July 25, 2013 at 8:35 am #93518
At Knox College, President Obama kicks off a series of speeches that will lay out his vision for rebuilding an economy that puts the middle class and those fighting to join it front and center.
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President Barack Obama said Wednesday that Washington has “taken its eye off the ball” as he pledged a stronger second-term commitment to tackling the economic woes that strain many in the middle class nearly five years after the country plunged into a recession. Obama gives his second speech in his series at the University of Central Missouri.July 25, 2013 at 8:36 am #93519
Good Morning, EveryoneJuly 25, 2013 at 8:48 am #93520
My mom is going on Good Morning America tomorrow. I was left at home in case you’re wondering.
I could have been good on an airplane. They didn’t even give me a chance.
Business trips, date nights…adults you can’t just come in and out of your toddler’s life. Are you a parent or a cold sore?
Please come home I broke the house
She’s still not back. Maybe she met someone. Another toddler. One who listens.
She went all the way to New York and all she could bring me is a half pack of M&Ms? This is why I’m bad.July 25, 2013 at 8:49 am #93521
Commentary: Why White People Don’t See Racism
Explaining the disconnect between Black and white Americans.
By Keith Boykin
Posted: 07/24/2013 12:59 PM EDT
Next week I will participate in a racial discrimination hearing against a Manhattan night club that frisked and searched me when I attended on a “Black night” but does not search patrons on mostly white nights.
Last week, I was accused of stealing an iPhone by a white woman in Miami who came up to me and asked if she could search my pockets to find it. It was not a joke or a pickup line.
And just last month, I had to pull out my own iPhone to photograph and report the license plate and medallion number of a taxicab driver in New York’s Union Square who refused to pick me up and then drove across the street to pick up a white customer seconds later.
For many African-Americans, I suspect these stories aren’t entirely surprising. As President Obama said last week, racism is a daily part of our lives. Like air and water, it’s part of the environment in which we live. Yet far too many white Americans still live in denial about its persistence.
That’s the conclusion to be drawn not just from anecdotal experience but from a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll out Wednesday that showed a vast disparity between white and Black perceptions on race relations. The poll, conducted after George Zimmerman was acquitted for shooting unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, found that 52 percent of whites think race relations are “good” in America while 58 percent of Blacks describe race relations as “bad.”
The new poll numbers follow similar results from a Washington Post-ABC News poll two days earlier. In that poll, 86 percent of Blacks disapproved of the Zimmerman verdict while only 31 percent of whites felt that way. Even more disappointing is that 86 percent of African-Americans say Blacks and other minorities do not get equal treatment under the law, while only 41 percent of whites think that’s true.
So what explains the disconnect?
Years ago, I heard a law professor explain what I call the “magnet analogy.” Remember those big red and silver horseshoe magnets from high school? Now imagine you had to walk around the world with a huge horseshoe magnet on your neck. Aside from the heavy burden of carrying the extra weight, you’d quickly see the world a lot differently from those without the magnet.
The first thing you’d notice – there’s a lot of metal in the world. Keys, coins, cell phones, even appliances would suddenly get a lot more of your attention. Why? Because the magnet attracts them. But those without the magnet would continue to remain oblivious to the metal assault on your body.
That’s the experience for African-Americans every day. We’re surrounding and inundated by the metal of racism while those who do not carry the magnet of Blackness remain oblivious to our experience. To them, racism is a thing of the past.July 25, 2013 at 8:49 am #93522
So white ppl shouldn’t feel guilty about racism or slavery. But black ppl who are not criminals should feel guilty about crime statistics?July 25, 2013 at 8:50 am #93523
Trayvon Martin’s dad adds voice to help black men, boys
by Suzanne Gamboa, Associated Press | July 24, 2013 at 5:54 PM
The father of Trayvon Martin told black lawmakers Wednesday he is now dedicated to making sure people know who his 17-year-old really was and to prevent the trial of George Zimmerman, the man who shot him dead but was acquitted, to define the youth.
“I always say Trayvon was my hero. He saved my life. Not to be there in his time of need is real troublesome, not to be able to save my son’s life,” Tracy Martin said.
Martin opened comments by a panel of experts brought together by House members who formed the Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys to focus more attention on issues disproportionately affecting black men and boys. Some of those issues include unemployment, incarceration and racial profiling.
Trying to counter what he described as slander against his son, Martin said he wouldn’t allow the verdict to sum up his son.
“I vow to do everything in my power not to give up the fight for him, not only the fight for Trayvon but for so many other young black and brown boys in this country,” he said.
Congressional caucuses are made up of members of the House who share interest in a given issue and want to focus attention on it while suggesting possible legislative responses. They include special group caucuses such as the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.July 25, 2013 at 8:54 am #93524
Eight Compelling Reasons for a Federal Prosecution of Zimmerman
Posted by Earl Ofari Hutchinson on July 22, 2013 at 8:00am
The moment the NAACP, the Reverend Al Sharpton and other civil rights organizations publicly demanded that the Justice Department conduct a federal probe into the Trayvon Martin slaying and George Zimmerman’s acquittal for killing him with a view toward bringing civil rights charges against him, volumes were written and spoken as to why the department supposedly couldn’t or shouldn’t prosecute him. There’s one problem with all this. Most argue that charging Zimmerman with a hate crime in the Martin killing won’t fly because there’s no basis for that from the apparent evidence. But that’s not the only reason, in fact there are eight of them, the Justice Department can consider a
“compelling federal interest” in prosecuting a defendant after a
failed state prosecution, They are clearly spelled out in the Justice
Department’s guidelines under the subsection: “Initiating and declining Charges—Substantial Federal Interest.”July 25, 2013 at 8:58 am #93525
What’s motivating some of Obama’s black critics?
By LZ Granderson, CNN Contributor
updated 7:08 PM EDT, Tue July 23, 2013
(CNN) — Tavis Smiley: Bitter, party of one.
What else can you say about an accomplished but jaded black scholar who continues to behave like a Twitter troll when it comes to President Obama? Why does he unfairly criticize Obama? Could it be because of a bruised ego?
It may have started back in February 2008.
Smiley, an author, media personality and leading voice in the black community, invited then-Sen. Barack Obama to speak at his “State of the Black Union” forum in New Orleans. Obama declined, opting instead to campaign because he was locked in a tough primary with Sen. Hillary Clinton, who did attend the forum.
In his place, Obama offered to send his wife, Michelle. Anyone who has seen the first lady speak knows this is hardly a consolation prize.
Smiley said no thanks.
Obama sent a letter, reiterating the importance of the forum, and asked Smiley to reconsider.
And thus, the rift.
In 2011, Smiley was on C-Span claiming that Obama was “the first president in my professional career that hasn’t invited me to the White House.” Though truth be told, I’m not prone to inviting people who diss my better half over to the house either.July 25, 2013 at 9:00 am #93526
Mother of Golf Prodigy in Hazing Death Defied by FratPAC
By David Glovin – 2013-07-24T20:42:50Z
Harrison Kowiak was 19 years old when he died after schoolmates pummeled him on a pitch-black field in Hickory, North Carolina. It was part of a fraternity hazing.
Determined to protect other students, Kowiak’s mother Lianne devoted herself to fighting hazing. She thought she had a powerful ally in U.S. Representative Frederica Wilson, who calls herself the “Haze Buster” and backed Florida’s tough anti-hazing law as a member of the state legislature in 2005.
Standing beside Wilson at a Capitol Hill news conference in September, Kowiak helped display a 10-foot-long banner headed “Hazing Kills,” and depicting a cemetery. As Wilson vowed to deny financial aid to students who engage in hazing, Kowiak applauded. What Kowiak didn’t know was that, behind the scenes, the fraternity industry’s political arm, known as “FratPAC,” had been pressing Wilson to back off. Today, 19 months after Wilson first promised an anti-hazing bill, she hasn’t filed one.
The industry’s lobbying is “disgusting,” Kowiak said in an interview. “What are the priorities here?” They “should be to stop hazing so none of our youth have to go through it.”
Even as deaths and injuries proliferate at their local chapters, traditional college fraternities resist a federal role in punishing hazing, contending that Wilson’s proposal would infringe on student rights and that existing state criminal laws are sufficient.July 25, 2013 at 9:01 am #93527
NSA surveillance: narrow defeat for amendment to restrict data collection
First major challenge to NSA’s bulk collection of phone records defeated by only 217 votes to 205 in House of Representatives
• The full roll call of votes
The first major legislative challenge to the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of phone records from millions of Americans was defeated by only a narrow margin on Wednesday, sending a clear signal to the Obama administration that congressional anger about the extent of domestic surveillance is growing.
Despite a concerted lobbying effort by the White House and senior intelligence figures, the attempt to rein in the NSA failed by only 12 votes. The final vote was 205 in favor and 217 against, exposing deep restiveness in Congress over the wisdom and constitutionality of the bulk surveillance on Americans less than two months after the Guardian exposed it, thanks to leaks from whistleblower Edward Snowden. A shift of seven votes would have changed the outcome.
Civil libertarians disappointed by the vote promised not to relent in opposing what they consider an unnecessary and unconstitutional violation of Americans’ privacy.
The principal author of the effort, Michigan Republican Justin Amash, said he introduced his amendment to the annual Defense Department appropriations bill to “defend the fourth amendment, to defend the privacy of each and every American.”
In opposition, the chairman of the House intelligence committee, Mike Rogers of Michigan, asked: “Have we forgotten what happened on September 11?” Swiping at Amash, who was supported by an online campaign, he asked: “Are we so small we can only look at how many Facebook likes we have?”
Congressman Mac Thornberry, a Texas Republican on the intelligence committee, called the abridgment of the NSA’s power “foolhardy,” saying it was an “overreaction that increases the danger” from terrorism.
There were some unlikely alliances: the Democratic minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, voted against the amendment with Michele Bachmann, a Tea Party Republican. John Boehner, the House speaker, found himself in the rare position of being on the same side as President Obama.July 25, 2013 at 10:05 am #93528
Sanford PD is right out of a Twilight Zone episode about an ugly Southern town trying to make a killer look beautiful with a heroic makeoverJuly 25, 2013 at 10:06 am #93529
Justice Department to challenge states’ voting rights laws
The Justice Department is preparing to take fresh legal action in a string of voting rights cases across the nation, U.S.officials said, part of a new attempt to blunt the impact of a Supreme Court ruling that invalidated a critical part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The Justice Department is expected to use other sections of the Voting Rights Act to bring lawsuits or take other legal action to prevent states from
implementing certain laws, including requirements to present certain kinds of identification in order to vote.July 25, 2013 at 10:29 am #93531
African American support for the Supreme Court falls off a cliff after it gutted the Voting Right Act http://thkpr.gs/137E4poJuly 25, 2013 at 10:30 am #93532
African American Support For The Supreme Court Tanks After Court Stomps Voting Rights
By Ian Millhiser on Jul 25, 2013 at 12:00 pm
Last March, before the Supreme Court neutered a key prong of the Voting Rights Act, 61 percent of African Americans viewed the Supreme Court favorably and less than one quarter had an unfavorable opinion. In the wake of the five Republican justices’ voting rights decision, however, black support for the Court dropped precipitously. According to a Pew poll, 44 percent of American Americans now have a favorable impression of the Court and 41 view it unfavorably.
Almost immediately after Chief Justice John Roberts announced the Court’s decision gutting much of the Voting Rights Act, conservative lawmakers started moving forward with voter suppression plans. Texas’ attorney general announced that his state’s voter ID law would take effect just two hours after the Supreme Court’s decision — and several other states were close behind. Arizona Republicans launched a push for less “competitive” voting districts in the wake of the decision. And North Carolina Republicans are about to enact the worst voter suppression bill in the nation.July 25, 2013 at 10:38 am #93536
For Jordan Davis’ parents, a bond with Trayvon’s family, and prayers for a different trial outcome
by Joy-Ann Reid | July 24, 2013 at 9:11 PM
Ron Davis and Lucia McBath sit across the table from their attorney, John Philips, in the restaurant downstairs from their New York hotel. They’re in the city to do another in a series of television interviews booked sporadically since their 17-year-old son, Jordan Davis, was gunned down in a Jacksonville, Florida gas station parking lot last November 23rd, the day after Thanksgiving.
They order breakfast, and Davis recounts growing up in Queens, New York, though he was born in Harlem. He says his father was a boxing fan who once introduced him to Archie Moore. He smiles as he talks about meeting the late Angelo Dundee, who trained Muhammad Ali.
McBath, a Chicago native with a ready smile, raised Jordan on her own in his early years in Georgia, where the boy was born. The couple lived for about a year in Jacksonville and then near Atlanta after meeting in Texas, and later divorced. They share a connection to Delta airlines where she’s a flight attendant and from which Davis recently retired, after 33 years in Delta sales. McBath was recently named a national spokesperson for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
Davis, who is remarried, still lives in Jacksonville, where Jordan attended Samuel W. Wolfson High School, a magnet school which awarded the slain teen a posthumous diploma in June, which his parents accepted for him. He says the community has “taken Jordan to its bosom.”
McBath can’t imagine ever living in Florida again, or even visiting her timeshare there — though she will be in Jacksonville for the trial of the man who killed their son, expected to start September 23rd.
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