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I’ve been going back and forth with so called “progressive Democrats” about their attacks on Obama being no different then attacks on Obama from the right. Then it hit me. These attacks are coming from the Hillary Clinton voter base. They never really warmed up to the idea of a black man leading them and never got over Hillary losing.

It’s like the kid on the basketball court that gets upset because his team loses and takes the basketball home with him immediately after the loss so that no one continues to play.

Trust me, Republicans are taking note:

The Clinton Voters Jump Ship

Obama’s shrinking base

I’m surprised they (Clinton supporters) didn’t turn on him (Obama) sooner… like one year into his Presidency. Oh that’s right, we are one year into his Presidency.

I expected this. , however.

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Really. That’s all I can say about the thatsrightnate.com blog post… New Basketball League to Rebreak Color Barrier

What am I doing perusing a quack right wing site? thatsrightnate.com showed up in my viewers stats so I was curious to check out just what Nate was about (like I do others who visit my blog).

Anyway, I stumbled across Nate’s post with the above title. This post is on par with all the other right wing crap this Tea Party nut case has on this site. What was real interesting is that your greeted with the reality that this site has had 250,000, that’s right TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND hits. Par for the course because I believe this country is still full of white racist who are seething because there is a black President.

In the post, Nate disregards that fact that leagues such as the Negro Leagues were created by blacks because of Jim Crow laws and segregation ideology that prevented blacks from competing against anyone white in a major sport. Nate re-writes history to suggest or support a viewpoint that “The shameful secret of the Negro Leagues is that they had a color barrier that kept white players from playing. ”

Seriously, he writes this. And I’m sure there are 250,000 fools out there reading it who now believes this crap.

I’ll say this, the inevitable is coming. What these Tea Party Revolutionaries don’t understand is that IF there is a revolution, it’s going to be against their asses.

They are fooling themselves into thinking that their the oppressed ones when all along their types have been the oppressor. Whether directly through participating in greedy business practices, or indirectly by voting in pro- greedy business politicians such as the Bush’s, Cheney’s, Reagan’s and Nixon’s.

Now they want to take a fake “revolutionist” tenor and call for a change after one year of losing the controls of the ship that THEY took off course with the fuel of trickle down economics.

Bring it. Truth and the power of the oppressed fuels a revolution. Someone who can afford over $1000 to attend  what amounts to a KKK convention over a weekend surely cannot be placed into the category of the oppressed. Especially in this economy. Take a look in the mirror and see who the revolution will target…YOU!

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This post serves as a check point and archive of the various racist events that I have witnessed during the Obama Administration which were directed towards Barack Obama.  They speak for themselves…

7/25/09

obama-witchdoctor-muck

This depiction of President Barack Obama emailed to other conservatives stating that Obama is an “African Witch Doctor” that will cause the quality of care in the country to worsen, caused it’s creator

Dr. david-mckalip (name in caps intended to show no respect for person)

to issue a statement that he would withdraw from public debate about a public health care plan.

The actual pic that was altered isn’t even that of an African Witch Doctor.  It’s a Papua New Guinea tribesman…

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/07/conservative_activist_forwards_racist_pic_showing.php

I wonder if he has any black patients that has seen this…

Anyway, this is the first entry, though I will be going backwards towards January 09 to find and post other examples of Digital Jim Crow…

2/25/09

Republican Mayor Sends Hilarious “Not Racist” White House ‘n Watermelon Joke

Watermelon patch in the lawn of the Obama White House

The Mayor joked, “No Easter Egg Hunt this year.” Ha ha, because Muslims don’t celebrate Easter, right? (Sure, they celebrate Good Friday, but anyway ….)

March 6, 2009

Ousted Staten Island education official apologizes over racist e-mail

Mock Photo Strip sent by Salvatore Ballarino

The e-mail, which Ballarino forwarded on Jan. 4 to about 30 people, depicted a photo strip of a mock debate between Barack Obama and John McCain that was rife with racist jokes about black people, including comparisons of African American babies to excrement.

June 15, 2009

Ridicule Rains on Republicans; Black Refuses to Fire Staffer for ‘Obama Spook’ Picture

Sherry Goforth, executive assistant for Diane Black Republican Tennessee, sent this picture depicting President Obama as a “spook”:

obama spook

July 11, 2009

GOP candidate wins despite racism flap

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Thirty-eight-year-old Audra Shay’s campaign to become the next chairman of the Young Republicans went from obscure to infamous over the past week, after The Daily Beast revealed details of posts of her Facebook account. Specifically, a thread where one of her friends posts that “Obama Bin Lauden [sic] is the new terrorist… Muslim is on there side [sic]… need to take this country back from all of these mad coons… and illegals,” and Shay responds eight minutes later with: “You tell em Eric! lol.”

“This is an outrage and I CAN NOT believe this nation has him as our leader! It makes me sick!” She posted a few minutes later: “My disdain for Obama is directly proportionate for his disdain of this country.”

To view more intelligent statements from this “young” 38 year old Republican leader, go here:

Young Republican Leader Audra Shay Is Crazy, Illiterate, Racist

July 29, 2009

Video: Fox News’ Glenn Beck calls President Obama a racist

WTF? Obama’s mother is white…

Feb. 18, 2009

Obama Photo Preceded Cartoon Of Gunned Down Chimp

new york post racist cartoonOf course, this is before the  Harvard Professor Gates arrest in July 09.

9:30 p.m. Friday, October 9, 2009

This guy hangs a “Public Pool – Whites Only” sign underneath a photo of President Obama…in his restaurant

The current sign, which has been outside the Georgia Peach Museum and Restaurant for about six months, takes a critical stand against President Barack Obama‘s healthcare plan. (By Alexis Stevens The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Same ass guy…

Anti-Obama Racism in Israel?

Share / RecommendCommentPrint – Friday, Sep 25 2009, 1:25PM

http://www.thewashingtonnote.com/archives/2009/09/anti-obama_raci/

View for yourself…

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Michael Steele is trying to woo blacks into the GOP joking that he’d bring “fried chicken and potato salad to a GOP cookout for the recruitment of blacks while a gay black blogger would bring the “collard greens”.

This dude is a clown.

And how come every time I go into Bojangles here in NC, there are more whites in there eating “fried chicken” then any other customer?

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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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Martin Luther King used the term “UpSouth” to characterize his thoughts of the State of Indiana whenever he traveled to it.  Essentially, he was inferring that unlike other non-southern states north of the Mason-Dixon line, the fervor of the racist climate was as negative in Indiana as it was in, say,  Alabama.

Having grown up in Gary , Indiana, I understand those sentiments all too well. It is not surprising to see that Indiana, though being viewed as a potential “swing state”, is polling in the favor of John McCain.

The term “isolation breeds ignorance” identifies with, in my opinion, the back roads of Indiana.

Essentially, outside of Gary, Indiana and Indianapolis, you won’t find too many Black Americans living amongst back roads the great John Cougar Mellencamp sings about in his songs. While this is also true in places like the back roads of Iowa, white citizens of the State of Indiana have carried a prepackaged 20th Century anti-black vantage point of blacks into the 21st Century, while citizens of the back roads of Iowa have not entirely, evidenced by Obama’s win there in the Iowa Caucus during the primaries.

Why did Iowans not display the same type of behavior towards Obama as Hoosiers did during its primary as well as in today’s polls, I cannot answer. I have a limited knowledge of Iowa, so I have to take a pass on that. But I do have a take on the behavior of Hoosiers then (during the primaries) and now, pre-Nov. 4th election day.

To put it bluntly, white lower class and middle class citizens of the State of Indiana have had to compete with black citizens for industrial jobs since the industrial revolution brought hundreds of thousands of them to the State of Indiana via textile mills and steel mills. I truly feel that this “factor” has had a great deal to do with a lot of the animosity that White Hoosiers have towards Black Hoosiers (trying calling a black person from Indiana a “Hoosier” and watch the odd look on their faces).

Though agriculture has remained a large part of the makeup of Indiana, quite a number of Hoosiers who grew up on farms and in small towns throughout Indiana, migrated to places like Gary, Hobart, East Chicago, Fort Wayne, Hammond, Crown Point and Portage to snag good paying jobs in the steel mills of the then second largest steel producing area of the United States (to Pittsburgh).

In my opinion, it’s the City of Gary itself that fuels most of the animosity towards blacks in the entire State of Indiana. Iowa has no “Gary, Indiana”. To be honest with you, I don’t think there is another Gary, Indiana in the entire United States of America. It is a unique place that’s full of civil rights history that, to me, has never really had it’s story told as it should be told. The quintessential misunderstood city.

It’s my home. I take it with the good and the bad. It’s painful to see what it’s become. This of course, is exactly what most Whites who either previously lived in Gary or nearby points to whenever they want to provide an example of “how blacks really are”. This sentiment has “trickled down” throughout the State of Indiana and most White Hoosiers are resolute in their belief that blacks are dangerous, “Just look at Gary”…

I will one day break down my critique of that vantage point, but now is not the time. In fact, I’d probably have to pay for extra space in WordPress to provide such a vantage point. Maybe in a book. Who knows.

For the sake of the upcoming election, I’m calling the State of Indiana for McCain. I have no confidence that the White citizens of the State of Indiana, collectively, CAN set aside their animosity towards Blacks and vote a Black man into the White House.

If I’m wrong, which I hope I am, it would be a great day for that State. Racial polarization, especially in Northwest Indiana, is a cancer to the State. I fear that it will never be able to move ahead collectively until the issue of race is put to rest.

I believe this is true for the entire country. If we can EVER put aside the issue of race collectively, we will see that this country is still the best in the world. THERE IS NO OTHER PLACE LIKE IT.

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In four days, Americans will either undergo a “Racial Exorcism” or embrace the “gluten for punishment” definition.

In the racial exorcism category, IF Obama wins, it will be because a sizable number of White Americans have placed aside race and decided to choose a President who in my opinion cleary demonstrated that he is the better candidate, white or black.

In the gluten for punishment category, it is clear that John McCain plans to continue the Bush Doctrine in making the Bush tax cuts permanent, continuing to keep troops in Iraq for an indefinite period and using “cowboy” or “maverick” type of decisions that are more shoot from the hip then they are intelligent types of decisions.

If voters vote McCain into the White House, it means get ready for more war, more jobs being lost oversees, more illegal immigration ( I like the way the twisted the issue and made it a Democrat created problem the past 8 years when It was ole Dupya himself who essentially did not enforce immigration laws until 2007), lower wages, and higher gas prices (oh, they will increase back to their summer 08 numbers is McCain gets back in).

We shall see what happens…

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