D.R.O.P. Squad

In the 1994 movie DROP Squad, an underground militant organization spots Black Americans who have sold out, exploited or otherwise turned their backs on their race and then puts them through a rigorous D.R.O.P. (Deprogramming and Restoration of Pride). Every time I watch Bruford Jamison Jr. get dropped, I wonder who among us deserves to be plucked away and reprogrammed.


You see, Bruford got his because he worked for an ad agency that seemed to specialize in racist ads like the one above, selling chicken and liquor. While the DROP Squad tended more toward abuse than education, the idea is in the right place. If you could D.R.O.P. anyone, who would it be and why? I have a short list of people I’d like to see deprogrammed.

Please Ask, Do Tell

“I don’t want no feminine person defending me in the army”

I try not to be desensitized by comments like this. I try to be as offended as I was the first time I encountered ignorance. But in reality, once you hear something for so long, it can never strike you in the same way as the first time you encountered it. Fortunately, when I heard a high school student say this comment yesterday it was not based out of hate, but simply not knowing, which I can accept as long as the person is open to dissenting thoughts.

Discipline rate of black students in Del., elsewhere is probed

Discipline rate of black students in Del., elsewhere is probed
Nichole Dobo, USA Today | October 17, 2010

WILMINGTON, Del. — The U.S. Department of Education‘s office of civil rights is investigating whether black male students are punished disproportionately in theChristina School District in Wilmington andNewark, one of five districts nationwide under scrutiny for its discipline record.

Federal investigators are in the process of visiting all of Christina’s schools and have requested detailed discipline data for at least the last two academic years.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan first mentioned districts were being investigated at a conference in late September hosted by the Department of Education’s civil rights office and the Department of Justice’s civil rights division. Besides Delaware, the school districts under review are in New YorkNorth CarolinaUtah and Minnesota.

One of the other districts, the San Juan School District in rural Utah, is being investigated for alleged gender disparities without respect to race or ethnicity, according to a school official.

Christina district officials acknowledged that a disparity exists in the discipline rates for black male students that they are working to correct, according to district spokeswoman Wendy Lapham. She added that the district has been cooperating with the federal investigation.

Statewide, black students made up about 32% of the public school population last year, but they accounted for about 55% of students who were suspended or expelled, according to an analysis by The News Journal published in June that compared discipline statistics provided by the state to school enrollments.  (Read the full article)

Is That A Whale Or A Congressional District?

As a youngster I always ate more than my share- literally. Growing up in a traditional Southern Black household, my diet would have probably brought Michelle Obama to tears. Collard greens, macaroni and cheese, turkey wings, neckbones, black eyed peas, and peach cobbler were frequently on my dinner table (I should probably stop listing foods before I start salivating). One of the few times I ever shut up was when my mother put her world famous stuffing in front me. I usually ate all my food before my parents even finished. Then I would usually take the rest of the portion on their plates. Finally at the tender age of ten my mom had seen enough. She told me that I couldn’t just go around and take other people’s food. If I wanted to ever have friends I needed to learn that I couldn’t have my cake and eat it too. Although this has served as a great life lesson for me, I feel like I’m struggling with the same dilemma today, the only difference is that it is political now. The representation of Black interests in Congress has always been about descriptive representation vs. substantive representation. But can Black America have it’s cake and eat it too?

From:1910 Osborne Place, To: the media bogeymen

On October 3-4, 2010, 10 members of the Latin King Goonies found one of their recruits, a 17 year-

Little Shop of Terror

old wannabe, leaving the home of “La Reina [the queen].” They decided to torture him to find out if he was a “fag.”  After finding out that their potential recruit had in fact had sexual relations with “La Reina,” who is 30 years old and known to be gay in this Bronx’s neighborhood, the gang decided to attack the “La Reina” and another 17 year old that had sex with “La Reina.”  According to several news sources, some community members knew what went down at 1910 Osborne Place the next day, but no one (not even the victims) went to police. What caused this silence on both the victims’ and the community’s part and what’s up with the investigative reporting by the media?

According to the New York Post article, the community knew about the torture and was reluctant to come forward.  Jaymaire Mendez explains the reason for the lag time “We don’t talk to cops. We don’t like them.” The victims’ (and the community’s) distrust is informed by things witnessed, experienced or shared regarding the police actions in the Bronx(and the city at large). In the Bronx, we need only think of Amadou Diallo and how he was gunned down by plain clothed police officers, who were later acquitted of their crime.  In terms of a hate crime committed by those who protect and serve we need only think of Abner Louima, a Haitian man, who was violently beaten, and sodomized by police officers in a police precinct.   Even when dealing with people of color, not as wrongfully murdered or beaten would-be perpetrators of crime, but as victims in need of assistance, there is still a cause for concern, because their plights are often rendered invisible by inadequate media coverage. 

Black voters still energized

Black voters still energized
Krissah Thompson and Nia-Malika Henderson, Washington Post | October 15, 2010

Historically, black turnout for midterm elections has lagged behind the national average, but two new reports offer a bullish outlook for this year.

major survey conducted by The Washington Post, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University found that 80 percent of black Democrats are as interested or more interested in the midterms than they were in the 2008 presidential election, when their enthusiasm helped propel Barack Obama into office.

This year, 62 percent of all black Democrats say they’re likely to encourage others to support certain candidates, according to the survey, compared with 47 percent of white Democrats and 57 percent of all Republicans.

And the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, which researched the black electorate, said in a report Thursday that African American participation in November may be higher than in many past midterm elections.  (Read the full article)

October 11, 2010 – October 17, 2010

Chicago Black Youth Political Rally Saturday October 16th
Chicago Now, Harold Davis, October 16, 2010

Black voters still energized
Krissah Thompson and Nia-Malika Henderson, Washington Post, October 15, 2010

Forum targets plight of black youth
Joe Lawlor, Daily Press, October 15, 2010

Rising dropout rate prompts Black History Bee fundraiser
Robin Nichols, Record News, October 14, 2010

Another Tea Party, led by black youth?
Cathy J Cohen , The Washington Post, October 14, 2010

Students needed for election help
Gazette News, October 13, 2010

Busing students fails to improve education
Staff Writer, USA Today, October 12, 2010

Federal grant targets youth conflicts
Michael Rizzo, Buffalo News, October 12, 2010

Nobel Peace Prize nominee to speak for Coming Out Day
Jennie Kushner, The Crimson, October 11, 2010

Racial Harassment Investigated at Jersey Shore Area
Dave Bohman, WNEP News, October 11, 2010

Statistics show racial disparity in juvenile crime
Lee Hermiston, Iowa City Press, October 11, 2010

After-school program passing test of helping children learn
Claudia Boyd-Barrett, Blade, October 11, 2010

BSU brings a soulful social
Aimee Lacaden, The Vermont Cynic, October 11, 2010

WHIP Season–A Rant (or Something)

Autumn is my favorite season, but it has its low points.  Last Monday’s federal holiday, Columbus Day, is the nation-wide bat signal for America to commence with its annual “We Hate Indigenous People” season.  In other words, Columbus Day marks the moment when that United States raises its middle finger to indigenous people, and doesn’t put it down for another six weeks, after Thanksgiving.  We’d continue the gesture, but but the tryptophan makes us sleepy.  Besides, we need our hands for those Black Friday sales.

PRINCE Announces "Multi-Night Stand" In New York City!

Last night, bonafide musical genius (and in my humble opinion, the greatest artist of all time) Prince announced a series of concerts, to be held sometime around the end of this year.

And anyone with even the slightest knowledge of this man’s onstage prowess, as well as the depth of his catalogue of music (fyi…it is ENDLESS), knows that a performance from Prince is a must-see event.