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A political Ponzi scheme: The fix was in with 2012 election

 

Shell-shocked Republicans are asking “What happened?” as they lick their wounds and offer recriminations and finger pointing regarding who to blame for losing the election. They are the Bernie Madoff Ponzi-like schemers, losers asking what happened. Were they suckers? Can they get a refund? It was like putting money in a paper bag and passing it to campaign collectors. Continue Reading →

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Hip hop lives

 

By Naomi Gaines

Guest Commentator

 

I have recently seen the Ice-T documentary Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap. First, I did not think I would be able to see it. I am currently incarcerated and per institution policy, inmates are not allowed to view rated-R films unless they premiere on cable or television channels. As fate would have it, I learned that VH1 would show the documentary, and short of some cataclysmic event I was not going to miss it. Secondly, I’m not only an artist and emcee: I am an avid fan, follower, and freedom fighter for hip hop culture. Continue Reading →

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Most ‘real Americans’ don’t vote on election day

 

 

I saw a yard sign in South Minneapolis. It said “Real Americans Vote.”

No, this is incorrect. Most real Americans do not vote. Most Native Americans stay home on Election Day, and they are the “real Americans.”

When I tell people that I have not voted in over five years, and that I’m proud of it, they are disgusted and shocked. But if I was not a middle-aged White guy, but a Native man, they of course would be much more respectful and understanding of my desire to not participate. Continue Reading →

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We must challenge and change our system of mass incarceration

 

“Police!” The shout from outside the front door was followed by the house shaking violently from a stampede of police exploding through the door. I was a terrified four-year-old in Spiderman pajamas staring at high-powered assault rifles aimed at me and my mother. After ransacking our home, the police soon realized that they had raided the wrong apartment. It was 1982, the year President Reagan declared a “War on Drugs.” The war became a tool of a discriminatory and oppressive social control system. Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow (New Press, 2010) is a compelling analysis of how the war on drugs resulted in the mass incarceration of African Americans, which led to second-class citizenship. Continue Reading →

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Power is in your person

 

By Marian Wright Edelman

Guest Commentator

 

“You know, when we started the farm workers movement, I remember going to many conferences, and people [kept asking] how do we do this?… We had to convince people that they have power. “Of course, when you say to a farm worker who doesn’t speak the English language, doesn’t have formal education, doesn’t have any assets, doesn’t have any money, that he or she has power, they say, ‘What kind of power do I have?’ And so what we had to convince the workers is you do have power, but that power is in your person. “That power is in your person, and when you come together with other workers, other people, and they also understand that they have power, this is the way that changes are made. But you can’t do it by yourself. Continue Reading →

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What if Romney wins?

 

By Raynard Jackson

Guest Commentator

 

With the presidential election right around the corner and most of the pundits saying the race is Obama’s to lose, I have begun to ponder the possibility that Romney might win and the impact that would have on the Black community. Romney has been polling around zero percent of the Black vote. We all know that the usual Black liberal groups have sold out to Obama years ago — Congressional Black Caucus, NAACP, Urban League, etc. Romney, like Bush in 2000, will owe absolutely nothing to Blacks should he win the election. But, unlike Bush, I have no illusions that Romney will surround himself with the number of Blacks that Bush did. Romney will feel compelled to make some token hires, but not much beyond that. This will lead the above-named liberals to complain that Romney is ignoring Blacks and not being inclusive. Continue Reading →

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Blacks with means have a responsibility for those without

 

 

Belafonte is right; celebrities do have a responsibility. I feel bad for the old crooner Harry Belafonte, Jr. He has almost lived too long. He bemoaned the fact that Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z haven’t done more to raise the social consciousness of young Black people. He bemoaned their seeming lack of social responsibility. Beyoncé is so clueless about the charge leveled against her that she defended herself by talking about her charity work. Continue Reading →

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