Note to Republicans: This is not a good look. This exact kind of behavior will not fail to alienate the changing younger and diverse demographic of Americans. If you want to lose all relevance and respect, keep it up. In face of a rapidly browning of America, as Kos says, “One party embraces that change, the other retrenches in a fit of paranoia and xenophobia.” Yeah, Kasich has been forced to dig up a brother to appoint. But let’s not forget that it’s Ohio that helped give us a 2nd term of George W. Bush via disenfranchisement of black voters via a brother in charge: Ken Blackwell. Just because OH Gov. Kasich’s new appointee is black, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s a friend of African-Americans. A close eye on Colbert is advised.

First a bit of background from Mediaite:

Newly-elected Ohio Governor John Kasich (R-OH) has been the subject of considerable outrage over his appointment of an all-white cabinet, the first in Ohio since 1962. Adding fuel to the fire, Kasich recently responded to Ohio Black Legislative Caucus treasurer state Sen. Nina Turner’s (D-OH) offer to assist him in building a more diverse cabinet by saying “I don’t need your people.” [Jill's response: "Um...Say what now?!"]

[...]

Many white people have this idea that being “colorblind” is the racial ideal (an easy position to take if your own skin color is never a detriment to you), but they fail to realize that “colorblindness” in an unequal society is de facto racism. If you live in a society that still enforces forms of racial separation, “colorblindness” will support that status quo.

[...]

As Turner points out, there are administrative posts that are apolitical, so can’t Kasich find any qualified black candidates for those positions? Well, by his spokesman’s own admission, qualifications are as secondary as diversity to the new Governor:

“Diversity is something we will seek and something we will work toward, but it’s not more important than finding people who share the governor’s positions,” he said.

Giving Kasich the benefit of the doubt, then, he’s just a guy who can’t find people from a disproportionately hard-hit community who want to slash essential services. That makes him blind to more than just color.

Hmm. That dog didn’t hunt so well, so now Kasich has turned on a big black dime. From ThinkProgress:

Fleshing out his “new way,” Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) offered Ohio the first all-white cabinet since 1962. As ThinkProgress reported last week, Kasich bluntly rebuked a black lawmaker’s offer to find qualified minority candidates, telling her “I don’t need your people.” This remark embroiled Kasich in a raging controversy over his indifference towards diversity. In an “obvious attempt to quell the criticism” yesterday, Kasichtouted the appointment of Lynn Stevens to Director of Minority Affairs. But as ThinkProgress noted, not only is the position not cabinet-level but Stevens had been serving in that position for a month. Today, Kasichfinally yielded to the “intense criticism” and made the actual first minority appointment to his cabinet by tapping Michael B. Colbert to head the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services:

With only three posts left to fill on what had been an all-white cabinet, Gov. John Kasich today made his first minority appointment, naming Michael B. Colbert to head the giant Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Colbert, who is black, had been serving as interim director of the department since Jan. 9, when the former director, Douglas E. Lumpkin, stepped down a day before Kasich’s inauguration.

Afternoon Open Thread

4 Feb 2011

hat tip-Prometheus 6

I consider this gentleman Old School. Reminds me of my parents who said that their house wasn’t a democracy and we had no ‘ rights’ as long as we lived under their roof and ate their food. I wonder what JJP folks think of this legislator. I think he’s spot on.

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Jasiri X and his crew is back with a tribute to those protesting in Egypt in pursuit of freedom. This time he’s teamed up with M-1 of Dead Prez. If you don’t know Dead Prez, you should, son. They are one of hip hop’s godfathers. Classics. If you liked the Dave Chappelle Show then know you heard the instrumental version of their hit “Hip Hop” on every show as Chappelle’s entrance music.

Mubarak’s playing games but he oughta know — the game’s up. His people have got beef. Seems like the smart people have fled Mubarak’s side because he came up with some wack ideas yesterday. He sent in those “protestors” who looked more like his dreaded police to beat up the crowd, try to push people out of the square, attack and detain journalists — all in an attempt to  a) make it look like he has some real popular support and b) try to further shut down the world’s efforts to understand the situation on the ground & support the Egyptian people.

It’s fortunate that the military stepped in to prevent further bloodshed and in so doing, it’s a death knell for Mubarak’s reign of terror. Because unlike Tiananmen Square, the military chose the side of the people in Tahrir Square, not the police state. It means that no one is buying Mubarak’s reason for staying anymore — that without his iron fist, there will be chaos in the land of the Nile. He’s the one causing the chaos — who shut off the internet, food & medical supplies, banking and train systems? Who sent thugs on camels and horses to beat people or agitators to throw molotov cocktails down on peaceful protestors? It’s time, long past time, for this elderly man who prefers to dye his hair black Reagan-style, to get to steppin’.

We must not fear the people of Egypt and their determination to be free. For, deep in my heart, I do believe, we shall all be free someday.

Lyrics after the jump. My favorite lines:

we just trying to live like human beings
when we protest in peace police shoot up the scene
look at your computer screen you can see it right through the stream
Let our forming be a warning to every brutal regime

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Below is a collection of some nice offerings from the interwebs, Twitternets and our very own comments section backed by the musical stylings of the Song Du Jour. Go ahead, get some get right.

It Takes a Nation of Thousands: Egyptians Prepare for ‘Day of Departure’ [Voice of America]

VIDEO: Houston Cops Beat a Kid Down. After Hitting Him with a Squad Car [Oliver Willis]

Black Folks Are Not Reveling in Ronald Reagan’s 100th Birthday [ABC]

Haiti: Election Pits Former First Lady Against Pop Star; Wyclef Left Feeling Praswell’d [WaPo]

Study: Half of HIV Diagnoses Found in African-Americans [Modern Medicine]

Rewind: How Hip Hop Closed the Crackhouse [Hip Hop and Politics]

In Courtroom, Officer Sees Defendant’s Swinging Crutch; Raises Him Two Bullets [Reuters]

Wiz Khalifa Explains ‘Black and Yellow’; You Continue Not Caring [The Hollywood Reporter]

Now the Pantyhose Are Really Coming Off: Tyler Perry Takes Role from Idris (Allegedly)! [Rhymes with Snitch]

Folks, without love, it ain’t much…

Friday Open Thread

4 Feb 2011

Free African Americans in the Colonial Era

When Crispus Attucks earned his unfortunate claim to fame as a victim in the Boston Massacre, he was not a slave. He was one of the relatively few African Americans to achieve freedom in colonial America. Although freedom is clearly desirable in comparison to a life in chains, free African Americans were unfortunately rarely treated with the same respect of their white counterparts.

There were several ways African Americans could achieve their freedom. Indentured servants could fulfill the terms of their contracts like those brought to Jamestown in 1619. In the early days, when property ownership was permitted, skilled slaves could earn enough money to purchase their freedom. Crispus Attucks and many others achieved liberty the hard way — through a daring escape. It only stands to reason that when faced with a perpetual sentence of bondage many slaves would take the opportunity to free themselves, despite the great risks involved.

Another way of becoming free was called manumission — the voluntary freeing of a slave by the master. Masters did occasionally free their own slaves. Perhaps it was a reward for good deeds or hard work. At times it was the work of a guilty conscience as masters sometimes freed their slaves in their wills. Children spawned by slaves and masters were more likely to receive this treatment. These acts of kindness were not completely unseen in colonial America, but they were rare. In the spirit of the Revolution, manumission did increase, but its application was not epidemic.

Free African Americans were likely to live in urban centers. The chance for developing ties to others that were free plus greater economic opportunities made town living sensible. Unfortunately, this “freedom” was rather limited. Free African Americans were rarely accepted into white society. Some states applied their slave codes to free African Americans as well. Perhaps the most horrifying prospect was kidnapping. Slave catchers would sometimes abduct free African Americans and force them back into slavery. In a society that does not permit black testimony against whites, there was very little that could be done to stop this wretched practice.


Benjamin Banneker (November 9, 1731 – October 9, 1806) was a free African American astronomer, mathematician, surveyor, almanac author and farmer.

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Afternoon Open Thread

3 Feb 2011

hat tip-Think Progress

Boehner Admits Failing To Raise Debt Ceiling Would Be ‘A Disaster,’ But Takes It Hostage Anyway

Earlier this month, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) admitted during an appearance at the National Press Club that failing to raise the nation’s debt ceiling when the legal borrowing limit is reached in the coming months is “unworkable.” “Does it have to be raised? Yes, you can’t not raise the debt ceiling,” Ryan said. However, acknowledging that reality didn’t stop Ryan from taking the debt ceiling hostage to unspecified spending cuts and “fiscal controls.”

Today, on Fox News Sunday, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) pulled a similar stunt. He first said that House Republicans aren’t willing to raise the debt ceiling unless doing so is accompanied by deep spending cuts, but then admitted that failing to raise the debt ceiling would be a “disaster”:

That would be a financial disaster, not only for our country but for the worldwide economy. Remember, the American people on election day said, ‘we want to cut spending and we want to create jobs.’ And you can’t create jobs if you default on the federal debt.

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Below is a collection of some nice offerings from the interwebs, Twitternets and our very own comments section backed by the musical stylings of the Song Du Jour. Go ahead, get some get right.

VIDEO: Egyptian Protesters Hanging Tough [The AP]

Haiti Awaits Election Results; Security Forces Await Block Getting Hot [AFP]

Beyond Redefining Rape: Three Hidden Dangers of H.R. 3 [Daily Kos]

Human Rights Community Wants Obama to Walk the Walk [NPR]

Refugees United: A Search Engine That Counts [Wired]

As Tent City Prisoners Freeze, AZ Sheriff Proves He’s Still an Insufferable Turd [KPHO]

Limbaugh Wept: Fox Accidentally Predicts Obama Reelection, Again [Daily Kos]

College Football’s National Auct–errr…Signing Day Full of Surprises [ESPN]

Terrence Howard’s New Wife Finds Out He’s Terrence Howard, Files For Divorce [Bossip]

Yes, JJP readers. We’d rather be with you…

Thursday Open Thread

3 Feb 2011

hat tip-BookerRising:

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I know that Egypt is taking up a lot of the news attention, as it should. However there was some other news of interest (if smaller for now). The Democratic National Convention will be held in Charlotte NC in 2012.

I know JJP peeps in NC went woop woop! yesterday. There’s a lot of talk about how Obama carried North Carolina during the 2010 election and is indicating with this maneuver that he’d like to do so again in 2012. That’s smart thinking. While NC has leaned conservative in the past, the first Obama campaign got North Carolinians of color pretty excited. Charlotte is a good example of how the demographics have changed in NC (via Wikipedia):

According to the 2006–2008 American Community Survey, the racial composition of Charlotte was:[23]

When you add up black folks, plus Latinos and Asian-Americans, you get to 49% of Charlotte’s population being minority. If you add in multiracial folks, it tips the balance to majority-minority. If most of those folks voted for Obama and you add in all the cool white people who also voted for him, and that plays out in a few other major cities in NC, well, you’ve got a state that’s blue. This is strategic. What’s different this time around is that Obama will need to convince struggling black and other families there to give him more time to heal the nation’s economy and soul. There’s still a lot of love among African-Americans for the First Family but probably a lot less enthusiasm. The battle to re-engage hearts and minds needs to start now and be more than just words if Obama and the DNC don’t wanna hear a cascade of grumbles, shrugs, eyerolls and lip smacks.

Here’s what Michelle Obama (or someone who works for him) had to say in an email announcing the decision:

I am thrilled to make sure you are the first to hear some very exciting news. Charlotte, North Carolina will host the 46th Democratic National Convention in 2012.

Charlotte is a city marked by its southern charm, warm hospitality, and an “up by the bootstraps” mentality that has propelled the city forward as one of the fastest-growing in the South. Vibrant, diverse, and full of opportunity, the Queen City is home to innovative, hardworking folks with big hearts and open minds. And of course, great barbecue.

Barack and I spent a lot of time in North Carolina during the campaign — from the Atlantic Coast to the Research Triangle to the Smoky Mountains and everywhere in between. Barack enjoyed Asheville so much when he spent several days preparing for the second Presidential debate that our family vacationed there in 2009.

And my very first trip outside of Washington as First Lady was to Fort Bragg, where I started my effort to do all we can to help our heroic military families.

All the contending cities were places that Barack and I have grown to know and love, so it was a hard choice. But we are thrilled to be bringing the convention to Charlotte.

We hope many of you can join us in Charlotte the week of September 3rd, 2012. But if you can’t, we intend to bring the spirit of the convention — as well as actual, related events to your community and even your own backyard.

More than anything else, we want this to be a grassroots convention for the people. We will finance this convention differently than it’s been done in the past, and we will make sure everyone feels closely tied in to what is happening in Charlotte. This will be a different convention, for a different time.

To help us make sure this is a grassroots convention — The People’s Convention — we need to hear from you. We want to know what you’d like to see at next year’s convention, how and where you plan on watching it — and the very best way we can engage your friends and neighbors.

Friend, please share your input with us right now – how can we make The People’s Convention belong to you and your community?

The link takes you to a form with a few questions like:

“How do you think the convention could be brought to your community?”

and

“What would get your friends and neighbors more interested in the convention?”

Now’s your chance – lay it on em…

What do you think — is Charlotte a good choice for the 2012 election?

Afternoon Open Thread

2 Feb 2011

Rachel Maddow reviews how Egypt’s recent history is intertwined with U.S. commercial interests and where that leaves the U.S. in relation to the Egyptian protestors and the dictator they hope to overthrow.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

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Wednesday Open Thread

2 Feb 2011

The Victims of the Slave Trade:

During the century of the domestic trade, roughly equal numbers of males and females were sold away. The exception was the Louisiana sugar plantations, whose population made up some 6 percent of the nation’s enslaved. Importation to New Orleans, where many sugar planters bought their enslaved workers, was about 58 percent male, and traders sent very few young children to that market. The exhausting labor in the cane fields took an exceptionally heavy toll on the laborers’ health, and the demands of the sugar planters meant that the southern Louisiana market tended to import particularly strong workers.

The shortage of women in their childbearing years due to the gender imbalance in purchasing practice made the region unique in North America for having a marked excess of slave deaths over births.

Speculators preferred to purchase what they termed “young and likely Negroes” – mainly teenagers and young adults. They wanted men with the immediate ability to perform hard labor and the potential for a long work career. The merchants also looked for young women with many years of childbearing ahead of them.

Only about 5 percent of the males and 6 percent of the females sold were over thirty. Documentary evidence shows that with the exception of Louisiana, males between ten and twenty-nine years old comprised 72 percent of the trade but only 43 percent of the United States’ total enslaved population. Children under ten made up about 18 percent of the trade and most, especially the under-eights, were sold together with their mothers.

To be “sold down the river” was one of the most dreaded prospects of the enslaved population. Some destinations, particularly the Louisiana sugar plantations, had especially grim reputations. But it was the destruction of family that made the domestic slave trade so terrifying. Francis Fedric, who was born in Virginia and sold away in Kentucky, recalled the scene:

“Men and women down on their knees begging to be purchased to go with their wives or husbands, … children crying and imploring not to have their parents sent away from them; but all their beseeching and tears were of no avail. They were ruthlessly separated, most of them for ever.”

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Afternoon Open Thread

1 Feb 2011

hat tip-The Daily Dish

“We Want To Keep This Country Safe, They Want To Destroy It”
31 Jan 2011 10:24 pm
by Patrick Appel

From Tahir Square today, a powerful interview with a protester:
“This is about the needs and the demands of the Egyptian people.”

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GlobalVoices is doing a great job covering what’s happening in Egypt btw. Mubarak has cut off all access to the internet. He has closed banks and ATMs are running out of money. Medicine and food is beginning to run low. He shut down the trains and the water supply. I’ve heard from friends who have family in Egypt that many of the looters were actually Mubarak secret police trying to frighten people into going home. He’s trying to starve and terrify them but it’s not working. Despite all this Tahrir Square is filled with people attending the Million Person March saying they want change. There is, however, a real humanitarian situation occurring in Egypt that is going unreported here in the U.S. where the media has become more focused on the efforts of Americans in the region to leave or if you’re watching Fox News, whether or not Egypt will be taken over by Al Qaeda. Oh yeah, and I guess it’s going to snow again? (sorry, brief pause while I roll my eyes forward from the back of my head…)

From GlobalVoice, tweets from those communicating with folks inside Egypt:

@Alshaheeed #Mubarak plan now is to depend on Egyptians getting tired & hungry for food & security. #Jan25 #Egypt Our plan is to survive. We’r younger

Despite the bleakness, there is a flicker of light, as Egyptians come together in their resolve to throw their dictator.

@MoatazMedhat An Egyptian citizen donates 7000 L.E. (A lump sum in Egypt) to buy food for protesters in Tahrir (liberation) Square. #Egypt #jan25

More tweets of shortages continue:

@AlyaaGad People need food, money and medical help! People have no access to basic life needs in #Egypt right now. SOS shituation! #Jan25

@ctrinity Water cut off and food supply in #Egypt running low. The injured can’t be properly treated. No comm. #Egypt under siege. Speak now! #Jan25

But the attitude remains upbeat:

@HB_1_2011: people are euphoric in egypt, and willing to sacrifice with food and money so the regime would go #jan25 #egypt

Showing a bit more bravery than the Obama Administration, Google and Twitter actually worked this weekend to provide people in Egypt a voice using SpeakToTweet. Again from GlobalVoices, which analyzed some of the tweets last night ahead of the march:

This evening, following the total Internet blackout in Egypt, Google and Twitter (along with SayNow, a company recently acquired by Google) made a timely announcement: that they were jointly launching SpeaktoTweet, a service that would allow Egyptians to call an international number and record a voice message that would then be tweeted from the Twitter account @speak2tweet.  All evening, recordings have been popping up on the Twitter account from Egyptians who have had the chance to learn about the service.  Because of the total Internet ban, Egyptians on the ground have presumably learned about the service from phone calls to and from friends and family outside of the country.

@monasosh is one such user; as her brother @alaa announced that she had taken advantage of the service.  Her recording, available here, is roughly transcribed as follows:

Hi, this is Mona from Cairo, I just wanted to let the world know that we have been disconnected from our last point of communication through the Internet and there’s a strong word going around that we will again be disconnected from mobile phone calls.  So, I wanted everyone to know in case you don’t get any feedback from what’s happening tomorrow, and I didn’t want anyone to worry about us.

They did this before, the only difference is the last when time they did this I was completely freaked out; I was so scared that they were going to shoot us all and nobody would know about us.  This time, I’m not scared at all, I feel as if, like, I want to tell them ‘bring it on!’ We are excited, we are happy, we are going to be in Tahrir Square tomorrow, we are going to be huge, and we are going to do our march and do our protest and Mubarak is going out.

[sigh] Be with us!  Bye bye.

Most of the calls are made anonymously, without the speaker identifying him or herself. Another call from Egypt, available here, is as follows:

Tomorrow, history will be made. Tomorrow, we will make history. Tomorrow, the Mubarak regime will be over. Tomorrow, we want you out of our country. Long live Egypt.

Egyptians outside of the country have also taken advantage of the service to have their message heard by the world. One such user, who self-identifies as Egyptian-American, spoke:

…You are making us so proud, you are making us so so proud in America. Stay strong, Egyptians, stay strong, we love you here. This is an Egyptian-American and talking for all of the Egyptian-Americans who emigrated here because of the brutal regime, stand strong: you’re making us so proud. Free Egypt. I love you! [Egypt, mother of the world].

Anyone can take advantage of the service by calling one of the following international numbers and leaving a voicemail: +16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855. Their message will be automatically tweeted at @Speak2Tweet.

Mona — the American people ARE with you. We are watching and we are rooting for you. Our leaders may play footsie with dictators at times and our conservatives may shudder at the thought of the people exerting their will if it’s inconvenient or scary for Glenn Beck. But ordinary citizens here want the same things that ordinary citizens in Egypt want — freedom of speech, of worship, from want, from fear. And let this be a lesson to leaders worldwide — if you cannot provide at least these basic four freedoms (thanks FDR), we now have the tools and the strength to drive change. And if you try to take away those tools — we will create new ones. Dictators beware — we will fight you here and we will fight you there and everywhere.


Thanks to Van Jones for once again showing some strong leadership and speaking truth to power. We must live in a just society. We are seeing in Egypt the impact of gross inequality and lack of freedom. Yet, apparently the United States is much more unequal than Egypt in terms of its citizens’ prosperity. We enjoy many other freedoms that still balance out the growing income inequality yet a concentration of economic power that seeks to benefit itself at the expense of the larger society can only inevitably lead to instability. When the middle class withers away, when people believe their representatives do not hear them, when they believe there is no opportunity to improve their lives through good jobs, education and access to healthcare, that’s when there’s a breakdown. We should fear that on both the right and the left — after all, the Tea Party originally started as a grassroots movement of people fearful of how change would impact their already-struggling families. That was before the Koches got involved….

From ThinkProgress:

This weekend, David and Charles Koch, the co-owners of the $100 billion Koch Industries pollution conglomerate, hosted their annual meeting in Palm Springs to coordinate strategy and raise funds for the conservative movement. For decades, the Kochs have quietly led a political agenda to concentrate America’s wealth and power among the richest few in the name of “liberty,” at the expense of the health and opportunity of the middle class.

At an event organized by Common Cause to “Uncloak the Kochs,” Center for American Progress senior fellow Van Jones described the threat that concentration of economic power poses to American liberty, democracy, and justice:

I hear a lot of talk now about liberty. There is a movement in our country that has grown up, the Tea Party movement, that has raised the question of liberty, and I say, “Thank goodness.” I’m glad that someone’s raised the question of liberty. There’s nothing more precious to an African American than liberty and justice for all. I’m glad to hear that somebody’s concerned about liberty.

But I think that what we have to be clear about is liberty always has two threats, there’s always two threats to liberty. One is the excessive concentration of political power — excessive concentration of political authority — the totalitarian threat to liberty. And that is a threat to watch out for. But there is another threat. And it is in our country a graver threat. And it is the threat that comes from excessive concentrations of economic power. Excessive concentrations of economic power in our country pose as big a threat, and frankly a greater threat than any concentration of political power. What we have to remember is that our republic is founded not just on the question of liberty, but also on democracy and justice.

And it is when the predatory, monopolistic dimension of the economic system starts to gain momentum, then the question of justice and democracy has to come forward too. Not just liberty and property rights, but justice and human rights, and democracy, and the people’s rights to be free from economic tyranny and economic domination. We will not live on a national plantation run by the Koch brothers. We’re not going to do that. We refuse to do that.

Tuesday Open Thread

1 Feb 2011

Good Morning, and it’s the first day of Black History Month.

So, let’s begin with our beginning in this country – the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Over the course of more than three and a half centuries, the forcible transportation in bondage of at least twelve million men, women, and children from their African homelands to the Americas changed forever the face and character of the modern world. The slave trade was brutal and horrific, and the enslavement of Africans was cruel, exploitative, and dehumanizing. Together, they represent one of the longest and most sustained assaults on the very life, integrity, and dignity of human beings in history.

In the Americas, besides the considerable riches their free labor created for others, the importation and subsequent enslavement of the Africans would be the major factor in the resettlement of the continents following the disastrous decline in their indigenous population. Between 1492 and 1776, an estimated 6.5 million people migrated to and settled in the Western Hemisphere. More than five out of six were Africans. Although victimized and exploited, they created a new, largely African, Creole society and their forced migration resulted in the emergence of the so-called Black Atlantic.

The transatlantic slave trade laid the foundation for modern capitalism, generating immense wealth for business enterprises in America and Europe. The trade contributed to the industrialization of northwestern Europe and created a single Atlantic world that included western Europe, western Africa, the Caribbean islands, and the mainlands of North and South America.

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