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Friday, January 25, 2008

Black Love

You know, when you've had a particularly bad day and it seems like all the world is doing its utmost to destroy you, there's nothing in the world like a Black Woman who has your back, no matter what.

To love and to cherish
For better or for worse
For richer or for poorer
In sickness and in health
To have and to hold
Forever and ever.

When a sister is with you - and I mean with you - anything is possible. You can exceed every expectation. You can defeat every enemy. You can turn shocking defeat into a massive beat-down of all your haters.

I have been in the struggle all by myself and I have been in the struggle with sisters who were kinda-sorta there but not really, but I'm here to tell you that when a sister is with you, you can do anything - while one can put a thousand to flight, two can put ten thousand to flight, or as Fabolous (featuring Ne-Yo) famously put it, "I'm a movement by myself, but I'm a force when we're together."

Barack Obama did his thing and won the South Carolina Primary in a convincing fashion, but I want to show some love to the one who made this possible, the one who strengthened him when he probably felt discouraged, the one who had his back when things started to look bleak and who probably reminded him, "Yes, we can!" - Michelle Obama.

Emancipated by Athanasius @ 8:19 PM :: (2) minds freed

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

What Have You Done for Me Lately?

In all this campaigning, debating, back-and-forth "love fest" going on I keep hearing about how Hillary Clinton has been so great for the Black community.

But then I realized that no one seems to be saying what she actually did for the Black community.

Which lead me to wonder - what has she done for the Black community?

I know people like to talk about Bill a lot, but I'm not really sure what sweeping changes he made either. Yes, he did appoint a good number of Black folk, more than all previous administrations combined - points for that. Incomes and home-ownership went up during the Clinton presidency, but so did incarceration rates and the income gap. In fact, President Clinton had more control over the incarceration rate by signing the 3 Strikes law than he did over rising incomes (the Federal Reserve holds more sway over the economy than the president).

But enough about Bill - what about Hillary?

What has she done?

And I don't want to hear about "a rising tide lifts boats" as an argument that her general work on health care or child advocacy speaks to her concern for the Black community - she's a good White liberal in the traditional sense, no doubt, but that doesn't say anything about the specific concerns of Black folk.

I'm not trying to bash Hillary here, I really want to know. So if you know something, please let me in on it.


Emancipated by Talib @ 11:32 PM :: (1) minds freed

Fight! Fight!

Did you see the debate last night? Man, Obama and Clinton went at it! In case you missed it...

Emancipated by Talib @ 11:28 PM :: (0) minds freed

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Obama Wins Iowa

Don't Migrate Just Yet! It has been confirmed that Barack Obama has won the Iowa Caucus.

Not only did Obama win, he smacked up the competition with 38%. Edwards came in second with 30% and Clinton came in third with 29%. I was hoping Obama would win, but I didn't expect such a commanding margin of victory. Eight percentage points may not seem like a lot at first glance but it really is something when you think about Hillary Clinton was expected to demolish all competition. And considering how tight the race has been and especially considering that he's a brother in an almost entirely white state.

Did you see the victory speech? Man, that was something. In case you missed it...

As big as tonight's victory is, this is only the beginning. The New Hampshire Primary is on January 8th.

Let's continue making history.

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