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What Do you Have to Lose and Vote for Hillary Clinton or you insult my legacy…which one of these is insulting?

A few weeks ago Donald Trump appealed to black voters by asking them “what the hell do you have to lose?”. Many in the community including me found his approach insulting. He was not presenting a positive message. It was a message seemingly tailored to one segment of the black community, but Saturday night President Obama seemingly took a strange turn. The first part of his speech worked but the “insult to my legacy” was downright myopic. So I should vote for Clinton to preserve his legacy? I get the underlying point a Trump presidency would undo gains made but voters vote for candidates that will work hard to make life better for others not to preserve a legacy. It is also interesting that throughout his presidency and his run for the office President Obama has tended to lecture the black community rather than appeal to our better angels. Please tell me who else he has used this approach on? Share your thoughts.

Donald Trump’s appeal to black folks, “what do you have to lose”, now that’s a winning strategy

Nobody respects the black vote. The Democrats take us for granted and the Republicans ignore us. Well, The Donald polling 1-2% in the black community has articulated a new strategy, and that is the “what the hell do you have to lose: strategy. Not really offering anything new. Not even coming into the community to articulate it. Just standing in front of mostly white crowds he just screams his new words. Is this truly the way he should be talking to black folks? 2016 is a different kind of election. Hillary Clinton is no Barack Obama and black people are not going to come out in those Obama numbers for her. So my advice is they both need to learn not all blacks live in poverty. We are like all Americans…different, and they need to address us that way.

Was Malia Obama smoking spot?

Well Malia Obama seems to be smoking something. it might be pot. So what does this say. It says she is an 18 year old making her own decisions. Parents try to instill values and common sense into their children but 18 year olds are responsible for their own decisions.

What do we tell our black children?

Two black men shot by police in 2 days. There is something wrong. I was talking to a friend of mine and she asked “what do we tell our children?” We don’t tell them anything we have not already told them. We have told them to be polite, be compliant, say yes sir, keep your hands visible, but they can do all these things and still not survive an encounter with a bad cop. ¬†We have no magic words that will ensure their safety. We have no words that will offer a cloak of protection to our husbands and our fathers. When we search for them we are in fact claiming some of the blame for the evil acts sanctioned by the state. When we look at the cases of Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile we are stunned by the actions of the police. The force used to confront non lethal situations is appalling. In the Castile case we saw a policeman unload into a car that had a 4 year old occupant in the back seat. Where is the outrage? We see it in pockets of the global community, but remember the case of the gorilla who was killed when the zookeepers feared he would harm a toddler who had wondered into his enclave. When he was killed the response was fast and furious. Petitions went up calling for the arrest of the mother, one called for her children being removed from her home. The world was mad. Well world get mad again! This is not right and this is not a black problem. Sure our victims are demonized. All their past bad acts are publicized as if that is justification for now. He was a shoplifter as a teen so now that he is 30 and shot by the cops it is ok. No it is not. Even if he were a choirboy that would not matter either. None of this matters. What matters if a policeman shoots a person retrieving identification, selling cds, selling loosies, walking, running, driving or whatever he needs to be responsible for his action. Fearing for his life is not enough it is almost a punchline. So where do we go from here? Really, you tell me.

Is a Moment of Silence all we have to offer?

How does a nation react when 49 of their citizens are murdered? Do we start implementing new gun control laws or do we simply call for a moment of silent prayer? Over the past few days I have seen people offer prayers for the victims and their families. I believe in the power of prayer but I also believe in the part of the Bible that says faith without works is dead. We can’t keep mumbling prayers or having moments of silence. We have got to do something. What citizen needs a machine gun? Why are we allowed to purchase guns that are only suitable for war? At this point we are beyond shocked we should be enraged. We can no longer simply offer silent prayer we have to do something or we will be right back here again.

Bill Clinton talks about the “awful legacy”…who is he talking about? President Obama or the Republicans

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President Obama did not create Trump the GOP opposition did

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When did the GOP debates turn into the Fight Club?

I used to laugh when I saw video of politicians in other countries fighting. I am talking a, but about physical fighting. I knew that kind of behavior would never happen here, but now I am not so sure. After watching last Thursday’s GOP debate I am starting to think we are one step shy of a physical altercation. One has to wonder how long can grown men call each other names, talk about each other’s mothers, brothers and husband/wives ¬†before someone takes a swing at the perpetrator. Are we one step shy of anarchy? When did campaigns turn into reality television? Did it happen with the advent of 24 hour news? We all know that the news channels like any other channel crave ratings and this political cycle is proving to be a ratings boon. The problem is we are talking about the future of the country. Do you remember when members of Congress used to refer to each other as the Distinguished Gentlemen? What happened? When did disrespect become the language of the political class? Over the past 8 years we have seen this anger build to this boiling point. We have heard words hurled at our president that would have never been tolerated but the words were embraced by some and allowed by others. So here we are watching the gladiators go at it and wondering what will we gain from this. Share your thoughts.

Donald Trump is going to be so good to the African American community…really?

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President says you know its Black History Month when you here…

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