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I went to the 15th Annual Woman’s Empowerment event in Raleigh yesterday. I’ve lived here for 8 years  and this is the first time I’ve gone. I went with my wife and two daughters.

I guess the motivation for me going was more related to my older daughter being 17 and about to leave the nest and go to college, along with the fact the event advertised a “Mens Lounge” for men who attended the event. I’m sentimental in that I look forward to doing things with my oldest knowing it is the last time I could do them with her before she “spreads her wings and fly away”…

O.K.. Yes, I was also there to critique the event.

I had made comments in the past questioning just “how empowering” the event was, making assumptions that it was more of a concert with vendors doting the hallways of the event hocking wears and flea market type goods. I had heard of the “workshops” marketed on the local black radio stations so I assumed they were a intergral part of the event . I figured this was a great opportunity to see if I was off base and just how plain ignorant my past assumptions could have been.

Well… to me, the event was just alright.  A concert with SOME workshops, but more of a concert with a flea market. It clearly and rightfully was not catered to me (a man, a black man at that) but having been” raised” (more on that in another post) the past 18 years by three members of the opposite sex, I’d like to say that I can relate to issues and events targeted toward black women better then most would think. I really believe I have a say with respects to the event because I live in a house with three black women (well two and one up and coming), so something that talks about empowering them (which I don’t mind) has got my attention.

The event was, to me, a jumbled mess really. The guest speaker (Mary J. Blige) apparently did not connect with the women in attendance in the stadium. Well maybe not all of them. While “hanging” in the “so called” mens lounge, I met these three other brothers, one who told me that his wife had commented to him earlier that Mary J was not inspiring at all to her. She was unprepared and really was just there to make a buck.

At the end of the event, my wife and two daughters essentially echoed her sentiments about Mary J. They also commented on the so called “question and answer” session with Mary J, which they said was just a total mess.

My wife said that she did attend a couple of good workshops, one in particular was about fibroids. She said the workshops were  uncomfortable because you could barely hear the speaker due to the fact the workshops were in open spaces adjacent to the arena. The noise from the performances really conflicted with the presentation.

From my vantage point, it seemed to be more of a festival for black women then an empowerment event. The stadium stayed packed. The only time the hall ways of the RBC were crowded was in between acts when attendees made their way to the concession stands or the bathroom.  I think the event would benefit from being held in the new Raleigh Convention Center as opposed to the RBC Center.

In the convention center, they can section off the workshop rooms so they are more intimate and there is no interference of noise from the performances. I’ve took part a couple of “Black Expo” events in convention centers as an entrepreneur and I believe this type of setting is better served  for this event then in the RBC.

The acts at the event was kinda cheesy. Or at least the mens acts (other then Raheem DeVaughn) were. My wife said “I guess this is what black women has reduced themselves to as far as what they consider entertaining”.  My older daughter basically said the same. Mim’s, Bobby Valentino, and Pleasure P (?) of Pretty Ricky were all garbage as far as I’m concerned. Valentino is more of a rap record “hook” singer then an established artist. AND WHY THE HELL WAS HE WEARING SAGGING ASS PANTS THAT CONTINUALLY SHOWED HIS UNDERWEAR at an event meant to empower women? To de-power ( OR deflower some of the groupies)  them into continuing to make bad choices in men? If anything, I suspect it reinforced in quite a bit of the women attendees minds that this is the type of black man that’s attractive, one who has no respect for himself and perpetuates the thug life look.

God dammit, black woman need to all see the documentary “Diary of a Tired Black Man!

Jennifer Hudson was good, but after seeing all of the garbage that came on before her, it was sort of a let down that she was on stage for a mere 15 minutes (or so it seemed). Then BAM, it was over.

Like I said, a move to the convention center and less focus on entertainment and more on the workshops would be a good move for the event. Of course, the question is, will the event sell out without the primary focus being placed on the entertainment?

Something tells me the answer is NO! I guess Tom Joyner knows what he’s doing when he labels his events ” A Party with a Purpose”.  You know we’ll come out to snap our fingers… Black Women are no different the Black Men in this area.

However, I did run into this young woman who resides in Va. and has a pretty good website/blog ( I checked it out this morning). It’s cleverspeaks.com… check her out. She has some important things to say about our plight from the vantage point of a smart black female.

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This blog represents the first in a series of blogs that will attempt to chronicle “what’s wrong & right with the City of Gary, Indiana”. The blog is written with the sole purpose of creating forward thinking dialogue on how to improve, not lambaste, the City that I grew up in.

No, I no longer live there. However, it’s where I was born and raised. My parents raised my family there. Worked and lived there for 30 years. I have a connection there that will and cannot ever be broken. The place has so much to do with who I am today as well as “how I am” as a person.

As I told my wife the other day in a conversation, I believe in laying blame. I know, I know. I’ve been around many a situation in the corporate setting where a “leader” has espoused the type of statement that “placing the blame is useless” when addressing a major issue that needs fixing.

The thing about the topic of Gary that differs from that of say a business setting is that what ails Gary is of a social nature. Yes, business or lack there of, is a major component of what ails Gary. But from a social vantage point, I believe, we first have to solve, or improve, the social environment of Gary before ANY type of viable business structured solution can be brought to the City.

In solving, or improving the social environment, we’ve got to call out those who seek to continue or contribute to the spiraling fall of the city where I was brought into this world.

Yes. Gary is a predominately Black city. I therefore feel that it’s problems are predominantly those of the Black citizens of the city. Essentially, I get the impression that my former neighbors who have decided to stay in Gary and “tough it out”, feel they are powerless at effecting change in Gary. They do vote. They pay their property taxes. They are not the problem. They have aged and contributed to the city and the elected officials there have let them down in return.

Sure, this sounds like the post is going into the direction of, say, a Post-Tribune or a NWI Times editorial written by some outsider person of the White race who, it seems, takes great joy in pointing out the ills of Gary.

However, I am not White. Though I am now an outsider, I still have a connection to that city in which life long friends and neighbors still traverse the mean streets of Chase St, 5th Ave, Grant St., Broadway, Burr St and Taft St., among others.

I understand when a friend who calls me and tells me he just came from Gary, helping his mother purchase a lawn mower and comments on how bad the city looks, or that someone I grew up with just died and how they died, I understand the sorrow in their voices. It’s different then the tone of a editorial written by some White resident who lives in Merrillville or Hobart or Crown Point who harbors a stereotypical mindset towards Blacks due to the history of the existence of Blacks in the Lake County area. Gary in particular.

That tone is one of innuendo and hate filled propaganda. The tone of my friends when they tell me things about the city they still live in, there is a tone of hurt, despair, and love. They dearly wish the place would see better days. The tone of the Post Tribune columnist is one that gives the impression they couldn’t care less if the people in Gary all killed themselves and died a horrible death.

So Fuck Them. (This the only time you will see such an offensive statement in this blog about Gary, I promise)

The emotions that I have on the whole issue of my UNDERSTANDING as to how Gary ultimately arrived where it is today, is fueled by my distaste for those people who essentially have kept a death grip on Gary financially while living outside of it’s boundaries. Those would be the “White Flighters”.

I have purposely, in the recent past, traveled to Gary with my daughters who for the first time were old enough to see Gary and remember it after the visit. I can argue that the place looks nothing like it did when I first took them there when they were very young, that type of thinking is directed towards the neighborhood I grew up in. More importantly, the house I grew up in.

I loved that house. I loved my street. I certainly remember the days, years, that everyone (well most everyone) took pride in how their homes looked. Kept up their quarters. I had a beautiful childhood on 8th and Taney. I would not trade it for any other type of childhood experience. And yes, it was a 100% and viable Black neighborhood!

There are some who think there was no way this was possible in the City of Gary. As far as most Whites in particular are concerned, Gary has been a  S-hole since at least the early 70’s. Well I can attest to the wonderful upbringing I had in the city. I take the good memories with the bad.

So I’m driving down Broadway with wife and girls and showing them our sparkling, dynamic downtown. Yes, the first thing they notice is that all, yes every building is boarded up. I ask them to take a CLOSER LOOK at the boards that were on the store fronts. I asked them to take a close scan of the buildings that were dilapidated. I then asked them to identify one sign that informed anyone as to how to purchase or lease any of those buildings.

THEY COULD NOT FIND ONE! Then I explained something to them that I found out when I returned to Gary years ago at a time that I myself was a business owner in Nashville, Tn. I had an interest in how one would go about purchasing one of those buildings. The thing I found out is that for the most part, they are not for lease or for sale!

Most of those entities who abandoned Gary in the 70’s under the guise of White Flight has retained ownership of the business store fronts they abandoned while relocating their shops and businesses in places like Hobart and Merrillville. They have a vendetta against Black Gary citizens. Yes the Black ones who essentially voted in the nations first Black Mayor of a major city, Richard G. Hatcher.

The way Hatcher ascended to power contributed to the lingering resentment that those former White citizens of Gary have towards Blacks today.  I explained to my girls that Hatcher ascended to the position of Mayor of Gary on the coat tails of the Black Power Movement of the late 60’s. I explain to them that even today, any type of black political figure that was or has been associated with the “Black Power” movement of the civil rights era, is a hated figure in the racist part of the White community and is often identified as examples of racist blacks by modern mainstream media and White politicians the like.

I explained to my girls, there is a deep hatred towards Black citizens of Gary by the suburban White citizens of Lake County Indiana who still own those store fronts on Broadway. Essentially, Blacks stood up to what was then a racist City of Gary government that treated black citizens as second class citizens much like the way Blacks were treated throughout the country at that time.

The big thing was that Blacks in Gary chose to use ideology more in line with Malcolm X then that of Martin Luther King to effect change.

You know. The line Bernie Mac used to use to open his shows on Def Comedy Jam.

Well for now, read this article in the Post-Tribune for an example of one our own (Black Men) who clearly has been taking the citizens of Gary for a ride with their tax dollars…

Glen Park group forgets about ‘that’ $100,000

Like I said. The Post Tribune does a good job at making sure the ills of Gary are on display. I’ll use it to make a point. I promise to dig deeper then the sarcastic tone the journalist who wrote the piece clearly has taken.

(to be continued…)

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Took today off. Thought I’d write and just record my thoughts about this historic day. Will update as the day goes by…

Watched some CNN video of what Kenyans and Egyptians thought about the prospect of an Obama Presidency. It sent chills down my spine. It dawned on me that Obama has a direct connection to people in Africa and white people, but not really black Americans.

I don’t have a problem with this. i don’t think Obama owes anyone anything, But as a country, the US owes Africa plenty. I hope Obama finds a way to effect REAL CHANGE in that continent during his Presidency (IF he wins). One things for sure, McCain, a direct descendent from the reasons the US owes Africa (it’s chronicled how his family was VERY involved in the slave trade), won’t do a damn thing for that continent. In fact, I believe he will do less then Dupya did for the continent of Africa if he’s elected.

The reason I took today off was because after viewing the CNN video interviews of Africans, I got a sense of excitement that came over me. Maybe my people here will take to doing better among themeselves with a black man now President.

I foresee some black males rejecting this type of conversation. But I see quite a bit of them embracing it.  The statement “now is the time for us to get our selves together” popped up in my mind. Why not use Obama’s Presidency myself to motivate me into improving some of the areas in my own life that I know need improving?

I have decided to embrace this concept. It’s probably a good reason that I even wrote this blog. I wanted to record it. If don’t follow through with the improvements, I’ve got this blog to go back to and call myself out.

I know, I know. Those of you who are white (and even black/other) are probably wondering why I would need an occurance of an Obama Presidency to effect such a change. For me to embrace such a change.

I have long been the type that believed that i would hold up my end of the bargain when it came to carrying on the struggle for equality for black people in America. While I believe I have done a pretty good job at that, I certainly see an opportunity to further advance such a cause with the onset of a Black man becoming President and my becoming the best that I can be at being a hsuband, a dad, a co-worker and a friend.

Like other cliche statements, I too never thought I would see this day. I’m only 40. if you had asked me the probability of Obama becoming President a year ago, I would have said NO WAY. I pride myself in being a realist. Though it was clear the brotha had what it took to make it happen, I just never thought I’d see the day that whites in mass numbers would be swayed to vote for a black guy for the President of the United States of America. AND WITH A NAME LIKE BARACK OBAMA AT THAT! This country never seems to amaze. That’s the beauty of it and how great it is!

This goes to show you how much George Bush and the Republicans messed up the past 8 years. They got in there and acted plum fools. Essentially caused significant damage to a Republican Machine that had been, up to now, a well oiled machine in using fear tactics and scapegoat rhetoric as a key weapon in gaining power and persuation among the “white working class electorate”. THEY WERE LIKE KIDS IN A CANDY STORE WITHOUT REGULATION. Their tummy aches will be on display after today (I hope!)

Just got a response from a guy commenting on my post predicting an 8 point Obama victory. He says that “ofcourse I’m voting for the black guy”. I guess he’s right. But the story of this election is not that blacks voted for the black candidate in record numbers (that was a no brainer). It’s that WHITES voted for a black candidate in record numbers.

Just what does this mean? There will be plenty written on this in the future that will provide a clear understanding of this phenomenal occurrence. Maybe it had all to do with Bush and the Republican’s performance these past 8 years.

No matter how you spin it, you guys F’d Up!

Update: 1pm

Some reports via CNN say that a precinct in Wake County NC had some problems. Didn’t say where. Said the ballots were wet and would not go in the scanner. Now how did the ballots get wet? So what it’s raining. I bet you these ballots are the only ones that got wet and that they belong to a South East Raleigh precinct.

Geesh.

Essentially, the election coverage via the internet sucks this early in the game. (My opinion). However, I am finding that the BBC coverage and CNN International coverage is very good. it’s refereshing to see the world take on our election.

Fox News had these slugs on this morning who were just lambasting Obama. I’m curious as to how their ratings have been lately.

O.k., O.k.. It appears the reason the ballots were wet is from the fact that voters themselves are wet from standind in line outside in the rain. The water from their hands and sleeves are more then likely getting the ballots wet causing the problems and not any “funny business”.

I stand corrected… Maybe I am a little paranoid. O.K., After 2000, I way PARNANOID!

It was interesting to see a report out of Virginina that the head of a Library over slept causing the polls open late. The polls at that site should be extended open the exact amount of time the “head librarian” was late to the polling place.

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Somewhere Harold Washington is smiling. I was young lad when Washington won Mayor of Chicago. I was old enough to understand just what a significant achievement it was for a black man in the city of Chicago to achieve such a feat. The man behind that plan, David Axelrod, did his thing again. Fact of the matter is, Harold Washington was on his way to becoming a fine Mayor of Chicago prior to his untimely death.

Update: 7pm

Had to step away and be a normal person/dad/husband and do some things. Well for the most part, it seems, overall, that things have gone O.K. My daughter is a vollunteer at a local polling place and she text me on her break saying that things had gone pretty smooth so far.

I see FoxNews is up to its old tricks…

This is certainly a desparate attempt to garner some type of attention. Essentially, since the GOP is not the toast of the politics atmosphere today, Fox News has got to do something to show it’s a legitimate news organization. This is not it. (As the interview with the poll manager in the Youtube video demonstrates above)

Now it’s “prime time” and the games really begin. Time to fire up streaming broadcasts of all of the major news sources (to include BBC and Asia Times.com)

What is all of this nonsense about “minority rule” and “blacks taking over”? These types of comments only show just how much preoccupied some white people are with race. A President is a leader of the People. ALL PEOPLE. Not just White people, but every single citizen of this country.

This has been the problem in the past. In fact, I believe that alot of White voters who are voting for Obama don’t have a problem doing so because they feel that Republican Leadership has not been looking out for all people, but just “rich people”.

This is the story of this election. Not the fact that Obama is black, but the fact that whites voting for Obama in mass is a statement that they too had had enough of tax breaks for the well to do. It’s really time for the common man to make some inroads on living a decent life IN THE GREATEST PLACE IN THE WORLD.

Gotta quote Don King, “Only in America. Only in America.”

7:24pm: Fox jut called Kentucky for McCain. We’ll see if that comes to fruition (wouldn’t be a surprise though) ABC shows that McCain has an 8 point lead in Florida and a 7 point lead in Virginia 9with less than 2% of votes counted)

It switched just as quick as that. ABC now shows Obama with a 48% to 34% lead in Florida. I know I can’t do this all night…

Text messages being sent to black voters telling them that they can vote Nov 5th. Facebook messages as well. The tricks of new millenium racial politics…

11:30pm:

OBAMA WINS!

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Those of us who TIRED of black people making excuses for our race need to jump behind Obama and his call for the black community to be more responsible for their own actions. Though this is nothing different then what Bill Cosby has said on numerous occasions in the past.

Case in point. The very house I was raised in in Gary Indiana was broke into countless times before my parents retired, BY PEOPLE I WAS RAISED WITH IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD.

They’ve since retired and moved from Gary. They sold the house to my sisters best friend for like $18,000! That’s after 30 years of ownership. Now I find out my sisters best friend has had to deal with some punks doing the following:

  • Fools LITERALLY driving a car through the front of the house (smack into the bedroom that I shared with my brother), back out, drive off while she was chasing after them, and never get caught!
  • Deal with a break in where they took quite a bit of stuff out of the house.
  • A month after the first break in, they broke in again. Because they had trouble getting the big TV out of the house, they decided to F it up by busting it up.

When my parents were still living in the house, I remember becoming infuriated when I came to visit them when I went into the Den room, only to see where my parents had put up a 2X4 barricade on the back door to prevent assholes from kicking in the door and stealing everything or worse, doing something to my mother when my dad wasn’t there. It was like my parents were scared in their own home.

Keep in mind the next door neighbor had guys my age that grew up with me. They didn’t have my back? My peoples back? HELL NO! Why? Because in the hood, fuck a ni__a is the motto of the day.

This is essentially the problem. Places like Gary, Newark, Baltimore, East St. Louis, they know about this problem all too well. I found out that my best friend had sold drugs to the young sister of a dude who had looked out for him when he was younger. It was then that I knew that he was no longer the same guy I had grew to love like a brotha when we hung tight.

People change. Situations change. The guys that got caught breaking into my parents house when they still owned it was a guy I grew up with next door (on the other side of the house), and two other guys that I played with as a kid. It was PAINFULL to learn they had did what they did. It was then that I learned that when people are on that stuff, or dealing in that stuff, friendship don’t mean shit!

It made me turn against G.I.. I’ve never looked at the place in same light since. Before, man I used to get goose bumps when I approached the city limits on I-65. I’d have this excitement in me that only those from G.I. understand. Then, it was gone.

I’ve been back twice in the past 3 years. Each time, I certainly did not have that feeling. Nor did I have the desire to see people that I certainly would have looked up in the past. It was fitting that both times, I was in the area for funerals. Maybe I just grew up. I don’t think that was it.

Now I don’t want to pile on Gary, like the racist ass whites who fled Gary and purposely have kept their hands around the throats of the city financially since the days of Hatcher do in the Post-Tribune or the Northwest Indiana Times. But I do believe that when Obama talks about how blacks need to start taking more responsibilities for their actions, G.I. is the epicenter and a case study on the topic.

Though I know the institution of racism is alive and well, I am also aware of the penchent for my race to default to identifying with sterotypical descriptions of blacks.

  • “CP Time” (colored people time)
  • Using “you know what I mean” after making a statement
  • Always talking about food
  • Bling Bling is the measure of success
  • Flashiness
  • No snitchin
  • hustlin
  • gettin over
  • saying the word Nigga in public indiscriminately in broad public

We are our own worst enemy. So I say this. Jesse, Barack has the right to ‘talk down” to black folk or “niggas” as you said on Fox. by the way, you know Fox threw you under the bus on that one.

We have to have someone do it. Nas aint doing it. Kanye ain’t doin it. Jay Z damn sure aint doing it. We’ve got to fight the power of ignorance thats in our own community just like we’ve been fighting the institution of racism.

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So Obama might just be the next president of the U.S.. While I applaud his position, I also have to signal the need for his black supporters to “wake up and smell what’s brewing”.

I mentioned in previous post how a Barack win will bring about a new type of perspective on blacks in the eyes of quite a bit of White America. The first thought that comes to mind is that since he is articulate (like millions upon millions of other Blacks) and (if) he actually wins the presidency and does his time in the White House, then this will provide a step forward in the area of racial relations in this country.

Then comes: Racism? What Racism”.

This is where the “wake up” comes in. The Obama-Clinton race for the Democrat nomination demonstrated just how much racism is still in existence in this country. It’s true the mere fact a black man can be seen as a viable candidate for the Presidency and receive millions upon millions of votes from white voters is surely a sign that race relations have taken a monumental leap from the year I was born (68).

On the contrary, the venomous campaign approach Clinton used to stay in the race showed just how easily it is to stoke white racist feelings about black men and people in general, and use it as a motivating tool to go against anything that involves the improvement of black people, whether it be in their personal lives or the perception of black life/people in all of the Americas.

Which brings me to this; A blacks ability to advance in this country is going to take a DRAMATIC change with an Obama Presidency.

Expect more heated and intense challenges to affirmative action from whites.

Expect even more scrutiny when the need to use anti-discrimination laws justifiably arise

Expect more charges that blacks are racist towards whites

Expect there to be a perception that everything is level now. We do have a black president, you know…

The days of a Shaq rapping about Kobe (justifiably) and using the n word without receiving heat are gone. Shaq got a taste of that years ago when he mocked Chinese dialect when making a statement about Yao Ming.

Black people, if we are going to cry a hissy fit about a guy like Imus saying the N word or something racist, we’ve got to expect that we need to be held to the same standard.

It’s a unique time for black people here in the U.S.. I for one believe it’s going to be a good, positive change overall. It’s going to be tough. The majority (whites) still and will continue to do things that WE blacks know are racist.

It happens to me at least once a day as a black man. Every singe f_ckin day. Sometimes in small subtle occurances. Other times in ways that simply Makes Me Wanna Holla!

It’s time for us to police our own. We have alot of growing to do within our own community. Our own little Zimbabwe’s and Mugabe’s across the country within our own communities. We’ve been needing a jolt and I believe the Obama experience is and will catapult us into the next episode.

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Hillary touring black churches to heal eroded black support makes me cringe. But not for reasons you may think.

Bamboozled attendees of the “black church” just might be foolish enough to accept any sort of apology tour HRC musters. A little payola to the minister behind the scene should facilitate this in most of the cases. I can see the you tube clips now. Hillary on the mike at some mega church talking about how sorry she is, the minister standing by her side, and Bill leading the choir.

Listen, how else do you explain how an alarming number of black voters VOTED FOR GEORGE W. BUSH this past election? The GOP put some money in the pockets of a bunch of “the Right Reverend Wright” type of preachers to push the “vote against gay marriage” referendum in the hallowed halls of quite a bit of “mega type” church’s like Rev. Wrights. AND IT WORKED LIKE A CHARM.

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It didn’t hurt that most of these “black ministers” had already been on the payroll. Most of the ones you saw on TV in 2004 supporting Bush’s ban on gay marriage campaign pledge was receiving a little payola throughout Bush’s first term through the Bush Administrations “Faith Base Initiative” giveaway.

You know, the one that gives federal money (forget separation of church and state) to church’s that is supposed to combat drug addiction and homelessness. Go to the hood near you and see how these “black community leaders” have put a dent in either category. The only dent is in their bank account when their withdrawing moola to gas up that gulf stream jet or that big ignorant Hummer their wives are pushing.

If HRC can get enough of these, cough, “black community leaders” to buy into her scheme (remember, payola goes a long way with these guys and gals), these so called “leaders of the black community” will most certainly push the “forgiveness of Hillary and Bill Clinton” doctrine to their congregations.

And I’m sorry to say that most of the followers will comply.

Kinda brings to mind the scene in “Talk to Me” when the Petey Green character played by Don Cheadle introduces an elected local DC politician on his cable access show and says” Yall done elected someone who I wouldn’t even trust to let wash my car”. THIS IS WHAT I THINK OF MOST OF THE MEGA TYPE OF CHURCH MINISTERS! And some smaller ones too.

Call me pig headed. Call me hardcore. BUT, POLITICALLY, I AINT FORGIVING THE CLINTONS. Or any other buster who ever uses Willie Horton tactics to get ahead. BLACK OR WHITE.

Barack Obama is exactly the type of “leaders in the black community” we need in todays political theater. Acknowledging that anyone, including Obama, who wants to be identified as a black leader in it’s community has to “go through the black church chit ling circuit” , I long for the day that a type of leadership for blacks emerge that is less dependent on church politics and is REALLY more “community based and focused”.

That’s right. I don’t think black church politics is community based focused in most cases. The head of the snake is the issue. In this case, in my eyes, it’s the corrupt “preacher man” and his fellow corrupt deacons.

I AM NOT SAYING ALL BLACK MINISTERS FALL INTO THIS CATEGORY. I have come across a few in my travels who I felt were genuine and committed to not “gettin rich or die trying-lite”; but to saving as many souls as they could.

I don’t have a problem with any type of leader of any community living comfortably. But when you start building 10 million dollar houses (Rev. Wright) and owning your own jets (Creflo Dollar types) I gotta say that’s over the top.

Let’s see if Obama plays the game and partakes in the “Let’s forgive Hillary” crap.

O.K., let’s forgive her personally. But politically, HELL NALL.

Where’s Dave Chappelle when you need him?

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Don’t mess things up. You pandering to Illegal Immigrant supporters is a little unnerving. While I don’t have any worries of illegal immigrants taking my job because of their willingness to be exploited, I do have a problem with what I’ve seen the past 7 years.

Today, I was just in Wal-mart and noticed a pregnant latina woman whom I noticed did not speak english. I know so because she had her other child with her, about 8 years old, who was serving as her translator, so to speak.

I thought to myself, “she’s probably an illegal alien”and “who’s going to pay for the delivery of that child?”

Most citizens of the U.S. don’t or can’t afford quality medical care. I remember when I had my second child and the enormous bill I got from the hospital after the insurance company paid their share of the bill. I won’t say who I work for, but it is one of the largest employers in the U.S. . I’ve got “so called” good health insurance.

The thought of paying for this persons baby just didn’t sit well with me. I then thought to myself, is this the feeling whites have when they become so furious thinking about black women on welfare? Then I say to myself, ” black women are surely the scapegoat in that political game’. Fact is, there are more white women on welfare today as it was 10, 20 or 30 years ago. Those are the facts.

So why does thinking about this latina woman ‘possibly having a baby on public assistance bother me so? The only answer is that I have truly never liked welfare, personally. I did not grow up on it. Both of my parents were working class people who would never have that. While I didn’t look down on my friends I grew up with who did, I always felt like being on welfare was like being on a drug. And that’s one thing I never did. Saw first hand growing up in Gary, what they did to your life.

I would never partake in the exchanging of, say, $30 for $100 worth of food stamps scheme that I was constantly inundated with a the first of the month while either visiting family who at the time still lived in Gary, Indiana while home on leave from the Air Force, or when I owned a retail store front business in the inner city of Nashville, Tn. Boy was I ever inundated with these offers. Even after the government went to the credit card system.

I said at an early age that I would never allow the institution of racism to trap me in anyway. I always thought that the welfare system was a tool of that institutional ploy. To lull black women into a state of dependency and pass being on welfare off to their offspring as a legitimate, albeit tough way to bet by.

I’ve never let a food stamp touch my hand for this reason. Good for me (you probably say, or maybe not).

Back to the latina. The whole “we do jobs no one wants to do” statement is probably what fuels my disenchantment with illegal immigrants. The correct quote is, “we do jobs no one wants to do for low wages. Or no overtime pay. Or we do jobs that no one wants to work off the clock”. These illegal immigrants are depressing the working class job pay scale with their willingness to be exploited.

Listen, these “jobs that no one wants to do”, was being performed before Dupya opened the flood gates by someone. And it wasn’t illegal immigrants. It was blacks and whites.

Cleaners, Grocery store stockers, fast food workers, line cooks, dishwashers, construction laborers and foremen, chicken processing plant workers, and yes, even farm labor was being performed largely by blacks and white working class workers alike in small and big cities alike. Hell, these workers were doing the work for low wages then as they are now.

When the greedy business owners caught wind of the influx of cheap labor that was being let in the country illegally during the past 7 years in record numbers, they quickly jumped on board.

Do you all know that it is actually DIFFICULT for a teen to get a summer job at places like McDonalds or Taco Bell because the employers prefer to hire the illegal alien that will work off the clock with no overtime pay and the employers does not have to worry about calls from a boisterous parent threatening to turn them into the the labor board?

Just one of the effects of illegal immigration. I won’t even talk about the increase in the likelihood of you being killed or hurt by a drunk driving illegal immigrant from Mexico in particular. Google it on the internet. The numbers don’t lie.

So…………… this pregnant latina is a part of this scenario. I’ve heard that the plot is to get pregnant and bore the child here so the child gets automatic citizenship. Then theres a “family hardship” connection/ sympathy card to play if the issue of deportation comes to hand.

Obama’s site says that he’s for securing the border and then allowing the illegal aliens here to gain citizen ship by, among other things, them getting to the back of the line. I agree with this stand. There can be no “round them up in buses, drug them and then dump them off on the other side of the newly built fence (that probably won’t work). I do believe that employers should be prosecuted by knowingly hiring an illegal alien (trust me, they know and there are ways to demonstrate how the employer should have known. Want to know how? Leave a comment/ question and I’ll tell you how.)

I will pay close attention to any pandering Obama does to the pro illegal alien voter block because, as I said in a previous post, I will hold his ass to the fire the same way I hold others in this blog!

Brotha or no brotha.

Hell, you see what Condaleeza and Clarence Thomas has done for us. You could be another one them for all I know.

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