have done. Jews have demonstratively more wealth than Blacks. They comprise eleven percent of the nation’s elite and are 20 percent of the leaders of important voluntary and public interest organizations, and more than 15 percent of the top-ranking civil servants. Jews definitely network and cooperate in ways Blacks don’t seem to comprehend.
The substance in Jews’ political power is economics. Close to half America’s billionaires are Jews. The chief executive officers of the three major television networks and the four largest film studios are Jews, as are the owners of the nation’s largest newspaper chain and the most influential single newspaper. Jewish Americans are more than 25 percent of journalists and publishers. By far the most uncompromising pro-Israel newspaper in the country is the chronicle of American business, the Wall Street Journal. Throughout history, Jews have played important roles in reforming or overthrowing regimes in which they have been unable to obtain their goals. In contemporary America, Jews have far more power in molding public and foreign policy than Blacks. When race-based issues come to the fore, not only Obama, but many American policy-makers run and hide. Isn’t it time Blacks took a page from the Jewish American Power playbook? Though Blacks are the most disenfranchised ethnic group in America, we still find no value in joining groups such as the Urban League and NAACP. Blacks have to rethink our reliance on partisan politics as a strategy to reach higher levels of clout. One way is to learn to work together like our Jewish friends do.
(William Reed is available for speaking engagements via BaileyGroup.org)
The Souls of Black Folk W.E.B. DuBois’ vision was that by incorporating into White industry Negroes could build an economic foundation by becoming skilled workers through industrial education and from their ranks small capitalists could rise.
There is a movement of note to boost Black economic development. The current interest group started when one suburban, professional couple took a stand to live off Black businesses for one year. In early 2009, Maggie and John Anderson an upper-middle-class African-American couple, who live in Oak Park, Illinois, made a vow to only patronize Black-owned businesses.
Throughout the 20th Century, there have been numerous approaches suggested for improving the economic viability of African-Americans. Given the economic discrimination and oppression by institutions in the larger society, many social theorists and urban economists have argued that African-Americans should use their segregated social circumstances to build a separate and autonomous economic base. The shared experience of social segregation, employment discrimination, and minority status should be rationale for the development of cooperative enterprises that would advance the economic conditions of the entire African American population.
African Americans spend more for consumer products than any other racial group; yet have less discretionary income and long-term investments. Blacks have the highest poverty and unemployment rates of all other racial groups. All this despite the billions of dollars we spend each year. It’s the elephant in the room few African Americans want to talk about and even fewer want to do anything about. Blacks stay poor because we refuse to recycle our money. Under the Empowerment Experiment (formerly the Ebony Experiment), the Andersons bring focus on ways of supporting Black-owned businesses and professionals while motivating other Blacks to do the same. They say Black communities “will improve when Black sellers, consumers and investors all support each other”. This iteration of Black economic development is being given wide acclamation. Morehouse College’s economics department chair says the movement is akin to those of Marcus M. Garvey and Booker T. Washington. Gregory Price says "The idea is a sound one, given that Black Americans are still underrepresented in the ranks of the self-employed and that entrepreneurship is a key component to wealth". Lawrence Hamer, associate professor of marketing at DePaul University, praises the experiment as being "brave and courageous," and that the rationale is "exactly right." While the “Buy Black” campaign is designed to have broad reach, the Andersons exemplify the Black nouveau riche – the 2.5 million Black households with incomes over $100,000. The Empowerment Experiment (EE) targets middle and upper middle-class families to get them to make commitments to “Buy Black”.
Like the Andersons, more African Americans now live and buy in the suburbs. The Andersons now want these households to think about buying where they used to live. They live in a suburb bordering the west side of Chicago where the median family income is $103,840. The Andersons gambit is to change Black Americans’ mindsets from just being consumers to being more conscious of how they spent their money and with whom. John is a Harvard graduate with a Kellogg School MBA. Maggie Anderson is a first-generation Cuban American that has a JD and MBA from the University of Chicago. The Ebony Experiment Group, LLC is a community service oriented project. EE seeks community and corporate support toward helping infuse long-term wealth into the Black community by galvanizing and uniting Black consumers, investors, businesses and professionals. "We have the real power to use the money we spend every day to solve our problems” says Ms. Anderson. Blacks can control their own economic destines. James Clingman, an advisor with the experiment who has a syndicated column called Blackonomics, points out that Blacks are negligent in patronizing their own, and “I would love to see more families pledge to do what the Andersons did". “Did you EE today?” is the mantra people who’ve made a pledge to “Buy Black” use. Consumers, entrepreneurs, investors and/or philanthropy heads are urged to sign up at www.EEforTomorrow.com register, a commitment and set up online accounts to track spending.
(William Reed is available for speaking engagements via BaileyGroup.org)
Once again, Western countries are succeeding in cutting another African country down to size. Sudan, a country in northeastern Africa, is the largest country in Africa and in the Arab World, and the tenth largest in the world by area.
Sudan is rich with abundant resources represented in vast areas of land and varying climates. Sudan was made special with fertile agricultural lands, large amounts of fresh water, and a variety in animal resources. But, the crown jewel of Sudan’s current economy is oil production. And, that’s the base of the Sudan story.
Sudan produces 500,000 barrels of oil per day and has reserves estimated at six billion barrels. But that may go away. With just months until the referendum to determine whether the South remains part of a united Sudan, coupled with the conflict in Darfur, the country remains volatile and its future uncertain. The future of North and South Sudan is rooted in implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) which requires the January 2011 referendum. For American advocates, it’s important to ensure a smooth referendum process and beyond. For the political movements in Sudan it’s important to keep a hand on the tiller. Under the National Congress Party (NCP) and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) coalition government, Sudan’s economy is currently the 5th largest in Africa and one of the fastest growing in the world. The per capita Gross National Product (GNP) in 2009 was $2,300. Sudan has 42 million people and a labor force of 12 million. But, the booming economy and vast array of products exported may soon experience drastic changes.
About 70 percent of oil pumped in Sudan comes from the South. Separation of Sudan will deny the North billions of dollars in revenue from the South’s vast oilfields. Currently the North and the South split proceeds from crude in accordance with CPA requirements. In what is likely Sudan’s last unified government ahead of January’s secession referendum, President Omar al-Bashir appointed Southerner Lual Acuek Deng to a new cabinet post with an “Oil Minister” portfolio. American political activists still see Sudan in terms of the decades of civil war between the mostly Muslim North and the South, which follows Traditional and Christian beliefs.
Sudan is divided into 25 states which are subdivided into 87 districts; the 10 states in Southern Sudan comprise 84 counties. The country’s oil reserves are in the South but the pipeline that carries the oil to export terminals and refineries runs through the North. The South needs Khartoum’s co-operation to sell its oil. and the North needs revenues from the South’s resources. Government of South Sudan (GoSS) officials already say they’ll continue sharing oil revenues for a time.
Sudan’s ruling political parties are the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). In the April races for the National Assembly the NCP won 73% of seats, while the SPLM won 22%. The NCP is headed by Omar al-Bashir and follows ideologies such as Islamism, Arabism, nationalism and conservatism. However, Western human rights groups and governments claim it attempts to create a totalitarian state through extreme Islamic and dictatorial practices. The SPLM is a predominantly Christian rebel movement turned political party. The SPLM has been the US favorite in the fight. Based in Southern Sudan, SPLM fought against the Sudanese government from 1983 to 2005. Since signing the CPA in 2005, the SPLM has had representatives in the North’s government, as well as the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS). Salva Kiir is First Vice President of Sudan and the SPLM Chairman.
Beyond politics, opportunities abound in the vast lands that make up Sudan. For example, Juba, the capital of the South, has just three paved roads. The region’s lack of infrastructure is an opportunity for investors and donors from banking to agriculture to construction and telecommunications. While much of Southern Sudan’s development is likely to be undertaken by local companies and individuals, the U.S. government provides important encouragement and opportunities for American companies and donors to contribute to help build Southern Sudan.
(William Reed is available for speaking engagements via BaileyGroup.org)
Were he alive today, a number of people would be throwing shoes at Dr. Ralph H. Bunche. Most African Americans know little of the role Dr. Bunche played in today’s Mille-East debacles. Ralph Bunche, not Barack Obama, was the first African American awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. But, among African Americans that know of Bunche many are critics that saying he was “a useful idiot” that enabled Western Powers’ plans to establish the State of Israel.
Bunche was given the 1950 Peace Prize for “successful mediation of a series of armistice agreements between Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria” that brought about the ability to make Israel a nation. Bunche thought he was making a peace that has never come. The deal Bunche made created a situation that has left 4 million Palestinian refugees spread across the Middle East.
Willing tool as he was, Bunche believed that “no problem of human relations is ever insoluble”. But, results count and Bunche foolishly thought he was setting the course for “two states living side-by-side”. Bunche never foresaw the wantonness with which the Jewish State would evict the Arabs and expropriate their lands. Sixty years after the fact, the Palestinians are landless and Bunche’s dream of a peaceful Middle East wanes. Mainstream Blacks celebrate Bunche, but African–Americans like Malcolm X, in the 1960s, criticized Ralph Bunche’s role saying: “the agreements started a process that created millions of Palestinian refugees and Jewish taking of Palestinian property as their ‘historical homeland’”.
Will the African American population ever experience an epiphany and figure out the injustices occurring in the settlement activities on Palestinians’ land? Few African American leaders have challenged these patterns. Before he was beaten into submission, Rev. Andrew Young gave an effort to righting the wrong. After serving with Martin Luther King, Young was elected to Congress in 1972. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed Young the first African-American Ambassador to the United Nations. During his brief and stormy career at the UN Young emerged as a leading spokesman for relations with African and Third World nations. A storm of protest from Israeli and American Jewish leaders following Young’s violation of the US’s prohibition against meeting with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), forced his resignation in 1979.
Since Young little is being done in aiding the people Bunche though he was helping: “people whose normal place of residence was Palestine, who lost their homes and means of livelihood as a result of the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict". In obedience to tradition, our first Black President continues America’s past treatment of Palestinian people. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus have a “go along to get along” posture of compliance on the issue and regularly vote Israel $3 billion in aid each year.
Thousands of Black American preachers and pundits have had sponsored trips to the “Hoy Land”. They comprise a cadre that sees no evil in the ongoing treatment of the Palestinians. Many Blacks fear expressing dissent when issues about Israel are raised. If you don’t agree that Israel is a moral exemplar and light to the world, "the only democracy in the Middle East" that is just attending reasonably to its security needs against a world that is (for no good reason) hostile to it, you can be hounded, harassed, intimidated, discredited, denied tenure or fired.
A movement like that the one that combated apartheid in South Africa, is needed to increase awareness of the depth of Israel’s practices toward Palestinians. Surely Bunche would “call a spade a spade and endorse a global movement advocating on behalf of equity for the Palestinian people. Former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney was forced from her seat for being evenhanded on Middle East issues.
Israel’s right to exist does not confer a right to abuse and oppress the Palestine population. It’s time to respect the right of Palestine to exist as much as we insist that the Palestinian peoples respect Israel’s right to exist. When Palestinians can go home maybe then, Ralph Bunche will rest in peace.
(William Reed is available via the Lakeland, Florida-based BaileyGroup.org)
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Dr. Boyce Watkins on TheLoop21: The Age of the Hoochie Mama Is Over: It’s Time for Hip Hop to Grow Up
It’s time for hip hop, and its audience, to grow up.
Dr. Boyce on NPR: Why Elena Kagan should not be on the Supreme Court. Click to listen.
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I think that since Vh-1 loves to honor hip hop every year, it’s time that we think a little more carefully about how they might do their jobs effectively. Don’t get me wrong, much of the greatness of hip hop should be celebrated, and having such a powerful awards show gives rappers yet another chance to be on TV. The added exposure creates money-making opportunities, and I’m always down for that.
But let’s be real: Is the entire hip hop industry really worthy of being honored all the time? Should every popular artist or well-known song be celebrated, or should some be maligned? To say that every impactful group or song in the history of hip hop is worthy of an honor is like saying that we should celebrate Adolf Hitler’s birthday just because he was famous.
Bill Maher’s joke on Obama’s blackness reveals serious ignorance
By Dr. Boyce Watkins
Apparently Bill Maher, the ultra-liberal talk show host who both entertains and annoys me, doesn’t understand what it means to be a black man. During a recent episode of his popular show, Real Time with Bill Maher, the host criticized President Barack Obama for not being a "real black president," (whatever that means) in his response to the gulf region oil spill. Rather than paraphrasing, please allow me to quote Maher’s exact words.
"I thought when we elected a black president, we were going to get a black president. You know, this [oil spill] is where I want a real black president. I want him in a meeting with the BP CEOs, you know, where he lifts up his shirt where you can see the gun in his pants. That’s — ‘we’ve got a motherfu**ing problem here?’ Shoot somebody in the foot."
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If you’ve given “an Abe” for cannabis, cocaine or meth, then you are one too. Those 5 bucks joined a stream of money fostering the world’s illegal drug trade; the cultivation, manufacture, distribution and sale of substances subject to drug prohibition laws are estimated to be a $40 trillion market.
Consumption of illegal drugs is widespread globally. But, the single largest marketplace for illegal drugs is the United States. Close to 13 million Americans still think nothing of occasionally buying a gram of cocaine, a few hits of ecstasy or a quarter-ounce of weed to have a good time. Americans with serious drug habits regularly spend $100-$500 dollars a week purchasing their drug of preference.
Government studies say that 800,000 American adolescents, ages 12–17, sell illegal drugs. Young Americans of all stripes are involved in illegal drug activity, but America’s war against that trade has serious affects on young Black men. Blacks constitute 13 percent of all drug users, but are 35 percent of people arrested for drug possession; 55 percent of persons convicted; and 74 percent of people sent to prison.
“Everybody’s doing it”, but the number of Black men who are behind bars and being channeled into permanent second-class citizenship status should be a cause for alarm. The illegal drug trade is producing long-term consequences and problems in societies worldwide; but an American tragedy is the disproportionate impacts of the drug war on Black males. Out of sight of “Colorblind” Americans, the War on Drugs subjects young Black men to conditions of life sufficiently destructive enough to amount to an instance of genocide. Based on current rates of incarceration, an estimated 7.9 percent of Black males compared to 0.7 percent of White males will enter prison by the time they are age 20. And 21.4 percent of Black males versus 1.4 percent of white males will be incarcerated by age 30. Blacks (28.5%) are about six times more likely than Whites (4.4%) to be admitted to prison during their life. Black family-life is being destroyed. African American children are nine times more likely to have a parent incarcerated than White children.
The genocide of young Black men is like shooting ducks in a pond. The high arrest rates for African Americans reflect a law enforcement emphasis on inner city open-air markets where drug use and sales are likely to take place. The drug war has been brutal among Blacks, but those who live in integrated communities have little clue to the devastation being wrought. The American War on Drugs has been waged almost exclusively in poor communities of color, even though people of all colors use and sell illegal drugs. Young Black males are definitely getting the shaft in the War on Drugs; and due to the lack of public attention continue being subjected to disabling conditions that restrict their opportunities, inflicts pain and suffering and shortens their lives. The rate of drug admissions to state prison for Black men is 13 times greater than the rate for White men. The average federal drug sentence for African-Americans is 49 percent higher than for Whites. Rates of drug use or drug selling are no greater for members of minorities than for nonminorities, yet minorities are stopped, searched, arrested, prosecuted, and incarcerated at far greater rates than Whites.
Steps should be taken to rid our communities of this genocidal activity. In America’s multi-billion dollar illegal drug trade Blacks are simply street-level pawns. If legit employment opportunities were as frequent for them as White youth, the criminal number would be equal. According to according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than half of Black males between the ages of 16 and 19 are unemployed; fewer than 14 in 100 young Black men actually have jobs.
Let’s remove the yoke of the War on Drugs from around our necks. Tell every lawmaker you see that legalizing drugs will save $48.7 billion per year in government expenditure on enforcement of prohibition. America can save money by legalizing some drug sales and ceasing processes that destroy young Black men.
(William Reed – www.BlackPressInternational.com )
Are Black role models different than White ones? General use of the term means a "person who serves as an example, whose behavior is emulated by others". The image of the “First Black” in a position in the mainstream is usually made as a reference to social roles to which all should aspire. Taking an evaluation of some “first Blacks” brings questions of their competence and whether they’ve shown qualities other Blacks should imitate.
As the 66th United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was called by Forbes Magazine “the world’s most powerful Black woman”. As Rice became a player in the establishment’s “ole boy network” she pivoted away from issues of race. A preacher’s daughter, the Queen of Chutzpah is primarily known as President George W. Bush’s major accomplice in making false assertions that lead to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Rice has been called a “war criminal” by some. According to a Senate intelligence report “Condi” made the first known approval for the CIA to use water boarding techniques as early as July 2002.
Rice’s predecessor, General Colin Luther Powell was 65th United States Secretary of State and the first Black to hold the position. His ‘good soldier’ legacy will forever be marred because most detailed U.S. case for invading Iraq was laid out in a U.N. address by Powell. He admits being duped by the Bush Administration and the CIA. While Rice is classified as a ring leader in the plot to go to war, the gullible Powell was just as culpable in the roles he played. Powell also played a key role in the 2004 coup that took Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide from power. TransAfrica founder Randall Robinson says “Colin Powell is “the most powerful and damaging Black to rise to influence in the world in my lifetime”.
Franklin Raines is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Fannie Mae, the congressionally chartered firm started in 1939 to offer mortgages to Americans wishing to become home owners. A product of Wall Street served as President Bill Clinton’s budget director. He was Fannie Mae’s CEO from 2000 until 2004; but under his reign Fannie Mae went deep into the practice of buying mortgages based on almost no or no money down given to borrowers who could not afford them. During the time Raines received bonuses and salary over $90 million. In 2004 he was offered “early retirement” after the accounting practices used during his tenure to secure top executive bonuses were shown to be fraudulent.
E. Stanley O’Neal, African American chairman and CEO of the world’s largest brokerage firm, Merrill Lynch, was forced to resign after his company, which had invested heavily in the collapsed sub prime real estate market, recorded over $8 billion in losses, the biggest in Wall Street history. O’Neal, 56, was one of five African Americans to head a Fortune 500 company and the first to become a chief executive of a Wall Street investment firm. Named CEO February 12, 2002, and within three years after taking over, O’Neal had eliminated 24000 jobs. In his exit, O’Neal pocketed a compensation package worth $28 million.
To compensate for the continual exclusions of Blacks from positions of power in this society, the mainstream media labels people like Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Stan O’Neal and Frank Raines “leaders” of and “role models” for Blacks. But, its not unpatriotic for us to question what kind of role model have these “first in their fields” been for Blacks.
The prevailing thought is that Black youngsters need role models, drawn from legal, business and education professions to counter under-achievement and involvement in crime. Too often the role models for young Blacks are celebrities and rappers who glamorize crime, guns or gaming. How are the aforementioned “gangstas” any different what they do? Shouldn’t some of our public role model be someone from where we live, who hasn’t forgotten where s/he came from, how s/he got to where s/he is now and always looking back to see who s/he can help?
(William Reed – www.BlackPressInternational.com)
Like many Black Americans, the Project 21 Black Conservative Leadership Network called the US Senate’s “apology for slavery” resolution "useless". But, Project 21 seems to singing somebody else’s agenda when they say: “apologizing for slavery and segregation will be used as a lobbying tool to acquire reparations payments”. Is the concept of reparations for Blacks a dead issue and is Project 21 contributor Jimmie L. Hollis right in urging the Senate to "move on"? Hollis says: "As an American of African ancestry, I think this apology is ridiculous and useless. It is just another ‘feel good’ action. If we are to start apologizing for every injustice and wrong done in the past, we will spend the next few decades just apologizing."
Most American descendants from slaves would agree “an apology is not enough”. In 2010, a disproportionate number of African Americans are in jails and ensconced in judicial systems. Unemployment among Blacks remains, as it has for decades, twice that of Whites. Black institutions, social agencies, education and communities are typically funded below rates for Whites. Yet, in the face of America’s institutionalized pattern of discrimination, this cadre of young Blacks steadfastly stands for the status quo.
Can any deny the “rightness” of reparations? Its human and legal rights advocates say African American Reparations is based on a legal precedence: that when a society or group willingly and knowingly commits a crime or “moral wrongs”, a form of compensation is due. The movement has been led, before his death, by Johnnie L. Cochran, Randall Robinson and a venerable constitutional attorney Dr. Robert L. Brock. Cochran was heading Reparations for Slavery lawsuit against the United States of America. Dr. Brock says “a debt is owed Blacks for the centuries of unpaid slave labor that built America’s early economy and money owed from discriminatory wage and employment patterns Blacks have been subjected to since emancipation”. A legend in Black Reparations circles, Brock gets little mainstream media with statements like: "The wealth of America is our legal property. But we must make our legal claims to get money as others have".
Before some Project 21 contributors were out of high school, Brock was holding meetings across America, supporting Congressman John Conyers’ H.R. 40 Bill “to form a Commission to Study Reparations Proposal for African-Americans”. In the years before he became House Judiciary Committee Chair, Conyers made a ritual submitting H.R. 40 in Congress each year since 1989. Basically H.R. 40 Bill: 1) acknowledges the fundamental injustice and inhumanity of slavery; 2) establishes a commission to study slavery and its subsequent racial and economic discrimination against freed slaves; 3) studies the impact of those forces on today’s living African Americans; and 4) commission would then make recommendations to Congress on appropriate remedies to redress the harm inflicted on living African Americans. But the imperative of correcting and repairing the legacy of slavery and its continuing effects on African-Americans is on the skids. Congressman Conyers has now given up on what now appears to have been a 20-year facade of legislating for slave reparations in America. Conyers was recently quoted saying “the reparations issue is ‘too controversial’ to pursue at this time’.
For the few that think things have “changed”, for most Black Americans, situations have remained the same. For the majority of African Americans the vestiges of slavery and de jure segregation continue. Yet, the House Judiciary Committee’s first Black head now says reparations are “too controversial to pursue”. At a time America has its first self-proclaimed “Black President” and first Judiciary Chair; it is more than ironic that the level of discussion about absence of wealth, work, educational, and economic capacity among Blacks is more muted than under previous people in those positions.
Its odd Blacks would damper down discussions about reparations during the Presidency of a Black man? Are the voices of Project 21’s protégées the political reality? Have conversations regarding rectifying economic injustices done Blacks completely died; or will African Americans give attention to, and make the passage of, H.R. 40 a priority despite Conyers and Obama?
(William Reed – www.BlackPressInternational.com )
Though post racial attitudes and political ridicule pushed him to the sidelines of American mainstream media messages, Rev. Jesse Jackson has a track record that cannot been be ignored. Called everything from “charlatan” to “race hustler”, Jackson has helped many Blacks gaining middle-class status, now in its second-generation. Jesse Jackson and Operation PUSH, or the National Rainbow Coalition have been at the forefront of racial economic reciprocity issues for 40 years. But even among Blacks, instead of commendations aJackson been ostracized and shunned. Millions know of Jesse and tens of thousands have directly benefited his campaigns. A protégé of Black legends, Jackson’s profile deserves a look.
Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH organization met recently in Atlanta with the chicken people. They came willingly because Jackson has an ongoing relationship with YUM! Brands, the world’s largest quick service restaurant company and owner of KFC. KFC Corporation and Jackson have a long and mutually beneficial relationship. KFC rules the roost when it comes to serving chicken, with eight million daily customers across the world. The company has over 16,200 outlets in more than 100 countries. Rainbow/PUSH’s International Trade Bureau is trying to get more minorities among KFC’s 2,500 U.S. locations. The Trade Bureau reports that “Blacks and Hispanics account for nearly one-third of the company’s U.S. revenues”.
The relationship between Jackson and Kentucky Fried Chicken is goes back to when he was head of Operation Breadbasket and helped the fast-food company land its first minority franchise operation. The forerunner of getting businesses to hire Blacks and to purchase goods and services from Black contractors was Operation Breadbasket. It was a MLK-Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) program to improve the economic conditions of Black communities. Jesse’s early mentor was Rev. Leon Sullivan who gained legendary success using “selective buying” (boycotts) with Tasty-Cake in Philadelphia. Too many among American society, Blacks in particular, have forgotten, or ignore the number of minorities Jesse has gotten on the payrolls, in the boardrooms, and on supplier lists of major corporations.
After leaving Operation Breadbasket, Jackson first formed Operation PUSH (People United to Save Humanity) and later the National Rainbow Coalition. Both came together in 1996 to pursue an agenda of social justice, civil rights and political activism. Pursuing “Sullivan’s Principles”, Operation PUSH gained success initiating corporate actions and government sponsorships. The National Rainbow coalition became a prominent political organization that raised public awareness on political issues and consolidated a large voting bloc. The Atlanta project is one of numerous social/corporate initiatives under the Rainbow/PUSH banner. With national headquarters on Chicago’s South Side, Rainbow/PUSH has branches in Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angles, Detroit, Houston, Silicon Valley, New Orleans and Atlanta – each with particular area of endeavor. The industries it most aggressively pursues are the financial sector on Wall Street, the telecommunications field and high-tech firms in Silicon Valley. The Wall Street activities are organized under sub-organization "The Wall Street Project". Rainbow/PUSH has been active to increase minority representation in the broadcast media, entertainment industry, and automobile industry. It has also sought increased representation of minority administrators in college and professional sports.
In 1998 Rainbow/PUSH admonished Freddie Mac for its lending and employment practices, which led to the earmarking $1 billion in mortgage loans specifically for minorities. The controversy came from the $1 million donation to sponsor Jackson’s annual Wall Street Project. In the early 2000s, Rainbow/PUSH worked with NACAR to increase the number of minorities involved in auto racing, through direct financial support and projects to find talented African-American racing drivers. This initiative ended in 2003, after NACAR was criticized by conservative groups for the partnership.
While Left and Right politicians try to keep race out of civil conservations, Jackson and Randolyn Jones of Rainbow/PUSH’s Atlanta Southern Region trade bureau talk “minorities and chicken” and are organizing an association of KFC minority franchisees. Still a man of the times, Jackson told the gathering: "We have a vested interest in YUM!" and “Some of today’s minority franchisees are the same ones we worked with a generation ago. Others are children of that first generation”.
(William Reed – www.BlackPressInternational.com)