September 2, 2014

Wednesday Evening Thread: June 11, 1963

Color footage of the Radio and Television Report to the American People on Civil Rights, delivered from the President’s office at 8 p.m. on June 11, 1963

President Kennedy speaks from the Oval Office in response to the National Guard being sent to protect African American students at the University of Alabama. The President declares that a moral crisis exists in America and requests congressional action to expedite desegregation through legislation.

This transcript contains the published text of the speech, not the actual words spoken. There may be some differences between the transcript and the audio/video content.

Good evening, my fellow citizens:

This afternoon, following a series of threats and defiant statements, the presence of Alabama National Guardsmen was required on the University of Alabama to carry out the final and unequivocal order of the United States District Court of the Northern District of Alabama. That order called for the admission of two clearly qualified young Alabama residents who happened to have been born Negro.

Governor George Wallace at Tuscaloosa University, Alabama, 1963

That they were admitted peacefully on the campus is due in good measure to the conduct of the students of the University of Alabama, who met their responsibilities in a constructive way.

I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.

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Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free. And when Americans are sent to Viet-Nam or West Berlin, we do not ask for whites only. It ought to be possible, therefore, for American students of any color to attend any public institution they select without having to be backed up by troops.

It ought to be possible for American consumers of any color to receive equal service in places of public accommodation, such as hotels and restaurants and theaters and retail stores, without being forced to resort to demonstrations in the street, and it ought to be possible for American citizens of any color to register and to vote in a free election without interference or fear of reprisal.

It ought to be possible, in short, for every American to enjoy the privileges of being American without regard to his race or his color. In short, every American ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated. But this is not the case.

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The Negro baby born in America today, regardless of the section of the Nation in which he is born, has about one-half as much chance of completing a high school as a white baby born in the same place on the same day, one-third as much chance of completing college, one-third as much chance of becoming a professional man, twice as much chance of becoming unemployed, about one-seventh as much chance of earning $10,000 a year, a life expectancy which is 7 years shorter, and the prospects of earning only half as much.

This is not a sectional issue. Difficulties over segregation and discrimination exist in every city, in every State of the Union, producing in many cities a rising tide of discontent that threatens the public safety. Nor is this a partisan issue. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics. This is not even a legal or legislative issue alone. It is better to settle these matters in the courts than on the streets, and new laws are needed at every level, but law alone cannot make men see right.

We are confronted primarily with a moral issue. It is as old as the scriptures and is as clear as the American Constitution.

The heart of the question is whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities, whether we are going to treat our fellow Americans as we want to be treated. If an American, because his skin is dark, cannot eat lunch in a restaurant open to the public, if he cannot send his children to the best public school available, if he cannot vote for the public officials who represent him, if, in short, he cannot enjoy the full and free life which all of us want, then who among us would be content to have the color of his skin changed and stand in his place? Who among us would then be content with the counsels of patience and delay?

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One hundred years of delay have passed since President Lincoln freed the slaves, yet their heirs, their grandsons, are not fully free. They are not yet freed from the bonds of injustice. They are not yet freed from social and economic oppression. And this Nation, for all its hopes and all its boasts, will not be fully free until all its citizens are free.

We preach freedom around the world, and we mean it, and we cherish our freedom here at home, but are we to say to the world, and much more importantly, to each other that this is a land of the free except for the Negroes; that we have no second-class citizens except Negroes; that we have no class or cast system, no ghettoes, no master race except with respect to Negroes?

Now the time has come for this Nation to fulfill its promise. The events in Birmingham and elsewhere have so increased the cries for equality that no city or State or legislative body can prudently choose to ignore them.

The fires of frustration and discord are burning in every city, North and South, where legal remedies are not at hand. Redress is sought in the streets, in demonstrations, parades, and protests which create tensions and threaten violence and threaten lives.

We face, therefore, a moral crisis as a country and as a people. It cannot be met by repressive police action. It cannot be left to increased demonstrations in the streets. It cannot be quieted by token moves or talk. It is a time to act in the Congress, in your State and local legislative body and, above all, in all of our daily lives.

It is not enough to pin the blame on others, to say this is a problem of one section of the country or another, or deplore the fact that we face. A great change is at hand, and our task, our obligation, is to make that revolution, that change, peaceful and constructive for all.

Those who do nothing are inviting shame as well as violence. Those who act boldly are recognizing right as well as reality.

Next week I shall ask the Congress of the United States to act, to make a commitment it has not fully made in this century to the proposition that race has no place in American life or law. The Federal judiciary has upheld that proposition in a series of forthright cases. The executive branch has adopted that proposition in the conduct of its affairs, including the employment of Federal personnel, the use of Federal facilities, and the sale of federally financed housing.

But there are other necessary measures which only the Congress can provide, and they must be provided at this session. The old code of equity law under which we live commands for every wrong a remedy, but in too many communities, in too many parts of the country, wrongs are inflicted on Negro citizens and there are no remedies at law. Unless the Congress acts, their only remedy is in the street.

I am, therefore, asking the Congress to enact legislation giving all Americans the right to be served in facilities which are open to the public—hotels, restaurants, theaters, retail stores, and similar establishments.

This seems to me to be an elementary right. Its denial is an arbitrary indignity that no American in 1963 should have to endure, but many do.

I have recently met with scores of business leaders urging them to take voluntary action to end this discrimination and I have been encouraged by their response, and in the last 2 weeks over 75 cities have seen progress made in desegregating these kinds of facilities. But many are unwilling to act alone, and for this reason, nationwide legislation is needed if we are to move this problem from the streets to the courts.

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I am also asking Congress to authorize the Federal Government to participate more fully in lawsuits designed to end segregation in public education. We have succeeded in persuading many districts to de-segregate voluntarily. Dozens have admitted Negroes without violence. Today a Negro is attending a State-supported institution in every one of our 50 States, but the pace is very slow.

Too many Negro children entering segregated grade schools at the time of the Supreme Court’s decision 9 years ago will enter segregated high schools this fall, having suffered a loss which can never be restored. The lack of an adequate education denies the Negro a chance to get a decent job.

The orderly implementation of the Supreme Court decision, therefore, cannot be left solely to those who may not have the economic resources to carry the legal action or who may be subject to harassment.

Other features will be also requested, including greater protection for the right to vote. But legislation, I repeat, cannot solve this problem alone. It must be solved in the homes of every American in every community across our country.

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In this respect, I want to pay tribute to those citizens North and South who have been working in their communities to make life better for all. They are acting not out of a sense of legal duty but out of a sense of human decency.

Like our soldiers and sailors in all parts of the world they are meeting freedom’s challenge on the firing line, and I salute them for their honor and their courage.

My fellow Americans, this is a problem which faces us all—in every city of the North as well as the South. Today there are Negroes unemployed, two or three times as many compared to whites, inadequate in education, moving into the large cities, unable to find work, young people particularly out of work without hope, denied equal rights, denied the opportunity to eat at a restaurant or lunch counter or go to a movie theater, denied the right to a decent education, denied almost today the right to attend a State university even though qualified. It seems to me that these are matters which concern us all, not merely Presidents or Congressmen or Governors, but every citizen of the United States.

This is one country. It has become one country because all of us and all the people who came here had an equal chance to develop their talents.

We cannot say to 10 percent of the population that you can’t have that right; that your children can’t have the chance to develop whatever talents they have; that the only way that they are going to get their rights is to go into the streets and demonstrate. I think we owe them and we owe ourselves a better country than that.

Therefore, I am asking for your help in making it easier for us to move ahead and to provide the kind of equality of treatment which we would want ourselves; to give a chance for every child to be educated to the limit of his talents.

As I have said before, not every child has an equal talent or an equal ability or an equal motivation, but they should have the equal right to develop their talent and their ability and their motivation, to make something of themselves.

We have a right to expect that the Negro community will be responsible, will uphold the law, but they have a right to expect that the law will be fair, that the Constitution will be color blind, as Justice Harlan said at the turn of the century.

This is what we are talking about and this is a matter which concerns this country and what it stands for, and in meeting it I ask the support of all our citizens.

Thank you very much.

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  • Alma98

    The irony of this day huh.
    We have teabaggers, republicans and libertarians all over the media (who are all the same to me) saying that we don’t deserve civil rights.

    • rikyrah

      Disqus ate my comment to you.

      • Alma98

        Of course lol.

        • rikyrah

          I will try again. Did you see that thread at Balloon Juice?
          Did you see what I saw, or was I “too sensitive”?

          • AxelFoley

            Which thread, rikyrah?

          • rikyrah

            Check the Afternoon thread for the link, Axel.

          • AxelFoley

            Ok, just saw it. I posted in that thread yesterday before all that crap went down. Wish I woulda went back now.

          • Alma98

            I saw it and no you weren’t being too sensitive.

    • Kennymack1971

      I saw that garbage and once again this is why EmoProgs will never be allies in my book. Forever demanding that Black folks co sign tgeir causes but then basically spit on our ancestors struggle. Man to hell with these people.

  • crazycanuck

    Evening folks. This has been a very long day. I have a lot to catch up on I see.

    • Alma98

      Evening cc.

      • crazycanuck

        Hey Alma I loved your morning sun

        • Alma98

          Thanks cc!

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Evenin’ CC!

      • crazycanuck

        Hey Sepia

  • Miranda

    Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) blamed Cantor’s defeat on President Barack Obama, saying Americans are fed up with him causing the nation’s influence to decline.

    “They see the country starting to fray at the seams and they want someone to blame, and unfortunately there’s some fratricide in a situation like that,” Franks said. “But it’s my conviction that frustration the American people feel, in general, will manifest very unfavorably to the Democrats this fall.”

    ———————————
    Ok dude…let us know when you get out of THAT stage of grief.

    • Alma98

      WTF! These people are so delusional, smh.

    • Aquagranny911

      Trent Franks is an estupido who got dropped on his head one too many times in childhood!

    • GOVCHRIS1988

      Ok…………let me get this straight…………Republican Eric Cantor lost………….to Tea Party Republican candidate David Brat………….because of Non Republican Democratic President Barack Obama………………….

      Just havin a catatonic ugly cry, aren’t we Trent?

      http://www-static.weddingbee.com/pics/120625/tumblr_m4bo0naYwS1qkux89o2_250.gif

    • Kennymack1971

      That’s just……stupid.

  • Miranda

    Tom DeLay Hails Eric Cantor’s Loss As A Victory For Christian ‘Spiritual Revival’
    BY Brian Tashman on Wednesday, 6/11/2014 4:55 pm

    Former GOP House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is praising the primary defeat of Rep. Eric Cantor, who before becoming majority leader himself was involved in one of DeLay’s casino gambling campaign financing schemes, as a victory for a Christian revolution.

    DeLay told the Washington Times’ Andy Parks today that far-right challenger David Brat’s victory was a “spiritual revival” and a sign that pastors and “a lot of Christians that had never been elections before got involved” in politics.

    “I’m not trying to be arrogant or a know-it-all but this is what I’ve been calling for well over a year now: spiritual revival and a revolution for the Constitution. I saw this as a manifestation of that,” DeLay said. “As I travel around the country what I hear from people, particularly Christians, is that they want to bring God back into the public arena, they want a revolution for the Constitution, they want constitutional government and they have a huge thirst for leadership.”
    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/tom-delay-hails-eric-cantors-loss-victory-christian-spiritual-revival#sthash.gYHnA5kZ.dpuf

    • Alma98

      That’s kinda hard seeing as it never went away Tom.
      If it was absent we wouldn’t have all the craziness we have today.

    • AxelFoley

      Cantor’s Jewish. Delay says Cantor’s loss is a victory for Christian spiritual revival.

      Ya’ll see where I’m going with this, right?

      • Alma98

        mmmm. Yes Axel, that didn’t even occur to me.

    • TresL

      With Christians like these, who needs the Devil?

      • nellcote

        That’s why I call them Christianists.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    I see Shonda Rhimes clapped back at the critics of her speech. IMO, her response comes across as elitist. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you, Shonda.

    http://twitter.com/shondarhimes/status/476770717670060032

    • Alma98

      I know twitter is not the answer to true activism, but it did save her show. And for her not to acknowledge that is wrong.

      • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

        Exactly! And all that “If you were receiving the privilege of breathing the rare air that comes with getting an Ivy League” reeks of elitism and snobbery, and was unnecessary. She’s smelling herself.

        • Alma98

          Smelling herself big time.

      • crazycanuck

        How could she not acknowledge that? It doesn’t make any sense.

    • Miranda

      Scandal literally became the most popular drama on TV based on Kerry Washington starting the twitter campaign from day one – LITERALLY.

    • creolechild

      If anyone’s interested or hasn’t read it already, here’s the full transcript of her speech at Dartmouth. Maybe taking into consideration the remarks made within the context of her commencement address will add some perspective to what she tweeted. Then again, maybe it won’t. And I’ll just leave it at that. Back to the Vikings!

      Shonda Rhimes’ Real Talk for Dartmouth Grads: Dreams Are for Losers: “Be a doer, not a dreamer…it’s hard work that makes things happen.“

      https://medium.com/theli-st-medium/shonda-rhimes-real-talk-for-dartmouth-grads-dreams-are-for-losers-afd77eaea5d9

  • Alma98

    Umm what y’all think?

    June 11, 2014

    R. Kelly’s son Jay is opening up about being transgender via his
    ask.fm account. Hollywood Life shared the details about the
    13-year-old’s revelations.

    Jay was asked about his sexuality by one follower, and he was quite honest with his followers. R. Kelly’s son Jay was born a girl named Jaya. However, around age 6 or 7, Jaya started transitioning into identifying as male.

    http://www.examiner.com/article/r-kelly-s-son-jay-transgender-teen-of-singer-opens-up-about-his-life

    • rikyrah

      Wow. Gotta think about this.

    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      I’m not comfortable with a 6/7 year old changing their gender.

      • crazycanuck

        neither am I

      • Miranda

        neither am I.

      • Alma98

        ICAM.

    • GreenLadyHere

      Alma – - –Sorry 2 hear this —at such a young age.- – –Wish he woulda had parental —”guidance” – -not just “consent.”
      Praying 4 him.

    • Tafr

      How does a child that age change their gender? I really need to know what they mean by that. I know a little something about kids that age. I have a 6 year old who I would not trust to make her own lunch. Her idea of lunch is a bag of sugar and a spoon. She believes this is a good lunch, because well because, she is 6. Now I am not going to claim to understand how it feels to be transgender. If I had to guess I would assume that it is nerve racking and confusing. However, kids are a bundle of confusion and emotions.

      I wish this young person the best of luck. I truly hopes he gets his depression under control before he makes any permanent changes.

      • Aquagranny911

        I am with you on this one.

      • http://batman-news.com Mi

        I agree with you –

        I also think 13 is really too young to utilize social media in this manner–

        This is a kid; but someone obviously thinks they’re adult enough–

    • gn

      The only “coming out” a 13 year old needs to be making is what college they aspire to get into and what careers they are thinking about for when they grow up. The current sexualization of children is suspect and foul to me.

  • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

    Oh snap! I didn’t know season 2 of Big Freedia premieres tonight! I really enjoy his show!

    • Alma98

      What channel?

      • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

        Fuse network.

        • Alma98

          Thanks!

  • Alma98
    • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

      Tha hail???

      • AxelFoley

        Anything–ANYTHING–goes nowadays.

        SMH

        • http://pragmaticobotsunite.blogspot.com/ Sepia

          I’m saying tho…It’s bad enough he pooped but then he had to BURN it??? Lawd!

          • Alma98

            LOL

    • Miranda

      Police spokeswoman Renee Witt says there’s nothing in the report to indicate why the man thought burning human waste behind the police station was a good idea, but he was not referred for a mental evaluation.
      ————————
      When you gotta go……..ya gotta go…..

      http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm188/stllerscar/bathroom/diarrhea.gif

      • Alma98

        LMAO!

  • GreenLadyHere

    - –Good Evening POU FAM♥ —***BIG HUG*** – –As Significant as These HISTORICAL EVENTS R — SADLY –WE STILL – -” Inda -STRUGGLE”. –BUT WE HONOR ALL WHO HELPED♥– :>)

    —–THIS: — -We have a right to expect that the Negro community will be responsible, will uphold the law, but they have a right to expect that the law will be fair, that the Constitution will be color blind, as Justice Harlan said at the turn of the century.

    – — – -☺ENJOY♥—http://gospelbondservant.com.s127328.gridserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/use-eat-heart-healthy_salmon_dinner.jpg

    – — —☺http://bestfriendsforfrosting.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/iced-tea-ice-cream.jpg

    - – - -B BLESSED♥ :>)

  • lamh36

    Evening POU peep.

    So last week, I told ya’ll I won’t be going to DC next month. So I cancelled my PTO request and I cancelled my WH tour request.

    So anyway, I got over that. I had already asked for 3 days off for my b-day, so I requested an extended PTO request and have decided that I will be going to Hawaii for my Bday (Nov 5th, trip dates anywhere between Nov 3rd-10th, but I want to be IN Hawaii on someone’s beach for the actual day of my bday, Nov 5th)

    So for the rest of this week, I will be researching and planning this trip, and by next week. I’ll be paying for at least the plane portion of my trip.

    So any advice ya’ll want to give me about planning the trip, or links that would be helpful, will all be greatly appreciated.

    • MsKitty

      That is so awesome. Believe me there is nothing like celebrating your birthday in an exotic locale. Is this going to be a solo trip for you?

      • lamh36

        My plans are for a solo trip MsKitty.

        I did tell my sister and my cousin and they both said they are trying to latch on, but I told them upfront. I’m NOT paying for anyone else. I’m paying for my hotel room and my flight and my activities there. If they can pay for their flight or whatever to get to Honolulu, then they can certainly stay with me in my hotel room.

        In other words, if they can get to Hawaii, they got a place to lay their head, but that’s it.

        • MsKitty

          How wonderful you’re gonna take the plunge and do this on your own.

          As far as your sister and cousin, I think what you told them is more than reasonable. Once you book your hotel and flight give them the itinerary and they can take it from there if they want to come along. That way you’re not left holding the bag if someone backs out at the last minute.

          • lamh36

            exactly my plan.

    • Lisa M

      Good call!! That sounds like fun!!

    • rikyrah

      Hawaii?

      GO LAMH!!!

    • GreenLadyHere

      HEEY lamh36. ***BIG — -Hawaii —HUG** :>)

      — -Sooo HAPPY 4 U. :>)- – -Maybe U could ask —AAA or a similar agency 4 some assistance. —My daughter/hubby went there last year. :>)

      Enjoy all the —”sights annnd sounds”. :>)
      - – - –☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMD1hYuAL40

      U DESERVE this trip. —U werk hard. :>) B BLESSED♥ :>)

    • qosine

      Aloha!!

    • MsKitty

      Re: how many nights…for overseas trips (which for all intents and purposes this is) I stick to a 4 night minimum. The first day is always a wash for me because of the jet lag, in that I do manage to get out and about but I’m usually in my room for the night by 6 p.m. or so. So that leaves me with 3 solid days to enjoy the trip (IMO anything less than that is just a blur and I don’t get as much out of the experience).

      If it looks like you’ll have an early a.m. arrival it’s worth considering booking your room with a “check-in” for the night before. That way you’ll have a room right away instead of having to cool your heels until 2-3 that afternoon waiting for your room to be ready. But since Hawaii is behind us time zone wise that might not be an issue.

  • lamh36

    Hagel Lashes Out At GOPer For Raising Suspicions About Bergdahl’s Health (VIDEO)

    “Mr. Secretary, you keep saying we can’t get the facts from Sgt. Bergdahl until he gets home,” the congressman said. “Have you ever thought about going to Landstuhl and talking to him there?”

    “Well, I don’t know how much medical training you had, congressman. I haven’t had much. And what we’re doing is we are allowing the doctors —” Hagel said before Miller cut him off.

    “Why hasn’t he been returned to the United States?” Miller asked. “We have seriously wounded soldiers that are returned to the United States almost immediately after they are stabilized.”

    Miller wondered how long Pfc. Jessica Lynch, whose own capture and rescue during the Iraq War were grossly exaggerated, waited before she returned to the United States.

    Hagel thought the questions were loaded, and confronted Miller.

    “Congressman, I hope you’re not implying anything other than that,” Hagel said.

    • Kennymack1971

      If Secretary Hagel had dog cussed this moron he’d have been well within his rights.

  • isonprize

    POU — ALWAYS brings the knowledge!!!

  • Miranda

    So it will be Pete Sessions vs Kevin McCarthy for House Majority Leader….this will be entertaining.

    http://www.gayly.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/GOP-vs.-GOP_4.jpg

    • Alma98

      LOL

    • Aquagranny911

      LMAO! I was kind of hoping that Issa would wave his dusty beanie in the ring. I’ve got to lay in some Hornitos & order more Moose Munch for this one!

      • nellcote

        He’s waiting for Boner to retire.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — –***sigh*** – - -The “STRUGGLE” —Continues –

    8 UPS employees claim racial discrimination- -

    - – - —A group of eight current and former employees of United Parcel Service in Kentucky have sued the company saying they faced racial discrimination, poor treatment based on race and retaliation after they complained.

    The men also contend an effigy of a black UPS employee hung from the ceiling outside the manager’s office for four days.

    The suit, filed Friday in Fayette County Circuit Court in Lexington, names three managers and the company as defendants.

    The men say they were punished more severely than white employees for “alleged workplace infractions.” Two of the employees were fired; two others resigned, which the lawsuit says constitutes “constructive discharge.”
    – - –SNIP —-

    - – —-Morgan said racially-based issues first popped up in the summer of 2008, when Barack Obama began his general election campaign for the presidency and resurfaced during his re-election campaign four years later. The lawsuit says that on Aug. 9, 2012, one of the managers made a dummy in a UPS uniform with a dark brown toboggan as a head and it hung from the ceiling until Aug. 13, 2012.

    THERE IS MORE – –

    – –Uhhhhhh. . .YA GOTTA READ the REASON 4 the “dummy”. geesh!!!

    ——-☺http://ioneglobalgrind.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/eyeroll1.gif?w=610&h=370

    –WATCHIN’. . . .

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – — -LOL – –THIS TWEET – - – -A SHORTER of rachul -:>)

    - – -☺ ‏@adept2u[THANK U♥]

    Cantor lost people thought it was because an anti immigration stance turns out he lost cause people hated him @maddow 20 minutes in a tweet.

    Luvin THIS. :>) – –Thank U sir :>)

  • Miranda

    When I searched for the video for “Tyrone” for the afternoon thread, I saw this one. I’d never seen it before.

    Get well Tracy!

    • Alma98

      LOL….Sending healing thoughts Tracy’s way.

    • GreenLadyHere

      POU FAM♥ – - —JOININ’ – - – -IN♥ —:>)
      - —-☺http://rs196.pbsrc.com/albums/aa23/holymusic55/Holidays%20and%20Special%20Occasions/In%20my%20thoughts%20and%20prayers/Healingprayers.gif~c200

      – — ——-☺http://www.desicomments.com/graphics/getwellsoon/20.gif
      AMEN♥ annnd AMEN♥ :>)

  • Miranda

    So virtually no coverage of this…I wonder why?? The White House has a summit on working fathers and the featured speaker is a black father of 3……………any comments from the sole patrol or blackety black power folks about this??
    —————————————-
    White House Working Fathers Event Examines Growing Fatherhood Roles

    excerpt:
    The highlight of the panel, however, was the introduction of featured speaker Julian Jenkins (pictured throughout), an African-American married Father of three, spoke about his desire to be involved in the lives of his children even at the expense of working certain hours. Growing up with his father, Jenkins offered a moving testimonial regarding the success of his children, with all three graduating from prestigious collegiate institutions.

    more here: http://newsone.com/3018837/white-house-working-fathers-summit/

    • Alma98

      Someone needs to tweet this MHP.

      • Miranda

        There has been virtually no coverage of this event. The same mofos always criticizing PBO for speaking to the need for ALL black kids to have their fathers in their lives are quiet as church mice about this.

    • nellcote

      The usual suspects have moved on to ‘where’s the program for black women?’

    • Kennymack1971

      This is why Black media like RoRo and George Curry are welcome to all the seats in Cowboys Stadium and the Blackademics can join them. Quick to jump on the mic when the President hasn’t met one of their bullshit litmus tests but nowhere to be found when events like this are held.

      • Miranda

        The coverage is absolutely disgraceful. How many times not even before PBO is done with a speech directed at black folks, do we have these pontificators jumping on the nearest social media construct to bash PBO?? Its been “he hates black folks, he hates black men, he has daddy issues, he has mama issues, blah blah blah” for the last 6 damn years. Hear is a summit dedicated to working fathers and the FEATURED….not participant..but FEATURED speaker is a proud African American father of 3, speaking on FATHERHOOD. And we get one write up in Newsone?!?!?! Maaaan, fuck all these felonious kneegrows that dare to critique PBO.

  • JB20005

    Tom DeLay hails Eric Cantor’s loss as a victory for “Christian spiritual revival”.

    Damn.

    Even one Jew in the country club was too much for the wingnuts.

    • Aquagranny911

      Teapotty & Dominionists want a theocracy with themselves the only power. They are truly the “American Taliban” & they ARE “Domestic Terrorists!”

      This is something to keep firmly in our minds.
      Voting counts unless we want scum like this crawling into every corner of our lives.

      • nellcote

        Khmer Rouge

      • crazycanuck

        The conversation we had the other day about Nazi Germany reminded me again that the Nazis were not taken seriously at the beginning. At least, well I hope these terrorist are being watched and closely. .

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — – -A BLACK HISTORICAL MOMENT – - -

    —-This Day in Black History: June 11, 1963 — [The first two Black students attempt to register at the University of Alabama.]- -

    - – - – —Escorted by U.S. Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach, Vivian Malone and James Hood attempted to register for classes at the University of Alabama, on June 11, 1963, the first Black students to do so. However, Alabama Gov. George Wallace, a known segregationist, blocked the door.

    “I didn’t feel I should sneak in, I didn’t feel I should go around the back door. If [Wallace] were standing the door, I had every right in the world to face him and to go to school,” Malone said in a 2003 interview. Several hours later, the students returned, this time escorted by the Alabama National Guard as ordered by President John F. Kennedy, prompting Wallace to finally step aside.In 1965, Malone became the first African-American to graduate from the University of Alabama.

    – — —COMMENDATIONS –2 these BRAVE STUDENTS♥ —”In DA STRUGGLE” . AMEN♥—- -

    - ——☺http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/47362544#47362544

    - – ———☺http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rd8aMr4UOIU

  • Aquagranny911

    …and a little over 5 months later, John Kennedy was dead…

    • Miranda

      I’d forgotten he was killed not long after this speech. Such a shame the evil done in this world to keep people down.

      • Aquagranny911

        Oswald was killed before he could really be questioned about all his motivations. The fact that he had defected to Russia took over all the narrative. No body ever asked “Was he a racist with issues more than being a “communist sympathizer?”

        Those were sad evil times for the whole country.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – - – -Was this video posted.? —[Apologies iff a dup.]

    – - –☺http://www.c-span.org/video/?319914-1/worcester-technical-high-commencement
    – — –HE Sooo INSPIRES♥ – - -AMEN♥

  • Aquagranny911

    ♥ @ Adept2u…”Cantor lost because people hated him”

    Took the words right out of my head. Gracias Adept!

  • lamh36

    Haven’t watched Rachel Maddow in awhile but I wanted to see what she had to say about Cantor. Gotta say, her segment on “Modern US Political Shockers Chart” was stellar.

    If you missed it, you def want to go back and watch it online when it comes.

  • rikyrah

    White Iowa Teacher Tells Black Student To Call Him ‘Master’

    By Ben Norton on June 11, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Roosevelt High School senior Jabre White was doing what so many of us were taught to do, respectfully addressing authority figures, when his teacher responded in one of the least respectful, and most dehumanizing, ways of all.

    In a recent interview with The Des Moines Register, White says that, when he politely told his economics teacher Shawn McCurtain “Yes, sir,” the latter corrected him, insisting he “say ‘Yes, master.’”

    White stood up for himself, replying, “Who the f— are you talking to? You’re nobody’s master, and this is not the slave days. If you thought it was funny, it’s not.” When he later reported the incident to Roosevelt High School’s white Vice Principal Joseph Blazevich, White claims that Blazevitch “didn’t seem surprised about what the teacher said.” Instead, White says, Blazevich “was more interested in about what I said. He was upset that I dropped the f-bomb.”

    After White’s mother asked Blazevich to investigate the incident, however, he did say that it was “terrible” and “shameful,” and claimed that “the instructor was very remorseful.” Nevertheless, it is unclear whether McCurtain has been punished for the way he treated one of his African American students — though he did call White’s mother to apologize for the remark. According to a district spokesperson, McCurtain is still employed by the school district.

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/06/11/3447560/white-iowa-economics-teacher-tells-black-student-to-call-him-master/

  • lamh36

    Poll Raises Questions About Immigration Factor In Eric Cantor Defeat

    The poll suggests that the real reason for Cantor’s loss was that he is unpopular. He only scored an overall 30 percent approval rating, and among GOP voters it was 43 percent positive against 49 percent negative.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — – -Speakin’ of bein’ — – “YOUNG” —

    – – —North West Has a French Tutor? She’s 11-Months-Old – -

    — – –*North West’s parents are getting her started early on becoming bilingual.
    Despite the 11-month-old not being able to speak yet, her parents Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have reportedly hired a tutor to give Nori French lessons three times a week,
    according to Heat magazine.

    THERE IS MORE- – -

    — – -☺She’s NOT speaking -YET
    - – - -☺How is her English?
    - – - ☺Iff she starts sayin’ – –LA — -LA –LA. . . .
    — – – —-will they take her 2 a “speech specialist” —for “stuttering”.?

    —Jus’ —axin’. . . . :>)

    — -P.S. – - – -***HUGS** 2 the “WEE ONE” :>)

    • nellcote

      That kid is going to need therapy before she turns 14.

      • GreenLadyHere

        OLL nellcote. ***BIG HUG*** :>)

        —-***BIG fist bump*** :>) —I’ll accept 14 – —BUT —-IMMA go younger. :>)
        Annd —iff they din’t leave her alone – –she might tryta – -”become —”EMANCIPATED”. :>)
        We have students that R “emancipated Minors”. 4 a variety of reasons.- — SAD.

        Good 2 c U nellcote. B BLESSED♥. :>)

        • nellcote

          I don’t follow the Kardasian saga because I think they’re all disgusting but it seems sad that there isn’t anyone in that family that isn’t a media whore where the child can get some relief. But obviously I could be wrong and they just stay out of the family business.

          • GreenLadyHere

            nellcote —-I don’t either.—-:>)
            — —-Soooo – —Scoot ova— I’ll– join U:>)
            - – - -☺http://www.clipartguide.com/_named_clipart_images/0511-1305-2709-4229_Two_Girls_Sitting_on_a_Couch_Talking_clipart_image.jpg

            LOL

      • Miranda

        You put a 1 on the number by mistake.

  • isonprize

    Have y’all seen this? I’m not exactly sure what happened here, and I’m late to the party since this says it was posted in Oct. 2011 (not to mention 10 million+ hits on Youtube…), but Sgt. Brotherman is passionate and righteous in his belief.

    (And, yes, since NYC cops are frequently out-of-pocket, I have no problem believing that what he said he saw was true…)

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ — –{Missed This] -CONGRATULATIONS R In ORDER♥- –

    - — BET’s New Keke Palmer Talk Show Gets A Title, Debut Date & Promo Video Promising Freshness- -
    - – — -The daytime talk show space continues to get crowded (Tyra Banks most recently announced that she’ll be jumping back into that space via ABC),as Keke Palmer and BET are hoping to strike gold with a new talk show targeting so-called millenials – essentially those in her age group – which Palmer will of course host.

    Tentatively-titled “#JUSTKeke,” the network has ordered an initial 4-week run, starting on June 30, airing daily, Monday to Friday.

    Judge Greg Mathis, apparently looking to expand his empire, will executive produce, while Telepictures is producing.

    The 20-year-old Palmer will become the youngest talk show host in TV history, with “#JUSTKeke,” besting the likes of Ricki Lake, who was 25 when she begun hosting her 1990′s daytime talk show, also aimed at her generation at the time.
    THERE IS MORE – - – - — WISHING HER WELL.♥ —:>)

    this month.

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – - -UH! —OH! – –He betta WATCH — – - OUT –

    – - –Elizabeth Warren Declares War on Mitch McConnell After He Blocked Her Student Loan Bill

    – — – –On MSNBC tonight, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
    virtually declared war on Mitch McConnell after he blocked her student loan bill. Warren told viewers to donate money to Alison Lundergan Grimes, and announced that she will be going to Kentucky to campaign for the Democrat.

    Video of Sen. Warren on MSNBC’s All In:

    THERE IS MORE – –

    — – - -☺B VERY SCURRRED — -http://paulrevererides.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/mitch-mcconnell-turtle-man.jpeg?w=600 LOL

    • nellcote

      Good for her! Instead of staying in DC and whining like some people.

      • GreenLadyHere

        nellcote – - — ***BIG fist bump*** :>)

        - – –☺LOL —He’s runnin’- —☺http://angryblackladychronicles.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/20130106-113214.jpg

  • lamh36

    What the Game of Thrones Theme Song Would Sound Like If It Were Set in New Orleans | Vanity Fair http://tinyurl.com/ktsr7u5

  • lamh36

    Variety 36s
    Louis C.K. Asks TMZ to Remove Video of Tracy Morgan Crash http://on.variety.com/1loUrqa

  • GreenLadyHere

    POU FAM♥ – - –”Mother Nature” – - -has RE-DEFINED —the term —-:>)

    - – — -☺@Earth_Pics[THANK U♥] :>)

    Hanging out on the branches. Photo by Yusri Harisandi pic.twitter.com/el4cc45Tfd

    ENJOY♥ – -:>)

    • qosine

      Hey, GreenLady, how are you doing?

      • GreenLadyHere

        - –☺
        HEEY La Qosine :>)- — -***BIG HUG*** :>)

        Found the –”BIG GIF”. Woo! Hoo! :>)
        [Hadta talk 2 my --Sista-From Detroit. - --She wasn't feeling well.]– -
        Good 2 C U. Annnd HOW R U? :>) – –B BLESSED♥ :>)

    • rikyrah

      that pic is amazing!

  • GreenLadyHere

    - – -☺Dear POU FAM♥ :>) GOOD NIGHT♥- –WISHING U BLESSED SWEET DREAMS. ♥-♥-

    —— —- ☺UNTIL. . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuudFpw9Wak

    - – –☺http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-spdxQ9OYfEY/UHmY_s47X1I/AAAAAAAABwU/_hoLTA4mjWg/s400/805801280_1832744.gif
    — -PRAYING 4 ALL♥ – –AMEN♥ — :>)