Barack Obama, our next President

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Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#856374 Feb 8, 2013
Perhaps Black People Should Stop Expecting Equality
Dr. Watkins, an esteemed author, economist and social commentator, has seen the error of his ways. He has been wrong to argue that President Obama be made accountable to Black people, his most ardent supporters. Instead, Blacks should be accountable to the president.“Only whites, Jews, gays, women, labor groups and illegal immigrants are allowed to expect anything from the president.”If you’re black and heartily supported President Barack Obama’s bid for re-election, I have some news for you. Barack Obama is NOT your president and you are not meant to get much of anything for your vote. He’s not the president of black America, so the fact that you would expect your president to do anything to reciprocate his receiving more black votes than any president in history makes you clearly delusional.

From what I am gathering based on comments that defend the lack of action by the Obama Administration on the black unemployment and incarceration crises, the facts are plain: Black people are not supposed to ask President Obama for anything. Only whites, Jews, gays, women, labor groups and illegal immigrants are allowed to expect anything from the president. Your job as an African American is to vote for him and shut up.

The bottom line that you people need to understand is a term called “accountability.” If you were accountable for all of your babies’ mamas, lack of educational interest and wasting your money, you wouldn’t be in the mess you’re in today. Accountability needs to applied to all of you people, but that term must NEVER be used toward the president. He’s not accountable to anyone and certainly not to you.

When you think about it, it all makes sense: Black people built this nation with slave labor so that other people could benefit from our work. We built homes in which we were not allowed to live, we built wealth that we were never allowed to possess, and we even allowed white men to use black women to give birth to their light-skinned babies. So, it only seems logical that, in a nation with a 400-year tradition of using black people for the benefits of others, we are convinced to use our votes to push forward the gay and immigrant agendas, while expecting no attention to be paid to our own.
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Pompano Beach, FL

#856375 Feb 8, 2013
Not Surprized wrote:
Make sense? I don't think so; I've started drinking very early today.
Not Surprized! ROTFLMAO

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Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#856376 Feb 8, 2013
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/09/world/afric...
This shows that there were two attacks & not this long battle.
It showing Obama in a meeting with Panetta & the head of the joint chiefs an hour & 20 minutes after the attacks started.
I wish you dumbasss right whiners would read this & STFU about sh*t you know nothing about.
Jesus you are thick as a brick. That is not what Panetta or Dempsey stated. Think they are going to lie to a Congressional hearing?
Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#856377 Feb 8, 2013
“Accountability needs to applied to all of you people, but that term must NEVER be used toward the president.”

Some would say that President Obama could use the power of the pardon to help the tens of thousands of men and women who are incarcerated for petty drug possession, which he admitted was unfair years ago. But that would be helping criminals, which is entirely different from helping fight for the rights of illegal aliens. After all, being black and breaking arbitrary laws is not the same as being Hispanic and breaking arbitrary laws, we should all know that.

Oh yeah, whatever your pastor has been telling you about gay marriage for the last 20 years, you need to go ahead and erase all that. There is no such thing as freedom of religion or expression and even saying that you disagree with gay marriage automatically makes you into a homophobe, the Obama Administration told me so. In fact, gay is the new black and fighting for gay rights is far more interesting and beneficial than fighting for the rights of black people any day of the week. Being black is no longer fashionable, so you might want to try becoming something else.

So, for those who are hoping that the Obama Administration will put forth even a mild mention of the black unemployment epidemic, you should realize the truth: You people can’t get jobs because you’re lazy and don’t want to work. When a white man can’t get a job, it’s not his fault, since he is clearly harder working and more qualified than you are. That’s why the Obama Administration responds directly when whites complain about 7 percent unemployment, but ignores you lazy negroes when you complain about 14 percent unemployment. If you would learn to work as hard as white men, you wouldn’t have this problem.
Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#856378 Feb 8, 2013
Being black is no longer fashionable, so you might want to try becoming something else.”

Here’s a final point and this one is important: When white kids in the suburbs get shot, this is different from black children being shot in urban neighborhoods. In the first case, the kids are truly innocent, have bright futures and don’t deserve to die. In the latter case, kids die because they were raised by single mothers who don’t love their children, and it’s not as if they are going to amount to much of anything anyway. If inner city mothers didn’t want their kids to be killed, they wouldn’t have chosen to live next door to gang bangers.

So, I’m finally getting the point. I was once naïve enough to believe that every American was worthy of respect from our politicians, without regard to race. I also thought that since Obama could never have been elected without unprecedented black support, the administration might put us on the priority list along with other groups (not at the front of the list, of course, since that would imply that black people are as important as everyone else. The good Lawud knows I would never ask for such a thing, I knows my place). I even had the audacity to believe that when our children are shot, or when our fathers/mothers are given 30 year prison sentences for petty crimes, a black politician might at least act like he gives a d@mn. But now I realize that I was wrong and I’ll probably gain a lot of friends because of it.

Perhaps it’s time to kill Dr. King’s dream of equality, he probably would have been a hater too.

Since: May 11

Loysville, PA

#856379 Feb 8, 2013
We had a good idea this snow storm was coming 5 days ago. Two days ago, we new what areas would be like;y hit he hardest.

How?

By models that analyze the various sources of data.

Now 5 days ago, not all of the models agreed. Yet because of the potential danger, it was reported & people acted.

Just like with Hurricane Sandy.

These models predicted & the government & communities acted & lives were saved.

So when Climate models predict future potential dangers & problems from Global Warming, why do right whiners not believe them?

These same people made sure their vehicles had gasoline & they got supplies because a model predicting these storms. Yet when the climate models predict not good things, they ignore it burning more fossil fuels, mock any effort to address the issue and hang their children & grandchildren out to dry.

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Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#856380 Feb 8, 2013
Eman wrote:
<quoted text>
Calm down sonic. Your acting as if it's your manifesto they are scrubing.
<loony left wingers victims of a mass wedgy this morning?>
I know right! They are coming totally unhinged.

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#856381 Feb 8, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> I believe it will. 30,000 drones is a lot. Somebody will do it.
There is a lot of anti drone legislation being proposed throughout the country.

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Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#856382 Feb 8, 2013
Homer 2016 wrote:
<quoted text>I understand from my sources that Obama has an army of asteroids all fitted with drones. I may have a link here somewhere, oh yeah here it is - http://www.disney.com/
Hey this is fun being a rightwinger and making sh!t up.
This moran libtard doesn't even know what a drone is!

“It's always darkest 'fore dawn”

Since: Jul 08

When's dawn?

#856383 Feb 8, 2013
mdbuilder wrote:
<quoted text>
Are you suggesting we clap Congress in chains and prosecute the whole lot of them?
Silly Mudman, Congress didn't order troops into a war for pride, stupidity, and oil cronies based on outright lies...that was the work of the Connecticut Cowboy as Crooked Commander in Chief...on the other hand, you could round up a lot of deserving chain gang material as they went by Grover's office for the paid sign-ins...
Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#856384 Feb 8, 2013
The Historical Failure of Black Leadership
There’s something wrong with the process by which Black leadership is selected.“Black people are trapped in a viscous cycle of looking at their favorite leaders and revering them like baseball cards.” What’s needed is democracy in struggle.“People must be trained with the organizational and political capital to advocate and fight for policy and economic models that best serve their needs.”
“Black Leadership being chosen by White acclamation is nothing new.”

With the Black community still facing excessively high unemployment, the racial wealth gap between Blacks and Whites expanding to numbers higher than recent history, fully one third of the Black community in abject poverty, and overall rates of poverty as high as they’ve been in over 40 years, what has happened to Black leadership? In the face of endless statistics showing the rapid decline of whatever illusory semblance of progress Blacks imagined, such signs of progress have almost evaporated in less than a decade.

The ridiculous claim that Barack Obama ushers in a new era of Black leadership is erroneous on its face. The Commander in Chief has made it clear, publicly stating,“I am not the president of Black America.” Furthermore, many voices in the Black community clamored that,“we can’t expect Obama to do anything for us because he can’t appear to show favoritism.” Such sentiments castrated any effective capacity to pressure the first Black president to implement policy demands made by the Black community. Instead, Blacks were resigned to the limited palliatives his administration chose to dole out.

Black people are trapped in a vicious cycle of looking at their favorite leaders and revering them like baseball cards. There is a lack of understanding of the full dimensions of these leaders and the nature of their relationship to the status quo forces that place them in these positions. These so called “leaders” are not democratically elected by the Black community, yet they have sometimes damaged powerful grassroots movements, democratic in nature. The process of elevating certain leaders, while pitting them against others who were similarly elevated, allows the establishment to manage the acceptable range of discourse in the black community.
Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#856386 Feb 8, 2013
The Commander in Chief has made it clear, publicly stating,‘I am not the president of Black America.’”

As noted African American political science Professor Adolph Reed, Jr. stated in his thought provoking book, Stirrings in The Jug:

“To be sure, because Afro- Americans have had no referendum or other forum for legitimizing claims to be a national leader, the support of White opinion makers has been keen for all aspirants to such Race Leader status. From Marcus Garvey to Elijah Muhammad to Louis Farrakhan to Jesse Jackson--all have reproduced the ironic strategy of seeking to become the Black Leader by means of White acclamation.”

Black Leadership being chosen by White acclamation is nothing new and goes back as far as the late 1800s. In an almost formulaic fashion, continued well into the 20th century, the status quo establishment propped up Black leaders who presented acceptable remedies to the “race problem,” then elevated an opponent ideology with a fixed critique. The result was to limit the discourse to those two accepted or acknowledged paradigms.

Booker T. Washington received wide ranging support from Northern industrialists and establishment economic forces in the South promoting an acceptable ideological thesis of accommodation. Subsequently, W.E.B. DuBois, through elite ideological mechanisms, was presented as a philosophical anti-thesis, forcing the process of synthesis to be limited between two totally undemocratic paradigms. Both of these paradigms were chosen by establishment gatekeepers mostly outside the Black community. The same process occurred with DuBois and Marcus Garvey, and continued through Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. It’s called a Hegelian Dialectic and the Black community has fallen victim to it over and over since the 1890’s.

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#856387 Feb 8, 2013
RealDave wrote:
<quoted text>
Yep, that photo ID would have stopped that one.
Who mentioned photo id?

Why are you against measures to prevent voter fraud but all for any little thing that will prevent climate change?

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Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#856388 Feb 8, 2013
RealDave wrote:
We had a good idea this snow storm was coming 5 days ago. Two days ago, we new what areas would be like;y hit he hardest.
How?
By models that analyze the various sources of data.
Now 5 days ago, not all of the models agreed. Yet because of the potential danger, it was reported & people acted.
Just like with Hurricane Sandy.
These models predicted & the government & communities acted & lives were saved.
So when Climate models predict future potential dangers & problems from Global Warming, why do right whiners not believe them?
These same people made sure their vehicles had gasoline & they got supplies because a model predicting these storms. Yet when the climate models predict not good things, they ignore it burning more fossil fuels, mock any effort to address the issue and hang their children & grandchildren out to dry.
You're totally hopeless. It was suppose to rain here all day and night. For about the last two hours the sun is out and hardly any clouds in the sky. You nor anybody else is able to tell us what will be in a hundred years. Nobody.
Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#856389 Feb 8, 2013
The Colored Farmers Alliance was eventually made up of over 1.2 million farmers and farm workers.”

None in today’s Black Community talk about the Colored Farmers Alliance which had over one million members functioning as one of the most progressive Black economic and political forces the community developed in this country. Started in 1886, slightly more than twenty years after slavery, the Colored Farmers Alliance was eventually made up of over 1.2 million farmers and farm workers engaged in extensive co-operative efforts while maintaining a publication, and sponsoring many educational initiatives and conventions.

As mentioned by History Professor Judith Stein in her piece included in the anthology, Renewing Black Intellectual History, entitled:“Of Booker T. Washington and Others, The Political Economy of Racism in the United States:”

“The [Colored Farmers’ Alliance][through] suballiences were simultaneously fraternal organizations which helped sick and disabled members and purveyed advice on farming, raising families, and other problems of interest to rural people; they also taught the orders principles of political economy. Quickly expanding its activities, the Alabama [Colored Farmers’ Alliance] created a marketing exchange in Mobile, united against the contested mills to obtain higher prices for seed, and cooperated with the Southern Alliance (made up of Whites) in other areas affecting farmers.

These were former slaves barely a generation removed from shackles. The Colored Farmers’ Alliance started to work extensively with the Southern Alliance, made up of Whites, and the two organizations confederated in 1890. Furthermore, the two organizations cooperated on many initiatives to protect farmers from economic exploitation by larger Southern Institutions. Moreover, the two organizations fused their activity into the Populist Movement and Populist Party that rose in the South during that time. This interracial cooperation, within such a short period after Slavery, mobilized Black and White farm workers into a powerful force threatening the Southern establishment and the political order benefiting the elites.

AMERICAN HISTORY
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#856390 Feb 8, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> This moran libtard doesn't even know what a drone is!
Yes he does. It's a grape grown in the Rhone Valley, dummy.
Pinot du Drone.
Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#856391 Feb 8, 2013
One of the responses to this rising progressive interracial cooperation by the Southern establishment was supporting Booker T. Washington and financing his Tuskegee machine. Washington would provide an ideological thesis to extinguish the populist activities among Blacks, and neutralize the combined forces of the Colored Farmers’ Alliance and the Southern Alliance by arguing for political disenfranchisement and acquiescence to the forces of the larger Southern agricultural interests. These efforts worked to the detriment of members of both alliances, Black and White.

“This interracial cooperation, within such a short period after Slavery, mobilized Black and White farm workers into a powerful force.”

Sadly, few Blacks today even realize that there was a Progressive movement in the South made up of both Blacks and Whites that fought for both political and economic empowerment with sophisticated political platforms until Booker T. Washington, combined with the repressive forces of the wealthy interests that backed him, assisted in stifling all that activity. Booker T. Washington’s Tuskegee machine was significant to that demobilization effort.

Furthermore, let us not forget that Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta Compromise speech in 1895 where he said:“In all things social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress,” yet it wasn’t until 1896 that the Supreme Court handed down one of the most devastating decisions for African American progress Plessy v. Ferguson that enshrined Separate but Equal into law for most of the next century. Booker T. Washington was not reacting to the racial reality being faced by Blacks, he was helping create a racial climate that advanced the agenda of his Tuskegee Machine. These are things Blacks don’t consider as we continue to prop up our Black Superheroes for idol worship.

Most, if not all of these Black Leaders believed they had good intentions and were race men to some level or degree. My intention is not to picture them as duplicitous traitors who volunteered to be played in this fashion. The point is that these men do not rise in a vacuum, and though they have great talent and charisma, they all fall into the rather consistent trope of the “charismatic Black male leader.” This is a paradigm that has been lodged into the African American psyche going back to the origins of the Black Church, if not earlier. Charismatic masculinity has been an Achilles heel of Black leadership for a simple reason: though whites romanticize charismatic masculinity as well, their leaders which are chosen from that mold are picked in a crucible assuring their allegiance to protecting the interests of those they represent. With Black folk, the charismatic leader rises to some level of notoriety organically because of his skill, but once his agenda is fully vetted, or its range is telegraphed by the status quo, he will be catapulted upward into prominence when they see he can be used to their benefit. Often times he will seek those status quo forces out, whether they be government, private sector, or media. This process allows a form of “race ideology management.” You now have limited the acceptable range of discourse by picking your favorable thesis, but need to create an opposition strain to provide an anti-thesis, so you can manage and telegraph the synthesis. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X are the perfect illustration of this old method.
Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#856392 Feb 8, 2013
Charismatic masculinity has been an Achilles heal of Black leadership.”

The only way to remedy this consistently bankrupt organizational model is to develop Black political mobility that unites people around issues that represent their class and economic interests instead of depending on the illusion of racial kinship forcing us to foist our representation on people chosen within a status quo paradigm. This leads to another problem in the Black community: the reality of “brokerage” politics. A middle class educated Black person, or a Black person faking grassroots bona fides, acts like a “broker” for the “downtrodden” with the powerful Whites as if he’s a legitimate representative of their interests. Ironically, this broker is elevated to leadership by the same status quo forces the establishment controls. Brokerage politics is a farce, and Blacks are one of the few communities that fall prey to this charade. Think about it: You have Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton engaging in various discourse about what Barack Obama should or should not do for the Black poor. What is wrong with this picture? All of these men are millionaires if not close to it, including Obama! What logical community of poor people would allow millionaires to be the ones who negotiate their interests for them? It’s idiotic. What ends up happening is that these types of “representatives” do things to ensure their viability as “brokers,” while securing their financial status and yammering on about the same things over and over again. Meanwhile, the poor and disenfranchised continue to get ground to powder. More often, these “brokers” go into overtime trying to maintain close relationships with those at the levers of power. Hence they actually become servants of those forces. Al Sharpton is a perfect example with the current administration.

This is not to say that there is no value in having notable individuals speak out against political administrations that advocate policies that damage constituencies they have sympathy for. People of other ethnic groups do this as well. The problem in the black community is that such individuals are given some kind of mythical status as actual legitimate representatives of a “collective Black interest” whatever that actually is.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#856393 Feb 8, 2013
Eman wrote:
<quoted text>
There is a lot of anti drone legislation being proposed throughout the country.
Yes, in South Dakota, the state senate passed a Dronehood Bill, thereby giving drones legal rights before they become drones.
Truth is no SIN

Bronx, NY

#856394 Feb 8, 2013
Brokerage politics is a farce.”

The remedy for this old tired model of leadership is to give power to the people as to empower themselves. At the grassroots level people must be trained with the organizational and political capital to advocate and fight for policy and economic models that best serve their needs. They must negotiate their interests in democratic organizational structures with checks and balances on leadership that truly reflect their demographic realities. Many educated elites would dare argue that the poor and working class don’t have the capacity to advocate for themselves and need the traditional brokers. Once again, the example of the Colored Farmers’ Alliance becomes relevant. Less than 30 years after slavery when Blacks were at a position much more precarious than they are today, with high levels of illiteracy, they were able to organize a grassroots movement of 1.2 million members that advanced social, economic, and political interests in line with their positions in society while effectively challenging the economic status quo and making political alliances with similarly situated Whites. Therefore, shall we argue that in the early 21st century, with all the technological and media vehicles we have, that such mobilization is impossible today?

The Black brokerage leadership model needs to die. Grassroots movement based politics has to make a comeback or else the Black community is doomed. The paradigm must be sophisticated and cannot be the mundane standard Kumbaya “We Shall Overcome” pickets and protests format. Those tactics may occasionally be used, but the strategy must be refined and adapted to modern times and given cross-generational functionality. We see where the 45-year absence of movement based activism has gotten us. The time is now to wake up and mobilize collectively or abdicate forever to the status quo. The choice is ours.

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”–Frederick Douglass.

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