May 4 2012

NY Post Writer Phil Mushnick is Happy to be Entertained by Ni – - ers, Until They Get Uppity

New York Post writer Phil Mushnick is apparently comfortable with talented “niggers” chasing a basketball around for his entertainment —and his kids can listen to their music— but when a wealthy black man has the gall to actually OWN a NBA team franchise and express an owner’s prerogative to make branding decisions, well that just sends Phil over the deep end.

With the Nets recent move from New Jersey to Brooklyn, fans and foes expected to see major changes in the franchise, including new team colors, which were previously red, white and blue. The team now wears black and white. Mushnick wrote,

“As long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call their marketing shots — what a shock that he chose black and white as the new team colors to stress, as the Nets explained, their new “urban” home — why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment? Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N – - – - – s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B – - – hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!”

The Brooklyn Bitches or Hoes? Really, Phil? Mushnick is adamant that his rant was not in any way racist. He told Village Voice journalist James King,

“I don’t call black men niggas; my kids never heard the word until folks such as Jay-Z came along. I’d suggest you talk to him about it.”

This kind of feigned innocence is nothing new, but Phil’s brand of bold line-crossing seems to be more prevalent than ever in “post-racial” America where our President is referred to as a nigga, nigger, tar baby, and countless other disparaging terms that have undeniably racist intent.

I don’t know why Phil’s so offended by the choice of black and white for the Nets anyway. Why can’t black and white represent something positive like opposites uniting to create magic?

Ebony and ivory live together in perfect harmony side by side on my piano key board, so Phil…

O_o

…why can’t we?


Jan 2 2012

Barack Hussein Obama Named the Most Powerful Man in the World: Why Can’t He Address Needs of African Americans?

The year Barack Obama was born, an American of African descent could not board public transit without the permission of whites, or select the seat he or she preferred.

In 1961, in some parts of this country, a black person could be hanged from a tree simply for looking a white person in the eye.

Fifty years later, the president of the United States of America is a black man named Barack Hussein Obama, and Forbes has (again) named him the most powerful man alive. Against the backdrop of America’s racist history — that is so friggin’ awesomeeven if it isn’t entirely true. Here is Forbes‘ rationale for putting Obama at the top:

“Sure, his jobs bill was gutted, his debt-ceiling negotiating was derided and his popularity has plummeted, endangering his re-election, but Obama regains his position as the most powerful person on the planet this year.

Why? Despite faddish American declinism, the U.S. remains, indisputably, the most powerful nation in the world, with the largest, most innovative economy and the deadliest military.

Plus, Obama’s only legitimate rival for the title, last year’s number one, Chinese President Hu Jintao, is diminishing in influence as he gives up political office.”

Whether Forbes can determine one leader’s “power” relative to another’s is debatable, but one thing that is not in question is that the world is watching Obama as the US economy teeters and black Americans suffer more than any others in terms of joblessness, poverty and civic disenfranchisement.

To anyone who is paying attention, it is clear that the playing field in America remains unequal for most of the descendants of stolen Africans, and the yoke of racial oppression and discrimination continues to weigh heavily in the form of separate and unequal schools, barriers to employment and housing, and disparities in the justice system.

Yes, doors remain open that were kicked open by the courageous actions of civil rights pioneers who suffered so that all might flourish, but many more doors are shut and locked — and will remain so because disinfranchised black people lack the money and influence required to lobby lawmakers on their own behalf.

If President Obama were really the most powerful man in the world, he would have the freedom to specifically address the needs of those suffering most in America’s economic downturn. He would be able to do more than criticize a system of public education in which zip code determines per student spending and teacher quality he could actually legislate to wrench that system out of the hands of state lawmakers who seem happy to provide quality education exclusively for those who can live where it’s available.

If President Obama were that powerful, he would be free to openly speak about and legislatively address racial inequities in employment, housing and policing—thereby honoring the sacrifices of Evers, Chaney, Goodman, Schwerner, Liuzzo, Parks, King, and countless others who suffered that he might have the right to seek the highest office in the land, let alone be elected to it.

In a country where racism remains the issue most likely to be denied or ignored by those who are least affected by it, our president’s hands are tied.

Remember that scene from A Time to Kill when Matt McConaughey’s character asks the jury to picture Samuel L. Jackson white? Yeah. That’s pretty much what Obama’s detractors should be doing right about now if they want a clear understanding of what he’s up against. If the president was not black, he could easily hold a press conference voicing his concern for the staggering economic statistics in urban America (hardest hit on every measure) and propose specific remedies aimed at the communities suffering most. Hillary Clinton surely could do it without reservation — but President Obama is in a “damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t” position because of the color of his skin.

Anyone who thinks we live in a post-racial America take note. The Most Powerful Man on Earth cannot give voters any reason to believe he is favoring “his people” if he cares to survive and serve another term.

-by Kathleen Cross for rollingout.com


Jul 26 2011

Black Graduate Forced to Share Valedictorian Honor With White Student Who Did Not Earn It

A black teenager named Kymberly Wimberly who had a baby during her junior year, yet managed to earn the highest grade-point average at her high school, is suing an Arkansas school district, contending she was discriminated against when she was not allowed to be sole valedictorian.

Principal Darrell Thompson at McGehee Secondary School southeast of Little Rock, Ark., had already sent out a press release announcing to the local community that Kymberly had earned the Valedictorian honor when Kymberly’s mother, Molly Bratton, says on May 10 she overheard school staff talking in the copy room about how Wimberly’s status as valedictorian might cause a “big mess.”  The lawsuit contends that the following day Thompson informed Bratton that he had decided to add a white student with a lower GPA as co-valedictorian.

Wimberly graduated in May after taking challenging AP and honors coursework and earning all “A’s” with the exception of one “B.”  She and the white student who had been named co-valedictorian both spoke at the commencement.

“Even though she had the highest grade point average (GPA) in her class, Defendants forced Wimberly to share the title of Valedictorian with a white student,” the lawsuit alleges. “Defendants’ actions were part of a pattern and practice of school administrators and personnel treating the African-American students less favorably than Caucasian students.”

Blacks represent about 46 percent of the 500-plus student body at McGehee Secondary. Prior to Wimberly, the last African American valedictorian in the McGeHee school district was in 1989.

Molly Bratton contends the superintendent wouldn’t allow her to speak to the school board to challenge the decision that forced her daughter to share the valedictorian honor. The lawsuit seeks punitive damages and requests that school records be changed to show Wimberly as sole valedictorian.