Are Young Black Men Broken?

Young Black Men

Have we been brainwashed into believing there is a “black male problem” that needs to be fixed? What kind of message is this sending to young black men? Are they broken and in need of repair?

I’ve been asking myself these questions lately. For years we have been exposed to “plight of the black man” messaging.… [Read more]

It’s Much Deeper Than Blackface

blackface…*sigh*

In the recent week there have been a number of articles touching on the wearing of blackface for Halloween and its appropriateness, or rather inappropriateness. And in reading the comments posted by many it dawned on me not how many Caucasian Americans are still covert racists (I don’t need to read an article to know that) but, rather, how many not only have no knowledge of American history but understanding of Sociology 101.… [Read more]

Stop and Frisk, the Aftermath

NYPD logo - Stop and Frisk: the Aftermath

Earlier this week I had a conversation with a friend, a very conservative Republican, about the Stop and Frisk ruling. His comment to me was “I can’t understand how you and other liberals can applaud the ruling. Don’t you realize that you have condemned the youth you supposedly support to an uncertain future? Don’t you realize how many African-American and Latino youth are going to be killed because this ruling handcuffs the police and does not allow them to do their job?”

I’ve known this person for years and would be one of the first to say that he doesn’t have racist bone in his body.… [Read more]

On this day in history: Letter from a Birmingham Jail

MLK-in-Birmingham-jail

What follows is an open letter written on April 16, 1963, by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil rights leader. At the time, King was being held in a Birmingham, Alabama jail after being arrested for a planned non-violent protest by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. This letter should be required reading for all to have more of an understanding of this nation’s history, and perhaps what we can do to move forward.… [Read more]

Why Black History Month

Black History Month

A conservative gadfly said that what America needs is a “White History Month” She stated that white men have greatly contributed to make America the greatest and most powerful country on the planet and they should be celebrated –  just as African-Americans are celebrated for their accomplishments during the month of February.

There is nothing wrong with honoring the accomplishments of white men.… [Read more]

Michelle’s Bangs…

Michelle Obama with alternative hair styles.

I love Michelle Obama.  She is beautiful, worldly and inspiring.  But I don’t love her new bangs.

Before the hate mail starts pouring in, let me say right up front that I have had bangs my entire life.  So I started thinking why do her bangs seem so wrong to me?

I have here for your consideration an assortment of hairstyles that I would like to see her consider as alternatives — and we’d like your vote, too.  … [Read more]

Ann Coulter’s Legacy

Ann Coulter's Legacy.

We are tempted to say that Ann Coulter‘s legacy is her unflinching support of bigotry.

After Ms. Coulter tweeted that President Obama is a “retard,” Barbara decided to draw a Coulter cartoon and asked our facebook friends for a suggestion. One of them, to whom this Art-itorial is dedicated, replied, “You could draw a [steaming] pile of crap and put long blonde hair on it,” and the result is what you see above.… [Read more]

Lazy

John Sununu

Yesterday on national TV, Mitt Romney surrogate, John Sununu, called the President of the United States, ‘not so smart, incompetent and lazy‘. This is not the first time Sununu has used racially charged words to describe Barack Obama, and this is not the first time a Romney surrogate has described the President using a racial euphemism.… [Read more]

Move On Up

Move On UP!

After this week’s Democratic National Convention, what choice is better than Curtis Mayfield singing “Move On Up”?

We, the people…whether we’re we the “you people“, we the “blah people” or we the “those people“, we’re ready to move on up and move forward.… [Read more]