March 25, 2007


Today marks the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade (1807 -2007) in the United Kingdom. This BBC web page, Abolition, gives an overview of the history, legacy, radio and TV broadcast. There is also the UK government site that is very informative and includes its involvement with the activities for this bicentenary.

Interesting, the US Congress passed a bill on March 2, 1807 to become effective Jan 8 Jan 1, 1808 to abolish the slave trade. It only affected the importation of slaves, but not between the states.

H/T A.

March 24, 2007

Why I am often an angry bitch

Until three years ago I had never a read a blog, I used the internet mostly for research (work and school) and shopping. I really didn’t know much about them until I had a class about ethics in computing. Some topics for discussion were about blogs. A little later a friend started a blog and I began to read his and his links. These were usually politically conservative and libertarian. Politically I might agree or disagree, and I wasn’t bothered much by what I didn’t agree with, until Katrina. When the water was up over peoples heads, the poor were being attacked for not being self sufficient enough. They were victims of that disaster, because they depended on the government too much. If it was them, the bloggers would know how to survive. This chatter was included when asking people to donate to help at the same time. WHAT! You can’t give them help unless you speak about how superior you would be in the situation. Was it coincidental the people were black that generated this chatter?

The post I have written about race have been stimulated by other blogs in which I have gotten in arguments with others making comments. I probably shouldn’t read those blogs, but I still want to know how they think. I get angry because blacks are used as an example, whenever there is a discussion about culture, public schools, welfare, self-sufficiency, responsibility and even as the inventors of slavery. The arguments have been crafted by the think tanks and the bloggers and their following want you to think they are only arguing ideology. The internet is not the only medium; the language has permeated into the general population through talk radio and faux TV news. Now the common thinking is; that it is alright to talk about black people and not be PC, because it is for there own good. Racism has become much more sophisticated. We have become the “Negro Problem” once again and the last time we were discussed in this way resulted in the Jim Crow Law being accepted as constitutional.

My statements might sound rash or just crazy, but I have lived through Jim Crow and have had to listen to the variations of racist speech, and what is happening now seems to be Variation in C sharp.

March 21, 2007

The Cult of the Absurd

When Damon Wayans presented this character “In Living Color” there was no controversy among black people that I can remember. Some how there is a cult of white folks dedicated to upholding this as black culture. I say there was no controversy, because we may have been familiar with such a character and the satire rang true.This same cult says that blacks don't recognize this character and thus, they have to point him out to us. Then they state that we are the sum of only this part.

Oswald Bates Attorney At Law

Can you imagine Oswald Bates vs. Sean Hannity?

March 13, 2007

Soldier Poet

Since I am laid up part of the day, I thought I would try a little TV online. I found this poetry segment of The Online NewsHour interesting. This segment is a poet profile of Brian Turner, a soldier poet during his tour in Iraq. He speaks about his poetry here. There is video from tonight's show.

March 11, 2007

You're it

When I tagged you and said you’re it

I was twenty four and you were not nine

I was not a bigger girl, but a woman

You were a man, but thought as a boy

I waited and tried again

A lesson learned, never play tag again

March 05, 2007

Todays the day

Later this morning I am going into surgery, so it may be a while before I post again. I was hoping I could get pictures (of my kidneys). Didn't have nerve to do a before picture.

March 04, 2007


It is interesting that Ann Coulter gets slammed for this, but not for this (scroll down).

Update: For some background, one of the antecedents to The Bell Curve, was William Shockley seen below expressing his views.

March 02, 2007


Whiter than white hot

Scorches hands and running feet

Pounding earth’s rhythms