Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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Black Conservatives Condemn "Twisted Logic," "Racial Garbage" of Statements by Charles Sherrod, Husband of Fired U.S. Department of Agriculture Employee Shirley Sherrod - Project 21

In the wake of the Obama Administration's controversial firing of Shirley Sherrod at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a new video -- available in it's entirety -- is casting her husband, Charles Sherrod, as someone harboring radical racialist sentiments.
Deneen Borelli, a Project 21 fellow and Fox News Channel contributor, said: "Professor Sherrod's racist comments add another chapter to the ongoing debate about racism in America. Sherrod's use of color-coded politics has no place in today's society and it's especially disappointing that his twisted logic was communicated at an educational institution."
Charles Sherrod, a former civil rights-era Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee activist and current Albany State University professor, gave the keynote address at the University of Virginia Law School's "50 Years After the Sit-Ins" conference on January 30, 2010.
In a speech that is available in its entirety on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m22eXuYNbkY, Charles Sherrod speaks about the need to "find a way to leverage the $900 billion we spend on consumables each and every year." He ends this discussion on this topic with a radical challenge to the audience:
Find a way that we can trust each other so that our monies can work for our total liberation. We have ideas, inventions [and] athletic talent, but our labors and our monies and our contracts usually end up in the white folks' hands and pockets. When will we trust our own? When will we feel responsible to save ourselves?
He then becomes conspiratorial about elections and uses racist terms about blacks who do not adhere to an undefined black agenda:
[W]e must stop the white man and his Uncle Toms from stealing our elections. We must not be afraid to vote black. And we must not be afraid to turn a black out who votes against our interest. We've got to stay tough...
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Jon Stewart: Andrew Breitbart May Be the Most Honest Person In This Entire Story (Video)- First Things

This is weird…
Far Left media hack Jon Stewart on Shirley Sherrod’s hate speech:
“Andrew Breitbart may be the most honest person in this entire story.”

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An Antidote To The 'Acting White' Phenomenon In America: Segregated Schools? - Via Booker Rising

John McWhorter, a linguistics professor and moderate-liberal commentator, opines: "But with political terminology, we have to be careful of how words creep away from their original meaning. In race discussions, pathology now carries an air of accusation. But in its core sense, pathology just means that something is a problem: A medical pathology is just a disease. Some pathologies may occasion blame, such as lung cancer in a smoker. But only some of them; lupus and warts are pathologies too. So is it a 'pathology' that black teens often call it 'white' to like school? Yes. But not in a way that carries criticism. It's a problem, with a cause rooted in -- and I imagine that this will make many comfortable -- racism."

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Tennessee Turnaround: Black Caucus Backing White Congressman - CQ Politics

The last time he ran for re-election, Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen, a white guy who'd been rejected for membership in the Congressional Black Caucus, saw the caucus endorse his challenger. This time around, the caucus is sending Cohen money to help him run against a well-known black politician in that majority-black district.

Bartholomew Sullivan reports in the Commercial Appeal that the caucus's political action committee gave $5,000 to Cohen's campaign.

"With almost $1 million in his campaign account, the amount is immaterial, but its symbolic value is significant," writes Sullivan. " His opponent, Willie Herenton, has argued that the district should elect the former Memphis mayor so that one of the 11-member Tennessee Congressional delegation is an African-American."

Cohen's colleagues didn't just let their money do the talking. The PAC's chairman, Rep. Gregory Meeks of New York, spelled out the message the black lawmakers wanted to deliver to Democrats voting in the Aug. 5 primary:

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Sen. Jim Webb and the Myth of Race vs. Class in America - Huffington Post

By Sophia A. Nelson

As I have reflected on the past two weeks and the racial furor that erupted over the NAACP's Resolution, and Shirley Sherrod's firing from USDA -- I find myself playing over and over again something profound that Shirley Sherrod said in her now infamous video recorded speech. She said, "That's when it was revealed to me that, y'all, it's about poor versus those who have, and not so much about white; it is about white and black, but it's not."

I agree with the heart of Ms. Sherrod's sentiment, but I disagree that this nation does not still have a serious problem with "black vs. white." The events of the last weeks have reminded us all once again that race in black and white is still America's greatest unhealed wound.

In a recent op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Democratic Virginia Senator James Webb opined that it is white Americans who are being left behind in 21st century America and not persons of color or those who suffered past government sanctioned discrimination. Webb writes: "Those who came to this country in recent decades from Asia, Latin America and Africa did not suffer discrimination from our government, and in fact have frequently been the beneficiaries of special government programs. The same cannot be said of many hard-working white Americans, including those whose roots in America go back more than 200 years."

Jarring words, strong words, but are they factually accurate words? I don't think so because particularly as it pertains to black people, race and class simply cannot be separated. White poverty has nothing to do with "race," it has to due with lack of access to manufacturing jobs, educational advancement, region of the country, and other what I call "benign" factors.
Black poverty, on the other hand, is concentrated mostly in urban areas, fled long ago by whites, and abandoned by corporations who once provided the very jobs that sustained whites up through the 1960s.

Then you have this....

Washington Post: Virginia NAACP head King Salim Khalfani slams Webb for affirmative action column.

The head of the Virginia Conference of the NAACP lashed out at Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) Monday, three days after Webb stirred controversy with an op-ed piece suggesting most government diversity programs should be abolished because they "marginalized" white Americans.

In a Wall Street Journal column published Friday, titled "Diversity and the Myth of White Privilege," Webb complained that "the supposed monolith of White Anglo-Saxon Protestant dominance served as the whipping post for almost every debate about power and status in America." As he has repeatedly in the past, including during his 2006 campaign, Webb said that affirmative action programs made sense for African Americans who suffered from the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow laws but not for other ethnic groups and recent immigrants.

Webb's column drew attention but did not spark much vocal criticism Friday, other than from former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder. But now King Salim Khalfani, the executive director of the NAACP's Virginia State Conference, has unloaded on Virginia's senior senator.

"We vehemently disagree with your analysis and wonder if serving in the elite, rich United States Senate has skewed your vision of the world in which we live," Khalfani wrote in a letter to Webb, which was first posted by NBC12 in Richmond.

Referring to Webb's 2006 campaign, Khalfani added: "Your opponent then and coming George Allen would not have had the gall to write about the 'myth of white privilege.'"

Khalfani compared Webb to various Republicans and conservative media figures, suggesting that he and Kentucky Senate candidate Rand Paul "are kith and kin."

"Do you really believe that affirmative action has hurt white, Anglo-Saxon Protestants or are you pandering to the divisive, conservative, Tea Bagger types whose votes you will need in 2012?" Khalfani asked. "The true beneficiaries of affirmative action programs are white, Anglo-Saxon women...overwhelmingly. If a white, republican, ultra-right winger, or Rush, Beck or O'Reilly had written or spoken it, the world would have known about it. But, you have written it and it did not go unnoticed but it did not garner the attention that it should have."

The Washington Post obtained a copy of the letter from Khalfani, but Webb's office said that as of Monday evening, they had not received it yet.

"Senator Webb has dedicated his time in the Senate to bringing fairness to America's economic system and to our work force," Webb spokesman Will Jenkins said Monday. "He has been particularly attuned to the concerns of African-Americans, including the advancement of education, workforce development, and criminal justice reform. Our office has not yet officially received Mr. Khalfani's letter. When we do, it will receive a careful response."

Jenkins also referred back to Webb's Friday column, which emphasized that the expansion of affirmative action programs to other groups has "lessened the focus on assisting African-Americans." Webb also reiterated "our continuing obligation to assist those African-Americans still in need."

Khalfani has been the head of the state NAACP since 1998. On his official biography page, Khalfani writes, "My greatest accomplishment is that I am by choice a revolutionary Afrikan Man. I am a Pan-Afrikanist. I am one who speaks truth to power unashamedly on behalf of Afrikan people. I have not cringed or cowered when faced with criticism, ostracism or bodily harm."
Khalfani's full letter to Webb

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Wise: Faux-pression: Racism and the Cult of White Victimhood. To hear conservatives tell it, there's a one-sided race war going on in America, and white folks are the targets

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New Controversy: Financial Reform Bill Contains Quotas For Minority Hiring On Wall Street

This is always how it goes with big bills. Politicians and the media focus on a few big issues (prop trading, the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, etc.) while small, but controversial measures, get slipped in the back door, and then become the subject of fascination several days after the bill has passed.

It happened with healthcare, after people suddenly realized there was a provision to go after fast food.

And now with the Dodd-Frank Act, according to POLITICO, there's a measure, authored by Maxine Waters, that essentially mandates a certain amount of minority hiring at firms that do business with the government, which is everyone.

Obviously the argument is totally academic now, since the bill passed. And even some Senators who were critical of the measure, like Maine's Olympia Snowe, did end up voting for the whole thing.

Apparently the measure's inclusion was the result of a major effort among certain minority groups. Folks on the right side of the aisle, who have argued that the Community Reinvestment Act was a contributor to the crisis will find this line of argument disturbing

“It is arguably the best part of the bill,” said Gary Acosta, co-founder of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, which lobbied for the section.

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“Considering the devastation that has taken place in the minority communities – that was done by irresponsible and predatory lending – this makes sense and helps them mitigate that,” Acosta said of the financial industry. “Inclusion is a good thing, always. And sometimes we have to be compelled to make changes.”

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BeyondChron: Former EBay CEO Meg Whitman Snubs African Americans and Black Media

Hope you were able to TiVo that campaign ad Meg Whitman ran during the primary with her endorsement from former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Because if Whitman continues her strategy of avoiding African Americans, that may be probably the only time you'll see the former EBay CEO around many other African Americans between now and November election.

African Americans are unhappy with Whitman's decision to skip this Saturday's candidate's forum at the San Francisco Christian Center on black and Latino issues sponsored by the California Foundation. The event, billed as the California Gubernatorial Faith Forum, will not be a debate - but an event where each candidate for Governor and Lieutenant Governor will separately answer questions from an audience of mostly African American and Hispanic church members.

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Huffington Post: Fox News Audience Just 1.38% Black

Fox News may be the undisputed ratings champion in cable news, but not among black viewers.

The New York Times' Brian Stelter tweeted that, according to Nielsen Media Research, Fox News has averaged just 29,000 black viewers in primetime so far this television season (9/09-7/10). That represents just 1.38% of its 2.102 million total viewer audience.

CNN and MSNBC, meanwhile, both have far more black viewers, both in absolute terms and as a proportion of their overall audiences.

MSNBC has averaged 145,000 black viewers, representing 19.3% of its 751,000 total viewer audience.
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Facebook's Arab Problem? Network Blocks 'Palestinian' and 'Arab' From Profiles - Switched dot com

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Ground Zero Mega Mosque Community Board Landmarks Meeting UPDATE: CB Votes No to Landmark Status - Atlas Shrugs

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White House: Obama backs letting tax cuts on rich expire

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