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Since writing part one of My Black History Month Celebration I came across an article written by Francis Rice called Why Martin Luther King Was Republican. I highly recommend you check it out. It is along the same lines as what I’m writing about, only from the perspective of a black Republican. She offers some valuable incite into the problem of racism being attributed to the Republican Party, which is a problem of misinformation.

Black History Month Part 2 is coming soon so stay tuned and remember….

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Anyone who reads my writing knows that I’m not afraid to discuss the race issue and I do, quite regularly. Gov. Nikki Haley’s appointment of Congressman Tim Scott to the retiring South Carolina Senator, Jim DeMint’s seat in the Senate has raised some concern from the NAACP.

Being that Congressman, soon to be Senator, Scott will be the only black person in the Senate, since 2010, you may think that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People would be proud. Not so fast, the problem is Tim Scott is a Tea Party Republican. The NAACP is “concerned” that he won’t tow the line, and take his orders from them.

It is well known what this “civil rights” organization thinks of the Tea Party movement. In a 2010 report they called the movement a platform for anti-Semites, racists, and bigots. Even knowing that in 2010, at Tea Party events liberal organizations were planting people in the crowds with racist signs for their cameras, and that the Tea Party is more diverse than the Democrats and Republicans, the movement has still been repeatedly labeled as the opposite.

On the issue of racism in the Tea Party Scott told CBS News, in 2010, “There are good people and bad people in all organizations fundamentally however, when you look at the basis of the Tea Party it has nothing to do with race. It has to do with an economic recovery.”

“Certainly I feel like I’m the tip of the arrow at times because certainly the national media wants to talk about the fact that I’m a black Republican and some people think of that as zany that a black person would be a conservative but to me what is zany is any person black, white, red, brown or yellow not being a conservative,” Scott said then.

The Daily Caller caught up with Hilary Shelton, senior vice president for advocacy and policy at the NAACP, Monday.

“It is important that we have more integration in the U.S. Senate,” said Shelton in a phone interview. “It’s good to see that diversity.”

“Mr. Scott certainly comes from a modest background, experience, and so forth, and should be sensitive to those issues,” he said, referring to Scott’s impoverished single-parent upbringing in Charleston, SC.

“Unfortunately, his voting record in the U.S. House of Representatives raises major concerns,” Shelton said.

Shelton went on to explain that the NAACP platform is crafted through an annual voting process which engages grassroots-level delegates who then vote on the group’s national agenda. That agenda calls for an expansive role for federal government spending in black communities.

Shelton said that the NAACP is worried that Scott won’t promote that agenda, since he “has demonstrated a record of opposition to civil rights protection and advancing those real issues of concern of the NAACP’s noted African-American community.”

It seems to me that the NAACP is only in favor of diversity when it works in their favor. Shelton went on to talk about trying to convert Scott to the dark side their side.

While the NAACP focuses on the down side of a black conservative I feel the overwhelming pride in how far we have come in the 150 years since slavery. Tim Scott will be the Senator for a district that includes Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the War of Northern Aggression were fired, in the state that was the first to succeed. Also worth mentioning he will be holding the Senate spot once held by the late Strom Thurmond, one of the few Republican segregationists.

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It’s Not Racist If It’s A Joke

Posted: December 10, 2012 in racism
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I’ve already covered Jamie Foxx giving “honor to God and (his) lord and savior Barack Obama”, well since he has pissed bunch of conservatives off he, of course is immediately brought on SNL.

He has already defended his blasphemy by saying it’s just a joke, and since you can say what you want, as long as it’s a “joke” he decided to joke around some more Saturday. This is his latest attempt at humor, “I got a new movie coming out ‘Django Unchained’. And in the movie I got to wear chains. But don’t be worried about it because in the movie I get out of the chains. I get free. I save my wife and I kill all the white people in the room. How great is that?”

The crowd goes wild so evidently they think that’s great. Would it be ok to replace white with black in that? I doubt it. I don’t think many people would like a joke like that, I know I wouldn’t like that any more than I like what Foxx said.

What do you think?

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Racism on CNN

Posted: November 12, 2012 in America, racism
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I was watching the Sunday morning shows yesterday and was flipping channels during commercials and landed on CNN. A show was on called “Your Business” and the host had two guests on discussing the previous segment on a small business that makes decorative iron railing. One of the guests was a black man from some organization called Black Entrepreneurs something or other, and the other was a woman from a similarly named female business owners group. Their conversation was kind of boring but I couldn’t help wonder why they didn’t just have two business owners, why did it have to be a black man from a black only group and a woman from a woman only group?

Then next they had a promo for some discussion to be had at a later time, that was going to tackle the tough question that is on all our minds, is the race issue in America still an issue. Following that was yet another promo for Soledad O’Brien’s show “Who is Black in America”. Now, I might be the only one, but I don’t understand how anyone can ever expect to tackle racism or unite people, despite race, sex, and religion, if we have ten different groups for business owners that are all divided up by race, sex, or religion? And that’s not the only example, for every thing that is deemed worthy of an organization, there are different groups for the same thing but are focused on either what color you are or who you go to bed with.

We will never get rid of the division and self-segregation we have here if we continue to have each little group stay in separate corners. What makes it worse is that the people who complain the loudest about racism, or some similar offense, are the same one’s who join the segregated organizations. It all seems to me like they just want something to complain about, or when something doesn’t go their way they have racism to blame it on. I do not participate in hyphenated-Americanism because it is part of the problem. You are not an African-American if you were born in America, no more than I’m a European-American. If it offends you to be identified as an American, then I invite you to take your happy tail across the Atlantic and spend a couple weeks in Western Africa, see how you like it then.

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