October 18, 2017

Monday Open Thread: Black Athletes and Social/Political Protest

Good Morning POU!

This week we will feature pivotal moments in black history where black athletes took stands in social/political protests. Some will be very familiar, others only footnotes in history, but just as important nonetheless.

“The Summit”
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On a sunny Sunday afternoon in early June 1967, several hundred Clevelanders crowded outside the offices of the Negro Industrial Economic union in lower University Circle. None of those gathered, including a collection of the top black athletes of that time, realized the significance of what would happen in that building on this day.

Muhammad Ali, the most polarizing figure in the country, was inside being grilled by the likes of Bill Russell, Jim Brown and Lew Alcindor, who would later change his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

The reason for the meeting? They wanted to know just how strong Ali stood behind his convictions as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War. The questions flew fast and furious. Ali’s answers would determine whether Brown and the other athletes would throw their support behind the heavyweight champion, who would have his title stripped from him later in the month for his refusal to enter the military.

The core of the summit was the NIEU, later named the Black Economic Union (BEU).

The organization was co-developed by Brown in 1966, a year after he retired from the NFL to become a full-time actor. The BEU served various communities across the country, mostly in economic development. The BEU also supported education and other social issues within the black community.

The BEU and this meeting with Ali stemmed from Brown’s social consciousness. For the meeting with Ali, Brown brought together other socially conscious black athletes of the time. Besides Russell, Alcindor and Davis, there was Bobby Mitchell (Washington Redskins), Sid Williams (Browns), Jim Shorter (Redskins), Walter Beach (Browns), John Wooten (Browns), Curtis McClinton (Kansas City Chiefs) and attorney Carl Stokes.

“The principal for this meeting of course was Ali,” McClinton said. “The principal of leadership for us was Jim Brown. Jim’s championship leadership filtered to all of us.”

In many ways, Cleveland was also the epicenter of black political and social progress. In November of ’67, Stokes became the first black mayor of a major U.S. city when he was elected in Cleveland. The city became a destination for thousands of blacks who migrated from the South because of job opportunities. When it came to sports, the Browns were popular in the black community, mostly because of their history with black players, such as Marion Motley, Bill Willis and Brown.

“Black people were coming to Cleveland from all over the country to see what we were doing here politically and economically, because no other city was doing it like we were,” said former BEU treasurer Arnold Pinkney, a longtime entrepreneur and political activist.

“Cleveland was a hotbed for black power, energy and Black Nationalism at this time,” said Leonard N. Moore, University of Texas professor and author of the book, “Carl B. Stokes and the Rise of Black Political Power.”

“In so many ways, it was fitting that the meeting happened on the East Side of Cleveland,” he said.

A little over a month before the Cleveland gathering, Ali refused to step forward for induction into the U.S. Army in Houston. That set off a firestorm of criticism of the champ. Ali was also a member of the Nation of Islam, broadly seen as an anti-white cult, even in some circles within the black community.

Harry Edwards, professor emeritus of sociology at the University of California-Berkeley, said there was so much consternation concerning the war and Ali that the fighter became symbolic of almost every rift in society.

“He was already regarded as a loud-mouth Negro while he was Cassius Clay,” said Edwards, referring to Ali’s birth name before his conversion to Islam. “When he joined the Nation of Islam, that exacerbated it even more.”

Ali’s stance helped ignite the rising level of anti-war sentiment.

“The anti-war movement really hit the headlines when Ali refused induction and made his statement about not having any quarrel with the Viet Cong,” Edwards said. “And then to refuse to comply with the draft, that lined up all of those people who were on one side or the other of the Vietnam War.”

Enter Jim Brown

In 1967, Brown was in his second year of retirement after leaving the sport as the NFL’s all-time leading rusher. His post-NFL career was spent as an actor, but Brown never lost his zeal as a social activist. When Brown helped form the BEU, the organization established offices in Los Angeles, Kansas City, Philadelphia, New York, Washington and Cleveland. His former teammate, John Wooten, became the executive director of the Cleveland office. Everyone in the meeting with Ali, with the exception of Russell, was a BEU member.

Ohio State graduate student Robert Bennett III, who will complete his dissertation thesis on the BEU later this year, said supporting Ali was not out of the ordinary for the BEU.

“Oftentimes when you look at the history of black athletes, it often looks at their achievements on the field,” Bennett said. “And it’s rare for someone to look at their social or political activism off the field. The athletes involved with the BEU were about defending and supporting issues that supported the black community.”

Shortly after Ali’s refusal to join the military on grounds of being a conscientious objector, Brown received a telephone call from Ali’s manager, Herbert Muhammad. Several boxing governing bodies had already suspended or threatened to suspend Ali’s boxing license. Brown said Herbert wanted him to help convince Ali to reconsider because of the potential loss of income, and because of the anticipated backlash.

Herbert Muhammad was torn because of his religious faith, but he was also in the business of helping Ali make money.

“Herbert wanting Ali to go into the service was a shocker,” Brown said. “I thought the Nation of Islam would never look at it that way. But Herbert figured the Army would give Ali special consideration so he would be able to continue his career. But he couldn’t talk to Ali about that, so he reached out to me and I had the dilemma of finding a way to give Ali the opportunity to express his views without any influence. I never told Ali about my conversation with Herbert. I never told anyone, really.”

There was another backdrop to the meeting. Bob Arum and Brown were partners in Main Bout, Arum’s company that promoted Ali’s fights. Convincing Ali to go into the military would provide economic opportunities for the athletes in the summit.

“The idea was that these guys would become the chief closed-circuit exhibitors for Ali’s fights all over the United States,” Arum said. “Each of them would get a particular region and they would make a nice chunk of change every time Ali fought.”

Subsequently, Brown reached out to Wooten and asked him to contact some of the top black athletes in the country to attend a meeting in Cleveland with Ali.

“Herbert wanted me to talk with Ali, but I felt with Ali taking the position he was taking, and with him losing the crown, and with the government coming at him with everything they had, that we as a body of prominent athletes could get the truth and stand behind Ali and give him the necessary support,” Brown said.

Where and When

The athletes’ response did not surprise Wooten.

“After I called all of the guys and explained what we were meeting about, they didn’t ask who’s going to pay for this or that, they just asked where and what time,” Wooten said.

Alcindor, who had just finished his sophomore year at UCLA, didn’t hesitate to make the trip.

“Muhammad Ali was one of my heroes,” said Abdul-Jabbar, who was active in the BEU office in Los Angeles. “He was in trouble and he was someone I wanted to help because he made me feel good about being an African-American. I had the opportunity to see him do his thing [as an athlete and someone with a social conscience], and when he needed help, it just felt right to lend some support.”

More importantly, the meeting wasn’t just for Ali.

“Our assembling there was about Ali defining himself, because that definition was a part of us,” McClinton said.

The athletes at the summit were not going to give Ali blind support. Many needed answers to exactly why Ali claimed to be a conscientious objector. There was some confusion regarding Ali’s motives. Three years earlier, Ali failed the Armed Forces qualifying test due to sub-par writing and spelling skills. In early 1966, the tests were revised and Ali was reclassified as 1A, making him eligible for the draft. Initially, Ali said he didn’t understand the change and there was no reference to religion or being a conscientious objector. Many wondered if he was only upset because of the interruption to his boxing career.

At the summit, Ali also had to convince a group that had several members with a military background. Brown, as a member of the Army ROTC, graduated from Syracuse as a second lieutenant. Wooten completed his military obligation in 1960. Shorter served in a reserve unit, and Mitchell served with a military hospital unit in 1962. Beach spent four years in the Air Force. Stokes served in World War II, and McClinton served in the Army Signal Corps.

Making His Case

Brown didn’t set up a gauntlet for Ali. He also did not set up a meeting for Ali to waltz through.

“I wanted the meeting to be as intense and honest as it should’ve been, and it was because the people in that room had thoughts and opinions, and they came to Cleveland with that purpose in mind,” Brown said.

“We weren’t easy on him,” Mitchell said. “We weren’t slapping hands. In that room, especially early on, it got a little heated.”

How heated?

“F. Lee Bailey [a famous trial lawyer] would’ve been proud in the way we questioned the champ,” Wooten said. “Those guys shot questions at the champ, and he took them, and fought back. It was intense because we were all getting ready to face the United States public relations machine — the media, and put our lives and careers on the line. What if this fails? What if he goes to jail?”

Although it wasn’t discussed as a group before the meeting, many of the men planned to convince Ali to accept his call to the military.

“But after about 15 minutes of being there, I’m saying to myself, ‘No way is this guy going to change his mind,'” Davis said.

Ali made it clear that he would not participate in the Vietnam War. He spoke on Islam, Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad, and black pride, but it all came down to his religious beliefs, and nothing was going to convince him otherwise.

“Jim told me that Ali talked for two straight hours,” Arum said. “And you have to understand that at that time, Ali was functionally illiterate. And here he was in a room with these great athletes who were all college educated, but he was able to convince all of them that the path he was taking was the correct one. And people at that point and time didn’t realize how smart Ali was.”

In fact, Ali was so convincing that many in the room nodded their heads in agreement whenever Ali made several points.

“The champ stood strong,” Wooten said.

“During those hours, he said he was sincere and his religion was important to him,” Mitchell said. “He convinced all of us, even someone like me, who was suspicious. We weren’t easy on him. We wanted Ali to understand what he was getting himself into. He convinced us that he was.”

McClinton also noted how the summit was not entirely about supporting Ali as a conscientious objector.

“Our presence there was more to the freedom for Ali to go left or right,” McClinton said.

“We didn’t have a right to tell Ali what to do,” Williams said. “All we could do is show our support for him in whatever he was going to do. That decision was up to him and he made it.”

Following the meeting, Brown led the group to a press conference. Russell, Ali, Brown and Alcindor (Abdul-Jabbar) sat in the front row at a long table. Stokes, Beach, Williams, McClinton, Davis, Shorter, and Wooten stood behind them.

Brown said the group supported Ali and his rights as a conscientious objector. And they felt his sincerity.

“Absolute and sincere faith”

Supporting Ali certainly wasn’t a popular move, but Brown and the others were willing to take the risk. None of the participants could cite any direct fallout when it came to supporting Ali, but being there for a friend was worth any risk.

“We didn’t care about any perceived threats,” Wooten said. “We weren’t concerned because we weren’t going to waver. We were unified. We all had a real relationship with each other and we knew we were doing something for the betterment of all.”

In an even broader sense, the Ali Summit — not known by that name at the time — helped to validate Ali’s religious beliefs. But those beliefs and the summit could not prevent the actions of the U.S. government two weeks later when Ali was convicted of draft evasion, sentenced to five years in prison, fined $10,000 and banned from boxing for three years. He stayed out of prison as his case was appealed. The Supreme Court would overturn the decision in 1971.

But the summit had other immeasurable benefits.

“We knew who we were,” said McClinton of the athletes who stood united 45 years ago. “We knew what we had woven into our country, and we stood at the highest level of citizenship as men. You name the value, we took the brush and painted it. You raised the bar, we reached it. You defined excellence, we supersede it. As a matter of fact, we defined it.”

(The Summit)

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Morntin rikyrah. **BIG HUG** – –B BLESSED 2-day. :>)

    • Mornin’!

  • rikyrah

    What a timely topic. The athletes of today could learn something from those of the past about having a social conscience.

  • rikyrah

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

    What has brought the Bundy’s and Sterling’s out of the woodwork? (updated)

    Lately it can feel like: another day, another racist unleashed. All the oxygen these days is being soaked up by the recent remarks of Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling. But the truth is – over the last few years we’ve been exposed to a pretty endless stream of this noxious stuff.

    Its no coincidence that this is happening on the heels of electing our first African American president and as the demographics of this country are rapidly changing. But I’d like to look a little deeper and ask what it is these milestones have unleashed.

    To answer that, I go back to something I’ve quoted here many times – the words of Derrick Jensen in his book The Culture of Make Believe.

    I have spent the past several hours now thinking about the notion that masters “shall be entitled to their labor,” and at the risk of overstating, it seems to me that entitlement is key to nearly all atrocities, and that any threat to perceived entitlement will provoke hatred…

    From the perspective of those who are entitled, the problems begin when those they despise do not go along with—and have the power and wherewithal to not go along with—the perceived entitlement…

    Several times I have commented that hatred felt long and deeply enough no longer feels like hatred, but more like tradition, economics, religion, what have you. It is when those traditions are challenged, when the entitlement is threatened, when the masks of religion, economics, and so on are pulled away that hate transforms from its more seemingly sophisticated, “normal,” chronic state—where those exploited are looked down upon, or despised—to a more acute and obvious manifestation. Hate becomes more perceptible when it is no longer normalized.

    Another way to say all of this is that if the rhetoric of superiority works to maintain the entitlement, hatred and direct physical force remains underground. But when that rhetoric begins to fail, force and hatred waits in the wings, ready to explode.


    • What has brought the Bundy’s and Sterling’s out of the woodwork?

      The History of America. This is how it’s always been. I admit the election of a Black Man has pushed them over the edge but then again they’ve always been over the edge.

      • Admiral_Komack

        It would be funny if the Clippers won the NBA Championships, because Sterling would have to be in a picture with a BLACK President.

      • Guns3000

        Out of the woodwork? These people have talking like this before the President was born. One has nothing to do with the other.

        • Alma98

          True Guns but with the election of PBO they’ve gone even more loco if that’s possible lol.

  • Obama: U.S. to hit Russia with new sanctions
    Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY

    …Seven Russian government officials, including two members of Putin’s inner circle, will be subject to an asset freeze and a U.S. visa ban, and 17 companies linked to Putin’s inner circle will be subject to an asset freeze, according to a statement by White House press secretary Jay Carney.

    In addition, the Department of Commerce is imposing additional restrictions on 13 of those companies by issuing a license requirement “with a presumption of denial for the export, re-export or other foreign transfer of U.S.-origin items to the companies.” Commerce and the State Department also announced a tightened policy to deny export license applications for any high-technology items that could contribute to Russia’s military capabilities. Those Departments also will revoke any existing export licenses that meet these conditions.

    MORE: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/04/28/obama-russia-sanctions/8371225/

    • GreenLadyHere

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  • goldenstar

    Thanks for this first post of the series.

    There’s so much going on in this pivotal event. Lou Alcindor was a college sophomore when asked to participate and traveled to Cleveland to support his hero, Ali. This was the first of many moves by Jim Brown to promote economic empowerment and improve quality of life for Black communities.

    Really powerful stuff.

  • Joy

    Good morning, everyone…have a beautiful day!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ Joy. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)

      Good 2 C U. :>) B BLESSED 2-day. :>)

    • Alma98

      Good morning Joy.

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Joy

  • GreenLadyHere

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    — –☻MORE than Athletics: – -THIS: – – – –The BEU served various communities across the country, mostly in
    economic development. The BEU also supported education and other social
    issues within the black community.
    [Information —new 2 me :>)]

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  • GreenLadyHere

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    – – – -☺@TheObamaDiary[THANK U♥ –GOOD MORNTIN’]

    President Obama arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines. pic.twitter.com/nNWNbXBrsn

    – –Sooo Presidential! – – -:>) Sooo RESPECTED. :>)

  • Miranda

    Once opposed to ACA, now a convert

    Dean Angstadt opposed Obamacare until his friend Bob Leinhauser persuaded him to sign up just in time for life-saving heart surgery.
    By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer POSTED: April 27, 2014

    Dean Angstadt fells trees for a living.

    He’s a self-employed, self-sufficient logger who has cleared his own path for most of his 57 years, never expecting help from anyone. And even though he’d been uninsured since 2009, he especially wanted nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act.

    “I don’t read what the Democrats have to say about it because I think they’re full of it,” he told his friend Bob Leinhauser, who suggested he sign up.

    That refrain changed this year when a faulty aortic valve almost felled Angstadt. Suddenly, he was facing a choice: Buy a health plan, through a law he despised, that would pay the lion’s share of the cost of the life-saving surgery – or die. He chose the former.

    “A lot of people I talk to are so misinformed about the ACA,” Angstadt said. “I was, before Bob went through all this for me. I would recommend it to anybody and, in fact, have encouraged friends, including the one guy who hauls my logs.”

    more here: http://articles.philly.com/2014-04-27/news/49440051_1_health-plan-obamacare-life-saving-surgery

    • I’m glad he got the care he needed but this is another classic example of not only voting against your best interest but going to war against it.

    • rikyrah

      uh uh
      This is an example of not understanding anything until shyt happens to you personally.

  • Miranda

    These nuts are truly sick. What could possibly be their opposition to this? And to stalk this woman? Sick twisted bastards.
    ‘Smart’ Firearm Draws Wrath of the Gun Lobby
    By JEREMY W. PETERS APRIL 27, 2014

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Belinda Padilla does not pick up unknown calls anymore, not since someone posted her cellphone number on an online forum for gun enthusiasts. A few fuming-mad voice mail messages and heavy breathers were all it took.

    Then someone snapped pictures of the address where she has a P.O. box and put those online, too. In a crude, cartoonish scrawl, this person drew an arrow to the blurred image of a woman passing through the photo frame. “Belinda?” the person wrote. “Is that you?”

    Her offense? Trying to market and sell a new .22-caliber handgun that uses a radio frequency-enabled stopwatch to identify the authorized user so no one else can fire it. Ms. Padilla and the manufacturer she works for, Armatix, intended to make the weapon the first “smart gun” for sale in the United States.

    But shortly after Armatix went public with its plans to start selling in Southern California, Ms. Padilla, a fast-talking, hard-charging Beverly Hills businesswoman who leads the company’s fledgling American division, encountered the same uproar that has stopped gun control advocates, Congress, President Obama and lawmakers across the country as they seek to pass tougher laws and promote new technologies they contend will lead to fewer firearms deaths.

    more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/28/us/politics/smart-firearm-draws-wrath-of-the-gun-lobby.html?smid=tw-share

    • Kennymack1971

      They’re completely unhinged. It’s sickening.

      • Alma98

        I hope they find the nut that put this woman’s personal info out.

  • Miranda

    Yeah, I Wrote the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy Memo

    I stand by every word of it. And it’s even worse today.
    April 27, 2014

    Of the thousands of Clinton presidential records released to the public last week, one among them has received of the bulk of attention: a 332-page memo from 1995. The memo, which offers an in-depth analysis of the right-wing media, describes how conservative conspiracy theories about the Clintons passed from the fringes to the mainstream.

    The excitement over the report, it seems to me, comes for two reasons: one, the supposed mystery of its author and two, its very premise, which has been vigorously criticized by—you guessed it—the right-wing media.

    To the first question, I would respectfully suggest folks acquaint themselves with a function available on all computers, tablets and mobile devices that support the Internet—a function known as “search,” by which you will easily discover that I was the proud author—a fact that was reported the first time this memo made a splash, back in 1997, and that has been publicly documented numerous times since, not to mention in the book I co-wrote in 2013. As for the premise of the memo, I absolutely stand by it. Not only was it right about the right wing then, it is more accurate than ever today.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/04/chris-lehane-right-wing-conspiracy-memo-106059.html#ixzz30BpUzoQr

    • Well played Chris. He got it exactly right.

    • jds09

      Can a memo be 332 pages? Who knew.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – – – -Yesterday we saw Mr. Earl –“Go IN ON” – – [Un]- sterling annd the NAACP. -WAY-ELL that was NOT his first time:

    – – —Put Donald T. Sterling’s NAACP Award on Hold
    – – — [NOTE the DATE: –Posted May 10, 2009| 05:56 PM(EST)]

    – — – – – —The first page of the Constitution of the nation’s oldest, most venerable and respected civil right’s organization boldly states that itwill wage a relentless fight to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens. During much of its century of existence, the NAACP has proudly and unambiguously done just that. It waged breath taking battles against economic and housing discrimination, racial slurs and defamation, and against poverty.

    Now we come to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling; or rather Donald T. Sterling and the NAACP’s cornerstone issues of economic and housing discrimination, racial slurs and defamation, and poverty. The much maligned Sterling has been sued, verbally lambasted, reprimanded, hit with reams of bad press, and threatened with pickets for these racial wrongs. Yet, the Los Angeles NAACP Chapter will give Sterling its highest honor, a lifetime achievement award. The shame, absurdity, and contradiction of the award to a man who in word, deed, and symbol is the diametric opposite of everything the nation’s premier civil rights group stands for and has fought for is enough to draw a gag.
    THERE IS MORE – – —
    -THANK U 4 being – -PERSISTENT!! :>)

    • Give him the award. The comedic value would be off the charts.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ woody45. ***BIG HUG*** – —
        — -Kool idea. – –Howeva – – -the PROTESTS would outwieigh the laffter. – –IMHO – – –:>)

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      • Admiral_Komack

        Give him the award…in front of a chorus line of dancing raccoons.

        • BoomerGal

          Even better.

        • AxelFoley

          Give him the reward…and have Tavis Smiley present it to him.

          • Admiral_Komack

            Give him the award…and let Cornell West present it.

          • Give him the award and let the CBC present it to him.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ — – -Hmmmmm. . .
    —-WE EXPECT – – – –-“silver” – – -2 —get rid of a — -TARNISHED —“sterling!”

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  • MsKitty

    Hey POU Fam,

    Really missed this place last week, kept wondering how everyone was doing. Looking forward to this series. It couldn’t be more timely.

    The one good thing about being away on business all last week in that I was completely out of the loop, away from the chatter. Not surprisingly the sun still came up everyday and people got on with their lives.

    I did see in the hotel lobby the entire time that CNN is staying on some MH370 stuff. SMH.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good MornTin’ MsKitty. – –***BIG- -“Welcome Back” –HUG. :>)
      – —LOL Not surprisingly the sun still came up everyday and people got on with their lives.

      RE CNN: — –It is just as LOST as the MH370. – –Sooo THEY R a MATCH —especially –don “CITRUS” — [RESPECTFULLY 2 the passengers/families]– –

      Good 2 C U MsKitty. :>) B BLESSED 2-day. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ —- The GOOD NEWS is —-

    – – —The racists are losing – –

    – – – – –The bad news is that rancher Cliven Bundy and Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling have expressed terribly racist views in the last few days, if it is confirmed that the voice on an audio recording obtained by TMZ was in fact Sterling speaking.

    The good news is the universal condemnation that both men have received. Republican politicians who had allied themselves with Bundy quickly condemned him. The players Sterling employs and one of his fellow NBA owners, Michael Jordan, who during his playing days largely avoided speaking on controversial issues, distanced themselves from the Clippers boss. Leading black civil rights leaders like the Rev. Al Sharpton attacked Sterling, but so did white sports journalists like TNT’s Ernie Johnson and ESPN’s Bill Simmons. Even President Obama, on a trip to Malaysia to discuss foreign policy, weighed in.

    “The United States continues to wrestle with a legacy of race and
    slavery and segregation that’s still there, the vestiges of discrimination,” Obama said, responding to a question from a reporter on Sterling’s comments. “And I think we just have to be clear and steady in denouncing it, teaching our children differently, but also remaining hopeful that part of why some statements like this stand out so much is because there had been, there has been this shift in how we view ourselves.”
    – – —SNIP — –

    — – –There is something useful about a focus on an issue that nearly everyone agrees on, that Sterling and Bundy made reprehensible comments. The kind of “steady” denunciation of their remarks that the president urged will serve as a deterrent from other people expressing them. Casting views like the ones expressed by Sterling and Branch out of American life is a important aim unto itself.[Let’s HOPE so.]
    THERE IS MORE- – —

    – – -Sooo the —RACISTS – – -kept reiterating their RACIST COMMENTS/ACTIONS. [Especially since 2008 –] Annnd it might have looked as iff they would have continued – – -UN-CHECKED!

    – -BUT — —KARMA had other ideas. . – – -HAH!

    – –Aannnnd – – –THIS has SHOWN itself –2 B –TRUTH! — –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzAkMvK1Ljw

    • jds09

      Whoever thought TMZ could be good for America.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY jds09 – – – –***BIG fist bump*** —-:>)

        SPEAK TRUTH! —:>) – —Sooo we’ll encourage them 2 keep it up – –as long as they R –Comin’ Correctly. :>) —

      • It won’t last.

  • Daltex82

    What a timely subject for this week. I look forward to reviewing a time when athletes were not afraid to take a political stand despite what it may have cost them.
    For the meeting with Ali, Brown brought together other socially
    conscious black athletes of the time. Besides Russell, Alcindor and
    Davis, there was Bobby Mitchell (Washington Redskins), Sid Williams (Browns), Jim Shorter (Redskins), Walter Beach (Browns), John Wooten (Browns), Curtis McClinton (Kansas City Chiefs) and attorney Carl Stokes.

    That’s a powerful group of men!

    Alcindor, who had just finished his sophomore year at UCLA, didn’t hesitate to make the trip.
    I’m sure the BEIU was controversial as far as the “powers that be” were concerned it must have been huge for young Lew Alcinder to make a committment to support the group.

    This was an awesome opening!

  • Miranda

    State Farm Pulling Sponsorship From Clippers
    by Greg Smith | Posted on Monday, April 28th, 2014

    One way to make Donald Sterling actually hurt in the wake of his racism being shown to the world, is to hit him in the wallet. State Farm is doing just that by saying they will pull their sponsorship from the LA Clippers:


    This is just the beginning. There is no way this is just going to go away as Sterling would like.

    The money is starting to talk.
    Read more at http://blacksportsonline.com/home/2014/04/state-farm-pulling-sponsorship-from-clippers/#3Jf4Ji96Opr0RjJg.99

    • BoomerGal


    • AxelFoley

      Chris and Cliff and Little Chris and Little Cliff got something to fall back on now. 😉

    • Kennymack1971

      The beginning of Donald Sterling’s LONG overdue exit from the NBA.

      • It’s up to Adam Silver to escort him to the door.

        • goldenstar

          Adam Silver can read the writing and hear the cheers to move the goods out the door.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Miranda — –As the SAYIN’ – – -GOES: –☺http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51v3rhZ-g2L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_.jpg

      – –WAITIN’ — -4 STERLING – —2 START — —WALKIN’ – –
      – – – –☺http://theregulatortoo.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/bovine-excrement-meter-animation.gif?w=630

      – – -Go AWAY – – -RACIST!! humph!!

  • Alma98

    Good morning POU.

    • GreenLadyHere

      – —GOODMONDAY MornTin’ Alma98. :>) ***BIG HUG*** — Oooowweeee —A “PINWHEEL” SUN. :>) – -How FUN. :>)
      —-Annnd YES – – –I C the little “touch of GREEEN” —Thank U. :>)

      Good 2 C U Alma. :>) B BLESSED 2-day –U♥/Family♥ :>)

      • Alma98

        Good morning GLH! You know green is Oprah’s favorite color too. The tooth is soooo much better, the weather not so much lol. Have a great day, blessings to you & the family. (((HUGS)))

        • GreenLadyHere

          Alma – – – YES. – –Found a PIC [a few years ago]—☺http://uptownmagazine.com/files/2012/10/UPTOWN_oprah_winfrey_slippers.jpg
          —Woo! Hoo! :>)

          -Sooo HAPPY about your tooth. :>)
          – – – -Sendin’ U some – – -☺http://rs38.pbsrc.com/albums/e105/CommentCrazyGirl/Smileys%20Hello%20Wave/Signs%20Goodbye/2780.gif~c200
          — ENJOY. :>)
          THANK U 4 the BLESSINGS. – –MUCH NEEDED♥ :>)

          • Alma98


          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL Alma — – – -My Pleasure. :>)

    • rikyrah

      Good Morning, Alma.
      It’s Monday.
      Oh, it’s Monday..sigh

      • Alma98

        Good morning rikyrah.
        It’s Monday, it’s raining and it’s cold lol.

  • jds09

    Good Morning POU Fam!

    • GreenLadyHere

      Good Monday MornTin’ jds09. :>) ***BIG –Cali- –HUG*** :>)
      Good 2 C U. – –B BLESSED 2-day. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – –SAD NEWS – – -A Passing —

    – —Hall of Fame basketball coach Jack Ramsay dies at 89 – –

    — – – —Jack Ramsay, a Hall of Fame coach who led the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA championship before he became one of the NBA’s most respected broadcaster, has died following a long battle with cancer. He was 89.

    Ramsay’s death was announced by ESPN, for whom he worked as a broadcaster for many years.

    “Dr. Jack Ramsay has passed,” ESPN spokesman Chris LaPlaca wrote on Twitter early Monday. “A rare man. Loved and respected by all. Fascinating life well lived. An inspiration to so many.”
    THERE IS MORE- — —


    — -He coached the –L8 -GR8 —Maurice LUCAS:
    – – – -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfIznIE-0n8

    • AxelFoley

      Aw, man. Sorry to hear about this.

      Peaceful Journey, Dr. Jack.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MondayMornTin’ AxelFoley. :>) ***BIG HUG*** :>)
        — – -Thank U 4 sharin’. – – -He was a – –WINNER. :>)
        Good 2 C U AxelFoley. :>) B BLESSED 2-Day.♥ :>)

    • MsKitty

      He was a legend around these parts, but I’ll especially remember him rocking the plaid pants on the sidelines back in the day.


      • GreenLadyHere

        MsKitty. – – – -Thank U 4 sharing. :>)
        — –☺YA MEAN – – -LIKE THIS? – – -http://frontrow.espn.go.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Dr.-Jack-Ramsay.jpg

        – – – -What a FOND MEMORY. :>) Again, thank U♥ :>)

        • Dr. Jack was an incredible guy.

          • GreenLadyHere

            Woody45 — – -THANK U 4 sharing. :>)

            Yes — -☺The DR.Jack – –was – – “In da field HOUSE” – – –WINNING :>)
            – — -http://imgick.oregonlive.com/home/olive-media/pgmain/img/oregonian/photo/2014/02/-849362648b401bdc.JPG

  • Wow! I never knew about this summit! I bet this would make a great movie. Thanks for posting this Miranda!

    • jds09

      I didn’t know Ali was functionally illiterate. As my mother used to say, “there’s a difference between being educated and smart.”

  • TyrenM

    Since it’s baseball season, I trust Curt Flood is on deck.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – – –☺http://obamadiary.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/829c3-animatedcandlethoughtandprayers.gif
    2 the FAMILIES affected by those devastating TORNADOES. Sooo SAD♥ – – –
    – – – -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuOiOgIbIwU

    – – – – – – -☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESLVHUhcgYk
    – — –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gntf3xYiAOQ

    — – -Sooo VERY SAD. – –PRAYERS♥- – -AMEN♥

  • PBomb

    You get ’em The Divine Miss.M…

    Bette Midler ✔ @BetteMidlerFollow
    Donald Sterling’s racist remarks? What he’s been saying for yrs. I think he should be stripped of his championship rings. All zero of them.
    5:17 PM – 27 Apr 2014

    • goldenstar


    • jds09

      What people don’t understand about Sterling, he does not care about winning, he does not care if the Staples Center (or the Sports Arena before that) are empty, he just wants to own a team….errrrr…plantation. People in LA have known this for years.

      • Town

        Just like Rush Limbo.

  • jds09

    If members of the MSM are concerned about job security, they may need to change their ways. Even the PoPo are on to them. Lol

    “How do we utilize that in a way to get our message out more
    significantly without having to rely on the media to tell our story?”
    Mr. Bratton asked rhetorically, according to a video of the meeting
    reviewed by The New York Times.”


    • Miranda

      HA! The twitter hashtag may not have exactly gotten the response they wanted, but for the NYPD to even try it shows they want to change their image and not relying on the old guard media to do it.

  • Miranda
  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – – – -DANG! – – -He’s –BEYOND KOOL! :>) —

    — –Watch soccer player Dani Alves’ interesting response to banana taunt

    – – – –Barcelona defender Dani Alves responded to a racist taunt when a banana landed at his feet during Sunday’s game at Villarreal by picking up the fruit, peeling and then eating it before proceeding to take a corner kick.

    Alves said after the match that humor is the best way to combat racism in sports.

    “We have suffered this in Spain for some time,” Alves said. “You have
    to take it with a dose of humor. We aren’t going to change things

    THERE IS MORE – – – – –

    – – -His strategy: — -Eat the banana — -GET some ENERGY- – – -KICK a WINNER!! – – -HAH. – –

    —Sorry that he couldn’t —“stuff it down the RACIST’s throat!” :>)

    – -COMMENTS: – – –
    – – – –☺Gangsta move [KO-L] — –LOL

    — – -☺YOU THE MAN, YOU THE MAN, YOU THE MAN, Dani Alves, Yes you are!! Now if only we could get all major publications and cable and even prime time networks to make this go Viral!! It will not stop racism, but it will give racism a Big Black Eye (pun intended).

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ — -WHOA! _ __Mr. MAGIC! —Make him — -GO AWAY. :>)

    —-Report: Magic Johnson wants to buy the Clippers from Donald Sterling – –
    – – –WATCHIN’. . . :>)

    • jds09

      This is so perfect on so many levels.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY jds09 – – – :>)☺http://mormonsoprano.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/speak-truth.jpg
        —Sooo WAITIN’ — –aannnnd – -WATCHIN’ – – –:>)


        – –Woo! Hoo! :>)

    • goldenstar

      This writer doesn’t get it: calling Johnson opportunistic. Actually Magic and the Guggenheim Group are astute business folk who want to own an NBA team. Sterling may not want to sell which is fine because it forces the public to see the owners for who and what they are: business folk and some of them are plain ole racist business folk.

      • GreenLadyHere

        –☺http://www.mkm-haifa.co.il/schools/ofarim/ktiva/family/c0046.gif GOOD MONDAY MornTin’ GOLDenstar: – – – -***BIG HUG*** :>)

        As one commenter quoted: – –

        – -“When people — when ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk.” – Barack Obama
        [IMMA USE THIS – –OFTEN. :>)]

        – –THIS: —some of them are plain ole racist business folk. — –***BIG fistbump*** :>)

        Good 2 C U GOLDenstar. :>) Have a BLESSED DAY. :>)

      • Plus Magic has always wanted to own an NBA team. This isn’t new.

    • Joy

      Ooh…Lakers fans will be hot…LOL.

      • GreenLadyHere

        JOY – —-***BIG fist bump*** :>) — –:>)
        Speak about —COMPETITION. :>)
        WATCHIN’. . .

  • Miranda

    I can hear the right wing hollering now! Its like music to my ears!

    Justice Dept. to Collect Data on Stops, Arrests
    April 28, 2014 12:08 PM

    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department plans to collect data on police stops, searches and arrests in an effort to study racial bias in law enforcement.

    Holder said in a video message Monday that the data will be collected in five pilot cities over two years as part of a new initiative called the National Center for Building Community Trust and Justice. He said racial disparities in the criminal justice system “breed resentment” toward law enforcement.

    The $4.75 million project will be funded through grants; the cities will be named later.

    more here: http://washington.cbslocal.com/2014/04/28/justice-dept-to-collect-data-on-stops-arrests/

    • goldenstar


    • rikyrah

      YEAH BABY!

  • rikyrah

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

    What divides us about racism: intent

    Even Sean Hannity agrees that Cliven Bundy’s comments about “the negro” are racist. He called them “beyond repugnant.” One thing the Civil Rights Movement gave us was near universal agreement that skin color does not determine a person’s humanity and that intentional discrimination against someone on that factor alone is “beyond repugnant.”

    For many people in this country, that near universal agreement means that the job of ending racism is done and we can all be “colorblind” now. That’s why the Roberts Court did away with the section of the Voting Rights Act that applied only to states that had traditionally denied the franchise to African Americans via Jim Crow laws. Its also why they struck down Michigan’s affirmative action program this week. According to Robert’s embrace of colorblindness, “the way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.”

    All of this is based on a white perspective of what racism means. You see, if we don’t intend to discriminate…it doesn’t happen. In other words, if voting restrictions aren’t overtly aimed at denying the franchise to African Americans, its not racism. It doesn’t matter if they effectively make it more difficult for large swaths of African Americans to vote. And intent is most often very difficult to prove, isn’t it?

    If we were to include the perspective of people of color in our understanding of racism, we would see it much differently. As Justice Sotomayor explained:

    And race matters for reasons that really are only skin deep, that cannot be discussed any other way, and that cannot be wished away. Race matters to a young man’s view of society when he spends his teenage years watching others tense up as he passes, no matter the neighborhood where he grew up. Race matters to a young woman’s sense of self when she states her hometown, and then is pressed, ‘No, where are you really from?’, regardless of how many generations her family has been in the country. Race matters to a young person addressed by a stranger in a foreign language, which he does not understand because only English was spoken at home. Race matters because of the slights, the snickers, the silent judgments that reinforce that most crippling of thoughts: ‘I do not belong here’…

    The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race, and to apply the Constitution with eyes open to the unfortunate effects of centuries of racial discrimination.


  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – –Jus’ hadta – -HONOR –MR. PRESIDENT♥ – –
    — — ☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Io3C0ajtO4
    — -HE IS – –BEYOND POWERFUL! — –


    – – – [-Annnnd BTW – – -any other – -“splainin’ former president – –chimed in.? —orrr —the “leadin’ dem candidate?” —What –hillary??]

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranfa♥ —YEAH WAY-ELL —the COURT will B the JUDGE of THAT!!

    —-☺@NewsBreaker[Thank U♥]

    JUST IN: Rep. Grimm (R-NY) pleads not guilty to fraud and other charges, released on $400K bond – @JaredHalpern @foxnewsradio

    WATCHIN’. . .

  • rikyrah

    NewsBreaker @NewsBreaker Follow

    Rep. Michael G. Grimm arrested Monday — indicted on 20 counts http://bit.ly/1fJP2ED – @rollcall

    10:47 AM – 28 Apr 2014

    • goldenstar


  • jziglar

    So we have a few democrats going to politico complaining about the possibility of President Obama cutting deals and “giving in” to a Republican senate, if they win in 2014. Some of these guys are the same people who continue to cut and run when they face a little adversity. The ACA being one of them, but people like Begich want to fearmonger and campaign on the possibility that republicans will gain control and President Obama will agree to “cuts” in Social Security through chained cpi. I’m so sick of the constant fear-mongering about chained CPI since it’s been explained that the very elderly and the poor will be exempt, the proposal includes a benefit floor increase, it’s a more accurate measure of inflation, and the president said that he will only agree to it if tax increases on the wealthy are included.

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ —Looka hyah – – –

    ‘Daily Show’ Taps ‘SNL’ Writer Michael Che as Correspondent – –

    – – – – – –Stand-up comedian joins show in June

    “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” is bringing on “Saturday Night Live” writer Michael Che as its newest correspondent.

    Che, a successful stand-up comedian, has performed on NBC’s “Late
    Night With Seth Meyers” and CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman.” He’s also appeared on Comedy Central’s “@midnight” and “John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show,” VH1’s “Best Week Ever” and MTV’s “Money from Strangers.”

    THERE IS MORE – – –

    —F’REALZ!! —

    —Otherwise – -do well. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – – -THIS seems 2 B WERKING. . . – —
    — –☺Tell corporations: Drop the Clippers and their racist owner – –

    – —-Hoping that ONLY the RACIST OWNER —NOT the TEAM gets hurt in this process. —WATCHIN’. . .

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ – – -Gooo AG HOLDER! — —GET – –FACTS!
    – – —U.S. Justice Department to collect, study arrest data for racial bias
    – – – – – –The U.S. Justice Department on Monday said it will begin collecting data on stops, searches and arrests made in five U.S. cities to weed out possible racial biases within the criminal justice system.

    Later this year, a $4.75 million federal grant will be awarded to
    recipients who compete for the funds to work with their local law
    enforcement to analyze arrest data and find ways to reduce any biases they find, particularly toward young minority men.

    Black men were six times more likely, and Latino men were 2.5 times more likely, to be imprisoned than white men in 2012, according to Justice Department data.

    Attorney General Eric Holder said the data collection effort is in response to President Barack Obama’s call for better relations between law enforcement and young men of color following the “not guilty” verdict in the shooting death of black Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

    “Racial disparities contribute to tension in our nation generally and
    within communities of color specifically, and tend to breed resentment towards law enforcement that is counterproductive to the goal of reducing crime,” Holder said in a video address released Monday.

    THERE IS MORE – — -[Getting the VIDEO] —Woo! Hoo!

  • MsKitty

    I think we can safely say that the NAACP has rendered itself totally irrelevant, based on the recent tweets in the POU timeline. They need to step aside and let the new generation take over. Groups like Dream Defenders and 1911 United are out there getting it done.

    • crazycanuck

      They have become an embarrassment.

    • Miranda

      I’m so embarrassed by that press conference.

      • I’m at work. What happened.

        • GreenLadyHere

          woody45 – – -☺A PITIFUL attempt @ THIS: – – -http://www.presentermedia.com/files/animsp/00000000/222/pop_singer_moon_walk_md_wm.gif

          Annnnd a fair amount of —“Seeee,. . . WHA;…Ha’. . Happened. . . – —

          – – – –In Other Words – – —A lotta — – -NADA –

        • Miranda
          • crazycanuck

            Like they didn’t know.

    • GreenLadyHere

      MsKitty – —WHEW LAWD – —***BIG fist bump**

      – – –2 COMMENTS on that SAD PRESSER – – –

      – – – -☺http://divadeesdiscussions.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/shaking-my-head-picture.gif

      — -☺http://forum.smartcanucks.ca/attachments/game-room/128543d1342629798-things-make-you-shake-your-head-smart_guy_shaking_head_no_md_clr.gif

      – –THANK U BOTH. :>)

  • Miranda

    Republicans must despise Mother Jones…that outfit is a serious wrecking crew for all right wing nutty memes.

    Donald Sterling Is a Registered Republican

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥ — -Luvin’ — -Lookin’ BACK: – – –:>)

    — — ☺@NerdyWonka[THANK U♥] —

    Today In 2010: First Lady Michelle Obama jokes with participants in the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride. pic.twitter.com/Xq076rwol2

    – -SHE is BEYOND LOVELY♥ – – — WE LOVE U♥ – – -:>)

  • Miranda
  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- –WHOA! — -“Caught on Tape” —

    — -☺@NewsBreaker[Thank U♥]

    South Korea releases video showing captain fleeing sinking ferry as others were left behind http://on.mash.to/PLw1KF

    – –PRAYING 4 the Families. —As DID MR. PRESIDENT♥ AMEN♥

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- – -THIS always touches my heart – – –SHARING annnd PRAYING♥ —AMEN♥ —

    — –☺@ALBDamn
    @_KolvekTheKing_ My brother is missing. If anyone has seen him, contact me 402-415-9317 pic.twitter.com/LtEUOAgEnC <- in Omaha @blackandmissing

    • rikyrah

      praying too, GLH. he looks like a baby

      • GreenLadyHere

        rikyrah – – – -**GENTLE fist bump*** – – -:>)
        — -Always –soo sad. . .

    • crazycanuck

      I see to much of this on my timeline. It’s sad.

      • GreenLadyHere

        HEEY crazycanuck ***BIG HUG** :>)

        – –Sooo sorry 2 hear this.
        -QUESTION: Is it shown that – – -THIS organization is working on the cases?
        – – –☺http://www.blackandmissinginc.com/cdad/index.cfm

        – –I C YOUNG Janese C. is on their list. Just posted on her case a few days ago. – – -SADLY♥
        – – – -Good 2 C U cc. —BTW — -How R U feeling?
        Prayin’ 4 U 2. :>) — -B BLESSED♥

        • crazycanuck

          Hey GLH, I just recently started noticing blackandmissing, before It was just random posters tweeting missing children.

          PS, i’m fine,

          • GreenLadyHere

            crazycanuck —-O.K. THANK U. :>) – –

            Good 2 hear. :>)- – -Take it easy. :>)

  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- –FROM MR. PRESIDENT♥ —

    – — ☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjJo-apWH9k


  • Alma98
    • Now watch….the same RW media/bloggers who were talking about how Sterling donated to Dems will now say that his political party affiliation doesn’t matter.

      • Alma98


  • GreenLadyHere

    Miranda♥- – -THIS —-
    – — http://hypervocal.com/news/2014/the-purge-racist-sterling-bundy/
    — —It’s been a big week for racism.
    Between Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling, it’s pretty obvious that the notion “racism is dead” in this country can be put to bed, at least for now.

    But there’s a silver lining to all this … I tweeted yesterday that this week was like The Purge but for racists, and I believe it.

    For those who haven’t seen the movie The Purge, basically the premise is there’s one night every year where anything goes and murder is legal … so everyone who can afford to gets the best security systems and locks their doors, while the riff-raff is taken out by those with the biggest guns.

    Society “cleanses” itself of unwanted elements, and is ultimately
    stronger for it. Interesting concept. It’s not a great movie, but it’s
    not terrible either. Ethan Hawke is solid, and it made enough money to have a sequel coming this summer … but that’s not the point here.

    The point is that on some level, The Purge is what happened this week, but for racists. In some small way we purged ourselves of a little bit of racism by exposing two very racist old white dudes to sunlight like the racist vampires they are and attacking them with all our Twitter-enabled might. Bundy and Sterling have now handed anyone who hates racists a national megaphone.

    So in that way I’d say we’re stronger for it.

    – – –CALLED THEM sooo OUT! — —HAH!
    – -Annnd OTHER R bein’ CAUGHT in the –NET. – –Double HAH!

    • crazycanuck

      It’s only been a ‘BIG WEEK’ for the pale people. Blah people have been dealing with it forever.

      • GreenLadyHere

        crazycanuck —TRUE -DAT. :>)– –
        Glad he GOT –the POINT: – —In some small way we purged ourselves of a little bit of racism by exposing two very racist old white dudes to sunlight like the racist vampires they are and attacking them with all our Twitter-enabled might.

  • JB20005

    Donald Sterling is a registered Republican.

    WaPo says this doesn’t matter because of reasons.

    • Alma98

      It mattered yesterday when they thought he was a democrat lol.

  • Miranda
    • Alma98

      It’s an avalanche now.

      • crazycanuck

        As it should be

  • Miranda
  • rikyrah
    • Alma98

      Like Earthquake said soon they’ll be charging us for the air we breathe.

    • Daltex82

      I just can’t with this foolishness. I want to say these folks need Jesus, but heck I don’t think even he can help them.

      They say ass backwards things like this and then don’t understand when people vilify them–SMDH.

  • You know, the excuses folks are making to defend the Clippers players for not sitting out the game don’t make sense. For example:

    Robert Reece @PhuzzieSlippers 2h
    Clippers’ boss is racist. They still went to work. I’m going to deal with my racist superiors tomorrow. I’m sure almost all of you are.

    It’s one thing to have a suspicion that your boss is racist, but if you have concrete proof…like say a video/audio tape of him/her expressing racist opinion…best believe you will put your boss on full blast AND file a lawsuit.

    And since when did boycotting racist companies become a bad thing??

    Trudy @thetrudz 2h
    I keep seeing ppl say boycott racist companies but like…do you know how/why capitalism exists? Or how integration makes boycott harder?

    Trudy @thetrudz 2h
    Cause integrated neighborhoods mean integrated dollars; in the past it was many segregated communitiesboycotting White biz. Kinda matters.

    Trudy @thetrudz 2h
    And then boycott the co, you feel great as a middle class “activist.” Then the poor PoC are fired from bottom ranks of company. I dunno.

    So I guess when people stopped buying Reeboks and from other companies that profited from apartheid, they should’ve thought about the Black South Africans who worked for these companies? Funny, I didn’t see anyone say, “But what about the innocent employees?” when folks threatened to boycott companies that advertised on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show after he called Sandra Fluke “a slut”.

    • Alma98

      hmmmm….These people sound like they work for the companies.

      • goldenstar

        Yeah, they’re trolls…