The Price of a Black President
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By FREDRICK C. HARRIS
Published: October 27, 2012 92 Comments
WHEN African-Americans go to the polls next week, they are likely to support Barack Obama at a level approaching the 95 percent share of the black vote he received in 2008. As well they should, given the symbolic exceptionalism of his presidency and the modern Republican Party’s utter disregard for economic justice, civil rights and the social safety net.
via The Price of a Black President – NYTimes.com.
“You Your Best Thing,” Paul D relays to a grief stricken and traumatized Sethe at the end of Toni Morrison’s most touted novel Beloved.
“You Your Best Thing,” Paul D relays to a grief stricken and traumatized Sethe at the end of Toni Morrison’s most touted novel Beloved. The physical embodiment of black women’s self-sacrifice( she kills her daughter to protect her from experiencing slavery), Sethe responds incredulously–“Me?Me?”–as if the very idea that she held value beyond her role as a caregiver and nurturer for someone else was beyond comprehension. The fact that Morrison puts these powerful words in Paul D’s mouth is certainly no coincidence
via Nation of Cowards: “You Your Best Thing”: The Other Side to the Black Abortion Debate.
Hip-Hop, Religion and the Black Church on the October 29th Left of Black
In the Spring of 1991, Black Sacred Music: a Journal of Theomusicology (Duke University Press), published a special issue of the journal, “The Emergency of Black and the Emergence of Rap,” edited by Jon Michael Spencer (Yahya Jongintaba) and featuring essays from William Eric Perkins, Angela Spence Nelson, legendary religious scholar C. Eric Lincoln and a young Michael Eric Dyson. Though the Nation of Gods and Earths were part of the fabric of Hip-Hop culture from its earliest years, the special issue of Black Sacred Music was one of the first examples by scholars making connections between Hip-Hop culture and religious and spiritual practices—at a time when there were still few examples of mainstream scholarship on Hip-hop Culture.
Two decades later, scholars Monica R. Miller, Ebony A. Utley and Emmett G. Price III published ground breaking books on Hip-Hop, religion and the Black Church within months of each. Professors Miller, Utley and Price, join host and Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal on Left of Black via Skype to talk about their books Religion and Hip-Hop (Routledge, 2012), Rap and Religion: Understanding The Gangsta’s God (Praeger 2012) and The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture: Toward Bridging the Generational Divide (Scarecrow Press, 2012).
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SATURDAY, OCT 27, 2012 03:00 PM EDT
If Obama wins, Frank Rich says the GOP’s fury will intensify, and the party will only get more extreme
TOPICS: BARACK OBAMA, ELECTIONS 2012, FRANK RICH, MITT ROMNEY,ENTERTAINMENT NEWS, POLITICS NEWS
Ever since the days of Barry Goldwater, many liberals have assumed — or naively hoped — that each national defeat would teach Republicans that they had overreached, and pull them back from the extremes. Instead, the opposite has happened: The lesson of every loss, even the routs, has been “we were not conservative enough.”
via Frank Rich: Right will rage if Obama wins – Salon.com.
May I have a receipt with that?
The issue of electronic voting machines without a paper trail is an aspect of the voter fraud debate that has largely been ignored in the national discussion by the same party that seeks to implement identification laws.
On Nov. 6, citizens in 16 states will cast their ballot for local and presidential elections. According to a report issued by Common Cause, Rutgers School of Law and Verified Voting Foundation, these states lack the safeguards needed to protect the election system not only from fraud, but also from technological malfunctions.
via The Big Picture: Is Voter Fraud Viewed Through Condensed Lens?.
White Rage, Black Obama
reflections on the DNC, Part 2
The hysteria that characterizes these commotions [Tea Party rallies against President Obama] convinces me that the current American political scene, so heavy with anxiety and unhappy conscience at the moment, is riper now for psychoanalytic inquiry as an efficacious human science than it has ever been…
—Hortense Spillers, “Destiny’s Child: Obama and Election ’08″boundary 2 39:2 (2012), p. 9.
White Rage, Black Obama | The Feminist Wire.
27 October 2012
Our Guest Lia T. Gaines
“The Political Landscape of Black Florida”
LIA T. GAINES
Executive Director, The Center for Enterprise Opportunity (CEO).
CEO is a private, non-profit corporation which whose chartered purpose and mission is to improve the economies in distressed communities by lending to small businesses and sponsors of community development initiatives. Lia is the President, West Palm Beach Branch NAACP; Former Chief of Staff to Maude Lee, the 1st Black Commissioner, PB County Board of County Commission; Graduate of Howard University Law School and, partner in “Occupy the Community” is a non-partisan coalition of community-based organizations committed to Educate, Employ and Empower the Community. She is a long-time passionate, smart activist and organizer throughout FL and has made things that matter happen to address economic and political justice in the place where she lives.
The Center for Enterprise Opportunity (CEO) is a private, non-profit corporation organized under Florida Statutes 112. The chartered purpose and mission is to improve the economies in distressed communities by lending to small businesses and sponsors of community development initiatives which benefit low and moderate income persons. As a Certified Development Financial Institution (CDFI), the Center for Enterprise Opportunity is eligible for significant federal equity grants and other awards from the U.S. Department of Treasury to support its lending and programs.
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