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2012 Year End

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - 2012 Year End Talking about change is always a good way to look at the end of one thing and the beginning of another. As far as change goes, 2012 has had more than its fair change, both nationally and locally. Locally, things have changed politically and, likewise, change is on the agenda for 2012, as a result of some events that happened in 2012. Then there are things that seemed to have changed but, in reality, they have remained the same.

On the political front, locally, the loss of 44th District Assemblyman Anthony Portantino was hailed with parties and accolades for his dedication to his District. Less stated, and yet of no less concern, is the nervous anticipation as to what will happen next in the District. Under Portantino, the District has seen African American concerns included in receiving a fair share of attention from staff positions to programs where African Americans have been recognized for their contributions to the community.

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Make This a Special Christmas

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Christmas season reminders to invest in others...Again we reach the time of the year that we celebrate the birth of Jesus with all of its gift-giving and spreading of cheer. This year, the anticipated Christmas joy has been shattered by the killing in Connecticut of 20 children and six adults by a lone gunman with a gun that shoots multiple bullets.

People are pointing out that there will be children's beds that are empty, gifts under the tree that will be left unopened, and empty chairs at the Christmas table. On the other side, people are being encouraged to hug their children a little tighter and tell them they love them. I would add that we all need to evaluate the relationship with our children and, indeed, our loved ones of all ages.

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On the Road Along Freedom’s Highway, Watch Out for Snakes!

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Snakes along Freedom's HighwayBlack America has fought hard and long to travel freedom's road from slave ship and slave house, to the drawing rooms of corporate power, to America's White House. Along freedom's highway, Black African slaves picked up victories over oppression, and other passengers who had been discriminated against often became the victims of those they saved.

Programs and movements with names like Abolition preceded Emancipation, Freedom and Civil Rights. A Civil Rights program designed to create equality and redeem Blacks, called Affirmative-Action, gave rights to Blacks who had suffered so-called legal discrimination, Jim Crow Laws, and unthinkable humiliation, intimidation, and just plain unfair treatment. This was the circumstance of enslaved Black people in America. Black females suffered the additional indignities of rape by their captors and slave owners.

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Poverty, Pain and Disunity, by Design: Heroes Needed

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Heroes needed . . . to make the changes we needWatching the 2012 CNN special on "Heroes" brought to mind the changes we are seeing in America and provides some answers to where we are headed if we keep following the pattern set by the Tea Party. CNN presents the annual program, emceed by Anderson Cooper, of portraits of people fighting poverty, pain, and disunity across the world.

The program demonstrates what happens when government takes (tax) money from the people but doesn't use it to take care of its people, i.e. no medical treatment for the poor, no schools for the poor, especially for girls, the boys trade their school books for street life, ignorance of basic information like knowing how to swim can create a vulnerability to death by drowning, and drowning in a sea of ignorance because the young can't read.

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Don’t Be Stupid Enough to Believe Everything You Hear!

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - double standards in politics believing what you hear2012 has been a year for the history books and, for me, a year of learning about people who never cease to amaze me. The most amazing thing is that I can't believe how stupid so many people can be by believing almost everything they hear.

The mass number of Americans who listened to the Tea Party believed that President Obama would actually implement legislation to take people's guns away from them and that the affordable health care bill (known as Obama Care) was something that will destroy America. If they read it, they will discover that it will make health care more affordable for them and all Americans. It's in the title (stupid) i.e., Affordable Health Care. It's kind of like the title of a game called, basketball which describes a basket and a ball. That's simple enough.

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