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Is Barack Obama’s Perfect Union still possible?

Today Barack Obama tried to put the race issue affecting his campaign in its proper perspective and move on with his presidential campaign. Whether he was successful remains to be seen. One has to wonder if this race issue and incendiary remarks by Rev. Jeremiah Wright will be the excuse that whites use to change their support from Obama to Clinton or McCain. The truth is the more Rev. Jeremiah Wright's comments are public fodder, the more damage control required of the Obama campaign.

As much as Obama's campaign speaks of unity the reality is that we really haven't vetted the race issue in the United States. Barack Obama's perspective as a black or multi-racial person is different from mine. Surely there are similarities but there are differences also.

I can't imagine being a black child growing up in a white household as Obama did. I also can't imagine my mother moving to Indonesia either. Unlike Barack, my family's European lineage is not discussed openly or celebrated; it's not as if we're invited to family reunions with that side of the family.

Black people understand Barack Obama's position and Rev. Wright even if not in agreement. My parents' perspective on race is difference from mine as theirs was different from their parents. With each generation, the perspective of race changes. Let's stop running from the race issue. Let's deal with it and move on as best we can.

Click the link below for the text of Barack Obama's speech.

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Queen of Denial: Geraldine Ferraro

Geraldine Ferraro needs a reality check. Here's what she said in an interview she gave the Daily Breeze in Torrance, Calif.,

I respect Ferraro's right to voice her opinion. She had been one of my political heroes until she made that ridiculous statement. Then to learn that she made the same comment in 1988 about Jesse Jackson is indicative of someone who is not only a racist but a bigot to boot. Ms. Ferraro needs a reality check.


Her righteous indignation about being attacked by the Obama campaign and resigning from the Clinton campaign finance committee is beyond ridiculous --- it's pitiful and it's race-baiting. Speaking of race-baiting, that has become part of Clinton's 'kitchen sink' campaign strategy along with playing the victim role. I hope more Americans see through that.


Now that Ferraro has resigned, what can we expect her to say that can be more divisive that what she's already said? Dr. Mary Frances Berry, former chair of the Office of Civil Rights, said that Barack Obama should have passed and not commented on Ferraro's remarks. She was serious about that. Obama had better man up because it's only going to get worse when the Repubs start.


In the meantime, Geraldine Ferraro is a racist; if she thinks she's not, she needs to get that checked out.




Florida Legislator Pushes Bill for Confederate License Plate

There will be hell to pay in Florida if Rep. Don Brown, R-DeFuniak Springs, continues his fight for a specialty license tag in honor of the state's "confederate heritage". Yeah, that means the tag would proudly display the confederate flag.

To make matters worse, in spite of the pain that flag symbolizes you know what Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's response was when he was asked to weigh in on it?



Excuse me, Gov. Crist that was the wrong answer. What about denouncing the pain the symbol represents? What about concern for how the potential controversy would affect the state? 'Let's see if it goes anywhere' is an insult to blacks. Perhaps the governor has been campaigning with John McCain too long. What's that crashing sound in the background? That would be the governor's approval rating.

Sure, there are folks that won't let go of the Confederate past and couldn't care less about the effect of the flag on blacks or anyone else for that matter. This is one issue that will quietly not go away. The Republican Party will not want to be at center of this controversy and totally tank a GOP presidential candidate's opportunity to win in November but that's about to happen folks.

I have already begun to contact my family and friends throughout Florida to be prepared to fight this issue. The legislation is identified as HB 1007. The NAACP and other organizations will weigh-in and it could get ugly.

There's another perspective on this issue that says let them sell the flag so the racists can be easily identified. What do you think?

Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman apologizes for ‘lynch Tiger’ remark

Surely she regretted the words after they came from her mouth but it was too late; the damage was already done. Kelly Tilghman said that that today's young players should "lynch Tiger Woods in a back alley." Surely she wishes she could reverse time and not make such a statement but she can't.

Tilghman apologized for the statement. There were a few complaints but I guess blacks don't watch the Golf Channel in large numbers. Anyhoo, the word is out and some folks want Tilghman fired.

What say you?

Mychal Bell Accepts Plea Deal

Jena 6 defendant Mychal Bell accepted a plea deal that may see him released next year. Read Howard Witt's coverage at The Chicago Tribune. I guess this is the win-win situation in that neither side got everything they wanted.

While I'd like to be happy about this decision, I'm not. The racial problems in Jena, regardless of the disavowal of some residents, still exist. The 'White Tree' was cut down at Jena High School but the cancer of racism still festers.

Justin Barker's role in the unrest and the attacks on other black teens still haven't been addressed. And let's not even get into using some of the Jena 6 for their athletic prowess and not arresting them until after the football season was over.

Until the issue of racism is actually addressed, whatever happens in Jena will be just like putting perfume on a pig. It still stinks.


AlterNet Names Imus Enablers

Don 'Nappy Headed Ho's' Imus Is Ba-a-ack -- and So Are His Enablers

By Rory O'Connor, AlterNet. Posted November 19, 2007.

It didn't take long for Don Imus' Big Media and Big Politics enablers to crawl out of the woodwork and embrace the shock jock all over again. With a list of Imus's top 10 enablers.

Don Imus's Top Ten Enablers

  1. James Carville, CNN, analyst, ex-presidential advisor
  2. Bob Kerrey, New School president, former senator and former Democratic presidential candidate
  3. Rudy Giuliani, Republican presidential candidate, former mayor
  4. Sen. John McCain, Republican presidential candidate
  5. Gov. Bill Richardson, Democratic presidential candidate
  6. Tim Russert, NBC News anchor
  7. Frank Rich, New York Times columnist
  8. Sam Tanenhaus, New York Times editor
  9. Jeff Greenfield, CBS News analyst
  10. Howard Kurtz, Washington Post and CNN media commentator

Click here to read entire article.

Don't forget that the sponsors of Imus' radio show are enablers also.

Judge Opens Mychal Bell’s Trial to Media and Public

In another setback for LaSalle Parish District Judge J.P. Mauffray, the upcoming trial proceedings of Mychal Bell will be open to the public and the media in a lawsuit brought by the Chicago Tribune and other media outlets. Mark your calendar and stay alert for the December 6th trial. Click here to read Howard Witt's coverage of this latest episode in the Tribune.

Related link:

Comprehensive coverage of Jena 6 at Chicago Tribune website

Judge will open Jena trial to public but won’t allow access to preliminary hearings

With much of the last few days of publicity regarding the Jena 6 being the controversy regarding fundraising and how money has been spent, there's not been enough focus on the upcoming trial of Mychal Bell. Here's an update from the Chicago Tribune…



By Howard Witt | Tribune senior correspondent

9:08 PM CST, November 15, 2007

HOUSTON - Replying to a lawsuit filed by a coalition of U.S. media companies, the judge overseeing the trial of Mychal Bell, one of the teenage defendants in the racially charged Jena 6 case in Louisiana, reversed course Thursday and agreed to open Bell's upcoming juvenile trial to the public.

But LaSalle Parish District Judge J.P. Mauffray, in a court filing, maintained that he is not required to open pre-trial hearings in Bell's case to the news media or the public, and he argued that the media lawsuit seeking full access to Bell's case should be dismissed.

The lawsuit, initiated by the Chicago Tribune and joined by the Associated Press, The New York Times Co., CNN and other major media organizations, asserts that Mauffray's earlier decision to close all the proceedings in Bell's case runs counter to Louisiana juvenile laws and provisions of both the Louisiana and U.S. Constitutions.

Who is ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ and Why Did He Apologize for Dropping the N-bomb?

Well, here we go again. It seems that Reality TV star Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman is the latest proof of the extent of racism in the U.S. A racial and profanity-laced audio taped conversation with his son, Leland Tucker, was released to the Enquirer newspaper. Leland's Tucker's girlfriend is black and that doesn't sit well with the Dog. Excuse me for being a troglodyte but who is this guy and when did he get to be so popular? I guess I spend way too much time on other channels because I've never seen his show.

I have a lot more respect for racist folk who are true to their beliefs and aren't sell-outs. After his conversation was made public, Chapman tried to apologize but it all seemed so insincere. He's just trying to save what he's 'worked hard for over the last 30 years.'

Hopefully, A&E TV won't allow him to return the same wasy ABC radio is bringing Imus back.

Mychal Bell Jailed Again

The Jena 6 situation is getting uglier and uglier.

Louisiana State District Judge J.P. Mauffrey Jr. sentenced Bell to 18 months in the juvenile facility for four previous offenses, including two counts of simple battery and two pertaining to criminal destruction of property that occurred before the beating of classmate Justin Barker, according to The Associated Press.

This is yet another shameful move that continues to show the terror under which Blacks live in, not just in Jena, but the entire United States of America. Nooses being hung on college campuses on on job sites, it's way past time for this madness to stop.

Just so there's an accurate picture of the judge's decision, Bell has been placed in a juvenile detention facility. It's not an adult prison but he's still incarcerated.

In response to the latest decision, here's John Mellencamp's video, Jena.