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Are You There God? It’s Me Afrocity: Being A Pro-Choice Republican Without Illusions August 31, 2009

my choiceMore than any other device, the image is the surest way to transcend all barriers.  Achieving a certain notoriety for fascinating the voyeuristic side in all of us, the image is not exclusively  male or female because the common vantage point is that we all have eyes.

When I look at pro-life and pro choice “propaganda”, a term I resisted granted truthfully, that is what it is propaganda or something that persuades and appeals to emotions, I see that the abortion debate is handled in such a way that there is really no middle ground. The accusations are inescapable. Either you believe in murdering babies or you don’t. You are either for women’s rights or you’re not.

In a video interview I taped earlier this month, I described how my political location is life was racially constructed. How does this apply translate to my opinion on abortion? Is it racially constructed as well?

The sexual education between my mother and I was for the most part one without words. Pregnancy was the worse thing that could happen to a black girl. Books open, legs shut was the mantra. Abstinence is the best policy. Did she tell me what sex actually was? No.

It was not until I watched soft porn with my sound asleep uncle that I realized that babies are not made by a woman and a man “lying close together in bed”.

My uncle had the Spectrum cable channel- which was one of the first along with HBO and Showtime. He did not pay for it but somehow we received the signal in his bedroom.  In my need for a masculine figure of authority in my life, I would watch movies in his room as I did my homework. His drunken raucous laughter was somehow calming. Unlike his sister/my mother, he drank heavily and was not always sad. I accepted his Hiram Walker and Sons manufactured mirth over my mother’s growing despondency. Uncle and I would begin by watching action movies or comedies. Being a night owl by nature, I would stay up well past my uncle’s bedtime.

When the adult movies began at 1am, did Afrocity turn off the TV set?

Not on your life. I stayed and watched. Curiosity killed the young PUMA cat.

The abortion dress is said to be the most ripped off image on the internet.

The abortion dress is said to be the most ripped off image on the internet.

At 13 years of age, I  was perceptive enough to determine that these movies were created by men for men. In many films, the women were initially raped but later appear as if they actually enjoyed the attack. Others engaged in lesbian behavior yet there were no representations of men sleeping with men while women watched for pleasure and enjoyment. Then there were the insatiable nymphomaniacs. The woman who can’t seem to get enough.

Through my delicate pre-teen lens  I was the the willing voyeur, watching these forbidden movies which embodied masculine principals of patriarchy and submission. Women were not in a position of power in most of the films, save for several films featuring porn star Marilyn Chambers. Even so, it seemed that Marilyn  thought she was in complete control although I am not sure if walking home with a limp is considered power no matter how much you enjoyed it.

Abortion and rape figured prominently in several films I watched but here again, it was the male who determined whether or not the woman would be “allowed” to end the life of her unborn child.

It was “her fault” that she got pregnant and she would need “his money” to fix it.

To solidify this argument, one film featured a woman who was a naughty housewife. She was of course a nymphomaniac that her husband, while charming could not satiate. She attends a blindfolded only orgy and has sex with a kosher dill pickle, three women and several men. Later when she discovers that her sexual escapade has rendered her pregnant, she cannot afford the abortion with her monthly allowance from dear sweet protective hubby.

To make matters worse hubby was wounded in Vietnam and cannot father a child. As the movie progresses, the feminine antagonist is screwed both literally and figuratively. Her power karma dwindles as she has to prostitute herself for money in order to pay for the abortion.  At the sobering conclusion of the film, our wing clipped heroine is robbed of her abortion kitty by her final customer. But all is not lost. A member of the dominant gender,an abortionist  enters her life and gives her an abortion in return for a sexual encounter.

The erosion of this female character’s strength was what remained with me the most. It was not the gratuitous penis shots, or kinky sex (though that was a pretty big cumber pickle), what stayed with me was her total lack of control.

Roe v. Wade gave us the right to choose but this pornographic film stripped that right away by placing the financing of the abortion, back in the hands of the patriarchy.  Perhaps this was the day I became  pro-choice but I also became pro-women’s empowerment.  Pregnancy is exclusively female along with menstruation. Women should have the right to control what happens to their bodies. I will never change that opinion despite being a Republican.

Not being a mother, I am of course more familiar with the latter bodily function- menstruation.  Now this is the part where I may risk some readers but here goes…

Such imagery only angers and widens the gap between pro-life and pro-choice.

Such imagery only angers and widens the gap between pro-life and pro-choice.

Sunday mine began, as it has since I was 13.  I am also taking antibiotics for a sinus infection which in turn caused me to develop a yeast infection.  Strolling down the Walgreen ailse basket in hand, my mouth drops open at the price of sanitary napkins. $7.99 for a 28 count package of Stayfree maxipads without wings.

The tension between my monthly flow and my cash flow has always been an issue.

I asked myself a rather trivial question. During my lifetime, how much have I spent on feminine products? If I only knew.

While growing up, I never ever saw my mother buy feminine products. We had no money.

You could not buy them with foodstamps.

My guess is that she used discarded old towels we had.

I assume this because she attempted to coax me into a similar practice when we were without money. Our discourse exchange on the matter was burdened by the 31 year gap in our ages. With my first period, I insisted to be taken to the store for pads. Thanks to sexual education in school, I knew they existed. Tampon usage was shunned by most in my class including the teachers. The awful myth circulating was that any girl who uses a tampon is automatically NOT a virgin and will perish a horrendous death of toxic shock syndrome.

Succumbing to her thoroughly modern daughter, mother purchased the old beltless bulky pads for me and did not know how to put them on me. When I ran ou of thoset, I went to the school nurse  pretending my period had caught me off guard. After doing this ten times or so, the nurse caught on and gave me a box of pads once a month.

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“I have too many and would only throw them out, ” she said.

I was thankful that they had sticky stuff on the bottom and did not have to use safety pins. That nurse fed me the self esteem needed by a maturing young woman. Thank God for school nurses and sex education. The nurse was a woman helping a girl. I could trust her and she knew what it was like to be me. Now what if it were more than just pads that I needed? Should my mother know about it? I thought of the woman in the porn movie. What if I needed an abortion? Take into consideration this article which appeared on Townhall.com by Star Parker, a wonderful conservative that happens to be African American like me:

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Star Parker :: Townhall.com Columnist

A time for truth on abortion
by Star Parker

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin missed a great opportunity to personally kick off an issue of enormous importance to her state and to the nation.

She was scheduled to appear with me at an Alaska Family Council event in Anchorage to launch Alaska’s Parental Involvement Initiative, which will require parental notification of teenage girls under age 18 before they can get an abortion. But, the schedules of we mortals cannot retard the imperatives of history, so, despite Mrs. Palin’s absence, we’ve gone to war with the army we have.

Currently 35 states have laws that require either parental consent or notification in order for a teenage girl to receive an abortion. Alaska passed one in 1997.

However, after ten years on the books, in 2007 the Alaska Supreme Court, arguing that sharing this information with parents violated the privacy of their teenage daughters, found the law unconstitutional. So now a 13 year old can get an abortion without the knowledge of her parents.

A large percentage of these abortions are paid for with state Medicaid funds, but no one seems to think that parents’ privacy is being violated using their tax funds to pay for these.

Research shows the remedial benefits of parental involvement when a pregnant teenager considers abortion.

And research shows the profound psychological damage caused by teenage abortion. But, perhaps we should be wondering who we are today that we need to gather data to address an issue as intuitively obvious as whether a teenage girl may abort her child without her parents knowing.

Of course there are exceptional considerations, like abusive parents. But the Alaska initiative deals with this, as did a similar initiative in California, which was defeated last November.

No, this is not about being reasonable. It is about ideology. And what we have are opposing worldviews that cannot be reconciled. It’s about choosing one or the other.

Yeast cartoonYes, I am pro-choice and Republican but even I have my limits. Whether in the name of privacy or under the guise of women’s rights, I do not believe that it is fair for pro-choice advocates to exclude parental consent when it comes to a 13 year old girl, not a woman but a girl, having an abortion. A 13 year  parents should be involved in that decision or at the very least be aware that their child is sexually active.

My decision to be pro-choice is based upon a woman’s right to privacy.

Speaking of privacy over twenty years later, I am no longer the girl in the school nurse’s office. Here I am a full grown woman, standing in a Walgreens drugstore aisle with a problem. The yeast infection medication I need is behind a locked Plexiglas cabinet along with pregnancy tests and ovulation detectors.  Great, now my purchase of this embarrassing product entails my announcing to the Walgreens powers that be that I need something to stop croissant production. Of course with my luck, the only person available to open the security case for me is an Asian man of about 30.

“Which item do you want?” he asked timidly. This poor man did not want to help me and the feeling was mutual. But there we were.

I pointed to the yeast infection treatment that was on sale for $9.95 down from $18.95. Seems my timing was not so bad after all- yeast must be in season. I noted that the store clerk did not look me in the eye. With a quick “thanks”, I took my yeast killers and maxi pads to the cashier who was also a male. I placed my feminine items on the counter along with a bag of 5 flavored Life Savers roll candy. The male cashier flirted with me until he saw the guilty products, Life Savers roll candy and Vagistat, I must be a real winner.

“Do you want me to double bag this?” he asked. His face was red. He was wearing lots of liberal flair. An Obama button (ick) along with another pin that read “Green is the new black”.

Why the red face? Being a liberal, he must understand my plight as a woman.Surely he is a feminist and cares about my monthly cell slouthing activites.

Shaking my head, I said “No, why should anymore trees have to die because I have a yeast infection…I will pay by debit card.”

Yes, with one swipe of rectangular plastic, I do have the power.

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFROCITY


 

Sunday Soliloquy: 25$ for your thoughts August 30, 2009

Image by Hilda Wilkerson Brown (1894-1981) The Family, c. 1940 Lithograph

Image by Hilda Wilkerson Brown (1894-1981) The Family, c. 1940 Lithograph

There is a certain knack that the Irish have for an openness of manner. They can tell a story like no other. I thought this as I watched Senator Edward Kennedy’s  funeral on television yesterday.

Ted’s sons had the best stories they could offer of their father.  What would I say at my father’s funeral? We are now into our 6th year of acquaintance. Would his death be as traumatizing as that of my mother?

Obama came to the podium to deliver Ted’s eulogy. There was no emotion there that I could see.

The camera panned to Sen. John McCain. No one mentioned that yesterday was McCain’s 73rd birthday and there he was sitting at Ted Kennedy’s funeral.  That says something about the man and the relationship.

Any relationship of great magnitude requires lots of time, patience and love especially when the relationship is one of complexity, DNA and 35 years of abandonment. My father’s family is not simple, that includes myself and my two half sisters.

You may recall my half sister “Kim”. I introduced you to her in a Sunday Soliloquy post entitled : Stirring a cup of DNA and Sympathy from June 14th.  Kim was diagnosed with cervical cancer earlier this year. She has been on welfare for as long as  she can remember. Government health care programs paid for her delivery into this world as well as her sic children. and government health care will pay for her cancer treatments 43 years later.

In my last writing about Kim, I explained that while we are half sisters, I have never met her in person. I have spoken to her several times by phone. The stories Kim told me about her relationship with government health care were quite disturbing at the time. It is even more so now.

Print by African American Artist Dox Thrash

Print by African American Artist Dox Thrash

I was told that Kim has had abnormal pap smear exam results for the last 12 years before she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Kim was also not alerted to her treatment options. During our June conversation, I referred Kim to my own gynecologist offering to pay anything that welfare could not. While my gynecologist did contact Kim, she explained that she could not treat Kim when she was so late into her diagnosis. Again Kim bounced from welfare doctor to welfare doctor while her tumor grew in centimeters.

Once she finally found a doctor, he informed her that her condition was serious enough that a hysterectomy was not the way to proceed. She would need chemotherapy because the cancer had spread into her lymph nodes.  Her new doctor wanted to know why Kim had over a decade of abnormal pap smears and nothing was done.

“It just doesn’t go away” said Kim’s doctor.

Intervals of silence marked our conversation. The helper in me wanted to scold her for not taking her health into her own hands but my well worn need to care for someone had waned. A sister is someone you’ve shared a bed with,fought over who gets to dress the baby doll. You tell a sister stories of your first love, you share the same family. Kim was a stranger to me and my heart did not know where to station itself. I had been a shy petitioner for my father’s acceptance, now was I expected to give my all for someone I hardly knew?

A lull in the conversation prompted me to ask Kim if she wanted to meet in person, again. Unlike the times when I asked before, Kim did not enthusiastically answer “yes”.  Within her voice, I could hear hesitation. Next came my offer to make a home cooked meal.

“Do your chemo treatments impact your diet much? ” I asked.

“No not really,” she replied. “I just want to eat boiled stuff like potatoes.”

“Do you eat meat?”

“Yes, it is like I am not on chemo at all. People look at me and cannot believe that I have cancer. I make everyone at the hospital laugh. I wish they would tell me everything, the story changes every time.”

Charlotte by Dox Thrash

Charlotte by Dox Thrash

The conversation went back to her treatment again, so presumably I felt that she needed someone to talk about it with. I drew a long breath, I felt I was not the right person. Kim had never seen my face. “Doesn’t it seem to you that dad should speak to you more about this?” I asked. “He tells me that our grandmother died from esophageal cancer…No one in my mother’s family has ever had cancer, they are the only people I know.

We were now cut off by her call waiting. She had a customer to drive someplace. Kim moonlighted on welfare as a livery cab driver. When she came back she said, “I am so tired”

Drawing "Linda" by Dox Thrash

Drawing "Linda" by Dox Thrash

“You should rest more.” I stressed. ” Chemotherapy is not an easy thing to endure.”

Kim seemed to agree by humming. “Did I tell you I do not look like I have cancer and all of the nurses and patients at the hospital love me?”

“Yes, you did,” I replied. “You are very brave and it is nice that you are an inspiration to so many who are stricken as you are.”

Kim seemed to have hinted at something which led me to believe that she wanted me to come to treatment with her.

“People like you know how to talk to the doctors?”

“No, not really. I just ask lots of questions and do research on  my own. You are the best doctor you could ever have.

“A woman at the hospital asked me a lot of questions about my welfare medical coverage and gave me $25. She asked me if I thought the government would not tell me that I was sick on purpose and I said ‘Yeah’.”

I am afraid Kim lost me here. Was she telling me that there was a person on the hospital premises conducting a random focus group on health care reform? “Kim, what else did she ask you?”

“She didn’t believe me about the government. My doctors did not tell me anything about the cancer. They lied to me so I told her yes the government would let me die. I don’t trust them.”

It seems Kim did not put up any fences with the surveyor. “It is bad they could have helped me didn’t.”

To those familiar with life as a welfare recipient, Kim’s story is not uncommon and neither is her anger.  In both fathers the biological one being he whose roaming nature kept him away from us and our surrogate father, the U.S. government, we shared an undeniable commonality.

In contrast, everything else was dramatically different.

I had left behind the life she was currently living.

How could two sisters have chosen separate paths after being on the same road during out formative years? Having to good wisdom to see that welfare was equivalent to the government running my life, I said “no”. Kim however, was still stuck and there was nothing I could do about it.

It took only 30 seconds for me to offer to make dinner for her again. What else could I give her? I could not cure her. I could not spontaneously have a few droplets of water added to me and become the sister she never had. The only promise lied in my readiness to play hostess and build a relationship from there.  I imagined what the dinner would be like. Would it be awkward? Would my shoulder to cry upon be just as pathetic as it was now? Kim told me she has cancer and the government is letting her die and the only sympathy I could muster translated into an offer to sear her a salmon fillet and fix rosemary potatoes.

“Look,” Kim said. Her voice was sad and resigned.”I will call you to let you know if I can come for dinner.”

“Okay,” I answered. “I pray for you everyday.”  I was telling the truth. Sure maybe I was an unintelligent stranger but I was telling the truth. Nothing was more unlike Afrocity, than the way I was behaving on the phone. I was powerless and Kim knew it. I know because today is Sunday and she never called me for that dinner.

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFOCITY





 

Saturday Toons: How Low Can You Go? August 29, 2009

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On the toons list today are two videos, one a disturbing audio clip of Rep. Diane Watson (D-CA), making race baiting remarks which insinuate that President Obama has enemies that do not want him to get ahead because of his color.

The second video is entitled: THE VIDEO EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN MUST WATCH AND QUICK.

Essentially the video is explaining how the citizens of Germany allowed Hitler to slowly rise to power without much resistance. The foreshadowing of a similar fate in America is quite an evident and potent message.

 

Boston Calling:Kennedys Don’t Die August 28, 2009

Image from Contra Obama

Image from Contra Obama

It should come as no surprise that if Democrats use the race card to push their health care reform bill down citizens throats, they should have no problem using the “death card”. Even if the late Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy had done nothing in life, the liberals will certainly make sure he works his ass off in death.

From ABC News:

Key Question Is Whether Kennedy’s Death Can Rally Fellow Democrats

BY TEDDY DAVIS

Aug. 26, 2009

Democrats are hoping that the memory of Sen. Ted Kennedy will revive the Democratic Party’s flagging push for health care reform.

“You’ve heard of ‘win one for the Gipper’? There is going to be an atmosphere of ‘win one for Teddy,'” Ralph G. Neas, the CEO of the liberal National Coalition on Health Care, told ABC News.

Democrats are hoping that Kennedy’s influence in death may be even stronger than it was when he was alive as they push for President Obama’s top domestic priority. Democratic officials hope that invoking Kennedy’s passion for the issue will counter slippage in support for heatlh care reform.

“Ted Kennedy’s dream of quality health care for all Americans will be made real this year because of his leadership and his inspiration,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a statement.

Pelosi’s sentiment was echoed by former vice president Al Gore who served with Kennedy in the Senate.

“Ted would want nothing more than for his colleagues to continue his life’s work and to make real his dream of quality health care for all Americans,” said Gore.

To infuse Kennedy into the health-care debate, Democrats are planning to affix the former senator’s name to the health-care legislation that emerges from Congress.

The idea of naming the legislation for Kennedy has been quietly circulating for months but was given a new push today by Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., the only person who served with Kennedy for all his 47 years in the Senate.

“In his honor and as a tribute to his commitment to his ideals, let us stop the shouting and name calling and have a civilized debate on health care reform which I hope, when legislation has been signed into law, will bear his name for his commitment to insuring the health of every American,” Byrd said.

Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., a member of the Senate Health, Education and Labor Pensions Committee chaired by Kennedy, has been the panel’s point person on health-care reform in Kennedy’s absence. Today Dodd said that he hopes Kennedy’s death will revive a spirit of bipartisanship.

I also wanted to share a clip of the O’Reilly Factor in which Laura Ingram faces offers a debate on the use of the death card:


All of this activity on the Part of the Democrats to invoke sympathy for the health care bill using Ted Kennedy’s has also obscured the fact that the state of Massachusetts is attempting to overturn a law which would determined how Kennedy’s vacant senate seat is filled.

Image at Contra Obama

Image at Contra Obama

The Wall Street Journal

AUGUST 28, 2009

Reversal on Senate Succession Stirs Political Storm

Democrats’ Push to Let Governor Fill Kennedy’s Seat, After Demanding Special Vote in 2004, Draws Accusations of Hypocrisy

By JOHN HECHINGER and PHILIP SHISHKIN

BOSTON -- A Democratic push to appoint a successor to the late Sen. Edward Kennedy is sparking a political tempest in Massachusetts, infuriating Republicans and dividing Democrats who only five years ago passed a law requiring that voters decide on Senate vacancies.

On a day when members of both parties paid their respects to Mr. Kennedy, a Democratic icon who died this week of brain cancer, Republicans accused Democrats of hypocrisy. In 2004, the state’s Democrat-controlled legislature changed the law to prevent the governor from appointing an interim successor after a U.S. Senate seat becomes vacant. Instead, the new law requires that a special election be held between 145 and 165 days after the position becomes vacant.

At the time, Democratic Sen. John Kerry was running for president and Massachusetts had a Republican governor, Mitt Romney. Proponents of changing the law argued that a gubernatorial appointment was undemocratic and that only voters should decide on a replacement. Democrats also feared Mr. Romney would appoint a Republican.

Now, with Mr. Kennedy dying three years before his term was up, some Massachusetts Democrats are reversing course, calling for Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick to appoint an interim replacement to hold office until the special election can be held. They now argue the state shouldn’t be without full Senate representation for months, especially with pressing issues such as health care before Congress.

The Massachusetts situation is the latest to erupt over filling vacant U.S. Senate seats, following particularly messy appointments in New York and Illinois.

Dear people of Massachusetts, I am begging you to not allow the reversal of your law governing how a vacant senate seat should be filled. Whether you are a Republican or a Democrat, you should be genuinely troubled by this move to take the decision out of the hands of the people. Remember what happened with Rod Blagojevich, the former governor of Illinois who was impeached for attempting to sell Barack Obama’s senate seat. Remember the Caroline Kennedy situation in New York state. Caroline was clearly not up to the task (uh, uh, uh) however her inepitude did not stop her from becoming dangerously close to being appointed by Gov. David Paterson.

Image from Contra Obama

Image from Contra Obama

Please put your political beliefs aside for a moment and challenge any move by the Massachusetts legislators to take power from your hands. America is a democracy. If the citizens of Massachusetts chose a democrat to succeed Ted Kennedy in the senate, then so be it. At least the voice of the people will be heard. The Illinois and New York examples should serve as a painful reminder that politicians have a penchant for probing beneath the surface of ethics in order to satiate their need for campaign funds. Contact your legislators and say no, storm the capital. Just do it!

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFROCITY

 

Thursday PITCH n’ Bitch: The Ugly Sport Of Black Balling August 27, 2009

Film Still of Negro League Baseball 1946 (American Film Archives)

Film Still of Negro League Baseball 1946 (American Film Archives)

Several days ago, I wrote a post comparing politics to America’s greatest past time – baseball. Particular emphasis was placed upon “the rookie” players as being those in which we place great hope and expectations.  A story today in the Chicago Tribune about Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley and racism made me realize that I neglected to mention that of course we place high expectations on players that are seasoned as well.

Image of negro League baseball catcher Josh Gibson throwing mask into air. Gibson (1911-1947) played professionally for the Homestead Grays and was called the "Black Babe Ruth" (Carnegie Museum)

Image of negro League baseball catcher Josh Gibson throwing mask into air. Gibson (1911-1947) played professionally for the Homestead Grays and was called the "Black Babe Ruth" (Carnegie Museum)

The Chicago Tribune

Milton Bradley accuses some fans of racial taunts

But Chicago Cubs outfielder offers no examples of such abuse

By Paul Sullivan
August 27, 2009

An angry Milton Bradley lashed out at his treatment from Cubs fans Wednesday, suggesting he has been the victim of racial abuse at Wrigley Field.

But Bradley declined to give specifics, saying no one wanted to listen to him.

“America doesn’t believe in racism,” he said sarcastically before repeating the remark.

Speaking to beat writers in the Cubs clubhouse Wednesday before their 9-4 victory over the Nationals, Bradley was asked to clarify his comments from Tuesday night, when he said he faced “hatred” on a daily basis.

To what exactly was Bradley referring?

“I’m talking about hatred, period,” he said. “I’m talking about when I go to eat at a restaurant, I have to listen to the waiters bad-mouthing me at another table, sitting in a restaurant, that’s what I’m talking about — everything.”

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In January, Milton Bradley signed a 3 year contract with the Cubs for $30 million dollars.  In Chicago, that comes with a lot of expectations. Baseball fans can be loyal, especially Cubs fans. Things can get a little nasty late in the season. Experiencing harassment from exasperated and intoxicated fans is not something that is endemic to being a baseball player of color. Every sports player experiences it on some level- even the great Babe Ruth.   Which brings me to the seasoned player. Back to politics.  Facing declining poll numbers New York governor David Peterson, an African American alluded to racism as the cause for his woes.

Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder James (“Cool Papa”) Bell and manager “Candy Jim” Taylor, at a Negro league game between the Chicago American Giants and New York Black Yankees, 1942. © Bettmann/Corbis

Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder James (“Cool Papa”) Bell and manager “Candy Jim” Taylor, at a Negro league game between the Chicago American Giants and New York Black Yankees, 1942. © Bettmann/Corbis

Fox News

Efforts to Rein in Gov. Paterson’s Racial Rants

August 25, 2009

By Bret Baier

Prominent African-Americans and officials in the administration of the first black president are trying to rein in what some are calling the racial rants of New York Democratic Governor David Paterson.

Friday in the New York Daily News, the governor blamed his political woes and those of Massachusetts counterpart, Deval Patrick, on race: “We’re not in the post-racial period. The reality is the next victim on the list — and you can see it coming — is President Barack Obama.”

The New York Post reports the White House was quick to send a private and pointed message to the governor to keep the president out of Paterson’s political problems. White House spokesman Bill Burton said publicly: “Whether or not race plays into [criticism] I don’t think it is the case. The president doesn’t think it’s the case.”

Paterson continued the theme Monday saying to NY1.com that some people are uncomfortable with too many powerful African-Americans: “Part of what I feel is that one very successful minority is permissible, but when you see too many success stories then some people get nervous.”

Satchel Pages ALL STARS 1946

Satchel Pages ALL STARS 1946

I do not feel that any of these comments are productive no matter how valid the claims. Like manic sports fans, political constituents will get critical. Poll numbers go up. Poll numbers go down. Unfortunately that comes with the life of being a politician. It has nothing to do with race.

But then again doesn’t everything have to do with race nowadays in this post-racial America that we are so blessed to live in?

Josh Gibson slides into home base at East-West All-Star Negro league baseball game in Chicago, 1944

Josh Gibson slides into home base at East-West All-Star Negro league baseball game in Chicago, 1944

Again, can someone tell me why in the age of electing an African American to the presidency, have the claims of racism against blacks increased rather than decreased?

I have been to a few Chicago Cubs games. Admittedly, there are more African Americans who are Chicago White Sox fans. The White Sox reside on the city’s South side which is predominately blue collar, African American and has large Irish constituency near what used to be Kominsky Park (now Cellular Field).

The Chicago Cubs play at Wrigley Field on the North side of the city which is predominately Caucasian professionals.

President Barack Obama has openly claimed to be a White Sox fan, as well as Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley- who are black and Irish respectively. Being the trend breaker, I living in the middle of the city, somehow gravitated towards the Cubs.

Quickly, I noticed that I was on wrong side of the bleachers. I was in the minority at the games I attended but I never heard any racists comments hurled at black players or myself.

Cubbies home run king Sammy Sosa was well loved in Chicago. African American shortstop Ernie Banks is known as being “Mr. Cubs.”.


1939 Negro Laegue All Star Team. (Image from Center for Negro League Baseball Research)

1939 Negro Laegue All Star Team. (Image from Center for Negro League Baseball Research)

According to sources on Negro League baseball, Caucasian major league players made $2,000 in 1905. A minor league player made, $500, and Negro League players made $466.

What any typical major league baseball player makes today, such as Milton Bradley’s 3 year $30 million dollar contract with the Chicago Cubs is a far cry from what Satchel Page of Josh Gibson made in 1946. Satchel or Josh would have never imagined the financial success of Sammy Sosa, Daryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Barry Bonds, Reggie Jackson, A-Rod,  Tony Gwynn, Albert Puljols or the many other famous baseball players of color that would follow his career in the Negro league.

I would hope that African American baseball players and politicians alike would experience financial success of today without the racism faced by their ancestors during yester-year. I must explore this further. There are only 40 or so games left in the season but I will attempt to secure a ticket to a Cubs game in order to witness any racism towards Milton Bradley or other black players for myself. I will keep you posted.


Autographed Letter Signed,

AFROCITY


 

Liberal Hypocrisy Files: Just Say No To “Fake Hate Crimes” August 26, 2009

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Image from Moonbattery.com

Seeing the displays of political dissent against Obama portrayed by liberals as insincere and astroturfing gives me more reason to be thankful that I am no longer a Democrat. In making such accusations they are woefully guilty of collective amnesia concerning their own history of impassioned protest. The latest scandal involves a liberal who actually orchestrated a “fake hate crime” in order to have citizens believe the guilty party was anti-health care reform protesters.

From Fox News


Colorado GOP Calls for Apology After Democratic Office Vandalism

The chairman of the Colorado Republican Party is calling on his Democratic counterpart to apologize for suggesting that an act of vandalism at Democratic Party headquarters was linked to opposition to President Obama’s push for health care reform.

State GOP Chairman Dick Wadhams told FOXNews.com he was “stunned” by comments made by Democratic Party Chairwoman Pat Waak following the smashing of 11 windows at the Democratic headquarters early Tuesday morning.

Waak told the Denver Post that the vandalism, allegedly carried out by a former Democratic canvasser and who left behind an anti-health care reformer poster, was “an effort on the other side to stir up hate.” After learning about alleged vandal’s political past, Waak told the newspaper that “there is a lot of rhetoric out there from both sides of the spectrum.”

“I was stunned by [Waak] actually suggesting the act of vandalism had something to do with opposition to Obama’s health care reform,” Wadhams told FOXNews.com Wednesday. “That is unfair and inappropriate to say that anybody who opposes Obama’s health care plan is somehow responsible for this despicable act of vandalism.”

Wadhams called on Waak to apologize to “everyone, who in good faith, opposes the president’s health care proposal,” saying her assertion was “terribly” irresponsible.

Booking photo for Maurice Schwenkler, who also goes by the name Ariel Attack. Self-escribed as a "transgendered anarchist" (Photo/DPD handout)

Booking photo for Maurice Schwenkler, who also goes by the name Ariel Attack. Self-escribed as a "transgendered anarchist" (Photo/DPD handout)

Waak, meanwhile, told FOXNews.com that the shattered windows were directly in front of posters depicting President Obama and health care reform.

“If you look at the windows, that’s where the major smashes were done,” Waak said Wednesday. “To us, that indicates this is about health care reform.”

Maurice Schwenkler, 24, was arrested in Denver on Tuesday in connection to the vandalism on charges of criminal mischief. The shattered windows will cost roughly $10,000 or more to replace.

The Post reported that Schwenkler was paid $500 in November 2008 to walk door-to-door in support of Democrat Mollie Cullom, a candidate for the state House. Campaign records also show Schwenkler was among dozens of canvassers paid by a political committee called the Colorado Citizens’ Coalition.

Schwenkler was also reportedly arrested in St. Paul, Minn., on the last day of the 2008 Republican convention on charges of unlawful assembly.

Denver Police say they have not identified a motive in the incident. A second suspect is still at large. No injuries were reported.

Republican David Balmer, who defeated Cullom, said he thought the vandals might have trying to make Republicans look bad.

“This sounds like the type of Democratic tactic from the left fringe trying to make Republicans look mean-spirited,” Balmer told the Denver Post. “In this case, it blew up in their face. He was caught red-handed.”

Ashley Todd, guilty of phony hate crime.

Ashley Todd, guilty of phony hate crime.

While you are bound not to hear as much about this in the mainstream media as say oh the story of Ashley Todd, the Republican race baiter from the 2008  presidential campaign season, it should be mentioned that staging fake hate crimes should be denounced by all political parties.

People have the constitutional right to assembly regardless of political affiliation. If conservatives are being more vocal than normal, I say it is about time and liberals you will just have to get over it. Your plan of demonizing anti-health care reform protesters is predictably backfiring. I dare any liberal to claim that each and every liberal protest we have seen throughout was without yelling, provocative signage,  or outlandish fringe party behavior.  Indeed, it is time to realize that not everyone is on board with Obamacare and they have the right to express dissension whether that be at a rally, protest march, or town hall meeting.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, right, is confronted by CodePink member Desiree Sairooz, her hands painted red, as she arrives to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, before the House Foreign Relations Committee hearing regarding US policy in the Middle East ,where she spoke about Iraq, Iran, and the Israel Palestinian conflict. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, right, is confronted by CodePink member Desiree Sairooz, her hands painted red, as she arrives to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, before the House Foreign Relations Committee hearing regarding US policy in the Middle East ,where she spoke about Iraq, Iran, and the Israel Palestinian conflict. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

In this important debate, I was happy to see Senator John McCain (R-AZ) host a town hall meeting on health care reform. I have always respected John McCain as a politician that could see different sides of an issue. I felt that his town hall proceeded in a civil and orderly fashion. Part II is especially interesting.


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…And Then There Were None

Ted JapanBy now you have all heard the news that Senator Edward “Ted Kennedy” (D-MA) passed away Tuesday night at the age of 77 due to brain cancer.

The New York Times reported that he was surrounded by family at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port

The New York Times

Edward Kennedy, Senate Stalwart, Dies

August 26, 2009

…The death was announced Wednesday morning in a statement by the Kennedy family.

“Edward M. Kennedy – the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply – died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port,” the statement said. “We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever. We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice, fairness and opportunity for all. He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it. He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it’s hard to imagine any of them without him.”

Mr. Kennedy had been in precarious health since he suffered a seizure in May 2008 at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass. His doctors determined the cause had been a malignant glioma, a brain tumor that often carries a grim prognosis.

As he underwent cancer treatment, Mr. Kennedy was little seen in Washington, appearing most recently at the White House in April as Mr. Obama signed a national service bill that bears the Kennedy name.

While he had been physically absent from the capital, his presence had been deeply felt as Congress weighed the most sweeping revisions to America’s health care system in decades, an effort Mr. Kennedy called “the cause of my life.”

On July 15, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, which Mr. Kennedy heads, passed health care legislation that he had helped write and that may one day be regarded as the capstone to Mr. Kennedy’s government career…

Young Teddy and his Father Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.

Young Teddy and his Father Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.

Out of respect for the deceased, I will make an attempt to say this without being too snarky.

Leave it to the liberal lie peddling New York Times, to use the news of Ted Kennedy’s death to “pimp” and garner sympathy for the health care reform bill. Previous to this posting, I believe I have never quoted the New York Times, nor will I again from here on after.

But we are here to honor Ted Kennedy.

Edward M. Kennedy and Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. 1940 (John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library Foundation)

Edward M. Kennedy and Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. 1940 (John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library Foundation)

Not only does Ted’s passing represent the end of an era in American and Massachusetts state politics. It also represents the end of an era in the Democratic Party and the final stage of an American dynasty. In the Kennedy family, it was all about the boys. The eldest of the Kennedy brothers, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. died in a military plane incident in 1944. John Fitzgerald Kennedy became the 35 President of the United States and was assassinated in  1963. Robert Francis “Bobby”  Kennedy became the United States Attorney General from 1961-1964, and was a U.S. Senator (D-NY) from 1965 until his assassination during his bid for the presidency in 1968.  Amidst the tragedy and pain, young Ted Kennedy would be the only footprint of the Kennedy men for nearly four decades.

I do not weep for Ted. He had a comfortable luxury that was not afforded to most Kennedys.  He died in bed, surrounded not by bullets, plane wreckage or the ocean but rather peaceful surroundings and family members. Despite the things he was accused of doing and not doing, Ted must have done something right, to recieve such a blessing. I pray that he is at peace and surrounded by long lost family members on another plane, those he has not seen in some time. Perhaps there is a Kennedy football game somewhere in that Hyannis Port in the sky and they are all there Teddy, Jack, Bobby, Kathleen “Kick”, Rose, Jo Jr., JFK Jr…they are all together once again.

Rest in Peace Senator Kennedy,

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AFROCITY

Kennedy Clan


 

 
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