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Noose Found on UC San Diego Campus as Racial Tentions Continue

You know it’s a racial incident when a noose is found.  A noose.  That lasting symbol of white supremacy.   When someone puts a noose up…”them’s fighting words”.

According to Huffington Post, last night, a noose was found hanging on a light in the campus library, according to the UC Regents (Live)blog. A female student admitted to placing the noose there today. This incident comes after the “Compton Cookout” Black History Month drama that we’ve been following here on Hello, Negro.  Photo of the noose comes from http://ucregentlive.wordpress.com

“This is truly a dark day in the history of this university,” Chancellor Marye Anne Fox told students gathered along Library Walk. “It’s abhorrent and untenable.”

I say, America, hate is on your doorstep.  You need to let it in and have a conversation about what is and is  not to be tolerated in YOUR house.  To the students at UC San Diego, I suggest that you band together.  Black, White, Hispanic, Asian, Middle Eastern…an injustice to one is an injustice to all and the eyes of the nation are upon you.  Sometimes the young have to be the example of and change and evolution of thought for the old, for the establishment.

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Pool Boots Kids Who Might “Change the Complexion”

Somebody pinch me. Is it 2009 or 1959? I’m just wondering after reading this article. No “minorities”, huh?  From NBC in Philly:

“I heard this lady, she was like, ‘Uh, what are all these black kids doing here?’ She’s like, ‘I’m scared they might do something to my child,'” said camper Dymire Baylor.

The Creative Steps Day Camp paid more than $1900 to The Valley Swim Club. The Valley Swim Club is a private club that advertises open membership. But the campers’ first visit to the pool suggested otherwise.

“When the minority children got in the pool all of the Caucasian children immediately exited the pool,” Horace Gibson, parent of a day camp child, wrote in an email. “The pool attendants came and told the black children that they did not allow minorities in the club and needed the children to leave immediately.

The response from the club was…sad [horrible, actually]

“There was concern that a lot of kids would change the complexion … and the atmosphere of the club,” John Duesler, President of The Valley Swim Club said in a statement.

Atmosphere…I agree.  Complexion, that too, but he is crazy to admit it to a news outlet.  I mean, hide your racism.  Don’t you know how?

Again I say…this is NOT a post-racial America.

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Asher Roth’s Bad “Nappy Headed Hoes” Joke on Twitter

When I signed on to Twitter today, one of my favorite Tweeters @ToureX was talking about the “joke” Asher Roth tried to make while tweeting at an event at Rutgers University.  He referred to the people he was with at the time as “Nappy Headed Hoes”.  The tweet was OF COURSE deleted.  No surprise there.  However, people screen captured it before that happened so the proof still remains – click here for one of the many sites that has posted the screenshot.  

Of course he apologized (or something like that) — “Totally just making fun of Don Imus – Sorry Scoot, not trying to be offensive … I’m extremely apologetic to anyone who took offense to my immature, bad joke.”  Now the apology is also gone from his feed.  Surprised?  I’m not.  He’s on Universal/Motown.  Sylvia ain’t having that.  I hope she docks his pay.  Bamma move, bamma.  *shaking my head*

Um, don’t bring up the name of Imus at a time like this.  We don’t need you to tell us where you got “nappy headed hoes” from.  Where else would your white, frat boy self get aquatinted with such terminology?  We know you’re not the type of white rapper who hung out in the hood with “the homies” learning ghetto slang and what not.  Right, Assho…I mean Asher.  You’re like Eminem, right?  If he went to private school and had a trust fund, right?  Um, no.

Whatever, I didn’t even know who this kid was till like 3 or 4 weeks ago when I flipped to MTV and saw him performing “I Love College” during the spring break madness.  Should I really dedicate a post to this One Download Wonder?  

Well, I am.  Even though black people are not likely his target audience (He’s not looking for street cred, folks.) he should be careful of how his words can quickly effect his record sales.  Black people ARE popular culture right now…and you’re bread and butter is something we created.  At least respect hip hop culture enough to understand that words have Power.  I need Professor Griff or somebody to school him.

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Jay-Z remixes My President is Black – Live in DC 1/18/09

I don’t even want to hear Jeezy’s version any more after hearing this (much love to him and Nas). Grey Hova has to release this. Amazing. My President IS Black! His house is all white! I’m so happy to be in Washington DC right now.

NOTE: Um…black people, is it just me or were there an “uncomfortable” amount of N-words thrown about on this video given the subject matter they are celebrating. *Shaking My Head*

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American Idol in my hometown: Kansas City

Oh Lord, I’m so afraid.  MMMMMMM!  I just started watching.  

I know there will be a lot country music voices!!!  

Good grief…some of these people look terrible.  

Ok, ok…let me just watch.

(Watching)

8:19pm OH GOD…Why did these show all of these people screaming.

8:25pm David Cook needs to buy his mom a Real Dooney bag.  That bag is good and fake.

8:27pm Let’s change blind to death.  LOL

8:28pm God, he sounds good when he’s not screaming.  Bring it DOWN!!  [Thank God they let him in.  He needs the training…but he’ll be a killer on the mic.]

8:45pm LOL at the Banana dance.  
Wow, what is the age limit this year.  Matt, this bald guy with the beard, looks old. *watching*….oh lord “Ain’t no sunshine” is not a good choice if you don’t have a strong voice.  LOL…Randy..”Awww, Matt”.  Kara is an idiot, and so is Paula…and so is Simon.  OH, when did Simon ever go for Heart.?!?!?! What?

8:50pm Jazz, really.  “Somewhere over the Rainbow” in about 3 different keys.  Sigh.  She’s from Nebraska.  No real reflection on KC…thank goodness.  Dag, she just walked out?

8:51pm Awww, 93 year old grandma.  I hope Jessica does well *watching*
Strong voice!  Not everyone can do Janice J.  

Not cookie sisters…no lord.  no

9:00pm No rapping on American Idol.  Musiq’s Love…good choice girl…but India didn’t blow me away.

9:04pm Oh, Jamar is not playing.  He can sang!!!

Danny better be the bomb the way they are pumping up his sob story.

9:10pm Oh Lord, his wife died.  Wow, that did live up to the hype.  That is a shame.  Channel that grief…do it for your wife! *watching*
Danny has some nice raspy soul…Paula is over doing it…OH…I think they’ve been prepped.  They are saying too much.

9:13pm The Girls of Kansas City….shocking.

9:15pm NupeDog…very smart.  OH, where did he get that voice.  He can sang with his Indian self.

9:17pm Signed, sealed, deliver me, Lord from this terrible montage of singers.

[ok i’m done.  Going to listen to Oprah’s webcast on Spirituality]

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Oscar Grant is the third man murdered by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) police in the past 17 years.

ColorofChange.org sent out this very informative information on the Murder of Oscar Grant that we thought was important to share.

On New Year’s Eve, Oscar Grant was shot execution-style by a transit police officer in Oakland, California. He was shot in the back while face-down on a subway platform, unarmed and posing no threat.

Twelve days later–despite several videos showing what happened–the officer who killed Grant hasn’t been arrested, charged, or even questioned. He quit the force and has refused to speak. The District Attorney has done nothing.

It’s time to demand that California Attorney General Jerry Brown take over the case and arrest Grant’s killer, and to ask that the US Department of Justice launch an independent investigation into the conduct of the local authorities. Please join us and ask your friends and family to do the same: http://www.colorofchange.org/oscar/?id=2347-520201

Oscar Grant is the third man murdered by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) police in the past 17 years. All three victims were Black and none posed a serious threat. In each case, BART and county authorities have failed to hold the officers accountable.3

In the previous cases, BART’s internal investigations concluded that the officers felt threatened by the victims and were justified in pulling the trigger. It’s unbelievable given the circumstances of the killings:

  • In 1992, 19-year-old Jerrold Hall was shot in the back by a BART officer as he tried to leave the parking lot of a station. The officer was responding to reports of an armed robbery and said he suspected that Hall and a friend were involved. The officer tried to detain the two, Hall ran and then the officer shot him in the back and killed him. Hall was unarmed, but the officer said he thought Hall was on his way to get a gun and return for a showdown.4
  • In 2001, a mentally ill man named Bruce Seward was the next victim of the rogue force. Seward, 42, was naked and had been sleeping on a bench outside the BART station when an officer approached him. Seward did grab the officer’s nightstick at one point, but there were several options for subduing him. Instead, the officer shot and killed him.5

In addition to BART’s internal investigation, Alameda County’s District Attorney is also investigating Oscar Grant’s murder–but the office’s record on investigating police killings is horrible too. In both cases just described, the District Attorney bought BART’s argument that the officers felt threatened. As a result, the cops were cleared of any wrongdoing. Continue reading

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Obama: Dag, the brother can’t smoke, too??

I was reading this article this morning that basically tries to make the case that Obama should stop smoking.

Mercury News Editorial – “Quit smoking. Now. Really. For good.We know it’s hard. If it weren’t, nobody would smoke anymore. And we know quitting just as you’re taking on one of the most stressful jobs in the world — well, it’s not great timing in that sense.

But it is in another: Everybody’s watching. Especially kids.

Perhaps more than any of his predecessors, Barack Obama, the first African-American president, will be held up as a role model, his triumphs and failures magnified as a consequence. Obama clearly relishes this opportunity to defeat bigotry and reframe the expectations of young people, especially African-Americans. And yet, he smokes.”

Well, Damn! When have we begged any of the Presidents to stop their bad habits, let alone smoking. I mean…maybe the whore-mongering or womanizing, sure.  I know that the man is a role model and all, but there are a whole lot of existing influences out there that can lead kids to smoke.  Parents, maybe?  Um…ads in every local corner store?  Oh, and lets not talk about the overall glorification of drug culture in music and media.  Are you telling McDonalds and Coke to stop advertising on shows where people smoke, drink, snort, etc?

Given the current sad economic state that the country is in, I don’t want a stressed out President who’s trying to get by on Nicorette gum.  I’ll by you a pack of Newports, Mr President. I got you, man.

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