President Obama Comments On George Zimmerman Verdict


President Obama commented on the Zimmerman verdict in an unexpected press conference today. I think what he said was very real, touching, and true. I think he spoke as a person of color who for once shared honest frustrations of what is like to live with the daily little nuances of being colored to all out racism in America. I am actually quite pleased that we got to see the man and not the politician emerge for once.
It would be easy to politicize this but right now and I am sure some will. However we need to achieve peace and the way we do it is to digest the president’s words. It is time to take out those mirrors like Mike said and ask what are we doing to contribute to restoring peace to our communities and to our society.
Normally I being the conservative would take liberty to point out my issues with this president. Today however for our youth and for the sake of moving forward I think it best we listen and take time to really hear what he is saying and let it sink in.

Peace Family,

WW

Below is the entire text of President Obama’s speech today.

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President Comments On George Zimmerman Verdict
The reason I actually wanted to come out today is not to take questions, but to speak to an issue that obviously has gotten a lot of attention over the course of the last week — the issue of the Trayvon Martin ruling. I gave a preliminary statement right after the ruling on Sunday. But watching the debate over the course of the last week, I thought it might be useful for me to expand on my thoughts a little bit.
First of all, I want to make sure that, once again, I send my thoughts and prayers, as well as Michelle’s, to the family of Trayvon Martin, and to remark on the incredible grace and dignity with which they’ve dealt with the entire situation. I can only imagine what they’re going through, and it’s remarkable how they’ve handled it.
The second thing I want to say is to reiterate what I said on Sunday, which is there’s going to be a lot of arguments about the legal issues in the case — I’ll let all the legal analysts and talking heads address those issues. The judge conducted the trial in a professional manner. The prosecution and the defense made their arguments. The juries were properly instructed that in a case such as this reasonable doubt was relevant, and they rendered a verdict. And once the jury has spoken, that’s how our system works. But I did want to just talk a little bit about context and how people have responded to it and how people are feeling.
You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away.
There are very few African American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me. There are very few African American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me — at least before I was a senator. There are very few African Americans who haven’t had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off. That happens often.
And I don’t want to exaggerate this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African American community interprets what happened one night in Florida. And it’s inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear. The African American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws — everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws. And that ends up having an impact in terms of how people interpret the case.
Now, this isn’t to say that the African American community is naïve about the fact that African American young men are disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system; that they’re disproportionately both victims and perpetrators of violence. It’s not to make excuses for that fact — although black folks do interpret the reasons for that in a historical context. They understand that some of the violence that takes place in poor black neighborhoods around the country is born out of a very violent past in this country, and that the poverty and dysfunction that we see in those communities can be traced to a very difficult history.
And so the fact that sometimes that’s unacknowledged adds to the frustration. And the fact that a lot of African American boys are painted with a broad brush and the excuse is given, well, there are these statistics out there that show that African American boys are more violent — using that as an excuse to then see sons treated differently causes pain.
I think the African American community is also not naïve in understanding that, statistically, somebody like Trayvon Martin was statistically more likely to be shot by a peer than he was by somebody else. So folks understand the challenges that exist for African American boys. But they get frustrated, I think, if they feel that there’s no context for it and that context is being denied. And that all contributes I think to a sense that if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, that, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.
Now, the question for me at least, and I think for a lot of folks, is where do we take this? How do we learn some lessons from this and move in a positive direction? I think it’s understandable that there have been demonstrations and vigils and protests, and some of that stuff is just going to have to work its way through, as long as it remains nonviolent. If I see any violence, then I will remind folks that that dishonors what happened to Trayvon Martin and his family. But beyond protests or vigils, the question is, are there some concrete things that we might be able to do.
I know that Eric Holder is reviewing what happened down there, but I think it’s important for people to have some clear expectations here. Traditionally, these are issues of state and local government, the criminal code. And law enforcement is traditionally done at the state and local levels, not at the federal levels.
That doesn’t mean, though, that as a nation we can’t do some things that I think would be productive. So let me just give a couple of specifics that I’m still bouncing around with my staff, so we’re not rolling out some five-point plan, but some areas where I think all of us could potentially focus.
Number one, precisely because law enforcement is often determined at the state and local level, I think it would be productive for the Justice Department, governors, mayors to work with law enforcement about training at the state and local levels in order to reduce the kind of mistrust in the system that sometimes currently exists.
When I was in Illinois, I passed racial profiling legislation, and it actually did just two simple things. One, it collected data on traffic stops and the race of the person who was stopped. But the other thing was it resourced us training police departments across the state on how to think about potential racial bias and ways to further professionalize what they were doing.
And initially, the police departments across the state were resistant, but actually they came to recognize that if it was done in a fair, straightforward way that it would allow them to do their jobs better and communities would have more confidence in them and, in turn, be more helpful in applying the law. And obviously, law enforcement has got a very tough job.
So that’s one area where I think there are a lot of resources and best practices that could be brought to bear if state and local governments are receptive. And I think a lot of them would be. And let’s figure out are there ways for us to push out that kind of training.
Along the same lines, I think it would be useful for us to examine some state and local laws to see if it — if they are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kinds of altercations and confrontations and tragedies that we saw in the Florida case, rather than diffuse potential altercations.
I know that there’s been commentary about the fact that the “stand your ground” laws in Florida were not used as a defense in the case. On the other hand, if we’re sending a message as a society in our communities that someone who is armed potentially has the right to use those firearms even if there’s a way for them to exit from a situation, is that really going to be contributing to the kind of peace and security and order that we’d like to see?
And for those who resist that idea that we should think about something like these “stand your ground” laws, I’d just ask people to consider, if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman who had followed him in a car because he felt threatened? And if the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, then it seems to me that we might want to examine those kinds of laws.
Number three — and this is a long-term project — we need to spend some time in thinking about how do we bolster and reinforce our African American boys. And this is something that Michelle and I talk a lot about. There are a lot of kids out there who need help who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement. And is there more that we can do to give them the sense that their country cares about them and values them and is willing to invest in them?
I’m not naïve about the prospects of some grand, new federal program. I’m not sure that that’s what we’re talking about here. But I do recognize that as President, I’ve got some convening power, and there are a lot of good programs that are being done across the country on this front. And for us to be able to gather together business leaders and local elected officials and clergy and celebrities and athletes, and figure out how are we doing a better job helping young African American men feel that they’re a full part of this society and that they’ve got pathways and avenues to succeed — I think that would be a pretty good outcome from what was obviously a tragic situation. And we’re going to spend some time working on that and thinking about that.

And then, finally, I think it’s going to be important for all of us to do some soul-searching. There has been talk about should we convene a conversation on race. I haven’t seen that be particularly productive when politicians try to organize conversations. They end up being stilted and politicized, and folks are locked into the positions they already have. On the other hand, in families and churches and workplaces, there’s the possibility that people are a little bit more honest, and at least you ask yourself your own questions about, am I wringing as much bias out of myself as I can? Am I judging people as much as I can, based on not the color of their skin, but the content of their character? That would, I think, be an appropriate exercise in the wake of this tragedy.
And let me just leave you with a final thought that, as difficult and challenging as this whole episode has been for a lot of people, I don’t want us to lose sight that things are getting better. Each successive generation seems to be making progress in changing attitudes when it comes to race. It doesn’t mean we’re in a post-racial society. It doesn’t mean that racism is eliminated. But when I talk to Malia and Sasha, and I listen to their friends and I seem them interact, they’re better than we are — they’re better than we were — on these issues. And that’s true in every community that I’ve visited all across the country.
And so we have to be vigilant and we have to work on these issues. And those of us in authority should be doing everything we can to encourage the better angels of our nature, as opposed to using these episodes to heighten divisions. But we should also have confidence that kids these days, I think, have more sense than we did back then, and certainly more than our parents did or our grandparents did; and that along this long, difficult journey, we’re becoming a more perfect union — not a perfect union, but a more perfect union.
Thank you, guys.

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Paula Deen Blatant Racism or A Whoopsie?


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Paula Deen Recent Blatant Racism or Whoopsie?

People are debating the whole Paula Deen mess. I admit I initially went to bat for her. Rappers and the like use the term, so why get bent out of shape? We must clean our own house first right? If she did it once and was truly sorry well who am I to judge? Low and behold more and more links and posts to her current racists outburst are coming out and I am not so charitable these days. In fact I am getting angrier that these things didn’t come forward before.

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Even more curious to me, many white Americans knowing there is more to the story are lining up in droves to support her. I know there is a different culture in the South. But is it acceptable to support her knowing what we know now? What does their support say about hidden racism coming to light? With a bi-racial president, we sure have not gotten far on the whole “unifying” thing have we? In fact I think he has divided the country even further. But that is for another day.

I submit for discussion and education this segment, a piece from the Wendy Williams show. In this segment towards the end, Deen makes a comment I find racist and demeaning. I ask you family what do you think? Am I blowing it out of proportion? And why is “Rev.” Jesse Jackson defending this woman without all the facts in yet? Who made him the Black American representative? I don’t recall an election.

Wendy Williams Show/Paula Deen Racial Incident 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNzHyAjWVWk

Peace,

WW

Wonder Woman is a community activist and blogger and Chair of The Umoja Project, a Black Conservative Movement in Wisconsin.

She is a proud member of the JustUs League!

She has her own blog site at http://www/wonder2woman.blogspot.com

She also contributes to The Milwaukee Drum, the Black Convo Network, Insane Asylum Blog, and Black Bloggers Connect.

Belafonte Shares Thoughts & Disappointments of President Obama (video)


I know you heads have been eating up all the Dr. Cornel West fire aimed at The President. You may have missed Activist Harry Belafonte’s criticisms as well… don’t worry, that’s what I’m here for. Peep this gem from a Democracy Now interview from January 2011. Belafonte reveals that The President hasn’t given him any real time to discuss issues, The President asks for him and Dr. West to cut him some slack, and that The President doesn’t feel treatened by the people enough to move to action to help Black & poor people.

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(video) Min. Farrakhan Press Conference On Pres. Obama, Col. Gadhafi, Libya War & The War On Islam


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While you (and most of America) were watching the Final Four on CBS tonight, 3 of my foot soldiers and I went to YouTube to watch/study Minister Farrakhan’s recent press conference. As is always the truth, the minister gives information, facts and an insight that no other Black Leader will dare attempt to. Most of you will disagree with what you’ll hear and that is expected.

For those who have unchained themselves and unafraid of truth this 2 hours is for you. Do yourself a favor and sit down and get your pen and paper out to write done notes for future reference.

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Ingram Set To Interview Pres. Obama Sr. Advisor Valerie Jarrett


Earl Ingram announced on air yesterday that he would be having Valerie B. Jarrett Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President today at 4:20 pm. Ms. Jarrett will be on to speak about President Obama’s State of the Union Address to the nation. Ingram continues to get A-list guests and provide refreshing and opinionated radio unlike any in the state. Kudos to Ingram for scoring such a newsmaker as Ms. Jarrett for the Milwaukee airwaves.

Glenn Beck’s DISRESPECTFUL Mocking of Malia Obama


Radio talk show host Glenn Beck crossed the line on his Fox program May 28 when he attacked 11-year-old Malia Obama following her questions to her father, President Obama, regarding the BP Oil Spill.

President Obama said in an address regarding the cleanup that Malia asks him often if he was successful in “plugging the hole yet”.

So Beck, a grown man with children of his own, decided to mock Malia on his radio program by asking in a sick sounding, child-like voice, “Daddy, did you plug the hole yet?” Not only did he make fun of the 11 year old for being concerned about the environment she lives in, he also insulted her intelligence by saying, “That’s the level of their education, that they’re coming to – they’re coming to Daddy and saying, ‘Daddy, did you plug the hole yet?’”

He continued his tirade by adding, “Daddy, why do you hate black people so much?” and replied as Obama, saying “Because I’m half white”.

The attack went on for four minutes, with Beck cracking himself up in laughter.

Listen to the first minute and a half below:

Needless to say, listeners were outraged, and called in to let him know he had taken things too far. The ironic thing is two days previous to this incident, Beck said in an interview with Sarah Palin that politician’s children should be left alone and not targeted by the media.

“Leave my family, leave people’s families alone … When it was Bill Clinton, you don’t go after Chelsea Clinton. You don’t talk about the Bush kids. Now the minute they get into politics, that’s a different story. You leave families alone,” Beck said in the interview. But he had no shame in going after Malia.

In his heartless apology, Beck still found a way to not take responsibility for his actions by saying President Obama uses children to shield himself from criticism.

“In discussing how President Obama uses children to shield himself from criticism, I broke my own rule about leaving kids out of political debates. The children of public figures should be left on the sidelines. It was a stupid mistake and I apologize – and as a dad I should have known better,” he said in a statement.

This man must really be out of his damn mind.

MJS Online: Race to the Top program extended; mayoral control won’t determine winners, Duncan says


By Erin Richards of the Journal Sentinel

On the day that state applications are due for Race to the Top, a $4.35 billion competitive grant program that will award select states extra money for education reform, President Barack Obama announced that he wants to extend the grant program into 2011.

In a conference call with reporters Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said that the administration will ask Congress to make available an extra $1.35 billion in competitive education-reform funds next year to help improve student achievement.

As for the first round of applications, Duncan added, mayoral control will not be a factor in considering whether a state receives a grant. That question has been a topic of contention in Milwaukee for months.

Unlike the first round of Race to the Top applications submitted by 41 states, and the second round of applications due later this year, the $1.35 billion will be available directly to school districts and nonprofits that submit rigorous proposals, Duncan said.

Read the full article here.