Skip to comments.Belafonte, Farrakhan speak at Gary gathering
Posted on 03/12/2006 2:31:10 PM PST by Mike Bates
GARY, Ind. - Entertainer Harry Belafonte renewed his criticism of President Bush and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan urged education reform during the second day of the 2006 National Black Peoples Unity Convention.
The four-day gathering is aimed at developing a long-term economic empowerment plan for blacks.
Farrakhan said the U.S. educational system has failed to teach blacks basic skills and how to succeed after graduation and requires massive restructuring.
"Black people all over America and all over the world, there is something wrong with the way we have been trained in a white supremacist, racist environment," Farrakhan told about 700 people gathered in the gymnasium of Gary West Side High School on Friday.
"You have not been trained to succeed," he said. "We must never sell that lie to the next generation of black children, that the system works for all. It does not."
Belafonte was heavily critical of the White House's handling of hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
"How can we have Katrina and tens of thousands of people staring into the abyss of this tragedy ... and not have the nation of black folk in righteous indignation walking on this nation, saying `pay attention,' "he said.
"What do we need to know? ... What do we need to have done to us before we wake up?"
He also repeated criticisms of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other black members of the Bush administration, who he said had not publicly questioned White House decisions in the war in Iraq or policies that have hurt the poor.
"It means nothing to me if they are black if they are dishonorable," Belafonte said. "It means nothing to me if they are black and intelligent and sit and hide in places in government where they can shape no policy."
The convention ends Sunday.
Belafonte & Farrakhan
my tagline says it all...
Well I guess Blacks learn in a different way than Whites. No wonder there are no successful blacks and if they are successful then they must be Uncle Tom's.
Of course we don't expect less from any other type of people. Personal responsiblity is a thing of the past.
a Calypso duet?
where's a mothership when you need one?
If any city in America represented Hell, it would be Gary, Indiana.
Ib order to succeed you have to work and thats something that farrakhan, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Maxine waters et. al have no experience with.
Birds of a feather flock together.
Personal responsibility? We don't need no steenking personal responsibility
Calypso Gene isn't as big a dupe as Harry.
LOL! And a great headline that mentions Farrakhan, Belafonte and Gary, Indiana. All cut from the same cloth of pathos.
Call it Belakhan
It's all everyone else's fault! Waa waa waa! Pathetic loser hate mangers.
Perhaps more ebonics would help, and maybe some variety of fuzzy math that makes 2+2 whatever a guy holding his gun sideways says it is. Not being a professional educator (it is a hobby) I can only make suggestions.
a Calypso duet? INFAMY AND IRONY !!!
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