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Jun. 18th, 2008

Barack in a hat


Baracknphobia, courtesy of obama_blackfolk

Jun. 10th, 2008

Barack in a hat


I'm going to just blow my top...

If I hear or see one more uneducated, foolish nutjob capitalize Barack Obama's middle name and scream terrorist muslim I may just crack. After reading an article in Diver Issues in Higher Education take on racism being an issue for the good Senator, I'm seething.

I'm not seething because they are stating the obvious, I'm seething because of the rampant ignorance about Obama that I see and hear from people on a daily basis. After all of the hoo ha about Rev. Wright and Trinity, how can anyone still think he's Muslim?

These are the fear mongering, omg terrorists are under our beds and in our wheaties kind of fools that kept shrub in office and who continue to flood the world with their idiocy.

Yes, his name is Barack Hussein Obama, but christ on a cracker, why must everyone with a Muslim sounding name HAVE to be an American hating terrorist?

I'm just frustrated at the level of OMG TERRORIST! The folks in the article are espousing, especially when they interview folks in their 50's, 60's and 70's who are clearly old school racists because of the era they grew up in.

*throws up hands* I don't know how I'll make it for the rest of the year wanting to throttle idiots.

x-posted hither and yon

Jun. 4th, 2008

Fenris IH8U


5 reasons why...

5 reasons Obama won, 5 reasons Clinton lost ... and 5 differences between Obama, McCain

Tribune staff

June 4, 2008

5 reasons Obama won
1. He owned the word "change" when voters were fed up with the status quo. In a field of older, better-known candidates, he represented "the new."

2. He opposed the Iraq War when others were equivocal. The issue was a clear winner against Clinton, who had voted in 2002 to authorize the invasion.

3. His oratory was electrifying. While his early debate performances seemed halting and uncomfortable, he steadily improved. His stump speeches were assured, and he drew crowds as large as 75,000.

4. His campaign was better strategically and operationally, particularly in taking the long view and focusing on caucus states and primaries beyond Super Tuesday.

5. He won the Internet, notably in raising record amounts of money and building networks of supporters through non-traditional methods.

5 reasons Clinton lost
1. Her campaign was too corporate and hierarchical. It spent too much on staff, was too slow in decision-making and had too little independent thinking.

2. She didn't recognize the threat Obama posed early enough, and went straight from "inevitable" to in trouble.

3. She invested heavily in Iowa, then lost to Obama there. Her deputy campaign manager had urged her to skip the opening caucuses, which her husband, Bill, had bypassed in 1992.

4. She had no coherent post-Super Tuesday plan. While she held her own in the Feb. 5 primaries, including a big victory in California, she lost the next 11 contests.

5. She failed to connect with African-American voters, a demographic that had always been in her corner. Early in the race, poorly timed comments by Bill Clinton hurt her among blacks.

5 major differences between Obama and McCain
1. McCain supports the Iraq War; Obama opposes it.

2. McCain opposes abortion; Obama favors abortion rights.

3. Obama favors talking with hostile regimes; McCain does not.

4. McCain would make the Bush tax cuts permanent; Obama would not.

5. Obama favors more restrictions on gun ownership than McCain.

Copyright © 2008, Chicago Tribune

Agree or disagree?

Jun. 3rd, 2008

Fenris IH8U


On why I hope that the good Senator doesn't allow the dream ticket to happen

I've never been a fan of Hillary Clinton for several reasons. Not listed in order of importance:

Cut because this got to be a lot longer than I expectedCollapse )

There's more that I can think of but to go on would be just as tactless as I accuse Mrs. Clinton of being. I really, really hope that Senator Obama does NOT choose her as a running mate, as it would be political suicide, and just insane.

I hope he picks Edwards as his VP, I really do.
Fenris IH8U


History has been made...

And karnythia has said it best. Her post is here

Text for the link phobic:

History has been made and it is bittersweet

I'm almost afraid to watch the news tonight. Everyone is saying that the Dem race is over and Obama has the nomination. What do I mean by everyone? I mean McCain recognized him as his official opponent and meanwhile Hillary is making sure everyone knows she's willing to be his VP. Personally I'd prefer he choose someone that isn't so likely to try to undermine him at every turn, but I can see why the party would support the idea. The historian in me is afraid, deeply, deeply afraid of what will happen in the months to come. Black leaders that make history don't tend to lead long lives. Especially not in the U.S. I want to enjoy this moment, but it is so difficult. Malcolm, Martin, and so many others died to get us here. No matter what happens now, another stride has been made and I'm so glad I was here to see it.

Jul. 31st, 2007

Don't make me hurt you


POC in SciFi and other fandoms

After the HP fandom kerfluffle over miscegenation and other posts by some lj folks, I wanted to toss this article out here for discussion. read, discuss, pass on.

Race, the final frontier
Black science-fiction writers bring a unique perspective to the genre

By Vanessa E. Jones, Globe Staff | July 31, 2007

arlier this month at Readercon, a convention for fans of fantasy/science fiction at the Burlington Marriott, Marlin May was one of perhaps two blacks in the room. But that didn't intimidate May. He had just made arrangements to meet a science-fiction writer for dinner, showing how much comfort this fan had found in this world.

"They're the most accepting group of folks I've ever been with," says May, 47, of Lowell.

But Eon Harry, a black man who lives in Somerville, has had a different experience. "I don't feel particularly embraced," says Harry, 41. No sense of community enveloped him when he attended Readercon for the first time last year, though he's not sure whether race or some other factor is to blame.

"I find that readers are an insular lot," Harry says. "It may have had as much to do with the fact that I was a new face."

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Apr. 19th, 2007

Fenris IH8U


On self segregation in the work place

This has been bugging me all the way to work. Yesterday, in our interoffice mail I received a membership request from the Black Faculty/Staff group on campus. Now, I have several problems with this...

Here's some reasons why:Collapse )

Lastly I'm just fucking tired of the automatic assumption that because we're all black we are supposed to be lumped into one amorphous category of hating whitey, and incapable of just being who we are in the greater University community. I wish they would get off this idea that if we don't show them we can all stick together, us poor black folks will never get anywhere. Newsflash folks, black folks havent stuck together since the first Africans sold their tribesmen off as slaves.


x-posted to my Vox , My personal LJ

Apr. 10th, 2007

Huey Preach


HBCU's not open to LGBT's? No shit...

From today's Diverse Issues in Higher Education: Historically Black Colleges & Universities not as open to gays, study finds. This shouldn't be that much of a shock due to the pervasive attitude towards being gay/les/bi/trans in the black community.

I can say from personal experience that (some) black folks are intentionally ignorant on gay issues or turn a blind eye to is because the pastor has said it is a sin and an abomination before their G*d. There are even some people who think blacks were not gay before slavery. I just raise an eyebrow to that idiocy because that just exposes the depth of the speakers ignorance.

Its something that bothers me on many levels because it shows the continued linkage to the slave mentality of what the church says goes, and I just won't think for myself. I've met too many people who otherwise seem perfectly intelligent and capable of thought, who then destroy the assumption of their intellect once they start talking about their church or how they can't do anything without praying on it or consulting their pastor, etc. This applys to being gay/les/bi/trans and black. Its like you can't be all of the above and retain your identity as a black person, like you have to turn in your race card at the door if you come out, or forbid try to be Xtian, lgbt & black. Its like the universe might just collapse on itself if someone was able to balance all 3 aspects of themselves without any kind of cataclysm occuring.

anyway, the above is my mini-rant. What do you all think?

At Conservative Black Colleges, Gays Struggle To Find Their VoiceCollapse )

Mar. 27th, 2007


Interracial Dating.

So, I am dating a white woman. In this 2007 AD, I still feel stares, hear people whisper, and feel like I have some communicable disease amongst people (read: strangers) around me. The most vocal opposition to my relationship have come from black women. "another one bites the dust", "You can't handle a black woman", etc etc etc.

The thing that always puzzled me was that when I was single, I couldn't get the time of day from any sista at all. I am just a bit too wierd (read:I am a huge nerd, see icon). So should I have just forgone my happiness with my current gf, and waitied for the "nubian princess" to come so I can sweep her off of her feet? I just don't get this idea that I have to date a black girl to be happy. Am I wrong?



Mar. 23rd, 2007



Racial Scholarships

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