I cringed. Recently, I sat watching a cable news broadcast — can't remember which one. What I do remember is it featured people doing good in the world … and it made me cringe.
Lots of people were highlighted, but the two young black people they featured both shared the same general narrative: So and so had a hard life. He came from poverty. She came from abuse or neglect. But they rose above. Now look at all they've accomplished. It was striking. None of the stories of white people started with this narrative. Rather, theirs usually went something like: Little Suzy or Johnny took a class project and turned it into a major non-profit that helps thousands of orphans … in Africa.
No matter where you tuned into this broadcast, blackness unconsciously was associated with hardship and overcoming while whiteness was associated with genius and compassion. more >>
Mississippi State Rep. Gene Alday, a Republican, apologized Tuesday for racist comments he made about blacks in his town during a recent interview with the Clarion Ledger.
The former mayor of Walls said he was "deeply sorry" for offensive comments he made in Sunday's Clarion Ledger to reporter Jerry Mitchell when asked about educational funding. He also insisted that he was not racist, despite saying that all blacks in his town are on welfare.
"But I am deeply sorry for my recent statements and I was wrong to say what I did, and there is no excuse for my behavior," said Representative Alday on the House Floor yesterday. "The statements may have hurt people, but I'm so sorry; I made a great mistake and I appreciate each and every one of you." more >>
The Congressional Black Caucus will forgo no opportunity to retard black progress in America and undermine the ideals that were once understood to be the goals of the civil rights movement.
In the latest example, the caucus has issued a press release calling Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) a racist for opposing confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. Attorney General.
Paul earlier issued a press release stating three reasons for his opposition to Lynch. The caucus ignored two and called the third, her support for civil asset forfeiture, "…nothing but an excuse to keep an African American legal scholar from holding this high position…" more >>
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has taken Dr. Ben Carson's name off their "list" of extremists. Isn't that charitable? The idea that SPLC gets to sit in its comfortable offices and make lists of Americans to smear ought to be offensive. Liberals are forever re-living the horrors of Joe McCarthy's "list-making," but seem to have little problem with SPLC. Maybe that acronym for that outfit, SPLC, should stand for "Smearing Pro-Life Christians."
Dr. Carson is the very kind of person for whom SPLC was founded, or claims to have been founded. They originally wanted to Southerners who were black and poor and constantly being intimidated and harassed by the Ku Klux Klan. There's no argument with defending those fellow Americans whose rights are being threatened by terrorists.
But over the years—like liberalism itself—SPLC has seen what some in the foreign policy realm call "mission creep." Or might it be termed a creepy mission. Now, anyone who dissents from the liberal social agenda is in danger of being put on SPLC's list of "extremists." more >>
I'm pleased to see that the Southern Poverty Law Center has come to its senses and apologized to Dr. Ben Carson, removing him from their "extremist" list. But they need to apologize to me too, since I'm still on their list, along with a number of other Christian leaders whom they have branded anti-gay extremists.
To be sure, I have considered it a badge of honor to be on the SPLC's list, actually writing an article in 2012 thanking them for placing me in their elite category of "30 New Activists Heading Up the Radical Right."
And, needless to say, I am not a famed children's neuro-surgeon and potential presidential candidate. In other words, I am not Dr. Ben Carson. more >>
One day after the Obama administration confirmed that American aid worker Kayla Mueller was killed by Islamic State terrorists who'd been holding her captive in Syria since August 2013, the president asked Congress Wednesday to authorize additional war powers to combat and defeat ISIS.
While both Republicans and Democrats have yet to coalesce around Obama's strategy and take a vote on his resolution, coalition players want to see ISIS defeated and for Iraq to become a success story instead of being seen by the administration as a "loser" and a country to withdrawl from and avoid, as former Ambassador to Iraq Christopher R. Hill described it in his October 2014 column in Politico.
To better understand the U.S.'s mission in Iraq during both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, as well as the rule of Saddam Hussein and the plight of Christians in the floundering country that's fighting for its survival, The Christian Post spoke to Joseph Ghougassian, a former ambassador to Qatar, who was also a special envoy in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2003 through the summer of 2014. more >>