Archive for January, 2010
MLK Niece Likens Reid’s Comment to Calling Obama ‘White House Negro’
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
By Fred Lucas, Staff Writer
Alveda King, the niece of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr and founder of King for America Inc.
(CNSNews.com) – The niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. denounced racially charged comments made by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that he was revealed to have said during the 2008 presidential campaign.
The new book “Game Change” (Harper) about the 2008 presidential race states that Reid “believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama – a ‘light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,’ as he later put it privately.”
Democratic leaders have defended Reid, as have black activists such as Rev. Al Sharpton, but Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., views the controversy differently.
“I don’t care who said it,” she told CNSNews.com. “It doesn’t matter to me. It’s still wrong. It’s outrageous to say that we are going to let a man have a position because he is light-skinned and he uses a Negro dialect when it is convenient.
“I think that’s terrible,” she said. “What he’s really saying is, ‘Now we have a White House Negro.’”
“A long time ago you had house Negros and field Negros. I don’t think people are seeing it that way,” King said in reference to terminology used during the time of American slavery. “Basically, what he is saying is, if you have light skin and a particular education, we’ll let you in the House. If not, you need to stay in the field. I’m sorry. That’s what I hear.”
Alveda King, a pro-life and civil rights activist, is the daughter of the Rev. A. D. King, who was also a civil rights leader like Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., whose national holiday will be observed next Monday. She is the founder of King for America Inc.
The type of thinking by Reid “is sadly outrageous, no matter what the ethnic or political viewpoint happens to be,” King said
Game Change was written by Time magazine’s Mark Halperin and New York magazine’s John Heilemann.
Over the weekend, Reid apologized to President Obama about his remarks, and the president accepted the apology.
“I’ve apologized to the president,” Reid said Monday in Apex, Nev., in his first public comments about the topic since the book’s publication. He said he told everyone “within the sound of my voice that I could have used a better choice of words.”
“I’ll continue to do my work for the African American community,” Reid continued. “I’m not going to dwell on this anymore.”
King welcomed Reid’s apology but said actions are more important.
“I believe Sen. Reid’s apology was a good place to start,” King said. “If he really means what he’s saying, he needs to take eugenics and genocide abortion funding out of all legislation in Washington, D.C. A lip service apology is simply that. But if his actions mean, ‘I’m not a racist, I really want to help African Americans,’ he could start by making sure that no more of us are killed through legislation that is going to pay for genocide.”
She said that the King family has a philosophy of a “beloved community,” which sees all humans as the same.
“We serve the human race. One race that is human,” King said. “Then you have Sen. Reid saying, ‘We’re going to elect somebody to office because he’s light-skinned and has the absence of a Negro dialect unless he wants to use it.’ … The beloved community is a community of one human race where we serve each other with love and compassion. And certainly any remarks like Senator Reid has issued don’t really have a place in the beloved community.”
In early 2002, Senator Lott was pushed to resign from his leadership post after praising South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) at his 100th birthday party. Lott said of Thurmond – who had, in 1948, run as a third-party segregationist candidate for president – “I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years, either.”
King acknowledged a double standard in comparing the two instances.
“The double standard sets up Trent Lott – we’re going to run you out on a rail, but we’ll let Sen. Reid say something like this,” said King. “But let’s bring it up to now. Basically, what he [Reid] is saying is, if you have light skin and a particular education, we’ll let you in the House. If not, you need to stay in the field. I’m sorry, that’s what I hear.”
Racism Double-Standards 101
Townhall.com ^ | January 11, 2010 | Ashley Herzog
Posted on Monday, January 11, 2010 10:57:50 AM by Kaslin
These days, it’s difficult for normal people to determine what counts as a racist remark and what doesn’t. (For instance, the preferred PC term for a non-white individual is “person of color,” but if you accidentally transpose the words and say “colored person,” you’re racist.) Therefore, in the wake of the Harry Reid flap, I’ve decided to provide my readers with a handy racist vs. not-racist chart.
Not racist: Reid saying Barack Obama was an appealing black candidate because of his “light skin” and his lack of a “negro dialect.” Fellow Democrats have rallied around him, and Obama accepted Reid’s apology, citing his commitment to “social justice.”
Racist: Hillary Clinton supporter Geraldine Ferraro saying Obama was a more appealing candidate because he is black. In the face of relentless hectoring from liberals and black activists, Ferraro resigned from the Clinton campaign. (And she didn’t even use the word “negro.”)
Not racist: Chris Dodd praising fellow Democrat and former Klansmen Robert Byrd, saying he “would have been a great senator at any moment”–including, presumably, when he was running around West Virginia in a white hood. Dodd apologized for his “poor choice of words,” and with that, the subject was dropped.
Racist: Trent Lott praising fellow Republican and former segregationist Strom Thurmond, saying if Thurmond had been President, America wouldn’t have had “all these problems.” Lott was forced to resign as Senate majority leader despite his repeated apologies.
Not racist: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee obtaining a copy of black Republican Michael Steele’s credit report. (Because all black people have bad credit, didn’t you know?) Although the Democrats denied race had anything to do with it, Steele was the only candidate targeted.
Racist: A Republican ad in which a ditzy white woman says she met biracial Democrat Harold Ford “at the Playboy party.” Ford admitted to attending the party, and no normal person could figure out why the ad was racist. But according to liberals, Americans have a deep-seated fear of biracial men dating white women…or something.
Not racist: Cartoonists depicting Condoleezza Rice as a slave, a “house ni**a,” and a parakeet perched on Bush’s shoulder—often with stereotypical dialect and exaggerated black lips.
Racist: Cartoonist Sean Delonas comparing Obama to a chimpanzee.
Not racist: The media pointlessly obsessing over the skin tone of Republican governor and Indian-American Bobby Jindal—although the jury was out on whether he was “moderately dark-skinned” (The Associated Press) or just plain old “dark-skinned” (The LA Times).
Racist: Republican Senate candidate George Allen calling a liberal heckler a “macaca.” This is supposedly a disparaging term for blacks in Europe—although no American had ever heard the word, much less been insulted by it. Oh, and the heckler was Indian, not black.
As we can see, the liberal criteria for “racist” depends not on what a person says and does, but whom they associate with. If you have an “R” after your name, you’re a bigot. If you have a “D” after your name, you can praise former Klansmen, publicly obsess over your opponents’ skin tone, and drone on about “negro dialects.” And when it comes to especially hated Republicans like Condi Rice, you can even use the n-word.
It’s all good. (Not really.)
Atlanta, GA – Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has issued the following statement on Senator Harry Reid’s controversial description of President Barack Obama in a newly released book.
“Senator Reid has apologized to the President for his remarks about the President’s skin color and speech, but the Senator’s callous insensitivity extends to more than African Americans,” said Dr. King. “Senator Reid is trying to dramatically increase the number of abortions and violate the consciences of most Americans by forcing all of us to pay for abortion on demand in the health care bill. The Senator’s speech hints at a discriminatory mindset; his actions toward the unborn clearly show that he regards some people as less than human.”
Field Negroes, house Negroes, and a “light skinned” President in the White House with a sometimey “Negro dialect”?Tuesday, January 12th, 2010
Is Senator Reid saying that we have a “light skinned man in the White House that sometimes uses a Negro dialect?” Would that be a “White House Negro,” Senator Reid?
What about all of the strong, handsome, intelligent ebony skinned African Americans who do speak with a Negro dialect? Are you crushing their dreams? To suggest that one must be “light skinned” and be cautious about sounding like a Negro is a great offensive outrage!
Actually, many Senator Reid’s comments are insulting and outrageous. Like his recent remarks that anyone voting against the health care bill is a racist. So, anyone who is against using taxpayer funds for prenatal murder, which is what abortion is must be labeled a racist according to Senator Reid.
Senator Reid has apologized to the President for his remarks about the President’s skin color and speech, but the Senator’s callous insensitivity extends to more than African Americans. Senator Reid is trying to dramatically increase the number of abortions and violate the consciences of most Americans by forcing all of us to pay for abortion on demand in the health care bill. The Senator’s speech hints at a discriminatory mindset; his actions toward the unborn clearly show that he regards some people as less than human. What about the disporportionate number of African Americans aborted in America, Senator? What about the fact that 50% of the aborted babies are female. That is surely a good argument for women’s rights to life! How can you be for women’s rights when you agree to kill so many female babies? How can you be for African Americans’ Civil Rights when you kill so many Black babies? House or field, it is all outrageous! Put a stop to socialized murder by saying no to abortion funding in the proposed health care bill and all legislation!
“Light skinned with no Negro dialect,” says Senator Harry Reid regarding President Barack Obama’s acceptability as a choice for holding the highest seat in our nation. If Michael Steele or any other conservative had said anything like it, the remarks would be labeled racist and plastered over every available news outlet.
“As it stands, only a few brave souls are publicizing the comments while there is a massive push at damage control from those who wish to bury the elitist pattern that is prevalent in our government today,” said Dr. Alveda King, founder of King for America. “Maafa21.com and bloodmoneyfilm.com are excellent sources of understanding where the kind of thinking espoused by Senator Reid originates,” she added.
“This type of thinking by Senator Reid and others is sadly outrageous, no matter what the ethnic or political viewpoint happens to be. We are one human race, and polarizing people because of skin color is really bad,” she stated.
“Senator Reid, an apology is a good place to start, but what Congress really needs to do is to rectify such eugenics and genocidal behavior backed by rich and powerful organizations like Planned Parenthood, by eliminating government subsidized abortion funding from any legislation that you plan to pass,” says Dr. King.
King, who is preparing to join her family and the world in celebrating the life and legacy of her uncle, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this week is saddened by Senator Reid’s remarks.
“What would my uncle, and my father think, to hear such things? Their “Beloved Community” is sorely threatened when racism rears its ugly head once again.”
I met a woman, Lisa Shaw today during a nice visit to A Center for Women in Orlanda, FLA today. I’m also here for the Morris Cerullo World Evangelism Conference. More about that later.
Lisa and I talked about a new book available at returnofthechildren.com. It’s about babies who come back to visit post-abortive parents. Lisa and I have both had that experience in real life, visits from our aborted babies… Sounds kinda sci-fi I know, but it happens…
Check out Lisa’s powerful blog and website!
Here are the links: http://hislovecoversoursins.blogspot.com/ http://www.lisashawshares.blogspot.com/ http://hislovecoversoursins.blogspot.com/
Another painful choice and a whole lot of subsequent grief for three females (along with even more secondary suffering)Monday, January 4th, 2010
Okay, I’m about to take a bit of a different theme than usual. A young woman called me and said: “I know that you are pretty much in the prolife battle, but my Christian faith is being challenged. Have you heard about the case of Lisa Miller, Janet Jenkins and Isabella? The women were both lesbians and obtained a baby through artificial insemination. Now they are fighting over Isabella. Wouldn’t abortion have been better for the little girl, than this bitter fight? Why didn’t the biological mother who says she is a Christian now, try to show the love of Jesus instead of the big custody battle, that she lost?”
This whole conversation challenged by theology on so many levels. At first, I wanted to say that maybe the biological mother has done the best thing by running away with Isabella after the court gave custody to the lesbian partner in the relationship. Then, the girl who had called me said that a real Christian would have used all of this to witness to her former partner, and that if there were enough Jesus in the situation, true AGAPE (God love) would not fail anyone in the whole situation. Except maybe the clueless biological dad who gave sperm in secret. Will he even even know how much damage he has caused?
The bottom line is that Isabella is here, and we are glad that she wasn’t aborted. Now what happens? Will there be enough prayer to cut through the pain that is impacting not only Isabella, her biological mother, her still lesbian guardian (can’t call her mother, dad or anything like that) who loves Isabella too. The veil of homosexuality clouds some things, and love is needed to break sin yokes.
My caller was so sad, saying that the little girl is a political football, even though homosexuality is wrong, how much of all of this can the little girl Isabella understand?
Sometimes, we all forget that God hates the sin and loves the sinner, which is what the young woman who called me ended up saying. She finally said too, that abortion is sin, so one sin couldn’t have been helped by commiting another.
I’m praying for a season where we will all stop fighting, and ask God for families with a married biological dad, mom and babies, and that they will live together in a peaceful, loving and Jesus filled environment and stop the abortions, fornication, adultery and all of the other life destroying behaviors that are crippling our lives.
Which by the way brings me to one other little point. I sas “It’s Complicated” over the weekend, and while it was entertaining and had some murkey attempts at tackling morality, it played too much footsies with things like tongue and cheek stuff with smoking and adultery. There were too many mixed messages for even the discerning mind. Just more food for thought.
May God bless your every breath this year, fill your life with joy, prosperity and good health. May even the babies in the womb and the elderly live their days this year free from fear of extinction. Alveda