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“…no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans.”

words straight from the keypad of pat buchanan. but wait– there’s MORE:

“This time, the Silent Majority needs to have its convictions, grievances and demands heard. And among them are these:

First, America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.

Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American.

Second, no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans. Untold trillions have been spent since the ’60s on welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, student loans, legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and poverty programs designed to bring the African-American community into the mainstream.

Governments, businesses and colleges have engaged in discrimination against white folks — with affirmative action, contract set-asides and quotas — to advance black applicants over white applicants.

Churches, foundations, civic groups, schools and individuals all over America have donated time and money to support soup kitchens, adult education, day care, retirement and nursing homes for blacks.

We hear the grievances. Where is the gratitude?”

my God… buchanan shows he clearly knows little or nothing about african/pre-american black history. christianity came to africa well before any so-called white man set foot on the continent. it’s well documented and any so-called christian should know this if he or she reads the Bible. more so, the last time i checked, student loans, pell grants, earned-income tax credits and the like were not created for blacks, but all people; and we all certainly use the resources. to hear pat tell it, one would think every other group in the country’s stuff didn’t stink and all black people are in the hole. oprah we may all not be, but his words basically say: “i believe the stereotype for better or worse.” what cocaine is he snorting??? sorry, i just stereotyped. we have a problem in this country. race still matters. equity, justice and access remain flawed. denying it doesn’t change it.

getting back to the “we saved them” nonsense, here is what i shared with a friend on pat’s ridiculous christian salvation line:

“People tend to think we can somehow control others or speak for an entire group. We can’t. I can’t save anyone. Not the kid with his pants sagging, facing or experiencing unemployment or incomplete education. Not the 30-to-40-something man that has been in or gone to jail. Not even Pat Buchanan. The most pressing matter here, beyond his hate and beyond his ignorance of Black Americans and their experience, is his absolute misunderstanding of what it means to be Christian.

Buchanan said whites were responsible for bringing Africans and their American seed to Christianity. What a mistake! How false! Only God can bring His word to any people. Even when the pastor is on fire with his message or the slave master is ripping the flesh from his subordinate until they claim their “Christian” name, no man (or woman) can come to the Father except through Jesus.

Yet, through his statement, Buchanan expresses a view that is dead wrong. He, like many of those that share his ideology espouse the absolute opposite of what Jesus claimed. If there is anything to be in furor about, that’s got to be it. Christians of all races and ethnicities all over the world should be offended for the hijacking of our religion to fuel the ignorant tirades of those that Jesus said he will refuse. They will be surprised and cry out: “Lord, Lord!”, but he will tell them He never knew them. Like so many, they have taken the good message that God intended the whole world to receive and have made it a platform for their own mischief. God’s patience and grace will end at some point. What will they do then?

So, while the race, equity and justice issue is very much alive and very much an important part of the American discussion, the notion of what it means to truly be a Christian has gone nearly silent in its entirety. People assume Christianity is what Buchanan, Cheney, Bush and the rest of the so-called Christian Right say it is. Whose fault is it for allowing this false understanding to be perpetuated? Those that have no connection or those that call themselves Jesus’ own?

I am very much a guilty party. I have remained silent in the background. I have not publicly and vehemently objected to the hijacking of the Truth. And now, I am frustrated because of the snowball effect.

More than any other time, now is when all of those who love Jesus must be vocal and demonstrate what it really means to discover and know Him. Pat Buchanan clearly doesn’t, but his voice has been louder. To let falsehoods about who brings people to Christianity- which always was and always will be Jesus- to allow false voices to remain the loudest and fool the people would be like sacrificing Jesus all over again.”

May 6.2008 at 9:04 pm Leave a comment

The Unusual Suspects

i love unconferences because i usually run into cool folks doing interesting things quietly on and off of the radar. i was not disappointed this weekend when i attended the second day of podcampnyc (april 25 and april 26) at polytechnic university in brooklyn, nyc.

i enjoyed john herman’s presentation on using multi-media in school. the most interesting part of the lecture centered around challenges faced when attempting to integrate popular, feature-rich web applications in the classroom; often due to “i don’t get it” attitudes by administrations in youth-serving entities including public schools and libraries.

perhaps my favorite presentation was the very last session i attended. hip hop association presented a podcast demo using us, the audience, as the live recording guinea pigs (in a good way). it seemed most people were familiar with how to create a podcast, but it was a fun activity.

personally speaking, the most interesting portions of dialog came after the “official” recording. for instance, we all noted the unusually large presence of black, tech-savvy entrepreneurs, connectors and activists in attendance (at least for the session), which too often seems lacking in respectable numbers at similar conferences. post-dialog interaction touched upon the one laptop per child initiative, open source, equity investing in black-owned enterprise, social enterprise, community development and incubation. of course, given the sean bell-shooting verdict had been released the previous day, there were discussions around viable solutions in addressing community concerns through the resources we already provide or could be created.

a very unassuming, humble and baby-faced bill cammack recorded the session which is available here. thanks bill!

April 27.2008 at 2:27 pm 2 comments

I Just Wanna Know How Much It’s Gonna Cost Me

US Military Top Dogs Discuss Rogue Spy Satellite Issue

i can hear it now: “will you be paying for that with visa, amex, discovery, mastercard, debit or body parts, mr. president?”. as we prepare for looming storms of the nation- natural disasters, economic downturns and roger clemens’ testimony that he has not used steroids, one would think arlen specter, the notorious us republican senator from pennsylvania would be more concerned about our nation’s latest security drama akin to “story of stuff” controversy than why nfl commissioner roger goodell destroyed new england patriots’ spygate tapes. senator specter, how do inappropriate actions in the nfl influence national policy? i bet i just gave steven b. levitt and stephen j. dubner a new chapter idea to follow up their book, freakonomics. here’s an idea: tell me exactly how much it’s going to cost my fellow americans and i to shoot down the lurking “toxic” satellite and exactly how much more it will cost to foot the bill when we have to deal with worldwide public health law suits.

February 14.2008 at 7:55 pm Leave a comment

i luv u 2

detroit mayor kwame kilpatrick

given that i posted about former president clinton (bill, not hil, who would technically be re-elected if she wins and you believe she really wore the pants during her hubby’s tenure) falling asleep during an mlk ceremony, i suppose i should post about something more substantial in politics. detroit mayor kwame kilpatrick was apparently busted by his own text message transcripts in an apparent attempt to discredit him for denying he had an affair. if you need the legalese, the alleged beef is that he used public employees to keep things on the hush. frankly, if former nyc mayor giuliani can cheat on his wife and go through a somewhat public divorce and our former president can be given a pass for his miscues before and while in office, this doesn’t fan my skirt (though i do think people need to reconsider what marriage and marriage vows are supposed to mean and do away with the care-free approach). however, this business with distributing private messages under the guise of proving someone lied is about all i can stand. yes, politicians are public figures. as city councilwoman sheila cockrel put it, politicians “…operate in a fishbowl”. still, there is little to no excuse for airing private communications between parties that intended their interactions to be such. i don’t mean someone posting to a public blog or putting naughty self-portraits on their myspace page. i am talking about one-to-one interactions or those with specific intentions toward specific persons in a party of people. if the detroit mayor did act pimpalicious and his chief of staff did her thing as hoochie-mama of the city, shame on them. really. but it’s between them and their relations. if we don’t respect the line involving private interactions even when it comes to public figures (including tony romo and jessica simpson), then when do we? we’re up in arms about big brother watching and listening to us without our knowledge or consent. if we want such to be respected, it has to be extended to all parties, public figures or not. otherwise, don’t get annoyed when your credit ratings start popping up next to your social network profile for the whole web universe to see after google and yahoo! skim them from your emails.

January 24.2008 at 7:22 pm 1 comment

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