Archive | October 2007

Columbia’s Nooses: Why racism must be addressed at every opportunity

Cross-posted from Brave New Films Blog.

It is one thing when nooses and other symbols of hate are put in random places: on your car, in your own backyard. It's another thing when nooses are hung somewhere to send a not-so-subliminal message, as they in Jena, LA. However, it is an altogether different and much more scary & sinister animal when nooses are placed at the door of a specific individual.

What the hell is this world coming to? I know it's cool to be overtly racist these days, but wow. I'm know lawyer or constitutional scholar, but this looks like clear and present danger to me. When you lay a knife by someone's bedside while they sleep, you send a message that says "I can and will hurt you." When you get a noose hung on your door at your office, it sends the message that "I hate you and want to do something about it."

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HUD reduces rental assistance to Katrina survivors

Dr. Calvin Mackie responded on behalf of the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) late last week regarding the announcement by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to begin reducing the level of rental assistance that will be provided to hurricane victims through the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP).

An excerpt:

While the Road Home is expected to deliver more than 90,000 grants to Louisiana homeowners by the end of the year and our programs to restore more than 30,000 rental units are in full swing, the bottom line is that not all of these units will be available before March, and we are still experiencing a severe housing shortage at every level.

When you have “severe housing shortages,” bad things happen: people get sick, crime increases, kids are left homeless and hungry. I thought Republicans were the party with the moral high ground; this sure doesn’t help promote families.

One Love. One II.

Bill Cosby is at it again

Cross-posted on the Brave New Films Blog.

Bill Cosby was on Meet the Press yesterday talking up his new book, Come On People, co-written with Dr. Alvin Poussaint. The show, surprisingly, spent the entire hour with the two men, jumping between issues addressed in the book. They talked about a fair amount, but the analysis given during this interview was as thin as the paper the text was printed on.

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The Weekly Dream: Fresh Eyes

“Hindsight is 20/20”

I have worn glasses all my life.  I have been nearsighted for as long as I remember.  I thought I was “fly” when I received my first pair of glasses, they made me look smart.  They were huge with fuschia marble frames.  When they got scratched on the playground, I still rocked them joints-even though I could not see a thing.  Looking back, I looked like a clown, but in the fifth grade I did not know any better.

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Interview with West Virginia Rape Torture Victim Megan Williams

Cross-posted on Brave New Films Blog.

The newspaper Final Call has an interview with Megan Williams, the Black woman that was tortured and raped by 6 caucasians in West Virginia recently.

Williams described the part of the torture like this:

They kicked me in the head with steel toed boots, they hit me in the head with several objects, I remember seeing a knife, and they tried to cut my foot off. They told me that is what they did to Kunta Kinte when they cut his foot off so he couldn’t run and that is what they were going to do to me.

My calendar says it's 2007, but this makes me seriously wonder.

One Love. One II.

Mychal Bell Re-incarcerated

Cross-posted from Brave New Films Blog.

(h/t to Too Sense)

Just when you thought things might die down a little bit here, Mychal Bell, one of the Jena 6, the one who was cleared of adult charges and freed from jail following the rally in September, Bell has been sent back to jail.

While I think this is interestingly timed agree with Sharpton that [probably most of] the motivation behind this is likely in "revenge by this judge for the Jena Six movement," it does appear that at the end of the day his probation was indeed violated. That being the case, I can't get too mad; at least it's not an adult sentence. Now, why they tried to go for Bell's jugular instead of pursuing a more logical route is beyond most thinking, non-racist peoples' cognition.

I'm sick of consistent acts of justice being sprinkled with random acts of justice in this country. The promise of America is fairness, and fairness should be consistent. If it was, we wouldn't have ever had a Jena 6.

One Love. One II.

LCCR Addresses Hate Crimes and the Jena 6

Cross-posted on Brave New Films Blog.

Wade Henderson, head of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), was on MSNBC Wed, Oct. 10 addressing hate crimes in America. He called the Jena 6 situation a "learnable moment" for our nation with real consequences.

The key takeaway here is that racism and prejudice still exist in this country. However, this ignorance can destroyed with education and sensible dialogue.

One Love. One II.