Archive for June 22nd, 2015

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Jun
15

A Tweet Or Two

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This is sometimes what it means to be black in America

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Jesus Christ

As a young U.S. Army soldier during World War II, Rollins Edwards knew better than to refuse an assignment. When officers led him and a dozen others into a wooden gas chamber and locked the door, he didn’t complain. None of them did. Then, a mixture of mustard gas and a similar agent called lewisite was piped inside. “It felt like you were on fire,” recalls Edwards, now 93 years old. “Guys started screaming and hollering and trying to break out. And then some of the guys fainted. And finally they opened the door and let us out, and the guys were just, they were in bad shape.”

Edwards was one of 60,000 enlisted men enrolled in a once-secret government program — formally declassified in 1993 — to test mustard gas and other chemical agents on American troops. But there was a specific reason he was chosen: Edwards is African-American. White enlisted men were used as scientific control groups. Their reactions were used to establish what was “normal,” and then compared to the minority troops.

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Perfect example why Nikki Haley shouldn’t be applauded. If there wasn’t worldwide attention, she’d proudly and happily let that racist flag fly high

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22
Jun
15

It’s Not The Word

It’s not the word. It’s the thought behind the word.

It’s not the word. It’s the actions taken informed by the word

Don’t think that, as Piers Morgan opines, banning the word will ban the thought.

Banning the word is merely being polite. But the same people who wouldn’t dare use the word in public believe in everything the word implies in private.

President Obama used the word “nigger” in his interview with Marc Maron, in a discourse on how racism isn’t solved.

Bill Hemmer of Fox News clutched his pearls because of the President’s use of that word. Us white folks have been taught to avoid that word, and here is Pres. Obama using it.

Like slave owners weren’t presidents.

Like the man who pushed through the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts didn’t drop it as easily as I drop “fuck”, and with as little thought.

As if a black man, who happens to be the nation’s first black chief executive, needs to be policed by white journalists on how to discuss race.

Remember, Chuck Todd said Pres. Obama can’t be “neutral” on matters of race. Because to the white commentariat, that patina of neutrality absolves them from confronting the country’s original sin.

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22
Jun
15

President Obama Gives The Country Some Well Deserved Real Talk

A must listen to interview. Marc was great. He asked very relevant questions and covered an interesting breadth of topics. President Obama was fantastic. He doesn’t have to run his answers through pollsters, a communication team, a PR firm, etc., He is always refreshingly honest because he speaks from the heart. A hallmark of a true leader

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22
Jun
15

Team (POTUS) Obama Is Amazing!

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22
Jun
15

Rise and Shine: The Week Ahead

You can hear the President’s podcast with Marc Maron here

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Today

The President will host an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan at the White House.

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Tuesday

Attends meetings at the White House.

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Wednesday

Hosts a reception at the White House in recognition of LGBT Pride Month.

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Thursday and Friday

Attends meetings at the White House.

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President Obama holds one of the twin daughters of Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., background, as he arrives on Air Force One at Palm Springs International airport, Saturday, June 20, 2015

22
Jun
15

Early Bird Chat

On This Day: A young boy salutes President Barack Obama as he greets audience members following his remarks at the NALEO Conference in Orlando, Fla., June 22, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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