I don’t know what the Republikkkans were thinking taking on women’s health, with an all-male panel of rabbis and priests, no less. What century do they think this is? See, they got comfortable. When they started their little anti-abortion bullshit with Black women, they didn’t get sufficient reaction. They thought that if they widened the scope and got on the case of non-Black women as well, they’d get more traction. Um…no.
Earlier this week I saw a name that repeatedly surfaced on my facebook timeline. The status updates kept referencing a video titled “Kony 2012.” I figured it was the next FB fad and would pass within a day or two. At the time I didn’t realize that this Kony movement was the next online manifestation of an on-the-ground social justice and organizing effort. This movement’s goal is to stop Joseph Kony, a man that the LA Times categorizes as “the head of a small but infamous militia that has terrorized northern Uganda with killings, kidnappings, mutilations and torture.” What you learn from the youtube video is that Kony has kidnaped kids and turns them into child soldiers, this has impacted more than 30,000 youth in Uganda over the past 30 years. I want to take a step back and talk about the problematic nature of the video.
A 17 year-old African American young man was shot and killed last month in his gated community in Florida by a white neighborhood watch captain who’d found him to be “suspicious.”
Five Lakotas on Pine Ridge Indian land in South Dakota were arrested Monday after attempting to block two tarsands pipeline trucks from entering their land. According to the Lakota activist the six-hour standoff started when the trucks refused to turn around claiming they had “corporate rights that supersede any other law.”
Legendary legal scholar Derrick Bell has been back in the news again. From the grave, conservative activist Andrew Breitbart targeted the late academic’s association with President Obama because of his pioneering work in the field of critical race studies. It’s an ultimately sad stunt, considering Bell’s decades of work to untangle the messy conversations about race in America.
A Ugandan journalist isn’t very impressed with the Kony 2012 video that’s gone viral this week. “It simplifies the story of millions of people in northern Uganda and makes out a narrative that is often hard about Africa, about how hopeless people are in times of conflict.” She adds: “If you are showing me as voiceless, as hopeless, you have no space telling my story, you shouldn’t be telling my story.”
The woman goes on to talk about local initiatives that have been used to try to end the conflict. Must watch.
Bryan Stevenson is a public-interest lawyer who recently gave an inspiring TED Talk about racial injustice. Stevenson founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, an Alabama-based group that has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive, unfair and racist sentencing. This is a rare TED Talk for confronting issues of racial injustice, and well worth watching (23:14)
Recently, Richard F. Cebull, chief Federal District Court Judge in the state of Montana, sent acquaintances an extremely crude racist, misogynist email that “joked” about US President Barack Obama’s mother having sex with a dog. After the email was exposed to the public, Cebull offered an apology to the President, acknowledging the joke was “racist” and that his dissemination of the joke lacked “judgment.” Of course, like most racist commentators, the judge claims it was the joke that was racist, not the joker. In a bizarre attempt at an excuse for relaying the email, Cebull justified his actions by noting he was not a “fan” of the President.
TheBlackManCan: Dr. Kimbrough, at what point in your life did you realize you wanted to be in the position to serve others?
WK: I decided I wanted to work in higher education as an undergraduate based on my great experience. But after I started grad school and learned how much I could assist students, I really got excited about this career field.
The Argument: We are living in a post racial society. It took a while, but we (as a society) finally admit that our differences are superficial. At the heart, we are all human beings who want the same things—love, a family, a means to provide for our family, respect, and peace about what will happen after we die. Race doesn’t have the same implications as it did in the past. Opportunities are extended to everyone. The playing field is level. We have a Black president. It is both futile and racist to dwell on all the things that make us different. To do so will only cause further (unnecessary) division. After all, we all look the same on the inside. We all bleed red blood. The Bible is right, “all men are created equal”
My Response: Smh.
Rick Santorum’s speech to his supporters on Super Tuesday was the equivalent of my childhood effort to cook for my parents. His speech was full of red meat for the Tea Party GOP base; it was comfort food for his public. However, Santorum’s feast was gag worthy to those of us with a more refined palate.
Someone took a photograph of Whitney Houston in her casket and sold it to the National Enquirer. Some people automatically assumed that the person worked for the Whigham Funeral Home. As a result, Mrs. Whigham has been threatened, attacked and some loon spat in Mrs. Whigham’s face.