Posts in category "African Americans"

Sweetened Beverage Commercials? There Are Better Ways To Impact African American Health Mr. Bloomberg

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg seems to be very invested in protecting the African American population of Cook County from slowly killing ourselves with sugary drinks. Per Forbes Magazine, he is poised to spend another $3 million dollars in advertising in support of the unpopular tax on sweetened beverages on top of the $2... Read more »

I Saw The Name DeAndre On A Coke Bottle And Nearly Lost My Mind

If you’re any type of minority in this country, the current political atmosphere can, at a minimum, give you reason to worry. If you’re here illegally, you may be deported.  If your immigration status is questionable or has expired—you may be deported. Even if you’re one of the “good ones.” If you’re all of those... Read more »

Mayor Emanuel And Community Values

Did Mayor Emanuel question the values and morality of the residents of violence plagued neighborhoods? Did those words seriously come from his mouth? That, ladies and gentlemen, take a set of stones.  An honest to God brass pair. The mayor has the gall to lay the bulk of the continuing violence at the feet of the people... Read more »
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Seven Deadly Sins: Anger - "Gun Violence In Chicago"

I am seething with anger over all of this shooting. On Sunday a man was shot in the head two blocks south of my home.  Yesterday five people were shot in the vicinity of a South Shore Currency Exchange. The gun violence in this city is out of control.  Scratch that—gun violence in Chicago was... Read more »

Who Are YOU To Judge My Blackness?

Why is it when some white people refers to a black person as “practically white” they think it’s a compliment? It’s not. This phrase has been uttered to me several times by either well meaning white friends or in some instances white strangers that think they and I are in the middle of a bonding... Read more »

Why Is The Black Community "Responsible" Every Time A North Side Mob Beating Occurs?

This comment was one of many left on the article “11 Charged After Man Beaten on Near North Side.”  The highlighted emphasis is mine: Steve Mandel · Associate Creative Director at Pinnacle Advertising It’s nice to see a fairly intellegent discussion here, rather than the idiotic blatherings you ususally (sic) find. And I agree with... Read more »
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Black History Month Wrap Up: Black And Missing on ABC's "The View"

Did you know that roughly 2,000 children go missing everyday in our country? If you didn’t know don’t feel bad, neither did I until I watched an episode of ABC’s “The View” on Monday. One of their segments focused on the safe return of Mishell Green to her family after she had been missing for... Read more »

Racism, Genocide, Abortion & Eugenics

Abortion as a form of genocide on the African American community? Are you out of the ever lovin’ mind? As we near the middle of Black History Month, I’m noticing the overall concern about black women and our reproductive choices is on the rise. I’m highly skeptical that the pro-life forces in this country are... Read more »

Why Do I Still See Blackface On Halloween?

Seeing a white person in blackface as a part of their Halloween costume is something I’ve come to expect. This year proved to be no different. Starting in college, I’ve seen many variations of a “costume” that included blackface.  Of course the wearer of the “costume” always made a bee line for me and attempted... Read more »
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Chicago Plantation Politics---A Primer

In the early 1960s, a fresh-faced seminary student named Jesse Jackson came to Chicago, and, on the basis of a recommendation from North Carolina’s Democratic governor, Terry Sanford, won an audience with Daley I. The mayor was impressed with Jackson and offered him a job—as a toll collector. Jackson wanted something more substantial and instead... Read more »