Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Mia...

Chee chee I know how you feel and these guys will work it out and I see the
evilness in this all..Again divide and conquer we need to stick together here
not just Rev Wright and Obama but ALL of us those who are saying that Rev Wright
needs to shut up and those who think that he should continue to speak. WE ALL
NEED to recognize the big picture..It is so hard for black ppl to stay unified.
Both of these men are great men great leaders and very much appreciated in the
black community
especially in Chicago. I support them both and you have to sit in the pews
Sunday after Sunday and understand Rev Wright. I attribute most of my spiritual
growth to him and alot of my knowledge on my African culture. It was him that
taught me certain things, things that I did not learn from my mother things that
I did not learn in school, he said it do not let others tell your history. Yes I
pray for unity now and that we stay unified no matter what happens..And for
those that don't support Rev Wright if there is a ounce of spirituality in your
body prayer for Rev Wright is best not pointing fingers and placing blame..God
is in Control no matter what...

Larry D Sr.:Rev Wright

Grace to You all,
Ok, I agree that the media turns this into, what we call in so many ways... "Black on Black Crime"... Check this out online in yahoo...

An angry Obama told reporters yesterday he was "outraged" by what he called a "performance" by Jeremiah Wright at the National Press Club in Washington on Monday and added that he was "saddened by the spectacle."

Wright used the forum to reiterate some of his charges against the U.S. government, including his suggestion that the government invented the AIDS virus to destroy "people of color."

Obama calls the comments "divisive and destructive" and says "they end up giving comfort to those who prey on hate."

Thirteen hours after his former pastor startled some with a defiant performance that was televised nationwide, Obama urged 18,000 supporters to stay calm and shrug off such "distractions."

By the next afternoon, however, his tone was dramatically different.

The Illinois senator summoned reporters Tuesday to say he was outraged by the Rev. Wright's "divisive and destructive" remarks, scrambling to contain the flare-up in a controversy that has dogged him since clips of some of Wright's most objectionable remarks began circulating on TV and the Internet.

Obama said he belatedly condemned Wright's remarks because he did not see a transcript or video of Monday's appearance until the next day.

Wow!!! Let's all continue to lift them both up in Prayer along with each other..

Love U all with the Lord of the Lord
Larry D Sr.

Let's get back to the real issues. Remember Hillary?

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Mia on Rev Wright and Barack Obama

Hey girl, ok I have to make my own comment now..I love Rev Wright as well as I
love Barack Obama and as a Trinity member I am not gonna be
forced to chose one over the other. Rev Wright has spoke historical facts not
one word was a lie. The problem with that is ppl were not ready and will never
be ready for
the truth and the truth can cut like a knife. They dogged Rev Wright for
speaking the truth made him out to be unpatriotic and filled with hate and
preaching hate.
I understand that he was hurt and alot of other things and he needed to speak
and get his side out he was given the platform 1,2,3 times and he spoke
intelligently laid
it all out as he saw it. I don't have a problem with anything that Rev Wright
has said nor was I shocked, this is Rev Wrights way and those of us that have
been going
to Trinity for years totally get this. What is bothering me now is that two
BLACK prominent men are becoming enemies and I don't like that. Trickery is
alive and well
and Rev Wright and Barack Obama together is something wonderful. I understand
that Barack may not agree with the things that Rev Wright says and he has that
right, I just feel that I rather not see these to great men oppose each other
this way in front of the media and especially for white ppl to twist and turn
this into some kind of side
show at the Circus. Rev Wright has gotten his say now and it has stirred things
and gotten ppl to thinking whites and blacks and that is some good stuff now.
What I am getting at is peace is in order now. Rev Wright is and Barack are not
running against each other for President, lets stay focused on the prize. Again
I am for them both and will not let anyone make me chose one over the other, I
chose them both...I will be praying that Rev Wright and Barack Obama humble
themselves now and continue to see what God's will is. This is how I feel..

Mia..

..........
Hey Mia!

My phone has been blowing up! Let me just say that, I’m very saddened and perplexed that somehow we have allowed the media--- to take us to a disturbing place.. I’ve spoken with Stephen, Tommie, Diane, and listened to conversations at the Club amongst members, and for the most everyones saying” why won’t he just shut up!” Well…. I expressed to Stephen my confusion, but after speaking with Tommie & Denise last night, they both said things that allowed me to find peace and hope in this situation. Stop listening to the rhetoric! This has to be done, let them work out their differences and don’t allow the media to get us all caught up in the hype. Let’s trust what God is doing , and allow Rev Wright and Senator Obama to figure this out and work through this. Each has to fight this battle in their way. I’m certain they will. I will continue to pray for this nation and especially (Rev Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama.) Guys, let’s just be still…and allow them both,to deal with this.

Cheech….


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I will continue to support Obama Senator. Wright doesn't need any support, he needs only to be silent...and go away.

Stephen

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Trinity Member...

The issue/problem is NOT Rev. Wright OR Obama. It is the press that continues to fuel this fire of fear!!! As long as the press can continue to play to the fears of ignorant people who think that because Rev. Wright admonishes the US for past and present misdeeds (Jena, La; The recent verdict in NY; Gerarldo Wilson in ATL; the grandmother in ATL who was shot repeatedly in her home - I could go on but you get the point) that he is either a race hater or unpatriotic. IDIOTS!!!!! Rev. Wright has ALWAYS preached INCLUSION of everyone!!! That is one reason why other clergy do not support him. They want him to denounce gays, non-minorities, non-christians, pregnant teenagers, abortionist and the like. He will NOT do it because he believes that Christ loves us all and that Christ dealt with "the least of us". There is NOTHING that he has preached that is a lie!!!! Not slavery, internment, forgien country occup ation, starting and illegal war, murder by the government, ignoring the needs of the poor and disenfranchised (Katrina, $4.00gal gas, un and undereducated children, homelessness). OK
Also, with death threats on his family, church and friends; bomb threats on the church; misrepresentation of his personal and professional life; and just out and out lies, it is time for him to not only defend himself and his family but his life long spiritual beliefs. All of which have NOTHING to do with Barrack Obama except for what the PRESS continues to try to connect -FEAR!!!! NO Rev. Wright should NOT 'go somewhere and sit down"!!!! He is NOT an egomaniac, publicity seeker, OR a Shrinking Violet. He will continue to preach what he has always preach - no matter who is in the White House!!!!! And I will continue to attend and worship at Trinity United Church of Christ!!
Whites attend church as a matter of ritual, Blacks attend church as a matter of need, healing, and preparation for the HELL they will catch in the coming week. How many times have I told you that "I work Monday thru Saturday, church on Sunday so that I can 'pray up' to get back to plantation UAL on Monday"
And so it is.......AMEN


Sharon Marie

Tommie, you may be on to something....

It doesn't matter what Rev Wright says his sound bites are going to be used to bring down Obama, so he might as well be heard. Here is some food for thought, Rev Wright and Obama are both smart and intelligent men. I would not be a bit surprised if they are rope a doping the media. Think about it.

Tommie L. Williams, Comptroller







Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, here campaigning Tuesday in Winston-Salem N.C., said he was outraged and appalled by the recent provocative comments
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (April 29) - Democrat Barack Obama said Tuesday he was outraged and appalled by the latest comments from his former pastor, who asserted that criticism of his fiery sermons is an attack on the black church and the U.S. government was responsible for the creation of the AIDS virus.
By MIKE GLOVER,AP
Posted: 2008-04-29 15:53:34
Filed Under: Elections News

Millicent... comments on some dude...

Look at what a fool wrote and he is black..He is mixed with white and black..I
just have one question how in the hell can a black person be to
afrocentric..thats like the most ignorant statement that Obama is not black
enough..Black ppl the words of Spike Lee wake up!!!!!

As an Obama supporter, I don't like Reverend Wright. I believe that he's the
biggest liability to Obama. I agreed with a lot of things that he said to the
point that I even did research,look up stuff on the internet to confirm and make
a point that race relations isn't all that great in USA. I do not believe in the
AIDS conspiracy stuff. I
also feel that he's hurt Obama badly among the white blue collar working
class,and this showing in Pennsylvania. Even Hillary is gaining in Indiana in
the polls. Also Hillary is now seen as being able to beat McCain more than him.
So the Rev Wright fiasco has really hurt his chances.
I didn't like what Rev Wright was talking to the NAACP. He was pointing out the
differences between the learning styles of blacks and whites. He says that
blacks are rightbrained and whites are leftbrained. Of course, that's
ridiculous. I don't believe in that. I feel that he's promoting differences
between ethnic groups and even reinforcing stereotypes. Those are things that I
just can't stand.
Many whites are rightbrained and many blacks are leftbrained. Then there are the
mixed types to consider....where do they fit in. Of course,neurodivergents like
me are rightbrained people...especially autistics are at the end of the
rightbrained spectrum...reading Autistic Dr. Temple Grandin's THINKING IN
PICTURES. Of course as a neurodivergent,neurodiversity advocate/activist,I have
to protest against his claiming that ethnic groups have different
thinking/learning styles from each other. The only thing that I agree with is
that different is not necessarily deficient. As we neurodivergents have
significant strengths that help us compensate for our weaknesses.
but yeah...I am really starting to dislike Rev Wright because he's divisive and
too Afrocentric in my opinion. I am a person believes in interethnic relations
as well as the multiethnic,multicultural experience that involves tolerance. I
believe that having a pastor like Wright is not showing that one is for unity.
I am definitely not the only person who believes that. Rev Wright is sinking
Barack's campaign. I feel that he's better off dropping out of the race and let
Hillary take the nomination. I feel that would be an honorable and selfless
thing to do and that would fit well with the Neptune in 12th square Sun if 1:06
pm birthtime is right. Of course,his Sun conjunct North Neptune Node would fit
that too.
Maybe Hillary will pick him as her vice president. I am not sure about that
because there seems to be some animosity between the two.
Barack's controversial baggage could end up being a liability for Hillary who
has her own baggage.
Not only that...polls show that McCain is trusted more than Hillary and Barack
when it comes to the key issues. I also believe that his age won't be a
liability because he can pick a vice president who is considerably younger than
him. It seems possible that Mitt Romney could end up being his running mate.
That's just my opinion.

Rowekmr: On Rev. Wright...

He can't, he has to have some of the lime light himself albeit negative. He is on a grand stand and is willing to risk Obama's presidency bit if need be. Sometime our pride is our worst enemy. If he just sat down and shut up until the elections are over maybe Obama can still pull it off. Knowing the truth and telling others who can use it against you are two different things. I agree with what he said but he needs humble himself and restrain his mouth.

Rice called racism a 'birth defect' of America,

In a discussion with the editorial board of the Washington Times on Thursday,Rice called racism a 'birth defect' of America, and said that black Americans have loved the nation even when it didn't love us.

The Times reported:

'Black Americans were a founding population,' she said. 'Africans and Europeans came here and founded this country together - Europeans by choice and Africans in chains. That's not a very pretty reality of our founding.'

'As a result, Miss Rice told editors and reporters at The Washington Times, 'descendants of slaves did not get much of a head start, and I think you continue to see some of the effects of that.'

'That particular birth defect makes it hard for us to confront it, hard for us to talk about it, and hard for us to realize that it has continuing relevance for who we are today,' she said.

Rice later said: 'America doesn't have an easy time dealing with race,' Miss Rice said, adding that members of her family have 'endured terrible humiliations.'

'What I would like understood as a black American is that black Americans loved and had faith in this country even when this country didn't love and have faith in them - and that's our legacy,' she said.

Wow, was all I could say to that.

What was even more stunning was the relative lack of coverage on this issue. I was told CNN's 'The Situation Room' did a piece on her comments Friday. But when I surfed the Net to see follow-up stories in other papers, it has pretty much been ignored, except for some briefs.

Why would the mainstream media be so dismissive of Rice's comments? Imagine if Rev. Al Sharpton or Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. said such a thing. Do you think they would have gotten ripped?

The fact of the matter is that Rice was right on the money with her comments, and should be commended. She spoke honestly and openly about the issue, and deserves credit for speaking the truth.

I just wish my colleagues in the media would do a better job at advancing the issue of race in America and our sordid history.

We went bonkers about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, but when Rice, the nation's chief diplomat, spoke truthfully, it barely made a ripple.

Roland S. Martin, CNN Contributor
www.rolandsmartin.com

London :Wright

Hi there!

I've been following the story, however not that frequently. My take however is that he voiced during his sermons what many Americans even today, are fearful of voicing out loud. I'm solidly behind him!


DO YOU KNOW THAT I HAD NO IDEA WHAT REV. WRIGHT WAS SAYING. SO SORRY ABOUT MY RESPONSE. I THOUGHT HE SIMPLE REFERENCED THE RACISM ISSUES IN AMERICA.

I DON'T THINK I LIKE HIM VERY MUCH.!!!! LONDON

TLW: On Rev. Wright

It doesn't matter what Rev Wright says his sound bites are going to be used to bring down Obama, so he might as well be heard. Here is some food for thought, Rev Wright and Obama are both smart and intelligent men. I would not be a bit surprised if they are rope a doping the media. Think about it.

Tommie L. Williams, Comptroller

Roland Martin: On Jeremiah Wright

How Wright won - and lost - in 72 hours
"Why don't Rev. Jeremiah Wright just sit down and be quiet? Don't he know he's hurting Se,. Barack Obama?"

If I had a nickle for every time someone has asked, emailed or texted me that in the last three days, I could retire.

And trust me, I get it.

Wright has had a negative impact on Obama's presidential aspirations because of the constant playing of snippets of his sermons. And many believe that his interview with Bill Moyers on PBS; his speech at the Detroit NAACP; and the appearance at the National Press Club on Monday morning is all about him.

Yes, that is all true.

But what would you do? If your 36 years in ministry was degraded, would you go and hide?

If right wing radio and TV hacks like Sean Hannity, Lars Larson and others called you a bigot and anti-Semitic, and others who don't even realize that you served in the Marines and the Navy for six years castigated you daily as being un-American, would you defend yourself?

Of course you would!

But there is a fine line that you must walk. And depending on how you do could determine how you are viewed and whether the presidential aspirations of Obama are severely damaged.

HOW HE WON

The interview with Moyers, along with the Detroit NAACP speech, were perfect opportunities for Wright.

He came across as thoughtful, smart, theologically sound, and more importantly - human - than he has in the last month. He has been unfairly portrayed as a raging lunatic, courtesy of the YouTube clips, and that's not him.

It's so much easier in a one-one-one setting to have your views heard.

Even his speech on Sunday was pretty good.

At moments funny and hilarious, Wright shone a light on our differences, and how we need to overcome them.

There is nothing wrong with having different music and worship styles. Its when we try to impose one as being superior or favored over the other. That was an excellent point he made.

I got a lot of emails from folks who said they saw him differently based on this, and that's always a good thing.

Even this morning's papers spoke to his message of change. He got great reviews from a variety of sources.

HOW HE LOST

I never thought appearing before the National Press Club was a good idea. I even told my radio audience a week ago that he should cancel.

One, it's not his element, and with there being questions, you never know which direction they are coming from.

Wright's opening statement was a good one, but it went all downhill from there.

The issue wasn't always just his answers. It was also HOW he answered them. He was too flippant, comfortable, cocky and arrogant in some of his answers. Where he should have expounded, he allowed a quip to simply end a statement. Where he should have been thoughtful, his histrionics and facial expressions led the way.

I'm sure someone will say that style over substance is silly. I concur. But Wright's style was a part of the substance, and he let it get in the way.

The one danger in being a smart ass person is that you come across as a smart ass. Wright was that way today.

Finally, he stepped on his own story! The headlines showed that his Sunday speech was well-received. Why let that moment not settle and folks get to savor it?

Now we're left with a different taste in our mouth.

Folks, perceptions matter. How people think of you, regardless of what you say, does matter.

Wright had a moment to rise above the "playing the dozens" statements and the "when they talk about your mama" rants. He could have presented himself as the learned man that he is. But he allowed the silly stuff to cloud his message.

Either his media handlers were incompetent, or he ignored them. That, folks, is a recipe for disaster.

As for Obama? Wright even more dismissed him as a politician today, and that's not good. He did his member no favor with his actions today, and Obama is going to have to bear down even more so to move beyond Wright.

If you disagree, fine. But Wright had an opportunity to elevate the conversation. His speech Sunday was damn good. But 12 hours later, that's now dismissed, and he walked into the lion's den, thought he could tame it, and got mauled.

And he has no one else to blame but himself.

Roland S. Martin www.rolandsmartin.com CNN Contributor

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April 27, 2008
More than 8,000 at Detroit NAACP banquet
DETROIT - The Detroit NAACP has already set a world record for having the largest sit-down annual dinner in the world - I believe it was 10,000 - and this year is no different.

According to the Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the chapter, more than 8,000 people have bought tickets this year, and suffice to say that the room is packed.

To put it in perspective there are six head tables assigned by color - yellow, black and white, green, red and the blue, which is considered the main table.

The stars are also out in full force, including: Hill Harper; Anthony Anderson; Vivica A. Fox; Morris Chestnut; Judge Greg Mathis; Michigan Gov. Jenniger Granholm; Michigan U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin; Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick; former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer; and CNN's Soledad O'Brien.

I'm typing on my blackberry, but the photo will show you the expansive room.

The room is hot because the guest speaker is the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. It has been a busy day for him; earlier he preached two worship services at Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dalla, Texas, pastored

THE MO'KELLY REPORT: Mo'Kelly FULLY Supports Rev. Jeremiah Wright

(April 29, 2008)
*For all individuals misled about the true nature of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, this editorial is for you. Enjoy. Be sure to follow ALL of the links before formulating any ill-conceived response in an effort to discredit Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Jeremiah Wright - "The government lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color."
As long as The Tuskegee Experiment is a factual portion of American history...Jeremiah Wright is reasonable in his expression of such an opinion. The study, monitoring the effects of untreated syphilis continued for 40 years, between 1932 and 1972...well within most of our lifetimes. Jeremiah Wright and others have FIRSTHAND memories of this atrocity. So yes, this country has a documented and FACTUAL history of medical/biological warfare against African-Americans.

Jeremiah Wright - "We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye. "We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost."

It has been long held that the United States did not NEED to specifically bomb CIVILIAN targets in order to ensure the eventual surrender of Japan. The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were payback for Pearl Harbor (a military installation). You can best believe than an A-Bomb on a Japanese military installation would surely have also done the trick. The civilian threat would have been implied and did not need to be acted upon. The fact is that the targeting of civilians is not a "weapon" first implemented by terrorists...or at least not Islamic ones. HERE, you can find a quick and concise history lesson.

Or, one can refer to our involvement in the Iraq-Iran war, in the hopes of "payback" against Iran and Syria. Iran was only slightly "pissed" at the U.S. for trying to intervene during its revolution of the late 1970s. To which, the Iran hostage crisis was born. (Donald Rumsfeld pictured left shaking hands with Saddam Hussein, Dec. 1983).

Our "involvement" in interests counter to Iranian sovereignty date back even to 1953 when the CIA and British intelligence agencies helped fund/stage a coup of a DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED Iranian Prime Minister. In other words, the U.S. has been "meddling" in Iranian affairs for more than 50 years. So yes, Iran probably doesn't think too highly of our present involvement in Iraq/Middle East and it should be noted that we've played a significant and documented historical role as to why. It's factually inaccurate to allege that the U.S. has always been in the business of "exporting" democracy.

Or...

Let's not forget the CIA's involvement in the ill-fated Bay of Pigs invasion to overthrow Fidel Castro in Cuba in 1961. Originally the CIA denied any involvement, but thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, the CIA now acknowledges its role...and it is even POSTED on the CIA WEBSITE (CLICK HERE).

These are facts, not subjective assertions.

But back to Saddam Hussein and Iraq...

In our country's continued efforts to undermine the sovereignty of Iran, we offered the following "assistance" to Saddam Hussein; the same Saddam Hussein who President George W. Bush characterized as..." a homicidal dictator who is addicted to weapons of mass destruction."

Here is some food-poisoning for thought:

The US Department of Commerce licensed 70 biological exports to Iraq between May of 1985 and 1989, including at least 21 batches of lethal strains of anthrax.

April, 1988 - US Department of Commerce approved shipment of chemicals used in manufacture of mustard gas.

September, 1988 - US Department of Commerce approved shipment of weapons grade anthrax and botulinum.

September, 1988 - Richard Murphy, Assistant Secretary of State: "The US-Iraqi relationship is important to our long-term political and economic objectives."

None of the above information is subject to debate. It is documented and verified history. Documented and verified RECENT history in terms of the grand discussion of our involvement in the Middle East.

August 2, 1990 - Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. Evidently, in between the time of September 1988 and August 1990, Hussein "metamorphosed" into a homicidal dictator and became "addicted to weapons of mass destruction." If Saddam Hussein was the metaphorical "crack fiend," then how should one look upon the "drug dealer" who got him "hooked?"

It's a fair and reasonable question. That's more than just "one or two" chickens out there which might eventually make it back home to roost.

As the joke goes...Saddam Hussein had WMDs and the U.S. has Saddam's charge card receipts to prove it. Yes, Iran doesn't like America...imagine that.

Or maybe we should discuss how America is solely responsible for the creation of Osama Bin Laden and his rise to "credibility" among Islamic extremists? Maybe Mo'Kelly should spend sometime also talking about the U.S.' role in attempting to undermine the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan (which is not unlike Iran's role in attempting to undermine the U.S. invasion of Iraq). To deny these chickens is to deny documented history.

Jeremiah Wright - "Barack knows what it means to be a Black man to be living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich White people. Hillary can never know that. Hillary ain't never been called a Nigger."

Barack Obama was born in 1961. To put that in its proper historical perspective:

- The Civil Rights Act wasn't signed until 1964.

- The Voting Rights Act wasn't signed until 1965, the same Voting Rights Act that many Republican members of Congress refused to re-authorize in 2006 (That's two years ago y'all.)

This is not "ancient history," this is within the lifetime of Barack Obama and most definitely within the lifetime of Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

As for Jeremiah Wright being cast as "un-American," read what the "Un-American" Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King had to say about the war in Vietnam.

"For those who ask the question, "Aren't you a civil rights leader?" and thereby mean to exclude me from the movement for peace, I have this further answer. In 1957 when a group of us formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, we chose as our mott "To save the soul of America."

"Now, it should be incandescently clear that no one who has any concern for the integrity and life of America today can ignore the present war. If America's soul becomes totally poisoned, part of the autopsy must read: VIETNAM: It can never be saved so long as it destroys the deepest hopes of men the world over. So it is that those of us who are yet determined that America will be are led down the path of protest and dissent, working for the health of our land."


"They must see Americans as strange liberators. The Vietnamese people proclaimed their own independence *in 1954* -- in 1945 *rather* -- after a combined French and Japanese occupation and before the communist revolution in China. They were led by Ho Chi Minh. Even though they quoted the American Declaration of Independence in their own document of freedom, we refused to recognize them. Instead, we decided to support France in its reconquest of her former colony. Our government felt then that the Vietnamese people were not ready for independence, and we again fell victim to the deadly Western arrogance that has poisoned the international atmosphere for so long. With that tragic decision we rejected a revolutionary government seeking self-determination and a government that had been established not by China -- for whom the Vietnamese have no great love -- but by clearly indigenous forces that included some communists. For the peasants this new government meant real land reform, one of the most important needs in their lives."

- "The Un-American" Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1967)

The Mo'Kelly Report fully and unapologetically supports Rev. Jeremiah Wright, a former Marine and present American patriot; borne out of the SAME Christian tradition as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

And for those out there still promulgating this madness to discredit him, feel free to steer them Mo'Kelly's way. Do not let those OUTSIDE of our tradition and history define for us those INSIDE of it. For centuries, Africans/African-Americans were not allowed to congregate other than in "the congregation," and now these same "outsiders" want to define Black Liberation Theology?

Not happening.

The "next" time Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Rupert Murdoch spend quality time inside a Black church rich in all of our historical and cultural traditions will be the FIRST time. The revisionist writing of the history of Dr. King and the dismissing of the integral role of the Black Christian tradition in cleansing the soul of America must cease.

The Mo'Kelly Report FULLY and UNAPOLOGETICALLY supports Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Joe

Steve
Unfortunately we are complicit in the dark forces that overrun our communities. Decades of abuse by the police (back when they were all white) has swung the pendulum the other way. Now the good or decent cops are crucified and the criminals are empowered. Go to any big city and the worst part of it will probably be the black area. We make excuses, harbor, and in some cases encourage predator like criminal behavior but when an outsider says things are right (Cosby), when a teacher disciplines a wayward child, when a police officer arrests a thug, the whole community gets in an uproar. But Steve as you say when someone rapes, kill and burns a body, kills a child and the parents he is related to (cousin), or kills 5 people in a household as long as it is not the police it is ok because we don't hoop hollar, protest, march into the police station, have a disruptive stand in at the police hq or all the other tactics that occur when some people want to see themselves on tv.

Hey guys... Sorry for responding to you so late. Here is my concern, there were 50 shots fired by the 3 detectives, and 30 shots were by one detective. Yes I would consider that excessive force. No weapon was found on Sean and just 3 years ago, the young man from NY reaching for his wallet was also gunned down. How soon we forget.... I think the question is what message are we sending to the Police officers and also to our Community. We dont' matter? Two of the officers were black and my question to them would be: Is that badge more important than your race? If Sean was white ,would that had been handled differently? Cheech

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Cop Responds.......

Hey sweetie, didn't I tell you that nothing was going to happen to them.

Joe...

Why do you think it is excessive? If a person drives a vehicle towards an officer what do you expect the officer to do? Have you ever sped towards an officer who asked you to stop? Is that behavior reasonable or acceptable? I also am an officer and when I get stopped and I disagree with the stop I don't act up or disrespect. I stop and let them do what they have to knowing I can respond to it in a more appropriate forum (OPS, EEOC, etc.,) Not only is that the wrong response as a citizen I wouldn't want to jeopardize my safety by doing so.

Joe

Stephen B on Sean Bell..

Patrice,

Wow. It seems that you have invented a new term. EXCESSIVE LETHAL FORCE! HA-HA! How can lethal force ever be excessive? It's either lethal, or it isn't. I can see if maybe after a criminal was shot to death, then the Officer cuts the guys head off, or sets the body on fire. Then you would have excessive lethal force. What if 3 shots don't bring the threat down? What if I have to shoot a criminal 16 times before the threat is gone?
What you have to ask yourself is why did the shooting take place? What actions did Bell and friends take that led to the shooting? What was said? What was seen? I personally believe that there was a gun on scene, and it was removed by someone. It happens all of the time! In my opinion, guns at crime scenes being removed by people happen more than Police planting guns on people. The first thing the other bad guys and their friends or citizens will try to do is remove the evidence needed to prove that Police were justified in a shooting. That opens up the other bad guys and family members to sue. They want to get paid!! We hear it all the time.
Why were Bell and friends trying to run Officers over with the car? They struck an Officer with the car before the shooting! 50 shots does not mean 50 hits. Some Officers shoot better than others. In a situation like that you're shooting at a moving target. All of your shots will not find their mark. Also, adrenaline will keep a person alive after being shot, my ex-partner once shot a guy 5 times, and the guy then scaled a 12 foot razor wire fence and got away!
Too many Black folks want to crucify the Police all of the time. We just had 5 Black people tortured and then murdered in Chatham by Black men. Months back, we had 5 women executed by a Black man at a lane Bryant store in Tinley park. We are killing each other at an astounding rate. Where is Sharpton? Where is Jesse? The Police are human and make mistakes. There are also Cops that aren't good Cops.
But tell me Patrice, who is shooting down the Black men and women in our communities? Who?

Stephen

Friday, April 25, 2008

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.'s scholarship application

Please let me know if you need the application. Cheech...

Hello Everyone,

Attached is Lambda Chapter of, ( Delta Sigma Theta Sorority) Inc.'s scholarship application which is due on May 5th. If you know a deserving high school senior please encourage them to apply. The Scholarship Ball which is open to the public will be held on May 10th at D'STEE House 4525 S. King Drive at 5:00pm. Dinner will be served. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Proceeds from this event will go to replenish the scholarship fund for next year. Please contact any Lambda chapter member for tickets.Hope to seee you there. We need your support!


 OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT
 SIGNED LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
 RESPONSIVE ESSAY
 EXPLANATION OF FINANCIAL NEED
 AGREEMENT STATEMENT
 CONTACT INFORMATION SHEET
 HEADSHOT PHOTOGRAPH


ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY May 5, 2008

Mailing Address: Lambda Chapter High School Scholarship
C/o Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Etholia Neeley
238 S. Walnut St
Glenwood IL, 60425

IF YOU HAVE ANY SCHOLARSHIP RELATED QUESTIONS PLEASE CALL 708-983-3637 or 773-428-1072 BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 6PM AND 10PM M-F OR 1PM-9PM SAT. AND SUN.

Joe on Sean Bell's Verdict

What do you think of the verdict? From what I have read (only news) there
appears that the only crime is committed by the victim in fleeing and striking
another vehicle with his.. Whether it was 1 shot or 50, lethal force is lethal.
There isn't "more than lethal force". There isn't excessive lethal force it is
either justified or not justified.
Joe


Joe

I think it was excessive lethal force, and also,the verdict was unfair. I would love to hear from my buddies Stephen B, Que and Mia (criminal justice experts). Of course, in my mind there is no justification.......

Cheech..

Larry Donald Sr. on Sean Bell

Ok, so it goes back to the videotape Holliday shot showed several white Los Angeles police officers using their batons to beat King, who had led them on a car chase after they tried to stop him for speeding, was broadcast around the world.
Video shows L.A. police beating that resulted in charges against 4 officers, but a Los Angeles jury seemed to ignore the video evidence. And when the four policemen charged with the beating were acquitted, it set off the worst riot in U.S. history. Wow!! Let's all continue to lift each other and the Bell Family in Prayer. God is Love and I Love U all with the same LOVE..

Larry Donald Sr

Not Guilty Verdicts in the Sean Bell Trial


Guys:

Do you recall this hot topic? The Verdict is in!!! The officer's were found (NOT GUILTY) Let me know how you feel...
Cheech....



QUEENS (WABC) -- The prosecution and defense wrapped up their cases with closing arguments Monday in the trial of three officers charged in the Sean Bell shooting. Now, the judge will decide the officers' fates.
Defense attorneys said the three detectives charged in the 50-shot killing of an unarmed groom-to-be were framed by lying street thugs, including two surviving victims seeking millions of dollars from the city.
Prosecutors in the Sean Bell slaying built their case on the unreliable testimony of Bell's friends - "a parade of convicted felons, crack dealers and men who were not strangers to weapons," said James Culleton, lawyer for one of the shooters.
Bell, 23, was killed outside a Queens topless bar, the Kalua

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Jeremiah Wright will be interviewed by Bill Moyers on the PBS Series,

Jeremiah Wright will be interviewed by Bill Moyers on the PBS Series,
Bill
Moyers' Journal, this Friday, April 25, 2008. The program is carried in
Chicago
on WTTW Channel 11 on Friday nights at 9:30 pm. The interview will
likely be
broadcast on Channel 11 this Friday.

Russ Barefield
Chicago Metropolitan Assn
United Church of Christ
332 S Michigan Ave #510
Chicago, IL 60604
Tel: 312-939-5918
Fax: 312-939-1116
russ@cmaucc.org

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

ACAP SUMMER RESIDENCY PROGRAM

THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK ACCOUNTANTS, INC. IS LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM. ACAP SUMMER RESIDENCY PROGRAM

WHAT IS ACAP?
ACAP stands for Accounting Careers Awareness Program. The primary objective of ACAP-Chicago is to increase the number of minority students pursuing careers in accounting and related business areas, by heightening the awareness of accounting, finance and business career opportunities among Chicago high school minority youth. Since a particularly small number of African Americans, Hispanics and Native American are currently pursuing those career paths, this program emphasizes recruiting students from these and other minority backgrounds.

SUMMER RESIDENCY PROGRAM

During the summer, a select group of students will have the opportunity to attend the ACAP Residency Program. These students will have an opportunity to explore careers in accounting, finance and business. This program will introduce high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to accounting, finance, economics and management through a carefully tailored curriculum. Participants will also attend sessions regarding the college application process, financial aid and scholarship opportunities, and interviewing skills.

Chicago community business leaders will be available to share their experiences, provide tips for success and discuss educational opportunities. Participating students will witness accounting and finance first hand through tours of CPA firms and Chicago businesses.


ACAP will be held July 13 - 17, 2008 on the DePaul University – Lincoln Park Campus and is a fully supervised, all expense paid program for those students selected to participate. Students receive materials, room and board, transportation to the tours, and mentoring.

For more information on the program, how to apply and becoming a sponsor of a student, please see the attached information.


Tommie L. Williams, Comptroller
Community Mental Health Council, Inc.
8704 S. Constance
Chicago, IL 60617
773-734-4033 ext 209
773-457-2078

Monday, April 21, 2008

Why so many men travel to Brazil

I know exactly what you want (Sex, a Hot Meal, and someone that you can really talk to). I'm kidding. (Cheech) No I'm not!!!!!!


I have traveled to Brazil a few times and can relate to what the author was saying as it relates to why black men travel to Brazil. I love all the personal experience from many different men on the reasons why they go to Brazil.

I can remember my very first time I decided to make the journey I heard so many others talk about. I mean I travel alot and attend many parties, clubs and cities all over the USA, Canada and the Caribbean.

The one place that always kept coming up in conversations was Brazil. Go to Brazil I heard a hundred times. One year, I decided to see what the fuss was about. I arrived on a Thursday afternoon and let me tell you that I expected there to be beautiful women as there are plenty of beautiful women in the USA.....

....what I did NOT expect is just HOW MANY beautiful women come out to the beach, clubs and other hot spots giving you all this attention. The first time I went to the club that night, there must have been 37 J.Lo's, 41 Halle Berrys, 22 Buffy The Bodys, 27 Gabrielle Union and many many many from the deepest chocolate skin to the lightest skin hues. Whatever your flavor, they were there....

The funny part was I met a guy who had been coming to Brazil 20 years and complained to me that this was the least attractive girl night...just wait until Saturday.

Now I understood what the fuss was about

Now getting back to the book....

I originally heard about the author in Essence magazine. The magazine article gave a small glimpse of what happens in Brazil for many black men who come for the first time so when I heard he was doing a book

I thought the book was very well researched and gave a good balance on the many different reasons why men travel to this destination. Alot of people think that sex is a driving force. Now make no mistake it is important but not really the most important because most men can get sex in the US. It has to do with much more then that.

For example: Most women from the time they become teenagers to present are so used to getting attention and chased by all types of men on a daily basis that they almost become immune and it becomes expected. They expect men to pay for everything. They expect gifts. They expect men to compete for their affection and there is nothing wrong with that.

However

Most black men do not get that type of yearly let alone daily attention that women receive...so after 30 years and finally becoming that successful businessman, lawyer, doctor, teachers or any successful occupation and being able to want to relax and meet attractive nice women ....they are looking for a place where they can get attention too.



They land in a place where thousands of extremely beautiful women chase you down the street, beach and restaurants ( whether fantasy or not) saying things and DOING things .... that you never thought would happen in your lifetime which in turn becomes a life changing event for many men who travel for the first time. In one solid week, everything you have always wanted in a women or relationship becomes a reality.

I think the author touched on so many feelings on why so many men travel to Brazil that it deserves a rock solid A+ for covering so many area. Now the only thing I would disagree with ( if at all ) is the scare tactic that the book presents.

Although there are alot of many who go to Brazil, its a myth to think that black women are in danger of this phenomenon and that most professional black men are going to Brazil and leaving women in the US behind.

Sure, I think there are many men who travel to Brazil but NOWHERE near any sizable numbers of men compared to how many black men are in the US. 99% of men will NEVER go to Brazil because of cost, travel distance and the amount of effort it takes to fly to Brazil.. We are talking about a select few individuals in country of millions who have found about what I like to call the "Black Fantasy Island"

In the meantime without being judgmental, if you can read this book and not easily offended( I'm talking about female readers) then you will enjoy the multiple dynamics of what men truly desire in relationships.

Money Smart Week..

Hundreds of free educational classes, seminars and activities are scheduled to take place around the city and suburbs during Chicago's Money Smart Week, April 20-26. The online calendar will guide you to these events, which focus on financial topics for people of all walks of life.

Shortcut to: http://www.chicagofed.org/consumer_information/msw_chicago.cfm

Friday, April 18, 2008

Leatha on -- Mr. Smiley

Hi Pat:

I also have had issues with Mr. Smiley which started with the State of the Black Union that has been ongoing annually for nine (9) years without any results outside of conversation for a lot of "dignitaries/think tanks" of the Black community and, in my opinion, two fruitless publications. I hope I am not being redundant, but did you know that the first publication was rejected by each and every WHITE publisher? Roland S. Martin made this revelation on his WVON morning show. Only then did Tavis seek a Black publisher which was the Third World Press? I guess perhaps he has done a lot for the Black community, but not as much as he has for himself. By now, after almost a decade of being on C-SPAN don't you think someone in our community should at least begin to manufacture underwear, gym shoes or something that Black people purchases from others? Allow me to cite an example by tracking the thought process of the Black community. After the Koreans now own eighty percent (80%) of hair products used solely by African Americans, we now frantically attempt to capture the remaining 20% of the market while attempting to retrieve at least some of what has been under the control of the Koreans for more than twenty 20) years. Since that market is so deeply entrenched as a lucrative enterprise with those who do not represent us in any way, don't you think that this endeavor will be an almost insurmountable task?

Back to Mr.Tavis Smiley, I think he is a tad top-heavy because all that ego is crowding his mental faculties which happens to a lot of Black people because of that old "crabs in a barrel" mentality. So I guess is it just as well that he will no longer be the featured commentator on the Tom Joyner show. I knew Tavis had lost it when he so adamantly slammed Senator Obama as he rejected having Michelle Obama on his show because her husband justifiably couldn't make it because of campaign obligations. By the way, and I am sure most already know this, the only reason Hillary agreed to show up, and did, was because she thought there was a chance to recapture the Black vote. Anyway, I was a bit miffed with the man then, but I wish him good luck and hope his past experiences will make him wiser.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

This man is Rev. Jeremiah Wright

In 1961, a young African-American man, after hearing President John F.
Kennedy's challenge to, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you
can do for your country," gave up his student deferment, left college in
Virginia and voluntarily joined the Ma rines.
In 1963, this man, having completed his two years of service in the Marines,
volunteered again to become a Navy corpsman. (They provide medical assistance to
the Marines as well as to Navy personnel.)
The man did so well in corpsman school that he was the valedictorian and
became a cardiopulmonary technician. Not surprisingly, he was assigned to the
Navy's premier medical facility, Bethesda Naval Hospital, as a member of the
commander in chief's medical team, and helped care for President Lyndon B.
Johnson after his 1966 surgery.
For his service on the team, which he left in 1967, the White House awarded
him three letters of commendation.
What is even more remarkable is that this man entered the Marines and Navy not
many years after the two branches began to become integrated.
While this young man was serving six years on active duty, Vice President Dick
Cheney, who was born the same year as the Marine/ sailor, received five
deferments, four for being an undergraduate and graduate student and one for
being a prospective father.
Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, both five years younger than the
African-American youth, used their student deferments to stay in college until
1968. Both then avoided going on active duty through family connections.
Who is the real patriot? The young man who interrupted his studies to serve
his country for six years or our three political leaders who beat the system?
Are the patriots the people who actually sacrifice something or those who merely
talk about their love of the country?
After leaving the service of his country, the young African-American finished
his final year of college, entered the seminary, was ordained as a minister, and
eventually became pastor of a large church in one of America's biggest cities.
This man is Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the now retired senior pastor of Trinity United Church
of Christ.

"Illinois’ new organ/tissue donor registry.":

Thanks so much for calling attention to this crucial issue Patrice. Illinois residents can quickly register at www.DonateLifeIllinois.org and join our online community of supporters and advocates. Thanks again!

-Scott

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Integrity Without Looking Back

Have courage in the face of adversity to travel the path of integrity without looking back, for there is never a wrong time to do the right thing.

Illinois’ new organ/tissue donor registry.

If you registered to be an Illinois organ donor before Jan. 1, 2006, or have never registered before…

IMPORTANT: Signing the back of your driver’s license is no longer adequate to ensure your wishes as a donor are honored--what counts is your registration in Illinois’ new organ/tissue donor registry.

More than 4,700 Illinoisans and 98,000 people nationwide are waiting for lifesaving transplants.

Federal Judge says enough with the stupid names

Anonymous said...
Yes. It is fake. It is satire.

April 15, 2008 8:58 PM



Thanks Anonymous.....


(Cheech)


Federal Judge says enough with the stupid names

After Judge Cabrera's historic ruling, little Clitoria Jackson will likely undergo a name change.
(DETROIT) In a decision that's expected to send shockwaves through the African-American communityand yet, give much relief to teachers everywherea federal judge ruled today that black women no longer have independent naming rights for their children. Too many black childrenand many adultsbear names that border on not even being words, he said.
"I am simply tired of these ridiculous names black women are giving their children," said U.S. Federal Judge Ryan Cabrera before rendering his decision. "Someone had to put a stop to it."
The rule applies to all black women, but Cabrera singled out impoverished mothers.
"They are the worst perpetrators, " he said. "They put in apostrophes where none are needed. They think a 'Q' is a must. There was a time when Shaniqua and Tawanda were names you dreaded. Now, if you're a black girl, you hope you get a name as sensible as one of those."
Few stepped forward to defend black womenand black women themselves seemed relieved.
"It's so hard to keep coming up with something unique," said Uneeqqi Jenkins, 22, an African-American mother of seven who survives on public assistance. Her children are named Daryl, Q'Antity, Uhlleejsha, Cray-Ig, Fellisittee, Tay'Sh'awn and Day'Shawndra.
Beginning in one week, at least three white people must agree with the name before a black mother can name her child.
"Hopefully we can see a lot more black children with sensible names like Jake and Connor," Cabrera said.
His ruling stemmed from a lawsuit brought by a 13-year-old girl whose mother created her name using Incan hieroglyphics.
"She said it would make me stand out," said the girl, whose name can't be reproduced by The Peoples News' technology. "But it's really just stupid."
The National Association of Elementary School Teachers celebrated Cabrera's decision.
"Oh my God, the first day of school you'd be standing there sweating, looking at the list of names wondering 'How do I pronounce Q'J'Q'Sha.'? " said Joyce Harmon, NAEST spokeswoman. "Is this even English?"
The practice of giving black children outlandish names began in the 1960s, when blacks were getting in touch with their African roots, said historian Corlione Vest. But even he admits it got out of hand.
"I have a niece who's six. I'm embarrassed to say I can't even pronounce her name," said Vest, a professor at Princeton University. "Whenever I want to talk to her, I just wait until she looks at me and then I wave her over."
Cabrera's ruling exempted black men because so few of them are actually involved in their children's lives.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Joseph Donald Sr.

Please remember Joseph Donald Sr. , Larry's Dad in your prayers.
Cheech....

Hey Patrice,
How are you? Ooooweeeee!!! I love your website. This is so cool to read weekly. And I must tell you, ..... You STILL look so fantastic!!! It's like you have not aged at all. Praise God for His Grace in your life. I Miss U Much. Oh, can you please ask the readers on you site to include my dad Joseph Donald Sr in their Prayers?? I really love You for that..

Larry...


Hey Sweetheart! When are you leaving Cali, and moving back to the Midwest?(chuckle)

Luv ya & Miss ya much...

Tavis.

This article hits home about
The State of the Black Union: When Money and Activism Don't Quite Mix



When reading Tavis Smiley-related blogger comments on YourBlackWorld, I actually started to feel sorry for Tavis. Not since Milly Vanilly have I seen a brother lose so many fans so fast. His attacks on Barack Obama were about as popular as Cheeseburger flavored Ice Cream, and the brother was going down hard. It’s one thing when your enemies hate your guts (i.e. the racist viewers on Fox News), but it’s another thing when your old friends are feeding your kidneys to the family dog.
I didn’t hate Tavis for being hard on Obama, since I happen to believe that healthy skepticism is….well….healthy. Obama-mania is a frightening reminder of the same support Clarence Thomas received during his Senate Confirmation in 1991, and we all know how that one turned out.
Rather than being concerned with the fact that Tavis was attacking Barack, I was more concerned about WHY Tavis might have been attacking Barack. As a Financial Expert, I am trained to always sniff out the money trail. If you ever want to know why a hooker hooks, why a politician lies or why a doctor rejects a patient…..the money trail is always a good place to start.
When I studied the money trail being left by Tavis Smiley’s Superman cape, I saw things that gave me cause for grave concern. One of which was the following:
Hillary Clinton is on the board of Walmart.
One of Tavis Smiley's biggest sponsors is Walmart.
Tavis Smiley just happens to be a lot nicer to Hillary Clinton than Barack Obama.
Oh yeah, Tavis gets a percentage of Bill Clinton’s book sales.
While I am not ready to accuse Tavis of any wrong-doing, I can’t help but wonder how Walmart might have reacted if Smiley had launched the same verbal ass whooping on Hillary Clinton that he did on Barack Obama. The idea that such an attack on Mrs. Clinton would have possibly jeopardized Smiley’s sponsorship is certainly not out of the question.
This led me to reflect further on the sponsorship of the State of the Black Union. The State of the Black Union had achieved almost sacred status in the black community. Smiley had the brilliant foresight to put together a political gathering in which African-Americans could map out our destiny, hear thoughts and ideas from excellent thinkers, and put together a set of policies and expectations not unlike those created during congressional gatherings on Capitol Hill.
If the goal of the State of the Black Union is to present itself as a political forum, one must spend time carefully considering the implications of corporate sponsors, if such sponsors are necessary, and who those sponsors should be. Imagine seeing an ad stating that “The State of the Union Address given by President Bush was brought to you by McDonalds, Al-Qaeda and Petroleos de Venezuela”. As ridiculous as it may sound, that is exactly what you have when all money is green and good, and there is no accountability regarding who is allowed to provide sponsorship, who collects the money and the form by which that sponsorship is provided. In light of the peculiar financing structure used to support the State of the Black Union, one wonders if the Obama shake up was actually a public shake down. Was he attacked for lack of accountability to the black community or for refusing to kiss the pinky ring of King Tavis?
Race matters in America. However, race matters are minimal compared to MONEY matters. America is more capitalist than it is democratic, it is more capitalist than it is religious and it is certainly more capitalist than it is racist. Wealth is, arguably, the single most important factor in the obtainment of influence in this country. Universities sell their souls by admitting (and not graduating) unprepared students to earn billions via NCAA sports. Doctors force patients to decide which life saving surgery they can afford to purchase. Many churches sold just a little slice of Jesus in order to expand the collection plate with faith based initiatives. Young kids are dying in Iraq to fill the bank accounts of dirty old executives. Many powerful black lawyers, doctors and professors are afraid to speak honestly about racism because it might jeopardize their job security.
Money can clearly liberate you in a capitalist society. The problem is that it can also enslave you. Few are better at raising dollars “for the cause” than Tavis Smiley, who has obtained a massive collection of corporate sponsors for his forums. It is the ability to obtain sponsors and major media outlets, and little more, that makes Smiley the broker of African-American perspectives to the broader community. I don’t doubt Smiley’s commitment to black people. But when the very institutions you are fighting are the ones financing the war, you eventually lose both the will to fight and the capability. You and your adversary have become the same, and you can’t hurt one without slaughtering the other.
One must look no further than many third world countries, where leaders are paid handsomely to allow companies to extract resources without compensating the people. When companies accused of abuses or discrimination are the first to line up to sponsor The State of the Black Union, the first question that must be asked is “why?” It is usually cheaper for a firm to market their good behavior than it is to actually engage in good behavior. A $50,000 donation with a $5 Million dollar marketing campaign goes a lot further than a $5 million dollar donation with $50,000 in marketing. Conversely, a firm like Wells Fargo, who has been accused of stealing the homes of poor people and those of color through predatory lending, may find that a donation to Tavis Smiley goes a lot further than the high cost of actually helping these people keep their homes in the first place.
This is not, again, to imply that Tavis Smiley, Tom Joyner or anyone else is doing anything illegal or unethical. It is to say that the noble ambitions of many freedom fighters in history have become tainted by choosing the wrong sponsors for their endeavors. What lies in your heart matters far less than what you actually do. The more you allow those with contradictory incentives to hold a stake in your behavior, the more your intentions and actions become misaligned. To the extent that forums such as That State of the Black Union are critical to the leadership infrastructure of the black community, then sponsorship accountability becomes an issue moralistic security.
In other words, a payment comes with a debt and some degree of control. There’s no such thing as a free lunch, even if it’s soul food.
posted by Boyce Watkins at 11:49 AM

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