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Live From The Obama Fallout Shelter July 27, 2010

There are certain times in life, when I maneuver conflict more gracefully than others.  For the times I don’t,  I retreat. Which is why I have been a non blog posting flake for the last two months.  Remember the old Afrocity who used to post once or more a day?  What happened to her?  Did she turn liberal again? Is she floating in the Chicago River face down with a “Sarah Palin  is a Cunt” tee shirt tied around her neck?  Clearly the victim was strangled before she was murdered and it was staged to appear as though the right wing turned on the poor misguided African American conservative.

And here lies the question.

Who can you trust nowadays?

Honestly, (and my dear readers will never have me any other way)  there are days when both sides get on my nerves.  Yes liberal readers, Afrocity does get fed up with conservatives at times. The abortion issue is one of those times.   I do not need the Christian Coalition Against Choice task-force sending me emails every time I author a pro-choice piece.

“It is not about government interference or privacy, it is about murder and against God’s will…yada, yada, yada, yada”

Nothing will make me anti-choice.  Sorry conservative Charlie.  And while we are at it, nothing will ever make me protest gay marriage.  It is not my business.  Having said that, you will never see Afrocity at a gay marriage rally either.  I check my activism at the door when it comes to matters concerning religion, life, death, abortion and marriage.  Meddling often overrides political common sense.  Gay marriage and abortion, have no place in a political discussion.  Both issues unnecessarily divide women and men who may otherwise choose different political parties if the conflict did not exist.  According to liberals, Sarah Palin could never be a feminist because she is pro-life.   In the world according to ass,  pro-life women do not want equal pay or the right to vote.  Why would a pro-life woman care about matters concerning breastfeeding in public or day care?  Pro-life women must love getting sexually harassed at work.

Only liberal women care about that sort of thing you know.

Resolutions to the abortion issue will never follow my lifetime because really, both parties do not want the conflict to end.  It creates much needed political tension and division.

Without divisions, there would be no base.

And speaking of political division… Democrats, before you begin licking your donkey chops, you should know that conservatives- the group with whom  I identify with the most- annoy me far less than most liberals do.  Far, far, far, far less.

The liberal tourist traffic frequenting the FOX NEWS/New Black Panther Party drama coupled with the press attention over the NAACP and the Tea Partiers has of late rendered me politically tone deaf.  Although the NAACP was useful during some stage in American history, after taking a look at their website site recently, I do not know what the hell they are doing besides fueling… well…racism.

Take a look at the lovely online exhibit of racist Tea Party signs the NAACP has curated:

I cannot tell you what the NAACP hopes to accomplish with this. You cannot truly fight racism unless you first cut the cancer from your own hypocritical backsliding throat.  Racism is racism.  You cannot call it racism when it only effects your special interest group.

This is the NAACP’s  pledge to “repudiate racism” in the Tea Party

  • I believe all Americans have equal rights and equal value.
  • I cherish the diverse cultures, beliefs, and values of America.
  • I believe we can disagree without being disagreeable.
  • I repudiate all acts of racism and hate, both in words and action.
  • I have faith in the promise of America – a promise built on mutual respect, common civility, and hope for a better tomorrow.
  • I commit to building that better America by participating actively and peacefully in the democratic process.
  • We are one people. We are one nation. I’m an NAACP American

That last line really troubles me. I am an American first.  Yes I am an African American.  I am a female who happens to be black.  I am surely not an “NAACP American”.  What does mean anyway?  Exploring the pledge further makes me wonder if the NAACP actually followed their own advice in the past and enforced the PLEDGE when the following Democrats said:

You think the Republican National Committee could get this many people of color in a single room? … Only if they had the hotel staff in here.”–Howard Dean

I’ve seen a lot of white niggers in my time” – Robert Byrd

He [RNC Chairman Michael Steel]has a career of slavishly supporting the Republican Party.“–Democrat Steny Hoyer

He’s [Clarence Thomas]  married to a white woman. He wants to be white. He wants a colorless society. He has no ethnic pride. He doesn’t want to be black.” -California Democrat Diane Watson

Would the NAACP ever hang this picture at headquarters?

Where was the NAACP when Condeleeza Rice was branded an Aunt Jemima along with colorful images of her clad in a red do rag and mammy doll’s clothing?

Where was the NAACP when African Americans made racist remarks against Hillary Clinton supporters- especially black Clinton supporters?

“At the end of the day, Hillary is still a white woman.”

Those words were spoken to me by my aunt- a rabid Obama supporter.  Her worry was that black women would vote for Hillary over Obama because she was a woman.  Auntie was simply reminding her politically wayward niece that color trumps gender.    I will not get into the narcotic Kool Aid dependencies of Obamabots in this post, but I knew auntie was inhaling and sending her last dollar to the Obama campaign. Her will to see beyond race was compromised by her commitment to righting the political wrongs of slavery and bondage.  In essence , African Americans were becoming everything they used to hate.

What a sad delusion.

What an abysmal state of mind to be stuck in.

The Democratic party- the party of equal rights, tolerance, diversity and most of all liberalism, is on auto-destruct mode.  Such a reversal of misfortunates.  You were once racist against me so that give me the right to be intolerant and racist against you–FOREVER.

Within the analogy of annoyances between conservatives and liberals,  everything depends on what I can and cannot morally stomach.  I hate hypocrisy.  At least the religious/holier than thou trope has always been a staple amongst conservatives. Republicans are pretty consistent about being anti-choice, anti- government and self-knowingly quite hypocritical about it.    Along with the heavy moral quotient, regardless of any fallacies committed along the way, the elephant is usually not delighting in the enslavement of identity politics. The elephant does not suffer from amnesia when it comes to the Civil Rights Era.  The elephant is not involved in some KoolAid/cult of personality  addiction narrative that seems to follow their most successful leaders (Kennedy/Obama).   The elephant in my view is not dispensing hopium to its patients and quickly escaping on a jet to play a hundred rounds of golf in Hawaii.

Is all hunky dory on the right side of the tracks?

No, of course not.  I would be lying if I said it was.   I battle everyday to get conservatives to understand why some of us Americans want to be called African Americans.  If I want a hyphen, then damn-it I can have one.  When I expatriated from the Democratic Party, I did not stop being African American.  If the GOP wants more people of color , they will have to market the brand in a way that does not compromise the values of conservatives; while at the same time showing us that it is okay to be proud of one’s ethnicity.  No watermelon cart is needed.  You don’t need a reparations bill to get African Americans to join the conservative party. Just be yourselves and show them what you stand for and how it can benefit them.

Someone may listen.

I did.

Well, back to the shelter…I may crawl out in a few days when I run out of Beanie Weenies and Gatorade.  Visit if you choose but be warned… I do not allow Kool Aid or Barney Franks.

Autographed Letter Signed

AFROCITY

PS:  Today is my mother’s birthday she would have been 71. It also means my birthday is in 6 days. We always spent the week together as a tradition. It will be lonely in the shelter this week.

 

Mirror, Mirror, On Washington Mall, Who is the Blackest of them All? January 11, 2010

Blago and Obama. Blago says he is "blacker than Barack Obama". Photo from Chicago Tribune.

Now that the Democrats are in agreement that President Barack Obama is light skinned and speaks non Negro dialect, their next  paramount theoretical task is to decide which DNC jackass is really the dark horse (so to speak).

From this article in the Chicago Tribune.  Blago claims he is “blacker than Barack Obama”.

Blagojevich apologizes for Obama remark

January 11, 2010 8:25

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is apologizing this morning for saying in an Esquire magazine interview that he is “blacker than Barack Obama.”

In a radio interview this morning, he called his remarks “a stupid thing to say,” according to his public relations firm. He was also to make a public apology outside his Ravenswood Manor home this morning.

In the magazine interview, Blagojevich also said he  was a real person in a political arena dominated by phonies.

Blagojevich, referring to the president as “this guy,” said Obama was elected based simply on hope.

“What the (expletive)? Everything he’s saying’s on the teleprompter,” Blagojevich told the magazine for a story in its February issue, which hits newsstands Jan. 19.

“I’m blacker than Barack Obama. I shined shoes. I grew up in a five-room apartment. My father had a little laundromat in a black community not far from where we lived,” Blagojevich said. “I saw it all growing up.”

The White House refused to comment.

It is worth remarking at this time, that as pathetic as Blago’s comments were, this is what Barack Obama deserves. He allowed his constituents to play the racism card during his election. He allows his supporters to play the racism card now.

Barack Obama uses his blackness like a rented tuxedo. As it happens, I was offended by many of Barack Obama’s statements as a person of color. I was also offended by the things he said about Hillary Clinton during the primary as a woman.  A crucial corrective is needed here.  Somehow it never registered with Obama that if you treat your ethnicity and race like a product—a thing—it will in turn do the same thing to you.

When you look at Obama’s experience and leadership abilities, the fabric of this man, what else is there except the historic moment and teleprompter enhanced speaking abilities.

For me, being black is just a part of who I am. I will never let it be the only thing I am.

Autographed Letter Signed,

AFROCITY

 

Afrocity and the 14 Points of Flight June 23, 2009

Afrocity in front of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum.

Afrocity in front of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum.

“Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.
-Woodrow Wilson

Because I needed a break from the stress of Obama, I tried not to follow the news while I was away. The idea that I could stay away from Fox News is laughable. In order to succeed, I must remove ALL obstacles to political relaxation…The hotel had cable TV so you can pretty much guess that I was watching O’Reilly, Hannity and Greta just as I would at home.

Sunday was the final day of my American tour. I stopped at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library in Staunton, VA. The failure to overcome the temptation of following the current news led me to anger at the Obama administration, which led me to quite a few awkward moments among liberals- even those I did not know personally.

Bust of Woodrow Wilson which sits in the museum window for all to see.

Bust of Woodrow Wilson which sits in the museum window for all to see.

It was Father’s Day and I was touring the Woodrow Wilson birthplace with a group of older people with their dads, one of whom was wheelchair bound and in his 80′s at least. How nice of them to bring their fathers to the Wilson museum on Father’s Day, I thought.  Our tour guide was very engaging which was more than could be said about my group. There is always a person in the bunch that feels they know more than the tour guide. This really annoys me and I consider it to be rude. There were two of them in my group in time and my ears remained closed while my eyes did a lot of wondering.

Because it was June, there was a display of Wilson family wedding gowns assembled throughout the home. Like the dresses in the James Monroe home, these gowns were intricately crafted and practically sewn on the wearer. I still cannot believe how tiny women were then.  In the first part of the home, the foyer, our tour guide explained that there was no electricity or running water during the period. Someone had to carry buckets of water up a long hill in order to get it to the Wilsons. Mostly everyone in my group gasped at the prospect of doing such hard work.

Next what a woman said in my tour group, unnerved the hell out of me:

“That’s what slaves are for.”

She said this looking at the tour guide in a very haughty and unfeeling tone. Since I was the only African American in the group everyone sort of looked at me with disbelief. Her remark was unkind and it was an awkward moment indeed.  The tour guide was an excellent sport and said “Yes, the Wilson’s did own several slaves.”

Still this woman’s comment was in my opinion unnecessary and colored (excuse the pun) the remainder of my visit. We went into the Wilson girls room where there were quilted bedspreads, dolls and hairbrushes. Our guide explained that you would never find a chess set in a girl’s room because the game of chess was considered to be too complicated for the female mind.Girls were groomed for their ultimate duty: motherhood.

The following  bedroom was the actual place of Wilson’s birth. The very same wooden four post bed that his mother gave birth to our 28th president was still intact and there for us to see. Wilson’s original rocking cradle was also in the room. I imagined Mrs. Wilson’s labor, no light, no running water. The “toilet” was a beautiful delft blue china bowl kept underneath the bed.

Touring these rooms, combined with the kitchen and “servants quarters” brought a strange feeling over me. I looked at the servants beds which were in the basement of the home. They were so low to the ground because of the soot. Only one window was there, which meant no air circulation, no breeze between the soot, smoke and hot kitchen. I began to feel ill. No really ill as if I was in a tight space with no escape. Certainly I was about to faint and i needed air. I apologized to the concerned tour guide, exited and sat in the garden fanning myself with the museum brochure. I felt embarrassed and ashamed. Silly black girl, what sort of slave would you have been? Fainting like a weakling. Would the Wilson’s have made me stay in the kitchen despite my being ill? The gregariousness of the tour guide or the beautiful roses and gazebos in the Wilson garden could not overcome the words of that awful woman:

“That’s what slaves are for”.

View of the Wilson home from the rear, this includes the garden.

View of the Wilson home from the rear, this includes the garden.

Air, give me air. I walked over to the museum where the Wilson archives and exhibits resided. Where there are archives, there is cold, space and air. The scenes of Wilson as president of Princeton University reminded me that he is the only president to have earned a Phd. as opposed to being bestowed an honorary doctorate. Earlier our guide explained that Wilson overcame a great many learning disabilities in order to achieve success. Wilson was very aware of the marriage between appearance and status. His birth name was Thomas but upon adulthood, Wilson felt that the name Thomas or “Tommy” was not befitting of an important leader. He took his middle name which was his mother’s maiden name as his first name, hence Woodrow Wilson.  His theory proved to be correct, he became the president of a great university, the 34th governor of New Jersey and of course the “progressive era” President of the United States of America whose term covered World War I.

Panoramic Photograph of an all Negro Regiment During World War I. Wilson Presidential Library

Panoramic Photograph of an all Negro Regiment During World War I. Wilson Presidential Library

Wilson Library 005

Woodrow Wilson was a Democrat, who owned slaves but what other kind was there right? According to this article in Wikipedia, the following describes Wilson’s position on African Americans:

Wilson was a white supremacist who eulogized pre-Civil War slavery, claiming, for example, that “[d]omestic slaves were almost uniformly dealt with indulgently and even affectionately by their masters.” He also maintained that black political participation during Reconstruction constituted “an extraordinary carnival of public crime,” and called the violent extinction of black voting and office holding in the South “the natural, inevitable ascendancy of the whites.” Wilson also “strongly backed the demands of southern leaders that their states be left alone to deal with issues of race and black voting without interference from the North, ensuring there would be no challenge to the raft of laws passed to disenfranchise African Americans across the region.” In other words, Wilson not only abided but encouraged the rise of Jim Crow.

While president of Princeton University, Wilson discouraged blacks from even applying for admission, preferring to keep the peace among white students than have black students admitted. It was not until 1945 that Princeton started admitting black students, the first of whom graduated in 1947.

As President of the United States, Wilson allowed his cabinet officials to establish official segregation in most federal government offices, in some departments for the first time since 1863. “His administration imposed full racial segregation in Washington and hounded from office considerable numbers of black federal employees.“Wilson and his cabinet members fired many black Republican office holders in political appointee positions, but also appointed a few black Democrats to such posts.

No wonder I went running from the Wilson home in panic. Maybe the ghosts chased Afrocity out.

Judging from this, I find it safe to say that Woodrow Wilson had no love for African Americans, republicans or conservatives. Take a look the following Wilson quotes on conservatives:

“A conservative is a man who just sits and thinks, mostly sits. ”

“A conservative is someone who makes no changes and consults his grandmother when in doubt. ”

“I have long enjoyed the friendship and companionship of Republicans because I am by instinct a teacher, and I would like to teach them something.”

How curious the anti-conservative statements of Wilson become when we consider that a paramount part of his legacy includes post war efforts such as his penning his Fourteen Points, the creation of the League of Nations and aiding in the Treaty of Versailles.  How curious when you remember the Wilson quote with which this post began:

“Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.

Oh really my dear deceased President Wilson? Please tell me more. I want to hear your liberal philosophy on the subject of war.

Neutrality is a negative word. It does not express what America ought to feel. We are not trying to keep out of trouble; we are trying to preserve the foundations on which peace may be rebuilt.”
-Woodrow Wilson

Dear President Wilson there is terrible news I must give to you:

Wall Street Journal

June 22, 2009

Obama’s Response Has Its Critics, Defenders

Republicans Want Less-Cautious Support for Iran’s Opposition

By JONATHAN WEISMAN

WASHINGTON Some Republicans on Sunday urged President Barack Obama to do more to support protesters in Iran who have been clashing with security forces over election results, underscoring the challenge the president faces in trying to strike the right balance in addressing fast-moving events there.

“The president of the United States is supposed to lead the free world, not follow it,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), a member of the Armed Services Committee, on ABC’s “This Week.” He added that Mr. Obama was being “timid and passive.”

Under criticism over his approach to the Iran protests, Mr. Obama met in the Oval Office with advisers on Sunday for about a half-hour before an afternoon golf game. He had multiple briefings and meetings on Iran on Saturday.

Since the protests broke out a week ago, Mr. Obama has taken a restrained tone, saying the election is an internal matter for Iran.

White House officials said Mr. Obama has shifted his rhetoric on Iran as events have changed on the ground. Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s speech on Friday declaring that protesters would be responsible for any bloodshed prompted Mr. Obama that day to invoke the word “justice,” a term administration officials said would have more resonance in the Muslim world than “freedom,” the term favored by former President George W. Bush.

On Saturday, the president said in a statement: “Martin Luther King once said, ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.’ I believe that. The international community believes that. And right now, we are bearing witness to the Iranian peoples’ belief in that truth, and we will continue to bear witness.”

A senior administration official said the carefully calibrated message was aimed at achieving a sense of steadiness in Washington, not escalation. The president is “determined to not allow reactionaries use the U.S. or him as a foil,” he said. “This is a debate in Iran among Iranians. It is not about us.”

Judging from Obama’s election as POTUS and his wimpish foreign policy stance dear President Wilson, I am afraid that the Democratic Party as you saw it is quite nonoperational. (Evil Emperor Palpatine laugh).

Autographed Letter Signed,
Afrocity

 

 
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