Monday, September 22, 2014

Charles Badger - Larry Elder, Jesse Peterson & How NOT to Win Converts


“Trayvon Martin is an example of what happens when these black boys and girls are raised in single-parent households,” conservative provocateur Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson recently said on CNN. This is the same man who, after Katrina called victims “welfare-pampered,” “lazy” and “immoral” who “waited for the government to bail them out.”

In an interview with the same host, conservative shock jock Larry Elder opined most black Americans’ problems would be solved if we stopped “wav[ing] the flag of victimhood.” “Hard work wins,” he lectured. “Get an education. Don’t pay attention to negative people. Stay focused. And you’ll be ok in America.”

After President Obama asserted racially discriminatory experiences many African-American men have experienced, ex-Congressman Allen West took to Facebook to declare he – a black man no less! – never had the experiences Obama described. “I am a black male who grew up in the inner city of Atlanta and no one ever followed me in a mall,” or clutched their purses. “I guess having two awesome parents who taught me to be a respectful young man paid dividends.”

All three – Peterson, Elder, West – advance a familiar argument from black conservatives: if the rest of black people would just be like us, everything would be ok. Skipping over Peterson’s factual errors – Trayvon Martin was not raised by a single parent – this discourse illustrates a deeper issue.

In this author’s hometown there is a woman about 90 years of age, whom we will call “Misses R.” This author once witnessed the followed exchange between Misses R and a friend whom we will call, “K”:

K [observes paper towel rolls on her floor with newspaper stuffed inside]: “Mrs. R, I’m going to throw away these paper towel rolls for you.”

MR: “No I use those [as a reacher] to pick up my shoes”

K: “Mrs. R, I’m gonna get you a new broom” [edges severely frayed on her current broom]

MR: “No, I don’t need a new broom. I use that one for scrubbing.”

K: “Mrs. R, you want me to put this bacon [on the counter] away?”

MR: “No, I’m letting it thaw.”

K [observes chair seemingly out of place]: “Mrs. R, do you have this chair like this to help you walk?”

MR: “No, for when someone’s here so they can sit facing the couch” [for conversation]

The conversation continued like this all afternoon.

The irony is from Big Gulps to guns to taxes to florescent light bulbs, conservatives are the ones who built a brand on tweaking “busybody,” “intrusive,” “Nanny State government” that “thinks they can run your lives better than you.” Yet, such voices see no contradiction in lecturing low-income or minorities or single mothers about what’s wrong with their lives.

What a discourse about supposed “social pathologies” of the poor often misses is the observation by civil rights legend Bayard Rustin: what, to middle class eyes, looks like a disease, may, but not necessarily, be “healthy adaption” to circumstances.  

“Cultures,” the great scion of conservatism Thomas Sowell observed, “are not ‘superior’ or ‘inferior. They are for better or worse adapted to a particular set of circumstances.” The only way we black Republicans will reach more than marginal numbers amongst African-Americans is to bring about a diminution in the prominence of Peterson, Elder, and West’s ideas, and fuse, build upon, and elevate the much better thought currents among us.

Jackie Robinson - On Being Black Among The Republicans

"I felt the GOP was a minority party in term of numbers of registered voters and could not win unless they updated their social philosophy and sponsored candidates and principles to attract the young, the black, and the independent voter.  I said this often from public, and frequently Republican, platforms.  By and large Republicans had ignored blacks and sometimes handpicked a few servile leaders in the black community to be their token "niggers".  How would I sound trying to go all out to sell Republicans to black people?  They're not buying.  They know better." ~ Jackie Robinson 


Chapter XV of Robinson's autobiography I Never Had It Made has been transcribed below. This chapter, titled "On Begin Black Among The Republicans" describes the eye-opening experiences of Robinson within the Republican Party. Many of the sentiments he expressed in 1964 were heard again some four decades later following the 2004 Republican convention.




I NEVER HAD IT MADE

Jackie Robinson


Chapter XV: On Being Black Among The Republicans


My first meeting with Nelson Rockefeller occurred in 1962 during a public event at which we were both speakers.  The Nelson Rockefeller personal charm and charisma had now become legendary.  It is almost impossible not to like the man.  He gives two distinct impressions: that he is sincere in whatever he is saying and that, in spite of his fantastic schedule, power, and influence - at that specific moment of your contact - he has shut everything else out and is focusing his complete and concentrated attention on you.

While I admired his down-to-earth manner and outgoing ways instantly, I was anything but overwhelmed at our initial meeting.  I am aware that the enormously wealthy have time to spread charm as they like.  They have their worries, but survival is not one of them.  I wasn't about to be taken in instantly by the Nelson Rockefeller charm.  After all, Richard Nixon had turned the charm on me too (although his is a bit brittle compared with Rockefeller's) and look how that had turned out.

I knew that Rockefeller's family had given enormous sums to black education and other philanthropic causes for black people and that at that time (nearly twenty years ago) a significant number of black college presidents, black professionals, and a significant number of leaders of national stature had received a college education, financed by Rockefeller gifts.  While I have no need to detract from the contributions of the family to black education, I felt it certainly must be weighed in terms of what went into amassing one of the world's greatest fortunes.

As for Nelson Rockefeller himself, I knew little or nothing about his politics.  As far as I was concerned, he was just another rich guy with politics as a toy.  Our first chat had nothing to do with politics.  In fact, the governor took advantage of the occasion to tell me about a private problem.  Since I was an officer of the Chock Full O'Nuts Restaurant chain at that time, he thought I might be able to help him.  It seemed the Rockefeller family was unhappy about one of our advertising jingles which assured the public that our coffee was  as good as any "Rockefeller's money can buy." Representations about the family's feeling in the matter had been made through legal and diplomatic channels, but the offensive jingle was still being aired on radio and television commercials.  I promised to mention the matter to Bill Black, Chock's president.  I was surprised at Mr. Black's reaction.  When I reported the Rockefeller concern, he snapped, "Good!  Let them sue.  We can use the publicity."

As far as I was concerned, that was the end of that.  As far as I knew, I'd probably never be in contact with the governor again.  However, I began to change my mind about Rockefeller, when I learned that the extent of his support for a man I admired deeply, Martin Luther King.

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Zora Neal Husrtson & The New Deal

"Throughout the New Deal era the relief program was the biggest weapon ever placed in the hands of those who sought power and votes. If the average American had been asked flatly to abandon his rights as a citizen and to submit to a personal rule, he would have chewed tobacco and spit white lime. But under relief, dependent upon the Government for their daily bread, men gradually relaxed their watchfulness and submitted to the will of the "Little White Father," more or less. Once they had weakened that far, it was easy to go on an on voting for more relief, and leaving Government affairs in the hands of a few. The change from a republic to a dictatorship was imperceptibly pushed ahead."


~Zora Neal Husrtson: 1951 article in the Saturday Evening Post

Jackie Robinson, 1964 Rrepublican National Convention - Archival Footage

Jackie Robinson says he does not believe black delegates will support Barry Goldwater's nomination for the Republican Party candidate for the US Presidency.

 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Chidike Okeem - The Second Amendment and the Pro-Life Pretense

The conservative writer contends: for some pro-lifers, gun rights are of more value to them than the sanctity of life.



By celebrating George Zimmerman for his completely unnecessary killing of Trayvon Martin and imprudently using him as a champion of Second Amendment rights, many mainstream conservatives proved that the Second Amendment and gun rights are of more value to them than the sanctity of life. Furthermore, the reflexive way the right has rallied behind Officer Darren Wilson, the killer of 18-year-old Michael Brown, further demonstrates this point.

By enthusiastically supporting George Zimmerman, mainstream conservatives demonstrated that they believe it is perfectly acceptable to initiate an altercation with a perfect stranger walking in the night, then shoot him dead once a fight ensues. There is no amount of casuistry that one can engage in to defend this behavior using a pro-life rubric. One can either be in favor of trigger-happy vigilantes like George Zimmerman or one can be pro-life, but one cannot simultaneously be both.

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A New Conversation on Poverty, Policy, and Prosperity

Bob Woodson, president of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, and Byron Johnson, director of the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, discuss poverty policy, the criminal justice system, and community based antipoverty efforts in a conversation moderated by AEI Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies Robert Doar.

 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dr. Anthony Bradley - Lecrae, Ferguson, and the Limits of Respectability



With Lecrae’s Anomaly album claiming the number one spot on Billboard’s Top 200, the rapper has come under fire for his recent comments about the inconsistency of those who rightly protest police abuse yet do not protest forms of rap music that glorify violence in general. The critique comes, in part, because some people believe that to call blacks living on the margins of society to moral virtue, in the midst of their protests about injustice, is “blaming the victim.” However, when we pay close attention to the Judeo-Christian tradition, what Lecrae’s comments represent is a model of a prophetic witness, a witness that speaks the whole truth to error and sin.

Lecrae is a highly skilled and creative rapper whose music has developed in recent years to contain the type of poetry that we might find in the wisdom (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes) and prophetic (Isaiah, Amos) literature of the Bible. Lane Whitaker over at Billboard.com reports Lecrae’s comments on the Mike Brown killing in Ferguson, Missouri:

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Professor K.A. Ellis - My People, My People - A letter to the Church in America


Professor K.A. Ellis drawing parallels between the oppression that African Americans faced in the United States and the persecutions that today's Christians are facing around the world.

KA Ellis - My People, My People - A letter to the Church in America (COT2014) from Cru Inner City on Vimeo.

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C.H.E. Sadaphal - Ferguson & Responsibility


In The Responsible Self by H. R. Niebuhr, the author develops a moral philosophy based not upon rigid rules or prescriptions but instead a flexible algorithm developed by answering two sequential questions: (1) “What is happening?” and (2) “What should I do?” Resultantly, proper ethical conduct, says Niebuhr, is described in terms of responsibility not only to our own values and self but also to others that we subsequently engage with. In practice, this responsibility is accountable to others, considers divergent interpretations of the event a hand, and is molded by the society that one identifies with. Niebuhr’s philosophy liberates the user from rigid moral prescriptions (the deontological approach) or a strict consequentialist model that seeks an appropriate end (the teleological approach).

A deontological approach, for example, would state that homicide is absolutely wrong, always, regardless of the circumstances. A teleological approach would praise homicide in some cases and shun it in others, depending on the end result—the same act can thus have different ethical interpretations.

I reflect on Niebuhr’s formulations because many issues in contemporary society, I think, ought to be thought of in terms of responsibility and not unyielding moral and/or ethical parameters.

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El Debarge - Love Always

Now THAT'S Ol' Skool!!!!!



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Zora Neale Hurston on Haiti's Curse


''In the past, as now, Haiti's curse has been her politicians. There are still too many men of influence in the country who believe that a national election is a mandate from the people to build themselves a big new house in Petionville and Kenscoff and a trip to Paris.'' ~ Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Tell My Horse, ch. 7, J.P. Lippincott (1938).

Marjorie Romeyn-Sanabria - The Liberal Narrative and Black Victimhood

Excellent, excellent read.

Over the summer, a young teenager named Mike Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson police. That event sparked weeks of protests and protracted violence that was extensively covered by the news. Yesterday a black actress was allegedly mistaken for a prostitute, and,according to her, wrongfully detained. Nearly every week there is a story about a black person being oppressed, or unduly suffering through poverty, police brutality, lack of education, and diminished economic opportunity. A spate of thinkpieces periodically pops up with the expected hand-wringing and the question, what is to be done?
Rarely do I see pieces written by black writers that suggest solutions for the deep-seated problems that plague the black communities in America.
The surface reason for this is somewhat intuitive: blacks are not only a minority in numbers, but also in professions such as journalism. There are exceptions such as superstar Ta-Nehisi Coates, but generally speaking there are few black voices, and even fewer who outline practical solutions. You can’t have a solution to a problem when it’s never your fault.

Read complete article here

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Black Conservative Summit 2014

Texas - State Rep. James White is hosting the First Annual Black Conservative Summit in Houston (Clear Lake) on Sept. 20 at the NASA Hilton Hotel starting at 8 a.m. Registration opens at 7 a.m. “The summit is a great opportunity for us to emphasize that the American Dream is still achievable though new skills are clearly needed to make it happen,” said Rep White.

“I invite pastors, community leaders, professionals, college students, existing candidates and future conservative candidates to attend this summit. If you believe in the benefits of living in a free society where public education is free and available to all, where the family is celebrated and our faith traditions are protected, and the free market creates good-paying job opportunities for each person, then you should attend this summit,” said Rep White.

 There will be two sessions. The morning session run from 8 a.m. to noon. Researchers from the Texas Public Policy Institute and Rice University will make presentation on the causes of poverty and the best ways to approach helping people lift themselves out of it. There will be examples of “best practices” from those ministering to the poor like "Mobile Loaves and Fishes," a ministry in Austin Texas. The afternoon session is devoted to the key elements of a successful campaign. Experts will present information on fund-raising, communications, media and messaging. The cost to attend is free, but seating is limited.

There are two ways to register: Online at www.txvfp.org or by phone at 888-993-7828.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ross Douthat - The Middle East’s Friendless Christians


WHEN the long, grim history of Christianity’s disappearance from the Middle East is written, Ted Cruz’s performance last week at a conference organized to highlight the persecution of his co-religionists will merit at most a footnote. But sometimes a footnote can help illuminate a tragedy’s unhappy whole.

Farida Pols Matte, 80, in Ankawa, Iraq, with her family and other Iraqi Christian refugees. They are among the hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Credit Lynsey Addario for The New York Times
 For decades, the Middle East’s increasingly beleaguered Christian communities have suffered from a fatal invisibility in the Western world. And their plight has been particularly invisible in the United States, which as a majority-Christian superpower might have been expected to provide particular support.

 There are three reasons for this invisibility. The political left in the West associates Christian faith with dead white male imperialism and does not come naturally to the recognition that Christianity is now the globe’s most persecuted religion. And in the Middle East the Israel-Palestine question, with its colonial overtones, has been the left’s great obsession, whereas the less ideologically convenient plight of Christians under Islamic rule is often left untouched.

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John McWhorter - Obama’s Wartime Weasel Words

via: The Daily Beast

The president can call it what he wants. But it’s war. You know, where we kill lots of people. Maybe they deserve it. But we should say it. President Obama is known for having a way with words, especially when he has a script. Ironically, Wednesday night that facility with words helped him avoid telling us that we are entering into another war.

Rather, we are to suppose we are entering into, well, an “action,” as in “any time we take military action, we …” But action refers to doing, and what exactly are we doing here? For one, we will be “doing” some dropping of bombs on people from the air. On a lot of people, and for a long time. Nobody in Game of Thrones would recognize that as “action,” as opposed to war.

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Condoleezza Rice reflects on 9/11


"Today, we remember those who lost their lives when horrific acts of terror were committed against our country. Thirteen years later, we are united and stronger because terrorists could never shake our faith in one another. The United States of America continues to stand for freedom and democracy all over the world. We pray for those lives that were lost and we ask God to protect those who defend us. God Bless America." ~ Condoleezza Rice

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The History of Racism

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A non-PC History of the Arab Muslim [Slave] Trade Of Africans

"We passed a slave woman shot or stabbed through the body and lying on the path. [Onlookers] said an Arab who passed early that morning had done it in anger at losing the price he had given for her, because she was unable to walk any longer." ~ David Livingstone writing about the slave trade in the African Great Lakes region, which he visited in the mid-nineteenth century

FACT: Historians say between the 8th and 19th century, 10 to 18 MILLION Africans were bought by Muslim Arab slave traders and taken from Africa across the Red Sea, Indian Ocean, and Sahara desert.
Egyptian Slavemaster and Slave


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dr. Anthony Bradley - When the Church Was the Center

Bruton_Church,_WilliamsburgIn 17th and 18th century Williamsburg, Virginia helping the poor was assumed, as a social norm, to be the responsibility of the church, not the state. In the Bruton Parish, the vestrymen, in addition to managing the affairs of he parish, were responsible for all poverty related social services. In the Anglican church, the vestry was established as a committee elected in local congregations to work with the wardens of the church to meet various needs. During the colonial era, if a person did not have adequate housing, adequate food or clothing, if women were widowed and children were orphaned, and so on, it was simply an assumption that the church would meet the needs of those on the margins locally and personally.

 In the early 1990s, Marvin Olasky challenged Americans to re-think the role of the church and faith-based organizations in meeting the needs of the poor by reminding us that before FDR’s “Great Society” programs, “Human needs were answered by other human beings, not by bureaucracies, and the response to those needs was not compartmentalized,” writes Olasky. These “human beings” from the colonial period, through the end to 19th-century, were primarily operating directly out of the church or out of a faith-based organizations. The first orphanages, hospitals, food pantries, and so on, in America were all faith-based organizations. They were all derived from the models like the ones lived out in Colonial Williamsburg.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Guide to Homeschooling- Know Your Child- Stanford University



Tanya Smith-Johnson graduated high school at 17 and enlisted into the United States Navy as a member of the Hospital Corps. She was awarded a NROTC scholarship to Hampton University. Smith-Johnson graduated in 2002 with a B.S. in biology and M.S. in Medical Science in 2004. She began medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004 a few days after giving birth to her second child but withdrew after many setbacks, sacrifices and challenges. Tanya decided to stay home with her children after her husband was deployed to Afghanistan. The Johnson's made the decision to homeschool their children from that point on and never looked back. They now have 4 children. Tanya Smith-Johnson is now training to become a midwife.