Archive for August 15th, 2015

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On This Day

President Barack Obama and daughter Sasha steer the "Bay Point Lady" during a tour of St. Andrews Bay off Panama City Beach, Fla., Aug. 15, 2010 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama and daughter Sasha steer the “Bay Point Lady” during a tour of St. Andrews Bay off Panama City Beach, Fla., Aug. 15, 2010 Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama and daughter Sasha look over the different flavors of ice cream available at a store during their visit to Yellowstone National Park, August 15, 2009. Daughter Malia, in background, has already made her selection. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama and daughter Sasha look over the different flavors of ice cream available at a store during their visit to Yellowstone National Park on Aug. 15, 2009. Daughter Malia, in background, has already made her selection. Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha wait for Old Faithful to erupt during their visit to Yellowstone National Park, August 15, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha wait for Old Faithful to erupt during their visit to Yellowstone National Park on Aug. 15, 2009. Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama pays for the family's ice cream during a stop at a store while visiting Yellowstone National Park, August 15, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama pays for the family’s ice cream during a stop at a store while visiting Yellowstone National Park on Aug. 15, 2009. Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Sasha order ice cream at Bruster's in Panama City Beach, Fla., Aug. 15, 2010 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Sasha order ice cream at Bruster’s in Panama City Beach, Fla., Aug. 15, 2010. Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama greets children from the Valleyland Kids summer program outside a school in Chatfield, Minn., during a three-day bus tour in the Midwest, Aug. 15, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama greets children from the Valleyland Kids summer program outside a school in Chatfield, Minn., during a three-day bus tour in the Midwest, Aug. 15, 2011. Photo by Pete Souza

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The bitter laughter of satire

I watched this video, expecting a cathartic laugh at the stupidity of white racism.

I received nothing of the kind.

What I was left with was an overwhelming sadness that in 2015 a satirical piece like this still needs to be made. Left with a sadness that for all the noted advancements since the 1950s, it seems as if we’re either stuck or regressing in race relations.

This is not how it was supposed to be. But it was also a fantasy to think that a 400-year system of racism and oppression would be lifted in a few short decades, when so many white people never acknowledged any injustice.

Watch this. You’ll laugh at first. And then the pit of your stomach will empty at the realization of the dark truth it reveals.

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What It Means To Be Black In America

Everyone knows you can hang out at Barnes & Noble for hours, not buy anything, and not be harassed or have the cops called. That’s pretty much what a lot of high school kids do with their Saturdays. But hey, not for Black people, right? The injustice never ends.

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Aug
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The President’s (Yester)-Day Of Golfing

President Barack Obama waves to people from a golf cart while golfing Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. The president, first lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Sasha are vacationing on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

President Barack Obama waves to people from a golf cart while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha’s Vineyard

President Barack Obama putts while golfing Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. The president, first lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Sasha are vacationing on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

President Barack Obama, left, speaks with NBA basketball player Stephen Curry, right, while golfing Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. The president, first lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Sasha are vacationing on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

President Barack Obama speaks with NBA basketball player Stephen Curry while golfing

President Barack Obama stands near a cart while golfing Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. The president, first lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Sasha are vacationing on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

President Barack Obama follows through on a swing while golfing, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. The president, first lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Sasha are vacationing on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

President Barack Obama, right, looks down the fairway while golfing Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 , at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. The president, first lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Sasha are vacationing on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

President Barack Obama speaks to people from a golf cart while golfing Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. The president, first lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Sasha are vacationing on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

President Barack Obama speaks with NBA basketball player Stephen Curry while golfing, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. The president, first lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Sasha are vacationing on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

President Barack Obama waves from a golf cart while golfing, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. The president, first lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Sasha are vacationing on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

President Barack Obama stands on a green while golfing Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. The president, first lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Sasha are vacationing on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

President Barack Obama sits in a golf cart while golfing Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard. The president, first lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Sasha are vacationing on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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Rise And Shine

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle ObamaÕs hands rest on the railing of a boat during their tour of St. Andrews Bay in Panama City Beach, Fla., Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s hands rest on the railing of a boat during their tour of St. Andrews Bay in Panama City Beach, Fla., Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010. Photo by Pete Souza

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Sho Chandra: Retail Sales Show Broad Gain As U.S. Consumers Spur Growth

Sales at U.S. retailers rose in July on growing demand for everything from cars to clothing, and a decline the previous month was wiped away, signaling consumers are propelling growth in the world’s largest economy. Eleven of 13 major categories showed gains. Rising employment, stronger finances and still-cheap fuel is helping draw consumers into stores and auto dealerships.

Growth in household spending, which accounts for about 70 percent of the economy, is bolstering the expansion as Federal Reserve policy makers move toward lifting interest rates this year for the first time since 2006. “The consumer-driven recovery of the economy continues on track,” said Harm Bandholz, chief U.S. economist at UniCredit Group in New York, who correctly projected the gain. “The fundamentals are all in place for solid consumer spending. The outlook remains strong for the second half of the year.”

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President Barack Obama greets people outside the Old Market Deli in Cannon Falls, Minn. Aug. 15, 2011. The President stopped to have lunch with five post-9/11 veterans from Minnesota during a three-day bus tour in the Midwest. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama greets people outside the Old Market Deli in Cannon Falls, Minn. Aug. 15, 2011. The President stopped to have lunch with five post-9/11 veterans from Minnesota during a three-day bus tour in the Midwest. Photo by Samantha Appleton

President Barack Obama holds a baby as he arrives for lunch at the Old Market Deli in Cannon Falls, Minn., during a three-day bus tour in the Midwest, Aug. 15, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama holds a baby as he arrives for lunch at the Old Market Deli in Cannon Falls, Minn., during a three-day bus tour in the Midwest, Aug. 15, 2011. Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama prepares to autographs books and photographs in a backstage holding room following a town hall meeting on health care insurance reform at Central High School in Grand Junction, Colorado on Aug. 15, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama prepares to autographs books and photographs in a backstage holding room following a town hall meeting on health care insurance reform at Central High School in Grand Junction, Colo. on Aug. 15, 2009. Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama waves to people along a road in Harmony, Minn., Aug. 15, 2011, during a three-day bus tour in the Midwest. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama waves to people along a road in Harmony, Minn., Aug. 15, 2011, during a three-day bus tour in the Midwest. Photo by Pete Souza

President Barack Obama visits Sunset Lake in Yellowstone National Park, August 15, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

President Barack Obama visits Sunset Lake in Yellowstone National Park on Aug. 15, 2009. Photo by Pete Souza




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