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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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Black ministers enlightened or blinded???

I’m still pondering over the comments of Bishop Carlton Pearson and Deepak Chopra on last week’s Nightline Face-off – Does Satan Exist? (see an interesting excerpt below).  By the way, neither believe Satan exists… Bishop Pearson isn’t new to sharing controversial thoughts as a Christian minister and is joined in the spotlight by Minister Ann Holmes Redding (her story is below). Ms. Redding was recently removed from ministry or defrocked because she has also become a Muslim, though she feels there is no conflict. It makes me question whether religious thoughts are finally merging because people are becoming more enlightened.  However, I’m sure some would say that both Pearson and Redding are just blinded. What do you think?

SEATTLE, Washington (CNN)— Ann Holmes Redding has what could be called a crisis of faiths.

For nearly 30 years, Redding has been an ordained minister in the Episcopal Church. Her priesthood ended Wednesday when she was defrocked.

The reason? For the past three years Redding has been both a practicing Christian and a Muslim.

“Had anyone told me in February 2006 that I would be a Muslim before April rolled around, I would have shaken my head in concern for the person’s mental health,” Redding recently told a crowd at a signing for a book she co-authored on religion.

Redding said her conversion to Islam was sparked by an interfaith gathering she attended three years ago. During the meeting, an imam demonstrated Muslim chants and meditation to the group. Redding said the beauty of the moment and the imam’s humbleness before God stuck with her.

“It was much more this overwhelming conviction that I needed to surrender to God and this was the form that my surrender needed to take,” she recalled. “It wasn’t just an episode but …. was a step that I wasn’t going to step back from.”

Ten days later Redding was saying the shahada — the Muslim declaration of belief in the oneness of God and acceptance of Mohammad as his prophet.

But Redding said she felt her new Muslim faith did not pose a contradiction to her staying a Christian and minister.

“Both religions say there’s only one God,” Redding said, “and that God is the same God. It’s very clear we are talking about the same God! So I haven’t shifted my allegiance.”

The imam at the Islamic Center in Seattle, Washington, where Redding prays said she brings the best of both traditions to her beliefs. Continue reading

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I would prefer that they just call Obama the N-word and get it over with

I’m tired of the accusations that Barack Obama is not a citizen of the United States that are being passed around by email.  Obama is an American Citizen. Duh!?!?!  What major political party is going to take a chance like that on a non-citizen?  Both Obama’s and McCain’s citizenship has been called into question…and they are both citizens.

McCain qualifies, too, although the circumstances of his birth — on a U.S. naval base in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936 — were unusual enough to merit a review. – AP

Oh, but people have gone as far as to sue in court wanting Obama to produce “proof” and the birth certificate that has been presented…they are calling it fake.  If he was white would this be happening?  When has this ever happened in the last 20 years, 30 years with regard to a presidential candidate?  Um…as a citizen there are a lot of things that I would love to just be able to sue and have President Bush give me “proof” of.  It that going to happen.  NO.  You can’t just sue elected officials for their personal records.  OH…I guess you can if the elected official is black.

Candidates meet “natural born” tests despite rumors – AP Wire – I have seen a number of right wing blogs noting just the opposite.  I have even see allegations that are said to have been made by Barack’s grandmother in Kenya regarding Obama being birthed in Kenya.  OK, you know it’s serious when they put your grandmother’s name in it.

All of this drama has one central cause.  Some people in America are so racist that they will come up with ANYTHING they can think of to help to ensure that a black man will never be President.

Don’t call him a terrorist. Dont’ imply that he is a muslim or of arab decent (if I was a muslim I would be having post-9/11 flashbacks right now).  Obama is a Christian.  How can you bring up his Christian pastor over and over again and then say he’s a Muslim.  Contradiction!!!  It’s like “muslim” is a dirty word or a horrible thing to be for some people during this election cycle.  I guess the Right doesn’t care about American Muslims and Arab Americans that vote.

Just go ahead and pull out the “big gun” (so to speak).  The N-word. Don’t beat around the bush.  Just go there.  That’s what many of you are doing behind closed doors anyway.  You know who you are!  You would never, ever vote for a black man for president of the United States.  You know what you really feel and what you would really say if you weren’t trying to be politically correct. I can at least accept that people who are openly racist have been doing so with abandon.  They don’t hide behind masks (hoods maybe) of faux-righteousness.  See, like most black people, I want to know where you stand if you’re racist.  It just clears the air and makes things simple and plain.  Hate is hate…you can’t whitewash it with politics.

All I’m saying is forget citizenship, Ayers, Rev. Wright…etc.  Just call him a Nigger like you really want to.  Let’s all be open and honest with it.

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Minister Louis Farrakhan on Obama

This needs no introduction…Just watch and enjoy the true humility of an elder in the black community celebrate the accomplishment and potential of our future.

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You should know about Khalil Bendib

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For more of Khalil Bendib’s cartoons, visit bendib.com.  On his website is a whole section of Black Cartoons – bendib.com/black.

Bendib is not only a cartoonist.  Here’s his bio from

kahniaArguably the most visible Muslim Arab fine artist working today in the USA, Mr. Bendib is a resident of Berkeley, CA who grew up in Morocco and Algeria and came to California at age 20 after receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Algiers.

After earning his Master’s at the University of Southern California in 1982, Khalil Bendib proceeded to become both political cartoonist and professional sculptor/ceramicist. In 1987, he worked as editorial cartoonist with the Gannett Newspapers, at the San Bernardino Sun, a position he later resigned to devote himself entirely to his career in the fine arts.

In 1994, Khalil Bendib completed his first major public monument, the “Alex Odeh Memorial Statue,” an over-life size bronze at the Orange County’s seat of government, honoring the regional director of Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee assassinated in his Santa Ana office in 1985, and followed that with “Ode To Diamond Bar,” a nine-foot leaping bronze cougar at the Summit Ridge public park in Diamond Bar, a suburb of Los Angeles.

Among his more recent public artworks, are the Deir Yassin Remembered Memorial Sculpture at the Hobart and Smith Colleges in Upstate New York (bronze on granite,) a 40 feet x40 feet mural for the Arab Cultural Center in San Francisco, (with two other artists,) a Venus and Mars bronze frieze in Walnut Creek, CA, and the GAIA Unveiled wall sculptures in downtown Berkeley. He was also artist-in-residence at the Legion of Honor Museum of Art in San Francisco, in the Rodin gallery, in 2002.

Mr. Bendib’s work has been exhibited and collected on five continents and it graces numerous businesses, homes and gardens in the United States and abroad.

For more on his art, visit www.studiobendib.com

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