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Racism, pure and simple…

A recent article by Jacob Weisberg in Slate opines that the only reason Obama may not be elected is racial prejudice. I think he’s right. What do you think?

Many have discoursed on what an Obama victory could mean for America. We would finally be able to see our legacy of slavery, segregation, and racism in the rearview mirror. Our kids would grow up thinking of prejudice as a nonfactor in their lives. The rest of the world would embrace a less fearful and more open post-post-9/11 America. But does it not follow that an Obama defeat would signify the opposite? If Obama loses, our children will grow up thinking of equal opportunity as a myth. His defeat would say that when handed a perfect opportunity to put the worst part of our history behind us, we chose not to. In this event, the world’s judgment will be severe and inescapable: The United States had its day but, in the end, couldn’t put its own self-interest ahead of its crazy irrationality over race.

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Haitians in US a lifeline for those back home

I deal with a lot of Haitians in my job, and I’ll have to admit that I become annoyed with the difficult communication, lack of enculturation, different world view and so forth. Articles like this help me remember that they’re just trying to accomplish exactly the same things my ancestors wanted to accomplish when they came to this new world. Shame on me.

MIAMI – Haitians living in Miami and other U.S. cities who send food regularly to their families in the Caribbean nation have become a lifeline for their loved ones amid soaring food prices and worsening hunger. …..

Haitians in US a lifeline for those back home — South Florida

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China jails monks to silence Olympic protests

Why do we see and hear nothing about this from the US press. Are we that afraid of the Chinese? Or does the almighty dollar have something to do with it?

Chinese authorities tightened security around Tibet’s main monasteries and banned visits to a sacred site on the edge of the capital, Lhasa, for fear of a fresh outburst of unrest on the Dalai Lama’s birthday.

Few monks remain, however, in the province’s three most important monasteries. Many have disappeared, their whereabouts a mystery. Chinese officials have deployed troops and paramilitary police around the ancient religious institutions, suspecting these sprawling hillside communities are at the heart of the unrest that has swept the region since early March.

Dozens, possibly several hundred, have been arrested or are detained…

Tibetan monasteries empty as China jails monks to silence Olympic protests – Times Online


Loving Day — June 12

Loving Day commemorates the US Supreme Court decision on 12 June, 1967, that overturned Virginia’s miscegenation law and, in the process, made interracial marriages legal in all the states and territories. Poetically, the couple who brought suit in Loving v. Virginia were Mildred and Richard Loving.

It is interesting to note that 41 years and one day ago, mixed racial marriages were illegal in 16 states. Today Senator Barack Obama, not only the son of a mixed marriage but also of a native African, is one step away from the Presidency.

Isn’t it wonderful that we have finally reached a point where loving relationships among consenting adults are no longer used to drive wedges between people?


We’ve come a long way, baby, but…


Mormons to mark 30 years of blacks in priesthood

Latter-day Saints will mark the 30th anniversary Sunday with an evening celebration of words and music in the Salt Lake City Tabernacle.

Heralded as a revelation from God to church President Spencer W. Kimball, the four-paragraph statement gave blacks full membership in the church for the first time after nearly 130 years.

Some say it was the most significant change in church policy since Mormons abandoned polygamy in 1890 to gain statehood for Utah.

Unlike other religions, the Mormon priesthood is not a set of trained clerics. It is a lay status granted to virtually every Mormon male at age 12, allowing them to bestow blessings and hold certain church callings.

Until 1978, black men could attend priesthood meetings but could not pass sacraments or give blessings, even on their own families. They could not enter Mormon temples for sacred ceremonies, including marriage.

“It left you on the outside,” said Darius A. Gray, who is black and joined the church as a young man in 1964. … Mormons to mark 30 years of blacks in priesthood – 06/07/2008 –