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  3. @Troy I have acknowledged that not all white people act on their racism. Liberals and Democrats at least try not to, and are quite cognizant about what Trump is doing to the country. My quarrel is with all of those who are becoming converts to the Republican right wing conservatives who personify racism. I haven't really gone off on the deep end with this incident. it is the topic of this thread so i am expressing my opinion just as you are, totally oblivious to how you are coming across as being an apologists for white people, referring to the black guy who was prevented from entering his condo as being surly, which he wasn't. He kept his cool. But you rush to the defense of the white woman, justifying her decision to call the police, suggesting that we should be grateful the negro wasn't lynched. Of course you don't see it this. You prefer to accuse us of being petty about racial profiling. Then you dismiss ChevDove's St.Louis experience, overlooking how she admitted that she also met a lot of friendly white people there. I found what she said relevant because it illustrated how polarized this country is, something else that is being discussed on this thread.
  4. Pioneer1

    An interview with Viola Davis

    Like fine wine, Viola ages well. I enjoy my life as a bachelor, but if I may- without being too graphic...... Viola is the type of woman I'd look forward to waking up each morning with a strong reverberating (((CLAP))) on one of those brown butt cheeks as my own special way of saying "good morning baby".
  5. Actually, I was unaware that the woman called the police. So what? Homie obviously made it home, as he recorded that too. What did the police do when the showed up? Was he arrested, choked out, what? What did the police do to cause you so much distress @Chevdove? Oh Brother..., something tells me much of this is in your imagination -- particularly given your reaction to the apartment story. I've been to St Louis a number of times over the years and have never experienced such "tension." @Cynique, I'm not trying to get you to change you mind. I'm trying to understand your reasoning and to express my own. I'm glad you clarified your son position regarding the "Arab's." This is important because people tend to group all kinds or unrelated situations and behaviors as if they are all connected -- when they are not. So while there are people who treat Blacks with open hostility there are many more who do not. Now for sometime who consumes a daily diet of these types of videos and related alarmist opinions and rhetoric via on social media, I can see where one might think there is a rabid white racist in every corner. Now I'm not naive I recognize racism is a problem in this country, indeed it is one reason I run this site. But you too are going off the deep end with this stupid apartment building story. If this is your evidence of a racist American I guess we have come a long way. There was a time when a surly negro, like my man with a video camera, would be swinging from a tree -- here's to progress ladies 🙂
  6. Delano

    Bill Cosby Sentencef

    So perhaps within 13 years HW will be in jail.
  7. Delano

    What holds it together?

    Space and the mind are big unknowns.
  8. @TroyNo, i don't surely admit that there are more significant things that occur on a daily basis! That's your conclusion; not mine. I think that along with all the other news this incident was quite significant because it typifies an attitude that dates back over 50 years ago to the civil rights protests, - an attitude that has not gone away and is still alive and well in this country. If offering proof of what a segment of America's white population is capable of is an example of "spite", it is also confirmation of the black grievances that whites would rather not hear about. Like Kaepernick's taking the knee, it embarrasses them, and deflates the pride they take in a country that falls short of what it purports to be. To me, that's a small victory. . My son's aversion to Islamic Middle-easterners (Arabs) is, admittedly, more about xenophobia than racism. But his sentiment is right in line with Trump's dialogue. (Before Trump came on the political scene, in keeping with my cynicism about religion in general, i rejected Islamic and this included, the Black Muslims, so you can interpret that any way you wish.) You want to bring me around to your side when i have repeatedly suggested that we agree to disagree. You are not changing my mind, and i am not changing yours, so that's how it should stand... @Chevdove Your anecdotes about St. Louis are very relevant. Missouri isn't even the deep south but there are places all over this country, where segregation and racial prejudice still exist in pockets throughout the states where blacks are not welcome or are treated with hostility.
  9. Chevdove

    What holds it together?

    @Delano WHEW! That is High Science and way beyond my understanding! -- Or, is it DEEP Science!? One part reads, "Most of it is made up of material from the dark side, the side we cannot yet see.” Okay, so here, it reads that we, 'humans' are not made up of spectacular 'stuff' and that the better material are way beyond our galaxy!? "… In fact, after 20 years of searching – and the investment of tens of millions of pounds – not a single Wimp has ever been detected, either at Cern or in underground detectors built in Britain, Europe and the US." That is a lot of 'pounds' or money!-- in the search for a better understanding of 'Wimps'. "…Theorists came up with the idea that invisible dark matter must be providing the mass that gives galaxies their gravitational force, which has since been born out by other observations." Very interesting! You know, I guess it would be a good timing to have this 'Dark Matter Day' on Halloween because of the very mystery of 'life itself' and 'Death'. Still after thousands and thousands of years, the mystery of how we came to be and what happens after we die is still a great wonder. However, IMO, there is 'Intelligent Design', ... very intelligent design and so far, no man can explain completely. No one can completely define how our SUN came to be. Thank you for posting! Very informative.
  10. I LIVED IN ST. LOUIS FOR MONTHS IN 2017, and I can tell you the atmosphere and racial tension is extreme! I initially did NOT believe my relative prior to moving there in his assessment, but experienced it for myself, and am ashame to say now, that he was right and I believe him only because I was there. He said that when he would go to the park, he was being stocked aggresively. He said that old white people came up behind him as he was sitting near the lake and told him they did NOT want his kind there and 'to go back to Africa'. He told me that when he drove to the park and parked where there was no one nearby, a White woman drove up behind him and stopped and did not leave and ten minutes later, he took a picture of her and sent it to me! HIGHWAY K is the parrallel area near to St. Louis, and it is predominantly 'all white' and the parks are visited by mostly 'all white' and a lot of East Indians live there too, but they are also racially profiled, heavily. The church I went to, the pastor even said, repeatedly that this was 'an evil city'. The strip malls look terrible in certain areas in St. Louis, but Hwy K and the other 'white areas' are clean and beautiful. And most of the White people work the fast foods and restaurants, and they seem to make a living doing these kind of 'hand out jobs', you know, like the one that woman had when she felt so confident to screen the Black man at the condo. I went to a park nearby hwy k, and was surprised at the atmosphere myself. Although, I had some amazing people mostly White men, be very friendly towards me. A kind word in the midst of so much hatred, makes my day.
  11. @Cynique This baffles me too. BTW I'm amazed at your writing style! @Troy Again, I just don't understand how you can pass this incident off as being trifle. Are you deliberately ignoring the fact that this woman CALLED THE POLICE on this Black man, or are you subconsiously ignoring this? Are you willfully ignoring the fact that she said and 'ALLUDED' on national television that this Black man 'SHOVED HER ASIDE'-- something that can be defined in court as 'AN ASSAULT AND BATTERY' or, are you subconsciously ignoring this? I am trying to understand your assessment based on this kind of incident that has been going on in the past and did ruin lives. "Again, I'd be willing to bet none of the men I know would not have shot a video of the woman and put it on twitter or Facebook. They would have used their key or shoved her aside." **The White woman is alluding Assault and Battery "Fifteen years ago no one would have even seen this video, and it would never have risen to the level of national prominence. Home boy would have had to handle the situation like an adult man. " ** **She called the police! "Now that I know your actual motivation for seeing this story being shared is the opportunity to spite white folks. Because obviously this situation on its own merits does not warrant much attention" **She called the police! "...I'm not trying to minimize the situation. The situation is minimal on its own."** **She called the police! ..."... you have to admit that there are many more things of significance that occur on a daily basis."** **yes, even after slavery, this happeded and is happening on a daily basis and ruining peoples lives. Troy, she called the police! She made sure to make it known that he got past her, and that he assaulted her. You don't think that the police would have arrested him?
  12. @Cynique I fail to see why your son not wanting "arabs" immigrating into this country is racist. Is Arab now a race? Perhaps his reluctiance to have arabs come into the country has more to do with the perceived threat of terrorism or perhaps Islam than what you are calling racism. We agree on the racist nature of Americans origin. Yes yellow journalism is nothing new. But surely you're not trying to compare the 24/7 hour per day social media fueled "journalism," from a century ago? Cynique, I'm not trying to minimize the situation. The situation is minimal on its own. Even if we knew for certain that the woman racially profiked that "man," surely you have to admit that there are many more things of significance that occur on a daily basis. Now that I know your actual motivation for seeing this story being shared is the opportunity to spite white folks. Because obviously this situation on its own merits does not warrant much attention. Still even rubbing white folks noses in their racism is not worth it in this case. It strikes me as trifling.
  13. @Troy I do think all white Trump voters were racists, some more than others, and i don't buy the reason you give for those who you say aren't racists, not being racist. Plus , as i previously reminded, racism doesn't have to be toward just blacks. or does one have to be white to be racist toward Hispanics and Arabs or even Asians. Which is the case with my son, who doesn't think Arabs should be allowed to immigrate to this country. This nation was founded on racism as evidenced by how the Constitution regarded slaves to be 3/5 human, and Native Americans to be savages, and Chinese railroad workers to be treated like dirt. White second-generation immigrants assimilated into the American culture and became racists., too, when it came to black, brown and yellow people. Racism doesn't have to be of the "cross-burning" kind; it can be subtle and this is often the most insidious kind. White supremacy is the glue that holds America together and is what reinforces its power to discriminate against minorities. ""Yellow journalism" dates back to the turn of the 20th century, having been originated by William Randoph Hearst, a millionaire publishing tycoon. Have you ever seen the movie "CHICAGO" about how the Roxie Hart murder case was sensationalized back in the 1920s? Scandal is an integral part of the American scene and it is news because it's comparable to "man biting dog". And the way you try to minimize the condo incident escapes me. It rubs the noses of white people in the shit that stains the fabric of this country but , you prefer not to appreciate how holding racial profiling up to ridicule forces America to realize how the more things change, the more they become the same. Yes, this country is polarized because when all is said and done, race still matters. I repeat: We have to agree to disagree.
  14. Mel Hopkins

    Bill Cosby Sentencef

    According to BBC.Com - 5 October 2017 “The New York Times publishes a story detailing decades of allegations of sexual harrassment against Harvey Weinstein. Actresses Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd are among women who come foward. ...Weinstein apologizes and takea a leave of absence” a lot more stuff then on 25 May 2018 “Weinstein turns himself in to NY Police on sexual misconduct charges.” Police charge him with rape and several other counts of sexual abuse against two women. https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-41594672
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  16. This is indeed a really good question. No one person as the answer, but collectively we do. Hopefully they'll be some good responses.
  17. @Cynique, it seems you are viewing my positions as absolute. You seem to believe, or at least you often suggest, that I don't believe any Trump supporters are racist. I do believe 45 has racist supporters; the Klan obviously supports 45 and that support appears to be mutual. I just don't believe they ALL are racist, your son is a perfect example of this. I've never engaged with a trump supporter on social media, but I have in the real world. Of course there are profound differences between engagement on Facebook and in real life -- so much so I would never equate the two, because they are so different. No, the media is not perfect, nothing is perfect. Again, I try to consume news from a variety of sources. Social media is simply not part of my mix for the reasons discussed. While I don't read my social media news feeds or watch network news I'm not a hermit and I'm exposed to these sources, so I can still speak from experience. When I'm on Youtube I'm usually looking for a specific video or substantive information about a person or subject. Substantive information is simply not on facebook or twitter, so I don't spend much time there. Yesterday, I was interested in learning way to convert a ONIX file for books into a format that I could use to update my database. I looked at videos in XML, JSON, AJAX, JQuery and Javascript. Youtube, despite your seemingly passive disparagement of it actually has useful information. Facebook and Twitter do not. I don't learn anything useful on those platforms. Facebook and twitter are consumed passively by most people. Users scroll through a news feed designed to keep them focused on the platform for the maximum amount of time. The draw is extremely powerful. I had to remove the applications from my cell phone otherwise I too would be compelled to spend every idle second scrolling or swiping. I'm at the point now where I view those platforms as not just a waste of time, but actually detrimental. But I don't look down on people who use these platforms, because they are human. I do a few things I should not do too; it is part of the human condition. Perhaps it is why I'm not so hostile against all 45 supporters -- even the racist ones. The American culture is quite good at creating racists. The media, and social media in particular, has helped a great deal in creating racists... look at who is in the whitehouse. People see the silly altercation between the Black man and white woman as proof the country is full of racists. The number of videos showing these things is just fuel to the fire. Racists have their world views reinforced and people previously able to think objectively about something are now polarized. No, this is can not possibly be a situation of a woman trying to prevent a non-tenant from entering her building -- it must be proof of racism! No other options can be entertained. Fifteen years ago no one would have even seen this video, and it would never have risen to the level of national prominence. Home boy would have had to handle the situation like an adult man. Again, our society is less well off because of this.
  18. Delano

    Bill Cosby Sentencef

    Cosby had a trial in 2005. So that is 13 years. Cosby has been drugging raping and assaulting women from 1969 - 2014. Can someone post Harvey's rap sheet
  19. https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/oct/20/viola-davis-stifled-who-was-lost-years-the-help?CMP=share_btn_fb&fbclid=IwAR28xgvnjWCMtQE72kzLf1U4QW44Tcy6dp-qiLwqcuSNHW1AovNFG9dO3_g
  20. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/oct/20/dark-matter-day-scientists-hunt-ghost-particle?CMP=share_btn_fb&fbclid=IwAR1ZGzsjHu9SaRsRjDeFyGVrzqtBl1rg_YrQI4kV6-sh5T2Rd8CSQZ9kd4Q
  21. @dlgrowe, I don't recall seeing this post before now. I'm actually working on an update for this site that will allow visitors to easily discover books, written by Black people, in this category. The are a number of categories in which books can be found (see below). I plan to apply categories to all of the books on the website (about 12K) to make in these categories more easily discoverable. For example if you can click the following link if you are looking for books dealing with Religion / Christian Life / Women’s Issues. There are only a few books that have been categorized thus far, but when I'm done you'll find hopefully find the books you are looking for. AALBC does have many books for young children and it is growing. Historically, however, we have focused on secular books for adults, so I don't think we will have many book that fit into the categories below. I just ran a rough search for titles in these categories and I did not find any written by any a Back authors that I could identify. That does not mean they don't exist, but as the premise of this post suggests there may not have been very many published. When there is an expressed demand for specific types of book I attempt to meet that demand. As always when you discover books please post them here so that other can learn about them too. Juvenile Fiction / Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent Juvenile Fiction / Religious / Christian / Action & Adventure Juvenile Fiction / Religious / Christian / Animals Juvenile Fiction / Religious / Christian / Bedtime & Dreams Juvenile Fiction / Religious / Christian / Comics & Graphic Novels Juvenile Fiction / Religious / Christian / Early Readers Juvenile Fiction / Religious / Christian / Emotions & Feelings Juvenile Fiction / Religious / Christian / Family Juvenile Fiction / Religious / Christian / Fantasy & Science Fiction Juvenile Fiction / Religious / Christian / Friendship Juvenile Fiction / Religious / Christian / General Juvenile Fiction / Religious / Christian / Historical Juvenile Fiction / Religious / Christian / Holidays & Celebrations Juvenile Fiction / Religious / Christian / Humorous Juvenile Fiction / Religious / Christian / Learning Concepts Juvenile Fiction / Religious / Christian / Mysteries & Detective Stories Juvenile Fiction / Religious / Christian / People & Places Juvenile Fiction / Religious / Christian / Relationships Juvenile Fiction / Religious / Christian / Social Issues Juvenile Fiction / Religious / Christian / Sports & Recreation Juvenile Fiction / Religious / Christian / Values & Virtues
  22. Thank you for this. I am looking for the same thing, but I am yet to find anything to suit the specifications I long for.
  23. Pioneer1

    Bill Cosby Sentencef

    Is the case against Harvey Weinstein unraveling? By Elizabeth Joseph, CNN Updated 5:29 AM ET, Sun October 21, 2018 New York (CNN)Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul whose alleged sexual assaults sparked the international #MeToo movement, may be sentenced to a lifetime of shame and ridicule. Legal experts, however, now indicate he may never see the inside of a jail, let alone go to trial to face his accusers. The case against Weinstein is "unraveling," high profile defense attorney and CNN legal analyst Mark Geragos says, citing the infighting between the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and the New York Police Department as one of the main reasons he believes the Weinstein case won't go to trial. https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/20/entertainment/weinstein-case-unraveling-questions/index.html The injustice of this case when compared to Cosby's case is as plain as day....................
  24. @Troy I watch the news every night and read a newspaper every day, and all of the things you attribute to them are just a small part of what they include in the news at large. They cover plenty of other stories about current important matters that pertain to the nation and the world. Since you boycott these venues, you wouldn't know this. i have exchanges with Trump supporters on a social media almost every day and one of them is a white old high school classmate of mine. We are friends, but are political opposites. She is what i would call a benign racist. The others are all racists to some degree. Black people are not the only ones they have a problem with. They resent Hispanics and Arabs and Asians. i am also Facebook friends with 2 black Trump Voters whose infatuation with him stems from their disillusionment with Obama for reasons they are not very good at articulating. Once again this is something you can't speak on because you don't frequent social media. You're too busy making excuses for Trump supporters who you think are harmless white people who have no clue about the effect of their white skin entitlement. My youngest son likes Trump yet although he is a conservative he benefits from liberalism, something i remind him of and this frustrates him, so we don't discuss the subject anymore. Incidents like the brother being blocked at his condo entrance by a white woman who called the police on him probably happen everyday somewhere in America. YouTube is what enables videos to go viral, but that's OK because you like YouTube since it provides you with videos that appeal to you. Information about climate change is also regularly reported on the daily news but you can't force people to be concerned about a vague threat that has no immediate impact on them. Yet you blame this on the media because it's your scapegoat. The media is not perfect, but i'd rather have a broad spectrum of news rather than a narrow one. Obviously this is something we have to agree to disagree about.
  25. No, I don't give the the media any slack because they know better but are seemingly only concerned with profit. People on the other had are victims of the media. We depend upon an unbiased media to do the work we can not possibly perform ourselves. For example, there are people who don't believe that man made climate change is real, I don't blame them; I blame our media. I listened to that women (Candice something or other) in the video with seth rogan, say she did a "deep dive" into the subject and came away completely doubting climate change -- very possible because there is plenty of information out there -- This is assuming she was being completely honest (which is suspect if you ask me). Similarly, when people embrace 45 as a great businessman and effective president I don't blame them because there is plenty of media outlet pushing this narrative. It does not require 'bending over backwards," all it requires is simple observation and willingness to see something from someone else's perspective. But this is a point we'll have to disagree on. @Cynique do you know any 45 supporters, have you spoken to any? I know a few and have spoken to others none of them stuck me as racist (most were Black). Like politics, religion, and climate change, once people commit to a position it takes something very serious to get them to change. @Mel Hopkins, I understand voter suppression is rampant in your Georgia. Some of the strategies are quite sophisticated. It is the same here in florida. we have a measure on our ballot to give felons who have completed their sentences the right to vote. Seems like a no brainer, but those opposed feel this gives criminals more rights than their victims. This is just another tactic to suppress the votes of democrats... Your Stacey Abrams election will be quite telling. I not sure anything as changed as far as people are concerned -- wanting more attention or have they civil right violated. What has changed however it that people seeking attention have a platform, called social media. Again, I'd be willing to bet none of the men I know would not have shot a video of the woman and put it on twitter or Facebook. They would have used their key or shoved her aside.
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