Own Interests Out of Racism Only Reap More Poverty, Hardship By: Tonyaa Weathersbee, BlackAmericaWeb.com
He should have Greensboro, North Carolina
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Vice president Dick Cheney
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“Sister First Lady,” Michelle Obama- Leadership for Change
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Dick Cheney -- the power behind the
padded throne of George W. Bush - - recently gave a
The African-American Voice-“Setting the Record Straight” greensborotimesonline.com
President Obama’s step-grandmother, Sarah Obama, threatened by Al Qaeda in Kenya: report
verbal middle finger to all the poor white people who voted them into office -- twice. During a question and answer ses-
sion at the National Press Club, Cheney talked about how his wife, Lynne, had researched his roots, and had learned that he had Cheneys on both sides of his family. “And we don’t even live in West
Virginia.” he said. Then to eliminate any doubt about
Sarah Obama was the second wife of the presi- dent’s late grandfather… (Ben Curtis/AP)
his intent to insult West Virginians, he added: “You can say those things when you’re not running for re-elec- tion.” In other words, he was saying: “To
The Kenyan home of President Obama’s step-grandmother was under round-the-clock security after her life was threatened by an Af- rican Al Qaeda group, ABC News reported.
hell with you hillbillies. I’m outta here.”
based branch of the terrorist organization, spe- cifically targeted Sarah Obama in the wake of the U.S. killing of Osama Bin Laden, ABC re- ported Thursday.
home of Mama Sarah Obama and we immedi- ately put in place adequate security measures,” local police chief Stephen Cheteka told the Af- rican Review, a Kenyan paper.
later. Yet while some pundits have decried Cheney’s insult as proof that poor whites are the last group that can be insulted with impunity, I say that for the majority of them, the condi- tion is largely one of their own mak- ing.
Instead of using their power to join
with struggling blacks and other groups to force the system to invest in policies that will create a fairer social and economic playing field for every- one, too many of them believe that the whiteness they share with the Cheneys of this world can light the path to privilege for them.
So they use their political power to distinguish themselves from black people who struggle with many of the same issues that they struggle with. They embrace the rhetoric of anti- government zealots; rhetoric that paints any governmental attempt to create things like affordable health
Poor Whites> page 2 “We received reports of plans to attack the
Not surprisingly, he apologized The threat from Al Shabaab, a Somalia-
Michelle Obama earlier this month drew from her experience as a working mother to emphasize the importance of fairness in the work- place and her support for family friendly polices.
country not only to champion these causes, but to fight for the issues every single day,” Obama told about 1,000 people at the National Partnership for Women and Families’ annual luncheon.
for equality in the workplace, access to health care and policies that help Americans balance work and family.
Obama, wife of Democratic
presidential candidate Barack Obama, said the group’s work “is a cause that I carry deep in my heart. It’s a cause that I have championed and will continue to champion no matter what the outcome of this election.”
“It’s time for the leaders of this By Nathaniel Marshall
Freedom Riders Come to Greensboro and Visit the Civil Rights Museum
She spoke for about seven min-
utes, reading from notes. The crowd applauded and gave her three standing ovations – when she entered the banquet room, when she approached the microphone to speak and when she concluded her remarks.
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Obama relayed struggles she
was a white 19 year old Duke University student in Durham and a part-time secretary in the office of Senator Clair Engle of California when she ar- rived in Jackson Missis- sippi by train from New Orleans to be among the black and white passen- gers to board the bus for the June 4, 1961 Missis- sippi Freedom Ride.Th
e group was promptly ush- ered by Jackson police to a waiting paddy wagon, all nine riders refused bail. Mulholland was trans- ferred to Parchman State Prison Farm, #20975. In her interview by Freedom Ridesnews report, she recalls the harrowing condition at Parchman Prison which included forced vaginal examinations used as a tactic to humiliate and terrorize female prisoners.
has heard on the campaign trail from working mothers who were nervous about taking time off, and from women whose male counter- parts at the office earn more.
“And believe me, when we’re The nonprofit group advocates
“Sister First Lady”, Michelle Obama waves to the Obama supporters.
paid less, we know,” she said, drawing laughter from the crowd.
She said she would always be
(L to R) Museum Co-founder Melvin “Skip” Alston, original Freedom Riders Ernest “Rip” Pat- ton, Helen and Robert Singleton, Joan Mulholland and Museum Co-Founder Earl Jones.
Joan Muhollandwas one of the four original Freedom Riders that joined the forty students representing various
colleges from around the country that spent a day at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum on Monday, May 16th. The other three were Ernest “Rip” Patton and Robert and Helen Singleton. The students and the four original Freedom Riders left Washington, D. C. two days earlier tracing the route of the original Freedom Riders in 1961 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders.
a working mother. I used to get up in the morning and go to an office. Now I get up and go to a plane. …My kids still don’t care where I am,” she said. “They’ve always known two parents to work in the household and as long as we’re back in time for bedtime, they could care less where we are.”
Robert and Helen Singleton were arrested on July 30, 1961 in Jackson Mississippi along with more than 300
Freedom Riders and were tried, fined and incarcerated at Parchman Penitentiary. Ernest “Rip” Patton, at age 21, joined Freedom Riders > page 14
shown here with their children at Iowa rally.
National Black Chamber of Commerce Launches Paris Chapter NNPA
By Ida Davis
Harry C. Alford, NBCC co-founder, president and CEO.
PARIS, France (NNPA) - The National Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc., the largest Black business association in the world, has launched its newly established Paris affiliate.
The French African Mr. George Christopher Scott F a c e d
with challenges to survive in a very tough economy, small business lead- ers find them- selves taking on even greater challenges by expanding their entrepreneur- ship experience and operating more than one type of busi- ness.
Diaspora Chamber of Commerce has evolved from a study and collaboration of French activists. Its mis- sion will be consistent with the NBCC and together they will create a progressive Strategic Plan that will develop Black entrepreneurship throughout France and Francophone nations, says Harry C. Alford, NBCC co-founder, president and CEO.
George Chris- topher Scott, a visionary leader in business and
social manners states, “In this technological and electronic world of gadgets and advance communication tools, entre- preneurs and small businesses can not operate as they have in the past. Today, they find themselves and their opera- tions team struggling to compete technically and financial- ly to survive. As entrepreneurs prepare themselves for the unexpected challenges, Mr. Scott says he relies on what he calls “Anticipatory Talent.”” He describes “Anticipatory Talent” as a means of thinking ahead, expecting the unex- pected and being able to meet whatever challenge/s may
From the Etiquette Corner: Inspiration for the Thriving Entrepreneur
“This is quite a milestone. Indeed, it is one of the proudest moments in our 15 year history”, says Alford. “We are going to share our successes and best practices. This chamber is hitting the ground running at full speed.”
arise, and resolve the situation in a manner that represents you as a professional person of good character.” He fur- ther states; “With the rapid speed that information is com- municated (via the internet, black berry, cell phones, So- cial Medias, e-mail, texting, SKYPE etc.), what is planned on a given day, may change in a matter of seconds through the use of these tools.” And you must be ready to make adjustments.
He prescribes ETIQUETTE as today’s proven work-
France has very little business ownership amongst its Black population of approximately 8 million.
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