Careless with Colored Conflicts

I was not aware of the $50 million that was supposed to go to the Darfur region that was cut from the Defense bill this past week. The unfortunate reality is that this is not surprising in the least bit. From the article:

“It is extraordinary that Congress, having described the killing in Darfur as “genocide,” should find it impossible to come up with $50 million to try to prevent it — this in a bill totaling $453 billion.”

It sickens me how “paralyzed” the U.S. is when dealing with conflicts in and among African Nations. We are so bold when the charge is “bringing democracy to the Middle East.” I digress. It can’t be because Americans are not interested in Black conflict. After all, G.W. is not a racist.


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About Garlin Gilchrist II

I am the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. My job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace. I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," a an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Full bio here.

One response to “Careless with Colored Conflicts”

  1. Anonymous says :

    Join the campaign to force Congress to approve the $50 million and follow through on their pledge to confront genocide: Genocide Hits Home

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