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FULL STORY http://www.huffingtonpost.com/antonio-moore/the-state-of-our-imperfec_1_b_7540060.html On election night November 4th, 2008, when Barack Obama walked out to accept the presidency with his wife and young daughters by his side, his every step forward seemed to represent a leap of racial progress by the United States. As he took the oath at the beginning of 2009, his inauguration represented the hope that a corner had been turned regarding race in America. Between the Cosby show being broadcast into homes across the country as the ideal version of the all American family, Jay-Z and Beyonce's ascension to the global image of the U.S. celebrity power couple, and Oprah's meteoric self-made rise signifying a lifting of the black economic position overall. There was a feeling a "Change We Can Believe In" was in the air. It appeared America was poised to advance past its racial history, into a bright new post-racial future. President Obama was the visualization of this next post-racial stride, born of white and black parents, educated at Harvard, and representing a form of black leader that was more centered as a general election politician. His very presence was the archetype of an ideal for our country's next phase on race. A natural step past our historical ills, and a way to move beyond slavery, despite the fact black Americans still had not even received a formal apology for the institution's lasting effects. As we enter the last leg of President Obama's second term, and he molds the final parts of his racial legacy with a recent announcement of plans to attack housing segregation. We can now begin to look back and question the actions he has made, evaluating the effects of his policy choices on closing the massive opportunity gap that exist between blacks and whites in America. Many have criticized him regarding what they perceive as his administration's inaction on racial issues. As stated in the Washington Post piece, "Obama tried to outsource his racial legacy" by Paul Butler The African Americans who danced in the streets of Harlem when Obama was first elected did not expect that the president would, in four or eight years, reverse centuries of entrenched subjugation. But they did assume he would make racial justice a significant part of his platform. They were sadly mistaken. It is undeniable that his presence has represented a movement in America's political mindset. A country that only 50 years prior had held black Americans in the status of second class citizens, has now voted a black man into the highest office in the land. President Obama won with the vote of a broad base of supporters across a vast array of ethnic and socioeconomic lines. Yet, it cannot be understated that the delivery of the African American vote with unparalleled turnout was a key to his election wins. His election was believed by many to be the mark of the achievement of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of equality. President Obama served as an indicator that we as a nation could finally look beyond color, and elect on more than appearance, and ethnic origin.
With the incarceration of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, “stateside,” freedom of speech is a ghastly image of its once robust self. How dare anyone residing in America use an alias to create a film. Why that's almost as dangerous as "workplace violence" on a U.S. Army base, or unsuspecting police having hatchets wielded at them. I am being facetious of course. What’s next, burning books that paint Hitler in a negative light? Wish ye may, wish ye might, but sheer evil shunneth your vain delight, for which we’ve a word – delusional. Schizophrenia is referring to THE INTERVIEW as satire while being okay with the treatment of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. Awaken out of your slumber. Soon it might be too late. (This entire post is a link to debate this issue further. Thanks to the administrators at liberalforum.org for allowing healthy debate.
I A person is tackled by the secret service when he was protesting against Barack Obama. He called Obama a Republican bitch. He yelled to Obama: help the poor people, stop helping the rich people, and stop helping the corporations. Then the media lied about that incident and told the people they could not hear what that man said because the crowd was too loud. This is proof what the heckler said to Obama and how all the media stations lied about this story to protect President Obama. This is proof that all the media is corrupt and will lie as much as it can to protect President Obama and to push their Propaganda on to the American Citizens.This story proves that all of the employees of the Media are not ethical Journalist, but puppets that spew lies to the American people because the Largest and most powerful corporations order them to do this. email@example.com
Great Article Visit Comment, Share and press like. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/antonio-moore/from-black-celebrities-to-black-women-will-black-america-support-hillary-clinton-for-president_b_7083944.html Excerpt The fanfare around Hillary Clinton's nomination has been at a fervor for months. Unquestionably she stands as the likely next Democratic presidential nominee, and the first woman to have a legitimate shot at the White House. Yet, the question remains: Will Black America turn out in support? Will she have the same support African Americans gave President Barack Obama in 2008 or even in 2012? According to the article "Voter Turnout Increases by 5 Million in 2008 Presidential Election" published by the U.S. Census: About 131 million people reported voting in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, an increase of five million from 2004, according to a new table package released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The increase included about two million more Black voters... Blacks had the highest turnout rate among 18- to 24-year-old voters -- 55 percent, an eight percent increase from 2004. Looking at voter turnout by race and Hispanic origin, non-Hispanic whites (66 percent) and Blacks (65 percent) had the highest levels in the November 2008 election. ABC polls also noted in 2008, 96 percent of the African Americans that turned out were expected to vote for President Barack Obama. These Black votes came at a low political cost; little if no direct promises to fulfill were made to Black America. The Black votes were simply based on the faith that President Barack Obama's presence in the White House meant more for Black people than any singular legislative action. In general regardless of his lack of stance on the campaign trail, there was a belief amongst African Americans he would have their interest at heart once elected. This type of support allowed now President Obama to focus on many other voting demographic groups during his campaigns. The issues of groups that would require a commitment to policy to sway their vote at election time were addressed directly. Support of gay marriage, a push for a comprehensive immigration reform and a stand on women's rights were all part of a broad platform. Black America will hardly make the same blind commitment to Clinton. As African Americans felt the impact of the last several years, their position on economic inequality, mass incarceration and voter suppression hardened. All of which must be addressed directly if Clinton is to get Black support in the coming election. As stated by veteran political strategist Charles D. Ellison in his recent article on TheRoot.com, Hillary will "need a solid 90 percent-plus share of the black vote to win. President Obama received 95 percent of it in 2008, 93 percent in 2012." But it is turnout that will likely play the key role in 2016, once at the voter box as a block Black Americans tend to vote Democratic. Despite people's memory of President Bill Clinton's popularity in the African American community, the black turnout in 1996 for President Bill Clinton's second election, was a low of 53 percent. If this repeats itself in 2016, Hillary will be in for a long night next November. See More at full article http://www.huffingtonpost.com/antonio-moore/from-black-celebrities-to-black-women-will-black-america-support-hillary-clinton-for-president_b_7083944.html