In a perfect world everyone gets along and appreciates each others differences. In a perfect world everyone is equal and racism is unheard of…Once again we are reminded that we do not live in a perfect world. No matter the shade of our rose tinted glasses we are presented with reality in black and white. We do not live in a perfect world. We live in an imperfect world with imperfect people.

It is our imperfections that cause grief, insecurity, hate, racism….to name a few.

We would like to think that we’ve come along way over the years but how far have we really come? It is very easy to proclaim that racism is a thing of the past when ones race is not the target ism. Last night my sister (a junior at UC Davis) made mention of racism on UC campuses. She went on to express her disgust with the incident at the University of Missouri… apparently some folks thought it would be amusing to scatter cotton balls outside of the University’s Black Culture Center.

Up From SlaveryNow wait a cotton picking minute!

C O T T O N outside of a Black Culture center is like swastikas outside a synagogue! It is a very deliberate statement which should be clear to even the rose tinted glasses wearers.

Apparently the cotton sprites showed up at UC San Diego too…they left the cotton in Missouri but chose a N O O S E to show their love. Of course there’s a rational explanation for both the cotton balls and the noose. Of course people are jumping to conclusions neither incident has anything to do with racism….Of course its easy for someone that does not experience covert and overt racism almost on a daily basis to explain all of these things away.

The explanations and excuses are just as ridiculous as the acts. Lets just all be honest about the world that we live in and what’s really going on. Just because you have not experienced racism…just because you are not a racist does not mean that it does not exist. 165 years of slavery being abolished, approximately 47 years of Civil Rights, and a Black POTUS does not eliminate the ROOTS of racism woven throughout American culture. The truth is racism is as American as Apple Pie! We can lie about it or keep covering up and pretending.

Its not rocket science. Look at racial disparities on a wide range of issues from education to health to unemployment….

What rose tinted glasses wearers REFUSE to see is that racism is not limited to a person or people disliking a particular race…. Racism is also institutional…
I N S T I T U T I O N A L R A C I S M

I’m not making this stuff up rose tinted glasses wearer! I am neither over sensitive or a “race card ” “victim” player. I’m reporting to you live Straight Outta Compton. If it walk like a duck, quack like a duck, it must be a duck!

To the racist sprites sprinkling racism dust on colleges campuses and places in between… thanks for the timely reminder and motivation. Your cowardly acts do not scare or intimidate…they do just the opposite.

While you’re sneaking around strategically placing cotton balls and learning to tie nooses… the very people you’re hating on are on a far more productive mission…My Alma Mater explains like this:

O Hampton, we never can make thee a song
Except as our lives do the singing,
In service that will thy great spirit prolong,
And send it through centuries ringing!

Kind mother, we’ll treasure the dear happy days
We’ve spent here in life’s preparation,
Yet go with brave hearts upon our chosen ways,
Of service to God and our nation.

You better learn to like us and learn to live with us those nooses and cotton balls don’t stop the progress. Lean wit it, rock wit it, Get On Board Wit!

I received this thought provoking and perhaps controversial article via email forward today. I say controversial because I’m certain some will object to the opinions expressed. No matter where you stand on the issue the author certainly provides some serious food for thought. Looking forward to your thoughts on the subject. Thanks for sharing this Coach Ace.

When are we going to get over it? by Andrew M. Manis

For much of the last 40 years, ever since America “fixed” its race problem in the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, we white people have been impatient with African-Americans who continued to blame race for their difficulties. Often we have heard whites ask, “When are African-Americans finally going to get over it?” Now I want to ask “When are we white Americans going to get over our ridiculous obsession with skin color?”

Recent reports that “Election Spurs ‘Hundreds’ of Race Threats, Crimes” should frighten and infuriate every one of us. Having grown up in “Bombingham,” Ala., in the 1960s, I remember overhearing an avalanche of comments about what many white classmates and their parents wanted to do to John and Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Eventually, as you may recall, in all three cases, someone decided to do more than “talk the talk.” Since our recent presidential election, to our eternal shame, we are once again hearing the same reprehensible talk I remember from my boyhood.

We white people have controlled political life in the disunited colonies and United States for some 400 years on this continent. Conservative whites have been in power 28 of the last 40 years. Even during the eight Clinton years, conservatives in Congress blocked most of his agenda and pulled him to the right.

Yet never in that period did I read any headlines suggesting that anyone was calling for the assassinations of Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan or either of the Bushes. Criticize them, yes. Call for their impeachment, perhaps. But there were no bounties on their heads. And even when someone did try to kill Ronald Reagan, the perpetrator was a nonpolitical mental case who wanted merely to impress Jodie Foster.

But elect a liberal who happens to be black, and we’re back in the ’60s again. At this point in our history, we should be proud that we’ve proven what conservatives are always saying “” that in America anything is possible, electing a black man as president. But instead, we now hear schoolchildren from Maine to California are talking about wanting to “assassinate Obama.”

Fighting the urge to throw up, I can only ask, “How long?” How long before we white people realize we can’t make our nation, much less the whole world, look like us? How long until we white people can — once and for all — get over this hell-conceived preoccupation with skin color? How long until we white people get over the demonic conviction that white skin makes us superior? How long before we white people get over our bitter resentments about being demoted to the status of equality with nonwhites?

How long before we get over our expectations that we should be at the head of the line merely because of our white skin? How long until we white people end our silence and call out our peers when they share the latest racist jokes in the privacy of our white-only conversations? I believe in free speech, but how long until we white people start making racist loudmouths as socially uncomfortable as we do flag burners? How long until we white people will stop insisting that blacks exercise personal responsibility, build strong families, educate themselves enough to edit the Harvard Law Review, and work hard enough to become president of the United States, only to threaten to assassinate them when they do?

How long before we start “living out the true meaning” of our creeds, both civil and religious, that all men and women are created equal and that “red and yellow, black and white” all are precious in God’s sight?

Until this past Nov. 4, I didn’t believe this country would ever elect an African-American to the presidency. I still don’t believe I’ll live long enough to see us white people get over our racism problem. But here’s my three-point plan during the Obama administration: First, every day that Barack Obama lives in the White House that Black Slaves Built, I’m going to pray that God (and the Secret Service) will protect him and his family from us white people.

Second, I’m going to report to the FBI anyone I overhear saying, in seriousness or in jest, anything of a threatening nature about President Obama. Third, I’m going to pray to live long enough to see America surprise the world once again, when white people can sing of our damnable color prejudice, “We HAVE overcome.”

Andrew M. Manis is associate professor of history at Macon State College in Georgia.

I received this thought provoking email forward from my friend Willae, enjoy :)

How Racism Works

What if John McCain were a former president of the Harvard Law Review?

What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class?

What if McCain were still married to the first woman he said ‘I do’ to?

What if Obama were the candidate who left his first wife?

What if Michelle Obama were a wife who not only became addicted to painkillers, but acquired them illegally through her charitable organization?

What if Cindy McCain graduated from Harvard?

What if Obama were a member of the ‘Keating 5′?

What if McCain was a charismatic, eloquent speaker?

If these questions reflected reality, do you really believe the election numbers would be as close as they are?

This is what racism does. It covers up, rationalizes and minimizes positive qualities in one candidate and emphasizes negative qualities in another when there is a color difference.

Author – Kelvin LaFond, Fort Worth

Don’t forget: What if Barack Obama had an unwed, pregnant teenage daughter…
daughter……

Wow I didn’t know people still watched Fox News lol, I’m an MSNBC girl. I received this interesting email forward from my friend Leslie, calling for people to sign a petition to stop Fox from smearing Barack Obama and polluting the air waves with fear and racism. Check it out…


Subject: Update: FOX smears Obama

More than 428,000 people signed a petition telling FOX to stop their
racist and hate-filled smears against Barack Obama-thanks for signing! If
we hit half-a-million signatures, we can draw media attention and put
pressure on FOX’s advertisers.

Can you help us reach half-a-million by forwarding this email to 5 friends
today?

They can sign the petition-and watch a new video about FOX’s smears:by clicking here to Sign the petition

Dear MoveOn member,

Last week, we kicked off a campaign to stop FOX from launching racist and
hate-filled smears against Barack and Michelle Obama.

Good news: Over 428,000 people have signed a message protesting FOX.
That’s unprecedented-thanks for signing! Early next week, our partners at
ColorOfChange.org will hold a major event to deliver boxes and boxes of
petition signatures to FOX’s headquarters.

Other media outlets will be invited to cover this event. If we can deliver
half-a-million signatures, this becomes a much more powerful media story.
And when that happens, FOX’s advertisers will get the hint that it’s not a
good idea to associate their products with FOX’s hate-speech.

Can you help us get to half-a-million signatures by the time of the big
delivery next week by forwarding this message to 5 friends today? They can
just click here to sign:

https://pol.moveon.org/donate/foxsmears.html?rc=sn

The petition reads:

“FOX must stop injecting racism, prejudice, and fear
into our political dialogue. We intend to hold FOX, its advertisers, and
its personalities accountable for FOX’s attempts to smear the Obamas.”

You can let your friends know that FOX is shameless: In the last several
weeks alone, they’ve “confused” Obama’s name with Osama’s, referred to
Michelle as “Obama’s Baby Mama,” and called an affectionate fist bump by
Barack and Michelle a “terrorist fist jab.”1

This morning, Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Films launched a short video
called “FOX Attacks: Michelle Obama” showing some of the latest FOX smears
on the Obama family. You can see it on our petition page. Greenwald’s
previous videos documenting FOX’s smears on Barack Obama and the black
community have been seen millions of times on YouTube.2

If we reach half-a-million signatures, we can generate media coverage that
sends a message to FOX that their racist and hate-filled smears go over
the line-and put the heat on FOX advertisers as well. Can you help us
reach that goal by forwarding this email to 5 friends today? They can just
click here to sign the petition:

https://pol.moveon.org/donate/foxsmears.html?rc=sn

Thanks for all you do.

-Adam G., Peter, Anna, Justin, and the rest of the team

P.S. Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL) has a new book out, and we thought
you might be interested. The Nation called Wexler the country’s “Most
Valuable Congressman,” and he’s stood with MoveOn on numerous causes, from
ending the war to stopping warrantless wiretapping in FISA. Now he’s
written Fire Breathing Liberal, a fascinating account of life as an
outspoken progressive in the House of Representatives. Says comedian
Stephen Colbert, “I enjoyed Congressman Wexler’s book even more than I
enjoy cocaine and prostitutes.”

You can check it out here:
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=3906&id=13182-7701928-2k0Eidx&t=1

You can also sign up for Wexler’s email list here:
http://www.wexlerforcongress.com/join.asp

Sources:

1. “Fox News Jokes About Killing Obama,” YouTube video posted May 25, 2008
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjYpkvcmog0

“Fox News’ E.D. Hill teased discussion of Obama dap: “A fist bump? A
pound? A terrorist fist jab?” Media Matters, June 6, 2008
http://mediamatters.org/items/200806060007?f=h_clips

“Fox News in trouble again over Obama smear: ‘baby mama,’” Los Angeles
Times, June 12, 2008

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=3855&id=13182-7701928-2k0Eidx&t=2

2. “Fox Attacks: Obama,” Brave New Films at FoxAttacks.com, February 2007
http://bravenewfilms.org/blog/573-fox-attacks-obama

“Fox Attacks: Black America,” Brave New Films at FoxAttacks.com, June 2007
http://foxattacks.com/blog/572-fox-attacks-black-america

“Fox Attacks: Obama, Part 2,” Brave New Films at FoxAttacks.com, March 2008 http://foxattacks.com/blog/32376-fox-attacks-obama-part-2

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Update July 24th 2008: Fox Gets the Message

Big news! Your petition signature telling FOX to stop their racist smears against the Obamas had a really exciting day on Wednesday. Here’s what happened:

1:00 p.m. Your signature was printed off at a New York City Kinko’s along with 620,126 others—filling 19 big boxes.

2:00 p.m. The signatures were piled in front of FOX’s national headquarters at 6th Avenue and 48th Street.

3:15 p.m. Hip hop star Nas (whose new album had just risen to #1 on the Billboard charts hours earlier) joined over 100 activists and delivered the petitions to FOX on behalf of ColorOfChange, MoveOn, and Brave New Films.

3:30 p.m. FOX refused to accept the petitions. (Sometimes, the truth hurts.)

4:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m. News of FOX’s racism and the star-studded petition delivery made its way around the world—with stories in Rolling Stone, Billboard, USA Today, Associated Press, Reuters, India Express, Huffington Post, MTV, OpenLeft, and over 200 other places.

11:30 p.m. Stephen Colbert welcomed Nas as his guest on the Colbert Report and dedicated over half of his show to FOX’s racism. The boxes containing our signatures were stacked prominently on Colbert’s set in place of his normal interview table and chairs—and he conducted the entire interview surrounded by petitions! Then, Nas performed his new song “Sly Fox,” which is all about FOX’s racism.

12:00 a.m. Several MoveOn staffers, jaws dropped open, got on the phone and engaged in several rounds of, “Wow!” :)

Since then, the news has kept spreading around the world. You sent a message to FOX, and that message was very much received!

And the fight’s not over. Together, we’ve denied FOX the legitimacy that would come by hosting Democratic presidential debates, and we got a company to stop advertising on Bill O’Reilly. This week’s delivery made an impact, and we’ll continue to push back together against FOX’s racism and their smears against Obama.

But for now, enjoy the video of Wednesday’s petition delivery—led by our friends at ColorOfChange—and the video of Colbert. Both videos are at this link:

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=3980&id=13330-9519213-V4CTrdx&t=4

Thanks for all you do.

–Adam G., Laura, Ilyse, Justin, and the rest of the team

P.S. You can listen to Nas’s new single “Sly Fox” on the Colbert video at the link above. If you like it and want to buy the full album, it’s available here:
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=3979&id=13330-9519213-V4CTrdx&t=6

Want to support our work? We’re entirely funded by our 3.2 million members—no corporate contributions, no big checks from CEOs. And our tiny staff ensures that small contributions go a long way. Chip in here.

On a British Airways flight from Johannesburg, a middle-aged, well-off white South African lady had found herself sitting next to a black man. She called the cabin crew attendant over to complain about her seating.

What seems to be the problem Madam?” asked the attendant. “Can’t you see?” she said “You’ve sat me next to a kaffir. I can’t possibly sit next to this disgusting human. Find me another seat!”

“Please calm down Madam” the flight attendant replied. “The flight is very full today, but I’ll tell you what I’ll do, I’ll go and check to see if we have any seats available in club or first class.” The woman cocks a snooty look at the outraged black man beside her (not to mention many of the surrounding passengers).

A few minutes later the flight attendant returns with the good news, which she delivers to the lady, who cannot help but look at the people around her with a smug and self satisfied grin: “Madam, unfortunately, as I suspected, economy is full. I’ve spoken to the cabin services director, and club is also full. However, we do have one seat in first class.”

Before the lady has a chance to answer, the flight attendant continues… “It is most extraordinary to make this kind of upgrade, however, and I have had to get special permission from the captain. But, given the circumstances, the captain felt that it was outrageous that someone be forced to sit next to such an obnoxious person.”

With which, she turned to the black man sitting next to her, and said: “So if you’d like to get your things, sir, I have your seat ready for you… ”

At which point, apparently the surrounding passengers stood and gave a standing ovation while the black man walked up to the front of the plane.

People will forget what you said…

People will forget what you did…

But people will never forget how you made them feel…

~Author Unknown~

The shock and horror of the rape, torture, and abuse that Megan Williams suffered at the hands of six racists, the injustices the Jena Six are battling, the rise of hanging nooses, and the growing number of attacks on African Americans brings us to this call to action.

NATIONAL MARCH AGAINST HATE CRIMES & RACISM

On Saturday November 3rd at 12 noon people will meet at the First Baptist Church and proceed to the Charleston West Virginia State Capitol to rally against hate crimes, racism, gain nationwide support for Megan Williams’ case, demand that both federal and state hate crime charges are filed.

While many try to sweep racism and hate under the rug this march brings the ugly truth to surface. It is time for Americans to remove the rose tinted glasses of denial…

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Sign a petition in support of Megan Williams.

Other Ways to Help: Donate to the Megan Williams Trust Fund