Archive | October 2007

Barack Obama: The Internet is about equality

Not the most informed statement on the issue, but it seems like an honest promise to preserve net neutrality.

He must have listened to my podcast on Net Neutrality.

One Love. One II.

P.S. 10 Questions is hot. Big ups to Afro-Netizen and BlackProf for participating.

The Jena 6 pt 2: The return of Blackface

Cross-posted on the Brave New Films Blog.

A group of University of Louisiana at Monroe students thought it'd be funny to act out one of the un-funniest things to happen in the last 2 years.

Regardless of how you feel about the legality/outcome of the Jena 6 situation, this is pretty twisted. It isn't funny to act out someone getting beat up. It also isn't funny to act out threatening someone with a noose. It also isn't funny to do it all in a mud-wrestling outfit that looks eerily similar to blackface (funny how the kid getting beat up didn't have on mudface, for all those who think the mud doesn't represent anything).

Facebook is great, isn't it? That's where we found all this.

Blackface 6

One Love. One II.

The Weekly Dream: Creative Energy

Lately, I have been surrounded by engineers.  For some reason, I have always gravitated towards scientific types, fascinated by how they manipulate and push the bounds of science and math.  However, I believe that I am fascinated by the fact that they actually create and design things.  I guess for that same reason I like hanging out with musicians and people who can draw.  They create nothing and turn it into something.  People who are always creating have this energy that is magnetic.  So it got me to thinking, where am I creative and have I fully tapped into my creative potential?

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BS is the #1 issue among voters

Cross-posted at the Brave New Films Blog.

I love The Onion because a lot of truth can be said in jest.

Don't vote for Clinton because she's a woman or Obama because he's Black; vote because you agree with them. Vote on things that should matter, not things that shouldn't.

One Love. One II.

Barack Obama: The FCC should care about minorities

Cross-posted at the Brave New Films Blog.

Media Consolidation

Barack Obama thinks that consolidation in media ownership is a bad thing, and he let the FCC know that today.

Minority owned and operated newspapers and radio stations play a critical role in the African American and Latino communities and bring minority issues to the forefront of our national discussion.

I am glad to see Obama be explicit here about the impact of media consolidation on minority communities. It is clear that the interests of minorities are not a particularly high priority in this administration, I hope that everyone's interests matter to the next President.

One Love. One II.

Say nice things about Detroit

Cross-posted by Brandon at Michigan Messenger.

I borrowed the title of this article from a t-shirt that a friend of mine once wore. For far too many Michiganders, Detroit’s problems are wholly their fault and any help directed towards the city would be a waste. Often times, when people talk about disparagingly about Detroit, the conversation often focuses on Kwame Kilpatrick, the crime rate, and the quality of the school system. While you can find statistics to support anything you want, the energy invested in negativity should instead be spent on how to help Detroit because the fate of Metro Detroit suburbs is intimately tied to the fate of Detroit.

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Poor, poor Clarence Thomas

Cross-posted from the Brave New Films Blog.

Clarence Thomas

My favorite member of the Supreme Court has been whining ever since his book was released recently. His latest rant is about his Yale Law Degree's lack of value.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has a 15-cent price tag stuck to his Yale law degree, blaming the school's affirmative action policies in the 1970s for his difficulty finding a job after he graduated.

Thomas thinks that Black peopls should stop acting like "victims." He sure sounds like a victim to me here.

I'd graduated from one of America's top law schools, but racial preference had robbed my achievement of its true value.

This is stupid. "Racial preference" does not make dumb people smart; it gives all smart people a chance. Maybe there are professors that think of [the demon that is] Affirmative Action when handing out grades on mid-terms. I've never seen nor heard of one, and I had more than a fair chance of running into a few during my time at the University of Michigan from 2000 to 2005 (when our Affirmative Action policies were argued in front of the Supreme Court).

This crop of Republicans sure does whine a lot.

One Love. One II.

The Weekly Dream…

I have a speaking engagement tomorrow at the Communities Learning to Invest and Mobilize for Business rally in Milwaukee.  I will be the Keynote speaker, so I am busy prepping and going over my notes.  However, I will be sure to post the text of the speech tomorrow for everyone to see.  So, if you are in desperate motivation NOW, either hit me up or hit the archives. ;)

Truth and Peace,

Steven M DeVougas

Obama challenges the new AG on the Jena 6

Cross-posted from the Brave New Films Blog.

Courtesy of Too Sense.

Barack Obama is saving face since he didn't show up in Jena. He wrote this letter to AG nominee Michale Mukaskey. Here's an excerpt:

In recent months, our nation's attention has been focused on the racial strife in Jena, Louisiana, and the disparate treatment of six African American youths. As Attorney General, will you commit the investigative resources of the Civil Rights Division to ensuring the fair treatment and execution of the law in cases such as the Jena 6, as well as the recent acquittal by an all-white jury of eight prison guards accused of killing a young black male at a juvenile detention center in Florida?

I am happy that Obama is showing some character here. It is called the Department of Justice, so he is calling for Justice to be served to everyone everywhere. I want to see more, concrete Civil Rights-related statements like this from Obama.

One Love. One II.

Do “Black”-outs work?

Cross-posted at the Brave New Films Blog.

Money Fist

Activist and Radio Talk Show Host Warren Ballentine has called for a Black out on Friday, Nov. 2nd. This is in response to, among other things, the domestic torture of Megan Williams, and the Jena 6.

From the release:

Until we have federal legislation in place regarding these hate crimes, as African Americans we need to band together to show our “Economic Power” by refusing to spend ANY money that day from fast food restaurants to gas.

There are calls for these sorts of actions all the time, and they are usually motivated by positive intentions: solidarity, taking a stand, being deliberate with your economic power. We see them on all sorts of issues, from gas prices to impeachment. These are all good things, but I question their effectiveness. For one, this sort of action can only successful if it is extremely specific and if it is sustained.

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