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Showing posts with label Martin Luther King. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Martin Luther King. Show all posts

Monday, March 24, 2014

Rand Paul Should Avoid Use Of Race In His Speeches; Liberals Should Give Him "NO Quarter."

Be aware of the Chameleon. You know Rand Paul!
Do not allow false messages to tip your
psyche into allowing him in the Gate."

Rand Paul continues to traipse around the country campaigning for the 2016 GOP nomination for president. Paul is a seriously misguided man, despite comment from certain pundits on the right that his message "reverberates," (Michael Steele, former RNC Chair).  

His message may "reverberate" among fringe liberals who may very well subscribe to libertarian ideology. He may also attract attention among liberals who abhor NSA meta-data gathering. The quirky Senator from Kentucky may be the current front-runner for the GOP nomination in 2016, but he fails to seep into the psyche of people who know Paul for what he is. He is an angle player who has spoken publicly as against Civil Rights legislation, against freedom of access for some Americans based on property rights), and he has visual history that informed liberals will not forget.

Jack Hunter, a former staffer for Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) who was outed as conservative mascot “The Southern Avenger” ....

Back to Paul for a moment. Since Paul is opposed to the government legislating on who business owners rights to deny service.  Am I to believe that Paul was in favor of the Arizona "deny LGBT service" vetoed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer? How about by implication Paul's tacit approval of reinstating rights of companies to develop and maintain "Men Only" health club? How about moving back to the Masters denying Tiger Woods the right to tee-off?

Thus, Paul would have a lesser problem with what you are about to see and hear than many in the nation.

My point in the previous comments relate to Paul's gall and temerity, as he rolls-out criticism of President Obama as a tool for his political ambitions. Even more Gaulish, are those who know Paul's history, and still will join him in applause as he goes about his phony political appearances.  Paul should restrict issues related to race to his well documented past. He should do so while recognizing he may fool some fringe progressives and fringe conservatives, but he lives on a small island of Paleozoic Era bigotry.

The Daily Kos published a piece that address the Paul visit to Berkeley and his comments about the nations 44th President far better than can I.  I will admit one point.

Paul is definitively interjecting race into his politicking. His choices are clear and do not surprise as he and his father have deep and documented roots in issues of race. As Paul interjects race, he should keep-in-mind J. Edgar Hoover even spied on Richard Nixon and just about anyone from the Oval Office to any 1960s activist. Yet, he chooses to wave the race flag as a tool against President Obama. The criticism you are about to read and digest could have been accomplished well shy of foraying into issue of race. An issue he of all politicians should avoid.

Paul's remarks as he tested the waters of pointing a finger at Obama and lacing the finger-pointing with racial messages. "The nation's First African-American President should be conscious...."  

Does Paul not realize his words clearly denote exercise of "white privilege?" Did his supposedly highly educated audience, not recognize the use of "privilege" when it need not have been exercised?

Huffington Post March 19th, 2014
During an interview with The New York Times, Paul brought up the government's response to dissent in the 1960s, when leading civil rights advocates, including Martin Luther King Jr. 

"The first African-American president ought to be a little more conscious of the fact of what has happened with the abuses of domestic spying," Paul told Times reporter Jeremy Peters. "Martin Luther King was spied upon, civil rights leaders were spied upon, Muhammad Ali was spied upon, antiwar protesters were spied upon." 
"The possibility for abuse in this is incredible," the senator added. "So I don’t care if there’s never been any evidence of abuse with the NSA. They should not be collecting the data."
Read more after the break below

Monday, December 16, 2013

Neal Boortz: Santa and Martin Luther King! Really!

Herman Cain minstrels with Neal Boortz!
Have you ever heard of the "angry white men" syndrome? Without further comment we offer a classic zoo ready specimen via the Raw Story.

Think about these two names for a second: St. Nicholas (AKA Santa Claus) And Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Neal Boortz defends ‘white Santa’: ‘Martin Luther King is always portrayed as black!’ (via Raw Story )
A self-described libertarian radio host on Monday defended Fox News host Megyn Kelly’s assertion that Santa Claus was white, saying he was going to “scream and complain because Martin Luther King is always portrayed as black.” In a clip obtained…


Thursday, August 29, 2013

UPDATE: GOP "Outreach" to African-Americans, Bill O'Reilly And An Embarrassing News Network

UPDATE: O'Reilly admits mistake!(See at end of the piece)

GOP "Outreach" to African-Americans
Mitt Romney 2012 website Outreach Communities.
Could this be as far as it goes? The son of Juan Williams and Williams working for Fox News? 

Bill O'Reilly helps with outreach!

"Today's events excluuuuuuuded (not a typo) conservatives."  "No, Republicans an no conservatives were invited."  Bill O'Reilly, Fox News Number Show Host. 

Conservative America's number two demagogue, Bill O'Reilly, has stepped out unto "credibility" thin-ice, again.  Yesterday, O'Reilly literally raced to his air-time with invited guest James Carville to blast on the lack of Republicans invited to yesterday's March On Washington-Martin Luther King Commemoration event. The segment embedded below is typical O'Reilly: wrought with lies, misinformation and "Fox News Model" reporting.   

There-in lies the difference between media for high information viewers vs. media for low information viewers. O'Reilly was factually incorrect and pressed on like a wounded animal. The problem is, facts would be readily available within hours.  Facts are for those who want facts. O'Reilly's audience obviously has no interest in credible reporting. The viewing audience shows signs of immediate gratification via O'Reilly (fiction rooted) manipulation. Excuse me if the last set of words induced an undesirable image.  

We also find it amazing O'Reilly invited James Carville to his show. Carville will rekindle his work towards the White House as Hillary Clinton moves towards a decision to run in 2016. Carville is not an Obama Administration insider and from the nature of his answers to O'Reilly may not be an active DNC  or DCCC surrogate/pundit.  Many democratic insiders would have known that all members of Congress were invited to the event. Tim Scott, the only African-American in the US Senate, was invited as a non-speaker. Cantor and Boehner were invited.  John McCain was also invited.  

Of course, Carville may have known about the invites and fed O'Really "hangmans" rope. However, I did not sense that was the case by his reactions to the pressing O'Reilly.

The invitations went out.

Matt Wilstein, Mediaite, early this afternoon posted.....
Here’s a run-down of the top Republicans who were invited to the March on Washington anniversary event, and why they reportedly decided not to show.
  • Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush: It was notable that the two former presidents, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, who spoke at the event were both Democrats, with the Bushes nowhere to be seen. The 41st and 43rd president were both invited, but chose to decline because of health reasons. In a statement, George W. Bush said, “There on the National Mall our President, whose story reflects the promise of America, will help us honor the man who inspired millions to redeem that promise.”
  • House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH): The top Republican in the House declined his invitation because of a scheduling conflict. He is currently in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and had no public events scheduled for Wednesday. Boehner did attend an official congressional commemoration of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on July 31st.
  • House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA): According to the Grand Forks Herald, Cantor spent Wednesday touring oilfields in North Dakota with Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and meeting with the North Dakota Petroleum Council lobbying group.

The Rev. Leah D. Daughtry, who served as executive producer of the commemoration, told the Washington Post’s O’Keefe that her committee began inviting members of Congress to attend four or five weeks before the event.

We must assume O'Reilly's rhetoric was intentionally wrong and focused on entertaining his viewers. While our thoughts about the news competency at Fox News is well known, we have to say O'Reilly and staff's incompetence at this level is not even excusable when shows are crafted by college interns.  A simple call to any member of the White House communications staff could have yielded the fact many from the GOP were invited.  In fact, and sadly so, a call to Boehner's or Cantor's office could have yielded same.  

Why make the call, if your intent if to feed the ravishing throngs who tune-in for 'red meat?" If O'Reilly's on-air performance is what it takes to garner and hold a commanding audience, it is good his competition on other networks fall behind. How sad would it be to have exponentially more O'Reilly-like sycophants longing for fabrications and lies five evenings a week? 

It is too bad Scott of South Carolina was not invited as speaker. The newly appointed Senator would have been forced to turn-down the speaking opportunity. We do not for one second believe he would have attended, if the full of the GOP boycotted the event. The event organizers missed an opportunity in my opinion. But, the organizers are not politicians. 

Outreach and Right-wing media simply does not mix well?

If you have a few minutes now or later, check this out. MSNBCs Al Sharpton pokes big holes in Right-wing rhetoric and strategy. 

Since we linked the MSNBC piece just above, we feel it fair to offer the O'Reilly declaration of a mistake.

UPDATE: O'Reilly after 24 hours. How pompous!

46 seconds

"He said that he assuuuuuuuumed...."

After all is said, what did our mothers tell us early in life.

"Assume:  to make an 'assout of 'u' and 'me'." 

Multi-millionaire television news idols should have learned to never assume.

O'Reilly's admission leaves me with questions of competence and motive, as stated in the original post. His demagoguery and his know it all demeanor takes me back to a place where he garners viewers with pure red meat. Once in that place, I fail to understand the nature of on-air professionalism. Does the O'Reilly "Factor" have a research team?  Does his staff have access to telephones? If so does the staff dare do a quick check, as the demagogue mention in the clip? Or, is O'Reilly equally bullish and overbearing regarding his staff such that no one questioned the angle he planned to use during the segment?  

Mistakes happen. It seems O'Reilly blunder is no different than during many of his broadcast. When will his viewers realize, O'Reilly is not very different than Donald Trump.  They are showmen with less regard for veracity over shallow emotions from their viewers. Unfortunately, O'Reilly's formula works for him. And that is a sad reality.

Mario Piperni and " I Have A Dream."

Re-blogged from Mario Piperni Dot Com

‘I Have A Dream’ 50 Years Later

Martin Luther King - Dream   :

One hundred years after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and 50 years after Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, the conservative wing of the Supreme Court saw it fitting to strike down key components of the Voting Rights Act which enabled the Republican Party to move forward on legislation which suppresses the black vote. Also, as Trayvon Martin’s parents know only too well, 50 years after King spoke of his dream, every child in America is still not judged on the content of their character alone.

That said, 50 years later, and in spite of the best efforts of the bigots and haters, the president of the United States is a black man serving out his second term. After 150 years of freedom and 50 years of civil rights, the struggle continues but there is no denying that King’s dream is more real today than it’s ever been.

The MLK source image is from United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs collection.

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Tom Robinson Fights Racism

There are times when we posts related to Tim Wise. We have  also posted Facebook screeds from Mr. Tom Robinson. We offer yet, another from Tom Robinson.

Before we post the screed, know that facing racism and bigotry (or even bias) is not an easy mission to accomplish.  It takes courage (as you will read below), it takes focus, and it takes commitment.  Some have accomplished work unparalleled during the course of mankind to alleviate the world of such psycho/social mental deficiencies. All must be reminded of that in our lives that can be eliminated.

 I hope Mr. Robinson does not mind the following. 

You know Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King,  Ghandi, Susan B. Anthony (and company),  Malcolm X (Malik Shabazz), Medgar Evers, murdered civil rights and voting rights workers, and like the thought our not, you know the original (and real) Black Panther Party for Self Defense.  If you know of those people, you know they have one thing in common, "death to oppression and freedom for all people."   

Why did I reference Tom Robinson with regard to those names?  Because I think he is a humble man on a mission.  A mission that most of us dare not undertake (for various reasons).  And, it is people like Tom Robinson who have potential for impacting our world, if people will listen read and involve themselves.  I offer Tim Wise as another and much more recognized 'speaker of the word'.

Before Tom's short personal screed, Allow me to repeat an experience of a few years ago. The Cherry Hill House.  

Tom Robinson "Agitates".  Tim wise "Agitates".  We do not restrict our work to the elimination of racism, bigotry and bias, but we consider that we at The Progressive Influence also "AGITATE". 

Tom Robinson (Facebook screed unmodified)

Image courtesy Tom Robinson...Peace and tranquility

  • Please understand that when I say 'you',

    I am not talking about everyone, but the one's that I am talking about, know who they are. Yet I still have a question for us all of us; what are we afraid of ? Are we afraid of hurting the feelings of some people who might finds the ( truth ) offensive? Are we; who claim to be spirited fighters for truth and justice only willing to do it " under some circumstances? "

    So here we go...

    The fact that there has been unprecedented Black achievement in America is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and resilience of a magnificent people.

    Yes, in spite of not only throwing the kitchen sink at us, and all the appliances too, and putting every conceivable obstacle possible in our path and creating laws that only apply to us, so that we can be easily convicted and warehoused, and denying us a proper education with which we cannot get proper employment and treating us with disgust and disdain; for the last 450 years, ( still we rise...) And that is what burns your ass to the point that you have ( bought and paid for ) lawmakers; to re-double their efforts to strip away laws that were meant to help us and provide opportunities, and creating shams to prevent us from voting.

    Yes, yes, yes, we understand that you think that everything is our fault; that if it wasn't for us, your jobs would not have been out sourced or you wouldn't have lost your homes and the economy would be better, and gas prices would be lower, and your savings wouldn't have been wiped out. We understand that you've convinced yourself that we have international connections with multi national drug cartels, Customs and other law enforcement officials and the banking industry and are able to wash billions of dollars in drug money and have those same drugs shipped into the country, and then funneled into our communities', where they have caused generations of devastation and havoc, and you blame us for broken homes due to systemic high black unemployment, and a lop-sided educational, judicial and justice system. And our children's bright futures, have been dimmed, because we are lazy.

    And oh, yeah, lets talk about the guns too. You know the one's that are readily available and sold in this country; and protected by 2nd. amendment rights and the NRA and our corrupt politicians. Sure, you remember that, the guns that any sick lunatic can walk into any gun store and purchase, because some people are so fearful that some one is going to come and take them away, so they stockpile them as if their was going to be an apocalyptic invasion from another planet, or maybe a race war, that Fox News keeps warning you about.

    Yes we know; that you think that it is all our fault, as well. And you've managed to convince a good portion of Americans too. You've convinced them to continuously vote against their own economic interests and excoriate programs that also help them; for fear that they would have to share something with us; and they have and they still do? (WTF) How else can you explain the Tea Party?

    Man, talk about blind hatred and selfishness. And they teach this to their children and still call themselves' responsible parents?

    But guess what? The world has been watching you; and some of those Americans are beginning to wake up, and they are sick and tired of having a national identity and description in the world, that Americans are motivated by hate...

    We understand that you (some) refuse to take any responsibility for situations that you created or have allowed to happen right under your nose; because of greed, blatant racism and willful ignorance. We understand that you suffer from the psychosis of privilege and are so blinded by hatred that you don't realize ( or won't accept ) that you are getting played too. You refuse to admit to yourself that the views we are forced to peruse are the exact same one's that light your vista's too, because you have someone else to blame, right? Well, just let me ask; how is that working out for you? And guess what...

    You cannot hold a man down without staying down there with him.

    The only difference between us, and you is that you volunteer to stay down there with us; and you do it to protect the rich and the powerful, who tell you that if you just keep believing their bullshit, then scraps from their table will trickle down to you too. And they continue to demonstrate; time and again, that they don't give a rats ass about you, your future, your children, your homes, your outsourced jobs, your college loans or your families' health or well-being in general. But all of your problems are our fault; right?

    Oh, did I forgot to mention that they really don't care about your husbands, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters, ( Some raped or otherwise sexually abused ) that they send off to wars for corporate profits who come home bruised and broken, spiritually, emotionally and otherwise. Only to be denied benefits and discharged from the military because of a "trumped up" personality disorder.

    When will you get it; that we are all Americans and if this country is going to live up to it's potential and ideals, we are going to have to start to embrace our difference's and stop letting fear and hate cloud our judgement.

    Whenever I post this I get all types of messages. Some people tell me that that I am 'too' serious about this whole racial thing and I need to chill out. Others say that I am too angry and then they un-friend me. Some people just cuss me out for blaming them and then proceed to to tell me that they never owned a slave, and then they call me a racist. The saddest part however, is the silence that I get from people I thought would support the ideals of their country...

    Tom ~