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By Tammie Lang Campbell –BlackDoctor.org
Dear President Obama,
My question to you is – when did you decide to be a ni**a?
Ignorance in the name of comedy is no excuse for proliferating racial disrespect no matter who the perpetrator is! While you, our first African American President, appreciate the sentiments in which comedian Larry Wilmore called you, “my ni**a”, I’m confident that the civil rights fighters and martyrs whose sacrifices paved the way for your position don’t. And I, Tammie Lang Campbell, an anti-n-word advocate for over 20 years and founder and executive director of the Honey Brown Hope Foundation who buried this racial slur on CNN in 2007, don’t appreciate it either.
In the Bible, Proverb 22:1 states, “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.” This racial slur slanders and assassinates blacks’ good name. It’s a long-lasting fingerprint, brand and tattoo still negatively affecting Blacks today.
By accepting the black comedian labeling you as “my ni**a,” you not only gave him and others the right to call your wife and children “my ni**a,” you also gave the world permission to devalue, demean and disrespect blacks’ and our efforts to be treated with dignity and respect.
I am appalled that you, Mr. President, have not only impeded my 20 plus years effort to promote racial respect among all, but you, Mr. President, also have dishonored our foreparents’ efforts to have their children treated with the same dignity and respect as all other citizens of humanity. Your lack of respect for your family, our race and your position as the Commander and Chief Officer of the United States sends an eerie message to the world that black people are second-class citizens.
To be clear, nobody, including you, Mr. President, have the authority to give citizens of the world permission to use this racial slur as a term of endearment to label dark-skinned people as a ni**er.
For the record, I went to Washington, DC to confront and object to Congressman Doug Lamborn referring to you as a tar baby. I have worked with members of Hawaii State Legislature, members of Texas State Legislature and a New York City Councilmember to denounce use of the n-word. In addition, I objected to the educational system not respecting you as the President of the United States, when some schools made the racially driven decision to not allow students to hear your back-to-school message at the time that you delivered it.
Mr. President, if we are to succeed as a nation, we must all bear some responsibility for healing the wounds of racism and promoting unification among Americans by denouncing the divisive tactics of those who are not serving in the best interest of America’s diversity. You, Mr. President, have the greatest responsibility to promote racial respect as the first black President of the United States. When you accepted Wilmore calling you “my ni**a” at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, you failed America and all its diversity. Being black does not give Wilmore the right to insult all those who have fought and are still fighting for dignity, respect and equality for all. Nor does being a black president give you the authority to disrespect our race by accepting this racial slur as a term of endearment.
On behalf of humanity, I’m requesting you to please meet with me to address this very distressing matter and discuss why you owe an apology to Americans who feel violated and unprotected by your acceptance of this racial slur. Thanks for your consideration.
Tammie Lang Campbell is the Founder and Executive Director of the Honey Brown Hope Foundation. She has been an anti-n-word advocate for over 20 years, and she buried this racial slur on CNN in 2007. For more details, visit www.honeybrownhope.org
In his final year in office, President Barack Obama has been doing a lot of what people hadn’t expected him to do. From hosting the largest African dance symposium in the White House, to meeting with Black Lives Matter activists, to changing the face of the $20 Bill to a Black woman… Let’s be honest: there have been many “Black” things our first Black president has done in his final 365 days.
And his commencement speech to Howard University’s class of 2016, was no different. He address the historically Black university students with a message that addressed race and the future of this nation.
“Be confident in your heritage. Be confident in your blackness,” President Obama told a crowd of 15,000 gathered at Washington, D.C.’s Howard University, one of the nation’s leading historically black colleges.
Blackness, he said, had “no litmus test for authenticity,” pointing to his own conflicting critics that have questioned whether he was “too black” or “not black enough.”
“Create your own style, set your own standard of beauty, embrace your own sexuality,” he added. “Because you’re a black person — doing whatever it is that you’re doing — that makes it a black thing!”
“Or,” the president continued, “as my daughters tell me all the time: ‘You be you, Daddy.’”
The President went on to give kudos to the incredible university. “Howard is the home to many firsts,” said Mr. President. “Including the first Black Nobel Peace Prize and the first Black Supreme Court Judge. But it was at Howard that they made sure that those ‘firsts’ wouldn’t be the last.”
“We’re CEOs,” he said. “We’re mayors, representatives. President of the United States.” Still, he acknowledged “racism persists” and ”inequality persists” with the achievement gap in schools and the “justice gap” in jails.
“You have to go through life with more than just a passion for change — you have to have strategy,” The President said, pushing “not just awareness but action, not just hashtags but votes.”
“Change,” he added, “requires more than righteous anger.”
President Obama wound down his speech by quoting a phrase from award-winning author James Baldwin, “James Baldwin once said ‘Nothing everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can change unless it is faced.’”
Then he gave a charge to the graduates.
“Graduates, each of us is here only because someone else faced down the challenges for us. We’re only who we are because someone struggled and sacrificed for us. So when you journey seems to hard or when you run into a chorus of cynics who say you can’t do something, that you should stop believing or you should just settle…Then you may find useful a little phrase that I found handy these last eight years: YES. WE. CAN.”
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President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are scheduled to meet Wednesday at the White House for an informal discussion ahead of key early races in Iowa and New Hampshire, reports The Hill.
It’s unclear what the meeting signals, but ABC News notes that it comes after the president recently rejected any comparison between his campaign in 2008 and Sanders’ campaign in 2016. Iowa Caucuses are scheduled to be held Monday, while the New Hampshire primaries are scheduled for Feb. 9.
The meeting, which is closed to the press, could be awkward, given the president’s recent comments that seemingly downplayed the allure of the Sanders’ grassroots campaign. A White House spokeswoman suggested no photos are expected.
“The President and Senator Sanders first discussed this meeting last December when Senator Sanders attended the Congressional Holiday Ball,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest wrote in a statement confirming the 11:45 a.m. meeting. “The two will meet privately in the Oval Office and there will be no formal agenda.”
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The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Inc., the non-profit arm of the Congressional Black Caucus, kicks off its 44th Annual Legislative Conference that opens today in Washington, D.C.
The 42-member CBC will launch a new online website, and host a celebration of black artists. In addition, CBC members will hold more than 70 policy meetings.
On Thursday, U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-MI, will host a panel discussion, titled “The Cost of Policing and Incarceration: Reflections on Ferguson,” to sort recent events arising from the shooting death of Michael Brown in Missouri.”
President Barack Obama (pictured) will be the keynote speaker for the closing event, the Phoenix Awards Dinner, on Saturday, September 27, at 6 p.m. Eastern time.
This year’s Phoenix honorees are media mogul Cathy Hughes; former three-time world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali; editor, writer and producer Susan L. Taylor; civil rights leader Wade Henderson; and chairman of FE Holdings, Inc., Robert L. Wright, Jr.
The conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center will offer 67 exhibitors and host an estimated 9,000 attendees from Wednesday to Saturday. The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
lists conference events.
The conference opens at 10 a.m. with the launch of an online virtual community for the discussion of African-American issues. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-PA., and CBCF board chair, will be joined by Albert Motley, Jr., chief technology officer, Matchbook Learning, and others to announce the online venture.
Wednesday night will offer the 18th Annual Celebration of Leadership in the Arts event, honoring singer Bill Withers, actress Phylicia Rashad, and Dr. Alvin Poussaint, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
The conference theme is “ It Starts With You.”
“That’s what ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ is all about. Helping more of our young people stay on track. Providing the support they need to think more broadly about their future. Building on what works – when it works, in those critical life-changing moments.”
– President Barack Obama, February 27, 2014
Posted: July, 21, 2014
In February, as part of his plan to make 2014 a year of action focused on expanding opportunity for all Americans, the President unveiled the “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. As part of the initiative’s launch, the President also established the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force to review public and private sector programs, policies, and strategies and determine ways the Federal Government can better support these efforts, and how to better involve State and local officials, the private sector, and the philanthropic community.
Today, the President will announce new commitments in support of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative at the Walker Jones Education Center in Washington, DC. Following the announcement, the President will hold a town hall session where he will take questions from the group of DC-area youth who will attend the event. During the session, the President will highlight how the My Brother’s Keeper initiative and the Administration continue to work to build ladders of opportunity for all young people across the country. In attendance at the event will be leaders from 60-plus school districts across the country with the Council of the Great City Schools, parents, business leaders, athletes, mayors and members of Congress.
Today, Magic Johnson Enterprises’ Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Deloitte CEO Joe Echevarria launched the National Convening Council (“NCC”), an independent private sector initiative bringing together leaders from business, philanthropy and the faith, youth and nonprofit communities. Over the next several months, the NCC will travel the country, lifting up examples of cross-sector efforts that are having a positive impact on boys and young men of color.
Creating Opportunity for All
For decades, opportunity has lagged for boys and young men of color. But across the country, communities are adopting approaches to help put these boys and young men on the path to success. And the President, joined by foundations, businesses, and many other leaders, wants to build on that success to ensure that all young people, including boys and young men of color, who are willing to work hard have an opportunity to get ahead and reach their full potential.
The My Brother’s Keeper initiative encourages the use of proven tools that expand opportunity for young people, including access to basic health, nutrition, mentorship, high-quality early education and early introductions into the workforce, as well as partnering with communities and police to reduce violence and make our classrooms and streets safer.
On May 30th, the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force released its 90-day report. This report includes key indicators that will provide a comprehensive view of the environments and outcomes for boys and young men of color and their peers. It also contains recommendations on steps our society can take to begin to expand opportunity for all in areas including:
o Entering school ready to learn;
o Reading at grade level by third grade;
o Graduating from high school ready for college and career;
o Completing post-secondary education or training;
o Entering the workforce; and
o Reducing violence and providing a second chance.
The Administration is doing its part by identifying programs and policies that work, and recommending action that will help all our young people succeed. Since the launch of My Brother’s Keeper, the President’s Task Force has met with and heard from thousands of Americans, through online and in-person listening sessions, who are already taking action.
Today, leading private sector organizations announced independent commitments that further the goals of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative and directly address some of the key recommendations in the Task Force Report.
Reducing High School Dropout Rates, Improving the Worst Performing Schools and Actively Recruiting High Quality and Sustained Mentors:
o Through the partnership, these organizations will support a public service announcement campaign designed to recruit 25,000 new mentors, with a specific emphasis on recruiting men of color.
o The NBA and its teams will work with educators in at-risk schools across many of their franchise cities to provide incentive programs that increase attendance and improve overall school performance. Current and former NBA players will also participate in a series of grassroots, “lessons in leadership and teamwork” workshops in schools and after-school organizations that will inspire boys and young men of color to take charge of their lives, make good decisions, and be successful in their pursuit of education.
o AT&T is launching the Aspire Mentoring Academy Corps, powered by AmeriCorps, AT&T and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership to support AmeriCorps members in regions around the country and engage thousands of at-risk youth in mentoring activities.
o AT&T will expand the engagement of its employees through the Aspire Mentoring Academy with a goal to provide students who are at risk of dropping out of high school with 1 million hours of mentoring by the end of 2016.
o AT&T is using technology to scale its efforts through online mentoring, developing a mentoring app and piloting a program that mentors students through the CISCO IT certification process, thus developing critical Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills.
Creating High Schools for the New Economy
o Efforts will include connecting some of Silicon Valley’s best innovators and design thinkers with some of the country’s most effective and inventive educators and students to create schools for the new economy and provide models that can be adopted by other schools in the future.
o This school redesign initiative aims to use the best in design thinking, education research and practice and technology to create new school environments to dramatically increase the engagement and success of currently underserved students enabling them to achieve and compete at the highest levels and provide the supports, tools and resources educators need to be and feel engaged, effective and supported.
Encouraging and Supporting Comprehensive Cradle-to-College-and-Career Community Solutions for Youth:
o Through an eleven-point plan that stretches from early childhood to graduation, these school districts will better support boys and young men of color by focusing on strategies with proven results. These include expanding access to high quality preschool, implementing or scaling early warning systems to prevent grade retention, establishing programs to reduce suspensions and expulsions, increasing access to advanced and rigorous coursework and ensuring increased FAFSA completion.
Expanding Access to Advanced Placement (AP) Courses and Rigorous College Prep:
o As part of their “All In” commitment, the College Board is partnering with all 60 school superintendents who have signed on to the CGCS pledge to identify and reach out to young men of color who have demonstrated the potential to succeed in AP classes.
Creating Entry-Level Job, Mentorship and Apprenticeship Opportunities for Youth:
o The program, which will deploy 225 AmeriCorps members over three years, will engage youth, age 16-24, in service and build a large-scale volunteer response to the crisis of low college and career attainment. The young people – in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, San Francisco, St. Louis and Washington, D.C. – will receive training in critical 21st century leadership and workplace skills, the chance to build their networks and connections to their communities, and the opportunity to use their new skills by participating in and leading volunteer service projects.
o Thousands of professionals – including Citi employees – will participate as volunteer mentors and trainers.
Disproving the Negative Narrative:
o The program will show specific youth stories and the interventions that made a difference in their lives as an illustration of ways to impact the future of boys and men of color. This 1-hour program will air across Discovery networks and is scheduled to air in 2015.
o Discovery Education will also host a series of screenings and town halls in partnership with community based non-profits to discuss “My Brother’s Keeper” stories of intervention and ways that communities can get involved and help address this important issue facing our Nation.
Building on Successful Evidence Based Programs that Recruit High Quality and Sustained Mentors:
o The funding will support the expansion of B.A.M. and Match tutoring programs, in addition to supporting a large-scale study on the programs’ long-term effects conducted by the University of Chicago Crime Lab and Urban Education Lab. B.A.M. is a mentoring and cognitive behavioral therapy program developed by the nonprofit organization Youth Guidance. Match is an intensive, individualized math tutoring intervention developed by Match Education.
o The commitment is made possible by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Public Schools.
o With this announcement, B.A.M. and Match are also committing to expand to 3-5 new cities over the next three years.
MBK Task Force Commitments
Through the MBK Task Force, a federal interagency working group created by Presidential Memorandum, the Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Agriculture (USDA), along with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announced today two new youth corps programs to expand opportunities for youth. Both programs directly address recommendations in the Task Force Report. The programs are intended to help young people successfully enter the workforce as well as create additional job opportunities and increase entry-level job, mentorship and apprenticeship options for all young people, including boys and young men of color.
Supporting Disconnected Youth Through Service and Engagement:
o The program, which totals up to $10 million over three years, will enroll disconnected youth in national service programs as AmeriCorps members over the next 3 years. It includes a mentorship component, in which grantees will provide mentoring support to the AmeriCorps members.
Providing Opportunities that Build Early Career Skills:
o The $3.8 million joint funding will provide resources for both AmeriCorps grantees and member organizations of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC), and will also provide for 300 new AmeriCorps members serving in U.S. Forests.
Previous Private Sector Commitments
President Barack Obama delivered an unmistakable warning to Russia and Moscow-backed Ukrainian separatists on Thursday not to tamper with the crash site of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet apparently shot down over rebel-controlled territory.
With no hope for the roughly 300 people board the Boeing 777, Obama discussed the tragedy with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko by telephone and offered “all possible assistance immediately” to figure out what happened, the White House said in a summary of the call.
Poroshenko “welcomed the assistance of international investigators to ensure a thorough and transparent investigation of the crash site,” according to the summary.
“The presidents emphasized that all evidence from the crash site must remain in place on the territory of Ukraine until international investigators are able to examine all aspects of the tragedy,” the White House said.
That amounted to a warning to Ukrainian separatists who control the area – as well as to their patrons in Moscow – to ensure that critical evidence not disappear, either through looting or by willful tampering to conceal who was behind the tragedy.
Obama placed the telephone call from Air Force One as he jetted to New York City for a brace of Democratic fundraisers. He also called Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Earlier, the president stopped in Wilmington, Del., for an event where he knocked Republicans over infrastructure funding.
While Obama kept to his heavily partisan public schedule, the White House portrayed the president as working hard behind the scenes to address the crisis.
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The U.S. is sending another 300 troops to Iraq to beef up security at the U.S. Embassy and elsewhere in the Baghdad area to protect U.S. citizens and property, officials said Monday.
That raises the total U.S. troop presence in Iraq to approximately 750, the Pentagon said.
The State Department, meanwhile, announced that it was temporarily moving an unspecified “small number” of embassy staff in Baghdad to U.S. consulates in the northern city of Irbil and the southern city of Basra. This is in addition to some embassy staff moved out of Baghdad earlier this month,
Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the Baghdad embassy “will be fully equipped to carry out” its mission.
The White House announced that President Barack Obama had directed that 200 troops be sent to reinforce security at the embassy, its support facilities and Baghdad International Airport.
The Pentagon said the 200 arrived Sunday and Monday.
“The presence of these additional forces will help enable the embassy to continue its critical diplomatic mission and work with Iraq on challenges they are facing as they confront Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant,” the Pentagon’s press secretary, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, said in a written statement.
Obama notified House and Senate leaders in a letter on Monday of the additional forces heading to Iraq. Officials said they bring a detachment of helicopters and drone aircraft to improve airfield and travel route security in Baghdad.
by Chris Witherspoon Posted April 3, 2014
Phylicia Rashad, arguably the most iconic TV mom in history, is taking on the role of a new family matriarch in the highly anticipated big screen drama Frankie & Alice.
Rashad stars as Halle Berry’s mother in the film, in which the Oscar winner plays woman with multiple personality disorder caused by a traumatic incident from her childhood.
It’s hard to believe that it was 30 years ago when The Cosby Show first entered the homes of millions of Americans.
The Cosby Show is without a doubt an American treasure; however the series has received some backlash from critics who believe the show’s portrayal of an upscale African-American family wasn’t realistic.
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President Barack Obama today awarded the Medal of Honor to 24 U.S. Army veterans who did not receive the nation’s highest combat medal because of racism either exhibited by their commanding officers and others.
The veterans, who fought in World War 2, the Korean War and the Vietnam War all received the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second-highest service medal.
President Obama, however, upgraded those medals to the Medal of Honor after Congress in 2002 called for a review of the combat service of Jewish Americans and Hispanic Americans through the Defense Authorization Act.
During a review, records of several soldiers who were not Jewish nor were of Hispanic descent also were found to display criteria worthy of the Medal of Honor.
One of the Army veterans honored by President Obama was Melvin Morris, who served two tours of duty and was wounded three times in an attack on Sept. 17, 1969, near Chi Lang, South Vietnam that killed a fellow commander. Morris was commander of Third Company, Third Battalion of the IV Mobile Strike Force.
During the battle, Morris, a Green Beret, retrieved his fallen comrade’s body and a map that would have been useful to the enemy.
In 1970, the Army awarded Morris, then a staff sergeant, the Distinguished Service Cross. The 72 year-old Morris lives in Coca, Fla., according to Valor 24, the website of the Medal of Honor.
Morris is one of three Medal of Honor recipients still living. The others are Spec. 4 Santiago J. Erevia of San Antonio, Texas. Erevia was cited for courage during a search and clear mission near Tam Ky, South Vietnam on May 21, 1969.
The other soldier is Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rodela also of San Antonio. Rodela was cited for courage during combat operations in Phuoc Long Province, South Vietnam, one Sept. 1, 1969.
The other recipients have died, and they will receive their medals posthumously.