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  • Obama talks tough on 'AWOL' fathers

    06/15/2008 12:11:40 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies · 93+ views
    Obama talks tough on 'AWOL' fathers By MIKE ALLEN | 6/15/08 2:08 PM EST Talking tough on Father’s Day, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) challenged African-American men on Sunday to play more of a role in raising their children and warned them that “responsibility doesn’t just end at conception.” “Too many fathers are MIA. Too many fathers are AWOL,” he told a huge African-American congregation in Chicago. “There’s a hole in your heart if you don’t have a male figure in the home that can guide you and lead you and set a good example for you.” “What makes you a...
  • The Tragedy of America's Disappearing Fathers

    06/14/2008 9:15:18 PM PDT · by gpapa · 28 replies · 286+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 14, 2008 | Juan Williams
    Walter Dean Myers, a best-selling author of books for teenagers, sometimes visits juvenile detention centers in his home state of New Jersey to hold writing workshops and listen for stories about the lives of young Americans. One day, in a juvenile facility near his home in Jersey City, a 15-year-old black boy pulled him aside for a whispered question: Why did he write in "Somewhere in the Darkness" about a boy not meeting his father because the father was in jail? Mr. Myers, a 70-year-old black man, did not answer. He waited. And sure enough, the boy, eyes down, mumbled...
  • Bill Cosby to Blacks: Stop Blaming 'The White Man' (Conference Michelle Obama Attended)

    06/05/2008 7:10:34 AM PDT · by jrooney · 50 replies · 627+ views
    CNS News ^ | July 02, 2004 | Marc Morano
    Bill Cosby pleaded with blacks to stop blaming the "white man" for their problems on Thursday, and he reiterated his harsh critique of the current state of African-American culture. "It is almost analgesic to talk about what the white man is doing against us, and it keeps a person frozen in their seat. It keeps you frozen in your hole that you are sitting in to point up and say, 'That's the reason why I am here.' We need to stop this," Cosby said in an address before Jesse Jackson's 33rd Annual Rainbow/PUSH Coalition conference in Chicago.
  • Cosby to blacks: Come on people, it's time for change

    06/02/2008 1:54:37 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 23 replies · 108+ views
    I haven’t heard one fellow yet say, “I went to medical school all because my gang members encouraged me to do so while we were breaking into the gas station.” While some people don’t want to hear what I’m saying, others have said: Why don’t blacks listen to Bill Cosby and not Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. But I say, don’t pit me against Jesse and Al because they speak the truth. The things that Jesse has come out for and he’s been against, these are things I’m talking about, too. Yes, there is such a thing as institutionalize racism.
  • On black issues, Obama plays the white card

    05/07/2008 6:25:22 AM PDT · by Clive · 21 replies · 166+ views
    National Post ^ | 2008-05-07 | Barbara Kay
    "We are living in a new time, where people are behaving in abnormal ways and calling it normal…No longer is a person embarrassed because they're pregnant without a husband. No longer is a boy considered an embarrassment if he tries to run away from being the father of the unmarried child" -- Bill Cosby, speaking to African-Americans at St. Paul Church of God in Christ, Detroit, July, 2007. As Mother's Day approaches, it seems a fitting moment to point out the truth of Bill Cosby's observation. Left unsaid but well understood by him: This "new time" and these "abnormal ways"...
  • ‘This Is How We Lost to the White Man’

    04/17/2008 9:25:59 AM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 57 replies · 222+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | May 2008 | Ta-Nehisi Coates
    “Men, if you want to win, we can win,” Cosby said. “We are not a pitiful race of people. We are a bright race, who can move with the best. But we are in a new time, where people are behaving in abnormal ways and calling it normal … When they used to come into our neighborhoods, we put the kids in the basement, grabbed a rifle, and said, ‘By any means necessary.’ “I don’t want to talk about hatred of these people,” he continued. “I’m talking about a time when we protected our women and protected our children. Now...
  • This is How We Lost To The White Man

    04/12/2008 2:42:58 PM PDT · by freerepublic_or_die · 62 replies · 219+ views
    The Atlantic Monthly ^ | Ta-Nehisi Coates
    <p>Last summer, in Detroit’s St. Paul Church of God in Christ, I watched Bill Cosby summon his inner Malcolm X. It was a hot July evening. Cosby was speaking to an audience of black men dressed in everything from Enyce T-shirts or polos to blazers and ties...</p>
  • ‘This Is How We Lost to the White Man’

    04/10/2008 11:48:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 73 replies · 802+ views
    Atlantic Monthly ^ | May 2008 | Ta-Nehisi Coates
    <p>Last summer, in Detroit’s St. Paul Church of God in Christ, I watched Bill Cosby summon his inner Malcolm X.</p> <p>He began with the story of a black girl who’d risen to become valedictorian of his old high school, despite having been abandoned by her father.</p>
  • Obama, Less Than Audacious - The real discussion on race is still to come.

    03/24/2008 6:11:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 748+ views
    City Journal ^ | 19 March 2008 | Harry Stein
    Even as Barack Obama’s speech on race Tuesday morning was being widely hailed for its candor on a subject about which Americans—and, it must be said, especially liberal Americans—are notoriously less than candid, it strived to set, and limit, the terms of this long overdue conversation. Yes, Obama acknowledged, there is vast miscommunication between the races, a constant misreading of signals and intent. Things get said on both sides that, while regrettable, aren’t meant precisely as they may sound to ears of a different color. Obama readily admitted that his pastor, Jeremiah Wright, as a man who came of age...
  • 'Catastrophic Times' for Black America

    01/18/2008 10:56:09 AM PST · by Lorianne · 32 replies · 48+ views
    The Nation ^ | Jan. 18, 2008 | Max Fraser
    ... pessimism was hard to avoid during the early sessions of this latest economic summit, convened January 5-9 in New York City by the Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. The summit's theme, Jackson reiterated time and again, was the "structural inequality" that has persisted in American society long after the end of legal segregation. The main item on the opening day's agenda was the subprime mortgage implosion, its impact on black communities and its larger ramifications for a national economy barreling toward recession. Black homeowners have been hit particularly hard by the mortgage crisis, largely because predatory lenders have been...
  • OUR OPINION: Nation's children being harmed by unmarried adults

    11/25/2007 7:45:05 AM PST · by madprof98 · 61 replies · 376+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 11/25/07 | Jim Wooten
    Former professional basketball player Jason Caffey had two children with his wife, and at least six other children with women in metro Atlanta, Alabama, Louisiana and Illinois. Professional football player Travis Henry, a Denver Broncos running back with a $25 million contract, has nine children by nine women in four Southern states, including a Lithonia boy fathered out of wedlock three years ago. Caffey, who earned as much as $5 million a season in a 10-year NBA career with the Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks, filed for bankruptcy in Alabama in August. His wife, who lives in...
  • US Among Worst in World for Infant Death

    11/10/2007 9:18:10 PM PST · by Santa Fe_Conservative · 59 replies · 615+ views
    The rate at which infants die in the United States has dropped substantially over the past half-century, but broad disparities remain among racial groups, and the country stacks up poorly next to other industrialized nations. In 2004, the most recent year for which statistics are available, roughly seven babies died for every 1,000 live births before reaching their first birthday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. That was down from about 26 in 1960. Babies born to black mothers died at two and a half times the rate of those born to white mothers, according to the CDC...
  • Scolding by Cosby rings true 3 years on

    09/25/2007 2:54:07 PM PDT · by llevrok · 44 replies · 121+ views
    The Roanoke Times ^ | 9/23/07 | Shana Flowers
    If Bill Cosby walked up to Virginia Smith today, the Roanoke woman would affably extend her hand. Three years ago, Smith would have given him a piece of her mind. She was among blacks who condemned Cosby for calling out the black underclass for its troubling ranks of unwed mothers, absent fathers, disengaged parents, high school dropouts and prison convicts. Smith, 63, was outraged. The entertainment icon was being "uppity," she thought at the time. She stopped watching him on television afterward. "He didn't understand," Smith said last week, recalling her reaction. She was in the camp that believed Cosby's...
  • Black activists focus on family, reparations

    07/14/2007 12:12:45 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 111 replies · 1,800+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 7/13/2007 | ALLAN TURNER
    In speeches demanding government reparations for 400 years of American slavery to ruminations on the revolutionary nature of a rose in a woman's hand, black activists Friday took up the the thorny topic of how best to "resurrect" the African-American family. Chicago activist Conrad Worrill urged those gathered at the Shape Community Center for the 28th convention of the National Black United Front to continue to push for government compensation for centuries of slavery. "It's clear they owe us for 400 years of free labor," he said. "They owe us." Worrill, United Front national chairman, was the opening speaker for...
  • Having kids move blacks to the LEFT

    09/08/2006 6:45:12 PM PDT · by inductivist.blogspot.com · 2 replies · 173+ views
    Inductivist ^ | September 8 , 2006 | Ron Guhname
    In an earlier post, I presented numbers from the General Social Survey (GSS) that squared with Steve Sailer's thesis (isteve.com) that low housing prices facilitate family formation among whites which then turns them into political conservatives. So my next question is: what does a large family do to black parents? According to the GSS, lots of kids moves blacks to the left. Data on the 2000 presidential election (the most recent available to the public) reveals that blacks who voted for Gore had a mean of .75 children living at home with them, while Bush supporters averaged only .38. (The...
  • Williams urges blacks to rely on themselves ("Enough": diatribe against Jesse Jackson, etc.)

    09/02/2006 4:21:49 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 35 replies · 1,304+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | Sep 2, 2006 | Gregory Kane
    Enter Juan Williams, a senior correspondent for National Public Radio and a political analyst for Fox News...[it's] his latest book that's creating quite a buzz. Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America - and What We Can Do About It is Williams' diatribe against black "leaders" of the Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton model: the self-serving, race-hustling type. Williams also takes to task reparations advocates, black criminals and rappers who are responsible for the most viciously stereotypical images of black people... ..."Overall, about 35 percent of the city's black population lives in...
  • Bill Cosby: Men, Claim Your Children

    08/24/2006 4:20:18 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 82 replies · 2,104+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 8/24/06 | AP
    Comedian Bill Cosby, making an all-day visit to Baltimore on Tuesday, took absentee fathers to task, urged elementary school students to study and suggested unusual methods to prevent teenage pregnancy. "If you hear a female say, 'I want to have something that loves me,' stop her," Cosby said during a visit to a West Baltimore elementary school. "Stop her quickly. Duct tape her to the closet. This is no time to fool around. You can't dump this (baby) on your mother, you can't dump this on your grandmother." Cosby was serious most of the time, however, including, at a panel...
  • Live thread.... watch Fox now... Dumb and Dumber... Juan Williams debates Al Sharpton

    08/21/2006 5:37:13 PM PDT · by nctexan · 41 replies · 1,294+ views
    Al and Juan are going to debate Juan's new book....
  • Banish the Bling

    08/21/2006 7:05:19 AM PDT · by RKV · 21 replies · 1,287+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 21 August 2006 | Juan Williams
    Have we taken our eyes off the prize? The civil rights movement continues, but the struggle today is not so much in the streets as in the home -- and with our children. If systemic racism remains a reality, there is also a far more sinister obstacle facing African American young people today: a culture steeped in bitterness and nihilism, a culture that is a virtual blueprint for failure.... Cosby asked the chilling question: "What good is Brown " and all the victories of the civil rights era if nobody wants them? A generation after those major civil rights victories,...
  • Let's make Cosby's passion our own

    08/20/2006 12:16:11 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 10 replies · 706+ views
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 19 Aug 06 | Eugene Kane
    This time he wasn't here to save black Milwaukee from the demons that plague us. This time it was just another gig. But Bill Cosby still cares about the issues he's been talking about all over the country in a one-man campaign to send a message to African-Americans about personal responsibility, good parenting and the need for education. Even when Cosby's mainly in town to make people laugh, the plight of black America is never far from his mind.
  • The Collapse of Marriage and the Rise of Welfare Dependence

    08/17/2006 11:13:15 AM PDT · by Khankrumthebulgar · 17 replies · 685+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | August 15, 2006 | Jennifer A. Marshall, Robert Lerman, Ph.D., Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, Ph.D., Hon. Wade Horn, Ph.D.,
    JENNIFER A. MARSHALL: This is the first in a series of events that will focus on the tenth anniversary of the welfare reform of 1996. One of the most impor­tant features of that reform was to establish in policy that poverty is linked to lifestyle issues like fatherless­ness, unwed childbearing, and the loss of a culture of work. In 1996, work requirements and caps on ben­efits were some of the significant changes in federal welfare policy. As a result of that reform, black child poverty fell to its lowest level in history, and 1.5 mil­lion fewer children are in poverty...
  • Racism vs. Cultural Failings? Journalist [Juan Williams] Sides With Cosby

    08/15/2006 11:25:56 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 18 replies · 1,692+ views
    Newhouse News ^ | 8/15/2006 | Jonathan Tilove
        Racism vs. Cultural Failings? Journalist Sides With Cosby BY Jonathan Tilove    In "Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America -- and What We Can Do About It," longtime journalist Juan Williams argues that Bill Cosby was right in blaming the ills of black America on factors other than racism. (Photo by Michael Temchine) WASHINGTON -- The question of whether racism or cultural failings are more to blame for the crisis in black America has been much debated in recent years. In 2004, Bill Cosby weighed in on the...
  • Younger blacks absorb a wariness of marriage

    08/09/2006 12:40:54 PM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 55 replies · 1,235+ views
    The Boston Glob ^ | August 9, 2006 | Vanessa E. Jones
    As African-American teenagers in a Mission Hill conference room talk about their opinions of marriage , their comments reveal a dreary view of the institution. ``I'm not looking forward to marriage," says Nakeeda Burns , a 17-year-old resident of Revere and daughter of a single mother, ``and I don't think we [people in general] should be married, because I see how other marriages ended up in my family and on television. It's always a disaster." Even the married couples these teens know don't seem particularly happy. ``All of my friends who are married, they tell me not to get married,"...
  • Michael Reagan: Had enough?

    08/08/2006 12:44:18 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 57 replies · 3,533+ views
    Oregon Statesman Journal ^ | 08/08/06 | Michael Reagan
    NPR and Fox News commentator Juan Williams is a certified liberal — so liberal some have called him the black Alan Colmes, the liberal half of Fox’s Hannity and Colmes. When he writes a book you’d expect the liberal media to fall all over each other to be the first to review his book and have him as a guest on network radio and TV. That hasn’t happened, however, because his book “Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America — and What We Can Do About It,” has crossed the boundary of...
  • COSBY'S CORNER (Aretha Franklin calls Rev. Al's radio show to endorse Bill's remarks)

    05/19/2006 6:26:07 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 26 replies · 1,610+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 19, 2006 | Dick Johnson
    Rev. Al Sharpton got a surprise Tuesday during his national radio broadcast. The preacher was talking to Bill Cosby about his controversial speech at the Spellman College commencement, in which Cosby urged graduates to "pick up the pace" because "most [African-American men] are in prison." As Cosby took calls from listeners, a very special voice came on the line. It was the Natural Woman herself, Aretha Franklin, calling from her home in Detroit. The Queen of Soul backed Cosby's remarks. "It was the ultimate defense from the ultimate black woman," Sharpton told The Post's Stephanie Gaskell after the show. Continue...
  • Shelby Steele has a lot to say about black society.He calls it common sense.Some call him an Uncle

    05/15/2006 7:57:26 AM PDT · by SmithL · 36 replies · 1,475+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/15/6 | Edward Guthmann
    "The only thing that makes me interesting as a writer," Shelby Steele says, "is that I'm just talking common sense. The most ordinary, everyday sort of common sense." Correction. What sets Steele apart is that he's saying things many people, even those who secretly agree with him, would rather not hear. He says that blacks should take responsibility for their own disproportionate crime rates and poor academic performance and not blame a system imposed on them by whites; that whites support affirmative action and other "silly racial policies" out of fear, to avoid accusations of racism. He says that blacks...
  • 'They need to be taught' - Black community feels effects of single parenthood rates.

    05/14/2006 2:37:40 AM PDT · by Caipirabob · 34 replies · 1,319+ views
    Tribune Staff Writer - SouthBend Tribune ^ | May 10. 2006 6:59AM | MAY LEE JOHNSON
    A young, single mother informed a Tribune reporter that "marriage is for white people." The statistics back up her words. More than three-quarters of black babies are born out of wedlock, according to the St. Joseph County Health Department. South Bend sociologist Johnnie Griffin says blacks were more likely to be raised by both parents during slavery days than they are today. Nearly 1.5 million babies, a record, were born to unmarried women in the United States last year, the government reported. And it isn't just teenagers anymore.
  • 'Marriage Is for White People'

    03/25/2006 11:08:03 PM PST · by Crackingham · 184 replies · 5,156+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 3/26/6 | Joy Jones
    I grew up in a time when two-parent families were still the norm, in both black and white America. Then, as an adult, I saw divorce become more commonplace, then almost a rite of passage. Today it would appear that many -- particularly in the black community -- have dispensed with marriage altogether. But as a black woman, I have witnessed the outrage of girlfriends when the ex failed to show up for his weekend with the kids, and I've seen the disappointment of children who missed having a dad around. Having enjoyed a close relationship with my own father,...
  • A Poverty of the Mind

    03/25/2006 7:42:00 PM PST · by mathprof · 12 replies · 1,677+ views
    nyt ^ | 3/26/06 | ORLANDO PATTERSON
    SEVERAL recent studies have garnered wide attention for reconfirming the tragic disconnection of millions of black youths from the American mainstream. But they also highlighted another crisis: the failure of social scientists to adequately explain the problem, and their inability to come up with any effective strategy to deal with it.[snip] Nor have studies explained why, if someone cannot get a job, he turns to crime and drug abuse. One does not imply the other. Joblessness is rampant in Latin America and India, but the mass of the populations does not turn to crime. And why do so many young...
  • Plight Deepens for Black Men, Studies Warn [More black drop outs in prison than working]

    03/19/2006 9:12:59 PM PST · by summer · 131 replies · 3,386+ views
    NY Times Editorial ^ | March 20, 2006 | Erik Eckholm
    BALTIMORE — Black men in the United States face a far more dire situation than is portrayed by common employment and education statistics,... Focusing more closely than ever on the life patterns of young black men, the new studies, by experts at Columbia, Princeton, Harvard and other institutions, show that the huge pool of poorly educated black men are becoming ever more disconnected from the mainstream society, and to a far greater degree than comparable white or Hispanic men. ...These were among the recent findings: ¶The share of young black men without jobs has climbed relentlessly...dropouts.... ¶Incarceration rates climbed in...
  • Black Families, Black Men

    03/16/2006 11:12:22 AM PST · by FreeManDC · 24 replies · 1,089+ views
    The Reality Check ^ | March 15, 2006 | Carey Roberts
    Sounding like a born-again social conservative, president Lyndon B. Johnson stepped to the podium and made this stirring pronouncement: “When the family collapses, it is the children that are usually damaged. When it happens on a massive scale, the community itself is crippled.” And with his usual modesty, LBJ later hailed that 1965 Howard University commencement address as his “greatest civil rights speech.” A few months later the Moynihan Report came out. Despite its commonsense focus on strengthening the Black family, civil rights leaders raised a stink that Mr. Moynihan was trying to “blame the victim.” Floyd McKissick, director of...
  • Strong black families will lead to progress

    01/20/2006 7:00:07 AM PST · by Caleb1411 · 8 replies · 453+ views
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | 1/20/06 | CLAUDE LEWIS
    A couple of decades ago, millions of black youths were mindlessly chanting "black is beautiful." By itself, the slogan was little more than another feel-good chant. Sadly, while it was incessantly heard, there was hardly a pause in the drive-by killings, illicit drug trade, out-of-wedlock births, alcoholism or any of the other pathologies that plague the black community. February is Black History Month, and we have just observed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. And the black community in the United States has not lived up to the standards King set for persistence, sacrifice, struggle and self-examination. To be sure,...
  • Marriage is great equalizer for blacks

    Marriage is great equalizer for blacks By Roland Warren Fri Jan 6, 7:30 AM ET As a happily married man, I have been troubled by the oft-stated myth that the institution of wedlock has never been central to the African-American heritage. Unfortunately, this view has permeated the African-American community and society at large. Now, it may be single-handedly holding back blacks in their pursuit of social, economic and educational progress. According to testimony given last fall to a Senate subcommittee by Ron Haskins of The Brookings Institution, from 1970 to 2001, the overall marriage rate declined 17% but 34% for...
  • More Black Families Home Schooling

    12/11/2005 10:03:25 AM PST · by Salman · 53 replies · 930+ views
    AP via My Way ^ | 11 Dec 2005 | ZINIE CHEN SAMPSON
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Denise Armstrong decided to home school her daughter and two sons because she thought she could do a better job of instilling her values in her children than a public school could. And while she once found herself the lone black parent at home-education gatherings that usually were dominated by white Christian evangelicals, she's noticed more black parents joining the ranks. "I've been delighted to be running into people in the African-American home-schooling community," Armstrong said. Home-school advocates say the apparent increase in black families opting to educate their children at home reflects a wider desire...
  • More black families choosing to home-school

    12/12/2005 11:10:42 AM PST · by JZelle · 8 replies · 453+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-11-05 | Zinie Chen Sampson
    RICHMOND -- Denise Armstrong decided to home-school her two sons and daughter because she thought she could do a better job of instilling her values in her children than the public school system could. Years ago, she found herself the lone black person at home-education gatherings, usually dominated by white Christian evangelicals. But gradually, she has noticed more black people joining the ranks. "I've been delighted to be running into people in the African-American home-schooling community," Mrs. Armstrong said. "I noticed, looking around the home-schooling convention at that vast sea of people and seeing more people of color." The increase...
  • All in the family: Why a strong, intact home life is the biggest single factor in raising good kids

    11/05/2005 9:29:08 PM PST · by Coleus · 92 replies · 932+ views
    CERC ^ | 10.03.05 | John Leo
    All in the family    JOHN LEO Why a strong, intact home life is the biggest single factor in raising good, successful kids. It took the media a while to acknowledge that most of Katrina's victims were black. Apparently, it will take longer to mention that most of the victims were women and children. I noticed three commentators who brought up the delicate subject of the mostly missing males — George Will, Gary Bauer, and Thomas Bray, a columnist for the Detroit News. Will noted that 76 percent of births to Louisiana's African-Americans are to unmarried women, and probably more...
  • Bill Cosby exhorts parents to set goals for their children

    10/20/2005 1:42:30 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 23 replies · 809+ views
    AP ^ | 10/20/05 | PETER PRENGAMAN
    COMPTON, Calif. - Actor and comedian Bill Cosby used humor to spread a message of responsibility and self-improvement to residents in this crime-plagued and largely minority city, challenging parents to set goals for their children that will keep them away from gangs and drugs. Cosby's visit to Compton High School on Wednesday, where he spoke to several gatherings of students, parents and teachers, is part of a national tour he hopes will bring a message of hope and accountability to the black community. "Somebody said 'I'm either flippin' burgers or sellin' some drugs," said Cosby, echoing a common complaint of...
  • Family breakdown

    08/24/2005 1:11:45 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 13 replies · 919+ views
    Townhall ^ | 8/23/05 | John McCaslin
    Rep. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat, says "the destruction of the black family" today can be traced to a single man from England who purposely paid a visit to Virginia during the early 18th century. "In 1712, British slave owner Willie Lynch was invited to the colony of Virginia to teach his methods of keeping slaves under control to American slave owners," Rangel says. "Almost 300 years later, the techniques that he prescribed seem to have not only been successful in controlling slaves, but lasting as a means of weakening and destroying the black family." Rangel explains that in...
  • Inside the Beltway-Family breakdown (Charlie Rangel promotes absolutely fake document)

    08/22/2005 1:44:18 PM PDT · by NavySEAL F-16 · 70 replies · 2,320+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 22, 2005 | John McCaslin
    Family breakdown Rep. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat, says "the destruction of the black family" today can be traced to a single man from England who purposely paid a visit to Virginia during the early 18th century. "In 1712, British slave owner Willie Lynch was invited to the colony of Virginia to teach his methods of keeping slaves under control to American slave owners," Mr. Rangel says. "Almost 300 years later, the techniques that he prescribed seem to have not only been successful in controlling slaves, but lasting as a means of weakening and destroying the black family." Mr....
  • (Bill) Cosby's Crusade Extols Responsibility (Milwaukee, WI)

    08/18/2005 2:43:07 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 5 replies · 491+ views
    JSOnline ^ | August 17, 2005 | Meg Kissinger
    (Grandparents, parents, kids listen carefully as they're urged to take care of their community) Actor/comedian/philosopher Bill Cosby came back to Milwaukee on Wednesday to learn why, 10 months after his original plea to Milwaukeeans to put away their guns, this has been one of the deadliest summers in the city. "Ladies and gentlemen, the day is now for you to realize how important love is," he said. If not, there is nothing to stop us from pulling out a pistol and shooting the person next to us, or, even someone we do not know, he said. "The day to do...
  • Guess the Author

    08/14/2005 5:28:27 PM PDT · by LexBaird · 60 replies · 1,365+ views
    later | Guess
    While on vacation, I happened to pick up an out of date magazine which had an article written by a prominent American politician. I'd like to transcribe a short section, with obvious clues elided, and see how many here can guess who wrote it. In response to some inter-racial violence: "...Some see the answer as simply more money – billions of dollars more... ...Before rushing into massive new programs, Congress should find out why programs of the past have failed. It is time to stop using the warmed-over programs of [30 years past] to solve the problems of [now]. When...
  • Black pastors seek gay marriage ban amid family issues

    08/08/2005 6:37:38 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 13 replies · 587+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 8/8/05 | Star Parker
    I've been in Dallas for the last few days attending a conference on the state of the black family convened by the Not On My Watch Coalition and the Cornerstone Baptist Church. The coalition is a group of 40 black pastors, representing congregations numbering in the tens of thousands throughout the state of Texas, who support the Federal Marriage Amendment. The conference concluded with a 10 point resolution pointed toward encouraging behavior in our communities aimed at the task of reconstituting the black family unit. Nine of the 10 points aim exclusively at an internal re-focusing in communities on education...
  • Abandoned by my church (I turned over and pulled the covers up around my head)

    08/07/2005 9:09:06 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 160 replies · 4,141+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 7, 2005 | JOHN W. FOUNTAIN
    Sunday morning arrived, like so many before, with a mix of sunlight and chirping birds outside my bedroom window and a warm greeting from my tiny son, lying beside my wife and me. My wife rose quickly, announcing her plan to jump in the shower and get ready for Sunday school at the Baptist church, not far from our house in suburban Chicago, that she and our two children attend. As for me, in what has become my ritual nowadays, I turned over and pulled the covers up around my head. Soon I overheard my 9-year-old daughter's familiar question: "Mommy,...
  • Poverty and the Father Factor

    08/01/2005 7:15:14 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 15 replies · 638+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 8/1/05 | William Raspberry
    I first heard the numbers from sociologist Andrew Billingsley: In 1890, 80 percent of black American households were headed by husbands and wives. That's just 25 years after the end of the Civil War. In 1900, the percentage was mostly unchanged, and so it remained -- between the high 70s and the low 80s -- for 1910, 1920, 1930, for every decennial census report until 1970, when it was down to 64. For the 2000 Census, the percentage of black families headed by married couples was 38. The only good news is that it was also 38 percent in 1990,...
  • Anger Boils at Illegal Immigrants

    07/30/2005 10:31:03 AM PDT · by SC33 · 278 replies · 4,859+ views
    The LA Times ^ | July 30, 2005 | Lisa Richardson
    The event was titled "Blacks and Hispanics: Allies or Rivals?" The answer? Rivals — according to the angry audience at a town hall meeting organized by the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, which aims to rebuild the black family by aiding troubled young African American men with housing, mentoring and employment.
  • The Black Family: 40 Years of Lies

    07/25/2005 4:34:39 PM PDT · by StoneGiant · 133 replies · 5,703+ views
    City Journal ^ | Summer, 2005 | Kay S. Hymowitz
     The Black Family: 40 Years of Lies Kay S. Hymowitz Summer 2005 Read through the megazillion words on class, income mobility, and poverty in the recent New York Times series “Class Matters” and you still won’t grasp two of the most basic truths on the subject: 1. entrenched, multigenerational poverty is largely black; and 2. it is intricately intertwined with the collapse of the nuclear family in the inner city. By now, these facts shouldn’t be hard to grasp. Almost 70 percent of black children are born to single mothers. Those mothers are far more likely than married mothers to be...
  • Bill Cosby: African-Americans 'Not Holding Up Their End of the Deal'

    06/29/2005 7:30:23 PM PDT · by Lando Lincoln · 103 replies · 2,941+ views
    ABC News ^ | 29 June 2005
    Comedian Talks About Personal Responsibility and His Own Lapses in Judgment Jun. 29, 2005 - It came as a shock to many last year when Bill Cosby, one of America's top TV dads and comedians, strongly criticized low-income African-Americans, and then took that message on the road. In a series of "Conversations with Cosby" held in cities with large urban and poor populations, Cosby has said African-Americans are not "holding up their end of the deal" and need to take more responsibility for their families and communities. During these events, Cosby has been tight-lipped with the media, often talking only...
  • A painful anniversary

    06/26/2005 9:16:21 AM PDT · by don-o · 4 replies · 337+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 17, 2004 | Thomas Sowell
    "The poverty rate among black families fell from 87 percent in 1940 to 47 percent in 1960, during an era of virtually no major civil rights legislation or anti-poverty programs. It dropped another 17 percentage points during the decade of the 1960s and one percentage point during the 1970s, but this continuation of the previous trend was neither unprecedented nor something to be arbitrarily attributed to the programs like the War on Poverty."
  • Bill Cosby preaches personal responsibility,tells blacks sacrifice for kids,fathers return to family

    06/21/2005 4:22:14 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 22 replies · 1,545+ views
    WORLD NET DAILY.COM ^ | JUNE 21, 2005 | Staff Writers
    Passing out a dose of discipline to a largely black audience in St. Louis last night, comedian Bill Cosby criticized the labeling of minorities as "disadvantaged," called Christians to walk their talk, and encouraged fathers to return home to take responsibility for their families. Cosby has gained attention in recent months for his fearlessness in expressing criticism of the African-American community. In an appearance last year to commemorate the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision, he pointed fingers at "lower-economic people," shoddy parenting, sexual promiscuity, poor English like "Why you ain't?" and "Where you is?" and names...
  • A Short History of Class Antagonism in the Black Community

    05/29/2005 4:15:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 1,009+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 29, 2005 | BRENT STAPLES
    Bill Cosby spawned a cottage industry among opinion writers when he ascended a podium in Washington last year and harangued inner-city parents for doing too little to educate their children. He threw salt in the wound by saying those parents were spending too much on expensive sneakers and not enough on books. Those brief remarks have continued to reverberate through the court of public opinion. Conservatives are hailing Mr. Cosby as the tough love truth teller of the moment. Liberals have come close to describing him as a race traitor, as Prof. Michael Eric Dyson of the University of Pennsylvania...