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The Many Issues of Concern

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - on many issues of concern nationally, statewide, and locally you can do something aboutThere is so much going on that I am remembering the song, "What's Going On." On the national level, the re-election of Barack Obama as President of the United States, is the primary issue facing America. It's hard to believe that there are enough American people that hate having a Black man as president so much that they would subject America to a Mitt Romney presidency. Just because someone is White doesn't mean he is automatically right. The contrary is true also. We really don't need a narcissistic man who believes that we should live so the rich can get richer and the poor get poorer.

Do we really need a president so out of touch with the needs of American people that he would announce that he will get rid of Big Bird and close down Sesame Street? Sesame Street is still the largest classroom in America. My kids "attended" Sesame Street. At the same time, Romney admits he will promote tax and social policies that protect the giants on Wall Street. Worst of all, he is a liar. If I have to explain that, then America is in real trouble.

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Trouble Don't Last Always, Unless You Do Nothing!

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Republican Party voter scamThe world has been watching as America's Republican Party is working overtime to keep African Americans and others including the poor and disadvantaged from voting in the upcoming Presidential and Congressional elections. Then the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), Legal Defense Fund and other organizations with legal teams did something. They filed lawsuits based on evidence they discovered to stop the attack on citizens' right to vote.

Eventually, a few of the courts in states like Texas, Florida and Pennslyvania ruled that the voter restriction laws were unconstitutional and had to stop. And then, as if the hand of God laying back waiting for the right moment to step in, something amazing happened. On October 1, 2012 the Republicans fired the firm they had hired to register voters, by hook or by crook.

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Escape to Your Independence

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Modern Jim Crow examples - escape to independenceA few weeks ago my oldest granddaughter asked me for examples of modern silent forms of Jim Crow. I gave a few examples like the discrimination in employment that still happens quietly. I directed her to Isabel Wilkerson's book, "THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS", and Michele Norris' book, "THE GRACE OF SILENCE." These books are about the great migration that tell the story of how and why Black Americans left the south. These books tell us how Blacks headed for points west like California and New York to escape the blatant racism of the south.

What they discovered was arguably better, but, in fact, was just a new type of racism and Jim Crow. This new brand of racism had no sheets but covered itself in housing covenants that discriminated based on race, school segregation that saved the best schools for white kids, and Friday night lynching of Black men and rape of Black women for sport by hooded Klansmen.

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Those Who are Blocking the Schoolhouse Doors are the Same Ones Blocking Jobs and the Ballot Box

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Republican Party on education and jobsThe Friday, September 14, 2012 issue of USA TODAY newspaper had a full page advertisement that caught my eye. The ad had a picture of former Alabama governor George Wallace standing in the door of a school in 1963. Wallace was vowing to keep Blacks out of schools where white students attended. The caption says "Someone New Is Blocking the Schoolhouse Door."

The advertisement was referring to School Unions, but while I disagree with the message of the unions closing the doors of opportunity, I do agree that the door is shut. And not only the schoolhouse door, but other doors of opportunity are closing all around us as well. The Republican Party is busy trying to close the door to the ballot box. They are trying to close the doors of the Post Office. The doors to government sponsored jobs, programs, and even educational loans to go to school are being closed.

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Sick and Tired of Racism Aimed at My People

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Racism and voting and moreMy father was born in May of 1919, so by my calculation he would be 93 years old if he were still with us. I've said many times, he taught us that there are some White folks who don't sleep at night trying to figure out new ways to keep Black folks down. I never knew my paternal grandfather as he died when my father was 8 years old. However, my mother's father was a fire-brand Methodist preacher, named Shaw, and while I never talked to him much, he published a magazine called "U-NAM–IT" for the people residing in rural Oklahoma where my family lived.

The world is watching certain racist governors of states like Texas, Ohio, Florida, Indiana and a number of other states fighting to turn back the clock to a time when Black folks couldn't vote. These antics remind me of what my father said. I found in my grandfather's writings an editorial on voting where he writes, "So long as America is reported to be 'A government of the people , for the people , by the people' no one who refuses to vote may truthfully say, 'I am an American.'" Refusing to vote is a measure of disloyalty to the government, and to an equal degree, morally disqualifies one from enjoyment of rights and privileges of an American citizen. Failing to vote repudiates the principles for which Americans have died, since 1776, and shows contempt for those who sleep beneath mounds on battle fields of this and foreign countries where Americans have died fighting for freedom . . . Register and vote!

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