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« on: December 01, 2006, 01:43:38 AM »
On Monday, December 4, 2006, the NAACP and community activists from across the nation will rally at the U.S. Supreme Court as opening oral arguments are heard in two lawsuits in which the petitioners seek to have the Court bar race conscious measures used by the school districts to promote racial integration and equal opportunity. The ruling in these cases, Meredith v. Jefferson County Public Schools and Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District, will determine whether the race-conscious measures challenged in these two school districts pass constitutional analysis.
The NAACP will join a broad spectrum of organizations and individuals for the December 4th rally which will take place from 9:00am to noon. Additional information can be found on our website, http://www.naacp.org
If you are interested in organizing students from your college or university or individuals in your local community, to attend the rally on December 4th, please contact:
Stefanie L. Brown
NAACP Youth & College Division
Securing justice and equality has always been the primary focus of the NAACP. It is critical that we work together to ensure that equality and public school integration remain valued components of safeguarding American democracy. As a nation, we decided long ago that separate is inherently unequal. We cannot turn back now!
We appreciate your support in this fight to defend social justice in America.
** NOTE: The only official NAACP involvement on Dec. 4 is the rally at the Supreme Court. Any subsequent marches and/or rallies on Dec. 4 have not been sanctioned by the Association.
« on: April 04, 2006, 12:19:47 AM »
FYI This thread is locked and I'm not discussing this matter further.. any subsequent threads or posts about it or slandering me will be ignored....if you have questions PM me...
Some of you guys may have wondered why I've been MIA for the past week or so... aside from taking a break from the board and focusing on some of the issues that we're dealing with as a black community I've found myself getting caught up in a mini drama
that began with the question "have you been forthright about living in New York?"
To make a long story short a couple of weeks ago some posts were made to call Muse out because people got tired.... I did not make that post and I have never "called her out" or anyone else for that matter on this board... after getting tired of wondering "is this true is that true" I just said forget it..asked her and felt at the end that she wasn't being honest... I could be wrong but I really don't care at this point as I feel that I shouldn't have to question something especially as trivial as one's location... so I proceeded to sever all contact after that and I'm assuming that the wonderful "ego"
was bruised because of this... the sad thing is I never broke her damn "confidences" regardless of the things that have been said about other people and certain personal information that has been shared about one individual on the board that I should not know as I've never had a conversation with him...
now two weeks later I'm being accused of creating fake screennames..contacting her friends and exes and all of this other crazy ish that's going on in her head...NONE OF THAT *&^% HAPPENED AT LEAST NOT BY ME
.. I have no time for that foolishness.. and I went to her directly with that question mentioned above... to add insult to injury she's created a blog full of slander and lies about me which I will direct you guys to as I just want you to see what she's capable of.... http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=24468368&blogID=102980784&MyToken=8a815d5e-fdc4-4a1a-b728-aadeb17cf5cf
I've never hidden the fact that I have cancer..nor have I hidden the fact that my mother is deceased.. I think it's very interesting that she would turn that back on me and made a complete mockery of my illness and the death of my mother....
it's also interesting that this creature would call someone from this board and conspire to create vicious lies and ad hominem attacks on me all the while including an innocent or not so innocent bystander and having them question my character because of her... it's a damn shame...but at the end of the day....my head is still held high and unbowed... I have nothing to be ashamed of and at the bottom line is that all I've tried to do on this board and off of it is be true to myself and help people achieve their goals and form bonds....
lying about my name...alleged pictures... my living and work situation caused me no harm... and if some doctored up IMs are posted as a result of this or another slanderous post...believe me I will not be surprised... way to aspire to be Christlike Muse... that is all...
« on: March 10, 2006, 11:48:29 AM »
This morning the Donnie Simpson show's guest was Lt. Governor Steele. Lt.Steele highlighted a Maryland housing program that provides 10K for downpayment assistance. He stated that for the month of March they are doubling it to 20K for downpayment and settlement assistance. I reviewed the website and the certificate is posted however it states 10K and not 20K. I'm thinking that it hasn't been updated. However if you're looking to buy in the DC Metro Area specifically Maryland I can help you
and this 10-20k downpayment program is definitely a way to come with less cash out of pocket to the table. http://www.dhcd.state.md.us/Website/programs/cdammp/intro_flash.html
« on: March 06, 2006, 09:41:08 AM »
here's more info on that Black/White show coming on tomorrow...
To Black Family on ‘Black.White.,’ the Show is ‘America’s Mirror Check’
When Brian and Renee Sparks, a black couple from Atlanta, were offered a starring role in a documentary examining race relations, they jumped at the chance, fully believing it would allow them to explore what life is like living in someone else’s skin.
Through “Black.White.,” a six-part series premiering tomorrow on the FX Network, the Sparkses and their teenage son, Nicholas, are virtually transformed into suburban white Americans. Producers of the show, which include actor and rapper Ice Cube, left no detail untouched, having the family undergo extensive make-up, training with dialect coaches and even placing them in a southern California home for six weeks with a white family that would live their lives as blacks.
For Renee, a 38-year-old dental office manager, the project seemed like an exciting way to see firsthand how different life is for blacks and whites in modern day America. But she admits she had no idea how much of a toll the undercover assignment would take on her emotionally.
“To be a fly on the wall to see what white people may say when we’re not in the room just sounded so neat,” Renee told BlackAmericaWeb.com. “Going into the project, I didn’t think it was going to be a very hard or frustrating experience. But for me, it was very hard, and I wanted to quit throughout the project.”
Those moments of frustration included Carmen Wurgel, Renee’s white counterpart, wanting to buy a dashiki to wear to church, calling a young dark-skinned woman a “beautiful black creature” and gleefully using the b-word during an exercise, explaining that she felt it was a common way black women greeted one another.
“The difficult part for me was dealing with the family,” Renee said, adding that dealing with Carmen’s husband, Bruno, was often as exasperating as her interactions with Carmen. Like so many black women appearing in reality TV shows, Renee had no problems expressing her feelings, especially when Bruno or Carmen’s words or actions would push her buttons.
“It wasn’t really my character to yell at her, but certain things she would say or do would make me,” Renee said, reflecting on a time when, in black makeup, Carmen went to a hair salon with Renee and was moved to ask a black woman if she could touch her hair.
“I just wanted to say to her, ‘I can’t believe you’re forty-something and this ignorant,’” Renee said. “(Her actions) really blew me away because she really thought there was nothing wrong with what she was doing.”
Some more amusing moments of the series have Bruno and Carmen, in black makeup, attending a church service in Los Angeles’ Crenshaw area. Brian and Renee look in awe as Bruno and Carmen clap, shout and sway right along with the black congregation. Bruno, who’s seen "raising the roof" a few times, later says he was caught up in the service, which he likens to both a “show” and “pep rally.”
There were times, though, in which a light bulb did go off for Carmen and Bruno’s 17-year-old daughter, Rose, Renee said, pointing to a part of the documentary that shows Rose trying to apply for a job as a black teenager. Despite a sign indicating a job opening, Rose is told by the store manager that she isn’t sure of any openings. The sales manager then struggles to find a job application for Rose, who is obviously pained by the act many of her black peers might shrug off as a normal occurrence.
Oftentimes equally as frustrated as his wife, Brian left the project with a different mindset. The 41-year-old computer technician said he hopes the actions of the Wurgels make people, both black and white, see that there is still some work to be done in terms of race relations.
“It was a good project overall, something that America really needs to see,” Brian told BlackAmericaWeb.com. It was he who stumbled across the application for the show while surfing the Internet one day. After an initial interview, Brian and Renee found out what the premise of the show would be and decided to go for it.
“Whites always want to know blacks are thinking and vice versa, so I thought this was my chance to see,” said Brian, who was pleasantly surprised at the service white men get when shopping. One of his outings as a white man had Brian go to a golf shop. While there, the salesman sat Brian down, removed his shoes and placed a pair of golf shoes on his feet. It was the first time he had ever had such treatment, Brian said.
But everything wasn’t always rosy. While working as a bartender in the Santa Monica neighborhood in which he lived during the project, a white patron explained to “white” Brian how the community was “one of the last bastions” left unaffected by immigration, a community that was safe to raise a family.
Brian knows such a stinging, yet honest dialogue would never have happened if the man knew he was black. It was one of many moments that can serve as life lessons for everyone, Brian said.
“I hope (viewers) get the message that, when you meet everyone, meet them with an open mind and closed eyes instead of meeting them with a closed mind and open eyes,” Brian said, who, along with his family and the Wurgels, has appeared on everything from "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to “Good Morning America” to promote the show. “It’s time for America to get a mirror check.”
Whether or not viewers get the message is debatable. Patricia Dixon, Ph.D., an associate professor of African-American Studies at Georgia State University, said it has the possibility to leave an impression on some.
“It’s going to be like reality TV, and people kind of tune into that kind of stuff,” Dixon told BlackAmericaWeb.com. “I think it can tell us certain things about race relations, but as black people, there are things we already know. For over 300 years, we’ve been trying to say how we’ve been affected and it’s ultimately fallen on deaf ears.”
There have been countless studies, articles and discussions that have addressed race relations, Dixon said, but the fact that “Black.White” will be a six-part series may offer people an opportunity to take in all that is presented and possibly change a few minds. However, for many people, opinions on race and society have been made over generations and will not change over a six-week story arc.
“White people are privileged by their skin color and unless people have firsthand experience of what it’s like not to be privileged, than they don’t understand,” Dixon said.
Jules Harrell, Ph.D., interim chair of Howard University’s Psychology Department, agreed.
“There’s so much that you just can’t change (in terms of race). This show’s premise doesn’t change the historical complex in which people find themselves,” Harrell told BlackAmericaWeb.com, adding that a six-week experiment can’t possibly erase all that a family has come to know about themselves and their ancestors over the years.
“The history of one’s family is part and parcel of what goes on in terms of how people function in the present,” Harrell said. “With 'Black Like Me' and this current project, white people may very well know that blacks are mistreated, and they may say it’s unfair, but they can also say that they have a way out.”
In fact, each participant did have a way out, daily removing the spray-painted on make-up, hair extensions and eye contacts that made them the opposite race. They would return to their shared home and recap what transpired throughout the course of the day. Sometimes, they would go out as their actual race to see how their made-up counterparts were treated. One day, Brian went shopping with “black” Bruno, who refused to see any how he was treated any differently in his new skin. When a salesman offered him help, Bruno saw it as good service while Brian saw it as the salesman sizing up “black” Bruno. While walking down the street, “black” Bruno says he was able to maintain eye contact with a white for three seconds, although Brian said the woman slightly clutched her bag as she passed the two men.
Bruno’s refusal to see even subtle racism is not unusual for many white Americans, Dixon said.
“Some are in denial, some are ignorant and just don’t know how much (discrimination) impacts us,” Dixon said, adding that many who do understand the injustices of racism sometimes choose to ignore our cries for equality.
“They have their own issues and things they have to deal with. It’s almost like they’re tired of hearing us whine,” Dixon said.
“I think the ones that truly get something out of it and take it for what it’s worth will see that America is different than what it’s perceived,” Brian said, adding that he and his wife believe that Carmen and Bruno left the experiment not truly recognizing the hidden racism that many blacks face on a daily basis.
“The ones that see things through the eyes of Bruno will probably never get it or never approach me to have a real conversation about race,” Brian said. “I really don’t care if everyone in America loves me or hates me. I just want them to talk about the show and talk about race. If that happens, then my job is done.”
« on: February 21, 2006, 06:13:05 PM »
"Malcolm was our manhood, our living, black manhood!
This was his meaning to his people. And, in honoring him,
we honor the best in ourselves,"
Ossie Davis at Malcolm X's funeral in 1965
Today February 21st,41 years ago the man who has impacted and influenced me more than any other person El Hajj Malik El Shabazz better known as Malcolm X was assassinated at the Audubon ballroom while delivering a speech in Harlem,New York.
He was the one who brought me to Islam through his Autobiography.."the Autobiography Of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley".Malcolm was a man of great courage and insight. A Spellbinding orator and a champion of human rights for African Americans. Malcolm is someone that needs to be remembered,studied and emulated.
Malcolm on Islam
"The yardstick that is used by the Muslim to measure another man is not the man's color but the man's deeds, the man's conscious behavior, the man's intentions. And when you use that as a standard of measurement or judgment, you never go wrong....But when you just judge a man because of the color of his skin, then you're committing a crime, because that's the worst kind of judgment...The Muslim religion has eliminated all tendencies to judge a man according to the color of his skin, but rather the judgment is based upon his deeds."
"True Islam taught me that it takes all of the religious, political, economic, psychological, and racial ingredients, or characteristics, to make the Human Family and the Human Society complete."
Malcolm on Palestine
"The zionist argument to justify Israel's present occupation of Arab Palestine has no intelligent or legal basis in history."
Malcolm on Education
"Without education, you're not going anywhere in this world...Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today."
Malcolm on power
" Actually the only thing power respects is power. Whenever you find a man who's in a position to show power against power then that man is respected. But you can take a man who has power and love him all the rest of your life, nonviolently and forgivingly and all the rest of those ofttime things, and you won't get anything out of it."
Malcolm on African American objectives
"Our people have made the mistake of confusing the methods with the objectives. As long as we agree on objectives, we should never fall out with each other just because we believe in different methods, or tactics, or strategy. We have to keep in mind at all times that we are not fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as free humans in this society."
"We black men have a hard enough time in our own struggle for justice, and already have enough enemies as it is, to make the drastic mistake of attacking each other and adding more weight to an already unbearable load."
"I for one believe that if you give people a thorough understanding of what confronts them and the basic causes that produce it, they'll create their own program, and when the people create a program, you get action."
Malcolm on Non-violence
" We get tricked into being nonviolent, and when somebody stands up and talks like I just did, they say, "Why, he's advocating violence!" Isn't that what they say? Every time you pick up your newspaper, you see where one of these things has written into it that I'm advocating violence. I have never advocated any violence. I've only said that Black people who are the victims of organized violence perpetrated upon us by the Klan, the Citizens' Council, and many other forms, we should defend ourselves. And when I say that we should defend ourselves against the violence of others, they use their press skillfully to make the world think that I'm calling on violence, period. I wouldn't call on anybody to be violent without a cause. But I think the Black man in this country, above and beyond people all over the world, will be more justified when he stands up and starts to protect himself, no matter how many necks he has to break and heads he has to crack....Brothers and sisters, if you and I would just realize that once we learn to talk the language that they understand, they will then get the point. You can't ever reach a man if you don't speak his language. If a man speaks the language of brute force, you can't come to him with peace. Why, good night! He'll break you in two, as he has been doing all along.....You have to find out what does this man speak. And once you know his language, learn how to speak his language, and he'll get the point. There'll be some dialogue, some communication, and some understanding will be developed."
"It doesn't mean that I advocate violence, but at the same time, I am not against using violence in self-defense. I don't call it violence when it's self-defense, I call it intelligence."
Malcolm on thinking for one'self
"Also I am very pleased to see so many who have come out to always see for yourself, where you can hear for yourself, and then think for yourself. Then you'll be in a better position to make an intelligent judgment for yourself. But if you form the habit of listening to what others say about something or some one or reading what someone else has written about someone, somebody can confuse you and misuse you. So as Afro-Americans or Black people here in the Western Hemisphere, you and I have to learn to weigh things for ourselves. No matter what the man says, you better look into it."
"When you begin to start thinking for yourself, you frighten them, and they try and block your getting to the public, for fear that if the public listens to you, then the public won't listen to them anymore. And they've got certain Negroes whom they have to keep blowing up in the papers to make them look like leaders. So that the people will keep on following them, no matter how many knocks they get on their heads following him. This is how the man does it"
Malcom on capitalism
"It is impossible for capitalism to survive, primarily because the system of capitalism needs some blood to suck. Capitalism used to be like an eagle, but now it's more like a vulture. It used to be strong enough to go and suck anybody's blood whether they were strong or not. But now it has become more cowardly, like the vulture, and it can only suck the blood of the helpless. As the nations of the world free themselves, the capitalism has less victims, less to suck, and it becomes weaker and weaker. It's only a matter of time in my opinion before it will collapse completely."
Malcolm on America
But despite the fact that I saw that Islam was a religion of brotherhood, I also had to face reality. And when I got back into this American society, I'm not in a society that practices brotherhood. I'm in a society that might preach it on Sunday, but they don't practice it on no day -- on any day. And so, since I could see that America itself is a society where there is no brotherhood and that this society is controlled primarily by racists and segregationists -- and it is -- who are in Washington, D.C., in positions of power. And from Washington, D.C., they exercise the same forms of brutal oppression against dark-skinned people in South and North Vietnam, or in the Congo, or in Cuba, or in any other place on this earth where they're trying to exploit and oppress. This is a society whose government doesn't hesitate to inflict the most brutal form of punishment and oppression upon dark-skinned people all over the world."
"Just because you're in this country doesn't make you an American. No, you've got to go farther than that before you can become an American. You've got to enjoy the fruits of Americanism. You haven't enjoyed those fruits. You've enjoyed the thorns. You've enjoyed the thistles. But you have not enjoyed the fruits, no sir. You have fought harder for the fruits than the white man has. You have worked harder for the fruits than the white man has, but you've enjoyed less. "
« on: February 09, 2006, 09:06:00 PM »
The Equal Justice Society (“EJS”) is a national organization that gives voice to all those who reach for racial and social justice. Using a three-prong strategy of law and public policy, convening and communication, EJS seeks to restore racial issues to the national consciousness, build effective progressive alliances and create a discourse on the positive role of government. Our more than 3,000 supporters throughout the country include advocates, attorneys, jurists, scholars, social scientists and communicators. For more information on EJS, visit www.equaljusticesociety.org
Positions: Public Policy Intern, Law Clerk, Communications Intern
EJS has positions available for 2006 SPRING and SUMMER SEMESTERS. The positions are open to law, public policy, journalism and other graduate students. Interns and clerks participate in developing projects that address civil rights and liberties, the role of government in American society, affirmative action, and judicial nominations through advocacy, policy initiatives, coalition networks, media and public education.
Location: San Francisco, California
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SPRING 2006 – DECEMBER 20, 2005
SUMMER 2006 – APRIL 17, 2006
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OR mail hard copies to:
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Applications must be received in the office, not postmarked, by the dates listed above.http://www.equaljusticesociety.org/jobs.html
« on: February 01, 2006, 09:49:31 AM »
This is a good read..hope you guys take the time to read the article and respond..blkhttp://www.law.harvard.edu/programs/plp/PDFs/Projects_MilesToGo.pdf
Since 1998, the Program on the Legal Profession has collaborated with the American Bar Association’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity to focus attention on diversity issues in the legal profession. The ABA Commission was created in 1986 to promote the "full and equal participation" of minorities in the legal profession. As part of this effort, the Commission serves as a clearinghouse for data regarding the status of minorities in the profession. The primary vehicle for conveying this data is a Report entitled Miles to Go: Progress of Minorities in the Legal Profession, which has been published in 1998, 2000, and 2004. Professor Elizabeth Chambliss, who served as PLP’s Research Director from 1999 until 2003 and is now a Professor of Law at New York Law School, is the principle author of these Reports. Miles to Go plays a critical role in assessing the profession's progress toward "full and equal" racial integration. Among the principle findings in the Report issued in 2004 are: 1. . Minority representation in the legal profession is significantly lower than in most other professions. - Total minority representation among lawyers is about 9.7 percent, according to the 2000 U.S. Census, compared to 20.8 percent among accountants and auditors, 24.6 percent among physicians and surgeons, and 18.2 percent among college and university teachers. - Nationally, African Americans are the best represented minority group among lawyers (3.9 percent), followed by Hispanics (3.3 percent). The pace of African American entry into the profession has slowed in recent years, however, and currently is significantly slower than that of Hispanics or Asian Americans. Asian Americans are the fastest growing minority group in the profession.
2.Minority entry into the profession has slowed considerably since the1980s and mid- 1990s. - Total minority representation among law students has dropped for the past two years, from 20.6 percent in 2001-02 to 20.3 percent in 2003-04. - Most of the drop is due to a drop in the number and percentage of African American law students. Over the past two years, African American representation among law students has fallen from 7.4 to 6.6 percent, representing a twelve-year low. The percentage of Hispanic students also has dropped slightly, from 5.8 to 5.7 percent. 3. The initial employment of minority lawyers still differs significantly fromthat of whites. - Minorities are less likely than whites to have judicial clerkships after law school. Among 2003 law graduates, 9.4 percent of minorities had judicial clerkships, compared to 12.3 percent of whites. Clerkship rates are lowest among minority men (8.1 percent), Hispanics (6.5 percent) and Latinos (7.1 percent). - Overall, minorities are less. likely than whites to begin their careers in private practice, and more likely to start off in government and public interest jobs. Among 2003 law graduates, 53.3 percent of minorities entered private practice, compared to 60.5 percent of whites. - Historically, minority women in particular have been less likely than other groups to begin their careers in private practice, apparently due to the combined effects of gender and race. The gender difference among minorities has diminished over time, however, and in 2003, minority women entered private practice at a slightly higher rate than
« on: January 19, 2006, 02:33:24 PM »
Exciting Opportunity to intern in Washington, DC
Who: College undergraduates (including graduating seniors)
What: Congressional internship program where students work for Members of the Congressional Black Caucus.
When: CBCF must receive your application by Feb. 6, 2006
Program dates : May 28, 2006 - July 29, 2006
Where: Washington, DC where students are provided with housing and a stipend
Why: Join the next generation of leaders who will enter the halls of power to shape the country and the world
How: Visit http://www.cbcfinc.org
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« on: May 31, 2005, 02:12:30 PM »
After reading this quote.. If a beautiful woman (such as lexington) were making such comments, then I might care somewhat. However, that is not the case and I couldn't care less. Actually, it reminds me of a little black girl who would try to make fun of me when I was younger because I was light brown and I had longer, prettier, and straighter hair than she did....
I began to ponder.. is beauty limited to long "pretty" straight hair and lighter skin
slim to medium build?
Is a dark skinned woman unattractive?
or a woman that chooses to have natural hair?
or short hair?
Women/ men what is your definition of beauty??
do you think that the above quote perpetuates the very self hatred of blacks that we've discussed many times on this board?
« on: May 26, 2005, 11:33:28 AM »
let's see where this goes...