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  • Va. Gunman May Have Worked as a Male Escort and Other Strange Findings From the WDBJ Shooting

    08/27/2015 8:36:52 AM PDT · by MuttTheHoople · 26 replies
    The Root ^ | Aug. 27 2015 8:12 AM | STEPHEN A. CROCKETT JR.
    Early Wednesday morning, Vester Lee Flanagan II, reportedly upset over being fired from Virginia news station WDBJ7 in 2013 as well as the June church massacre in Charleston, S.C., targeted two of his former colleagues and fatally shot them during a live broadcast.
  • What Happens When Cubans Speak About Anti-Black Racism in Their Country

    07/19/2015 2:17:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    The Root ^ | 7/19 | HENRY LOUIS GATES JR.
    In his PBS documentary Black in Latin America, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. reported that Cuba’s is a culture in which blackness is still in a battle for expression, inclusion and true equality, for an equal place at the social and cultural table.ditor’s note: With the U.S. Embassy reopening in Havana on July 20, The Root is giving some insight and perspective into the lives of Afro-Cubans who suffer discrimination and economic distress, even in the midst of the Cuban revolution that Fidel Castro declared put an end to racism. Harvard professor and The Root Chairman Henry Louis Gates...
  • Did Black People Own Slaves? (42% of Freed Slaves did)

    05/14/2015 12:24:55 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 50 replies
    the root ^ | March 4 2013 | Henry Louis Gates Jr.
    William Ellison's fascinating story is told by Michael Johnson and James L. Roark in their book, Black Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South. At his death on the eve of the Civil War, Ellison was wealthier than nine out of 10 white people in South Carolina. He was born in 1790 as a slave on a plantation in the Fairfield District of the state, far up country from Charleston. In 1816, at the age of 26, he bought his own freedom, and soon bought his wife and their child. In 1822, he opened his own cotton...

    04/27/2015 12:52:50 PM PDT · by drewh · 58 replies
    Big Government ^ | April 27, 2015
    Movie star Ben Affleck has another nine slaveholder ancestors from Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia, according to publicly available Census records and genealogy research conducted by Breitbart News. Last week, Affleck admitted that he successfully pressured Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates to edit his Georgia slaveholding ancestor, Benjamin Cole, out of an episode of the PBS series “Finding Your Roots” that featured his family history. This brings the number of Affleck’s known slaveholder ancestors to 12, who owned a total of 214 slaves. The relative ease with which Breitbart News was able to find these nine additional slaveholding...
  • Ben Affleck Makes a Scandal for PBS

    04/24/2015 7:53:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | April 24, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    The North Korean email hack of Sony continues to haunt Hollywood. The leftist group WikiLeaks recently posted a searchable set of the documents and the London Daily Mail found a new scandal subject: Ben Affleck ... and PBS. Harvard black-studies professor Henry Louis Gates produces a show for New York PBS superstation WNET called "Finding Your Roots." Gates tells celebrities about their ancestors. A few years back, NBC had a show just like this called "Who Do You Think You Are?" It's now on cable, on TLC. Why PBS believes it's right to use taxpayer money to copycat commercial television...
  • Revealed: THREE Slave-Owning Ancestors Ben Affleck Didn't Want You To Know About

    04/23/2015 2:07:46 PM PDT · by drewh · 45 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10:45 EST, 23 April 2015 | By DANIEL BATES FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
    Ben Affleck has at least three ancestors who owned slaves including a wealthy landowner who bought a young boy who he appears to have set to work in his tanning business. The Batman star's distant family can be traced to Connecticut and in 1728 they paid 80 pounds for a slave called Tobe who they kept until he was grown up. The bill of sale refers to Tobe as a 'negro boy' which the previous owner 'sold as my proper estate'. Tobe's owner was called Nathaniel Stanley and was known as a smart man of 'respected piety and evangelical sentiments'...
  • Ben Affleck demanded PBS program hide his slave-owning ancestor

    Ben Affleck insisted on censoring the fact that one of his ancestors owned slaves from PBS show “Finding Your Roots,” the Sony email hack has revealed. In a hacked Sony email from July 22, 2014, now available on WikiLeaks, the show’s host, Henry Louis Gates Jr., writes to Sony USA chief Michael Lynton asking for advice: “One of our guests has asked us to edit out something about one of his ancestors–the fact that he owned slaves. Now, four or five of our guests this season descend from slave owners, including Ken Burns. We’ve never had anyone ever try to...
  • Ben Affleck suppressed slave-owning ancestry, hacked Sony emails claim

    04/19/2015 12:00:14 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies ^ | 19 April 2015 | Joanna Walters
    The film star Ben Affleck asked television chiefs to hide the fact that one of his ancestors was a slave owner, according to a newly published batch of hacked emails involving the media giant Sony.
  • Ben Affleck Pressured PBS to Edit Out Slave-Owning Grandfather in Ancestry Doc

    04/17/2015 5:02:05 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 135 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2015-04-17 | Daniel Nussbaum
    Ben Affleck asked the producers of PBS’ Finding Your Roots television show to edit out details of an ancestor who owned slaves, according to a Sony internal email exchange leaked this week. In an email sent to Sony CEO Michael Lynton shortly before the show’s second season premiere, Harvard professor and Finding Your Roots host Henry Louis Gates Jr. wrote that an unnamed “megastar” had asked producers to “edit out something about one of his ancestors – the fact that he owned slaves.”
  • Ben Affleck wanted his slave owner ancestor 'censored' from Finding Your Roots PBS documentary

    04/17/2015 11:54:24 AM PDT · by Sergio · 50 replies
    London Daily Mail ^ | 17 April 2015 | Daniel Bates
    Ben Affleck persuaded the producers of Finding Your Roots to edit out details of how his ancestors were slave owners even though it was a breach of PBS editorial rules. The new Batman star, who supports a number of liberal causes, objected to the ancestry TV show airing how his distant relations were racist, leaked Sony emails reveal. Instead viewers were shown heartwarming stories of how his third grandfather was a mystic in the Civil War and how his sixth grandfather was a patriot who fought in the American Revolution. Daily Mail Online has reviewed a transcript of the show...
  • Arizona Lawman Acting Stupidly, Obama Silent

    01/12/2011 2:32:05 AM PST · by Scanian · 3 replies
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | January 12, 2011 | Ben Barrack
    Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik ascribed blame in a murder case to radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh - thereby labeling him an accomplice - while conceding he has no proof. At a press conference in the summer of 2009, President Barack Obama admitted to not having all the facts about an incident involving his friend Henry Louis Gates and the Cambridge Police. He then proceeded to declare that the Police "acted stupidly" anyway. Gates was belligerent with his arresting officer Sgt. James Crowley, called him a "racist" and then demanded an apology. Crowley refused to issue one. Sheriff Dupnik...
  • Review (of Cambridge police department) finds no links to race, arrests

    06/18/2010 3:23:50 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies · 420+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | June 17, 2010 | Rochelle Sharpe and Maggie Mulvihill
    When Henry Louis Gates Jr., a prominent Harvard professor of African-American studies, was arrested for disorderly conduct by a white Cambridge police officer last summer, President Obama led a chorus of critics denouncing the local Police Department. Gates, who is African-American, described his arrest as a “teaching moment’’ about race relations in America. His case drew national attention to the relationship between policing and race. Obama wound up hosting Gates and the officer who arrested him for a so-called beer summit at the White House. And the arrest, for some, raised the question of whether officers disproportionately arrest blacks for...
  • Ben Affleck Breaks Silence on PBS Show Controversy (Throws Skip Gates Under The Bus)

    04/21/2015 6:25:10 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 63 replies
    E!Online ^ | Natalie Finn
    Ben Affleck went searching for his roots and ended up finding more than he bargained for. And he admits it. "After an exhaustive search of my ancestry for Finding Your Roots, it was discovered that one of my distant relatives was an owner of slaves," Affleck wrote on Facebook Tuesday, breaking his silence on the controversy kicked up by a leaked Sony email that revealed the actor specifically requested that that limb of his family tree be left out of his episode of the PBS series Finding Your Roots. "I didn't want any television show about my family to include...
  • Finding Your Roots' with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    From 1948 to 1961, there was a show called "This Is Your Life," hosted by Ralph Edwards. In it, an unsuspecting celebrity was lured to a place by a friend or family member where Edwards would surprise them. People from the celebrity's past would then come out one by one and tell stories of the celebrity's early life. A modern-day version of that program is "Finding Your Roots," the latest in a brilliant series about race, identity and heritage hosted by Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Scheduled to air September 23 through November 25 on PBS. Check your local...
  • Henry Louis Gates: End Affirmative Action For Affluent African-Americans

    10/22/2013 6:24:17 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 22 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    For all his accomplishments, Henry Louis Gates might be doomed to being best remembered as the man whose arrest led to the "Beer Summit." But the Harvard prof had something surprising to say on today's Morning Joe: Gates questioned the need for affirmative action for affluent African-Americans, saying instead such programs should seek to help poor people, regardless of race. Gates made the personal political, citing the case of his own two daughters, whom Gates described as having a "privileged" life." Do they really need to benefit from affirmative action?", asked Gates rhetorically. View the video here.
  • Henry Louis Gates Returns with 'The African Americans'

    10/17/2013 6:03:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies ^ | October 17, 2013 | Cal Thomas
    Can something as tragic and immoral as slavery become, if not less tragic, then noble, even righteous, in the telling? It can and it does in the capable hands of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., whose brilliant and compelling new six-part series for PBS called "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross" premieres Oct. 22 (check local listings). Gates, whose previous series, "African American Lives," chronicled the heritage of some famous and notable African Americans, takes us on a new journey that begins 500 years ago. While some of the history is familiar, Gates re-tells it in a...
  • You'd Better Believe This Is Obama's America

    06/10/2013 3:55:45 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | June 11, 2013 | David Limbaugh
    Isn't it ironic that President Obama, having acquired the highest office in the land by agitating — all his political life — against privilege and discrimination, is now systematically wielding his executive power lawlessly to favor his friends and punish his enemies? We are witnessing an unmistakable pattern from Obama and those under his command of establishing different rules for different groups of Americans. I'm not just referring to his opportunistic championing of the "poor" and his vendetta against the "wealthy" or his relentless vilification of "fat cat banks," big corporations, private jet owners and the insurance, oil, coal, natural...
  • Obama: "We Must Wait Till All The Facts Are In" [Arrest of Prof. Gates: Police "Acted Stupidly"]

    04/15/2013 6:53:52 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 33 replies
    April 15, 2013
    Obama: Police who arrested professor 'acted stupidly' 2009 (CNN) -- President Obama said that police in Cambridge, Massachusetts, "acted stupidly" in arresting a prominent black Harvard professor last week after a confrontation at the man's home. Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. talks Wednesday about his ordeal with Cambridge police.
  • The Truth Behind '40 Acres and a Mule': Find out who came up with the idea, and how it fell through

    01/09/2013 6:11:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Root ^ | January 7, 2013 | Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
    We've all heard the story of the "40 acres and a mule" promise to former slaves. It's a staple of black history lessons, and it's the name of Spike Lee's film company. The promise was the first systematic attempt to provide a form of reparations to newly freed slaves, and it was astonishingly radical for its time, proto-socialist in its implications. In fact, such a policy would be radical in any country today: the federal government's massive confiscation of private property -- some 400,000 acres -- formerly owned by Confederate land owners, and its methodical redistribution to former black slaves....
  • The Most Racist Thing That Ever Happened to Me

    09/18/2011 9:20:58 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 55 replies
    Atlantic ^ | 14 Sep | Toure
    ...In 1964, in West Virginia a fourteen-year-old Henry Louis Gates Jr. broke his hip and went to a doctor who x‑rayed his knee, which was also in pain. The doctor saw nothing wrong with his knee and deemed his pain psychosomatic. "He said that I had a nervous breakdown because I was an overachiever," Gates said. "He said colored people weren't supposed to do as well as I had done. I had been stressed out and there was nothing wrong with my knee. White guy thought I was imagining things. And that's why I walk with a cane and I've...
  • The Shakedown at the King Monument ( $800,000 to the King family for monument?)

    09/06/2011 6:05:15 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 35 replies
    The builders of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial at the National Mall had to pay $761,160 for the right to use King's words and images, according to financial documents obtained by the Associated Press. The money went to Intellectual Properties Management Inc. -- a foundation controlled by King's youngest son, Dexter. Another $71,000 was paid out in a "management fee" to the family estate back in 2003. I hope I'm not the only one who found the opening of this monument soured by what could be considered extortion. In any case, I'm especially ticked off, perhaps because...
  • Obama Loses Beer Buddy

    08/16/2011 12:57:52 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 13 replies
    The webzine edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr. has published an article suggesting that blacks not be so emotionally invested in President Obama. It's written by Michael Arceneaux and entitled "Breaking Up With Boyfriend Barack". It appears in today's (Aug. 16) edition of The Root. Arceneaux notes that (official) unemployment for African-Americans is double that of whites at 15.9 percent. He points out that Obama's approval rate among blacks is down to 85 percent. Gates was the famous participant at the "beer summit" held in July 24, 2009 which came after Obama made uninformed comments in defense of Gates who...
  • (as Obama's pal Gates sees it:) Wisconsin Fair Incident Sparks Racist Rants

    08/08/2011 6:30:52 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 9 replies · 1+ views
    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Eugene Kane takes some young black youths to task following a mob episode at the Wisconsin State Fair: "Philadelphia -- While out of town last week, I suddenly started receiving urgent long-distance messages about young black people in Milwaukee acting crazy. Again. Last time it happened, I was on vacation during the Fourth of July weekend when a bunch of misbehaving young black people ransacked a gas station convenience store and attacked residents in a park. This time, I was in my hometown of Philadelphia attending the National Association of Black Journalists convention when my BlackBerry...
  • Media Distorts Democratic Dialogue

    07/25/2011 12:37:16 PM PDT · by flowerplough
    Henry Louis Gates' "The Root" ^ | 24 July | Williams
    The Dominique Strauss-Kahn controversy has been an opportunity for French intellectuals like Bernard-Henri Lévy to take potshots at American justice. The real target should be the news media, says the Columbia University law professor in her column for the Nation. "It's because of the media that we find our democratic processes foundering in increasingly debased public discussion: Strauss-Kahn's accuser is driven to suing the New York Post for its unsubstantiated claims that she is a prostitute. Pundits mock the very principled prosecutor, Cyrus Vance Jr., as a sucker for having dutifully and appropriately revealed potentially exculpatory information. Radio jocks spend...
  • What Democrats Like About No Child Left Behind

    07/11/2011 6:11:00 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 25 replies
    A provision of the controversial Bush-era education law mandates free tutoring for low-income children in failing schools. With the provision now at risk, Democrats are trying to save it. These days President Obama is focused on getting Congress to agree to a deficit-reduction deal in order to raise the debt ceiling, but not so long ago he'd asked lawmakers, again, to reform No Child Left Behind. He recently used one of his weekly addresses to call for changing the controversial Bush-era law, which mandates standardized testing as a measure of school success. "To strengthen education in this country, we need...
  • What the Harlem Renaissance Teaches About Gay Rights (pls consider source)

    06/30/2011 9:07:15 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 3 replies
    Henry Louis Gates' "The Root" ^ | 30 June | McWhorter
    One more thought on the idea of homosexuality as wrong, in light of New York state's legalization of gay marriage last week. The historical perspective is useful in two ways. One is to show how things used to be. The other is to get a sense of how today is going to look when it has become history. We need both ways of looking at things in evaluating how we look at gay tolerance, gay marriage and anti-gay language today. Let's start with the past: New York in 1929. Harlem, to be specific. It was actually a pretty gay place....
  • WNBA Reaches 15-Year Milestone (Women's Nat'l Basketball Assoc.)

    06/21/2011 7:14:45 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 26 replies
    The WNBA is marking a milestone this week: It will have been in business for 15 years. The league that started in 1997 as a showcase of women's talent in basketball is still making it happen, almost 15 years to the day when the inaugural game happened between the Los Angeles Sparks and The New York Liberty. Tuesday night the same matchup will occur on the anniversary of the first game between the two teams. Contrary to many predictions, the WNBA outlasted an early rival, endured a struggling economy and overcome many setbacks including low attendance. The Associated Press reports,...
  • Welfare, Fathers and Those Persistent Myths (Pls consider source)

    06/17/2011 6:59:22 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 12 replies
    Confronting the common belief that public assistance undermines the family structure, new federal efforts are designed to engage fathers and dispel myths. Does the state discourage poor fathers from being present in their children's lives? There are the emblematic images, like Diahann Carroll as a single mother on welfare in the 1974 movie Claudine, struggling to hide her boyfriend from a social worker. Urban legends tell of "man in the house" rules that prohibit men from living under the same roof as moms who receive public assistance. Between media images, half-truths -- and also well-meaning but flawed policies -- the...
  • Henry Louis Gates addresses Concord Academy seniors

    05/27/2011 9:44:27 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 7 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | May 27, 2011 | Leslie Anderson
    Almost 100 seniors at Concord Academy received their diplomas on Friday after a poignant address by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. of Harvard University. Headmaster Richard Hardy said the diploma “connects you to the past and the future” to sustained applause from the audience of faculty and parents seated under a tent on the verdant campus. “This is your day,” alumna Amy McCarthy of the Board of Trustees told the students. “I am living proof that there is nothing final about today.”
  • When Friends Come Out (and announce their previously "hidden" homosexuality)

    05/24/2011 6:06:18 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 17 replies
    One of the first e-mails I got when my plane landed Monday had just two sentences: "Are you back?" and "Don Lemon is gay." A friend wanted to fill me in on all the "breaking news" I'd missed while in the jungles of Brazil, but in the most casual way possible. Like "Your dog ate my memo" and "The world went on without you." Thing is, the world -- well, the heteronormative one, at least -- is supposed to stop when someone previously packaged as "straight" suddenly bends the rules, but these days the bell curve appears to have switched...
  • Did Don Lemon Throw Blacks Under the Bus?

    05/19/2011 12:25:51 PM PDT · by flowerplough · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The CNN anchor has been applauded for announcing that he is gay, but some say he unfairly portrayed all blacks as homophobic. ...Lemon "came out" in a recent New York Times profile, in which he discussed his new book, Transparent, which was spurred by his disclosure last fall that he was molested as a child. The weekend news anchor explained to the Times that he knows that a common reaction to the news will be that people will try to make a connection between his sexuality and past sexual victimization as a young boy. In the news and around the...
  • Courthouse Confederate Flag at Center of Murder Appeal

    05/10/2011 8:00:42 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 16 replies
    Henry Louis Gates' "The Root" ^ | 9 May | Desmond-Harris
    The Wall Street Journal reports that the Louisiana Supreme Court is expected to hear a novel argument Monday that relates to the long-standing debate over the legacy of the Confederate flag. This time it's come up in the context of a murder trial. Felton Dorsey, an African-American man, was sentenced to death in Shreveport, La., for killing Joe Prock, a white firefighter, during a robbery at the home of Prock's mother. Dorsey claims that he is innocent and seeks to overturn the conviction on numerous grounds, including that prosecutors used unreliable accomplice testimony. But he also contends that prosecutors improperly...
  • The Myth of Black Confederates Persists (pls consider source)

    05/02/2011 5:37:10 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 1 replies
    "This is a fiction," Fergus M. Bordewich, renowned historian and author of five nonfiction books, told The Root about the latest rancorous debate about black Confederates that comes as the nation's commemoration of the Civil War's 150th anniversary continues. "It's a myth," continued Bordewich, author of Washington: The Making of the American Capital and Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America. "It is nonsense. I could be blunter than that, but you get the drift. It's a meaningless term, 'black Confederates.' There is no evidence whatsoever from any responsible source that there was...
  • The Myth of Black Confederates Persists (pls consider source)

    05/02/2011 5:37:11 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 64 replies
    "This is a fiction," Fergus M. Bordewich, renowned historian and author of five nonfiction books, told The Root about the latest rancorous debate about black Confederates that comes as the nation's commemoration of the Civil War's 150th anniversary continues. "It's a myth," continued Bordewich, author of Washington: The Making of the American Capital and Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America. "It is nonsense. I could be blunter than that, but you get the drift. It's a meaningless term, 'black Confederates.' There is no evidence whatsoever from any responsible source that there was...
  • Obama's Birth Certificate Released: Why It Took So Long (pls note source)

    04/28/2011 7:43:56 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 20 replies
    With Congress on spring recess and President Obama darting in and out of Washington for town hall meetings and DNC fundraisers, it had been relatively quiet in the nation's capital (except for Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's press conference on the economy, the announcement that CIA Director Leon Panetta is poised to succeed Robert Gates as defense secretary, and the fallout from eight U.S. service members and an American contractor being killed by a gunman in a Afghan air force compound ... But you know we're really in silly season when the three-year-old fake controversy about where Obama was born...
  • Limbaugh's Racist Comments: 46 (weak whines) and Counting

    04/26/2011 6:48:41 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 39 replies
    (Interesting list, considering the source. Several of the top ten quite weak, several of the top ten quite true.) Oliver Willis is out to counter the conservative claim that Rush Limbaugh's racism is a figment of the liberal media's imagination. His technique: pulling together a compilation of 46 of the most racist proclamations that have spewed from the talk-radio host's mouth over the past six years, as reported by Media Matters... Whether you'd file these comments under racism, race-baiting, true-colors revealing or plain old hating, the list is thorough. And at the rate Limbaugh (who is among the most-listened-to political...
  • When Unemployment Runs Out: Meet the 99ers

    04/18/2011 6:34:11 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 41 replies
    On Unemployed Friends 2.0, a message board for people who have been out of work long enough to exhaust all emergency unemployment insurance -- "99ers," as some have taken to calling themselves -- users let off steam in the Venting Forum. I am sooo tired of calling temp agencies week after week with no callbacks or results ... I'm burned out from over 2 years of this routine. --503Depressed This feels like a permanent state. Even though I send out resumes, I don't really think anyone is going to call or that I will ever work again. --nfpexec Been unemployed...
  • How Donald Trump Lost the Black Vote

    04/18/2011 6:26:35 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 49 replies
    Henry Louis Gates' "The Root" ^ | 15 April | Swerdlick
    (lotsa prefacing trash, but gets to the proper point) ... where we are these days with Donald Trump -- in a matter of weeks, he's propelled himself into the "I wish a motherf***** would" phase of his as-yet-undeclared presidential campaign. He's talked enough smack about President Barack Obama that it's time, as Bill Cosby demanded last week on Today, for Trump to run or just "shut up." It's time that Trump talked about Obama to his face. After a monthlong "Birther" tour that stopped at Good Morning America, O'Reilly and The View to deposit the recycled claim that under Obama,...
  • Barfer: How the Racial Wealth Gap Hurts Children of Color

    04/12/2011 8:55:35 PM PDT · by flowerplough · 34 replies
    ...Household wealth -- what is owned minus what is owed -- is important to children because it allows their parents to afford high-quality early education, save for their college tuition, help them with a down payment or leave them an inheritance. According to the latest data, black households with children hold only 4 percent of the wealth of white households. And things keep getting worse. A new study from the Insight Center for Community Economic Development looks at U.S. households with young children. More than half of white families had incomes that were more than 185 percent of poverty levels...
  • The Shaky Future of ("Free") Health Care for All

    04/10/2011 6:57:30 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 6 replies
    Barf alert! "... when President Barack Obama tasked Congress with sending a health care reform bill to his desk in 2009, the Congressional Black Caucus saw a huge opportunity. "We'd already introduced a bill called the Health Equity and Accountability Act for the past several Congresses, so our work on this issue started long before the health care reform debate started," Virgin Islands Rep. Donna Christensen told The Root. In response to the president's charge, the CBC members promptly accelerated their efforts to tackle health disparities. They conferred with the National Medical Association and other black health groups, developed benchmarks...
  • The Bitter Battle Over Voter ID

    03/29/2011 8:58:43 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 20 replies
    On the list of types of state legislation with the potential for big national impact, voter identification is right up there with moves to reduce collective-bargaining rights of public-sector unions. Such efforts, which would require voters to provide ID at the polls, are being voted on amid fierce debate in many states. But are they motivated by a sincere desire to eliminate voter fraud, thus ensuring the integrity of the electoral process? Or are they attempts to disenfranchise segments of voters favorable to one party -- guaranteeing the other party an easier route to electoral success in 2012 -- by...
  • Why No One Likes Obama's Libya War

    03/29/2011 9:03:44 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 4 replies
    Henry Louis Gates' "The Root" ^ | 25 March | Swerdlick
    A lot of folks didn't get the peacenik president they planned for. And he still hasn't quite sold Americans on why we should be taking sides in Libya's civil war. With all the flak Obama was taking a week ago for his go-slow approach on Libya -- and all the phony bouquets for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's handling of the crisis -- you might have been tempted to think that she was the one who had green-lighted missile strikes on Muammar Qaddafi, and Obama was the senator who had once voted to invade Iraq with no provocation and no...
  • Maybe Obama Should Have a Beer Summit With George W.

    03/24/2011 6:55:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | March 24, 2011 | Emmett Terrell
    WASHINGTON -- Well, it is official. The president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, has asked the Norwegian Nobel Committee to take back President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize owing to Obama's missile strikes in Libya. The head of Russia's Liberal Democratic Party, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, also has weighed in, and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is really in a snit. This is the best news Col. Moammar Gadhafi has had in weeks. President Obama, who ordered airstrikes against Libya and then took his wife and the girls on a sightseeing and official junket to South America, probably took little note of the...
  • Why I Am a Male Feminist

    03/21/2011 6:50:52 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 60 replies
    The word turns off a lot of men -- and women. But here's why black men should be embracing the "f" word. "... Like most guys, I had bought into the stereotype that all feminists were white, lesbian, unattractive male bashers who hated all men. But after reading the work of these black feminists, I realized that this was far from the truth. After digging into their work, I came to really respect the intelligence, courage and honesty of these women. Feminists did not hate men. In fact, they loved men. But just as my father had silenced my mother...
  • Gutting Unions Hurts the Black Middle Class

    03/19/2011 7:10:48 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 31 replies
    Henry Louis Gates' "The Root" ^ | 11 March | Holloway
    Teaser titled "Blacks in Public Unions: A Path to the Middle Class?" The push to eliminate the power of public unions to bargain collectively, as the GOP is trying to do in Wisconsin, can disproportionately affect black workers. Here's why. ...Last year, African-American workers were more likely than whites, Asians and Hispanics to be public-union members, making up 15 percent of the membership, according to statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The membership of black workers remains high even as the number of wage and salary workers belonging to unions overall shrank by 612,000 between 2009 and 2010...
  • Halle Berry and the Resurgence of the Tragic Mulatto

    02/24/2011 6:14:06 AM PST · by flowerplough · 63 replies
    Henry Louis Gates' "The Root" ^ | 22 Feb | Clay Cane
    Halle Berry's recent comments in Ebony magazine have brought up the complex subject of racial identity, which still seems to confuse many Americans. Asked if her daughter, Nahla, is African American, the Oscar-winning actress answered, "I feel like she's black. I'm black and I'm her mother, and I believe in the one-drop theory." Blogs raged, and suddenly everyone was an expert on dissecting the social construction of race. Even many black websites roared that Nahla wasn't black. It was as if a chapter from an Alex Haley book had come to life on the Web. Berry has never used the...
  • Bill Cosby on Making a Good 'Muslim Cosby Show'

    02/21/2011 9:02:55 AM PST · by flowerplough · 21 replies
    Henry Louis Gates' "The Root" ^ | 19 Feb | Desmond-Harris
    Bill Cosby was listening when Katie Couric suggested last year that a "Muslim Cosby Show" could help combat Islamophobia in America, and he agreed. After all, didn't the series prove to a lot of people that (surprise!) black people had families, careers, senses of humor and ugly sweaters, just like the rest of America? In response to The Root's response that the idea was oversimplified, that perhaps finding a cure for hatred toward Muslims was a little outside his area of expertise and that The Daily Show's spoof of the limitations of the idea was hilariously on point, Cosby picked...
  • MSNBC Not On Board with the 'Post-Racial' Presidency

    08/20/2009 12:25:19 PM PDT · by AJKauf · 17 replies · 829+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 20 | Roger Kimball
    I am sure you are as happy as I was when it was announced that the election of Barack Obama was ushering in a “post-racial” presidency. Thanks goodness! We could at last say farewell to racial shake-down artists men like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. At last, Black scholars like Henry Louis Gates would be treated just the way his white and Asian colleagues were: no special treatment because of his complexion. Well, maybe Harvard hasn’t received the message that affirmative action is yesterday’s policy yet. Surely, though, the legacy (formerly the mainstream) media has? I mean, they elected Barack...
  • Say Uncle, Mr. President

    08/20/2009 5:09:25 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 8 replies · 474+ views
    It’ll take President Barack Obama more than a couple of town hall appearances to get his health care reform proposals back on track because health care isn’t the only thing that needs tweaking—he needs someone on the team to help him figure out how to get his mojo back. Obama has aides for every occasion: Senior adviser Valerie Jarrett is his liaison to big business; Defense Secretary Bob Gates keeps him on the good foot with the military; Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel patrols Capitol Hill; TARP Czar Elizabeth Warren explains the unexplainable. What’s missing from the president’s brain trust...
  • Bob Dylan is the Anti-Gates: What CNN Doesn’t Want You to Know

    08/19/2009 2:40:10 PM PDT · by Sammy67 · 14 replies · 1,822+ views
    BigHollywood ^ | 8/19/09 | Michael McGruther
    On a rainy day last week in Long Branch, NJ, Bob Dylan, wearing a hood, was peering into a for-sale home when a neighbor called the police fearing he might be a burglar. Two young officers arrived on the scene and neither of them knew who Bob Dylan was. They asked for I.D. - he had none but explained he was a musician on tour with John Mellencamp and they were set to play at a nearby stadium in Lakewood. Without fuss or anger, Mr. Dylan was escorted back to his tour bus where he produced I.D.