Friday, March 22, 2019

David Brooks -- The Conservaive Case for Reparations

While there have been many types of discrimination in our history, the African-American (and the Native American) experiences are unique and different. Theirs are not immigrant experiences but involve a moral injury that simply isn’t there for other groups.

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"I’ve been traveling around the country for the past few years studying America’s divides — urban/rural, red/blue, rich/poor. There’s been a haunting sensation the whole time that is hard to define. It is that the racial divide doesn’t feel like the other divides. There is a dimension of depth to it that the other divides don’t have. It is more central to the American experience.

One way to capture it is to say that the other divides are born out of separation and inequality, but the racial divide is born out of sin. We don’t talk about sin much in the public square any more. But I don’t think one can grasp the full amplitude of racial injustice without invoking the darkest impulses of human nature.

So let’s look at a sentence that was uttered at a time when the concept of sin was more prominent in the culture. The sentence is from Abraham Lincoln’s second Inaugural Address. Lincoln had just declared that slavery was the cause of the Civil War. He was fondly hoping and fervently praying that the scourge of war would pass away. But then he added this thought: “ Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s 250 years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said 3,000 years ago, so still it must be said ‘the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.’"

Mint Condition - Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)

John McWhorter -- Against Reparations: Why African Americans can believe in America

(The New Republic) -- The idea of reparations has been kicking around black intellectual and political life since the beginning of the twentieth century, but it has acquired a certain cultural influence in the years since the Black Power era. The first extended treatment of the idea appeared in 1973, in The Case for Black Reparations by Boris I. Bittker, a law professor and a white man. Since then, there have been some books on the subject by blacks, most of them not widely distributed and hence not widely influential, or, in the case of Sam E. Anderson’s documentary comic book The Black Holocaust for Beginners (1995), lacking the gravity necessary to spark a movement.

But Robinson’s book has overcome both those obstacles, and so it has become the manifesto for a movement recently revivified by Representative John Conyers and pored over by black readers and reading groups across the country. Robinson’s title faithfully conveys the tone of the new reparations movement. Bittker ended his book by saying that “I have sought to open the question, not to close it,” but Robinson, while he initially claims “to pose the question, to invite the debate,” clearly considers the moral urgency of reparations a closed issue. Bittker made a case for reparations, but Robinson’s theme is “the debt,” the definite article dogmatically implying the existence of the bill that is owed us. In the face of such righteous certainty, those who question whether there is merit to the idea of reparations are certainly not welcome to join the discussion. What is being described as an exploration is in fact a call to arms. Robinson presents his position as representative of the race, and he sets things up so that the failure of America to heed his call can be explained only by the eternal hostility of white people toward black people.

Book Review: Dr. CHE Sadaphal — GOD, RACE, MLK and THE SOCIAL GOSPEL

Dr. CHE Sadaphal is board-certified doctor and have been healing in the practice of medicine since 2005. Medicine is his day-job but his true calling is to proclaim the truth in a world that often runs away from it.
"Here, I will revere Dr. King’s legacy by synthesizing his work with what the Bible says about race and the role of a Christian in modern society. The conclusion that I draw is not the conclusion that you might expect, and that conclusion is that today, many have forgotten why Dr. King championed the civil rights of the American Negro. As a result of this amnesia, we have become confused about Dr. King’s core spiritual convictions that animated his legendary political work, but his political beliefs were distinct from his faith. Still, my conviction is that Dr. King’s political reform was successful because of his faith, and that, in turn, was because his political agenda was not grounded in naturalism but rather was rooted in the transcendent Word of God.

I will unpack what all this means in the following sections, and my discussion will touch upon what the Bible says about race, the social gospel, and the prophetic voice of the Church in matters of injustice. In the end, Dr. King passed away five decades ago, but his political wisdom can still bring us back on track so that we may face the challenges of a new age and chart a bold course toward the future. First, we must embrace that God never, ever separated people based on race. Race is purely a human classification system that superficially divides people. Biblically speaking, God uses one primary criterion for classifying groups, and that criterion is whether one trusts God or not. "

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Dr. George Ayittey -- How Socialism Destroyed Africa

In 1990, only 4 African countries – Botswana, Gambia, Mauritius and Senegal – were democratic.  In January 2017, only 17 out of 54 countries are democratic –  Benin, Botswana, Cape Verde Islands, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles Islands, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. At this rate – 12 democracies in 27 years – it will take Africa exactly 94.5 years to become fully democratic, other things being equal.

The truth about postcolonial Africa is ugly, embarrassing and not politically correct, which is why some people in the West do not want to hear it. But we can’t sweep it under the rug.

“Free at last!” was the euphoric freedom chant that rang across Africa in the 1960s. Africa had won its independence from white colonial rule. New national flags were unfurled to the sounds of new national anthems. Leaders who fought gallantly and won independence were hailed as heroes and deified. Their pictures were hung in every government building. Currencies bore their portraits. Statues were erected for them. Then they settled down to develop Africa in its own image, not to satisfy the dictates of European metropolitan centers. But with what model? The challenge was daunting.

After independence, the first generation of African leaders launched a frontal assault on what they perceive to be Western institutions. Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, for example, rejected democracy as an “imperialist dogma” while others dismissed it as “luxury Africa could not afford.” Capitalism was rejected as a Western colonial ideology in one monumental syllogistic error. Colonialism was evil and since the colonialists were capitalists, it too was evil. Socialism, the antithesis of capitalism, was adopted by nearly every African leader and was advocated as the only road to Africa’s prosperity. Nkrumah surmised that “socialist transformation would eradicate completely the colonial structure of our economy” (Nkrumah 1973; p.189). Additionally, Nkrumah believed “Capitalism is too complicated for a newly independent state; hence, the need for a socialist society” (Nkrumah,1957; p.9).

A wave of socialist ideologies swept across the continent as almost all the new African leaders succumbed to the contagious ideology, copied from the East. The proliferation of socialist ideologies that emerged in Africa, ranged from the “Ujamaa” (familyhood or socialism in Swahili) of Julius Nyerere of Tanzania; the vague amalgam of Marxism, Christian socialism, humanitarianism and “Negritude” of Leopold Senghor of Senegal; humanism of Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia; scientific socialism of Marien N'Gouabi of Congo (Brazzaville); Arab Islamic socialism of Ghaddafi of Libya; “Nkrumaism” (consciencism) of Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana; and “Mobutuism” of Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire. Only a few African countries such as Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Kenya were pragmatic enough to eschew doctrinaire socialism.

Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, generally regarded as the “father of African socialism,” was convinced that “only the socialist form of society can assure Ghana of a rapid rate of economic progress without destroying that social justice, that freedom and equality, which are a central feature of our traditional way of life” (Seven Year Development Plan. Accra: Government of Ghana, 1963; p.1).

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Debunking White Nationalism: White Nationalism Worse Than PC Left

White nationalism is no alternative to the bullying of the progressive left. In fact white nationalism would impose its race-obsessed values upon everyone in much more violent terms than the progressive left enforces its diversity values. Same bullshit. Different color.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Ralph Tresvant - Do What I Gotta Do (Remixed Vocal Version)

I don't wanna treat her cruel
But I like honesty
So what am I gonna do?

I guess I'll do what I gotta do
And break her heart
I don't wanna see her cry
But it's hard to live a lie

So I gotta do what I gotta do
And break her heart
Though I love the girl
I know that
The best thing is for us to be apart

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Dr. Thomas Sowell On Donald J.Trump

“Today's big puzzle is how so many otherwise rational people have become enamored of Donald Trump, projecting onto him virtues and principles that he clearly does not have, and ignoring gross defects that are all too blatant.”

Dr. Thomas Sowell

Professor Arielle John: The Cultural Influences on Entrepreneurship

Dr. Stephen Hicks (Executive Director, Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship), interviews Professor Arielle John (Department of Economics, Beloit College). Professor John gave a guest lecture at Rockford College about the cultural influences on entrepreneurship.

Dr. Virgil Storr -- The role of entrepreneurs in community revitalization after disasters

Indigenous African Institutions-George Ayittey

Brill's overview of George Ayittey's Indigenous African Institutions-2nd edition:

Since the publication of the first edition of Indigenous African Institutions in 1992, Africa has undergone a substantial change. Still, much mythology and misconception enshroud Africa and its people. An enduring myth claims that pre-colonial Africa had no viable institutions. This book is an attempt to provide a better, modern understanding of Africa and its people – not for cultural rehabilitation or romanticism but for practical reasons. Traditional or indigenous Africa has not vanished; it is still the home of the real people of Africa – the peasant majority, who produce Africa’s real wealth using ancient institutions and practices. Kings, chiefs, and village markets still exist in Africa

The object of development is to improve the lot of the peasants – not the pockets of Africa’s ruling elites – and it starts from the “bottom up” – not from the “top-down.” What is there at the bottom are the peasants, their institutions, practices, and economic ways of life. Africa cannot be developed by ignoring its traditional sector, nor can this sector be developed without understanding how it works. Africa’s salvation, then, lies in returning to its roots and building upon its own indigenous institutions. This ethos is captured by such phrases as “sankofa” by the Asante, “majimbo” in Swahili, and the mantra, “African Renaissance,” touted by President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa. Botswana is the only African country that built upon its own indigenous institutions and prospered. Moreover, it was the same indigenous institutions African peasants utilized to engineer what historians call, “The Golden Age of Peasant Prosperity, 1880-1950.” 

In recent times, pro-democracy activists revived and modernized an indigenous African institution (the village meeting) into a “sovereign national conference” and used it as a vehicle to craft a new political dispensation for Benin, Cape Verde Islands, South Africa and Zambia – in the same way as the United Nations used a loya jirga, an ancient tribal democratic institution, to chart a new political order for Afghanistan in 2002. Similarly, the same indigenous African institutions can also be used to craft uniquely “African solutions to African problems.” Thus, the blueprint for Africa’s economic rejuvenation can be found in its on backyard; that is, its own indigenous institutions. Tragically, African leaders, elites and their Western development partners have seldom looked there.

Rise of the Anti-Ben Shapiro Conservatives

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

2019 Cohen Testimony: ‘Look at My African-American Over Here’ --- Donald Trump's propaganda team trots out a black woman who works for the campaign to prove *Gasp* that he's not racist.

Maryland DEMOCRAT Lawmaker Apologizes After Calling Majority-Black County a 'N----r District,'

#LilyWhiteLiberalRacism is surreptitious and insidious, and (at times) it can be more vile than Lily-white conservative racism because it mask it's evil behind a veil of altruism.

A white lawmaker in Maryland has apologized for using a racial slur to describe a majority-Black county in suburban Washington, D.C., but her apology rang hollow for many.
(Atlanta Black Star) -- Del. Mary Ann Lisanti (D-Harford) is facing intense scrutiny after allegedly using the n-word during a discussion with a white colleague at an Annapolis cigar bar late last month, during which she argued that campaigning in Prince George’s County on behalf of another candidate was the equivalent of door-knocking in a “n—-r district,” The Washington Post reported.

Maryland Lawmaker Apologizes After Calling Majority-Black County a ‘N—-r District’

Dreamgirls (2006) : It's All Over + And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
Thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;
Thou who hast by Thy might,
Led us into the light,

"Lift Every Voice & Sing"

Friday, February 22, 2019

Dr. Condoleezza Rice on School Choice

Orlando Patterson -- "Freedom and Contestation in Western Culture: From the Ancient Greeks to America's Tea Party."

Professor Patterson outlines the perilous journey of free will and self-determination. He argues that the concepts associated with freedom are rare and precarious, and for most of human history these concepts were not self-evident.

Yan P. Lin Centre Inaugural Address. April 13, 2016.

Kiron Skinner - The Polio Vaccine, the GI Bill, and National Security

Dr. Kiron is Associate Professor of International Relations and Politics and Director of the Center for International Relations and Politics at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy, the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Policy Board, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

She serves on the board of the Atlantic Council of the United States, has coauthored several books with Serhiy Kudelia, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, and Condoleezza Rice, and is a frequent contributor to, National Review Online, the New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Kiron holds undergraduate degrees from Spellman College and Sacramento City College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science and International Relations from Harvard University.

Kiron K. Skinner -- "America First" Then And Now

The black conservative foreign-policy expert opines about an America first political movement during World War II that would have been disastrous for the West.

The ideas of liberty, egalitarianism, individualism, populism, laissez faire, and democracy constitute the creed upon which the United States was founded. Of course, these were not new ideas when the American Revolution took place; political theorists, statesmen, and politicians had been attempting to infuse them into government for centuries. The ideas were new, however, as the fundamental basis for government and governance. Thus, speaking non-normatively, Seymour Martin Lipset declared the United States the first new nation precisely because it was the first modern nation to be born of a set of ideas drawn from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century liberalism, now called classical liberalism. The issue is not that the United States is better than other societies; rather, it got there first.

If we agree that the American creed is the doctrinal embodiment of a set of ideas that unify Western societies, then we are on safe ground in saying that at least since the post-World War II era, the United States has been the main defender of Western civilization. The existence of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is an objective demonstration of America’s leadership of the West. NATO is an enduring mutual security pact for Western protection. Article five remains the organization’s touchstone because it is the clearest statement available of Western societies adhering to collective defense—“an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all.” It goes on to say that force may be used by the signatories “to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area.” The United States has been at the helm of NATO since it was formed in 1949.

Justin Amash -- In his farewell address, George Washington warned that partisanship is destructive to a republic. Excerpt below in thread:

On Colorblind Racism

“If race disappears as a category of official division, as it has in most of the world, this will facilitate the emergence of a plural racial order where the groups exist in practice but are not official recognized - and anyone .... and anyone trying to address racial division is likely to be chided for racializing the population.”

Professor Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Chaka Khan - Got To Be There (1982)

(Post and Courier) -- U.S. Sen. Tim Scott waited until the last two minutes of his 20-minute speech at the Charleston County GOP Black History banquet Friday night to condemn the latest racial scandal to rock American politics, this time in Virginia.

“There are some things that have been buried in the soil for so long, it’s going to spring up,” Scott told more than 300 attendees at The Citadel’s Holliday Alumni Center.

“So we’ve got to deal with those issues,” Scott, R-S.C., said. “These are not Republican issues. They’re not Democrat issues.  They’re issues of the human heart, and we’ve got to figure that out.”

Deroy Murdock -- Club for Growth Outruns Super PAC Rivals

The libertarian Republican commentator on the Club for Growth’s "advantage in framing the narrative of [a] race and defining the opposition before they can attempt to define our endorsed candidate".

(The National Review) -- "For the Right, Election Night 2018 was more grim than grin. While the GOP kept the U.S. Senate, the loss of the House and state- and local-level downfalls across America were tough rocks to swallow. But one campaign organization must have enjoyed a rollicking time watching the returns roll in. In fact, with 14 wins and three defeats, the Club for Growth’s congressional independent-expenditure effort boasted 82 percent bull’s-eyes. This far outpaced the independent-expenditure programs of other market-friendly super PACs last November, such as the (pro-Freedom Caucus) House Freedom Action’s 70 percent hit rate, the Koch-funded Seminar Network’s 47 percent positive record, and the “official” National Republican Congressional Committee, which saved 13 races and sank 25, equaling 34 percent success."

He continues his commentary:
“Unlike other groups, Club PACs engage very early on in races so that our dollars are spent more effectively and efficiently when campaigns usually don’t have the funds to be on air themselves,” McIntosh notes. “This gives Club for Growth PAC a tremendous advantage in framing the narrative of the race and defining the opposition before they can attempt to define our endorsed candidate. Our early, all-in model allows us to dominate races.”

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"You couldn't cut Sidney Poitier out of a Sidney Poitier picture."

“Before Sidney, African-American actors had to take supporting roles that were easy to cut out in certain parts of the country, but you couldn't cut Sidney Poitier out of a Sidney Poitier picture."

— Denzel Washington

Blessid Union Of Souls - I Believe

The Online Global War on Kamala Harris

- Racially divisive memes, distortions and chaos: The cyber propaganda campaign against 2020 Democrats has already begun.

- A coordinated barrage of social media attacks suggests the involvement of foreign state actors.

(Politico) -- According to the analysis, Harris attracted the most overall Twitter activity among the 2020 candidates it looked at, with more than 2.5 million mentions over the 30-day period. She was also among the most targeted. One widely seen tweet employed racist and sexist stereotypes in an attempt to sensationalize Harris’ relationship with former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. That tweet — and subsequent retweets and mentions tied to it — made 8.6 million “potential impressions” online, according to, an upper limit calculation of the number of people who might have seen it based on the accounts the cluster follows, who follows accounts within the cluster and who has engaged with the tweet.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Tasha Cobbs Leonard - This Is A Move (Live)

Identity & The Church

“A new identity in Christ does not mean we become acultural beings. At the birth of the church in Acts 2, the Pentecost experience took into account the cultural diversity of those present, in order to evangelize them.”

— Harley Atkinson