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Well, yes. Of course there is… Duh.
When most Afro-Americans were being held as slaves by their white masters and kept chained either by iron or psychological control, there was no possible way they could be violent to whites, unless those whites got careless, making it the white person’s fault through negligence if they got killed by one of there financial properties.
So yes, of course there is… End of story.
Not quite, … Should we go back to enslaving a large group of humans based on the amount of melanin in their skin, just to go back to the quite comfort of white on white violence? How about white on Mexican violence? Here is one rivaling Stalin/Hitlers killing off the Jews… How …. about…. white…. on …. American Indian…. violence.. That was cool stuff apparently … Colin Flattery grew up idolizing that on black and white TV…..
You’d expect a book like this from someone who once thought F Troop was real.
One might as well come right out and say it.. The Tea Party movement is based on race… There is no other explanation.
Lets assume, just for fun, that black is white… and white is black….
Imagine that thousands of black protesters, bussed in from Wilmington, Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and DC, were to descend upon Dover’s Green, next to our General Assembly, armed with AK-47s, M-1′s, and handguns stocked with live ammunition. And imagine that the television cameras happen to conveniently catch some of these protesters — all wearing hoodies — ranting over the need for violent political revolution and armed conflict, should laws they despised, ever be enforced by the government? Would you see them as brave defenders of the Second Amendment, or would shit in your pants and want them all “lined up and shot”? Don’t answer! You know how you’d see them.
We all know this happened… but black was white… and Republicans cheered and licked the butts of those shouting slogans.
Imagine John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and Michelle Bachman, while walking to work, got surrounded by thousands of angry black people, one of whom proceeded to spit so much in Michelle Bachman’s hair, it caused her to look like she had just exited a Penn State frat party. It was done for no reason, except that she had not voted the way that black demonstrator with a Muslim beard and saggy pants, had desired.
Would you see this as merely patriotic Americans voicing their opinions, or would it be apparent to you, that it was an angry, potentially violent, and even a subversive mob of really dumb ass people?
Again, we all know that this happened… but black was white… and Republicans cheered and licked the butts of those shouting the slogans.
Imagine the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, a rap artist, were to say, in reference to a white president: “He’s a piece of shit and I told him to suck on my machine gun.”
This happened… but black was white… and Republicans cheered and licked the butts of those shouting the slogans…
Imagine that a pill popping black radio host with the face of an ass, were to suggest that the only way to get promoted in the administration of any white president was to “hate black people,” or that a prominent white General had only endorsed a white presidential candidate cause they were both the same color, or blamed a white president because a fight occurred one of our nation’s school buses in which a black kid was jumped by two white kids, or if this ass faced radio host had said that he wouldn’t want to kill all conservatives, but rather, would like to leave just enough—“living fossils” as he called them—“so we will never forget what these people stood for.” After all, we all know these are things Rush Limbaugh has said….. and when he did, Republicans cheered and licked the butts of those shouting the slogans…
Imagine that a black pastor, formerly a member of the U.S. military, were to declare, as part of his opposition to a white president’s policies, that he was ready to “suit up, get my gun, go to Washington, and do what they trained me to do.”
Meanwhile the Republicans cheer and line up to lick the butts of those shouting the slogans…
Imagine a black radio talk show host gleefully predicting a revolution by people of color if the government continues to be dominated by the rich white men who have been “destroying” the country, or if said radio personality were to call Christians or Jews non-humans, or say that when it came to conservatives, the best solution would be to “hang ‘em high.”
And Republicans stand up to cheer and line up to lick the butts of those shouting the slogans…
Imagine a black political commentator, with very odd hands, suggesting that the only thing the guy who flew his plane into the Austin, Texas IRS building did wrong was not blowing up Fox News instead.
… and the Republicans cheered and licked the butts of those shouting the slogans…
Even if one-third of the anger currently being hurled at President Obama, were being aimed by people of color at a white Republican president, how many whites would wax eloquent about every black person’s right to free speech, to own a gun, and praise all the glories of democracy?
On the other hand, how many of them would be instead calling for crackdowns on unlawful behavior, and investigations into the radical agendas of all those armed people of color?
Bottom line… Free speech, intimidation, and the right to insurrection, being championed everywhere across the Republican spectrum, … is only “right” if it’s “white”…
To each and every one of us who are color blind….. Intimidation is not right at all…
There are common laws of human decency, that boil down to the realization that ALL men do not share the same agenda. We are blessed that it was OUR founding fathers who realized that this could be a good thing… The open expression of ideas and the public rebuttal of the criticism of them, allows for cream of this country, to rise to the top…
Any group, white or black, that doesn’t abide by such common lows of human decency, … “deserves to be lined up and shot”.
If as a nation we go that far, just make sure we dump their carcasses in a salt dome… We wouldn’t want those tea bags, either white or dark, leaching into our aquifers…
Funny, … I don’t hear Republicans lining up to cheer….
Why? Because the Tea Party is all about being anti black; Anyone who has ever heard Martin Luther King Jr. speak to a crowd, … knows in his heart, there is no other explanation.
That includes Michael Steele, and David Anderson. At some point, like Senator Robert Byrd, they will come clean about their past…..
… and so ends Conservatism. exactly 30 years after it began.
There is a rap song going around the youth today and its source is nebulous. If someone steers me in the right direction, I will be glad to give them credit.
It goes like this:
‘I heard it from your mama…..
You might vote for Obama……
They’ll lock you in the sauna……
For smokin’ marijuana………”
Tommywonk writes along the same lines tonight…..
This idea came to me and I was told today to send it to the Obama campaign in an effort to get us to better America when the time comes…
It’s not just Obama who is having difficulty with this crowd. Bill Clinton himself, who Hillary holds up in West Virginia as the new wave of the future, was booed by a similar crowd at Darlington Race Track very early in his tenure…..
Here is how I would advise it’s being handled by the next Democratic nominee……
I’ll use West Virginia as the example, even thought it’s time has past….And my underlying premise for taking this tack is that real leaders don’t follow polls, they take actions and the polls follow the results of those actions…..
(Also because I know West Virginia heavily influenced Robert Kennedy forever after he campaigned through it in 1960. His fight against poverty was distilled from his West Virginian experience.)
Here is what needs to happen. The Obama camp randomly picks a hollow preferably in “hostile” territory and the county blocks all subsequent access up the entrance road. Only the candidate and security detachment are allowed to continue. With no press, no camera’s except those owned by the citizens, he has an open town meeting…..There is no grandstanding. He listens, he answers questions, he asks questions……real questions that need to be heard……’What do you need a president to do for you? What do you need the most, and how fast do you need it….”
Acknowledge to them that they are suspicious of him….Admit he can’t really blame them…..Have a long meeting, tour their houses, ask them how on earth they get by…..get to know them as real people…..It shouldn’t be hard. There are a large number of similarities between those living in poverty on Chicago South Side projects, and those living in poverty off a strip mined hillside…It’s amazing how similar people actually can be when they lack those items they need to survive……
Then say goodbye, shake hands, give your hugs, and split…..Open the gates and let the press flow upstream to get their interviews, and buy permission to print the local’s photographs….
What Obama says by doing this, is this: “I know you are often put down by others outside your area. But know this…..I respect you……You are better people than I…….I would be proud to help you get through these next four years…”
These people are joked about on national television. They’ve never gotten any respect. Until now….
The bottom line is this. As of right now, Obama has a problem among the working class. He needs to fix it…He doesn’t need to win any more delegates, they will come, but what he does need to do, is fix this misperception. Doing so in a state where he is expected to lose, would go a long way to overturn the media’s perception of how he is perceived.
Thanks to the campaign of Obama, we are listening again to voices that are quite different from what we are used to hearing on our corporate media.
What he says does not fit within the narrow guidelines dictated by the likes of Disney Inc.
Therefore, we hear only one side of this important discussion. It is up to the blogs to carry the other half.
Al Mascitti should be blamed for this post. It was through his show this morning that the nucleus of this post was formed. If you missed the show it can be summarized with two brief points. One: was his acknowledgment that Wright’s comments, were exactly the same often expressed on his show by quite of few of his callers. Two: when someone who was “outraged” by Wright tried to defend their hatred for the man and his race, they couldn’t. Under Al’s questioning, their argument boiled down to one thing: he insults “white” people.
That is a factual untruth. The problem with the “right” controversy lies not in what the Reverend Wright says, ……the problem lies between the two ears of those who fail to understand.
I agree with Wright. Although I’m sure there may be areas that our thoughts may differ, he has been saying nothing different than any of us on this media, have not said before. That blanket includes those who consider themselves to serve the “right” but as we all know, because they are all free thinkers, they tend to break from the position papers that are spoon fed to the “right’s” hypnotized zombies, and when logic dictates that truth be told, Delaware’s “right” often takes courageous action and differentiates themselves from the stupidity dripping out of “right” wing (please don’t) think-tanks……
The real problem is in “definition” and in America’s suspicion of “those who are different”, and the fact that Hillary and Republicans are fanning the flames.
They have to. Ironically they have no hope against Obama, but to drive wedges between those members who support him. Obama represents what America CAN BE. Both McCain and Hillary represent what America once was….
If one is to put his finger on the button that pushes this controversy forward, it is that Mr. Right tells the truth, and those who oppose his voice, are scared to death that the truth will come out.
That includes the Hillary supporter and the Republican supporter who battled Al Mascitti on the Delaware blog scene over this past weekend. Neither were able to support their vision with facts. It was only their “opinion” . Well, if I could be so bold, the sole reason this country is in such a mess, it that everyone has an opinion, I as well as you, and we waste too much time chasing “opinions” without trying to research and determine if there is a factual basis to those opinions to begin with.
The facts are solidly on Mr. Right’s side. You can disagree with the man for whatever reason you choose. But that means that you have never listened to the full service. You can hear him speak with Bill Moyers here, and today’s NPR address here. Then you issue your apology.
We did go to war and sacrifice 4,000 Americans to make Cheney rich. If you disagree, prove it otherwise. You can’t.
We did mortgage our children’s future to the tune of $30,000 for each child, in order to give the top 1% a most bountiful harvest of riches beyond their wildest dreams. if you disagree, prove it otherwise. You can’t.
We did cause our planet irreparable harm, by wiping out the excellent controls established over thirty years, to control our air pollution, water pollution, and the quality of objects we buy……. If you disagree…prove it otherwise. You can’t.
But what you CAN prove by attacking Mr. Right,………is that you are supporting Mr. or Mrs. Wrong.
I am becoming more and more convinced that anyone who attacks Mr. Right, would find themselves on the same side as the Pharisees if they themselves were investigating a controversial figure two thousand years ago. Its the same argument, just different times.
The only reason for insisting that Mr. Right is wrong, is that those forces of evil, are too wrong to reason with Wright.
If anyone was looking for another Martin Luther King, I think they may have found one. Truth is always necessary. Sometimes it needs to be given without a sugar coating.
Twenty-five minutes north of us, a speech whose parts will be repeated by school children everywhere throughout this century, was given in Philadelphia, yesterday.
Despite ones political inclinations, it approached a touchy subject with depth and understanding. Obama provided the depth; we absorbed the understanding. Some critic’s called it Lincolnesque. One commentator likened it to Roosevelt’s fireside chats. I waited until after Hillary Clinton listened in, before I got time to watch and read it in its entirety.
Those who follow my writings, know I too have had some apprehensions about this candidate. They know well that I do not doubt his sincerity; just that I’m hesitant about his “handling” of Washington… But Lincoln was criticized for his lack of sophistication on how things were done in Washington. Truman was pilloried for bringing quaint Missouri into spotlight of the nation’s capital. Neither of these two men had any experience in running a country, and they did fine.
It was seeing Obama deal with a potentially catastrophic dilemma to his campaign, in an calm, effortless, manner, condemning the actions, yet supportive of the person, that made me comfortable. It has been seven years since I have been comfortable listening to a President speak. We face very trying times Having someone who can relate to America in a voice Americans hear, may be the only thing that keeps us together should the worst befall, and we find our country on its knees with the final count progressing.
Then, only a President, calling out through the fog….”Get up….Get up…..Get up” can cause us to refocus our thoughts, pull ourselves up on our legs, and continue to survive the blows…..”
I, at this point in time, do not see any other candidate capable of accomplishing as much, when the need arrives.
His critics have valid points: but sometimes being right is only part of the equation……Sometimes what matter more……is being real.
Most of you have never seen this movie. If you have, you are telling your age. Starring Paul Newman and George Kennedy, it describes the plight of a prisoner who refuses to submit to the system. There is one scene where the newly arrived Luke takes on the “Top Prison Dog” in an over matched fist fight. The clincher is that the audience, as well as the characters in the movie, after seeing the pounding being given, are themselves hoping the protagonist stays down.
Out of principal he doesn’t. Even though he cannot see straight, he doesn’t give up, and continues the fight again and again. Listening to know one, he is finally taken out with a mercy blow for his own good. Afterwards he is accepted by all for his tenacity of spirit……except of course, by the warden. It is from this movie the line “What we have here, is a failure to communicate” derives.
Watching Arnette McRae Chairperson of the Public Service Commission, being brutally pummeled by a hired hand of Wilmington’s Senator McDowell brought flashbacks of that movie. Except in this case there was no mercy.
Grilled for almost four hours, Arnette McRae, a hero of mine for her public transparent handling of the Bluewater/Delmarva RFP, even after being pounded in a disrespectful fashion, she got back up each time with spirit for the next blow.
Honestly it was hard to watch. I was truly disgusted by the lack of human tendencies that McDowell possessed. To treat anyone with such disrespect is unbecoming to the entire state. The first Senatorial district, does not deserve a thug like McDowell. There should be moral outrage. There should be vengeance. Were this the Old West, McDowell would be hanging from a tree by now.
Thank goodness the rule of law prevails.
But I write here not to condemn McDowell, but to praise Ms. McRae. She is truly a hero to all of Delawareans. We, are solidly behind her for how she brilliantly gave every party a chance at becoming Delaware’s next energy supplier, and how she published all findings, almost immediately, so all the evidence she had, was available to all. And based on that volume of evidence, she wisely made the only decision that had any real chance of saving Delawarean any money.
If one is unprepared, anyone can be at a loss for an answer…..I do it all the time. But give me two days to prepare, and you have a high chance of losing any argument you bring to bear.
For those who were not there, this hearing was scheduled as a friendly give and take on how the Bluewater deal was accomplished. Of course it was a Kangaroo court, since those holding it are publicly opposed to having Delawareans pay less for cheap energy. But is was in the General Assembly, by a long termed Senator, so one came prepared for the usual give and take of friendly Delawarean politics, as did the audience who came to witness it.
Since Tommywonk says it better than I ever could, allow me to quote him on the surprise that followed:
And why did Harris McDowell turn over the job of grilling the chair of the Public Service Commission to this Washington attorney? Senator McDowell held another of his hearings today, and sat PSC chair Arnetta McRae, along with executive director Bruce Burcat and the agency’s top counsel. But McDowell wasted little time in turning the questioning over to Randall Speck.………
We all know how that turned out. Mr. Speck questioned PSC Chair Arnetta McRae for nearly four hours, focusing on the way the Commission conducted the RFP process that led to the Power Purchase Agreement now on the table.
And just so you can comprehend this feeling of outrage was universal, Delaware Watch includes an observation from Senator Karen Petersen.
The witnesses I (Delaware Watch) talked to described “question” as “grilled,” “interrogated,” and the entire proceeding as an “inquisition.” Sen. Peterson reported that Mr. Speck’s questioning focused on how the PSC interpreted various phrases of relevant law. She said it was as if the witnesses for the committee hearing were being questioned in preparation for a lawsuit.
Why? Because those who still support Delmarva Power, Harris McDowell, Charlie Copeland, Thurman Adams, and Tony DeLuca, have no sensitivity to human feelings. Most of us in our own gut check would say “you just do not treat other people that way.” Apparently human traits do not apply to these four.
Especially when they pummeled the shining example of open government, which all four of those oppose, in order to intimidate others from following in her footsteps.
But brutality often backfires. After watching Arnette get pounded again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again……..and still keep her cool,……sends a strong signal that Wind Power will win in the end. Right makes might, and Harris McDowell’s mistreatment of a respected lady, was not right.
His cause is wrong, and now his judgment is also suspect. Although it is not the same as Atkins hitting his wife, it is as close as one can legally get.
From Dr. King’s most famous speech.
We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. *We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by a sign stating: “For Whites Only.”* We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until “justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”¹
Well you can rest. You should be satisfied. Those are now things of the past.
Not so you say? Well perhaps you forgot what life was like for an Afro-American forty-five years ago when these words were spoken on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Let that speech, 100 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation remind you for a moment.
But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land.
Wait a minute. Blacks still outnumber whites in our prisons. Blacks dropout faster than whites in any school. Black men father more children out of wedlock than any other classification. There is more work to do. Perhaps if they were more forceful about seeking change….
But again, the wise Dr. King foresaw that question and has a ready answer.
In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.
Here the power of Dr. King is most apparent. The Negro community was poised to meet oppression with violence. They wisely chose not to. Would white people show the same restraint? I wonder? Historically whites have never shown restraint before. It was white people’s failure to find a peaceful solution that caused both the Revolutionary and Civil War.
King continues this theme.
The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.
We cannot walk alone.
And they did not. So how has the “Dream” been translated over forty five years into reality? Let’s analyze.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
One needs look no further than the maternity wing of Christiana Hospital. Mission accomplished. Check.
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
Mission accomplished. Check.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
Task Completed. Check.
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
Courtesy of the University of Alabama
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.
Done. Even in Mormon Country.
Although it is out of sync. This should come at the end.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
Again, Mission accomplished. Fait accompli.
I can remember looking out my bedroom window and seeing their segregated school. Ironically in honor of the Emancipation Proclamation, it was named Lincoln High. Later I once had the opportunity to see the inside. Six classrooms for twelve grades. Most blacks fail to realize how far they have come.
So when I hear of a young black school kid, getting in his teacher’s face and threatening to assault him/her in their own classroom, I want to ram my fist through his rib cage, into his chest cavity, grab his heart, and shove it into his face. The last words I want him to hear would be these: “Son, you don’t know how close you came to “Not” have this opportunity to learn! To the rest of you,… treat the chance for an full education as a gift, one deserving of a man like Dr. King!”
Ironically that a young black would not even know exactly just how far he’d come over the last forty years, is the crowning glory of Martin Luther King’s achievement. Things have changed so much. Today we are all individuals responsible for our own actions. No one cares one iota about the color of skin.
Right now, we are looking at the possibility of the first black president. Again no one cares about the color of his skin. It is all about what he will do for our country.
Happy Birthday Martin Luther King.