By Torrence Stephens
It has been suggested that America is turning into a police state. Each day there is more evidence. One such example deals with Jmyha Rickman, an 8-year-old girl from Alton, Illinois.
Rickman was handcuffed and held by Alton Police for two hours after throwing a tantrum at Love Joy Elementary School late Tuesday morning school. School officials, not being able to deal with the 70 lbs. Girl called the Alton Police to handle the situation.
She was even taken to jail in the back of a police squad car with her hands cuffed behind her back. The police would not allow her to get her coat. According to KMOV News in St. Louis, Her guardian said, “Her eyes were swollen from her crying and her wrists had welts on them,” said Rickman’s guardian, “They cuffed her feet too and she asked to use the restroom several times and was ignored.” Read more…
By Torrance Stephens
There are just a few months left before the November Presidential elections. The choice has been mad for many in the simple terms of Democrat or Republican and Obama versus Romney. However, what is not known to most is that these two individuals actually are more alike than different. We know about the basics: that the both like Star Trek, attended Harvard Law School and the Television situational comedy Modern Family, but they are just as alike from a policy perspective. The following are ten examples in which they are more alike than different.
By Torrence Stephens
In all honesty, Mitt Romney and the current cast of GOP caricatures remind me of a 1970s bad Kung Fu movie. Now we can outline all of Romney’s flaws and problems and even place in the open field for all to examine. But it will not make a difference objectively, for most folk, especially white ones. Likewise, we all know that the GOP traditionally is the party of white folks and it will always be such. And even though they know in their hearts and minds that Romney is dumb as a door knob, they will still vote for him even knowing you cannot trust a man’s who hair never moves.
The last part is the kicker. The election of Barack Obama was a Damascene Moment for the Republicans similar to what happened to Paul of Tarsus on his journey to Damascus. It was a call to arms for white folk especially in the GOP, to come to grips with the fact they had taken the most powerful position, the Presidency of the United State for granted assuming it would always be held by a white man or woman. They just assumed that he or she would always be a white Anglo Saxon protestant. Now they are upset: the audacity for Black folk to have a president that looks like them at the head of our table.
By Torrance Stephens
I figure Obama and the democrats have to say such to make themselves look good. Likewise, the Republicans have to intentionally imped programs and the efforts of the President to make him look bad. Regardless, the view from the ground level remains one of wealthy politicians bickering like caddy nanny goats. Charlie Brown’s sister Sally said it best in “The Great Pumpkin”…”You elect them then they weasel out of their promises.”
Maybe we get what we deserve. We have been on this trajectory since Nixon accepted the Britton-Woods agreement, removing American from the Gold standard and an asset based monetary system. Now artificial asset bubbles are retro chic and occur everywhere we look in our economy. That’s what happens when one has no asset to back paper. All the government has to do when they are short on cash and need to pay someone is print as much paper money as needed, borrowing more and more and growing more debt (something us regular folk cannot do) creating an environment where everyone from the Government to the Banks accrue debt to capitalization ratios, like MF Global of more than 30 to 1. USB for example is leveraged at 50 to 1.
You may remember Bonnie Sweeten out of Philadelphia from about a year ago. Sweeten is the woman who made a fake call to police from the trunk of a Cadillac, claiming that she’d been kidnapped along with her daughter. The truth? They’d actually taken a trip to Disneyland.
A judge put an end to Sweeten’s antics, at least for a while. She has been sentenced to 100 months in federal prison, equivalent to eight years, four months. U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn Jr. made things very clear for Sweeten.
“You’ve done great wrong, and you have to pay the price,” Yohn said. Yohn called Sweeten a “master con woman,” and guessed that she’d committed 2,000 acts of fraud over a five year period. Read more…
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A new study conducted at The University of Georgia shows that black men do not benefit from having mentors in their organizations in the same way as whites. Lillian Eby, one of the study’s co-authors, says that mentorship has value for African Americans, but tends to be limited by the types of mentors that black men choose or the ones that are made most readily available to them.
“If African-American men are picking mentors who are like them, then they’re more likely to be networking with people who have less power and influence within an organization,” Eby said, “which may be why mentoring is not predicting career success for them.”
The study is going to be published in the Journal of Vocational Behavior, using data from 250 college-educated black men. The goal of the study is to find out what factors are more likely to lead to success in corporate America and similar environments. Another co-author, C. Douglas Johnson, from Georgia Gwinnett College, was also involved. Read more…
I was born to a 17-year old single mother in a housing project in Louisville, Ky. I struggled through elementary, middle and high school. In fact, I rarely met a school book that I didn’t hate. I was, in the words of Forbes Magazine columnist Gene Marks, a “poor black kid.”
A football coach in Chicago has been arrested for arranging the beating of a student. Cassius Chambers of Fenger High School has turned himself in to police and been charged with simple assault. The charges were brought forth after Chambers allegedly helped over 20 football players come to the home of 16-year old Darion Jones, where they proceeded to beat him mercilessly right in front of his mother.
Jones had been accused of stealing Nike flip flops, and another assistant coach for the team watched it all go down without doing anything to intervene. In the fight, Jones’ prosthetic eye was damaged and his tooth was knocked out. Fenger High School is also notorious for the beating death of 16-year old Derrion Albert in 2009.
When I read about this beating, my stomach turned. I’m not sure if Darion stole the flip flops or not, but the idea that this kind of vigilante justice was endorsed by members of the coaching staff is beyond shameful. The incident speaks to the fact that Fenger, as well as other schools around the country, are unable to provide adequate protection for young black children who are regular targets of this form of bullying.
by Yvette Carnell
I really don’t understand the interventionists who come to Obama’s defense any time someone ostensibly questions his blackness. Being black is about a lot of things, and yes, among those things are the identifiables like hair texture, skin color, and facial features, but there are other more murky endowments as well.
The reason black men keep a fresh cut and black women keep a fresh do is not just because we take pride in our appearance (we do), but because we welcome the affinity of being around kin, especially at the end of a hard week. Without knowing anything about the backgrounds of the people in the shop, you know you can say “giiirrrl did you see that….” or “maaan what about that…” and have people you never met a day in your life race to finish your sentence. It’s not about race as much as it is about a shared cultural experience and the resulting shared values.
So when people question Obama’s blackness, they’re not questioning his race as much as his anchoring. What we’re asking is whether Obama is anchored in the African American experience.
I’ll be the first to admit that it was downright moronic to mint Bill Clinton as the first black president, but let’s not forget why we bestowed that title upon him; we believed (rightly or wrongly) that Clinton felt our pain. He spoke to our issues in a way that resonated with us, maybe because he enjoyed many of the same things as we enjoyed (Aretha, jazz, good food), but we felt some commonality there. Read more…
In the past, I have written briefly about the Tea partybut only to note the irrational nature of its body politic.I speculated that such a brief narrative was needed and nothing more. Honestly, as a man of African descent, I don’t desire to give them attention, since it appears it is all they want. But my confederates seems to be preoccupied with them as if they matter, when they really don’t, seeing it was our in action at the poll rather than their substance that got us stuck with this congress.
The way I see it, this is nothing new. Many of us have no knowledge of history, and barely recall Martin King Jr.let alone the Nativistor John Birch Society. The Tea party, if anything, is just another fringe extremist group coopting politics for they lack mirrors to look themselves in the eye. The John Birch Society was founded by Robert Welchin 1958. It was named after Captain John Birch, who during his military operations in China, was killed by Chinese communists on 25th August, 1945. Read more…
by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its most recent unemployment data. We knew that black folks (especially men) would be at the bottom, we just didn’t know how bad. Well, it turns out that the numbers exceed even the most pessimistic predictions.
Black unemployment shot up like a rocket during the month of August, rising from an abysmal 15.9 percent to an even more shocking 16.7 percent. Much of the increase was driven by black male unemployment, which rose from 17 to 18 percent. Black female unemployment remained steady at 13.4 percent, and black teen unemployment experienced a dramatic increase from 39.2 percent to an astounding 46.5 percent. Read more…
When members of the black community accuse the Obama White House of behaving disrespectfully toward the black community, this is what they mean:
“Is President Obama finally ready to bite back and throw down with black leaders who have ridden him nonstop for the past few months for his lack of attention to black America? Politico quoted an Obama insider as saying, “The whole thing is bull-[bleep] … We have met with [black leaders] more than any other group and we are increasing our outreach.”
If the mere injection of the African American community into a conversation prompts you to use swear words, then not only are you unsympathetic to the needs of the African American community, you’re openly combative. Read more…