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The Rarity of Integrity

Integrity-the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
Integrity has become as common as the sight of a unicorn. Our society rewards success at any cost. We are the cheerleaders for the shortcut. We applaud the phrase “by any means necessary”. We regard second place as the first loser. We are consumed with the results, and we pay little or no attention to the journey. We are slaves to the bottomline. So when we see someone with a true sense of integrity we are in awe. Yesterday I watched someone truly act out of a sense of integrity. He said “you can never go wrong doing the right thing.” His decison will impact his bottomline, but he had a sense of peace from knowing he did the right thing and in my eyes it was not only the right thing it was actually a thing of beauty.

World Vision changes policy on Gay Marriage

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John McCain says Ted Cruz should apologize to Bob Dole

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.

Martin Bashir forced to resign over Sarah Palin remarks

Martin Bashir has resigned for making inappropriate remarks concerning Sarah Palin. His remarks were simply wrong and he has lost his job over his own poor judgment, but how did he know he had gone too far? Everyday we hear people speak coursely. We hear people use profanity in any situation. A few days ago I saw a story where a bus driver had called the police to help her correct the behavior of some unruly middle school students. The police arrived on the scene and they proceeded to berate the students and along the way they dropped a few F-Bombs. They were called to correct bad behavior and they end up bringing more bad behavior to the situation. the children’s parents were upset and the police were disciplined, but I wonder did the parents go a step further and question what were the students doing that called for police intervention? What were they saying? How were they acting? Have you watched any sitcoms lately? Everything is a joke and most of it is profane, but who determines if they have gone too far or even crossed a line? Since 2007 we have seen depictions of the president that range from gorrilla to witch doctor. He has had his citizenship questioned, his marriage questioned even his sexuality questioned, but did that cross the line? Who determines when a line has been crossed? Do lies cross the line? Does racism qualify as a line crosser? Don’t get me wrong Bashir should have lost his job. His statements were gross and unforgivable, but what made him feel that his depiction was acceptable. The day he made the statement I am sure he did not say this is the day I will put my job in jeopardy. He probably thought himself clever and thought that he would be applauded not booed and never reprimanded, but that’s what happened. Sarah Palin canceled a scheduled interview with NBC, Joe Scarborough went balistic and his colleagues at MSNBC were forced to answer questions about the statements while doing interviews that had nothing to do with Bashir. MSNBC fired Alec Baldwin over a gay slur so how could they keep Bashir on after he advocated force feeding Palin defecation. He went too far and the sad thing is people don’t know what too far looks like until they arrive there.


RNC declares the end of racism…or is this outreach gone awry?

rosa parks ends racism
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Martin Bashir insults Sarah Palin and he apologizes–Alec Baldwin’s gay slur gets him canned…is this a double standard?

MSNBC has canceled Alec Baldwin’s show. Baldwin alledgedly uttered a gay slur. Baldwin denies it but he was fired. Martin Bashir responded to Sarah Palin’s slave remarks by suggesting that she experience having someone defecate and urinate on her. Bashir has apologized, but he did not lose his job over his reckless remarks. In the headline I pose the question does MSNBC have a double standard? I know the answer they do. MSNBC is gay friendly and a number of their hosts are gay, but even though MSNBC is not a conservative haven does that mean the hosts can say anything and only have to offer an apology? Share your thoughts.

Race and Beyond: Is White Supremacy Making a Comeback?

Guest Blogger: Sam Fulwood III
In almost every discussion of race in this country—whether private conversations among friends and family or public debates between political antagonists—those engaged tend to talk past one another. Passions often displace reason; facts disappear like smoke in the wind, blown aside in the rhetoric of extreme beliefs. Who among us, having lived any appreciable time in the United States, lacks an awareness of our nation’s intractable racial frictions? And, after rubbing against the rough edges, who eschews the seemingly hard-wired opinions shared by peers of the racial others? Ripped from the recent headlines, an example is the “gag reflex” kerfuffle kicked up by The Washington Post’s Richard Cohen, who included a passing line in a column that suggested that some white people want to throw up at the sight of an interracial family such as the one of New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio. Judging by my personal and extensive conversations, a good number of black people consider such comments as a fool-proof indication of white racism. To them, it’s a short walk from the Tea Party to a Republican caucus to a guy with a pickup truck sporting Confederate flags to a conclave of the Ku Klux Klan. To them, they’re all fungible identifiers of resurgent white supremacy. I appreciate where they’re coming from, given this nation’s racial history. Black Americans have long, painful memories. The rise of white nationalism is nothing new to those who remember or have closely studied American history. Roughly a century ago, in the shadow of the Reconstruction Era, racist, white politicians such as Benjamin Ryan Tillman Jr., the governor of South Carolina and U.S. senator at the turn of the 20th century, appealed to the lost masculinity of white men after the Civil War and the immediate political empowerment of former black slaves to reimpose white supremacy across the South. In his 2000 book, Ben Tillman and the Reconstruction of White Supremacy, Stephen Kantrowitz, an American history professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, describes Tillman’s role in the Hamburg Riot on July 8, 1876, which resulted in the cold-blooded murder of black militiamen who paraded through Hamburg, South Carolina, to celebrate Independence Day. Kantrowitz points out how Pitchfork Ben—so named because he went to Washington, D.C., with the promise to stick a pitchfork in “that bag of beef” Grover Cleveland—rose to political celebrity by supporting the lynching and mass murder of black people and appealing to rural, white men of the South “to reclaim what they had lost through emancipation and the experience of Reconstruction: their sense of independent, unfettered manhood. Is history repeating itself? I don’t think so. Moreover, I fear some African Americans who suspect the worst of all whites are succumbing to the same trap that befuddles those narrow-minded white Americans who tend to think of African Americans as all the same. Indeed, an increasing number of studies are revealing that, like the wide ranges of political and social thought among African Americans, all white folks aren’t of a single mind about race in America. Charles Blow, a perceptive op-ed writer for The New York Times, captured this dilemma perfectly: There are different perceptions of racial realities. What some see as slights, others see as innocent opposition. But there are some objective truths here. Racism is a virus that is growing clever at avoiding detection. Race consciousness is real. Racial assumptions and prejudices are real. And racism is real. But these realities can operate without articulation and beneath awareness. For those reasons, some can see racism where it is absent, and others can willfully ignore any possibility that it could ever be present. Unpacking all this is hard work, too hard for many Americans who, as Blow describes some of them, “have simple understandings of complex concepts.” Yet the evidence is out there for those who dig deep to find it. A case in point is Angry White Men: American Masculinity at the End of an Era, a recently published book by Stony Brook University sociology professor Michael Kimmel.
Kimmel has made quite a name for himself in gender studies circles by focusing on white-male masculinity issues instead of the more common feminist theories. His new book attempts to explain why downwardly mobile white men are so angry and prone toward far-right views that lead to hate, violence, and suicide. In an extensive excerpt of the book, posted at Salon.com, Kimmel draws bright line distinctions among white Americans. He argues that they are not a racist monolith: On the extreme Right, by contrast, race is a proxy for class. Among the white supremacists, when they speak of race consciousness, defending white people, protesting for equal rights for white people, they actually don’t mean all white people. They don’t mean Wall Street bankers and lawyers, though they are pretty much entirely white and male. They don’t mean white male doctors, or lawyers, or architects, or even engineers. They don’t mean the legions of young white hipster guys, or computer geeks flocking to the Silicon Valley, or the legions of white preppies in their boat shoes and seersucker jackets “interning” at white-shoe law firms in major cities. Not at all. They mean middle-and working-class white people. Race consciousness is actually class consciousness without actually having to “see” class. “Race blindness” leads working-class people to turn right; if they did see class, they’d turn left and make common cause with different races in the same economic class. Where Kimmel dives deep into the psyche of angry, white men, my colleague and Center for American Progress Senior Fellow John Halpin takes an empirical plunge, beyond anecdotal, into nearby waters. Writing on ThinkProgress earlier this week, Halpin makes the convincing argument that “there is really not such thing as ‘white’ opinion anymore.” Drawing from a poll conducted for the recent CAP/PolicyLink study, “Building an All-In Nation,” Halpin notes that the results should be studied more, but “the conclusions are nonetheless striking. White liberals think far more like the bulk of African-Americans, Latinos and Asians than white conservatives on the country’s biggest ideological questions. That’s particularly true on diversity questions.”Perhaps, our collective attention might be better served on those disaffected whites that don’t buy into the extremist, far-right ideology of white supremacy. They are ripe for conversion about progressive political thought, if the serious effort is made to demonstrate common cause with the growing empowerment of racial and ethnic minority Americans. To be sure, the hardcore racists that Kimmel describes so well are, as Halpin acutely observes, “a significant if declining bloc of voters, [and] the real outliers” on issues of race in America. They are a dying breed, soon to be as dead as old Pitchfork Ben and his brand of racist politics. This is the significant fact to keep firmly in mind because it points us all toward the hopeful, progressive direction of our nation’s future.
Sam Fulwood III is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and Director of the CAP Leadership Institute. His work with the Center’s Progress 2050 project examines the impact of policies on the nation when there will be no clear racial or ethnic majority by the year 2050.###

Group Calls for the Washington Post to Fire Columnist Richard Cohen Over Remarks on Interracial Marriage

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Brett Abrams : 516-841-1105 : brett@fitzgibbonmedia.com

Outrage After Washington Post Columnist “Represses Gag Reflex” Discussing NYC Mayor de Blasio’s Interracial Marriage
Statement by Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet, a national women’s organization, in reaction to Washington Post writer Richard Cohen’s column today, in which he “represses a gag reflex” while talking about NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s interracial marriage and family:
“Richard Cohen is begging to be fired, and the Washington Post needs to do the right thing and cut him loose. Not only has he blamed twerking for America’s rape epidemic and justified racial profiling that led to the murder of Travyon Martin, but now he is telling America that interracial marriages make him and other people gag. If it wasn’t clear before, it is clear now: Richard Cohen is off the rails and a growing stain on the Washington Post’s reputation. He needs to go.”

Earlier this year, more than 2,000 members of UltraViolet penned letters to the Washington Post urging the paper to drop Cohen over a series of comments he made in the wake of the Steubenville rape investigation and case. Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet, is married to a man of another race.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://gawker.com/richard-cohen-has-written-something-insane-about-interr-1462871988

READ COHEN’S PIECE HERE: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/richard-cohen-christies-tea-party-problem/2013/11/11/a1ffaa9c-4b05-11e3-ac54-aa84301ced81_story.html?hpid=z2

For interviews with Nita Chaudhary, or UltraViolet, please contact Brett Abrams at 516-841-1105 or by email at brett@fitzgibbonmedia.com.

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UltraViolet is an online community of over 500,000 women and men who want to take collective action to expose and fight sexism in the public sector, private sector and the media. Find out more at WeAreUltraViolet.org

Should Richard Cohen be fired over this column?

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William Donohue takes offense to View Co-host Jenny McCarthy’s attack on the Catholic church

Read the linked story and share your thoughts: http://www.albanytribune.com/23102013-jenny-mccarthys-crack-up-oped42349/


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