A Thanksgiving Message to President Obama

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Thanksgiving message to the presidentAn African American writer once wrote a parody of the Bible and in it he included proposed letters or epistles, as the apostle Paul wrote his letters to the Romans and to the Corinthians. One letter he wrote and called it, Get Thee Understanding. "Get thee understanding the scriptures will read without saying what understanding is. ... So I will tell you. Understanding is simply 'Individual Ability' to recognize the power, purpose, energy and results which lie behind everything that you see, hear smell and touch. If you seek to find exactly what lies behind all ideas, objects and inventions, past and present, expressed or unexpressed, then you will be seeking understanding. After all has been done and said taught, preached and written, the understanding which you have been seeking is nothing more than yourself..." The prayer around many tables this Thanksgiving Day will be for President Obama to gain understanding about what the Republicans and Tea Partiers are doing to him and this country.

Dear President Obama,

You may be the first Black man in America with the position and the power of the Presidency but you are not the first Black man with the power to change things. What you must understand is what white racists and racism will do to Black men with that kind of power.



Politics, Changing Policies and the Future for Black America

Black political news - commentary on politics, changing policies and the future for black AmericaJust in case you haven't heard, the Republicans are in control of the United States Congress. And while the President and the Senate are still Democratic, our world is about to change...again! The question for all of us is what the changes are and how will they affect each of us? The most important question is, are you ready?

The proposed changes showed up when a so-called bi-partisan committee put out a plan to cut U.S spending. The commission has proposed the following: on DOMESTIC SPENDING: freeze Federal salaries for three years; eliminate all earmarks (special projects); slow down giving foreign aid; and cut spending on commercial space flight (as if I was going on a trip to mars soon).

MILITARY SPENDING: reduce military procurement by 15% such as reducing jobs at places like Hughes Aircraft, Xerox, or anyplace that sells items to the government for space programs; freeze military pay for those who are not in combat for 3 years. (This does not seem to include military contractors or employees of places like Haliburton); reduce overseas military bases overseas by one third which would mean more government job losses.

On the subject of TAXES they propose to: limit or eliminate the mortgage interest deduction; tax employee health benefits; and raise gas tax by 15 cents a gallon. All of these are bad for poor and middle class folks. The rich will keep theirs because they don't get health benefits from their employer. They work for themselves.



Obama, What Manner of Man?

Black news - Commentary on Obama - What Manner of ManNow that the midterm elections are over everybody is talking about what the Democrats did wrong or what the Republicans and the Tea Party did right. And more than anything people are talking about what President Obama did wrong. At tables around the country people are serving up big helpings of roasted Obama with a side of fried Pelosi. These same people just a few months ago were praising the genius of this President as the antidote for the poison George Bush dishes served by Republican chefs that almost killed us all.

The fact is that like any goal, whether it is a ball game with two halves, a long distance race, a long term marriage, or just a life lived, there will be moments of ups and downs. Black Christians have a song written by one Reverend Paul Jones entitled. "I Won't Complain." As Black folks in America especially those of us over the age of sixty we have watched and we have experienced a lot of pain heaped on us because of the color of our skin. Sometimes we handled it with marches, we handled it with prayer, or Voodoo, and sometimes we handled it with trying to get even. We even shouted as we watched the epic movie Roots and learned of the inhumane treatment of our ancestors in slavery. We shared a smile and a "you go girl" as we watched the slave character, played by Leslie Uggams, spit in the rude white woman's glass of water in a revengeful eye for an eye moment.

Some African Americans have even used the Muhammad Ali Rope a Dope tactic in order to survive. Far too many of us have internalized the frustration and taken it out on ourselves or our loved ones in abusive ways. But in the end we have survived and as angry as we may get at President Barack Obama for a particular moment we need to believe that his hand is in God's hand and we will get through moments of defeat. Remember in this election, this defeat was just at half-time but we ended up ahead in that those of us who elected the democrat for President still have the President and we hold the Senate. It's merely halftime. The score is one for them and two for us. It's not quitting time or giving up time. Stand with our President. Advise him. Give him constructive criticism, but don't make him the main course in a destructive meal that could lead us back to eating the poison from the Bushes.



Being Hustled By the State NAACP President

Black news from Pasadena - commentary Black Press, elections, and State's NAACP PresidentI was collecting my notes to write how the statewide candidates for political office ignored the Black community and was prepared to talk about how Jerry Brown wanted the Black vote but was taking us for granted because he didn't buy advertisements in any of the state's Black-owned newspapers.

There are no Black-owned television stations in California yet, so newspapers are the media of choice for those wishing to reach the Black community. Then I saw a few articles in a couple of papers about how Jerry Brown had visited Black Churches in Los Angeles and Compton. But I was still miffed about why the Black Press was being ignored by the politicians running for statewide office and those campaigning for the Propositions.

As the former President of the West Coast Black Publishers and a member of the California Black Media, I called Vernon Whitmore, the new president of West Coast Black Publishers, and Hardy Brown, president of California Black Media, to inquire and neither had gotten any advertisements either, but the information that they led to one woman named, Alice Huffman.



Tea Party = Return to Legal Racial Discrimination

Black news - Commentary from Joe Hopkins, Publisher on Tea Party and Return to Legal Racial DiscriminationThe more I hear about the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party, the more surprised I am that the same America that overcame the discrimination of the pre Civil Rights Movement and the same America that elected it's first Black President less than two years ago is planning a return to pre Martin Luther King days and maybe worse. What am I to believe when I see in America where the following incidents are happening here, in 2010, thanks to the Tea Party?

Rand Paul, the Tea Party candidate for the United States Senate, admits that he would not vote for the 1964 Civil Rights Bill. He would vote against it primarily because he believes that if a White businessman wants to keep Blacks from eating in or trading in their restaurants or stores they should be able to keep them out simply because they are Black. This is not new. Many Republicans voted against the 1964 Civil Rights Bill in 1964 along with Arizona Senator and Republican Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. Needless to say southern Senators also voted against the bill. It was because of the passage of the Bill and the concurrent Southern strategy that President Lyndon Johnson did not return to run for President for a second term. The Southern strategy said all Whites should vote for the White leading candidate and let the Blacks vote for the Democrats.



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