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Obama, Coons and Muslims…oh my!: Young Rep. Leader responds to racist comment with “LOL”

I’m sure that none of my readers will be surprised that Republican leaders have yet to understand that the crazy stuff they say online will be picked up in mainstream media or at least by the bloggers.  Here’s another example from Gawker.com:

“First of all, why is a vice chairwoman of the Young Republicans 38 years old? And secondly, why is she “lol”-ing at racist Facebook comments? Oh, right, because she is a vice chairwoman of the Young Republicans.

Frankly? It is a pretty non-shocking example of the GOP’s ability to find humor in the craziest and most racist of places. But here is the magical tale of Audra Shay, Young Republican leader:

Shay posted something dumb about health care, on her Facebook, and one of her friends responded, as anyone would, with an angry string of slurs.

Two minutes later, Piker posted again saying “Obama Bin Lauden [sic] is the new terrorist… Muslim is on there side [sic]… need to take this country back from all of these mad coons… and illegals.”

Eight minutes after that, at 2:02, Shay weighed in on Piker’s comments: “You tell em Eric! lol.””

Note to the Republican party: It’s really, really hard to re-invent your image when your membership doesn’t embody that “change”.

But wait…it gets better.  Shay only de-friended people who complained about her comments!

Cassie Wallender, a national committeewoman from the Washington Young Republican Federation, then wrote: “Someone please help a naïve Seattle girl out, is Eric’s comment a racist slur?” She answered her own question one minute later: “Okay, why is this okay? I just looked it up. ‘It comes from a term baracoons (a cage) where they used to place Africans who were waiting to be sent to America to be slaves.’ THIS IS NOT OKAY AND IT’S NOT FUNNY.”

This was followed soon after by the chairman of the D.C. Young Republicans, Sean L. Conner, who wrote “I’m really saddened that you would support this type of racial language. ..wow! Thanks Cassie for standing up…”

Baracoons, really? Well, there is my black history lesson for the day. Wow.

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Video: Alice Walker endorses Barack Obama

“I think he’s just the right person for now,” Walker said in an interview with The Associated Press before a public reading at Emory University on Tuesday. Walker had announced her support for Obama earlier.

“I think we need a leader who can be very strong and forceful and at the same time capable of actually sitting with people wherever they are on the globe. We don’t want leaders who are afraid of other people.”

Walker, 64, a longtime activist who once worked at Gloria Steinem’s Ms. magazine, didn’t struggle over her choice in the Democratic Party’s nomination battle, even though Obama’s competition is Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

She called the idea that feminists must support every female candidate “the old way of thinking” and counterproductive.

Walker joins another black Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, Toni Morrison, in backing Obama. Morrison, who once labeled President Clinton as the “first black president,” surprised pundits in January by endorsing his wife’s competition.  – Associated Press

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McCain calls Obama a “confused leader”, Obama counters

McCain knows what is “sure to come”, as my grandmother used to say.  This campaign season…Lord help!  It’s getting uglier and uglier day by day.

Senator McCain comfortably won the Republican primary in Wisconsin with 55 per cent of the vote to the former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee’s 37 per cent. And he was leading easily in the Washington state caucuses at press time. He has already begun honing the lines he will use against Senator Obama.

“I will do everything in my power to make sure the American people are not deceived by an eloquent but empty call for change,” he said from Ohio in his victory speech.

Senator Obama’s words offered “no more than a holiday from history and failed policies that rely on government intervention in the lives of Americans”, he said.

Senator McCain vowed to save America from the risk of a “confused leader” who had proposed bombing America’s ally Pakistan, and who has said he would sit down with America’s enemies.

Senator Obama shot back in a speech he delivered before 20,000 people in Houston, Texas. “Strong countries and strong presidents talk to their enemies, without resort to war,” he said.

“John McCain is a genuine American hero but when he embraces George Bush’s failed economic policies, when he says he will send troops into a 100-years war, he represents the failed policies of yesterday.”

Senator Obama continued his attack on Senator Clinton as the establishment candidate, although he did not name her. He said the problem was not a lack of good ideas, but that Washington was the place where “good ideas went to die”.

In the Democratic race, the battle now turns to Texas and Ohio, which vote on March 3. Both are must-win states if Senator Clinton wants to keep her presidential hopes alive.

A new SurveyUSA poll has Senator Clinton leading 52-43 in Ohio (down from 56-39 a week ago), while in Texas the two candidates are said to be neck and neck.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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Friday Five: What does Martin Luther King Jr. mean to You?

Today’s Friday Five is of course more than a five point list.  I want to know what Martin Luther King Jr. means to you.  Most of you get a day off at least.  For some, you get voting rights due in part to the efforts of this man.

How will you answer??

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“Who died and made Al Sharpton president of the Negroes?”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.  That’s the quote of the week!  LOL  This article in the Seattle Times from Leonard Pitts Jr., syndicated columnist, is the TRUTH. 

Thanks for Nothing Al

Beg pardon, but who died and made Al Sharpton president of the Negroes?

Not that Sharpton has ever declared himself as such. But the fact that some regard him as black America’s chief executive was driven home for the umpteenth time a few days ago after TV reality-show bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman got in trouble for using a certain toxic racial epithet — starts with “n,” rhymes with digger — on the phone with his son.

As you may have heard, Chapman was expressing disapproval of the son’s black girlfriend. “It’s not because she’s black,” he said. “It’s because we use the word ‘n — ‘ sometimes here. I’m not going to take a chance ever in life of losing everything I’ve worked for for 30 years because some f — n — heard us say ‘n — ‘ and turned us in to the Enquirer magazine.”

Naturally, the son sold a tape of the conversation to The National Enquirer. Which leaves me in the awkward position of simultaneously loathing what Chapman said and pitying him for having raised a rat-fink son who would sell out his own father for a few pieces of silver. Anyway, with his life and career circling the drain, an apologetic Chapman fell back on what is becoming standard operating procedure for celebrities who defame black folk. He contacted Sharpton.

In so doing, he follows the trail blazed by Don Imus, Washington shock jock Doug “Greaseman” Tracht and Michael Richards, who all sought out Sharpton (or, alternately, Jesse Jackson) after saying what they wished they had not. They were all in turn following the news media, which, whenever a quote on some racial matter is required, turn to the right reverends by reflex. You’d think they knew no other Negroes.

I don’t begrudge Jackson or Sharpton their fame. Jena, La., might have gone unnoticed had they not used that fame to direct public attention there. Still, I question whether we ought not by now have grown beyond the notion that one or two men can speak for, or offer absolution in the name of, 36 million people.

Certainly, black America has a long and distinguished history of charismatic leadership, from Frederick Douglass to Booker T. Washington to W.E.B. DuBois to Marcus Garvey to Malcolm X to Martin Luther King Jr. It was King to whom the “president of the Negroes” honorific was jokingly applied during the civil-rights era in recognition of the moral authority that allowed him to rally masses. Since King’s murder in 1968, a number of men have jockeyed to position themselves as his heir. They have not been conspicuous by their success.

Louis Farrakhan couldn’t do it, handicapped as he is by the fact that he is Louis Farrakhan. Sharpton couldn’t do it; one hardly thinks of moral authority when one thinks of the man at the center of the Tawana Brawley debacle. Jesse Jackson seemed to presage a new era of charismatic leadership when he ran for president, but he is dogged by a perception some of us have that he serves no cause higher than himself.

But beyond the strengths and weaknesses of the men who seek to be charismatic leaders, there is a sense that the job itself has grown obsolete. Who, after all, are the nation’s white leaders? To what one man or woman do you apologize when you insult white folks? Doesn’t the very idea that there could be one person deny the complexity and diversity of the population?

Similarly, black America is served by dozens of magazines, Web sites, television networks and media figures that did not exist when King was killed. So it’s about time news media — and those who will insult us in the future — get past this notion that one or two people are anointed to speak for 36 million. That is a simplistic, antiquated and faintly condescending idea.

I speak for myself. Don’t you?

Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr.’s column appears Sunday on editorial pages of The Times. His e-mail address is: lpitts@herald.com

2007, The Miami Herald

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