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Russell Simmons was on O’Reilly Factor to talk about his new book, but since he is a black man Bill O’Reilly took the opportunity to talk about Beyonce. Simmons was tasked with explaining Beyonce’s latest video and why would she do it? Simmons tried to be diplomatic and bring the conversation back to the purpose of his appearance but O’Reilly was having none of that. The fact is Beyonce is not a role model she is an entertainer who has chosen to make sexy videos to sell her products. If you don’t like what she does you have the right not to look, but let’s not attempt to blame societal ills on Beyonce.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO/AP) — The Minnesota legislator whose tweet about the NBA aroused cries of racism is apologizing Monday. Rep. Pat Garofalo, a fifth-term Republican from Farmington, has faced an avalanche of criticism for suggesting this weekend that pro basketball players had criminal tendencies.
Let's be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime—
Rep. Pat Garofalo (@PatGarofalo) March 09, 2014
On Monday, Garfalo apologized in a press release saying, in part, the “NBA has many examples of players and owners who are role models for our communities and our country.”He went on to say NBA players did not deserve his sharp criticism.
“In the last 24 hours, I’ve had the opportunity to re-learn one of life’s lessons: whenever any of us are offering opinions, it is best to refer to people as individuals as opposed to groups. Last night, I publicly commented on the NBA and I sincerely apologize to those who I unfairly categorized,” he stated. “Those individuals did not deserve that criticism and I apologize.” More than three-fourths of the NBA’s players are black, according to a 2013 report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport. Critics say Garofalo’s tweet reinforced the stereotype that young black males are criminals. His post drew hundreds of comments — some branding him a racist and others using statistics to rebut the idea of rampant violations in the NBA compared to American society in general — and has been retweeted nearly 1,800 times. Ken Martin, chairman of the Minnesota Democratic Party, took to his own Twitter account to call Garofalo’s post “incredibly racist.” Earlier on Monday, Garofalo didn’t back down in text message to The Associated Press.“Pro sports leagues have a problem with some of their athletes obeying the law,” Garofalo wrote in the text message. “This problem transcends race and is a symptom of the value athletes believe society puts on their athletic talent.” By Monday afternoon, Garofalo was ready to apologize for his generalizations, as the outcry grew louder.“The NBA policy on drug enforcement is stronger than I previously believed. Again, I offer my sincere apologies for my comments,” he said. Garofalo said he was wrong when he claimed NBA players had a high rate of arrest, and wrong when he said the NBA did not enforce drug policy, including marijuana. In a short press conference with reporters, Garofalo said the tweet was a poor attempt at humor, and that he is not a racist. “I don’t have a racist bone in my body,” he said. “I pride myself on the fact that I have tutored in the inner city of Minneapolis, and in addition, I have been a strong advocate for some of the charter schools in our communities.” One African American leader at the Minnesota State Capitol said there’s nothing funny about it.“I think it’s racist. I absolutely do,” said State Sen. Jeff Hayden, D-Minneapolis, who characterized it as a slur on young black males. “I am not necessarily saying that Rep. Garofalo is necessarily racist. I haven’t had that conversation with him. But that was a racist statement. When I look at that statement and the narrative behind that, I believe Rep. Garofalo made a racist statement.”At Minnesota Timberwolves practice on Monday, players reacted with surprise, but said they don’t take it personally. “We’re just trying to be positive guys in the community,” said Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin. “You know, give back in time of need and things like that, and I think the NBA as a whole, we do a great job of that.”Coach Rick Adelman said he didn’t think it deserved a comment. “That has nothing to do with us,” Adelman said. “I don’t see any reason anybody has to say anything about it. I’ve never even heard of the guy. I don’t know who he is.” The last time a Timberwolves player ran into legal trouble was in 2010, when Michael Beasley, who’s now with the Miami Heat, was ticketed for speeding and possessing marijuana in a Twin Cities suburb.
The blunt commentary is nothing new for Garofalo, who regularly makes sharp-tongued speeches on the Minnesota House floor and even edgier remarks online.
Garofalo’s Twitter feed is typically a mix of sarcastic takes on politics, pop culture and sports. During football and NASCAR seasons, he offers his predictions via his pet whom he dubs “Buddy The Sports Gambling Dog.” “If the bird watching, hippy, tofu-eating vegan liberals in Minneapolis had their way, the Iron Range never would have mined taconite either,” he tweeted last month, referring to a statewide debate over a copper-nickel mine project proposed for northern Minnesota. But this time, Garofalo admits, he went too far.“There’s no excuses. I apologize and I am responsible for my actions,” he said. “I just want to promise everybody I will do my best not to make that mistake again.” Garofalo represents a district south of the Twin Cities and is seeking a sixth term in the fall.
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Ted Cruz is the darling of conservatives. He talks tough and he does not mind stepping on toes, even the toes of members of his own party. Yesterday he spoke about three of the last GOP presidential contenders. He spoke sarcastically about President Dole, President McCain and President Romney. McCain said he could take the insults, but Bob Dole should be off limits. Ninety year old Dole fought valiantly in World War II and sustained injuries that have effected his entire life. It takes a special kind of person to hurl an insert at Dole, and that special person is Cruz who can talk about patriotism, but obviously he can’t recognize a real patriot when he sees one.
Ebony Wilkerson sits in jail tonight. She is the pregnant mom who attempted to drown her 3 children in the waters of Daytona Beach, Florida. Fortunately some quick responding bystanders managed to save the children. Wilkerson has been charged with 3 counts of attempted murder. Is she a criminal or should she be treated for mental illness? Share your thoughts.
This morning I was watching Roland Martin’s show NewsOne Now. His guests included Rev. Jamal Bryant and conservative Armstrong Williams. The discussion centered around a march scheduled for next week in Florida. The issue is revisiting the Stand Your Ground law. Bryant quoted a statistic and Willaims challenged it and then the discussion went off the rails. Bryant challenged Williams to “be black for one day.” The remark was way below the belt. Not all blacks think alike. In america there is room for all of us and to challenge a person’s blackness simply because they don’t support your position is simply wrong. After the break williams apologized to the Rev. if he offended him but the Rev. did not do likewise and that was disappointing.
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The NFL is considering fining players for using the N-word, and some players have taken this on as if it is a noble cause. Richard Sherman even suggested it was racist for white owners to prohibit black players from using the word, but the players have been using it for years why now? Why is it now a big deal? Could it be because Michael Sam the first openly gay player is possibily coming into the league and he might be called the gay slur? If a player does utter the vile slur that player will be hit with a hefty fine. So now the NFL needs to address the n-word. The timing is interesting.