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Re: Does MLK Get A Bad Rap?

Nmaginate ·
MBM, "Passive" was your "popular" conception term. Admittedly I added "whimpy" to further characterize the "popular" conception but that's not at all what I think of it. I said I DON'T CHOOSE or feel the need to. I see them both as equally necessary and inseparable imperative. What don't you understand about that? I've only said like 1000 times now!I'm not sure if Malcolm himself said that. I'm sure H. Rap Brown did it. What don't you understand about self-defense? I acknowledge that...
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Re: This was one of the most disturbing cases

Guest ·
I have always felt that this trial and verdict were a bit unfair to the young man. I also feel that the victim's mother was satisfied that he was convicted, but I don't think that she ever agreed with the sentence. I didn't get that feeling from her. I'd like to say of course the boy is not mentally deficient, but was just very immature like many 12 year old boys. I kind of think that it is an insult to label him as mentally deficient. It's more like he was very immature and he did something...
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Re: Michael Jackson's legal problems:Where does the Black woman weigh in?

thelawofMAAT ·
"Don't worry your maniacal head about the "white man's HEEL on someone's NECK, honey. There's plenty of African brothers who'd put their FIST down your THROAT, calling them "colored boys", "spooks", "buffoons", and plenty of African sisters who'd help them do it. You've totally forgotten from whence you've come, haven't you?? You're the product of the AFRICAN MAN and the AFRICAN WOMAN, and the reason you're able to rant like you've lost your mind is because your AFRICAN MOTHER brought you...
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Re: Origin of the bible

Prophetessofrage ·
Hey Afroman, totally ignore and talk around the tired, boring, plant like everybody else. Check this out. Click on the site and see if you are able to post that dynamite picture over here. http://www.geocities.com/wally_mo/ "The hieroglyphics label the above figures as follows: (Ref: The Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary, Vols 1&2, E.A. Budge, Dover.) Egyptian Ret (page 435a,b) = Men: We also have 'ret na romé' or "We men above mankind." This ideology allows us to understand that there...
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Re: As you can See from my name Brand Clothing, I am not poor

Faheem ·
Charlotte, N.C. - Ja Rule's "Clap Back" blares inside club H20, where Jolae Smith sips champagne near the dance floor. Smith, 22, takes several sips before noticing her champagne bottle has an orange label. She looks confused. The bottle, given to her by a guy in the club, clearly is not her favorite champagne, which has a white or black label. She turns to her friend. "This ain't even Moet," she says. They place their unfinished glasses on a table next to the half-full bottle and walk away.
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Re: Black Conservatives: Uncle Toms or Legitimate Voices?

jazzdog ·
My beliefs: Smaller federal government, put more power back in the hands of the states to govern themselves. The federal government should be concerned with major issues that the states cannot and are not equipped to deal with such as defense of the country, raising of revenue for programs, international trade and so on. Strong defense, as a ex-military and the father of a Marine, I expect that when we send our kids to war send them equipped to win from the outset. Strong foreign policy that...
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Re: Was Aristide Kidnapped.

Kevin41 ·
***This country just does whatever it wants to with other countries in the world...but handle the countries that do not take schit from the U.S. with kid gloves...it is amazing how that works.... From His First Day in Office, Bush Was Ousting Aristide: Where were the media when Haiti's leader was railroaded and rousted? By Jeffrey D. Sachs March 4, 2004 If the circumstances were not so calamitous, the American-orchestrated removal of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide from Haiti would...
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Re: African American or American African?

Oshun Auset ·
As you all know I like Africans in Amerikkka. I'm definately NOT an Amerikkkan first!!! As for the "American Indian" label...very inacurate...Iraquoi, Lakota, Cherokee...these people have names...otherwise Indigenous Amerikkkan is better for general continental referrance...and I even go out of my way to say "Indigenous or Aborigional" people of the land now called Amerikkka...but I understand that is long and therfore not convenient. The Native peoples I've had contact with HATE to be...
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Re: Help! There is a Lack of Brothas

ocatchings ·
That does clarify things a bit and if my statement about thugs offended anyone I do apologize and hope it wasn't taken out of context. I wasn't trying to label anyone or put them in a specific group. catch
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Re: Russell Simmons Eyed As New NAACP Prez

Rowe ·
What ever happened to the saying, "This is grown folks music," music written by adults, for adults? Let the children enjoy their youth. Alot of rap music has on its label "Explicit Lyrics, For Adults Only," yet when you listen to it, its nothing more than but a bunch of bee bopping "Let's go to the party and get drunk" young ass shit that no mature forward-thinking adult would want to listen to. Musicians, stop selling out our music and reducing its quality for the sake of seeking children's...
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Re: What happened at the Pentagon on 9/11?

Oshun Auset ·
Yeah! Someone is now as paranoid as me(I prefer to call it open minded)... Have fun on the conspiracy sites MBM... IMO it's all a set up... Yes, I think the government is that evil...Call me crazy...I'm used to that label.
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Re: ADL calls on Russell Simmons to denounce Farakhan.

Kweli4Real ·
We, as Black folk, should turn a blind eye to the "anti-semetic" label because it has little meaning as the ADL uses it. As you pointed out, Mav, being against Israeli policy is not the same as being against persons of Jewish creed. The ADL's position is that any criticism of Israel is anti-semetic.
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Re: What Is The African American Ethnicity?

henry38 ·
Say James Old friend, as black people our ethnicity is black don't you agree? Personally I see all these labeling of black people as divisive. I call every black person of African origin - black. This way I don't have to worry calling people something they don't want to be labeled as. There are Africans who are white and a huge majority of Africans are Arab in fact almost 70 percent of the Arab race is in Africa, they don't see themselves as you or I so they avoid calling themselves Africans...
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Re: What Is The African American Ethnicity?

James Wesley Chester ·
Say James Old friend, as black people our ethnicity is black don't you agree? Greetings! I was thinking of you only recently. Nooo. I not only don't agree. I can't agree. Color is the American Way. Color was imposed as THE standard of who you are as a tool/vehicle to establishing and maintaining dominance over Africans brought to the United States (then the colonies). The English, Welsh, Scottish, the Danish, the Portuguese, and the Spanish, and others, bound themselves together with their...
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Re: Is the Game/50 Cent peace a farce?

kresge ·
Firstly, I am at a loss as to why anyone would ever deem most of these rappers (or insert athlete's, actors...) role models. There are a few exceptions (e.g. Mos Def, KRS One), but 50 is certainly not now or for the foreseeable future worthy of such a designation.
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Re: God the father, the son, the holy bigot

Oshun Auset ·
Does 'he' announce himself? How do youk now it is Jesus? I think 'he' would introduce himself as Yeshua anyhow... It may be the ancestral call you are hearing... Or a spirit ect. And you just choose to call "the voice" what you are most familiar/comfortable with. Since it is a male voice...It may just be your conscious...or in your case, your ego...Interpretation of such things depends on your spiritual base...Different cultures interpret it different ways. This Western culture may label you...
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Re: Does Living Together Prepare You For Marriage?

henry38 ·
Just to add on to what I had already said. In the foregone type of marriage that I described let me point out an important rule that I left out in the West African tradition. You can not have children with someone's daughter and then turn round and divorce her either. Whatever you do she would always be seen as your wife. This means as a man your relationships follow you around. If you meet a new girl and you want to marry her she would be seen as the second/third etc wife and this can be...
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Re: REVOLUTION 2005+

Nmaginate ·
Ummm... what part of The Ultimate Objective don't you understand? Now, asking for a strategy is a fair question. It's just not one that's relevant to what I posed to you: Is there something naive or even non-inclusive, all embracing in what I have called The Ultimate Objective = self-sufficiency? You were reluctant or otherwise unable to come up with an Ultimate Objective. I went ahead and stated one. What exactly is problematic with the concept of saying our Ultimate Goal/Objective is to:...
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Re: Help! There is a Lack of Brothas

RadioRaheem ·
Vivica A fox [age 40+] and 50 cent [rap artist that boastfully defiles women with just about every verse] Singer Monica and C-Murder...she got into trouble with her record label when she objected to them wanting to airbrush out an arm tattoo that proclaimed her love for rapper C-murder, who ironically is in jail for murder at the moment. Beyonce 'I NEED A SOLDIER!!' and Jay-Z "If his status ain't hood I ain't checkin' for him Betta be street if he lookin' at me I need a soldier That ain't...
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Re: The Sons and Daughters of Hip Hop

EbonyRose ·
blackoutloud ... It took a couple of readings to digest all you wrote So forgive my delay in responding to it! And I'm sure down the line I will have additional questions, but for now let me just give this comment. The first truth that was most profound in your post was that my generation did indeed drop the baton while trying to pass it to yours. The guidance you need is not there for you, not being told where to go or how to get there. Which, I suspect is the reason why your generation has...
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Re: The Sons and Daughters of Hip Hop

Khalliqa ·
Peace, I like you Ebony. Pardon my interjection, but you consistently speak of your generation. I am relatively new to this forum.....may I ask of what generation you are a part? Peace, Khalliqa(virtue)
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Re: The Sons and Daughters of Hip Hop

blackoutloud ·
Greetings once again ER, it's always a pleasure to converse with you. I'm quite pleased to see the new responses. I hope everyone keeps the controversial conversation coming, while keeping in mind that every point should be written in such a way that we the people can comprehend it. I'm all for big words, but even as a Columbia University grad, I see the futility in using a vernacular that won't reach my people. I'm not trying to underestimate anyone's intelligence; I'm simply keeping in...
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Re: The Sons and Daughters of Hip Hop

www.neo-kem.com ·
In my opinion the problem is not the fake gangsta wannabees or the talentless thug-mugs. There has always been gangsta and hard-core sides to hip-hop. It's just that now only the negative gets any face time. Why? The same reason i like the Sopranoes, I get a graphic look into the life of an Italian mobster. I get to see the violence, the sex, the depravity of these people that i will most likely never come in contact with. Just like the white middle class teenager gets to see the gansta pimp...
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Re: The Sons and Daughters of Hip Hop

Oshun Auset ·
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Re: The Powerful Emotional and Spiritual Discernment of Women

Heavenly_Body77 ·
Interestingly enough, my first reaction is suspicion. From an early age, I was taught to view such things as not from God. My fear of displeasing Him remains strong, yet, my viewpoint of such women has become somewhat altered. Yes, I am at first suspicious, but I do know that some have an actual gift. IMHO... Gifts are God-given, we must use them lest we lose them. Some of our talents are ones that we can earn our daily bread with, what a blessing! However, for some reason, I still cannot...
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Re: Ideal reparations.

Nmaginate ·
IRON~ You're the one who responded to the NCOBRA note and asked: How is what you quoted any different...? The words INDEPENDENCE and SELF-SUFFICIENCY were explicit and central. Now, you're saying its TOO MILITANT and SEPARATIST? Please.... That too was explicit in the NCOBRA note and what I said to you. NCOBRA: ...to enable the African community to become independent from racist institutions NMAG on Political Base: What will make what you envision [something that's] not circumscribed by or...
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Re: Black Women In Videos

Frenchy ·
In a lot of ways, it upsets me. I'm upset that Black men would want to make a public video where they treat their sisters as sex objects. I'm upset that so many people want to see those kinds of videos. I'm upset that some women gain self-esteem by appearing in these videos. I'm upset that the nudity/suggestive behavior frequently isn't even relevant to the song. I'm upset that little girls see their male counterparts lusting after these women and think that's what they have to look like to...
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Re: Yet, Another Incident, Los Angeles County Sheriffs Shoot an Unarmed Black Male.......

Michael ·
Hispanic History of its US and Latin American usage The usage of term Hispanic in the United States is believed to have come into mainstream prominence following its inclusion in a question in the 1980 U.S. Census, which asked people to voluntarily identify if they were of "Spanish/Hispanic origin or descent". However, the Spanish language equivalent of the term Hispanic (Hispano) has been in use since much earlier than in the US. In Latin America, although the term is not as often used on...
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Re: The Funnier Side of Life

Frenchy ·
You Know You're a Geek When... You look at a movie trailer and think, "I have that font." You know you are a geek when you set up an automatic rerouting of your e-mail to your pager. You are a geek when you get sudden attacks of bittersweet nostalgic feelings when thinking about your long-lost old Commodore 64, Sinclair ZX-81, TRS-80 (or whatever hardware you were raised on), and use large amounts of money/time trying to track one down. You are wearing ten year old spectacles, made of steel.
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Re: Dean: Blacks annoyed by party's outreach

EbonyRose ·
I've only read the last two posts of JWC and Kresge, but ... I can actually see both of your points of views ... and I must say both are compelling arguments. The way I see it, I understand Mr. Chester's point about registering independent ... but the only thing about that is, it wouldn't really be more than just a label. It's no secret which way Black folks have a history of voting and what our specific views are. I do not believe Republicans would drasically change their platform to...
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Re: How Do You Feel About This Song About The "N" Word?

Oshun Auset ·
Who said anything about "Banning" words...I'm assuming you mean a social ban, considering legally we can't force anyone not to use it, and to try to "legally" ban it would be ridiculous. But since you brought it up all kind of social stigma is given to a myriad of public behaviors within the African/Black community, and human society in general. I guess we should ignore all of it. We don't like hearing folks talk about our mamma's...but we are ok with referring to each other by the...
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Re: Pseudo-Blackness

IRONHORSE ·
If there is no such thing as 'acting black' then what the hell do you call country ass white kids in the middle of idaho doing--listening to rap, dressing in urban clothing, using black slang, and participating in what could be considered gang activity? If there is no such thing as 'acting black' then why is there such a thing as 'acting white' where a group of blacks label a black person as 'acting white' because he or she speaks proper english language, befriends people of other races,...
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Re: Pseudo-Blackness

Kevin41 ·
**Those are people who have been programmed to ask in stereotypes and have been given their identity sold to them by commercialized entities. I guess their character had to be give to them since they did not want to intellectually differentiate themselves. **I want someone to find scientific data that links people to exclusive behaviors with race being a source of causation.....figuratively, the layman believes in things like acting black, literally, the intellectual understands that race...
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Re: How Do You Feel About This Song About The "N" Word?

aphterthought ·
I'm pretty sure I didn't say anything of the sort. I'm not sure your example works. I could care less if someone decides to talk about another person's mother. Well I was under the impression, and I could be wrong, that those opinions were open for discussion as this is a discussion board. I'll go back and re-check. Is it possible that an entire group of people could all completely miss a point? I can't honestly believe you think that referring to another person you don't know, out of...
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Re: Pseudo-Blackness

jazzdog ·
I have always found that statement slightly confusing especially when you challenge people on what it acting black. My kids were always challenged in school for not being black enough, but when I told my kids to challenge the assumption of what is black enough and the people making the accusation, the people being challenged had no clue on how to respond. Their only perception of what is acting black being culled from the media and entertainment industry. I agree that the if the term "acting...
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Re: How Do You Feel About This Song About The "N" Word?

Vox ·
Well, I'm mainly being sarcastic; it's just that when you label a fairly obvious, straightforward, unarguable point "ridiculous," it sounds like you're being accusatory in some way. I know u're not, because you have a way of just coming out and saying what's on your mind, and you haven't come out and said anything like that. But the post is more out of annoyance on my part than actual suspicion of being accusatory. What's ridiculous here? An action either adds to a stigma, removes a stigma,...
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Re: How Do You Feel About This Song About The "N" Word?

Michael ·
Well said, Sweetwuzzy, Indeed there is no excuse for using the N-word, profanity, or any other degrading or inflammatory label, and this link speaks volumes as to the consequences of using the N-word
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Re: Clarence Thomas as Chief Justice

Vox ·
You are starting to go reaching here. We were explicitly talking about whether a person acts correctly in his own INTEREST, not what he believes or has been taught about something like science. If 90% of people believe that frogs come from mud, the analysis of whether that many people can be wrong is clearly different from the analysis of whether 90% of people will make incorrect choices against their best interests. These are two clearly different kinds of issues, not the least bit...
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Re: The top 10 worst states for Black Americans....

Noah The African ·
Every human source of power in this world has a propaganda component which seeks to paint the "system" of power in the best possible light. Our nation and system, dominated by white America, is no different. Hence, this nations "system" of power, through the media it controls, inundates the populous with "feel good" propaganda about America. Therefore, there is no DEARTH in optimistic and embellished characterization and outlook in regards to this nation past, present and future. In light of...
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Re: The top 10 worst states for Black Americans....

henry38 ·
Very good to see you again Noah. Beautiful avatar it speaks volumes to see you and the Mrs (I suppose) so happily together. How is the family? I hope you are enjoying being a father?
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Re: The top 10 worst states for Black Americans....

Kevin41 ·
now that was a bullschit cop-out ass move.....to label a SPECIFIC question bogus because you cannot logically answer it...do not deflect the question....I am not talking abouut all adults, i am not talking about school kids, i am talking about BLACK ADULTS.......and what about anything I said is an assertion? The fact that black professional inclusion and college enrollment went down after AA bans is not an assertion, it is a fact....the fact that you support the repeal of AA is not an...
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Re: Anti-Gay Arson Terrorist Attack on UCC Church

shemika ·
First of all, I said exactly what I meant and have no problem with my identity, so speak for your self, don't try and project onto me. I stand for what I believe in and won't be labeled. I disagree that people hiding behind the "homosexual" label to brand them selves are helpless against practicing this illicit sexual behavior....Just like I would disagree with those practicing bestiality being helpless to resist doing so. I also respect gender identity...what can I tell you? Anyone who...
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Re: Can They Take Us To The Promised Land?

Guest ·
I guess if a lie is said enough times it becomes TRUE in you mind. You can read my posts. I have said that THE CURRENT POPULAR IDEOLOGY AND ASSSOCIATED METHODS need to be inspected for EFFECTIVENESS. I said upon determining that the methods are failing to achieve their intended result THEY BE PURGED along with the people who have this ideology so fused to their being. I DID NOT SAY THAT THIS "BLACK CONSERATIVE" ideology and it's leaders is the only replacement. For someone who claims not to...
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Re: Racial Identity Initiatives in Schools Take Away from Basic Education

Guest ·
And there is little doubt Kevin that it is these so called "Black Conservatives" that are advancing this Ebonics programs AND the resulting conspiracy against college admission that you put forth. It is funny how with you all negative that can be attributed to so called "Black Conservatives" gets duly noted and assigned. But the more numerous incidents that can be attributed to non-Black Conservatives you only criticize them WITH REFERENCE TO so called Black Conservatives without ASSIGNING A...
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Re: Blacks must lay foundation for independence movement

Guest ·
Can we all agree that the label "conservative" has a certain amount of baggage within the Black community despite it actually being a term that has many contexts? Maybe this label needs to be retired from consideration AS WE FOCUS ON WHAT WE AGREE ARE COMMONLY HELD GOALS? This word gives some folks who are seeking a battle rather than a solution a means of driving their crowbar into the attempted FOCUS. These points are not "liberal or conservative" they are COMMON SENSE.
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Re: Blacks must lay foundation for independence movement

Nmaginate ·
CF... State the GOALS/OBJECTIVES you see as desireable and/or necessary and, please, strip the of all your ideological, CONservative, anti-BLPF rhetoric and BAGGAGE. As for me, first and foremost, the primacy and imperative of Black/African-centered Educational Academy. It seems we agree on this... A Black Leadership ELECTORAL process. If your New Management idea is more than just fluff... It seems we agree on that too... With that, some type of Age-Grade, Leadership Grooming process as to...
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Re: Race relations

Nmaginate ·
Misdirected Angst... Blacks didn't make those laws. Disingenuous. We're talking about this issue and this issue only. So all of your "angst" over things other than things that fall into your concept of Race Relations are IRRELEVANT. Typical, though... Always running for the COP OUT! MOST OF YOUR ANGST on these things you label as RACE RELATIONS, should be properly directed towards (other) Whites. But that begs VIRTUE'S question again: WHY ARE YOU HERE? Like I said, there is plenty to be done...
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Re: Race relations

ZeusTKP ·
Yes they did. At least partially. It's not like blacks have no power at all. It's not disingenuos if you take offense to me saying that racism is not my top priority. What I am coping out of, in this case? Who says it isn't? Now I'd settle for an answer to FireFly's referendum question. First of all, there's at least 2 black generals and 2 white generals. You're sadly mistaken if you think that you're speaking for all blacks. In reality, people group more along political lines than race...
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Re: Race relations

Nmaginate ·
Okay. Who did? No. It's disingenuous and OFF-TOPIC to say that "only a small porition of your angst" which was when I said it TOPIC SPECIFIC, specific to "Race Relations"... it's disingenuous to talk about any other issues and where and with whom you have an axe to grind on those issues because I was talking about where your Misdirected Angst is ON THIS ISSUE and this issue only. That you take issue with things relative to the War In Iraq is IRRELEVANT. We have not been talking about Iraq...
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Re: A Black Conservative

Vox ·
I think these people are trying to label people conservative who really aren't. I love the reference to Newark, NJ's mayor Cory Booker as a conservative. Let's see... Booker's 'ambitious' 100-day plan Money for more departments? More bureaucracy?? City money helping ex-convicts get jobs?? More examples of bleeding heart CONSERVATISM run amok!
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