(NOTE: PROFANITY USED THROUGH OUT THIS CLIP)
Would they have done this in an ethnically diverse community?
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I thought Cornel west reserved this type of ire for the President. Read the post and share your thoughts.
In Defense of James Baldwin – Why Tony Morrison(a literary genius) is Wrong about Ta-Nehisi Coates. Baldwin was a great writer of profound courage who spoke truth to power. Coates is a clever wordsmith with journalistic talent who avoids any critique of the Black president in power. Baldwin’s painful self-examination led to collective action and a focus on social movements. He reveled in the examples of Medgar, Martin, Malcolm, Fannie Lou Hamer and Angela Davis. Coates’s fear-driven self-absorption leads to individual escape and flight to safety – he is cowardly silent on the marvelous new militancy in Ferguson, Baltimore, New York, Oakland, Cleveland and other places. Coates can grow and mature, but without an analysis of capitalist wealth inequality, gender domination, homophobic degradation, Imperial occupation (all concrete forms of plunder) and collective fightback (not just personal struggle) Coates will remain a mere darling of White and Black Neo-liberals, paralyzed by their Obama worship and hence a distraction from the necessary courage and vision we need in our catastrophic times. How I wish the prophetic work of serious intellectuals like Robin DG Kelley, Imani Perry, Gerald Horne, Eddie Glaude commanded the attention the corporate media gives Coates. But in our age of superficial spectacle, even the great Morrison is seduced by the linguistic glitz and political silences of Coates as we all hunger for the literary genius and political engagement of Baldwin. As in jazz, we must teach our youth that immature imitation is suicide and premature elevation is death. Brother Coates continue to lift your gifted voice to your precious son and all of us, just beware of the white noise and become connected to the people’s movements!
Every now and then you need some McDonald’s. Yesterday I went to my local McDonald’s while eating my lunch with my daughter I observed the manager, a black woman having an ongoing conversation with one of the patrons. She would smile and greet everyone who came over to sit down and eat their food. She asked everyone did they need anything. She was pleasant and professional until a young black teenage boy came over and attempted to charge his phone. She asked him whether he planned on buying any food and when he said yes she said he had 20 minutes to eat it, and they did not tolerate loitering. It was striking to me that he had to justify his existence in the restaurant. During the school year they have limits of the number of students allowed in the restaurant, but there was barely anyone in the place but, she laid out his rules of engagement. He responded to her, and he left the premises. She found him suspicious on arrival, and he did not seem bothered probably because this is his life, and I only got a glimpse of it.
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Video courtesy of Tyree Carroll Family.
We have truly become a society of selective outrage. Donald Trump has been making some outrageous racial statements and he is paying the price for his statements. The media is on him like white on rice, and rightfully so. Today I saw a statement made by George Takai of Star Trek fame. He called Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas “a clown in blackface.” It’s fine to disagee with Thomas, and I often do but to call him a clown in blackface is a bridge too far and more people should stand up and say it.
South Carolina is serious about removing the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol. This flag was not the official Confederate flag it was actually a battle flag raised in 1962 in opposition to intergration. The South Carolina killer was enamored with the battle flag and all things Confederate, but do we eliminate all things Confederate? Do we erase them from the history books? Should schools and streets named after Confederate veterans be re-named? Will doing this move us closer to racial unity? Are we going down a slippery slope? What will happen if 50 years from now someone decides Martin Luther King Jr. is no longer a figure to be revered? What if they want his statue removed? What if they want the streets named after him removed? What if the holiday is rescinded? Slavery is America’s sin and the Confederates that fought to preserve it lost the war, but they are still a part of American history. We can not erase the stain by destroying all things linked to that history. Share your thoughts.
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UPDATE: Meet the Press received a lot of push back on this segment and Chuck Todd issued this response.
We’ve gotten a lot of feedback about the gun video we showed on Meet the Press today. Some were upset it only featured African-American men talking about their regrets of pulling a trigger. All of the men in the piece volunteered to be a part of the video and the larger project it is a part of.
But the last thing we wanted was to cloud the discussion of the topic.
The original decision to air this segment was made before Wednesday’s massacre. However, the staff and I had an internal debate about whether to show it at all this week. When we discussed putting it off, that conversation centered around race and perception – not the conversation we wanted the segment to invoke.
We decided against delaying the segment because we wanted to show multiple sides of what gun violence does in this country. We thought the issue of gun violence in our culture and society was an important conversation to continue — too important to put off for another week. The consequences of gun violence should not be hidden.
As I say to all audiences, Meet the Press should make all viewers uncomfortable at some point or we are not doing our job. I hope folks view the gun video as a part of the conversation we should all be having and not the totality of it.