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BLACK COMMENTATOR HOMAGE

4.13.2005

If you've read my posts in the past, you understand that this title is a bit of sarcasm. I've consistently disagreed with just about every article I've ever read on blackcommentator.com, but I post their articles often. It is a very consistent, far left website which doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is. I think that "what it is" is almost always wrong, but I'm not afraid to post different viewpoints like other political sites; especially when they put forth the argument in an intelligent way.

That being said, I'm going to link to a few of the more recent and interesting BC articles as my last post for a week. Yes, I am leaving again. This time to beautiful San Francisco. A consultant's work is never done. At least it's not Hershey, PA again. That was brutal.

The U.S. is Becoming a Failed State, or so says the BC. Under Bush, we are falling apart and social security is only the beginning. This sentence in the first paragraph,

"The very fact that the question of Black alignment with Republicans is entertained under any circumstances at this historical juncture, is proof that much of the Black leadership class has lost its moorings."

sets the stage as well. The BC believes that privatization of social security will not only be nearly impossible to recover from, but (based on its very colorful cartoon) will lead to the end of community development, child nutrition programs, worker's rights, mass transit, medicaid, housing and food stamps. I'm not sure if it's necessarily in that order.

Not to be redundant, but here's Death by Design - The Plot to Destroy Social Insurance by Dr. Maya Rockeymoore. Dr. Rockeymoore has a background in social security. She was a staff member on the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Social Security Subcommittee and wrote The Political Action Handbook: A How To Guide for the Hip Hop Generation.

"They are setting medicare up for failure and building the case for privatizing all social insurance programs within the next 10-15 years."

This one certainly caught my eye. Why Jesse, Why?. Margaret Kimberly has a problem with liberal icon Jesse Jackson standing on the side of life in the Terry Schiavo case. I'm sure more than a few people were upset to see him take up the cause of Terry's parents because despite what they all say, it was about politics for most people involved on both sides. Her parents belonged to the Republicans and the Democrats were to stay out.

But you know what happens when a group of mics and camera comes out. Jesse is on his way. There is no stopping him when publicity is in the air. Showing up in his limo to the scene as she hangs on for her last breath tells the story; it's all about him.

More piggybacking off the Terry Schiavo case in Rev. Reynard Blake, Jr.'s A Riddle For Black Conservatives. He ask the question,

"What if Terry was Toya?" Would Bush and the Republicans react the same way. I don't even think the question needs to be asked. We all know the answer is no. It's the same reason why white women in L.A. hold candlelit vigils on the anniversary of Nicole Brown Simpson's death over a decade later. Do you think those women would be out there if Nicole had been Nikesha? Let's be serious. Still, I'm not gonna hate because black women wouldn't be out there ten years later either if it had been Nikesha and we can't ask them to place more value on black life than we do.

Some might say it's the media's fault. The media always goes for the white Laci Peterson's, Nicole Brown Simpsons (okay, that was more about her famous star husband, but you get my meaning) and Terry Schiavo's because they know the deal. So do we.

Behave while I'm gone and try to fall in love with somebody.
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