Wednesday, May 26, 2010

"Whites only" lunch counters????!!!!!!!!!!!


In recent weeks, Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul has repeatedly criticized the Civil Rights Act of 1964, saying that private businesses should not be banned from discriminating on the basis of race.
While his campaign spokesman said Paul believes the government should be able to ban racial discrimination, many observers are finding it impossible to draw that conclusion from statements made by Paul himself.
That's why a number of leading Republicans have publicly rejected Paul's views.
But on Saturday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell joined Rand Paul at a rally and unequivocally endorsed him.

(Is that the Hitler sign?)
It's one thing for a single candidate to espouse such backward views. It's something else for the leader of the Republican Party in the Senate to embrace them as well. We need to call Mitch McConnell out.
Rand Paul's views are dangerous and extreme. In fact, if his ideas became law, "whites only" lunch counters could once again be legal in America. That's why even Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said that "his philosophy is misplaced in these times."

And in addition to his extreme views on civil rights, Paul has described President Obama's statements about the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as "un-American." He dismissed safety violations that led to deadly coal-mine explosions by saying, "accidents will happen." And he's attacked the Americans with Disabilities Act as an example of "big government."
Rand Paul's victory has been widely attributed to "Tea Party" activists and enthusiasm for his candidacy. This is the same Tea Party whose activists spat on African-American congressmen in the wake of the health care vote, carried offensive and xenophobic signs at their rallies throughout the last year and whose outrageous behavior the national Republican Party is yet to repudiate.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The price of hating other

The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less. Eldridge Cleaver, 1968

We have to walk the

We have to walk the walk not just talk the talk. Paul Kivel 1993

Everyone is so quick to

Everyone is so quick to choose sides, to refute the other's myths & pass on their own. Alex Kotlowitz, 1998

We need to talk with

We need to talk with each other, honestly, simply, caringly. Paul Kivel 1993

Racism is an equal opportunity

Racism is an equal opportunity hazard. Clyde Ford, 1994

The long noble struggle for

The long noble struggle for civil rights was a struggle to free white people too. Bill Clinton 1997

Thursday, May 20, 2010

"AC360" "Black or White: Kids on race"

(CNN) -- A 5-year-old girl in Georgia is being asked a series of questions in her school library. The girl, who is white, is looking at pictures of five cartoons of girls, all identical except for skin color ranging from light to dark.

When asked who the smart child is, she points to a light-skinned doll. When asked who the mean child is she points to a dark-skinned doll. She says a white child is good because "I think she looks like me", and says the black child is ugly because "she's a lot darker."

After watching her daughter answer the questions, the mother is brought to tears.

Her daughter is taking part in a new CNN pilot study on children's attitudes on race and her answers actually reflect one of the major findings of the study, that white children have an overwhelming bias toward white, and that black children also have a bias toward white but not nearly as strong as the bias shown by the white children.

Renowned child psychologist and University of Chicago professor Margaret Beale Spencer, a leading researcher in the field of child development, was hired as a consultant by CNN. She designed the pilot study and used a team of three psychologists to implement it: two testers to execute the study and a statistician to help analyze the results.

Her team tested 133 children from schools that met very specific economic and demographic requirements. In total, eight schools participated: four in the greater New York City area and four in Georgia.

The mother, whose name the study prohibits from being used, says her daughter has "never asked her about color" and that the results of the test were an eye opener, and she says she and her daughter "talked a long time about it"

Her daughter's perception on race and the fact that the issue was not taken up at home is in many ways typical.

Research and discussions with parents of the children who participated in this study, indicate that white parents as a whole do not talk to their kids about race as much as black parents.

A 2007 study in the Journal of Marriage and Family found that 75 percent of white families with kindergartners never, or almost never, talk about race. For black parents the number is reversed with 75 percent addressing race with their children.

Po Bronson, author of NurtureShock and an award-winning writer on parenting issues says white parents "want to give their kids this sort of post-racial future when they're very young and they're under the wrong conclusion that their kids are colorblind. ... It's in the absence of messages of tolerance that they will naturally ... develop these skin preferences."

Many African-American parents CNN spoke to during the study say they begin discussing race at a very early age because they say they feel they have to prepare their children for a society where their skin color will create obstacles for them.

iReport: Where do we go from here?

The study has generated thousands of comments to CNN. After seeing the report, iReporter Omekongo Dibinga said, "My daughters are 4 and 2 years old. I didn't realize that at 2 years old I'd have to start teaching them to be proud of their skin color."

See parents talk about the different ways they address race with their young children as part of "AC360" special coverage "Black or White: Kids on race" tonight 10 p.m. ET

The father of a black girl who took part in the CNN study says, "You can not get away from the fact that race is a factor but hopefully what we instill in them at home will help them to put that in its right place and move on".

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Publicist says Halle Berry and model Gabriel Aubry 'split some time ago'

By Associated Press
11:59 AM PDT, May 3, 2010


A representative for Halle Berry says the actress has broken up with model Gabriel Aubry.
Publicist Meredith O'Sullivan says in an e-mail Monday that Berry and Aubry "split some time ago."
The statement says the couple remain close friends and are committed to their 2-year-old daughter, Nahla.
The 43-year-old Berry won a best actress Oscar for the 2001 film "Monster's Ball." Other screen credits also include "Die Another Day" and the "X-Men" films.