UPDATE: Black Student Arrested In UWP Noose & Hit List HOAX


UPDATE: Kenosha Co. Sheriff David Beth tells the media Friday night that the threats at UW-Parkside are a hoax.

 Beth said one of the African-American female students on the so-called hit-list admitted to investigators she wrote the list.

 Beth said charges were expected Monday.

I think I am more disturbed in the fact that a black student would pull a hoax like this. This is one of the reasons why progress is so hard to make and why allegations of true events like this are swept under the rug or laughed at. 

-SR

Our schools have been desegregated. We have a black president. Some of you thought all was well.

It isn’t.

The start of Black History Month has been ruined by acts of ignorance and hatred.

A noose made of rubber bands (the picture above is the actual noose) was found in a common area of a suite at UW-Parkside Wednesday night. A black female student reported the noose, and on Thursday received a threatening note near her door that listed the names of several black students that were “going to die”.

Thursday night, UW-Parkside Chancellor Debbie Ford told an audience of about 400 students, staff and faculty that “UW-Parkside will not tolerate hate of any kind”. UW-Parkside Police Chief James Heller said immediate steps have been taken to ensure the safety of all UW-Parkside students. With help from officers from the UWM Police Department and deputies from the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, patrols have been increased in residence halls, parking areas, and the main academic complex.

It is unknown who wrote the note and hung the noose.

It amazes me how people love to say how lazy black people are, how dumb and uneducated we are, how we are just welfare sucking babies who don’t know the value of work, yet we are being harrassed and chased out of school.

Many of the students have reportedly packed their bags and left the campus for the year.

What does it take to be seen as an equal? It is the most painful hurt to be hated because of the amount of melanin in your skin.

I’ve done some reading on comment boards where this story is posted and many white commentators are saying, “Oh this noose was made out of rubber bands, not real rope, it’s no big deal” and “Well at least they didn’t hang anyone” and “Don’t make this bigger than it is”. These are the same people that wanted to “send all blacks back to Africa” after the “racially motivated” attacks against whites at State Fair.

DO NOT allow the media to sweep this under the rug!

Please show your support for our brothers and sisters trying to get an education and change this marred society, whether you are white, black, Hispanic, Asian…we must unite to let these people know this will NOT be tolerated. There are many white students on campus who have joined the No H8 Fight. As a college student who was chased away from a college in rural Indiana from similar acts, I plan to take a stand as well.

To my brothers and sisters at Parkside: DON’T give up. Continue to reach for the stars and get your education and achieve success. We let them win when we throw in the towel. Don’t fight back with anger, success is the best revenge. You have a right to remain on that campus and learn. Education is one of the main weapons we need in this fight. You are not alone. 

It Is A Conspiracy: They Killed One Of OUR Prophets Today, April 4, 1968 (video)


It was a political assassination and this government murdered OUR PROPHET and attempted to break US. They gunned Dr. King down like an animal in the wilderness… don’t walk around with your eyes wide shut people.

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The Revolution is Viral


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Nig3as are scared of revolution, REPEAT LOUDER!!  That was the stand of The Last Poets, some 40 years ago.  You may have agreed, you may have thought them Negroes crazy.  Either way, you did have an opinion.   Fast forward to 2011;   There is this thing called the internet.  There is Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter.   Ideas can spread around the world in seconds.  Information can be obtained and disseminated instantly. Weapons and plowshares can be procured from anywhere in the world, overnight.  Anyone serious about revolution  certainly now has all the tools they need. In the case of Blacks in America there seems to be one key element missing, revolutionaries.  Most Blacks in America these days aint even mad.  A blunt, a date and  a job lulls most of us to sleep like warm milk.  These actions in Tunisia, and Egypt both which are in Africa, were immediately called uprisings and revolutions.  They were conceived and implemented in large part through young people on the internet. Why is it when African-American youth take to the street it is called rioting?  Revolutionary change will call for tweeting less about which co-worker is sleeping with whom and exchanging more  information on Facebook about  political rallies instead of flash mobs at the mall.  There at least has to be a conversation about the need for change, revolutionary change, in the African-American community or  maybe……just maybe….. Niggas are scared of revolution….. Power to the People.

Racism in the Media Pt. 1


 

All of us have seen a Disney movie. Whether it was Aladdin, The Lion King, Mulan, Pocahantas, or The Little Mermaid, we have all seen Disney’s attempts to make movies that include all ethnic groups. But is each ethnic group being represented fairly in these films? Or are Disney’s representations of these groups simply a misrepresentation that we continue to feed to our children?

Are our own representations of ourselves–ie Tyler Perry films–correct? Is it ok for Tyler Perry to depict us in a demeaning light (constant cheating, abuse, Madea being a “mammy” type character) because he is Black? I often hear it’s ok for him because he is telling “the truth”, it’s some type of reality. He is often looked at as some type of hero. That’s not my truth. My dad didn’t beat up my mom and my mom wasn’t a prostitute or alcoholic and my grandmother didn’t tote a gun in her purse. I’m sure white families have abusive men, disobedient children and deadbeat fathers as well…but don’t see them highlighting it in their films quite often.

I’d like to take the time to examine what we are feeding to our children in the media. Movies, pictures, TV shows & scripts–it’s no secret that TV has taken somewhat of a teaching role to our kids.

How do you feel about racism in the media? Is it alive and well? Or are we being too sensitive about things? Is it ok for white people to write films about various ethnic groups and present them to our children? Is it ok for black writers to constantly show us in a negative light because they are black? Where do we draw the line…or is there no line to draw?

Here are just a few of the Disney movies noted to be racially offensive.  Source: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1329215/disneys_most_racist_films_and_characters_pg2.html?cat=25

The Jungle Book


In The Jungle Book, based on the Rudyard Kipling story of the same name, Mowgli stumbles upon a group of monkeys (or possibly orangutans) who leap down from the trees and begin singing about their desire to be human. This is viewed by many as a humorous highlight of the film: monkeys are always amusing, right?

It is painfully obvious, and beyond coincidence, that the apes are the only characters in the film voiced by African Americans. All the refined characters speak in British or white-American accents, but the monkeys swing down from the trees, speaking in jive and jibberish. This makes them seem sub-human, even compared to the other animals in the jungle. When children hear this, they will most certainly learn to recall the image of crazed monkeys the next time they hear someone speaking in Ebonics.

Dumbo

A long-time favorite film about a mute baby elephant who learns to fly, Dumbo contains several unfortunate racist scenes. Perhaps the most memorable is the scene in which Dumbo encounters three black crows (one of whom is named “Jim Crow”) who portray every existing stereotype of black American culture. They smoke cigars, speak in jive, and spend all their time doing nothing but observing the more civilized world.

The Princess & The Frog



Most people applauded Disney for finally creating a film centered around a Black princess. But this is how the execs felt about it:

“We’ve been making movies since Steamboat Willie in 1929. After 80 years, we felt it was finally OK to do something that focused on black people,” said Disney executive Kristin McMurphy. “Plus, with Obama in the White House,  it was time to replace old black stand-ins like the crows from Dumbo and the jive-talking monkeys from The Jungle Book.”

Felt is was finally ok huh, since Obama is in office? Guess we earned our right to a Disney film…

I plan to make a documentary surrounding this topic soon…

Your thoughts?

The World’s Richest Self-Made Women


From Forbes.com

by Luisa Kroll
Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Only 14 women in the world have amassed personal fortunes of $1 billion or more–just 2% of all self-made billionaires. Why so few?

When Meg Whitman won the Republican nomination for California governor on June 8 it was a first for a Republican woman in the state. It was also the first time a female candidate ever contributed so much of her own money to a political campaign. Whitman, 54, worth an estimated $1.3 billion when we last totaled her wealth back in March, has spent more than $70 million on her campaign so far and has reportedly said she’s willing to double that number to get elected.

Thanks to that decision, Whitman soon joined the ranks of the 1,011 billionaires in the world. Rarer still, she’s one of just 14 female billionaires in the world right now who earned their fortunes, rather than inherited them. The richest of them is China’s Wu Yajun, worth $3.9 billion and ranked 232nd in the world in March when we published our 2010 Billionaires list. By contrast, 665 men are self-made billionaires including the three richest people in the world, Carlos Slim Helu , Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.It is an audacious sum, but even more notable is the fact that Whitman has so much cash to spend in the first place. Twelve years ago Whitman was just another rising female executive with an admirable track record at such firms asProcter & Gamble (PGNews), Disney (DIS -News) and Hasbro (HASNews). Then in 1998 she took a leap of faith and accepted a job as chief executive of eBay (EBAYNews), then a small tech firm with 30 employees. The payoff was equity in the burgeoning company.

Among the 14 women, who represent just 2% of all self-made billionaires, at least five of them started their business with their husbands, brothers or sometimes both. Giuliana Benetton, 72, originally knitted sweaters that her brother Luciano would then peddle by bicycle. Rosalia Mera, 66, helped then husband Amancio Ortega make dressing gowns and lingerie in their home; they eventually divorced but she kept a stake in the now multibillion-dollar apparel maker Inditex, best known for its Zara stores. Doris Fisher, 79, and her late husband Donald started the Gap (GPSNews) in 1969.

Some of the others who got wealthy on their own include Oprah Winfrey, 56, and J.K. Rowling, 44, both of whom overcame tough personal odds to strike it rich in media and entertainment. Both women have big years ahead: “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” based on Rowling’s books, is opening on June 18 at Universal studios and the film, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1″ is being released in November. Oprah meanwhile is enjoying her last days as the queen of daytime TV; next year, she will move her talk show to a night slot on the new Oprah Winfrey Network cable channel. A few other wealthy women entrepreneurs like Martha Stewart and Marvell Semiconductors Weili Dai were once billionaires but have since fallen below the cut.

All of these self-made female billionaires have impressive personal stories, but the dearth of them is itself a story, and begs the question of why so few?

One explanation has to do with the fact that while women in the United States start their own businesses at roughly twice the rate of men, they are still playing catch-up in most parts of the world. “Women are still at the beginning of their journey to entrepreneurship or higher levels of entrepreneurship,” says Sharon Hadary, the former and founding executive director of the Center for Women’s Business Research. According to that group, only 20% of all businesses over $1 million are women-owned enterprises.

Another issue is financing. Research from the Kaufmann Foundation shows that women-led tech companies typically launch with capital at levels 30% to 50% less than those led by men. They also raise much less venture capital, accounting for just 8% of invested venture money in 2008. “For whatever the many reasons, women are not participating in this high-growth, wealth creation end of the economic spectrum,” says Sharon Vosmek, chief executive of Astia, a nonprofit that advises female entrepreneurs.

Then there are more fundamental issues related to personal goals. It seems that men more often define success in monetary terms while women focus on vision and mission. “Men tend to start businesses to grow them to be large and to be the boss while women start them to do something meaningful and to make a difference,” notes Hadary, who now consults on women’s leadership through her firm Sharon Hadary & Co.

“Becoming a billionaire isn’t their objective,” she adds, “As women, many are less likely to have a goal of generating personal wealth, though we are starting to see more and more of that motivation among the younger generation.” Instead they are typically more focused on building companies that reflect their values, provide employment opportunities, do what’s important to them and have the opportunity to fulfill family goals.

Teresa Nelson, McCandless Chair in Entrepreneurship at the Simmons School of Management concurs: “Research shows that women are drawn to organizations that provide values beyond wealth.”

One place where women do seem to be catching up, or catching on, faster is China, where seven of the 14 self-made female billionaires have made their fortunes. The booming Chinese economy has been a big factor, creating more opportunities, giving them access to a huge consumer population and also cheap labor.

Women now contribute about half of household income, up from 20% in the 1950s, according to Shaun Rein, founder of the Shanghai-based China Market Research Group, who commented on the phenomenon in an earlier Forbes story on China’s female billionaires.

Chinese female business owners recently made quite an impression on Kristina Bouweiri, head of $15 million (estimated sales) Reston Limousine in the Washington D.C., area, who recently returned from the Global Summit of Women in Beijing. “These are the first women in history able to take advantage of the industrial revolution. My first impression is that it’s been easier for them in some ways. The opportunities have been greater. They seem to think a lot bigger,” says Bouweiri. “They are kicking butt and making money.”

Let’s hope they and all women are just getting started.