Would Politicians risk the welfare of a country and their people to diminish a President because he is Black?

You betcha – Americans should be outraged and fire all those politicians. What gives them the right? After all they were elected by the people and they could be ousted by the people. Why are Americans remaining silent and watch their country go to the dogs because of some racist republicans? Do something people, don’t sit there like puppets.

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 03:10 PM PDT
The real story of the shutdown: 50 years of GOP race-baiting
A House minority from white districts want to destroy the first black president, and the GOP majority abets them
By Joan Walsh

**As a follow up, you need to check out:
“Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story” – 1.5 hour doc

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On the day the Affordable Care Act takes effect, the U.S. government is shut down, and it may be permanently broken. You’ll read lots of explanations for the dysfunction, but the simple truth is this: It’s the culmination of 50 years of evolving yet consistent Republican strategy to depict government as the enemy, an oppressor that works primarily as the protector of and provider for African-Americans, to the detriment of everyone else. The fact that everything came apart under our first African-American president wasn’t an accident, it was probably inevitable.

People talk about the role of race in Richard Nixon’s “Southern Strategy”: how Pat Buchanan and Kevin Phillips helped him lure the old Dixiecrats into the Republican Party permanently. Far less well known was the GOP’s “Northern Strategy,” which targeted so-called white ethnics – many of them from the Catholic “Sidewalks of New York” like my working-class family, in the words of Kevin Phillips. Without a Northern Strategy designed to inflame white-ethnic fears of racial and economic change, Phillips’ imaginary but still influential notion of a “permanent Republican majority” would have been unimaginable.

“The principal force which broke up the Democratic (New Deal) coalition is the Negro socioeconomic revolution and liberal Democratic ideological inability to cope with it,” Phillips wrote. “Democratic ‘Great Society’ programs aligned that party with many Negro demands, but the party was unable to defuse the racial tension sundering the nation.” Phillips was not trying to defuse that tension, far from it – he was trying to lure those white ethnics to the GOP (although he later broke with the party he helped create.) But his Northern Strategy truly came to fruition in 1980, with the election of Ronald Reagan. Where Nixon swept the South, Reagan was able to take much of the North and West, too.

I loved Chris Matthews’ book “Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked,” but as I said in my interview with him, I think he let Reagan off the hook when it came to race. Ronald Reagan picked up the political baton passed to him by Barry Goldwater and Pat Buchanan, and played his role with genial gusto. Reagan had trafficked in ugly racial stereotyping over the years, about “young bucks” buying T-bone steaks with food stamps and Cadillac-driving welfare queens. But the Reagan who got elected president was better at using deracialized language to channel racial fears and resentment. He and his strategists had succeeded in making government synonymous with “welfare,” and “welfare” synonymous with lazy people, most of them African-American.

When Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg studied the voters of Macomb County, a hotbed of so-called Reagan Democrats – the county gave two-thirds of its votes to John F. Kennedy in 1960, and the same proportion to Ronald Reagan in 1980 — he found that they no longer saw Democrats as working-class champions. “Blacks constitute the explanation for their vulnerability and for almost everything that has gone wrong in their lives,” and they saw government “as a black domain where whites cannot expect reasonable treatment,” Greenberg wrote.
So for a lot of Democrat-turned-Republican voters, “government” was all about black people, Reagan knew. You didn’t have to be racist to thrill to Reagan’s declaration that “government is not the solution; government is the problem,” though it didn’t hurt. Republican strategist Lee Atwater explained exactly how it worked in a now-infamous 1981 interview that was secret for 30 years. Atwater explained how the GOP dialed down its racial rhetoric for fear of alienating white moderates who might buy the GOP’s anti-government crusade, but be uncomfortable with outright racism.

This is Atwater talking to an academic interviewer in 1981, Year One of the Reagan revolution:

You start out in 1954 by saying, “N–ger, n–ger, n–ger.” By 1968 you can’t say “n–ger” — that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites … “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the bussing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “N–ger, n–ger.”

And then you say “Defund Obamacare,” and everyone knows why.

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To be fair to Republicans, not everyone is or was comfortable with this strategy. One of the things I remember best from Richard Ben Cramer’s legendary history of the 1988 election, “What It Takes,” was the way both George H.W. Bush and Bob Dole grappled with whether and how to reach black voters, in the wake of the Reagan revolution. Each man struggled, in his own way, to understand and accept exactly how party leaders, starting with Goldwater, had actively pushed African-Americans out of the party of Abraham Lincoln. Dole’s discomfort seemed a little deeper and more genuine; in the end, Bush acceded to Atwater and Roger Ailes, one of Richard Nixon’s media henchmen, to produce the infamous Willie Horton ad that helped torpedo Michael Dukakis.

Over and over, that’s how things got worse: Republicans who know better, who probably aren’t “racist” in the old-fashioned sense of believing in black inferiority and opposing the equality and integration of the races, nonetheless pander to those who are, for electoral gain. And when the election of our first black president riled up the racists and launched the Tea Party – supposed deficit hawks who tolerated skyrocketing government spending under George W. Bush — too many Republicans went along.

Today, the entire government has been taken hostage by leaders elected by this crazed minority, who see in the face of Barack Obama everything they’ve been taught to fear for 50 years. Start with miscegenation: He’s not just black, he’s the product of a black father and a white mother. (That helps explain an unconscious motive for birtherism: They can’t get their minds off the circumstances of his conception and birth.) With his Ivy League degrees, they are sure he must be the elitist beneficiary of affirmative action. Steeped in Chicago politics, he’s the representative of corrupt urban machines controlled by Democrats – machines that ironically originated with the Irish and once kept African-Americans down, but which are now synonymous with corrupt black power. In Michele Bachmann’s words, Obama is a product of Chicago’s scary “gangster government,” or did she say “gangsta”?

Leading Republicans who know better have demeaned the president with a long list of racially coded slurs. Obama is “the food stamp president,” Newt Gingrich told us. He wants to help “black people” (or was it “blah people”?) “by giving them somebody else’s money,” Rick Santorum said. Even his so-called GOP “friend” Sen. Tom Coburn insists Obama is spreading “dependency” on government because “it worked so well for him as an African-American male.”

Where Mitt Romney’s father, George, stood up to the rising tide of racism in his party and marched in fair housing protests in the 1960s, Mitt himself embraced the birther-in-chief Donald Trump during the 2012 campaign. And when things got tough in the fall campaign, he and Paul Ryan doubled down on racial appeals by accusing Obama of weakening welfare reform – he hadn’t – and of giving white seniors’ hard-earned Medicare dollars to Obamacare recipients. And we all know who they are.

Now we have John Boehner, elected House speaker thanks to the Tea Party wave of 2010, shutting down the government over Obamacare. Boehner has the power to open the government by bringing a clean continuing resolution to the floor and allowing it to pass with the help of Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats. Should we expect such courage? In one of his first major media appearances after becoming speaker, he refused to rebuke the birthers in his caucus. “It’s not up to me to tell them what to think,” he told NBC’s Brian Williams.

Now he’s kowtowing to the roughly 30 House Republicans from bright red districts that also happen to be almost exclusively white, in a country that is more than one-third non-white. They want to shut down the government to torpedo Obamacare, the signature program of our first black president. Obviously, though he’s the leader, Boehner believes it’s not up to him to tell the GOP suicide caucus what to think. Although the speaker told reporters after Obama’s r-election that Obamacare was the law of the land, and that a government shutdown would be bad for the country, he changed his tune when confronted with an insurrection, and the de facto House speaker who happens to be a senator, Ted Cruz. (Cruz’s father, by the way, just joined the ranks of those who seem to believe Obama is a Muslim, telling a Colorado woman who made that claim: “[Sen. John] McCain couldn’t say that because it wasn’t politically correct. It is time we stop being politically correct!”

In the end, it’s all about Obama. I keep waiting for John Boehner to have his “Take this job and shove it” moment, since he’s not the House leader, he’s being led by Ted Cruz and the House suicide caucus. But I’ve been waiting a long time for Republicans to do the right thing and repudiate their party’s lunatic fringe, particularly its racist fringe. I assume I’ll be waiting a while longer.

Joan Walsh is Salon’s editor at large and the author of “What’s the Matter With White People: Finding Our Way in the Next America.” More Joan Walsh.

Internalise racism plaguing India

Nandita Das

India is apparently obsessing over its colonial past where white men and women lorded it over them. Now they want to be white like their colonials and doing every darn thing to be white. Pity!

The progressives in India is getting their the Dark is Beautiful Campaign on. It’s about time Indian gets real with its internalization of the colonial indoctrination and learn to love all its people as they are. Nothing fake can compare to what is real.

Cricket players and Bollywood stars regularly endorse these products. But now the film star Nandita Das has taken a stance against the craze and given her support to the Dark is Beautiful campaign which challenges the belief that success and beauty are determined by skin colour. “I want people to be comfortable in their own skin and realise that there is more to life than skin colour,” she says, adding that an Indian paper had written “about my support for the campaign and then lightened the photo of me that went alongside it”.

While she agrees that there is a long history behind the obsession with skin colour, owing to caste and culture, she thinks the current causes should be targeted first. “Indians are very racist. It’s deeply ingrained. But there is so much pressure by peer groups, magazines, billboards and TV adverts that perpetuate this idea that fair is the ideal,” she says.

Das has often faced directors and makeup artists trying to lighten her when she plays the role of an educated, upper-class woman. “They always say to me: ‘Don’t worry, we will lighten you, we’re really good at it,’ as a reassurance. It’s perpetuating a stereotype that only fair-skinned women can be educated and successful.”

In 2005, the cosmetics company Emami launched Fair & Handsome for men, with an ad featuring the Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan tossing a tube of whitening cream to a hopeful young fan, which the Dark is Beautiful campaign is seeking to have withdrawn. “Shah Rukh Khan is saying that to be successful you have to be fair,” says Das. “Don’t these people have any kind of conscience? You can’t be naive; you know what kind of impact you have and yet you send out the message that says: ‘Forget about working hard, it’s about skin colour.’”

http://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2013/aug/14/indias-dark-obsession-fair-skin

Racist violence of minority does not define the majority of this community

Check out this video, I am very proud of this community who are defining themselves and not let those who live in the darkness come between them and the light. thank you

http://www.upworthy.com/you-might-be-in-tears-after-watching-this-communitys-response-to-fear-terror-and-hatred?c=ufb1

Time for serious talks about rampant racism in all of Latinamerica

It’s time for blacks to wake up and see the light. Too long have you slumbered under the mesmerizing latin sounds of samba, salsa and its attendant drunkenness – claim your rights down with colonialism, racial discrimination and unearned privileges of those wannabe white people down there. Who do they think they are?

http://news.yahoo.com/lima-where-pallbearers-black-075929226.html

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Elegant in tuxedos and white gloves, the six black pallbearers silently and gracefully remove the mahogany coffin bearing a Lima tire magnate from his mansion. They slide it into the Cadillac hearse that will parade Jorge Reyna’s body through the Chorrillos district where he was once mayor.

The pallbearers are in the job precisely because of the color of their skin, a phenomenon unique to this South American capital that was the regional seat of Spain’s colonial empire for more than three centuries. In fact, prominent citizens such as Reyna, a widely respected, charitable man of indigenous origin who died at age 82, request black pallbearers for their funerals.

“He planned his funeral and wanted it to be elegant,” said Reyna’s widow, Clarisa Velarde.

Blacks routinely bear the caskets of ex-presidents, mining magnates and bankers to their tombs in Lima. The peculiar tradition exists neither in provincial Peruvian cities nor in other Latin American countries with significant black populations such as Brazil, Panama and Colombia.

It is not a profession chosen by Lima’s blacks but is rather thrust upon them by a lack of opportunity, say Afro-Peruvian scholars. And racism remains so deeply ingrained in Peru that many don’t consider the practice discriminatory.

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“Beyond the question of racism or prejudice, I think it is simply a question of employment,” said Jose Campos, a leading Peruvian black studies scholar and vice rector of the National Education University.

For 61-year-old Armando Arguedas, who like his fellow pallbearers never finished elementary school, it’s simply a job.

“Some people are friendly,” he said of those who employ him. “Some don’t even say thank you.”

Black pallbearers were even used for the recent funeral of the wife of former U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar.

“We were never treated better,” said Arguedas. “The family members thanked us and paid us triple.”

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Blacks are all but absent from Peru’s business and political elite and although slavery was abolished in 1854, only 2 percent of Peru’s blacks go to college. Afro-Peruvians are consigned largely to manual labor including as field hands in sugar cane plantations along the nation’s Pacific coast.

Census-takers don’t even register black Peruvians by race. They are estimated to account for no more than 10 percent of the country’s 29 million people and only in 2011 did the country get its first Afro-Peruvian Cabinet minister, the internationally renowned singer Susana Baca. Her mother had worked as a maid in rich people’s homes.

Black pallbearers are a legacy, historians say, of the bulk of Spain’s colonial nobility in South America living in Lima and routinely keeping a sizeable retinue of house slaves.

A historian of Peru’s slave trade, Maribel Arrelucea, said that “to have one’s body carried by a black is understood by many to be a symbol of prestige, just as it was in the colonial era when the aristocrats of Lima went to church accompanied by a slave.”

Tanya Hernandez, a professor at Fordham University in the U.S. and author of the book “Racial Subordination in Latin America,” said the tradition also reflects “problems in the entire region with descendants of Africans who have no space in public life or ways of advancing in the economy or politically.”In this June 6, 2013 photo, recently washed white shirts and gloves, worn by black pallbearers, dry …

Peru’s most prominent funeral director, Agustin Merino, denies the tradition is in any way racist. His funeral home offers black pallbearers by default, unless clients ask for another option.

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http://news.yahoo.com/lima-where-pallbearers-black-075929226.html

Commentary on the Sandyhook School Murders

You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.” (Exodus 20:5) According to Pastor Richer Fowler means “Sin is hereditary. Sin gets passed down from one generation to the next. That is a weight most of us would rather not bear. But we will not overcome this burden by ignoring or denying it. We must face the terrible truth of generational sin in order to deal with it, so that we may indeed break the cycle of sin for ourselves and for our children who follow.”
Irrational Sense of Entitlement

White men benefitted from affirmative action when the word was not coined but they got jobs, got promotions; got benefits, higher pay for the same work because of the colour of their skin. That’s Affirmative Action. They did not have to work hard or compete against brilliant non-whites who were often denied the chance even to compete. White men were raised with a sense of entitlement, a sense that the world belongs to them. What a lie.
It is true that most of the most horrendous killings in the world are committed by white male and it begs the question why this over representation? Mental illness first comes to mind because it excuses the victims. I have an idea which is neither mental illness nor evil person. It is a spiritual existential illness that white male suffer from and it is intergenerational. It goes way back to the time their forefathers trained white male to think of themselves as better than everyone else, that they have an inherent right to rule and be above all else, that the white male is the alpha male above all else and is put by the Creator to rule over all men, they have been taught to control women, that they are the heads of their households, that women are to be controlled and children are to be seen and not heard. In fact white men were raised to believe they are this big, powerful, intelligent superman. For a while it seemed that way when they ruled by force by denying any competition from anyone else, they denied blacks education and so blacks and other minorities were destined to servitude. In fact blacks were painted as a race incapable of learning and therefore not fit for education but should only be taught how to serve the white male and his family. They lived in the big houses, big yards and blacks faithfully tendered their children and prostrated to the white male that boosted his egos.
“At the heart of racism is the religious assertion that God made a creative mistake when He brought some people into being” Friedrich Otto Hertz.
Confused Thinking
Today the white male feels like a snivelling dog with his tail curled under his bum, confused at what he sees happening to his world. He no longer feels that powerful and like he is on top of the world, not even in his home. He looks around and his world view, his ideas, all that he was taught about himself in relation to others has been proven a lie. He is not that big and powerful. He cannot control his wife or his children, he hears that everyone has a right to be. Some white men have transitioned and transformed or evolved on their own accord with great struggle. They appear to fit it and may have found faith in God which is a source of strength for many of us. Others are still trying to find their place is the new world order and when they can’t and is overwhelmed and something triggers their confusion (the straw that broke the camel’s back) they react and do the most horrendous things one can imagine and finally take themselves out of the world. These are not bad men, these are men who were betrayed by the system, by their families and governments and so called philosophers.
“As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it – whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, he is trash.” Harper Lee quotes (American writer b.1926)
Paradigm Shift
It is sad and I have said over and over again in many of my past blogs when things like this happen. It is a wakeup call for parents and all who influence children to tell them the truth – they are no better or worse than anyone else, the world is a multicultural place where everyone has a right to be and everyone given the same opportunities and resources can become anything they want or are prepared to work for. Women and men are like two wings of a dove. They are both needed to work together equally to make the dove of humanity, the dove of the family, the dove of the corporate world be the best it can be. No one is superior to anyone because of race, religion, skin colour, texture of hair, disability sex, sexual orientation etc. We are one. People are different and even if we cannot accept certain differences, we must train our children to acknowledge the difference and that person’s right to be in society. We must train children that their duty in this world is to love others, take care of animals and the earth. Each one must account for himself. Once a person is doing no harm to anyone let them be who they were born to be. Parents should encourage their children to mix with friends of various cultural groups as the norm. We will raise better more resilient children, the human gene pool would be stronger and this type of weakness.
“The trouble is that racial stereotypes, unfavourable to everyone but white men of northwest European extraction, were completely accepted, and indeed, scarcely noted in those days of only forty years ago [the 1930s] (except perhaps by the members of the groups victimized thereby).” Isaac Asimov
Flip Side
“It demands great spiritual resilience not to hate the hater whose foot is on your neck, and an even greater miracle of perception and charity not to teach your child to hate.”James Arthur Baldwin
By the same token Blacks and other minorities who have faced a history of discrimination and who were historically disadvantaged also have to adjust to their achievements. They often psychologically pinch themselves for having made it so far, for having achieved when they were taught that they could not achieve as much as the White person. Some Black parents tell their children they have work twice as hard make twice the grade as their white counterparts to count. What does that teach black children? They cannot be equal to white; their excellence is equal to a white’s mediocre. This does not instil confidence in a black child either and some have carried that virus and passed in on to this generation and beyond.
Change the Way We look at things
Wayne Dyer is credited with coining the phrase, when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Changing one’s thinking is not as easy as it sounds
We have to work hard at changing the way we look at things, watching the words that come out of our mouths and how we behave and act in the world

Could you believe Some Americans still living in the Segregation Era

For a country that is supposed to be leading the world, some of the backward happenings there makes me shake my head.

In 2012, a restaurant refuses the business of Black people because they are black, not because their money is black or anything but because of their skin colour? It is so sad and sickening at the same time. 

Why all the racist people in the world pick an island in the Ocean and go live there. These people are not equipped for our evolving world of diversity, differences, inclusions, multiculturalism and all that. Some of them are still wondering where their slaves went to and might still be in the bushes looking for them. Come on people, wake up. This is a new day. The old day is gone and we’re moving on. Those who can’t move on might just be like Lot’s wife and become dinosaurs.  The article below explains my disbelief!

http://www.alternet.org/corporate-accountability-and-workplace/most-racist-restaurant-america?

 

The Most Racist Restaurant in America?

Maker’s Mark Bourbon House and Lounge wanted to know the ratio of “black people to white people” for an upcoming party–then denied African Americans access.

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The Maker’s Mark Bourbon House and Lounge in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, used to be a decently classy place, the type of glass- and wood-paneled establishment striving for a level of authenticity beyond the reach of a chain restaurant named after a bourbon label.

Late this past August, however, the Bourbon House and Lounge officially became one of the most despicable restaurants in the country when it denied African Americans access to a public event held at the site.
 
Here’s what happened: Andre Mulligan and his brother went to the Maker’s Mark Bourbon House and Lounge on August 17 to speak with officials from Maker’s Mark Bourbon House and Lounge about a public event to be held at the restaurant the next day. At the meeting, Maker’s Mark wanted to know “the ratio of ‘black people’ to ‘white people’ attending the event” explains Mulligan in his lawsuit against the establishment.

Racism touted as a Personality Disorder

http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/05/new_oxford_handbook_of_personality_disorders_suggests_racism_is_an_illness.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+racewireblog+%28ColorLines%29

I am tempted to agree that some racist behaviours can be seen as a personality disorder. It is a mental illness that cannot embrace the truth because it conflicts with something to the contrary that is buried so deep within them that the idea of equality and that their beliefs have been wrong send them to a deep end.

I’ve always sad it is a sad commentary of parents who infect children with hatred or a sense of false superiority over others.  When a say, for example, a white child cannot compete with a black child in school and that black child comes from a more socially privileged background,  it must be awfully difficult for a children brainwashed by false doctrine to come to terms with that.  So what does he do? Instead of examining the fact and changing his beliefs he gets more irrational and sees the other as taking away what is rightfully his and that’s madness.

It is an illness that parents and those communities that suffer from it need to address by making things right, admitting their mistakes and speaking truth.

Society cannot just accept the harms done to racial minorities and park it under the category of and illness. Most of the harmful racism that affects minorities in a big way are those that come from institutions which were built on racist ideals. We have to find a way to correct that and maybe the individual racist acts will be diminished or racist will simply run out of steam or a place to express racism that they will be forced to keep it to themselves and deal with it with the help of their spiritual leaders.

 

Irrational fear at the root of racism

Joel Ward, an  African-Canadian hockey player’s winning game prompted losers to tweet a bunch of racist remarks. I feel sorry for those people who cannot stand the fact that the world is changing and has changed and with equal opportunity talents from any culture, colour, creed or race could rise to the top.  That racist stain is so indelibly implanted in some folks that unfortunately it has become an incurable dis-ease. I say to Joel  – play on my boy, your success is the best revenge. Go on winning and let them howl. Unearned privilege because of the colour of your skin is no longer a guarantee – thank goodness.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/04/26/joel-ward-racist-tweets-twitter.html?cmp=rss

What kind of scents Essence been smoking lately?

“Essence” Fires White Managing Editor for Racist Facebook Slurs

Last year when black womens’ magazine Essence hired Michael Bullerdick, a white male, as its managing editor, it was lambasted for diverting from its original vision. In 2010, it had been the target of reader anger for hiring a white fashion director—a very controversial move for a magazine celebrating black beauty, which provoked an impassioned response from former staffer Michaela Angela Davis. So Bullerdick’s employment seemed doubly misguided—and it turns out the disdain from readers was right on point. He was fired after posting racist depictions of Al Sharpton to his facebook and recommending a video by James O’Keefe, among other things:

“Essence readers would be shocked to find that Bullerdick, who under the prodding of Time Inc became the first white male editor at the magazine last year, openly espouses extremist Right-wing views that run counter to what Essence has historically stood for,” the journalism reader wrote in an email.

In one screen shot, an April 10 posting is headlined, “No Voter Fraud, Mr. Attorney General?” touting a video by James O’Keefe, the conservative activist who worked with right-wing trickster Andrew Breitbart. The same day, Bullerdick shared a photo illustration of Al Sharpton headlined, “MSNBC Race Pimp.” Bullerdick also recommends material from the conservative magazine Human Events and the right-wing website townhall.com, from which Bullerdick posted “the Frequent Bomber Program,” an article about 1960s radical Bill Ayers. Bullerdick wrote, “Obama’s mentor and friend.”

 It’s shocking that a thorough vetting didn’t uncover this type of belief during the hiring process, but even more appalling that Bullerdick felt comfortable and empowered enough in his own position at a black women’s magazine to post such racist vitriol. Read the full story here. By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd | Sourced from AlterNet

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What was Essence Executive thinking?  We’re not there yet. It’s nice to be open-minded but to think that a magazine about Black beauty to hire a white male is like  an Affirmative Action move and White men do not need that kind of help. They still rule the world, they still hold the power and there may be a lot of political correctness going on but eventually a cow eventually shows its hoofs and this guy did.  There is nothing wrong in keeping the magazine leaders all black. If you need outside help there are consultants for hire everywhere, get one but do not embarrass black women in this way. Thank you very much.

Does God Exist

One of the big questions that as human we face even if we claim to believe in a supreme being. Unless you have some kind of personal awakening that gives you  definitive proof  that God exist then how can you prove it. Anything we approach in terms of proof is neither here nor there.

Because Mr. Gray does not believe in a higher power, it is difficult engage him in a serious discussion of God. People come to believe in a Creative power or source through faith. If one is living a conscious life it will be hard to deny that we are only flesh. There is more to the human being. Our ability to comprehend and imagine  set us apart, our ability to create things visible from an invisible world in phenomenal. Anything we see in the material world comes from the world of spirit or imagination and then made manifest.  So, we are not merely flesh we are more.

Dr. Gray states that Hindus, Chinese, Dao and other old religions do not believe in God but he is wrong. All these religions have a basis in one universal creator. He may not have done his research properly. because if he did he would know that Hindus in spite of their complicated rituals and rites do have an underlying belief in a universal God. Ask any Pandit to explain basic Hinduism and he will tell you.       

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/does-it-matter-whether-god-exists/