Is Barack Obama Black? Ask the President, Chris Cilliza

Seriously, IT’S 2014 CRAZY SEASON, and the media is playing the same foolish games they played back in 2007, pre Obama presidency.

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President Obama made history in 2008 as the first African-American president in U.S. history.  By Chris Cillizza

But, according to data in a fascinating new Pew Research Center study, a majority of Americans describe the President as “mixed race” while just more than a quarter (27 percent) call him “black.”  See anything wrong with this picture?

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I’m wondering if Chris Cillizza held his nose and sighed PHEW, before he typed up that load of horseshit.  I know Cillizza wrote this load of CRAP with graphs to get clicks, but let us not be fooled by the meaning and timing of this piece.

Obama Discusses His Racial Identity

In February 2007, Senator Barack Obama discussed his racial identity on CBS “60 minutes.” As a junior senator from Illinois, Obama didn’t just face criticism that he lacked the experience to be president but that growing up mixed-race made him unable to relate to the average African American. Told that some African Americans didn’t think he was “black enough” by Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes,” Obama remarked, “The truth of the matter is when I’m walking down the south side of Chicago and visiting my barbershop and playing basketball in some of these neighborhoods, those aren’t questions I get asked. …I also notice when I’m catching a cab, nobody’s confused about that, either.”

Senator Barack Obama’s 2007 60 Minutes Interview with Steve Kroft

KROFT: How important is race in defining yourself?

OBAMA: I think all of us in America and particularly African-Americans have to think about race at some point in our lives. The way I like to think about it, I am rooted in the African-American community, but I’m not defined by it. I am comfortable in my racial identity and recognize that I’m part of a very specific set of experiences in this country, but that’s not the core of who I am. Another way of saying is that’s not all I am.

More from the 2007 transcript

KROFT: You were raised in a white household?

OBAMA: Right.

KROFT: Yet at some point, you decided that you were black?

OBAMA: Well, I’m not sure I decided it. I think if you look African-American in this society, you’re treated as an African-American. And when you’re a child in particular that is how you begin to identify yourself. At least that’s what I felt comfortable identifying myself as.

KROFT: There are blacks who say that you don’t carry the psychological burden of slavery, or growing up in Harlem, or the south side of Chicago as descendants of slaves, but that you’re more recent-immigrant stock.

OBAMA: Right.

KROFT: What do you make of that whole debate?

OBAMA: I think [that's] a small bunch of very intellectualized African-Americans, because that’s not how I feel when I go into my barber shop to get my haircut. It’s not what I experience when a cab driver drives by and waves and says, “I’m rooting for you.” What I think I will plead to is a different perspective on some of the racial issues that we face in the sense that I come at it with the assumption that there is racial prejudice in our society, that we do continue to carry the historical legacy of Jim Crow and slavery. We’ve never fully addressed that. It manifests itself in much higher rates of poverty and violence and lack of educational achievement in minority communities. But I know in my heart that there is a core decency to the American people, and that decency can be tapped. I think America is at the point now where if a white person has the time to get to know who you are, that they are willing on average to look beyond race and judge you as an individual. That doesn’t mean that they’ve stopped making snap judgments. It doesn’t mean that before I was Barack Obama, and I was just Barack Obama, that if I got into an elevator, a woman might not clutch her purse a little tighter. Or if I’m walking down the street, that you might not hear some clicks of doors locking, right. I mean, there’s still a host of stereotypes that I think a lot of people are operating under. But I think if they have time to get to know you, they will judge you as they would judge anybody else, and I think that’s enormous progress. We’ve made progress. Yes, things are better. But better is not good enough. And we’ve still got a long way to go.

KROFT: You think the country’s ready for a black President?

OBAMA: Yes.

Why do you think Cillizza and his corporate masters are rehashing this nonsense again?

 

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Serendipity SOUL | Monday Open Thread | Etta James Week

Happy Monday, Everyone! This week’s featured artist is Ms. Etta James

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Wiki: Early life and career: 1938–1959

Jamesetta Hawkins was born on January 25, 1938 in Los Angeles to Dorothy Hawkins, who was only fourteen at the time. Her father has never been identified but was rumored to be possibly white. James speculated that her father was the pool player, Rudolf “Minnesota Fats” Wanderone, and met him briefly in 1987. Due to her mother being often absent carrying on relationships with various men, James lived with a series of caregivers, most notably “Sarge” and “Mama” Lu. James called her mother “the Mystery Lady”. Etta died on January 20th 2012.

Your mama cooked a chicken, thought it was a duck. She put it on the table with its legs cocked up.

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- I’d Rather Be Blind

(Live at Montreux 1975)

2008, the movie”Cadillac Records” featured a Beyonce’s portrayal of Etta James

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Videos| Brianna Owen LIES and say “Large (Bl**k)” Man Beat Her Up

Hat tip: SG2 See, this is what gets young black boys like Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin & Jonathan Ferrell killed.

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Brianna Owen (pictured) told Fox 2 News Detroit that she was standing outside of a party store in Detroit when a tall man punched her in the face without provocation, but a recently released surveillance video of the encounter tells a different story.

This fuckery was too easy to PROVE. HELLO! Can you say surveillance camera?  And let’s be very clear, Brianna Owens might have been attacked, and it’s a crime, but so is LYING about “large man” attacking her. Even FALSELY accusing a PHANTOM Black male is dangerous, as SG2 noted above.

It incites racial hatred and further intensifies the stereotypical myth of the “Bad, dangerous BIG BLACK MALE THUG!

Detriot woman says man attacked her but video says different

LARGE MAN = “BLACK”

Brianna Owen lies and say large black man beat her up

This isn’t REAL LIFE, Brianna Owens. 3 Chics knows all too well the pattern of making FALSE ACCUSATIONS. And this is another instance where the myth of black men and boys are made out to be thugs and criminals.

3Chics Alert! Another White Woman Blames Black People For Self-Inflicted Harm & Crimes

Perpetuating the stereotypes of the black scary criminals, that in and of itself is a CRIME.

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Sunday Open Thread | Praise & Worship

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Mavis Staples performed “We Shall Overcome” at the Civil Rights Summit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act.

In 1963, with their celebrity rising thanks to a nationwide folk and blues revival, the Staple Singers delivered a concert in Montgomery, Alabama, that was attended by Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and they had the opportunity to speak with the civil rights leader after the show. The meeting had a profound effect on the group’s direction, and for the next several years they wrote songs exclusively in support of the American civil rights movement.

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Videos| Percy Julian, Acomplished Chemist & Forgotten Genius

Friday, April 11, 2014 Google Doodle featured a graphic of a man wearing a white jacket. So I was curious to know who this man is/was.

Percy Julian-AKA Percy Lavon Julian

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Watch full PBS series FORGOTTEN GENIUS HERE.

BIO Born: 11-Apr-1899 Birthplace: Montgomery, AL Died: 19-Apr-1975

Location of death: Waukegan, IL -Cause of death: Cancer – Liver Remains: Buried, Elm Lawn Cemetery, Elmhurst, IL -Gender: Male Religion: Christian -Race or Ethnicity: Black Sexual orientation: Straight -Occupation: Chemist, Business, Activist Nationality: United States Executive summary: Physostigmine and cortisone Father: James Sumner Julian (railroad mail clerk) Mother: Elizabeth Lena Adams Julian (school teacher) Wife: Anna Roselle Johnson Julian (affair while married 1928-29, m. 24-Dec-1935, two children) Son: Percy Lavon Julian, Jr. (civil rights attorney, b. 1940, d. 2008) Daughter: Faith Roselle Julian (b. 1944)

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PERCY JULIAN: FIVE FAST FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW

Please feel free to pass on the above link.  Thank you!

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Saturday Open Thread | Native American Dance

Native American Ghost DanceThe Ghost Dance (Natdia) is a spiritual movement that came about in the late 1880s when conditions were bad on Indian reservations and Native Americans needed something to give them hope. This movement found its origin in a Paiute Indian named Wovoka, who announced that he was the messiah come to earth to prepare the Indians for their salvation.

The Paiute tradition that led to the Ghost Dance began in the 1870s in the Western Great Basin from the visions of Wodziwob (Gray Hair) concerning earth renewal and the reintroduction of the spirits of ancient Numu (Northern Paiute) ancestors into the contemporary day to help them. Central to the Natdia religion was the dance itself – dancing in a circular pattern continuously – which induced a state of religious ecstasy.

The movement began with a dream by Wovoka (named Jack Wilson in English), a Northern Paiute, during the solar eclipse on January 1, 1889. He claimed that, in his dream, he was taken into the spirit world and saw all Native Americans being taken up into the sky and the Earth opening up to swallow all Whites and to revert back to its natural state. The Native Americans, along with their ancestors, were put back upon the earth to live in peace. He also claimed that he was shown that, by dancing the round-dance continuously, the dream would become a reality and the participants would enjoy the new Earth.

His teachings followed a previous Paiute tradition predicting a Paiute renaissance. Varying somewhat, it contained much Christian doctrine. He also told them to remain peaceful and keep the reason for the dance secret from the Whites. Wovoka’s message spread quickly to other Native American peoples and soon many of them were fully dedicated to the movement. Representatives from tribes all over the nation came to Nevada to meet with Wovoka and learn to dance the Ghost Dance and to sing Ghost Dance songs.

The dance as told by Wovoka went something like this: “When you get home you must begin a dance and continue for five days. Dance for four successive nights, and on the last night continue dancing until the morning of the fifth day, when all must bathe in the river and then return to their homes. You must all do this in the same way. …I want you to dance every six weeks. Make a feast at the dance and have food that everybody may eat.”

The Natdia, it was claimed, would bring about renewal of the native society and decline in the influence of the Whites.

Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) agents grew disturbed when they became aware that so many Indians were coming together and participating in a new and unknown event.

In early October, 1890, Kicking Bear, a Minneconjou Sioux Indian, visited Sitting Bull at Standing Rock telling him of his visit to Wovoka. They told him of the great number of other Indians who were there as well, referring to Wovoka as the Christ.

And they told him of the prophecy that the next spring, when the grass was high, the earth would be covered with new soil and bury all the white men. The new soil would be covered with sweet grass, running water and trees and the great herds of buffalo and wild horses would return. All Indians who danced the Ghost Dance would be taken up into the air and suspended there while the new earth was being laid down. Then they would be returned to the earth along with the ghosts of their ancestors.

When the dance spread to the Lakota, the BIA agents became alarmed. They claimed that the Lakota developed a militaristic approach to the dance and began making “ghost shirts” they thought would protect them from bullets. They also spoke openly about why they were dancing. The BIA agent in charge of the Lakota eventually sent the tribal police to arrest Sitting Bull, a leader respected among the Lakota, to force him to stop the dance. In the struggle that followed, Sitting Bull was killed along with a number of policemen. A small detachment of cavalry eventually rescued the remaining policemen.

Following the killing of Sitting Bull, the United States sent the Seventh Cavalry to “disarm the Lakota and take control.” During the events that followed, now known as the Wounded Knee Massacre on December 29, 1890, 457 U.S. soldiers opened fire upon the Sioux, killing more than 200 of them. The Ghost Dance reached its peak just before the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890.

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Video | President Obama Speaks at the National Action Network’s (NAN) 16th Annual Convention

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President Obama speaks at the National Action Network’s 16th Annual Convention.  Watch it live here at 4:10 p.m. EDT/3:10/CT.

We’ll post full video when available.

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