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Celebrating Inequality and Making Money Out of Other People’s Misery

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Inequality and politics - Making money off other people's miseryThis week, we learned that our so-called political leaders want to send us back into war so we can spend the rest of the nation's economy with their billionaire corporate friends. This time, we may be fighting on the same side as Al Qaeda. The Congress wants to shut down the Food Stamps program but they would like to keep giving financial subsidies to already rich farmers, some of whom are Congressmen voting to stop the Food Stamps for the less than fortunate.

The states are passing laws to stop abortion so that they can stop the white population numbers decreasing in an effort to bring their numbers up with the darker immigrants who keep producing babies in growing numbers. There's nothing moral in their anti-abortion desperation. They will do anything to prevent being outnumbered or having another Black President get elected.

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Graduation - 2013

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Graduation 2013 and Miss Ruthie SpeaksIt's that time of year again when we try to find new ways to tell graduates congratulations on achieving their goal of getting over the education hurdle. Whether you are graduating from elementary school or are one of a new crop of barbers, plumbers, doctors, lawyers, teachers or preachers, the words are the same, "Congratulations on your accomplishment. You made it over."

Graduation is like a hurdle race. As soon as you've cleared one hurdle, you look up and there is another staring you in the face.

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Father's Day - A Time to Remember Past Ills and Plan

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Happy Father's Day to ancestral fathersIn a drawer at my home is a folded American flag, a pair of house slippers, an obituary and funeral service notice. That flag was given to my mother at my father's funeral services by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Local 3741, in Bakersfield, California. The flag represents the service my dad gave in World War II to protect this country from the racism of a guy named Hitler, and fascism from guys with names like Mussolini.

Like so many African American veterans, my father came home after helping to secure a victory from fascism and racism, only to face the same racism and fascism in America. Fascism was based on a theory that the state and private corporations should join together and cooperate for the good of the country. In other words, the corporations should control the state as corporate giants like the Koch Brothers control the Republican Party today. Some say that today's America, the Republican/Tea Party, are wholly owned subsidiaries of the corporations. Both Nazism and Fascism believed in the superiority of the White race and inferiority of Blacks and other darker skinned ethnic groups.

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Step Forward and Get Busy!

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Building New City - step forward and get busyA few weeks ago I complained about CHAPS having transformed their staff from integrated, under the former Director Wilma Allen, to over 90 percent Latino, under the current director Margie Martinez. In the article I also mentioned El Centro De Accion having no Black staff, even though they had recently received a grant to fight Black gang violence as well as Latino gang violence. In fact, the then Director Randy Ertill, had hired one African American but immediately fired him within 30 days and made no Black replacement. So I was pleased to see that Ertill resigned last week. We shall see if the new director is more inclusive.

We were all saddened by the recent passing of Versie Mae Richardson, the founder of AlKebulan, Pasadena's only African American Cultural Center. Hopefully, the dream of Richardson for an African American Cultural Center will somehow survive. We badly need it.

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Investing in Summertime Opportunities For Our Youth

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Summer opportunities for our youth tipsThe old song says, "It's summertime and the living is easy." So what are you going to do with the easy time? We all know another saying: "The idle mind is the devil's playground." I think the summer is a prime time for planning some constructive activities for young people to keep them busy and learning. Otherwise, trouble will find them and find something destructive for them to do.

As we contemplate our grandchildren's visit for a few weeks this summer, we are working feverishly to adjust our schedules and find something for the children to do. We thought the planning and juggling phase of our lives was over. It looked so easy for my parents when they took our sons to stay during the summer. That was a time when there was plenty for the young to do and, and my parents just included them into their daily routine. One son loved to get up early with my father and go to the café for breakfast where he went every morning and meet up with his buddies there. The other sons loved my mother standing at the stove cooking pancakes for as long as they would eat them. They loved going to the thrift shops with her, shopping to replenish her store. They also loved to explore around the house for treasures they would find upstairs, downstairs, in the garage, the garage apartment, or the basement. They would go to church with them on the weekend, where they would stay half the day and then eat lunch in the church hall.

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