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  • American History in Black & White

    06/27/2010 8:45:02 AM PDT · by wtd · 17 replies
    The second installment of Glenn Beck's "Founders' Friday- Black American Founders", (first installment aired 5/28) (second installment aired 6/25), Glenn Beck mentioned the best selling book "American History in Black & White". At Amazon (currently ranked @ #5 in Books ), I notice the book has a related video with the same title. This video is posted at YouTube.com in twelve segments. MUST WATCH! Did you know that there were MANY black men in Congress BEFORE the Civil War? Care to guess which political party these brave men represented? You will learn about the first black speaker of the house...
  • White-black wealth gap quadrupled

    05/20/2010 12:41:02 AM PDT · by Brandonmark · 51 replies · 1,253+ views
    UPI.COM ^ | May 20, 2010 | UPI
    WALHAM, Mass., May 20 (UPI) -- The wealth gap between white and African-American families more than quadrupled from 1984 to 2007, U.S. researchers found. Study co-author Tatjana Meschede of the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., said during the study period, the racial wealth gap between whites and black increased by $75,000 from $20,000 to $95,000. Financial assets, excluding home equity, among white families grew from a median value of $22,000 to $100,000, while African-Americans had a median wealth of $5,000 in 2007. "Even when African-Americans do everything right -- get an education and...
  • Obama seeks to 'reconnect...young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women' for 2010

    04/26/2010 9:34:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 58 replies · 1,654+ views
    politco ^ | 4/26/10 | Ben Smith
    The Democratic National Committee this morning released this clip of the president rallying the troops, if rather coolly, for 2010. Obama's express goal: "reconnecting" with the voters who voted for the first time in 2008, but who may not plan to vote in the lower-profile Congressional elections this year. Obama speaks with unusual demographic frankness about his coalition in his appeal to "young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women who powered our victory in 2008 [to] stand together once again."
  • Steele: No reason for black GOP base

    04/21/2010 4:00:43 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 133 replies · 2,658+ views
    Steele: No reason for black GOP base By: Andy Barr April 21, 2010 05:43 PM EDT Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele told a group of students that African-Americans “don’t have a reason” to vote for Republicans. Steele was asked Tuesday night during a speech to roughly 200 students at DePaul University why African-Americans should vote for GOP candidates. “You really don’t have a reason, to be honest,” Steele responded, as was first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times. “We haven’t done a very good job of giving you one.” Steele has made similar comments in the past, saying during an...
  • VIDEO (MAKE THIS GO VIRAL): Black tea partiers surprised to find they’re not “really” black.

    Via Reason, Nathanial Alexander Stuart goes in search of mythical minority participants at last week’s D.C. rally and, whaddaya know, finds them. Frankly, I’m not sure where they fit in the Charles Blow “minstrel show” paradigm. They’re not onstage, so they’re not performers — although I suppose by talking to Stuart on camera, they sort of are, huh? Oh well. Looking forward to next weekend’s New York Times op-ed page to find out which denigrating racial stereotype America’s bien-pensants will lovingly dump on these people. Amos ‘n Andy this time, maybe? Frank Rich, a.k.a. the Voice of Black America, can...
  • It’s official: Obama is black

    04/03/2010 6:40:21 AM PDT · by fightinJAG · 229 replies · 6,689+ views
    MSNBC.com ^ | April 3, 2010 | Staff
    He may be the world's foremost mixed-race leader, but when it came to the official government head count, President Barack Obama gave only one answer to the question about his ethnic background: African-American. The White House confirmed Friday that Obama did not check multiple boxes on his U.S. Census form, or choose the option that allows him to elaborate on his racial heritage. He ticked the box that says "Black, African Am., or Negro."
  • Single black women being urged to date outside race

    03/14/2010 4:14:33 PM PDT · by chasio649 · 120 replies · 3,891+ views
    www.washingtonpost.com ^ | February 25, 2010 | DeNeen L. Brown
    So many black women are single, she says, because they are stuck in the groove of a one-track song: sitting alone, waiting for that one "good" black man to come along and sweep them off their feet. Waiting. Talking to girlfriends. Waiting. Going out alone. Waiting. Going to work. Waiting. Waiting for a "good" black man, with the same education level to marry them. Waiting. Even when they know the odds are stacked against them. Single black women with college degrees outnumber single black men with college degrees almost 3 to 1 in major urban areas such as Washington, according...
  • The Black Church is dead

    03/06/2010 12:58:44 PM PST · by flowerplough · 9 replies · 765+ views
    UNN ^ | 28 Feb | Eddie Glaude
    The Black Church, as we’ve known it or imagined it, is dead. Of course, many African Americans still go to church. According to the PEW Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life, 87 percent of African Americans identify with a religious group and 79 percent say that religion is very important in their lives. But the idea of this venerable institution as central to black life and as a repository for the social and moral conscience of the nation has all but disappeared. Several reasons immediately come to mind for this state of affairs. First, black churches have always...
  • PBS host Smiley calls meeting to urge black agenda

    03/03/2010 6:14:23 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 24 replies · 770+ views
    AP ^ | 3 March 2010 | JESSE WASHINGTON
    Two months after ending his annual State of the Black Union conference, Tavis Smiley is gathering African-American advocates to press the case for a "black agenda." The decision was motivated by what Smiley called recent statements from some black leaders downplaying the need for President Barack Obama to specifically help African-Americans. "I was compelled to do it because of this debate," the activist and PBS talk show host said Wednesday. The panel discussion will be March 20 at Chicago State University. Panelists include advertising pioneer Tom Burrell, professors Michael Eric Dyson and Cornel West, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan,...
  • Black Pro-Life Leader Defends Congressman Trent Franks on Abortion-Slavery

    03/01/2010 3:28:23 PM PST · by wagglebee · 15 replies · 427+ views
    Life News ^ | 3/1/10 | Steven Ertlet
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A prominent black pro-life leader is coming to the defense of Congressman Trent Franks of Arizona, who has been slammed over the last few days in the mainstream media and on Internet blogs for his comments saying that abortion has been worse for the African-American community than slavery. As LifeNews.com reported, Franks released a new video in which he makes the remarks and points out how abortion disproportionately targets the black community."And yet today, half of all black children are aborted. Half of all black children are aborted," Franks says. "Far more of the African American...
  • 1st Annual African American Climate Change Conference

    02/28/2010 7:42:29 AM PST · by BubbaBasher · 22 replies · 464+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot Online ^ | Feb 27, 2010 | Seneca Bock
    Sixth Mt. Zion Baptist Temple at 3100 Butternut Dr in Hampton, VA hosting 1st Annual Regional African American Faith Community Climate Change Conference. Powerful workshops to help raise the level awareness about disaster preparedness (e.g. Katrina and Haiti), Green Youth, Pastor's Roundtable, etc.. Keynote address presented by the Rev. Lennox Yearwood, CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus. Yount adults encouraged to attend, and all pastors, ministry leaders, and community members.
  • To Court Blacks, Foes of Abortion Make Racial Case

    02/27/2010 11:06:12 AM PST · by Lorianne · 34 replies · 605+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 26, 2010 | Shaila Dewan
    Across the country, the anti-abortion movement, long viewed as almost exclusively white and Republican, is turning its attention to African-Americans and encouraging black abortion opponents across the country to become more active. A new documentary, written and directed by Mark Crutcher, a white abortion opponent in Denton, Tex., meticulously traces what it says are connections among slavery, Nazi-style eugenics, birth control and abortion, and is being regularly screened by black organizations. Black abortion opponents, who sometimes refer to abortions as “womb lynchings,” have mounted a sustained attack on the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, spurred by a sting operation by...
  • "How does it feel being an African American Coach going to the Super Bowl?" (Vanity)

    01/25/2010 11:48:03 AM PST · by Mind Freed · 38 replies · 1,044+ views
    25 January 2010 | Mind Freed
    That was the question posed to Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell. After hearing this question I started wondering if African American (I hate that title) Coaches were somehow inferior. I mean why else would a reporter feel the need to ask this question? Is it not the same to a Caucasian coach if he gets to the super bowl? Is it not the same level of coaching involved? Coach Caldwell did a fantastic job with his Football team this season, and not because he happens to be black. Your ethnicity does not give you an advantage in coaching football....
  • The 18th Congressional District of Texas--can Sheila Jackson Lee be Unseated?

    01/21/2010 2:48:53 PM PST · by GeezerConservative · 43 replies · 1,140+ views
    Texas GOP Vote ^ | Brenda Z. Page
    The 18th Congressional District of Texas: Can Sheila Jackson Lee Be Unseated? By Brenda Z. Page Beginning north of Houston, Congressional District 18 (CD18) includes Bush International Airport, the Heights, downtown Houston, a swatch of the ship channel, and continues south to encompass several institutions of higher education. It is 228 miles of an ethnically and financially mixed population of over 650,000. CD18 is one of the most important districts in Texas because it is the minority majority district gerrymandered for African-American Democrats. Some would argue that the district was designed for Barbara Jordan, the widely respected first Congressman of...
  • Scheduled weeks ago, “African Americans for Harry Reid” will go on as planned

    01/11/2010 6:39:09 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies · 443+ views
    thehill.com ^ | Jan. 11, 2010 | Christina Wilkie
    The Senate's embattled majority leader is moving ahead with an “African Americans for Harry Reid” event this week as he seeks to weather a political firestorm sparked by his racially insensitive remarks about President Barack Obama. The timing of the launch of the “African Americans for Harry Reid” campaign group, which is scheduled for Thursday in Las Vegas, is coincidental. The luncheon had been scheduled for weeks. Reid has apologized for remarks he made in 2008 that described Obama as “"light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." The comments were reported in a new...
  • FLASHBACK;Biden's description of Obama draws scrutiny

    01/10/2010 2:10:28 PM PST · by mdittmar · 4 replies · 538+ views
    CNN Washington Bureau ^ | February 9, 2007 | Xuan Thai and Ted Barrett
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. Joe Biden planned to spend Wednesday focusing on his official announcement that he was running for president, but the Delaware Democrat instead found himself defending remarks he made to the New York Observer about his Democratic opponents.In the article published Wednesday, Biden is quoted evaluating presidential rivals Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-New York, former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois. His remarks about Obama, the only African-American serving in the Senate, drew the most scrutiny."I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking...
  • Abortion Has Considerable Negative Impact on Economy, African-Americans

    01/07/2010 4:05:53 PM PST · by wagglebee · 16 replies · 596+ views
    Life News ^ | 1/7/10 | Mychal Massie
    LifeNews.com Note: Mychal Massie is the chairman of the black leadership network Project 21. This opinion column was originally published by The National Center for Public Policy Research and is reprinted with permission. There is a real economic toll related to abortion, but it's not something Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton or the Congressional Black Caucus complains about. In fact, they all support abortion. To hear abortion proponents talk about it, infanticide is an economic boon. In 1998, a U.S. News and World Report article called a child "a high-priced consumer item with no warranty." Less children supposedly means less welfare...
  • Kwanzaa celebrations continue, but boom is over

    12/26/2009 6:21:04 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 51 replies · 2,179+ views
    Independent Mail (Anderson, SC) ^ | 26 December 2009 | Charmaine Smith-Miles
    ANDERSON — Romando James, a professor emeritus at Clemson University, understands the traditions and purpose of Kwanzaa. He also knows he is among a minority of people who know what the cultural celebration is about. “We celebrate the first fruits, responsibility to community,” James said. “But when the mass of television and radios and even hip hop artists see there’s no big returns coming in, it just doesn’t happen.” In essence, because of the lack of understanding and the ability to make money of it, the celebration is losing some if its popularity, James said. Take Evita Broughton. Four years...
  • Genetic study clarifies African and African-American ancestry

    12/21/2009 12:41:48 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 20 replies · 1,735+ views
    University of Pennsylvania ^ | 21-Dec-2009 | Jordan Reese
    The University of PennsylvaniaSarah Tishkoff, professor in the departments of genetics and biology at University of Pennsylvania, is collecting samples in Africa. Collaboration by University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University PHILADELPHIA –- People who identify as African-American may be as little as 1 percent West African or as much as 99 percent, just one finding of a large-scale, genome-wide study of African and African-American ancestry released today. An international research team led by scientists from the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University has collected and analyzed genotype data from 365 African-Americans, 203 people from 12 West African populations and...
  • President Obama: Should he create a specific job recovery plan for African Americans?

    12/19/2009 6:15:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies · 2,553+ views
    The Examiner ^ | December 14, 2009 | Richard Shabazz
    The Unemployment rate is up over 10% and African Americans are 6% higher than the national average. Does our government play a historic role in disenfranchising Blacks in America? Since Obama is an African American/Blackman should he be more informed and concerned with the specific needs of Black people in this country? I often ask people who say Blacks shouldn’t get special treatment, but how many slaves volunteered to come to America and build it for free? Like the President, I have studied Malcolm X intensely and I grew up admiring him as a youth. I studied all of his...
  • Al Sharpton Guest: Obama Rapidly Losing Black Support!

    12/15/2009 7:19:16 PM PST · by iloveamerica1980 · 29 replies · 1,163+ views
    Dittos Rush! ^ | 11-15-09 | James
    Video: In an interview yesterday (http://radioequalizer.blogs) on the Al Sharpton Show, radio guest Dr Boyce Watkins spells out Obama's increasingly shaky support from African-Americans. He says: "The people his plans are targeted to help, they're not getting help".
  • As unemployment drops for most, black teens see 8-point spike

    12/13/2009 10:34:34 PM PST · by newbie2008 · 28 replies · 936+ views
    Although the unemployment rate for African-Americans dropped to 15.6 percent in November, the unemployment rate for black teens between the ages of 16 to 19 currently stands at 49.4 percent - a sharp increase from last month's number of 41.3 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That number only accounts for the number of teens actually participating in the labor market.
  • CBC: W.H. not doing enough for blacks

    12/14/2009 2:54:11 AM PST · by markomalley · 21 replies · 906+ views
    Politico ^ | 12/13/2009 | Diana Heitz
    Congressional Black Caucus members continued to air their differences with the Obama administration on Sunday. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said that the administration hasn't done enough to target the African-American community when drafting economic recovery plans. African Americans, she said, have suffered a “devastation” during the economic downturn unlike the pain felt in other communities. “When you have disproportionate pain, when you have the kind of devastation that we’re having in our community….You have to target legislation and actions so that you can deal with that devastation,” Waters said on TV One's "Washington Watch." “You have two sick patients. One...
  • OBAMA Starting To Feel The Heat From Blacks On Jobs

    12/08/2009 7:03:15 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 42 replies · 1,439+ views
    The Grio ^ | 8 December 2009 | Javier David
    On Tuesday, President Barack Obama announced a new spate of measures aimed at jumpstarting an economy suffering from record levels of unemployment, and designed to complement last Thursday's jobs summit in Washington. While last week's event was greeted with a healthy dose of skepticism in some quarters, critics may find succor in at least a few of the proposals floated by the president...
  • 'A Preservation Thing': Tiger Woods' marital woes widen his distance from African-Americans

    12/05/2009 11:52:11 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 82 replies · 5,542+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | 12/5/09 | Jesse Washington/AP
    Amid all the headlines generated by Tiger Woods' troubles — the puzzling car accident, the suggestions of marital turmoil and multiple mistresses — little attention has been given to the race of the women linked with the world's greatest golfer. Except in the black community. When three white women were said to be romantically involved with Woods in addition to his blonde, Swedish wife, blogs, airwaves and barbershops started humming, and Woods' already tenuous standing among many blacks took a beating. On the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner radio show, Woods was the butt of jokes all week.
  • Black Caucus (CBC) tells Obama you've done too little for African-Americans

    12/03/2009 7:02:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 876+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/2/09 | Silla Brush
    Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) members on Wednesday criticized the Obama administration for not doing enough to help African-Americans through the bleak economy. Soon after withholding their votes on a wide-ranging financial services bill, 10 CBC members said they are pressuring the White House to do more. The House Financial Services Committee voted 31-27 in favor of the bill, but the lawmakers’ boycott came on a major financial measure the administration wants to see Congress pass this month. “We have not been forceful enough in our efforts to protect the most vulnerable of our population,” said Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), who...
  • GLENN BECK'S FRIDAY THE 13TH NIGHTMARE FOR LIBERALS: BLACK CONSERVATIVES

    11/11/2009 6:11:41 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 9 replies · 840+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 11/11/2009 | Gary P.
    On Friday, the 13th, Glenn Beck dishes up an unlucky and frightening show for Liberals as he features prominent Black Conservatives! The Horror!!!
  • Anthony Sowell, John Muhammad: Serial Killers Not Just White Males Any Longer

    11/10/2009 8:23:23 AM PST · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 10 replies · 552+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | Nov. 10, 2009 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    Media & Authorities Slow or Reluctant to Acknowledge Mass Murderers Come in All Colors: Playing the Race Card: Does it Apply When Not Politically Correct? According to FBI statistics, at any given time there are 30 to 50 serial killers roaming the United States, seeking out their prey. 76% of all serial killers worldwide perform their dark and evil murders in the United States. Europeans represent 17% of the world's serial killers. In totality, the United States and Europe combined make up 93% of all mass murderers internationally. In the U.S., California holds the dubious distinction of the most homicidal...
  • Before Dreams, There Was Roots (Both Are Fiction)

    11/01/2009 1:48:33 AM PST · by bogusname · 20 replies · 1,416+ views
    American Thinker ^ | Share | Jack Cashill
    "This is the first president that actually writes his own books since Teddy Roosevelt and arguably the first to write them really well since Lincoln," gushed Rocco Landesman, the new chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Landesman was referring, of course, to Barack Obama, specifically for Obama's presumed role as author of the acclaimed 1995 memoir, Dreams From My Father. As evidence that Obama did not exactly write Dreams mounts, Landesman gives us a good indication of how America's cultural honchos will react. For a century, in fact, they have been heaping uncritical praise on undeserving artists of...
  • Blacks still drawn to Islam despite FBI raids

    10/30/2009 11:04:49 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 24 replies · 1,115+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 10/30/2009 | JESSE WASHINGTON
    By now, Sekou Jackson is used to the questions: Why does he need to leave a work meeting to pray? Don't black Muslims convert to Islam in jail? Why would you even want to be Muslim? "It's kind of a double whammy to be African-American and Muslim," said Jackson, who studies the Navy at the National Academy of Science in Washington. "You're going to be judged." Jackson's struggle may have gotten harder when the FBI raided a Detroit mosque Wednesday, saying its leader preached hate against the government, trafficked in stolen goods and belonged to a radical group that wants...
  • Black Careers dot com!!!

    10/24/2009 5:25:59 AM PDT · by GregNH · 51 replies · 2,276+ views
    Career Builders ^ | 10/24/2009 | Greg Goss
    The Premier Career Site For African Americans
  • Why Don't Jews have an Al Sharpton?

    10/21/2009 7:18:08 AM PDT · by goods · 36 replies · 934+ views
    yossigestetner.com ^ | Oct/21/2009 | Yossi Gestetner
    Yes, you’ll tell me that there are such organizations as the Jewish Defense League that sometimes make noise when acts are inappropriately done against Jews. Fine, I hear you, but no specific Jewish leader has the name recognition that gets called onto media programs following anti-Semitic related events. Nor does any Jewish leader have the clout that forces politicians to stand with them at press conferences the way NYC boss Mike Bloomberg stood with Al Sharpton following the shooting death of Sean Bell, which was not even a racial incident. So, why is that? Why don’t Jews have such a...
  • First lady’s roots from slavery To White House - WHO GIVES A ......

    10/08/2009 1:50:26 PM PDT · by RED SOUTH · 73 replies · 2,226+ views
    The state run media is putting this story everywhere. No wonder newspapers , mag's and network news needs a bailout ... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33221072/ns/politics-the_new_york_times/?GT1=43001
  • Who's Really Pulling The Race Card

    09/22/2009 10:35:05 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 8 replies · 593+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 09/22/2009 | Ann Lindholm
    I had the privilege of attending another town hall meeting this week, hosted by Congressman Jack Kingston. He spoke for a while on health care and explained the differences between the democratic HR 3200 plan and the other proposals on the table. Then Congressman Kingston opened the floor for questions or comments. The first man to speak stood up and was all for the HR3200 bill. We were all willing to listen although you could tell most did not agree with him. He wanted to convince everyone why the health care bill was such a good idea. He lost his...
  • The Third Annual National Day of Panhandling for Reparations: October 10, 2009

    09/20/2009 6:27:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 621+ views
    Reparations Day ^ | September 2009
    Download a Panhandling for Reparations Kit Instructions, statement, receipts, flags and FAQ.(continued at link)
  • Suit Alleges Trusted Blacks Drew Minorities to High-Rate Loans

    09/18/2009 8:54:15 PM PDT · by Saije · 21 replies · 1,648+ views
    Washington Independent ^ | 9/17/2009 | Mary Kane
    As the housing market began booming in mid-2000, Wells Fargo & Co. teamed up with prominent African American commentator and PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley and financial author Kelvin Boston, the host of “Moneywise,”...to host something called “Wealth Building” seminars in black neighborhoods. Smiley was the keynote speaker, and the big draw...Smiley would charge up the audience — and rattle the Wells Fargo executives in attendance — by launching into a story about how he hated banks, and how they used to refuse to lend him money for his real estate projects in Compton, Calif., and elsewhere. After Hurricane...
  • The Racism of Marijuana Prohibition (another fine editoral from the LA Times)

    09/07/2009 3:09:41 PM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 149 replies · 3,034+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 7, 2009 | Stephen Gutwillig
    The racism of marijuana prohibition Enforcement of marijuana laws disproportionately affects young African Americans -- even though their usage rates are lower than whites'... So while the purported mainstream is delighting to "Weeds" and contemplating the new revenue that state-regulated marijuana would generate, there's even greater urgency to ending the prohibition of marijuana. California can't wait any longer to end the racist enforcement of marijuana laws.
  • CNN Guest: Racist Glenn Beck Is the ‘Right Wing’s Political Terrorist’

    09/07/2009 12:53:59 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 102 replies · 2,278+ views
    CNN ^ | Sept. 7, 2009
    David Sirota: "And what I think is going on here is that the White House is listening to the right-wing's political terrorists - people like Glenn Beck, people like conservative activists, who have targeted Van Jones because Van Jones is an African-American with progressive movement background working on behalf of social justice."
  • Unemployment Rate Remains Disproportionately Higher for African-Americans

    09/07/2009 10:56:59 AM PDT · by Son House · 47 replies · 2,048+ views
    AFRO ^ | September 6, 2009 | By AFRO Staff
    Unemployment and job loss figures released for August 2009 by the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics did not hold any promise for economic recovery reaching American households soon. While the number of jobs lost in August was down – a sign pointed to as evidence the recession is turning around – there was an increase in the number of people claiming unemployment. That figure jumped to 9.7 percent for all workers, up .3 percent from July and the highest level recorded in more than two decades. The August bump was driven by increases in the jobless rates for...
  • "Father Forgive Them"

    08/23/2009 11:10:03 AM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 6 replies · 585+ views
    Father Forgive Them By Norma Zager “Calves are easily bound and slaughtered Never knowing the reason why: But whoever treasures freedom Like the swallow has learned to fly.” From the Israeli Folk Song “Dona Dona” Oftentimes even the most ardent supporter of the human race must face reality. Saving the world from itself is too great a task for any one person or any thousands of persons. Human nature in its inimitable way will find the least resistant path toward self-destruction and no force on earth is great enough to prevent people from achieving their goal. In 1964 the United...
  • Obama and the Black Elite (Clubby World of Debutantes and BMWs)

    08/21/2009 6:31:51 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 57 replies · 2,228+ views
    TheDailyBeast ^ | August 21, 2009 | 8:22pm | Patricia J. Williams
    As the first family departs for Martha’s Vineyard, Patricia Williams says the trip illuminates their delicate relationship with the black upper class—a clubby world of debutantes and BMWs. When President Barack Obama appointed Valerie Jarrett as his senior advisor and Desiree Rogers as White House social secretary, there was, among the mainstream media, a bit of muffled gasping about from where on earth such designer-clad doyennes might have emerged. In what hidden universe do black people exist who can actually distinguish a fish knife from a shoe horn? And are there more of them? In what hidden universe do black...
  • Meet AARP's New CEO: A. Barry Rand

    08/11/2009 8:00:42 AM PDT · by milwguy · 46 replies · 1,886+ views
    aarp today ^ | 3/12/2009 | carole fleck
    A. Barry Rand, chairman of the Board of Trustees at Howard University and a nationally recognized agent for social change, has been tapped as AARP’s new chief executive officer, it was announced Thursday. Rand, 64, a former top executive at Xerox and Avis Rent A Car, will succeed Bill Novelli when he takes over the association’s top post on April 6. He will become AARP’s first African American CEO. According to an AARP press release, Rand is “a catalyst for social change and inclusion in the workplace.” He was selected to lead AARP after a national search that lasted nearly...
  • NBC Launches Liberal Site For 'The' African-American Perspective On News

    08/09/2009 5:16:21 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 38 replies · 1,440+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    "There is not a Black America and a White America and a Latino America and an Asian America -- there's the United States of America." -- Barack Obama, 2004 Democratic National Convention keynote address. "theGrio.com. The African-American perspective on news. Our lives, our world, our stories. theGrio.com. Part of NBC News." -- promo for new NBC News website, August 9, 2009. So much for Barack Obama's promise of a post-racial America. NBC News apparently believes that African-Americans can be pigeonholed. In NBC's view, there exists "the" African-American perspective on news. So announced the NBC promo, aired during today's Meet The...
  • Eyewitness Account of Union Thugs Beating Black Independent Tea Party Attendee

    08/07/2009 6:26:37 PM PDT · by GoreNoMore · 56 replies · 2,045+ views
    Demand Justice! Denounce Violence! Saturday at SEIU Office by admin on August 7, 2009 in ACTION 1 Comment DATE: Saturday, August 8, 2009 (tomorrow) TIME: Noon LOCATION: SEIU Headquarters, 5585 Pershing Ave., Suite 130, St. Louis, MO 63112 The St. Louis Tea Party will hold a press conference and peaceable protest at SEIU Headquarters 5585 Pershing Ave., Suite 130, St. Louis, MO 63112 at Noon Saturday, August 8, 2009. The protest is to demand justice for Kenneth Gladney, an African-American conservative who was brutally beaten by 4 individuals, at least 2 of whom were identified as SEIU representatives. The beatings...
  • African-Americans Most Religiously Devout Group (in the nation)

    07/26/2009 7:41:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies · 1,185+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 7/26/2009 | Michelle A. Vu
    African-Americans are the most religiously devout racial group in the nation when it comes to attending services, praying and believing that God exists, according to a recent profile. Compared to the rest of the U.S. population, which is generally considered highly religious, African-Americans engage in religious activities more frequently and express higher levels of religious belief, Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life highlighted in a report released in time for Black History Month. The center's U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, conducted in 2007 on more than 35,000 people, found that 79 percent of African-Americans say religion is very...
  • School wasn't prepped for this scandal

    07/25/2009 5:25:51 PM PDT · by fiodora · 28 replies · 1,621+ views
    Boston.com ^ | September 6, 2008 | Alex Beam
    THE OTHER GATES FOUNDATION In 2005, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., known to all as "Skip," set up the nonprofit Inkwell Foundation, named after a famous beach/gathering place for African-Americans on Martha's Vineyard. Skip talked about the foundation in a recent interview with Martha's Vineyard magazine and touted it when he launched his for-profit business, AfricanDNA.com, last year. "The precedent-setting site is the only company in the field of genetic genealogy that will provide African Americans with family tree research in addition to DNA testing," its initial press release declared, adding that "a percentage of all profits will be...
  • Will The Right Make This Obama’s “Wise Latina” Moment?

    07/20/2009 12:11:36 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 5 replies · 454+ views
    mediaite.com ^ | July 20, 2009 | Steve Krakauer
    Over the weekend a tipster directed our attention to a part of the “President Obama’s African Journey” AC 360 special featuring the interviews Anderson Cooper conducted with President Barack Obama during his trip to Ghana. One line of the President’s stood out as possible fodder for criticism in much the same way Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s “wise Latina” comment became a conservative talking point. Here’s the full passage: That’s part of the African American experience. You are, in some ways, connected to this distant land, but on the other end, you’re about as American as it gets in some ways. African...
  • Obama urges 'new black mindset'

    07/17/2009 3:03:19 AM PDT · by Pinkbell · 52 replies · 1,830+ views
    BBC ^ | July 17, 2009
    US President Barack Obama has told America's oldest civil rights organisation that African Americans should take charge of their own lives. He told the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) there were "no excuses" for minority children not to succeed. Mr Obama's comments came in a speech at a dinner marking the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. It is his first speech focussing on race since he became US president. The BBC's Jon Donnison in Washington says the tone of the speech was passionate, even preacher-like. "Make no mistake: The pain of discrimination is still felt in...
  • Durbin: DC tops in abortion because its residents are black (Audio included)

    07/16/2009 8:52:23 AM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 28 replies · 1,442+ views
    Wash Examiner/Beltway Confidential ^ | July 16, 2009 | David Freddoso
    In a committee markup last week, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said that residents of the District of Columbia have a disproportionately large number of abortions because D.C. is disproportionately African-American. In our nation's capital, 41 percent of all pregnancies end in abortion...
  • An Open Letter to President Obama

    07/13/2009 4:44:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 911+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 13, 2009 | Harry R. Jackson, Jr
    The following is an excerpt from a letter that will be sent this week to President Obama from leaders in the African-American community. Two events have precipitated the writing of this letter. 1. The President hosted a Stonewall Riot 40th anniversary celebration at the White House, when no such meeting has been afforded to African-American clergy to date. 2. The legal attempt to overthrow the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that has come out of Massachusetts last week. All too often, both the press and politicians view the African-American community as a monolithic group that will go wherever the cultural...