Wednesday, July 29, 2009
KGB is an answering service where you can send a question via text and get an answer. I actually texted a question to the service several months ago when I heard about it on Twitter but haven’t used it since, so it pretty much fell off my radar until now. The Root.com has a clip of an ad for KGB which features an all black female cast in a hair salon. All I can say ask is what were they thinking? What they were thinking is that in 2009 it is acceptable to depict black women as loud talking, sassy acting, weave wearers who go off when they find that their hair comes from an unacceptable source. Now don’t get me wrong, we certainly have some sassy weave wearing sisters, but this is such a small representation of who we are. However for a person who doesn’t come in contact with a lot of black women but does come in contact with this ad, there’s certainly a chance that when they meet a black woman an expectation of who she is and how she behaves has already been set. We’re talking about a stereotypes gang, we’re talking about a climate in which my expectation unfortunately is that stereotypes will continue to be perpetuated and even experience an upswing. In fact we already have. Think about all the racist cartoons that have been passed around since the election of President Obama, the latest being the President as witch doctor. Now folks will say, hey it’s just jokes, they’re just selling product, they’re just this or that well I say we can’t accept those excuses. So as far as KGB is concerned or anyone else who indulges in this type of activity I’m encouraging you and all that you know, to put them on blast. Let them know clearly via word a mouth, via print, via video and especially and most importantly via WALLET, that you, him, her WE are not going to allow it.
Glenn Beck, “this guy, I believe, is a racist”
The quote above expresses what I believe to be true about Glenn Beck however this is something that HE said on the Fox morning show about President Obama. Check out this clip from The Retort. Faux News is the home of the lunatic fringe of which Beck is a card carrying member, yet with all the hate spewed on this channel they continue to remain on the air. Are they on the air because we haven’t done anything to shut them down? I know, I know we have free speech in this country and all but speaking hate to millions of people and sponsors paying millions of dollars co-signing that hate shouldn’t get a pass from us under the guise of freedom of speech. If you want to do something about Fox take a look at all the sponsorship information posted in the comments below the link and please put them all on blast.
BIA2 the same ole same
I got sucked in. All the way up until the day of the first show I’d determined that I wasn’t watching Black in America part 2 on CNN. Part 1 after all the hype was a complete bust of stories that we’ve heard many times over that really helped to reinforce notions that black folks have it hard, black folks are in jail coming out of jail or on their way to jail, sisters can’t get a man because of the lack of eligible black men and so forth and so on. This time I figured I could definitely make better use of my time. Then I got the call from my Godsister and her powers of persuasion made me give it a whirl. Needless to say I got caught up in the whirlwind of the same script as the first. In fact, I didn’t even finish watching the first night and felt like something was missing on the second. Another bust, yes it was. I don’t even want to wax academic, poetic or otherwise on BIA2, I will let this second link from The Retort sum it up for me, because it is dead on.
Didn’t know what they were getting, but if they did?
I’ve talked about payday loans in a previous post regarding the rate at which these “businesses” exists in neighborhoods of color as opposed to white neighborhoods. An interesting piece from Slate discusses the impact that borrower education has on the rate of borrowing. A study by University of Chicago economists Marianne Bertrand and Adaire Morse indicates that the number of applicants for a payday loan decreases by 10% once the potential borrower is educated on the actual cost of the loan. I actually like the idea of borrower education for these loans. That said, I’d like to see payday loan operations shut down, however in the interim education combined with a lowering of these rates could be beneficial to those most in need of them. What I’d like to see is more education in the areas of budgeting, saving, lending and borrowing for people of color (who are the biggest users of these loans) in order to negate the need for the loans and eventually negate the need for this type of business.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
As of this date I still have no plans to watch Black in America 2. I thought the first one was wack, with rehashed stories that if you are Black in America you already know, you're already living it. There was such a build-up last year and looks like the build-up has begun again. Pre-screenings are happening across the nation to build that hype, but turning folk away who are "on the list" to get in is going to build any hype all it's going to do is piss people off and put CNN on blast. What's a crime shame is that representatives from CNN believe that being able to turn away INVITED folks at the door is a win. They are dead wrong, this is a major FAIL. If any of you were fortunate enough to get in to a pre-screening, please share your thoughts on the series here.
Free to Spew Hate
Summertime and the hating is easy on the Free Republic. I'm sure you've heard by now the racist, hate-filled spewing on this "conservative" site about the Obama during their recent overseas trip. What was said was appalling but not surprising and we need to go ahead and bury this whole notion of post-racial society. Who came up with that anyway? For the lunatic racist hate spewing fringe, the end of the world as they knew happened upon the election of the first African-American President. They are emboldened to let all manner of vileness fly out of their mouths especially on the web. Still haven't seen what's going on? Still in denial? Take a look at this. Free Republic has since pulled the thread. Recognize please and I can't hammer it enough, the thread has been pulled, the hate still exists. Wake up already.
Cook's Objection is a WIN
Army Major Stefan Frederick Cook has filed as a conscientious objector indicating that he can not serve his tour because he believes the POTUS is not a natural born citizen. As of yesterday his orders have been revoked for what was to be his upcoming tour in Afghanistan and his loony lawyer claims this is a victory. I agree with her. It is a victory for the U.S. Armed Services and for America because this dude is too detached from reality to be an effective combatant. Would it be possible for him to be dishonorably discharged? Veteran's please weigh in.
Same Sex Marriage, Religiosity & Black Civil Rights Orthodoxies
The argument rages on in the Black community regarding marriage equality, especially among black Christians. Obviously there is a disconnect by African-American Christians that marriage equality is a civil rights issue, not a religious issue. Black folk are not the sole heirs to the civil rights throne. When are we going to get that? More of my thoughts on this at a later date. I want to know what you think about the denial of marriage equality in our community.
The Michael Jackson Effect
We mourn the loss, we revel in his artistry and are glued to the unfolding scandal surrounding the cause of death, custody battles and the settling of his estate. Amidst the chaos surrounding the death of Michael Jackson is this piece. Come up for air and get a chuckle, please.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
There is an excellent piece on the disadvantage of using gross income when dealing with financial institutions and social service agencies on Jack and Jill Politics. If you've financed anything or applied for any type of social services this will absolutely hit home for you. The question: why on earth is the ability to get a loan or get assistance based on income that never lands in your pocket? The second question: what do we do collectively to make these applications for loans/assistance reflective of the money we actually live on. JJP is looking for solutions, so am I.
Valley Club Retreats
The Valley Club in Huntingdon PA (suburban Philadelphia) is back-peddling on their stance of not letting those black children from Creative Steps Day Camp in their pool. National attention, outrage from regular folk like you and a subpoena from the state Human Rights position has backed the Club into a welcome stance for these children. Here's the rub: as usual this organization, like other groups and individuals are doing the right thing because they were FORCED to do so. Allowing these kids to come to the club is fine, however unless there is a wholesale policy change and a wholesale mindset change in the leadership of this club how do we know that what they did will not happen again once this incident has been forgotten. Secondly, I wonder if these children even want to go the club now? These children touched the fire and got burned and they won't forget it. There's some work to do for Valley Club and for Alethea Wright the director of Creative Steps in terms of helping the children understand that what happened to them is DEAD wrong, that this probably won't be the last time they face this type of treatment and that when they do, they have to stand up and fight back. My hope is that we'll all be standing with them.
The Sessions Record Write-Out
This was pretty slick in case you missed it. What Media Matters is calling the "major" newspapers in the U.S. neglected to report that while Senator Jeff Sessions R-AL, a stone cold racist, questioned SCOTUS nominee Sonia Sotomayor's ability to rule impartially, he has a history of racial rulings and comments. His history is well known and has been reported, by some of these same papers previously, his history and reporting of it have been neglected during the confirmation hearings.
Extremists in the Military
I'm going to make an assumption that if there's a racist next door, at the store and the office next to yours, then there's certainly some in the military . The Southern Poverty Law Center has requested a Congressional investigation of extremist infiltration into the U.S. armed services. The request is based on research conducted by SPLC since 2006 if racist social networking sites in which some members have described their professsion/background as "military". Right now, there is no standard for handling incidents involving racists/extremists in the military but are handled on a case by case basis. How? I don't know. I'd like to hear from some of you who have served in the military who have come up against extremists, extremist ideology and the like. We know that on social networks, people can sometimes pretend to be something that they are not. I'm suggesting that more research be done on the actual than on the virtual. Let me know your thoughts.
Healthcare Reform and the Hip-Hop Community
"The Healthcare Remix" panel discussion held in honor of J Dilla took place on July 8 at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) headquarters in Washington DC. Phife of A Tribe Called Quest as well as the mother of Dilla, Maureen Yancey were two of the panelists in this discussion regarding healthcare reform advocacy by the Hip-Hop and artist communities.
Links, comments, questions - let's engage
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Also from Faux News, the POTUS is pumping the most stimulus money into those counties that backed him in the Presidential election. Here's the real deal, economically depressed areas, ones that were receiving the most federal monies under the Bush administration, are areas that voted for President Obama in the recent election, end of story. If you want to see how the jokers at Faux do it, be my guest.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
This article discusses research from the Center for Responsible Lending. They found that in the state of California Payday Lenders are found in African-American and Latino communities at a rate that is eight (8) times higher than that found in white communities. There is currently a bill, H.R. 1214, `Payday Loan Reform Act of 2009' that was introduced to provide more protection to consumers. Right now it is in the House Subcommittee on Financial Services.
There's been a lot of talk in recent years about the abuses of payday lenders and the mountain of debt accumulated by those who take out these cyclical loans. Those this study is specific to California, I will make the bold assumption that this result could be replicated anywhere in the U.S. I live in a community with a high Latino population and trust me, the payday and title loan business are everywhere and booming.
Yesterday Al Franken was sworn in to the U.S. Senate by Vice President Joe Biden. It's about time!
No Love for the POTUS
While President Obama was in Russia handling the important business of reducing nuclear weapons, the world was captivated by the Michael Jackson memorial service. Here's what the POTUS had to say.
CNN and Reform Fear Mongering
Have you watched CNN lately? Dialing it up on my remote becomes more and more scarce. This is part of the reason why. CNN is no longer the most trusted source for news as far as I'm concerned.
The Gift that keeps on Quitting
A nice one on Mooseburger and her inability to hold down a job.
Do you have links, questions, comments? Drop me a line.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
The Non-Smoking Gun
Former President George W. Bush will prominently feature a 9mm Glock 18C in his new $200m presidential library sheduled to open in 2013. The unloaded gun was found on Saddam Hussein at the time of his capture. This makes perfect sense for the former First Cowboy.
Powell puts it down
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell gives Rush Limbaugh the business on John King's show, but of course, he keeps it classy.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Caught Up - Marion Barry
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Petition to re-open the case of Troy Davis
Please go to the Amnesty International link for more information on Troy Davis and to sign the petition.
They’re afraid of the PUBLIC OPTION, because it will stop their GRAVY TRAIN
Here's the thing, as a consumer of health care I have never received a drop of gravy. The insurance companies and our representation in D.C. are doing nothing but getting paid while quality of care suffers and cost of care skyrockets. We got to mobilize on this one. There is no reason on this earth that everyone in the United States shouldn't have healthcare. We won't though if we don't put the screws to the right people.
He is Whipped and has got to Go
Yes Gov Mark Sanford is whipped, sprung, wide open and absolutely love struck and his GOP cronies want him OUT. Seems though that the next in line is not much better.
Waaahhh, they wouldn't let me run!
Guess that's how Palin got those great legs. This is a really silly whine, but funny.
We should be thankful
For being knee deep in you know what. That's what Karl Rove says.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Well this is something that people of color in America just KNOW. What I didn't know is that racial profiling in this country is supposed to be history. A bill introduced in the 1990's the End Racial Profiling Act was to see to in fact, but it never quite made it through. The last introduction of it was in 2007 and was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security where it was basically DOA. The Justice Department also came out with a memo banning racial profiling. This applies to federal law enforcement agencies, still allows them plenty of wiggle room and doesn't apply to state and local law enforcement agencies, you know those agencies who would be doing the profiling in the first place.
Representative John Conyers (D-MI) was the last sponsor of the Act. I'd be interested in knowing whether this bill will be re-introduced in this session. If I had to put money on it I'd say know, the economic crisis is the priority right now (matters of race, not so much). If the bill is not reintroduced, then I'd certainly like to know whether Eric Holder's justice department is going to do anything to address it. Maybe we need to apply some heat to our representatives to get the ball rolling again. What do you think?
The POTUS goes to church
Well not really. The President and his family have decided to attend Evergreen Chapel at Camp David, just like W did (though I'm not convinced that he was in touch with the creator at ALL). I'm asking the same thing they're asking in the article. The POTUS and family couldn't find an acceptable congregation to join in D.C.? Maybe the POTUS doesn't want to make a controversial choice and is sticking to a supposedly tried and true practice, however to me Evergreen Chapel does two things 1)it distances him from the African-American community, he was able to worship in a body of believers that looked like him before, what is different now? and 2)not being visible in a "church" setting will only feed into the belief by nutjobs that the POTUS faith is suspect.
The Minnesota Moron and the Census
Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) considers her faux crusade against the census and the evil ACORN census taking empire on the Sean Hannity radio show. She's still insisting she won't answer, insisting that ACORN is administering it, insisting that Americans read it for themselves and not answer it. I have suggested previously, that I hope that those of Bachmann's ilk would take her advice and refrain from taking the census and why they should. Last night I heard Alison Stewart who was sitting in for Rachel Maddow on MSNBC confirm my logic. The very district that Bachmann represents, could be lost.
The other nutty Michelle
I love this piece by Liza Sabater in Culture Kitchen on Michelle Malkin. If you don't know who she is a woman of color and favored talking piece of the lunatic fringe (the far far right).
As always, comments, links, suggestions, questions are encouraged.
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