Monday, October 27, 2014

Book Review- Black Libertarian Slams 'Please Stop Helping Us'

Jonathan Blanks, a black Libertarian writer and researcher in Washington, D.C., slams Jason Riley's new book "Please Stop Helping Us" arguing that the book is more about justifying racial resentment than it is about black conservative policies.

Although often painted as a united movement, the black struggle for civil rights and equality has almost always been contentious and acrimonious among those ‘on the same side.’ For decades, this fight was primarily over tactics and rhetoric.

In recent years, it’s been more about political ideology.

There are differing opinions to how to make lives for black Americans better, and those to the economic right of center—probably due in part to its ties to the South and the small government rhetoric once used to support Jim Crow segregation—get the short end of it, despite their valid critiques of the status quo.

The unintended consequences of social programs still create perverse incentives for the poor. Many public schools trap students in low achieving tiers that stunt their academic growth and lower their chances at becoming successful members of a global economy. Stressing the importance of self-reliance, personal responsibility, and entrepreneurship is not as sexy as “social justice” and communal outrage.

The vastly outnumbered black conservatives are sometimes called “[Uncle] Toms” and “sellouts” for pointing these facts out, as if they do not care about black people. Indeed, such treatment led me to title one piece for my school newspaper, “Angry, Black, and Conservative.”

I don’t self-identify as a conservative anymore, but that’s more about the (d)evolution of the Republican Party since the end of the Cold War than a great shift in my own politics, though there has been some.

Indeed, when I first started learning about politics as a young adult, and to an extent, race, I probably would have enjoyed Jason L. Riley’s Please Stop Helping Us because it completely fit my worldview.

But then I grew up and learned a few things.

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Jackson-Green - Body cameras for police a win for citizens, officers and taxpayers

Bryant Jackson-Green, a libertarian legal researcher and policy analyst with the Liberty Justice Center ask the question: "should Illinois police officers wear body cameras?"

What’s a low-cost way to improve police accountability in Illinois while saving taxpayer dollars? Some say body cameras for police officers. After the events in Ferguson, MO, several editorials have encouraged Illinois police officers to wear body cameras as a way to deter misconduct, and some departments have already signed on to the idea. But considering how much taxpayers currently put out to litigate and settle police-misconduct cases, we should also support it as an effective cost-saving measure.

 Chicago, for instance, has paid more than half a billion dollars in police settlements, legal fees and associated costs within the last decade, according to a study released by the Better Government Association earlier this year. It’s clear enough that many of the incidents might have been avoided if there was reliable video footage of the incidents in question. At the very least, an objective record of the event would be available. Here are some examples of payouts from the city of Chicago for police misconduct:

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OConnell - Democrats desperate for Blacks to deliver in mid-term elections

via: Communities Digital News

Jennifer Oliver OConnell
 With two weeks before the mid-term elections, Democrats are scrambling and befuddled. From the missteps of Alison Lundergan Grimes of Kentucky, who three times dodged the question of whether she voted for President Obama; to Senator Mark Udall of Colorado, who was unable to name his favorite books and asked a television host for a “do-over”; to the governor’s race in Texas where State Sen. Wendy Davis’ campaign pretty much imploded over a below-the-belt hit ad she released against her wheelchair-bound opponent, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Adding more insult to injury, the Davis campaign began asking spurious questions on Twitter about whether Greg Abbott would support a ban on interracial marriage. Newsflash: Greg Abbott is married to a Mexican-American woman.

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COOKE - Do Black People Have Equal Gun Rights?

Charles W. Cooke, one of National Review's newest and gifted writers confronts the NRA on its past hypocrisy. Despite their rhetoric, the historical record shows that Liberals, Conservatives, and the NRA have not always been on the side of the Second Amendment, especially where blacks were concerned. 

The New York Times:

The first major ban on the open carrying of firearms — a Republican-led bill that was drafted after Black Panthers began hanging around the State Legislature in Sacramento with their guns on display — was signed in 1967 by none other than Gov. Ronald Reagan of California. The federal Gun Control Act of 1968 was primarily a reaction to the scourge of “Saturday night specials” — cheap handguns owned by the poor and the black. The National Rifle Association opposed neither law.

The Cheetum family in Doerun, Ga., in 1950. Credit Bettmann/Corbis
 So the fact that one of the seminal Second Amendment cases in American history is named for a black plaintiff is a beautiful and moving thing indeed. McDonald v. Chicago, argued in 2010, was brought by Otis McDonald, a 76-year-old black man tired of watching his neighborhood give way to crime and gang warfare. The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that the Second Amendment applied not just to all people, but to the states as well as to the federal government, and that Chicago was therefore not permitted to prohibit Mr. McDonald from keeping a handgun for his defense.

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Other Resources:

The two articles below go into greater detail about the NRA's double standard when it came to whites and guns vs. white urban immigrants and southern blacks.

The Secret History of Guns
Gun Control, Racism, and the NRA

Republicans after White Supremacy

Perhaps difficult to read, but the truth hurts.

Ku Klux Klan members supporting Barry Goldwater’s campaign for the presidential nomination at the Republican National Convention, San Francisco, California, as an African American man pushes signs back. 1964 July 12. (Library of Congress) 

An interesting historical perspective on the GOP's resistance to cities and its soured relationship with African-Americans , via Hip Hop Republican.

Since the late Sixties conservative politicians have been busy retrofitting older Republican themes to make them fit into an increasingly sophisticated racist agenda. Every traditional element of the party has been reshaped by the demands of the Southern Strategy. Whatever cannot be fashioned around white cultural appeals, like the party’s old urban agenda and its appeal to women, has simply been jettisoned.

 Fiscal responsibility has morphed into endless tax cuts. Commercial priorities have been entirely reduced to a program aimed at crippling federal authority. The Republican “traditional values” agenda has been re-imagined as an alternative explanation for the economic suffering of oppressed minorities.

 Under the friendly green skies of the conservative alternate universe, racism ceased to exist one afternoon in 1964 when President Johnson signed a certain (ill-advised, according to some) law. Since that afternoon all subsequent inequality between whites and minority groups can conveniently be traced to their own sexual immorality, government dependence, and impiety. As a consequence, any and every reference to continuing racism is itself racism.

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Tina Turner - Something Beautiful Remains


Republican Party Faces Hurdles in Push to Increase Appeal to Blacks

Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus went to Georgia this August to build relationships with African-American voters, and was joined by a local pastor, a college Republican leader and a technology executive. In Michigan last year, he unveiled a black advisory council that included a former auto-company executive, a lawyer and a construction-group chief.

 While these local boosters were African-American, missing from either group was an elected black office-holder to help Mr. Priebus deliver the party’s message.

 As the GOP seeks to enlist black voters, who outnumbered Hispanics in the 2012 election, it faces a dearth of elected African-American officials who can stand as signs that blacks have a home in the GOP. Michigan is among the 39 states with no black Republican lawmaker on the state or federal level, while Georgia’s only African-American GOP lawmaker lost his primary.

 Next month’s elections are all but certain to boost two Hispanic Republicans—Govs. Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Brian Sandoval of Nevada—giving them second terms and positioning them for higher office. And Congress already has at least seven Hispanic lawmakers.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Stephen L. Carter - Obama's White House Can't Take a Joke

Stephen L. Carter, a writer and law professor at Yale University says
the Obama's White House can't take a joke -- even when Obama makes it.

There’s a poignant moment midway through Ron Chernow’s superb biography of George Washington when the father of our country, struggling to make his Mount Vernon plantation profitable after the war, writes fretfully to a friend that he knows no more “than the man in the moon where I am going to get money to pay my taxes.” Chernow’s Pulitzer Prize-winning volume spends a lot of time on Washington’s life at Mount Vernon between generalship and presidency, and the image of constant financial struggle helps to humanize a man who has been the subject of so much hagiography.

This bit of history comes to mind after the White House’s silly decision to edit out of the transcript of President Barack Obama’s recent remarks in Chicago a reference to “unpaid bills.” According to news articles, Obama gave the crowd this report on his visit to his pre-White House home: “Because Michelle and I and the kids, we left so quickly that there's still junk on my desk, including some unpaid bills. I think eventually they got paid -- but they’re sort of stacked up. And messages, newspapers and all kinds of stuff.”

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C.H.E. Sadaphal - The Law by Frédéric Bastiat

The black Libertarian and board-certified physician reflects on “Frederic Bastiat's “The Law”.

In The Law, Bastiat make a timeless and compelling argument in favor of the natural and innate privileges bestowed upon humankind by God of the three preserving elements of life. His central argument is summarized on page two: “It is not because men have made laws, that personality, liberty, and property exist. On the contrary, it is because personality, liberty, and property exist beforehand, that men make laws. What then, is the law? As I have said elsewhere, it is the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense.” Bastiat argues that the ultimate aim of the law is for justice “to reign over all,” and this feat is accomplished through the legislative substitution of communal power for that of the person. In all modes of operation (even in the use of force), preservation of liberty and the securitization of the person and property remain paramount. The law, in essence, is constructed as a means to serve the people and not and an end that trumps the individual.

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Sharon Brooks Hodge - Black Pastors Should Promote Marriage Rather Than Fight Gay Marriage

 Sharon Brooks Hodge, a Martinsville,Va., councilwoman and executive director of  the Black Family Preservation Group argues that black ministers need to spend more time promoting family in their churches than fighting against same sex marriage.

" As the executive director of Black Family Preservation Group, Inc. – an organization that promotes marriage as a vehicle to strengthen African-American families – I applaud the coalition’s effort to defend traditional, biblical marriage. However, the fallacy of this coalition’s initiative becomes evident when considering the Pew research.

 After decades of declining marriage rates and changes in family structure, the percentage of American adults who have never been married is at an historic high. According to Wendy Wang and Kim Parker, who authored the research report, the move away from marriage is attributed to a variety of factors. Not only are people marrying later in life, but more significant is the fact that increasingly young adults are cohabiting and raising children outside of marriage."

She continues:

  "Currently, 72 percent of black children are being born into single-parent homes, which means that most black churches are filled with baby-mommas and baby-daddies, not husbands and wives raising children under the covenant of marriage as scripture prescribes. Is it realistic to expect pastors to have more influence in court persuading judges to deny marriage to gay couples than they have in their own pulpits?"

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OKEEM - GOP Race-Baiting and the New ‘Willie Horton’ Ad

Chidike Okeem, a conservative in California, writes:

"The Nikko Jenkins ad is so closely reminiscent of the Willie Horton ad used in the 1988 presidential election to attack Michael Dukakis’ indisputably preposterous decision to allow weekend furloughs for Horton—a man who had been convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. The ads have so many similarities that it is simply implausible that the creators of the Nikko Jenkins ad did not intend to create the 21st century iteration of the infamous and highly controversial Willie Horton ad. The use of the ad demonstrates that Republicans, following the example of mainstream conservative entertainers, are far more interested in courting controversy than seriously persuading people about the advantages of conservative ideas."

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Indians in the US make the most because they studied the most

Indians in the US make the most because they studied the most …

A Black Conservative "Hip-Hop" Speech at George Washington University

Well damn, there's a first time for everything, I guess. 


Sonnie Johnson shares her latest spoken word, "A Moment of Clarity" during a speech for the Young American's Foundation at George Washington University.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DNA Said to Protect Hispanic Women From Breast Cancer

A single difference in just one of the three billion letters of biochemical DNA code in the human genome makes Latinas who inherit it about 40% less likely to develop breast cancer, medical geneticist Laura Fejerman and her colleagues reported Monday in Nature Communications.

 If women have inherited the variation from both sides of their family, they are 80% less likely to get breast cancer.

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Think tanks should think, not act as fundraisers

David Blankenhorn, Deseret News, 9/26/2014
To me, two changes are needed. The first is more disclosure. If you're a think tank engaging with U.S. policymakers, and you've accepted money from a foreign government with a vested interest in the matter, you should be required prominently to disclose that relationship – even if you and your boss are convinced that the money isn't influencing your work! This is a simple, obvious reform that's already being discussed in Congress. The second change is harder. Put simply, the mission of a think tank should drive funding, not the other way around. But like many universities, think tanks increasingly act as if their mission is to increase their funding and size. As a result they've become, first and foremost, giant fundraising machines for which the prime imperative is constant expansion. If you run a think tank or university today, it's likely that your main activity is raising money and that your main goal is getting bigger. Asked about the Brookings Institution's heavy focus on foreign donations, one scholar said: "Brookings keeps growing and it has to support itself." That's the idea.
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DAMBISA MOYO - For Poor Countries, China Is No Model

Dr. Dambisa Moyo, an economist and author explains why the Chinese model can't be replicated in other emerging countries.

"The world's emerging economies face an emerging crisis. Such states are home to 90% of the world's population, and on average, 70% of their people are less than 25 years old. Those young citizens dream of a better, freer life with greater opportunity and are increasingly taking to the streets, from South Africa to Thailand, Brazil to Ukraine.
But too many governments in the developing world are moving backward, not forward—responding to popular discontent by following some version of what they see as the "China model." The results could be dire for the global economy. The sheer size of the emerging economies—a list that starts but hardly ends with the so-called BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, China)—means that their actions can jolt equity and bond markets, shift foreign exchange rates, bump commodity prices, alter global trade and shape corporate investment decisions."

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tata Vega - Maybe God Is Trying To Tell You Something (Speak Lord)

"Maybe God Is Tryin' To Tell You Somethin' (The Color Purple/Soundtrack Version)" by Quincy Jones

Black Republican on a quest to topple Rep. Maxine Waters in 43rd CD

The Daily Breeze on John Wood's campaign against Maxine Waters:

  1. Maxine Waters is the U.S. Representative for California's 43rd congressional district, and previously the 35th and 29th districts, serving since 1991. She is a member of the Democratic Party. Wikipedia
In a political era characterized by partisanship and polarization, John Wood Jr. is hoping to revive some once-respected values: reconciliation, consensus and humility.

“Everyone’s going to have different perspectives and it’s OK to have different opinions,” the 27-year-old writer, jazz musician and digital marketing sales representative said. “We need to be open to other ideas.”

But with little money or name recognition — not to mention his Republican Party label in an overwhelmingly Democratic district — Wood’s quixotic challenge to unseat entrenched incumbent Rep. Maxine Waters in the 43rd Congressional District is a long shot, to say the least.

The two will go head to head on the Nov. 4 ballot.

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Poverty in the 43rd CD: