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Re: Reparations and Poor Whites

James Wesley Chester ·
No. Poverty of others is not a fiat of the administration, the management, of slavery. Reparations only gets complicated when issues than pay-for-work get put on the table. Reparations is about money, and the coercion of labor without pay. Th poverty of others, outside of slavery, was not a consequence of slavery. Many of our ancestors were killed because their enslavement was seen as denying them the opportunity to work. The Irish Riots in New York City in the mid-1800s was a consequence of...
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Re: Afrocentric versus Eurocentric

kresge ·
"Subsciously"? Do you mean subconsciously?
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Re: Tolerance of Intolerance?

Fine ·
--It's more like an intellectual - even a spiritual - extermination of [your: you understood] belief for theirs. Don't you mean: To my mind, "this allows" for the freedom of expression while protecting the rights of individuals?
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Re: Tolerance of Intolerance?

kresge ·
Yep, thanks.
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Re: Tolerance of Intolerance?

HonestBrother ·
Thanks, Kresge for your understanding and kind words. It was much appreciated. Fine, I see your point. But I think I'll stay with the original wording. Because, as I see it, my beliefs are an integral part of me. They reflect my life history, the lessons I've learned, and my growth process. They are the intellectual/spiritual expression of my life's journey and personal integrity. * So someone who thinks it their duty to condemn my beliefs (for no other reason than that they're different)...
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Re: Why do souls come to Earth?

Empty Purnata ·
LOL, that's Evangelical teaching on the nature of why the soul incarnates. They believe that souls need to be "proven loyal to God", so they come to earth in physical bodies "tainted with Original Sin", and if they fail to "believe" (follow Christianity), they go to the Second Death after death (Eternal Hell). IMHO, a very simplistic, silly and immoral belief.
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Re: Are You a Racist?

Kweli4Real ·
Okay. No problem here. Okay. I got a problem with this. If I banish white folks to the back of the bus; or refuse to sale them a hamburger; or deny them admission to the college of their choice of college, even though they meet the qualifications; or withhold resources for pre-school education, but only in rural areas, or depict them exclusively as criminals or servants in the press and on primetime TV, all because they are white, have I hurt them economically? Have I exhibited racism. "Mary...
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Re: Are You a Racist?

Black Viking ·
I only have one problem with this. By my understanding, racism is simply a specific form of prejudice. At its core, its no different than classism or sexism. The question is "What is the bias?" not "Is there a bias?" For a person to say they are not racist, they are saying that they are not prejudice, that they do not pre-judge. But, as she said, we all do that. Prejudice is one of the ways we quantify our suroundings with the small amount of information given in a short amount of time. I...
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Re: Are You a Racist?

Empty Purnata ·
Just like "Samuel Alito" probably originally had some more Italian-sounding name, and he probably became an arch-conservative to appeal to the Anglo-Saxxon crowd so they would forget about his "Italian-ness". Alot of non-Anglo-Saxxon Whites are more outwardly and openly racist (as well as status-quo protecting) to impress their Anglo peers and "get in good" with them.
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Re: Law, Morality, and Christians

HonestBrother ·
I don't believe it should or shouldn't talk any way in particular. I have * no * belief * whatsoever * in the authority of this book - which was written for sheep herders by sheepherders millenia ago. And no. I will not waste any more of my time rereading this drivel. My only point was that it doesn't say what YOU want it to say.
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Re: Are You a Racist?

MidLifeMan ·
Prejudice is, as the name implies, the process of "pre-judging" something. It implies coming to a judgment on a subject before learning where the preponderance of evidence actually lies, or forming a judgment without direct experience. Racism refers to beliefs, practices, and institutions that discriminate against people based on their perceived or ascribed "race". Primarily, it refers to an assumption that the human species can meaningfully be divided into races, together with hostility to...
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Re: Are You a Racist?

MBM ·
Honestly, and with all due respect, I'm not sure I understand why we're debating these semantic distinctions. Whether a racist is one with power, or merely a bigot, is not really meaningful to me. At the root, is the exact same sore - festering inside someone. If that sore exists - then it merely awaits an opportunity to infect others. I could certainly create a belief system that says that racism is one who makes judgments based upon race and that discrimination is the impact of one's...
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Re: Are You a Racist?

James Wesley Chester ·
Honestly, and with all due respect, I'm not sure I understand why we're debating these semantic distinctions. Whether a racist is one with power, or merely a bigot, is not really meaningful to me. At the root, is the exact same sore - festering inside someone. If that sore exists - then it merely awaits an opportunity to infect others. I could certainly create a belief system that says that racism is one who makes judgments based upon race and that discrimination is the impact of one's...
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Re: The 'Promised Land': Why We're Still Waiting

Nmaginate ·
Art_Gurl, it's a (linked) commentary from the web-mag, The Black Commentator. The author is ANTHONY ASADULLAH SAMAD, an occasional contributer there. As for the books, I can vouch for WHY WE CAN'T WAIT. I've had the occasion to re-read/review it over the last few years. Perhaps it would shed some light on how the "race" conversation was "called to a halt" because MLK's actual ideas don't mesh with those who love to profess a belief in a "colorblind society." Perhaps you can tell me what you...
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Re: Who Should Pay for Reparations? Black Americans... Obviously

Nmaginate ·
I already answered you question. RHETORIC ain't shit, Opey. I said: Someone must have forgot to tell him that was NEVER in question. Who doubted or rather who tried to cast doubt on whether WE CAN SUCCEED or not? There is too much of a history of unshakeable faith, courage and BELIEF in the abilities of Black people by our ancestors for anyone to ever, unthinking make the statement that "WE CAN SUCCEED" because, by definition, it means there was some reason to believe that we couldn't. Now,...
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Re: The 'Promised Land': Why We're Still Waiting

FireFly ·
Quite right, but it is some Australians, not all Australians. Perhaps the most important process that has been stalled is Reconciliation. A lot of Australians want our federal government to say 'Sorry' to the members of the Stolen Generation, and the indigenous population. There has been a century-long struggle for rights for Aborigines in Australia. What has it achieved? One thing is the right to vote. That it took until the late 1960s is outrageous. Another issue is a treaty. Australia has...
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Re: 4 Unpopular "TRUTHS"... by Project 2019

Nmaginate ·
Ask an intelligent question. I'll ask you a quick one: LATENT EFFECTS? What are you calling Latent Effects and the importance or reason why they will need to be "finally", completely dissolved is... WHAT? Consider this, then get back to me (right from the Project-2019 article): Black Americans must understand that racism existed in 1619, racism exists in 2001, and racism will exist in 2099. Therefore, the critical element is the degree to which racism affects the lives, the liberties, and...
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Re: Kola Boof Speaks: Race & Beauty In America

Rowe ·
Sister Marimba Ani (1994), speaking on the collective hypocrisy exhibited by Europeans in Chapter one of her book Yurugu: An African-Centered Critique of European Thought and Behavior believes hypocrisy is a "way of life" for Europeans. She would undoubtedly agree with the explanations you and Brother Nayo have provided. Hypocrisy as a Way of Life Marimba Ani Within the nature of European culture there exists a statement of value or of "moral" behavior that has no meaning for the members of...
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Re: Judge Alito: Bye Bye Affirmative Action

Kweli4Real ·
Again I ask, since Alito answered that he would approach the right to privacy, as announced and settled in Roe v. Wade, the same as he would any other case coming before him - "with an open mind"; does that mean he would approach the equally settled law that "separate is inherently unequal" announced Brown v Board of Education with an "open mind?" What about about the premise that the constitution divided power, equally, amongst the three branches of government. Would Alito also approach a...
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Re: Judge Alito: Bye Bye Affirmative Action

HonestBrother ·
Yep... the Bush folks made up a fancy expression for it: the Unitary Executive . And this basically says he can do whatever he wants to do.
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Re: What is a Sellout?

HonestBrother ·
I think this is a good question. I must say that I find it to be hopelessly vague term. I think the implicit meaning is that, within the context, A sellout is a black person who exhibits some behaviour/action/belief that is perceived to be either racially inauthentic or contrary to that person's own racial best interest. The difficulty, of course, is pinning down what it means to be racially authentic or in one's racial best interest. It seems that when people do this they almost always...
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Re: Pope: Embryo = "Full and complete human being"

MidLifeMan ·
My opinion on this topic and the related issue of abortion is similar to how Thurgood Marshall looked at capital punishment. If we can not say that we will always be certain that ONLY the guilty are put to death, capital punishment has to great of a legal and moral risk – the death of the innocent. I've read from the "scientific" community various opinions on when a fetus is actual "alive" or a "complete human being". And I found that they are NOT in agreement. With that in mind, it is too...
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Re: Pope: Embryo = "Full and complete human being"

Black Viking ·
I respectfully disagree. The Theory of Relativity is a scientific theory based on substantive, quantifiable evidence, and Einstein was a specialist in his field. The Pope's opinion is just that, and opinion. It's a moral judgement based on his belief, dispite any evidence or lack there of. If the activities of the Catholic church are any indication, he is hardly a specialist on moral judgement. If his moral judgement is to trump anyone else's, surely it must be of greater standing. I don't...
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Re: Pope: Embryo = "Full and complete human being"

MidLifeMan ·
My comments were more directed to what OTHERS said about the Catholic church...I didn't put you in that group to be honest. So we are limited to YOUR view of what makes a human? The question you asked was about the popes view about the embryo ...from your response I don't see how anyone can discuss this...I mean...we are talking about an embryo..which some have deemed shapeless and therefore not alive/human. Or maybe they say the "shapeless mass" that is not alive is human but dead? Are we...
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Re: Freedom vs. Responsibility

Nmaginate ·
Very good piece. Thanks, HB! I thought these things were significant:Like I said: STRANGE DEMOCRACY I don't know about that "weakest section" stuff but I think I get the "Not only are whites kicking us/them; they are telling us/them how to react to being kicked" point.
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Re: Should God?

Khalliqa ·
By evidence of our existence we are already accomodated.... I suspect if one believes in predeterminism then one could say that God never adjusts because God is All-Knowing... I suspect if one believes in the predominate power of the Will one could say that God doesn't adjust.... God waits... for our responses to life stimuli and responds accordingly..... Or perhaps there is some combination of both.... "Modernism" seems to apply to our current view of things..... Is God aware? yes.... then...
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Re: Spiritual Autobiography

HonestBrother ·
I'm an odd bird. On the one hand, I'm a very rational person. Extremely logical. And naturally given to healthy doses of skepticism. I find it impossible to be religiously dogmatic. But at the same time, I have certain marked mystical tendencies. At age 11, I read a book by Albert Einstein called "Ideas and Opinions". It had a very profound influence. I became agnostic after that. I remember deciding that I no longer believed in Jesus and told my parents that I didn't want anything for...
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Re: Should God?

HonestBrother ·
This may not apply to you, HeruStar, but "How do you know?" is a question of utmost relevance when posed to an exclusivist position. If you want to argue for your individual right to believe something then fine. You're on to something maybe. But if you go on to assert that the rest of us ought to follow you in that belief, "how do you know?" is neither nitpicky nor elitist.
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Re: Are You a Racist?

Black Viking ·
I repectfully disagree. The things that you are attributing to racism are actually results of discrimination, and discrimination is not unique to race. A racist person (or organization) that does not discriminate does no harm. Discrimination is an action that creates structural, systematic, and institutional problems. Racism is a belief system that does not have to be acted upon. I think this line of thinking is very dangerous. Everyone is racist. But, if we don't acknowledge that we are...
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Re: Are You a Racist?

Nmaginate ·
No, that's the dangerous line of unthinking... I don't know what kind of definition you're using but it's one hellafied one. And the semantics of RACISM vs. DISCRIMINATION is ridiculous. Saying "Everyone Discriminates" by equivocating the meaning of the word would be more plausible. Now, how is it that you maintain that "Everyone Is Racist"? Everyone subscribes to or practices #1? What about #2? How do you determine either? FYI, this is the working definition/distinction established in the...
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Re: Are You a Racist?

kresge ·
There are several problems to my mind following your line of thinking. Firstly, it goes to far in the direction of psychologizing racism. I simply can not equate racism with a belief system. This suggestions to my mind that there is a level of intentionality with respect to it. It also tends to place it on the level of the emotional or feeling. But this is erroneous. This is why I published the piece from the Race Traitor website. I too am tired of white folks, liberal or otherwise, saying...
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Re: Untitled--Just Disappointed and Upset

HonestBrother ·
That's a good idea, EP! I have just the book. I can give it to her for her birthday! Or even Mother's Day... This reminds me of when I was a teenager. Instead of sitting me down for that talk about the "birds and bees", my folks gave me an illustrated book instead. Now I can return the favor.... One aspect of this whole thing that I find extremely disturbing.... Almost every Saturday night I attend an open mic. It's on the West Side of town (read "the poorer black side of town") and I go...
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Re: The One....

HonestBrother ·
At the risk of sounding grandiose, my "mission" is to contribute towards bringing about a Black cultural renaissance. That's MY thing. Or at least what I'm about can be summarized in those words. It's why I went into education as a profession. Knowledge is indeed power. And it's at the root of a lot of my other endeavors. As a photographer, one thing I'm trying to do is to capture diverse images of African American life. I think it makes a profound difference to the way people see themselves...
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Re: The One....

Khalliqa ·
Grandiose?.... Not at all.... May I ask what type of renaissance? ..... Arguably we've had several.... From what are moving from and what are we moving towards? How do you assess whether the knowledge you disseminate is absorbed properly? How do you assess its qualitative effect? I thought you were a seer.... you are also a storyteller.... beautiful.... May I ask in what area are you seeking talent? A writer..... I am writer.... I appreciate the creative mentality that must go into writing...
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Re: Spiritual Autobiography

Rowe ·
What a beautiful account of your spiritual journey. I truly enjoyed reading this piece. You should consider writing a short book about your experience. You always come up with the most reflective topics to discuss. I appreciate that. Sometimes we need to just talk about our experiences, which helps us to heal and recover from past experiences. Thank you.
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Re: Teacher suspended for ten days, after calling student Nigga!

Nmaginate ·
"Very mistaken" When Rickey Moore's friends mourned his death last month, they built a wooden memorial with a cardboard sign for handwritten tributes from friends. One of the first tributes read: "To my nigga forever. We miss you already." A more recent tribute says: "We gon miss you my nigga." Yet the white Cincinnati police officer who shot Mr. Moore was disciplined five years earlier for using the same n-word variation. Officer Thomas Haas says he was trying to subdue a difficult prisoner...
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Re: New Black Conservative Website

Noah The African ·
Here is a real work example of zero sum Toussiant. Who can forget the neocons' claim that under their leadership America creates its own reality? Remember the neocons' Iraq reality--a "cakewalk" war? After three years of combat, thousands of casualties, and cost estimated at over $1 trillion, real reality must still compete with the White House spin machine. One might think that the Iraq experience would restore sober judgement to policymakers. Alas, neocon reality has spread everywhere. It...
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Re: College "Education" Is BS

Pace Tua ·
Have to agree with you on this one, EP. For the most part, colleges and universities are institutions of conformity. I say this with some insight, having worked at UCSF in administration for eleven years. In general, colleges and universities are a mirror of the values of society. And in this society, the reflection is capitalism and power. For US colleges and universities, government funding, corporate funding, private grants, and alumnae contributions, pretty much spell status quo.
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Re: Conservatism and African America

Yemaya ·
MBM, how many times have you asked this question?? I know that in the past you've asked and obviously recieved no response. The silence speaks for itself. If someone has a platform, political, ideological or whatsoever to stand on concerning this topic that might remotely consist of a response, I wish that they would speak up! This question has lingered on the board for about a year now and not one response has been given. Just let me step on my soap box for a moment MBM. I think that the...
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Re: Cognitive dissonance and the black woman

Khalliqa ·
No, ddouble... I wasn't giving a justification.... for me there are two separate emotions being expressed..... Let me try to explain a bit further..... Do these women enjoy the criminal lifestyle? No.... These women could give a lecture on it that would give inspiration to others to leave it...... --- But, the contradiction is....seemingly... any way.... that in their personal choices.... they choose men sometimes that go against the grain of everything they espouse..... When discussed......
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Re: Feminism vs. Womanism

kresge ·
The wiki piece really should be treated as a stub because it gives a rather poor understanding of womanism as it relates to feminism, particularly in the context of Walker's text. For Walker, womanism includes feminism. She says that womanism is to feminism as purple is to lavender. Purple is the larger category to which lavender belongs. The piece also does not address the argument put forth by Patricia Hill Collins in Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of...
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Re: Does good love making require skill?

Kai ·
Good question. Not necessarily. Completely casual sex has different rules. Interesting. I will not disagree with you assessment, I will disagree with your view of time. Perhaps everything that usually takes hours, or months, can be acheived in a very intense moment. If sex is the end game, then perhaps one adept at the game will find a more direct route to checking his mate. Once again, effective foreplay can happen in the check out line at the local grocery store. There is something primal...
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Re: Does good love making require skill?

Black Viking ·
I know you weren't speaking to me, but I have to comment anyway. I have to disagree with you here. Those explosive forms of intimacy that you are refering to are the result of both practice and planning, and sincerity and appreciation. Women are complex creatures with many buttons. If you push them all, you get explosion. If you only push a few, then not so much...
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Re: Marriage - your take?

MidLifeMan ·
No. A non belief in a higher power doesn't mean it is "doomed". That's why I said truely successful.
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Re: Marriage - your take?

kresge ·
How are you defining truly?
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Re: The Bible: Absolute Truth and Nothing but the Truth?

HonestBrother ·
I agree with you. This is an important point. But it can be difficult, under current circumstances, to reconcile a desire for spiritual community with the need to maintain the integrity of individual conscience in matters of belief. Or at least I've found it to be so.
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Re: The Bible: Absolute Truth and Nothing but the Truth?

kresge ·
I hear you. My wife and I are still spiritual sojourners in Houston.
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Re: Is Pan-Africanism Truly Possible or Even Logical?

Jabbar ·
two thoughts one Pan-Africanism could come to be in two different manners. One would be to unite "religions" and "belief systems" and all come together to be one happy family. The other would be more like a business agreement, where we do not necissarily have to come to one accord instantly or even at all. two I think one thing that does seem to be true to me, it could be a misconception, is that Africans can be satisfied with life without feeling like everyone on earth agrees with them and...
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Re: Is Pan-Africanism Truly Possible or Even Logical?

UppityNegress ·
If that's the case, the what's the point of Pan-Africanism? Shouldn't people just form closer alliances based of religions and philosophy then? If that's the case, it's not a very strong alliance, and what would be the point? Just to sorta legally recognize, "yeah, we sorta look alike. Kewl"? Not trying to knock what you said, just trying to get a better understanding. Thanks for the response.
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Re: Is Pan-Africanism Truly Possible or Even Logical?

Jabbar ·
I completely understand, like I said it is rather new to me to verbalize what I'm thinking usually people just tune me out, they are more concerned with what video's on MTV or comedian on BET. Thank you for responding to my post
 
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