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

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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)

(Video) Liberal racism in action: The Black NRA

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Like AlfonZo Rachel and his friends say in the video below, comedienne Sarah Silverman and her friends may have had good intentions in mind with their “Funny or Die!” piece, but the message, when you think about it, is pretty danged racist.

In that patronizing, condescending way that progressives do so well.

Watch, and see if you agree:

Pretty amazing, no? And I bet none of those “enlightened, socially aware” people in Silverman’s video will ever get why.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

#Panthers QB Cam Newton rejects racial politics on black QBs in the NFL

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The Charlotte Observer sports section reports on Panthers’ star QB Cam Newton’s views on the media-driven hype over the number of black quarterbacks in the NFL:

For the first time in the Cam Newton era, the Carolina Panthers will face consecutive teams with quarterbacks of African-American descent after hosting Russell Wilson’s Seahawks and traveling to E.J. Manuel’s Bills on Sunday.

There were an NFL-high nine black or biracial quarterbacks who started in Week 1. One media outlet has dubbed it, “ The Golden Age of the Black Quarterbacks.”

Newton isn’t throwing a party.

“You don’t have a bar mitzvah just because you’re a starting African-American quarterback in this league,” Newton said Wednesday. “Even though I’m a fan of everybody, I can’t say I just root for Michael Vick, (Robert Griffin III), Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick. I still feel like I learn just as much from Michael Vick as I do from Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers or even RG3.”

[…]

Newton doesn’t perceive himself as one who paved the way for black quarterbacks in the league who have come after him, nor does he believe race hinders anyone at the quarterback position in 2013. He’s just making the most of his opportunity.

“If you have skills to play the game of football, then you’re going to play no matter what your race,” Newton said. “I didn’t feel any type of pressure coming into this league saying that I have to represent for all African-Americans, like saying all my fans are just African-American. When I play this game I play it to the best of my ability so I can inspire everyone, not just a particular set of people.”

He’ll probably take some serious crap over his opinion from some of his fellow teammates and others from around the link, but hats off nevertheless for him having the courage to reject the racial politics of the NFL. Regardless of what you think of him as a professional player, or the controversies that surrounded him during his college days, this is a winning attitude – and one that this Panthers fan hopes will translate into wins on the field as well.

As the article noted, Cats take on the Buffalo Bills in an away game Sunday.  It will be broadcast locally on Fox and starts at 1 pm ET.

Cam Newton

The Caminator.
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#NewTone: “Rev.” Jackson says the Tea Party “is the resurrection of the Confederacy”

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The Politico reports on the latest round of opportunistic bile to come from one of the nation’s leading race hustlers:

Jesse Jackson, who more than anyone occupies the no man’s land between his mentor King and Obama, the man who won the political office he prized, told POLITICO he “absolutely” thinks congressional Republicans are motivated by race in opposing the president’s policies.

“The tea party is the resurrection of the Confederacy, it’s the Fort Sumter tea party,” Jackson said.

This is from the same guy who – post-George Zimmerman verdict – implored the country to have a “national dialogue on race” (paraphrasing). Right.

Can’t do it when you continue to demagogue and lie about the motivations behind most of the criticism of our celebrity President, “Reverend.” But then again, you knew that already, didn’t you? It’s the goal, after all. Keep the pot stirred, etc.  Keep the donations coming in and the interview and speaking requests rolling.

Disgusting.

Jesse Jackson

Part of the problem, NOT the solution.

Eric Holder’s racialist hypocrisy

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Remember when Eric Holder threatened to seek civil rights charges against George Zimmerman in the wake of his acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin? Remember how he sued states,  claiming that their voter identification laws harmed the civil rights of minority Americans? Remember how he sued Louisiana for providing school vouchers, charging that they reinforced segregation?

Well, you can forget it, if the victim is White.

A woman who said she was brutally attacked by a group of black teenagers in Pittsburgh’s North Side Sunday said the girls savagely beat her while calling her racial slurs.

(…)

Police said Slepski was savagely beaten after the girls threw a bottle at her car on Concord Street and she stopped to confront them.

“I was mad. I knew they were younger. I thought they were in their early 20s. I got out and said, ‘What is your problem?’” Slepski said.

All four African-American girls then called her names before getting physically violent.

“They yelled, ‘Shut up white [expletive].’ The other said, ‘Get that white [expletive],’” Slepski said.

Slepski said she tried to get back into her car but the girls grabbed her by the hair.

“The one punched me in the head and I was on a set of concrete steps and my head hit the concrete so hard,” said Slepski. “Then they all got on top of me and all their hands were in my hair. They kept telling each other to, ‘Kick her in the head. Kick her head in the concrete.’”

Writing at PJMedia, Christian Adams, who’s made a second career out of tracking Holder’s dedication to racial injustice, says Holder is no better than the old segregationists:

Well here’s an easy case Eric. It won’t be too hard to prove a violation of 18 USC 249 or 18 USC 245 in this context. No outrageous self-defense defenses here.

But like in all the other similar cases you refuse to prosecute, the victim here wasn’t one of “your people.” Ginger’s parents didn’t endure the sort of garbage that your wife’s parents did down south. So she isn’t entitled to equal protection of the law, right?

Make no mistake, Ginger isn’t the only victim who won’t get justice from Justice, just because of her race. Neither will the parents who were beaten at the Wisconsin State Fair. Nor will the parents in Ohio who saw thugs come on their lawn shouting racial slurs before they beat them.

In the United States, we like to say Justice is blind, holding all equal before the law. In Eric Holder’s America, however, Justice peaks out from under her blindfold to check your skin color, first.

RELATED: Adams has written an excellent book on Holder’s Department of Injustice.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Bubba Clinton: MLK, Jr. would be “pleased” today – but wouldn’t he also be troubled?

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The Politico reports on recent remarks made by our symbolic “first black President” Bill “Bubba” Clinton reflecting on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s March on Washington:

Reflecting on the 50th anniversary of the historic “I Have a Dream” speech, former President Bill Clinton said he believes Martin Luther King, Jr. would be “pleased that America is more diverse and not just a biracial country and that we seem to be doing all right with it.”

“He’d be pleased that there is more equal opportunity politically and an African-American had been elected president,” Clinton said in video provided to NBC’s “Meet the Press” by the Clinton Foundation. “He’d be pleased that African-Americans are competitive in Senate races and other major elections around the country. He’d pleased that America is more diverse and not just a biracial country and that we seem to be doing all right with it.”

Calling it a “poetic and powerful and beautiful and wise” speech, Clinton noted that he doesn’t think the “fundamental meaning of the speech has changed at all.” But, he added, “the meaning has changed for me mostly in realizing that it has a global message.”

(PHOTOS: Scenes from the March on Washington)

“If you look all around the world, the people that are embracing diversity and the idea that every person should have an equal chance to develop his or her God-given abilities to live his or her best life story, wherever that happens, people are doing well,” Clinton said.

MLK, Jr. probably would be “pleased” today at the progress Clinton talks about, that we have a black President, and that there is less racism in America now than there was during his time and it is undeniable that advancements in the black community have been made. But I think it’s also on the mark to assert he’d be deeply troubled by a few things: First, the disgusting tactic by the left to frame all criticism of prominent black figures as being based on nothing more than racism. Equally troubling are the problems disproportionately plaguing the black community right here in America, problems that weren’t “epidemics” back during the day of MLK, Jr. but that most definitely are now thanks to decades of Democrat “feel good” policies that, on the surface, were promoted by “Great Society” proponents like President LBJ as  “helpful to the  poor” but in reality were designed to buy the votes of vulnerable minorities during volatile times – including black people – and the result was a whole new kind of enslavement for poor whites and blacks alike: to Uncle Sam.

What would MLK, Jr. think of the following statistics?

We’ve come a long way in America on race, but we still have a long way to go. Until the left can get beyond yelling “racism” every time one of their pet “minority” policy ideas is (rightly) criticized for bringing more harm than good to the American people, and until we as a society can advance beyond the victimhood mentality Democrats still opportunistically and shamelessly promote in order to stay in power, the black community will continue to struggle at a disproportionate rate. And if you’re a black liberal/Democrat reading this who believes white conservatives shouldn’t be allowed to have a voice at the table on this issue, just remember that we are all in this together, that we all benefit from more people growing up to be free, productive members of society, so we should all be allowed input in the national conversation on race.  Remember: MLK, Jr. said to stop judging people based on the color of their skin, and instead do so by the content of their character.  Now is a good a time as any for those who haven’t taken that advice to start.

Links:

MLK, Jr.

”I have a dream …” 8/28/1963

Stupidity on steroids: Missouri NAACP prez says Obama rodeo clown act = “hate crime”

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Good grief:

The head of the Missouri Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said Thursday that a rodeo clown who donned a mask of President Obama at the Missouri State Fair had committed a hate crime.

“I think that a hate crime has occurred,” Mary Ratliff told KXNT Radio in Las Vegas on Thursday. “I think a hate crime occurs when you use a person’s race to depict who they are and to make degrading comments, gestures, et cetera, against them.”

The rodeo clown donned the Obama mask before being chased around by bulls in a pen, according to reports. The clown was introduced by an announcer who asked the audience if they wanted to see “Obama run down by a bull.” The Missouri State Fair on Monday barred the clown from performing at the fair.

Ratliff said that her organization is asking the Department of Justice to conduct an investigation into the incident, adding that it is an “outrage” that taxpayer dollars were used to disrespect the president.

“We are taxpayers in the state of Missouri,” Ratliff said. “And when taxpayer money is utilized to discredit and be disrespectful to our president, whether he be black, white, Hispanic, Latina… it is an outrage.”

Ratliff has also asked the Secret Service to investigate the incident.

You have got to be freaking kidding me.  Poking fun at the President of the United States is a “hate crime” worthy of DOJ/Secret Service “investigation” because he happens to be black? Is this fascist w/ the Missouri state NAACP aware of the hundreds, if not thousands, of times some variation of the form of President Bush was “disrespected” by anti-war protesters and the like during his 8 years as President and  that no figure of prominence on the right ever called for the powers that be to “investigate” for “hate crimes” violations on the basis of “race”? Furthermore, even if a “joke” of this nature could be considered in poor taste, does it REALLY rise to the level of a “hate crime”??

They told me that if I voted for Mitt Romney that  dissent would no longer be patriotic, and they were right! *Shaking my head. *

PS: Loved Rep. Steve King’s response to this:


Heh.

Dissent is patriotic

… but only if you’re a Democrat.

Props to @DonLemonCNN regarding his contributions to the national convo on race

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Keep calmIn the days and weeks following the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, many pundits, politicos, and average Joe and Jane Americans were calling for the national dialogue on race we’ve needed to have for a long time but can’t thanks to lifetime race hustlers like Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and their race-baiting  fellow Democrats in local, state, and national political office who have a vested interest in keeping the racial pot stirred in their favor.   This has been tried before – after the OJ verdict, after the Cambridge police “acted stupidly” incident (remember the “Beer Summit”?), and many other times where issues that seemingly  have a racial angle are advanced onto the national stage. And each time, the national conversation withers thanks to the Usual Suspects who have been allowed for decades to discount voices they find “insufficiently sympathetic” to the black community. Translation: If you’re not prone to bowing down to the conventional wisdom/accepted ‘facts’ about the black community as expressed by the Reverends and other hypocritical race pimps – that all of the problems in the black community are the fault of white oppression – then you are a racist, a denier, and if you are black, you’re an “Uncle Tom.”

One of the more prominent voices to respond to the varying calls for a “national dialogue” on race after the Zimmerman verdict was Fox News’ evening talkster Bill O’Reilly, who in late July served up some politically incorrect truths about black crime and culture.  In response, the  typical “raaaacist!!” chants kicked into high gear, because Bill  O. is a white conservative, you see, and we’re part of the “excluded class” who aren’t allowed to have a voice at this table on this issue because we’re all allegedly seething racists or whatever.  Someone who didn’t condemn Bill O., however, was CNN anchor Don Lemon, who provided commentary of his own on the matter, and who stated O’Reilly “didn’t go far enough” to address the issue.

In response to Lemon’s – who is black – candid remarks on the subject, a barrage of vile hate swung in his direction, mostly from the black community  – including self-important twits like  pundits Goldie Taylor, Toure, and others.   As we’ve seen all too often before, when a black person (liberal or conservative) dares to agree with a white conservative to any significant degree on sensitive matters involving race, they, too, are shoved into a corner, with their opinions disregarded as “Uncle Tom-ish” and the like.  Lemon, undeterred, continued on with his stance in spite of the predictable opposition to what he said, which drew the attention of race pimp and rap mogul Russell Simmons, who smeared Lemon in a both an open letter and Twitter rant.  In one of his tweets, Simmons called Lemon a “slave” (Simmons later took it back).

Lemon, in turn, responded to Simmons and other critics over the weekend, taking the high road where Simmons and others would not.   The video of Lemon’s remarks is below. It’s about five minutes, but well-worth watching:

Here are some excerpts of Lemon’s comments (via the RCP link above – bolded emphasis added by me):

You [Simmons] also write, I can’t accept that you would single out black teenagers as the cause of their own demise because they don’t speak the King’s English or where belts around their waist bands.

That really makes me question whether you even watch the segment or even wrote the letter yourself because I never blamed anyone for their own demise. I never pinned it on any teenagers, on anybody. Nor did I mention the King’s English. I did, however, mention the “n” word.

You also wrote, young people sagging their pants today is no different than young people rocking afros or platform shoes in the ’60s and ’70s.

Russell, afros came out of the struggle of the after American civil rights movement. The dashiki is a traditional form of African dress.

Sagging, Russell, the hip hop community which you helped established, dropped the G on the word so that spelled backwards the word reads n- i-g-g-a-s. It came from Riker’s island in New York, one of the largest attention centers in the U.S. It was originally called wearing your pants Riker’s style.

When you went in you turned in your belt, your shoe laces, and the only shirt the jail provided was a white double XXL-shirt. Are you equating dressing like a criminal to African pride? Are you saying it is OK to perpetuate the negative stereotype of young, black men as convicts, criminals, prisoners? How does that enhance their lives or society as a whole?

I do give you, Russell Simmons, and some of the hip hop and rap community credit for trying to clean up your act. Some like J. Cole and Kanye West are now rapping about social issues like the prison industrial complex. More of that, please. We welcome that. Everyone does. But you’re not off the hook.

Amen. Make sure to read the whole thing, and if you’re on Twitter, please show support to Don Lemon by tweeting to him to keep strong through all this. Most public figures who call for a national dialogue on race are usually posturing and don’t really mean it. It’s clear Lemon does, and he deserves our encouragement to stand firm in the face of much dirt and mud being flung in his direction by people whose livelihoods depend on maintaining our current racial divisions. And we, too, can add to the discussion by not only offering constructive debate, suggestions, and criticisms, but also by LISTENING and REACHING OUT.  We should do this – MUST do this – in spite of the naysayers who demand we, along with Don Lemon, sit down and shut up while they continue to profit from the suffering in poorer black communities.

Stand. And be heard!

CNN's Don Lemon

I stand with Don.

Unhinged Democrat Rangel: Tea Party like Old South racists, GOP worse than terrorists

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Disgusting – but not surprising he’d say this kind of garbage (hat tip):

There is little question that Rangel is nearing the end. First elected 43 years ago, after having defeated the man whose name adorns the building where the congressman keeps his office, he is musing aloud now about what he once forbade anyone to discuss with him: his own retirement.

But even at 83, dressed in a blue bow tie and crisp gray suit, Rangel is relentless toward those who he feels are slowing the forces of progress.

House Republicans? Have done more damage to American competitiveness than al Qaeda ever could. “What is happening is sabotage. Terrorists couldn’t do a better job than the Republicans are doing.”

The Tea Party? Defeat them the same way segregation was beaten. “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused America to say enough is enough. ‘I don’t want to see it and I am not a part of it.’ What the hell! If you have to bomb little kids and send dogs out against human beings, give me a break.”

Yes, it is possible for even the most unhinged Democrats to become even MORE unhinged.  Would someone please remind this tax cheating windbag that Old South racists who opposed civil rights were DEMOCRATS? Thank you.

Will Obama condemn Rangel in the spirit of his 2 and a half year old call for a “New Tone” in political dialogue? Don’t count on it.  Civility rules only apply to  Republicans and others who oppose the Obama brand of fascism.

Rangel relaxes

Hardworking House Rep. Charlie Rangel [D-NY] naps at his ‘tax-free’ Dominican Republic hideaway. Photo via Splash News/Daily Beast

This Happened: Huffington Post magazine cover photoshops a hoodie onto MLK

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The popular far left website has a print edition as well, and this is this week’s cover:

Huffington Post

This week’s print edition of the Huffington Post.

From the site:

In this week’s issue, against the backdrop of the Trayvon Martin case, the decision weakening the Voting Rights Act, and Detroit’s bankruptcy, Howard Fineman looks at how far we still are from true equality for African-Americans.

We hear from many leaders in the black community, including Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings, who, as Howard puts it, “has lived and seen the best — and the worst — of what this country means, offers and does to a black man.” Rep. Cummings takes us from his experiences of childhood racism in South Baltimore all the way to his mother’s recent encounter with the first black president (“She called him ‘son’!”). It’s a story that reflects just how far America has come, but also how far we have to go.

Fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and declared that African-Americans were “still not free,” Howard cites devastating statistics on everything from healthcare and education to poverty and incarceration rates. As Rev. Jesse Jackson puts it, “We have LeBron. We have Jay Z. We have Barack Obama. But that is not a random sample. What matters is the undercurrent, and it’s pulling our people down.”

Asked what Dr. King would think if he were alive today, Rev. Jackson postulates, “he would say that we are freer but less equal.”

Don’t you love the race-baiting from the Huffington Post? The ruling on Voter ID was a “setback” for black people, they insinuate, even though the part of the law struck down will not impact one iota the right of ANY American to vote.  And George Zimmerman not being found guilty of “murdering” Trayvon Martin was another, even though ALL evidence pointed to Zimmerman’s claim of self defense.  Detroit’s bankruptcy declaration? Forget blaming big government and the cycle of dependency that disproportionately affects the black community.

The icing on top of the cake, besides the deliberately inflammatory hoodie photo, is having the one of the kings of race-baiting in America – the  Rev. Jesse “Hymietown” Jackson – quoted as an authority on what Dr. King would say if he were alive today.  I personally believe that if King were alive today that the likes of Jackson and Sharpton would  deeply embarrass him, but I’m probably not supposed to say that because I’m white.

In any event, yes we still have a ways to go to get beyond racism in America.  Some of that is indeed due to lingering racism from some whites towards blacks, and vice versa, but the primary reason we can’t move forward in this issue is because race-hustlers like Jackson and Sharpton and their enablers like the President himself and his Attorney General don’t want us to move forward.  Having honest and frank discussions about race in this country, talking about how liberal “Great Society” programs  have had a disastrous long-lasting effects on what was once a thriving black community, the ongoing negative impact of the 60s feminist movement’s push to make fathers irrelevant in a child’s life, and how race pimps like the Reverends – among others – do more harm than good with their outrageous rhetoric, is not something elitist liberals want to talk about.  Because once we do, and more people start to see the light, the less number of people will view themselves as “victims” in need of government “help”, and then the Democrat party walls will come crashing down.

“Forward”? Nope, not on this issue. Not for liberals.   Shameful.