"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."  Martin Luther King Jr.

If you stick a knife in my back ten inches and pull it out five, that’s not progress.  Progress is when you pull the knife out and allow the wound to heal.  They won’t even admit the knife is there.” - Malcolm X

An immoral government—and the government has to be immoral if it does not care for the weak and poor—cannot claim the name of Jesus Christ, yet be adverse to the very principles that Jesus taught.-- LOUIS F.

Whites,,, would rather claim that they were fatherd by apes or crawled out of primordial waters (theory of evolution), than admit that they were Fathered by The Original Father of the universe. (The Black Man) -Wisdom4life1

We have to stop allowing the media directed by big business and fueled by the white supremacist agenda to distract us. Channels like CNN and FOX continue to promote the idea that they’re on top and we’re on the bottom.
By Usavior

“So many of us find excuses to get out of the Negro race, because we are led to believe that the race is unworthy – that it has not accomplished anything. Cowards that we are! It is we who are unworthy, because we are not contributing to the uplifting and up-building of the race.” – Marcus Garvey.

We must remember, and never forget, that the ultimate aim and the denial objective of the United States Government towards Black people is that we must never become effectively organized.
Louis F.

The Bush administration is ruining the economy, in part because Bush insists on awarding tax credits for America’s wealthiest citizens while threatening more cuts in the domestic budget to care for hurricane survivors. "What the president is saying,  is that we will help the survivors in the Gulf Coast at the expense of other poor people."  - Rep. Elijah E. Cummings

"Bill Bennett’s remarks are morally degenerate,  "It’s a blatant wish for genocide. What’s dangerous about Bennett’s remarks is that his friends [in the White House] are making public policy decisions." - Rev. Jesse Jackson

Blacks improve IQ scores 3 to 4 times the rate of whites after attending 4 years of college.  So that shows that IQ is more tied to education than it is to intelligence.  We as a race suppressed and abused the black race and treated them like animals in this country since 1609 and now we expect them to perform like civilized human beings.??!!   The performance of black people on IQ tests is not indicative of intelligence, it is rather indicative of the results of oppression."NONRAACISTWM'

All censorships exist to prevent any one from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently the first condition of progress is the removal of censorships.
- George S.

 "My biggest mistake is having a fundamental assumption that in the state of Louisiana, with an $18 billion budget, in the country of the United States that can move whole fleets of aircraft carriers across the globe in 24 hours, that my fundamental assumption was get as many people to safety as possible, and that the cavalry would be coming within two to three days, and they didn't come.
 "New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin"

A Letter to All Who Voted for George W. Bush To All My Fellow Americans Who Voted for George W. Bush: On this, the fourth anniversary of 9/11, I'm just curious, how does it feel?How does it feel to know that the man you elected to lead us after we were attacked went ahead and put a guy in charge of FEMA whose main qualification was that he ran horse shows? That's right. Horse shows. I really want to know -- and I ask you this in all sincerity and with all due respect -- how do you feel about the utter contempt Mr. Bush has shown for your safety? C'mon, give me just a moment of honesty. Don't start ranting on about how this disaster in New Orleans was the fault of one of the poorest cities in America. Put aside your hatred of Democrats and liberals and anyone with the last name of Clinton. Just look me in the eye and tell me our President did the right thing after 9/11 by naming a horse show runner as the top man to protect us in case of an emergency or catastrophe. I want you to put aside your self-affixed label of Republican/conservative/born-again/capitalist/ditto-head/right-winger and just talk to me as an American, on the common ground we both call America. Are we safer now than before 9/11? When you learn that behind the horse show runner, the #2 and #3 men in charge of emergency preparedness have zero experience in emergency preparedness, do you think we are safer? When you look at Michael Chertoff, the head of Homeland Security, a man with little experience in national security, do you feel secure? When men who never served in the military and have never seen young men die in battle send our young people off to war, do you think they know how to conduct a war? Do they know what it means to have your legs blown off for a threat that was never there? Do you really believe that turning over important government services to private corporations has resulted in better services for the people? Why do you hate our federal government so much? You have voted for politicians for the past 25 years whose main goal has been to de-fund the federal government. Do you think that cutting federal programs like FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers has been good or bad for America? GOOD OR BAD? With the nation's debt at an all-time high, do you think tax cuts for the rich are still a good idea? Will you give yours back so hundreds of thousands of homeless in New Orleans can have a home? Do you believe in Jesus? Really? Didn't he say that we would be judged by how we treat the least among us? Hurricane Katrina came in and blew off the facade that we were a nation with liberty and justice for all. The wind howled and the water rose and what was revealed was that the poor in America shall be left to suffer and die while the President of the United States fiddles and tells them to eat cake. That's not a joke. The day the hurricane hit and the levees broke, Mr. Bush, John McCain and their rich pals were stuffing themselves with cake. A full day after the levees broke (the same levees whose repair funding he had cut), Mr. Bush was playing a guitar some country singer gave him. All this while New Orleans sank under water. It would take ANOTHER day before the President would do a flyover in his jumbo jet, peeking out the window at the misery 2500 feet below him as he flew back to his second home in DC. It would then be TWO MORE DAYS before a trickle of federal aid and troops would arrive. This was no seven minutes in a sitting trance while children read "My Pet Goat" to him. This was FOUR DAYS of doing nothing other than saying "Brownie (FEMA director Michael Brown), you're doing a heck of a job!" My Republican friends, does it bother you that we are the laughing stock of the world? And on this sacred day of remembrance, do you think we honor or shame those who died on 9/11/01? If we learned nothing and find ourselves today every bit as vulnerable and unprepared as we were on that bright sunny morning, then did the 3,000 die in vain? Our vulnerability is not just about dealing with terrorists or natural disasters. We are vulnerable and unsafe because we allow one in eight Americans to live in horrible poverty. We accept an education system where one in six children never graduate and most of those who do can't string a coherent sentence together. The middle class can't pay the mortgage or the hospital bills and 45 million have no health coverage whatsoever. Are we safe? Do you really feel safe? You can only move so far out and build so many gated communities before the fruit of what you've sown will be crashing through your walls and demanding retribution. Do you really want to wait until that happens? Or is it your hope that if they are left alone long enough to soil themselves and shoot themselves and drown in the filth that fills the street that maybe the problem will somehow go away? I know you know better. You gave the country and the world a man who wasn't up for the job and all he does is hire people who aren't up for the job. You did this to us, to the world, to the people of New Orleans. Please fix it. Bush is yours. And you know, for our peace and safety and security, this has to be fixed. What do you propose? I have an idea, and it isn't a horse show. - Michael Moore

The big lie of capitalism is that everyone can be rich. That is simply not true. Capitalism only works if a very few people are rich and the vast majority kept so poor that they cannot refuse to work at the thousand menial and distasteful jobs modern civilization requires. The short version is that if everyone were a millionaire, who would take out the trash? Capitalism requires a wealth differential, imposed by taxes, which is the mechanism of forced impoverishment.

Dear Mayor Palmer: Let me introduce myself by saying that ASSATA SHAKUR is my sister, friend, and comrade in the struggle for human rights of all oppressed people. When three “Freedom Fighters” boldly took action in 1979 and entered the Clinton Correctional Facility and liberated Sister ASSATA from the chains and shackles of her jailers, I rejoiced. I was proud to be apart of a generation of young African Americans that were courageous and committed enough to go up against America and didn’t give a damn about odds. Others, and I, along with my late sister/comrade Ann Evans placed a half –page ad in the New York weekly, “The Amsterdam News”, affirming our love and support for Sister ASSATA and the compatriots who risked their lives. We didn’t back down then, and we don’t back down now. The Advertisement in the Amsterdam News read: *“Run, ASSATA, Run, Stay Strong and Stay Free”, *reflecting the slave song for those who had escaped.* *Throughout the Black communities on the East Coast -- Harlem, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and New Jersey the ad from the Amsterdam newspaper was cut out and taped to the windows in the homes of a generation of youth who were politically astute. The message was clear, and concise, plastered on lamp poles and any other available space stating, *“ASSATA IS WELCOME HERE.”* Now that you know who I am, and I certainly have a clue as to who you are. We can in the words of Brother/Minister Malcolm X, “talk shop.” At the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors in Chicago, Illinois, June 10th, 2005 you stepped in on the international affairs committee discussion on the” normalization of relations with Cuba”, placing ASSATA SHAKUR on the agenda; opposing relations with “communist Cuba”, until ASSATA SHAKUR (Joanne Chesimard) is returned to the United States of America. You have taken it upon yourself to provide leadership by becoming the premier “Black Elected Bounty Hunter;” assisting the Justice Department in breaking its’ own laws. Arrogantly and purposely ignoring the fact that ASSATA was granted political asylum by President Fidel Castro 28 years ago. Are you even aware that on any given calendar day the United States of America grants political asylum to those who defect from Cuba and other communist countries without interference? The illegal war that is being carried out by America in Iraq has led to the captivity and imprisonment of hundreds of Iraqi citizens, swept up (stolen) from their home land; held in captivity in Guantanamo in the exact same manner and fashion that over seas Africans were stolen from the Mother land, held captive on plantations, first, in the southern states of democratic America. Your willingness to “hunt” ASSATA down in light of this country’s history of “kidnapping” is reminiscent of those “house niggas” during slavery that loved their masters more than they loved themselves, or freedom. ASSTA SHAKUR is no different than Sister Harriet Tubman. She did not ask to come here. In fact, if memory serves me right, it was the USA government that said to the young dissenting youth of the 60’s who raised their voices in protest- *“Love it (America) or leave it”.* With a few good friends ASSATA left it. What else is a slave to do? I am not here to argue ASSATA’s case. I am here to say that the many critical domestic problems facing the mayors of the USA, and especially Black mayors of urban cities, one would think the focus would be placed upon solving “some” of the more basic problems of the people you and others were elected to serve. ASSATA SHAKUR is not your constituent’s problem. If ASSATA were returned from Cuba tomorrow (under your advocacy) it would not change the racist policies that rule the construction unions (among others) in Trenton, New Jersey, that keep people of color out. Nor would the “return” of ASSATA have an impact on your city and state high unemployment rate among Black adult males and poor youth of every color; or provide health care for the hundred of thousands of uninsured Jersey residents. Nor would her “illegal slave captivity” solve Trenton’s youth gang problem in your city. You tell me what purpose would the “illegal kidnapping of ASSATA SHAKUR” benefit the people of your city. I do however suspect that it would benefit your political career. A million dollar bounty split three ways between you, the USA government and a hired mercenary reminds me of the auction block: “Bid ‘em in, bid ‘em in... I don’t have to wonder about how much they paid the slave to sell the slave, I think I know. Hands Off ASSATA, - Mae Jackson 

 
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INCORRECT TEACHINGS LEADS TO INCORRECT LEARNING .INCORRECT LEARNING ACCEPTED AS THE TRUTH IS HARD TO CHANGE. HOW DO WE CORRECT INCORRECT LEARNING?  BY SOWING TO THE SPRIT AND NOT TO THE FLESH USING THE SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLE OF SOW AND REAP HOW TO AVOID INCORRECT LEARNING? BY AGREEING WITH GOD'S WORD IN THE TRINITY OF OUR PERSON USING THE SPIRITUAL PRINCIPLE OF AGREEMENT HOW DO WE WALK IN TRUTH? BY ABIDING UNDER THE WORD OF GOD AND USING THE SPIRITUAL  PRINCIPLE OF AUTHORITY HOW TO RECOGNIZE THE TRUE WORD OF GOD? THE ETHICAL TRUTH BEING THE TRUTH SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF MAN  AND THE FULLNESS OF TRUTH AS IT IS WITH GOD JOHN 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ THE GREATEST THING WE CAN LEARN IS THE FULLNESS OF TRUTH AS IT IS IN GOD , NOT THE ETHICAL TRUTH AS SEEN THROUGH MAN AND LIMITED BY THE INTELLECTUAL ACTIVITY OF OUR MINDS - PASTOR JOHN A. CHERRY

"As long as the colored man look to white folks to put a crown on what he say.... as long as he looks to white people for approval... then he ain't never gonna find out who he is and what he's about" – August Wilson Jr.

This is the problem I have with the death penalty, whites would not have an equal opportunity to die!   I think I could stand for baby killers, cold bloodied murderers and etc., to die, but I know that excuses would be made for whites.  Did you ever notice that the only time a white is supposedly not up to full brain capacity is when he does something wrong? Did you ever notice that (the only time a Black man is completely sane) is when he commits a crime? I cannot support the death penalty because I want everybody to have an equal opportunity to die, but that will never happen. I cannot forget how the whites in South Carolina were calling for the death penalty when Susan Smith alleged a Black man had taken her kids.  When it turned out that good old Susan had murdered her own, those crackers put her in prison and decided to feed her for life. Look at the unibomber. He is in prison for life, he would have been dead, had he been Black.  That woman in Texas who killed five of her own children,  received so much  sympathy. You don't kill all of your kids because you are tired of baby-sitting, I mean she did'nt get tired of screwing to get pregnant! My point is...I am against the death penalty because the punishment would be doled out unfairly in my opinion.--- PRE719

From slave ships to the Superdome was not that big a journey.
  ---Cornell West,

I challenge each of you to discard your anger for wisdom, and to shed the skin of vengeance for peace " - Stanley "Tookie" Williams

"If the death penalty is objectively investigated, it will be exposed for what it is....a racist, inhumane, and disproportionately allocated system used primarily for poor people. I dont know about any of you, but personally I can't name one millionaire or billionaire on death row. Can you?" ~Stanley "Tookie" Williams

“It is important that people do not become comfortable with the gains we have made in the last 40 years. Things have gotten better, but our freedom is threatened every time one of our young people is killed by another child, every time an elderly person is violated in his or her home, every time a person gets stopped and beaten by police because of the color of their skin. Until these wrongs and others are dealt with, the movement must live on.”-Rosa Parks

I'm not mad at Barbara Bush, or Fox News' Bill O'Reilly. Or even at U.S. Rep. Richard Baker (R-La.). Maya Angelou says, "That when people show you who they are, believe them the first time". So, no, I am not mad at them. Not at the former first lady for suggesting that Hurricane Katrina evacuees living shoulder to shoulder in the Houston Astrodome were now better off than they were living in poverty in New Orleans. Not at Fox News' conservative talk-show host, who maintains that the lesson poor children should learn from Katrina is that all they have to do is educate themselves and work hard and they will be able to avoid being left behind on the "metaporical rooftop." Not at the Republican from Baton Rouge, who The Wall Street Journal reported was overheard telling lobbyists: "We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans. We couldn't do it, but God did." Despite the public comments, the private ones made in segregated company (by conservatives and liberals) likely have been even more crass and unbelievable. The hurricane indeed has shed a light. The spin masters in the Bush administration have done a glowing job over the last several years of pretending that America has achieved a colorblind, class-blind society. Look around you, they say. Look at Condi and Alberto, or Colin and Clarence. All are credits to their race. What inequities? What ghettos? What barrios? For some time now, the underclass has been kept off camera, rendered invisible, its voices muted. But now that the hurricane has reminded us that, there are Americans too impoverished to leave their community even when a great storm is hurtling oward them, it's not surprising that many are shocked by it. Including the compassionate conservatives, who, in scrambling to say something pithy and nice, are speaking off the cuff and unwittingly revealing themselves: "Almost everyone I have talked to says, "we're going to move to Houston," the former first lady told National Public Radio's "Marketplace." She was referring to the evacuees in the Astrodome. What I'm hearing, which is sort of scary, is they all want to stay in Texas. Everyone is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this, this is working very well for them." I suppose it takes tragedy to shock us, to reveal us. Until the E2 nightclub disaster here, many well-meaning Chicagoans weren't aware that the city had its share of segregated nightclubs. In Chicago today, there are still places where African-Americans (and not all poor) go so they don't have to dance around the color line. I guess I'm not mad about the comments from the elite or the unknowing. Wealthy people get to choose whether they want to understand or deal with poverty. Many have chosen to and have been unfailing advocates for the poor. Wh at's far more disappointing are those who come from humble beginnings and who now have the king's ear, but have remained silent. It's as though they've been struck with a form of selective amnesia. They can recall their humble beginnings during, election time or a confirmation hearing, but how soon they forget. They're the ones who should be explaining to the Bill O'Reillys of the world that, yes, education is key and hard work a necessity. But this also is true: A Black or Hispanic Ph.D. who tries to hail a cab late at night will probably be profiled just like any other black person. Maybe someone could explain to Mrs. Bush that being huddled in a stadium not knowing where other family members are and the uncertainty about the future does not translate into an experience that's "working out well for them." Maybe someone could explain to the Baton Rouge congressman why now isn't the time to be flip about cleaning up public housing and God should be left out of this. No, I'm not mad at members of the elite. They're merely saying aloud what they've been thinking. It just shows us that "the line" and "the spin" can go only so far before--thank heavens--the spool eventually runs out. - Maya Angelou

The Bennett rule: Abort every white baby!
by Justin Felux
Bill Bennett, a prominent right-wing blowhard, has recently come under intense fire for remarks made on his radio show, in which he stated, “I do know that it’s true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could ... abort every Black baby in this country.” He quickly backed away from the proposition, saying “That would be an impossible, ridiculous and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down.” It’s unfortunate that Bennett chose to be so politically correct, because I think he may be onto something here. He’s just wrong about the target. If we really wanna get tough on crime, it’s the white babies who should start getting the coat hanger treatment. Consider the fact that whites commit three times as many violent crimes as Blacks every year, just in raw numbers. This is just for ordinary “street crimes,” such as assault. The numbers become skewed out of this world when you consider “white-collar” crimes (typically, the collar isn’t the only thing that’s white). For instance, job-related accidents and illnesses claimed the lives of 70,000 Americans in 1992, a significant portion of which can be chalked up to white employers neglecting to comply with occupational health and safety laws. According to studies, up to 64,000 die every year due to pollution and other environmental hazards produced by industry.Another 21,700 die due to consumer product deaths, costing the nation $200 billion a year. Another $200 billion is lost annually due to white-collar embezzlement. These two statistics alone add up to over 26 times the amount of all the robberies and petty thefts committed every year combined! We should also not forget the ravages of the white-owned health care system and insurance industry. Around 18,000 adults are killed every year as a result of a lack of medical coverage. Over 25 thousand die as a result of unnecessary prescriptions and surgeries performed by mostly white doctors. All in all, corporate criminals take about 10 times as many lives as street criminals. And I haven’t even mentioned the white men who control the apparatus of state, which through war, sanctions and other means, kills hundreds of thousands, if not millions more. Over 100,000 civilians have died in Iraq alone, for example. I don’t know about you, but every time I see a white man in a suit, I find a place to hide. Once I feel safe, I call the Department of Homeland Security to report his suspicious activity. I simply don’t feel safe knowing that all these savage, white thugs are out walking the streets. After all, from Bob Chambliss to Timothy McVeigh to Eric Rudolph, by far most of the terrorist attacks in America have been committed by whites. Which brings me to my next point: even if a white guy isn’t wearing a suit, you still shouldn’t assume that he isn’t dangerous. One can find a plethora of deadly and pathological behaviors uniquely prevalent among whites who look just as ordinary as you and me. Most notable among them are spree killing, serial murder and cannibalism. About 90 percent of all serial killers are white men. Some other white pastimes include animal torture, vampirism, Satan worship, witchcraft, self-mutilation, eating disorders and child sexual molestation. White men engage in child sexual abuse at twice the rate of Black men. By aborting all the white babies, we will be protecting a great many children from the horror of enduring abuse at the hands of white male sex perverts (pardon the redundancy), in addition to preventing the creation of new white molesters in the future. Alas, even if we allowed white fetuses to continue living and they manage to avoid the pitfalls of vampirism, corporate employment and serial murder, the odds are still pretty good that they will turn out to be hopeless drunks. Whites are 74 percent more likely than Blacks to binge drink regularly. In fact, there are more binge drinking whites than there are Blacks in the entire population of the country! Naturally, whites are twice as likely as Blacks to drive drunk, resulting in over 10,000 deaths every year. The same trend can be seen when considering drug use in general, contrary to popular belief. Whites make up 74 percent of illegal drug users, whereas only 14 percent are Black. Whites make up a majority of drug dealers as well. Given all of these facts, can there be any doubt that aborting every white baby would not only reduce the crime rate, but would also result in a much safer, cleaner and happier existence for all Americans? I can already hear some of you sissy liberals whining about “human rights” or some other nonsense. In reality, you are soft on crime and lack the rugged individualism necessary to get things done. At the very least, we should start forcibly sterilizing white males, much in the same way we did to Latinas and Black women up until the 1970s. I think the most interesting debate will be over the question of what to do with mixed race babies. Should we apply the “one drop” rule, whereby one drop of white blood marks the fetus for termination? I doubt we’ll need to take it to that extreme. If the baby is, say, one-eighth white, then its more destructive tendencies should be sufficiently diluted. Nevertheless, police and homeland security should still apply increased scrutiny to individuals whose skin looks suspiciously pale. I’m sure Bill Bennett wouldn’t mind taking a little harassment from the cops if it results in a safer America for everyone.

A Long History of Affirmative Action - For Whites

Many middle-class white people, especially those of us from the suburbs, like to think that we got to where we are today by virtue of our merit - hard work, intelligence, pluck, and maybe a little luck. And while we may be sympathetic to the plight of others, we close down when we hear the words "affirmative action" or "racial preferences." We worked hard, we made it on our own, the thinking goes, why don't 'they'? After all, the Civil Rights Act was enacted almost 40 years ago. What we don't readily acknowledge is that racial preferences have a long, institutional history in this country - a white history. Here are a few ways in which government programs and practices have channeled wealth and opportunities to white people at the expense of others.

Early Racial Preferences:

We all know the old history, but it's still worth reminding ourselves of its scale and scope. Affirmative action in the American "workplace" first began in the late 17th century when European indentured servants - the original source of unfree labor on the new tobacco plantations of Virginia and Maryland - were replaced by African slaves. In exchange for their support and their policing of the growing slave population, lower-class Europeans won new rights, entitlements, and opportunities from the planter elite. White Americans were also given a head start with the help of the U.S. Army. The 1830 Indian Removal Act, for example, forcibly relocated Cherokee, Creeks and other eastern Indians to west of the Mississippi River to make room for white settlers. The 1862 Homestead Act followed suit, giving away millions of acres of what had been Indian Territory west of the Mississippi. Ultimately, 270 million acres, or 10% of the total land area of the United States, was converted to private hands, overwhelmingly white, under Homestead Act provisions. The 1790 Naturalization Act permitted only "free white persons" to become naturalized citizens, thus opening the doors to European immigrants but not others. Only citizens could vote, serve on juries, hold office, and in some cases, even hold property. In this century, Alien Land Laws passed in California and other states, reserved farm land for white growers by preventing Asian immigrants, ineligible to become citizens, from owning or leasing land. Immigration restrictions further limited opportunities for nonwhite groups. Racial barriers to naturalized U.S. citizenship weren't removed until the McCarran-Walter Act in 1952, and white racial preferences in immigration remained until 1965. In the South, the federal government never followed through on General Sherman's Civil War plan to divide up plantations and give each freed slave "40 acres and a mule" as reparations. Only once was monetary compensation made for slavery, in Washington, D.C. There, government officials paid up to $300 per slave upon emancipation - not to the slaves, but to local slaveholders as compensation for loss of property. When slavery ended, its legacy lived on not only in the impoverished condition of Black people but in the wealth and prosperity that accrued to white slaveowners and their descendents. Economists who try to place a dollar value on how much white Americans have profited from 200 years of unpaid slave labor, including interest, begin their estimates at $1 trillion. Jim Crow laws, instituted in the late 19th and early 20th century and not overturned in many states until the 1960s, reserved the best jobs, neighborhoods, schools and hospitals for white people.

The Advantages Grow, Generation to Generation:

Less known are more recent government racial preferences, first enacted during the New Deal, that directed wealth to white families and continue to shape life opportunities and chances. The landmark Social Security Act of 1935 provided a safety net for millions of workers, guaranteeing them an income after retirement.  But the act specifically excluded two occupations: agricultural workers and domestic servants, who were predominately African American, Mexican, and Asian. As low-income workers, they also had the least opportunity to save for their retirement. They couldn't pass wealth on to their children. Just the opposite. Their children had to support them. Like Social Security, the 1935 Wagner Act helped establish an important new right for white people. By granting unions the power of collective bargaining, it helped millions of white workers gain entry into the middle class over the next 30 years. But the Wagner Act permitted unions to exclude non-whites and deny them access to better paid jobs and union protections and benefits such as health care, job security, and pensions. Many craft unions remained nearly all-white well into the 1970s. In 1972, for example, every single one of the 3,000 members of Los Angeles Steam Fitters Local #250 was still white. But it was another racialized New Deal program, the Federal Housing Administration, that helped generate much of the wealth that so many white families enjoy today. These revolutionary programs made it possible for millions of average white Americans - but not others - to own a home for the first time. The government set up a national neighborhood appraisal system, explicitly tying mortgage eligibility to race. Integrated communities were ipso facto deemed a financial risk and made ineligible for home loans, a policy known today as "redlining." Between 1934 and 1962, the federal government backed $120 billion of home loans. More than 98% went to whites. Of the 350,000 new homes built with federal support in northern California between 1946 and 1960, fewer than 100 went to African Americans. These government programs made possible the new segregated white suburbs that sprang up around the country after World War II. Government subsidies for municipal services helped develop and enhance these suburbs further, in turn fueling commercial investments. Freeways tied the new suburbs to central business districts, but they often cut through and destroyed the vitality of non-white neighborhoods in the central city. Today, Black and Latino mortgage applicants are still 60% more likely than whites to be turned down for a loan, even after controlling for employment, financial, and neighborhood factors. According to the Census, whites are more likely to be segregated than any other group. As recently as 1993, 86% of suburban whites still lived in neighborhoods with a black population of less than 1%.

Reaping the Rewards of Racial Preference:

One result of the generations of preferential treatment for whites is that a typical white family today has on average eight times the assets, or net worth, of a typical African American family, according to economist Edward Wolff. Even when families of the same income are compared, white families have more than twice the wealth of Black families. Much of that wealth difference can be attributed to the value of one's home, and how much one inherited from parents. But a family's net worth is not simply the finish line, it's also the starting point for the next generation. Those with wealth pass their assets on to their children - by financing a college education, lending a hand during hard times, or assisting with the down payment for a home. Some economists estimate that up to 80 percent of lifetime wealth accumulation depends on these intergenerational transfers. White advantage is passed down, from parent to child to grand-child. As a result, the racial wealth gap - and the head start enjoyed by whites - appears to have grown since the civil rights days. In 1865, just after Emancipation, it is not surprising that African Americans owned 0.5 percent of the total worth of the United States. But by 1990, a full 135 years after the abolition of slavery, Black Americans still possessed only a meager 1 percent of national wealth. Rather than recognize how "racial preferences" have tilted the playing field and given us a head start in life, many whites continue to believe that race does not affect our lives. Instead, we chastise others for not achieving what we have; we even invert the situation and accuse non-whites of using "the race card" to advance themselves. Or we suggest that differential outcomes may simply result from differences in "natural" ability or  motivation. However, sociologist Dalton Conley's research shows that when we compare the performance of families across racial lines who make not just the same income, but also hold similar net worth, a very interesting thing happens: many of the racial disparities in education, graduation rates, welfare usage and other outcomes disappear. The "performance gap" between whites and nonwhites is a product not of nature, but unequal circumstances. Colorblind policies that treat everyone the same, no exceptions for minorities, are often counter-posed against affirmative action. But colorblindness today merely bolsters the unfair advantages that color-coded practices have enabled white Americans to long accumulate. It's a little late in the game to say that race shouldn't matter. - foxxgiavani

As a country I would say  Race and Politics.  From a racial standpoint  Whites will never see things from the perception of Black people's experience. For example there were more whites who thought Michael Jackson was guilty than Blacks. There were also more whites who thought that Kobe Bryant was guilty than Blacks did and it  all came down to Black people having the experience of being lied upon and falsely accused. These historical experiences have created two different perceptions among the races and thus we may never see things the same way.From a political standpoint, this country is definitely divided over this current Bush administration. It's like a civil war now with the conservatives and liberals going at each others throat. They are both a bunch of  dimwits and need to realize that truth is bigger than their party affiliations. They need to move to the center and think of what is truly in the best interest of the country; and not just be "Leftists" or "Right Wing" wacko political  cheerleaders. - ESOTERIKSEVEN"

"My biggest mistake is having a fundamental assumption that in the state of Louisiana, with an $18 billion budget, in the country of the United States that can move whole fleets of aircraft carriers across the globe in 24 hours, that my fundamental assumption was get as many people to safety as possible, and that the cavalry would be coming within two to three days, and they didn't come.  - New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin

The TRUTH the majority of white Americans are not ready or willing to face is, they will "REAP "WHAT THEY HAVE SOWN"   The malicious, dogmatic,pathetic acts of evil, hatred and injustice the caucasian race has inflicted on Blacks, Indians and other cultures will revisit them. Are they ready to face the repurcussions? "I think not" The majority of white Americans are not ready to face the truth that their political power, their social power and their "money god" can not save them from their past catching up with them. "Some things money just can't buy" In the case of their EVILS done to other races and especially Blacks, no amount of money can bring a check and balance to the oppression, suffering and INJUSTICE white Americans have inflicted. Are they ready to face the truth of their history of being a people with twisted minds, "I think not" Are they ready to face Katrina and Rita's triplet sister, Vengance.She will come with a speed of mental whip azz their eyes can't see and their minds won't be able to comprehend.  They will be wiped out. And it won't be about political or monetary gain. It will be about justice and reaping what they have sowed.- CALLIESLUV

I think that appealing to fascist white supremacists, with no humanity at all, is a waste of time and energy. This system is too rotten, too corrupt, too bankrupt to fix. As countless volunteers have proven by virtually ignoring the stupid government do-nothings and rescuing people on their own, we don’t have to depend on this government; we can do it ourselves. We - meaning average everyday people of good will - are the majority. We have the right, in fact, the duty, to abolish this capitalist corpocracy and replace it with a people’s government that puts people above property and recognizes one human race. -Kiilu Nyasha,

As a country I would say  Race and Politics.  From a racial standpoint  Whites will never see things from the perception of Black people's experience. For example there were more whites who thought Michael Jackson was guilty than Blacks. There were also more whites who thought that Kobe Bryant was guilty than Blacks did and it  all came down to Black people having the experience of being lied upon and falsely accused. These historical experiences have created two different perceptions among the races and thus we may never see things the same way.From a political standpoint, this country is definitely divided over this current Bush administration. It's like a civil war now with the conservatives and liberals going at each others throat. They are both a bunch of  dimwits and need to realize that truth is bigger than their party affiliations. They need to move to the center and think of what is truly in the best interest of the country; and not just be "Leftists" or "Right Wing" wacko political  cheerleaders.
ESOTERIKSEVEN

Paula J. McGill
 I read your commentary (March 11, 2005) on how Bush and the Republicans are selecting black leadership by dangling the faith-base carrot in front of greedy and immoral black ministers. More and more people in the black community are speaking out against the greed of these fat cats. Obviously these so-called Christians need to be called out and shamed at every turn.

Keep up the good work.

Sister McGill ends her message with 8 things to remember.

1. Pillars of the Community are not Necessarily Moral Role Models.

2. Greed is not a Christian Value.

3. People Shouldn't Be Considered "Collateral Damage."

4. The Justice System Isn't Necessarily Just.

5. Just Because a Person Claims to Be Christian Doesn't Mean He Is Christian.

6. Fascism is conducted by the extreme right, typically through the merging of state and business leaderhip, together with a belligerent nationalism.

7. If there is no ideal or principle that you will sacrifice everything for, you're not worth much to society.

8. For every Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, and Malcolm X, there were at least 10 more Blacks who fought against freedom and civil rights or cowardly sat on the sidelines.

White Privilege: The Original Race Card By jimi izrael,
Whites come to people of color with a laundry list of presumptions and conjecture they have gathered from years of watching BET, 'Good Times' reruns and the evening news. But I can’t be mad. I don't feel oppressed by them, but I think sometimes white people can be so ignorant as to be harmful to everyone they encounter, and that is the thing I am most afraid of: the things they do simply because they don't know better.
Dealing with people with that level of ignorance tells you a lot about them, because post-integration, there is no reason to be ignorant about people of different races anymore, unless by choice. We learn about each other from our necessity of interaction and black people have to know every nuance of whiteness just to survive, but whites can live their lives oblivious to people of color. They can demand absolution by pleading ignorance to everything, which makes whiteness the original race card. At the core of white privilege is the ability to live a life unfettered by consciousness of any kind, beyond an inherent sense of entitlement. It's a freedom whites take for granted that people of color will never know. Part of the "unbearable whiteness of being" is that white people are the only people privileged enough to be viewed as individuals. Sometimes, I get in conversations about sex, race or politics and I’m amused when the white people involved insist that I use qualifying remarks -- like "some" whites do this, "some" whites do that. I always try to get into conversations with people smart enough to know that whenever we talk about race, gender or politics, we have to start generally and evolve to more specific arguments. Funny though, when whites discuss minorities, any vague generality will do. I used to add some qualification -- just to be polite -- but lately I find that I’m just as inclined to use broad generalities about white folks. Let ’em squirm. Because that uncomfortable feeling they feel whenever they hear me say something like "whites always do this" or "whites always do that" is about as close as they will get to the everyday discomfort of being black. Like having to field dumb questions about being black -- it doesn’t get any worse than that. In the name of "diversity," black questions have become all too fashionable to ask -- especially in the workplace. Personally, I can’t be anyone’s Negro tour guide of all things dark and mysterious. The problem about answering questions about your blackness is that once you start, you will never stop. People will ask you one question and then go to the back of the line to ask you another. And the questions will get progressively dumber. And so will you, sitting there answering them. For me, it isn't important for you to understand the cultural significance of why we are different, whites and blacks. It is only important that you know that we are different, and that you respect that difference by resisting the need to dissect me. The other piece of this is that, honestly, there is very little about white folks I want to know that I don’t know already. Not because I'm clairvoyant, but because my survival depends on navigating race politics, and has from a very young age. Besides, I've broken bread with my white friends -- had them at my dinner table to share a meal. And that's the only real measure of friendship: If you're white and have not been to your best black friend's home for dinner and they have not been to yours, something is wrong. Anyone who has not been to your home to share a meal is not your friend. Whites know just enough about black folks to give the "brutha handshake" but not enough to invite you to dinner. This is the problem with being black in America; to be black is to involuntarily bear the sin and nary a virtue of every dark face on the planet. That's your life every waking second, whether you like it or not, while whites downplay the role of race in the everyday lives of black people. It must be nice to have that privilege.

"If you fall on the side that is pro-George and pro-war, you get your ass over to Iraq, and take the place of somebody who wants to come home. And if you fall on the side that is against this war and against George Bush, stand up and speak out." - Cindy S.

The system that rewards white people more than any other group, the powerful more than the powerless, and the wealthy over the poor is seen as being inviolate and perfect. Love of the empire makes otherwise rational people vote against their economic and political interests. It makes otherwise peaceful people love violence and death.They truly believe that Iraqis are better off being killed by American bombs than they were being alive under Saddam Hussein. - MARGARET K.

Black Child's Pledge
I pledge allegiance to my Black People.
I pledge to develop my mind and body to the greatest extent possible. I will learn all that I can in order to give my best to my People in their struggle for liberation. I will keep myself physically fit, building a strong body free from drugs and other substances which weaken me and make me less capable of protecting myself, my family and my Black brothers and sisters. I will unselfishly share my knowledge and understanding with them in order to bring about change more quickly. I will discipline myself to direct my energies thoughtfully and constructively rather than wasting them in idle hatred. I will train myself never to hurt or allow others to harm my Black brothers and sisters for I recognize that we need every Black Man, Woman, and Child to be physically, mentally and psychologically strong. These principles I pledge to practice daily and to teach them to others in order to unite my People.

Articles of Impeachment: President Bush As Commander in Chief, the president of the United States of America is responsible for upholding justice and carrying out his duties as stated in the Constitution. The Constitution in turn explicitly states that role includes the promotion of the general welfare of american people, not some american people like the rich, white or male: but all american people. The president has failed to carry out his duties in that presidential office. He presided over the worst security failure in American history on september 11, 2001. And not less than four year later he is presiding over the worst Natural Disaster in our history. The fall out of from each of these presidential mistakes could have been averted if the president took direct action available to him as president to stop these events from occuring.  In the case of our most recent tragedy, the president diverted not only funds that should have been used to reinforce NO levees but sent the vast majority of the states military reserves to protect his oil investment in Iraq. Both these decisions crippled the disaster response efforts and largely left dealing with a multi-billion dollar disaster in the hands of local city leadership and volunteer organizations, both of which had neither the people, physical or financial resources to even reduce the damage done by this hurricane. Needless to say the mayor and volunteer organizations were quickly overwhelmed and here we have lost a MAJOR economic hub to say the least. Worse we have lost tens of thousands of HUMAN BEINGS. The trauma done to our citizenry numbers in the hundreds of thousands and perhaps millions. And our experts suggest when its all said and done this disaster may cost us upwards of a quarter of a trillion dollars. This president must be impeached. Call your representatives and demand that they initiate the articles of impeachment against president bush that would rid us of this scourge before his incompetence and callousness about american lives which borders on treason does any more damage to this great nation of ours. peace get free - Unelarn

Open letter to the President: Mr. President, this job can't be fun for you any more. There's no more money to spend--you used up all of that. You can't start another war because you used up the army. And now, darn the luck, the rest of your term has become the Bush family nightmare: helping poor people. Listen to your Mom. The cupboard's bare, the credit cards maxed out. No one's speaking to you. Mission accomplished. Now it's time to do what you've always done best: lose interest and walk away. Like you did with your military service and the oil company and the baseball team. It's time. Time to move on and try the next fantasy job. How about cowboy or space man? Now I know what you're saying: there's so many other things that you as President could involve yourself in. Please don't. I know, I know. There's a lot left to do. There's a war with Venezuela. Eliminating the sales tax on yachts. Turning the space program over to the church. And Social Security to Fannie Mae. Giving embryos the vote. But, Sir, none of that is going to happen now. Why? Because you govern like Billy Joel drives. You've performed so poorly I'm surprised that you haven't given yourself a medal. You're a catastrophe that walks like a man. Herbert Hoover was a shitty president, but even he never conceded an entire city to rising water and snakes. On your watch, we've lost almost all of our allies, the surplus, four airliners, two trade centers, a piece of the Pentagon and the City of New Orleans. Maybe you're just not lucky. I'm not saying you don't love this country. I'm just wondering how much worse it could be if you were on the other side. So, yes, God does speak to you. What he is saying is: “Take a hint.” - Bill Maher

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