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Re: Should Black People...

James Wesley Chester ·
It seems like the answer should be obvious. But there it is, still a question. It is still a question because many of (us) still can be found trying to make 'them' comfortable. Clearly, we have no obligation to do this. And actually, there is no need. All the reasons...wait. I find myself getting exasperated at myself for trying to search for some rationale 'they' might use to explain why meeting their needs is the thing to do. Am I craazy???? Like I said several years ago, 'We don't owe...
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Re: Are You Afraid To Die?

James Wesley Chester ·
There is an apprehension. I don't look forward to it, though as I've said on this board, I really thought I would be dead by 50. I have a friend who always says he wants to die quietly in his sleep like his father, and not kicking and screaming like the other three guys who were in the car with him. PEACE Jim Chester
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Re: Conservative Idiots

Kevin41 ·
I wonder why there is sooo much laughter when the guy speaks.....I guess it is hard to take a tom serious....when you know their first and foremost motive is to defend the stats quo and their white masters....I thought the term conservative idiot applied here......... My dad's barbershop ...byLarry Elder and personal responsibility -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: December 29, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern Editor's note: The following column...
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Re: 2005--In Loving Memory Of....

James Wesley Chester ·
Among others, I did not know about August Wilson. He was from my home area (Pittsburgh), and I never heard of him until late in his life. Thanks PEACE Jim Chester
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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: Black Middle Class vs. American Middle Class

James Wesley Chester ·
Aren't African-Americans AMERICANS too?---empty Purnata Yes. In fact African Americans are African American-Americans. I couldn't resist. PEACE Jim Chester
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Re: **Constantine: The Father of Christianity[With Just A Hint of Paganism!]??**

James Wesley Chester ·
A few years ago, I talked about St. Augustine as a part of a presentation celebrating Kwanzaa. I mentioned the African popes of the Catholic Church and St. Augustine noting that he was African, as was his mother. I didn't know she revered and called 'Mother Something'. A member of the audience was the head of a local agency and a 'biggie' in the lay membership if the a large Catholic congregation. He was pissed. When I finished he approached and wanted to know where did I get my information...
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Re: Sago Mine Explosion - Another Bushco Production?

James Wesley Chester ·
The mining industry is 'monitored', as in regulated, in much the same manner as the airline industry. Mine managers retire, or otherwise leave the industry, and are immediately given jobs in the government regulating the industry. Fostering the well-being used to be written directley in the mission statement of the agency. I would think little has changed. PEACE Jim Chester
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Re: Reparations and Poor Whites

James Wesley Chester ·
My first reaction remains, 'No.' The Colonies never established a viable economy without slavery. The forced labor created by slavery enabled the creation and maintenance of the cash crops of the agrarian economy that sustained 'The Colonies'. You will recall the economy of The Colonies, from the early 1500s to early 1600s, was hunting and trapping. Furs of various kinds was the cash crop. Slavery enabled all of the European Colonies in the Western Hemisphere. All the 'poor 'whites' you pose...
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Re: Playing with Americans left and right hands on reparation.

MBM ·
Quoted from the article, these are things that Republicans are suing Democrats for: It's pretty pathetic that this is the best that black conservatives can do. The fact is that above and beyond any party affiliations, it is conservative ideology that was behind everything listed above. What does that say about conservatives that they are attacking Democrats because of their previous conservative positions?
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Re: Playing with Americans left and right hands on reparation.

James Wesley Chester ·
Items 1 thrugh 28. And then they became conservative Republicans led by Strom Thurmond, Jesse Helms, Hollings, Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan. PEACE Jim Chester
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Re: Some sobering statistics on poverty

James Wesley Chester ·
Thanks for the piece, and the link. That's an excellent 'ready reference'. PEACE Jim Chester
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Re: Law, Morality, and Christians

Nikcara ·
I am a Christian, I am heterosexual, I think gays should be allowed to marry, I think women have the right of choice and affirmative action is desparately needed because children are still being left behind. Law in the USA is not about morality it is about power and money. It was law that enslaved my ancestors using the Christian Bible, it was law that separated the races under Jim Crow using the Christian Bible , it was law that cause the police to sick dogs on citizens because they were...
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Re: Law, Morality, and Christians

Melesi ·
nikcara, You have more than one point in your post. I will try to address them, but I hope you can forgive me if I miss one or two. Do we have differing definitions of "Christian"? What is a Christian to you? Yes, Christians do differ on issues, but they differ usually because they've started from different points of view. They have different conclusions about the world to begin with, thus they have certain differences in their worldviews, which is part of the point that I made originally.
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Re: Athletes and Entertainers that's who!!

James Wesley Chester ·
You are right of course. But who is propogating this idolitry? It certainly is not the practitioners of these professions. I say it Madison Avenue. So where is the fix? That's the implicit challenge of the thread. PEACE Jim Chester
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Re: BLACK PEOPLE IN THE BRITISH ISLES

James Wesley Chester ·
art_gurl: That first site is dyn-o-mite!!!!! Thank you. I didn't look at the others yet, but I archived the post. Between 'Fine', 'Oshun Auset', and you, the documentation of Alexander Hanilton's unknown African ancestry will come to the surface yet. PEACE Jim Chester
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Re: Negroes who defend the status quo once they've "gotten theirs"

Michael ·
So much for Affirmative Action, and like minded progressives and any benefit they bring to the Black community. There are definitely more pressing issues and concerns, based on credibility and not the fiction, and fallacies of any Kevin41, Empty Purnata, etc., etc..... ...such activity would not be considered B.S. by those victimized by this activity. More likely those who make excuses for our own inept Black elected leadership, those who change the subject matter to compare the senseless...
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Re: 2005 Lynching

James Wesley Chester ·
South Carolina legally defines lynching as a mob attack against an individual where the victim survives.---article What does the law call act when the victim is killed? I would argue that the reason for the law's color-blindness is intentional. It now allows Black folk to be convicted of lynching, rather than say assault. Doing this denigrates the significance of Hate crime and Race legislation.---K4R Now that's an interesting observation. What they call it when a non-European commits the...
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Re: Bush, 'No Child Left Behind', and National Testing

James Wesley Chester ·
This question is much different from NCLB queries. It requires vastly different learned skill sets. BTW, this prep-school would be/is exempt for NCLB testing requirements.---K4R Your point is well made. That prep school scenario is/was already 'outside the box'. Clearly, the 'leaving behind' had already been done by the system that would generate a foundation for a student to be able to grasp such a question. PEACE Jim Chester
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Re: Million Dollar Baby

James Wesley Chester ·
I think the Oscar is about industry politics. How many Oscars had Eastwood won? Several for director, and best picture. Never for acting. None, though nominated 2 or 3 times. How many Oscars had Freeman won? None, though nominated 2 or 3 times. Nominated for 'best actor' twice 'Shawshank' and 'Miss Daisy, and once for 'supporting actor' in 'Street Smart. The Academy was playing catch up, and make up for past 'oversights' for both men. Both men are in their 70s. They were paying off some...
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Re: Black Men and the "Criminality Gene"

James Wesley Chester ·
As they say, 'This is really chilling.' As already observed, put this with the Patriot Act and the prison industry will prey on our children. And I do mean literally. PEACE Jim Chester
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Re: Are You a Racist?

James Wesley Chester ·
There is excellent differentiation going here. The next question of course is: Is a racist a practitioner of racism? The definition that has generally been accepted on the board is that racism is prejudice, or discrimination with the power to make it true. Can that be accompanying definition of a racist? I don't consider myself a racist, nor ever having been a racist. Yet, I do discriminate. On many bases, including race and ethnicity. Not color. PEACE Jim Chester
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Re: The Black Commentator vs. The Wall Street Journal

James Wesley Chester ·
The hell with the Wall Street Journal. I think Blackcommentator has a problem with African America. If you disagree, with their opinion, you are cancelled. PEACE Jim Chester
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Re: The Black Commentator vs. The Wall Street Journal

Faheem ·
This has to be the best op-ed I have read all year, albeit it is only the 13th of January. Brother Bruce articulates all that was running through my mind as I was reading white folk commenting about Black folk on a white Blog this morning in regards to a report that was published in Seattle's paper yesterday about the difference in length and how often Black students are suspended and disciplined in School in relations to white students. The garbage that was coming out of these white folk...
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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: Education: then and now, Thomas Sowell

James Wesley Chester ·
Ever notice that when these Status Quo-defenders are refuted, they get nasty? They start delving into racism, bigotry, sexism, or just start name-calling.---Empty Purnata You have to realize that until Thomas Sowell, and others of similar persuasion, that person had no one. Well...there was Booker T. and such. When you take Sowell away, they are left with yelling and stamping their feet. And cursing, and 'getting in your family'. As a matter of fact, I think this piece is one of Dr. Sowell's...
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Re: Vouchers ???

James Wesley Chester ·
Is having schools compete for students beneficial to childrens education ???---Sweetwuzzy Yes. As I said on another current thread, by MBM I think, that very competition is the only leverage (money) that can force a change, and improvement hopefully in the current construction of our public school system(s) I also think Nmaginate's point is key. Why is it we don't 'jump on' the petitions for federal funding of the private schools that enable European kids evade the requirement for...
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Re: What's At The End of the Rainbow?

James Wesley Chester ·
I can live with K41's reply i.e. equal reward for equal effort. I know what the 'end of the rainbow' is, but my ultimate expectation of America is societal parity. Not equality, but parity. And we have the key to that, not European-Americans. It appears we will be a long, long time achieving 'equal reward for equal effort'. We will not even demand equal treatment under the law. What can we expect??? That is more on point. PEACE Jim Chester
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Re: What's At The End of the Rainbow?

James Wesley Chester ·
We, Americans who are African American, should aspire to a place and role of parity in American society. That place will enable us, as a people, to (finally) have equal protection under the law. That place would have our ancestral nationality to be recognized as an integral party our society. That place would enable us to function as individuals as every other individual in our society. PEACE Jim Chester
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Re: Vouchers ???

James Wesley Chester ·
Why does it matter if white kids(or any kid of any race) evade integration of public schools??---sweetwuzzy You're right. It doesn't. PEACE Jim Chester
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Re: Vouchers ???

James Wesley Chester ·
The competition argument doesn't fly. It's bogus from top to bottom, unless schools are going to be changed to for-profit entities, "competition" does nothing. If the change is what's being suggested however, then the proponents of "competition" have not considered the logical chain of events, which includes refusing admittance to the "least among us", in order to maintain or boost student performance and increase profits.---Tsome It is not 'the logical change of events' of competition to...
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Re: A Two Way Street by Armstrong Williams

James Wesley Chester ·
This makes me think Williams has gotten 'jacked up' somewhere, and now he is in the process of restructuring. His socio-political currency may have lost a few points in the cultural exchange market. He may be looking for a new hustle. Or a similar hustle on a different street. PEACE Jim Chester
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Re: Who Should Pay for Reparations? Black Americans... Obviously

James Wesley Chester ·
We, as black Americans, owe reparations for slavery.---Mike Green What a warped interpretation to put into the discussion. It is a betrayal of the best interests of African America. He will be rewarded well, and probably already is. And...it is willful. A boat-load of people, Project 21, who do 'Charlie's Job'. PEACE Jim Chester
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Re: Did you see my boyz today?

James Wesley Chester ·
I'm trying to be cool. We have two more to go. After Penn State, I have barely recouped. I'm trying to persuade them to go to Denver, NOW. Get adjusted to that rarified air. Go now!!!! PEACE Jim Chester PEACE Jim Chester
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Re: The 'Promised Land': Why We're Still Waiting

James Wesley Chester ·
"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."---King I like that. It should be on a wall someplace, or used in the opening of every African American church. After all, that is the place we be found in numbers on a frequent and regular basis. I have used 'invincible ignorance' for years as an unknowing substitute for 'conscious stupidity'. This strikes me as another way to say the controversial words, 'We are our own worst enemy.' We refuse to...
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Re: Racism Out Of "Racism-Deniers"

James Wesley Chester ·
Anyone else see how denial of racism is just a thinly-veiled attempt to perpetuate it?Empty Purnata Of course, it is. And...they know it. It's the way the game is played. There is no problem...until there is a problem. Then it's 'one of those things' that happen. Nothing to be concern. Aren't you and I friends??? There is no problem and there won't be a problem as long you understand there is no problem. Right? And...there won't be a problem if you don't begin to think you should be treated...
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Re: House of Representative is like a Plantation...

James Wesley Chester ·
I am noting that once again Ms Clinton is reaching 'into African American-related heritage to make her point. Like 'It Takes a Village...' I also don't think her analogy is terribly far off the mark, if at all. Washington, D.C. itself is, in fact, constructed on the plantation model. The city is a separate political entity controlled entirely at the discretion of the U.S. Congress, without active representation in the business of the nation. In its original construction, the residents...
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Re: House of Representative is like a Plantation...

James Wesley Chester ·
Re: House of Representative is like a Plantation...
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Re: Vouchers ???

James Wesley Chester ·
I guarantee you that black children will suffer the most from the voucher system. Keep in mind that private schools can be very selective when it comes to admissions. They DON'T have to take any and all comers. If a child tries to gain entry from a low performing school and brings with him/her a discipline record as long as a cafeteria table, do you actually believe they will allow said student to walk their hallowed halls?? Nope.---DogBreath Rather than 'naysay' the thing, why not take the...
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Re: The 'Promised Land': Why We're Still Waiting

James Wesley Chester ·
I almost hate to add to this already clear issue. Almost. Without simple cynicism, there is nothing to be gained by engaging in discussion to 'educate' European-Americans, or European America. Both are 'consciously ignorant', as in invincibly ignorant. We do not owe such an effort to either African America, or America herself. That ignorance, of the European American, is a cultured, and treasured perspective that successfully resisted all efforts to effect change. That 'promised land' is not...
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Re: Expanding on MBMs Inquiry ...

James Wesley Chester ·
Malcolm X. His evolution was most directed toward a parity position for African Americans in our society. PEACE Jim Chester
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Re: Vouchers ???

DogBreath ·
Rather than 'naysay' the thing, why not take the constructive route? With an assured tuition, enterprising African American-American now have a viable opportunity to create a school(s) for their own children in a construction they approve, and pay for. PEace Jim Chester[/QUOTE] That sounds good in theory....for real....it does. But do you actually believe that the powers that be would allow black folk to form their own institutions with taxpayer dollars?? Shucks, some are still complaining...
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Re: House of Representative is like a Plantation...

sunnubian ·
--------------------------------------------- I can't see the difference in whether she said house of representatives, congress, supreme court, republican dominated political posts across the board, same difference; republican dominated and controlled and the neo-republican party is dominated and controlled by racist white southerners. But I guess you may have to have been born and raised in the south and know enough about southern history to know for a fact that post slavery, the south was...
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Re: Who Should Pay for Reparations? Black Americans... Obviously

James Wesley Chester ·
I think the pendelum has swung to "Money supremacy", anyone with enough can join their club.---Opey Clearly, you are not paying attention. Or...like many, you see and understand but have neither the will nor desire to object. Specifically, I am about 'white supremacy'. It is still being practiced in full sight; in full sight of you and all the rest of America and the world. The law still is written to openly be applied to you differently, and you, with eyes wide open, say it isn't true. To...
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Re: Now this is what I have been troubled with for a while..

James Wesley Chester ·
Saving can only come when your income exceeds your needs.---K4R I would accept that if you, or anyone, can convince my wife. Pleeese!!!! Her methods says, 'Reduce your needs.' PEACE Jim Chester
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Re: 4 Unpopular "TRUTHS"... by Project 2019

James Wesley Chester ·
---Nmaginate This one of the reasons I don't like to talk to Europeans about my circumstance. My mind would make me 'write a check' my body can't cash,... anymore. Each of these points treat their respective subjects as the ONLY reason. We know no one thing is ever the ONLY thing. 'Racism', 'educational equivalency', 'no fix', and 'only we can fix' Racism is not bound by time, nor is racism defined by time. Racism is a finite structural entity of American society. It is integral to the...
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Re: African-American cop infiltrates the KKK

James Wesley Chester ·
That's creative. I'm glad guys like him are on the J.O.B. PEACE Jim Chester
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Re: Black Unity: Moving Beyond The RHETORIC

James Wesley Chester ·
How do African Americans create a "unity paradigm" that works for the highly stratified "black diaspora?"---Nmaginate The group I am referencing is that group that is of unknown African ancestry. That group may be expanded to include any other person of African ancestry who a citizen of, or resident in, the United States. And I guess I should add all those involved should be speaking to the best needs for African America, as indicated in your initial phrase of the quote. Having said that...
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Re: Black Unity: Moving Beyond The RHETORIC

James Wesley Chester ·
How about a statement of purpose and principles? ---HonestBrother There is at least one alternative already in place. http://africanamerica.org/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/791602...651006233#9651006233 PEACE Jim Chester
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Re: Cathy Freeman goes bush...

James Wesley Chester ·
I always admired her for her mind!!!!! Her mind!!! PEACE Jim Chester
 
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