Posts Tagged ‘racism’

Sarah Maricle Ayers: Jeb Bush’s reservations about government freebies are a relief

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Jeb Bush’s sluggish movement in the national polls betrays the refreshingly presidential-like behavior he has been exhibiting. In a campaign environment marked by shallow squabbling and impulsive barb-throwing, Bush’s recent statement about limiting governmental benefits demonstrates a serious and sorely needed focus on policy concerns.
Speaking on September 24 in Mount Pleasant, S.C., Bush cautioned against allowing African-American outreach efforts to consist of government-funded gifts, and stressed broader themes of hope and opportunity as more effective alternatives:
“Our message is one of hope and aspiration. It isn’t one of division and get in line and we’ll take care of you with free stuff. Our message is one that is uplifting — that says you can achieve earned success.”
The critical reactions, however, from media outlets and political detractors have been swift and frivolous. Instead of discussing the effectiveness of trading subsidies for striving, they have been trotting out provocative buzz words like “racism,” advancing the stream of petty jabbing.
The last seven years have seen unprecedented levels of taxpayer-funded giveaways, and so it is logical for a presidential candidate to signal whether his administration would continue this approach. The Annenberg Public Policy Center has the number of food stamp recipients rising by an astronomical 45 percent since 2009. President Obama proposed “free” community college education earlier this year, and general entitlement abounds.
Bush’s reservations on freebies are a relief, and the charge of racism is a nonsensical attack.
If minimizing governmental dependency is such a glaringly error-laden notion, it should be easily derailed with evidence, instead of base incivility. Instead, data are on Bush’s side here and reveal the weak link between subsidies and improved lives. The greatest testament to this is President Johnson’s War on Poverty, which has no gains to show for its $21 trillion in government help.
By contrast, personal choices have the greatest

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OPINION: Hypocrisy of Racist Texan’s Video Threatening to Shoot “Thugs” Over Dead Cop

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Following the death of every single law enforcement officer, there have been 24 fatally shot this year, there is a wave of racist outrage from extremists on the right. The latest comes from a racist dirt bag in Texas who has called for the deaths of “black thugs,” joining the Houston Sheriff in blaming protesters …
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Yolanda Hood: I don’t control a lot of things – but I can control what I read

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

I found myself facing some epic declarations and accusations recently:
“How do you even have the job that you have?”
“And you have a Ph.D. in English! How? How did that happen?”
“Should you even be a librarian?”
I laughed in the face of everyone’s reactions to my seeming disgrace. I like to laugh.
I had confessed to multiple friends and colleagues that I had never read Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and likely would never read it. I also acknowledged that the chances of my reading Go Set a Watchman, touted as the recently released sequel, are slim to none as well. So, now you see what all the commotion was about.
Why should I read it? I actually live it.
I’ve been told that To Kill a Mockingbird is a moving portrayal of racism, social injustice, and the fight to overcome them. Well, I live those experiences every day. And, I am reminded of it every day in one way or another.
There was the time this summer when my 13-year-old daughter asked me questions that I didn’t know how to answer: “Will the police help me if I need help? Will they kill me, mom? Will they kill you?” I didn’t want to answer her because the truth of the matter is that I could have answered each of those questions with, “It’s possible.”
As if that’s not enough, there was the time I was the only African-American at a meeting in which everyone voiced their opinions and participated in the brainstorming session with helpful feedback, but when my turn came and I began to share, I was immediately dismissed with a raised voice, a hand slammed against the table, a face turned red. Even though I pushed through and completed my thoughts, I was reminded by this micro-aggression that my ideas were not wanted.
I

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