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Donald Trump declines invitation to NAACP convention

John McCain did it. Mitt Romney did it too, but The Donald won’t be speaking at the NAACP convention. He won’t be bringing that tough talk to the convention. He’ll save his harsh words on race for the people who already cheer him. He is not trying to expand the base. He claims to be so tough but not tough enough to talk to African Americans who are not singing the praises of The Donald.


What do Donald Trump and Rachel Dolezal have in common?

This is a week for self proclamations. Yesterday Donald Trump announced that he is running for president. He is the self-proclaimed greatest businessman to walk the face of the earth. At least according to his own opinion. He gave a rambling speech that managed to insult some ethnic groups and other right thinking people. He has the ability to suck the air out of the room, and no matter what outrageous statements he makes the media will be there to provide airtime and a platform. Yesterday Rachel Dolezal showed she is no slackard when it comes to getting media coverage. She identifies as black. Yes, she was born white, but she is denying that part of her existence. She has said she lived in a tee pee, and she has since admitted lying about that. She had claimed she had been to South Africa, and she lied about that too. She has attended a HBCU, and sued the school in 2002 as a white woman, but now she is proudly a black woman. A “sista”, but only when she wants to be, but why the Trump comparison? She has managed to make her fantasy a national story. This week she has managed to do the impossible. She has out-Trumped Trump. Never have I seen so much coverage of a non story. She was a local chapter president and now she is more recognizable than the national president of the NAACP. By the way can you name him?  If you put NAACP president in Google Rachel’s story comes up. Yes it is a good week to be Rachel Dolezal.

Is TLC Best Funeral Ever the new Amos and Andy?

Last night I was watching The Soup and they showed a clip from the new TLC series The Best Funeral Ever. I have heard alot about this show but I have not watched and will not. The clip showed funeral directors teaching people how to be professional mourners complete with all the necessary and over the top hysteria. The clip featured the funeral of a man who helped create the Chili resteraunt jingle “I Want my Baby Back Ribs.” Pallbearers strutted in carrying oversized ribs on their shoulders, and mourners were treated to ribs with a barbeque fountain for dipping. The preacher and the attendees were catcalling and eyerolling for the cameras. As I watched the show I thought of the series Amos and Andy. This show was run off the air by groups including the NAACP that found their behavior offensive. The difference is those actors were out of work after the show ended, and frankly there simply weren’t alot of roles for blacks in televsion’s golden era, but is that the case 60 years later? No, I don’t think so. These people are willing participants in this debacle, and anyone who watches these kinds of shows are equally responsible.

White Killer Targeting Blacks in Tulsa, Oklahoma

There is a killer on the loose in Tulsa, Oklahoma and he seems to be targeting black people. Three people have been killed and two have been wounded. The FBI is assisting the Tulsa police in the event that this is classified as a hate crime. This is a tragedy, but the real tragedy is this is getting national attention because the shooter is white. If this was a black man shooting black men in Tulsa we would not even be having this conversation.

Message from NAACP regarding Troy Davis execution

Dear Friend,

This morning, our worst fears came true. Despite widespread doubt, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles upheld the decision to execute Troy Davis this Wednesday. Still, Troy has refused to have a “last meal.” He has faith his life will be spared.

In the past, his tremendous faith has been rewarded. The last time Troy faced execution, in 2008, the warden brought in what was to be his last meal. But Troy refused to eat. Looking the prison staff in their eyes, he explained this meal would not be his last. He was vindicated when he received a last minute stay. Guards still remember this as a haunting moment, one rooted in Troy’s deep faith.

Still, there is every sign the state of Georgia intends to execute Troy this time–despite calls for them to stop by everyone from the former head of the FBI, William Sessions, to former US President Jimmy Carter.

Troy has prepared himself, and to the extent anyone can, his family, for either outcome.

As he has said many times “They can take my body but not my spirit, because I have given my spirit to God.”

Thus, even as we continue to call on the Board of Pardons and Parole and Savannah District Attorney Larry Chisolm to reconsider, we must be prepared for either outcome too.

Please stand with Troy and his family. Join NAACP activists around the country in an evening of solidarity, prayer and fasting on Wednesday, September 21st.


Ask friends to meet up. Ask your family to fast Wednesday evening in solidarity with Troy’s family and use the dinner hour to talk. Ask your faith community, if they already have a Wednesday night fellowship planned, to make time for conversation about Troy’s scheduled execution.

However you do it, please mark the 7 o’clock hour on that evening—the time of Troy’s scheduled execution—as a moment to reflect on Troy’s experience, to offer prayers for his family and that of Officer MacPhail, and to talk about what we can each do to ensure our nation never does this again.

This is a moment to rededicate ourselves to the struggle to end the death penalty and otherwise fix our nation’s broken justice system.

To honor Troy’s courage, and rededicate ourselves to the cause of justice in America, NAACP activists are asked to fast Wednesday evening. Will you join us?


While moments like this test the limits of our understanding, we do know the world will remember Troy’s name, and the movement against the death penalty will grow. People who thought they supported capital punishment yesterday will realize they cannot today. Because people who thought they could stand on the sidelines will realize they no longer can.

As the scorn of the world grows and the doubts within our nation grow as well, we will increasingly realize this barbarous tradition—practiced by virtually no other western nation—is inconsistent with our self image as a fair and freedom-loving society.

No, should the execution actually occur this time, Troy’s life and the fight to save it will not have been in vain – we will move forward with more allies and an even wider consensus about the urgency of our cause.

Please join your fellow activists Wednesday for an evening of prayers, fasting, reflection, and recommitment to the struggle for justice.


With prayers and determination,


Benjamin Todd Jealous
President and CEO

Black Tea Party Group Holds Rally Against NAACP

Yes Virginia there are black people in the Tea Party, and they are rallying against the NAACP on Sunday. Read the article and tell me what you think.


Is the Confederate Flag a symbol of Patriotism or Racism?

The NAACP Detroit chapter plan on honoring native son Kid Rock at their annual dinner which will be held in May. This dinner usually attracts 10,000 people. But Adolph Mongo, a longtime political consultant and head of Detroiters for Progress, said he and others will sit out over Kid Rock’s use of the controversial Confederate flag during performances. “It’s a slap in the face for anyone who fought for civil rights in this country,” Mongo said Thursday. “It’s a symbol of hatred and bigotry.” NAACP officials defended the honor. Kid Rock has consistently lifted up the Great Expectations of many persons … concerning the future of the city,” Donnell R. White, interim executive director of the Detroit Branch NAACP, said in a statement. When questioned in the past of the use of the confederate flag in the past Kid Rock said the flag to him represents southern rock ‘n’ roll. So what do you think is it a patriotic symbol or is it a racist symbol?

Maine Governor Paul Lepage tells NAACP “kiss my butt”

Monday is MLK day and Maine Governor Paul LePage is too busy to attend any MLK events. That’s understandable the governor is a busy man, but when questioned about by a television station  he told the NAACP to “kiss his butt”. Not the right response. Read the link for the entire story.http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/47628.html Tell me what you think.

Reporter Tom Burlington was fired for using n-word at staff meeting…was it wrong?

Former Philadelphia television reporter Tom Burlington was fired for using the n-word at a staff meeting.  .”The dispute began after RobinTaylor, who is white, used the phrase the “n” word during the 2007 staff meeting. She said participants at the burial had said the full word “at least a hundred times or more,” according to court records. “Does this mean we can finally say the word n-?” Burlington asked colleagues, according to depositions. Nicole Wolfe, a producer and one of the three African American employees among the nine people at the meeting, exclaimed: “I can’t believe you just said that!” Burlington told Taylor that although he did not necessarily expect her to use the word in her story, he thought that doing so gave the story more credence. Burlington says he used the word only once and approached several attendees after the meeting to explain himself. The Daily News account said he had used the word more than a dozen times.”* Burlington’s trial is set for January 18th. Burlington says that he had heard black co-workers use the word and they have not been disciplined for using it. Does Burlington have a case? Tell me what you think.


The Scott Sisters Will be Free Women in 2011

Two Mississippi sisters who have spent 16 years in prison for an $11 robbery will be free next year. The stipulation is one of the sisters must give a kidney to the ailing sister. Gov. Haley Barbour suspended their sentence Wednesday and stated Gladys Scott, 36 must donate a kidney to her sister Jamie, 38. Each of the Scott sisters got life sentences for the robbery. The NAACCP has been fighting for the freedom of the sisters. So this is a happy day for them but does the governor’s directive regarding the kidney donation make you a little uncomfortable?