#MoralMonday / NCNAACP “leader”: Tea Party uses minority voices as “mouthpieces”

NC NAACP President / Rev. William Barber

NC NAACP President / Rev. William Barber, NC’s version of Al Sharpton.

Because he didn’t dig a deep enough hole with the disgusting, race-baiting bile he spewed a couple of weeks ago about Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), NC NAACP “leader” and Moral Monday founder /”spiritual adviser” / de facto head (unofficial) of the NC Democrat Party Bill Barber decided to keep shoveling today with continued swipes at minority conservatives (hat tip):

An NAACP leader in North Carolina said Tuesday that the tea party is actively seeking out minorities to use as “mouthpieces.”

“They frantically seek out people of color to become mouthpieces for their particular agenda,” the Rev. William Barber said on a conference call.

Barber, the head of the North Carolina NAACP, recently caused controversy by comparing Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the lone black Republican in Congress, to a ventriloquist’s dummy at an event in South Carolina last month.

“A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy,” Barber said the day before Martin Luther King Day in Columbia, S.C., according to The State. Barber added that “the extreme right wing down here finds a black guy to be senator and claims he’s the first black senator since Reconstruction, and then he goes to Washington, D.C., and articulates the agenda of the tea party.”

[…]

Barber said Tuesday that his comment wasn’t meant to be racial and that many others serve as mouthpieces for the tea party.

“It amazes me that people are concerned about a metaphor that says, whether you’re [South Carolina Gov.] Nikki Haley or whether you’re Gov. [Pat] McCrory of North Carolina or [North Carolina Senate candidate and Assembly Speaker] Thom Tillis or Sen. Scott — it has nothing to do with color,” Barber said. “The issue is: Who are you a mouthpiece for when you fight the implementation of the Affordable Care Act?”

Barber added: “We have to challenge that. It has nothing to do with someone’s intellect.”

Sure it’s not about race, “Reverend”, which is exactly why you singled out the the only Republican Senator in Washington, DC and made sure to reference the fact that he was black.

Barber, unfortunately, will not be out of the news anytime soon. There will be a “Moral March” held this coming Saturday in Raleigh (NC’s state capital), which will be a revival of sorts of the “Moral Monday” progressive “spiritualism” movement designed to promote socialism that we saw here during the spring and summer of NC Democrat discontent.   The North Carolina media (and I suspect MSNBC and other left-leaning media types from all over the country) will be there with bells on – perhaps some of them will even march, considering their political leanings – so I’m sure we’ll get tons of video/pix/interviews and whitewashing (no pun intended) of what actually takes place.  I’m hearing that there will be “busloads” of people coming in from other states as well, so the cray cray quotient should be high.

Oh, and where is the North Carolina Democrat party on Barber and Moral March?  Today they reaffirmed their support of both the movement and its demagogic “leader” who believes black conservatives are token conservative puppets whose strings are pulled by white Tea Partiers.  They first put their support for Barber and the Moral Monday marches in writing last June, and have never wavered in spite of the routine embarrassment Barber causes for the state with his deliberately inflammatory rhetoric and bigotry – both of which would get the state GOP in big trouble with the local and national media if/when anyone on “their side” said/says remotely the same thing … as we saw back in October over a local yokel who had ZERO influence or pull within the party.

Move along here, nothing to see … just a race hustler doing his thing, a liberal state party in disarray latching on desperately, and the local media holding them both to vastly different standards than they would conservatives.

Slate writer: “Racism” responsible for Atlanta’s #snOMG gridlock

Atlanta

The blame game begins.

I’m not quite sure if I could write a response without cursing like a sailor, so I’m submitting this ridiculous piece without (much of a) comment

Excerpt:

Then there’s the part about having “too narrow a sense of social responsibility.” Exhibit A here is the failure in 2012 of a massive $7.2 billion transportation initiative, which would have paid for sorely needed regional highway improvements and funneled $600 million into the Atlanta Beltline, an innovative proposal to link neighborhoods in the city by light rail, using 22 miles of abandoned cargo lines left over from Atlanta’s heyday as a railroad hub. To which the voters of the metropolitan Atlanta area said: Hell, no. Here is a region that even without freak snowstorms is choking on its own traffic, which has built its reputation on being a transportation hub, which is looking at a future when gas will never be less than $3 a gallon again, and all voters could think about was how much they hated government and paying taxes. They had their reasons—Georgia has no shortage of political corruption, and in 2012 the economy was still deeply in the tank—but even so, it was like watching folks refuse to get out of a burning house because they objected to the way the firemen were holding the ladder.

And, of course, there’s race. Race is a recurring motif in the long history of the city-rural divide in Georgia politics, as well as the uneasy history of relations between the leaders in City Hall and the state Capitol just down the street. Much as white Southerners despise being labeled “racist” whenever they vote Republican—and I do understand why that makes them mad—it is still a fact that you cannot separate anything in the South entirely from the question of race.

Sigh.

This kinda reminds me of the Katrina aftermath where everyone blamed Bush for the epic preparation failures rather than looking to the Democrat Mayor of New Orleans and the Democrat Governor of LA at the time. I knew eventually we’d see the same tactics used on Atlanta after the streets and highways were cleared post-snowstorm 2014. The city of Atlanta is controlled by Democrats but the state is controlled by Republicans. So naturally, we knew who eventually would be blamed for the massive gridlock as a result of the failure to act decisively before the storm hit.

At times like these, I’m reminded of this:

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” –Rahm Emanuel, former Obama Chief of Staff and now Mayor of Chicago, November 2008

Sound familiar? Democrats are so boringly predictable sometimes.

BTW, as I wrote on Twitter earlier, the MSM does know that Atlanta is not the sum total of the South, right? Most places in the South handled the snowstorm quite well, including here in NC. But as usual, some journos just couldn’t resist the opportunity to get in their usual jabs and digs against the South. So tiresome.

U. of Minn. students urge school officials to drop racial descriptions in crime alerts

Political correctness

Another one from the ”you have got to be kidding me” files.

Just unbelievable. Via WCCO (hat tip):

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – School officials at the University of Minnesota are working with black student and facility organizations after they wrote a letter to the school’s president about the racial descriptions given in crime alerts.

The letter, sent on Dec. 6, 2013, was issued by members of the African American and African Studies, Black Faculty and Staff Association, Black Graduate and Professional Student Association, Black Men’s Forum, Black Student Union and Huntley House for African American Males.

It was directed to University President Eric Kaler and Pamela Wheelock, the vice president of University Services.

Students and staff mailed the letter more than a month after the campus went on lockdown because of an attempted robbery at Anderson Hall on Nov. 11, 2013. University of Minnesota Police wrongfully identified a student as the suspect.

On Tuesday, school officials reported there have been 25 robberies in and around the University, an increase of 27 percent over the last few years.

The organizations wrote that while campus safety is crucial, the profiling can be devastating for black male students.

“[We] unanimously agree that campus safety should be of the UMPD’s utmost importance; however, efforts to reduce crime should never be at the expense of our Black men, or any specific group of people likely to be targeted. In addition to causing Black men to feel unsafe and distrusted, racial profiling is proven to inflict negative psychological effects on its victims.”

At Wednesday’s forum, Ian Taylor Jr., president of the Black Men’s Forum, said members of his organization feel threatened when the use of a racial description is given in the crime alerts.

“The repeated black, black, black suspect,” Taylor said. “And what that does it really discomforts the mental and physical comfort for students on campus because they feel like suspicions begin to increase.”

Welcome to what the absurdity of political correctness hath wrought, and how the “culture of victimhood” – as perpetuated by opportunistic liberals – plays out in real time.  We must provide LESS information about a suspected criminal to students and the police because we don’t want to cause anyone “discomfort”!  Sure, let’s put lives at risk so we don’t offend anyone. Can you believe this garbage?  This level of PC “sensitivity” can and probably has gotten people hurt and/or killed.  You give EVERY BIT OF DESCRIPTIVE INFORMATION YOU CAN when a suspect is on the loose so he or she can be reported, caught, and hauled in for questioning. Eliminating crucial information about his or her physical description can prove to be a devastating hindrance to law enforcement – and compromise the safety of students, faculty, and others.

Fortunately, the university agrees and has pushed back – for now:

On Jan. 27, 2014, a formal letter was issued by Wheelock.

[…]

“I firmly believe that a well-informed community is an asset to public safety…I believe that sharing more information in our Crime Alerts, not less, is most beneficial in terms of public safety, especially when that information is available.

The information we share can include a complete description of suspects, unique identifying characteristics such as an accent or a distinctive piece of clothing, or the description of vehicles involved.

We have reviewed what other Big Ten Universities and local colleges and universities include, and our practice of including the race of a suspect when it is available from a victim’s description is consistent with their practices.”

The Daily Caller provides an interesting side note to all of this:

If the university did put an end to its practice of considering race in crime alerts, it would be an ironic exception to campus policy. UM practices affirmative action, and considers an applicant’s race when deciding whether to admit. 

The Daily Caller reached out to the Black Men’s Forum at UM to ask whether the group supports an end to racial considerations in admission as well as in crime alerts. The group did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Why am I not surprised?

Where is the @NCDemParty on Rev. Barber’s Tim Scott slur?

Care-o-meter

The NCDP’s silence speaks volumes.

Yesterday, I wrote about the sick Uncle Tom line of attack Moral Monday founder/leader/”spiritual advisor”/ NAACP President Rev. William Barber – NC’s version of Al Sharpton – used on Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina.   Scott, as I noted in my write-up, responded with his usual class, noting that Barber’s line of attack on the eve of MLK day would “remind me and others of what not to do.”

Barber, unsurprisingly, has continued to stand behind his reprehensible remarks – as the Charlotte Observer’s political reporter Jim Morrill reported earlier today:

He told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Tuesday that he was the target of “philosophical bigotry.”

“What we’re hearing is baseless rhetoric about the same old things that have not worked so far,” Scott told her. “We’ve had a 50-year war led by the government on poverty, and it hasn’t taken people out… In this country, conservatives, free market capitalism, produces greater success than the government can ever do.”

The North Carolina Republican Party Wednesday released samples of the national reaction in a news release headlined, “America meets Rev. William Barber.”

[…]He defended his comment Tuesday night in Charlotte and in a statement Wednesday.

We believe leaders should not be echoes of the voice of extremism,” he said before an appearance in Charlotte. “The indignation should not be so much about the language. The indignation should be about the actions.”

In a statement Wednesday, he said, “Unless we stand for justice, we cannot claim allegiance to or pay homage to Dr. King. Democrat or Republican, Tea Party or no Party, we need to talk about what’s right versus what’s wrong. Who is anybody speaking for regardless of party or color if you support extreme policies.…

“This is a critique that must be offered for all people, regardless of skin color.”

Except for the hypocritical Rev. – who obviously does not practice what he preaches – his extremist rhetoric is usually reserved for white Republicans and, of course, black Republicans like Senator Scott who have the audacity to believe they have a right to think for themselves … out of the box.

Interestingly enough, and not widely known outside of North Carolina is the fact that the North Carolina Democratic Party passed a resolution of support for Rev. Barber and the Moral Monday movement he created and (still) leads last June using similar (yet toned down) rhetoric to Barber’s:

Introduced and passed from floor of the 13th Congressional District and subsequently passed by the NCDP State Executive Council on June 2, 2013 in Greensboro

WHEREAS, our great state of North Carolina is being dragged back into the 19th Century by Republican legislators passing regressive legislation signed into law by Republican Governor Pat McCrory.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the the North Carolina Democratic Party supports the Moral Monday effort at the NC General Assembly to show our objection to these regressive actions; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the North Carolina Democratic Party encourages Democrats to go to the NC General Assembly in Raleigh to support Moral Mondays

R. Voller, Chair, NC State Democratic Party

So there you have it, in plain English, the state Democratic Party of North Carolina essentially adopting the language of a typical Rev. Barber rant against the political opposition: “our great state of North Carolina is being dragged back into the 19th Century” – translation: we’re returning to slavery, folks!! (of course they omit the fact that it was under Democrat rule in NC that slavery occurred, but that’s another topic for another day…).  Furthermore, the state party actively encouraged via the resolution for their party members to join up and participate in Barber’s inflammatory demagoguery about the Republican-led state legislature.

With all that in mind, and with the national backlash that has resulted from what Rev. Barber said about Sen. Scott, you’d think the state Democrat party would be rushing to distance themselves from him via a statement or something, right? Wrong.  There has been nothing. Zilch. Zip. Nada.  It’s business as usual for them. And, frankly, why should there be any statement, when you consider the fact that the local media  here in North Carolina isn’t pushing the issue with them at all.  In fact, WRAL – a major player on the NC news circuit, especially when it comes to state politics – has exactly ZERO articles to date up about Barber’s comments about Scott, by my search criteria.   Not exactly a surprise, mind you, but it’s still noteworthy nevertheless.

Now, if you bring this up to a Democrat – or media type – in this state, what you’ll get is, “Rev. Barber has a right to say what he wants and besides, he’s not a Democrat party official anyway.”  While both are true, neither rule applies when the shoe is on the other party’s foot, as we saw during the ridiculous Don Yelton voter ID dust-up a few months ago where the national media and local Democrats, thanks to the Daily Show, pinned the wacko racial rantings of an obscure Buncombe County, NC political gadfly who no one there likes on the state GOP, which in turn prompted numerous party officials at the state and local level to denounce.  As Asheville radio host Pete Kaliner noted at the time (bolded emphasis added by me):

Yelton was billed as a mouthpiece for the party and someone who knows why Republicans in the General Assembly REALLY passed all the voter law changes. But Yelton was a precinct chairman. For folks who don’t know, these are ridiculously easy posts to attain. You, basically, show up.

Yelton won his chairmanship by a vote of 2-1, thanks to his wife being with him.

Once you get this post, you are part of the county Executive Committee. There are hundreds of members. He is not a GOP “official” in any honest understanding of the term.

But these facts don’t matter.

The liberal Huffington Post called him a spokesman (he’s not). Leftists are urging people to vote him out of office (he doesn’t hold office) and celebrated when he got ‘fired from his job’ (he resigned his volunteer position).

Yelton’s history with the Buncombe GOP (and the Democratic Party before that) is tumultuous. Talking with him yesterday, he obviously thinks he settled some local scores.

Yelton’s history with both parties in this state (at the county level in western NC) go back a ways, and the story is complex, but the underlying point there was that the media went and leftists out of their way to paint him as some widely known and respected state party leader who made racist remarks, when in fact he was only in the “precinct chair” position at a very local level because he and his wife voted him in!

But, as Pete pointed out, who gives a rip about the facts? The state GOP had to rush out a statement of condemnation and demand the resignation of a guy who they had nothing whatsoever to do with, had never endorsed, elevated, etc.  In contrast, the NC Democratic Party who last summer made a point to draft and pass a resolution of support and encouragement to Rev. Barber and his Moral Monday movement, don’t feel any pressure to do anything remotely similar with regards to Barber’s slur of Tim Scott – because they know the national media will look away when it comes to their endorsement of them, just like their Moral Monday allies in the local media have done.

Move along here, nothing to see!

BTW, even if they do issue a statement at this point, does that mean the issue is “settled”? It shouldn’t – it didn’t for the state GOP, and it shouldn’t be for the state Democrat party, either.

Sen. Tim Scott responds to Uncle Tom slur by NC NAACP “leader” Bill Barber (UPDATED)

Senator Tim Scott

Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) –
Keepin’ it classy.

South Carolina’s “The State” news outlet published what equates to a puff piece this past weekend on the now-nationally recognized opportunistic NC NAACP President/Reverend William Barber.  Barber is the so-called “leader” of the unhinged “Moral Monday” movement here in NC that has waged a vicious war against our GOP-controlled state legislature (otherwise known as the General Assembly) since former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory (R) was sworn into the Governor’s office last January.   NC Democrats, drunk on FULL power here for well over a century, are not used to being in the passenger seat and are taking the “any means necessary” approach to trying to return to their glory days where they had little to no opposition.  I’ve written about both Barber and the “Moral Monday” activist left here, in case you’re curious about the back story.

Anyway, back to the puff piece, journalist John Monk reported on a “fire and thunder” speech Barber gave Sunday night at a church in Columbia, SC in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

COLUMBIA, SC — In a speech of fire and thunder Sunday evening, one of today’s best-known civil rights activists denounced what he said was narrow-minded political and religious thinking that has “put extremism on steroids.”

“We must not give up the so-called high moral ground to the right-wing extremists,” said the Rev. William Barber II, 50, president of the N.C. NAACP, to about 300 at Zion Baptist Church in downtown Columbia.

Issues such as voting, health care, environment and education “are moral issues, faith issues,” Barber said in a pre-Martin Luther King Jr. Day speech to Columbia and S.C. NAACP members and guests.

“Any profession of faith that doesn’t promote justice and standing against wrong is a form of heresy,” said Barber, adding that pastors who obsess about topics like prayer, homosexuality and abortion while neglecting justice, poverty, fair play and equality issues “are just running their mouths.”

In the past year, Barber has become one of the most publicized activists in the country as he has led growing “Moral Monday” demonstrations that have attracted thousands to protest against the Legislature in Raleigh. Hundreds, including Barber, have been arrested for acts of civil disobedience.

Yada yada blah blah. Here in NC, we’re used to hearing about Barber’s rants about how you’re an inauthentic Christian if you don’t support big government.  What should have been more of a focus of Monk’s article, but of course wasn’t, were Barber’s repugnant remarks on South Carolina Senator Tim Scott:

Barber had special criticism for blacks who he said aren’t following the MLK spirit. That includes black youths who kill each other and others “who wear their pants down to their knees.”

He also singled out U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., the conservative black Republican appointed by Gov. Nikki Haley.

“A ventriloquist can always find a good dummy,” Barber said. He said “the extreme right wing down here (in South Carolina) finds a black guy to be senator and claims he’s the first black senator since Reconstruction and then he goes to Washington, D.C., and articulates the agenda of the Tea Party.”

In other words, Senator Scott and other black conservatives who have strayed from Barber’s House of Victimhood and who dare to think differently from Democrats who continue to mindlessly parrot the Democrat party line are nothing more than ‘Uncle Toms’, a disgusting slur black Democrats have been guilty of using against go-against-the-grain thinkers like Scott for decades.   Scott could have really blown up about Barber’s sickening remarks, but instead chose to keep it classy. Via Daily Caller:

“To reflect seriously on the comments a person, a pastor, that is filled with baseless and meaningless rhetoric would be to do a disservice to the very people who have sacrificed so much and paved a way,” Scott told The Daily Caller in an emailed statement. “Instead, I will honor the memory of Dr. King by being proactive in holding the door for others and serving my fellow man.  And Rev. Barber will remind me and others of what not to do.”

[…]

“I did not meet him when I was failing out of high school.  I did not see him on the streets of my neighborhoods where too many of my friends got off track and never recovered.  I did not meet him when I was working 85 hour weeks to start my business, nor did I meet him when I was running for Congress against long odds.  But who I did meet were people everywhere across this state who were willing to work hard and to help me succeed — and I them,” Scott said.

Make sure to read more of what Scott told the Daily Caller at the link above.

A couple of things: 1) Before Scott was appointed Senator by Gov. Haley, he was easily elected – twice – in SC’s District 1, which is 75% WHITE, and over 60% Republican.  Barber’s insinuation is that if Scott wasn’t sent to DC courtesy of Nikki Haley voters in “white” Tea Partiers in SC would have never VOTED to send him there, which is not true.  Not surprising that the Rev. is short on facts.  Secondly, isn’t it kinda ironic that Barber preaches about “rising up” to make a difference socially yet he argues that it should be done using the same (failed) tactics Democrats have used for decades – all the while deriding others like Scott who think outside of the box to try and make a difference?  Nothing like someone who tries to inspire you to be an “instrument of change” by pushing for policies that keep you in the same place you’re trying to escape.

Then again, maybe that’s exactly Barber’s goal, hmm? :-?

UPDATE – 10:10 PM: Via The Right Scoop: NC NAACP doubles down, says Tim Scott can’t pay homage to Dr. King and be a conservative; TIM SCOTT RESPONDS

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Rev. Wright: We’ve gone from “I have a dream” to “I have a drone”

Barack Obama and Rev. Wright

He’s baaaaaack!

I wondered yesterday if Rev. Wright would go off the rails in his first major public appearance in, well, a long time. Sure enough, he did. Via The Washington Examiner:

Jeremiah Wright, the former spiritual mentor to President Obama who shouted “God damn America,” was a keynote speaker at a Wednesday breakfast held by the Chicago Teachers Union to honor Martin Luther King Jr. He used the occasion to slam the president’s military and foreign policy.

In his speech, Wright said that although King declared “I have a dream, Barack says, I have a drone.” He called for a rejection of the “three-headed demon” of “racism, militarism and capitalism,” according to a report by the Chicago Sun-Times.

“Every Tuesday morning, there’s a kill list that the president decides who they’re going to kill this week,” Wright said.

CTU President Karen Lewis told Politico she was unconcerned about any negative publicity for having him. “He’s a theologian and scholar.”

Wright, who baptized Obama’s children and gave Obama the inspiration for the phrase “the audacity of hope,” was subsequently repudiated by the president in 2008 after videos of sermons surfaced showing him saying the U.S. got its just desserts in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and that AIDS was created specifically to destroy African-Americans, among other viewpoints.

Actually, no.  The President stood behind his now-former “spiritual mentor” right up until the time he had the audacity to accuse the then-candidate for the Oval Office of … gasp! … playing politics and “doing what politicians do” to win voters and get elected. After that, the Rev. got thrown under the bus within a matter of hours.

President Obama, meanwhile, was unavailable for comment on Wright’s speech today – not that he’d have cared to.  He was busy in North Carolina, surrounding himself with his usual – a captive audience of impressionable college students.  And while he wasn’t greeted – at all – by Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC), who was busy avoiding Obama by staying in DC, he was warmly greeted by some of my fellow conservatives  … :-)

Rev. Wright back on the scene, will keynote for the Chicago Teachers Union

Barack Obama and Rev. Wright

He’s baaaaaack!

The Politico reports on news that may be of some concern to the image-obsessed Team Obama:

The Chicago Teachers Union wants a louder voice in the political world — and to kick off that campaign, it’s turning to a public figure every bit as combative as the union itself: the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Wright, of course, is the Chicago pastor who was a spiritual mentor to Barack Obama until the 2008
presidential campaign. Then a video surfaced of Wright shouting from the pulpit, “God damn America.” Then Wright suggested the U.S. had committed terrorism and thus brought the Sept. 11 attacks on itself. Then he opined that the government had created AIDS to kill African-Americans. Obama forcefully denounced his former pastor. And Wright gradually faded from the headlines.

Now, he’s back.

Wright will give a keynote address Wednesday at a breakfast the teacher’s union is holding in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The union has invited local pastors to the breakfast in the hopes of building a coalition of Chicago clergy to support its causes. In particular, union officials are seeking allies to fight the city’s policy of shutting down dozens of neighborhood schools and opening charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately managed — and often, nonunion. CTU is expecting about 250 representatives from the clergy at the breakfast.

CTU President Karen Lewis — herself a fiery speaker, prone to the occasional incendiary remark — said she hopes Wright’s speech will be “stimulating, interesting, provocative” and fully in tune with King’s legacy as a crusader for social justice and union rights. She said she is “not concerned at all” that Wright might repeat some of his more inflammatory comments or reiterate controversial stances such as his embrace of Louis Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic views. “He’s a theologian and a scholar,” Lewis said of Wright, who is pastor emeritus at Trinity United Church of Christ. “He is highly respected in this town amongst the clergy.”

And once “highly respected” – and even strongly defended – by our current President while a candidate for the Oval Office back in 2008 … until the Rev. had the gall to slip up and speak truth to power. Then it was on.

Anyway, will the Rev. get caught embarrassing His Royal Highness, er, President Obama again with his upcoming public appearance? Grab the popcorn, folks! ;)

Quote of the Day: “Rev.” Jackson says “apartheid remains” in America

Rev. Jesse Jackson

Really, Rev.?

Shaking my head. Via The Hill:

Rev. Jesse Jackson said Sunday apartheid still exists in the United States as he reflected on Nelson Mandela’s effect on American politics.

“Apartheid remains. Apartheid gaps in poverty, healthcare and education. We’re in the middle of the end of the apartheid struggle now, but it’s just changed phases,” he said on NBC News’s “Meet the Press.”

“For almost 30 years, we had a lead jump on the right to vote and used that right to vote to empower allies in South Africa,” Jackson said.

Never let an opportunity go to waste to make a complete a** of yourself, right Jesse? Racism, of course, still exists in America, but the word “apartheid” conjures up very specific and strong definitions and (disturbing) images from South Africa, and is a major embellishment – and, frankly, is grossly misrepresentative of what is going on here in America in present day politically, as opposed to what was happening here in the 50s and 60s.  Shame on you, Rev. If you had any shame, that is.

White candidate for local office in Houston wins election by convincing voters he’s black

Picard facepalm

Yeah – what Captain Picard said.

Wow. Just when you thought you’d seen it all:

HOUSTON — Dave Wilson chuckles as he talks about his unorthodox political campaign.

“I’d always said it was a long shot,” Wilson says. “No, I didn’t expect to win.”

Still, he figured he’d have fun running, because he was fed up with what he called “all the shenanigans” at the Houston Community College System. As a conservative white Republican running in a district whose voters are overwhelmingly black Democrats, the odds seemed overwhelmingly against him.

Then he came up with an idea, an advertising strategy that his opponent found “disgusting.” If a white guy didn’t have a chance in a mostly African-American district, Wilson would lead voters to think he’s black.

And it apparently worked. In one of the biggest political upsets in Houston politics this election season, Wilson — an anti-gay activist and former fringe candidate for mayor — emerged as the surprise winner over 24-year incumbent Bruce Austin. His razor thin margin of victory, only 26 votes, was almost certainly influenced by his racially tinged campaign.

“Every time a politician talks, he’s out there deceiving voters,” he says.

Wilson, a gleeful political troublemaker, printed direct mail pieces strongly implying that he’s black. His fliers were decorated with photographs of smiling African-American faces — which he readily admits he just lifted off websites — and captioned with the words “Please vote for our friend and neighbor Dave Wilson.”

I’m not sure which was worse: That a guy knowingly went into an election with a plan to deceive voters into thinking he’s someone he’s not – or that voters apparently fell for it.

But enough about Barack Obama …

Education: I don’t recall field trips like this when I was young

**Posted by Phineas

Nope. I remember going to museums, and zoos, and observatories. We even went to a farm, where we got to milk the cows, harvest some eggs, and pick some produce. For a little kid in grammar school, those trips were fun.

Then again, we were never treated like slaves and had abuse hurled at us by our teachers, unlike these kids in Connecticut:

It was revealed this week that a school from Connecticut took their students on a field trip last November where the students reenacted slavery and had their teachers call them the N-word. The Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy took a four-day filed trip to the Nature’s Classroom in Charlton, Massachusetts.

According to the parents, they were never told about the third day of the trip (when the reenactment took place).

“The re-enactment included having the students pretend to be on a slave ship, pretend to pick cotton, pretend the teachers were their slave masters, yelling the n-word at them and chasing them through the woods.”

This is a field trip taken by a group of 12 year olds! One of the parents spoke with a local news affiliate about the trip. She said, “The fact that they used the N-Word. How dare you say that to my child and call it an educational experience? How dare you say that to my child?” This same parent was shocked when the she found out this trip had been going on for years, but no one ever saw a problem with it.

And, yes, some of the children were Black. The stupidity required to think this would be a good idea is just mind-boggling. What’s next? Putting the kids in chains and staging a sale, so they can “develop empathy?”

Whatever happened to “let them read about slavery and explain to them why it was an awful thing?”

And this was in liberal, (supposedly) enlightened New England. Can you imagine the outcry if a school anywhere in the South did this?

These are the people we have teaching our children? No wonder home-schooling is becoming more and more popular.

via Wayward_Okie

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)