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Black Folks and the Parks

Been to Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon – and a number of the other Parks in the West and Southwest. Grand

Teton is one of the most stunningly beautiful places I’ve ever been to.

But to be honest with you – black folks are a bit thin on the ground in these parts. Then again, the population of the whole state of Wyoming is smaller than Washington, DC.

Grand Teton

Now that doesn’t mean you are not welcome – and it sure has heck doesn’t mean it isn’t worth the trip.

Yosemite seeks a more diverse visitor base

Reporting from Yosemite National Park— Their YosemiteValley tour was nearing its end, and the church ladies and gents from South Los Angeles had heard enough. Almost.

“He’s been telling us stories he thinks we want to hear for two hours,” said Ann Hale, 70, heaving a sigh of frustration from the back of the tram.

In fact, guide William Fontana had been regaling his listeners — most of them white — with stories about John Muir andTheodore Roosevelt, about fur trappers and rock climbers.

“We’re still waiting for at least a few words about Yosemite’s African American Buffalo Soldiers,” Hale grumbled to a fellow passenger. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2011 in General, The Post-Racial Life

 

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Tavis Smiley and Sheila Jackson Lee on Obama’s CBC Speech

No surprise here with Tavis having heartburn with the speech President Obama made before the Congressional Black Caucus. What is interesting is Sheila Jackson Lee’s response…

With 40 members in the House – seems to me the CBC could be quite effective at taking out some of the trash, in terms of tying the Tea Party Rethugs in knots. Why won’t they do that?

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2011 in Stupid Democrat Tricks, The Post-Racial Life

 

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Elijah Cummings Adds Voice Urging Obama to Move

Black folks have about had t with Obama’s “Cowardly Lion” trick with Republicans…

Elijah Cummings: Obama Needs To ‘Fight Harder,’ African-Americans ‘Totally Frustrated’

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), responding to the high unemployment rates in the black community, said that African-Americans feel President Barack Obama “needs to fight, and fight harder.”

“We are totally frustrated, and people need to know that the president feels their pain,” Cummings, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, toldCNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union” Sunday.

“Almost every African-American person I spoke to said he needs to fight, and fight harder,” Cummings said.

Last week, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) blasted Obama for ignoring the black community during his bus tour through the midwest.

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2011 in Giant Negros, Stupid Democrat Tricks

 

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On Black Folks and Blue Voting

This is a very good article, in that it goes beyond the rhetoric to looking at the root causes of the black-blue alliance. Well worth a read to get beyond the trash, and racist rhetoric advanced by conservatives. The core rationale for black folks supporting Democrats is economic…

Now that the economy is changing, the response to prevailing economic conditions, and creation of a new economic model which includes black folks is paramount.

Black and Blue

The Black and Democrat Alliance has a lot more to do with factors such as jobs, economic security, and distrust of small government than just race...

When we talk about American social models and the need to go beyond what I’m calling the blue social model and on to liberalism 5.0, race needs to be discussed.  The collapse of the blue social model, a shift from federal to local power and a shift from government to the private sector are not race-neutral topics.  It’s not just the underclass in the inner cities who face problems as the old models of subsidy and support become less sustainable; middle class African Americans compared to whites tend to work disproportionately in public sector jobs or in private sector jobs like health care that are heavily subsidized by government transfers.  A pension crisis for state or federal workers will hit African-American families harder, proportionately, than white ones; municipal layoffs and bankruptcies will have a disproportionate effect on both the African-Americans who depend on these services and those who are paid to provide them.

If you believe as I do that the old model is going to have to change because we just can’t pay for it anymore — and if you also believe that a less bureaucratic and less statist society can be a richer and a happier one — you need to think seriously about what this means for the group in American life most closely tied to the failing blue system.

And to understand the politics and emotions swirling around politics today, you have to come to grips with the racial subtext in the conversation about the breakup of Big Blue.

Not that I am trying to guilt-trip white America.  Most white Americans strongly believe that the struggle for racial equality is a vital component of American life.  Not everyone agrees with what should be done going forward, but you have to turn over the rocks and look hard to find people who want to turn the clock back – say, towards the kind of legal segregation I grew up under in the Jim Crow South.  The conversation we need to have about the next stage of liberal thought isn’t about race blackmail and pious PC. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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