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Old 09-25-2005, 12:08 AM   #76
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"do you suggest Jesse Jackson hates White people?"



I do think that he has used race and continues to use race to his advantage. Where was he before Katrina talking about the poverty in new Orleans?

I know the President and his family were shocked to learn that their is poverty in New Orleans.

You said you were from the South. You must be aware there is poverty in other places than NOLA.

When has this prisident ever talked about poverty other than his New Orleans speech that I said was an excellent speech

your question about Jackson?



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Rev. Jesse Jackson Challenges Mayors to End Poverty

By Larry Jones
June 26, 2000

In a rousing speech on June 11, Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, president and founder of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, challenged mayors to be bold leaders in addressing the needs of the poor and disadvantaged in their communities. At a time when our nation is experiencing unparalleled economic growth, Jackson reminded mayors that poverty is on the rise and many people are being left behind. He said, "citizens are crying out with unmet needs in the shift from budget deficits to budget surpluses." There are "pockets of hopelessness and alienation," he explained. In response Jackson said "we now have the resources to wipe out poverty rather than wipe out the poor." He told mayors, "I want to talk to you today about a call to action, a call to alarm, a call to hope and healing."

Expressing disappointment, Jackson said "I am a bit uneasy today about a kind of quietness about this conference." He reminded mayors that "most of us got to where we are by acting. We must not retire on the job and cease to act and let e-mail become a substitute for action." He challenged them to engage the presidential candidates, Texas Governor George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore and to use their influence to help shape the debate for the November election. "Both of them will make news by telling you what they have to say. But what do you have to say to them? At least now they need you more than you need them," he said. Jackson said the challenge for cities in the upcoming election, is not the absence of charismatic leadership but the absence of commitment to systematic investment in sound priorities.

Before ending his speech, Jackson made a compassionate appeal to mayors to work with him to help increase public awareness of AIDS. He pointed out that many people are walking around with the virus and don’t know it. The number one cause of death among black and brown persons under the age of 44 is AIDS. In response to this problem, Jackson asked mayors to go back home and take the AIDS test and encourage people in their communities to do the same. The purpose of this effort is to detect and prevent the spread of AIDS.

one of hundreds of Jackson speeches on poverty
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Re: Reverends of the Race Card

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"Why are there no African Americans in that circle?"
Jesse....I am willing to bet there have been more minority appointments of people into positions under this President than you or others would like to give credit for.

Is it because these people were not put into positions under affirmative action that they do not count?

[Q]"How can blacks be left out of the leadership and trapped into the suffering?"[/Q]

See above.

[Q]"There is a historical indifference to the pain of poor people, and black people ... we seem to adjust more easily to black pain."

"They are poor people, black people for the most part without private transportation, many of them are old and sick."[/Q]

Then ask the black mayor why he did what he did? Ask the Governor why she did what she did. They share some burden of the responsibility. You would not be pointing at the white house for your own political reasons?



[Q]MATTHEWS: What do you think of George W. Bush, the president's performance in this effort?

JACKSON: Well, he never came to New Orleans. His Cabinet member never came to New Orleans. The Red Cross never came to New Orleans. They were told by Homeland Security, don't come. [/Q]


Jesse, I know you would not let the facts get in the way of a good lynching of a republican, but, it was the Governor and State that prevented the Red Cross from doing their jobs. You should really check their web page, because the Red Cross clearly put the truth out there.



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REV. AL SHARPTON: I feel race was a factor. Why? I remember almost a year ago to the day I was in Florida when a hurricane was coming not a point four, not a point five, and I saw the white house move. I saw the government of the president's brother move. National guard was already alerted before the storm ever hit. It seems to me that if we can be alert in Palm Beach, Florida, we could have been alert in New Orleans.
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Holy Shit, thank you for making my point, the Governor (WHo by the way is the Presiden's brother, which has NOTHING to do with it) did his fucking job.

What a fucking shock!

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okay, i've been thinking about this thread quite a bit, and to bring it back to what i thought was the most interesting part, why race does matter, i thought i'd share some thoughts.

true, we are one, but not we are not the same. we have different histories and different attitudes due to our differences. but what i see emerging, as a vastly better alternative than this Reagan-era, feel-good "let's be colorblind" is a very South Park mentality that doesn't try and hide difference -- be it race, ethnicity, religion, orientation, or disability -- but we take our differences and place it right in front of you.

then - through the laying bare of the fact of difference, not by tip-toeing around it and patting yourself on the back for being nice to the black bus driver that morning - you begin to see the larger dimension of the person, and how whatever "difference" there is becomes just one componant of a much larger, more complex narrative that will enable us to enjoy the full depths and dimension's of someone's character. it's called integration - not avoidance, denial or embarrassment. difference shoudn't ever be a source of discrimination, nor a source of personal embarassment or shame (talk to me about what's known as "gay shame" and you'll get an earfull). however, on the part of the individual, first you have to embrace the difference as a part of who you are - without fear or deflection - and then it's up to others to meet you on your terms, not to politely avoid that which makes us different.
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it is amazing, isn't it? the lack of willingness to understand one's (usually involuntary) participation in a "raced" class system. anecdotes about "well i treat everyone the same" function as a means to absolve someone of guilt.

just remember: many people born on 3rd base walk through life thinking they hit a triple.
Right on!
I know it is so much easier to try forget about the past but there is no way this society will let you (believe me, I know from experience) there is so much injustice in this world and just because it is the year 2005 does not mean it will all just disappear. We all have to strive to make a difference. "We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal" I have yet to see Dr. Kings dream come true
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Can this be closed now? I don't need to hear anyone's profound, yet predictable accusations of racism every time somebody puts forward a point of view.
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"are you aware that the FBI taped MLK fucking a white woman in a motel room
and then tried to blackmail him into going away (or committing suicide) because he was labeled a Communist?"

I have always heard that rumor. I don't know if it really happened. I will agree that he was being watched by the FBI and was, by some, considered to a communist.



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King, look into your heart. You know, you are a complete fraud and a greater liability to all of us Negroes. White people in this country have enough frauds of their own but I am sure they don't have one at this time that is anywhere near your equal. You are no clergyman and you know it. I repeat that you are a colossal fraud and an evil, vicious one at that....King, like all frauds your end is approaching. You could have been our greatest leader....But you are done. Your honorary degrees, your Nobel Prize (what a grim farce) and other awards will not save you. King, I repeat you are done....The American public, the church organizations that have been helping--Protestants, Catholics and Jews will know you for what you are--an evil beast. So will others who have backed you. You are done.

King, there is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is. You have just 34 days in which to do (this exact number has been selected for a specific reason, it has definite practical significance). You are done. There is but one way out for you. You better take it before your filthy fraudulent self is bared to the nation.
When he had finished typing, Sullivan placed the note in a package containing a reel of tape. Earlier that day, Sullivan had had the FBI labs prepare a composite tape of the most salacious episodes recorded by microphones hidden in King's hotel. The tape contained bawdy conversations between King and his friends, sexual conversations between King and several different female sexual partners, and sounds--mattress creaking, groans and cries--associated with sexual intercourse. The next morning Sullivan handed the package to an agent, told him to fly to Miami, and mail the package to King at his Atlanta SCLC office.

The package was opened, as it happened, by King's wife Coretta. She often received recordings of King's speeches, and assumed that this was another. She listened to part of it, quickly recognizing that this was something different, and then she read the threatening note. She called King. Then she, King, Ralph Abernathy, Andrew Young and Joseph Lowery listened to it all. They immediately realized that the source had to be the FBI. Some of King's friends thought the purpose had been to blackmail King into declining the Nobel Prize. Others thought the tapes were intended to goad Coretta into divorcing King. A third theory, and the most plausible, was that Sullivan was trying to put the thought of suicide in King's mind. "They are out to break me," King said. "They are out to get me, harass me, break my spirit."


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Jesse....I am willing to bet there have been more minority appointments of people into positions under this President than you or others would like to give credit for.
Notice how all the key positions, though, remain in the hands of old white men: the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Treasury, Joint Chief of Staff, etc. Handing only useless positions to women and minorities is still pretty offensive, don't you think?

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Notice how all the key positions, though, remain in the hands of old white men: the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Treasury, Joint Chief of Staff, etc. Handing only useless positions to women and minorities is still pretty offensive, don't you think?

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Colin is laughing at this.....
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Colin is laughing at this.....
Well, I hate to say it, but the Secretary of State is pretty useless. The position is just one of many that has become nothing more than a cheerleader for the President. But that is not exclusively Bush's fault. I can't think of one Secretary of State that hasn't been a presidential cheerleader.

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Condi uses Civil War to slap Iraq critics

Tuesday, September 5th, 2006

Secretary of State Rice compared the Iraq war with the American Civil War, telling a magazine that slavery might have lasted longer in this country if the North had decided to end the fight early.

"I'm sure there are people who thought it was a mistake to fight the Civil War to its end and to insist that the emancipation of slaves would hold," Rice said in the new issue of Essence magazine.

"I know there were people who said, 'Why don't we get out of this now, take a peace with the South, but leave the South with slaves?'" Rice said.

Rice also bristled at the notion that the Bush administration's slow response last year in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was because of the race of the majority of the victims.

"I resented the notion that the President of the United States, this President of the United States, would somehow decide to let people suffer because they were black," Rice told the magazine.

"I found that to be the most corrosive and outrageous claim that anybody could have made, and it was wholly and totally irresponsible."

Asked if she felt personally accountable, Rice said, "The government did its best. People aren't perfect, and this response was not perfect. You know, I do foreign policy, I don't run Homeland Security. I don't run FEMA. I do foreign policy." She added, "I did what I could to coordinate the international response."

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Old 09-06-2006, 08:16 PM   #86
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only white people have the luxury of wishing for a colorblind society.

race matters.
Exactly.

This whole thread reminds me of how Stephen Colbert on the Colbert Report always says he "doesn't see color" whenever he - or rather his right-wing pundit persona - talks about anything to do with race.
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It's even worse to be a minority within a minority, I think - as a black woman who cannot stand rap, gospel, or r&b because I think 99% of it is crap, I get attacked by black folks all around as a 'traitor to my race'. By the time I'm through with that, I simply don't have the energy to wonder if that white person over there hates me. I'm sure there are those who are racist.

Problem is, I simply don't care anymore.

I don't think we have to asssimilate - I think we have to learn to appreciate the differing cultures, skin tones, and ways we all have. Diversity is not bad. Difference is not bad. We concentrate too hard on being alike, on becoming one mixed-bag mongerel type of country. What really matters is the fact that even as diverse as we Americans are, we can live together, respect each other's cultural differences, and still realize that we essentially all want to see our families safe, to live according to our own values, and to walk the streets without fear of being beaten.
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