Posts tagged ‘African-Americans’

July 17, 2012

Pandering 2012

Recently the NAACP had their annual convention in Houston, TX. Several prominent figures including Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney and Vice President Joe Biden were present to campaign. Much criticism came upon President Obama, who was in the swing state of Virginia during the convention, for being “unavailable” to speak one of the premier organizations for African-Americans. Some pundits have said that Obama has taken for granted the support he has received from the Black community because of his scheduling conflict.

Romney made a bold choice by going to a place where his message would be unlikely to be received. It was great that Mitt presented his platform to the NAACP to recruit more Black voters (or even  convince them not to vote for Obama). Former Governor went so far as to fly supporters to Houston in order for him to have his personal “amen corner.” Even though he went to great lengths to look favorable, Mitt was booed and heckled  for vowing to appeal Obamacare.

Vice President Biden received a positive response from the NAACP. There were times when Biden, resembling a Baptist preacher on a Sunday morning, elevated his voice several octaves to energize his congregation.  Obama’s right-hand man was shown to be a seasoned politician by shaking every hand in the front row before his departure. This was truly campaigning (or pandering) at its finest. 

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May 4, 2012

2 Chainz says ‘Respect My Vote’

I’ve had a felony record since I was 15 years old. I made mistakes when I was too young to know different or better. I, like many, thought that because I was once a felon, I had lost my right to vote forever. Then I did some research, and I learned that wasn’t the case. Every state has somewhat different laws, but in most cases ex-felons can vote.

When I realized I could vote, it was a major moment. I really tripped over the fact that I could vote. It meant I had another chance. It meant I had a say in the course of this country.

Voting is something that we are told is part of what being an American is. I thought for much of my life that I would never have a voice in our democracy, that I would never be listened to at the most basic level of what it is to be a citizen of this country.

If you have never lost your right to vote, you can’t understand. But for those of us who have been disenfranchised, getting a second chance at having a voice and being respected means everything. It changes how you feel about who you are in relation to this country. You go from thinking you are powerless to knowing that you have a role in influencing the system.

Many of my friends have records, but we are all onto other things now. It is a core American value that people have access to a second chance. Once I knew I could vote, I made sure every single one of my friends knew they could register to vote too, and they did.

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April 16, 2012

Coonin’ 4 Chicken

Stereotypically black people enjoy singing, eating chicken, and making ordering our food in a unique way. But did Burger King go to far? hen I originally saw this video I immediately thought of this scene from “Undercover Brother.”

Then again maybe I am over reacting but to view all of our stereotypes in on 30 second commercial may have a crippling effect on black culture. When we agree to shuck and jive for the Hollywood we negatively effect our perseption in corporate America. People begin to believe the stereotypes to be factual for all African-Americans. Believe it or not all black people cannot sing (see Keyshia Cole: Live), not all black people eat chicken (see Russell Simmons), and not all African-Americans begin their orders with “Lemme get a ummm…”

Let’s do better and learn from this young lady.