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Obama: Our Brother, Our Father, Our President

Young black men need to see this.  Pass it on.  Doesn’t this photo just make you feel good.  Thanks to Yes We Can (hold babies) for posting this photo.  Visit their site for beautiful and funny photos of Barack Obama and children and child supporters of the Obama/Biden campaign.  The site notes, “Shout-out to Margaret Wolfson for diligently searching for the background information on this picture: US Democratic PRESIDENT ELECT Barack Obama holds a young boy after speaking during a townhall discussion at North Farmington High School in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Monday, September 8. (SAUL LOEB/Getty Images)”.  It is a powerful image.

You know how people say, “You need a hug.”?  Obama is the hug America needed right now.

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Black Culture: Would your child end up in a video like this?

I’m assuming that the young man playing “Jamarcus” is black.  I could be deceived…that could be what my Jewish friends refer to as a “jewfro”.  However, I think it’s a safe bet to say that he is in some fashion African American.   This young man is lost.  I say that because to participate in something this ignorant…you’d have to be lost, disconnected from Black culture.

Now, many Negroes are lost.  You hear it in “our” music, videos, television, etc.  This is just a random example of a lost Negro on YouTube.

Let this be a lesson to all of you who have children and teens.  Teach your children to value their culture and understand the difference between humor/satire vs. making light of/mockery.  Does the young white man in the video think that his portrayal is an accurate one?  Black people used to considering mocking one’s mother as “fighting words”.  Black Mother, would your child be able to stand up and defend black motherhood and face the rejection of a white friend or school mate?  It’s something to think about.   Raise Afrocentric children.  To be pro-black doesn’t mean that you are anti anyone else.

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Mother sued for blogging about discrimination at daughter’s school

Whatever happened to free speech??? More who are using the internet to vent their frustrations are being sued (anti-defamation) by those they trash. This has even effected parents who complain about poor school performance and environment.

“Late last month an Orlando, Fla., mother blogged about her 7-year-old daughter’s private school, which she claimed discriminated against “mixed-raced” students and generally made her child unhappy.

When the New School of Orlando got wind of the Sonjia McSween’s blog, it sued her for defamation for claiming that the school had a “kickback” scheme arranged with a psychologist.

McSween could not be reached for comment.

“This has nothing to do with someone not liking a school or not liking their treatment,” said David Simmons, the lawyer representing the prep school, who brushed aside the notion that the school was just unhappy about the negative attention. “It has everything to do with the allegations that there was a kickback scheme that she has no basis for. We are suing her to make her stop.”” – ABCNews.com

You know black people LOVE to put their kids in private school. Love, Love, Love. Well, you better just gossip and spread your opinion via phone and lip, huh??? Good old fashioned trashing a good name. LOL

As a blogger, of course I feel that i should be able to say whatever I feel…within the generally accepted rule of law of course. I’m not trying to be sued, but I’m also not trying to be censored or bullied. Visit this article from ABC News to learn about other cases of consumers and parents being sued.

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This lil angel wants to know if your chain hangs low

Note to My White Folk:  I blame BET.  Don’t say anything when these kids marry into the Rainbow Coalition.  Welcome to the family.

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Haitians enslaved in America…today

Slavery…along with other institutions that oppress negroes…is still alive and well.  Unfortunately, Haitian immigrants have brought the practice of holding “Restaveks”.  “The children work in exchange for food, shelter and the promise of school, but often end up victims of physical and sexual abuse, according to the U.S. State Department’s annual report on human trafficking.”  This practice is coming to light.

 (CBS4) MIAMI Imagine sleeping on a rolled-up mattress on the dinning room floor and having to bathe in the backyard with a garden hose. Try to envision washing dishes, making beds and cooking for a family who beat you and hid you in a closet when visitors arrived.

For six long years, Simone Celestin lived through this horrific ordeal, all the while never attending school. Her story sounds like a slave narrative from another century, but federal prosecutors say it happened in South Florida. They say Celestin is one of an unknown number of children and teens called “restaveks,” who are hidden as slaves within the Haitian immigrant community.

“Restavek” is a Haitian Creole word meaning “one who stays with.” The term applies to an estimated 300,000 poor children in Haiti, mostly girls, who are given or sold by their parents to wealthier families, or taken from orphanages.

Haitian-American advocates recall about 30 instances that have come to light since 1999, when a 12-year-old came forward with an appalling story about being a Broward County couple’s household servant and a sex slave for their son.

But authorities believe those examples are probably just a small fraction of the actual number, because so few cases are reported.

“Haitians don’t see those kids as slaves,” said Jean-Robert Cadet, a former restavek who published a memoir tracing his journey from Haiti’s poverty to the American middle class.

Marleine Bastien, executive director of Haitian Women of Miami, said some Haitians view the practice as an informal foster care system.

“They may feel they were helping the little child by bringing the child here and express bewilderment that they are being prosecuted for ‘doing the right thing,”‘ Bastien said.

Cadet remembers the shame he felt as a teenager when a high school teacher discovered he was homeless and asked why. Cadet spent his childhood in Haiti as a restavek for a prostitute and her son, then continued working for them after the family emigrated to New York. They kicked him out when school interfered with his chores.

“For me to tell that teacher I was a restavek was like telling him I was a dog. In Haiti, a restavek and a dog share the same social status. For me to tell this man that, I am not really a human being,” said Cadet said, who is now a college professor and an advocate for restaveks.

Danielle Romer, president of Haitian Support Inc. in Homestead, recalled one 15-year-old girl whose experience showed why restaveks don’t reach for help: “She was working a.m. to p.m., not going to school, but where she sleeps is better than what she had in Haiti.”

Dwa Fanm, a Brooklyn-based women’s rights organization, decided in 2004 not to renew a federal grant for services directed at Haitian restaveks because the 20 women who came forward did not want to register as human trafficking victims. Registration would have allowed them to apply for asylum or specific visas to stay in the U.S.

“As soon as we said, ‘You have to report it, we have to report it so you can be certified,’ they said, ‘Never mind, I’ve changed my mind,”‘ said Farah Tanis, the group’s executive director. “They didn’t want to prosecute. It makes sense people are afraid for their lives.” (click here for the rest of this article)

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