Monthly Archives: March 2013

Quick, yet comprehensive read on the origins and continued need for Affirmative Action. Pls don’t make up your mind with exploring all it’s implications.

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In all the well-justified furor over the Supreme Court’s review of voting rights and marriage equality issues, it’s easy to forget that when this term’s opinion roll out, the odds are high that the Court will strike a major blow against affirmative action programs for college admissions.

We are all familiar with the ideological dimensions of the affirmative action issues. But we have an original piece up on the website today, from Elias Vlanton, a distinguished public-school teacher in Maryland, that cuts through the hype and compellingly addresses the human element of affirmative action, and why it is an imperfect but essential way to deal with a persistently unfair and unequal landscape for college admissions. Here’s a sample:

Tramon, Morganne, Arnetta, and Anngie were all students of mine in Advanced Placement classes at Maryland’s Bladensburg High School . Bladensburg is neither a private school, nor a “we skim…

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While praising Christ for his sacrifices for all of us, let us not forget the sacrifices of the thousand of unknown, that made freedom possible for all. Let us continue to work in this vein on all civil rights issues

Lateral Love

Lateral Love Australia Song of the Week
Friday 29 March 2013 ~ Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday
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Great comment posted on You Tube 4 weeks ago, says it all:
“I had heard from a history teacher that each time she sang this she had to cry backstage because she was so moved. But she said she would never stop singing it for the sake of those who had been lynched in the way she is describing. This really is a moving song that touches upon some of the darkest times in American history that textbooks often gloss over. It shows that we NEED music and art to move us and teach us in a way that schools and textbooks cannot.” by Taperz
Songwriters: Damon Frost & Aaron Phiri
Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging…

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Dr. Ben Carson is “Clarence Thomas crazy” on Marriage Eqaulity

http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/03/29/dr-ben-carson-says-he-will-not-speak-at-johns-hopkins-commencement/

I’m not going to expound on this long, because I’m sure better mind than me have dissected and commented on Dr. Carson‘s behavior. The hypocrisy of his stance on gay marriage is inconceivable. Even his attempt to explain away the “misspoken comparison of gay marriage with pedophile, is an embarrassing tap dance of mental minstrality

However, it is heart wrenching to see these direct recipients of civil rights legislation denouncing the rights of another oppressed group. It’s one thing when you’re several generous removed from the civil rights era and maybe don’t know how close you came to being institutionally prohibited from your goals. I’m sure Dr.Carson’s grandfather, like my great-grandfather, wouldn’t had the resources to an acquire a doctor’s education, because of the legal institutionalized racism that existed. There was no affirmative action, no grants, nor student loans or even acceptance into the best medical institution for him.

Had the US constitution not changed the definition of an African American from “3/5” of a human being, abolished “separate, but equal”, instituted integration & all the hard fought legislation of the civil rights movement, he wouldn’t be Dr. Ben Carson, nor possibly allowed to even mop the floors at John Hopkins.

So when another group of disenfranchised people are fighting for their civil rights, equality, it nothing short of insanity for Dr. Carson to hold the position that changing “sacred, age old beliefs” is unthinkable. Unless of course Dr.Carson himself desires to go back to the original constitutional definition of his place in society.

It’s ridiculous for anyone, but it is especially disappointing coming from a highly educated, accomplished, celebrated direct recipient of civil rights legislation. He, more than most folks, should understand the devastation discrimination can cause. I don’t know him, but as a African American with many intelligent ancestors that couldn’t live up to their full potential because of discriminatory laws, I know he too knows many people that suffered that same fate.

There were many factions in the US that once considered “negros” a subhuman, inferior species of man. Some scholars even argued Bible verses concerning the curse of Ham back that claim up. According to Dr. Carson’s logic, since the Bible defined marriage as between a man and woman & shouldn’t be changed, he should immediately renounce his entire career and take his Biblically stated place in society, I don’t know, maybe swinging from tree or picking cotton. Disgraceful.

You can hold whatever position you want on gay marriage, but be consistent in your rationale, Of course he’s entitled to his beliefs, just like members of the Aryan Nation. With Ben Carson’s status & influential position comes along with a responsibility to make his public sentiments responsible ones. Comparing adult consensual behavior to illegal child abuse and trumpeting your personal religious beliefs as suitable consideration for a civil rights issue is inexcusably baffling. Dr Carson. You are the perfect, unacceptable, example of brilliance and madness co-existing in the same mind. Shame on you.

OpFreeAishah Phase Two

Well we have arrived at the point where good news has come for OpFreeAishah!! Leila, who is Aishah’s mother, has been informed that it is time to return to Egypt to begin the process of having Aishah given back to her!!

As we are well aware Egypt is in complete chaos right now and is not a safe place for anyone to be, but regardless of that Leila must return there now!  Since she has been fighting Leila has been travelling back and forth to Egypt and having to pay legal fees for the past 4 years leaving her in a horrible financial situation. She has lost her home and all other assets fighting for Aishah!   Without some aid she will not be able to continue her fight for her daughter, Please Do Not Let A Mother Lose Her Child!! We need your help. Now…

We are Very Happy…

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