Wednesday Open Thread | Dirty Dancing Soundtrack

Dirty dancing7Movie Plot: It’s the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old[citation needed] Frances “Baby” Houseman (Grey) is vacationing with her affluent family at Kellerman’s,[7] a resort in the Catskill Mountains. Baby is planning to attend Mount Holyoke College to study the economics of underdeveloped countries and then enter the Peace Corps. She was named after Frances Perkins, the first woman in the U.S. Cabinet. Her father, Dr. Jake Houseman (Orbach), is the personal physician of Max Kellerman (Jack Weston), the resort’s owner.

During her stay, Baby meets—and develops a crush on—the resort’s dance instructor Johnny Castle (Swayze), who is also the leader of the resort’s working-class entertainment staff. While walking around on the resort grounds, Baby encounters Billy (Johnny’s cousin), and when Baby helps Billy carry watermelons to the staff’s quarters, she observes their secret after-hours party and the “dirty dancing” (i.e., the Mambo) involved.

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83 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | Dirty Dancing Soundtrack

  1. Yahtc says:

    By the time the first of eight candles in Jewish menorah were lit on Wednesday evening for the start of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, the country was largely closed down for Thursday’s Thanksgiving holiday.

    According to the most commonly cited calculation, not only has this not happened for 125 years, but it won’t happen again for more than 70,000 years.

    That is because the Jewish calendar is shifting in relation to the Gregorian calendar very, very slowly… at a rate of four days every 1,000 years.

    It’s thanks to a quirk of both calendars that 2013 has this curious new amalgam: Thanksgivukkah.

  2. Joy gave me goosebumps putting that racist ass clown in his place. Whew lawdy! 👏👏👏


  3. I’m still cooking, y’all. But I need a break for a few minutes.

    • Liza says:

      I’ve been cooking for two days, SG2, we’re having TG tonight. I’m soooo tired and my back hurts, so I’m taking a break too. Almost done…

      • I know exactly how you feel, Liza! I’m so tired and there is still cooking to do. Haley wants to bake cookies later too. I still have to do my cornbread yet.

        Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. May you all have a wonderful blessed time together.

      • Liza says:

        Thank you, SG2. I hope that you and yours have a happy Thanksgiving holiday. That cornbread sounds so good. I LOVE homemade cornbread.

  4. rikyrah says:

    The Plum Line
    Americans are sick of war. Washington should take notice.
    By Ryan Cooper
    November 27 at 11:49 am

    In a new Reuters poll, Americans back the proposed Iranian nuclear deal by 2-to-1 margin. This is supported by the recent Post/ABC poll that finds 64 percent of Americans support easing sanctions in exchange for a temporary delay of Iran’s nuclear program.

    At the same time, though, a bipartisan cast of political elites attacked the agreement before it has even been finalized — underscoring the extent to which Washington has become divorced from the American people on foreign policy.

    According to the survey, performed by Reuters/Ipsos, about 44 percent of American support the deal, 22 percent oppose, with the rest undecided. Other questions in the are largely unsurprising: Americans are suspicious of Iran and are supportive of Israel. Here’s the really revealing result:

    While indicating little trust among Americans toward Iranian intentions, the survey also underscored a strong desire to avoid new U.S. military entanglements after long, costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Even if the Iran deal fails, 49 percent want the United States to then increase sanctions and 31 percent think it should launch further diplomacy. But only 20 percent want U.S. military force to be used against Iran.

  5. rikyrah says:

    The Plum Line

    Morning Plum: Republicans are absolutely certain Obamacare has already failed
    By Greg Sargent
    November 27 at 8:31 am

    With Obamacare facing its deadline for website functionality, Republicans appear absolutely, irrevocably, 100 percent certain the law’s total collapse is at hand, or even already complete. However, they may be the only ones who are convinced of this.

    A new CNN poll tests public opinion on the law in a way I haven’t seen before — and it shows Republicans are the only group who believe the law’s problems can’t be solved and that it should now be pronounced a failure. Independents and moderates believe it can still work.

    To be sure, opposition is running high, at 58 percent, as in many other polls, and virtually no one believes the law is a success, which is as it should be. This means, again, that the rollout continues to put Democrats in serious political peril. But disapproval does not necessarily translate into giving up on the law, which matters, because it goes to whether people will enroll in the numbers necessary to make it work over time.

    The poll finds 53 percent of Americans say it’s too soon to tell if the law will succeed or fail, versus 39 percent who pronounce it a failure. That latter sentiment is driven by Republicans: Independents say it’s too soon to tell by 55-41; moderates by 58-35. But Republicans overwhelmingly believe it’s a failure by 70-25.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Dems ramp up pressure on unemployment insurance
    By Greg Sargent
    November 26 at 3:14 pm

    Republicans have been working overtime to draw attention to human stories about people losing health coverage thanks to Obamacare, confident in the belief that they can win a war of anecdotes that will help destroy the law in the realm of public opinion.

    But over one million other Americans are also set to lose another form of insurance — and in this case, it is Democrats who will be highlighting their stories in an effort to prod Republicans into doing something to stop it from happening. The insurance in question is unemployment insurance.

    Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee have penned a letter to the GOP chairman of the committee — Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan — urging him to take a break from the hearings about Obamacare and hold one on the need to extend unemployment compensation. The letter from ranking Dem Sander Levin and other Dems says:

  7. rikyrah says:

    The Plum Line
    Contraception is back!
    By Greg Sargent
    November 26 at 1:36 pm

    Big news: The Supreme Court will hear a challenge to Obamacare that centers on the Constitutionality of its contraception mandate — reigniting a debate over women’s health and “religious liberty” that played a major role in the 2012 elections. Oral arguments will likely come in March.

    However this turns out, at a moment when the health law is sinking in polls, and its prognosis remains in doubt, this has the potential to revive an argument about health care that even Republicans widely admit played heavily in the Dems’ favor — in both the 2012 presidential and Senate races — the last time it was in the news.

    The contraception debate flared up in the spring of 2012, at around the time Rush Limbaugh denounced Sandra Fluke as a “slut and a “prostitute.” Democratic operatives subsequently seized on some comments from GOP Senate candidates (see Akin, Todd) to keep up a drumbeat about the GOP as hidebound and captive to a base that is unwilling to evolve on cultural and women’s health issues.

    The RNC’s own autopsy into what went wrong in 2012 explicitly noted that the GOP needs to avoid being seen as the party of “stuffy old men.” Dems will do all they can to ensure that a SCOTUS debate over contraception revives the focus on what it means to elect a party that appoints stuffy old Republican judges.

    Indeed, the RNC autopsy called on the party to broaden the party’s appeal to Latinos (through an embrace of immigration reform), young voters (by showing sensitivity on gay rights) and women. But immigration reform looks dead in this Congress, and House Republicans refuse to move forward with a measure to end gay workplace discrimination. The Republican Party is running out of ways to evolve, and a revived debate about contraception brings up an issue where the party is still very much ministering to a key chunk of the base. House Republicans have tried to add measures to spending levels that would limit Obamacare contraception coverage, and at one point Paul Ryan told GOP colleagues that the debt limit deadline should be used as leverage against the same.

    In one sense, this could also play in Republicans’ favor. If midterm elections are about base turnout, another extended debate about contraception provides Republicans with an easy way to fire up social conservatives in the middle of 2014.

    But Dems will seize on it to further tar Republicans among key swing constituencies. White House adviser David Plouffe tweeted that the SCOTUS decision to take up the case would be a “nightmare” for Republicans, adding that 2016 GOP candidates’ handling of it would be closely watched by women in key swing areas such as northern Virginia. Dem Terry McAuliffe won in Virginia by building up a big gender gap, relentlessly tarring Republican Ken Cuccinelli as reactionary on women’s issues.

  8. Ametia says:

    The changing role of money in politics

    By Smartypants

    For both liberals and conservatives, a common refrain we hear when a political battle is lost is that we can blame the role of money in politics. We’ve seen ample reason for this conclusion in the past. For example, when it comes to presidential elections we’ve seen the amount of money raised for candidates go from $162 million in 1980 to $2.3 billion in 2012. Of course with the SCOTUS’ Citizen’s United ruling, about $550 million of the 2012 total came from outside groups (ie, SuperPACs).

    But I’m here to suggest that it might be time to challenge the conventional thinking about the role of money in politics. Things are changing fast in both political parties and technology is playing a BIG role in altering the landscape.

    When it comes to the changes in political parties, Barack Obama’s campaigns have ushered in a death blow to traditional thinking about fundraising. In the past candidates have relied on big donors to fund their endeavors. But President Obama showed that small donors in large numbers can beat that system.

    Read more here:!/2013/11/the-changing-role-of-money-in-politics.html

  9. rikyrah says:

    Republicans Refuse to Cover the Poor, Then Complain that Obamacare Isn’t Covering the Poor
    —By Kevin Drum
    Thu Nov. 21, 2013 3:30 PM GMT

    The New York Times has gotten hold of the “House Republican Playbook” on Obamacare, and I have to admit that it brought back warm memories. It’s just like the launch kits I used to produce for our sales force whenever we came out with a new product, and I have to say that it looks very professional. For Eric Cantor’s sake, I hope his sales force pays more attention to it than my sales force used to pay to mine.

    In any case, it’s all pretty predictable stuff: Obamacare is an abomination; people are losing their insurance; small companies are being ruined; etc. etc. But I have to say that this is my favorite talking point:

    Needless to say, this is primarily because Republicans governors have refused to implement Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, even though it’s 100 percent paid for at first and 90 percent paid for forever. These governors literally prefer to have their state’s residents pay taxes and get nothing in return rather than give so much as an extra dime to poor people who need health care. It’s truly hard to fathom what kind of human being is callous enough to do this, but apparently there are a bunch of them in the Republican Party.

    And then, just to add a cherry of chutzpah on top of this ice cream sundae of spitefulness, they crow about how Obamacare isn’t covering as many people as Obama hoped it would. You really have to marvel.

  10. rikyrah says:

    If preventing hospital layoffs is important…
    11/27/13 10:58 AM
    By Steve Benen

    If you received an email this week from your angry uncle who watches Fox News all day, outraged by reports that “Obamacare” is causing layoffs at the Cleveland Clinic, let him know he can relax.

    On November 25, The Daily Caller published an article titled, “Top U.S. hospital laying off staff due to Obamacare.” On Fox Business’ Markets Now, host Connell McShane reported on the “massive layoffs.” America’s Newsroom host Bill Hemmer claimed that the Cleveland Clinic was going to “shed workers.” Later, during the America’s News HQ, Fox reporter Chris Stirewalt claimed that the layoffs “rocked the community there in northeastern Ohio.”

    But there’s one problem: the Cleveland Clinic is not laying off any employees.

    Imagine that. After conservative media ran with this, Media Matters talked to Eileen Sheil, the Cleveland Clinic’s Executive Director of Corporate Communications, who said, “There have been several mis-reports and they keep mentioning that we’re laying off 3,000 employees. We’re not.” The medical facility is offering voluntary retirement to 3,000 eligible employees, but those aren’t “massive layoffs,” and blaming the Affordable Care Act for staffing decisions that have happened elsewhere for years is a stretch.

    Indeed, Sheil added that the Clinic supports the law conservative media is so eager to denigrate: “We believe reform is necessary because the current state is unsustainable. The ACA is a step toward that change and we believe more changes will come/evolve as there are still many uncertainties. Hospitals must be responsible and do what we can to prepare and support the law.”

    And while this incident offers another reminder about the reliability of conservative media outlets, there’s another angle to keep in mind. Though it doesn’t get as much attention as it should, Medicaid expansion is incredibly important to state hospitals, which will struggle badly in Republican-led states that reject the policy. Indeed, in some states, hospitals may end up closing their doors altogether, at least in part due to the political decision.

    And when state hospitals close, there are actual “massive layoffs,” which affect the employees and the economy. It’s one of the reasons so many hospitals lobby Republican officials in “red” states to be more responsible on Medicaid expansion, though their appeals are generally ignored.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Turning the health care corner
    11/26/13 11:15 AM—Updated 11/26/13 12:03 PM
    By Steve Benen

    Political journalism is sometimes criticized, fairly, for its “pack” mentality. Major news organizations wait for the conventional wisdom to organically take shape, and then the players stick to their scripts, reinforcing an agreed upon consensus. In practically no time at all, there are certain political facts that “everyone knows” to be true.

    But soon after, that gets dull, the conventional wisdom invites skeptics, and contrarian instincts kick in. Maybe, the political world starts to wonder, those truths that “everyone knows” aren’t so true after all.

    For the last several weeks, the consensus in establishment circles was that the Affordable Care Act’s open-enrollment period was not only a disaster, but a catastrophe that would destroy Obama’s presidency, the Democratic Party, the American health care system, and the very idea of progressive governance. Pundits could hardly contain their analogies – this was Obama’s Katrina, Obama’s Iraq, Obama’s Watergate, Obama’s Iran-Contra, and even Obama’s Bay of Pigs.

    But the funny thing about narratives is that they’re sometimes fleeting. Ezra Klein suggests today that “Obamacare” may finally be “turning the corner.”

  12. rikyrah says:

    November 26, 2013, 2:42 pm
    The Obamacare Worm Turns

    I suggested yesterday that we’re probably heading for a turning point in the health reform discussion. Conservatives are operating on the assumption that it’s an irredeemable disaster that they can ride all the way to 2016; but the facts on the ground are getting better by the day, and Obamacare will turn into a Benghazi-type affair where Republicans are screaming about a scandal nobody else cares about.

    And it’s already starting to happen.

    White House officials are sounding increasingly upbeat. They could be deluded or spinning; but after what happened two months ago one suspects that the last thing they want is to inflate expectations unduly.

    Meanwhile, media coverage is shifting fast. It’s still mostly trying for equivalence — each positive story of people being helped matched by a negative story of people hurt. But the stories don’t actually match up at all.

    Small example: earlier today I found myself trapped in a place with CNN on in the background, showing a fair-and-balanced account of losers and winners. First, the loser: a guy who admits that Obamacare has gotten him a plan cheaper than the insurance he had, but who has found that his current allergist is off-network. Annoying, no doubt; but there are other allergists, and this particular one probably didn’t help the case by saying that he’s thinking of refusing to take Medicare patients, too.

    And in any case, insurance with restricted networks is hardly something new to Obamacare.

    Then, the winners: a couple with no insurance at all, because her premium would have been prohibitive and he has a preexisting condition that won’t let him buy any kind of insurance at all — but now both covered, at a very affordable price, by Covered California.

    I don’t know about you, but these don’t sound to me like equivalent stories.

  13. rikyrah says:

    When Success Is Not News
    By Charles P. Pierce at 10:12AM

    Look, there’s something going on with the Affordable Care Act that doesn’t require an IT specialist to explain. There’s a world beyond the ginned-up anecdote. Who knew?


    It is important to realize while reading this that the Republicans have no plan for maintaining the reform of our ridiculous health-care system beyond rolling us all back to the status quo ante. Oh, and “tort reform,” aka The Dalkon Shield Protection Act of 2014. They are arguing for a return to widespread fear and panic with every twinge of the back, and a return to the profitable perfidy of the insurance industry. This is increasingly looking like the last chance for the United States to join the rest of the industrialized world in crafting a sensible health-care policy for its citizens. All of its citizens.

  14. Hey Chicas!

    I have my tree up and house is decorated. Yay! Jay came in this morning and said..’granny, it’s bee uuu teee ful’.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Think Progress: Treasury And IRS To Crack Down On Super PACs Masquerading As Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Groups

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service issued proposed guidelines on Tuesday that could force dark-money political groups like Crossroads GPSand the American Future Fund to spend less of their money on campaign advertising and other overt electioneering. If implemented, this guidance would clarify what actions by tax-exempt social welfare organizations are limited “candidate-related political activity” and what actions can count toward their principal purpose.

    According to the Wall Street Journal, these rules would label “campaign advertising, voter registration, get-out-the-vote efforts, and distribution of voter guides and campaign materials,” as “candidate-related political activity.” None of that would be able to count as part of the group’s tax-exempt purpose — meaning only a minority of its work could fall into those categories. While 501(c)(4)s would still be free to engage in those activities, they couldn’t be the main focus. This could mean groups accused of masquerading as (c)(4)s could have to find new ways to spend their money.

  16. Ametia says:

    Can we just say how DELICIOUSLY COOL this is.


  17. rikyrah says:

    Jim Garrow and Erik Rush Obama Should Be Stood Against Wall and Shot
    By: Hrafnkell Haraldsson more from Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    Wednesday, November, 27th, 2013, 7:35 am

    Republicans have become obsessed not with simply impeaching or imprisoning President Obama, but with killing him. And they are quite open about their desires. We just saw how a pair of former generals have dishonored their uniforms by saying Obama must be forcibly removed from office and how a Christian militia group claimed that Jesus and the Second Amendment gives them the right to shoot Obama.

    Because they have no actual justification for Obama’s removal (and eventual execution) they must fabricate heinous misdeeds for which to punish him – like attacking America with an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that would result in “the deaths of ninety percent of the population of the United States of America.”

    This story is the brainchild of Jim Garrow and Erik Rush.

    Yes, Jim Garrow and Erik Rush say Obama should be stood against wall and shot – for something that exists only in their own twisted imaginations.

    • Liza says:

      This is disturbing. We just went through the 50th anniversary of JFKs assassination, yet these sick and twisted people say things like this PUBLICLY?? This is beyond my tolerance. What is it going to take to shut these fools up?

  18. Ametia says:

    Does anyone know when PBO’s going to pardon this year’s turkey?

  19. Yahtc says:

    Dr. Hayward C. Maben Jr.: Detroiter overcame racism to become surgeon

  20. Yahtc says:

    National Society of Black Physicists

    NSBP and LIGO create Carl A. Rouse Fellowship

    NSBP and LIGO have jointly created the Carl A. Rouse Fellowship for summer undergraduate researchers. LIGO is managed by Caltech and MIT. Rouse was Caltech’s first African American Ph.D. graduate and spent some of his career at MIT’s Lincoln Lab. He is best known for his computational work on dense plasmas, nuclear fusion reactions, and solar neutrino flux.

  21. Yahtc says:

    African-American customer sues Hertz after staff at Hawaii airport ‘mock him using Pidgin English on Facebook’

  22. Yahtc says:

    Listen To “This American Life” On The Legacy Of Lending Discrimination Against African-Americans


  23. rikyrah says:

    About the young woman from yesterday in Florida who was facing expulsion because of her hair, the school has backed off.


    Update: African-American girl won’t face expulsion over ‘natural hair’

  24. Yahtc says:

    “The Original Black Feminist”

    Uploaded on Jan 13, 2010 by BIGBKELtheGOD
    This video is dedicated to a long forgotten Movement called the New Negro Woman Movement which lasted from the late 1890’s until the early 1920’s. This Movement was not just in America because it was an International campaign that pushed for Black Women to be seen as dignified ladies with the utmost respect in a time when many still looked at the Black Woman like she was the same rag tag mistress that many were during chattel slavery. The New Negro Women may have been influenced heavily by Wealthy class European standards but it was indeed the Predecessor to both the Black Nationalist, and Pan-African Movements that would take the World by storm during the 1920’s.

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  27. Ametia says:

    TOM KLUDT – NOVEMBER 27, 2013, 8:46 AM EST

    By a 2-to-1 margin, Americans support the recently struck deal to halt Iran’s nuclear program, according to an online poll released on Tuesday.

    The latest Reuters/Ipsos survey showed a plurality of 44 percent supports the deal brokered between Iran and six world powers while 22 percent said they are opposed.

    The interim deal, which was reached on Saturday, calls for Iran to freeze its nuclear program for six months in exchange for relief from sanctions. If the deal is honored, the sides will negotiate a long-term agreement to ensure that Iran does not produce nuclear weapons.

    In the event that the deal fails, the poll showed that 49 percent of Americans want the U.S. to increase sanctions while 31 percent want more diplomacy. A mere 20 percent said they want the U.S. to use military force against Iran.

  28. Ametia says:

    Look at this BS

    Obama’s photo policy smacks of propaganda
    By Dana Milbank, Published: November 26

    Is the Obama White House airbrushing history?

    It was a hallmark of the Stalin era: Fallen Soviet leaders vanished from official photographs. Nobody accuses President Obama of such subterfuge (well, nobody except for those who believe he forged his birth certificate), but a change in longtime practice in the White House has raised questions about the integrity of images Americans see of their president.

  29. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  30. Yahtc says:

    For White readers here who understand that we Whites have privileges and advantages that our fellow Black citizens do not have, please consider reaching out each day to a White friend or acquaintance to educate them about the unfair White privilege that they possess.

    Only then can we begin to END this White system of privilege in our White-power structure system.

    • Yahtc says:

      Here is an Outstanding article on White Privilege:

      “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”

      Excerpt from this article:

      I decided to try to work on myself at least by identifying some of the daily effects of white privilege in my life. I have chosen those conditions that I think in my case attach somewhat more to skin-color privilege than to class, religion, ethnic status, or geographic location, though of course all these other factors are intricately intertwined. As far as I can tell, my African American coworkers, friends, and acquaintances with whom I come into daily or frequent contact in this particular time, place and time of work cannot count on most of these conditions.

      1. I can if I wish arrange to be in the company of people of my race most of the time.

      2. I can avoid spending time with people whom I was trained to mistrust and who have learned to mistrust my kind or me.

      3. If I should need to move, I can be pretty sure of renting or purchasing housing in an area which I can afford and in which I would want to live.

      4. I can be pretty sure that my neighbors in such a location will be neutral or pleasant to me.

      5. I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.

      6. I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented.

      7. When I am told about our national heritage or about “civilization,” I am shown that people of my color made it what it is.

      8. I can be sure that my children will be given curricular materials that testify to the existence of their race.

      9. If I want to, I can be pretty sure of finding a publisher for this piece on white privilege.

      10. I can be pretty sure of having my voice heard in a group in which I am the only member of my race.

      11. I can be casual about whether or not to listen to another person’s voice in a group in which s/he is the only member of his/her race.

      12. I can go into a music shop and count on finding the music of my race represented, into a supermarket and find the staple foods which fit with my cultural traditions, into a hairdresser’s shop and find someone who can cut my hair.

      13. Whether I use checks, credit cards or cash, I can count on my skin color not to work against the appearance of financial reliability.

      14. I can arrange to protect my children most of the time from people who might not like them.

      15. I do not have to educate my children to be aware of systemic racism for their own daily physical protection.

      16. I can be pretty sure that my children’s teachers and employers will tolerate them if they fit school and workplace norms; my chief worries about them do not concern others’ attitudes toward their race.

      17. I can talk with my mouth full and not have people put this down to my color.

      18. I can swear, or dress in second hand clothes, or not answer letters, without having people attribute these choices to the bad morals, the poverty or the illiteracy of my race.

      19. I can speak in public to a powerful male group without putting my race on trial.

      20. I can do well in a challenging situation without being called a credit to my race.

      21. I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group.

      22. I can remain oblivious of the language and customs of persons of color who constitute the world’s majority without feeling in my culture any penalty for such oblivion.

      23. I can criticize our government and talk about how much I fear its policies and behavior without being seen as a cultural outsider.

      24. I can be pretty sure that if I ask to talk to the “person in charge”, I will be facing a person of my race.

      25. If a traffic cop pulls me over or if the IRS audits my tax return, I can be sure I haven’t been singled out because of my race.

      26. I can easily buy posters, post-cards, picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys and children’s magazines featuring people of my race.

      27. I can go home from most meetings of organizations I belong to feeling somewhat tied in, rather than isolated, out-of-place, outnumbered, unheard, held at a distance or feared.

      28. I can be pretty sure that an argument with a colleague of another race is more likely to jeopardize her/his chances for advancement than to jeopardize mine.

      29. I can be pretty sure that if I argue for the promotion of a person of another race, or a program centering on race, this is not likely to cost me heavily within my present setting, even if my colleagues disagree with me.

      30. If I declare there is a racial issue at hand, or there isn’t a racial issue at hand, my race will lend me more credibility for either position than a person of color will have.

      31. I can choose to ignore developments in minority writing and minority activist programs, or disparage them, or learn from them, but in any case, I can find ways to be more or less protected from negative consequences of any of these choices.

      32. My culture gives me little fear about ignoring the perspectives and powers of people of other races.

      33. I am not made acutely aware that my shape, bearing or body odor will be taken as a reflection on my race.

      34. I can worry about racism without being seen as self-interested or self-seeking.

      35. I can take a job with an affirmative action employer without having my co-workers on the job suspect that I got it because of my race.

      36. If my day, week or year is going badly, I need not ask of each negative episode or situation whether it had racial overtones.

      37. I can be pretty sure of finding people who would be willing to talk with me and advise me about my next steps, professionally.

      38. I can think over many options, social, political, imaginative or professional, without asking whether a person of my race would be accepted or allowed to do what I want to do.

      39. I can be late to a meeting without having the lateness reflect on my race.

      40. I can choose public accommodation without fearing that people of my race cannot get in or will be mistreated in the places I have chosen.

      41. I can be sure that if I need legal or medical help, my race will not work against me.

      42. I can arrange my activities so that I will never have to experience feelings of rejection owing to my race.

      43. If I have low credibility as a leader I can be sure that my race is not the problem.

      44. I can easily find academic courses and institutions which give attention only to people of my race.

      45. I can expect figurative language and imagery in all of the arts to testify to experiences of my race.

      46. I can chose blemish cover or bandages in “flesh” color and have them more or less match my skin.

      47. I can travel alone or with my spouse without expecting embarrassment or hostility in those who deal with us.

      48. I have no difficulty finding neighborhoods where people approve of our household.

      49. My children are given texts and classes which implicitly support our kind of family unit and do not turn them against my choice of domestic partnership.

      50. I will feel welcomed and “normal” in the usual walks of public life, institutional and social.

    • Yahtc says:

      I asked an African American lady to ask me probing questions.

      One question she asked me was, “Have you benefited from the laws/policies of INSTITUTIONALIZED RACISM?”

      Here is just the beginning of my response to her question. I will put it in italics:

      1. I, like other Whites, have benefited from references used for college and work applications because many businesses, schools, and professions have covert racists who serve as personnel managers or admission directors who like to only see White people as references. In addition, because Whites were favored in the past for good jobs there is a high percentage of Whites in professions that carry weight when they write a references.  Black applicants do not have access to as many such people.  

      In addition, Whites were favored for job openings and openings for college placement.  I imagine I was just mediocre compared to many Blacks who wish to be accepted for such openings, but discriminatory practices kept them from being considered.

      2. My family and husband have avoided buying things on credit and only have bought when they had the money for something.  But, many of my  White relatives and friends were able to obtain loans  which Blacks were usually unsuccessful at because of discriminatory practices.  Also, many were able to pay down payments from inherited money.  Blacks, because of Jim Crow and discrimination, only were offered low paying jobs making it common to only be able to rent.   If they were successful in buying a house, it often would lose its value because of White flight. Thus,  there was much less inheritance for their children to get started and have a nest egg to use as a down payment on a house.

      3.  I read a book where Blacks were overcharged for rent and houses because they had little choice of where they could live.  This never happened to me nor my family.

      4. Historically, many, many cities across the U.S. did not put as much money into inner city schools.  This cut off access to quality education.  I benefited by this system because more money was available in other parts of the city. And, in my personal case, my affluent city of childhood was able to raise a huge amount of money from taxes and keep it to itself… city’s high school even had a oil well on its property that produced money for its school school fund. (Later, a bill was passed which required my city to put its tax money in the “California pot” to be distributed equally across the state.)

      5.  I have lived a life of safety because police and White vigilante types have never negatively stereotyped nor profiled me.

      6.  I have always traveled safely with good accommodations and service because no one ever discriminated against me.

      7. White racist institutionalism has always consider me as a White to be superior to my Black counterparts and favored me this way even though I was NOT better and was often inferior.

      8. With proper ID I have always been able to write checks and have them accepted.  (On this note, once I was selling some things at a fair.  A Black lady loved an item that I had for sale but did not have her checkbook with her.  I told her to take it and just mail me a check when she returned to her home state.  I saw a SUDDEN look of surprise in her eyes as she thanked me and accepted the item.  And, of course, I DID get a check later in the mail from her.)

      9. I was always able to buy or rent in any neighborhood. More choices were no doubt available to me because any discriminatory practices would have eliminated thousands of Blacks from competing with me.

      10. Because the movie industry did not open jobs to talented actors/actresses; because schools for professionals were not open to Blacks; because there were discriminatory practices in hiring professional Blacks with degrees; because few medical schools accepted Blacks……Blacks were unable to get high paying jobs.  Because of Black could not get high paying jobs, they could not buy homes in affluent areas EVEN if there had not been any housing discrimination in those areas.

      • Yahtc says:

        I just thought of something else.

        During my childhood we had long camping trips because both my parents had the same school vacations as we did. (My mom was an elementary substitute teacher and my dad began as a high school coach and finished his career as a high school principal.)

        Well, just WHY did we not see fellow campers who were Black??

  31. Yahtc says:

    Judicial Affirmative Action: The Next Hurdle for African-American Civil Liberties

  32. Yahtc says:

    “The new African-American dream: Transformation, prosperity, education”

    In the 1960s, African-American civil rights leaders led this country out of institutionalized discrimination in social and political realms. During this movement, millionaires were created as a result of society’s segregation and injustice. By creating our own markets that cater to African-American consumers — sometimes the result of savvy, often the result of lack of choice — black businesses grew and created jobs, wealth and prosperous, sustainable communities like Chatham.

    At the Chatham Business Association, I have the privilege of engaging with high-achieving, innovative entrepreneurs every day who live, just as their predecessors did, according to Malcolm X’s creed: “Daring to reach, to climb, to crawl, to scratch, to get back up when you’ve been knocked down, to push forward — ever forward — to forgive. It means sacrificing everything if necessary, to carve out a place for your own existence. It means living.” Despite my interaction with successful black business every day, I often am asked why the legacy of the African-American business community seems to have dissipated.

    In this century, institutionalized discrimination has economic consequences. Every business — no matter how large or small, and no matter who owns it — has to analyze its strengths and weaknesses in order to maximize productivity, to grow and thrive. If there are any shortcomings, such as lack of talent or access to capital, preventing black businesses from growing to scale, we need to take action to help ensure their survival and success.
    I often am reminded by my mentor, William Garth, that blacks have to lead and be active participants in their own “community transformation.” Blacks have to support policymakers committed to transforming an education system that gives children the tools and knowledge needed to succeed, regardless of their circumstances. Inadequate education has depleted our skilled workforce pool. History has shown that the basic ingredients for creating a successful business and transforming communities is an entrepreneur with a good idea, as well as the training and access to talent necessary to achieving it.

    Transformation calls for corporations, governments and industrious organizations like CBA to ensure that black businesses have access to mainstream opportunities so we can fully contribute to the U.S. economy. The CBA ensures businesses have access to high-speed Internet and affordable, ongoing technical support.

    Blacks can assist in the solution by engaging politically now and mentoring and developing future legislators who embrace the notion that working with industrious black businesses is not a just social cause but a just economic-development initiative. Blacks should not tolerate local or federal legislators who diminish their customer base by denying an increase to the minimum wage, blocking access to affordable health care and cutting funding that takes food off the table for the average family.

    The No. 1 thing every business owner wants is a customer. Black businesses are anxious to work out solutions versus wallowing in the problem. Black communities can survive the sting of growing pains as they embrace the words of Malcolm X that wipe out disappointment and embolden the heart for future conquest.

  33. Yahtc says:

    Passages Art Gallery aims to bring marginalized African-American artists to the forefront
    An Ancestral Celebration

  34. Yahtc says:

    “Trove Of Artifacts Trumpets African-American Triumphs”

    Seventeen-year-old Tonisha Owens stared wide-eyed at the faded script on an 1854 letter. It was once carried by another 17-year-old — a slave named Frances. The letter was written by a plantation owner’s wife to a slave dealer, saying that she needed to sell her chambermaid to pay for horses. But Frances didn’t know how to read or write, and didn’t know what she carried.

    “She does not know she is to be sold. I couldn’t tell her,” the letter reads. “I own all her family and the leave taking would be so distressing that I could not.”

    That letter is among hundreds of documents, artifacts and artworks that make up the Kinsey Collection, which covers 400 years of African-American triumphs and tragedies. Bernard Kinsey and his wife, Shirley, began acquiring pieces more than 35 years ago and have said that Frances’ letter speaks to the reality and greed of slavery.

    Owens, a junior at Reginald F. Lewis High School, says it sent her a powerful message about the things African-Americans can do, sometimes under extreme duress.

    “We accomplish so many things,” Owens marveled. “They went through slavery and still accomplished. So we can’t say, ‘I’m tired, I don’t feel like doing this.’ That’s not an excuse.”

    Owens was among a group of students touring an exhibition of the collection at Baltimore’s Reginald F. Lewis Museum. The collection has made its way around the country, including a stint at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. A small portion of it is currently on display at the Epcot Center at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

    Skipp Sanders, executive director at the Lewis Museum, says he has a particular interest in students seeing the exhibition. He also thinks it is important for people, especially African-Americans, to understand that the legacy of what black people have done is part of the fabric of American history.

    “We’ve all, I think, even currently, gotten a sort of distorted picture of what American history is and how this contribution has to be woven in and through it,” Sanders says.

    He says he gets emotional viewing the original documents on display here, including the 1857 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Dred Scott case. There’s also a final page, complete with the different-colored signatures of the Supreme Court justices, from the decision Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. But one of his favorite pieces is a letter written in 1942 by Zora Neale Hurston in which she decisively rejects an unwanted suitor.

    “If you will be decent enough to die,” Hurston writes, “I will buy me a red dress, send myself some flowers of congratulation and come to your funeral.”

    Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, along with their son Khalil, have chosen to share their collection because they say it spotlights not black pain, but the strength and resilience of African-Americans. Bernard Kinsey says he wants to end what he calls the “myth of absence,” where the accomplishments of African-Americans aren’t acknowledged.

    “What we’re saying,” he told a group of journalists and admirers in Orlando, “is we want to put African-Americans in the dialogue, put us in the stories, ’cause if you get used to not seeing us, you start thinking that’s OK, when it really isn’t OK.”

    The Kinsey family is also very focused on what the collection means to young people who aren’t learning about this history in school. Alexander Bullock, 17, says the exhibition changed his mind about a lot of things.

    “It shows more of the people you don’t hear about, or you don’t really read about, or that the teachers don’t talk about,” Bullock says. “Everybody talks about Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. …. But you don’t really hear about the people they don’t talk about, who didn’t really get their names out there.”

    Bullock’s classmate Dominic Gilliam, 16, was both stunned and inspired by the things he learned.

    “When you just look at all these things, we have just as much power as anybody else,” Gilliam said.

    The Kinsey Collection is on display at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore through March 2014.

  35. Yahtc says:

    Good Morning Everyone :)

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