Bellas, I was sick as a dog for what was probably the most miserable Easter ever. But as sick as I was… and still am… THIS made me feel even sicker. That’s the kind of ignorant, stomach-churning racism that I can’t fully wrap my brain around.

I have no words for how angry and disgusted the captions on that photo make me. Not surprised, please note. Just angry and disgusted. Please note, Snopes has debunked the politically motivated and blatantly racist lies in that photograph, which is apparently making the rounds of inboxes throughout the land. Ugh.

And PLEASE don’t get me started on Pat Buchanan. I don’t understand why MSNBC continues to encourage him to spew his out of touch idiocy on program after program, day after day. Ugh.

* edited at 7: 54 a.m. — I’d also like to call your attention to the tremendous work being done over at What About Our Daughters, regarding Al Sharpton and the NAACP’s support of the perpetrators of the horrific Dunbar Village rape. Yes, you read right. Supporting. Perpetrators. Of. Rape. And not just any rape, this is the kind of crime that will make you feel like you’ve been punched in the stomach just reading about it. Now that you’ve been warned, read this NY Times account to learn more. For more evidence of Reverend Al’s plans to rally around these rapists, click here for an official news report. Reverend Al, think again. Choose your battles wisely.

There’s a strengthening movement of brilliant black activists, spearheaded by What About Our Daughters. These are the issues more of us should be aware of, and I am so glad they’re doing such a tremendous job to shout this kind of news to a world that often appears to be completely deaf and dumb. If you read this and it makes you mad enough to want to DO SOMETHING, click here. Forward this. Let the world know.

Thoughts, bellas? I KNOW you got something to say about this.



emme says:
March 25, 2008, 1:33 am
all that i can say is that i hope some kind of protest arises regarding pat buchanan's bigoted, hateful, and blatantly racist comments. this is the worst double standard i've ever seen in my life. if reverend wright and barack obama are going to be skewered over the coals for the reverend's comments in response to the onslaught of racism the reverend has faced as a black man in america, pat buchanan and his wealthy white male privileged and entitled self needs to be held to the fucking fire for his despicable comments. it was done with don imus, and the jena six. when the black community takes a stand something can be done. something needs to be done about pat buchanan. he does not ever need to speak in a public forum again in his life.
stella says:
March 25, 2008, 5:27 am
If Pat Buchanan can offer analysis I think a seat should be reserved for Rev. Wright at the MSNBC table.
bella says:
March 25, 2008, 7:46 am
Emme, I feel your anger completely, TRUST me. But i do also try to uphold a "no cursing" policy around here. Antiquated, I know... but my family reads this and I know quite a few kids do, too, and I figure there's enough profanity elsewhere online, so there you have it. Having said all of that, this is definitely curse-worthy. And it's not cool. Not at all.
edessedesigns says:
March 25, 2008, 8:18 am
As disgusting as all of the rubish is, it is only as powerful as you allow it to be. Anyone who buys into the photo is simply looking for a reason to discredit Obama. It is very obvious that the caption is not true. I'm neither offended nor outraged, more like "eh, what's next..." Obviously Obama has dotted his "i's" and crossed his "t's" otherwise, it would be pointless to stoop this low. The point of this photo + caption is to make you angry, I refuse to allow the simple minded people who came up with this mess the power to controll my emotions. What is surprising about this? Some say because it's 2008 and we should be past it, but my response is simple, we never got past racism. I choose to see the truth in this photo--a beautiful extended African family.
Marcia says:
March 25, 2008, 8:23 am
I'm torn on which subject to comment on first....both are bothersome. well, let me start with the photo and Pat Buchanan. Further proof that ignorance and racism is still alive and thriving in America. Why Snopes would feel moved to do such a thing is sad, and it's not funny. I wonder how he feel if someone did that to his family picture and sent it out. As far as Pat Buchanan---he needs delivered and an intervention from God almighty. Both situations are all the more reason to push and work hard to see Barack Obama win in November. In addition, we need to make it part of our personal mission to stop this type of foolishness in our environments and with those around us. We need change, we need it now, and we can all make a difference. The issue with the Dunbar Village is outrageous. Words can't describe how I felt reading about that situation. Is anyone rallying around her? Giving her support? Al Sharpton and the NAACP supporting the "alleged rapists"? What are they thinking? I'm going to forward this to others so they can write letters and stop this madness!
Mrs. Mckinzie says:
March 25, 2008, 8:25 am
Everything thats done in the dark shall come to the light.They wanted us to believe that racism was over ,but Chuck D told us to watch our backs.This election time has reaally opened a lot of peoples eyes to how the Clintons,some of our favorite news anchors we watch in the morning,and even some of our friends really feel about black people.My grandfather is 81 years young ,and he still carries what they did to him growing up in his heart.It just never goes away,and now the children are going to have to face this.
edessedesigns says:
March 25, 2008, 8:29 am
Mrs. Mckinzie, I agree with you on your comment. My mom and I were just talking about the Clintons this past weekend.
Diva says:
March 25, 2008, 8:56 am
I agree with your sentiments whole heartedly.
nyc/caribbean ragazza says:
March 25, 2008, 9:53 am
The photo, not surprised. The Dunbar Village situation? Shocked. I read about Sharpton's actions on Field Negro's blog. If the suspects were white I'm sure Sharpton would be going on and on about the victim. Is it because she is a poor black immigrant that they are ignoring what happened to her? The whole case makes me sick to my stomach.
RyanB says:
March 25, 2008, 10:08 am
Pat Buchanan... oh my my my. I really wanted to, but after reading the blog post in its entirety I couldn't even take that one on. Jack and Jill Politics made a great point about his position, mainly that, but saying White America has funded all these government programs "for" African-Americans, he doesn't even include African- Americans as citizens of this country. Because, obviously, African-Americans aren't taxpayers who contribute to any government program. Makes me so sick.
Jacquie says:
March 25, 2008, 11:00 am
Bella, I sure hope you are feeling better. :) The photo does not bother me as much, like another poster said I see a beautiful African family. I smiled with a warm heart and chose not to read the caption. I wonder will they circulate a photo of Barack "Barry" with his Indonesian counterparts. Probably not. And that darn Pat B., well I have no comment that is pleasant enough for readers viewing. This darn Al Sharpton & the NAACP has me infuriated!!! Reading about what this woman and her child had to experience sickens me to my stomach. I thought of the lifetime trauma each were caused and to know that the one organization we as African Americans thought we could rely on, turned there backs on her, disturbs me more. When did we as a community begin to embrace such savage behavior? Al Sharpton should ask himself, 'what if this were my wife, mother, or daughter'. I was NEVER a big fan of Al Sharpton, I see through his fake exterior a mile away, but this here is a new low for him. I believe the NAACP and Al need some folks to overload there inbox expressing our outrage and disappointment in there unconscionable decision to support these monsters!!!
Is this 1938? says:
March 25, 2008, 11:09 am
I am always cautious of putting my "mouth on the man of God", but as I told my mother this past weekend, if the whispers I were hearing about Al Sharpton were true...... I never really knew how I felt about Al Sharpton. Listening to other people talk about him over the years, I realized that most people either love him or hate him, with there being very little middle ground. I am glad that you included the links, but I was waiting to get past the blog information and read an official report. After reading the official report, if everything is true, let's hope Al Sharpton sleeps with an eye open. Yes, there are a lot of racial issues that this country still needs to address, but the Dunbar Village case is not so much a race issue as it is a gender issue. I noticed that chemicals were used in the Dunbar case in an attempt to get rid of the evidence, so it is unclear as to if a viable DNA sample was obtained. The awful part is, if everything that is stated is true, then this woman has been victimized twice. First by the attack, and secondly by a justice system that wants leniency on her attackers. It would take all day to talk about the effects on her 12 year old son, who is probably it his most formative year of life regarding his future choices. This kind of trauma can completely flip someone's mind over. Why, with all of the legal aged women out here ready and willing to have sex, do we still have so many people being sexually assaulted? I have told people time and time again that we do not have enough diversity in government. Many of the people making decisions in cases such as the Dunbar Village case are men that have very little to no chance of ever being sexually assaulted. There are some men that can sympathize with the issue, but it still seems as though there are too many people in government that are not able to sympathized with sexual assualt victims. It's almost like since it will probably never happen to them, it is not really an issue with them. Think about it. Even on the rare case a rapist is prosecuted and sentenced, many times the sentence is so light that the rapist is back on the street within a couple of years. This is why more young women need to seek out the law field, etc. Someone in the woman's area needs to start a fund for her while keeping her identity anonymous. She and her son need intensive counseling and therapy, and they need to be able to get out of that area completely. I am sure that staying in the neighborhood is doing nothing for her recovery.
Wes, nyc says:
March 25, 2008, 11:36 am
This is HIGHLY upsetting. I remember when the incident in Dunbar Village first happened, I thought it was the most horrific if not traumatic crime ever committed. I'm not even sure if the slave masters of the 1800's were this barbaric. It's heinous. Reading the article on "What About Our Daughters?" pertaining to how "badly" the defendants were being treated in jail upset me to no end. It's hard to know what is being done to protect and further the guide victims- I wish that there was something that I could do to help them. Sitting in front of a computer screen and forwarding emails is just not enough in my opinion.
afrobella says:
March 25, 2008, 11:49 am
I agree with you, Wes. I'm going to investigate donation options more closely before I post a link. But I'm looking into it, and I'm sure Gina at WAOD might have a few great leads on other ways we can help.
afrobella says:
March 25, 2008, 11:52 am
I found these two links -- Note this was in 2007. So I'm going to call the phone number to find out if donations are still being accepted. Will keep you posted.
misstwists says:
March 25, 2008, 12:08 pm
Hi Afrobella, I hope that you are feeling better in spite of all that's going on! Reading your post today, I sat here speechless with goose bumps crawling up my skin! The photo - I immediately thought that whoever did this clearly lacks a lot in their life. If this is how they use their "creative" energy to "doctor" a photo - they have a lot of self hate and negativity. I can't spend too much time on that one - they need to read "A New Earth." Pat Buchanan - Unbelievable that someone with such a thought process has a national audience at his disposal. What does that say about MSNBC? Dunbar Village - Where do I start. Neighbors heard the screaming and did not call the police - huh? What in the world? Al Sharpton campaigning for the alleged perpetrators to be released on bail? Hey judge - set it at $10Million a piece - they ain't going nowhere! Al - YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO THIS. Even if they are being treated unfairly, which I doubt, you do not have to represent them based on your own morals and principles! NAACP - let's elevate our capacity to fully analyze and access a situation before we align ourselves with it. Just because African Americans are screaming injustice does not mean we all have to run to their assistance. Cathy Lawson - the mother of Avion Lawson, one of the alleged perpetrators whose DNA was found at the crime scene, - you state - "I'm not saying they shouldn't be charged, but I don't feel that they should be charged as adults, because they don't have the mind of an adult." Please tell me, what type of mind would conceive of and perform such heinous acts! Ms. Lawson, you go on to say that your son is “not doing good” in jail. How do you think the victim, a mother who was forced to perform oral sex on her 12 year old son, is “doing”? Or how about her son, who was forced to witness and participate in his mom performing oral sex on him, is “doing?”
styleosophy says:
March 25, 2008, 1:01 pm
Wow. I didn't get to Pat. He doesn't deserve my thought process applied to any of his irrational thinking. And the photo, this is what folks start to do when they have nothing else to work with. Scrap the bottom, beneath the barrel. Obama has clearly proven, over and over, that he is articulate, prepared, versed and ready for the drama that had to eventually come. When the BS hit the fan about Rev. Wright, all I could say was "is this the best they've got?" Rev. Sharpton has clearly defined his agenda, in his own mind. What is he trying to solve, or push in terms of thinking from the rest of us, I just don't know. I usually try to understand the truth, and then both sides of what contributed to the truth. But his role in this as a supporter of the rapists is just beyond me.
Michelle says:
March 25, 2008, 1:06 pm
Racism is an ugliness that has no end. Some people are so sick inside that we can only pity them. As for Rev. Al and NAACP I can only shake my heads at them. Let us pray the sistah and her son will get real justice.
BK says:
March 25, 2008, 1:27 pm
Thank you for sharing this.. I never heard of the Dunbar Village incident before today.. *don't think I've commented here although I read you daily* but I digress.. this is UPSETTING and thanks for introducing me to WAOD. Off to do my research and spread the word.
Shones says:
March 25, 2008, 1:34 pm
Feel better soon, Bella! This was my first time hearing about the Dunbar Village story, so thanks for posting it. The "family picture" is disappointing, but not surprising. I used to work behind-the-scenes at MSNBC for almost four years, so I know how that goes... this is not to say that everyone there is of the same mindset as Buchanan -- quite far from it! But if the make-up of directors and producers is the same as it was when I was there, it's mostly white, male, and Jewish, so you can form your own opinion about why certain things get a lot of attention and other things don't. I have decided to no longer waste my energy or emotion on Pat, Rush, Imus, etc. because I think the "appeal" for them is the shock value. The Dunbar Village assailants = demonic behavior exemplified. Plain and simple. And they are so YOUNG! We need to start getting more involved in the lives of our youth, and by "our youth" I mean ANY youth you come across in your daily walk, whether you have children or not, and regardless of how old you are or whether you think you have anything useful to say. Pick a kid somewhere and improve his/her life in some way this year!
warrior11209 says:
March 25, 2008, 1:35 pm
I am at work seething at my desk- the situation with Rev Al and Dunabr village disgusts me to no end. I agree with Wes, something more than forwarding e-mails needs to be done by right-minded people. I have not had time to read the Pat B entry - although I can only imagine what this notorious racist is saying now , the Obama family photo was just another ridiculous (albeit racist) attempt to discredit Obama - a chance for the true feelings of many people to surface. I will forward the Dunbar Village blogs to friends - but first I am sending one to "Like it IS" host - Gil Noble and Michael Baisden(who often sides with Rev Al)to see who picks up on this outrage - this sister and her family needs our help and support!!
warrior11209 says:
March 25, 2008, 1:42 pm
I could not help myself - I went back and read Pat B blog... words escape me at the moment
berrybrowne says:
March 25, 2008, 2:06 pm
bella - please rest up and get well soon! as for the picture/buchanan: i am ALMOST glad that this campaign has pulled the veil off of a lot of ugliness in our society, and in the democratic party in general. it's time for us to stop giving "liberals" a pass when they are every bit as destructive - in their way - as conservatives who blindly hate. the only reason hillary is even still IN the race is because she has drunk a big gulp of liberal entitlement that says, "black people are welcome in our party as long as they allow us to speak FOR them," AND because she's successfully tapped into the "latent" racial hostility shared by other white members of her/our(?) party. obama has started some overdue conversations and i think - as painful as it is in the moment - the truth will set us free.
regina says:
March 25, 2008, 3:27 pm
There really are no words for the state of our "great" nation. We have freedom of speech so technically they have the right to say and do these things but I would hope that Barack and his camp already knew things like this would happen. I have NEVER liked al sharpton and his antics but this is a new low even for him, my only consolation is knowing that one day he will have to answer to God for his antics...
noloagirl says:
March 25, 2008, 4:30 pm
1. Snopes was debunking the story they aren’t passing around the picture. The picture isn't bad its nice he met his family they embraced him as family. I think that that’s apart of the reason that Barack is a great leader... he has all shades in his family so he was able to move past that to what the person can/ will do. 2. I think that the NAACP and Al Sharpton are operating under the premise that one group of people were treated as innocent until proven guilty and they happen to be white but another group of people were treated as guilty before proven otherwise and they are black. This is wrong. I am trying to be proud that he saw past the crime and looked at the social justice of it all because I think the only thing that should be changed is the white men should be put behind bars too. That would be fair and equal to me, but not to what our founding fathers wanted. America's justice system is based on innocence until proven guilty. In light of that the accused should be able to have bail... it should be really high because they should stay in jail ( imo) but they should have access to be freed like their counterparts did while waiting for trial. Its so sad. I think I always try to take just stands against the double standard but I don't care that those men are in jail, I do understand however why the NAACP and Rev AL do. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
tuff-puffs says:
March 25, 2008, 4:59 pm
Ok Bellas - don't blast me for this. I read about the Dunbar incident shortly after it happened and I was sick to my stomach... As a woman I can't imagine the atrocity of having multiple men (kids!) force themselves on you only to turn around and force you to engage with your own child in a sexual manner. The thought of it is horrific to say the least and my skin is crawling as a type… Even though I don't agree with Rev.'s choice, I respect it and his contributions to the African American community. I listened to him and Warren Ballentine cry out about lack of justice for at least 4 months on their radio shows before I read about Gena on any of the blogs that helped generate national attention to M. Bell and the other boys. There is an unfair advantage that white men and women have when it comes to the legal system. Based on what I read, the advantage that white kids from another rape case are benefitting from is being pursued for the boys from Dunbar. Seeking justice and balance is not wrong. Their acts were. Often black men are treated like animals and thrown away (personally I would not mind if that is how these boys were treated).Legally they should still have the same rights as the white kids. I would hate to see them loose to torment more people, so hopefully the other boys will can have some of their rights revoked instead. After all of the stuff that is happening with Obama it is clear to see that the balance in how our country is run has to be challenged. Rev. is doing that the best way he knows how, even if the circumstances are awful. Also the NAACP is not important to me, when they protest or speak out people rarely care or respond, they are usually mentioned in the media as a mere courtesy and their influence and power is diminishing. Again… please be kind…
bella says:
March 25, 2008, 5:20 pm
tuffpuffs, no need to fear -- you stated your opinion quite eloquently, and you're clearly a clued in sista. I always love your comments. But I do think Rev. Al is mixing rotten apples with poisoned oranges, here. From what I've read here -- the two cases are extremely different, so it doesn't seem to be completely appropriate to call for equal justice. to quote: "In being the champion for the Dunbar boys, Sharpton is making victims of black teenagers who are charged with raping a black woman in their housing project, in what police say was retaliation for her littering complaint. Police charge the group of teenagers with abducting the woman at gunpoint, raping her, forcing her to have sex with her own son, then dousing her internally and externally with ammonia and alcohol and pouring nail-polish remover in her son's eyes. It was a black-on-black crime, and a rape so violent and heartless that a judge's decision to hold these boys without bail was far from controversial. In the Boca Raton incident, sheriff's officials have charged that a group of white teenage boys got two white teenage girls from their neighborhood deliriously drunk and then raped them. The case will hinge on the defense claim of consent. Those boys, like the Dunbar boys, were charged as adults, but were allowed to post bonds. To call these cases identical, as Sharpton did, is to ignore far too much. And to make martyrs of the Dunbar teenagers only trivializes real cases of racial injustice and further denigrates two black victims of unspeakable crimes."
auragirl says:
March 25, 2008, 6:05 pm
absolutely disgusting. That's the first time I heard about the Dunbar Village attacks. It's SICK that the NAACP refused to come to the aid of the mother and her son. Even worse is the fact that Sharpton is defending the rapists. SICK SICK SICK Sharpton. ABSOLUTELY SICK. I can't believe something like this happened. This story should have been more widely reported. Example: What happened to Natalee Holloway was indeed tragic and it deserved the coverage, but the Dunbar Village story has barely seen the light of day and it happened less than a year ago while the Holloway case was almost 3 years ago and they are still reporting on it. Makes me wonder sometimes. Makes me wonder...
Miss S says:
March 25, 2008, 8:33 pm
You know, when I hear about men like Pat Buchanan, Don Imus, Bill O'Reilly, I just shake my head. Men like that will never learn and should be ignored, IMO. I'll thank America when it apologizes for slavery. Until then, no dice. I'm absolutely outraged by Al Sharpton and NAACP. I understand Tuff-Puff's point of view and I definitely respect it. I actually almost felt that way at first, that there needs to be equal treatment under the law. Then I thought about it some more. What those white boys did was horrible, and they should definitely be punished, to the fullest extent of the law. However, every day that the Dunbar Village boys could possibly be free on bail they pose a HUGE risk to the community. Only the most depraved minds would violate a woman and her child the way those boys did. And there's nothing that leads me to believe that they won't do it again. Their mama's ought to be buried under the jail with them! Disgusting. When I go home I'm going to hold my child tight. Al Sharpton has sunk to a new low and the NAACP has lost much of its credibility as far as I'm concerned. I'm just beyond floored.
Bebroma says:
March 26, 2008, 12:59 pm
As was stated, what happened to the woman in Dunbar Village and her son was in retaliation for her wanting to make her surroundings a better place. Had this horrible thing been happening next door to HER, she probably would have called the police. This type of thing is exactly why so many black people in crime-ridden neighborhoods pretend to see and hear no evil. Remember the woman and her family who all perished in a fire in retaliation for trying to make her surroundings better for herself and her children? I do understand that there needs to be equal treatment under the law, but I do not think this situation is the case to use in support of that. The Jena boys? Yes. What some of them did was wrong and they needed to pay a penalty, but commensurate with what happened, and not some arbitrary decision, and that case did help bring to attention the inequality of justice in America and I think it was a good case to do such. But this is horrific and stomach-turning. I read about this a year ago, and read some of the comments on Most of them were horrified and worried about the little boy and hoping that he would get the help he needs so that this crime does not turn his mind completely. Some of them stank of racism and the whole "I hate immigrants" thing. It is a shame that most people don't know about this, and I think it's terrible that it will be coming under their attention by what is, in my opinion, Al Sharpton's misuse of this situation. As has been stated, who is rallying around the woman and her child? Is this child permanently blind? I can't find the information on that. I don't think the two cited cases show the same degree of depravity and cruelty. They all need to be punished, however. Victims of sexual assault, and women in general, suffer from inequality of justice. As far as how these boys are doing in prison, it is a sad fact that instead of reforming, prison oftentimes churns out even more hardened criminals, but that's a whole other comment.
NotUrAvg says:
March 27, 2008, 10:54 am
Tuff-puff I do understand that equal treatment and fair representation is not only important but the supposed back-bone of your justice system-- with that being written, I cannot understand with so many black men and women in the legal system being treated discriminately the NAACP and Rev. Sharpton would choose these boys and this case to champion such a worthy cause. Could it be that it has the potential to be high-profile and that the sensationalism of the story (the horrfic manner in which these boys violated this woman and her son) is press-worthy? I think so. It is a shame that the Rev. can't speak out on behalf of getting justice for this woman while rebuking the unfair treatment of the boys. It is possible and can be done. It just doesn't grab the headlines as much as he'd like!
tuff-puffs says:
March 27, 2008, 10:12 pm
Thanks for the additional info Ms. Bella still digesting it all and trying to come to my own conclusions. I tried to catch his show today but it is 3-4 hours long and I had to go to work before he could comment on the “bloo-bloos” (yes that is the word he intentionally used) that bloggers all over the country were making about his stance on the Dunbar case. I also tried to visit his sites but they are hard on the eyes and not the easiest to navigate. If I find out anything interesting I’ll be sure to share.
tuff-puffs says:
March 27, 2008, 10:17 pm
NotUrAvg (steps on soap box, patriotic music begins to play) I am a young fairly young woman, I’ll be 26 in September. When I was a freshman at UW in 2000 I was excited because I was going to be able to vote for the first time. I joined rallies, registered voters, and even held down a post on the UW campus by myself reminding people to vote for Gore on Election Day. That day I was verbally and nearly physically assaulted by white men that were students, teachers and faculty on campus. They got in my face and yelled at me, spit at my feet, called me names and berated me for wanting them to vote for someone that would take education and jobs from them and give them to people like me. This was not the little town that I came form in Louisiana; this was beautiful liberal safe multi-cultural Seattle, WA. I was shaking, scared and felt helpless. I went back to the dorm that night and found out that Bush had won. Something inside of me dropped. I had been degraded and my vote was stolen. I struggled with all the stuff my mom had told me about working hard and doing the right thing. I saw the world through different lenses. Between the election in 2000, 9/11, and the ’04 election I stopped believing in the supposed back bone of our system. Last year some horrible crimes happened to black people and it was sickening to me. It made me feel the way Ms. Bella felt today. After I bumped into Warren Ballentine and Sharpton’s shows I found myself feeling relieved that someone thought the way I did, felt the same pressures, frustrations and resentments (that was b4 I found this blog =) and they knew what to do with those feelings, and how to make a difference. I told my mom about the Wilson and Bell cases from the radio, she doubted anything would change. I told her about the blogs picking up the cases, she said stuff went around the net all the time. I told her about the Gena rally, she thought it would flop. She called the morning of the rally and said ‘they did it, that **** Al (she can’t stand him either) is right in the middle of it all’. I asked if there were a few hundred, and she said ‘no, thousands’. I sat in front of my TV and cried. I felt energized as the cases were amended/overturned. I don’t mean to sound corny but between those shows, Obama, and wonderful women like u, I believe in change again and that **** Al is apart of that. All of the cases that he advocated for in the last 12 months could be considered publicity stunts. They were also opportunities for death threats, assults, criticism and demeaning comments about his character and he has dealt with the good, bad and ugly without faltering in what he believes is his purpose for being here. Ur point is well written. I can not fully answer/justify his reasons for choosing to be an advocate for the defendants in this particular case. I do not know if his interests rest solely in the media coverage because of the nature of the crime. I can say people think of the brotha as nothing more than a pimp behind a pulpit… or a civil rights version of an ambulance chaser. I can also say that I CHOOSE to give him the benefit of the doubt. I do know that Rev. Al don’t got a S-I-N-G-L-E problem getting attention from major media outlets. He has done this many times without utilizing hideous cases that seem to endorse the abuse of women and children. I also know that there have been many times when he has sought media attention about well hidden or over looked injustices so that we could know about them. And I have noticed that he is consistent. Even if he is grossly wrong, can’t we support the man w/out supporting his decisions? Isn’t that what the Wright/Obama debate was about? Oh, and what is it with people who believe in God finding vindication in someone facing God for making bad choices instead of praying that they get it right before they meet their Maker? (music stops, Tuff-Puffs grabs radio and soap box. Door slams as she races for cover)
roslynholcomb says:
March 30, 2008, 10:56 pm
First, thank you so much for blogging about this. Be sure to check the blogs for regular follow-ups. The NAACP still hasn't backed down. You must see the fliers they passed out at the press conference in defense of these alleged gang rapists. They call them 'tender and precious.' (No, I'm not kidding.) Gina McCaulley has them up at What About Our Daughters. Also, the Chicago Tribune is covering the story. Be sure to read the link she provides there as well. If you'd like to let Ms. Maude Lee, president of the West Palm Beach Chapter of the NAACP know just how disgusted you are by her actions call her at 561/655-9798 or email her if you are so inclined. Whatever you do, don't stop the pressure. We need you, and it's working.
FD-Condo-Hotel-South-Beach says:
April 3, 2008, 12:15 pm
As a Black person myself, although not Black American, I think that we Black people have the first responsability to raise our kids. We have the responsability to blame so offensive rap lyrics. We have the responsability to teach our sons respect and to teach our daughter that money and looks are not everything. But I don't know if this is even possible. Regards. FD @ Condo Hotel South Beach
Blackbella says:
April 3, 2008, 5:36 pm
Rev. Sharpton that is just a shame, i 'll come back to dis later.
Blair w/the racist mother says:
April 7, 2008, 6:54 pm
My boyfriends mom sends countless mass email forwards a day...funny, silly, sweet, patriotic, and once in a blue moon the occasional racist forward. She's white and when she sends the racist forwards from about Obama being "a horrible person who shouldn't be voted into office" She conveniently does not forward them to her sons brown skinned girlfriend. Ignorance is bliss!!!


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