Archive for the ‘Race Relations’ category


October 2, 2013

I watched an interesting hour of TeeVee this morning.  It was about what Mildred and Richard Loving had to endure as a married couple in Virginia in 1958.  Wikipedia has it here.

Also, in Virginia, at the same time, this happened.

It was either the spring or summer of 1961.  I was in the U.S. Navy, stationed on a ship in Norfolk, Virginia.  Mrs. Chief and I had only been married a few months and were living in Navy housing in Norfolk.  Mrs. Chief was eighteen years old when this happened.

Mrs. Chief was friends with a neighbor couple who were black.  Johnny Mae invited Mrs. Chief to go to a movie on base, at the base theatre.  Johnny Mae’s husband drove them to the base and they were to take a Norfolk city bus home, public transportation.

After the movie, when they got on the bus, Johnny Mae walked to the back of the bus, past the “color line.”  Mrs. Chief followed Johnny Mae.

Johnny May insisted that Mrs. Chief sit in the front of the bus with the white folk.  Mrs. Chief refused to move and rode back to Navy housing sitting in the back of the bus with her friend.

I have always been so proud of my wife’s actions that day.


Where Are The Adults ?

July 21, 2010

The latest manufactured controversy, after the ACORN and Van Jones thing, demonstrates a fundamental weakness of Obama and the folks that he has hired.  It would appear that Obama wishes to make the controversy go away as quickly as possible as opposed to working for justice for those that might be, and in this case are, wrongly accused.

The white couple in Sherrod’s story were Eloise Spooner and Roger Spooner, a white couple living in Iron City, Georgia.

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution explains, far from feeling that they had been discriminated against, the Spooners praised Sherrod’s efforts, claiming that she saved them from bankruptcy.

The Spooners said that they consider Sherrod a “friend for life” and that she “worked tirelessly to help” them save their farmland.

I understand Fox News, and I refuse to link to them, would like nothing better than to embroil the administration in as many fake controversies as it possibly can and then to keep them in front of the public for as many news cycles as possible.

But, somewhere along the way, either as a parent standing up for your children, or as a supervisor, standing up for your subordinates, the Obama people should have learned that unfounded attacks come with the territory and if you want to keep good people, you must back them up when they have done no wrong.

Shame on you Agriculture Sec Vilsack.

Shame on you President Obama.


October 24, 2009

And what is paradox ranting about?  What ?  Have you been pulling a Rip Van Winkle ??

Big pieces or little pieces, there is a lot of broken stuff out there.

New Orleans.  Katrina.  When is somebody going to lead to fix New Orleans.  No hospital, schools still closed.

Jobs.  Jobs moving overseas.  It began on Clinton’s watch with NAFTA and other treaties.  And it has accelerated greatly during the eight years of the Chimp-Cheney reign.

The job situation is so bad that the military has had a banner year in recruiting.  Even better than when the GI Bill ended in the late 70s.

Exactly what is our national interest in Afghanistan?  Please, somebody tell me.

We have ten to fifteen percent of the country fixated on talk radio and Fox news and are too stupid to do just the minimum of reading in an attempt to ascertain the truth.

Is that ten to fifteen per cent afraid that people of color will finally find some kind of equality?

Shrillness – For the last twenty years or so, ever since the Gingrich Revolution or a little before, there has been a shrillness to the national dialogue.  Both sides talking past each other.

What passed for civility seems like a distant memory.  Was there ever civility?


September 22, 2009

Kieth Olbermann, on Coundown, Monday the 21st, called the followers of Glen Beck, “Beckerheads.”

I have a slightly different spelling above.

Angry While Black

August 2, 2009

“Anger has its place,” writes Bob Herbert — and he is angry:

No more than five or six minutes elapsed from the time the police were alerted to the possibility of a break-in at a home in a quiet residential neighborhood and the awful clamping of handcuffs on the wrists of the distinguished Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.

If Professor Gates ranted and raved at the cop who entered his home uninvited with a badge, a gun and an attitude, he didn’t rant and rave for long. The 911 call came in at about 12:45 on the afternoon of July 16 and, as The Times has reported, Mr. Gates was arrested, cuffed and about to be led off to jail by 12:51.

The charge: angry while black.

911 Tape in Gates Arrest Raises New Questions

July 27, 2009

From the Boston Globe:

The 911 recording showed the mundane beginnings of a media frenzy. The caller who alerted police to two men entering Gates’s house on July 16 told a dispatcher that she had seen two suitcases on the porch and said she wasn’t sure if it was a break-in.

“I don’t know what’s happening. … I don’t know if they live there and they just had a hard time with their key, but I did notice they had to use their shoulders to try to barge in,” the caller said.

The recording appeared to reflect a relatively routine call, with officers and even the 911 caller mostly calm.

The recordings were released after a noon news conference held by City Manager Robert Healy, Mayor E. Denise Simmons, and Police Commissioner Robert Haas.

Asked what the tapes showed, Haas said, “I think the tapes speak for themselves and I would ask you to form your own opinion.”

One thing the tapes didn’t show: any clear background sound that indicated Gates was shouting during the incident. Another voice can be heard in the background of at least three transmissions, but what the person is saying is difficult to discern.


Light and Heat

July 24, 2009

One: This is absurd.

Two: It’s happening, and you need to separate the light from the heat.