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O.J. Simpson, Rodman, RuPaul: Black History Role Models?

LA Times – In a letter addressed to parents and community members, a South Los Angeles elementary school principal apologized Thursday for “questionable decisions” about which prominent African Americans to highlight in a parade marking the culmination of Black History Month.

Lorraine Abner’s letter did not name the individuals. But her apology came after three teachers at Wadsworth Avenue Elementary School were suspended while the Los Angeles Unified School District investigates allegations that they had their first-, second- and fourth-grade students carry pictures of O.J. Simpson, Dennis Rodman and RuPaul at last Friday’s event.

“Unfortunately, questionable decisions were made in the selection of noteworthy African American role models,” the letter said. “As the principal, I offer my apology for these errors in judgment.”

I don’t know about you, but for me Black History is Black History. If we remove one part of it, we are not telling the whole story. It is the whole story that makes history. We as African-Americans have had to fight to have our history included.   Now it would be a little hypocritical for us to start excluding people. To now start removing people or making apologies is unacceptable.

RuPaul represents a portion of our community.  We can’t celebrate our LGBTQ brothers and sisters?  There was a time in history before the trial and acquittal when O.J Simpson was a hero.  You remember those commercials.  Dennis Rodman was one hell of a basketball player. I think that Michael Jordan could give you a list of reasons why he should not be discarded.

I’d also like to note that the tale of O.J is not equal to the stories of Rodman and Rupaul.  Come on, people.  LA, I thought you guys were more progressive than this.  Oh no, I forgot…Prop 8.    Ok, but yall do like basketball so Rodman is ok, right.  Oh no, Yall only like the Lakers!  SMH

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Charlie Sheen called his wife a n-word 3+ years ago…and?

Charlie Sheen has apologized for the voice mail message that came out this week where he calls his former wife, Denise Richards, amond other things the N-word (actually he called her an f***ing n-word…Perez Hilton has the transcript). And???? Black people, are we surprised? Do we not realize that the n-word is being used to describe all kinds of people, all over the world? It’s a slur. Look it up in the dictionary sometime.

In the apology he says,
“I deeply apologize by my choice of words to all I have obviously offended; especially to Tony Todd, an African-American, who was my best man at my first two weddings,” Sheen said in a statement on Wednesday.

[shaking my head] Damn, he had to apologize to his “black friend” on that one. Wow…lol. As they say, “You know you done f’d up, right?”

“And for the record, my children did not show up today for a custodial visit without explanation. So three and one-half years later, the reasons that caused the anger and frustration displayed on that voicemail continue to be manifested on a daily basis.”

I’m sure there are some brothers out there who can relate and who have called their baby momma an n-word or two when it comes to seeing their kids or (of course) child support. Let that be a lesson for yall. Let your baby daddy see his kids, Shoot!!

I hope all of hollywood has learned by now…don’t leave anything in a voice mail message that you don’t want to hear on TMZ and the gossip blogs in the future. Make a note, people!!! Ask Mr. Baldwin and that punk Dog Chapman. Dumb, dumb, dumb!

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What Did She Really Mean?

You know, I didn’t really know what to make of Hillary Clinton’s latest ill-advised comments. It’s been a long race and it’s easy to slip up and say something innocent, but damaging if taken the wrong way, so I didn’t want to jump to conclusions. The below article is a very interesting take on the whole thing. Either she didn’t know the time lines of the democratic elections she was referencing or she took a serious shot at Obama (no pun intended)…

Clinton’s Grim Scenario
(The Washington Post) – If this campaign goes on much longer, what will be left of Hillary Clinton?

A woman uniformly described by her close friends as genuine, principled and sane has been reduced to citing the timing of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination as a reason to stay in the race — an argument that is un-genuine, unprincipled and insane. She vows to keep pushing, perhaps all the way to the convention in August. What manner of disintegration is yet to come?

For anyone who missed it, Clinton was pleading her cause before the editorial board of the Sioux Falls, S.D., Argus Leader on Friday. Rejecting calls to drop out because her chances of winning have become so slight, she said the following: “My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. You know I just, I don’t understand it.”

The point isn’t whether you take Clinton at her word that she didn’t actually mean to suggest that someone — guess who? — might be assassinated. The point is: Whoa, where did that come from?

Setting aside for the moment the ugliness of Clinton’s remark, just try to make it hold together. Clinton’s basic argument is that attempts to push her out of the race are hasty and premature, since the nomination sometimes isn’t decided until June. She cites two election years, 1968 and 1992, as evidence — but neither is relevant to 2008 because the campaign calendar has been changed.

In 1968, the Democratic race kicked off with the New Hampshire primary on March 12; when Robert Kennedy was killed, the campaign was not quite three months old. In 1992, the first contest was the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 10; by the beginning of June, candidates had been battling for about 3 1/2 months — and it was clear that Bill Clinton would be the nominee, though he hadn’t technically wrapped it up.

This year, the Iowa caucuses were held on Jan. 3, the earliest date ever. Other states scrambled to move their contests up in the calendar as well. When June arrives, the candidates will have been slogging through primaries and caucuses for five full months — a good deal longer than in those earlier campaign cycles.

So Clinton’s disturbing remark wasn’t wishful thinking — as far as I know (to quote Clinton herself, when asked earlier this year about false rumors that her opponent Barack Obama is a Muslim). Clearly, it wasn’t logical thinking. It can only have been magical thinking, albeit not the happy-magic kind.

Clinton has always claimed to be the cold-eyed realist in the race, and at one point maybe she was. Increasingly, though, her words and actions reflect the kind of thinking that animates myths and fairy tales: Maybe a sudden and powerful storm will scatter my enemy’s ships. Maybe a strapping woodsman will come along and save the day. Continue reading

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Update: From the agency that created the racist homophobic Hanes ads

Here is an email we received from Philippe Krakowsky of IPG regarding our post on the racist, homophobic, horrible ads that a subsidiary branch of McCann-Erickson in India produced.

Hi Ashe –

I work at IPG, the parent company of McCann-Erickson, and was hoping to have the opportunity to share our thoughts – and concerns – with you and your readers on what happened that led to the offensive fake ads that you ran a post on a few days back.

I thought we’d posted a comment with a link to a fuller apology and explanation, but please let me take a few moments of your time to share this information with you directly.

Fake local print ads were produced by McCann Erickson India – without the knowledge, approval or consent of Hanesbrands Inc., of anyone at IPG, or of McCann’s global management. The ads are wholly inconsistent with the interest of the Hanes brand and were created only for entry into creative competitions. They would never have been approved had our internal procedures been followed and should never have been publicly distributed. We have identified the circumstances that led to this violation of our policies and of our trust, and we are taking immediate corrective action.

We have apologized to Hanesbrands for developing this objectionable work. We want to extend our apologies to those who these fake ads have offended, as well as to Hanesbrands’ customers and business partners. That is why I would appreciate it very much if you’d be willing to share this information – and the link to our full statement – with your readers.

Thank you,
Philippe Krakowsky

Ummm…fake ads? If they were created by someone at the company for a competition…that’s not fake. Some “rogue employees” created them on purpose for submission to a competition of some sort. These ads ran…that’s not fake.

From the statement…”The ads in question were developed and run locally, without the knowledge of anyone at IPG, or of McCann’s global [or country] management. The ads appeared once in a small publication in Mumbai in late 2007 so as to qualify for consideration in award competitions and were recently posted by local Indian employees at McCann onto two web sites that display international advertising campaigns.”

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We should have went hard like this about Imus: Chinese protest CNN

Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times
More than 1,000 ethnic Chinese protesters gathered along Sunset Blvd near N Cahuenga Blvd shouting “Liar” in front of CNN’s Los Angeles office, demanding a “sincere apology” from political commentator Jack Cafferty for calling Chinese “goons and thugs” on the air last week. Haven’t these media figure heads learned anything. OH, sorry…I forgot. They don’t really face any REAL, lasting circumstances. They just take a vacation from being on the radio, on TV, whatever…then they are back on the air.
Hello Negro says: “Go Hard, Chinese people. Represent your set!”

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Tavis Follow-up: Official Departure from Joyner Show

Tavis Smiley appeared in his regular twice-a-week slot on the Tom Joyner Morning Show yesterday and avoided any mention of the dust-up sparked by the host’s open letter questioning his reason for leaving at the end of June.

He said that his departure would clear more time to develop future projects under his Tavis Smiley Group. As we reported a few days ago, Joyner had alleged in an open letter that Smiley was really leaving because of massive fan backlash surrounding his guarded stance on Barack Obama.  Smiley alluded to the notion briefly, but neither confirmed nor denied the accusation.

“I realized a long time ago that you’re never rewarded for virtue, so, I’ve just tried to tell the truth as I see it, even when you didn’t agree. I can almost guarantee that between now and the end of June, you’re going to fall out with me again,” he said while expressing his appreciation for Joyner’s listeners. “That said, I always prefer light, but you better believe that I can take the heat.” Continue reading

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Kentucky Congresman sorry for calling Obama “that boy”

Kentucky Republican Congressman Geoff Davis apologized to Democrat Barack Obama after referring to him as a “boy.”

At a Republican gathering Saturday in Kentucky, Davis said, “That boy’s finger does not need to be on the button.”

Davis said Monday it was “a poor choice of words” while discussing national security issues. He sent a letter of apology to Obama, asking for forgiveness.

Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton called the comment a “condescending and personal attack” on the first African-American presidential candidate to be a leading contender.

Source: NY Daily News/Association Press

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