Archive for November, 2008

Satirical Journalism: HuffPo, do better

So I just recently saw the following throught Yahoo! News via HuffPo and I almost spit out my Green Tea Ginger Ale (yum):

President-Elect Barack Obama‘s transition team is reported to be deeply divided over whether to offer a post to Monica Lewinsky, the former White House Intern whose intimate relationship with President Bill Clinton led to his impeachment.

Until now, Lewinsky was one of the few high-profile figures from the Clinton Presidency who had not been recruited for the incoming Obama team. Mr. Clinton’s brother Roger is another, though on Friday there were rumors he would be named ambassador to Spain.

One group, which includes David Axelrod, Mr. Obama’s campaign manager who has been named his senior advisor, favors the move to balance the influence of the Clinton-era policy people by adding someone with a different perspective.

A second faction led by Mr. Obama’s Chief-of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, is bitterly opposed believing that a Lewinsky appointment would needlessly antagonize the Clintons and their supporters. Before being elected to Congress, Mr. Emanuel served as a senior advisor to President Clinton. [rest of the article is here]

Now this story is probably untrue. The biggest reason I think it’s a questionable story is because of one key detail: um, Hillary Clinton is Secretary of State. That means that she will be in the White House….A LOT. I’m pretty sure the last thing Hillary wants is to run into Monica in the hallway or something.

I understand and appreciate good satire. But this is just all bad….almost as bad and as painful to read as their “article” about Obama’s ability to put sentences together…just a damn shame.

First of all, it sounds like a “real” article…there’s just no humor in it at all. Which might be why or how Yahoo! News is passing it off as a real article. Secondly, it’s just completely un-funny….I mean come on, Monica Lewinsky? You know how pissed off that would make people?

I think Huffington Post should leave the satire to The Onion from now on. Seriously.


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On: Prop 8

I’m going to make this as short as possible because there’s already been so much said. Hopefully, I don’t repeat so many other bloggers on this issue and if I do, I apologize.

I lead with the video of Wanda Sykes, who just recent came out as a lesbian and spoke out against Prop 8 this past weekend because I want people to realize that the fight for gay marriage rights is not just one fought by gay white males. Yes, there are several LGBTQ people of color who stand up for this issue, and I applaud them for their work. One of the first gay couples to get married in California in June was a black lesbian couple, but their faces are rarely shown in mainstream media…the first images we saw were ones of white gay males getting married.

So not only do you have a lack of LGBTQ Blacks and Latinos at the forefront of this fight, but then you have the backlash of White gays blaming black people for the passing of Prop 8. Adele Carpenter at Racialicious said it best:

I believe all communities need to be held accountable for their homophobia and transphobia. I want to acknowledge the suffering and hardship that the passage of Proposition 8 has caused for LGBT couples and families. But, while the media casts blame on communities of color for the passage of Prop 8, it is imperative that we struggle against the logic that tells us that struggles for LGBT civil rights and racial justice are separate—that we re-examine our strategies for advancing LGBT civil rights and gay marriage and, in particular, look at places where LGBT communities have failed to align our struggles for civil rights with ongoing struggles for racial justice.

Finally there’s the issue of gay marriage as a whole. I was raised in a Christian home, but I still see the need to give gay people the right to get married. To paraphrase Keith Olberman, everyone regardless of their sexual orientation has the right to be a little less lonely in the world. I ask opponents of gay marriage, how would gays getting married really effect your way of life? No one can ever give me a real answer to that. In America, we are supposed to have the freedom of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If your pursuit of happiness is to marry a woman, and your a woman, what’s it to me?

Wanda Sykes said it best. If you don’t like gay marriage, don’t get gay married. And that’s exactly how I feel.

As for the comparison to Jim Crow Laws…are they the same? No. Are they very, very similar? YES. Without a doubt in my mind.

There isn’t an exact difference between this and Supreme Court vs. Loving. Afrobella brought this up in her recent Prop 8 post, Love, not H8:

As someone who’s in a marriage that would have once been deemed illegal, I find the parallels between this country’s attitude towards interracial marriage and same-sex marriage to be dismaying and disheartening. And I am not alone — the late Mildred Loving felt the same way, and spoke out in favor of same-sex marriage before she passed away this year. “I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry… That’s what Loving, and loving, are all about,” she declared.

But how can you say that this is NOTHING like the Jim Crow Laws? My man and I, who love each other very much, can get married whenever and wherever we want. However, our two good friends who are gay and lesbian respectively cannot marry the partners they love so dearly. And that is an example of social injustice and inequality.

No matter how you slice it, this is an issue of great importance and one that minorities should not be blamed for nor shun. And I hope we can cultivate some good healthy dialog about how important this issue is for us.

Fab Coat Alert!

i have no other comments except that the coat–and the boots–are BAD (meaning good).  thanks to my buddy mike for passing this along via gtalk.

Remember, Remember the Fourth of November: Black Blogger Roundup

Two days ago, we elected our first Black President. Here is a roundup of what Black folks are saying around the Blogosphere:

  • Average Bro gives some random thoughts the day after the election, including why all Barack would have to do is do a good job and it would be better for Black people.
  • Stereohyped says what I’ve been thinking: Barack for President is cool AND I’m happy about Michelle as First Lady. They have a side by side comparison to recent first ladies.
  • At The Root, Henry Louis Gates gives his sage wisdom about Barack Obama and what his presidency means in this post-civil rights Black America.
  • As a shameless plug, I wrote a post over at Pushback about Bill Bennett claiming that whites no longer have to listen to “excuses” from minorities….Bill Bennett, please stop talking.
  • Black Snob gives us the scoop on Michelle’s dress among other things…I like the dress better now than I did at first, but I still didn’t like it as much as her DNC dress.
  • Jack and Jill Politics has a lot of great stuff, including this cartoon.
  • And finally, Culture Kitchen has the full text of Obama’s acceptance speech and the Youtube as well.

President Obama.

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I’m not even sure where to begin or even if I should be writing.

I’m still at a lost for words. I held it in all day. Unlike some people, like Rosetta had mentioned, were crying at the polls, I didn’t feel that way at all. Yes, it surreal. Yes, I felt proud. But I went all day without really crying.

Then, when CNN called the election in favor of Obama, and the words “Barack Obama elected President” flashed on the screen, tears streamed down my face. I couldn’t contain myself. As I sat in my friend’s bar on 9th and U, I was overtaken with emotion. As I began sobbing, my boyfriend held onto me. I looked over at the other end of the bar, and saw other people crying as well.

As soon as the cellphone traffic died down, I called my family. The phone call I won’t forget is my Nana, who lived through the Civil Rights Movement. Her voice was cracking as she spoke. “I never thought I’d live to see this day,” Nana said. “Now, I will live to tell my grandchildren and my great grandchildren that they, too, can be president. That they can be…whoever they want to be.

I lost it. As I looked out to 9th and U Street, NW, and saw the horns honking and black people dancing in the streets, more tears ran down my face.

My mother was away on business in Memphis, Tennessee. At the beginning of the night I received a text message from her that said the following:

PLEASE keep me posted. I am going to a church service and I need to know the news. Keep texting. Love, Mom.

So every time Obama won a state, I would text her to let her know. But when Obama was elected, I said “Mommy, Obama is our President!” She was stunned. All she could say was, “Oh my God.”

This is an incredible feeling. A Black President with a Black family. When I saw this picture:

It hit me that a woman who looks like me, a brown skinned woman, would be our first lady. From Jack and Jill Politics via SkepticalBrotha:

Is America ready for a First Lady who looks like her? A regular black woman? Not a passable biracial curly girl that they call black, but a regular black woman from the south side of Chicago? With dark skin?

Is she going to be the face of The Woman on the largest pedestal in the country? A self-confessed “loud-mouth” black woman?

If they succeed, it turns white supremacy upside down. And not, in my opinion, because a black man is in the White House, it’s because a black woman is in there. And she didn’t have to come in the back door to lie in bed with the president.

Imagine what this will do for black girls everywhere, to know that Black beauty is expressed in our White House.

I will have more to say and a Black blogger round up later on today. Until then let’s all listen to James Brown:

One more thing: how surreal is it to see this list of presidents on Wikipedia? Scroll down to the bottom to see what I’m talking about.

Generation Y Voter Supression

Okay guys, one last post before I get ready to go out and hit up some election night parties. According to Future Majority, a series of fake emails and text messages have been going out to young voters, particularly on college campuses:

A George Mason University student forwards over a pair of emails that went out to the student body of the Virginia school:

First:

—–Original Message—–
From: ANNOUNCE04-L on behalf of Office of the Provost
Sent: Tue 11/4/2008 1:16 AM
To: ANNOUNCE04-L@mail04.gmu.edu
Subject: Election Day Update

To the Mason Community:

Please note that election day has been moved to November 5th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Peter N. Stearns
Provost

And then:

—–Original Message—–
From: Office of the Provost on behalf of Office of the Provost
Sent: Tue 11/4/2008 8:08 AM
To: PROVOSTOFFICE-L@mail04.gmu.edu
Subject: Urgent Voting Information

Dear Colleagues,

It has come to my attention early this morning that a message was hacked into the system fraudulently stating that election day has been moved. I am sure everybody realizes this is a hoax, it is also a serious offense and we are looking into it. Please be reminded that election day is today, November 4th.

Peter N. Stearns
Provost

From Future Majority via Politico.

As they say in the article, it’s VERY unlikely this will really fool anyone, but it’s also a testament to the importance of the youth vote…this has to be the first time younger voters have been targeted in this way in recent years.

Well, that’s all for tonight folks. If you’re going out, be safe out there. If you’re staying in, try not to have too many shots for every state Obama wins 🙂 Instead, slow down and try focusing on the swing states!

Obama sez: Brothers need to pull up their pants

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Not really about the election, but, pretty amusing. Obama does not support laws that criminalize sagging pants, but he thinks it’s not a good look on brothas.

From The New York Times:

“We should be focused on creating jobs, improving our schools, health care, dealing with the war in Iraq, and anybody, any public official, that is worrying about sagging pants probably needs to spend some time focusing on real problems out there.”

“Brothers should pull up their pants,” he said. “You are walking by your mother, your grandmother, your underwear is showing. What’s wrong with that? Come on.”

Well said.