Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Elizabeth Wright ― Blaming Whitey

A book review on The End of Blackness, by Debra J. Dickerson. The book's reviewer, Elizabeth Wright, was a controversial black conservative and editor of Issues & Views. She died in 1990.

(The American Conservative)

From the promotion of this book and from the first few pages of its introduction, a reader comes to Debra Dickerson’s The End of Blackness expecting something other than an extensive catalogue of the sins and moral failings of whites. The author does get around to the book’s supposed premise, which is a call to blacks to free themselves from obsession with past grievances and take responsibility for the choices and decisions they make, but not before she engages in a considerable amount of verbiage aimed at whites’ past crimes and present incivilities.

We first get a tour of the old horror stories of bigotry—Emmett Till’s murder, the duplicitous Tuskegee “experiment,” Rosa Parks’s humiliation. Then come the generalizations about whites, along with some peculiar contradictions. Whites refuse to accept the “full dimensions” of their wicked past. Whites subsist only on their “windfall of skin privilege,” an implication that individual whites have achieved little through their own efforts. Whites believe so much in “their own infallibility” that when blacks fail to fit certain stereotypes, whites have to “build their own Frankensteins to fear and loathe.” And this is why elderly white ladies clutch their purses at the sight of a black man, and why whites “tremble” when finding themselves in all-black settings.

Read the full article HERE.

Akil Alleyne ― How to Revitalize Black History Month

Let's tell fewer tales of victimhood and more stories of successful Black resistance to racial oppression.



Here's the link to the article I published two years ago about how Harlem became a Black neighborhood: http://dailycaller.com/2014/02/26/thi....

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Joseph Hunter ― The Art of the Pointless

Is politics still the “art of the possible?”



Joseph Hunter is the sole writer and editor at Black and Red. He writes primarily about American domestic politics, American foreign policy, and political philosophy.


(HipHopRepublican.com)

In America, today, it appears as if politics has become the art of the pointless. Congress finally passed a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, along with a defunding of Planned Parenthood, and sent it to President Barack Obama–for veto. None of the lawmakers who supported the bill thought the president would sign it, but Republican constituents would have still demanded it be done. John Boehner’s House of Representatives passed an ACA repeal about 40 times, knowing the Senate would never bring the bill to a vote.

Why fight unwinnable battles? Apparently, futility is good politics.

Donald Trump sits atop the Republican polls, a seemingly unstoppable force–at least until actual votes are cast. His plan to fix the immigration crisis consists of building a giant wall along our Southern border and “making Mexico pay for it.” The wall will cost upwards of $20B, face eminent domain challenges across multiple states, and will do nothing to staunch the sizeable minority of immigrants who fly into America and overstay their VISAs. In short, it’ll never happen.

Read the full article HERE.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Police brutality is a blue-state problem

When will develop the courage to take on a real opponent?
 


(HipHopRepublican.com)


In December, a Grand Jury in Cleveland followed a prosecutor’s recommendation and declined to indict the officer who killed twelve-year-old Tamir Rice. More than a year after the incident that officer, Timothy Loehmann, remains at work drawing a salary from taxpayers. Cleveland’s District Attorney, Mayor, and Police Chief are all Democrats. The Police Chief, Calvin Williams, is black.

Last summer in the Dallas suburb of McKinney, a white police officer was recorded pulling his gun on black teenagers at a pool party. At one point the officer wrestled a 14-year-old girl to the ground with no provocation. The officer’s actions were denounced by McKinney’s Police Chief the very next day. Three days later the officer stepped down. He no longer wears a badge or collects a taxpayer-funded salary. McKinney’s civic leadership is white and Republican.

There is a missing element in public efforts to end the culture of police brutality against black Americans. More than racism is at work in this problem. Black Lives Matter has displayed the courage to challenge the structural racism that subjects black and other minorities to humiliating and occasionally lethal mistreatment by public servants. Yet, neither BLM nor any other major force on the left has mustered the courage to tackle the rest of the problem. As a consequence, their efforts to date have generated nothing but heat.

Read the full article HERE.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor ― Ballade for orchestra Op.33

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (15 August 1875 – 1 September 1912) was an English composer of Creole descent who achieved such success that he was once called the "African Mahler".
 

 
Commissioned in 1898 by the Three Choirs Festival of Britain thanks to pressure from Edward Elgar, the Ballade for orchestra Op.33 represents an important early milestone for the English composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912). It's a work full of wonderful high-spirits, passion and warmth. Above all it's a harbinger of what might come, given time and opportunity. It is played here by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Grant Llewellyn.

Chidike Okeem — The Conservative Roots of Black History Month



Eminent black historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson started Negro History Week in 1926, which intended to redress the lack of attention paid to black achievement in society and in academia. This later morphed into Black History Month. However, Black History Month, as it exists today, is a lukewarm version of what Woodson envisaged. Woodson wanted Negro History Week to be a celebration of black achievement, history, and culture. However, looking at the tepid practice of Black History Month today, one would be excused for erroneously believing that the bulk of black historical achievements began in the 1950s.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the second African American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University after renowned sociologist W. E. B. Du Bois, was famously both pro-African and pro-capitalism. Woodson understood the freeing power of capitalism and the potential it has for self-uplift. For serious, solution-oriented black conservatives today, Woodson provided a model of how one can be enthusiastically pro-market, doggedly anti-Marxist economics, and do so while being unapologetically African. He demonstrated that endorsement of free market economics does not have to coincide with self-hatred and anti-blackness.

Ideally, Black History Month is something that should be unnecessary in the Western world in the 21st century. Those who make the argument that black history should not be relegated to a limited period of time on the calendar make a point that is worthy of noting. However, Woodson’s goal in creating Negro History Week was to encourage the widespread appreciation of black historical achievements, and it was a necessary tool when he created it. The fact that Black History Month still continues today demonstrates the sheer extent of the erasure of blackness from the great achievements of history. It demonstrates that blackness is still undervalued, unappreciated, and only recognized when it can be attached to abjection and negativity. By now, the Western world ought to be at a point where black achievements are afforded as much respect as the achievements of other groups.

If Black History Month is to stay true to Woodson’s vision, then promotion of black achievement needs to be the focus. Rather, as it exists today, Black History Month predominantly focuses on Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954, the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955-1956, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and other breakthroughs from oppression that occurred during that period. It is crucial to note that Woodson died in 1950—before the monumental events and milestones of the modern civil rights movement began. Given that Woodson was not alive for the bulk of the civil rights gains of the 1950s and 1960s, the modern civil rights movement could not have been part of his vision for the recognition of black achievement. Woodson astutely believed that asserting the importance of black people to world civilization was an inextricable component of reducing the prevalence of anti-blackness and racism in the Western world. Spotlighting freedom from oppression was not the primary goal of Negro History Week, inasmuch as Woodson knew there was more to black achievement and black culture. Woodson understood that the history of black Americans does not begin with slavery; rather, it begins with grand, ancient civilizations in Africa.

In many ways, Negro History Week as envisioned by Woodson is as much about the African continent and African ancestors as it is about African Americans. He knew that African Americans would never live up to their potential without an integral understanding of who black people are and what the African has contributed to world history and civilization. In his magnum opus, The Mis-Education of the Negro, published in 1933, Woodson wrote:
In history, of course, the Negro had no place in this curriculum. He was pictured as a human being of the lower order, unable to subject passion to reason, and therefore useful only when made the hewer of wood and the drawer of water for others. No thought was given to the history of Africa except so far as it had been a field of exploitation for the Caucasian. You might study the history as it was offered in our system from the elementary school throughout the university, and you would never hear Africa mentioned except in the negative. You would never thereby learn that Africans first domesticated the sheep, goat, and cow, developed the idea of trial by jury, produced the first stringed instruments, and gave the world its greatest boon in the discovery of iron. You would never know that prior to the Mohammedan invasion about 1000 A.D. these natives in the heart of Africa had developed powerful kingdoms which were later organized as the Songhay Empire on the order of that of the Romans and boasting of similar grandeur.
Woodson’s point about no thought being given to African history except where Caucasian exploitation is concerned is particularly poignant. Arguably one of the cleverest artifices of white supremacy is the thorough scrubbing out of African civilization and human existence before contact with Europeans. This is why, according to dishonest Western history books, African history begins with European contact and civilization—and, in the American context, African American history begins with slavery. When oppression and subjugation are falsely presented as the genesis of black human identity, it provides a pseudo-intellectual justification for the marginalization of black people both on the African continent and in the diaspora. Moreover, it provides a justification for self-hatred among black people who are not taught any better.

If Woodson were alive today, he would no doubt be disappointed that his brainchild has been degraded. He would be distressed to learn that his goal of the widespread understanding and recognition of black historical achievement is not being realized. Also, he would most likely be pilloried and accused of being a black militant or an extremist—labels that are customarily placed on any black person who attempts to seriously debunk the brazen mendacities that are shamelessly presented in Western history books as unimpeachable. Indeed, the civil rights gains in America during the 1950s and 1960s are monumental, and they are an unquestionably important part of African American history. However, that cannot and should not be the principal focus of Black History Month. Black Americans have African ancestors who were marvelously accomplished, built civilizations, and were intrepid innovators. African Americans, despite a history of oppression, have demonstrated that same entrepreneurial spirit throughout American history. The convenient white supremacist fiction that Africans lived in mud huts before the arrival of Europeans is arrant balderdash. The history of black people does not begin with slavery or colonialism—nor does black achievement begin with gaining civil rights in the West. Black History Month needs to depict the full historical picture of black brilliance—just as Dr. Woodson envisioned.

Chidike Okeem is an independent, conservative writer. Born in Nigeria, raised in London, England, and now living in the United States, he writes about race, culture, religion, and politics. You can follow him on Twitter VOICEOFCHID and read more of his writings at www.voiceofchid.com.

John H. McWhorter ― Così parlò Zora

An article Professor John H. McWhorter did on Zora Neale Hurston in an Italian magazine.  To read in English, use Google Translate located at the top-middle of this blog - then scroll down and click 'English".



Oggi ricorre l’anniversario della morte di Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), romanziera e studiosa del folklore afroamericano, autrice del classico I loro occhi guardavano Dio. Ne pubblichiamo un profilo a cura di John H. McWhorter, originariamente apparso sul
City Journal. Ringraziamo l’autore per la gentile concessione.

di John H. McWhorter

traduzione di Simone Orsello

Tra le ultime fotografie di Zora Neale Hurston ce n’è una, scattata verso la fine degli anni Cinquanta, che è straziante. Un tempo figura incantevole, capace di dominare qualsiasi stanza, è seduta davanti a un bungalow in Florida, una donna vecchia e gonfia che vive in povertà, ritratta mentre parla con la gente del luogo. Per quanto sembri a suo agio, non possiamo fare a meno di immaginarla a New York, intenta a promuovere il suo ultimo romanzo al Jack Paar Show. Ma i suoi libri erano ormai finiti tutti fuori catalogo, e si doveva mantenere facendo lavoretti occasionali, tra cui anche la donna di servizio (non era la prima volta). Pareva aver raggiunto lo stato d’animo descritto da Janie alla fine del suo capolavoro, I loro occhi guardavano Dio: «Sono arrivata fino all’orizzonte, e adesso posso starmene seduta nella mia casa a vivere del ricordo delle cose che ho visto».
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 La Hurston sarebbe morta poco dopo, nel 1960. Ma era un’intellettuale affascinante, e non poteva restare ai margini per troppo tempo. Tredici anni più tardi Alice Walker la portò di nuovo all’attenzione del mondo. Le opere tornarono in circolazione, per di più raccolte in un volume della Library of America. Mule Bone, uno dei suoi primi lavori teatrali scritto in collaborazione con Langston Hughes, fu messo in scena integralmente a New York nel 1991. Il francobollo arrivò nel 2003, il film di I loro occhi guardavano Dio [intitolato Con gli occhi rivolti al cielo, n.d.t.] due anni più tardi, e nel 2008 le venne dedicata una puntata di American Masters, la serie di documentari della PBS. Negli ultimi anni anche gli studi che la riguardano hanno fatto passi avanti, con la pubblicazione di Wrapped in Rainbows, un’importante biografia scritta da Valerie Boyd, e di una superba edizione delle sue lettere curata da Carla Kaplan.

Read the full article HERE.

Akil Alleyne ― Stacey Dash & the REAL Black History Month Double Standard

Why is it that white ethnic groups can celebrate their heritage without controversy, but African-Americans' celebration of their culture is considered suspect?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Corinne Bailey Rae - Like A Star

    

Adamu Shauku ― The Institutional Development of the Third Branch

 The U.S. federal court system has evolved over time, often in quite haphazard fashion.

A.K. Shauku was named a Humane Studies Fellow for the academic year 2011-12. This libertarian award was granted by the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS). The IHS provides support to students and scholars with research interests in individual liberty. A.K. Shauku is a law student at the University of Alabama School of Law and a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Alabama Graduate School.


(Economics and Institutions)

 Prior to the adoption of the federal Constitution of 1787, the United States operated as a confederal political order under the Articles of Confederation. Under this scheme, each of the former thirteen colonies jealously guarded their newly asserted prerogatives as sovereign states even as they banded together in “a firm league of friendship.” Policy among the several states was the product of consensus among the state governments through their delegations in Congress. All courts in the United States were courts of the individual states, exercising jurisdiction over state law matters and, problematically, over interstate matters as well.[1] The constitution of 1787, drafted for the purpose of achieving a more complete (or “perfect”) union, subordinated the states to a set of truly national institutions. Article I of the Constitution instituted a new national congress with expanded national law making powers and a more direct electoral link to the citizenry. Article II instituted the office of the presidency, a chief executive elected on a national basis. Article III included a new federal court system with a Supreme Court at its summit and any “such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.”[2] Members of the Constitutional Convention discussed the specific contours of the federal court system but little and left the details to be determined by Congress.[3] One of the first major enactments of the first sitting Congress was the Judiciary Act of 1789, which created the basic framework of the federal judiciary.

Read the full article HERE.

Stephen L. Carter ― There'll Be No Justice in Flint Water Crisis

If a private company distributed thousands of bottles of water with high levels of lead and other contaminants, lawsuits would chase it toward bankruptcy. So why should authorities in Michigan get a pass?
 

(Bloomberg View)

Imagine a class-action suit on behalf of the people of Flint, Michigan. There are plenty of available defendants. The Detroit Water Board, for cutting off the city’s supply of water in a childish snit. Flint’s own water department, for doing a lousy job of testing its only product. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, for ignoring claims that there was something wrong with the water and not overseeing the Flint department. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder for appointing as head of the DEQ a person without significant environmental experience. Oh, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for doing ... well, nothing.

Read the full article HERE.

Reginald Kaigler — Obama's ATF GUN Scandal! PLANET X Beyond Pluto! ORAL SEX Increases Cancer Risk

My commentary on a new development in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal, astronomers claiming that there may be a 10th planet in our solar system, the boom in existing home sales and a study claiming that oral sex maybe linked to an increase in cancer.


Historically black schools say Obama’s policies have fallen short

The country’s first African American president is finding himself increasingly at odds with a cornerstone of the African American community: historically black colleges and universities.
 


(The Washington Post)

Leaders at these schools and some black lawmakers say the Obama administration has been pushing policies for years that hurt students at a time when historically black colleges are already cash-strapped and seeing a drop in enrollment.

Tensions spilled over after a recent Congressional Black Caucus meeting with Obama and Vice President Biden in which the president said that historically black schools, also known as HBCUs, needed to do a better job graduating students and not saddling them with debt, according to several people at the meeting. Some Black Caucus members bristled at those remarks since they say the president didn’t acknowledge that his own administration was also pursuing policies that advocates say are hurting the schools.

Read the full article HERE.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Black Libertarian Speaks to Black America

 

 
Are black Americans ultimately fucking themselves over by voting for Democrats every time?

Is bigger government the answer to rise out of poverty? Or do we need to lead the change ourselves?

Thursday, January 21, 2016

John McWhorter ― Ta-Nehisi Coates' flawed attack on Bernie Sanders

The case for new reparations to African-Americans is weak, says John McWhorter

(CNN) This week's big news on race is that Ta-Nehisi Coates has called out Sen. Bernie Sanders for failing to adequately oppose white supremacy.

    Coates is dismayed that nevertheless, Sanders has dismissed the idea of trying to get Congress to pass a reparations bill as futile and also "divisive." To Coates, this means that Sanders is part of the problem that black America has had since the early 17th century.
    However, Coates' attack on Sanders is premised on a weakness in his general take on black history, which, while charismatically expressed, is vastly oversimplified.

    Read the full article HERE.

    Marjorie Romeyn-Sanabria ― Why Precisely Is Coates Bashing Sanders?

    Ta-Nehisi Coates has taken aim at the Democratic senator over reparations.


    (The National Interest)

    Well, well, well. Ta-Nehisi Coates is back in action. “Why Precisely Is Bernie Sanders Against Reparations?” is his latest condemnation of white America, appearing in the Atlantic, but its target is not benighted conservatives. Instead, it is, of all people, Bernie Sanders whom Coates now finds wanting. Speaking in Iowa last week, Sanders responded to a question about reparations by saying he didn’t think it was a good idea: “No, I don’t think so. First of all, its likelihood of getting through Congress is nil. Second of all, I think it would be very divisive.” Writing in the Atlantic, Coates said Sanders “should be directly confronted and asked why his political imagination is so active against plutocracy, but so limited against white supremacy.”

    Read the full article HERE.

    Black Republican to Run for Baltimore City Council

    A great opportunity is coming to Baltimore City but only if we have the courage to elect committed and experienced people. We don't need recycled policies even if through new actors. Let's be bold. Let's build a better Baltimore, together. 


     Join our campaign by donating today

    http://buildingabetterbaltimore.org/

    Liz has over a decade of experience in public service but started her career as a file clerk. With a master’s degree in policy management from Georgetown University, Liz has served in non-profits, Housing Department, Liquor Board and currently Deputy Director for Baltimore’s Department of Social Services.

    A mother of three; Liz began parenting as a teenager & even received welfare at one time. She was committed to breaking the cycle of poverty through hard work, strong parenting & access to quality education As a wife, Liz fights for families and believes that they are the future of Baltimore. She knows that over-taxed families impacted by crime are less likely to stay in our great City.  

                    

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

    Noah Stewart - "Granada"

    Noah Stewart performs "Granada" live in Glasgow as a BBC Music Ambassador


    Chanda Chisala – Closing the Black-White IQ Gap Debate, Part 3

    Thomas Sowell vs. Richard Lynn

    “It should be noted that a study of black and white Americans is not a study of Negro and Caucasian races in any global sense.” – Thomas Sowell, 1978 (Essays and Data on American Ethnic groups, p. 206).

    I will now respond to some hereditarian scholars who wrote some articles in response to my data and arguments on the Black-White IQ Gap (Fuerst, Frost and Thompson). I hope to cover every valid concern brought up so far, including technical issues on data reliability, etc. I will also address some of the alternative explanations that have been suggested for our ethnic data that shows much higher than expected academic performance of Black immigrant children in Western countries, which I have presented as a refutation of the racial genetic hypothesis for Black-White test score differences.
    FIRST, FUERST

    Hereditarian scholar, John “Chuck” Fuerst, has written a lengthy piece responding to my last article, in which he offers to give us a tutorial on how to do rigorous research (like himself!). That’s certainly kind of him. So, in the collegial spirit of academic exchange, I will also present this article as a tutorial on how to employ rigorous common sense in research. This might save us from the endless need to pursue a lot of superfluous data before making intelligent judgments, especially on investigations where perfect data is sparsely available.

    The data we have from both the US and the UK concerning school performance of children from different ethnicities is certainly not perfect, but it is more than sufficient when you bring some common sense to the task. For example, we know that under a genetic hypothesis it is extremely unlikely that an African ethnic group could have a high school pass rate that is much higher than the white pass rate or, even more improbable, equal to or higher than the Chinese pass rate, so we can rightly be skeptical about a 2007 report that suggests that a certain Nigerian tribe has accomplished this in the UK. But when we also see another verified report saying that that same tribe has at times produced the top student in the UK, beating every white or Chinese student, common sense should tempt us to reconsider our skepticism in that first report, even if it was only in Powerpoint format!

    Read the full article HERE.

    Chidike Okeem ― Colorblind America: A Malignant Fallacy

    Indeed, race matters; however, two things happen when some conservatives propagate the wrongheaded, politically correct idea that race is obsolete.  First, they make the road clear for liberal sophists to persuade people that race matters in all the places where it does not, and second, conservatives lose the ability to effectively challenge liberals on the caustic effects of their policies on minority communities.


    The fanciful idea of living in a colorblind society is one of the greatest impediments to sophisticated discussions about race in America.  If there is going to be a soothing of racial tensions in American society, there first has to be an understanding that race -- albeit a social construct based on some biological realities -- exists and matters, and it is not just a vestigial figment of centuries-old white racism.

    It is axiomatic that race is a part of our social reality; however, where we need more discussion is on precisely where race matters.  The fundamental problem with race in America today is that we have a band of profiteering, country-trotting black liberals claiming that race matters in all the areas where it clearly does not.

    For the purpose of the left's political gain, millions of people have been persuaded that capitalism does not work for blacks and that as a result, blacks need socialistic interventions.  As I demonstrated in a previous article, these black Marxist prophets greedily indulge in the capitalistic rewards that they would never receive under the socialist economic model that they hypocritically present as the way forward for blacks.

    Dr. King Said It: I'm Black and I'm Proud!



    Martin Luther King's Last Speech

    Martin Luther King's Last Speech: "I've Been To The Mountaintop": delivered on April 3, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee


    Hey, Ted Cruz, watch a Black Republican from Queens, NY speak on New York Values